Mark Aselstine
 
July 16, 2013 | Santa Barbara County | Mark Aselstine

July 17, 2013 #winechat

winechat July 17, 2013This Wednesday between 6-7pm PST we’ll be one of the 10 official tasters for #winechat.

This week 6 Santa Barbara County Vintners Association wineries have shipped wine to 10 different blogs or media outlets and asked everyone to come together for a virtual tasting.

The wines are:

Imagine Wines 2010 Viognier
Baehner Fournier 2012 Sauv Blanc
Summerland 2012 Sierra Madre Chard
Brewer-Clifton 2010 Gnesa Chard
Fontes & Phillips 2010 Sauv Blanc
Palmina 2011 Arneis

I’ll talk a bit more about each wine including our tasting notes after the event tomorrow evening, but I’m quite excited for the Arneis.  Arneis is a Italian wine grape from Piedmont that many Italian vintners have stopped growing over the years because it is so fickle. With under two thousand acres planted across the world, it is without a doubt a grape on the verge of extinction and one that I’ve never tasted in a varietal wine before.  Seeing a planting on the central coast says a lot about Palmina and their willingness to take some risks.

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