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My Wine Moment Photo Giveaway

HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, a set of family-owned wineries based in both Napa and Sonoma counties, has launched its first ever My Wine Moment Giveaway, ahead of the much anticipated holiday season. The Photo Giveaway, which is open for entry October 1 through November 24, 2021, will award one participant with the ultimate Napa Valley retreat package.

Prospective entrants are invited to share an image enjoying wine as part of a special moment. The lucky winner and a guest will receive a four-day, three-night accommodations package in Napa Valley, roundtrip airfare, and private ground transportation. Additionally, the winner and a guest will visit all five HALL, WALT and BACA luxury Tasting Room locations for a series of private food and wine experiences, with private transportation being provided to and from each. The winners will also receive a $500 Visa Gift Card for a selection of HALL, WALT and BACA wines. Additionally, multiple ‘Honorable Mention’ special wine moments photographs will be selected.

“Wine has been a part of so many special moments throughout the course of my life –birthdays, graduations, countless holiday gatherings, as well as simple moments like an evening stroll through the vineyard with Craig” says Vintner Kathryn Hall. “We know others have these moments too and we love hearing about them.  I hope this Giveaway will encourage you to share the joy of your own special wine moments.”

The My Wine Moment Giveaway is free to enter, and entries are being accepted October 1 through November 24. There are two ways to enter. Participants may submit a photo and comment on the HALL, WALT, or BACA websites at My Wine Moment or by posting a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #MyWineMoment and one of the brand hashtags; #HALLWines, #WALTWines or #BACAWines. The winner will be selected Monday, November 29. To review the official giveaway rules, please see the Terms & Conditions. Entrants must be 21 and over to be eligible.  

For more information on the prize packages and to enter, please see the My Wine Moment Giveaway Submission page.

About Hall Family Wines                                                                                                                          

HALL Family Wines produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel under the HALL, WALT and BACA brand monikers. HALL Family Wines collectively owns five wine country tasting rooms including HALL St. Helena, HALL Rutherford, WALT Sonoma, WALT Oxbow, and WALT | BACA Healdsburg. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, the family-owned winery produces artisan wines that express the unique and diverse character of the wine country’s soils and climates through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process.  The family’s luxury wine portfolio, led by Vice President of Winemaking Megan Gunderson Paredes, sources fruit from some of the most prominent vineyards up and down the West Coast including twelve Estate vineyards– Sacrashe, Bergfeld, Hardester, Beller, Atlas Peak, Lamoreaux, Rainin, Dellar-Freidkin, Cook, Bob’s Ranch, Clos Pepe and The Corners. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its hightech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Since the inception of HALL in 1995, the three luxury wine brands have earned over 700 ratings of 90 points or above from the industry’s top critics, including four 100-point scores.

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Murphy-Goode Winery Welcomes Two New Employees

After Receiving over 7,000 Inspiring Applications, the Sonoma County Winery Hires Two Top Candidates to Pursue Their Wine Industry Dream Jobs

 Murphy-Goode, the Sonoma County winery that launched “A Really Goode Job” nationwide job search in March 2021, is pleased to announce that Lindsay Perry in Austin, TX and Veronica Hebbard in Orlando, FL have been selected as the newest employees of Murphy-Goode and are the winners of A Really Goode Job. They will begin their dream job journeys at Murphy-Goode on Sept. 1, 2021, shadowing winemaker Dave Ready, Jr. before moving into separate roles that align with their respective interests and expertise. Each will receive a $10,000 salary per month, live rent-free in Healdsburg for a year, and will enjoy a year’s supply of Murphy-Goode wine. 

Over the course of this nationwide job search, Murphy-Goode received over 7,000 creative and inspiring applications from around the world. In July, the winery selected the top 17 finalists and welcomed them to Healdsburg for in-person interviews and wine country exploration. Throughout the week, candidates had the opportunity to meet with Murphy-Goode winemaker Dave Ready, Jr., as well as other Murphy-Goode employees and fellow “A Really Goode Job” candidates. 

Murphy-Goode looks forward to welcoming Lindsay and Veronica to the team and working closely with them to make their wine industry dream jobs a reality. Throughout the application process, both candidates stood out due to their passion for wine, creativity, humor, and drive. “When we started out on this journey, we cast the net wide to find candidates with unique experiences and points of view,” said winemaker Dave Ready, Jr. “I’m looking forward to working with Lindsay and Veronica this harvest, but also learning from each of them, and seeing what new ideas they will bring to the job.”

