Bien Nacido Vineyard Wines
For some more on the wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyards, Nicholas Miller talks about how the Santa Maria Valley’s two transverse mountain ranges suck in the cool air and fog from the Pacific Ocean, cooling the area and making it one of the longest and coolest growing regions in California–which means it offers very good conditions for growing Pinot Noir grapes. In this video, he introduces six wines produced from fruit grown in his families three vineyards: Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills and French Camp Vineyards. The wines are made by Au Bon Climat, Fess Parker Winery, Byron (Pinot Noirs from Bien Nacido), J Wilkes, Summerland (Pinot Noirs from Solomon Hills) and Barrel 27 (a white Rhone blend from French Camp Vineyards). He explains how different some of the Pinot Noirs made from Bien Nacido grapes can be–especially exemplified by the contrast between the Pinots produced by Au Bon Climat with those of Fess Parker Winery. Au Bon Climat produces wines in the traditional Burgundian style: low-alcohol, long-aging and food-friendly; while Fess Parker produces a more powerful, California style wine.
Not just Bien Nacido Vineyards, but the Santa Barbara Wine Country in general, with its beautiful scenery and many excellent wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, is a wonderful place to go on a wine tasting tour and create memories that you can treasure for a lifetime. For tips on which are the best wineries to visit and all the possibilities for Santa Barbara wine tours, just click on the link.