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Dec 1, 2006 10:56 PM

santa barbara wine?

We are going to be in Ventura next Saturday, staying in Santa Barbara that night, and then hoping to wine taste on our way back to SF. I would love any rec's & suggestions of vineyards / tasting rooms we should try and go to. Thanks!

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  1. I really would recommend a drive up to Los Olivos. Have a nice lunch at the Los Olivos Cafe, then wine tasting at Andrew Murray in Los Olivos. Some other nice wineries in the area include Foxen, Fess Parker, and Firestone

    1. I would hit Stolpman's tasting room in Solvang. While you're in town, stop by the tourist office and get the map to the 5 or 6 other tasting rooms within walking distance.

      1. A good starting point is Santa Barbara winery. They have lots of maps and can give you good advice on where to go in the Santa Ynez area. I'd also consider Gainey,(once you get to Santa Ynez) which is a very pretty place. And there's Foxen--which is funky, but they're great people and have some lovely wines. I also like the folks, and the wines, at Melville. Also, for lunch, consider Patrick's Side Street Cafe, right around the corner from the Los Olivos Cafe. And there's a good place for lunch at the Fess Parker Inn. They're all right in Los Olivos.

        1. I would recommend these wineries in the Santa Ynez area:
          Babcock, Foley, Rancho Sisquoc, Foxen, Curtis and Firestone(next to each other), Presidio in Solvang. In Los Olivos, Andrew Murray, Brophy Clark and Alexander&Wayne all have tasting rooms.

          I agree with "perk" that Patrick's Side Street Cafe, www.patrickssidestreetcafe.com, is a great place.

          1. Foxen for the Pinots - Los Olivos tasting room (Au Bon Climat, Qupe, etc.) - and in addition to Santa Ynez, don't forget Paso Robles region on the way north