Soave? Just Say Yes Please

Posted in Uncategorized on 18 January 2019 by stephen wayne

Soave. Ho Hum. The same way you think of grocery store Pinot Grigios or chain-restaurant Chardonnays. But there are a hand full of producers that portray wines from Soave in an entirely new light. These wines have verve and dimension, incredible minerality and force. They are great seafood wines, worthy of aging for six, seven, eight-plus years. Roccolo Grassi produces one of these wines, from the varietal Garganega. The wine pictured is from a small, single vineyard and it’s $22. Neighbors think they’re crazy because that same vineyard could be producing 80,90, 100 dollar Amarone wines. We are thankful that it doesn’t. The wine is in stock and we think you should really experience it! #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb

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Bojos 2017!

Posted in Uncategorized on 9 January 2019 by stephen wayne

From Beaujolais superstar Marcel Lapierre: 2017 Juliénas ($33) – This wine is grown on the Côte de Bessay, a single parcel of 6 acres north and above of the Village of Julienas at the border of the St Amour appelation.

Actually half the parcel is classified as St Amour Aoc and the other half as Julienas Aoc. Mathieu Lapierre holds a long contract with the vineyard owner and together with his cousin, Christophe Pacalet, they work the parcel and vinify the wine following the same principles of fermentation without sulfites originally implemented by their father and uncle, Marcel Lapierre. The forty years old vines are grown on a deep blue granitic soil fully exposed south, southeast. The age of these vines brings concentration and structure to the wine.

Only indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation and they require an higher temperature to work properly.

This is a deep ruby-colored wine that combines aromas of violet flowers, raspberries and spices.. It shows an impressive structure and also a good concentration of fruit on the palate. This is an age worthy Beaujolais that could be put aside for a few years.

And of course Lapierre’s 2017 Morgon ($36) of which he is most famous for. In stock today. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb

Insanity Bottles

Posted in Uncategorized on 29 November 2018 by stephen wayne

Let the insanity begin! The 2005 Terlano Pinot Bianco “Rarita” has arrived. Thirteen years ago the grapes were harvested manually followed by a gentle whole cluster pressing, clarification of the must by natural sedimentation. Slow fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with partial malo (50%). Aged on the lees in big neutral barrels for 12 months THEN the insanity begins: the wine is further aged on the lees in steel pressurized tanks with no fining or filtering for 12-ish years! Oh boy. Since this has just arrived we haven’t tried it (trying to convince @kelsens to bring up a bottle to taste – we’ll buy lunch). But as the 2002 Pinot Bianco needed about 5 hours of decanting time before it soared we suspect this bottle will need the same if not more. $165 and in stock and as you probably guessed, it’s limited (3000 bottles total production). We are open until 6pm today. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #sbindependent #sbindy

Joe Beef

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 November 2018 by stephen wayne

Finally. After all these years the restaurant that brought us “Oysters on a Toaster” has released their long anticipated sequel. With equally intriguing items from their Montreal restaurant: Nose-to-Tail Volaille. Deer Beer Belly. Power Franks. All-Star Cabbage Diet Soup. Ham in the Radio (IN?) So many more! Oh this winter season in the kitchen is going to be fun. Check your local bookstore for a copy. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #joebeef #joebeefapocalypsebook2

New Beaujolais Nouveau

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 November 2018 by stephen wayne

FORGET EVERYTHING you thought you knew about Beaujolais Nouveau! This one from Pierre-Marie Chermette from Domaine du Vissoux is full of bright exotic berry fruits (see types written on left side of label). There’s spice and freshness and the perfect universal balance. Utterly charming and THE perfect pairing with Thanksgiving. $14.50 and in stock along with their 2018 Nouveau Rose ($14). And get this: it’s the only Beaujolais Nouveau we’ve ever heard of that’s ALLOCATED! #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #sbindependent

Legacy

Posted in Uncategorized on 6 November 2018 by stephen wayne

The 2008 Dom Perpignan Legacy Edition & 2000 Dom Perignon P2 have arrived at Renegade. Both with gift boxes and on sale through the holidays. the 99 point 2008 is the best vintage since perhaps 1982. The 97 point 2000 P2 has rested in the lees for 15 years before being released. Incredible wines! #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #sbindependent #domperignon

Vitovska

Posted in Uncategorized on 2 November 2018 by stephen wayne

A few epic new arrivals from Paolo Vodopivec. All he works with is the varietal Vitovska, local to the area of Venezia Giulia in northeast Italy. These wines possess such force that they seemingly mock traditional tasting notes. While they are undeniably beautiful, they demand a level of attentiveness and concentration from the taster. We’ve heard “profound” used most to describe these wines. We have three different cuvees in stock ranging from $65-$72. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #sbindependent