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.
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.
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.
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.