Daily Archive for February 14th, 2010

New Release – Santa Barbara Winery 2008 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

Click image to enlargeWinemaker Bruce McGuire was able to travel throughout western Santa Barbara County choosing several vineyards (including Scheid Vineyard up in Monterey County) for this multi-vineyard blend.

These vineyards meet Bruce’s standards for viticultural practices and growing conditions suitable to make this full-bodied yet eminently approachable Chardonnay. All the grapes for this wine were pressed as whole clusters and 55% of the wine fermented in stainless steel without undergoing malolactic frementation.

These two steps lend brightness to the fruit intensity that then integrates with the mouth pleasing weight and supple flavors enhanced by barrel fermentation. Our Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a good all around choice to satisfy a wide variety of foods.

With enough structure to age for five to seven years, we think this wine is very enjoyable two years after the vintage year. This is truly a Santa Barbara County blend from warmer Los Alamos to cooler Sta. Rita Hills.

This nicely balanced wine is a great choice for service with roast chicken, sea bass, and pasta. Try with a mixed fruit and nut platter featuring a selection of light to mild semi hard cheeses.
Suggested Retail: 15.00/750ml
To Order: Santa Barbara Winery

Chocolate and Wine Pairing, Valentine Weekend, at Santa Barbara Winery

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Chocolate Pairing – 6 wines and 6 different chocolates, paired by manager Suzanne Firzgerald, was very successful. Although, after 6 truffles no one was very interested in buying more chocolates.

The chocolates were made the day before by chocolatier Jean-Michel of ‘Chocolats du Cali’ in their Carpinteria location. It is an event that we are sure to repeat. If you missed this one and would like to be notified the next time call us at 805 963 3633 or send us an Email.