Saturday, August 19
3-7 PM $12 no reservations

Los Angeles natural wine orange biodynamic organic Austria
Saturday, August 19 tasting
Meet winemaker David Laski of Solminer
3-7 PM / $12 no reservations required / 10% off any wine tasted

Solminer “Coquelicot” dry sparkling riesling Santa Barbara 2016
Solminer “Skin Ferment” grüner veltliner Los Olivos 2016
Solminer “Rubellite” syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2014
Solminer “DeLanda” Blaufränkisch Santa Barbara County 2015

We’re excited to have David and Anna de Laski of Solminer, back in the shop today to pour their poised Central Coast wines. Where most of the Central Coast takes its cues from the Northern Rhône or Burgundy, the de Laski’s vinous heart lies in Austria and they have taken the road less traveled. Anna is Austrian, and David has spent quite a bit of time there, but Mitteleuropa is more of a touchstone for them than a filial obligation. They work with the traditional aromatic varieties of Austria, grüner veltliner and riesling, but they transpose them in ways that make sense on California’s Central Coast. So, there’s grüner, but not a crunchy, mineral-packed grüner from the Wachau, but rather a dry, luscious skin contact orange wine, made by fermenting with the skins of the grapes. There’s riesling too, but made neither into dry or fruity still wine, but made into a dry, rustic natural sparkling wine, wild yeast fermented and with zero added sugar.

These are honest and beautifully balanced wines, made from organically farmed grapes and fermented with wild yeasts and aged either in neutral vat or in older barrel. Even their syrah—light and fresh rather than dark and extracted—is infected by a sensibility that’s half-way between Central Europe and the Central Coast. It’s picked early and co-fermented with a touch of riesling (much in the way northern Rhône syrah is often co-fermented with a touch of viognier), and we’ll serve it cold. We’ll taste these, plus the de Laski’s blaufränkish, a traditional Austrian variety that they thought might work well on the Central Coast, a gamble that turned out to be a good one.

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