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One Wine with Whole Foods: My First Wine-Tasting in 20 Years

Alexandra Williams, MA
This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market Santa Barbara. The opinions (and some of the wine) are my own, though I’d love to share with you!

 picture of the welcome table at the One Wine event Whole Foods here in Santa Barbara held a One Wine Spring Release 2014 event about a week ago, and I was invited.

As I haven’t gone to a wine-tasting in at least 20 years, and when I did it was as the designated driver, I was hopeful that I would blend in (haha, see that little joke there – One Wine is all about wine blends). Just in case my lack of knowledge was embarrassingly apparent, I brought along a ringer to help me. Turns out, the winemakers were quite friendly; not at all snooty or over my head.

picture at One Wine event in Santa Barbara

A pink shirt for the Rosé Revolution


I happen to live in Southern California’s wine country. As I live at the top of a mountain pass that leads from S.B. to Santa Ynez, I see the tour jeeps and buses loaded with visitors headed to the wineries every weekend. I mention this in case you decide to come to S.B., stop at Whole Foods for picnic items, then come up and over the Pass for a tour.

Weekend travel aside, I was a bit trepidatious when I walked into the wine section at Whole Foods for the event, as I actually felt a bit of an imposter. What if someone asked me about “legs” or “nose” or any other body part associated with wine knowledge? So I did what I do at fancy restaurants when there are too many fork choices – I watched what other people did and copied them. First thing learned: the mason jars were for pouring out any extra wine in your glass when you’re done tasting. Second thing learned; lots of snacks available!!!snacks at One Wine Santa Barbara

Actually, I learned a lot. One Wine is a collaborative effort between the So. Cal. Whole Foods markets and specific Central California winemakers. The wines selected to be part of the One Wine label are not only affordable, but also produced locally, by hand, in small batches, and support the local economy and land stewardship. For this event, Margerum Wine Company, Ampelos Cellars, Hearst Ranch Winery, and Sextant Wines were on hand.

drinking wine at Whole Foods Santa Barbara

The wine matches my jeans

I tried the 2013 Margerum Rosé (Grenache, Counoise, Cinsault), the 2013 Margerum White Blend (Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc), the 2012 Sextant Zinfandel (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah), and the 2013 Ampelos Rosé) Syrah, Riesling, Grenache), in that order. If that’s the wrong tasting order, oh well. I kind of did a circle around the room. And I asked why Petite Sirah has an “I,” while Syrah has a “Y,” and learned it has something to do with them being completely different, yet somehow related way back when. Hmm, might have to do some follow-up work on that explanation.

When I confessed my lack of wine knowledge, Rebecca Work, co-owner of Ampelos Cellars advised me to only concern myself with three questions: 1 – Is it yummy; 2 – Do I lick my lips; and 3 – Do I want more? If that’s all it takes, I’m now a connoisseur! As part of my extensive wine knowledge, I’ll share an interesting tidbit. Ampelos Cellars is the first vineyard (2009) in the U.S. to be certified in all three categories: biodynamic, sustainable, and organic.

Ampelos Cellars Wines at One Wine event Santa Barbara

I can’t say which of these wines you’ll like, but I ended up buying some of the Margerum Rosé.

Sextant One Wine Santa BarbaraAnd right on the label it says only 224 cases were produced. So if you want some of this year’s One Wine blends, you should probably hurry to one of the So. Cal. Whole Foods markets for these Spring 2014 releases. I left a few cases for you.


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7 Responses to One Wine with Whole Foods: My First Wine-Tasting in 20 Years

  1. Tara @ A Daily Dose of Fit April 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    I can’t drink wine right now because I’m pregnant. So thanks for letting me live vicariously through you and this post :-) Tell them to send some to WFMMishawaka so I can buy some for post-baby consumption!

  2. Jody - Fit at 56 April 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    I saw the IG pics – what fun! I am not a wine fan BUT I can do yummy, lick lips & want more if one ever meets mt fancy! :) I do love Whole Foods though – as evidenced by my cookie & bread pics from there! :)
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    • AlexandraFunFit April 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Oh, I know what a fan of Whole Foods you are. When we lived in MN, I would pour ice wine on ice cream. It was very decadent. And yummy.
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  3. Chloe Jeffreys April 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to go wine tasting in your part of the country. We didn’t drink when we lived in Southern California (too busy being uptight religious fanatics), but we certainly like to go wine tasting in Napa when we can.

    And, by the way, those jeans are to DIE for.
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    • AlexandraFunFit April 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      I guess you’ll just have to drive down from your Mountain, eh Chloe? I cannot picture you as a religious fanatic no matter how hard I try. Thanks for the jeans love. I got them at a jazz festival. My friends love them; my boys hate them. How dare Mom be so “out there!!!”
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  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities April 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    I am so glad you enjoyed my second home! It really is such a joyful place, right?!
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