Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bottling Day 2011, Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Under relatively clear skies and with a cool ocean breeze to their backs, the team at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, along with dedicated wine club members and volunteers, got to work bottling hundreds of cases of Santa Barbara County Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir.

The Mission Bottling truck was set up in the driveway of the winery while volunteers were busy loading and packaging thousands of bottles of Jaffurs' reserve wines, including the 2009 vintage of the widely popular and award-winning Upslope, Thompson Vineyard Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah, Ampelos Vineyard Syrah and Santa Barbara County Grenache, as well as a Jaffurs side project from Dave Yates called "Mistress," which is exclusively Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County.

Jaffurs Wine Cellars is one of the most acclaimed wineries and Rhône varietal wine producers in Santa Barbara County.  Under the helm of Craig Jaffurs, Dave Yates and Matt Brady, Jaffurs Wine Cellars continues to impress wine critics, wine enthusiasts and wine novices with their handcrafted wines using grapes from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County including Ampelos Vineyard, Thompson Vineyard, Bien Nacido Vineyard, and Larner Vineyard.  Jaffurs produces a range of single-varietal Rhône wines such as Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

Check out the video below for all the action that goes into bottling the 2009 vintage.  Thanks to Craig, Dave, and Matt for allowing me to film and photograph all the activities and to Phil C. for giving me a good excuse to visit Downtown Santa Barbara.  Cheers!


Jaffurs Wine Cellars
819 E. Montecito St., Santa Barbara (west of N. Milpas St.)
(805) 962-7003
Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open daily during summer months).  Tasting Fee: $10
Facebook: Jaffurs Wine Cellars

Dave Yates loading bottles
Bottles lining up to be filled with the '09 Grenache
Jaffurs' volunteers hustling to load and package bottles
Matt Brady (left) and Craig Jaffurs (right) sampling the '09 Grenache
'09 Thompson Vineyard Syrah on the bottling line


Route 246 said...

So great to see you bud...thanks for posting this. Such a fun day!!

Matt B said...

Nice post Michael.

FYI the pinot is a Jaffurs 'side project' Dave Yates has been working on...

See you next time, cheers.

Matt Brady

Central Coast Uncorked said...

Thanks, PC!

Matt, thanks for letting me hang out and for the correction, which is duly noted in the updated version. See you soon to stock up and to bring in some new folks. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Rob Feckler said...

Looks like Matt and Craig definitely loved the taste of their hard work and perseverance! I’m sure that they are proud to produce one of the most acclaimed wines in Santa Barbara County! Their job certainly is the coolest. And knowing that you were able to make a fine tasting wine would give them happiness and satisfaction. :-)

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