Unlocking the Key To Wine Country Part Two

Unlocking the Key To Wine Country Part Two

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

It’s been six months since I unlocked the key to wine country in Santa Barbara. Last time it was summer and the vines were in full bloom, the grapes were almost ripe and ready to pick and we spent time wandering in the vineyards and tasting barrel samples of wine. But, six months later, the grapes have been picked, the vines are bare and the leaves are all golden colors. While the sun was still shining, it is winter, at least by California standards, and a chill was in the air.   

I drove up the coast for the weekend for the second Key to Wine Country, organized by the Santa Barbara Vintners. This time the key unlocked new experiences that ranged from being introduced to interesting new wineries to food and wine pairings to blending seminars.

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One Stop Wine Tasting In Wine Country

One Stop Wine Tasting In Wine Country

By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor

When going wine tasting, the question that always arises is “who is the designated driver?” This is the person (perhaps, like me, it’s always you) who might get to take a little sip here or there but for the most part holds on to their water bottle while the rest of the group sips away so that they can drive to the next location. But, there is a solution that lets the designated driver partake with everyone else.

There are many beautiful estates to visit when you are in Santa Barbara Wine Country and of course we love to visit these. But, the region is also filled with many small wine producers who don’t have private estates open to the public. Instead, they have set up tasting rooms in centralized areas where you can walk from one to another. In fact, you will probably taste more wines this way than if you were to drive from winery to winery and Santa Barbara Wine Country offers 5 different areas like these.

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