Santa Barbara is my favorite California wine region. Dollar for dollar, nothing competes, especially if you love cool climate wines like Pinot Noir and elegant, restrained Chardonnay. Our restaurant on this episode has a spot close to my heart: it was the place I envisioned for V is for Vino when I came up with the idea years ago, and doggone-it, I got it done. Find out why Santa Barbara is the getaway for the celebs on this episode of V is for Vino.
filmed 04/17 | runtime 27 minutes
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Santa Barbara County, CA
Ah Santa Barbara. The escape for the stars. This little oasis is only a two hour drive from Los Angeles; and a beautiful one at that. You can take Pacific Coast Highway along the coast most of the way.
The city of Santa Barbara is full of tasting rooms, restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping galore. But the actual grapes are grown about an hour north of the city in 5 AVAs (American viticultural areas) of Santa Barbara county, the most notable being the Santa Ynez AVA and Santa Maria Valley AVA.
The Santa Ynez mountain funnels the ocean air through the vineyards, keeping them as cool as a cucumber. You know who loves cool air (besides your significant other who’s always messing with the thermostat)? Burgundian grapes: aka Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.