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Lompoc - Santa Ynez Recommendations?

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pickypicky Aug 20, 2012 07:00 PM

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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    sonomajom Jan 7, 2013 12:02 PM

    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

    1. OldJalamaMama Aug 29, 2012 08:20 PM

      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. Midlife Aug 29, 2012 01:15 PM

        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. SteveTimko Aug 28, 2012 03:52 PM

          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. PolarBear Aug 21, 2012 06:37 AM

            The Lompoc Wine Ghetto, website currently under construction:

            http://www.lompocghetto.com/

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              pickypicky Aug 21, 2012 07:15 AM

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

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                PolarBear Aug 21, 2012 09:09 AM

                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...

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                  pickypicky Aug 21, 2012 11:24 AM

                  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.

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                Bean Counter Aug 29, 2012 08:57 PM

                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?

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                  PolarBear Aug 30, 2012 06:32 AM

                  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.

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                    OldJalamaMama Aug 30, 2012 07:25 PM

                    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.

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                      Bean Counter Aug 30, 2012 09:32 PM

                      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.

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                        Bean Counter Sep 6, 2012 08:46 PM

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

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                          OldJalamaMama Sep 6, 2012 09:13 PM

                          sad isn't it?

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                        toodie jane Sep 4, 2012 08:28 AM

                        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.

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