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Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail: Highlights & Tips

Downtown Santa Barbara Wine

Cover image by Mark Weber. Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara. Reading Time: The town of Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera”, is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the town boasts many stunning natural and man-made attractions—from the Spanish colonial architecture, to pristine…

Matassa Blanc Côtes Catalanes 2012

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Welcome to As Drunk By Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature wines that are worthy of your attention. The wine reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or more well-known wine regions. Sit back, grab a…

Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara

Reading Time: Lompoc, California was the first stop of our week-long tasting trip in Santa Barbara County. Driving down CA-246 on the way to Lompoc, the views of Sta. Rita Hills were stunning. We arrived at sunset, greeted by the incredible sight of golden hills wrapped around old creek beds, horse ranches, and green vineyards. Driving…

10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

fiddlehead cellars happy canyon vineyard

*Featured photo courtesy of Fiddlehead Cellars* Reading Time: At 3,729 square miles in size, Santa Barbara County offers unique topography and climatic diversity that give birth to six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos District, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Santa Ynez Valley. The distance between the grape-growing area…

8 Tips for Visiting Santa Barbara Wine County

bien nacido vineyards santa barbara wine

Reading Time: Santa Barbara County may be the most fascinating wine region in California. The types of wineries range from urban to micro, boutique, and family-owned, with varying levels of output that can be as little as a few hundred cases per year. The relatively low cost of wine production by California standards lowers the…

Classic Wines from Borgo del Tiglio and Meroi

Meroi Vineyards Friuli Venezia Giulia

Reading Time: Nice white wines and a few amber wine producers. That was our impression of Friuli-Venezia Giulia before we visited the region. It turns out that both of our initial impressions are correct, but there’s more to Friuli than that. It’s a dynamic region with so many different styles of wines being made. Some…

Fine Serbian Wine On Belgrade’s Doorstep

Janko Winery Serbian Wine

Reading Time: We’ve spent three months of 2016-2017 in Serbia visiting wine producers and walking away thoroughly impressed (more articles on Serbian wine will be released soon). Over the course of three months, we traveled to the far corners of the country and with that sort of coverage—naturally—we felt confident about our knowledge of all…

Trendsetter: Jo Ahearne MW, Winemaker

Jo Ahearne

Reading Time: Jo Ahearne is an academically trained winemaker and a Master of Wine. She is currently producing wine under her own label in Croatia, more specifically on the island of Hvar in Southern Dalmatia. We met her during our three-month stay in Croatia in 2016. In this interview, she shed some light on various aspects…

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