SANTA BARBERA, California
A big ‘ol grey post-brutalist rectangle may not seem like the incubator for Lo-Fi’s delightfully thirst quenching beauties but California is a strange place after all. Like many in the emerging scene of fresh-focused Cali wineries, Mike Roth and Craig Winchester favor a scientifically thorough approach without falling for the trickery of interventionist winemaking. Native yeast, natural malolactic conversion, minimal effective sulfur and bottling without filtration are the pillars of the Lo-Fi ethos. They embrace a Loire tinted view of California sun with an emphasis on whole-cluster ferments as they strive for clean, flirty wines that amp you up!