Rusack in the Press
A Santa Barbara Wine Country Picnic
Los Angeles Times
...our favorite of all the picnic spots at Santa Barbara area wineries has to be Rusack, the boutique winery back on the other side of Highway 101 in drop-dead gorgeous Ballard Canyon. Read the full article here.
A Laube Favorite
Santa Barbara Independant
Wine Spectator's James Laube Names Rusack As A Favorite Santa Barbara Producer Read the entire article here.
Southern California Up Close: Santa Barbara Wine Country
Los Angeles Times
When taking a look at Santa Barbara Wine Country, the LA Times’ Travel Writer , Christopher Reynolds, explores “20 good ideas in Santa Barbara Wine Country.” When meandering through Los Olivos, he also recommends “...take winding Ballard Canyon Road to do some tasting on the oak-shaded patio deck at the Rusack Vineyards.” Read his other 19 recommendations here.
Rusack Continues Its Winning Ways
Santa Barbara News-Press
...it's been onward and upward for Rusack wines. It had been a couple of years since I checked in at Rusack Vineyards winery, so it was time to revisit and taste the latest bottlings. I'm pleased to report that quality is still job No. 1 there. The winery is small and production is limited but that means what ends up in the bottle is closely watched over and the absolute best wines they can make in that vintage. Dennis Schaefer
An Island Vineyard, the Hard Way
The New York Times
“It may be among the world’s most challenging vineyards, with salty soil and over-the-top costs for transporting the grapes to the winery. Then there are the predators: crickets and yellow jackets and deer and bison. And disease, like the powdery mildew that once forced each cluster of chardonnay grapes to be washed by hand. But the worst is the wind: sea breezes that forced the vines to be covered in plastic sheets so potential grapes didn’t blow off. This is the dream vineyard of Geoff Rusack, a Santa Monica, Calif., aviation lawyer turned Santa Ynez Valley vintner, who imported the zinfandel vines of a dreamer before him to grow grapes on Santa Catalina Island, 22 miles off Los Angeles’s coast."
Read the entire article here.
“News that Alison Wrigley Rusack and husband Geoff Rusack are about to launch the first-ever wines grown on Santa Catalina Island is fresh off the press. After much buzz and speculation among vintners in the know, their debut release – an island-grown chardonnay, pinot noir and zinfandel from the 2009 vintage – is just months away (and has serious wine drinkers on a growing waiting list ready to pop the cork). But in some ways, this story really began close to 30 years ago." Click here to read the story!
Island Vineyard Bears Fruit
Wines & Vines, January 2011
With its second harvest in and first vintage bottled, Rusack Winery will debut the wines from its Catalina Island vineyard this year. The historic event represents a long-held dream. Alison Rusack’s great-grandfather William Wrigley Jr. bought the Santa Catalina Island Co. in 1919. The company still owns all developable land on the island, including El Rancho Escondido (Hidden Ranch) on the southwestern coast of the rugged, 76-square-mile Pacific island 22 miles from Los Angeles. In 2007, the Rusacks planted their first grapes at Rancho Escondido. Today, just more than 2.5 acres are planted to Pinot Noir; 1.5 acres to Chardonnay and about half an acre to a unique clone of Zinfandel. Read the entire story here.
Our first harvest at the Catalina Vineyard was recorded by the island paper, “Catalina Islander”. Click here to read about this first grape harvest on the island!