Take in the vineyard views in a restored 1920’s craftsman style house on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. Our garden, with a bocce ball court and horseshoe pit, is ideal for a wine country picnic.
Can you imagine a more perfect pairing than cool, briny oysters and crisp, sparkling wine? Join us at the vineyard tasting room on Sunday, May 26th for a pop-up with Poe & Co's fresh, local oysters, hand rolls and sushi! Private chef Jamie Poe sources sustainable, Central Coast oysters for her raw bar and offers a selection of sauces to accompany. Chef Poe will be offering her signature raw oysters served with lemons and housemade sauce as well as barbecued oysters- grilled to perfection on the half shell. Along with oysters, Chef Poe will also be offering Farmers Sushi Rolls (vegetarian) as well as your choice of hamachi, tuna, salmon hand rolls. Riverbench offers a selection of estate-grown, Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Sparkling Wines. Available by the bottle, glass or tasting flight inside our 1926 craftsman house on the vineyard or outside in the garden, surrounded by the vines. Wine, sushi and oysters will be available à la carte.
Visit either Riverbench tasting room from Thursday, June 6th through Sunday, June 9th for a taste of Santa Barbara County's only sparkling wine made with Pinot Meunier. As a part of our sparkling wine tasting flight, you'll also be able to taste bubbly made from our estate grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. ABOUT THIS WINEIn 2014, we decided to fully invest in developing our grower sparkling wine program by planting Pinot Meunier. This rare grape is famous in Champagne, France, but has yet to make itself known in California; we are, in fact, the first to grow it for sparkling wine here in Santa Barbara County. We jumped in with both feet and took a chance, and this first Pinot Meunier sparkling wine is lighting up our world. The grape itself has quite a backbone, forming a sparkling wine with structure and complexity. Bright citrus and ripe blackberry plays softly in the background behind a pretty puff of pillowy yeastiness and a touch of cream. Some might get an exciting and unique note of rye on the finish. Either way, this bottling stands for something that puts a smile on your face.
Sip through a tasting of four vintages of our single clone Mesa Pinot Noir, made with grapes from the oldest block in our vineyard. There’s a special section in Riverbench vineyard that’s been affectionately termed “The Mesa” for many years now. This four acre block is one of the oldest at Riverbench, and is planted with Martini clone on its own rootstock. Year after year, the fruit from these vines makes remarkably different Pinot Noir; there is a liveliness that refreshes the palate and stirs the senses. We're heading into our library and pulling 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages for you to taste anytime on Sunday, June 16th. A limited quantity of these wines will be available for purchase.
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