Carr Winery is celebrating 15 incredible years! This is a journey that has taken us from Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara and back again. Ryan Carr is the principal owner, winemaker, and grower for Carr Vineyards & Winery. Growing up in Southern California, Ryan always had an interest in farming, but never expected he would end up where he is today. In the late 1990s, Ryan moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in Central California where he discovered the wine industry. After working in several SYV vineyards, getting his hands in the soil (literally), Ryan decided in 1999 to make his own Cabernet Sauvignon…in his garage…from grapes he helped to grow at a vineyard down the road. The first-ever …
We started harvest 2014 with a new assistant winemaker! We wanted him to tell you his story, but he’s up to his neck in grapes, so we’re telling it for him… Travis Mercy, a Santa Barbara native, started at Carr Winery in March of this year and quickly worked his way up to the coveted position. Travis’s journey began with a curiosity for fermentation. That interest took him on a road that included making pickles and sauerkraut, home-brewed beer, and eventually winemaking. He started out at Adelsheim Vineyard in Oregon working in the cellar. He thrived while gaining knowledge, learning what harvest was all about, and getting to know the pace of the industry. “They took me in without experience …
Vintage 2014 Many people have been wondering how the drought will affect the 2014 Vintage. The biggest effect the weather has had is that the hot, dry winter created a slightly early bud break. This means that vines woke up prematurely because the soil had dried out too soon. They need to send their roots deeper to find water, starting the growing season off about two weeks sooner than usual. Next we had a nice, warm, early spring something we haven’t had in years. There were concerns over the early bud break in case of a late spring frost, but we made it through the spring with out a bad frost event. The year was off to a good start …
These pretzel pockets ooze out deliciously creamy Brie that pairs perfectly with our 2013 Carr Pinot Noir Rosé. The subtle sweetness from the wine is a great match for the salty creaminess of the pretzels.
We don’t know about you guys, but all we want to eat and drink during the summer is a nice crisp white wine and seafood (well, maybe a burger once in a while). Our 2013 Carr Sauvignon Blanc is so crisp it is perfect for all those hot summer days. Paired with these shrimp tacos it’s even better!
As you may know, California is in the midst of a major drought. We have been seeing some of the driest conditions our state has seen in the last 500 years. As you drive up highway 154 you will drive past Santa Barbara’s water reservoir, Lake Cachuma. The lake is so low it looks as though you could walk right across the middle of it.
Brunch is one of the greatest traditions in our opinion. It’s not breakfast, it’s not lunch and a delicious sparkling wine is almost always a requirement. Whether you are celebrating, Mother’s Day, Easter, or just a Sunday Brunch grab a bottle of our 2009 Carr Blanc de Noir, Kessler-Haak Vineyard and pair it with these delicious pancakes.
The 2013 harvest was a nice surprise. The year started off much like 2012 with an early bud break starting the growing season sooner than normal. The continuing drought had woken the vines up too early again and the worries of frost were on everyone’s mind. March passed with just one close call. Then April came with one more 33˚ morning giving all of us a good scare, but we made it through the spring with no frost. This was the first year since 2008 that we did not see any spring frost damage in Sta. Rita Hills….
We started picking at 3:00 this morning at Kessler-Haak. We finished with about one and a half tons of Chardonnay.
We were up before dawn today picking Kessler-Haak Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine.