Santa Barbara

    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…

    2 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

    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…

    6 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

    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…

    7 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    A day in the life: My trip to Santa Maria Valley

    …, a restaurant considerably “more approachable” (Fred’s words) than its predecessor, The Dining Room, which always got high marks from the critics but is no longer in tune with the weltanschauung. I personally don’t like it when a waiter puts a napkin in my lap. “Thank you, but I can do that by myself.” The overly-formal clearly is on the way out in favor…

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

    … Junipero Serra arrived in 1782, prior to establishing the mission in 1786. Santa Barbara became the center of the mission winemaking culture, with 45 vineyards, 260 acres and 17 winemakers, but of cousre all of that died when Prohibition came in to place. Wine stayed dead in Santa Barbara until well in to the 1960s, when the Amerine Winkler Scale…

    6 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    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…

    2 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Sideways 10th Annivesary

    …, turn left and watch for the signs leading to Foxen Canyon Road. Follow Foxen Canyon Road as it takes you over beautiful mountain views of vineyards and farm lands. When you get to the stop sign turn left. This is Zaca Station Road and Firestone will be a mile down the road. Firestone Vineyards The Firestone winery is one of the original wineries…

    3 readers - By Joe Becerra/ Wine Country Getaways

    #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…

    4 readers - By Pull That Cork

    Are You a Wine Snob? (Quiz)

    … will do, no biggie 4. Free wine is: Dangerous… I’ll drink it all! A beautiful thing Not to be trusted Worth investigating 5. A friend offers you a glass of Charles Shaw Wine, you: Bottoms up! I’m not familiar with this brand, is it good? You’re kidding me right? The white is actually quaffable, especially on a hot day 6. What are your thoughts…

    6 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

    Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories

    … and floral, with dried herbs and banking spices wrapped around bright cherries and raspberries. Kaena Tiera Alta Syrah - Luscious blackberries, cassis and grilled meat, bacon fat and gingerbread Thank you for such a great visit! If you find yourself in Los Olivos, be sure to stop in and taste both Beckmen and Kaena. You won’t be sorry! Google The post Kaena & Beckmen: One winemaker, two stories appeared first on Luscious Lushes - a wine, food, and travel blog. …

    3 readers - By Luscious Lushes

    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 - By oddballgrape.com

    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 …

    By Shiba Sommelier

    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…

    3 readers - By Richard Jennings/ RJonWine.com

    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…

    2 readers - By Goddess of Wine

    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…

    2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell