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

    Americans blithely toss off the word ‘Rhone’ as if it has some profound meaning to them. Hold on to your French-English dictionary. The Rhône Valley in Southern France is specifically what they are referring to – actually to the grapes grown there, which are now planted everywhere and are, thankfully, gaining traction and fans in the U.S.

    Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz- 2 readers -
  • Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

    … The Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards in Monterey (south of San Francisco) and Santa Barbara (just north of Los Angeles) in California. Even though northern California is cooler than southern California, both regions have similar climates due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, cool breezes and morning fog…

    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

    … with a perfectly fine dinner of crab cakes and Ahi tuna salad in the hotel restaurant, followed by my fave, a vodka gimlet with freshly squeezed lime juice at the bar, which even had a decent three-piece rock band. I sometimes complain about life on the road, but you know what? I kinda like it, especially when Gus is with me. …

    STEVE HEIMOFFin Pinot Noir Syrah Chardonnay - - 3 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 -
  • Sideways 10th Annivesary

    Fess Parker winery is called Frass Canyon in the Sideways movie Follow the characters in the movie Sideways. We have two days of adventures on the Sideways wine trail. It starts in the town of Los Olivos. Purchase your picnic food and supplies at the Los Olivos Market or Panino Café in Los Olivos.

    Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways- 3 readers -
  • #winePW 4: Sicily

    …, arancini, dishes with capers and lemons. Then there are the desserts; cannoli, Sicilian marzipan, pistachio gelato. Ultimately we decided on pistachio pesto. Pesto has been on my mind, as our basil is looking very healthy. We found several pistachio recipes, some of which included basil and or mint. In the end we chose a very simple pistachio…

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

    … of your fridge Close it with a wine preserver and put it in the fridge for tomorrow Remove the Coravin and put the bottle back in your cellar 8. What does ‘ABC’ mean to you? The alphabet. How does this relate to wine? ‘Always Buttery Chardonnay’ Drink up! ‘Anything but Chardonnay’ and it’s what I live by ‘Au Bon Climat’ in Santa Barbara. Good Pinot…

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

    …, a brilliant expression of Rhone style wines in California. Beckmen Grenache Rose – a deep rose, rich and bold but still a bright expression of rose on a hot day. Kaena Grenache Rosé - light, bright, rose petals and necterines. The perfect thing to quench your thirst and quite the opposite of the Beckmen. Kaena Larner Vineyard Grenache - highly aromatic…

    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

    … The Sta. RIta Hills from Sanford Winery & Vineyards Arguably the best part of the Wine Bloggers’ Conference 2014 (WBC14) experience was the chance to get out into the countryside of the region the conference highlighted. The Santa Barbara Vintners did their best to introduce us to the wines at the hotel, but there is something intangibly…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 2 readers -