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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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


  • Chardonnay is an ideal wine to pair with many grilled foods. For one thing, ... finish. 92+ points 10. Au Bon ClimatJim Clendenen, winemaker/proprietor of Au Bon Climat, has been one of the leading figures in the Santa Barbara County wine world for decades. This Chardonnay from older vines at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in cool climate Santa Mari... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Chardonnays for Grilling


  • Help!Ok, ok...there's no crisis here in Dallas. However, I do have ... ... ... last PN I had was 2008 Au Bon Climat "Talley-Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley. It left me very uninspired. I preserved half the bottle for the next day and was only a little more satisfied then (may 1 to 1.5 pts higher). So much for 91 pts from Wine Advocate!S... Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2007

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  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Barham-Mendelsohn 2007

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  • Au Bon Climat 11 Pinot Noir Sb 2010

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Isabelle Morgan California Santa Barbara Red 2007

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    Wine review by Barberolo


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