Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival 2012
The word "Carranza" might be from a Basque surname, possibly derived from the words for "big rock," but I will always associate it with drinking wine in a cow pasture in 90+ degree heat. That's not really a bad thing when the wines are from Santa Barbara county and you have over a hundred vintners to choose from though.
Wine enthusiasts carefully maneuvered major ruts, holes, and the odd cow-pie on Saturday to meet Santa Barbara county vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music. The Festival was held at The Carranza on the outskirts of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley. The grounds are very scenic, surrounded by rolling hills dotted with old oak trees. I'll just have to wear my boots the next time.
|L-R top: Blackjack, Carr, J Ludlow|
L-R bottom: Rarus, Cambria, TreAnelli
|L-R top: Lafond, Presquile, Mosby|
L-R bottom: Tantara, Silver, Tantara
It was a warm day with temperatures in the 90s and most people were looking for chilled white or rosé wines to taste. A few wineries were even chilling their red wines in an effort to keep them in the range of what "room temp" is normally. Others were serving their red wines at warmer than optimal temperatures.A few of the new wines I enjoyed were from Ampelos Cellars, Tre Anelli, Grassini Family Vineyards, J Ludlow Vineyard, Mosby Winery & Vineyards, Presquile Winery, and Silver Wines. Some interesting wines that I'm familiar with included Au Bon Climat, Cambria, Carr, Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, Melville Winery, Rusack, Rancho Sisquoc, and Tantara. There were so many wines being poured it was easy to find something interesting!
|Decanting is good, and in this heat chilling red wine is a good idea too!|
Grassini Family Vineyards pouring the 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
|Cookies from Panera Bread, melon drink from The Willows, frozen syrah sorbet from the Epicurean Cowboy|
|Hitching Post smokey BBQ with mushrooms and carrots|
|Red hot pickin from Burning James|
|Wine tasters - out standing in the field|
|Prodigal looked like a no show, but I'm sure they'll return...|
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