Wine Club Newsletter


January 2018 Newsletter

This has been an extremely challenging 2 months. First with had the Thomas Fires, a devastating time and scary time for all us in Santa Barbara County.  Right when we thought we were back to normalcy, the Montecito mudslide happened and we all stop breathing... Sudden, people perished, wow. Our community has been through an incredible time lately, A sad time, Yet, we all stood up and decided to make this better, to make good use of our temporary misery.

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!



Doll Pond
Winemaker/owner:  Mikael Sigouin/Ryan Fetgatter-Christy Davidge

Wine: Scheurebe  (Shoy-ray-beh). Giff's Vineyard, Los Olivos District AVA

Case Production: 100

Price: $28

Scheurebe...ever heard of it?  Not many have!  This lesser known varietal is actually a cross between a Riesling vine and an unknown wild vine.  Crazy, right?!  Even crazier, Giff's Vineyard may be the only vineyard in all of California producing this varietal.  

Traditionally, (in Germany and Austria) this wine is made as a sweet wine. This particular wine,  barrel fermented and barrel aged in neutral French oak for ten months, is not at all sweet.  What it is, is incredibly interesting

This wine has elegant acid and low alcohol content, making it pleasant on its own, but it is indeed enhanced with food.  Interesting aromas of spices, black currant and honey, this wine, on the palate gives way to citrus (grapefruit, lime and oranges), with hints of apricots and more spices.  This wine is bright and full bodied and has a nice, kicky finish.  The Doll Pond is perfect with Asian food, cheese plates, white fish, or more traditionally, Schnitzel and potato salad.  

Aging: Drink now through 2020


Mallea Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker/owner:  Eric Mallea

Wine: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon,  Santa Ynez AVA

Case Production: 50

Price: $45

Erik Mallea  has been hand-crafting wines since 2008, with the first commercial releases in 2015. Pursuing a more traditional winemaking model with a focus on sustainable winegrowing, Mallea Wines lease and farm the vineyards that they produce wine from. All small vineyard parcels, the majority of work is done by hand with love. Erik's family, originally from the Basque region in Spain, has a long legacy of farming and Erik's passion for nurturing the land shines through in his wines.

This wine, aged for 19 months in all neutral French oak barrels, is drinking amazing already, despite its youth.  The bouquet exhibits ripe jammy berries, leaf tobacco and chocolate.  Tons of flavors in this wine, caramel, sweet herbs, olives and black cherries to name a few.  A full bodied wine with an intense and welcomed finish, this wine just gets better and better every time we taste it.  Enjoy this with braised short ribs, grilled chorizo, burgers with blue cheese and grilled onions, or Moussaka.

Aging: Drink now through 2024


3 Jokers Syrah
Winemakers/owner: Eric Wilson/Mike Padrick

Wine: 2013 Syrah, Alondra de las Pradas, Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Case Production: 121 Cases

Price: $40  

This wine tells a story.  A story about Santa Ynez Valley Syrah....grown on gentle slopes where sun radiates year round.  This wine epitomizes the varietal, in our opinion.  A garnet red beauty, rich aromas of cocoa, blackberry and white pepper waft from the glass.  Flavors abound of ripe black fruits, anise, sweet tobacco (cloves from high school??) and mint.  Medium bodied and soft tannins lend to an easy drinking wine, yet it's structured enough to hold up to hearty meals.  This wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (80% neutral and 20% new).  We love this wine with cured meats, BBQ pulled pork, and lamb ragout with olives.

Drink now through 2023