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The Santa Maria Valley has enjoyed a relatively quick rise to stardom among California’s elite winegrowing regions. The number of wineries in the appellation has rocketed from a mere handful to over 30 in recent years. While the region still trails in numbers compared to Santa Barbara’s other famous appellation, the Santa Ynez Valley, its wineries and vineyard owners are among the best and most respected in California.

The AVA’s east-west orientation allows Pacific fog and coastal breezes to permeate the valley, creating an extended growing season. Combined with low annual precipitation and the warm Southern California sun, Santa Maria Valley enjoys a unique climate for California viticulture. Grapes are mainly grown in well-drained sandy loam and clay-loam soils, on slopes with elevations ranging from 200-800 feet. Much of the AVA’s 7,500 acres of vine is planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a large portion within its three most famous vineyards: Tepusquet, Sierra Madre and Bien Nacido. Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

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  • Vino V Wines

    After 14 years making wine at two world class wineries (Mount Eden Vineyards and The Ojai Vineyar...

  • Caparone Winery

    Caparone Winery has specialized in rich, complex red wines, made using traditional minimalist tec...

  • Byron Vineyard & Winery

    In the 1980s Santa Barbara gathered fame as a cluster of serious vintners started producing Pinot...

  • Costa De Oro Vineyards & Winery

    Welcome to Costa de Oro Winery! Our mission is to produce the finest wines from the Central Coast...

  • Whitcraft Winery

    A long-standing member of the Santa Barbara winemaking community, Chris Whitcraft is obsessed wit...

  • Lane Tanner

    Lane Tanner specializes in Pinot Noir and Syrah.Lane Tanner has been handcrafting elegant red win...

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  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made ... made ... It was from the Santa Maria Valley, I think, but I bought it knowing it was a TWG product.  They bought a respectable winery and this was still produced by that winery.  It was pretty darn bad.  I've had Meiomi, and it was weird, but not undrinkable, I thought.  ... Read More

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  • One of the more fascinating facts is that Genova, under their Doge in the 1500s, adopted a new constitution that made them a satellite of Spain!Now, back to the bottle:  The Italian for bottle is fiasco (or bottiglia, now more common). Used to be a restaurant in Maria del Rey with that name, and they explained the whole thing on the menu.  Simil... Read More

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  • "As of 2010, Airén was estimated to be the world's 3rd most ... Rouvaillard, Sans Pareil, Santa Maria de Alcantara, Tentillo, Tintella, Tintilla, Tinto Menudo, Tinto Navalcarnero, Tai rosso, Toledana, Uva di Spagna, and Vernatxa. Another question: how many good dessert wines are made with grenache? Certainly Banyuls, but what else? Seems like ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • OT - either of those would be good choices.Al - those wines are not put into barrels as you know barrels. They're kept in ancient oak and several times a year the clear wine is poured off the sediment, as OT says. The old oak and the racking means that those wines always have a slightly oxidized quality to them.As to when they're drinkable, they... Read More

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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by lukejo


  • Cambria Clone 23 Pinot Noir 2007

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    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Toretti 2011

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    Oh... Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs... I am a big fan of the French wines, I made it to Napa... and yet... I have a soft spot in my heart (and mouth) for the beauty of the many flavors of their Pinot Noirs. Mr. Toretti knows what he is doing too: silky, yet firm, and sophisticated, this wine will go well with almost any foods (not sure about ... Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

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    Dried hay and vanilla on the nose with lighter baked apple and french vanilla ice cream. More fruit on the palate than in the nose, with a fair heft from the vanilla, perhaps almost overly so as it feels like it doesn't fit well in the wine, however fans of oakiness might well give it a try. Still, the fruit on the attack is warm peach, apple an... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Clark & Telephone Vineyard 2007

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    Wine review by gman30341


  • Tantara Syrah Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard 2009

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    Wine review by XZYMURGIST


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