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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  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 Noir

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

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  • OK, so we're doing our normal seafood Friday thing, grilled a couple of ...  Opened this bottle of Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara pinot to go with.  Fairly nice but nothing special.  Kind of one dimensional with mainly red cherry and a decent bite of acid. Not sure if this hasn't been hit with a bit of TCA as there's a very slight bit of that car... Read More

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  • The CFO is out of town so I had to do something with my time, what better way ... area) wine stores. 2015 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County2014 Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnes2013 Feudi del Pisciotto Frappato Carolina Marengo2008 I Pentri Kerres Beneventano IGT2014 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana IGT2012 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado2013 End o... Read More

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  • Vino, I'm curious, what's 'spicy Szechuan sauce? Is that the hot ... wineries in the area like Au Bon Climat of an earlier generation. Read More

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  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... in sustainable practice. Au Bon Climat, a pinot of lesser pedigree than that era's Chalone, even used some mondeuse for blending at one point. Overall California needs syrah additions even less than current Burgundians do, what with use of Color Pro and Color X and ot... Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the detailed reportage, Vino. Frankly, no surprise here, ... to ... ... to hear you liked the Au Bon Climat pinot. Haven't personally had a good one in a long time, at least a decade. However, few of their offerings make it over here, plus there's always the potential for travel damage. They were a label I liked in the '90s bec... Read More

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  • Everyone, hope you got something out of all this. We definitely had a great ... ... here. Best Pinot - Au Bon Climat, 2012 Isabelle  Best Syrah/GSM - Melville 2012 Syrah, High Density  Best Bordeaux varietals - Happy Canyon Vineyard, 2011 Piocho Reserve  Nicest tasting room - Alma Rosa, once we found it on Santa Rosa Rd, next to Industrial Ea... Read More

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  • Wednesday was a travel and cleansing day. We decided to take our time going ... ... to find our way to the Au Bon Climat tasting room. I've always enjoyed Jim Clendenen's pinots but didn't realize he made a ton of other wines under the Clendenen Family label. Guess these don't get much distribution outside of CA. Thursday was our walk Santa B... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • DM, I'm glad you asked, here's what I have so far:Staying in Santa Ynez ... ... of tasting rooms near Au Bon Climat. We have dinner reservations at Bouchon on Thursday. I'd love to hear everyone's opinions on this rather ambitious plan, plus any other rec' Read More

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