Tag Archives: Santa Barbara

• Everyone Angry at Proposed Santa Barbara County Winery Rules

Everyone Angry at Proposed Santa Barbara County Winery Rules

Santa Barbara County Vintners and Some Neighbors Unhappy About Planning Process for Opposing Reasons It’s been nearly two years since the County of Santa Barbara started revising the rules for building new wineries on unincorporated county land, as was initially directed by a unanimous decision of the Board of Supervisors. But despite many meetings, tons of […]

Great Wine Tasting: Stars of Santa Barbara 2014 This Thursday in BH

Great Wine Tasting: Stars of Santa Barbara 2014 This Thursday in BH

Long before Sideways, LearnAboutWine was telling their audience that Santa Barbara winemakers are producing some of the best wines in the world.  We invite the “Best of the Best”, “the brand standards” and “the newest and most up and coming” to our participate in the 10th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara at the 5 STAR […]

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• Going to a big wine tasting? Here are five tasting survival tips

Going to a big wine tasting? Here are five tasting survival tips

“As a wine writer, I get asked all the time how I navigate the bigger wine events, such as August’s Family Winemakers in San Francisco, which features 250 wineries pouring about 800 wines. There are some tricks. Particularly in the summer, when many events take place under the hot sun, it’s important to follow some […]

• Is wine worth a 2 hr drive? Yup if it’s the Garagiste Festival

Is wine worth a 2 hr drive? Yup if it’s the Garagiste Festival

Well, two hours from LA is really nothing and you get to drive through some gorgeous landscape, aside from the coast, from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez and on to Solvang. The Garagiste Festival highlights “under-the-radar”, small production wineries that produce under 1200 cases…and that’s a lot for some of them. Fifty cases is not […]

• Interview with unconventional Rex Pickett of Sideways fame

Interview with unconventional Rex Pickett of Sideways fame

California born and based Rex Pickett is the author of Sideways, the popular novel centred around the characters of Miles and Jack, who escape LA for a wine road trip around Santa Barbara before Jack gets married. The 2004 book was turned into a film the same year, which won an Oscar for Best Adapted […]

• Is biodynamic wine better?

Is biodynamic wine better?

Recently I’ve noticed more wineries touting their product as “biodynamic” — Oregon’s Cowhorn and Santa Barbara’s Ampelos Cellars are among a growing list of West Coasters who have joined the ranks of French vintners who make that claim. “Biodynamic” is a sexy sounding term. But what the heck does it mean? I always assumed it […]

• 8th Annual Stars of Santa Barbara Wine Tasting in LA & OC

8th Annual Stars of Santa Barbara Wine Tasting in LA & OC

LearnAboutWine has long known that Santa Barbara is producing some of the world’s best wines. Now you can share the excitement by tasting over 100 established and up-and-coming wines of the region, while learning about them from the owners, winemakers and winery executives themselves at the “8th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara Wine” event. Ian […]

• More predictions about what you'll be drinking in '11

More predictions about what you'll be drinking in '11

Drink consultants and liquor-board buyers have been gazing into the future for months now. They expect big changes on tap for 2011: It’ll be a year of bold flavours, big value and discovery. “Consumers are beginning to forage” for things they haven’t yet tried, says Tom Pirko, president of Bevmark, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based firm […]

• Wine & Spirits Announces Top 100 Wineries of the Year

Wine & Spirits Announces Top 100 Wineries of the Year

Following is the full list of 100 Best Wineries as judged by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and from Napa Valley to the Sonoma Coast, from Santa Barbara to Walla Walla and Willamette to the Finger Lakes, there were 37 American Wineries of the Year that cross a diverse range of styles. Some earned their place […]