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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Just wanted to wish all you fellow Snoothians a Happy Easter and am interested to know what you've been eating and drinking.  You'll have to wait a week for my answers on this one as we are working this weekend so are delaying family celebrations until next week. In the meantime, have you been treating yourselves?Best wishesCathy   Read More

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  • Anderson ValleyOverviewTo the majority of the world the term California wine means Napa wine.  This is even true for the majority of the United States.  Napa has done a great job at promoting itself and California wine.  This promotion does come at some cost.  The cost is the fact that other smaller regions go largely unnoticed by the general wi... Read More

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  • My wife is a huge pinot noir fan.  For her birthday in June I decided I want to get her a variety case of delicious pinots from around the world.  Any suggestions for some great $20 bottles?? Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Knox Pinot 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by wyattgwyon


  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 'La Bauge Audessus' Usa California Jim Clenenden 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by wyattgwyon


  • There is always speculation around motive and agenda when it comes to the Top 100 from the Wine Spectator so it always nice to see the 'Top' lists from other outlets. Being a California resident I am always intrigued by the San Francisco Chronical Top 100. It is California biased but Oregon and Washington are represented. For me, being a loca... Read More

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  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Audessus 2006

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    A hearty pinot nose and hearty on the palate as well. Some sour cherry notes mingling with strawberries and some nice earth and mushroom hints. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Hello,I am new to the world of wine. The Snooth Website has been a great source of information and it looks like the forum is a good place to learn some more. I have been trying out different varietals to get a better idea of what I like (and dont like). So far am finding that I prefer medium to full bodied red wines. What kind of suggestions ... Read More

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