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are assembling in downtown Santa Barbara’s microneighborhoods, providing oenophiles ample opportunities to swirl in varying urban settings. The Funk Zone now holds bicoastal (Virginia and California) wine brand PARADISE SPRINGS WINERY ’s new tasting room, and nearby, winemaker Lenny Germano greets guests in his SKYENNA WINE LOUNGE , housed in a historic building a block from the beach. Established in 1996—before Sta. Rita Hills received its AVA status—MELVILLE WINERY recently set up shop on State Street, offering winemaker Chad Melville’s estate-grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. In a former Castagnola seafood processing structure, LAPLACE WINE BAR & SHOP fulfills your Funk Zone retail fix—with a Mediterranean-esque patio to boot. In the Presidio neighborhood, newcomer FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY pours Zac Wasserman’s proprietary brand, an industrious side project to his assisting mentor, winemaker Joey Tensley. Benjamin Silver’s fondness for Sangiovese and Nebbiolo now shines from his El Paseo tasting room for SILVER WINES , the label he launched in 1996. Also on this historic stretch, GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS showcases its estate wines in a fittingly rustic-chic indoor/outdoor location. At SAMSARA WINE CO. ’s new winery in Goleta, owners Dave and Joan Szkutak and winemaker Matt Brady produce cool-climate Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Chardonnay.
What’s Now Buellton and Solvang
The GRASSINI tasting room; the lineup at FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY ; sipping at D. VOLK WINES ; HITCHING POST WINES . Clockwise from top left:
Adjacent to the storied Hitching Post II restaurant, famed Buellton chef/restaurateur Frank Ostini and friend and partner-in-wine, Gray Hartley, have opened a dedicated tasting room for their HITCHING POST WINES —complete with picnic grounds and Ostini’s Santa Maria-style barbecue food pairings. Along Solvang’s Mission Drive, the Olive House’s new location is uncorking its TWENTY MILE WINES , while the three distinctive brands of the SANGER FAMILY OF WINES have taken up residence just a few steps away from female wine industry veteran Dana Volk’s beachy D. VOLK WINES tasting room and patio. Solvang chef David Cecchini’s Italian restaurant standby, Cecco Ristorante, has been accessorized with CECCHETTI WINE BAR . Santa Barbara County vineyard manager turned winemaker Felipe Hernandez is pouring his 17-year-old brand at FELIZ NOCHE CELLARS in a strip of stylish new storefronts at “the bend” on Copenhagen Drive. One of Solvang’s most Instagram-able windmills is home to Ryan and Jessica Carr’s CROSSHATCH WINERY , focused on cofermented blends from Santa Barbara County vineyards.
PHOTOGRAPHS: GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS, BLAKE BRONSTAD; HITCHING POST WINES, ROB STARK; D.VOLK WINES, BOTTLE BRANDING; FREQUENCY WINE COMPANY, CHRIS RICKMAN
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