TATOMER

Tatomer – Bottle Prize SANTA MARIA tel. (805)500-8337 www.tatomerwines.com 0ac-42,000bt     PEOPLE Graham Tatomer got an early start, working for Santa Barbara Winery when he was only sixteen. By the time he went to work the harvest in Austria, he had already begun his own label, Katabasis, which he sold after three years. That …

DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE / SANDHI

Domaine de la Côte Sandhi – Bottle Prize LOMPOC 1712 Industrial Way, Suite B tel. (805) 500-8337 www.domainedelacote.com tasting@domainedelacote.com 0 ac – 9,300 bt     PEOPLE Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr partnered in 2009 when they began Sandhi. They share a similar philosophy, believing that the purpose of winemaking is to craft balanced wines …

GRIMM’S BLUFF

Grimm’s Bluff – Snail Prize SANTA YNEZ Kentucky Rd. www.grimmsbluff.com 17 ac – 12,000 bt     ‘‘This Demeter certified biodynamic ranch is a testament to what can be achieved when biodynamics are embraced by the outset” PEOPLE Rick Grimm and his wife, Aurora, settled down in the Santa Ynez Valley after four years of …

FOLDED HILLS

Folded Hills – Snail Prize GAVIOTA 2323 Old Coast Hwy. tel. (805) 694-8086 www.foldedhills.com wine@foldedhills.com 13 ac – 33,000 bt   ‘‘There couldn’t be a better estate to represent the marriage of sustainable viticulture and extreme value in the final product. Across the board, the wines from this estate have impressed our tasting panel with their …

LIEU DIT

Lieu Dit 300 N. 12th Street, Unit 4A Lompoc CA 93436 lieuditwinery.com   0 ac – 30,000 bt Coin Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent excellent value.   PEOPLE Eric Railsback and Justin Willet became friends after college while working in Santa Barbara’s wine industry. Justin began his own wine brand, Tyler, when …

BIEN NACIDO & SOLOMON HILLS

Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills  2963 Grand Ave. Suite B Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9913 biennacidoestate.com   650 ac – 590.000 bt Bottle prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.   PEOPLE The Miller family began planting vines in the early 1970’s. Their grapes are highly sought after, as they …

LO-FI WINES

  LO-FI WINES PO Box 574 Los Alamos CA 93440 (877) 958-4480 lofi-wines.com PEOPLE Michael Roth and Craig Winchester, friends from college, head up the small, unique, and lively production at Lo-Fi Wines. The name, Lo-Fi, truly emphasizes the way this duo approach their winemaking endeavor. They employ no additions outside of a small amount …

PENCE

PENCE 1909 CA-246 Buellton CA 93427 (805) 735-7000 pencevineyards.com PEOPLE Pence Ranch is overseen by Blair Pence, winegrower and proprietor, who set out to bring together the best team to oversee vineyard management and winemaking. Sashi Moorman is the tireless whirlwind behind the wines while the vineyards are managed by Francisco Ramirez. VINEYARDS 38 acres …

VERDAD

VERDAD 2963 Grand Ave. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 686-4200 verdadwine.com PEOPLE Despite its historic association with and climatic similarity to Spain, California hadn’t had a serious foray into Spanish grape growing or wines made thereof until 2000 when Louisa Sawyer Lindquist released her first vintage under the Verdad label. Much like her husband did …

BECKMEN VINEYARDS

BECKMEN VINEYARDS 2670 Ontiveros Rd. Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 688-8664 beckmenvineyards.com Tom and Judy Beckmen and their son Steve, the winemaker, purchased their 40-acre estate in Santa Ynez in 1994 when the Santa Barbara County winemaking community was still in its youth. They have been growing the grapes and managing the vineyards there since …