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 a management company that installs and maintains vineyards for an array of clients. This affords Carr the pleasure of working with so many wonderful varietals grown in so many different areas. There is a lot that goes into getting a vineyard established and creating strong low yielding vines that will one-day produce the delicious wine for your glass. The first step in vineyard installation is to assess the soil. Ryan takes soil samples in different spots and at different depths …
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, each varietal is fermented and barrel aged separately. Then before bottling, we create several different “test” blends to see what percentages will be used of each wine. This is the easiest technique since you can create each varietal separately. Picking them at different times, fermenting them using different yeasts, and you can adjust the wine percentages at the end having complete control over the entire process. CrossHatch is a newer brand by Carr Winery and consists of co-fermented blends. This …
Marie’s Pinot 2013
To Help Support Breast Cancer Research
April 28, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA – Carr Vineyards & Winery has announced that they will be releasing a Marie Pinot Noir 2013 this week! All proceeds from sales of the Pinot will help support breast cancer research. The quantity of Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to only 50 cases.
One of our lovely staff members wrote this, and we just had to share!
“The Reason Why I Love SB County Wine #212: There is little else that can condense an entire life into a glass. My most favorite varietals are the ones that grow in rocky soil, set up against a mountain where the hot air rests and tries to dry up the last of any potential.
The Yard Vineyard is located in the Northern most section of the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. This vineyard was one of the first planted by Ryan Carr in 1998. The Yard is an eighteen acre vineyard planted in sandy loam soils. It is also the only spot in Sta. Rita Hills where we have found a heavy limestone content in the soils. The wines that come from these vines are very Burgundian in style with deep earth tones and a salivating minerality….
125-number of days in the average grape growing season
1-number of days it takes to screw it all up
VINTAGE 2014 is a multimedia documentary project, that Carr Winery had the privilege of being part of, that lets wine lovers experience the journey of a vintage in real time, from bud break to barreling.
Our sparkling wine (Blanc de Noir) is made in the Méthode Champenoise, which is the traditional method for making “Champagne.” This means that the secondary fermentation process takes place in the bottle. We add a tiny amount of yeast and sugar to each bottle and seal them with a bottle top in order to start the secondary fermentation. Bottle fermented sparkling wines tend to be less fruity. The chemical changes diminish the sweetness of the wine as it develops and in turn contributes aromas and flavors of toast, caramel, and nuttiness. The texture also tends to be creamier, smoother, and the bubbles are tinier and less aggressive….
Q: “How old is Carr Winery?”
A: The first vintage for Carr was 1999.
Q: “How many cases do you produce?”
A: About 4,500 a year.