Six Great Glasses in Santa Barbara County
Larner Vineyard & Winery
Set among the rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine country, Larner Vineyard & Winery is a boutique estate with an extremely limited production from the Ballard Canyon AVA. The beautifully aromatic 2011 Larner Estate Syrah opens with aromas of smoked meat, cigar box and anise. This Syrah is ample and rich on the palate, with flavors of black fruit, pepper, baking spice and lavender. It is aged for 26 months in 30% new French oak barrels and received 92 points from Antonio Galloni.
2900 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos | (805) 688-8148
Open Daily 11am-5pm | http://www.larnerwine.com
You can be proud of your cult wine knowledge if you’ve got the beautiful 2009 Solana Vineyard Malbec in your collection! This Paso delight follows Turiya tradition: layered and nuanced with mouth-watering fruit tones. Think chocolate dipped raspberry. Try with lamb chops, a zesty pasta dish or an evening on the couch. Harvested on November 7, 2009, this wine wine hails from the Paso Robles AVA. It was aged for 36 months in one time used French oak barrels, before being bottled—unfined and unfiltered. It spent one year in bottle before released.
316 North F Street, Lompoc | (805) 478-7016
Open by Appointment Only | http://www.turiyawines.com
Zinke Wine Co.
An elegant blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier, the 2012 Gypsy is edgy and sexy. The nose has notes of raw red meat, black currant and a hint of clove, juxtaposed by roasted blackberries and dark chocolate on the fore and mid palate. The finish is long and herbaceous with chalky tannins. The 2012 Gypsy pairs beautifully with roasted game or rich, red pastas.
2366 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos | (805) 691-9718
Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm | http://www.zinkewines.com
Lions Peak Winery
Jennifer Arant, owner, winemaker and sommelier of Lions Peak is a self-described “producer of small lot, handcrafted, premium Bordeaux boutique wines.’’ So it is no surprise that her Petit Verdot has earned many Gold Medals and created a distinct following of wine connoisseurs! Her Petit Verdot is a unique wine displaying exceptional intensity and structure alongside rich, dark berry elements of complex flavors with exotic floral notes. Lions Peak loves to give their Bordeaux wines time to show off in the spotlight, and such is the case with their Petit Verdot.
1659 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang | (805) 693-5466
M-F 11am-7pm, Sa-Su 11-8 | http://www.lionspeakwine.com
Loring Wine Company
Loring Wine Company is recognized for outstanding Pinot Noir, sourced from prestigious vineyards in California. Visit their quaint tasting room in Buellton and try their newly released Pinot Noir from the Clos Pepe Vineyard, situated in the Sta. Rita Hills. This wine stains the palate with intense raspberry liqueur and deep cherry flavors, rich but also lively and focused, showing excellent finish with silky, shapely tannins. This sexy Pinot is delicious now but has the depth and balance to age.
420 East Hwy 246, Buellton | (805) 691-1300
M, Th, F 11am-5pm | Sa-Su 10am-5pm | http://www.loringwinecompany.com
The grapes for this beautiful Chardonnay are grown in one of the oldest vineyards in the stunning Sta. Rita hills appellation. The vineyard climate is cool, allowing for long hang time before harvest; this results in great acidity in the final wine. This Chardonnay is nicely layered with fruit, sappy crispness, and a rich and silky mouth feel that makes you want to take another sip. It is a beautiful, food friendly wine, but also good enough to enjoy on its own. May each sip bring you joy!
1509 East Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc | (805) 291-6643
Friday-Sunday 12pm-5pm | http://www.lamontagnewinery.com