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Is Wine Alive? – The Debate Over Ripeness

The first glass of wine that I liked was a White Zinfandel.  As hard as that is to admit, many people come to love this beverage (and yes,...

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The Metamorphosis of Pinot

One of my father's favorite sayings is that most wines are consumed on the way home from the liquor store.  He is saying that tongue-in-cheek, of course, but...

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What Makes Lumen So Cool?

Cool Climate Wines Make for Better Companions   The above shot was taken in September at the Eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley, while I was driving...

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Put Your Nose In It

The first thing we do every morning when we arrive at the winery is stick our noses into things.  Not into other people's business, mind you, but barrels...

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Get Your Feet Wet

Who says wineries don't still foot stomp their grapes?  Our Grenache fruit came in today from Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, the last fruit of the season for Lumen! ...

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Barreling Down

With most of the Pinot Noir fruit in, both our 667 and 777 clones of Pinot Noir from Sierra Madre Vineyard have fermented and are now going into...

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Lumen 2013 Grenache from SB Highlands Vineyard

Lane Tanner, Angela Osborne, and Will Henry took a trip out to Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard to look at fruit for Lumen's upcoming 2013 Grenache.  This vineyard is...

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2013 Crush Under Way!

The 2013 harvest began in Sierra Madre vineyard with the picking of Pinot Noir Clone 667 on September 4.  Woohoo!  As usual, Lane Tanner (winemaker and co-owner) was...

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