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.