Steve Arrowood

Steve Arrowood of Montemar Wines in Lompoc will be at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos on Saturday, Feb. 3, as part of the bakery’s “Meet the Winemaker” series.

Contributed photo by Montemar Wines

Adventures in wine tasting continue at Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos on Saturday, Feb. 3. Bob Oswaks, who owns the bakery, invites the public to meet winemaker Steve Arrowood and assistant winemaker Adrian Bolshoi of Montemar Wines from 1-3 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a complimentary wine tasting paired with baked treats from Bob’s Well Bread Bakery.

Steve and Caryn Arrowood, who own Montemar Wines in Lompoc, started making wine in their Palos Verdes garage in 1991, sourcing fruit from Santa Barbara County to Napa and making upwards of 14 barrels a year. As garagistes, the winemaking process was a friends-and-family experience that led to becoming a bonded winery in 2009.

In 2012, production was increased, allowing for sufficient volume (1,400 cases per year) to open a tasting room, which debuted in Lompoc’s Wine Ghetto in 2013. The adjacent winery followed in 2014.

The Arrowoods source their fruit from top vineyards in Santa Barbara County by leasing specific blocks and controlling all aspects of farming. Some of the blocks have been under their control for more than 15 years. As a vineyard-driven winery, the winemaking process is meticulous but does not differ widely within each varietal; consequently, the distinctiveness of each wine is attributable to the vineyard source and year. Montemar Wines currently averages less than 100 cases per lot.

Contact: Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, 550 Bell St., Los Alamos; 805-344-3000.

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