Pinot Pros Now Pouring on Yanonali

Pali Wine Company, a favorite of the Pinot loving Mr. Picky, opens in the Funk Zone in downtown Santa Barbara:

Pali Wine Co. Opens Tasting Room in Funk Zone

By Matt Kettmann of, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aaron Walker, winemaker of Pali Wine Co.

Aaron Walker, winemaker of Pali Wine Co. Photo by Paul Wellman,

There’s not much middle ground when it comes to pinot noir. When grown for quality in cool climates with rocky soils, the yields are shockingly low, meaning that prices are frighteningly high. When grown for quantity so that the rest of us can actually afford a taste, it usually tastes like grape punch. Then along came Pali Wine Co., which set up shop in Lompoc seven years ago and focused on making pinots that were both reasonably priced and solidly made.

“Those are the wines that have allowed us to grow,” said Aaron Walker, Pali’s winemaker since 2008, now overseeing the production of nearly 20,000 annual cases that are sold in 30 different states. “There is a niche there for sure, which we’ve found.” Read More

World-Famous Heart Surgeon Dr. Gundry Endorses Mr. Picky Wine Glasses

“I have found that my patients greatly underestimate how much they drink, with bad consequences for their health and their weight. Guess what? A “glass” is 4 or 5 ounces of wine. Well, the ingenious folks at Mr. Picky® have solved your problem! The Mr. Picky® Wine glass has discrete bubbles/dots on the side showing 4, 6, and 8 ounces, all embossed on lovely to hold, elegant stemware.”

Dr. Steven Gundry, Medical Director and founder
of The International Heart and Lung Institute

Latest Wine Health Research from Cardiologist Dr. Steven R. Gundry

We wanted to share this newsletter from Dr. Steven R. Gundry to his patients at the International Heart and Lung Institute.  He was one of the first health experts to endorse our Moderation Wine Glasses.  Thanks Dr. G!

Summer Newsletter 2012

Hello Fellow Gundrites!

Most of you know I am a fan of Red Wine as a drug delivery device for Phytochemicals (these are plant compounds that activate or inactivate our genes as well as give the friendly bacteria in our intestines (remember the “Gut Buddies” letter?) some great stuff to eat.  As such, you find Red Wine on the approved list for Diet Evolution.  While most of you know about the polyphenol Resveratrol in red wine, a new compound has also been discovered that blocks fat cell’s ability to develop, according to a Purdue University study.

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Meet Mr. Picky at Santa Barbara Wine Festival

"I'm Picky" Mr. Picky tattoo, which will be given out at the Santa Barbara Wine Festival

Mr. Picky will be giving out free temporary "I'm Picky" tattoos.

The annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival is right around the corner.  This event, at the beautiful Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, sells out each year, so reserve your tickets now. Click here for more info: Santa Barbara Wine Festival.

Approximately 50 of the select wineries from Santa Barbara and Paso Robles will be pouring, and more than 30 AMAZING food vendors will be serving up their specialties. Every Cork Wins program means that for a $20 donation you are eligible to win all kinds of great prizes and EVERYBODY wins. Not drinking wine that day?  Check out the Designated Driver Program and get in free.

Check out the Mr. Picky Booth where we will be handing out FREE “I’m Picky” temporary tattoos, promoting our new FREE Santa Barbara and Paso Robles Wine Tasting Apps, and demonstrating our Moderation Wine Glasses. Per Cazo Winery of Per Cazo Wine and Creekside B&B will be joining us.

If you only attend one wine festival this year, this is the one!  See you there.

When: 2:00–5:00 PM, Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cost: $60 for Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History members; $85 Non-members; $95 at the door (if available)

Museum Parking: $10/standard vehicle. FREE offsite parking with FREE shuttle service is available.

Buy Tickets & Museum Parking Pass Online

Carr Winery Opens Second Wine Tasting Room

Ryan and Jessica Carr, owners of Carr Vineyards & Winery, pose for a shot

Ryan and Jessica Carr, owners of Carr Vineyards & Winery.

After 7 years in the current location in Santa Barbara, Ryan & Jessica Carr of Carr Vineyards & Winery, a Mr Picky Favorite, have opened a second location called The Warehouse.  It is a 3,800-square-foot wine storage facility in the heart of Santa Ynez where all the Carr wines are waxed, labeled, and bottle-aged. Guests are surrounded by aging wines, ambient lighting, a large u-shaped bar made from recycled oak barrels, and comfortable booths. At the opening of The Warehouse in Santa Ynez, Carr featured wine tasting, wines by the glass, live music by the Gawd Damn Band, and the famous Cold Spring Tavern tri-tip sandwiches.

Carr Winery’s Warehouse will be open daily 11-6, and is located at 3563 Numancia Street #101 in Santa Ynez. For more information, see, email, or call 805-965-7985. Go here to download the FREE Mr Picky iPhone App for Santa Barbara for directions and many other features!

2007 Cavalchina Bardolino Superiore Santa Lucia Great With Boneless Leg of Lamb

We recently joined K&L Wine Merchants Club Italiano wine club and haven’t been dissapointed. In a recent shipment, we received the 2007 Cavalchina Bardolino Superiore Santa Lucia, which paired perfectly with our barbecued boneless leg of lamb. My father, connisseur of all wines pink and sweet, attempted to blend this beautiful Bardolino with his 7-up. He was quickly denied and directed to the Barefoot White Zinfandel that he keeps in the fridge.


