Wine Club Newsletter


March 2017 Newsletter


Spring is maybe the most beautiful time in the Santa Ynez Valley, and this year, so incredibly green you may think you are in Ireland.  The abundance of rain this year has created the most amazing shades of green, and the wildflowers are starting to burst up everywhere.  It is a gorgeous time to visit!  

As usual, we are excited about our wine selections, and have chosen some beauties for you.  All of these wines have been hand crafted with passion and care, and are extremely small productions.  We suggest re-ordering sooner than later, as we expect them to sell out quickly. Cheers!



Press Gang Cellars Finner
Winemaker/owner:  Kyle Knapp

Wine: 2014 Blend, 60% Syrah, 40% Grenache. Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 35

Price: $40

This Press Gang Cellars wine is hand picked, hand sorted, fermented using native yeast, extended aging, hand bottled, hand labeled and hand waxed. Sourced from several high quality vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley, hand selected by the winemaker, Kyle Knapp.  The wine was aged 18 months in neutral French oak barrels and is 15.1% in Alcohol. 

This wine is big and bold, but incredibly smooth.   Dark red fruits, with hints of spice, great mouth feel and a lengthy finish.  We like this wine with red meat...think venison, lamb, steak.  Also a fine wine with Bolognese, BBQ pork, or a good old fashioned burger.  

Aging: Drink now through 2022

Winemaker/owner: Len Germano

Wine: 2015 Grenache. Sandoval Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 65 Cases

Price: $40

Len Germano is a New Jersey native who is incredibly proud and enthusiastic about his wines. So much so, that the label name is a combination of his two daughter’s names, Sienna and Skye. After moving to California over 10 years ago, Len began falling in love with wine while working in the industry. He worked under Joe Tensley for a couple of years before beginning his own label in Buellton, CA. His current total production is 125 cases and will be introducing a beautiful Viognier to his next lineup.

Light and lean, but packs a punch!  Flavors of raspberries and strawberries abound, with a gorgeous earthiness that really balances out this wine.  One year in barrel in all neutral French Oak. Absolutely no additives and minimal sulfur. An easy wine to drink alone, but amazing with food.  This Grenache is incredibly versatile and pairs with just about anything. Roast chicken, pizza, and pork in all forms would be a perfect pairing. 

Aging: Drink now through 2022


Fiddleback Brand Dry Riesling
Winemakers/owner: Mikael Sigouin/Ryan Fetgatter, Christy Davidge

Wine: 2015 Dry Riesling, Giff’s Vineyard. Los Olivos District AVA

Case Production: 100 Cases

Price: $28

Ryan and Christy have been selling fruit from their vineyard, the oldest in the Santa Ynez Valley, to small winemakers for years. A couple of years ago, over some wine, they decided to finally make a couple of wines. Wanting to highlight some interesting varietals that grow extremely well in their vineyard they hired a most respected winemaker, Mikael Sigouin. The result, a beautifully crisp and bright wine, with flavors of sour grass, apple, pear and nice minerality.  

Aged in stainless steel, this is an easy going, totally dry Riesling, that will be perfect for Spring dishes, spicy Thai food and just sipping in the sun.  


Drink now through 2018