Gamlin Whiskey House Welcomes Level 1 Wine Sommelier

24 May

Gamlin Whiskey House is elevating its wine program.

Caitlin Martines, a Level 1 sommelier (pictured above), will help guide the program, which includes the recent addition of four Sine Qua Non wines. The Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante ’12, Syrah “Touche” ’12 and Syrah “Piranha Waterdance” ’14 were rated 100 points each by Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate. The Sine Qua Non Grenache “Shakti” ’14 received 98 points.

“We recently expanded our wine storage, which opened up an opportunity to bring in some fantastic new wines, such as the Sine Qua Non selections, for our guests. As we continue to grow our wine program, Caitlin’s training and experience as a certified sommelier will be invaluable,” owner Derek Gamlin says.

Sine Qua Non wines are made in Ventura, California, near the source of the fruit in the vineyards of Santa Barbara.

Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante ’12 was made using grapes from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was aged for 33 months in 27 percent new French oak.

Sine Qua Non Syrah Touche ’12  was aged for 40 months in 78 percent new French oak. It is a blend of 93 percent Syrah, 5 percent Petite Sirah and 2 percent Viognier from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills.

Sine Qua Non Syrah Piranha Waterdance ’14 is a blend of 81 percent Syrah, 8 percent Petite Sirah and 11 percent Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano, and aged in 54 percent new French oak.

Sine Qua Non Grenache Shakti ’14 was made using fruit from the Cumulus Vineyard, Eleven Confessions, the Third Twin and Bien Nacido vineyards, and was primarily aged in neutral barrels.

“Beyond their dedication to crafting incredible, very small batch wines, Sine Qua Non brings some creative elements to their wines. For example, each one has a unique name, and winemaker Manfred Krankl creates the artwork for each label,” owner Lucas Gamlin says.
The Sine Qua Non wines are now available by the bottle at Gamlin Whiskey House. The Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante ’12 and Syrah Touche ’12  are $600 per bottle, and the Syrah Piranha Waterdance ’14 and Grenache Shakti ’14 are $400 per bottle.