Lindsay Perry is a Yardley, Pennsylvania native, but currently lives in Austin, Texas, working in sports marketing. Lindsay received scholarships to complete her WSET Level I & II through Wine Unify and the Roots Fund in 2020 and 2021 respectively, and she is looking to add her diverse voice to the ever-changing climate of the wine world. “Working for Murphy-Goode Winery will present a unique challenge and represent a big pivot in my life. I’ll be jumping into the wine industry in the best way possible. Having the opportunity to shadow Dave, learn to make wine, and grow professionally through this year of exploration, will change the trajectory of my life,” Perry said. View Lindsay’s application video here

Veronica Hebbard, originally from Montgomery, New York, will be making her way to Sonoma by way of Orlando, Florida. She currently works as an engineer in the themed entertainment industry. As an engineer by trade, Veronica is most excited about being immersed in the science of winemaking and exploring sustainability and innovation initiatives. “When the opportunity presented itself, I thought it was the most interesting way to make wine approachable for people who weren’t already in the industry. Joining Murphy-Goode will provide me the opportunity to navigate and harness this energy and passion and steer it into where my role might be in the wine industry,” Hebbard said. View Veronica’s application video here

First launched in 2009, “A Really Goode Job” became a revolutionary campaign to create a real job opportunity in the wine industry at a time of economic distress and high unemployment. Today, as the country faces a new set of challenges, creating access and viable career opportunities is more important than ever. Murphy-Goode cast the net wide and launched the job search to find candidates from across the country who want to follow their passion and land their dream job in the wine industry.

To follow along on Lindsay and Veronica’s journey, follow Murphy-Goode on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Murphy-Goode Winery

Welcome to the Goode life. Founded in Sonoma County in 1985 in a spirit of love and friendship by Tim Murphy, Dale Goode, and Dave Ready Sr., Sonoma County’s own Murphy-Goode Winery crafts some of 

California’s best wines without taking itself too seriously. The story lives on today under the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, continuing a tradition based on a shared appreciation of friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor, and, of course, a good bottle of wine. Murphy-Goode offers high-quality wines from some of California’s great growing regions with the approachable and inviting attitude of Sonoma County. Murphy-Goode is never pretentious, is often irreverent, and is about having fun. Because of its consistent quality, the brand has become a favorite wine for consumers everywhere. For more information, www.MurphyGoodeWinery.com, and follow Murphy-Goode on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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CHEF CHARLIE PALMER IS CULINARY ADVISORY AT WING & BARREL RANCH, SONOMA’S NEWEST WINE COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

James Beard Award-winning chef to create the ultimate taste of Sonoma 
in conjunction with club’s extensive wine list and natural bounty

Set amid the beauty of Northern California’s Wine Country, Wing & Barrel Ranch — an exclusive members-only sporting club for the discerning outdoor and wine enthusiast — is excited to announce that James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer is leading its menu creation and concept as Culinary Advisor.

Chef Palmer brings his signature “Progressive American Cooking” to the Ranch’s rustic elegance. Owner of 13 acclaimed restaurants across the United States, Palmer has chosen Sonoma County as his home, designing a full-service menu for Wing & Barrel Ranch that emphasizes the fresh, seasonal foods that reflect the bounty of the land he knows so well. 

Located on a superb parcel totaling nearly 1,000 acres, Wing & Barrel Ranch is hailed as “the best of the best” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “an outstanding club” by Cigar Aficionado. The Ranch is currently building a new clubhouse that will offer a luxurious dining experience to members and their guests. Similar to other private clubs in that memberships are non-equity, inheritable, and transferable, Wing & Barrel Ranch has just a few memberships remaining.

In addition to Chef Palmer’s outstanding dining program, Wing & Barrel Ranch amenities include seasonal bird hunting, year-round sporting clays, Vintner Member gatherings, customized shooting instruction, travel programs, dog training and boarding, and an exclusive cigar program. Paired with world-class wines from our Vintner Members, year-round member activities showcase the most exceptional culinary bounty and wines from this region. 

“I’m delighted to pair my love of robust flavors and straightforward classic cooking with the outstanding outdoor experience that Wing & Barrel Ranch offers,” says Chef Palmer. “Growing up in rural New York, time spent outdoors was an integral part of my family’s life, including hunting and fishing. As an avid outdoorsman, I really appreciate how food and wine complement the pleasures of a good day spent in nature.”

