Heading to Santa Barbara this weekend.
Any recommendations of wineries to visit?
Thinking of Witchcraft and Pence?
Thanks so much!
Stolpman, Tercero, Foxen, Dragonette, Melville, Jonata, Liquid Farms, Fiddlehead, Flying Goat (some cool bubbles), Larner, Longoria, Zotovich.
Both of those are good.
Jonata, Babcock, Brander and Grassini
I like excellent Chardonnays from Dierberg, Liquid Farm, and Deovlet. Small producers. Let us know your feedback.
Tyler, Lieu Dit, Desparada, Margerum
Dierberg for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, you have to drive a few miles but worth the trip.
If you're going to be in Downtown SB and doing tasting rooms, Jamie Sloan, Grassini and Au Bon Climat, Sanford.. SB Wine Therapy is a nice wine bar, Dani is the owner and is very welcoming, and always has her Labrador doggies there for company. FUNK ZONE is awesome. You must try the pizza at Olio E Limone.
Riverbench is a cool winery to visit, both in the funk zone or at the vineyard. Lucas & Lewellyn tasting room in solvang. Buttonwood is a cool looking vineyard, the wines are solid. I second Brander. also take a look at roblar. If you venture up to Paso Robles go to my cousins' winery Opolo. In the funk zone, check out Blair Fox, he is also the wine maker for Fess Parker that vineyard is worth a try.
Make sure you call ahead. Some of the suggestions aren’t open for walk in tastings.
Domaine de la Côte/Sandhi/all those other Raj and Sashi labels, Jonata, Ojai, and Samsara are the standouts for me. That said, it’s a dang good wine region with gems everywhere.
Hilliard Bruce and Foxen
Coquelicot for sure, Roark, and Lo-Fi
Daniel Gehrs, Andrew Murray, Loring/Cargasacchi, Zaca Mesa, Melville, Beckman (dont miss !), Babcock, Curran/D'Alfonso. One place to avoid : Blackjack ranch