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Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail…..

The next day we decided to visit some of the local tasting rooms located on Santa Barbara’s urban wine trail and headed over to Anacapa Street where there are several tasting rooms, all within walking distance. Our first stop was Oreana Winery, which is probably one of the most unique tasting rooms we visited with on our trip.

Originally founded as Cellar 205 by winemaker Christian Garver, Oreana specializes in Pinot Noir, Syrah and small micro batches of sparkling wine. The winery is located in an old tire shop and it has become synonymous with great wine and even better parties. The tasting room exudes fun and good times and provides a great start or end to tasting in downtown Santa Barbara. A tasting at Oreana will cost you $10, below you will find a partial list of the wine we tasted:

2009 Oreana Chardonnay-Santa Barbara

“Very ripe, rich and smooth, velvety as can be.
Tastes like a terrific grand cru white Burgundy, showing supple character,
with toasted hazelnut, spicy, smokey, grilled meat and pear-tart notes.
A great, full-bodied wine with rich intense flavors of pear, peach, and violets”.

2008 Oreana Pinot Noir- Central Coast

“A stunning array of blue and black fruit–blackberry, boysenberry,
blueberry and currant–that is pure, driven and refined, with licorice,
sweet spice, vanilla, mineral and sanguine notes flittering throughout.
Despite its concentration, it`s remarkably elegant, with superb length
and a seamless finish.”

We purchased this Pinot Noir, it was one of our favorites.

2008 Oreana Syrah- Central Coast

“The Bacon Reserve is from Oreana’s northern vineyards,
which produce a rich, robust, velvety wine with a slight hint of bacon.
We swear, no swine was harmed in the making of this wine,
but there is an unmistakeable hint of bacon, followed by a
solid backbone of black cherry and anise.
While it’s not necessary to serve at the breakfast table,
there’s no denying that this wine will get your day started right…”

If you’d like to visit Oreana Winery, it is located at 205 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; you can also visit their website at

Our next stop was Corks n’Crowns which specializes in wine and beer tasting. Although we are all about wine on this site, I do manage to find time for indulging in other libations, so I was excited to taste both fine wine and beer. For those interested solely in wine, Corks n’ Crowns offers a wide variety of small production wines from all over the world. The wines change on a monthly basis and the options are endless. For those who like beer, they offer small batch micro brews from independent brewers. The beer is also changed on a monthly basis. Cork n’ Crowns is also where I picked up our Wine Check, which you can read about in the previous post “To Ship or Check…Wine Check!” The cost for a tasting varies from $5-$15 depending on which flight you choose and a beer tasting is $6.

If you’d like to visit Corks n’ Crowns, they are located at 32 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; you can also visit their website at

Our final tasting was the Deep Sea tasting room located on Stearns Wharf. This tasting room provides the most breath taking views of downtown Santa Barbara, the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean. It’s a great place to end the day with a glass of wine while enjoying the view. The tasting room is owned by Conway Family Wines, which also produces Racho Arroyo Wines. A tasting a Deep Sea is $10, below you will find a partial list of the wines we tasted:

2008 Deep Sea Pinot Noir- Sta. Rita Hills
“The wine is delicate and expressive with fine, soft tannins, and explosive red fruit flavors, including strawberries and blackberries. Delicate aromas of dark berries and smoked cedar wood fill the glass.”

2008 Deep Sea Chardonnay-Santa Barbra County
“The 2008 Deep Sea Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County opens with intense aromas of apricot, honey, toffee, and a brush of vanilla. Crisp and fresh notes of citrus and white flowers are followed with hints of flint stone. Complex flavors linger on a polished and creamy finish.”
If you’d like to visit the Deep Sea tasting room, it is located on Stearns Wharf in Downtown Santa Barbara. You can also visit their website at
After our visit to Deep Sea, we walked across the Wharf to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company for Rock Crab and Clam Chowder.

If you’d like to find out more about the other tasting rooms on the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail visit

Check back soon as we head back to Santa Ynez.

Until next time Salude!!

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NY Giants Super Bowl 2012

Getting ready to select a couple of bottles of wine to celebrate our New York Giants during the Super Bowl tomorrow. You better believe that we will be opening a few cellar aged beauties to celebrate this landmark season. Going in as underdogs and taking the Wild Card into the playoffs all the way to the big game. I think more bottles of wine were consumed this season than any other, both in celebration and in misery as it wasn’t always pretty! Definitely excited to watch the Giants fend off the Patriots once again while enjoying some of my favorite wines!!!! Sure hope we can open a real special celebratory bottle if they win….maybe a Schramsberg Reserve would suit the occasion! GO GIANTS!

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Valentine’s Day 2012

Another Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to surprise that special person than with a good wine. A special day to treat the love of your life to red roses, chocolates, and a great wine. Sit down next to a cozy fire with that significant someone and crack a bottle of Merlot, talk about all your memorable years past. Or watch the sun set with a elegant bottle of Cabernet. How about a quiet evening of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Whatever your taste this Valentines season make sure you spend it with that special someone and a special bottle of vino! Check out our special offers below.