Meet two exceptional winemakers from Santa Barbara County, Chuck and Ricki. Between the two of them they make everything from Chardonnay to Petite Sirah. This year’s harvest will prove to be fruitful but not without consequence due to the amount of rain we experienced this year. The benefits from all the rain will be more prominent with next year’s harvest. From watching the wave sets to timing the fog burn off, wine making begins in the spring in the vineyard and is governed by Mother Nature herself. Listen along as we explore making wine with this year’s crop.
Chuck Carlson’s winemaking career spans more than 34 years, specializing in limited-edition wines including Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills along with Cabernet Franc and several aromatic white wines in Santa Ynez Valley.
Ricki Hill, a New Zealand native commenced his winemaking career whilst working full-time in the 1980’s. Passion for classic, world-class wines drives Ricki’s goal to craft amazing wines every vintage. His wines are balanced, elegant and drink well by themselves and as part of a meal.
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