Italy Italy Italy

Posted in Uncategorized on 31 July 2018 by stephen wayne

What a fantastic tasting at Renegade last night with Giuseppe Russo (Girolamo Russo, Mt Etna), Andrea Piccin (Grifalco, Basilicata), and Jessica Garver (Oliver McCrum Wines). Every wine was a clear favorite. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805 #thatwinenerd #girolamorusso #grifalco

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Giovanna!

Posted in Uncategorized on 10 July 2018 by stephen wayne

Giovanna Morganti is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best of the new generation of Tuscan winemakers. She makes this one wine, “La Trame” (the intrigues). 7000 vines per hectare dedicated to Sangiovese with a few rows of Fogliatonda. This is Sangiovese in its purest form unencumbered by manipulation or new oak. We call this wine ferociously elegant. Graceful and impeccably balanced. Cellar for 5+years or decant for 4-5 hours before enjoying with a nice rack of lamb. In stock ($52). We are open today until 6 PM and the rest of the week until 6 PM. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805 #thatwinenerd

Pineau (bless you!)

Posted in Uncategorized on 5 July 2018 by stephen wayne

Pineau d’Aunis – also known as Chenin Noir – is a little known varietal grown in the Loire Valley (King Henry Plantagenet loved it so much he brought the wine to England in 1246). It’s grown in tiny quantities by a handful of producers. Complex and subtle are good adjectives to describe the wine. This one is made in the ‘natural’ way with very low sulpher added. Open this and let breath for an hour or two. Then enjoy. As Eric Asimov has said, “put this on your to-do list.” $30 and in stock. Oh, and the winemaker Nathalie Gaubicher is a gem! #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

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

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