Santa Barbara, California’s Carr Vineyards & Winery is releasing their 2013 Marie’s Pinot Noir tomorrow, May 1, 2015, with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research. Very limited in production, and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Marie’s Pinot Noir is limited to a mere 50 cases.
The idea to create this very special 2013 Pinot Noir came from entertainment industry icon Budd Carr, who lost his mother to Breast Cancer when he was just 10 years old. Carr has served on the Executive Committee of the City of Hope’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group for over fifteen years. Budd’s son Ryan is the owner and winemaker of the Carr Winery and has been making award-winning wines in Santa Barbara California for the past 15 years. For this offering, Ryan hand selected the finest Pinot Noir grapes from two of his Sta. Rita Hills vineyards to create a wine in memory of his grandmother he never met.
Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara. Owner & Winemaker, Ryan Carr established the winery, in 1999. All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards and are made in a traditional winemaking style to capture the essence of the grape varietal and region. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah.
About Budd Carr
Budd Carr is one of the film industry’s top talents in the field of Film Music Supervision best known for his work with Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone. He has supervised over 80 films and worked with many renowned directors in addition to Stone including Michael Mann, James Cameron, Terry George, Norman Jewison, Mike Newell and Tate Taylor.
Budd began his professional career as a music agent with the national talent agencies, representing acts including The Cream, James Taylor, Carole King, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, and Eric Clapton. Launching his own management company in 1980 he handled the careers of multi-platinum acts Kansas, Captain & Tennille, Heatwave, Asia and Slaughter.
About Ryan Carr
Ryan Carr is the owner and winemaker and grower for Carr Vineyards & Winery. Growing up in Southern California, Ryan always had an interest in farming, but never expected he would end up in the wine industry. After graduating from the University of Arizona with an Art degree, Ryan moved to Santa Ynez Valley in California where he discovered his passion. With just a taste of some of the local wines he decided to pursue a career in viticulture. He began working in the fields pruning vines with one of the local vineyard management companies.
Once the harvest of 1998 arrived, Ryan had the opportunity to work at Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria where he got the chance to make wine with several different wineries. After learning the basics of making wine and working with many great winemakers, Ryan decided to produce his first vintage. In 1999 Ryan made a Cabernet Sauvignon in his garage from grapes he helped to grow at a vineyard down the road. The vintage was whopping 10 cases and was given away to friends and family. To his surprise people loved the wine. Ryan decided the best way to make wine was from grapes, he, himself, had grown. With this belief in mind, Ryan and his friend Andy Kahn (winemaker for the Kahn Winery) started a vineyard development company. This partnership not only enabled Ryan to grow grapes, but he also became the assistant winemaker for the Kahn Winery. In trade for Ryan’s time in the winery he earned the opportunity to make his first commercial vintage. Over the years, Ryan honed his winemaking and grape growing skills. By 2004 the Carr Winery was making just over 1000 cases and had become nationally recognized.
By 2006 Ryan had helped build three wineries and planted over 200 acres of grapes in Santa Barbara County. Finally working on a winery of his own, Ryan opened Carr Winery in Downtown Santa Barbara in the Spring of 2007. One of only four full production wineries and tasting rooms in the downtown area, Carr Winery wines and the facility have since received many accolades and awards. Ryan continues to focus on producing some of the finest wines in Santa Barbara County.
The wine, which will be released tomorrow, May 1st, is available for pre-order now: http://bit.ly/1Iab3LE – just in time for Mother’s Day.
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