Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We get questions at our tasting room, lots of questions! And here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers! 

If these FAQs don’t answer your specific question, please email or call us and we’ll be happy to get you the answer. Better yet, come on down to the tasting room and ask in person, over a glass of wine...
  • What is The Sanger Family of Wines?

    The Sanger Family of Wines is comprised of the Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli wineries. Winemaker Brett Escalera makes all of our wines, sourced from locally-grown Santa Ynez Valley grapes. 

  • What does Marianello mean?

    Marianello is named in honor of William Sanger's maternal grandparents, Maria and Nello Ercolani.

  • When did Maranello join the Sanger Wines portfolio?

    Marianello was established in 2010 when Brett was commissioned by Bill and Jan Sanger to make their wines, Estelle Bianco and Cielo Rubio. In 2013 the Sangers merged their brand, Marianello with Consilience and Tre Anelli, adding the third link to our "consilience" of winemaking. It was meant to be!

  • Where can I taste the wines and olive oils?

    Wines from all three of the Sanger brands are available for tasting daily at our tasting room located at 2923 Grand Avenue in the picturesque village of Los Olivos, located 35 miles north of Santa Barbara.  We offer a choice of two flights for a $12 or $15 fee that is refundable with the purchase of two bottles of wine.  

    Is there more?

    Members and up to three guests always taste for free!

    We also offer complimentary olive oil and vinegar tasting. This tasting flight includes a 25 year aged Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy as well as a champagne balsamic vinegar and a pomegranate balsamic vinegar.  You can also enjoy our Lucca extra-virgin olive oil and an assortment of flavored olive oils.

    Visitors can also enjoy a glass of wine and the view on our newly remodeled patio.

  • About our olive oil

    The Sanger Estate Vineyard and Olive Farm is the only olive grove in the United States exclusively planted to the Lucca variety. Our 1,700 trees are planted on 11 acres and have been producing high quality olives for more than a decade.

    This unusual variety is ideally suited for the Central Coast climate. In addition to its big peppery flavor, the Lucca olive trees thrive in the temperate climate of the Santa Ynez Valley and grow olives that give up a lot of oil for their size.

    The olives are milled at Figueroa Farms here in the Santa Ynez Valley, where they are ground to a paste, then malaxed (the industry's term for "mixed") helping the small oil globules meld into larger ones. The paste is then put into a centrifuge to separate the oil from the solids before being filtered and finally, is rested in barrels to settle and clear. 

    Our 100% extra-virgin Lucca olive oil is intended as a finishing oil to enhance food, whether drizzled on top or used in a vinaigrette.

    For our flavored oils, the Arbequina olive is used as a foundation for the flavors. This olive has a sweet zest that enhances the aroma and taste of these flavored olive oils. At a time of low yields we source oils from known quality producers. These infused oils are produced by a small family operation here in California, as devoted to olive oil as we are. 

     

  • About our vinegar

    Our 25 year aged balsamic vinegar is imported from Modena, Italy.

    All of our flavored balsamic vinegars are produced in California. They are infused with fruit and other natural ingredients grown locally and will retain their flavor regardless of how long the bottle has been opened.

    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar, 375ml
    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar is imported from Modena, Italy, the home of true aceto balsamico. This traditional balsamic vinegar is produced by aging it in a series of progressively smaller casks for 25 years. Evaporation over time increases the mellowness, complexity and density of the vinegar, so the longer it ages, the more intense it becomes. 

    Flavored Balsamic Vinegars, 375ml
    We currently offer two flavored balsamic vinegars to enjoy and experiment with. Our champagne vinegar makes for an excellent vinaigrette, with honey, apple and pear aromatics.  And our balsamic pomegranate vinegar is a classic component for salad dressings and even cocktails.

  • Do you own your own vineyard?

    Yes we do! Although at the present time we source fruit from growers throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, the 40 acre Sanger Estate Vineyard will be used in the 2015 Marianello Estate wine releases. Our other vineyard is in the Santa Rita Hills AVA ane its grapes go into for the Consilience Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

  • Where is the Sanger Estate Vineyard?

    It is located on the warm, eastern edge of Los Olivos, on the way to the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara.

  • Can we visit the vineyard?

    Not just yet. We're in the process of creating a facility on the property to host special events for wine club members.

  • Is there a Marianello wine club?

    With only two wines released each year, a Marianello wine club per se wouldn't be all that active. However the Marianello wines are featured in The Sanger Experience, our club that encompasses all of the wines in The Sanger Family of Wines.

  • Will there be more wines under the Marianello label?

    Bill and Jan's vision for Marianello is that there just be one Marianello white wine and a Marianello red wine (and a lot of olive oil). However, we've recently purchased a parcel of land adjacent to the vineyard so in about a decade we'll see what happens with the grapes we'll plant there.

  • Do you ship wine outside of California?

    Yes, we can ship wine to 40 states.  Please check our online store for a list of states.  We can ship our olive oil and other products to all 50 states.

  • What is the fee for joining the wine club?

    There is no cost to join any of our clubs. We charge you only for the wine released to members at regular intervals throughout the year.

    Applicable sales tax will be charged as well as shipping fee*, if you choose that option.

    *see wine club details for exclusions.

    Visit our Wine Club page to learn more!

  • How many wines are produced?

    The Sanger Family of Wines makes nearly two dozen different wines among its three brands, Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli.

    Marianello produces only two wines, while Consilience and Tre Anelli offer wines made from a broad array of locally-grown varieties.

    While only a limited selection of our wine is nationally distributed, a visit to our tasting room offers a much wider range of selections for our visitors and wine club members to enjoy.

    Needless to say, you will be treated to an adventurous wine tasting experience when you visit!

    We look forward to making your visit to our tasting room your favorite stop in the Santa Ynez Valley!