Savored…Lompoc, California

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Not all free things are good, but this is exception. Gratis is a Chardonnay made by Sea Smoke Winery. It is given out FREE to selected valued clients on their mailing list. Prior to visitng them, I imagined Sea Smoke Winery to be in the rolling hills with stately buildings. But rather it is an area of Lompoc known as the Wine Ghetto. Its winery occupiies a large industrial area with a small airport behind and a mall iin the front. Without any signage or direction, one would not have thought that there is a winery making Grand Cru quality Pinot Noir. The warehouse contain the office, a small private cellar, tasting and dining room (not open to public at all), barrel room, and a state-of-the art winemaking facility. What I saw humbled me and put me in my place because it is nothing like Napa. We stood by the entrance between the winemaking facility and barrel room tasting this elegant, delicately balance and citrus laced Chardonnay, with Luna (winery dog) running around, listening to V as he shared with us a little insight in the history and winemaking style of Sea Smoke. At the same time, I kept wondering when I will get a small allocation of this special bottle. I believe a good place to start is to be grateful.

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