Wine of the Month

Wine of the Month for November 2018 - Nielson Pinot Noir 2015 Sta. Rita Hills

In 1964 Uriel Nielson planted the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County, a region, considered at the time, too cold to grow grapes. He proved them wrong. Today, winemakers Jonathan Nagy and Ryan Pace continue to craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that express the purity and diversity of cool climate coastal AVAs.

The 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a balanced and elegant wine, to be enjoyed with a variety of cuisines. Soft and smooth on the palate with a smokey cherry finish, Biba and I have had this wine with many pasta dishes, as well as with beef. veal, lamb, and pork, and it always enhances the meal. We love Pinot Noir and the Nielson 2015 is special.

For the entire month of November 2018, we are offering the Nielson Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle and $10 per glass. Biba and I love this wine....and I think you will agree.

Wine of the Month for October 2018 - Boeger Winery Zinfandel 2016 Walker Vineyard El Dorado

Wine of the Month for October 2018 - Boeger Winery Zinfandel 2016 Walker Vineyard El DoradoIt is always a pleasure to write about - as well as taste - Boeger wines. The winery was established in 1972 by Greg and Sue Boeger and remains 100% family owned to this day. Greg had just graduated from UC Davis with a viticulture and ag economics degree, and converted a pear farm into a thriving grape growing winery. Today Greg’s son Justin carries out the winemaking chores with the same meticulous attention to detail. Biba Restaurant has had a Boeger wine on the Wine List since our opening in 1986.

The 2016 Walker Zinfandel is not the usual heavy, over-the-top California Zinfandel. It is dark in color, smooth in texture with a slight peppery yet mild mouthfeel and finish. It is definitely a Zinfandel worth tasting and is one of my favorites. Zinfandel generally complements Italian cuisine very nicely, and the Walker Zin is top notch. Biba and I recently enjoyed a bottle, with family of course, over dinner of Cotolette alla Milanese. It was perfect....I thought I was in Milano.

For the entire month of October 2018 we are offering the Boeger Walker Zinfandel 2016 at the reduced price of $38 per 750 ml bottle or $9.50 per glass. I think you will like this wine.

Wine of the month for September 2018 - Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016

MEIOMI PINOT NOIR 2016By popular demand, we are continuing our August special through September.

Meiomi means “coast” in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes. Joe Wagner developed Meiomi in 2006 while working for his father, Chuck, at Caymus Vineyard. The wine was instantly a huge success, and rightly so. With grapes sourced from Monterey County (60%), Santa Barbara County (23%), and Sonoma County (17%), this medium body wine is mouthwatering, easy to drink, and simply a bargain.

A hint of Bing cherries and other red fruit, a deft touch of sweetness, and just the right amount of oak influence with tame tannins, all make for a delicious wine for every day and any day. And as a bonus, this California Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with pasta, fish, fowl, or red meat. Biba and I recently shared a bottle with our two daughters, and of course, we all had something different to eat. I’m sure you understand.

For the entire month of September 2018, we are offering the 2016 Meiomi Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $36 per 750 ml bottle or $9 per glass. I think you will like this wine.

Wine of the month for August 2018 - Meiomi Pinot Noir 2016

MEIOMI PINOT NOIR 2016Meiomi means “coast” in the language of the native, coastal dwelling Wappo and Yuki tribes. Joe Wagner developed Meiomi in 2006 while working for his father, Chuck, at Caymus Vineyard. The wine was instantly a huge success, and rightly so. With grapes sourced from Monterey County (60%), Santa Barbara County (23%), and Sonoma County (17%), this medium body wine is mouthwatering, easy to drink, and simply a bargain.

A hint of Bing cherries and other red fruit, a deft touch of sweetness, and just the right amount of oak influence with tame tannins, all make for a delicious wine for every day and any day. And as a bonus, this California Pinot Noir can be enjoyed with pasta, fish, fowl, or red meat. Biba and I recently shared a bottle with our two daughters, and of course, we all had something different to eat. I’m sure you understand.

For the entire month of August 2018, we are offering the 2016 Meiomi Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $36 per 750 ml bottle or $9 per glass. I think you will like this wine.

Wine of the month for July 2018 - Bella Grace Vineyards Vermentino 2017 Amador County

Due to popular demand, we are continuing our June Wine of the Month into July.

A white wine that is not Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling, and from our neck of the woods in California…...that is surely something different. The Vermentino grape is widely planted in Italy. However, it has rarely been noticed in California…..until now. The husband and wife team of Michael and Charlie Hovill, with 20 acres of grape growing land and meticulous sustainable vineyard management, have a winner.

A zesty, fresh, aromatic grape variety with typical aromas of lime and grapefruit, this medium body wine, a winner of both a Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and a Best of Class award at the California State Fair Competition is a terrific wine for our long, hot summers. We recently enjoyed a bottle with fish (Biba had salmon and I had halibut), and it was a perfect match.

For the entire month of June 2018, we are offering the Bella Grace Vineyards 2017 Vermentino at the reduced price of $36 per 750 ml bottle and $9 per glass. I think you will like this wine. For further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Tel: (209) 418-5040.

Wine of the month for June 2018 - Bella Grace Vineyards Vermentino 2017 Amador County

A white wine that is not Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling, and from our neck of the woods in California…...that is surely something different. The Vermentino grape is widely planted in Italy. However, it has rarely been noticed in California…..until now. The husband and wife team of Michael and Charlie Hovill, with 20 acres of grape growing land and meticulous sustainable vineyard management, have a winner.

A zesty, fresh, aromatic grape variety with typical aromas of lime and grapefruit, this medium body wine, a winner of both a Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and a Best of Class award at the California State Fair Competition is a terrific wine for our long, hot summers. We recently enjoyed a bottle with fish (Biba had salmon and I had halibut), and it was a perfect match.

For the entire month of June 2018, we are offering the Bella Grace Vineyards 2017 Vermentino at the reduced price of $36 per 750 ml bottle and $9 per glass. I think you will like this wine. For further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Tel: (209) 418-5040.

Wine of the month for May 2018 - Kaena Winery Hapa Red 2015 Santa Ynez Valley

Kaena Hapa Red 2015Mikael Segouin, owner, and winemaker of Kaena makes great wine. Launched in 2001, this boutique winery produces an outstanding array of red and white wines. But it is evident that Mikael’s real passion is Grenache. And the Hapa Red 2016 illustrates quite vividly his love for Grenache. Although this wine is a blend of six varietals, the Grenache gives it the vitality, richness, flavor, and mouthfeel, all the qualities we search for in wine.

Over the years the blend formula has changed, but the quality has always remained unchanged. The 2015 Hapa Red is primarily Grenache (29%), with 21% Syrah, 19% Merlot, 19% Tempranillo, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot. It is not the usual GSM blend….in fact; it is not like any other wine. It is a very distinctly delicious red wine; This is a very food-friendly wine, or straightforward sipping wine, or wine for almost any occasion. Biba and I recently enjoyed a bottle with Cotolette Alla Milanese, and it was perfect.

For the entire month of May 2018, we are offering the Kaena Hapa Red 2015 at the reduced price of $48 per 750 ml bottle or $12 per glass. As Mikael would say “Aloha”.

If you travel to the Santa Barbara County wine country, the Kaena tasting room is located at 2880 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste some outstanding wines.