Santa Barbara Wine Country

By Santa Barbara Classic Wine Tours | With breathtaking coastal mountains to the east and sublime beaches to the west, Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our wine country is no exception. The ebb and flow of ocean breezes makes the Santa Barbara Wine Country region a jewel in the crown of California viticulture.

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Here are the cities and towns to string into your next California road trip It's been nearly 15 years since Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church …

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Pairings: Chicken salad with pine nuts and Au Bon Climat’s 2015 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

The weather is still warm, and I’m still reaching for chardonnay. It’s always a nice refreshment in the late afternoon, or as a compliment to a light …

Unfiltered: Blaze-y Days of Summer Return with Fires Threatening Mount Eden, Bien Nacido | Unfiltered | News & Features

The past two weeks have made California firefighters—and vintners—sweat. With at least 15 fires still burning or recently contained, temperatures …

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Central Coast wine country: Underrated, top wine destination, too good to pass up

Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>><p>Updated:Monday, July 17 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-07-18 00:27:32 GMT<p>Identities surrounding the fatal …

Forget Napa, Book a Trip to California’s Central Coast Right Now | Comstock's magazine

It’s been nearly 15 years since Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church gallivanted through the Santa Yvez Valley in “Sideways” — a film that helped …

Spanish Garden Inn

Santa Barbara, California, United States<p>Spanish Garden Inn, discreetly tucked away in historic Presidio District, is the ultimate intimate getaway to experience and savour the heart of Santa Barbara. This 24-room gem is boutique in size but big on ambiance, well-appointed amenities and exceptional …

Everything Under the Sun in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is where wine country meets the big city. Go inland to explore the Central Coast's wine scene or check out downtown's cultural …

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Where to celebrate California wines in July, September

If you’re a Napa Valley fan and never quite make it to the northern end of the valley, mark this date, Thursday, July 20.<p>The Calistoga Winegrowers …

LAX-WINE: 3 Regions Within Reach of LA's Airport

LAX-WINE: 3 Regions Within Reach of LA’s Airport<p>Ranked fourth on the list of the world’s busiest airports, LAX sees millions of passengers day in and …

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Wine under the stars: The second annual International Wine Film Festival showcased the best at Presqu'ile

07/12/2017: Santa Maria is going Hollywood. Don't worry; I don't mean that our traffic is going to get worse (is that possible?) or we're suddenly …

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To discover great wines, look in the “garage”

Garages aren’t just for up-and-coming bands anymore.“The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure” celebrates its fourth anniversary as the first and only …

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California Wine Festival: Stately Sips

<b>BY THE MIDDLE OF JULY,</b> or thereabouts, a summer-loving adventurer begins to take seasonal stock. A few things are brought into consideration, such as …

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Great Wine Values: Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, Calif.

Pinot noir is a natural choice when we crave lighter red wines in the summertime. This is especially true for those sourced from cool-climate …

Savoring the Best of the 2017 Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival

Posted on July 6, 2017 | 1:08 p.m.<p>The Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival served as a showcase for local wineries and restaurants on June 24 on the …

‘Sideways’ is Still Impacting the Wine Industry

Ray Isle weighs in on how the film affected the overall quality of Pinot Noir and Merlot.<p>It’s been over a dozen years since the movie <i>Sideways</i> hauled …

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Santa Barbara Is Making Some of California's Most Exciting New Wines

7 of the region's best new bottles.<p>Santa Barbara County can't compete with regions like Napa when it comes to wine history, but the area is home to …

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Approval of Larner Winery in Ballard Canyon Upheld Over Neighbors’ Objections

Santa Barbara County planners vote unanimously to reject appeal of plans to build winery and tasting room

Craving Adventure? Here's How to Get It Out of a Santa Barbara Honeymoon

If romance with a side of adrenaline is your ideal honeymoon or minimoon equation, it’s not necessary to go far. There are of course plenty of opportunities for trekking and hiking in the United States, but perhaps the most ideal adventure honeymoon is a place that combines surmountable …

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Drinking California's Central Coast

Talbott Winery and Vineyards, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard North, 2016<p>The Central Coast of California may be the most underrated wine region in the country. There is such diversity and the region is large – encompassing 40 AVAs. This makes it especially fun to visit for wine lovers and the wines tend to …

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Producers of spirits, beer and wine ready to adjust to Santa Barbara's desalinated water

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The makers of spirits, beer and wine in Santa Barbara are keenly aware of the new water coming through their pipes.<p>The new …

Your ultimate guide to planning the best summer road trip

Think of 10 people you know. This year, eight of them will take a road trip, that staple of the American vacation.<p>That’s what research from the Auto Club of Southern California tells us. And that’s what those columns of cars on Interstates 10 or 15 or 405 or 5 tell us. The call of the car remains …

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The Allure of Old Vines on the Central Coast

Though old vines have a romantic aura surrounding them, they come with distinct challenges for California grape growers and winemakers.<p>For many, the …

Santa Barbara's Scintillating Wines

California is rich with special wine destinations but Santa Barbara County (SBC) might just be the most exciting one at the present time. With the …

An Immigrant’s Journey From Industrious Farmworker to Respected Winemaker

Tranquility.<p>That’s the word that comes to mind as I stand before the lush, green foliage at Mt. Carmel Vineyard, 50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, …

In celebration of Harvest 2016

Among the myriad reasons I have always enjoyed the Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest, the educational seminars are my favorite events. …

Keys to the Coast: Barbieri, Kempe Wine Company raises the bar

Nestled between Santa Maria and Santa Barbara sits one of the nicest inland areas on the Central Coast. Los Olivos is really extraordinary, …

Visit Santa Barbara - What’s New in Santa Barbara: Fall 2016

<i>With a recent flurry of restaurant, eatery and taproom openings in the Santa Barbara region, there’s plenty to feast on. Read on for more about the</i> …

Ron Melville Named Honorary Lead Vintner of 35th Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

The Arthritis Foundation Central Coast has named wine pioneer Ron Melville of Melville Winery as honorary lead vintner for its 35th Annual Taste of …

Miller Family’s Agricultural Roots Run Deep in Santa Barbara County, and the Central Coast

While Stephen T.B. Miller and his family are best known in Santa Barbara County as owners of the famed Bien Nacido Vineyards, the Miller family’s …