Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a wine tasting for two and a bottle of wine at Sort This Out Cellars (up to a $45 value) in Solvang.
With a Las Vegas–themed tasting room, Sort This Out Cellars brings unconventional charm to the wine-tasting tradition. Tasters can swirl and sip myriad small-production California wines at tastings, such as the Viva Las Vegas collection or Suited wines, both produced in Sort This Out Cellars' winemaking facilities by dutiful vintners. At the completion of the tasting experience, tempted tasters can choose to take home 1 of 11 selected bottles, including the Viva Las Vegas merlot, bursting with ripe red fruit flavors ($21), and the Suited cabernet sauvignon, which pummels tongues with a volley of bold red and black fruit flavors before calling an oak- and earth-tinged cease-fire ($25). The Suited chardonnay emits bright and crisp fruit-forward notes ($19), while the Suited muscat supplicates sweet teeth with lemon, orange, and honey flavors ($18). On Friday and Saturday nights, local Rockabilly and oldies bands bring down the house, and the tasting room is open daily.
Sort This Out Cellars
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, California 93463