Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley
If you know even a little about the history of Santa Barbara County wine country, you know Fred Brander is among its pioneers
My Santa Maria Time/Lompoc Record wine column was published today, and I’m proud to say it’s about an amazing samaritan in the Santa Ynez Valley, Fred Brander. If you know anything about Santa Barbara County (SBC) wine country, then you know Fred has a long illustrious history in SBC wine country. He’s best known for his Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernets. But did you know he’s also highly regarded by his peers for his quiet contributions to better the Santa Barbara County wine industry? It’s true, because most of what I learned about his newest contribution came from his peers.
It was after I read a story about him taking some of the Montecito debris, all from the fall and winter fires and floods, and recycling it to fertilize his vineyards, that I came to cover the story. Fred called it a win-win for SBC and his vineyard, but there’s no doubt about it, it was a truly humanitarian deed!
You can read my From the Vine column by clicking on this free link:
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