Pico at the Los Alamos General Store Restaurant continues the Explore the Central Coast Winemaker Series on May 27. Seating for the three-course paired meal are available by reservation, 5-8 p.m.
The second wine in the series is Lumen with winemaker Lane Tanner, pairing her 2019 Lumen Pinot Gris Sierra Madre Vineyard, 2017 Lumen Grenache Martian Ranch Vineyard (pre-release) and 2019 Lumen Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard wines.
Tanner was the first independent female winemaker in Santa Barbara County, and the first to dedicate her entire winery to Pinot Noir.
A pioneer in the Santa Barbara County wine region, Tanner’s knowledge of the Santa Maria Valley dates back to her first vintage in 1981, as oenologist for Firestone. She later made wine for Zaca Mesa and the Hitching Post, and finally under her own label, 1989-2009.
Tanner’s wines are notable for being low in alcohol and sulfites, a practice she continues to this day. She holds fast to her winemaking philosophy — scores be damned. Her wines were always more old-world in style, and built for aging gracefully. Ironically, her winemaking style has now come back into vogue.
Tanner will speak with each of the guests as the wine is poured.
Pico chef John Wayne Formica has planned a three-course menu to pair with each wine following Pico’s ethic of simple ingredients, sourced from local farms committed to sustainable practices.
Reservations are available here.
The next wine and wine pairings in the series is scheduled for June 24 (Mike Roth, Lo-Fi); July 29 (Karen Steinwachs, Buttonwood); Aug. 26 (Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat); Sept. 30 (Dieter Cronje, Pres q’uile); and Oct. 28 (Ernst Storm, Storm Wines).
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