A Note From Biba

Wine of the Month for April 2017 - Dragonette Cellars Pinot Noir 2014 Sta. Rita Hills

Brothers John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Ellis founded Dragonette Cellars in 2005. They produce small lots of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and even Syrah. As you may already know, Biba loves Pinot Noir. Except for a pre-dinner sip of sparkling wine, usually Prosecco, Pinot Noir is her red wine preference. What I particularly like about California Pinot Noir is the wide diversity in style, color, taste, and intensity. It never ceases to amaze me. And we both have a preference for Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. The grapes for the 2014 Dragonette Cellars Pinot Noir were obtained from several outstanding vineyards including John Sebastiano, La Rincontada, Cargasacchi, Radian, Fiddlestix, and Duvarita. Excellent pedigree. The wine is not an over the top Cabernet-like Pinot, nor is it bright, tight, wimpy Rose’-like Pinot. Rather, it is a well balanced Pinot Noir, to be enjoyed alone or with food. We recently had the Dragonette Cellars Pinot Noir on two separate occasions. First, we paired it with a non-tomato based pasta, Spaghetti alla Carbonara. Then we enjoyed a bottle, with friends of course, with a rich, tomato-based pasta, Spaghetti all’Amatriciana. It was perfect on both occasions. Next, probably tonight, we will pair it with Cotolette alla Milanese. I can hardly wait. For the entire month of April 2017 we are offering the 2014 Dragonette Cellars Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $56 per 750 ml bottle or $14 per glass. Try it. The Dragonette Cellars tasting room is located at 2445 Alamo Pintado Avenue in the picturesque small town of Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County. Well worth a visit.

Top 10 restaurants in Sacramento

San Francisco Chronicle
By Michael Bauer
August 25, 2016

Original Story

Three years ago, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau established a program to promote the city as “America’s Farm to Fork Capital.”

Pushing agriculture and restaurants may not be as important as being the legislative home of the sixth- largest economy in the world, but it’s certainly sexier. In addition, the marketing staff can make a strong case for its importance as an agricultural powerhouse for such distinctions as growing 80 percent of the world’s almonds and domestic caviar, and for its production of high-quality rice that fills the steamers in some of Japan’s best sushi restaurants.