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Welcome to the Brick Barn Wine Estate Blog!

Nestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley, Brick Barn Wine Estate is a family-owned and operated vineyard that produces high-quality wines unique to the area. Our aim is to provide a memorable wine tasting experience while showcasing the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley. With years of experience in the wine industry, we want to share our knowledge and passion for wine with you through this blog.

Here, we will discuss everything from the basics of wine tasting to the intricacies of different wine varietals. Our team of experts will be sharing their insights and tips on how to best enjoy our wines, as well as interesting topics to wow your friends at your next wine get-together! 

So, whether you're new to the world of wine or a seasoned connoisseur, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey!


Recent Blog Articles:
October 1, 2023 - A Central Coast Wine Harvest
September 1, 2023 - Cabernet Franc's Triumph at Brick Barn Wine Estate
August 1, 2023 - Crafting the Perfect Charcuterie Board
July 1, 2023 - How to Taste Wine: A Journey of the Senses
June 1, 2023 - Four Ways to Make Your Red Wine Taste Better
May 1, 2023 - What Makes Brick Barn Wine Estate Unique?
April 1, 2023 - The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience At Brick Barn Wine Estate



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November 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast: Perfect Pairings with Brick Barn Wine Estate

As the aroma of roast turkey and savory sides fills the air, it's time to gather around the table for a Thanksgiving feast. Elevate your dining experience with thoughtfully chosen wines from Brick Barn Wine Estate. In this blog, we'll guide you through the perfect wine pairings that will enhance the flavors of your Thanksgiving meal.


Brick Barn Chardonnay: A Versatile Opener

Start your Thanksgiving meal with Brick Barn's Chardonnay. Its crisp acidity and hints of green apple and citrus make it a versatile choice to complement a range of appetizers. Whether you're serving a creamy butternut squash soup or a vibrant autumn salad, this Chardonnay's balanced profile will harmonize beautifully.


Pinot Noir: A Graceful Match for Turkey

The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table, the roast turkey, calls for a wine that complements its tender, succulent flavors. Brick Barn's Pinot Noir, with its delicate cherry and earthy notes, provides an elegant partner to the bird. Its medium body and silky texture make it a perfect match for the main course.


Cabernet Franc: A Bold Accent for Hearty Dishes

For those who prefer heartier Thanksgiving fare like lamb or beef, Brick Barn's Cabernet Franc steps up to the plate. This wine offers rich blackberry and spice notes, with a touch of herbal complexity. Its structured tannins and full-bodied nature make it an excellent choice for pairing with more robust dishes.


Estate Syrah: Embracing Spice and Savory

If your Thanksgiving table features dishes with a touch of spice or savory elements, the Estate Syrah is a superb choice. With its bold black fruit flavors, peppery undertones, and velvety texture, this wine complements dishes like sausage and herb stuffing or cranberry chutney with a delightful finesse.


Sauvignon Blanc: Brightening Up Sides and Salads

Brick Barn's Sauvignon Blanc brings a burst of freshness and vibrant acidity to the table. Its zesty citrus and tropical fruit notes are a natural complement to lighter sides like green beans, Brussels sprouts, and citrus-infused salads. This wine adds a crisp, invigorating element to your Thanksgiving spread.


Selecting the perfect wines for your Thanksgiving meal is a delightful endeavor that enhances the experience of gathering with loved ones. With Brick Barn Wine Estate's diverse range of varietals, you have a selection that caters to a wide array of tastes and dishes. From the elegant Chardonnay to the robust Cabernet Franc, each wine adds its unique charm to the Thanksgiving table. Cheers to a bountiful feast and memorable moments!

Time Posted: Nov 1, 2023 at 7:35 PM Permalink to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast: Perfect Pairings with Brick Barn Wine Estate Permalink
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October 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

A Central Coast Wine Harvest

The Central Coast of California, with its picturesque vineyards and rolling hills, has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier wine regions. Each year, as summer fades into autumn, a magical transformation takes place in the vineyards – it's time for the grape harvest, a crucial event in the winemaking process. In this blog, we'll explore what a grape harvest means for the wine industry on the Central Coast of California.


The Perfect Timing

Timing is everything in the world of winemaking, and the grape harvest is no exception. Growers meticulously monitor the ripening process, waiting for the optimal balance of sugars, acidity, and flavor in the grapes. This moment, known as veraison, signals the onset of harvest season.


