Join Stannary Wine for this tasting hosted by two of the leading producers of the Santa Barbara wine region. Winemaker Gavin Chanin of Chanin Wines and Jeff Nelson the Owner of Liquid Farm Winery will both provide a preview of the 2018 vintage with three wines from each producer.
At the ripe old age of 34, Gavin Chanin is now in a position to talk about the generational changes in California. In his early twenties, Gavin was chastised by some quarters for picking too early. Gavin’s answer has always been the same; he picks when the grapes are ripe, but not overripe. Ten years on Gavin has held the same position, but a new generation has materialised, and picking underripe has become fashionable. Gavin found himself in the comical position of being lambasted for being part of the old school of big, rich Chardonnays. Thankfully, Gavin reacts to this with a smile and a shrug of the shoulders, forging his own path.
The Liquid Farm story is an interesting one that bucks the recent trend toward single-vineyard designations. The blending remains key, and winemaker James Sparks must take great credit for what he has achieved. Along with Jeff Nelson’s 20+ years experience in the wine world, these two together make one hell of a dream team. Jeff’s favourite bottle from their collection is the White Hills Chardonnay as he says this is the wine that he wants to drink a second and third glass of.
Do let us know if you want to join the tasting and if you would like to taste along. We have prepared the below tasting pack. Please order these by 11 September, to ensure delivery in time for the tasting.
2018 Vintage. One Person Tasting Pack @ £85 including VAT and Delivery. Pack contains 1x 60ml bottle of each wine:
Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay
Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir
White Hill Chardonnay
Golden Slope Chardonnay
Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
The tasting will take place over Zoom, and you’ll be encouraged to ask questions/comment as we go along. A link to the Zoom chat, meeting ID and password will be shared with all those who’d like to join.