THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Deborah and I would like to thank everyone who came by the winery or stopped to see us at the recent Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival. What a great weekend! We’d especially like to thank our Wine Club members who joined us for our first ever Wine Club event at the Avant Tapas and Wine Bar. We enjoyed spending time with everyone, and hope you enjoyed our new releases as well as the scrumptious tapas from Avant. If you have any feedback for future Wine Club events, please let us know.
The spring weather in Santa Barbara County has given us plenty to talk about as we begin the 2011 growing season. Most notably, the region has received copious amounts of rain, which has replenished the water table and will encourage strong vine growth. The average rainfall across Santa Barbara County was 150% of normal. In early April, sustained cold temperatures overnight resulted in frost damage in several Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. Yields will likely be lower in these vineyards.
Deborah and I are excited to offer the 2008 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir as a special pre-release for our mailing list subscribers. This wine stands out as one of the most lush and delicious Pinot Noirs to date, which is a reflection of the beautiful richness and dimension of Pinot Noirs from the 2008 vintage. Read all about it below, or get the complete details on our website.
This wine is a classic expression of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, blending fruit from Rio Vista Vineyard (68%) in the slightly warmer east end of the appellation with grapes from Rancho La Viña (32%) situated at the cooler west end. Richly extracted aromas of dark cherry and black raspberry are accented by hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and subtle earth tones. Dark cherry flavors mingle with a touch of vanilla bean and new French oak. The wine’s richness allows for excellent drinkability now, while its structure ensures great cellar potential. 359 cases made. Click here for more details or to order.
WE CAN NOW SHIP TO VERMONT & WYOMING
We’re pleased to announce we have acquired the permits necessary to ship wine to Ken Brown fans in Vermont and Wyoming. Order online or call Deborah at 805-688-4482. New Wine Club members from those states are welcome too. Click here to join.
KEN BROWN OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE
No appointment necessary!
May Open House
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
July Open House
Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
August Open House/Wine & Fire Weekend
Friday, August 12 – Sunday, August 14, 2011 from 11:00 to 4:00
OTHER FEATURED EVENTS
24th Annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival
at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire Weekend
August 12-14, 2011
Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our AVA!
Symposium at El Jabali Vineyards – August 13, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Wine & Fire Grand Tasting at La Purisima Mission – August 13, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Santa Barbara County Vintners' Assoc.
Celebration of Harvest
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
at Rancho Sisquoc Winery in Santa Maria
Click here for a complete Ken Brown Wines event calendar.
ATTENTION WINE CLUB MEMBERS
Just a reminder that you will not receive a shipment during the warm months from late spring through early fall (warm temperatures are not good for wine quality!). The next wine club shipment will be in October. Not a member yet? Click here to sign up.