Au Bon Climat

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best Wineries of the World in both 1989 and 1990, while Jim Clendenen has been named Winemaker of the Year in 1992 by the Los Angeles Times, and Winemaker of the Year in 2001 by Food and Wine Magazine. The winery is not open to the public for either tours or tastings. Members of our wine club and mailing list are invited to our Spring and Fall Open Houses.

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  • 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...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

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  • Sonoma doesn't have a ton, but many Central Coast wineries make it as a ... as a ... Calera, Melville, Au Bon Climat, Roar, Jaffurs all do one and Qupe does a few.  Then there's Bonterra in Mendo, Cristom in OR, Darioush and Joseph Phelps in Napa. K&L has a bunch more. I saw another half dozen from wineries like Curtis, Fess Parker,  Ojai, et... Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • It's been a few days.  So, I am bringing this one back to life.Last ... able to share a bottle of Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, and I was able to order a 1/2 bottle of Qupe Bien Nacido Syrah.  Life is good.Late in the evening as the bar was emptying out (we were the only ones having anything like a full meal at 10:30 pm), we realized that sitting ... Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara Usa 2008

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    Wine review by REHalFR


  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but ... ... or a Fort Ross or even Au Bon Climat gets into the mix and I go down and snag a few, taking care not to get sucked in by other stuff around me.  Also, at the "end of a vintage," they'll knock down the price maybe 30% and that will get my attention.  I buy nea... Read More

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  • 2013 brought new mega wine/beer/cigar stores to the Portland, Or./Vancouver Wa. area. We went from going from little wine shops with limited selections to 2 stores with over 2500 different wines each.This is nice because you can plan ahead, check your wine rack or cellar and go on line to pick your selections. Once you've determined what you wan... Read More

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  • I'm the heretic about Palmina, although I've only had their ... ... enjoyed, Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat/Bien Nacido Vineyards grows and makes Nebbiolo.  Clendenen Family Vineyards Bricco Buon Natale Nebbiolo is about $30 at K&L.  I have a bottle of the 2005 and am planning a tasteoff against a 2004 Aldo Conterno and a 2004 Corino.  Any tak... Read More

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  • I did some random research today, or just internet wine travels that somehow led me to Valtellina, a place that I might have briefly heard about in the past but didn't really resonate. Anyway, it's a very cool climate, with some of the best wines grown in high altitudes that are run by families, not corporations. As far as producers go, one that... Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Knox Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Red 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Carnivores and grillers, a few reasons to love Syrah: it’s a fantastic ... Clendenen (who had started Au Bon Climat in 1982) to build a winery facility of their own under a lease agreement with the Bien Nacido Vineyard. In 2005, Bob and his wife Louisa planted 40 acres at their 80-acre ranch in the Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo, which is no... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Syrahs for Grilling


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