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Jul 19, 2011 02:46 PM

Santa Ynez wineries for white wine


I am taking a two-day wine tasting trip to Santa Ynez at the end of the month. I've already done research on the Chowhound boards and have found some excellent suggestions for both wineries and restaurants.

We will spend one day (a Monday) driving through Foxen Canyon, and I have Zaca Mesa, Rancho Sisquoc, and Kenneth Volk on our "must visit" list, with Tres Hermanas, Riverbench, Foxen, and Cambria as strong second choices.

--How are my choices so far???

Our second day is completely up in the air, but it looks like Lompoc Wine Ghetto is out of the question, as most of the tasting rooms seem to be closed on Tuesdays.

I am in desparate need of good white wines. I'm not really good at describing what I like, but I can say I don't care for sweet wines. I like both crisp and buttery wines, and would prefer wines in the $10-$20 range. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

(I am also posting this on the California board)

  1. I haven't been for 2 years but Richard Sanford was making some nice crisp whites at his Alma Rosa winery on Santa Rosa road. I wasn't a fan of Tres Hermanas and I doubt you'll get anything for less than $20 at Foxen.
    :) Have fun, I'm jealous.

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    1. re: skaboy

      I was really impresssed with the white wine I purchased at Alma Rosa during my visit.

    2. Just up the road from Santa Ynez is Los Olivos where you'll find several good tasting rooms. I'd think you'll need to be OK at around $20 to find much in that whole region though. Qupe, Andrew Murray, Beckmen,and Carhartt are 4 that come to mind.

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        1. This topic is duplicated on the California board, where Santa Ynez wineries are discussed. You can join that thread here:

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