Region: Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, California
Farming/Vinification: Organic and hand harvested on the Kick-On Ranch in Santa Barbara. Husband and wife Emily Towe and Jody Brix Towe began their journey into professional winemaking almost by accident. It was 2009 and they had come to the end of volunteering in vineyards and cellars in Santa Barbara and they thought it might be fun to put their newly acquired skills to the test. Three barrels in their residential garage later, and they were hooked. Flash forward to 2021 and it’s still just the two of them (with a bit help from their kids) but their little garage is now a warehouse (that they share with other ‘garagiste’ winemakers) and their label J. Brix has grown from 75 cases into over 3,000 cases across more than 14 different wines. “We adore the variety California has to offer," say Emily and Jody. "Which means we find ourselves compelled to make tiny quantities of as many different wines as we can and, we try to add a new grape or style each harvest. Our fruit comes from a number of vastly different, soul-stirring vineyards all over the state. We use neutral vessels, native-yeast fermentation, and absolutely nothing else, with the exception of sulfur dioxide as necessary. In keeping with this minimalist approach, we choose not to fine, filter or cold-stabilise our wines. Our motto, in winemaking and life: ONLY LOVE.”
Notes: Bright and crisp off-dry bubbles with spicy citrus, tropical and clean mineral finish. Easygoing and unpretentious: great all-weather, all-occasion, easy-breezy bubbles.