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.
June 4, 2014
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, it is just a beverage) by starting at the bottom.  That glass of White Zinfandel appealed to me at a young age because it was sweet and […]

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January 15, 2014
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 says it to make a point: while many wines are meant to be aged, few are actually consumed more than a year after they are bottled, and […]

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November 8, 2013
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 up to the winery in Santa Maria during crush.  I live in Santa Barbara and have to drive over "The Pass" on the 154 to get up to […]

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October 16, 2013
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 and bins.  As our wines bubble away in the open-top fermenters, they put out all kinds of interesting smells.  These scents tell us what is going on […]

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September 30, 2013
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!  The berries looked beautiful, and after they went through the de-stemmer there was literally no free run juice - like three tons of sticky ball bearings.  This […]

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September 21, 2013
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 barrel!  Lane is always the first to pick - which means our wines are also usually the first into barrel.  This results in wines that are lower […]

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September 13, 2013
Lumen 2013 Grenache from SB Highlands Vineyard

[vc_row show_full_width="1" padding_setting="1" desktop_padding="no-padding"][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 near the town of Cuyama, far east of the town or Santa Maria and at an elevation over 3,000 feet - making it the […]

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September 11, 2013
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 the first to pick in the area - it's her style, and what you get is a wine that is naturally lower in alcohol but beautiful, graceful, […]

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August 21, 2013
Lumen coming soon!

Lumen's inaugural release will be bottled next week!   The 2012 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both from a single premium vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, will be released in November for members of our wine club only (California release will be in January).  Sign up for The Lumen Wine Club to get details about upcoming releases, […]

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