“‘Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house,
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corn cob pipe and a button.. ”
Okay, well maybe that isn’t how it goes. But I guess that happens when you mix a little wine and old Christmas stories. You know what else happens when you mix wine and Christmas? The Twelve Wines of Carr Christmas, a collection of twelve wines and a snazzy twist on a true holiday Classic. Enjoy!
We’ve all been there: that last minute stop at the supermarket to grab the prettiest label on the cleanest bottle of wine, cut over a few aisles to grab the shiniest ribbon, and a bag (if time permits), check out, and show up to the party with the best gift ever. And while I will never doubt this foolproof system so many of us procrastinators have developed, there has to be a better way.
Carr Winery has been tucked away in what looks to be just another steel Quonset hut on the outskirts of downtown Santa Barbara for just under ten years. However, once inside, it’s a completely different story. The walls of the structure curve up into forty foot ceilings and wrap around a sea of stacked wine barrels, oddly resembling the interior of a barrel itself. The wood paneled bar and large stainless steel equipment in the room emit an unforgettable ambiance that leads you into completely forgetting what the exterior of the building even looks like. Who would have ever thought that this all stemmed from 10 cases of wine made in a trash can?
If you have been to our Santa Barbara location recently, you may have noticed there are some exciting changes going on in the tasting room. Your eyes have not deceived you – we are expanding! The winery is getting a makeover, and the list of all the things you love about Carr is about to get a little longer.
Many of us have never seen anything but beer on tap. It makes sense to us: kegs, CO2, beer, taps. We’ve become so familiar with it that as the public, we don’t even think twice. But what about wine? Wine on tap is such a strange concept to most that it’s asked about on a daily basis at our winery and warehouse locations. Well, fear no more! Wine on tap is here, and its going to change the world.
“Bourbon and pickle juice, Champagne and fried chicken, peanut butter and bacon: sometimes it’s the odd things in life that go well together. Carr Vineyards & Winery’s label, CrossHatch, is proof of that. This low production label is blending incredible, unlikely varietals together that mimic the artistic technique of cross hatching, and it’s wooing all who taste it while keeping the most educated of tasters on their toes…”
“You can now catch live music every Friday evening at Carr Winery’s Warehouse tasting room in Santa Ynez. With a large lineup of both local and traveling musicians, winemaker Ryan Carr and his wife Jessica hope to draw members of the community in for some fun.”
Summer is here and quickly on its way out! While we will be missing the Summer sun and gorgeous weather (…is the weather ever really anything but gorgeous in Santa Barbara?), we won’t be left empty handed! Starting at about the middle of the season, this lovely miracle of Veraison begins to happen in the vineyards and lets us know that it’s almost time for harvest.
Santa Barbara California, otherwise known as the American Riviera, is nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This boutique town of quaint Spanish style architecture is a true gem of the Golden Coast. Your body will immediately relax as you inhale the cool salty air from the Pacific and feel the famous California sunshine on your face. With an average yearly temperature of 69 degrees, you’re almost guaranteed a perfect get-away.
“This Saturday, Carr Winery will come alive with the sizzling sight of wine bottles bent into entirely new and beautiful shapes when Santa Barbara glass artist Seth Brayer debutsPyroCycled, an exhibit of elegantly and intricately designed pieces and light fixtures …
You’ve done Napa, Sonoma and Monterey, and visited their most important wineries. But there’s so much more to California wine, which you’ll explore on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. There are almost 30 wineries downtown, so you’ll want to do your homework before you set out. Most venues feature tasting rooms, but call first because some require appointments. Fees range from $5 to $15 per winery and include samples of five to eight wines. Most do not sell food, but weekends feature a number of food trucks along the route.
“Located in downtown Santa Barbara, Carr Vineyards is a quaint winery that produces its wine from locally sourced grapes from Santa Barbara County.”
The other side of Carr Winery is Carr Vineyards. When Ryan isn’t hard at work creating delicious wines for you to enjoy he is up in the Santa Ynez Valley farming over 100 acres of vineyards. Carr Vineyards is …
As in May, when I focused an entire column on merlot, I’d like to spotlight another single grape varietal: Today, cabernet franc.
Cab franc is similar to merlot in that it’s also a Bordeaux varietal, and is not extensively planted in Santa Barbara County since it thrives with heat, and our region isn’t big on heat.
As a bonus, cab franc offers its fans a catchy moniker: “Franc-o-philes.” How can you go wrong?
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same grape variety. The grape originated in France where it’s known as Pinot Gris, and comes from the Burgundian Pinot family. Over in Italy, it is known as Pinot Grigio. While French in origin, it is really the Italians that we have to thank for bringing such huge global recognition and fame to the variety.
Blending vs. Co-fermentation There are two specific winemaking blending techniques that Ryan Carr uses when making our delicious wine. The most common is the blending technique which is used to create some of our wine on tap. First, …
Only two barrels produced of this unusual wine. Single clone 114 Pinot Noirs are rare. ·An impressive wine notable for the harmony between fruit, tannin, acidity and oak. It tasted of freshly picked Pinot Noir grapes.
Deep reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of earth-kissed black cherry. Sumptuous flavors of black cherry and blackberry with a beefy streak underneath. Well-crafted with supportive tannins and a silky, fruit-laden finish.
Rundown of Recent Santa Barbara County Bottlings of the Bordeaux Grape and Loire Star
If you have yet to reach for cabernet franc, now’s the time to try the lighter, crisper, and more aromatic cousin to cabernet sauvignon.
Creativity can often come from shaking things up a bit, which is exactly what winemaker Ryan Carr has done with his new label, CrossHatch, a project focusing on co-fermented blends from Santa Barbara County vineyards. After making only single varietal wines for 11 years, Ryan wanted to try something different. He and his wife Jessica came up with the idea of CrossHatch, inspired by cross hatching, an artistic technique that uses closely spaced intersecting lines to create shading, definition, and form in a drawing.