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Sunday with the Vintner – William James Cellars

From the William James Cellars website:

Today, Robin Bogue with the help of her dad, Bill, run the day to day business at William James Cellars. With energy and passion, this dynamic father-daughter duo is wholly committed to the quality of wines produced at William James Cellars. From winemaking and viticulture, to sales and marketing, Robin and Bill are determined to build a strong foundation to take William James Cellars to even greater heights.

William James Cellars acquires long term contracts from Santa Barbara County appellations, with an emphasis in the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley to create premium varietals to delight the changing palates of todays wine enthusiast. With its diversity of microclimates and soil, Santa Barbara County has the potential to equal the reputation of the world’s finest winemaking regions. Our small production winery focuses primarily on Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah and Pinot Noir working closely with select growers who are willing to meet the specific high quality parameters through custom farming techniques.

Sunday, March 28, 3-5pm

$15.00

Description:
Local winemakers present wines accompanied with cheese and bread.
Guests can purchase wine.. if you stay for dinner, free corkage for purchased wine.
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro is dedicated to highlighting a wide variety of local wineries. Pierre Lafond started Santa Barbara Winery in 1962, the oldest winery in Santa Barbara.

Sunday with the Vintner – Ampelos Cellars

Sunday, March 14, 3-5pm

From the Ampelos website:

ampelos is a Greek word meaning “vine”. We believe that all great wines are made in the vineyard, we also have strong ties to Greece, so “ampelos” truly represents our focus.

Our website contains information about our vineyard, wines and the beautiful Sta. Rita Hills area in which we live and where we are realizing our life dreams. We’ve included photos of our vineyard and ranch, our winemaking, events with family, friends and colleagues and a peek into our little corner of wine country to give you an idea about our lives, our passion for wine and the area and ourselves. It all starts in the vineyard, so to get an idea of our zeal for creating a perfect environment for winegrowing, watch a short video shot early this year. We invite you to become a part of our adventure!

We believe in taking care of and respecting the environment and that our vineyard needs to be in balance, therefore a few years ago we made the decision to go 100% bio-dynamic. This means we are essentially organic – yet a step beyond. In 2008, we were one of the first vineyards to be certified as Sustainably Farmed, a milestone of which we are particularly proud.Take a look at our philosophy section under our vines.

Our vineyards and winery are managed in a very intensive, hands-on way, which we believe is the only way to make great wine.

Cheers!

The Ampelos Family

$15.00

Description:
Local winemakers present wines accompanied with cheese and bread.
Guests can purchase wine.. if you stay for dinner, free corkage for purchased wine.
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro is dedicated to highlighting a wide variety of local wineries. Pierre Lafond started Santa Barbara Winery in 1962, the oldest winery in Santa Barbara.

Passport to the World of Wine – Merlot

Please join us for Passport to the World of Wine, Wednesday March 3 from 6-8pm, featuring Merlot

Passport to the World of Wine provides an opportunity to taste a selection of five wines from exceptional growing areas and different countries paired with a delicious culinary selection. 

Merlot notoriously got a bad wrap from the movie Sideways, but it is an element in some of the most highly acclaimed wines in the world.  It is used as both a blending grape and as a varietal wine.  Its softer character fuses nicely with the more aggressive cabernet sauvignon grape.

 06 Murphy Good Merlot Alexander Valley California

 07 Mollydooker The Skooter Merlot Australia

08 Calina Reserva Valle del Maule Chile

06 Northstar Merlot Columbia Valley Washington

 Mystery Wine – guess the varietal to win a bottle
(could be merlot, could be a blend, who knows?)

Food Pairing by Nathan Heil, Bistro Chef

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Sunday with the Vintner – Kenneth Volk

Sunday with the Vintner – Kenneth Volk
From the Kenneth Volk website:

Proprietor Ken Volk has been making Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines for more than a quarter century. Perhaps best known as the founder of Wild Horse Winery, Ken has earned a reputation for crafting world-class wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley.

Ken’s unparalleled knowledge and skill have garnered him immediate recognition for producing luxury wines of exceptional character with his new brand, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, located in Santa Maria Valley.

In many ways, Ken’s landing in Santa Maria is sort of a full circle journey. He made home wines from the nearby Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard in the 1970′s, and his first professional wine under the Wild Horse label was a 1983 Pinot Noir from the nearby Sierra Madre Vineyard. Rodolfo Callado, of Mesa Vineyard Management, who oversees the management of Kenneth Volk’s small estate vineyard, was Ken’s first employee at Wild Horse.

When: Feb 7, 2010 3pm to 5pmWhere: Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, 516 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Description:

Local winemakers present wines accompanied with cheese and bread.
Guests can purchase wine.. if you stay for dinner, no corkage.

$15.00

Passport Petite Sirah Food Pairings

Food Pairings for this Wednesday’s Passport to the World of Wine, Petite Sirah
Wednesday, February 3
6-8pm

05 Foppiano Reserve Petite Sirah Russian River Valley California
Pulled Lamb Sliders with Manchego

05 Santa Barbara Winery Petite Sirah Santa Barbara County California
Smoked Duck on Butternut Blini with Rosemary Essence

06 Aaron Vineyards Petite Sirah Paso Robles California
Baked Camembert on Crostini with Onion Currant Compote

06 Loma Linda Vineyards Petite Sirah Paso Robles California
Grilled Spiced Prawns with Mixed Berry Aioli

?? Mystery Wine ??

