Winery of the Month

July 2020 | The Paring Wine Company

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 Sauvignon Blanc

The Paring Sauvignon Blanc

suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $19.99

91 points Jeb Dunnuck 2017

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 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

The Paring Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

suggested retail $27.99 – WOTM Special $19.99

90 points Jeb Dunnuck 2017

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. Really small production here, only 250 cases produced.

The Paring Pinot Noir

The Paring Pinot Noir

suggested retail $27.99 – WOTM Special $19.99

91 points Jeb Dunnuck 2017

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. A wine to enjoy with roast chicken and fingerling potatoes, Ahi or Salmon on the grill and certainly delicious on its own. Aged in French oak for 11 months and is unfined and unfiltered.

The Paring Proprietary Red

The Paring Proprietary Red

suggested retail $27.99 – WOTM Special $19.99

93 points Jeb Dunnuck 2015

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..