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.
Brittany & Drew moved out West from the East Coast and have spent their days traveling and having one continuous adventure after another. Over Thanksgiving weekend they explored the Santa Ynez Valley and stumbled into our tasting room in Santa Ynez. It looks like they enjoyed themselves.
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….
“Though not technically in the Happy Canyon appellation, Camp Four Vineyard acts very much like that warmer eastern corner of the Santa Ynez Valley, where Bordeaux varietals done in the regional style seem nicely embrace the more herbal, even pleasantly vegetal side of the equation. This Carr expression does just that, weaving in a bit of green pepper with ample spice, leather, and freshly broken chocolate bar flavors…”
The Beverage Testing Institute tasted 83 Cabernet Francs and listed us among one of the best.
Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of craisins, chocolate mint, roasted pepper, incense, and leafy herbs with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, fine tannin finish. Very flavorful and vibrant.
– Beverage Testing Institute
Wine Tasting at its Funky Best
Down towards the East side of town, on Salsipuedes Street you can stop into Carr Vintners. From the outside it looks like a miniature airplane hangar, but don’t let the façade food you! This tasting spot is one of the hippest on the south coast featuring a laid back, barrel room vibe like no other. These folks know how to serve and entertain in their comfy seating areas and actually encourage you to bring your own pizza, and have a game of shuffleboard as you sip the many varietals by the glass or bottle….
Come explore Santa Ynez and fine all the wonderful stores and restaurants and all the hidden gems it has to offer.
Alan from The Cultural Diplomat had some kind words to say about The Santa Ynez Warehouse and about our wines.
Roxy is our loving watch dog. She is up at the vineyards in the mornings chasing away squirrels and rodents and lounging around and relaxing the rest of the day at the winery. No wonder The News-Press thought to include her in their article on winery dogs.
This is a great article about ways to enjoy your Saturday. Matt takes you around to all the hard to find places of Santa Barbara. Our favorite part is him coming to visit Carr Winery during harvest and getting a hands on experience in winemaking.
Anthony Head with 805 Living wrote loves our 2009 Three Vineyard Pinot Noir.
“Carr used fruit from three different Sta. Rita Hills vineyards to structure this elegant pinot. Although I can’t pick out which vineyard the floral aspects came from, nor where the cherry and cola flavors and enticing minerality originated. I can definitely report they’re all here-and apparently they’re all pretty damn happy to be in the same bottle.”
2009 Carr Syrah, Morehouse Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
This Syrah is considerably lighter in body than you’d expect for a variety that’s often heavy and full bodied. It has the silkiness of a Pinot Noir, and it’s dry and complex in wild berry, leather, black pepper and cedar flavors. It shows lots of elegance throughout, and could even pick up bottle notes over the next six years. – S.H
Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine trail has finally joined together to form a 501 nonprofit.
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.
Harvest is almost here. This Sangiovese shown in the picture from Vandale Vineyard is looking delicious and almost ready to be picked, four more weeks. The Sauvignon Blanc looks like it will be the first thing that we pick for …
“Anytime that you are able to step into a winery and take pink bubbles to go – you know in your heart of hearts that anything related to this place is going to be fun. In what looks like a hollowed out airplane silo, Ryan and Jessica Carr have created an atmosphere at their eponymous winery that rivals the best party in town. Carr has created a very cool growler-type program, where you can get your own refillable bottle and fill it with several of their delicious offerings, which are always in small production. Still one of the top vineyard managers in Santa Barbara, Ryan is able to capture some of the best fruit sources for his eclectic mixture of bottles, including one of the best white wines in the county….”
The summer is starting to heat up and what better to accompany your BBQ than the 2011 Harvest Girl Rosé.
The vines are off to a good start this year. The late season rain has given the vines a good push and we have seen strong growth. The Sangiovese at Vandale has already flowered and has set a good looking …