Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tres Hermanas Winery

100 California Wineries

It's happening up and down California.   Pastures once used by grazing cattle are now covered with grape vines.  California is becoming one long strip of vineyards.  I'm not complaining.  I love wine and the vineyards are beautiful, especially in the summer when they are lush and green and bursting with juice.  My blog within a blog covers only one hundred of them.  At Tres Hermanas Winery on Foxen Canyon Road,  I learned there were one hundred wineries in Santa Barbara County alone!

I chose this particular winery because it is still a working family-owned ranch.  The two can co-exist!  The JT on the wine bottles and glasses is the brand used on the cattle.  Tres Hermanas, which means "three sisters" in Spanish, was named after Marvin and Paulette Teixeira's three daughters.  One of them poured wine for us the day we were there.  She was delightful (and diplomatic).  I always walk away from these wine tasting expeditions with a little more knowledge about the industry.   We ended up buying a couple of bottles of the smooth, full-bodied reds:  A 2010 Cabernet Franc and a 2011 Pinot Noir.  We are going to try our hardest to store these bottles for a few more years.  This is one of the reasons we go wine tasting--to build up a respectable wine cellar and to educate our palate.

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