Wing & Barrel Ranch co-founder and CEO Darius Anderson is delighted to welcome Chef Palmer. “I’m proud to be able to share this amazing land with a chef and restaurateur of Charlie’s stature and abilities,” Anderson says. “Adding his level of fine dining to the opportunity to shoot with renowned local Vintners makes for a magical mix for Wing & Barrel Ranch members.”

The new Clubhouse at Wing & Barrel Ranch is slated to open in the summer of 2020, serving as the heart of all member activities and as a gathering place for family and friends. Limited memberships remain and are expected to sell out quickly. For more information, please visitwingandbarrelranch.com/membership.

About Wing & Barrel Ranch

Wing & Barrel Ranch was founded in 2013, with improvements to the facility lasting through 2016. In June 2019, an additional phase of development began with the building of a formidable clubhouse, complete with The Trap Bar, an elegant dining room, premiere shooters’ pro shop, private meeting rooms, locker facilities, enclosed cigar room, and an expansive deck overlooking Sonoma Creek. While the clubhouse project is underway, an interim clubhouse is currently being utilized. The property consists of nearly one thousand acres of agricultural land in Sonoma, and is located off of Highway 37.

Now Serving Punch & Savory Eclairs in the Garden

The second half of summer is heating up and Brix Napa Valley is pleased to announce its new “Punch Time,” served daily from 4 p.m. to sunset. Guests can enjoy punch crafted by Randy Languerand who draws upon the organically-farmed Brix garden to craft his own concoctions and syrups. The tasty and refreshing punch is served in a variety of sizes and paired with savory eclairs – perfect for a foursome or a large party.

PUNCH BOWLS – Decanter 750ml $32 | Punch Bowl 1.5L $59 | The Big Bowl 3L $110

THE KELLEHER KICKER – kelleher family vineyards sauvignon blanc, citron vodka, lime, wildflower syrup, lychee puree

THE FLOWER GARDEN – lemongrass ensued zaya, orange oleo, spiced pineapple syrup, lychee puree

MAYACAMAS VIEW – benhams sonoma dry gin, grapefruit oleo, rosemary infused campari, lemon, fentiman’s botanical tonic

THYME TO UNWIND – redemption bourbon, meyer lemon thyme cordial, orange blossom honey, lemon juice

CHARBAY WITH PASSION – charbay original vodka, passion fruit puree, mango puree, strawberry shrub, orange juice

SAVORY ECLAIRS

GREEN, EGGS & HAM

CAPRESE – aged balsamic

DUCK LIVER – huckleberries

Farmhouse Inn

Introducing, summer of 2019, a brand-new gathering space, The Grange. Where small meets mighty…

grange

noun

\ ˈgrānj  \

Definition of grange

1. archaic : GRANARYBARN

2: FARM especially : a farmhouse with outbuildings

3capitalized : one of the lodges of a national fraternal association originally made up of farmersalso : the association itself

Taking the traditional definitions and rolling them into one elastic space.  Two of our original workers’ cottages, dating back to the turn of the last century have been re-imagined into a modern ideal gathering place.  Vaulted open beam ceilings, white-washed wainscoting, a double-sided fireplace, rustic “reclaimed” barn-wood flooring, French doors to a private patio…  and, of course infinitely comfortable furnishings.  

The Grange is charming without being quaint, and rustic with every imaginable modern convenience. 

It’s been outfitted with all of the thought and imagination that have made Farmhouse a world-leader in hospitality.

Why hold a meeting when you can create an experience? Why not get married under 
Wedding Trellis, enjoy champagne in the garden and then dinner in the comfort and privacy of The Grange?  Whether you are re-imagining your company, planning programs for the coming year, fostering teamwork or launching a new strategy to take your leadership team to the next level, Farmhouse Inn is the perfect event and meeting place. 

With just 25 rooms set amid rolling hills and rambling vineyards, we’re perfectly suited for intimate events, meetings and executive retreats that require privacy, security and all the luxury you’d expect from the #3 Best Hotel in US and Canada, Condé Nast Gold List 2019 with a restaurant that has, 13 years in a row, been awarded One Michelin Star. 

The Details:

640 sq. ft

Accommodates:

• Up to 20 for Meetings

• Up to 40 indoor/outdoor for receptions

Features include handsome wooden farm board table with upholstered linen chairs*, a 60-inch wall-mounted TV for presentations, and (best of all) seamless access to Farmhouse Inn’s acclaimed, Michelin-rated cuisine.

*up to 12 linen chairs, over 12 requires use of metal chic bistro chairs. 

