Archive for October, 2018

Shangri-La Wine

Posted in Uncategorized on 31 October 2018 by stephen wayne

For the wine collector that (almost) has everything: A world class Cabernet from Yunnan Province with vineyards planted in the Himalayas at altitudes of 6,800-8400 feet. This is unexplored wine territory in the lands the legendary city of Shangri-La is said to have been located. Forbes has a great article on this wine being tasted blind alongside 1986 Clerc Milon, 2008 Conterno Barolo…. Vineyards are tended to by families of Tibeteans. We tasted this wine last week and were very surprised at the excellent quality. Who would have thought. $325 a bottle is a weee bit steep but this after all a little piece of wine history in the making. #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

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So Cute!

Posted in Uncategorized on 18 October 2018 by stephen wayne

They’re so freaking cute!!! 2016 half bottles of port have arrived. Taylor = 100 points. Fonseca = 98 points. It’s a classic vintage port year. Some of the funnier professional media descriptors: wet earth and hot stones. Grippy and withdrawn. Coiled. A rapier on the nose. Bilberry. Marine-tinged. Linear blackcurrant. We could go on. Needless to say this is a fantastic vintage and as always the half bottles will sell out much quicker than the fulls. 375ml = $56 a piece and discounts on three or more. We are open until 6 PM the rest of the week. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb

1600

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 October 2018 by stephen wayne

The short of it: dynamic. Captivating. $18. And in stock. The details: Since 1600, the Gregoletto family has faithfully carried forth the wine tradition deeply rooted in the steep slopes about an hour north of Venice. In the stunning green foothills of the Dolomites, they bottle wines with an inextricable link to the past. At Gregoletto, production methods are family secrets that have been passed down through countless generations to present day, as 91 year-old Luigi Gregoletto—whose first harvest dates back to 1947—continues to surprise with his deft skill and humble artisanship.

The Verdiso grape is indigenous to this dramatic, undulating landscape, and while permitted in small quantities in the region’s ubiquitous Prosecco, the variety is rarely ever bottled on its own. The Gregolettos are among the last to do so, creating a still white full of zest and intrigue with a knack for stimulating the palate and mind. The Gregoletto methods—traditional farming respectful of the land, manual harvest, and spontaneous fermentation—yield this low-alcohol bianco with suggestions of tart apple, fresh herbs, minerals, and a clean, saline finish accented by a hint of bitter almond. Sipping it is taking a plunge into Veneto history through brisk, pure, joyful refreshment. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb #collitrevigiani

Memories

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 October 2018 by stephen wayne

We’ll defer to Terry’s notes as we are on our way to dinner. But if we could say one thing about this wine from Pierre Peters it’s this: each vintage holds a specific memory in mind. 1999: Renegade. Out of magnum. It was raining. 2002: Gary Danko. Corner table with quirky waiter. 2008: yeah… we’re holding off on this vintage for a few more years. 2010? Birthday bottle. Living room couch. Relaxed conversation. And now:

“If Chétillons is regal, which I think it is, then Péters’ bottling is kingly. It is proud, “masculine,” always makes me think of the Chassagne side of the Burgundy Grand Cru whites. If it’s Chablis then it’s Les Clos. This 2010 is conspicuously open for a Chétillons at this stage, showing insanely expressive back palate mineral; the whole wine is fervid and will ambush you with its steel and umami and its icy mass of terroir.” T.T.

Cassis Please

Posted in Uncategorized on 4 October 2018 by stephen wayne

2015 Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc is one impressive wine. This blend of Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc, grown on limestone is a magnificent expression that captures the essence of the costal town of Cassis. Nervy salinity, yellow flowers, citrus, peach, honeycomb, balancing acid, this is truly exceptional. It glimmers in your glass. Pair with shellfish, bouillabaisse (for sure!), it will stand up to a roasted curried chicken, and matches well with 68% of the sushi rolls at Arigato. Can you tell we just love this wine? In stock @ $28. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #thatwinenerd #intothebottle #somm3 #savorsb