Hope to see you there!
25.00 per person
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Sunday with the Vintner – Gioia Wines

From the Gioia Wines Website:

My wines proudly bear the name of Gioia. It is pronounced: Joy-AhhGioia is the Italian word for joy. It is in honor of my son Tyler.With the generous assistance of a Santa Barbara County, award winning Master wine-Maker: Jim Porter of William James Cellars, I personally blended all 4 of my wines.The grapes were harvested from the finest vineyards to be found in this naturally blessed wine making region.

Ocean air flows across this land, deep into the hills and canyons, allowing temperatures to climb at mid-day, becoming chilly over night. The balance of warm sunlight and fog cooled air, creates subtle, yet fully flavored grapes for fine wines.My fondest wish is for all of you to welcome, accept and celebrate what life has to offer.We’re all in this world together. I sincerely hope you will share Gioia and make it an enjoyable addition to your life, no matter where your journey takes you.

LUMU
Teri Love

When: Sun Jan 31, 2010 3pm to 5pm
Where: Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro, 516 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

Description:
Local winemakers present wines accompanied with cheese and bread.
Guests can purchase wine.. if you stay for dinner, no corkage.
$15.00 per person

Dragonette Cellars this Afternoon

This afternoon we will be starting a new wine tasting series at the Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. These events are important to us in bringing the local wine and food community together as well as educating our guests about wines from around the world. These Sunday series differ from our Passport to the World of Wine tastings because they focus on local winemakers and highlight a single winery, not a selection of five wines from around the world.

Today Dragonette Cellars will be pouring in our dining area from 3-5pm.

From their website:

History

Brothers John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis formed Dragonette Cellars in order to pursue a mutual, long held dream to make wine in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. However, before embarking on this journey, we did our homework; seeking out and obtaining a wealth of knowledge of wine tasting, wine sales and winemaking at the feet of some of the finest retailers and winemakers in the world. Then, having established that this winery was exactly the project to which we could devote our working lives, we moved our families (a combined three spouses, three children, three dogs, and a cat) to the Valley, so we could be close to the land and its bounty. 2005 was our first commercial vintage, and we have been expanding since.

We are 100% hands-on in our venture. We have no employees, and each of us contributes our time, effort and hard physical labor to the end product, our wines. In fact, we would not have it any other way, for we all feel that a day working with our wines or the vines is the best kind of day. We are passionate and committed to crafting the finest possible wines from this very special Valley, one of the handful of great appellations in the world.

Dragonette Cellars is located in the Sta. Rita Hills

Sunday with the Vintner
Sunday, January 17
3-5pm
15.00 includes wine tasting and a selection of artisan cheeses

Passport Bordeaux Food Pairings

Food Pairings for tonight’s Passport to the World of Wine, Bordeaux
Wednesday, January 6
6-8pm

04 Chateau Le Pape Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux France
Roasted Mushroom & Tallegio Flatbread

06 ONXY Cab Sauvignon Darling South Africa
Smoked Trout “Rangoons” with Oyster Sauce

03 Chelsea Vineyards Cab Sauvignon Sonoma California
Duck Rillette on Crostini with Orange Gastrique

06 Bell Claret Napa Valley California
Duck Rillette on Crostini with Orange Gastrique

06 Santa Barbara Winery Cab Sauvignon Grassini Vineyard Santa Ynez California
Lobster Mousseline on Golden Beet Chip with Lime Parsley Sauce

Hope to see you there!
25.00 per person
Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro

Wine Flights

One of our favorite ways to taste new wines is by lining them up in a Wine Flight. Most of the fun of drinking wine comes from comparing it to others and talking about it. Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro has a menu full of Wine Flights to enjoy in house over Bistro fare and good company.

WINE FLIGHTS
Our unique flights include 3 ounces of each wine listed and are intended
to give you the opportunity to experience wines from outstanding
growing areas in the world and different winemaking styles.

RED
Bold 15.00
08 Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza
06 Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel
08 Mollydooker The Boxer Barossa Shiraz

Cabernet Sauvignon 13.00
06 Rutherford Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
05 Freemark Abbey Napa Valley
06 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley

South America 12.00
05 Andeluna Mendoza Malbec
08 Calina Reserve Chile Merlot
06 Marraso Argentina Malbec

WHITE
Sauvignon Blanc 15.00

07 Santa Barbara Winery Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley
08 Ernst & Co. Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch
08 Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

Chardonnay 13.00
07 Cuvaison ChardonnayCarneros Napa Valley
05 Vergelegen Chardonnay Stellenbosch
07 Leese-Fitch Chardonnay California

Ménage a? 11.00
Soligo Prosecco NV Italy
Cristalino Cava NV Spain
Fresita Rose NV Chile & Patagonia

Or…
Make up your own flight of three wines from the list above
or any of the wines we serve by the glass. 15.00

Holiday Hours

Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro will be operating mostly normal business hours through the holiday season. We will be open regular hours with the exception of Christmas Eve after 7pm and Christmas Day. We will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the Holidays inside as well as on our State Street facing patio. The regular menu will be available on New Years Eve, and we will be open New Years Day.

Keep us in mind also for your next Private Catering Event. The full menu is a starting point for any menu or combination.

Happy Holidays, and we look forward to hosting you throughout the season.