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Steven Spurrier blind tasting at Clos Pepe

Steven Spurrier blind tasting at Clos Pepe Estate

Yesterday we visited Clos Pepe Estate where we met Steven Spurrier, the renowned wine critic. Located in Santa Barbara County, the Clos Pepe Estate winery accepts visitors by appointment only. Yesterday was a special event and we were invited to join in a blind tasting of 48 Santa Barbara wines. Spurrier led the blind tastings. Even though Spurrier has worldwide recognition in the wine world, he portrayed a warm and friendly personality. At the same time, he competently led the blind tasting keeping everyone on track. After the blind tasting, we were joined by numerous Santa Barbara winemakers for a delightful lunch at Clos Pepe.

Before we left for our next winery visit, we stayed for a little extra time to experience a Clos Pepe Estate wine tasting. This particular wine tasting reminded us of our visit to Shirley Roy’s wine tasting at Roy Estate in Napa. The typical wine tastings both take place in the high-end kitchens of the winery owners. It is worth the extra effort to plan a visit to Clos Pepe Estate.

What’s Next?

Tomorrow we will visit another area of Santa Barbara County where we will discover Casa Dumetz and Bedford Winery in Los Alamos. The last winery for the day will be Presquile in Santa Maria.

Cheers! Kathy

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