Wine Club Newsletter


June 2017 Newsletter


Summer has set in and we are having our usual warm days and cool evenings. The Valley hums with activity during these months as vineyards prepare for the upcoming harvest. The vines are no longer bare and we can begin to see little clusters which will bring us so much happiness. Make sure you make it a point to come up and visit this summer!   

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!



Ryan Cochrane Pinot Noir
Winemaker/owner:  Ryan Cochrane

Wine: 2013 Pinot Noir, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills AVA

Case Production: 125

Price: $45

Despite working for an advertising agency in San Francisco, Ryan Cochrane had always dreamed of making wine.  Not feeling totally fulfilled, he decided in 2009 to make that dream a reality.  He worked an entire year for a Paso Robles winery, where he helped with every phase, from vineyard work, harvest, and caring for barrels in the cellar.  In 2010, he created his own label, focusing on hand crafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, in extremely small quantities.  The results are fantastic! This Pinot Noir hand picked, hand sorted, fermented using native yeast, 20% whole cluster fermentation and aged 9 months in neutral French oak barrels. Sourced from Fiddlestix Vineyard in the highly renowned Santa Rita Hills AVA. 

On the nose, strawberries, cherries and cigar box.  On the palette, more strawberries, cherries, carmelized vanilla and baking spices.  A lighter bodied wine, yet rich with a round, smooth mouthfeel, sparkling acid and an infinite finish! This will pair nicely with grilled salmon, charcuterie, patés, goat cheese and grilled asparagus. 

Aging: Drink now through 2021

Jalopy Syrah "Gratitude"
Winemaker/owner: Luke Sundquist

Wine: 2011 Syrah  Rancho San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 50

Price: $40

Owner and winemaker of Jalopy Wine Company, Luke Sundquist, produces premium, small batch wines made with focus, integrity and heart.  Everything we look for in a winemaker!  Luke has worked for many successful Santa Ynez Valley wineries (Beckmen, Gainey, Refugio Ranch and Kaena Wine Company), learning everything he could, in order to have his own beautiful wines. This Syrah comes from the fabulous Ballard Canyon AVA and was barrel aged in neutral French oak for 28 months. 

On the nose, black and blue berries with hints of smoke.  On the palette, this wine offers more dark berries, tobacco, smoked meats.  Medium to heavy bodied, this wine has great structure and balance, working its way to a long, smooth finish.  We love this wine with grilled meat! New York, Top Sirloin, but Rib-eye is our favorite cut for this Syrah.  Oh, and dark chocolate! 

Aging: Drink now through 2022


Summer Somewhere Rose
Winemakers/owner: Billy Dim

Wine: 2016 Rose, Foxen Canyon Grenache, Santa Ynez Valley Cinsault, Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 200 Cases

Price: $28  

The founder of Blendtique Wine Company, Billy Dim, really loves wine. During his time working in and around the Santa Ynez Valley wine industry in California, Dim witnessed the explosion of a few small wineries turn into a truly booming industry.  He, like many wine lovers, wanted more than just tastings. He wanted to get a little more hands-on with this wine experience—that’s why he created the Blendtique project. At the behest of his wife, Stacey Spigel, he created this beautiful wine. 

This Rosé is a blend of 95% Foxen Canyon Grenache & 5% Santa Ynez Valley Cinsault.  Light, crisp, beautiful, and clean! The Rosé was neutral barrel aged in French Oak Casks for 5 months, finished dry fermentation, and cold stabilized in stainless steel for 8 weeks before filtration & bottling.

The bouquet on this Rosé wafts of citrus and strawberries.  Everything we want to taste in a Rosé, watermelon, strawberry and hints of orange zest.  This wine literally tastes like summer!  This is a perfect sipping wine on a warm day, but with the perfect acidity, it holds up to a meal!  We love this with cheese, grilled chicken, cheese soufflé and freshly harvested garden salads. 


Drink now through 2018