Author Archive: Maggie Cribbin

What I’m drinking is Unknown!!

Hey it’s Courtney! A newbie wine rep who is having a blast tasting through the Vintage Imports portfolio. I came across a wine that I found has soul, ‘chops’ and just a powerful palate! @PeiranoWinery‘sThe Unknown!!! Mysterious, complex and just a yummy yummy wine! I blind tasted friends this past weekend at a BBQ and they could not believe this was not that other wine called…. Shhhh! (Conundrum).

Get to know "The Unknown"!

Get to know “The Unknown”!

The Unknown is rich, full bodied with jammy notes and a plummy richness. A definite ‘must have’ for the holiday weekend BBQs. Let your guests guess what varietals are in this beauty and have fun drinking it! It will be a conversation starter for sure…. (Wink)

Because Water is Boring!

image4There are a few essential items that one must pack to make that Saturday afternoon bike ride in the woods a success.


  • Machete to clear a path when the trail ends.
  • Poison Ivy Skin Cleanser
  • All in one bike tool kit
  • Light weight, unbreakable, single serve, ready-to-go-super premium Sauvignon Blanc

The Nano from Sileni Estates……. Because water is boring.


Summer is For Sancerre

Temperatures are in the 90’s for the past five days in a row. The extended forecast looks like the heat wave will continue. I’m eating lighter, with more salads and seafood listed on my “home” menu. Of course, wine is expected with every meal, so I turn to an old friend – Sancerre, in particular, Jean-Marc et Mathieu CrocheJMC sant Sancerre 2014. Simply stated, this wine is light, invigorating, and charming.

To me, Sancerre has a striking balance between a fuller-bodied Pouilly Fume and a lighter-bodied Muscadet from the Loire Valley. Sancerre is made with Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and has a pale yellow color with slightly grey overtones. It’s bouquet is undeniably expressive of its region, with interesting notes of boxwood, brush, and almonds. This wine is thirst-quenching on a hot day, with pleasant citrus fruits that add the perfect match to my field greens with sauted shrimp overtop. When I’m thinking wines for the summer, I’m always thinking Sancerre.

Cheers, Mike Conti


Lucas & Lewellen continues to impress!

llwine-logoLouis Lucas, a third generation grape grower, and Superior Court Judge Royce Lewellen met in 1975 through the Santa Maria Wine & Food Society . Louis was a well respected grower who had been supplying premium wine grapes for reputable Napa and Sonoma wineries for decades. Royce Lewellen was a passionate wine enthusiast with a vision for the future of the Santa Barbara County wine industry.

Over the next twenty-five years, the Lucas and Lewellen families would grow in a deep friendship that would serve as the foundation for Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, a Solvang, California based winery with four hundred estate acres situated among three of Santa Barbara County’s separate and distinct climate zones, three major wine labels, two popular tasting rooms in downtown Solvang, and a state of the art winery.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards has a distributor presence in 25 states and 14 countries.

August 2015 Wine Enthusiast has awarded the Lucas & Lewellen Goodchild High9 Pinot Noir 2013 93 Points!  Click below for the review.

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Davis Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 scores Big in Wine Spectator!

Davis Estates was founded with the purchase of a 155 acre property in 2011 by Mike and Sandy Dadavevis. The original winery dated back to 1900 (burned down in 1946). The property has changed significantly since the Davis Family took over ownership and is currently still being developed with a completion of the various winery projects estimated to be in early 2016. This ambitious project of restoring the historic barn, developing the hospitality center, cave, offices and winery is certainly not a typical retirement project! Eleven acres of vines are planted on site – mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller blocks of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc. Mike owns additional land on Howell Mountain, in the Carneros (source of their Chardonnay) and a small piece of producing vineyard land in Rutherford. Davis Estates is the culmination of a life long dream. Here the vision is carved from this historic site as an estate winery focused on wines of the highest pedigree.

click below for the review:

Davis Est. Cab 12 WS 91

Stop your searching. White Girl Rose is here!!!


Josh Ostrovsky – better known as “The Fat Jew” –In a partnership with “Babe Walker”, of “White Girl Problems”, have launched their own wine, White Girl Rose 2014–an easy drinking, pale-pink, California Rose.

Ostrovsky, a 30 year old Instagram star has amassed 5 million loyal followers. Their new line is now available now from Vintage Imports in all of our markets, and much like Ostrovsky himself, this one is guaranteed to be noticed!

Click below to learn more about White Girl Rose 2014

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