 For meeting and event information visit http://www.farmhouseinn.com/meetings

About Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Situated on a serene ten-acre wooded property in Sonoma County’s world-famous Russian River Valley region, Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned country inn and the amenities of a Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel to create a casually elegant wine country escape. A charming and romantic property in the emerging and popular destination of the Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn celebrates the spirit of wine country by providing guests with an insider’s experience of Sonoma County. The Inn boasts a Michelin- starred restaurant, a full-service farm-to-table spa managed by Francis & Alexander, and picturesque gardens throughout the property. All of Farmhouse Inn’s 25 rooms—including seventeen Barn rooms and suites, eight cottage rooms and suites and two upstairs guest rooms in the original farmhouse—offer relaxing, scenic views with an unparalleled luxury experience. 

Awarded in 2019 #3 Hotel in North America, Conde Nast Traveler, #3 Best Hotel in California, Travel & Leisure and Michelin One Star restaurant 13 years running.

Www.farmhouseinn.com is our website, but this is a great way to get to know us better… 

And here to learn all about what this gorgeous region has to offer…

Farmhouse Inn Receives its 13th Michelin Star

The Michelin Guide announced, this week, the list of restaurants receiving stars for 2019.  And the Farmhouse team was proud and honored to remain among that elite list for the 13thconsecutive year.  Says Executive Chef, Steve Litke, “to be one of only 90 restaurants to receive one or more stars, out of 657 that are recommended in the state of California makes me so incredibly proud of my entire team.  Every year that we receive our star is just as exciting and nail-biting as it was the very first year”.

For anyone new to the system, one star means “high-quality cooking, worth a stop,” two stars equals “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and three stars means a restaurant has “exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey.”

When Farmhouse owners, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, conceived the idea of a European- style hotel and world-class restaurant nineteen years ago, it was with the hope that they would achieve one star status.  “One star is a perfect spot for us.  We are approachable and have flexibility in our offerings, but it recognizes the level of talent that we have in the kitchen.  Our team is second to none.  And the fact that our Chef has been with us for our entire nineteen years, and is like family, makes it all the sweeter.  Congratulations to our entire restaurant team!”

KQED  has compiled a list of this year’s winners.

For packages please visit us at  http://www.farmhouseinn.com/specials

About Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa

Situated on a serene ten-acre wooded property in Sonoma County’s world-famous Russian River Valley region, Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned country inn and the amenities of a Four-Diamond luxury boutique hotel to create a casually elegant wine country escape. A charming and romantic property in the emerging and popular destination of the Russian River Valley, Farmhouse Inn celebrates the spirit of wine country by providing guests with an insider’s experience of Sonoma County. The Inn boasts a Michelin- starred restaurant, a full-service farm-to-table spa managed by Francis & Alexander, and picturesque gardens throughout the property. All of Farmhouse Inn’s 25 rooms—including seventeen Barn rooms and suites, eight cottage rooms and suites and two upstairs guest rooms in the original farmhouse—offer relaxing, scenic views with an unparalleled luxury experience.

Awarded in 2019 #3 Hotel in North America, Conde Nast Traveler, #3 Best Hotel in California, Travel & Leisure and Michelin One-Star restaurant 13 years running.

Www.farmhouseinn.com is our website, but this is a great way to get to know us better…

And here to learn all about what this gorgeous region has to offer…

Taste the Roads Less Traveled in California’s Wine Country this Summer

California is home to dozens of distinct wine regions, including some of the world’s most famous destinations. But hidden among even the high-profile appellations are the wine roads less traveled, featuring stunning rural scenery, delicious wines and, often, fewer visitors. To help wine lovers discover new wine roads and wineries this summer, Wine Institute’s California Wine Country Back Roads series highlights off-the-beaten-path wine roads and regions. The five-part series begins with the back roads of California’s North Coast.

SONOMA COUNTY

Home to nearly 500 wineries, plus green valleys, rolling hills, regal redwoods and 55 miles of spectacular coastline, Sonoma County is one of the most well-known wine regions in California. Even so, there’s always something new to explore along Sonoma’s rural roads.

TASTE: The region is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but Sonoma’s diversity of climate and soils allows vintners to grow dozens of other varieties as well. You’ll find a more relaxed pace in the Alexander Valley where winding country roads lead to some of the county’s most delicious Cabernet Sauvignon wines, known for their elegant style. As one of Sonoma’s larger appellations in terms of vineyard acres, Alexander Valley’s back roads include more than two dozen wineries. Hidden treasures can also be found in the nearby Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley.