Harvesting Methods

Harvesting is often a labor-intensive process, where skilled workers carefully hand-pick the grapes. This method allows for a gentle handling of the fruit, ensuring that only the best, ripest grapes make it to the winery.

Some vineyards may employ mechanical harvesters. These specialized machines shake the vines, causing the ripe grapes to fall onto conveyors and then into bins. While this method is more efficient, it requires a delicate touch to avoid damage to the grapes.


The Buzz of Activity

As harvest season kicks into high gear, the vineyards become a hive of activity. From sunrise to sunset, workers and winemakers toil side by side, carefully gathering the precious fruit. The atmosphere is charged with a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement, as the promise of a new vintage begins to take shape.


Varietal Variety

Brick Barn boasts a diverse array of grape varietals, each with its own unique flavor profile. From the rich, robust Cabernet Franc to the elegant, aromatic Chardonnay, the region's vineyards offer a tantalizing palette of possibilities.


Weather's Role

Mother Nature plays a vital role in the success of a grape harvest. Favorable weather conditions, such as warm days and cool nights, contribute to the development of complex flavors and sugars in the grapes. A sudden heatwave or untimely rain can present challenges for growers, underscoring the importance of careful monitoring and flexibility.


The Art of Winemaking

Once the grapes are harvested, they are transported to the winery, where the winemaking process truly begins. Here, the grapes are sorted, destemmed, crushed, and fermented. Our skilled winemaker use their expertise to guide the transformation from fruit to wine, allowing the unique characteristics of each varietal to shine through.


The grape harvest is a momentous occasion on the Central Coast of California, representing the culmination of a year's worth of hard work and dedication. It's a time when the land, the weather, and the skilled hands of the workers converge to create the building blocks of exceptional wines. The resulting vintages will carry with them the essence of this unique region, ready to be enjoyed by wine enthusiasts around the world. So, the next time you savor a glass of wine, remember the symphony of grapes that went into its creation. Cheers!

Time Posted: Oct 1, 2023 at 7:03 AM Permalink to A Central Coast Wine Harvest Permalink
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September 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

Cabernet Franc's Triumph at Brick Barn Wine Estate

Nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, Brick Barn Wine Estate stands as a testament to the potential of this renowned wine region. Among the many varietals that thrive in this fertile land, one grape stands out in particular: Cabernet Franc. We'll explore why Cabernet Franc flourishes in Santa Ynez Valley and what makes it a star player in the vineyards of Brick Barn Wine Estate.


Ideal Terroir: A Match Made in Heaven

The Santa Ynez Valley offers a unique combination of climate, soil, and geography that provides the perfect canvas for Cabernet Franc to flourish. The valley's Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm days and cool nights, allows the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in a harmonious balance of sugars and acidity. The well-draining soils of Brick Barn Wine Estate, a mosaic of gravel and loam, provide the ideal foundation for these vines to dig deep, lending a distinctive character to the grapes.


Cabernet Franc: The Jewel in the Crown

Cabernet Franc, often overshadowed by its more famous relatives Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, is a grape of extraordinary finesse. Known for its aromatic complexity, it boasts notes of bright red fruits, floral hints, and a subtle herbaceous quality. In Santa Ynez Valley, the Cabernet Franc grape finds its stride, developing rich, nuanced flavors that are a true reflection of the terroir.


Unique Microclimates: A Nurturing Environment

Within Brick Barn Wine Estate's vineyards, the presence of distinct microclimates further elevates the potential of Cabernet Franc. These variations in temperature and sunlight exposure allow for different expressions of the grape, from the elegant and refined to the bold and robust. This diversity enables the winemakers to craft a range of styles, appealing to a wide spectrum of palates.


The Art of Winemaking at Brick Barn

At Brick Barn Wine Estate, the winemaking team approaches Cabernet Franc with the utmost care and precision. Hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness, the grapes are sorted and gently crushed before undergoing fermentation. The use of traditional techniques, combined with state-of-the-art equipment, ensures that the essence of the fruit is captured in every bottle.


A Wine of Distinction

The result of this meticulous process is a Cabernet Franc that exemplifies the essence of Santa Ynez Valley and Brick Barn Wine Estate. A glass of Cabernet Franc is a journey through the sun-soaked vineyards, a testament to the harmonious marriage of nature and craftsmanship.


