On the 11th Day – A Ballard Canyon Syrah from Larner & Beef Stew

We’ve come to the 11th Day in our 12 Days of Wine and we pulled a beautiful bottle of Ballard Canyon Syrah out from Larner Vineyard & Winery. 2013 Larner Estate Syrah – Reserve Our finest Syrah from the 2013 vintage has a vivid bouquet of violets, cassis, blueberries, pepper, vanilla and espresso. The intense, […]

The Syrah Clones at Larner Vineyards

Michael Larner has helped to champion Syrah in Ballard Canyon. He got the ball rolling on the Ballard Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara. We spoke with Michael last year about the Syrah planted on Larner Vineyard. We had discussed the different rootstocks that they chose for the vineyard and then went deeper into the Syrah […]

Michael Larner on choosing wine grape rootstock

Last year after the fabulous Larner Fête we had a chance to sit down with Michael Larner and talk about wine grape rootstock. Michael and his family did quite a bit of research before choosing what they would plant at Larner Vineyard.  Luckily Michael’s background is in Geology, so that had some inside expertise on […]

Larner fete, how it came to be

fête a celebration or festival from the Old French feste and the Middle English feast. The Larner Fete was just that, a celebration, a festival of wine. Gathered in the Barn at the Larner Vineyard were winemakers, people who trusted and sourced grapes from Larner Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. Tables at the entrance to the […]

Larner Fete 2016

Larner Fete 2016 fête a celebration or festival from the Old French feste and the Middle English feast. The Larner Fete was just that, a celebration, a festival of wine. Gathered in the Barn at the Larner Vineyard were winemakers, people who trusted and sourced grapes from Larner Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. Tables at the […]

Larner Fête 2016, Santa Barbara County

Larner Fête 2016 A celebration with 7 Winemakers each making wine from fruit sourced from Larner Vineyard fête a celebration or festival from the Old French feste and the Middle English feast. Tables at the entrance to the yard held sparkling wine glasses for the guests You could smell the smoke from the grill and […]

Dedication Syrah from Larner Vineyard and Winery

Dedication Syrah is a special wine from Larner Vineyards and Winery. It is a Syrah made in limited quantities only in special vintages when the Larner’s feel strongly that the wine is exceptional. Michael’s winemaking style is influenced by his time working in France and Italy. “Elevage” is very important to him. This is the […]

Larner Wines 2014 Malvasia Bianca

We had an opportunity to speak with Michael Larner about his 2014 Malvasia Bianca (among other things) last April during the Vintner’s Spring Weekend.  Larner Vineyard & Winery have 35 acres of vineyard planted on their 134 acre property located in the Ballard Canyon AVA in Santa Barbara California. We met Michael at his office […]

From Dirt to Glass -The Vision, the future of Larner Vineyard & Winery

Michael Larner has been thrown some curve balls as he has worked to build the future of Larner Vineyard and Winery.  The vision for this family legacy was to be an estate winery with a tasting room and some events.  When they took this business plan to the county, the neighbors revolted.  So they worked to be […]