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Apr 18, 2007 11:49 AM

SB wineries????

i'll be taking a trip to los olivos, sb wineries....

any suggestions?

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  1. Rombauer, Kalyra, Buttonwood, Summerland

    Do a search on the board for others

    5 Replies
    1. re: Diana

      My favorite winery is north of Santa Barbara a ways, Talley, in Arroyo Grande.
      In the Santa Barbara area, consider Stolpman, Melville, Beckmen and Qupe. Three Saints makes a cabernet sauvignon I like. That's not necessarily a good thing because I generally dislike cabernet sauvignon.

      1. re: SteveTimko

        Sanford if you can manage to beat the crowds

        I really like Kalyra, but its a tasting room, not a winery -- I think thier wines are austrailian? but anyway go, they have some yummy stuff (they have this reisling cross which is great and very affordable)

        Also, Black Jack Ranch is pretty and the tasting is a great deal for the amount and quality of the wines you try.

        1. re: Jeters

          Kalyra has a winery in Australia, but the grapes for the California tasting room are local.

          Avoid Sanford, as the "Sanford" who started and owned it had his winery stolen from him by the company he brought in to help him manage it. Since the travesty occured, quality and flavor has plummeted in Sanford wines.

          To get Mr. Sanford's creations, look for his new winery tasting room, which is temporary untill he gets his old one back (legal-flegal palver and struggles!). It is called Alma Rosa, and the wines are increadible!

          1. re: Diana

            ah, I haven't been there for a while. thanks for clearing that up about kalyra.

            will have to check out Alma Rosa next time I'm up there =)

        2. re: SteveTimko

          Qupe does not have a tasting room, and it is usually open on the weekends of the big fall and spring festivals. there are a couple of wine bars that pour their wines in the area. 3 saints is the second label for dierberg, it also does not have a tasting room. Melville and Talley are great and they have beautiful tasting rooms.

      2. This weekend (April 21-22) is the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival
        at the Park in Lompoc.Everyone will be there as wineries who don't have TR will pour.

        1. I'd suggest avoiding Frass Canyon. 8>D

          1. I'm a fan of Daniel Gehrs wine. He has a little tasting cottage on Grand Ave. in Los Olivos. I have found his reds in particular to be uniformly terrific.


            1. a couple more that I would add are Cambria and Zaca Mesa. Yeah Cambria wines are widely available but they have some great small lot wines that can be very hard to find. Both of the wineries are a bit off the beaten path but I like the ones that are not such zoos.I would also second alma rosa, and try to get there before they move back to the old Sanford space. they did a fun job on the space.