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June 25, 2003 | David Shaw, Times Staff Writer
Craig Jaffurs' son Patterson was 5 years old when the Montessori School he attended was evicted from its quarters and found itself so desperate for money that the principal and his wife took out a second mortgage on their house to help cover school expenses. Jaffurs, owner and winemaker at Jaffurs Wine Cellars in Santa Barbara, decided he could help -- and in a most unusual (if not unprecedented) fashion. "Why don't we have the kids in the school make some of our wine themselves?"
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June 25, 2003 | David Shaw, Times Staff Writer
Craig Jaffurs' son Patterson was 5 years old when the Montessori School he attended was evicted from its quarters and found itself so desperate for money that the principal and his wife took out a second mortgage on their house to help cover school expenses. Jaffurs, owner and winemaker at Jaffurs Wine Cellars in Santa Barbara, decided he could help -- and in a most unusual (if not unprecedented) fashion. "Why don't we have the kids in the school make some of our wine themselves?"
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April 30, 1997
Craig Jaffurs has only been around about three years now, but I had his new release (1995 Jaffurs Wine Cellars Syrah [Santa Barbara County]) a couple of weeks ago, and it was just fabulous. The nose was gorgeous, there was big bold fruit in front and a real round velvety smoothness in the mouth. The finish was quite clean with a lingering aftertaste of slightly smoky fruit.
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May 20, 2010
Here's a selection of Central Coast Grenaches to seek out in your local retail shop. A few select shops — Wally's Wine & Spirits, Woodland Hills Wine Co. and Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants, in particular — have some of the rarer and pricier Grenache bottlings as well, such as Alban, Sine Qua Non and Saxum. 2007 Tablas Creek Vineyard "Cotes de Tablas" (Paso Robles) — A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, it has a scent of red berries and a fresh, juicy red-cherry flavor, with firm acidity.
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November 3, 1999 | CHARLES E. OLKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Not so many years ago, the Viognier grape, whose fragrant, harmonious white wines I have come to admire so greatly, almost disappeared from the earth. Planted only in the northern Rhone, Viognier proved over the years to be hard to grow and hard to sell, so French vineyardists were doing to Viognier what vineyardists do everywhere: replacing it with more popular varieties. By the early 1980s, Viognier vines totaled only some 50 to 80 acres (depending on the source) in France.
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July 19, 2006 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
RON MELVILLE and his son, Chad, can't both be right about Santa Rita Hills Syrah. It's too cold here to grow Syrah, according to the elder Melville, who used his stock-market fortune to build the family winery just north of Santa Barbara in the mid-1990s. The Santa Rita Hills region should focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, he says. It's smart marketing to limit the varietals produced here.
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