Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We get questions at our tasting room, lots of questions! And here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers! 

If these FAQs don’t answer your specific question, please email or call us and we’ll be happy to get you the answer. Better yet, come on down to the tasting room and ask in person, over a glass of wine...
  • What is the Sanger Family of Wines?

    The Sanger Family of Wines is comprised of the Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli wineries. Winemaker Brett Escalera makes all of our wines, sourced from locally-grown Santa Ynez Valley grapes. 

  • When was The Sanger Family of Wines established?

    The first release for Consilience was in 1997, beginning with a mere 397 cases of Santa Barbara County Syrah. 
    Tre Anelli appeared on the scene in 2007 and the first vintage from Marianello was 2011.

    And for a bonus answer, our tasting room in Los Olivos opened its doors to thirsty winelovers in 2004, a month before the movie,"Sideways" premiered, in which many local scenes were filmed.

     

  • Where can I taste the wines and olive oil?

    Wines from all three of the Sanger brands are available for tasting daily at our tasting room located at 2923 Grand Avenue in the picturesque village of Los Olivos, located 35 miles north of Santa Barbara.  We offer a choice of two unique flights that each have a $15 fee that is refundable with the purchase of two bottles of wine.  

    Is there more?

    Members and up to three guests always taste for free!

    We also offer complimentary olive oil and vinegar tasting. This tasting flight includes a 25 year aged Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy as well as a champagne balsamic vinegar and a pomegranate balsamic vinegar.  You can also enjoy our Lucca extra-virgin olive oil and an assortment of flavored olive oils.

    Visitors can also enjoy a glass of wine and view on our newly remodeled patio.

  • When did Marianello join the portfolio?

    Marianello was established in 2010 when Brett was commissioned by Bill and Jan Sanger to make their wines, Estelle Bianco and Cielo Rubio.  In 2013 the Sangers merged their brand with Consilience and Tre Anelli, adding the third link to our “consilience” of winemaking.  It was meant to be!

  • What does Marianello mean?

    Marianello is named in honor of William Sanger’s maternal grandparents, Maria and Nello Ercolani.

  • How many wines are produced?

    The Sanger Family of Wines makes nearly two dozen different wines among its three brands, Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli.

    Marianello produces only two wines, while Consilience and Tre Anelli offer wines made from a broad array of locally-grown varieties.

    While only a limited selection of our wine is nationally distributed, a visit to our tasting room offers a much wider range of selections for our visitors and wine club members to enjoy.

    Needless to say, you will be treated to an adventurous wine tasting experience when you visit!

    We look forward to making your visit to our tasting room your favorite stop in the Santa Ynez Valley!

     

  • What was the first wine produced?

    In March of 1999 Consilience released and sold its first case of Santa Barbara County Syrah to Santa Barbara native, John Ruiz and his wife, Angeli. We only produced 397 cases!

    Tre Anelli's first wine release was on December 1, 2007 sharing less than 100 cases each of these Italian and Spanish varietals: Verdelho, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera and Dolcetto.

    And in 2010 Marianello was established when Brett was commissioned by Bill and Jan Sanger to make their wines, Estelle Bianco and Cielo Rubio, both Italian style blends.

     

  • About our olive oil

    The Sanger Estate Vineyard and Olive Farm is the only olive grove in the United States exclusively planted to the Lucca variety. Our 1,700 trees are planted on 11 acres and have been producing high quality olives for more than a decade.

    This unusual variety is ideally suited for the Central Coast climate. In addition to its big peppery flavor, the Lucca olive trees thrive in the temperate climate of the Santa Ynez Valley and grow olives that give up a lot of oil for their size.

    The olives are milled at Figueroa Farms here in the Santa Ynez Valley, where they are ground to a paste, then malaxed (the industry's term for "mixed") helping the small oil globules meld into larger ones. The paste is then put into a centrifuge to separate the oil from the solids before being filtered and finally, is rested in barrels to settle and clear.

    Our 100% extra-virgin Lucca olive oil is intended as a finishing oil to enhance food, whether drizzled on top or used in a vinaigrette.

    For our flavored oils, the Arbequina olive is used as a foundation for the flavors. This olive has a sweet zest that enhances the aroma and taste of these flavored olive oils. At a time of low yields we source oils from known quality producers. These infused oils are produced by a small family operation here in California, as devoted to olive oil as we are. 

  • About our vinegar

    All of our flavored balsamic vinegars are produced in California. They are infused with fruit and other natural ingredients grown locally and will retain their flavor regardless of how long the bottle has been opened.

    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar, 375ml
    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar is imported from Modena, Italy, the home of true aceto balsamico. This traditional balsamic vinegar is produced by aging it in a series of progressively smaller casks for 25 years. Evaporation over time increases the mellowness, complexity and density of the vinegar, so the longer it ages, the more intense it becomes. 

    Flavored Balsamic Vinegars, 375ml
    We currently offer two flavored balsamic vinegars to enjoy and experiment with. Our champagne vinegar makes for an excellent vinaigrette, with honey, apple and pear aromatics.  And our balsamic pomegranate vinegar is a classic component for salad dressings and even cocktails.

  • Do you own your own vineyard?

     

    Yes we do! Although at the present time we source fruit from growers throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, grapes from the 40 acre Sanger Estate Vineyard will be used in the 2015 Marianello Estate wine releases. Our other vineyard is in the Santa Rita Hills AVA and its grapes go into the Consilience Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.

  • What is the fee for joining the wine club?

    There is no cost to join any of our clubs.  We charge you only for the wine released to members at regular intervals throughout the year. 

    Applicable sales tax will be charged as well as a shipping fee*, if you choose that option. 

    *see wine club details for exclusions.

    Visit our Wine Club page to learn more!

     

  • Do you ship wine outside California?

    Yes, we can ship wine to 40 states.  Please check our online store for a list of states.  We can ship our olive oil and other products to all 50 states.