I feel fortunate that I live in California and am able to drive to wonderful wineries to taste and then pick the wine I most enjoy. I cant imagine living where I have to go to the grocery store for all my wine. Again, I'm fortunate to live here.
The Santa Barbara region is known for it's pinot noir and chardonnay. Two of my favorite varietals. ;)
The first winery I joined about 4 years ago was Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard. Wonderful winery in Santa Maria. Santa Maria is about 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara and is the home to my favorite local wineries.
If you go to Cottonwood Canyon, you MUST go on a cave tour! Go online and find what time they are hosting them. They have amazing Chardonnay and very good pinot!
On Sunday, my family and I went to the following wineries... 2 more wineries my husband and I belong to as well.
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Here are a list of my favorites:
2007 PINOT NOIR, SANTA MARIA CUVEE, SANTA MARIA VALLEY
2006 PINOT NOIR, SIERRA MADRE VINEYARD, SANTA MARIA VALLEY
Cambria Estate Winery
List of favorites:
2008 CLONE 667
Clone 667 Pinot Noir consistently yields a wine that is dramatic, perfumed, lavish and silky.
2007 CLONE 23
The color of this 2007 is deep, dark and purple. The nose unites ripe blueberry fruit, subtle earth and rich oak aromas. The mouth feel is silky and smooth with firm underlying tannins. The finish lingers with oak spice, earth and dark fruit.
|My father in law, his wife, my husband, baby, and I.|
(Jake's 1st wine tasting experience)