2007 Cavalchina Bardolino Superiore Santa Lucia: Bardolino is one of those Italian words that’s so easy to say, it just rolls off your tongue in a cascade of vowels. Usually that has been the end of the enchantment for me. But while tasting through more wines than you might think humanly possible, I am occasionally stunned by something I didn’t think was possible. For that reason I taste oceans of things that I am guessing ahead of time will be awful (they usually are). However this 2007 Cavalchina Bardolino Superiore “Santa Lucia” is so good I needed to recalibrate my ideas on the Bardolino DOC! Read More

Red Wine and Health: Red Wine May Block Fat Cells

Curvy, naked woman holding a glass of wine.

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Red wine and health: Check out this Purdue University study showing that red wine may prevent obesity.

By Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University
A compound found in red wine, grapes and other fruits, and similar in structure to resveratrol, is able to block cellular processes that allow fat cells to develop, opening a door to a potential method to control obesity, according to a Purdue University study.

Kee-Hong Kim, an assistant professor of food science, and Jung Yeon Kwon, a graduate student in Kim’s laboratory, reported in this week’s issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry that the compound piceatannol blocks an immature fat cell’s ability to develop and grow.

While similar in structure to resveratrol – the compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts that is thought to combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases – piceatannol might be an important weapon against obesity. Resveratrol is converted to piceatannol in humans after consumption. Read More

Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Gewurztraminer Sexier Than it Sounds

2010 gundlach bundschu sonoma gewurztraminer is beige with black textWINEMAKER TASTING NOTES
2010 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Gewurztraminer: Fragrant aromas of orange blossom, tangerine, white flowers and a wisps of coriander. Crisp yet complex flavors of ruby grapefruit, fresh lychee, kiwi and meyer lemon with notes of warm spice and lush texture. Fresh fruit flavors lead to a dry, vibrant finish that lasts for a long time. Wonderfully bright and fresh in its youth, this classic, dry Gewürztraminer will continue to develop complexity up to fifteen years from vintage.

Rhinefarm Estate Vineyard
Estate grown, produced and bottled
Clay loam soils with gravel deposits at 70–100 feet elevation
11 acres of Martini selection vines, planted 1969, harvested in 2 lots
11 acres of clone 47 vines, planted 2005, harvested in three lots
Yield 3.5 tons/acre

Harvest Dates: September 9 – September 14
Brix at Harvest: 23.9°
Vinification: Night-harvested by hand in five separate lots
Whole cluster pressed, 48 hour cold-settled
20% of the grapes were frozen for 48 hours, thawed, then whole cluster pressed for richness and texture
Yeast strain VL1
90% stainless steel fermented to completion
10% fermented in neutral oak

The cool 2010 growing season allowed for extended hang time producing elegant wines with concentrated flavors, bright fruit and balanced natural acidity.

WHERE TO BUY: 2010 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Gewurztraminer available at Costco for $15.49. Lowest price online is $14.29 at

Wine Enthusiast, 90 points
: A very nice example of a dry Gewurtz. Name an exotic spice, and you’ll find it here, especially cinnamon. The fruit is all about oranges, pears and lychee, while acidity is brisk and fine. Will challenge home chef and sommelier pairing talent. Pork and stewed fruit come to mind.

Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern Closed; To Reopen in Downtown Los Olivos

Historic black and white photo of M. Sides Hardware and Shoes

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Brother’s Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern, one of the top restaurants in Santa Barbara County and a Mr. Picky Favorite, has shut down. Brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols will be opening a new restaurant called Sides Hardware and Shoes, a Brothers Restaurant, this month in downtown Los Olivos at 2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue.

Posted on the Brothers’ Facebook Page Last Week:

To all of our Brothers Restaurant Friends and Family, It’s almost time to leave for our new home and we want to be sure that you know all about it.

Matt and Jeff will be serving the last dinner at Mattei’s Tavern on Saturday, March 24th. They will need some time to pack up their pans, knives, and plates, but you can be sure that they will be ready to serve you at their new location – Sides Hardware and Shoes, a Brothers Restaurant – in Los Olivos at the beginning of April. The paint at Sides Hardware and Shoes is almost dry and we all are looking forward to the grand opening.

Please be sure make plans in advance to visit us during our last weeks before we close at Mattei’s; we expect a lot of visitors during this time, so please make sure to call ahead to make your reservation. Please ask our hosts to add your email to our OpenTable database, to ensure that you will be amongst the first to know about all of our exciting news to come.

Our website at Mattei’s will be changing soon to our new one for Brothers Restaurant,, to reflect our new business as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, so watch for our next message announcing how to find us.

Mr. Picky’s Wine of the Week: 2008 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Willamette Pinot Noir

Photo of Domaine Serene Pinot Noir label

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After finishing a lovely 2008 Dierberg Santa Maria Pinot Noir while dining at Arch Rock Fish in Santa Barbara we were plotting our  next wine selection. We wanted to stick with Pinot Noir since we had all ordered fish. The somellier recommended the 2008 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir. Although completely different in style than the Dierberg Pinot Noir, its bright fresh berry taste was a nice contrast to the richer, robust Dierberg Pinot Noir.

Cool weather in September delayed ripening, and the threat of rain was ever present as it had been in 2007. But unlike the previous vintage, when rain challenged the harvest late, the sun came out in October, the clouds dispersed and a late season warming trend hit the Dundee Hills. With no rain, we were able to harvest at an even pace with controlled ripening and perfect hang times. The 2008 wines are reminiscent of the wonderful 2000 vintage; great purity of fruit and structure. Critics and fans alike agree that these wines may someday be counted as some of the best made in Oregon.

Wine Spectator, 91 points: Pure and focused aromatically, with blueberry, plum, spice and loam aromas leaping from the glass. The firm tannins have bite, but the complex flavors shoot through on the lively finish. Shows depth and grace. Best from 2013 through 2018.

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