Dierberg’s Drum Canyon Vineyard high in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Dierberg Vineyards, based Santa Barbara County, produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from their estate vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon AV..
I sat down with winemaker Ryan Hodgins a couple weeks ago to taste a couple of his recent FEL Pinot Noir releases. They were very good. My reviews are below but, first, here’s some background on FEL which is a newish brand.
Australia has been a source of very good, value-priced wine since the early 1980’s. And I’m not talking about critter labels. I mean real wine—dry table wines which are varietally-correct and well balanced. For the most part though, the wines ..
World of Pinot Noir, an annual celebration of Pinot Noir from around the world, takes place this March 3-4 at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, CA. Once again, it offers an enviable collection of Pinot tastings, seminars and dinners. Tickets are ..
Paso Robles tends to dominate mindshare when it comes to San Luis Obispo County wines. That’s logical, because there are so many wineries there and a lot of excellent wine. But we shouldn’t overlook the AVAs to the south in SLO’s cool zone: Edna Va..
While Santa Barbara County is well-known for its cool climate and expressive wines made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, those things don’t define the entire region. The Happy Canyon AVA, in the eastern-most portion of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA is w..
Last Friday, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux held their big, annual trade tasting in San Francisco. (It alternates annually between San Francisco and Los Angeles.) Nearly 90 producers poured wines from their 2014 Bordeaux offerings.
Foxen Vineyard was founded by Bill Wathen and Dick Doré in 1985. They still operate it today. Bill is responsible for winemaking and viticulture, Dick is general manager and runs sales. Their wines are made from Bordelais, Burgundian, Rhone, Loire ..
This article is focused on what see and do in Santa Maria Valley. For a detailed look at the Santa Maria Valley AVA, including all of its wineries and vineyards, see What Everyone Should Know about the Santa Maria Valley AVA.
Best Tastings within ..
Wine-grape growing first came to the Santa Maria Valley in the 1830’s. However, it was not until 1964 that it became a modern, wine-growing region with the creation of a new vineyard by Uriel Nielsen and Bill De Mattei. It was the first commercial ..