After having tasted a bottle of Santa Barbara County pinot noir, J. Brix owners, Emily Towe and Jody Brix Towe were bitten by the wine bug. Living in Escondido, about 30 minutes north of San Diego, they had never been to Santa Barbara wine country and had never been to the vineyard or winery that made thar particular pinot noir but they both felt compelled to investigate the wine thing furthur. They contacted the winery and made the journey to Santa Barbara where they met the winemaker who gave them a tour and showed them around. They became friends with the winemakers and the crew and before they knew it they were volunteering for harvest season. They made a few barrels of wine in their garage from purchased grapes and the wines “turned out pretty well” so they set out to open a “real” winery. These days they make small lots of wines from grapes that they purchase from Santa Barbara County, Calaveras County and even San Diego County. The ‘Limestone & Schist’ Chardonnay comes from 44 year old, own-rooted vines on Rorick Heritage Vineyard in Murphys, CA, in the historic Sierra Foothills Gold Country, a rare California vineyard site comprising the highly unusual combination of limestone and schist soils. Unfined, unfiltered and not cold-stabilized. Natural sediment will form in the bottle upon extended refrigeration. Try it anytime and up to 5 years with a grilled summer vegetable sandwich, Zatar & Lemon grilled chicken or your mom’s potato salad.