It can certainly be said that Champagne has a way of making people happy, or that happy people tend to drink Champagne. Whichever comes first, we are happy that our Lucas & Lewellen Brut Sparkling Wine has earned three separate Gold Medal and Best of Class distinctions this year at the Central Coast Wine Competition, the Orange County Wine Competition, and the California State Fair Wine Competition. In addition to the Best of Class Gold, the Brut garnered a 94 point score.
Santa Barbara County, CA – While discovering new wineries is terrific, I like to balance that with a look at releases from producers that I have found to be reliable over a period of time. Lucas & Lewellen is one such Winery. I became aware of them a few years ago when some selections from their sister label Mandolina were featured over at woot.com. I’ve come to like not only their wines but also the value they represent. Today I’ll look at one of their current releases of Chardonnay.
Santa Barbara County, CA – An unexpectedly early frost as the grape harvest heads into the final stretch has resulted in hit-and-miss damage, with vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley apparently suffering more than those in the Santa Maria Valley.
Temperatures on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights dipped into the 40s in many places, 30s in a few, and even as low as 26 in isolated areas of the Santa Ynez Valley, with the coldest readings occurring on different nights in different locations.