Show 493, October 1, 2022: Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, Solvang, with Co-Proprietor Anthony Carron and Executive Chef Chris Fox Part One

Anthony Carron of Coast Range Restaurant

“Solvang’s Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, a Central Coast steakhouse and seafood restaurant including a full cocktail bar as well as deli counter, meat counter and pastry program launched last year.”

“Coast Range & Vaquero Bar celebrates the best that the Central Coast has to offer including steaks from the area’s storied ranches, seafood directly from Central Coast wharves, craft cocktails, and a wine program showcasing the region’s finest producers. The restaurant concept also includes proprietary product from the owner’s Santa Ynez ranch, Coast Range Ranch. Vaquero Bar displays a full cocktail menu, local wine and craft beer, and an elevated yet casual bar food menu.” Brunch served daily but dark on Tuesday.

Chris Fox of Coast Range Restaurant

“Award-winning chefs and industry veterans Anthony Carron, Lincoln Carson, and Steven Fretz joined forces with renowned sommelier and winemaker, Rajat Parr, to bring their collective experience to the new all-day dining concept in the heart of Solvang. Chris Fox is the Executive Chef.”

“They say there’s always a silver lining. While 2020 brought challenges it also allowed us to assemble a world-class team of chefs and find the perfect space to showcase our talents in a part of the world we love,” said Chef Anthony Carron.

Co-Founder Anthony Carron and Executive Chef Chris Fox join us.

Show 493, October 1, 2022: Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, Solvang, with Co-Proprietor Anthony Carron and Executive Chef Chris Fox Part Two

Anthony Carron of Coast Range Restaurant

“Solvang’s Coast Range & Vaquero Bar, a Central Coast steakhouse and seafood restaurant including a full cocktail bar as well as deli counter, meat counter and pastry program launched last year.”

“Coast Range & Vaquero Bar celebrates the best that the Central Coast has to offer including steaks from the area’s storied ranches, seafood directly from Central Coast wharves, craft cocktails, and a wine program showcasing the region’s finest producers. The restaurant concept also includes proprietary product from the owner’s Santa Ynez ranch, Coast Range Ranch. Vaquero Bar displays a full cocktail menu, local wine and craft beer, and an elevated yet casual bar food menu.” Brunch served daily but dark on Tuesday.

Chris Fox of Coast Range Restaurant

“Award-winning chefs and industry veterans Anthony Carron, Lincoln Carson, and Steven Fretz joined forces with renowned sommelier and winemaker, Rajat Parr, to bring their collective experience to the new all-day dining concept in the heart of Solvang. Chris Fox is the Executive Chef.”

“They say there’s always a silver lining. While 2020 brought challenges it also allowed us to assemble a world-class team of chefs and find the perfect space to showcase our talents in a part of the world we love,” said Chef Anthony Carron.

“The Coast Range partners have just launched the nearby Campo del Sol, offering contemporary and traditional Mexican food with an emphasis on locally-sourced, fresh and artisanal ingredients.” Subject of a future conversation…

Co-Founder Anthony Carron and Executive Chef Chris Fox continue with us with a house special, California Artichoke Appetizer at the ready.

Show 490, September 10, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine. This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.”

Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the benefiting OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. “Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.” OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest. Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen. Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang. Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefitting the James Beard Foundation.” Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions and participants Chef Jet Tila and Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services join us to highlight the specifics.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. What’s the problem with Lionfish in American waters (it’s an invasive species) and why is this fish now appearing as an appealing menu item in select seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the engaging answers.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Show 490, September 10, 2022: Solvang Danish Days Preview with Baker Thomas Birkholm, Birkholm’s Bakery

Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm's Bakery

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest.

Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen.

Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang.

Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive Festival specifics. (Thomas’ Grandfather (also a baker) was one of the founders of Solvang Danish Days.)

September 10: Amy Riolo, Tastemakers of Orange County, Solvang Danish Days, LA Chef’s Conference

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with Italian Recipes for Dummies
Segment Three: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” with OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri and Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan
Segment Four: Solvang Danish Days Preview with Baker Thomas Birkholm, Birkholm’s Bakery
Segment Five: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Producer Brad Metzger
Segment Six: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Chef Jet Tila
Segment Seven: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

“Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine.