In the Santa Ynez Valley, Cabernet Franc has found its true home at Brick Barn Wine Estate. The combination of exceptional terroir, careful cultivation, and masterful winemaking has given rise to a wine that truly encapsulates the spirit of this remarkable region. The next time you savor a glass of Brick Barn's Cabernet Franc, you're not just tasting a wine – you're experiencing the magic of Santa Ynez Valley in a bottle. Cheers to the symphony of flavors and the artistry of winemaking!

Time Posted: Sep 1, 2023 at 7:15 PM Permalink to Cabernet Franc's Triumph at Brick Barn Wine Estate Permalink
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August 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

Crafting the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Pairing wine with a thoughtfully curated charcuterie board is a culinary experience that elevates any gathering. The harmony of flavors, textures, and aromas creates a symphony for your taste buds. In this blog, we'll guide you through the steps to create a charcuterie board that perfectly complements your favorite wines.


Start with the Right Canvas: Choosing the Board

Select a wooden cutting board, slate tile, or marble slab that provides a visually appealing backdrop for your charcuterie spread. The texture and color of the board should complement the vibrant hues of the ingredients.


Variety is Key: Meats and Cheeses

Meats: Opt for an assortment of cured meats, each offering a distinct flavor profile. Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, and coppa are excellent choices. Experiment with different textures, from thinly sliced to chunky, to provide a diverse tasting experience.

Cheeses: Offer a selection of cheeses, ranging from soft and creamy to sharp and aged. Consider including crowd-pleasers like brie, cheddar, and gouda, along with more adventurous options like stilton or a pungent washed-rind cheese.


Bread and Crackers: The Edible Vessels

Provide an array of bread and crackers to act as the perfect canvas for your meats and cheeses. Opt for crusty baguette slices, hearty whole-grain crackers, and crisp breadsticks. Gluten-free options can also be included for those with dietary restrictions.


Fruits and Nuts: A Touch of Freshness

Incorporate fresh and dried fruits to balance the richness of the meats and cheeses. Grapes, figs, sliced apples, or dried apricots add a burst of sweetness. Complement these with an assortment of nuts like almonds, walnuts, or candied pecans for added texture and flavor.


Spreads and Condiments: Elevating the Flavor Profile

Include a variety of spreads and condiments to enhance the overall flavor experience. Consider honey for a touch of sweetness, whole grain mustard for a zesty kick, and fruit jams or chutneys to add complexity to the palate.


Pairing with Wine: The Ultimate Companion

When it comes to wine selection, consider the flavor profiles of both the charcuterie board and the wine. For lighter boards with delicate flavors, such as prosciutto and brie, opt for a crisp white wine like a Chardonnay or a sparkling wine. For heartier boards with bold flavors like aged cheddar and spicy salami, a medium-bodied red wine like a Pinot Noir or a Grenache can be an excellent choice.


Creating the perfect charcuterie board is an art form that enhances any wine-tasting experience. By carefully selecting a diverse array of meats, cheeses, accompaniments, and the right wine, you'll craft a symphony of flavors that will leave your guests delighted and your palate satisfied. Cheers to the perfect pairing!

Time Posted: Aug 1, 2023 at 7:31 PM Permalink to Crafting the Perfect Charcuterie Board Permalink
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July 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

How to Taste Wine: A Journey of the Senses

Tasting wine is more than just taking a sip and enjoying the flavors. It is a sensory experience that allows us to appreciate the complexities, nuances, and characteristics of different wines. Whether you are a novice wine enthusiast or a seasoned connoisseur, here are some steps to enhance your wine-tasting journey.

Choose the Right Glass

Start by selecting the appropriate wine glass. A tulip-shaped glass with a narrow rim is ideal as it concentrates the aromas, allowing you to fully experience the wine's bouquet. Make sure the glass is clean and free from any odors that could interfere with the wine's aromas.

Observe the Appearance

Hold the glass by the stem and examine the wine's color and clarity against a white background. Note the intensity, hue, and any variations in color from the rim to the center. Young red wines tend to be more purple or ruby, while older ones may have more tawny or brick-like tones. White wines can range from pale straw to golden. The appearance can provide insights into the age, grape variety, and winemaking techniques used.

