Fiddlehead Cellars

(805) 742-0204 1597 E Chestnut Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436
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Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars to capture the pure essence of the two grape varietals that she loves best – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Now in her twentieth vintage as “Head Fiddle”, Kathy continues to passionately pursue her goal of creating stylistic Sauvignon Blancs and silky, intense Pinot Noirs. Terroir-driven, Fiddlehead’s Sauvignon Blanc wines hail from the stellar eastern-end of the Santa Ynez Valley, while her estate Pinot Noirs showcase the cooler Santa Rita Hills in the western-most part of that transverse valley. And loving the nuances of place, Kathy continues to craft intriguing Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Fiddlehead produces approximately 5,000 cases of wine each year, with all of the hands-on care and attention, and personal interest in each barrel of wine that fine wine requires. The wines are made at “FiddleHeadquarters”, our winery in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The Fiddlehead business office is in Davis, California – Kathy’s home away from Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • Sauvignon

  • 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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  • Fiddlehead 728 Pinot Noir 2008


    I knew this was amazing in the tasting room up in "The Wine Ghetto" in Lompoc -Tonight paired perfectly with a New York strip dressed with sauteed onions and sun-dried tomatoes with a plate of steamed asparagus This is a full bodied Pinot Noir that is drinkable with or without food 8-) Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Happy Canyon 2009


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    Wine review by Barberesco

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Doyle Fiddlestix 2002


    haven't had the '02, but just drank the '08 last night. Really good! Read More

    Wine review by suninsb

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Pink Fiddle Fiddlestix 2005


    This is a poorly made wine. Over extracted and harsh, with searing levels of alcohol, enough acidity to induce a 5 rolaids binge and very little fruit. Burnt rubber, scorched cherry and alcohol dominate the wine. Just nasty. Read More

    Wine review by Bobby Parker

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Lollapalooza Fiddlestix 2004


    This wine was slightly hot at first. However once the initial alcohol blew off a very pleasing dusty red cherry and spice came rushing through on the palate. The finish was of medium length. We paired it with grilled Coho salmon. A perfect match! Read More

    Wine review by celloguy

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Lollapalooza Fiddlestix 2002


    Citrus and tart dark fruit, plus pipe tobacco on the nose. Palate opens with grapefruit, mocha and dark fruit. At one hour, strong curry notes pop up in nose and palate. This wine keeps evolving. After an hour, the grapefruit morphs into celery, and vanilla appears for the first time, occuring in both nose and palate simultaneously. At 1 ½ ho... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire

  • I was fortunate enough to be invited to the recent 2010 International Pinot Noir Celebration held, as always, on the lovely campus of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. The theme for this year’s event was "Wine is Food," and I would be hard pressed to come up with a more appropriate theme. From the brilliant Pinot Noir and lamb pairing... Read More

    From the article IPNC 2010: Day One

  • Fiddlehead Pink Fiddle Rose 2009


    Offering up a nicely spiced nose redolent of watermelon touched with herbs. this is fruity but also fairly complex for rose. Huge acids on entry are followed by lush red raspberry fruit that has just a touch of tannin offering up some mouth grab and cleansing the finish. This is quite fruity but not in too obvious a way with a nice vein of spicy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oldsville Reserve 2006


    The candied, cola nose was very apparent immediately, with wild flower notes on the back end. Acidity and fruit in very good balance. This is not a wine for those looking for a light bodied wine. This is a big pinot for big pinot lovers. Fruit is full and upfront, jammy on the finish. Ripe cherries and rasberries, and a hint of herb. Yummy... Read More

    Wine review by dddunn

  • Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Pink Fiddle Fiddlestix 2005


    This is a terrific New World Wine. A bold and expressive California Pinot. Cherry and cola notes with a subtle peppery note to the finish I am surprised this Wine house is overlooked so often. I always have a few bottles on hand and anyone I have given a bottle to asks for more! Read More

    Wine review by donpinot42

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