Honoring Jim Clendenen’s Birthday Month


Cheers to the man, the myth, the legend—Jim Clendenen! Even though he may be sipping on celestial wine in the great vineyard in the sky, we’re keeping the party alive right here for his 71st birthday. Join us for a wild 2-day celebration on January 13-14th that even Jim himself would approve of!

Get ready to embark on a vinous journey as we uncork some of Jim’s finest creations at our library tasting. Let’s raise our glasses to the man who made our glasses worth raising. Jim Clendenen may be gone, but his spirit lives on in every bottle. Let’s make this birthday celebration as wild, fun, and easy-going as Jim would want it to be! The following Clendenen Family Vineyards wines will be poured…

  • 2014 Gewurztraminer 
  • 2007 Sanford & Benedict Riesling 
  • 2015 Rancho La Cuna Pinot Noir
  • 2004 Rancho La Cuna Syrah/Viognier 
  • 2006 Bien Nacido Petit Verdot 
$45 per person | $20 for Wine Club Members

Get your creativity flowing as we dive into tie-dye fun with the talented Nathan Burns-Sprung from SB LIQUID BURNS. Unleash your inner artist and create a masterpiece that’s as vibrant and unique as Jim’s personality. Santa Barbara Tie-Dye Maker, Nathan, will guide you through the creative process, ensuring you leave with a wearable work of art.

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

* Limited availability, so grab your spot now and let the tie-dye magic begin!

$50 per person
  • 2-hour tie-dye workshop with Nathan
  • Your very own tie-dye t-shirt
  • Tasting of 4 wines
  • A truckload of fun and laughter!

CFV Month at Au Bon Climat

Honoring Jim Clendenen’s Birthday Month with 15% off Clendenen Family Vineyards Wines Through january 31st!

Happy Birthday to The Mind Behind! January is Jim Clendenen’s birthday month. We acknowledge and honor our iconic founder’s talent and vision, and personally miss his wit, candor, and joy of life often expressed through his colorful, loud shirts. We are celebrating Jim’s life in style featuring his Clendenen Family Vineyards wines—and we are doing it all month long!


Jim Clendenen left an indelible mark on the wine industry as wine pioneer, mentor, ambassador, and impresario. He was beyond legendary. He was a winery rock star with the hair and swagger to match. Jim didn’t just walk the walk; he paved the road. He was everything a winemaker wanted to be. He made great wines because he fiercely followed his principles. He refused to bow to fashion, making elegant wines when it wasn’t cool to be elegant. Santa Barbara County wine industry would not be where it is today without him. He mentored many, influenced even more. Articulate, knowledgeable, well-traveled, passionate, and uncensored with a biting humor, Jim was an icon that wine cognoscenti gravitated to.


Clendenen Family wines came into being in 2000 based on Jim’s concept of developing a legacy winery that would be unfettered by the demands of commerce. This opened the door to other styles and varietals beyond Chardonnay and Pinot Noir inspiring Jim to explore other options. Each new direction was thoughtfully evaluated and then given full support. Clendenen Family became a project of passion, a creative outlet. Wines were made in small quantities, with some as little as a few barrels. The portfolio of wines continually evolved as opportunities arose and shifted. It continues to do so today. This is not a secondary label. Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family wines share Jim Clendenen’s essential principle: to create intriguing wines of balance, character, and elegance. These are wines to be enjoyed with a great meal, lively conversation, and good friends.


Clendenen Family wines embrace diversity. The range of varietals are mostly French in origin, representing the wine regions of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône, Loire Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, Savoie, and Alsace. The Italian varietals feature the wine regions of Piedmont and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Winemaking follows traditional Old World protocol creating exemplary wines with a New World twist. Essential principle: to create intriguing wines of balance, character, and elegance. These are wines to be enjoyed with a great meal, lively conversation, and good friends.

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.