A Pinot That Will Knock You Sideways


The story of Santa Barbara Winery begins when then architect Pierre Lafond caught the wine bug while working in Santa Barbara.  In 1962 he started Santa Barbara Winery which was the first commercial winery opened in Santa Barbara since prohibition. 

The next big step for Santa Barbara Winery was to gain the winemaking talents of Bruce McGuire who came on board in 1981 after working at several wineries in northern California.  Shortly after moving to Santa Barbara, Bruce was one of the early pioneers of the development of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbary County.
 
Today Santa Barbara County’s wine business is much more divided than it once was, now consists of the American Viticultural Areas of Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills and the most recent, Happy Canyon.  Santa Barbara County located just northwest of Los Angeles where the coast takes a drastic turn toward the east creates unique growing conditions for the vines.  Furthermore the valleys of Santa Maria and Santa Ynez are two of only few valleys in California that runs west to east allowing consistency to the cool winds and fog that blow in from the ocean and extend the growing season.  This allows for more time for the grapes to develop complexity in their flavor profiles.
 
Santa Barbara Winery ‘Santa Rita Hills’ Pinot Noir
The Santa Rita Hills AVA was granted in 2001.  The region, located at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley enjoys the late afternoon ocean fog that rolls in and is kept in place (until early morning) by the Santa Rosa Hills to the South and the Purisima Hills to the North.
 
The winemaking talents of Bruce McGuire, the uniqueness of the location where the grapes are grown and the history of the winery are just a few of the reasons why we are extremely excited to introduce our customers to one of our newest selections that are available only at Central Market.
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Global Administrator wrote on 3/25/2013 11:06:39 AM

Hi Tracey - this wine normally retails for $19.95

Tracey wrote on 3/25/2013 10:53:45 AM

Sounds like a wonderful PN. What does it sell for? Thanks!

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