A Very Brief but Excellent Santa Barbara Wine Experience
Friday, May 25th 2012 by
left: downtown Santa Barbara on a cloudier day.
Au Bon Climat (below) and Margerum Wine Company (right) were two tasting rooms we visited.
It is not quite the same ambiance tasting in a ‘concrete jungle’ as it is amongst rows upon endless rows of vines, but if the wine is good, that’s all that matters. And the wine was good.
This wine region has a few pockets of heat, however, like the Willamette Valley; there is a mostly cooler climate due to ocean breezes off the Pacific. I loved the cooler climate Syrah I encountered and was very pleasantly impressed with quite a few of the Pinot Noirs I tasted.
True some of the Pinots tended to be a bit heavier and a bit bolder but they still showcased underlying earthiness and peppery spice, a trait I seek out.
It’s always good to get out of your own backyard and discover new wines and wineries when you have the chance. I, however, feel lucky that my backyard is the Willamette Valley and it feels good to be home.
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