Taste of Sta Rita Hills A new tasting room opened recently in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto at 1505 E.
Chestnut Ave. in Lompoc. The hours are 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday through Sunday and by appointment.
Participating wineries include Moretti Wine, Brewer-Clifton, Clos Pepe, Diatom, El Rey, Gypsy Canyon, Huber,
Prodigal, Sea Smoke and Thorne. A select number of wines from these producers are available through the
website at www.tasteofstaritahills.com.
Loring Wine Company Tasting Room LWC has opened a new tasting room in the Lompoc Wine
Ghetto. Hours are 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Friday through Sunday and by appointment (805-742-0478). Visit
www.loringwinecompany.com for a map. LWC has also updated their website for the better.
iPad Restaurant Wine Lists Restaurants from Australia to England to the United States are
experimenting with iPad wine lists that allow diners to search for wines by name, region, varietal and price as
well as viewing information on vintners, vintages and finding wine scores. Interactive wine lists have been
successful at a number of restaurants for several years, but the iPad, because of its size and ease of use, has
popularized the trend.
Wine Filling Stations In some supermarkets in France, customers can fill up their own resealable
containers at vending machines with pumps fashioned after those used in gas stations. Simply insert your
money or credit card, select your grade (red, white or rosé), pump your wine and print a receipt. The idea
resembles the practice years ago in Paris where consumers would bring their own flagons to fill from barrels
delivered by wineries. www.likecool.com/Wine_Filling_Station--News--Gear.html.
Grand Opening of Inman Family Winery On September 25 and 26, 2010, the new Inman Family
winery located at 3900 Piner Road in Santa Rosa will have a celebratory weekend. An ecologically friendly
tasting room is the center point. All the wood for the cabinets and tasting bar were salvaged from the old barn
that was taken down to build the new winery. Inman Family Wines was founded in 2000 with the planting of the
organically farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Rosè, and most
recently, Chardonnay. The wines, crafted by Kathleen Inman, are consistently stellar. A lovely aged farmhouse
on the property is available for rental. Visit www.inmanfamilywines.com for more information.
Navarro Wildfire Offering Since 1977 Indian Creek has been Navarro’s label for odd lots of wine with
low prices. Because of the wildfires in the summer of 2008, Navarro’s red wines have a smoky undertone that
is uncharacteristic of Navarro reds. Because these wines have developed this uncharacteristic nuance,
Navarro is offering all remaining 2008 Navarro produced red wines under the secondary Indian Creek label at
savings up to 65%. The entire 2008 Méthode à l’Ancienne Pinot Noir has been labeled as Indian Creek
Reserve Pinot Noir ($78 for a 6 bottle pack) and Navarro’s 2008 Mendocino Pinot Noir is now relabeled as
Indian Creek Pinot Noir ($60 for a 6 bottle pack). Order at www.NavarroWine.com.
Sitar Wines Debuts Sitar Wines is the newest addition to the Revana
Family Vineyard family of wines.The inaugural release is the 2008 Sitar
Prelude Willamette Valley Pinot Noir crafted by noted winemaker Tony
Rynders and featuring a label created by renowned artist Thomas Arvid. The
wine is limited to 300 cases per year and allocated in six pack collector’s
boxes which display Thomas Arvid’s original charcoal drawing ($100 a bottle).
Over five vintages, each new Sitar label will feature Arvid’s artistic process as
he progresses from charcoal to completed oil painting on the 2012 vintage.
For information contact Director of Sales & Marketing Todd Newman (Todd@revanawine.com) or Hospitality
and Sales Manager Nathalie Vaché (Nathalie@revanawine.com).
Scott Paul Releases Dom Denise Pinot Noir Scott Wright has made an
experimental lot in the 2008 vintage from 4 tons of fruit from Momtazi Vineyard and
vinified half of it following Dom Denise’s protocol from the 18th century, and the other
half following the usual winery practices. The winery staff ended up like the Dom Denise
version so much they bottled it separately. Dom Alexandre Denise was the Cistercian
monk in charge of winemaking at Burgundy’s Chateau du Vougeot in the mid 1700s. He
kept detail notes and records of his work and Wright was inspired upon discovering and
reading his book. 100 cases produced, $40. Visit www.scottpaulwines.com.
Debate on Breast Cancer and Alcohol Link Continues Two recent epidemiological studies
have been published indicating the relationship between alcohol and breast cancer is very complex and still
needs clarification. One study found that women who drank one or more drinks per day had double the risk of
lobular type breast cancer (10-15% of all breast cancers are lobular), but no increased risk for ductal type
breast cancer (70% of all breast cancer cases are ductal). A second study found a possible reduction in risk of
breast cancer for women with the gene mutation BRCA1 who drank moderately, but not for women with the
BRCA2 mutation. The reduction in risk was only for those who consumed wine who had an 18% lower risk
Pinot American Brasserie Opens in Portland In August of this year, Pinot American Brasserie
opened in the platinum certified LEED building at 120-5 S.W. Washington Street. Pinot Noir is the favored
libation here with a wine list that totals almost 200 entries dominated by Oregon Pinot Noirs. The website is
www.pinotpdx.com. Other restaurants in Portland with wine lists stocked with Oregon Pinot Noir include Bar
Avignon, Blue Hour, Davis Street Tavern, The Farm Cafe, The Heathman, Higgins, Meriwether’s, Paley’s Place,
Park Kitchen, RingSide, Ten 01, Urban Farmer, and Wildwood.
Donum Announces Pre-Release of Thomas Pinot Noir Thomas is named after Thomas
Ferguson, the owner of Ferguson Vineyard, a 1974 planting of Martini clone Pinot Noir adjacent the Donum
Estate. In 2008, Mr. Ferguson celebrated his 100th birthday and this special bottling commemorates the
occasion. 100 cases were made from this special site priced at $100 a bottle. Visit www.thedonumestate.com.
Jean-Charles Boisset Opens Taste of Terroir This new stylish tasting salon has opened on the
Healdsburg Plaza in a space previously occupied by Gallo Family Wines. Visitors have the opportunity to try
wines from Boisset-held properties in Sonoma (DeLoach Vineyards), Napa (Raymond Vineyards) and
Burgundy (Domaine de la Vougeraie, Jean-Claude Boisset, Jaffelin, Bouchard Aine & Fils and J. Moreau &
Fils.) Consumers can also purchase a French oak miniature wine barrel with a tap and vacuum-sealed bag of
wine offered as DeLoach Vineyards Barrel to Barrel. Read more at www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100824/
Alcohol Fee Passes in San Francisco An alcohol fee to help pay for the care of San Francisco’s
inebriates was passed by the Board of supervisors this month. This is the first of its kind in California and was
met with instant opposition including Mayor Gavin Newsom who vowed to veto the proposal.