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Chardonnay at Santa Barbara Winery

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8.31.15-harvest-2The grapes are picked at night when it is cool and are brought to the winery early in the morning. Grapes are conveyed, stems and all, into the press. The pressing is done by a gentle large bladder which as it fills with air squeezes the grapes against a screen allowing the juice to fall to a pan below. The stems provide channels for the juice to escape otherwise the press would quickly plug up.

Harvest 2015 at Lafond Vineyards

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August Wine Club Member BBQ Lafond and Santa Barbara Wineries

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Delicious Mexican BBQ food prepared by Mirella and extended family. A very windy day which kept things cool but often sent plates flying.
Bruce showed some of his ‘still in barrel wines’ explaining how they reached this point. It really was a splendid day!
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Porsche Rally at Lafond Winery

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Art Class in the Lafond Winery Barrel Room

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50th Birthday Celebration at Lafond Winery Catered by the Montecito Wine Bistro

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New Exhibit at our Lafond City Tasting Room

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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.
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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

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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