(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)
Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and feverishly studied) in wine regions all over the world. The variety's elusive charm has carried it to all manner of vineyards, from western Germany and northern Italy to Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand. It is the patriarch of the Pinot family of grape varieties – so called because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (pinot in French). Other members of this family include Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Aligote and Pinot Noir's white-wine counterpart, ...more
Santa Barbara County occupies a roughly rectangular area at the southern end of California's Central Coast region. Its southern and western boundaries are formed by the Pacific coastline as it deviates from its south-easterly course, veering first south towards Lompoc and Point Arguello, then east from Point Concepcion to the port town of Santa Barbara (the county seat). Since America's winemaking renaissance in the 1960s and 1970s, Santa Barbara vineyards have been increasingly successful with each vintage. They now produce some of the most sought-after (and most expensive) wine grapes in California, almost half of which are sold to wineries based outside the county.
The county's topography consists mostly of coastal hills and river valleys. From the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Mountains in the south and west to the hills of the Los Padres National Fores ...more
The Central Coast AVA in California covers the long stretch of coastline from San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara, and reaches inland from the Pacific Ocean to the borders of the Central Valley. The climate and topography vary enormously across this immense region, making it impossible to generalize about win...more
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