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Frequently Asked Questions

We get questions at our tasting room, lots of questions! And here are some of the most frequently asked questions, along with our answers.  If these FAQs don’t answer your specific question, please email or call us and we’ll be happy to get you the answer. 

  • What does Consilience mean?

    “Consilience” as a word was first defined by the 19th century philosopher, William Whewell, as a way to describe the interlocking explanations of cause and effect among disciplines. A more casual definition is that it is the “unity of knowledge.” 


    Consilience describes the act of concurrence or coincidence, the coming together of fact-based theories or inductions/deductions to support a common ground of explanation for an occurance or hypothesis.


    We ran across the word while kicking ideas around for our winery name. It seemed to explain the way we came together as partners, putting a word to the way that our divergent background experiences were being meshed together to create a connected and coherent business entity with the goal of making extraordinary wine.


  • Where can I taste the wines?

    Wines from all three of the Sanger brands are available for tasting daily at our tasting room located at 2923 Grand Avenue in the picturesque village of Los Olivos, located 35 miles north of Santa Barbara.  We offer a choice of two flights for a $12 or $15 tasting fee that is refundable with the purchase of two bottles of wine.  


  • What is The Sanger Family of Wines?

    The Sanger Family of Wines is comprised of the Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli wineries. Winemaker Brett Escalera makes all of our wines, sourced from locally-grown Santa Ynez Valley grapes. 

  • About our olive oil

    The Sanger Estate Vineyard and Olive Farm is the only olive grove in the United States exclusively planted to the Lucca variety. Our 1,700 trees are planted on 11 acres and have been producing high quality olives for more than a decade.

    This unusual variety is ideally suited for the Central Coast climate. In addition to its big peppery flavor, the Lucca olive trees thrive in the temperate climate of the Santa Ynez Valley and grow olives that give up a lot of oil for their size. 

    The olives are milled at Figueroa Farms here in the Santa Ynez Valley, where they are ground to a paste, then malaxed (the industry's term for "mixed") helping the small oil globules meld into larger ones. The paste is then put into a centrifuge to separate the oil from the solids before being filtered and finally, is rested in barrels to settle and clear. 

    Our 100% extra-virgin Lucca olive oil is intended as a finishing oil to enhance food, whether drizzled on top or used in a vinaigrette.

    For our flavored oils, the Arbequina olive is used as a foundation for the flavors. This olive has a sweet zest that enhances the aroma and taste of these flavored olive oils. At a time of low yields we source oils from known quality producers. These infused oils are produced by a small family operation here in California, as devoted to olive oil as we are. 

  • About our vinegar

    All of our flavored balsamic vinegars are produced in California. They are infused with fruit and other natural ingredients grown locally and will retain their flavor regardless of how long the bottle has been opened.

    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar, 375ml
    The Cask 25 Balsamic Vinegar is imported from Modena, Italy, the home of true aceto balsamico. This traditional balsamic vinegar is produced by aging it in a series of progressively smaller casks for 25 years. Evaporation over time increases the mellowness, complexity and density of the vinegar, so the longer it ages, the more intense it becomes. 

    Flavored Balsamic Vinegars, 375ml
    We currently offer two flavored balsamic vinegars to enjoy and experiment with. Our champagne vinegar makes for an excellent vinaigrette, with honey, apple and pear aromatics.  And our balsamic pomegranate vinegar is a classic component for salad dressings and even cocktails.

  • How long have you been producing wine?

    Consilience came together in 1999 when original partners Tom Daughters and Brett Escalera made their first Syrah. This led to further exploration into wine made from French grape varieties, expanding to grapes from other Mediterranean wine regions over the years. 


  • How many wines are produced?

    The Sanger Family of Wines makes nearly two dozen different wines among its three brands, Consilience, Marianello and Tre Anelli.

    Marianello produces only two wines, while Consilience and Tre Anelli offer wines made from a broad array of locally-grown varieties.

    While only a limited selection of our wine is nationally distributed, a visit to our tasting room offers a much wider range of selections for our visitors and wine club members to enjoy.

    Needless to say, you will be treated to an adventurous wine tasting experience when you visit!

    We look forward to making your visit to our tasting room your favorite stop in the Santa Ynez Valley!


  • Do you ship wine outside of California?

    Yes, we can ship wine to 40 states.  Please check our online store for a list of states.  We can ship our olive oil and other products to all 50 states.

  • What is the fee for joining the wine club?

    There is no cost to join any of our clubs.  We charge you only for the wine released to members at regular intervals throughout the year. 

    Applicable sales tax will be charged as well as a shipping fee*, if you choose that option. 

    *see wine club details for exclusions.

    Visit our Wine Club page to learn more!

  • May I bring my dog wine tasting?

    We welcome canine visitors as long as they remain on a leash and can quietly enjoy the company of other wine lovers (both two and four-legged types) 

  • Do you own your own vineyard?

    Yes we do! Although at the present time we source fruit from growers throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, the 40 acre Sanger Estate Vineyard will be used in the 2015 Marianello Estate wine releases. Our other vineyard is in the Santa Rita Hills AVA ane its grapes go into for the Consilience Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

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