Oh man! I really messed up my hand at work.Made you look. Seriously though, while I am not a burn victim, this is what a hand looks like after swirling wine in a glass for 9 hours straight (pretty much) and marking barrels with chalk. You don't want to see the wine-mouth photo!
2007 Municipal Winemakers Riesling Bright White Santa Barbara County
($15) Pale straw. Lemon, lime and talc on the nose, with a faint hint of kerosene adding interest. Light, refreshingly bitter citrus pith and apple skin flavors nicely focused, with brisk minerals adding bite. A clean, focused riesling that finishes with plumper melon and peach character.
If you are thirsty for wine and looking for an exceptional night out, you should come on down the SB courthouse this Saturday. Elements, the resto, is putting on their second annual futures event. The tix are $75, but that includes delish dinner and access to wine bargains from tiny producers (like the Muni). Here is what the SB Independent has to say:
Attendees enter through the County Courthouse’s archway and then are set loose on the entire first floor, where wineries line the walls and a full dinner buffet is served. “It’s a beautiful location inside the Courthouse,” said Winchester. “For a reception, you can’t beat it. There will be 35 wineries—buyers must purchase at least six bottles per selection—and perhaps more than 500 people. It’s “classy” attire too, so men are urged to wear sport coats and ladies to wear cocktail dresses.
More details are here, on the elements website.
Matt Kettmann from the Santa Barbara Independent gave us a nice little write-up in their Vintner's Festival Preview:
Municipal Winemakers: Recently unveiled during a Funk Zone warehouse tasting party, Dave Potter’s creatively named and decorated wines are full of youthful vigor and cultish buzz. Get jazzed on the Pale Pink (grenache and cinsaut) or the Dark Red (syrah from Camp Four and Tierra Alta with cabernet from Star Lane), but make sure to try the Bright White, Potter’s exciting take on dry riesling.
Check out the the whole review here...
Buds have begun popping all around Santa Barbara County vineyards and the delicate, young shoots are being protected from the morning chill. Continued warmth this week should speed bud break throughout the area. Bud break marks the annual spring season when dormant vines spring back to life, and when grape growers roll out their frost-protection measures as evening and daytime temperatures vary greatly. Last year was a gnarly one for frost and most of the growers are being extra cautious this season. Opening of the buds varies by grape and by climate and location, so Chardonnay in a warmer area will be out way before a late ripener like Cabernet, even more so in a cooler area. Growers use overhead irrigation to coat the plants with a protective layer of water that freezes into ice when the temperature drops, keeping the bud inside the icicle from freezing - think igloo. They also draw warm air out of the atmosphere with wind machines to fend off a freeze. Hopefully this season shapes up to be less punishing than last year, however, a big vintage means lots of supply in a softening market, so let's hope that it is not too big of a harvest. In short, all I am asking for is perfect weather for the next six months and not too little of a crop to keep the growers happy, and not too big of a crop to keep the winemakers happy. Not too much to ask!
Ok, so here is the deal... This date is set. Next weekend, the Muni will have it's first Spring Release Party. It is going to be held in an awesome warehouse/art studio in the 'Funk Zone' of Santa Barbara. There are going to be plenty of fun and interesting people, music, some crazy-tasty nibbles and hot-off-the-press new release wines. Here is what I am talking about: 2008 Bright White - Rice Paper Wrapped Prawns with Fresh Mint and Lillikoi Sauce 2008 Pale Pink - Corn Fritters With Cured Salmon and Crème Fraiche 2007 Bright Red - Kalamata, Moroccan, and Roman Baked Olives With Italian Cured Meats 2007 Dark Red - Thyme Marinated Mushrooms with Cipollini, and Peppercorn Dusted Crostini 2008 Sweetie - Blue Stilton with Popovers, Grilled Apples, and Candied Pecans Email me or RSVP on facebook if you are coming. Wear a sweater, cuz it might be chilly.