Last Wine Club Shipment Before Summer from Santa Barbara Winery

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5.16.15-pickupWe do not ship during July and August because of the heat. This was our first Artist and Wine Pickup Event. The artist, Niki Lunn, devised a great way to hang her paintings from the barrels. These images were taken just as the event was getting started.

Hayride

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Rainy Day Vintners’ Festival

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Roaming Peacococks

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Hummingbird nest in the Ceanothus

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Kim and David Lafond at the Vintners’ Festival Sat. April 25th

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New Artist at the Lafond City Tasting Room Gallery Photographer Bill Dewey

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3.07.15-dewey-digital-5Bill Dewey has taken these fabulous arial photos of the Santa Rita Hills and its vineyards. The geometry of the vineyards contrasted with the natural elements are beautiful.
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Los Olivos Vintners Tasting

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2.28.15-los-olivos-tasting-2Los Olivos Tasting of Lafond Wines at the Wendy Foster Los Olivos Dress Shop on Saturday February 28th.
www.wendyfoster.com

New Release Santa Barbara Winery 2011 Petite Sirah

2011-petite-sirah-bottle-glass-webWinemakers comments:Thompson Vineyards is located 20 miles from the ocean. This wind protected site produces excellent fruit. A late harvest with long maturatuon on the vine gives us an intense, arch, broodingly dark tannic example of Petite Sirah.
Bruce McGuire
Suggested retail: 28.00/750ml
To order: www.sbwinery.com

Guest Artist Tom Henderson Open House Friday January 30 at the Lafond Winery City Tasting Room

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Time to Prune at the Lafond Vineyards

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Lots of ground cover from the small amount of rain we have had. We need more and we need colder nights to exrend the dormancy.

Guest Artist Open House for Tom Henderson Friday January 30 6-8pm at Lafond Winery City Tasting Room

1.27.15-tom-henderson-paintingFor Tom Art is a way to be in the moment. It allows the senses to come to life
in a way that nothing else does… the way things look, the way they smell and sound. Art is a surprise. there is something about creativity that promises what the soul yearns for… self expression. An image that might represent what the heart is full of.

New Release: 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara Winery

2012-cabernet-bottl-glass-webWinemaker’s comments: Primarily from Happy Canyon, the warmest Appellation in Santa Barbara County and very well suited to Bordeaux varieties. The Petit Verdot adds depth and dark fruit roundness. All of the components macerated on the skins for 48-55 days before pressing. The result is a wine of complex tannins with stucture and intensity.
Retail 35.00/750ml
To Order: www.sbwinery.com

Santa Barbara Winery White Wines

sbw-white-wines-webVoted 2014 Best White Wines of Santa Barbara by Readers of Santa Barbara’s Weekly Independent. Eight wines, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Riesling and two of each, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All distinct and stylistic wines by Winemaker Bruce McGuire and Assistant Winemaker Will Cannon.

Except for the Reserve Chardonnay all these wines are under 20.00.
To Order: www.sbwinery

Lafond Winery SRH Wines

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Our 3 SRH wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah have each won Gold Medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, held in Texas, which brings to a total of 12 for these three wines.

We congratulate Winemaker Bruce McGuire and his talented crew for producing such exceptional wines. These are all wines from grapes grown in the Santa Rita Hills Appelation mostly from our vineyards but also from our neighbors.

Harvest 2014

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Santa Barbara Wine Club Wine Pick-up Party Saturday, September 20

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Open House at Lafond Winery City Tasting Room for Artist Michael Adams

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The art of Stemming

9.11.14-2This is our Pollenc stemmer from France. There are very few in the valley.

The grapes are gently seperated from their stems and as they pass over the rollers fall through the spaces between to a moving conveyor belt while the stems ride above to a tray at the end where an augur pushes them into a picking box.

It is important not to damage the skins – they give color, tannin and more to the wine but it is equally important not to damage the stems as the flavors that might be extracted are not good – on the green side. Bite into one and you can imagine.

Circulating the Wine

9.11.14-3In order not to damage the grapes by pumping we circulate the wine by draining into a picking box and then lifting it into the tank. The wine is not yet fully fermenting, in fact it is mostly juice, and has not developed a cap which can be punched down to give the juice contact with the skins.