Ah, where to start.  It all depends on your view point, palate and experience.  I believe Wine is meant to be experienced and enjoyed.  I started out mainly as a Merlot drinker, not really into wine.  After visiting many different wineries and tasting different wines, my palate has developed quite a ways from whence I came.  Reds for me were the wines of choice, I did not really like white.  Reds and whites was the vocabulary I started with. Now I can tell you the difference between, Zinfandel, Pinot, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, etc.  Whites are more than Chardonnay, (still trying to appreciate this one) but have really grown to love Reisling after a visit to Trisaetum in Oregon.  Viognier,  Pinot Gris are a couple of others I am starting to enjoy.  So after the rambling, Wine Tasting….  I have loved the exploration and tasting of new and different wines, because Merlot is not Merlot, Pinot Noir is definitely a wine with a multitude of tastes and body.   Taste and enjoy, explore the options ( of which there are many).  You also can find excellent wines from $5 to $50 that are exceptional. So again, in order to keep all of this wonderful knowledge and appreciation for wine, it seemed we needed to keep track of this experience, also as wine and the drinking of wine has always been a social experience, it seems only right that we share this with others who appreciate wine like we do.

We are not wine Critics, (enough of those)  we like to discover new wine and the stories and passion behind those wines.

Michael & Robin Renken










Come Join us!  Post your thoughts on new wines you have come across.

Michael Renken

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  • Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail
  • Clos Pepe, Early Morning Harvest
  • Hilliard Bruce, Viticulturally blessed
  • Sweet Potato Gnocci & Reisling
  • Strawberry Avocado Citrus Salad
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  • Wes explains Tasting
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  • Panorama Carhartt Grand Tasting
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  • Sta. Rita Hills AVA Dinner
    Sta. Rita Hills AVA Dinner, Santa Barbara County
  • Beckmen Hike at Purismo Mountain
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  • Key to Wine Country, Santa Barbara
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  • Beckmen Vineyard, Vineyard Wine Walk
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  • Steve Beckmen, Vine Thining 101
  • Presqu'ile WInery Hilltop, Santa Maria Valley
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  • Tasting Room at Presquile
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  • Michael Larner at Larner Vineyard
    The History of Larner Vineyard & Winery
  • Listening to the Vine
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  • Presqu'ile Vineyard. Pinot Noir Part 2
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  • Larner Vineyard, Malvasia Bianca 2014
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  • Central Coast Group Project
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