This year's harvest in Santa Barbara County started in the third week of July, the earliest ever for some, and mostly for sparkling wine. Over the next few months we will be sharing stories from the frontline; stories from the vineyards and stories for the cellars.
Bob Lindquist of Qupe, is best known for making cool-climate syrah from some of the best vineyards in California including the famed Bien Nacido Vineyards. This vineyard, situated in the Santa Maria Valley, is also home to his production facility that he shares with long-time friend Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat.
Insider tip: The Qupe and Au Bon Climat production facility is not open to the public (though each winery has its own off-site tasting room. Find the Qupe tasting room in Los Olivos and Au Bon Climat in downtown Santa Barbara.) However twice a year, including the Celebration of Harvest Weekend, both friends host a joint open house on the Sunday after the Festival. Special wines are opened, Jim cooks an amazing lunch, and a fantastic time is had.
On Wednesday Bob shared a few photos (as captured by Theo, his 14 year old son) from this year's first day of harvest, his 33rd under the Qupe label.
What is your favorite food dish pairing with wine? Syrah and Dodger Dogs!
What is this year’s harvest looking like? Way too early.
How long have you been with Qupe? 1982
Where is your favorite place in town to grab a beer? The Hitching Post II
How do you keep your team focused and energized during harvest? We feed them lunch every day and open great wines.