Tasty Creations with Amplify Wines

I recently had the privilege of meeting up with the proprietors of Amplify Wines for a private tasting. They are Cameron and Marlen Porter, based in the Santa Barbara County area on the central coast. The two have both worked in the wine industry for some time. Inspired by their shared passion for both music and wine, in 2013 they tried their hand at an inaugural vintage: Carignane. They only made 100 cases that first year. Now seven years later, they have expanded to 2,000 cases a year and are making some tasty creations. They have a pronounced commitment to making their wines as clean as possible. This means sourcing grapes from organic growers, using native yeast fermentation, no fining or filtering and no additions, save minimal So2 at bottling. Borrowing from Spanish and Portuguese styles of winemaking, they are innovating in some jazzy ways. Let’s get into the wines!

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Chard, Pinot and Cab: Classic Varieties for Your Holiday Table

Greetings wine lovers! How many of you have holidays on the brain? It is about that time. With fall squash abundance and the recent re-setting of the clocks bringing darkness earlier in the day, I am feeling cozy and ready for comfort foods, which means accompanying wines. What are some of the best known go-to’s? Easy. For white, Chardonnay. For a lighter body red that pairs with most meals, Pinot Noir. For a bolder red to hold up to heavy dishes, Cabernet Sauvignon. Let’s look at a few!

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