This past weekend my wonderful beau arranged for a short getaway with our friends Cory and Elbert (see pic above). As they are both interested in studying wine and just enjoy the whole wine experience we went up for a two-day trip to the Santa Ynez wine area north of Santa Barbara. So, we rented a car and early Friday morning off we went. Since this is an off season trip the rental cost and the hotel room was very reasonable and given that I have wine club memberships at six wineries in the area tasting would cost nothing. After only one mistaken exit in the LA area, we arrived at the first winery, Brander.
As regular readers know, I love Brander and it tends to be my traditional first stop. Fred Brander makes what I consider to be some of the most pure Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted in California and his Cuvee Nicholas, a Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend is a delight to the senses. At Brander we were fortunate to taste nine of their wonderful offerings:
Next on our trip, we literally went around the corner to Bridlewood (another wine club to which I belong). Perhaps the prettiest property, when I first went tasting here their wines were "ok" but I had detected a steady improvement over the years and was happy to see that this improvement was continuing. Here we were offered eight tastings (three off the printed list):
That's the morning... will write more a little later.