Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

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San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$54 $27

Panaro family, now in fifth generation of winemaking, draws on rich history as they transform grapes into single-varietal and blended wines

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San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$48 $24

Guests sample wines from Ventura County and the surrounding area; bar boasts friendly communal tables and Western flair

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Camarillo

$20 $10

Artisanal winery introduces guests to samples that may include Syrah blends, Viognier, and Tannat

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Solvang

$134 $35

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Visit the vineyard, learn how wine is made and the etiquette of tasting it, and enjoy five samples of the winery's Rhône varietals

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Buellton

$82 $39

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Learn to blend four different varietals using professional tools under the guidance of a blend-master; includes credit toward tapas

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Westlake Village

$64 $29

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Winery produces three unique blends of red wine each year

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J. Hamilton Wines

$80 $19

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Award-winning winemaker Justin Tatum shares insights into the winemaking process as guest taste varietals and create their own blends

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Orcutt

$20 $10

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Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

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Solvang-Santa Ynez

$48 $24

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Located in Los Olivos, Beckmen Vineyards' tasting room offers a quaint getaway with opportunity to picnic at gazebos near the duck pond

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Agoura Hills-Malibu

$52 $25

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Sample four wines from local Saddlerock or Semler wineries in souvenir glasses and share one bottle of your favorite vintage

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At tastings held daily from June to August, Jaffurs Wine Cellars tempts oenophilic tongues with five Rhône varietals. Growers in the fertile Santa Ynez, Santa Rita, and Santa Maria wine regions carefully cultivate the future intoxicants on small lots, observing high farming standards and ancient Bacchanalian rituals. With a limited production of about 5,000 cases each year, Jaffurs' winemakers can thoroughly inspect each individual grape, screening out overripe fruitlets and anthropomorphized raisins. The results are red and petite syrahs, grenache, and mourvedre wines that play pleasantly atonal chords of fruit across the palate, an aromatic white viognier with floral and peach intonations, and other varieties that croon seductive verses to receptive taste buds. A private tasting appointment, necessary for groups of more than six, may incur an additional fee ($5/person).

819 E Montecito St
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Sort This Out Cellars combines the wine selection of a boutique specialty store with the aesthetic of a Vegas diner in the 1950s. Chrome and red stools line up at the bar, and sleek vinyl loveseats are juxtaposed against wine barrels in the lounge. The winery’s aesthetic was inspired by a 1961 Rat Pack photo that recalled times of unapologetic fast living, glamour, and gambling. Because the founders wanted to avoid the sleepy, pastoral vibe of most wineries and all roadside hay-petting zoos, they embraced the rockabilly aesthetic to ensure that their digs were as exciting as their customers and wines.

Those small-batch wines are created from grapes purchased from Californian vineyards and crushed by Sort This Out’s proprietor. “This means,” a writer for Wine Country This Week noted, “he can search the state for the best grapes to crush, or in some cases the best juice from another winery to purchase, and then finish it into his own wine.” The aesthetics surrounding the wine are also important. Mid-century gentlemen’s playing cards inspired a line of bottles with pin-ups on the label matched to flavors within. Other elixirs borrow their names from poker and Vegas table games, hinting at inventive combinations of pinot grigio, viognier, and sauvignon blanc grapes. Some evenings, toasting glasses punctuate the sounds of live music. True to form, the guest bands play oldies and rockabilly tunes.

1636 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang,
CA
US

The first chapter of Brett Escalera’s and Tom Daughters’ foray into the wine industry begin in 1999 when they released their first varietal under the Consilience label—a 1997 Santa Barbara County Syrah. Eight years later, they partnered with Tom's brother Ken to found the sister label, Tre Anelli. Comparatively speaking, the two labels are very different, with Consilience drawing upon the intensity and depth of Rhone varietals and Tre Anelli emulating flavors from Italy and Spain. Both, however, are produced with grapes sourced from Santa Barbara County's top vineyards. At their shop, Brett, Tom, and Ken host daily tastings and dramatic recreations of famous spit-takes within their spacious, dog-friendly tasting room.

2933 Grand Ave
Los Olivos,
CA
US

Stolpman Vineyards' vintners pluck organically grown grapes on crisp Ballard Canyon evenings when the fruits' skin insulates their robust flavors before letting their varietals age in purebred French oak. Stroll into the tasting room to stain your taste buds with various wines, which may include the 2008 originals syrah, a dark-red vino culled from the vineyard's oldest vines. Visitors may also pick the velvety tannins of the 2008 sangiovese or swirl golden glasses of robust roussanne while discussing the pros and cons of filling the Grand Canyon with jellybeans.

2434 Alamo Pintado Ave
Los Olivos,
CA
US

Quaint stone buildings, cool dark cellars full of oak barrels, and fertile fields of grapevines—these are the images that Carina Cellars hopes to evoke with its European-style wines, which celebrate grapes that originated in the Rhone region of France. The winery sources its favored grapes from vineyards all along the central coast, especially Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley. In the late 2000s, Carina also purchased 83 acres of land it called Rancho del Cielo—“ranch of the sky,” after its steep slopes—to grow its own vines of viognier, syrah, grenache, and other grapes. Though Carina Cellars’ wines are manufactured using Old-World techniques and grapes, the terroir of California’s central coast shines through to define each style. Its whites feature a smooth 2006 viognier from Stolpman Vineyard, whose limestone soil adds a hint of minerality to the flavors and aromas of fruit before a butterscotch finish. In addition to several single-vineyard reds and carefully harmonized red rhone blends, Carina Cellars cultivates a list of reserve wines that includes Iconoclast, its rich flagship blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Iconoclast's initial earthy aroma gives way to lush currant notes and a mocha finish, showcasing the care with which it was aged in small batches. Vintner Joey Tensley found his calling at the tender age of 12, when a radioactive wine bug bit him in a Bordeaux winery. He broke into the business 10 years later in 1993, eventually establishing his own brand that exclusively creates vineyard-designate syrahs. In 2002, he partnered with longtime enophile and businessman David Hardee to create Carina Cellars.

2900 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos,
CA
US

The impressionist painters who inspired winemaker Bion Rice raised shimmering mirages in which soft-edged daubs of paint seem to grant motion to ballerinas or swaying river rushes. At Artiste, Bion draws inspiration from their work, attempting to raise distant landscapes with grapes rather than rough brushstrokes. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes call up the sun-steeped fields of the Napa Valley, and chardonnay grapes carry one away to the Russian River Valley on straw-hued sweetness. Bion calls the blends “impressionist cuvees,” and he produces small batches of them, their corks sealed beneath thick, hand-dipped cloaks of crimson wax.

The bottles are labeled with colorful impressionist paintings, and in a tasting room and studio, the harmonious relationship between wine and art is even further cemented. The whisper of brushes on canvas drifts from paint-dappled tables, where guests bring to life sweeping forest vistas or criminal lineups of pine trees. A rotating array of paintings lines the walls, including works from artists such as Aldo Luongo, an Argentinian artist whose contrasting colors and rippling brushstrokes seem to gaze up from a clear lake. Wine glasses chime together, punctuating the lilting rhythm of classical guitarists or the constant weeping of trombone players during live music events.

2948 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos,
CA
US