by Georgina Stassi
So much for the gentile nature of a pinot noir symposium. In Avila, they are getting ready to see some of Santa Barbara’s favorite vintners passionately debate the style and philosophy behind the noble grape. It’s the old guard vs. the young turks as one of my favorite veteran winemakers referred to it. This will not be for the faint of heart. It’s going to be a smackdown Central Coast style at the 28th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic.
The panel will consist of both highly esteemed and rising-star winemakers discussing the noble grape that is credited with putting the Santa Barbara County Wine Country on the map.
“Going back decades ago, Richard Sanford, of Alma Rosa Winery, looked all over the state for the best place to grow Pinot Noir and he found it in Santa Barbara County, west of Highway 101, west of Buellton,” said Archie McLaren, Chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic. “Obviously, over the years, vintners have come in to discover other terroirs that are special throughout the area including the Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos and the now renown Santa Rita Hills, enabling each vintner to create her or his own unique style to be appreciated.”