Kunin Wines

Seth Kunin, a transplanted New Yorker, first arrived on the west coast to work in California's fine dining scene, where he fell in love with wine and ended up quitting the restaurant business.

After several years working for other producers, he set his sights on producing a range of wines reminiscent of the elegant Rhône wines he loved, settling on the Santa Barbara region - California's coolest wine-growing area and until then known chiefly for its high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Scepticism of Santa Barbara's potential to grow top-class Syrah was compounded by the 1990's fashion for blockbuster-style Shiraz from Australia's Barossa Valley and California's North Coast. Fortunately, Kunin's connections with the restaurant scene and his wines' exquisite ability to compliment, as opposed to overwhelm fine cooking, meant that they found a ready market.

As we now know, California has undergone a revolution in recent years, and many other winemakers came to the same conclusion as Seth Kunin - that their State is not merely capable of producing fruit bombs, but also subtle, elegant, complex and ageworthy wines. He helped to start the revolution and he continued to lead it until he very sadly passed away at far too young an age in October 2017, leaving his wife and business partner Magan to take up the reins and continue his legacy


Our selection of wines from Kunin Wines