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Bryan Babcock’s Roller Coaster Ride with Bordeaux Varietals

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Convivo Restaurant & Bar

Santa Barbara Inn

901 E. Cabrillo Blvd

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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Babcock Vineyards was established in 1978 when Mona and Walter Babcock purchased a 110 acre property on Highway 246 between Lompoc and Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Over the years Walt practiced a number of crafts, making him a full-fledged Renaissance guy. At the time of establishing the vineyard, he was also a dentist, A restaurateur, and a commercial fisherman. The Babcocks planted a modest 20 acres to such varieties as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. In 1983, after building a small garage and purchasing a few wine barrels, they took a whack at their first experimental vintage. They also delivered small batches of fruit to a few of the more notable winemakers in the area. While Rick Longoria and Fred Brander made compelling Sauvignon Blancs, Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat produced a stunning Chardonnay.

Prompted by the promising results, Walt and Mona decided it was time to seize the opportunity to produce their own wines. While they were setting the stage for a small fledgling winery, their son, Bryan, decided to join them. He took majors in biology and chemistry from Occidental College and went to UC Davis for his master’s in enology. After spending two years on course work, he was supposed to return to Davis to put together a thesis for his degree in the fall of 1984. Says Bryan, “I started crushing Gewurztraminer that September and forgot about school altogether.” Fortunately, his studies primed him for his first harvest, as he was awarded gold medals at the L.A. and Orange County Fairs for his estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, which he'll be pouring this evening.

The James Beard Foundation named Bryan one of the "Top Ten Small Production Winemakers in the World," with Bryan being the only American chosen for this oenological dream team. In his farming, Bryan has developed a new concept, AGRISTHETICS, which is the treatment of an agricultural domain as a piece of art. In pursuing his vision, Bryan has been focused on reforestation and the design of butterfly sanctuaries, along with the development of a whole new farming method that seamlessly integrates his vines with the forces of nature.

Join us for an unforgettable evening with one of Santa Barbara's most colorful winemakers as he walks you through the adventures that have been growing bordeaux varietals in Santa Barbara wine country. We'll be pairing some of Babcock's most interesting varietals with Chef Peter McNee's Nomad Italian food, truly a mtach made in heaven.

Price is $120 per person which includes an oceanside reception, three-course dinner with wine pairings, gratuity, and free valet parking. A special friends & family rate is available at the Santa Barbara Inn which houses Convivo. Please call (805) 966-2285 for rates and information.

BABCOCK WINE DINNER MENU & WINE

CICCHETTI
Ink cracker, raw ahi tuna, mustard seed
Jamón crocchette, pickled Padron
~ 2018 Sparkling Pinot Noir Method Ancestrale
~ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Simpatico Estate Grown

ANTIPASTI
Beef tartare, SB sea urchin, creamy bagna cauda, umami cracker
Fonduta francobolli, stinging nettles & hazelnuts
Brussel sprouts, green tehina, Aleppo chile, crispy chicken skin
Chicken liver & fava bean toasts
Rabbit ‘alla porchetta’ with white bean uccelletto
~ 1996 (Cabernet Franc/Cabernet/Merlot) Fathom Santa Barbara County
~ 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
~ 2007 (Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot) Fathom Santa Ynez Valley

CONVIVO
Lamb duo | charcoal chop, muhammara & baba ganoush, braised shoulder, spring garlic & gnocchetti ‘in cazuela’
Shaved fennel, radicchio, Manchego & late season citrus
Roman artichokes & labneh
~ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estelle VineyardBlock 15’ Santa Ynez Valley
~ 2016 Petite Verdot Fathom, Santa Ynez Valley

DOLCE
Chocolate caramel bites
~ Surprise Dessert Wines!

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Santa Barbara Inn

901 E. Cabrillo Blvd

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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