“Light ruby with barely-staining pink edges. Crisp bright celery and blanched peas create a voluptuous earth-bound beauty in an other-worldly conniption-fit of citrus minerality and metallica. Expressive poivre in fat rails on dirty album-covers translates to shards of vegetal and tannins seamlessly siamesed with acid and high-notes of mint and ester. No *donut-wine* here, this thing delivers A to Z but is NOT for the fat, ripe, jam & butter crowd. This is red wine for people who like real wine. A perfect coupling of *lean & mean* and California concentration.”
“‘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?
“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.”
“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 that he’s formed from recycled wine bottles. The event runs 6-9 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., Brayer will show how he distorts the bottles into one-of-a-kind, kelp-like coils and spindles during a live demo. Drawn to turning discarded objects into entirely new things, Brayer’s technique was inspired by Kitty City, the cat enclosure he built at his home out of recycled cardboard. “Through the power of the furnace and the heat of the fire, it gives me the opportunity to kind …
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.”
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?