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Dec 23, 2011 05:00 PM

mid week wine tasting Lompoc SSR hills Edna Valley

we're going to be passing through above areas on Tue or Wed Jan 3 and 4. I've got lots of info from the board on what sound like great tasting rooms in Lompoc and area but most seem to be open only at weekends. Any suggestions for where to go on above days. I like old world style wines, unusual varietals esp reds and bordeaux blends nad rhone. Hate big fruit forward high alcohol wines

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  1. Sorry to hear you've struck out with the Lompoc wine ghetto. When I passed through in the spring, I had a lunch meeting at Sissy's Uptown Cafe. While I didn't take advantage of it, Sissy's has a tasting room and offers tasting flights of local wines mid-week, according to its website.

    I've been a long time (30+ years) admirer of Richard Sanford. Haven't been to his new venture, Alma Rose Winery yet, but I have tried several of his wines and like them for their balance, purity and finesse. The tasting room is open daily.

    Sissy's Uptown Cafe
    112 S I St, Lompoc, CA 93436

    Alma Rosa Winery
    7250 Santa Rosa Rd, Buellton, CA 93427

    2 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Alma Rose winery went into Chapter 11 this month. More than ever, I hope that winelovers will visit the tasting room and buy whatever suits them to help out this California wine legend.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        thanks, Melanie, for posting this link. I never knew the entire story behind Mr Sanford; visited the old S-B trasting room years ago, introduced to it by an old friend. "You've got to taste this wine!" I think a road trip is in order.

    2. Sausalito Canyon tasting room is located on Biddle Ranch Rd between Orcutt Rd and Enda Rd (highway 227) about 3 miles south of the SLO airport. They make a nice Zinfandel, though I haven't had one in several years to report on. Worth a stop at their tasting room, though.

      Going north on 101, take the Price St Hiway 227 offramp in downtown Pismo Beach, turn left ata the siganl on Price Canyon Rd; drive to 227. Turn left and at about 1 1/2 miles take the first right. About 1/2 mile down the road, past Edna Valley winery.

      1. here's a recent SYV winery discussion buried in a post about dining in Santa Barbara.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Went pretty well considering mid week and a 6 yr old. We only hit 3 places
            Mosby just off the highway 101 on Santa Rosa rd
            specialized in Italian varietals - stretching the envelope a little as they had some wines made on their property in italy described as estate wines .. my husband is big into italians wines so he was excited to taste sagrantino - good tannins and not overwhelming fruit - and terodelgo - ,smooth red with some softer fruit - cannonau a rose which it turns out is the italian grenache which being a fan of dry grenache roses I liked, also tasted their sangiovese. I tend to limit my tasting to 4 or 5 wines at one place. tasting room lady was pleasant and helpful

            we then headed on to Alma Rosa which you had mentioned and I had also flagged . it's about 5 miles further in on Santa Rosa rd - very nice rural feeling property , nice setting for picnicing in the right weather. Tasted their Pinot Blanc - some may find it a little acidic, discoverd afterwards that ph is 3.1 - which helped explain that. and of course the Pinot Noirs. I'm not a huge Piot Noir fan but i did enjoy their La Encantada - round smooth new world style -and the 667 clone - darker more intense more subtle oak. Their wines are full of subtle flavor and well balanced. The tasting notes are a riot - available on the web site and actually capture the personalities of the wines well. The tasting room lady was delightful - chatting to my son and so giving us an opportunity to really savor the tasting
            She recommended our 3rd stop - which in hindsight I should have known wouldnt be my style in that it was in Los olivos amidst the 'mall' of tasting rooms - though to be fair the wines were very palatable. It was Carhart. It is a delightful rustic little tasting room with a pretty garden behind wher eyou can sit out and taste. Liked their grenache blanc - fresh, not overly citrusy, their sauv blanc is very tropical - syrah quite peppery bourdeaux blend little sweet and oaky for my palate. Tasting room lady was very friendly and helpful and definitely the right person for a busy more tourist oriented location.
            What Ir egretted overall was none of the locations had anyone on hand who really knew about the wines in depth but hey it was holiday season.
            Overall the visit was fun and definitely worth going back to the area - next time I'll stick with my plan to just visit wineries themselves and more out of the way the better. It's still way less commercial than Sonoma area but all the tasting rooms do have a tasting fee - which is wavied with any purchase.
            Our big serendipity moment of the trip was in SLO where we spent the night and stumbled into a GREAT restaurant Sidecar - I posted a review separately.
            Thanks for asking and reminding me I needed to do this post. Next time I'm hoping to make the Lompoc ghetto!

            1. re: sonomajom

              Thanks for the feedback, sj, always very helpful.

              "next time I'll stick with my plan to just visit wineries themselves and more out of the way the better"

              Don't skip the wine ghetto in Lompoc, in several of the locations there you will (or usually able to) be speaking directly to the winemakers.

              1. re: PolarBear

                you're right. I'm actually looking forward to making it to Lompoc and the tasting rooms there. I dont really think of them as in the same style as main st Los Olivos

          2. Well, if you are going through Edna Valley and like Old World, consider Piedra Creek.


            By appointment only so a week day shouldn't be a problem. He makes a blend using an obscure Italian grape, Langrein. He also has a Zin using Dussi Ridge grapes, and a pinot.