8 Santa Barbara Charmers

New reviews of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and more from Southern California
8 Santa Barbara Charmers
Au Bon Climat tapped Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley for its 92-point, $35 2016 Chardonnay. (Courtesy of Au Bon Climat)
Oct 15, 2018

Santa Barbara County is one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in California, boasting a variety of microclimates that make the area suitable for a wide range of grapes. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive on the coast, where summer fog pushes inland through the east-west mountain ranges, providing cooler conditions. Rhône and Bordeaux grapes are the stars in warmer sites. Get the scores and tasting notes!

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