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"...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this 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...

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  • Therma trim ranging in non-native Proficiency of the nullification b ... ... b ... and nervous . You sine qua non self-tongue-lashing at skills -and-in outlander conspirator wide bestial shunted accessory store at. Read More

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  • A 1951 Bealieu Georges de Latour, anyone? '89 Montebello also looking good. ... fantastic. The older Sine Qua Nons are rare, and at peak. Who could forget Spottswoode?! Man, I love old wine.... Mature wine, wine with tertiary aromas and flavors, wine with history (I was living in Germany flipping eggs and working in a car parts factory in 1986,... Read More

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  • GregT no disrespect but even and and  claim ... ... Google "Rhone Style Sine Qua Non"When it comes to SQN or S Cal.  or Rhone or Australia I tip my HAT to Glaetzer and Penfolds, and Clarendon ..   Barossa and McClaren Vale and Heathcote.  recently. not discounting your selections availabl Read More

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  • "If I wanted Sine Qua Non style Hermitage Syrah (Rhone) not from Rhone, I would count on my friend Ben Glaetzer of Barossa and McLaren Vale. "  & please understand zero disrespect to Rhone Wines I assure.Writers, Advertisers, Marketing sell wine too.! and loyalists know the difference between marketing and wines deserving the Cult Status and onl... Read More

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  • I dodged a MAJOR Bullet vs. my wine ventures.Results are in and 2012 Oakville Cult Wines are superior and more collectable than 2013 Oakville Cult Wine ,, whew.. Invested. - William ; the photo courtesy of Adam Lee of Siduri Wines. Read More

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  • I'm with GregT that any sweet wine needs to have some zip.  Botrytis ... of what he's put up is Sine Qua Non.  Could just be that he can realize a big profit while selling fewer bottles.  I hesitate to ask him, because I know he's friends with Krankl and probably wouldn't want to say anything that could be perceived as negative.&nbs Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity ... ... Napa Valley $622 Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard 'Next of Kyn', Central Coast $606 Bryant Family Vineyard 'Bettina' Proprietary Red, Napa Valley $576 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford $571 Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvigno... Read More

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  • OT, how do you place Insignia or Dominus or Mayacamas or Heitz Martha's or ... Cellars, Screaming Eagle and Sine Qua Non. All of which have scored 100 point scores from wine critics.[3][4][5]These wines are generally very expensive and are limited production (often fewer than 600 cases per year) and can command several times their "release pri... Read More

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  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently (Experiencing Cabernet Franc for one) and that my wife Sandra just today handed me an article by Dave McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the... Read More

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