About CORDON of Santa Barbara
Crafted from grapes that naturally call Santa Barbara home. As long as my cousins and I insisted on playing hide-and-seek among the precious Grand Cru Bordeaux and Premiere Cru Burgundy in my grandfathers extensive wine cellar near Brussels in Belgium, my grandfather made sure that we appreciated the quality of the wines housed in our playground. He often opened bottles for our education. We tasted the wines and we talked about them. My enthusiasm for wine was very obviously rooted in my grandparents home where wine was simply considered a beverage to be enjoyed with a meal.
Growing up in Los Angeles with a Belgian father and Californian mother, wine continued to play a part in the most memorable meals at home and in our family travels throughout Europe. At a relatively young age, I had the privilege of sampling wines from all over the world, of learning the importance of terroir, and of recognizing the harmony that results when a certain wine and food pair perfectly. I had the opportunity to work for a French winery over a couple of summers and so began my love affair with viticulture and oenology.