Are you familiar with the wines from California's Santa Barbara County? No? No problem. This week's WineChat on Twitter was all about discovering this region. And not just one but four wineries stopped by to share their knowledge and passion: Brewer-Clifton, Grassini Family Vineyards, Lafond Winery, and Westerly Wines. Here are some highlights from a spirited online discussion:
Get to know the county:
The 5 AVAs of Santa Barbara County: Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon of SB, Ballard Canyon. #winechat— SantaBarbaraWines (@SBCWines) June 26, 2014
Let us geek out even further:
@SuzieLin did you know that Ballard Canyon, Sta. Rita Hills, and Happy Canyon are sub AVAs of the larger Santa Ynez Valley? #winechat— SantaBarbaraWines (@SBCWines) June 26, 2014
@dvinewinetime #malvasiabianca is an ancient grape from the mediterranean that is planted all over #Italy from Vin Santo - aromatic wine— Palmina Wines (@palminawines) June 26, 2014
We harvest these grapes from the Larner Vineyard & Alisos Vineyard! Larner also makes a MB #winechat— Palmina Wines (@palminawines) June 26, 2014
Mojo in the barrel and on the stage:
Link to their songs: http://t.co/paaaG8OlOr MT @awanderingwino: Steve Clifton @palminawines is also a singer in a band called Mojo #winechat— Frank Morgan (@DrinkWhatULike) June 26, 2014
Get to know Grassini.
We're an estate winery focused on #Bordeaux in @HappyCanyonAVA, @SandyWasserman. Making about 2,500 cases/yr but slowly growing. #WineChat— GrassiniWines (@GrassiniWines) June 26, 2014
Ooooh! @GrassiniWines, your SauvBlanc is even a better pairing for my citrus sea bass! #winechat— VineSleuth (@vinesleuth) June 26, 2014
A brief on Brewer-Clifton:
>@BrewerClifton is a partnership between Steve Clifton and Greg Brewer #sbcwine Rock-stars #winechat— Shawn Burgert (@awanderingwino) June 26, 2014
Wax on/wax off:
Opening a wax seal seems hard I know! Just warm it with your palm, then go straight in with the opener. The wax should pop off. #winechat— Brewer-Clifton (@BrewerClifton) June 26, 2014
More cheese, please.
@DrinkWhatULike We hope folks love it! Goes great with harder cheese like sheep cheese. #winechat pic.twitter.com/pq3fGGwR4l— Brewer-Clifton (@BrewerClifton) June 26, 2014
Two of a kind.
#sbcwine @SBWinery is both SB and Lafond 2 wineries #winechat pic.twitter.com/u0MmkxY0EA— Shawn Burgert (@awanderingwino) June 26, 2014
Old school and new school.
@awanderingwino Yes. Sb winery 1961. Lafond 1996. Same owner, Pierre Lafond, My father— Santa Barbara Winery (@SBWinery) June 26, 2014
Pinot Noir: from the breakfast table to the dinner table.
MT @awanderingwino: @DrinkWhatULike I call the 115 the 10 AM Pinot, smooth sexy. 667/777 is the steak Pinot. #winechat #sbcwine @SBWinery— Frank Morgan (@DrinkWhatULike) June 26, 2014
Time to get Happy (Canyon) with Westerly.
@ProtocolWine @awanderingwino @SBCWines #winechat handcrafted 50% Cab Sauv 23% Merlot 23% Petit Verdot 4% Cab Franc pic.twitter.com/vUx8rzqaLw— Westerly Wines (@WesterlyWines) June 26, 2014
At the corner of wine and time:
You can even find the street named @WesterlyWines #winechat #sbcwine pic.twitter.com/qGX7st8hIw— Shawn Burgert (@awanderingwino) June 26, 2014
In conclusion, eat pizza and keep wine FUN!
@WesterlyWines '10 Fletcher's Red-Cab/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cab Franc blend-fantastic! Grilled steak, BBQ or pizza + this wine=fun! #winechat— D' Vine Wine Time (@dvinewinetime) June 26, 2014