Monday, October 12, 2015

Celebration of Harvest Festival 2015

The Grand Tasting at the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang is always a fantastic opportunity to visit with Santa Babara County Vintners and sample their wines. And holding the festival at harvest time is a very nice time of year to visit the Santa Ynez Valley--usually.  This year the weather was a little HOT! But those who kept cool enough (think hydrate before lubricate) enjoyed some great wine, food and music.
 Bags of ice and cool water saved the day.

Adam Phillips Band Groovin'
David Courtenay & The Castawaves
Babé Farms
Autostrada Wood Fired Pizza
Petros Hellenic California Cuisine
Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie

Hitching Post II 
Olive House

Au Bon Climat Winery/Clendenen Family Vineyards
2012 Clendenen Family Vineyards Viognier, Santa Maria Valley
Demetria Estate
 2013 Pinot Noir “Le Belier” Sta. Rita Hills
2012 Pantheon GSM
Jaime Slone Wines
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
2011 BoRific Red Blend, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 Ros
2014 Hapa Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
2013 Halé, Santa Ynez Valley
2013 Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley
2013 Tierra Alta Grenache, Ballard Canyon
Ken Brown
2012 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, Nielson Vineyard
2012 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, La Encatada Vineyard
2012 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, Clos Pepe Vineyard
2013 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, Rita’s Crown Vineyard
2012 Syrah, Santa Barbara County, Thompson Vineyard

Kenneth Volk Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Cuvée, Santa Maria Valley
2013 Chardonnay, "Jaybird", Santa Maria Valley
2014 Albariño, Riverbench Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Cuvée, Santa Maria Valley
2010 Syrah, Nielson Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
Kenneth Volk showing off some of the marine origin soil and a whale bone he found.
Koehler Winery
2014 Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
2014 Rosé of Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley
Larner Vineyard & Winery
2013 Estate Malvasia Bianca, Ballard Canyon
2011 Elemental, Estate GSM Blend, Ballard Canyon
2011 Estate Syrah, Ballard Canyon
Margerum Wine Company
Doug & Marni Margerum
2013 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
2013 M5 Rhone Blend, Santa Barbara County
2012 Grenache, Santa Barbara County
2012 Colson Canyon Syrah, Santa Barbara County
2014 Barden Fonte, Sta. Rita Hills
Saarloos + sons
2014 Estate Grown Grenache Blanc, Santa Barbara
2013 Estate Grown Syrah, Ballard Canyon AVA
 2014 Grenache Rosé
Sanford Winery and Vineyards
2012 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2012 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
2014 Pinot Noir-Vin Gris, Sta. Rita Hills Appellation
Silver Wines
 2010 El Ojo Blanco, Cuvée Uno, Santa Barbara County
Stolpman Vineyards
2013 Roussanne
2014 Para Maria Del Los Tecolotes
2012 Sangiovese
2013 La Croce (Syrah & Sangiovese Cofermented)
2013 Viognier, Ingeborg Vineyard
2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
2012 Cabernet Franc, Santa Ynez Valley
tercero wines 
2014 Mourvedre Rose, Vogelzang Vineyard, Happy Canyon
2014 Albarino, C5 Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley AVA
2013 Verbiage Blanc,
Santa Barbara County AVA
2014 The Outlier, Santa Barbara County AVA
2010 Verbiage Rouge, Santa Barbara County AVA
2010 Grenache, Larner Vineyard, Ballard Canyon AVA
2010 The Climb, Santa Barbara County AVA
Tessa Marie Wines
2014 Vermentino
2010 Sangiovese
2009 Coquette
Toretti Family Vineyard 
2012 Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
2012 Valentino Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley
2013 Parea (Syrah, Grenache), Santa Ynez Valley
2013 "F Street" Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
2013 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

This festival is always a great way to keep up-to-date with wines from Santa Barbara County. Every one of the close to 40 wines I sampled were excellent. My only regret is that I couldn't try all of the wines from the many other wineries there; something to look forward to next year.


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