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30 Years

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 June 2018 by stephen wayne

Nope. Don’t do it. Don’t just open this treasure and drink. It’s such a baby, all pale cherry and notes. What notes? Not sure yet. It’s in a decanter. And we are patiently waiting for a few hours. (Hour 3): Devine. The flavors are fresh and every moment changing. Fragrance and balance are incredible. Reminds us of a cryptic poem by Giacomo Leopardi we are still struggling to comprehend after all these years. Sublime and incomprehensible at the same moment. (Hour 5): hmmmmm, we are still waiting for the invitation. It’s as if you know there’s a grand event happening just on the other side of the mahogany doors. But they’re still locked. Well maybe one bolt has turned and we can peer through the crack. This is in a class by itself. Buy some if you are curious. But have patience. If this is a birth year or anniversary year have no fear. This will age gracefully for three decades. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805 #bestwinestore

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2007 Salon, oh my!

Posted in Uncategorized on 22 June 2018 by stephen wayne

Oh boy! A new vintage of Salon just arrived. This is an absolutely singular bottle of bubbles. Nothing else is quite like it. Micro fine bubbles. Fresh and bright as sunshine. Aromas of lemon, lime, yuzu. Then green apple, smoked tea, fresh herbs and wet stone. This is an electric sensation sending shiver upon shiver down the spine. Perfect with oysters, tempura langoustines, sea bass tartare, 24- month aged Comte or a truffled Brie. We could go on and on. It’s not inexpensive (usually less than 10,000 bottles are produced) but it is life changing. We are open until 6pm today and Saturday for all your summer solstice wine needs. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805 #bestwinestore

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Red Sonja

Posted in Uncategorized on 14 June 2018 by stephen wayne

This is not the label we signed up for! Backstory: we sampled this utterly fabulous, biodynamic Austrian Cabernet Franc in Vienna a few months ago from a bottle with a very different label. We ordered it and it has now arrived. Quite the curious label this “Red Sonja” Regardless this is Great Juice. Medium bodied, fresh and bright. Hints of herbs and tobacco with nice shinning red fruit. Somewhat “natural” on the nose. All in all a very well-made Cab Franc. And who is this “Red Sonja”? A fictional character in a Marvel Comic book. And later Brigitte Nielsen played the character in the movie of the same name Co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yes. The move received a 5 (out of 10) on IMDB. The wine however is a solid 9. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #za

Surprise! Sylvaner!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 June 2018 by stephen wayne

The often overlooked grape, Sylvaner, (even Eric Asimov mentioned that it never amounts to much) shines bright in this bottle from Weinbach. What a wonderfully bright, texturally intriguing wine that today was paired perfectly with Shanghai dumplings, crispy pork potstickers, & duck egg rolls at China Pavillions’s Dim Sum. We are lucky enough to carry this wine at Renegade ($26) and look forward to enjoying another bottle with Zen Yai’s famous Panang Curry. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

The Gamma Factor

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 June 2018 by stephen wayne

It’s Saturday night. What do you do? Discover the best Etna White we’ve ever had. The bottle pictured is named Gamma. As in gamma factor which Wiki defines as “the factor by which time, length, and relativistic mass change for an object while that object is moving”. Perhaps the definition of this bottle. The fruit in the wine is like liquid electricity! Balanced citrus and elegant tropical fruit danced with elegant power and a great salinity that is striking. Federico Curtaz produces a minuscule amount of this wine. We have it in stock ready for your immense enjoyment. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

Bubbly Nebbiolo

Posted in Uncategorized on 31 May 2018 by stephen wayne

Yikes (and WOW)! A seriously great Sparkling Nebbiolo rose from Barolo legend Ettore Germano. The grapes are specifically picked early for great acidity and freshness. Aged in stainless (80%) and old barriques (20%). 16 months on the lees. This is a dry, delicious, complex wine perfect as an aperitif or paired with salmon. $34 and in stock. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

Comando G

Posted in Uncategorized on 29 May 2018 by stephen wayne

Fernando García & Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi are the founders of this Spanish winery Comando G. For over 10 years they’ve been tracking down lost and forgotten vineyards that were only legend, whispered about in taverns or in the fields after a night of drinking. This old vine Garnacha is lovely, with floral notes, and a chalky minerality. Tremendously elegant. In stock today and $26 a bottle. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805