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Rusack Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley

The Rusacks produce a good small range of reds and whites from across Santa Barbara County. As well as the three main varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah they also produce Sauvignon Blanc, a Bordeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc called Anacapa, Zinfandel and Sangiovese, all from Santa Ynez fruit. Then there’s a […]

Longoria Wines Santa Ynez Valley

Although he started his own label over 30 years ago, Rick Longoria, an experienced winemaker in the area, has only been running his own family winery since 1997. Production, as with many of his contemporaries, remains small and he is one of a number of producers with a warehouse facility in Lompoc. Albariño, Pinot Grigio, […]

Harrison Clarke Wine Santa Ynez Valley

Harrison Clarke are based in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley region of Santa Barbara County in the Purisima Hills. The soils of the vineyards which combine clay, clay-loam and limestone provide excellent conditions for the production of rich, ripe black-fruited Grenache and Syrah. Both wines should be considered if you can get hold of them, […]

Gainey Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley

Small to medium-sized and long established operation. The Gainey Home Ranch of some 36 ha (91 acres) is planted to the red Bordeaux varieties in addition to Sauvignon Blanc. The property itself is much larger at 730 ha (1,800 acres) and the family also farm cattle. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah have been planted across […]

Flying Goat Cellars Santa Ynez Valley

Small operation specialising in Pinot Noir but lately making a little Pinot Gris too as well as sparkling white, red and rosé. The wines now come from a range of selected vineyards. Owner and winemaker Norman Yost has over 25 years winemaking experience in both the Russian River Valley and Oregon, ideal qualifications for making […]

Brander Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley

Bordeaux varieties, both red and white, are the focal point at this property. Decent reds are made in a markedly structured style but the Sauvignon Blancs are perhaps the most striking wines. Like the reds they are more Bordeaux-like than many other New World examples. The Santa Ynez bottling is softly structured with a hint […]

Beckmen Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley

Tom Beckmen established this operation in 1994 when he bought a Santa Barbara ranch which he replanted with different rootstocks. In 1996 he added the Purisma Mountain Vineyard property which is planted at altitude and unusually on limestone-based soils. Warm summer days are complemented by cool nights which provide additional structure in the wines. Tom […]

Andrew Murray Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley

Andrew Murray Vineyards is a relatively new and good Rhône specialist. The range is dominated by Syrah. There is an approachable fruit driven example Tous Les Jours as well as a number of single vineyard wines. Vineyard sources have included Stolpman, Thompson, Watch Hill and Terra Bella. Esperance is a stylish blend of Grenache, Syrah […]

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