For many years I have been a big fan of uber-talented winemaker Rick Longoria, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting numerous times. And so, I was a bit bummed to learn earlier this year that Rick and his wife Diana had sold his family’s Lompoc, California winery property, label, and inventory. They sold the winery to Brooke and Lindsey Christian of Bethesda, Maryland who have kept the Longoria brand name. The good news is that although he is semi-retired, the new owners are keeping Rick on as a winemaking consultant.
The reason I’m sharing the Longoria story is that you still have the last chance to enjoy a terrific wine made by Rick Longoria and it’s only available in one place: Log Haven restaurant.
Every year for the past few years Log Haven general manager Ian Campbell has worked with Rick Longoria to develop a signature wine created solely for Log Haven customers to enjoy.
This year’s wine is aptly named Swan Song – apt because it is Rick Longoria’s swan song at his winery – but also aptly named for the White Tundra Swans that have taken up residence at Log Haven’s pond for the past year or so.
Swan Song 2020 comes from Santa Barbara County and is a gorgeous red wine blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet France, and 3% Petit Verdot. According to Log Haven’s Ian Campbell, “Most of the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the eastern and southern parts of Santa Barbara County and the wine has classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of red and black berries, while the Cabernet Franc provides a little pepperiness. The little bit of Petit Verdot adds to the rich color and structure. Swan Song will be a crowd pleaser once it opens up in the glass.”
Swan Song 2020 was produced exclusively for Log Haven and is available at the restaurant, priced at $19/glass or $87/bottle.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.