Each winery charges a different tasting fee amount. Fees are, on average, approximately $15.00 and include 4-5 wines .
Deep Sea Wine Located on Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara , this oceanview tasting room is the city’s only place to sample wines directly above the ocean. Here, you’ll find a selection from Conway Family Wines by the flight, glass, and bottle.
Napa Valley wine country
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The region itself is cooler than Santa Ynez, but warmer than Santa Maria valley, which means it has a wide diversity of wine varieties. Although the region is famous for its premium stone fruit driven Chardonnay, other favorites include Grenache-Syrah blends and Pinot Noir .
Best Wine Bars in Santa Barbara Mercury Lounge. Goleta. Photo courtesy of Mercury Lounge. Villa Wine Bar and Kitchen. Downtown. Photo courtesy of Villa Wine Bar. The Wine Shepherd. Downtown. Hitching Post II. Buellton. Intermezzo. Downtown. Municipal Winemakers. Funk Zone. Armada Wine & Beer Merchant. Downtown. Wine + Beer. Downtown.
Santa Barbara County, often branded as the American Riviera, is home to a beautiful landscape and great climate for living, playing and working. The County is well known for its strong sense of community, prime agricultural land, award winning wineries, and attractive cultural and tourism opportuntieis.
Napa might win on being more expensive, but Sonoma is certainly more expansive, spread out, and laid-back. (People often say Sonoma is “less commercialized” than Napa .) It’s almost double the size of Napa , and grows far more grapes than Napa in a variety of conditions.
The best time to visit Napa is August through October or March through May. Napa’s peak tourist season corresponds with the region’s harvest season (August through October). During this busy time , expect crowds and high prices for just about everything, especially accommodations.
The World’s Best California Wines
|Wine Name||Score||Ave Price|
|Sine Qua Non Cumulus Vineyard Next of Kyn, Central Coast||96||$491|
|Colgin Cellars IX Estate Red, Napa Valley||96||$546|
|Schrader Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon , Napa||96||$430|
|Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay, Sonoma County||96||$414|
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What to do in Santa Barbara on a Rainy Day The Carriage and Western Art Museum. Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation has a list of sites to visit , including El Presidio State Historic Park. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and it’s separate Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf.