ALL ABOUT SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
- Santa Maria is the first with its foggy and windy climate it tends to focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. So many different microclimates, and diversity in soil types but all fitting for these great varieties. The area is most well known for the Foxen Canyon wine trail that stretches 30 miles with 14 wineries and links Los Olivos with Santa Maria. One of my most popular wines from the region is the Foxen Santa Maria Pinot Noir. This is a rich and voluptuous Pinot from longtime experts out at Foxen Vineyards. Quintessential Santa Maria: rich black cherry, cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of cola and toast with just the right texture, weight and earth to round out the dark fruits. A crowd-pleasing style for sure, this is the perfect match for Santa Maria barbecue!
- Santa Ynez Valley is made up of 4 sub AVA: Santa Ynez Valley is a long east to west corridor which is very cool on the coast and much warmer temperatures inland. Pinot in the western part of the valley and a focus on Cabernet and Merlot in the more eastern part of the valley. We do carry wines with Santa Ynez on the label meaning they can pull from any of these sub AVA’s for fruit. Here are some of our killer options.
1. Sta. Rita Hills is close to the ocean which gives it foggy mornings with mid morning sunshine and breezy afternoons. Sedimentary soils and patches of Diatomaceous earth and limestone make this area one of the best for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. There are 59 vineyards that make up with area with 2,700 acres planted. I have so many amazing wines from this area it is hard for me to pick. I am a personal fan of Angela Osborne’s Grenache bottling that come from this area.
2. Ballard Canyon is up next that runs North to south and has its own special micro climate. 7,800 acre in the area with only 550 acres planted to vine! Ballard canyon is known for Syrah and Other killer Rhône varieties
3. Happy Canyon is the most eastern part of the Santa Ynez valley. With elevations that range from 500ft to 3,400 with a north to south orientation. This area is the warmest of the regions because it is most inland with its rolling hills terrain and high slopes and a large variety of soil types this area really focuses of Bordeaux varieties and rich concentrated wines.
4. Los Olivos is the nest of the AVAs in Santa Ynez. This AVA is a broad terrace between Purisima Hills above Solvang and the western flank of Happy Canyon. We see a lot of consistency in climate and terrain in this area. Terrain is gentle slopes with moderate climate, warm days and the occasional morning fog and cooler nighttime temperate. 1,121 acre as are planted and 47 vineyards are producing wine. This is the largest concentration of vineyards in a Sub AVA. Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône varieties, Spanish and Italian varieties all thrive here.
- With this new addition in 2020, I haven’t yet received any wines with Alisos on the label, but I will keep an eye out for new additions to the store and update the list when I find something great!