This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.” Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

“Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.” OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest. Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen. Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang. Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefitting the James Beard Foundation.” Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions and participants Chef Jet Tila and Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services join us.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries. What’s the problem with Lionfish and why is this fish now appearing as a menu item in select seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the answers.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Cookbook Author Amy Riolo

Chef Amy Riolo’s latest, Italian Recipes For Dummies, is your roadmap to cooking like an Italian at your own home. For those of us not lucky enough to have our very own Italian grandmother or have attended culinary school in Italy, Italian Recipes For Dummies is stepping in to fill the gap. Award-winning chef and author Amy Riolo delivers a step-by-step guide to creating authentic Italian dishes, starting from the basics and progressing to more advanced techniques and recipes. You’ll discover how to shop for, plan, and cook authentic Italian meals properly. You’ll also find guidance on how to incorporate the cultural, nutritional, and historical influences that shape classic Italian cuisine. This book includes more than 150 authentic Italian recipes with step-by-step instructions.”

“The perfect book for amateur chefs, Italy aficionados, homemakers, and anyone else looking for culinary inspiration, Italian Recipes For Dummies is also an indispensable guide for people seeking healthier ways of shopping, cooking, and eating without giving up amazing flavors and rich foods.”

“Amy Riolo is an award-winning, best-selling author, chef, television personality, and educator. She is one of the world’s foremost authorities on culinary culture. In 2019 she launched her private label collection of premium Italian imported culinary ingredients called Amy Riolo Selections which includes an extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and pesto sauce from award-winning artisan companies in Italy. Amy also leads private, small group tours to Italy, Greece, and Morocco.”

Amy Riolo is our guest with Italian extra virgin olive oil in hand.

Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan

The 6th Annual Tastemakers of Orange County celebrating the 25th Anniversary of OCAPICA is set for Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 6 p.m. at the Argyros Plaza at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Tastemakers of Orange County is a culinary event celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander inspired cuisine created by distinguished chefs throughout Orange County. Proceeds from the event go to support OCAPICA’s numerous programs and services in mental health and health, youth development, housing assistance, policy education and anti-asian racism.”

OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri (Board Member) and participating chef Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan join us with all the mouthwatering details.

Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm's Bakery

Solvang Danish Days is back this year, for its 85th celebration!

The event runs Friday through Sunday, September 16 to 18, in the Danish-rooted town of Solvang just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara.

The three-day event weekend includes family-friendly entertainment and activities including fan-favorite food events all about Æbleskiver [ay·bluh·skee·vr], those famous Danish pastry rounds, including an Æbleskiver Eating Contest.

Also, a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving local brews, wines and festival foods, an axe throwing arena, and story time sessions with Hans Christian Andersen.

Overall admission to Danish Days is free, and the weekend features plentiful free entertainment with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians, and an afternoon and evening of live concerts in downtown Solvang.

Saturday and Sunday Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets are available online, as are “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundles.

Baker Thomas Birkholm of Birkholm’s Bakery (Solvang Danish Days Foundation Board Member) is our guest with all the festive specifics.

Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions

“On Monday, October 17, 2022, LA Chef Conference returns after a close to three-year pandemic induced hiatus with a full day of programming at the Jonathan Club in downtown LA featuring some of Los Angeles’ preeminent chef talent engaging in hot topic panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind pop-ups from sought-after restaurant concepts and chefs, and an after party—all included in the price of admission ($180.00). LA Chef Conference is a production of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions—a Southern California-based hospitality recruitment and placement firm—in partnership with Open Table and benefiting the James Beard Foundation.”

“Founded in 2018, the unparalleled hospitality industry gathering was born from Metzger’s close to 40 years in the LA restaurant industry and his seeing a real need for an event that was not only educational but brought the community together. Metzger says, “Everyone in our LA restaurant community works so hard and there is never a chance to come together to discuss topics that affect us all and to celebrate and connect with each other in person.” Metzger sees this year’s event as being more purposeful than ever. “Independent restaurants in LA have weathered more than two years of pandemic related challenges and face new economic, social and environmental challenges daily. LA Chef Conference 2022 gives us all a place to come together and try on forward thinking solutions to help the industry that we love.””

