Winery of the Month

May 2022

When the quality of wine is so good that you expect them to run in the $35-$40 range, but find out that they’re quite a bit less, it’s a pleasant shock to your palate. What a rare pleasure when one tries a wine and it not only exceeds their expectations, but offers unbelievable value. Wine maker, Matt Dees – when he’s not working with The Paring – can be found making the wines for its big sister wineries- Jonata and The Hilt. These are the stellar stars of the Santa Barbara region and often garner 95+ scores for their much higher priced wines. Matt, armed with a degree in Soil Science from the University of Vermont and working vintages at Staglin in Napa and Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, has honed his talent for recognizing great ‘terroir’, cultivating mature grapes and finally creating multi-layered wines that are simply off the charts. The grapes are sourced primarily from three Santa Barbara appellations, Ballard Canyon, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. Even though The Paring wines are made for pleasure, they over deliver and strike a balance between volume, quality and texture, both direct results of the beautiful Santa Barbara sun and cool oceanic winds. Bottom line, these wines rock! Enjoy!

The Paring California Sauvignon Blanc

The Paring California Sauvignon Blanc

Regular $26.99 – Special $19.99

91 points Jeb Dunnuck 2019. Classic lemon curd and lime zest aromas with notes of white peach and agave nectar. Dense and firm on the palate with a beautiful crisp pear-like texture. Finishes fresh with herbal complexity and hints of ripe green melon. Perfect white for seafood on the grill, shellfish, and cheeses such as Feta and Goat. Only 800 cases produced and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Paring Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2020

The Paring Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2020

Regular $29.99 – Special $24.99

This Chardonnay is defined by fruit richness and vibrancy on the palate. Telltale notes of tropical fruit such as pineapple and ripe citrus lead the soft and generous attack. Subtle notes of almond and clove appear as the refreshing acidity brightens the finish and keeps this Chardonnay focused and precise. There is an equal balance of neutral French oak, new French oak, and stainless tanks with 30% malolactic fermentation. Pair with grilled seafood, shellfish and white sauce recipes.

The Paring Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

The Paring Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Regular $29.99 – Special $24.99

92 points Jeb Dunnuck 2022. Smokey and herbal with perfumed red fruit on the nose. Black plum, bright cherry and raspberry flavors segue to an elegant palate of dried strawberry that linger on the finish with gentle tannins. Aged in French oak for 11 months and is unfined and unfiltered. A wine to enjoy with roast chicken and fingerling potatoes, Ahi or Salmon on the grill and certainly delicious on its own.

The Paring Santa Ynez Valley Proprietary Red

The Paring Santa Ynez Valley Proprietary Red

Regular $29.99 – Special $24.99

90 points Jeb Dunnuck 2017. This Cabernet-inspired blend offers classic aromas of cedar and cassis. Pure expression of black and red fruit with lovely herbal notes with a plush texture combined with a rigid backbone of tannin. Aged in French oak for 22 months and unfined and unfiltered, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot have been added to the final blend. Match this beauty up with anything you toss on the grill or BBQ, but it will dazzle with our handmade sausages, be they pork or poultry and our own seasoned meatloaf.

The Paring Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2019

The Paring Santa Ynez Valley Syrah 2019

Regular $29.99 – Special $24.99

Classic Syrah aromas of violets, blackberries and cracked black pepper. Perfect balance between dark fruit sweetness and savory earthiness. Plush and soft then structured and powerful, but refined enough to enjoy right now. Aged in French oak, 35% new and 65% neutral, for 22 months. Again, small production here of only 360 cases. Whether you’re cooking a stew, grilling veggies or red meats or digging into some big, robust blue-veined cheese, this legendary red will make your palate sing!