We travel to scenic Los Alamos and host a roundtable of winemakers from the Sta. Rita Hills at the scenic Station in Los Alamos. Among the topics we explore are the singular climate and geography of Sta. Rita, as well as the incredible stress and rewards of a harvest.
We learn all about the philosophies of four distinct independent wine makers, and get to know why the wind-swept region has captured their imaginations. From Rosé to all things Pinot, Cheers!
Ken Brown: Ken Brown Wines
Morgan Clendenen: Cold Heaven
Norm Yost: Flying Goat
Wes Hagen: Clos Pepe
00:01 Wine Down Roundtable from the Station in Los Alamos, intro.
00:48 Introducing our guests–Ken Brown, Morgan Clendenen of Cold Heaven, norm Yost of Flying Goat, and Wes Hagen of Clos Pepe.
01:16 The establishment of the Sta. Rita AVA, and tasting a Brut Rosé collaboration between Wes and Norm.
04:01 The Sta. Rita Hills Wine Grower’s Alliance and the singular geography of the area.
08:41 What drew you to Sta. Rita Hills.
10:59 Tasting the Cold Heaven Pinot Noir.
13:00 Morgan’s experience working with different vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills.
15:41 The different soil-types and the regional effect on grapes.
18:09 Breaking down the geek-talk and explaining things.
19:09 Describing the wines and soil compared to Santa Maria.
20:52 The difference between Cabernet grapes and Pinot grapes.
21:32 Ken leads us through the Ken Brown Pinot Noir (grown in Clos Pepe vineyards).
24:06 Appreciating the stress of a harvest.
28:03 Tasting one vineyard through the eyes of many wine makers (appreciating terroir).
29:50 Taking photographs of a place and time and bottling it.
30:52 Why choose Sta. Rita Hills? (with a note on Syrah)
35:09 What sets the Pinot from Sta. Rita Hills apart?
38:52 Norm’s original inspiration in the area.
41:30 The Wine and Fire Festival and the pioneering spirit of the region (and the table!).
45:51 Educating consumers over time–Pinot-files.
47:37 Showing the people behind the product.
49:40 The conversation gets loose–the third oldest profession.
52:15 Sta. Rita Hills vs. Napa: Bordeaux vs. Burgundy.
55:40 Accommodations and events during Wine and Fire.
1:00:18 Sta. Rita Hills in one word.
1:01:09 Cheers and Goodbye!