An Unexpected Surprise from Santa Ynez Valley


Our recent podcast toasted a new film called “Cha Cha Real Smooth” starring Dakota Johnson, a film both Gary and I loved. It is a little surprise of a film filled with heart, humor, and thoughtfulness, reminding us of one of our favorites from last year’s favorite, “Licorice Pizza” or something Richard Linklater would create. For this little feel-good surprise, a wine that conjured up the same feel-good sentiment, a beauty from Santa Ynez Valley, Flor Sauvignon Blanc ($70) from Jonata.

Jonata is quickly becoming one of the leading producers in Central California’s Ballard Canyon appellation, within Santa Ynez Valley, an area not far from the Pacific Ocean, but inland enough to experience very hot summer days that turn into cool nights, ensuring grapes have the ability to develop full ripeness over a long growing season while locking in an essential freshness that gives a lift to the wine…

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