Larry and Karina
Hogan - meeting them for the first time takes you
immediately to thoughts of Lonesome Dove. Partners
in everything, from tending the grapevines to
building the next piece of the puzzle that is
Sagebrush. Upon entering Sagebrush you
feel immediately at home, like you've known them
forever. Conversations range from world events
to classical composers, cycling in France to
grafting your own grape vines and producing your own
award winning wines. It's not long before
you're touring the property and listening intently
to the 15 years of history that live on through
their stories and their work.
The Hogan's are hands
on all the way. When it comes to the monthly
wine tasting dinners, Karina is your chef, as good
as they come in the kitchen, and Larry mans the BBQ
with all the passion and skill of a top Texas pit
master. Following the food preparation Larry
personally pulls the cork and pours an award
winning wine to compliment an exquisite meal.
There isn't much that
Karina and Larry can't or don't do themselves. The
Hogan's even built their own facilities which
includes a rock walled garden, banquet room, rodeo
arena and other facilities. Larry can even
tell you the exact number of bricks he laid by hand
for the floor of the banquet room. And all
those rocks.....the thousands of rocks.....each
individually placed by Larry.
You're missing the
experience of a lifetime if you don't make the trip
to Sagebrush to have a meal and enjoy the wines they
have monthly. Most of the wines are produced from grapes grown in the immediate area. With the exception of Stone Pine Estate, a Ventura appellation, the wines are of the Santa Barbara County appellation. The Stone Pine Estate grapes were planted and tended by the
Hogan's, who produce about 700 cases a year under
the Stone Pine Estate and Sagebrush Annie labels. Stone Pine Estate is a bonded winery operating under an alternating proprietorship at Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria, California.
Sagebrush Annies has
wine tasting Saturday and Sunday and monthly wine
club dinners featuring a special themed menu. Tasting by appointment during off hours is also possible with prior arrangements.
Karina plays a Prokofiev
sonata for dinner guests
Larry and Karina tending
A little history....