Refugio Ranch Ineseño 2012: As summer winds down, or warms up, as it tends to in Santa Barbara, it’s good to have a different white to enjoy.

Ineseño comes to the rescue. A rich, luscious blend of Roussanne (59 percent) and Viognier (41 percent) that bursts with tropical, roasted fruits and exotic spices yet is not flabby in the slightest, this wine is a treat for white Rhône lovers and will certainly convert more to that tribe.

Its big flavors still match well with meals — think mahimahi with a mango salsa, or it could even sub as your quince paste for a creamy goat cheese.

Bonus points if you knew the name is one of the extinct Chumash languages.



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