Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Spanish: [ˈsanta ˈbaɾβaɾa]) is a city in the US state of California. It is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. Situated on a south-facing section of coastline, the longest such section on the West Coast of the United States, the city lies between the steeply rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera".
Posts about Santa Barbara
    • Big release, bigger wines

      Chicken and beef destined for tortillas As we creep deeper and deeper into late autumn days, with afternoons bereft of light and evenings full of chill, we begin to search for more than a pipkin of warmth. Wine can fill the void and it is no simple folderol that we seek. The bicameral brain on one lobe wants deep, earthy reds, dynamic and changeless, the other asks for bombs with damp fuses.

    • The Future’s Not Ours To See. Que Syrah, Syrah.

      The Future’s Not Ours To See. Que Syrah, Syrah. Ballard Canyon Syrah grapes hangin’ around in July. When attending wine tasting seminars, proper etiquette requires you comport yourself with professionalism, propriety, and dignity. You will learn, as I have, that if you conduct yourself with all due decorum, chances are you’ll end up face down under a table.

      Don Carter/ winesnark.comin Pinot Noir Syrah Merlot Chardonnay- 4 readers -
    • A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

      Set out on my Santa Barbara trip yesterday around 9:45 a.m. It was still mild in Oakland, but those clouds were moving in in advance of a big storm. Which we need! Not for nothing is the 880 Freeway known as the Nasty Nimitz. They don’t allow big rigs on the 580 freeway, so the 880 gets them all, rumbling along.

      STEVE HEIMOFFin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Game of Rhône’s

    … and parts of Santa Barbara and many other areas. Some of the excellent wines I sampled included Kale Wines from Napa with their 2013 Grenache Rose’ ($22) and 2010 Alder Springs Syrah ($45); to Kita Wines from Santa Barbara and their 2011 Syrah ($32), and an exciting new player, Guyomar WineCellars out of the Paso Robles region. Most of life is pretty…

  • Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

    … or the winery, which lessens their production costs, allowing them to offer a high quality wine at a value price. The Layer Cake Chardonnay should be found in the $10-$12 range. This Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel vats, most of the wine is aged in stainless steel, but a portion is aged in 3 year old French oak barrels. Oak barrels release less…

    CHEAP WINE FINDERin Malbec Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Ballard Canyon – Syrah Incubator

    … attended at WBC included a tasting of 6 Syrahs from the area, as well as an in depth look at the AVA and those wines. We were able to taste along with some rock star winemakers and growers from Beckmen, Harrison-Clarke, Jonata, Kimsey, Larner, Rusack, Saarloos & Sons, and Stolpman. Syrah is coming of age today, and has been called one of the most…

    Luscious Lushesin Syrah- 7 readers -
  • A day in the life: My trip to Santa Maria Valley

    … Nacido and Byron’s Nielson, which was the first modern vineyard (1964) ever planted in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Maria Valley is remarkably cool despite its southerly latitude because its east-west orientation allows maritime air to funnel in. This photo of Jonathan looks toward the west; you can see that fog out there by the Guadalupe…

    STEVE HEIMOFFin Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    … famous, along with Santa Ynez. But there are also many lesser known areas, such as the tiny Happy Canyon or newly AVA’d Ballard Canyon, that produce amazing wines as well. The view from Star Lane in to Happy Canyon As with many areas that are now firmly rooted in wine culture, Santa Barbara’s first plantings were by the missionaries; in this case…

    Luscious Lushesin Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • To Santa Maria Valley, and my dinner at RN74

    … Off to Santa Barbara today, for a quick trip to the Santa Maria Valley and Cambria and Byron. I always like traveling through coastal wine country, especially at this time of the year; as you pass by the Santa Lucia Highlands, and the vast stretches of southern Monterey and the San Bernabe Vineyard – as you zip through the Central Coast…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 2 readers -
  • #winePW 4: Sicily

    … it we had a Sicilian white wine in our cellar, one we had purchased when we were last at Les Marchands in Santa Barbara. The Wine 2012 Graci Etna Bianco — medium yellow in the glass. Interesting aromas of melon and spice combine with melon, tart pineapple and hints of cedar flavors. The finish is clean. This wine has more weight in the mouth than I…

    Pull That Corkin Syrah- 4 readers -
  • Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

    … on Zinfandel: It’s the perfect “get your date drunk” wine That sweet pink stuff? It’s actually called ‘Tribidrag’, and I find it cloying I love it with BBQ and Chinese take out. 7. There’s half of a bottle left on the table after dinner, you: Manage to fit it all into your wine glass and drink it for dessert Put a cork in it and save it on the top…

    Madeline Puckette/ Wine Follyin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    … After #GoingRogue with Tercero, it was time to meander down the road a bit to Beckmen Vineyards, were the #QBP had a barrel tasting arranged with Keana and Beckman winemaker, Mikel Sigouin. I first met Mikel last year at Rhone Rangers in San Francisco, and when I mentioned that some wine bloggers were going to be in his neighborhood, he eagerly…

    Luscious Lushesin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • The Last of our WBC14 Posts. We Hope.

    … it seemed like every winery in the Santa Barbara region had some representation, why were the wineries owned by women mostly absent? Now, it is possible that Cold Heaven Cellars (owner and winemaker Morgan Clendenen), Riverbench (winemaker Clarissa Nagy), Fiddlehead Cellars (owner and winemaker Kathy Joseph) and Rideau (owned by Iris Rideau) were… 1 readers -
  • 2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling...

    … 2012 Fess Parker Riesling Pretty stoked to try some Riesling from Santa Barbara! Stone fruit, yellow and white flowers, honeysuckle, and cashews on the nose. Candied lemon rind, thyme, and floral notes on the palate with a tease of sweetness on the finish. 3/5 bones $ Riesling 12% abv Santa Barbara County, California, USA …

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  • The Personal Pursuit of Balance

    … notes finally available on the site. I’m looking forward to the changes and creative process though. I will also continue to work on longer pieces, but will do so with an eye to publishing them as eBooks on wine regions. I’ve got close to enough material on the wonderful Santa Barbara County wine region to make that my first eBook, to test out the format…

    Richard Jennings/ 3 readers -
  • Wining and whining with the #WBC14...

    …JD & The GoW at #WBC14 Opening The Goddess of Wine and First Acolyte, JD, attended the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference in fabulous downtown Buellton. The weather was perfect, the Marriott Santa Ynez and Zephyr Adventures did a good job accommodating the large group of winos...ahem...bloggers, and people were enthusiastic, outgoing, and cheerful. Mostly. This was my first WBC and will probably be…

    Goddess of Wine- 2 readers -
  • WBC14: The Sta. Rita Hills “History” Excursion

    … table. Santa Barbara Winery’s table. Santa Barbara Winery’s 2012 Pinot Noir was also a stand-out for me. Fiddlehead Cellars As was Fiddlehead Cellars’ 2013 Pinot Noir Rosé, with the dry, crisp body I love from a good rosé—the less sugar, the better for that technique as far as I’m concerned. The folks from Blair Fox Cellars contemplating…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 2 readers -