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
    • A Toast to 2014

      As 2014 comes to a close, we toast to the coming new year with a smattering of snapshots from our holidays. We’re grateful for every wonderful wine we’ve had the pleasure of sipping this year, and for all you who have followed our adventures and joined us in our merriment. Cheers and Happy New Year! Our fascination with Riesling continued, as we sipped the lovely, honey-ting ...

      The Thirsty Kitten- 5 readers -
    • World of Pinot Noir

      Calling all Pinot Noir lovers to California’s beautiful Central Coast for a weekend extravaganza of celebration, education, and tasting of our beloved grape! Join upward of 200 top Pinot Noir producers from around the world on March 6-7, 2015, for the fifteenth World of Pinot Noir festival at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara.

      Letting the Wine Speakin Pinot Noir- 7 readers -
  • Camp Fire Wines

    … and trying them randomly….2009 was indeed a superb wine. Soft cherry fruit, pepper, bramble, hint of clove spice, mint – we had these with wild boar and sage sausage and merguez, with harrissa mayonnaise. Being from California I’ll always have soft spot for zinfandel, this guy is a benchmark for the rest. 2009 Ridge Geyserville Me and Bonny Doon…

    Spiltwine- 2 readers -
  • Larner Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

    … Oftentimes when I visit a winery, I find that I enjoy meeting the people involved in making the wine just as much as I enjoy the wine itself. Such was the case when I visited Larner Vineyard & Winery in Los Olivos, CA. Larner Wines I’m fascinated by the winemaking process and am always excited when I get to chat with a winemaker I admire…

    Wine-ding Road Blogin Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Quick Sip: Tenshen 2013 Red Wine

    … Hello Friends, Today’s Quick Sip is the 2013 Tenshen red blend from California’s Santa Barbara County. Tenshen is a collaborative effort between winemakers Joey Tensley of Tensley Wines and Alex Guarachi of Guarachi Family Wines. The label’s name [Tenshen] is a play on words, as both Joey and Alex pursue what they believe is the most elusive…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spot- 4 readers -
  • Keyed Up

    … As cliche as it might sound, the Key to Wine Country event really did unlock some new tasting room doors…I think that sounds better than, I got keyed at Key to Wine Country, not sure if that even makes sense. Regadless the “keys” thing is put on by the Santa Barbara Vintners Association. You pay $100 for your ticket and there is a bevy…

    Spiltwinein Syrah Merlot Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Big release, bigger wines

    … it lacks in porcine caramelization it makes up for in candied flowers, dense all-day cake and smoked beef ribs. So much rub (with too much brown sugar) needs slow cooking to assimilate, so wait a few years. This reminds me of good value Napa Petite Sirah (no relation) but for Lodi, at this price, this is the finest Syrah to be found. Great acidity, verve…

  • A day on the road: My drive to Santa Maria

    … was frantic that he’d miss his plane, but we got to the airport in plenty of time. But he was so nervous that I parked at the airport and accompanied him into the terminal, where we had coffee. So that’s my Jacques Pepin story. Just before the 237 exit I saw why traffic was so backed up: a horrible accident. The fire department was loading someone onto…

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

    … Barbara make nothing but Rhone wines and such is the dedication of many winemakers that they are practically obsessed with these wines. And that’s good for everyone. So this is a chance to sample different things, new things, diabolical things! Rhone grapes do very well in many parts of California, from the Sierra Foothills, to Napa, Paso Robles…

  • 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

    … Wrapping up my week in Buellton at the Wine Bloggers Conference, the focal tasting seminar on Ballard Canyon and its Syrah was the highlight of the conference for me. One of the newest AVAs, Ballard Canyon was established within the Santa Ynez Valley in 2013. Long known as an excellent source for Grenache and Syrah, the area is a long, thin…

    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

    … in to the terroir, viticulture, and wines of Santa Barbara County. This was an amazing way to kick off the weekend in Buellton, and firmly planted Santa Barbara’s diverse growing regions as one of my favorite California wine regions in my personal wine bible. In the county, there are many well known areas – Sideways made Los Olivos, Buellton, and Solvang…

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

    … with gnocchi, and at the end of the meal, when the server brought a little plate of chocolates and other sweet dainties, that Burgundy was a fine partner. As I ate my first little chocolate and sipped the wine, and before I could say anything, Sur observed – correctly – “Stripped away the fruit, didn’t it?” “Yes,” I replied, “but still a good…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 2 readers -
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