The climate in the Santa Rita Hills AVA is heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean.
The climate in the Santa Rita Hills AVA is heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Credit Video Still: Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance

Wine Spectator is out with its Top 100 Wines list for 2014, including wines from producers wordwide, and only one California wine cracked the Top 10 this year.

Lompoc’s Brewer-Clifton 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills came in at No. 8.

One of the winery’s founders, Greg Brewer, says when he found out about the ranking he was just as thrilled for the Lompoc area as he was for his winery.

Brewer-Clifton sources the grapes for the winning vintage from the acclaimed Santa Rita Hills appellation (AVA). Brewer says he’s watched this area grow from its first plantings to official recognition as an officially designated growing region, and is happy to see the positive feedback its grapes are now receiving.

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