TOUR: On June 22-23, Experience Alexander Valley invites small groups of 20 or less to experience everything from blending seminars with winemakers to ravioli-making workshops to bocce in the vineyards. Also on June 8 – July 14 is the Art of Wine with a Vintage Palette at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, featuring 60 artists celebrating the wine country culture of the North Bay. The free opening reception is June 8.

For more information on lodging, dining and upcoming events, see Sonoma Tourism.

NAPA VALLEY

A small region with a deservedly large reputation, the Napa Valley is known the world over for its acclaimed wines—primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and other Bordeaux varieties—and a thriving culinary scene that includes Michelin star restaurants, delicious food truck fare and every level of cuisine in between.

TASTE: Bordered by two mountain ranges—the Vaca on the east and the Mayacamas on the west—the Napa Valley is rich with less-traveled mountain roads that invite visitors to meander and discover. Spring Mountain Road, just a few minutes off busy highway 29, is a rural respite of family owned and operated wineries, along with 1,000 acres of gorgeous hillside vineyards. Likewise, Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain and Diamond Mountainreward travelers with mountain vistas and limited-production wines. (Due to their remote locations, some wineries require advance appointments.)

TOUR: Festival Napa Valley is in July, featuring performers SEAL, Patti Lupone, jazz artists the Yellow Jackets, and a full slate of the finest concerts, operas, and fabulous winery parties. Free outdoor concerts will be at the St. Helena Concert Series, held on alternating Thursdays, June-August, in Lyman Park. Wind down the summer season at the Calistoga Harvest Table on Sept. 8, where local restaurants and 40-plus wineries team up to produce an epic feast laid out on 1,000 feet of tables in the center of Calistoga’s picturesque downtown.

For more information on lodging, dining and upcoming events, see Visit Napa Valley.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Fifty miles north of Healdsburg lies ruggedly beautiful Mendocino County, home to towering redwoods and a foggy coast. More than 90 percent of the land is wild and undeveloped, and the region is known for its small-town vibe and relaxed hospitality.

TASTE: Drive along Highway 128 in the Anderson Valley and find more than two dozen small wineries producing everything from crisp sparkling wines to gorgeous cool-climate Pinot Noir to aromatic whites. The region’s producers are proudly “green,” with a high percentage of wineries using sustainable, organic or Biodynamic methods.

TOUR: Celebrate Father’s Day weekend June 15-16 with A Taste of Redwood Valley, a chance to sample library wines, small-production lots and even spirits. Anderson Valley wineries host their Barrel Tasting Weekend July 20-21, featuring previews of new wines and tastes of current releases.

For more information on lodging, dining and upcoming events, see Visit Mendocino.

LAKE COUNTY

Bordering Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, Lake County was named for the region’s many picturesque lakes. Vineyards are planted throughout the county, from the agriculturally rich valley at 1,370 feet elevation to the rocky red soil around Mt. Konocti—a dormant volcano—at elevations above 2,000 feet.

TASTE: Home to more than 30 wineries, Lake County is known for its high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Mini-tours around Clear Lake include Upper Lake and Lakeport, Nice and Clearlake Oaks, Lower Lake, Middletown, and the volcanic slopes of the Red Hills American Viticultural Area.

TOUR: On June 16, the Lake County Beer, Wine & Swine Baconfest brings together dad-friendly favorites for Father’s Day. Red, White, & Blues celebrates the best of Lake County wines on July 6 at Langtry Estate Vineyards in Middletown.

For more information on lodging, dining and upcoming events, see Lake County Wineries.
For all of the wine regions included in this series, use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens and picnic areas, and view winery events around the state.
Jordan Winery cellars

Jordan Winery and Vineyards—a taste of France in California’s Alexander Valley

Tom and Sally Jordan pioneered producing Bordeaux-style California Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley back in the early 1970s. Join Tom and Sally’s son, John Jordan and Chef Knoll for a visit at the winery.

LISTEN TO John Jordan & Chef Todd Knoll NPR.ORG podcast

Jordan's massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Jordan’s massive wine cellar is awesome Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

The Jordans crafted a chateau winery that has remained as an elegantly distinctive destination for discerning visitors to the famed Alexander Valley on the outskirts of Healdsburg for decades.

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Pure elegance at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

There’s no tasting room at Jordan, but there is tasting by appointment, as well as elegant four course meals prepared by Chef Todd Knoll previously with the Ritz Carlton.

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley

Chef Todd Knoll at Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley. Photo Credit Tom Wilmer

 Jordan is a memorable destination that will make you feel like you have been instantly transported to the French countryside.