“LA Chef Conference events are held at The Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St. The day-long event commences at 8:45 a.m. with registration and wraps at 5 p.m., followed by an after party from 5-8:30 p.m., also at The Jonathan Club. Tickets are priced at $180 per person and are available at their website. Admission includes access to panel discussions, cooking demos; meals including breakfast, lunch, and after party. All attendees must be 21 or older.”

Organizer Brad Metzger of Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions is our first guest.

Jet Tila at Cochon 555

Then, Celebrity Chef Jet Tila will be performing a cooking demonstration with a recipe from his latest cookbook, 101 Thai Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die as part of the Conference. Chef Jet Tila joins us.

Finally, Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services is a sponsor and participant in LA Chef Conference 2022. We’ll meet her.

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

What’s the problem with Lionfish and why is this invasive fish now appearing as a menu item in select USA seafood restaurants? Chef Andrew has the answers.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chef Amy Riolo with Italian Recipes for Dummies
Segment Three: Preview of “Tastemakers of Orange County” with OCAPICA’s Sora Tanjasiri and Tarit Tanjasiri of Crema Artisan
Segment Four: Solvang Danish Days Preview with Baker Thomas Birkholm, Birkholm’s Bakery
Segment Five: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Producer Brad Metzger
Segment Six: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Chef Jet Tila
Segment Seven: LA Chef Conference 2022 Preview with Elissa Phillips of Mise En Place Restaurant Services
Segment Eight: Chef Andrew Gruel (Co-Host) with “Ask the Chef”

Show 481, July 2, 2022: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards’ Winemaker Samra Morris – Preview of “Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction”

Samra Morris of Alma Rosa Winery

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is hosting its second annual fundraiser to support mental health: Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction on Saturday, July 23, 2022. To support community services as well as mental health research, the 2022 Peace of Mind event will be a walk of approximately 10,000 steps or 4.5 miles across the Alma Rosa estate in Buellton benefiting two organizations: the Mental Wellness Center and One Mind.”

“100 per cent of the $55 registration fee will support the two benefiting organizations: One Mind, which funds research into the causes, treatments and cures of mental illness, and Mental Wellness Center, which provides servicers and housing for individuals with a mental health diagnosis in Santa Barbara County.”

Alma Rosa proprietors Bob & Barb Zorich are doubling all donations made through Peace of Mind dollar-for-dollar up to $35,000 for each charity, for a total of $70,000.

Alma Rosa’s Winemaker, Samra Morris, joins us with all the details.

Show 477, June 4, 2022: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part One

Nathan Peitso of Sear Steakhouse

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at the Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.”

“Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear’s local farm relationships will continue to play a major role in the kitchen, as Peitso sources from Santa Ynez Valley farms in addition to his family’s Southern California-based Kenter Canyon Farms. Roan Mills, to which Peitso also has family ties, will supply all bread products bound for the steakhouse, which will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins.”

“As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” There will be a fresh emphasis on showcasing local wines. Serving Dinner nightly except on Monday. For the future Weekend Brunch will be added as well as Monday night Dinner service.

Chef / Proprietor Nathan Peitso is our guest.

Show 477, June 4, 2022: Proprietor & Executive Chef Nathan Peitso, Sear Steakhouse, Solvang, CA Part Two

Nathan Peitso of Sear Steakhouse

“Farmer and chef Nathan Peitso of Los Angeles-originated restaurant brand, Farmhouse (formerly located at the Beverly Center,) is now owner/executive chef at Solvang’s Sear Steakhouse. The Santa Barbara County wine country steakhouse, which initially opened in March 2021 under previous ownership, is located in the heart of the Danish-settled village (adjacent to the Landsby Inn) along California’s Central Coast.”

