Happy 70th Birthday, Jim!

Celebrating Jim clendenen all month LONG…

In honor of Jim’s birthday month, we’re offering 15% off Clendenen Family Vineyards wines, Jim’s passion project label, through entire month of January!

Jim Clendenen through the years

“Life is a Banquet, and Most Poor Suckers Are Starving to Death.” – Auntie Mame

Jim Clendenen enjoyed a good party. If he wasn’t going to one, he would create it. It was hard to tell the difference between work and play since it was one in the same to him.  In essence, his life was a party! Being a good businessman and living every moment to the fullest is a balance hard to manage. Jim traveled continuously but every year in December he traveled to another continent (or two) for a 3-4 week luxury vacation enjoying whatever location he landed in to the hilt – with a little work thrown in. Ideally his kids Isabelle and Knox would join him. There were trips to from Antarctica, the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, to Japan, always frequenting the best restaurants, no matter how obscure or costly. Each trip culminated in celebrating his birthday on Jan. 11th in style, before returning. It’s that joie de vivre we are trying capture. This would have been Jim’s 70th birthday and we decided to celebrate it for him – Jim Clendenen style. Join us in the celebration!

January 2023 CFV WIne Special

Start the year off right—join the Au Bon Climat Wine Club ! Members enjoy exclusive releases, discounts on special tastings & events, and Au Bon Climat wines delivered right to your doorstop at 15-25% off!

Plus, for the month of January, combine your wine club discount with our Clendenen Family Vineyards 15% off promotion to enjoy maximum savings!▲

Join us January 14th & 15th


Join us in celebrating the big man’s Birthday—Jim style. Wild, colorful tees or loud Hawaiian shirts are encouraged! Shirt participants eligible for prizes! Share your Jim stories with other devotees while enjoying the wide range of Clendenen Family wines at the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Tasting Room.


40th Anniversary Winery Open House

Sunday, July 31 ~ 12-3 pm

Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist holding glasses of red wine standing in front of wine barrels

Jim Clendenen started Au Bon Climat the same year Bob Lindquist (formerly of Qupe, now Lindquist Family) established his first winery in 1982. They have been making wine together ever since under the same roof. It’s been almost five years since our last open house, and we thought this was a good time for another party. Come celebrate! As we have in the past, we have asked the other wineries we work with to participate.

There will be an ocean of wine – special library wines. big bottles, current releases, and bargain wines for sampling and buying – not just from ABC but from the other wineries and brands including Lindquist Family, Verdad, Hitching Post, Clendenen Family, Vigneron, Bevela, Barham Mendesohn, and more. The event includes a Santa Maria Style BBQ created by our talented Cellar Master Enrique Rodriguez.

  • Meet the Winemakers
  • Over 60 wines
  • Library Wines & Big Bottles
  • Santa Maria Style BBQ
  • Vineyard Setting
  • Early Entrance for Wine Club Members

he event is from 12-3 pm, however, wine club members get an early entrance of 11 am. Club Members may purchase up to 4 tickets at the member price of $25 each. All other tickets and General Admission are $50 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance by July 25th through Tock. No refunds after July 18th. For General Admission tickets, purchase below. Wine Club Members, please email the tasting room for your special link. For questions, contact the tasting room at 805-963-7999 or email info@aubonclimat.com.