"Made in SB": Mr. Friedrichson's Frying Circus w/Whitcraft Winery & more!  Weekly Wine Tasting with a Live Wine Band! - part of EpicureSB: Crave, Toast, Explore

Mr. Friedrichson's Frying Circus

Mr. Friedrichson's Frying Circus is Drake Whitcraft (of Whitcraft Winery), Johanna Jordan (Wildcat bartender), and Nick Kellams.

Whitcraft Winery

A long-standing member of the Santa Barbara winemaking community, Whitcraft Winery is obsessed with producing the highest quality wines. While our signature varietals are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah, we also produce a variety of other unique, hand-crafted varietals. Please explore our website for letters and tasting notes from the winemakers, purchase and wine club information, as well as the history that makes Whitcraft Winery a veteran of Santa Barbara viticulture.

Toretti Family Vineyards

Overlooking the lush Santa Maria Valley atop the bluff sits Toretti Family Vineyard. This ultra boutique vineyard is located in Santa Barbara County on five acres. Robert Torres, founder and local trailblazer turned from restaurateur to harvester planting premium Pinot Noir in 2000 on the family’s ten acre ranch. Caymus Vineyards, the prestigious Napa winery immediately picked up the first yield, a real honor and testament to the quality of the valley’s grapes. After several harvests the Torres family celebrated their first crush under their own label.

Toretti Family Vineyard blends Robert’s wife Marlene’s maiden name, Maretti with the surname Torres. The Maretti family is one of many Swiss families that left their European roots to settle on the Central Coast in the early 1900’s from Someo, Switzerland in the Canton of Ticino. This tiny town practiced a traditional lifestyle of homegrown produce, fresh herbs and cheeses served as an everyday affair in the outdoor stone grotto with a bottle of table wine.

The Torres and Maretti family carry on the tradition of family gathering together in groups small and large celebrating the little moments along with the big. Toretti Family Vineyard is family owned and operated and turns out 950 cases a year of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and several other varietals procured from various locally owned vineyards.

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

Louis Lucas, a third generation grape grower, and Superior Court Judge Royce Lewellen met in 1975 through the Santa Maria Wine & Food Society . Louis was a well respected grower who had been supplying premium wine grapes for reputable Napa and Sonoma wineries for decades. Royce Lewellen was a passionate wine enthusiast with a vision for the future of the Santa Barbara County wine industry. Over the next twenty-five years, the Lucas and Lewellen families would grow in a deep friendship that would serve as the foundation for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, a Solvang, California based winery with four hundred estate acres situated among three of Santa Barbara County’s separate and distinct climate zones, three major wine labels, two popular tasting rooms in downtown Solvang, and a state of the art winery. Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards has a distributor presence in 25 states and 14 countries. - See more at: http://www.llwine.com/our-story#sthash.ivjVSClG.dpuf

Summerland Winery

Company: Summerland Winery
Date founded: June, 2002
Winery location: Santa Maria, CA
Proprietor: Nebil “Bilo” Zarif
Winemaking: Etienne Terlinden, Wine Maker
Michele Pignarre Le Danois, Consultant
Annual Production: Central Coast Collection, 12,000 cases
Single Vineyard Collection, 3,000 cases

Mission Statement
A boutique winery dedicated to the production of fine wines from the Central Coast of California. The company strives to showcase excellent fruit quality combined with strong regional character in all their wines.

Summerland Facts
Mr. Zarif founded Summerland Winery in 2002 with the intention of producing a diverse range of premium wines focusing on the expressive vineyard sources spanning from Santa Barbara to Monterey with an emphasis on small lot, vineyard designated Pinot Noir production.

Mr. Zarif is well known for founding Barnwood Vineyards in Santa Barbara and later incorporating it with Laetitia Winery in Arroyo Grande (the former French sparkling wine house known as Maison Deutz). His experience with Central Coast vineyards dates back to 1993 with the purchase of three hundred acres of land in the Cuyama Valley.

Core vineyard sources for Summerland Winery include Bien Nacido located in the cool climate of Santa Maria Valley. Vineyard blocks contracted are as follows: Block U for Chardonnay, Block T for Pinot Noir and Block X for Syrah. The appellations of Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Edna Valley and Paso Robles are also represented in the portfolio.
The Summerland Winery Boutique opened their doors in its namesake seaside town of Summerland, California in January 2004. Visitors are invited to taste a range of wines selected daily.

Summerland’s efforts in the production of Burgundian varietals sourced from cool climate vineyards were recognized by Robert Parker who rated the 2002 Bien Nacido Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 92 points and 93 points respectively, in The Wine Advocate.

Just what are they saying about Summerland Winery?