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Featured on NPR.ORG Podcast Directory and NPR.ONE mobile app

Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer Featured on NPR.ORG Podcast Directory and NPR.ONE mobile app

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CARR WINERY SANTA BARBARA 

“Work hard, play hard and source really good fruit… it all starts from the fruit!” – Jessica Carr

By Vaughn Lowery

Since 1999, Owner/Winemaker/Sommelier Ryan Carr and wife Jessica Carr have been developing an impeccable assortment of Pinot wines – crisp, juicy and delicious. Established in downtown Santa Barbara, their main tasting room is inside of a quonset hut. If the corrugated structure doesn’t enthrall you to enter, Jessica’s warm smile and innate ability to promote her product will have you become a member of their 800+ wine club. The decor is modern yet industrial with a saloon-ish style bar with wine on tap. Adjacent is an outdoor comfy patio where you and a group of friends can soak up a session while basking in the sunshine.

Throughout the space are stacked barrels, workers fermenting grapes with monthly rotating provocative art pieces scattered throughout the walls on consignment. Everyone knows grapes love art and when the fruit is happy so is the wine.

Ryan wasn’t available for our private tasting but his presence was prevalent. During harvest, he’s out in the fields picking and sorting fruits. He and Jessica met at the University of Arizona about 20 years ago – he majored in graphic design and she in communications. It was inevitable that Ryan designed the ultra chique labels and she wrote many of their outward facing materials.

Nothing can stand in the way of their success with such an immense passion for winemaking and a strong business acumen. And, the positive reviews alongside of 90+ scores keep rolling in. Named one of Six California Wineries You Should Know About.

“Carr produces polished, authoritative Pinot Noirs from various Sta. Rita Hills vineyards.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast

They started with only 15 people almost two decades ago; now with 2 locations and a wine management company (early September they handled the grand opening for sister brand CrossHatch Wines) – they’re invincible. Presently, they have no children, but obviously the grapes are their babies. Angel is their Rottweiler/Shepherd 2yro dog and was rescued from an overcrowded litter. Evidently, the Carrs have huge hearts and it’s known throughout the city. Everyone we encountered both inside and outside the winery respects their philanthropic endeavors. In fact, they’re always giving back to local charities.

Moreover, this eclectic outfit is host to a plethora of music events where indie rock to reggae bands showcase their talent on Friday nights from 6-8pm.

Be on the lookout this Halloween for their costume competiton where they will have a live DJ, small bites as well as spooky decorations. And if that doesn’t float your boat, you may want to check out their WOGA (wine + yoga) which is rumored to be held on their outdoor patio. Other honorable mentions include their indie pop-up market which will showcase local artisanal made goods and their 46 wine lockers – customers can store 4, 8, 16 and up to 72 cases per rental.

It’s so refreshing to come across such a winery ambiance only 82 miles from central Los Angeles. We drove up in the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Limited Edition to add to this whimsical wine experience.

ART INSTALLATION & LIVE MUSIC! This Friday July 9th from 6-9pm at Carr Winery

Free Admission, 21+

414 N Salsipuedes Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Join Carr Winery this Friday, July 9th 6-9 pm for the last opportunity to view artist Gus Harper’s art installation in the winery. What better way to start your weekend than to gather once more with art, wine, and live music? Carr Winery’s Santa Barbara tasting room will be transformed once again into your favorite weekend watering hole, complete with the live music and the gathering of community we’ve all been craving.

To learn more about the event, please visit HERE.

THE SALTY STRINGS TRIO

We’re kicking off the return of live music with three members from local bluegrass group, The Salty Strings. This group transcends the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music, adding percussive elements and blending notes of Latin and jazz.

They’re known to put on an engaging live performance filled with fast-picking originals and old-timey favorites, and we’re so looking forward to having them in the winery. Salty Strings will be pluckin’ alongside the art 6-8:30 PM.

Learn more about the band here

GUS HARPER

Based in Los Angeles, Harper has been creating and selling art around the world for the past 18 years. His work is moving, capturing your eyes and mind with geometric patterns, captivating iridescence, and immense detail. “Like the best of Pop, their effect is to awaken us to the strangeness of the ordinary, to present the most routine encumbrances of our daily lives as almost miraculous apparitions.”

Learn more about the artist HERE.

*Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara. All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards and are made in a traditional winemaking style to capture the essence of the grape varietal and region. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Carr Winery has two locations for guests to enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass and wine on tap: The Barrel Room in downtown Santa Barbara and The Warehouse in Santa Ynez.

http://carrwinery.com