“Peitso’s plans for the restaurant include a rebrand and name change in the coming months to “Crawford’s Steakhouse,” in honor of his family name, and a variety of menu and service additions and expansions. Sear’s local farm relationships will continue to play a major role in the kitchen, as Peitso sources from Santa Ynez Valley farms in addition to his family’s Southern California-based Kenter Canyon Farms. Roan Mills, to which Peitso also has family ties, will supply all bread products bound for the steakhouse, which will also see an elevated Santa Barbara seafood presence on its dinner menu and an increase in vegetable-based dishes, in addition to multiple steak cuts and other proteins.”

“As a second-generation, Californian farmer – and now, a Santa Ynez Valley resident – Peitso intends to keep menu pricing accessible, relying on his close network of fellow farmers, fisherman, and ranchers.” There will be a fresh emphasis on showcasing local wines. Serving Dinner nightly except on Monday. For the future Weekend Brunch will be added as well as Monday night Dinner service.

Proprietor Nathan Peitso takes a further break from his busy kitchen and continues with us.

Show 470, April 16, 2022: Samra Morris, Winemaker, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Solvang, CA Part One

Alma Rosa Winery is situated on the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills in Santa Barbara County. The wines are layered, vibrant and balanced, and they reflect the special terroir of the Sta.Rita Hills, which benefits from cool Pacific Ocean breezes funneled inland through the unique transverse mountain range of the region.”

“Alma Rosa wines — most produced in small batches of less than 400 cases — represent the best of the Sta. Rita Hills. Guests are invited to try their selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, as well as some of their Rhone varietals, including Syrah and Grenache in their new Solvang Tasting Room.” There are also guest experiences available at the Alma Rosa Ranch.

“The Winery produces 5,000 hand-crafted cases per year focused on Estate and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyards located on a four mile stretch along Santa Rosa Road. Sta. Rita Hills has a large reputation for extraordinary Pinot Noir yet this small area is 6 per cent the size of Napa Valley vineyards and 8 per cent the size of Paso Robles.”

“Founder and Winery Ambassador Richard Sanford planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1971. He provides invaluable experience in guiding Alma Rosa’s focus on excellence and balance in all Alma Rosa does. Winemaker Samra Morris (born and raised in Bosnia) brings sensitivity and technique inspired by great winemakers in California and Burgundy to wine growing and wine-making.” Samra had been the Assistant Winemaker at Alma Rosa and when the former Winemaker abruptly departed right before the 2019 harvest was promoted with confidence by Proprietors Bob and Barb Zorich and General Manager Debra Eagle.

Winemaker Samra Morris joins us to gently pull the cork on all that is Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.

Show 470, April 16, 2022: Samra Morris, Winemaker, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Solvang, CA Part Two

Alma Rosa Winery is situated on the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills in Santa Barbara County. The wines are layered, vibrant and balanced, and they reflect the special terroir of the Sta.Rita Hills, which benefits from cool Pacific Ocean breezes funneled inland through the unique transverse mountain range of the region.”

“Alma Rosa wines — most produced in small batches of less than 400 cases — represent the best of the Sta. Rita Hills. Guests are invited to try their selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, as well as some of their Rhone varietals, including Syrah and Grenache in their new Solvang Tasting Room.” There are also guest experiences available at the Alma Rosa Ranch.

“The Winery produces 5,000 hand-crafted cases per year focused on Estate and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyards located on a four mile stretch along Santa Rosa Road. Sta. Rita Hills has a large reputation for extraordinary Pinot Noir yet this small area is 6 per cent the size of Napa Valley vineyards and 8 per cent the size of Paso Robles.”

“Founder and Winery Ambassador Richard Sanford planted the first Pinot Noir in the region in 1971. He provides invaluable experience in guiding Alma Rosa’s focus on excellence and balance in all Alma Rosa does. Winemaker Samra Morris (born and raised in Bosnia) brings sensitivity and technique inspired by great winemakers in California and Burgundy to wine growing and wine-making.” Samra had been the Assistant Winemaker at Alma Rosa and when the former Winemaker abruptly departed right before the 2019 harvest was promoted with confidence by Proprietors Bob and Barb Zorich and General Manager Debra Eagle.

Winemaker Samra Morris continues with us pouring a glass of Alma Rosa Estate Pinot Noir, El Jabali Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills.