From vines of this German grape planted by German ex-pats many years ago, Brian Loring makes a delicious wine. Dark and inky in the glass, it shows aromas of concentrated blueberry, vanilla, mint and grape candy on the nose. The palate is surprisingly medium bodied for such a dark wine, with a decent dollop of acidity along with lots of dried blueberry and juniper flavors.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.