Swirl and Sniff

Gently swirl the wine in the glass to release its aromas. This action introduces oxygen, enhancing the wine's bouquet. Bring the glass to your nose and take a deep sniff. Try to identify the primary aromas, such as fruit, floral, or herbal notes. Secondary aromas may include oak, spices, or earthy tones. Finally, look for tertiary aromas, which can develop with age, such as leather, tobacco, or nutty scents. Take your time and let the wine's aromas unfold.

Assess the Palate

Now it's time to taste the wine. Take a small sip and let it coat your entire mouth. Pay attention to the wine's body or weight, which can range from light-bodied to full-bodied. Notice the texture, whether it feels smooth, velvety, or more astringent. Consider the balance of flavors, acidity, and tannins. Tannins are compounds found in red wines that provide structure and can create a drying sensation in the mouth. Make note of the wine's finish, which is the lingering taste after you swallow or spit.

Reflect and Evaluate

After tasting, take a moment to reflect on your experience. Consider the wine's complexity, balance, and overall impression. Was it enjoyable? Did it meet your expectations? Take note of any specific flavors or characteristics that stood out.

Compare and Contrast

To further develop your tasting skills, try tasting different wines side by side. Compare wines of the same varietal from different regions or wines made with different winemaking techniques. This exercise can help you identify the unique qualities of each wine and deepen your understanding of their differences.

Remember, the key to becoming a better wine taster is practice and exploration. Attend wine tastings, join wine clubs, and try wines from various regions and grape varieties. Each experience will contribute to your wine knowledge and enhance your ability to appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship behind each bottle. So, next time you pour yourself a glass of wine, take a moment to engage all your senses and embark on a delightful journey of taste and discovery.

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2023 at 9:45 AM Permalink to How to Taste Wine: A Journey of the Senses Permalink
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June 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

Four Ways to Make Your Red Wine Taste Better

If you are a lover of red wine, then you know how amazing it feels to savor a glass of the best-tasting wine from Brick Barn Wine Estate in California, There's something special about indulging in the rich flavors of red grape varieties, enjoying the aroma and the taste in your mouth. Whether it's a romantic dinner night, a relaxed weekend at home, or a fun wine-tasting event, the right red wine can make any occasion extra special — but red wine isn’t always everyone’s favorite flavor.

In this blog post, Brick Barn Wine Estate is sharing four ways to make your red wine taste better. If you have any questions or want to order a bottle of our wine, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Know The Right Temperature To Serve Your Red Wine

Serving red wine at the right temperature is essential for enhancing its flavor. Generally, red wine should be served at room temperature, but this may vary depending on the wine variety. For instance, a full-bodied red wine such as those produced by Brick Barn Wine Estate is best served slightly cooler than a lighter wine, according to Winemag. Consider storing your red wine at 55-64 degrees Fahrenheit and taking it out 15-20 minutes before serving to enhance its unique flavors. This will allow the wine to rise to room temperature.

Consider Aeration

Aeration means exposing your red wine to the air to optimize its taste. Many people believe that pouring your wine into a decanter can help you achieve this. A decanter exposes your wine to more oxygen and allows it to "breathe" - this encourages faster oxidation and enables the wine to release its full bouquet of aromas and flavors. Oak-aged red wines, like those produced by the Brick Barn Wine Estate, benefit the most from decanting.

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Pair Your Wine With The Right Food

Pairing your red wine with the right food can also bring out its unique flavors in the best way possible. A full-bodied red wine like those made at Brick Barn Wine Estate is perfect with red meat, mature cheese, and dishes with tomato-based sauces. You could also consider pairing your summer-in-a-bottle wine variety with barbequed meats or roasted vegetables.

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Age Your Wine In The Right Conditions

Aging red wine provides a deeper and richer flavor, but only if you have the right conditions to age it. Ensure that your wine bottles are kept in a cool and dark place, with stable temperatures and low humidity. Avoid storing wine in the fridge, as it changes the flavor, and only cork the bottles with a wine cork.

Making your red wine taste better requires some effort, but it's worth it in the end. By following the tips shared above, you will be able to enhance the flavors of your red wine, making it the best-tasting wine possible. Don't forget that to experience exceptional wine, you need to buy from a reputable wine estate like Brick Barn Wine Estate. With their expert winemaker, grapes for wine, fine wine for sale, and wine-tasting events, you can be sure to have a memorable wine experience.

