Who would have thought that a wine as wonderful as Fiddlehead Cellars would come from a place called “The Lompoc Wine Ghetto” (term taken directly off Fiddlehead Cellar‘s own description) ?
To understand why Fiddlehead is so wonderful, you must understand the founder – Kathy Joseph‘s- mission. And that was to infuse European beauty into domestically grown varietals (Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir) by working with grapes grown in the right place and manage them with respect in the cellar. Simple. Both varietals are celebrated for their successful “old world pedigree”; they have the opportunity to convey “sensory elegance” and both have proven to please a large range of discriminating palates.
Known as a pioneer among women winemakers, Ms. Joseph annually produces about 5,000 cases of wine with a tender and personal interest in each grape cluster, each barrel of wine and every bottle that finds its way to wine lovers all over.
One of the most common questions includes how the name Fiddlehead came to be. The story goes that 2 years into her unnamed project, Ms. Joseph was gardening in her fern bed and recalled the simple, melodic and memorable botanical term that describes the coiled frond of an emerging fern leaf….a fiddlehead! And the parallels abound.
You can experience Fiddlehead wines from time to time if you are a guest at The Santa Ynez Inn or you can visit their tasting room in Lompoc on your next visit to the Santa Ynez Valley.