Sine Qua Non

(805) 649-8901 N 1750 Ventura Ave # 5
Ventura, CA 93022
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Sine Qua Non is the California cult wine created by Austrian winemaker Manfred Krankl and wife Elaine. These highly in-demand wines, which consistently received near perfect scores from critic Robert Parker, can fetch upwards of $500 a bottle and can only be had through their über exclusive mailing list or via auction. The wines are Rhone style blends in red and white, kept to a small production of 3,500 cases a year. The name is Latin for “without which not” or more fittingly to fans, “something that cannot be done without.” The “winery” (not open to the public) is a warehouse in Ventura, California, originally founded during Krankl’s stint as owner of restaurant Campanile, for which the first wines were produced in 1994. The first wines were produced from fruit sourced in various locations in California and other including Oregon, but he now grows most of his own grapes in small vineyards in Ojai Valley and Sta Rita Hills. 

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • We (a S. Florida Italian Ristorante) have an opportunity to capture Sine Qua Non.Knowing that many Northerners are here.. But.. Syrah doesn't match our Cuisine or Tropical (hot) setting..  Do we Sine?  any opinions?? - happy to have the opportunity to feature. But ???. Read More

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  • Bite your tongue David! Kathy is a God of Old School Cab in Napa Valley. Most ... ... all the hype about with Sine Qua Non? Some wines just don't touch every palat Read More

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  • I had a strange experience yesterday and am hoping someone might have some insight.I have been enjoying and learning about wine for well over a decade now (seriously so) and have worked in the industry for a bit.  Numerous people have commented on the sharpness of my palate for wine and I have always had a pretty keen set of tasters.This occurre... Read More

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  • That Caymus 40th sure is stirring up conversation on the wine boards. I hear ... I hear ... Similar to the Sine Qua Non Grenache I had the other night. Hut hey, if the critics like it then it will sell and the general public will fall in line. &nbs Read More

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  • Tonight I am enjoying the second half of a bottle I opened on Sunday. This ... ... ... Jon Keyes formerly of Sine Qua Non, Outpost, Poe etc...Tasty, affordable, no-nonsen Read More

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  • Sine Qua Non Syrah California Atlantis Fe2o3 1a B & C 2005


    Wonderfully complex. Even after decanting it continued to open up revealing more incense, blueberry and baking spices. Hard to imagine a better syrah Read More

    Wine review by jayconway00

  • Maggie Harrison is responsible for Lillian Winery, some great new world Syrah ... in Oregon.She started out at Sine Qua Non, learning from Manfred and apparently that's paved the way to her success. Very interesting interview, hope you enjoy:Maggie Harrison - Grape Legends Intervi Read More

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  • The other day while rating a Jettlynn Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon a thought entered my head. With Snooth's system of 1 to 5 we know pretty much of how we are going to rate our tasted wines. My favorite wine is a Malbec which I reserve the number 4 in the rating system. This Jettlynn 07 Cabernet was also a 4 in my mind. This is where my questi... Read More

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  • Sine Qua Non Mr. K the Noble Man 2005


    100% Chardonnay with fruit from the Alban vineyard, this is a fully botrytised sweet wine that sits plumply at 235 grs/L. The 2005 is a regal wine that is one of the great dessert wines of the world. Sadly, the esteemed Alois Kracher whose Kracher wines I place on a padestal is no longer with us. An amazing deep golden colour with fragrances of ... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • Sine Qua Non Body and Soul Roussanne Viognier Other Calif/White 2007


    A limited 475-case wine that is 71% Roussanne and 29% Viognier, with fruit from the Eleven Confessions vineyard and matured in one-third new French oak. A vibrant color of golden sunflower oil with a copper rust tinge. The first thing that hit me warm pancakes with maple syrup! Youthul, uplifting aromas of honeysuckle, bees wax, preserved lemon... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

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