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Snooth User: AlineAlmeida

Lompoc or Los Olivos??

Posted by AlineAlmeida, Sep 12, 2013.

Hi, it turns out I have to choose one of the two for my upcoming trip to SB (can't wait!).

Votes, please? Favorite tasting rooms?

Many thanks!!

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 12, 2013.

Lompoc!

Make sure to schedule an appointment with Clos Pepe, and if you have time check out Dragonette, Foxen, and maybe Sandhi if they're open to the public. Have fun!

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 12, 2013.

Thank you, Jon! Only vote so far, so I'm thinking you may win!! :)

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Reply by EMark, Sep 13, 2013.

I would certainly endorse Jon's nomination of Lompoc.  You might want to consider the Lompoc Wine  Ghetto.  

That being said, Lompoc and Los Olivos are no more than about a half-hour's drive apart apart from each other.  Are you sure you can't spend some time in both?  My winery preference is for Lompoc, but Los Olivos wineries are nothing to sneer at.  I would guess that dining and, probably, lodging options would be better in Los Olivos.

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 13, 2013.

My friend who is driving is not willing to spend time in either. She will drive me to some of the vineyards outside of the towns (at my insistence) . So I will be on my feet (as a good New Yorker who has not driven for over 10 years). That is why I have to pick one: I am going by myself and meeting my friend the next day.

The one tasting room I thought I wanted to hit in Los Olivos was Qupe... but it does sound like Lompoc might have more...

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Reply by EMark, Sep 13, 2013.

Ooh.  OK, we have a logistics problem.

While it it is a good option for a walking tour, one problem with the Lompoc Wine Ghetto is that they are pretty much a weekend-only venue.  So, if you are going up there mid-week, that might not really be a good option.  

Of the wineries listed in that link for the LWG in my above post, the two that seem to get the most recognition are Loring and Stolpman.  Stolpman is actually based in Los Olivos.  So, you can visit them there.  My experience with Stolpman has been with blends made from Rhone varieties, and they are darned good.  I really don't have any personal experience with Loring, but they have been receiving a lot of recognition for wines made from Burgundy varieties.  They also have a tasting room in Buelton, which they share with Cargasachi and Point Conception, but, again, their hours are limited.  So, depending on what day of the week you are visiting, you may have to give them a call for an appointment.

I am a big fan of Qupe wines.  So, I certainly would not discourage you from visiting them.  However, I think their wines are fairly well distributed, and, so, if you can get them in NYC, I would encourage you to look for wines that are not so easy for you to obtain back at your home.

All my comments may not be all that helpful, Aline, but I really hope that you have a memorable trip, and that you report your adventures back to us. 

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 18, 2013.

Hi Emark, thank you so much for your comments! They are, indeed, very helpful! I did notice that I have talked quite a bit about going to Santa Barbara Wine Country, so I'd better report back... or else!! :)

I still haven't decided, but I am inclined to go to Lompoc... and will make sure to have my friend drive me to Stolpman and Sanford (of course, I can't skip it...).

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Reply by EMark, Sep 19, 2013.

Not to complicate matters any more, Aline, but did you see this GDP article on SB wineries?

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 19, 2013.

What weekend are you going Aline?

Just heard from Wes Hagen's (Clos Pepe - Lompoc) facebook page that they're accepting volunteers for crush on Friday night around 8pm. Wish I could go!

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 20, 2013.

Oh my God, that would be so much fun! Unfortunately I am there Sunday 29 and Monday 30.

Emark: yes, I did see that! And now I want to go to Los Olivos...

I imagine a world with less cars and better public transportation.... it is impossible to get from Los Olivos to Lompoc without a car...

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 25, 2013.

Jon... I just realized you're in LA! You should go and report back!! I love NY over LA a million times, but this is the one thing I envy of you guys... you have such good wine so close!

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 25, 2013.

Been thinking of making it up but it's been too busy lately. You may actually get to be there during the later part of the harvest as it's still going on. Apparently last Friday was the first "higher acid" pick, and they have a couple more planned.

I'm a fan of both cities, though I think I liked NY a lot more when I was younger!

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Reply by AlineAlmeida, Sep 25, 2013.

Well, me too, I just keep going through my 30s with the mental age of a teenager :)

I just received an email back from Mr. Jaffurs himself, very helpful, so I am now also stopping by the Santa Barbara wineries.

It's just a shame that, if I am to go see Clos Pepe or Sanford I will have to spend tons of money on car service.

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 25, 2013.

Yeah...that's definitely a bummer about paying for car service. It's always so much easier and fun when a group can make it out and split the costs, or even have a DD. Would love to make it up there, but will have to live vicariously through you. Really looking forward to the trip report...haven't been to most of these places myself.

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Reply by gypsykitty, Sep 25, 2013.

Huge Wine Festival on 10-12 at Rancho Sisquoc. Come then and taste them all!

http://sbcountywines.com/events/COH.html


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