After meandering over to Alta Maria, it was finally time to meet my #QBP – Queen Bitches Posse over at Tercero Wines, around the corner in Los Olivos. As I had somewhat
secretly clandestinely arranged this day of pre-WBC shenanigans, I was looking forward to being able to relax and enjoy my free day before the conference officially got under way.
Meeting me at the Tercero Wines tasting room were BrixChick Liza, Marcy Gordon who always Comes for the Wine, and Melanie, the Dallas Wine Chick. Although I wasn’t able to caravan down from the Bay Area with them, once they walked in to the tasting room it was all downhill fun and games from there, with my #QBP sisters.
Tercero Wines specializes in artistic, small production Rhone style red & white wines.
Mastermind Mad Scientist Larry Schaffer creates unique, small lot wines from Viognier to Grenache, and everything in between. Larry has also been mastering his breadmaking skills, and on this visit we were treated to all things yeast – one of his passions, and three kinds of bread to boot!
While I am a fan of pretty much all of Tercero Wines offerings, this visit my favorites were:
2013 Mourvedre Rose – From a small parcel in the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara County, they only touched the skins for about an hour, giving it a bright but light and fresh pink color. Fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks, it slept in neutral oak for 5 months before finally being released. The bright pop of red berry is followed by blood orange and aromatic stone fruit, luscious watermelon and hard spices. At only $20 this is a great summer sipper.
2012 Grenache Blanc – it’s no secret that this might be my all time favorite white grape. Spiked lemonade over river rocks, this beautiful bright and fresh wine is the perfect summer palate cleanser.
2010 Verbiage – a class GSM blend, this black beauty is made up of 62.5% Grenache from two vineyards, 25% Syrah from two vineyards, and 212.5% Mourvedre. Named Verbiage, like Larry’s person wine blog, because he likes to tell stories, banter, and talk, this wine is a conversation in a bottle. Dark purple and inky black in color, this wine is full of lavender, lilac, chewy blackberry and beef jerky. Finished with a dusting of white pepper and gingerbread spice, it’s a great bottle for a foggy summer night, or in front of the fire at the holidays.
Tercero Wines is located in Los Olivos, CA in the heart of the Santa Ynez wine region.
Much wine was purchased by the #QBP on this day, but the tasting was provided free of charge! Unless you count us listening to the HMFIC payment enough…