Babcock Winery & Vineyards is a 10,000 case, 65-acre winery that’s been producing fine wine since 1978. The founder, Bryan Babcock, was not only named the best winemaker of the year by the Los Angeles Times, but also the most courageous. We had a great opportunity to talk with Bryan and his wholesale administrator, Rebecca Calleja, about their wine, what makes it so unique, and how to keep it fresh before drinking. They gave us an interesting look at their process and some good advice on how to store wine.
What separates you from the competition?
A combination of wisdom, passion and an extraordinary husband/wife team. While Bryan Babcock has 31 harvests under his belt, his relentless expression of volume, balance and terroir in his wines remains a constant. In the vineyard his revolutionary farming is methodically turning the status quo upside down. In the tasting room, Lisa Babcock has created a soulful, industrial-chic, vintage inspired atmosphere that matches the passion in the wines, and is like none other in the wine business.
What can people expect from your wine?
That at each level, they are all delicious.
What is your most popular wine?
Your wine can be purchased on your website, this is a new concept for most people. How is the wine protected in the shipping process?
We package our wine with the help of environmentally safe molded pulp trays that are both biodegradable and compostable. The pulp trays stack securely in each shipment and are designed to withstand and protect our wine from the hazards of today’s distribution environment.
How long will wine tasting last, do people need to make reservations?
A typical wine tasting experience at Babcock Winery will last about 30 minutes, the experience includes tastings of select current releases and is hosted by one of our passionate and knowledgeable staff members. We ask groups of 10 or more to call the winery for reservations.
How do you recommend people store their wine?
In a relatively cool place where the temperature does not fluctuate too much. If you are going to age wines for a longer period of time, over a few years, you should lay the bottles on their sides so as to keep the corks moist and sealed. Ideally the space should not have too much UV light either.
Do you recommend customers store red and white wines separately?
No, that’s getting too geeky. Better to know where the closest cork screws are in every room.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Wisdom that grows with time and passion that grows with wisdom.
How can people contact you if they’re interested?
Our phone number is (805) 736-1455 and our address is:
Babcock Winery & Vineyards
5175 East Highway 246
Lompoc, CA 93436
Give us a call or stop by. You can also find us online at www.babcockwinery.com.