“Who are these people?”
Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

“The real deal…”
Wine Enthusiast

“The Pinot-ists…”
Pattersons Beverage Journal

“Superb wine from a new producer.”
Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences

“Summerland Winery is quietly making
a name…”
Michael Cervin, Santa Barbara Independent
About Summerland

Summerland Winery is a boutique wine company that takes pride in producing a diverse range of premium wines focusing on the expressive vineyard sources spanning from Santa Barbara to Monterey with an emphasis on small lot, vineyard designated Pinot Noir production. Inspired by the relaxed, friendly lifestyle enjoyed throughout California’s serene coastal towns, Proprietor, Mr. Nebil “Bilo” Zarif opened his tasting room in the charming town of Summerland. Here at the Summerland Winery Boutique, visitors are invited to taste Summerland’s award-winning varietal wines in a comfortable seaside setting overlooking the town and Pacific Ocean. Since its conception in 2002, Summerland Winery has quickly built a name synonymous with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The Wines

Mr. Zarif, a longtime fixture in the Central Coast wine industry, founded Summerland Winery with the intention of producing a diverse range of Central Coast wines. The current portfolio of white wines includes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Orange Muscat, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon offered in two distinctive tiers. A portfolio of the Reds of the Central Coast Collection are blended in a more fruit forward style, excellent for food pairing. They best reflect the category of everyday enjoyment and offer good varietal character with a regional flavor profile.

Our Summerland reserve tier is dedicated to single-vineyard bottlings from top vineyards in the region. We call this line the Single Vineyard Collection. These wines express the distinct terroir of the vineyards we select and are crafted using only the most traditional winemaking techniques. Our inaugural release garnered much acclaim with the 2002 Bien Nacido Vineyard wines receiving 92 and 93 points for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively in the Wine Advocate. These selections are produced in limited quantities with every bottle individually numbered assuring our commitment to small lot production.

Several appellations and vineyard sources are represented on the Summerland label and a real understanding of the Central Coast is evident in all the wines. Though most of the wines bear the names of Santa Barbara vineyard sources, we also produce Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Zinfandel from Paso Robles and Pinot Noir from two separate vineyards in the Edna Valley. Pinot fanatics will be happy to know that Summerland’s 2007 Pinot Noir program has expanded to include a total of six exciting vineyard sources in the Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, and Edna Valley.

In their first year, Summerland wines received 29 medals including two Gold Medal Best of Class awards for Pinot Noir and to date have recieved over 100 medals and recognition in numerous publications. Summerland Winery continues to impress with their popular 2007 Chardonnay receiving Best of Show White in a judging by their peers in the 2005 Santa Barbara County Fair Wine Competition.
Vineyards First

Take a look at this gorgeous 37-year-old vine holding court in the heart of our Pinot Noir block in the Bien Nacido Vineyard. It all starts here in the vineyard. We put in a lot of miles traveling the region, tasting and meeting with growers before a vineyard site is selected for the Single Vineyard Collection. We recognize that careful vineyard selection and coordination with the vineyard managers throughout the growing season plays a key role in achieving the kind of structure and finesse in the wines we are making. Numerous visits are conducted throughout the harvest by Summerland Winemaker, Etienne Terlinden who will make the final call as to when to pick the grapes for optimal ripeness and flavor. While Bien Nacido serves as the core vineyard source for Summerland’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir programs, additional Pinot Noir sources include the Fiddlestix and Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills appellation, Wolff Vineyard and Odyssey-Thurlestone Vineyards in Edna Valley and Solomon Hills Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley.

Summerland production takes place in our facility in Santa Maria, California, near the Bien Nacido Vineyard. The location is ideal since we contract fruit from several vineyard sources throughout the region.

Winemaker, Etienne Terlinden describes his approach as a meeting of old world tradition and new world principles. The fruit is processed using state of the art equipment ideal for Pinot Noir production yet vinification and cellaring is conducted with minimal intervention and traditional winemaking in mind. Here you see the red wine grapes passing through sorting tables then on to the destemer, which gently removes the stems from the clusters. The juice and berries fall into 1.5-ton wood fermenters for a slow maceration process averaging 10 –14 days depending on the varietal and clone. The grapes are then pressed using a bladder press and the juice is gently removed from the skins. From here the wine will be aged in small French Oak casks until bottling.

Our commitment to small lot production is evident in the wines that comprise the Single Vineyard Collection. Here the wines are hand-crafted every step of the way in quantities ranging from as little as 125 cases to 800 cases.

Blending is conducted with the expertise of world-renowned consultant, Michele Pignarre le Danois. Michele, who resides in Bordeaux, visits the region periodically to taste and sew together the final blends with Etienne and his staff. This is the crucial step where all the components that go into a single vineyard bottling are evaluated, analyzed and pieced together to make wines that will bear the distinction of our celebrated Single Vineyard Collection. An individual bottling of Pinot Noir may have up to as many as six clonal varieties that Etienne has carefully vinified separately in the cellar. Barrels that are not selected for single vineyard programs will be blended into the Central Coast Collection. This keeps the single vineyard wines focused on the terroir and flavor profile of the individual vineyard site while maintaining high wine quality in both programs. The finished wines are bottled with minimal fining to preserve the fruit intensity and released in limited quantities.


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"Made in SB": Mr. Friedrichson's Frying Circus w/Whitcraft Winery & more! Weekly Wine Tasting with a Live Wine Band! - part of EpicureSB: Crave, Toast, Explore

Wednesday, October 9 · Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:00 PM at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club

Tickets Available at the Door