As seen in the Fall Food & Wine issue of Southern California Life Magazine
by Mary Noe
“Fall is the perfect time to explore Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail — an impressive collection of Santa Barbara County wineries and tasting rooms — whether you’re a first-time visitor or know its quirky path by heart.
The Trail offers more than 23 tasting rooms in downtown Santa Barbara, making for an easy, fun way to educate yourself and your palate on the area’s award-winning wines.
Many people don’t know ‘that Santa Barbara is a high-quality wine region, and that you can experience out wine in a downtown urban setting,’ says Paul Azdril, General Manager of Grassini Family Vineyards, and the past Urban Wine Trail president. “The Urban Wine Trail is an association of individually operated tasting rooms that are al within walking distance of each other.”
Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate makes strolling thought the Urban Wine Trail a year-round option, but the arrical of harvest and the promise of glimpsing the grape crush process at the Trail’s working wineries make fall an especially exciting time to visit.
Santa Barbara Winery first opened its doors in 1962, and the Urban Wine Trail developed organically as tasting rooms popped up amid the art studios, surf shops and warehouses stretching from the beach through downtown. Today’s Trail is comprised of several areas with distinct personalities: the iconic Funk Zone, the historic Presidio Neighborhood, and the outlaying area east of downtown…
Enjoy tastings, tour the production facilities, and catch live music on the new patio at Carr Vineyards & Winery.
Tour and taste at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, which has been making Rhône varietal wines since 1994. Says winemaker Stephen Searle, ‘Most people don’t stumble into our tasting room (from the Funk Zone). Most seek us out.’
Finish your day at the Deep Sea tasting room on Sterns Wharf, and enjoy a glass or flight while soaking in 360-degree views of the Pacific coastline.
With almost 30 delicious stops, the diverse collection of tasting rooms on the Urban Wine Trail personifies the essence of Santa Barbara wine culture. Whether you are focused on the exceptional wine, the historic beauty of the Presidio, or the vibrant Funk Zone scene, the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail is waiting to captivate you this fall.
Visit UrbanWineTrailSB.com to view the current map, upcoming events, and details on the Urban Wine Trail Membership card (which allows a free tasting and discounts at each Trail partner for a full-year). Individual tastings generally cost around $15. Contact each winery directly for hours and group reservations.”
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