sold out vol 33

Santa Barbara Dreaming

  • Vineyard-in-the-Clouds | Lee Tomkow
  • Big Tar 2014 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard, Happy Canyon
  • Lindley 2013 Estate Chardonnay Lindley Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
  • Ground Effect 2013 Chenin Blanc "Gravity Check" Jurassic Park Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
  • Autonom 2014 Rosé of Grenache, Santa Barbara County
  • Kessler-Haak 2012 Ohana Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
  • Hocus Pocus 2013 Syrah, Santa Barbara County

There’s a certain spirit about Santa Barbara. As our friend Phil Carpenter tells it, “…Any minute there was better than anywhere else. “ Phil was kind enough to organize a Santa Barbara winemaker tasting at the studio a couple years back and I’ve dreamt of returning.

With so many excellent winemakers it was impossible to choose just six so these bottles represent memories, newbies and warm feelings.

Phil is every winemaker’s dream: passionate, loyal, a true community-builder. But more than that, Phil has possibly found that elusive secret to life: in Santa Barbara he found “A place that just feels like home.” Santa Barbara is a close-knit community and if you want to get to know anyone even remotely connected to the wine industry, you call Phil. So I called Phil. I also wanted to capture an image that is recognizably Santa Barbara so I called Lee Tomkow. His photograph “Vineyard in the clouds with Solitary Tree” captures the stunning beauty and virtue that is Santa Barbara. Find more of Lee’s work on his website.

Tina Morey
Certified Sommelier


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