STOLPMAN

Stolpman – Snail prize LOS OLIVOS 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave. tel. (805) 688-0400 www.stolpmanvineyards.com 150 ac-180,000 bt   “Peter Stolpman, current owner of the winery, names their three main tenets as organic farming, sustainable employment, and lack of irrigation”   PEOPLE  It was on their honeymoon when Marilyn Stolpman encouraged her new husband, Tom, to …

SOLMINER

Solminer – Snail prize LOS OLIVOS 2890 Grand Ave. tel. (805) 691-9195 www.solminer.com 5ac-9,600bt   ‘‘David and Anna deLaski’s holistic approach to farming and winemaking is evident in their wines, which are among the best in the Santa Ynez Valley”   PEOPLE David and Anna escaped from Los Angeles to find their pastoral paradise in …

PIEDRASASSI

Piedrasassi – Snail Prize LOMPOC 1501 E. Chestnut Ave. tel. (805) 736-6784 www.piedrasassi.com melissa@piedrasassi.com 0 ac-18,000 bt ‘‘Sashi Moorman does not call himself a “natural’ winemaker.” He simply “makes wine naturally.” That means an awareness that goes beyond mere organic practices. Perhaps it is his holistic approach that has made Moorman such a sought-after, wildly …

PALMINA WINERY

Palmina Winery – Snail Prize LOMPOC 1520 E. Chestnut Ct. tel. (805) 735-2030 www.palminawines.com tastingroom@palminawines.com 0 ac – 45,000 bt   “The wines of Palmina are complex, full of character and highly-drinkable, perfect to go with food, and sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards”    PEOPLE Steve Clifton uses all Italian grapes because he believes that the …

LO-FI WINES

Lo-Fi Wines – Money Prize LOS ALAMOS 448 Bell St. tel. (805) 344-4194 www.lofi-wines.com questions@lofi-wines.com 3 ac – 36,000 bt         PEOPLE Named for a love of music and vinyl, college buddies Mike Roth and Craig Winchester quietly launched their collaborative side project in 2012. Both with pedigrees from notable wineries, the …

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 …