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Oz and James’ Santa Barbara Wine Adventure, 3

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Oz and James Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tour Famous wine writer Oz Clarke and his pal James May continue on their Santa Barbara wine tasting tour. In this episode, they explore the Santa Ynez Valley, a very popular area for a Santa Barbara wine tasting tour, and visit two Sideways hot spots: Fess Parker Winery […]

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Top 9 Most Expensive California Wines

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California is justifiably famous for its fine wines. So, is California wine expensive? Well, it turns out that some of the Golden State’s most sought after wines are also made in limited quantities. These are the so-called California cult wines, the most famous – and most expensive – of which is Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle […]

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We’re All Rhone Rangers Now

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The Rhone Rangers first came to prominence in the ’80s, thanks especially to the efforts of Central Coast wineries like Qupe Winery and Bonny Doon Vineyards with Rhone varietals like Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and of course Syrah. John Alban, of Alban Vineyards, was one of the original Rhone Rangers. He was in fact the first […]

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Pinot Noir – To Decant or Not To Decant

Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery, in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills AVA, is asked the question, When and why would you decant Pinot Noir? He first explains that Burgundy (which is of course made with Pinot Noir grapes) is never decanted, but that, even though Pinot Noir is a delicate varietal, part of the […]

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Nicholas Miller of Bien Nacido Vineyards

This video is one of a series from Wine Taste T.V., where they embark on an “exploration of Santa Barbara’s finest vineyards and wineries, one sip at a time.” In this episode, Bonnie Graves visits Santa Barbara County’s most famous vineyard, the Bien Nacido Vineyards, in the Santa Maria AVA. She explains that “Bien Nacido” […]

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