Lo-Fi from Santa Barbara is some hi-fi natty.

BY: Claire Cerda  @clairecerda

BY: Claire Cerda



Now that you’ve you've fallen in love with the Old World style Cab Franc from Chateau Yvonne that Margot wrote about last week on the blog, you should check out this New World style Cab Franc from Lo-Fi which comes from Santa Barbara, California.

Old World wines refer to wines made in countries that are considered the birthplaces of wine, mostly Europe and the Middle East. They tend to be lower alcohol and lighter-bodied, with deeper and earthier flavors. In contrast, New World style wines come from countries that used to be colonies, such as the U.S., New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Australia and South Africa. They tend to be higher in alcohol, fuller in body, more fruit-driven in flavor. Old World wines are typically bound by certain laws protecting which grapes, techniques, etc. a winemaker can use if they want to associate themselves with their region (also called French AOC, Italian DOC or DOCG, Spanish DO, etc. depending on where they are). New World wines are more often #norules and typically use whatever grapes and styles the winemaker thinks would taste best, meaning there’s a lot of experimentation. For many years, people thought New World wines were lower quality than Old World wines. After the “Judgment of Paris” in 1976, people started to gain more respect for New World wines. A panel of world-class critics selected a New World Chardonnay called Chateau Montelena from California as the best wine in a blind tasting over big selection of heavy hitters from Burgundy in France.

Lo-Fi wines follow the tradition of New World, #norules wines set by Chateau Montelena, but their expression is a balance of New World and Old World. It’s a passion project between two friends, Mike Roth and Craig Winchester. They're extremely versatile wines that are easy to drink. The Cab Franc is low in alcohol, made in neutral oak - so it does not impart flavor on the wine, relies on native yeasts for fermentation, and has little to no sulfur added when bottling. Roth and Winchester, big time record collectors, use a round LP vinyl label with a hole in the middle as the inspiration for the wine label design. When describing their wines, they say that they enjoy the spontaneous and magical parts of natural winemaking, just like the vinyl nerds that enjoy the unpredictable and unedited cracks, snaps, and pops from their records. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to honor this wine than to share a playlist with y’all that I’ve been working on for little while for the bar. Cheers!