When putting together our quarterly wine club selections, we always want to make sure the wines align with our activities and celebrations of the season – And nothing says summer BBQ like Syrah and smash burgers. Especially Thompson vineyard Syrah.
Organic farming practices and only 95 cases produced.
“San Sé is the nickname for San Sebastián, the jewel of the Basque Country. Our wines are designed to evoke the convivial way of life and embody the spirit of San Sebastián. They are classically-made, high-quality and hand-crafted. We source the finest fruit in Santa Barbara County’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and support its journey to becoming a memorable wine with minimal manipulation. We make wines to be enjoyed both young and aged, on their own and paired with your favorite dishes.”
San Sé is owned and operated by Geoff Graber with help from family and friends. Geoff grew up spending a lot of time in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys in the 1970s, tagging along while his parents wine-tasted, back when the winemakers poured for their visitors from trailers and humble wineries and the tasting was free. As an adult, Geoff has visited many of the world’s best winegrowing regions, with favorites being La Rioja, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. He moved to Los Olivos in 2017 with his wife, Cathy, and daughters, Genevieve and Chloe, to raise a family and be close to the grapes and the wine.
Of the noble grape varieties, Syrah may have the oldest geography and history. The vines origins are thought to date back to one of the world’s earliest wine-producing regions, the city of Shiraz in the Middle East. Now worshipped in the Rhône Valley in France, these dark, dense, and powerful wines can be just as distinct as Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll find this grape also largely grown in Australia, where it is identifiable as Shiraz. Sometimes known to be “meaty,” think exotic spices and darker meat dishes to help showcase the complexity of these wines. Syrah needs time to show its greatness, but when it does, you’ll be thankful you had a bottle!
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
When we speak of Central Coast, CA were including numerous diverse regions from Santa Cruz down through Santa Barbara counties. This encompasses smaller areas such as Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, Monterey AVA, Paso Robles AVA, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The Central Coast is responsible for many great value wines from a multitude of grape varietals depending on the climate within the specific designated areas. From the coastal AVA’s with influence from the fog and cooling effects, you will find Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The inland AVA’s are much warmer, like Paso Robles, so look here for outstanding Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, or Rhône-style blends.
This world-class red wine from Emidio Pepe is the benchmark bottle for Montepulciano produced wordlwide. Expect a rich (yet not overripe by any means), multidimensional wine that seriously overdelivers. Major wine publications have anticipated that this wine will reach its peak drinking window from 2013-2028 – meaning now’s the time to jump!
Organic and biodynamic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, no fining/filtering and no added sulfites.
Extremely limited availability! Emidio Pepe has a cult following for his non-conventional winemaking techniques that have made the estate and wines legendary. Major wine publications have anticipated that this wine will reach its peak drinking window from 2013-2031 – meaning now’s the time to jump!
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, no additives and no added sulfites.
The most striking thing about this Pinot Noir is how smooth and soft the palate is. This is a very approachable burgundy. It’s ready to drink now, but will continue to age beautifully over the next 10 years.
Practicing organic viticulture, converting to biodynamic, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, unfined/unfiltered and only 2,250 cases produced.
This Beaujolais-inspired Malbec is exciting and oh so fresh. Fair warning, this could be your new favorite chillable red – seriously, we would drink a lot more Malbec if they all tasted like this.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, natural winemaking, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 1,250 cases produced.