Santa Barbara Winery

805-963-3603 202 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Santa Barbara had the good fortune of being the site of one of the numerous California Missions built by the Franciscan Brothers in the late 18th century. The good brothers needed altar wine and a source of reliable drink. Wells and stored water had a habit of becoming contaminated. Whether by choice or necessity they used a variety, now known as Mission, a variety of uncertain origin, but hardy and productive. It produced a very rough wine, suitable for the altar, but it must have made the more worldly members of the Order long for the wines of Europe. In the late 19th century Santa Barbara became an important producer for the San Francisco Market. Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles off the coast at Santa Barbara, was the home of one of the principal suppliers. They grew, made and shipped their wine by boat to San Francisco. This economic model was probably doomed to fail once other vineyards were established closer to the city and in the early 20th century production declined and was finally killed off Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Melville Syrah Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County 2013

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    More purple than red color. Something of a musty, fungal nose. On the tongue this wine seems viscous. Red berry fruit and blueberryOK, not red--on entry. It is close to being annoyingly sweet, but, somehow, it backs away. Earthy mid-palate. Another pretty-easy-to-drink-but-not-terribly-sophisticated wine. Read More

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  • No. Especially when most wineries are charging ridiculous fees for tastings that not so long ago were free.The staff aren't bartenders and they aren't waiters. Bottom line is they are shills for the winery, trying to effect sales.How did you deal with them? Read More

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  • Wednesday was a travel and cleansing day. We decided to take our time going from Santa Ynez to Santa Barbara so after dropping off a case of wine at the Wine Country Shippers we hopped on over to Highway 1. What a beautiful stretch of land! We made a number of scenic overlook stops, took in a few of the State beaches and just enjoyed the ride. W... Read More

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  • Thanks all for the concern but we are fully enjoying everything so far. I'm writing up these notes after tasting hours and before or after dinner so no problem missing out on any fun. Day two was as good as day one or even better. Another great breakfast to lay in a good base, then a walk around town (didn't take very long) and then off to our f... Read More

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  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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  • Yeah but the problem with dessert wine is that to be good it should also have high acidity. Port and Banyuls and Maury and Malaga and the stickies from Australia don't often have sufficient acidity IMHO, which is why while they're good, as sweet wines I prefer botrytized wines. Were it not for the fact that Garnacha grows best in hot, dry places... Read More

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  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

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  • DM, I'm glad you asked, here's what I have so far:Staying in Santa Ynez Sat-W, probably going to miss the Farmer's Market, which is a shame since both the CFO and I really enjoy them.On Sunday we'll be stomping around the Lompoc wine ghetto. Planning to taste at Palmina, Samsara Wines, Arcadian Winery and Bratcher Winery and Piedrasassi Wine & B... Read More

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  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently (Experiencing Cabernet Franc for one) and that my wife Sandra just today handed me an article by Dave McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Au Bon Climat, most any bottling I've had in recent years, is way overrated. It had a place in Santa Barbara winemaking history, but now almost always hits me as flat, far-too-monochromatic with no integrated depth, murky and flabby. Interesting in the '90s, so-so at the millenium, boring over the past 10 years has been my experience. Certainly ... Read More

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