Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County, officially the County of Santa Barbara, is a county located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California, on the Pacific coast. As of 2010 the county had a population of 423,895. The county seat is Santa Barbara and the largest city is Santa Maria. The county is part of the Tech Coast.
Posts about Santa Barbara County
    • Tanner DaFoe’s Cabernet Sauvignon

      What could a former snowboarder and a former investment banker do but get together and make wine. Not just wine but cabernet sauvignon in Santa Ynez Valley, in the Central Coast’s southern Santa Barbara County? Jeff Tanner is the former investment banker and Rob DaFoe is the former snowboarding pro, and their enterprise is Tanner DaFoe Wines, a producer of minuscule amounts of ...

      Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Headin Cabernet Sauvignon- 11 readers -
    • Historic Rancho Sisquoc WInery & Vineyard ~ Angus to Vines

      Dating back to the 1850’s the 37,000 acre Rancho Sisquoc is part of a Mexican land grant, snaking along the Sisquoc River 14 miles east of Santa Maria. The Chumash Indians called this pristine land, “Sisquoc”, meaning gathering place. And what a gathering place Rancho Sisquoc Winery has become! Originally a cattle ranch with plots of beans and barley, today, over 300 acres are planted in vines.

      Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!in Cabernet Franc- 9 readers -
  • The Wines of Bianchi Vineyards

    Everybody has a dream. In 1974 Glenn Bianchi and his father, Joseph invested in a winery in the Central Valley of California. That was just the beginning. In 2000 Glenn purchased 40 acres on the East side of Paso Robles and it is here that he built his winery and hospitality center. Their Heritage Selection comes from the grapes grown in their vineyards.

    Debbie Gioquindo/ Hudson Valley Wine Goddess- 5 readers -
  • World of Pinot Noir

    … Robinson with winemaker panelists from Austria, South Africa, Chile, New Zealand, Canada, and featured Burgundy producer Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy. A three-course gourmet lunch follows, created especially to pair with the wines. Friday Focus Tasting featuring Pinot Noir from some 100 producers with whom you can chat while also savoring…

    Letting the Wine Speakin Pinot Noir- 7 readers -
  • Look Both Ways Before Crossing

    …. Another eye-opener in 2014 was my formal introduction to the wines of Santa Barbara County. Over the years I had enjoyed a bottle or two from a few of that county’s AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), but really had no coherent understanding of the producers in that part of California, much less any real idea of what the area was capable of. That all…

    Tom Riley/ THE GRAPE BELTin Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Wine Trail Traveler 2014 Year in Review

    … a wine certification course, the CWAS, California Wine Appellation Specialist. Taking the course and traveling to the different appellations at the same time made the AVAs come to life and one begins to notice the difference in wines produced from the different areas. Steven Spurrier led our tasting of 48 Santa Barbara County wines. Another lifetime…

    Wine Trail Traveler- 10 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 -
  • 10 Bullets: 2014 In Review and Predictions For 2015

    … in California, pricing from regions gaining on Napa's notoriety are also getting braver. Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Lucia, and Santa Barbara County are rapidly climbing out of reach for many. On the other hand, some regions like Lodi, Amador County/Sierra Foothills, and Central Coast continue to improve quality while maintaining more modest pricing. Having…

    Winethropology- 2 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 -
  • The Sky is Falling? Wine Country Wants More of This Wet Stuff

    … is the Winemaker for Garnet Vineyards among other consulting projects and is the author of The Winemaker’s Answer Book. Started in 2013, www.girlandthegrape.com won “Best New Wine Blog” in the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. When she has time, she plays tennis, cooks for friends and family, writes the occasional wine article and does a daily rain dance. contact: ancrowe@hotmail.com Twitter: @alisoncrowewine LinkedIn: Alison Crowe The post The Sky is Falling? Wine Country Wants More of This Wet Stuff appeared first on Girl and The Grape. …

    Alison Crowe/ Girl and The Grape- 4 readers -
  • Sunridge Nurseries expands to isolated region in Santa Barbara County.

    …This article presented by: Sunridge Nurseries Inc, a leader in the industry since the late 1970’s, has purchased an isolated property in Santa Barbara County for the production of their Protocol 2010 material. Protocol 2010 material was sourced directly from the Russell Ranch Foundation Vineyard at Foundation Plant Services at U.C. Davis, Californi and generated from […]…

    Lewis Perdue/ Wine Industry Insight- 4 readers -
  • Clubbin’ It

    …. Then there was the Roark Chenin Blanc 2012 from Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara County). Honestly, I didn’t love it, but it too challenged my perceptions, got me thinking about what can be done in Central California. Warm weather = rich, lush wines? Not here. This baby was crisp and austere, dry as a bone. It’s also worth noting that the packaging on Le…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 6 readers -
  • Meiomi | 2013 vintages

    … Glos, after his grandmother. You might recognize the distinct wine bottle with loads of red wax running down the side. Not long after, Joseph and the family created the Meiomi brand. Meiomi is now “the leading luxury Pinot Noir in the U.S.” according to the winery literature. Meiomi differs from Belle Glos in several ways. Most obvious…

    Weekly Wine Journalin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Crossing the Border Guards

    …, co-founding Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in 1971. He also was the narrator of the above video. Sanford sold (through bankruptcy filings) Alma Rosa earlier this year, but he remains the winemaker and face of the brand. Alma Rosa 2012 Pinot Noir I quite enjoyed this bottle. It was reminiscent of Bing cherries and strawberry jam…

    Kyle Schlachter/ Colorado Wine Press- 2 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 -
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