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Buellton , California Here is a small winery in the Santa Barbara County, Lo-Fi , it makes its wine from purchased grapes in a cooperative-style facility housing some 8 boutique wineries under its roof on the outskirts of Buellton, on US in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mike Roth and associate Craig Winchester are making wines naturally using wild yeast and little or no sulfites, with the aim to make easy-drinking wines. I found the square grey building with ease, and we skipped inside where it was enjoyingly cool and the light more bearable.
I asked Mike, who is born in New Jersey, about how he ended up making wine, he says he initially wanted to be a chef, a cook, since he was interested by food as a kid already. Now Mike even has a vineyard of his own in Los Alamos where they opended recently a tasting room and he buys grapes from Coquelicot while also making their wine.
It's more contracted acreage than grape purchase and he can dictate the farming, and anyway he controls their farming in general because he makes their wine too. Mike Roth and Craig winchester they know each other since they were teenagers make wine under the Lo-Fi label since , before that Mike was making wine for other people.
The issue with this type of relation is often that wineries aren't controlling the farming and get fruit that is grown with productivity and volume in mind, not quality.
Here is Peter Martin Ray Vineyards [not to mistake with the Martin Ray Winery which is a conventional winery], a grower which is sought-after for its demanding vineyard management and excellent location in this part of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The parcels are located at the top of a hill next to the one with the historic Montebello-Ridge vineyards, and thanks to the farming, the altitude and terroir they grow beautiful grapes for a short list of wineries - Welcome to the uncharted vineyards of California The grapes of Peter Martin Ray Vineyards are purchased by wineries like Ceritas and also Arnot-Roberts , which says it all by itself, and also by young winemakers like Jaimee Motley and the two guys behind Birichino Wines.
You know that what makes the quality of a wine is basically the grapes and vineyard behind it, it's now obvious for everyone that you can't make good wine with improperly-managed vines and at the opposite, you almost can't but make good wine if the balance is there in the vineyard side.
What is fully understandable for artisan winemakers is a problem for commercial-minded wineries where volume is considered as an imperative in their business. For the same price they'd rather buy high-yield, irrigated fruit to growers and do afterwards all sort of corrections in the cellar to get something their oenologist deem drinkable.
It is encouraging to see both in the Old World and the New World that more and more rebels shrug off this mainstream approach and get back to the fundamentals of winemaking: Amboise , Touraine Loire This was an impromptu visit at the cellar of Nicolas Renard , we didn't know if the elusive cult vigneron was there on a saturday but as Alex Bernardo was visiting me in my Loire retreat for the weekend we gave it a try and drove over there.
Alex Bernardo at Vineyard Gate in San Francisco is the only one along with Mrs Yasuko Goda for Japan to got to export his wines and for the American wine lovers shipment soon on its way who knew Nicolas from his years at Lemaire Fournier that is a rare priviledge. I'm not overdoing it because Alex has a banner on my site but he was indeed a precursor more than once, he was the first to sell Clos Roche Blanche on the West Coast back in and at the time it was a hard sell, people in the region weren't aware of CBR wines, he also discovered Jolly Ferriol for the California wine lovers.
This was a beautiful ride from the Cher valley to Montlouis on another sunny day, this time I didn't come across the wild goat that wanders around wherever it wants in and out of the property, but before I left I could spot it briefly in the distance, a goat with a character of its own, indeed Living right next the workplace has certainly its drawbacks like when you tend to be there even in the middle of private time but with this environment the advantages stand out, especially when you raise kids.
My sister had brought me this bottle which she found in Lyon or a trip in the Rhone and we waited to open the bottle, it happened to be a very enjoyable wine. It's vinifies naturally on wild yeast, is and feels unfiltered. These outsiders are again making a terrific job, and with a label like this one I was almost sure I'd like the wine. I'm looking forward to trying more of their wines. Wine discovery, wine tasting and vineyards in France.
Martha Stoumen, California Martha Stoumen at Venturi vineyards Ukiah , California Martha Stoumen started her winery relatively recently in after initially studying Geography and Environmental matters in UCLA with Professor Judith Carney and she pursued her Italian heritage by travelling there, doing apprenticeship in a farm in Tuscany working with endangered farm species and breeds.
They also learn from their friend Dani Rozman La Onda who makes wines not far from here and has also a good experience. Visit at Nicolas Renard Loire Nicolas Renard with Alex Bernardo Amboise , Touraine Loire This was an impromptu visit at the cellar of Nicolas Renard , we didn't know if the elusive cult vigneron was there on a saturday but as Alex Bernardo was visiting me in my Loire retreat for the weekend we gave it a try and drove over there.
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