Babcock Vineyards was established in 1978 when Mona and Walter Babcock purchased a 110 acre property on Highway 246 between Lompoc and Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. At the time, the Babcocks were in the restaurant business, as they are to this day, being the proprietors of the legendary Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach California. Over the years Walter practiced a number of crafts, making him a full-fledged Renaissance guy. At the time of establishing the vineyard, he was also a dentist and a commercial fisherman. Shortly after the purchase of their property, the Babcocks planted a modest 20 acres to such varieties as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. In 1983, after building a small garage and purchasing a few wine barrels, they took a whack at their first experimental vintage. That year, they also delivered small batches of fruit to a few of the more notable winemakers in the area. While Rick Longoria and Fred Brander made compelling Sauvignon Blancs, Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat produced a stunning Chardonnay.Prompted by the promising results, Walt and Mona decided it was time to seize the opportunity to produce commercial wines. While they were setting the stage for a small fledgling winery, their son, Bryan, decided to cut short his graduate school studies and join them. In 1982 Bryan was having trouble getting accepted to the business schools of his choice. With Harvard, Stanford and Wharton having tossed his modest undergraduate credentials into the trash, Bryan felt it best to check out "the wine thing" with mom and dad. As a result, he took majors in biology and chemistry from Occidental College and applied to UC Davis to start a master's in enology. After spending two years on course work, he was supposed to return to Davis to put together a thesis for his degree in the fall of 1984. Says Bryan, "I started crushing Gewurztraminer that September and forgot about school altogether." Fortunately, his studies primed him for his first harvest, as he was awarded gold medals at the L.A. and Orange County Fairs for his 1984 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc. Interestingly, one of Bryan's more memorable early career moments was being invited to lecture the business students at Wharton a few years later on the in's and out's of the wine industry.Still family-owned and operated, Babcock Winery and Vineyards is a focused 10,000-case winery with 65 acres currently planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Gris. Experimental varieties such as Albarino, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo have already come and gone. Bryans' projects these days include Chenin Blanc as well as the development of a new in-house clone of Pinto Noir, Psi Clone. Another compelling development for Bryan is the TTB's relatively recent promotion of the American Viticultural Appellation, Sta. Rita Hills. The Babcock's winery and vineyard is in the heart of the appellation, which is now considered by wine aficionados to be among the greatest regions in the world for the growing of Pinot Noir.
Product DescriptionRaspberry preserves, dried savory herb and mocha on the nose with hints of licorice, clove and vanilla. Expansive on the fore palate, building to a dense and rich mid palate with strong notes of ripe fruit and baking spices. Long, lingering nish with hints of toasty oak and vanilla.
Brand DescriptionThere are no shortcuts to making memorable wine. It requires focus, dedication and, some say, 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at crafting this drinkable art form. Will you be able to taste the decades of passion that go into each bottle? Instantly.
Color: Dark garnet.Aromas: Milk chocolate truffle, caramel, baking spice.Flavors: Dark plum, blackberry, and medium tannins.Structure: Heavy body, medium tannins, long finish.
22 Pirates is a global adventure in a bottle, traveling the Rhone region in France to California's Central Coast. Famous for producing award-winning wines, the Rhone Region celebrates 22 different varieties of grapes. Several pioneers brought Rhone grapes to California, where they flourished. We developed the 22 Pirates Brand to represents one pirate for each of the Rhone varieties. 22 Pirates is exciting Red Rhone Blend that will stay the course - vintage to vintage. "What's the blend?", you ask. Sorry pirates never tell! Only our swashbuckling winemaker has the creative liberty to craft his treasure. 22 Pirates embodies both the bold independence of California with the elegant sophistication of the Rhone Valley. From barrel to bottle the spirit of 22 Pirates seduces your senses; filled with exceptionally crafted wine and packaged for interactive fun. Every bottle introduces you to a different member of the crew with a customized cork listing his name and role aboard the ship. We challenge you to "Grab Yer Cork", visit our website and "Find Ye Pirate" to learn your pirate's personal tale. The label is an original artwork created by a French painter named Francois-Auguste Biard in 1855. Biard's work tells the tale of treachery, as the thieving crew lures a passing ship to come closer with the promise of companionship and music. Completely unaware those are not women or fanciful passengers, but a crew lying in wait. Adventure, peril, and impending mayhem.just a day in the life of a pirate!
|365 Souvenir Strawberry Wine
Product DescriptionBlack cherry, plum, warm vanilla and espresso bean on the nose. Huge entry on the palate leads to a super rich, dense mid palate with round, chewy tannins. Long finish driven by black fruit notes and a hints of toast.
Harvested from vineyards across Napa Valley, this bold Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of warmer climate hillside vineyard fruit and valley floor fruit creating a wine that celebrates the region's diversity and complexity. A deep dark purple in the glass, this wine opens with a bouquet of boysenberry, bourbon and toasted vanilla aromas with a waft of caramel. Full-bodied with a plush entry, layers of brown sugar, cocoa, mulling spices and currants fill the mouth and are complemented by rich, round tannins. The finish is long and smooth.
1881 Napa was created in one of the Napa Valley's oldest historical Victorian homes with a mission to celebrate the origins of America's premier winemaking region and the pioneers that founded it. The history of 1881 Napa is tied inextricably to that of its neighbor, the Oakville Grocery. At the gateway to the Napa Valley stands a landmark historical Victorian home and the oldest continuously operating grocery store in California, founded in 1881. This beloved general store served the visionary pioneers who first planted grapes in the valley. The adjacent founder's home at the junction of Oakville today honors the rich history, legacy and heritage of this world-famous wine region. Known as 1881 Napa, it presents the appellations of Napa Valley to provide a comprehensive discovery of its diversity, abundance, world-renowned terroir and deep history.