Au Bon Climat

Santa Maria, CA USA

Established in 1982, Au Bon Climat has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris sourcing fruit from local, highly regarded vineyards including estate plantings at Bien Nacido and his own Le Bon Climat, both in the Santa Maria Valley.
Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is one of the lions of the wine industry, recognized worldwide for his classically styled wines of balance and restraint. He was essential to elevating Burgundian varietals on the Central Coast and continues to be a driving force. Among his accolades, Jim has been named Winemaker of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and Food & Wine Magazine; one of the Fifty Most Influential Winemakers by Wine & Spirits Magazine; one of the Fifty World Wide Creators of Modern Classic Wine by Oz Clark, Winemaker of the World by leading German Magazine Wein Gourmet; deemed One of the Best Wineries in the World by Robert Parker; and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.”

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