Many times we discover wines from small wineries that far exceed our expectations, better known as diamonds in the rough. Two Papas Wines is such a winery here in our own backyard with owner and vintner Rick Pratt. Last month Rick and I were the only two people to meet at Wine 661 for The Grape of the Night wine tasting. Grenache was the selected wine varietal for the evening. Rick brought two of his Grenaches that use grapes from Santa Barbara County. The two wines were profoundly different providing a yin and yang for this varietal. The grapes from Saarloos & Sons Vineyard produced a dark, big, bold juicy Grenache verses the Thompson Vineyard grapes where elegance and beauty shined through. The brilliant red color and finesse of the Thompson wine exemplified royalty that was on par with fine Burgundies from France.
The care and quality that was put into the creation of these fine Grenache wines was fantastic. It is no secret that Michael Soujourn of Kaena is most definitely the King of Grenache from the Los Olivos area, but with Two Papas Wines, we may have a King of Grenache here in Santa Clarita.