The Bend Bulletin: Northwest Travel: Santa Barbara: "American Riviera" sea breezes remind visitors of the Mediterranean

By Jamie Slone
Jun 10, 2015
The Bend Bulletin: Northwest Travel: Santa Barbara: "American Riviera" sea breezes remind visitors of the Mediterranean
Jamie Slone

The Bend Bulletin:
Northwest Travel: Santa Barbara: "American Riviera" sea breezes remind visitors of the Mediterranean

By John Gottberg Anderson 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A beautiful paved bicycle path follows the shoreline of the Santa Barbara Channel in Southern California. In 70-degree winter temperatures, it's a treat to ride and a great way to get a feel for this city that has become known as "The American Riviera."

Our wine of choice, for this occasion, was a 2011 BoRific red blend from Jamie Slone Wines, whose tasting room is a half-dozen blocks from Bouchon. Slone himself was present the next day to describe the dark and velvety vintage we had enjoyed: "It's a Bordeaux blend, aged for 24 months in French oak," he said. "It's 63 percent Merlot, along with Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and small percentages of Malbec and Petit Verdot."Jamie Slone is a former professional race car driver who established Jamie Slone Wines a couple of years ago with veteran winemaker Doug Margerum. His initial vintages include a chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux red blend called "BoRific."Slone's winemaker is Doug Margerum…

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