Lumen Stories

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Lumen Wines and Santa Barbara Wine Country through our many stories.
We believe that the most balanced (and thus memorable) wines are made from fruit that is picked relatively early on the harvest calendar, the end result being a wine that is livelier on the palate, deeper in complexity, lower in alcohol, and more worthy of cellaring.
April 24, 2015
What About Bob?

The Controversy over Wine Scores For many decades now, wine critics have been reviewing wines, and wine consumers have been following their guidance.  This fact is hardly surprising given the sheer number of wines on our supermarket shelves, and the high prices we encounter when walking down the aisles.  None of us likes to make […]

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March 13, 2015
Is Wine Just a Beverage?

Thoughts on the Most Exalted of Drinks In the wide world of alcoholic beverages, wine gets a lot of attention.  While craft beers, ciders, and spirits take more of the spotlight, wine nonetheless seems to hold onto an infallible center position.  To many consumers it is the holy grail of what can be swirled, sniffed […]

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February 6, 2015
Riding Santa Barbara's Urban Wave

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2015 Read the full article

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January 22, 2015
For the love of age and beauty

Why Getting Old Isn't That Bad There aren't many things in life that get better with age.  Cars lose thousands in value once they drive off the lot.  Houses get termites.  And food?  It eventually gets moldy.  Wine, in this regard, is almost in a class by itself. The history behind wine and its aging […]

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September 29, 2014
Not always black and white

Blanc Follows on the Heels of Noir The sheer number of wine grape varietals must be overwhelming for most wine drinkers to contemplate.  Even an experienced winemaker can be stumped when you ask them about Italian varietals, which in some regions can number in the hundreds of obscure clones that are only known regionally.  And […]

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September 20, 2014
High praise for the fickle grapes

Introducing California's First Pinot Alternative Grenache is a very interesting and challenging grape.  A wine made from 100% Grenache can have the weight of a Pinot Noir: a medium to light bodied red. I t doesn't normally lend itself to making big, tannic wines.  (Side note: a lot of the Grenache that you see in stores […]

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September 17, 2014
More skin in the game

Why Smaller Can Sometimes Be Better The quality of a wine is not always dictated by the sweetness of the juice.  Many winemakers make decisions on when to pick by simply measuring the degrees brix (percentage of sugar) in their grapes, and generally pick when the sugars are at their highest possible level.  Lane and […]

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September 17, 2014
Comin' in cool

Lumen Crush is On! The first fruit of the season came roiling into the winery on August 19, when we picked Chardonnay Wente Clone 15 from Sierra Madre Vineyard in Santa Maria.  Following it this week were both Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, 667 and 777, also from Sierra Madre - marking one of our […]

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September 14, 2014
What Lane's boot tell us

SMV is Ripe on the Vine When Lane puts on her magic yellow boot, we know it's almost time for harvest.  Lane has donned this fine piece of footwear ever since 1982, early in her wine career, and damn near the infancy of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir.  "I lost the other boot somewhere along […]

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