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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • How brutal was winter? Just forget it. Forget how cold it was, forget how much snow you had. Let your mouth tell you as your brain convinces you to push past cases of luscious and full-bodied red wines that are aching for you. I’m reaching past them, into the remnants of mixed cases for the delightful wines of summer. Patio wines, front stoop wi... Read More

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  • This past weekend artisan-winemaking movement Garagiste, the French word for “renegade small-lot winemakers”, held its third-annual Southern Exposure festival in Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. According to the event's website, more than 200 winemakers were on hand and free tastings abounded.  In advance of the festival, Santa Barbara Independent repo... Read More

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  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

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  • Charlotte Victoria - you make some assumptions that may not be true in any way. You seem to use "wine tourism" and "visiting a vineyard" to mean the same thing but they don't.Visiting a vineyard may or may not be part of "wine tourism" but most people who are tourists have no interest at all in visiting vineyards. If they do, they will look at r... Read More

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  • Fruit fom Anapolis out in the True takes 2-1/2 hrs to get to Santa Rosa. Alder Spring vineyard is in Laytonville a good 5+ hrs from Sonoma. Hardy Wallace trucks fruit to SR from Sutter Creek, Redwood Valley and Santa Barbara. Halcon fruit is a 4hr truck ride from the winery. Adam trucks his fruit down from Oregon and up from SLH. Bedrock from Lo... Read More

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  • Brewer-Clifton is well known in Santa Barbara County and has a reputation as being one of the best houses in our area.  This Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills is the first BC wine I have tried and now I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner. At $50-$60 a bottle it's pricey but wow what a nice pinot! Strong Cherry notes now getting some gr... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

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  • Not exactly sure what the dinner plan is for tonight, but this should work with whatever we may have: Regulars may recall that I few weeks ago I opened a bottle of the Ojai 2010 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah and complained about the acid hit.  I'm pretty sure the problem I had with that wine was residue from an earlier meal.  (Happily, I have anothe... Read More

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