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Kita Sauvignon Blanc
March 7, 2020 5

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Quelle Surprise!

This post is going to be full of surprises! The first surprise is that the wine is not from Provence. It’s not from France. In fact, it’s not even from Europe. It is a wine made in the Santa Ynez Valley in California by Tara Gomez, the winemaker at Kitá winery. Tara is a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian tribe, which sponsored her with scholarships to attend California State University Fresno to study Enology. The word Kitá in Samala — the language of the Santa Ynez Chumash — means “our valley oak,” and a beautiful oak leaf is proudly displayed on each bottle of her wine.

The second surprise is that I do not like Sauvignon Blanc. Friend after friend has tried to convince me that...
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Tara Gomez
March 8, 2020 4

KITÁ WINES: FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WINEMAKER TARA GOMEZ, DREAMS DO COME TRUE

By the time Tara Gomez graduated from high school in 1991, she knew she wanted to be a winemaker.  In many ways, she had been preparing for that role her whole life.  But, she probably never imagined she would be making wine for her tribe, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in the American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Santa Barbara, California, or that she would also co-own a nearby winery, Camins 2 Dreams, with her wife Mireia Taribó, a winemaker, that specializes in natural wines. Dreams do come true.

A Little History

Gomez traces her love of winemaking back to childhood visits to wineries with her parents.  “We did the winemaking tours while my parents did the tasting. Sometimes, when I step into this cellar, the aromatics take me back to my childhood days, big stainless-steel tanks, and lab technicians in white coats doing titrations.”

Gomez’s early interest in science probably also played an important role in reinforcing her interest in...
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Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

February 1, 2020 2

Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

Big Boy

I recently had a comment regarding the high alcohol percentage (14.5%) of a white wine, and how the reader felt that more and more wines were being produced with increased alcohol content. My response was that, for me, it was all about balance. That particular wine was beautifully balanced and I never once was aware of...
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Off the Via Domitia

March 15, 2018 16

OFF THE VIA DOMITIA

HOW MARKUS NIGGLI VENTURED INTO MAKING EUROPEAN-STYLE WHITE WINES IN LODI, CALIFORNIA

Markus Niggli—founder of Markus Wine Co. at Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California-- is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010. He was not quite 40 years old
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Wine Snoops

December 9, 2019 2

IS ROSÉ A SERIOUS WINE? LVMH INVESTMENT IN CHÂTEAU D’ESCLANS SUGGESTS IT CAN BE

I posed that question in an article by the same name few years ago. Relying heavily on the high end of the continuum of rosés from the portfolio of Sacha Lichine’s Château d’Esclans...
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