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Time Posted: Jun 1, 2023 at 11:23 AM Permalink to Four Ways to Make Your Red Wine Taste Better Permalink
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What Makes Brick Barn Wine Estate Unique?

Brick Barn Wine Estate is proud to be a leader in the Sana Ynez wine community. We're known for our sustainably-grown local grapes, award-winning wine, and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about what makes us unique, and stop by our tasting room to experience the Brick Barn Wine Estate difference for yourself!

Commitment to Sustainability

All of the grapes used in our wine are grown on the property at our stunning 35-acre farm in Santa Ynez, and our grape varieties are chosen for their synergy with the estate's unique growing conditions. When you visit Brick Barn Wine Estate, you can rest assured knowing that we are committed to sustainable production and eco-friendly practices.

Award-Winning Winery

In our ten years of operation, we've demonstrated that we can create exceptional wines. Our Santa Ynez winery has won numerous awards, including Best Tasting Room and Best Winery in the Valley. Brick Barn Wine Estate produces exquisite Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc, Pinot Noir wines, and more. Come taste for yourself why Brick Barn has become a top-rated winery near me!

Our Special Origin Story

What makes Brick Barn Wine Estate truly unique is its special origin story. Our founders, Norman and Kathleen, always dreamed of creating a place where their community could gather around exceptional wines. In 2013, they planted 35 acres of grape varieties tailored to the Santa Ynez Valley's unique soil and climate.

We're called Brick Barn Wine Estate because the property's original brick barn, created by an Italian stonemason in the early 1970s, is our winery and gathering place. Other portions of the property are devoted to organic vegetable farming and cattle ranching.


Stop By Our Santa Ynez Winery

We invite you to come and experience Brick Barn Wine Estate for yourself. Taste our award-winning wines, stroll through the vineyards, and learn more about our commitment to sustainability. Stop by Brick Barn today and see why we've become a unique winery near me!

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Time Posted: May 1, 2023 at 2:01 PM Permalink to What Makes Brick Barn Wine Estate Unique? Permalink
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April 1, 2023 | Brick Barn Wine Estate

The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience At Brick Barn Wine Estate

Brick Barn Wine Estate, located in Santa Ynez, is the ultimate winery experience. Whether you're looking for a special occasion or just an enjoyable day out, we have something for everyone! Here are a few reasons why Brick Barn Wine Estate should be your top choice when it comes to wine tasting, and stop by our Santa Ynez winery today!

Elegant Decor

We pride ourselves on creating a beautiful atmosphere here at Brick Barn Wine Estate. Our elegantly designed tasting room and expansive outdoor patio areas feature inviting wood accents and lush landscaping, perfect for any occasion.

Ample Indoor or Outdoor Seating

Whether you prefer to stay inside in the air-conditioned tasting room or head outside to take in the fresh air on the expansive patio, Brick Barn Wine Estate has plenty of seating available for your comfort. Our outdoor seating area offers views of the vineyards and is ideal for groups large or small, while our indoor tasting room provides ample space for more intimate tastings. We have fire pits and patio heaters to nestle up next to and picnic tables under a majestic oak tree that provides a perfect backdrop for your tasting!

Wines Made from Locally-Grown Grapes

At Brick Barn Wine Estate, we take great pride in the fact that all our wines are crafted using grapes grown right here on the property. Our vineyards yield some of the best fruit in Santa Ynez, and it shows through in our award-winning wines.

Private Wine Tastings

We offer private wine tastings, perfect for wine connoisseurs and people looking for something special. You'll begin your visit with a walking tour of our lower vineyard and winemaking facility. Then, you'll have the opportunity to taste a selection of wines straight from the barrel while learning about our grapes and winemaking techniques. Afterward, you'll enjoy a seated tasting of four wines in our cozy Fortel lounge, paired with an artisanal charcuterie board.


Visit Our Santa Ynez Winery Today

If you're looking for an exceptional wine-tasting experience near Santa Ynez, Brick Barn Wine Estate is the place to be! Stop by our winery today.


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Time Posted: Apr 1, 2023 at 2:06 PM Permalink to The Ultimate Wine Tasting Experience At Brick Barn Wine Estate Permalink

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