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We're big fans of Melville, Brewer Clifton, and Palmina. Not sure how much tasting we'll do in the area. Tell me what we shouldn't miss. (wines, wineries, restaurants)

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  1. The Lompoc Wine Ghetto, website currently under construction:

    http://www.lompocghetto.com/

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    1. re: PolarBear

      Thanks. This is definitely on our agenda. Of the wineries represented, any favorites?

      1. re: pickypicky

        Here's a thread from a little over a year ago.
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772225

        Others I'm wanting to visit are Evening Land, Piedrasassi, Zotovitch, and Flying Goat. Don't miss Taste of Sta. Rita Hills, Tony pours a pretty nice selection from the local area in addition to his own Moretti label.
        http://www.tasteofstaritahills.com/wi...

        1. re: PolarBear

          Thanks, PB. I searched last night for threads. Couldn't find any, and this morning, I've found a bunch. I also learned that there are winery and restaurant recos on the California board. Although, again, nothing recent-recent.

          I've added Evening Land and Zotovitch to my list for sure.

      2. re: PolarBear

        Thanks for that link pb. Hope to see the updated website before my trip in November. Despite my family ties in Lompoc I've only been to Palmina there but hope to rectify that:). Any decent new eating spots nearby now? I do like cafe San Martin but that's a nostalgia spot for me. Also know about Sissy's. Wasn't there a picnic stuff type shop in that complex or being contemplated in the complex?

        1. re: Bean Counter

          Our usual food stops are either north of south of town. Thai Cuisine at 920 N. I St. is the only one left on my chowdar other than Sissy's, the other two Maggie's and The Jetty have both closed I understand. Maybe Old Jalama Mama will have some current info.

          1. re: PolarBear

            well.....Restaurant 4300 is open and doing great things In Vandenburg Village- tonight in fact is house roasted hatch chili burger with Cotswald- yum! I follow them on FB and get regular updates- its a good place to check them out..the lady who opened and ran Sissy's is the owner operator here.

            There is a new Thai place everyone is talking about- on H street - across and south of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream- in the old Taco Bell Building- I hear SYV folks tell me its full of SYV folks!

            Sushi Teri has its fans-I am one of them. On W Ocean.

            The new bread bakery is in the Ghetto and I encourage everyone to try it- associated with new Vineland/ Piedrasassi wines.

            1. re: OldJalamaMama

              Thanks OJM - always good recs from you - I friended rest 4300 to stay in the loop and will have to steer gramps and my mom that way. Thai in the old taco bell sounds like fun - there used to be a Mexican restaurant in the old A&W back in my childhood days that I would walk to with my grandma.

              1. re: Bean Counter

                Saw that restaurant 4300 closed - I'm sad I won't get to try it.

                1. re: Bean Counter

                  sad isn't it?

              2. re: OldJalamaMama

                count me as a Sushi Teri fan, though I haven't been in a few years. TepiSan used to chef at Atari Ya in Santa MAria, a gracious and generous man.

                Another food stop on your wine wanderings might be in Los Alamos (from Lompoc via Drum Cyn scenic route) at Bell St Farms, a newish deli-cafe-winebar in Los Alamos @ Drum Cyn & Bell St. Great freshly prepared local foods, (produce, anyway) house made desserts, pickles, olives, salads and hot dishes. Their spit cooked chicken is delicious. Nice local wine selection. To eat in their friendly front cafe or on the back patio; can be packed for you for a picnic. Really good stuff, here. Did I mention friendly?

                and of course down the street on FRI SAT SUN eves' is Full Of Life Flatbread pizza and comfort food. Great cooking. Eat in the warehouse production area and see your pizza made and cooked. Great desserts, good beer & wine list, beautiful old back bar in the front room. Cozy in winter with two fireplaces.

        2. I also loved the syrahs I tried at Jalama wine. They make pinot, too.
          Evening Lands was a pleasant surprise. You can also taste their wines from Oregon and Burgundy in the wine ghetto.
          Palmina makes some nice Italian varientals. I see you like them already.
          I'm also a fan of Stolpman, although they tend to be a little bigger.
          Cold Heaven is a viognier specialist and worth seeking out. It's tasting room is in Buelton.

          1. By strongest recs would be Loring, Arcadian, Flying Goat, and Stolpman, but I don't think you will be disappointed at any of them. Sea Smoke is also nearby.

            1. Sounds like you are a pinot fan....Solvang has several tasting rooms where you can taste flights of local wines...Wandering Dog , Carnavintas, Tastes of the Valley. At least that way you can cover more than one winery in a flight. TOV pours Au Bon Climat wines!

              1. W stopped by the wine ghetto this past Thur - alas couldnt do it n aweeked when more are open There were quite a number of places open though
                We did taste at
                Palmina

                - cute little tasting room an very friendly staff
                I'm more inclined to europeanless fruit forward style wines overall so mypreferences will reflect that
                We tasted through both lists and liked
                their Arneis Malvasia and Dolcetto and Sisquoc Nebbiolo
                Barbea were fine but didntstand out for me
                Sangiovese was a little too fruity
                found their rose a little light tough liked that it supports breast cancer
                their sparkling is a little sweet for me
                we had had their pinot grigio at a bar inLA earlier in the week and found it very easy drinking and well made for a pinot grigio - discovered that hey dont carry it in tasting room and only sell it wholesale

                Zotovich
                very welcoming
                they were out of rose - I'm a rose enthusiast so was disappointed
                tried Pinots and found them somewhat fruit forward
                syrah was pleasant with strong spice notes

                De su propria Cosecha
                focuses on rhone varietals
                most friendly , very nice visit, offered my kid some juice even
                loved their Grenache Blanc - light aromatic would be perfect summer evening drinking
                liked Grenache Rouge 09 too but it needs to age a little in my opinion

                Brewer Clifton
                I had tasted one of hteir pinots 3D recently and loved it - lke it restrained character and balance and more european style
                though they dont have Thur hours Palmina said they were open so we dropped in
                no one in tasting room when we arrived - very cool modern decor
                when after 5 mins the girl arrived back she was clearly disconcerted to see us even though the door was open
                She relucantly agreed to do a tasting . We opted to only taste pinots and tasting all 5 was a great experience
                My favorites are their entry level Santa Rita Hills and 3D
                Melville was a little rich and more fruit than I care for
                Carmel Hills definitely had more mineral notes

                Overall loved the wine ghetto and atmosphere and ease of access. Hope to go back and taste more esp Taste of St Rita Hils which was closed