Wineries in Santa Barbara
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Arthur Earl, along with its sister winery, Alexander & Wayne, is owned by Arthur White and Earl Brockelsby. Founded in 1996, this winery was established so that the two friends could produce as many California varietals as possible. Arthur Earl specializes in Rhone, Spanish and Northern Italian style wines.
Sam Marmorstein started out as a stockbroker with a winemaking hobby. On a biking trip through the Santa Ynez Valley, he became enamored of the area and decided to leave the city, buy property and start a vineyard. In 1995, he planted his first vineyard and founded Bernat Winery.
Roger Wisted of Blackjack Ranch began studying winemaking at the age of 14. He started fermenting his first wines at his parent’s grocery store. He also invented a new form of the card game blackjack, called “California blackjack”. Blackjack Ranch’s first production was released in 1997.
Blair Fox studied Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. He returned to his home in Santa Barbara and found the area was planted with Rhone style grapes. He went on to travel to the Rhone region of France in order to gain further knowledge of these wines. He further learned how terroir is significant to a wine’s character.
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