We had so much fun at our third wine society event, where we learned all about D'Alfonso Curran Wines. We welcomed Kris Curran, who owns the winery with her husband, Bruce D'Alfonso. Kris started the evening by telling our guests that she welcomed any and all questions that they may have for her. They loved this, and kept asking her to tell us more and more about her craft. Not only is Kris incredbily knowledgeable about winemaking, but she also has a great sense of humor and kept us laughing all night.
Kris and Bruce are both double degreed scientists. What diffrenciates them from other winemakers is their ability to combine their science expertise with their passion for artisanship to craft their unique wines. They proudly produce four different labels- D'Alfonso-Curran, BADGE, Curran (Spanish varietals), and Di Bruno (Italian wines).
Kris and Bruce source 100% of their grapes from Santa Barbara County. They have very specific standards for the grapes that they use, all of which are based in science. For instance, they seek out grapes that have brown seeds, pulp that can slip from the seeds, and masticated skin. When crafting their wines, balance is key. They use their backgrounds in the sciences to ensure that the wines' PH levels, acidity, etc. are all in balance. All of their wines are put through a crossflow filter. This is done for many reasons, one of which being that it prevents bottle-to-bottle variation. Nearly all of the winery's white wines are fermented in stainless steel. This showcases the varietal characteristics of white wines without altering their natural qualities.
We tasted seven delicious wines: The D'Alfonso-Curran 2018 Gruner Veltliner, D'Alfonso-Curran 2017 Chardonnay, Curran 2018 Grenache Gris Rose, Curran 2017 Tempranillo, D'Alfonso-Curran 2016 Pinot Noir, D'Alfonso-Curran 2017 Pinot Noir, and DiBruno 2016 Sangioverse. The wines were phenomenal, with one guest commenting how in awe he was that the winery could charge such relatively low prices for such high quality wines. Kris responded by saying that she and Bruce simply did not get involved with winemaking for the money, but instead did so because it is what they love. "We are poor, humble people," she joked.
We had so much fun learning more about a local winery right here at The Cave. We love what we do because it enables us to interact with winemakers and learn all about their craft. Our wine society events allow us to share this opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge with our amazing customers and fellow wine enthusiasts!