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Will Henry sifts sand in the open ground that is to become the first estate vineyard for Lumen Wines, in Orcutt.
A Handful Of Sand

No two grains of sand are alike - or so a geologist will tell you - and the same goes for fistfuls. Take, for example, a microscopic photograph...

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Warner’s Most Transcendent Glass of Wine

tran-scend-ent/  adjective 1. beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding 2. exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence In 1990 I flew to...

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Orange is the New Pink

“Is that a note of melon or is it a hint of Goodyear rubber?”  For the past few decades orange wine has been steadily gaining followers in the...

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Clandestine Love

I’ll never forget the first time I fell in love with Grenache. I was at a fancy restaurant on an otherwise unmemorable date, and I decided to splurge...

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Orange Crush

LUMEN has officially kicked off the 2019 harvest with an early pick of Pinot Gris from Sierra Madre Vineyard, and Lane has once again donned her magic yellow boot....

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Some Things are Worth Waiting For

2018 Harvest Notes In the past week, winter has finally set in along the Central Californian coast and rain is soaking the now-dormant vineyards. The harvest is officially...

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Natural Wine: how Natural is Au Naturel? Lumen Wines
Natural Wine: How Natural is Au Naturel?

There is nothing more compelling than natural beauty. Ad men always have said that sex sells (such as this photo, above, of Lane Tanner enjoying a "Pinot bath"),...

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Sexy Bombshell Baby

The Fickle Nature of Single Vineyard Pinot Noir The 2015 vintage was more temperamental than a cat in heat. In the Santa Maria Valley, high temperatures and tropical...

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