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Jeff Fischer is the sole proprietor and winemaker for Habit, which he founded in Los Olivos in 2008, after years of making wine in his garage in Los Angeles. His first vintage was just three barrels of the Red Blend. Habit now produces seven different wines from seven different vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Fischer’s wines focus on high acidity, lower alcohol, and strive to showcase varietal character. All of the vineyards are sustainably- or organically-farmed and managed by the same vineyard management team with which he works closely. The fruit is picked and sorted by hand, and fermentations take place with both native and indigenous yeasts. Reductive winemaking techniques, punchdowns only by hand, and extended lees contact up until bottling keep the wines bright, fresh, and clean. This grenache hails from the Demetria Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley, which is farmed biodynamically and organically. It clearly takes its cues from the southern Rhone (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, etc), and is especially appealing with hearty winter roasts and stews.