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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


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


Passport Petite Sirah Food Pairings

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

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.

Teri Love

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

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:


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
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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Passport to the World of Wine Bordeaux Blends, January 6

Although 2010 is only a little over a week away it feels like an eternity with all of the ongoings wrapping up 2009. The Wine Bistro’s next Passport to the World of Wine will be held on January 6, and will focus on Bordeaux blends from all over the world (wines that have their origins in the Bordeaux region of France). Santa Barbara recently announced a new appellation in the county that is focused around growing Bordeaux varietals. Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is a warmer inland appellation in the Santa Ynez Valley than, for example, the Sta. Rita Hills where Lafond Vineyard is located. Because of its location, varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc flourish, while in the Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (Burgundian varietals) are king.

Passport to the World of Wine
Bordeaux blends
Wednesday, January 6

Taste five outstanding Bordeaux Blends from exceptional growing areas paried with a delicious culinary selection.

03 Chelsea Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma CA

06 Santa Barbara Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grassini Vineyard Santa Ynez CA

06 ONYX Cabernet Sauvignon Darling South Africa

06 Bell Claret Napa Valley CA

04 Chateau Le Pape Pessac-Leognan Bordeaux

Syrah Pairings and Grilled Cheese Thursday

Last night’s Passport to the World of Wine featured some fantastic pairings, and pairings will be stellar again at Grilled Cheese Night this evening. Try these Syrah pairings at home and follow the flavor matching listed below.

Passport to the World of Wine

06 Bell Canterbury Vineyard, Sierra Foothills, CA
Pairing: Warm Mixed Mushrooms & Wild Rice “Salad” w Arugula

07 SB Winery, Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Pairing: Roasted Pork Tenderloin w Onion Currant Compote

05 E.Guigal Crozes Hermitage, Rhone Valley, FR
Pairing: Smoked Duck w Balsamic Reduction

07 R Wines Boarding Pass, Barossa Valley, Australia
07 Mollydooker The Boxer, Barossa Valley, Australia
Pairing: Seared Lamb Loin w Black Fruit Jam

Thursday, December 3

Tallegio w Tomato Jam
St. Andre w Shaved Pears
Camill Porter w Ham

Great Holiday Parties at the Wine Bistro

516 State Street

Grilled Cheese Nights and Private Wine Tastings

Santa Barbara’s oldest winery, Santa Barbara Winery, now offers Private Wine Tasting in the Barrel Room. A senior staff member will guide tasters through a flight of six wines, including a library or estate vineyard designated wine, and describe the winery’s history and current focus. The Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro also provides an artisan cheese plate to accompany the tasting. Private tastings are 25.00 a person and are available everyday from 11am-4pm with 24 hours notice. Reservations are required.

After a brief summertime hiatus, Grilled Cheese night is back at the Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro every Thursday evening starting at 4pm. Chef Nathan offers three cheeses, ranging from Manchego to Smoked Mozzarella to Humboldt Fog. Select one of the three cheeses or choose the sample plate, which includes a taste of each. Tomato Bisque or Bistro Greens accompany the artisan cheese melted fresh bread (12.00 per person). Sandwiches can be paired with the Bistro’s Wine Flights, created to allow diners to experience three-ounce pours of three wines. Choose from Wine Bistro Flight Menu or create your own combination of tastings.