Those who know me, know I love wine and books. I also happen to love Santa Barbara. Who doesn’t though? It’s so beautiful! I’ve only visited a handful of times (even got my marriage license there) and with each visit, I sigh… “Why don’t I live here?”
I decided to share a few of my old photos, all from an ancient iPhone and unedited. Shamefully, I’ve never truly explored the wine region itself, so there’s no pictures of drool-worthy bottles. Sipping Santa Barbara is inspiring me to revisit this gorgeous place so I can focus on the wine. This e-book (not yet available in print) will be my go-to guide. It’s packed full of wineries to visit—each summarized with useful tips, types of wine/styles each produces—including contact details and where to eat (this is important!). At the end of each quick summary there are also helpful wine hints like this:
“These wines are for you if: You enjoy unbashful fruit bombs.”
According to the Santa Barbara Vinters website, there are approximately 125 member wineries and over 55 grape varieties grown in this region. The two most widely planted grapes are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Of course, Pinot Noir was Miles’s favorite in Sideways. This movie had such an influence on the wine community and is still impacting sales over a decade later. And, it’s rightfully mentioned in this book:
“Sideways fans will be familiar with this winery as it is the setting for where Miles tries to teach Jack to taste and appreciate wine. That popular scene ends when Miles asks Jack, “Are you chewing gum?”
I didn’t explore Santa Barbara’s wine region years ago because my time was limited and I remember there being quite a few tasting rooms near State Street, downtown. But, I also realize how much I missed out on! With there being so many wineries and tasting rooms, it’s overwhelming to figure out where to even start, especially if you only have a day or so. This is why I like this book. It gives you an idea of the types of wine each producer makes, with first-hand experience tidbits. So, if you’re into bigger, Bordeaux style reds, you can quickly find one they’ve tried & mentioned, and start there.
“This book is meant to be a practical guide, designed for people who enjoy wine either casually or with great curiosity and vigor. The most common problem encountered by wine lovers when visiting a new region is how to spend their limited amount of time sifting through all the wines and producers. This is why we’ve created this book, which will provide you the information to maximize your time in Santa Barbara County.” ~Sipping Santa Barbara
This book is only $6.99. All of the time and energy they put into creating this wine guide, and they’re practically giving it away. Even if you never plan on visiting this wine country, it’s an interesting, quick read. The information is condensed, and in easy to digest chunks. But, if you do plan on visiting, you can get a free tasting with Moretti Wines by showing them you’ve purchased a copy! That’s maybe a good place to start your Santa Barbara trip?? This book is less expensive than a typical tasting, which is anywhere between $10-$20 per person, so you can’t go wrong with buying it. Plus, you’ll be supporting these nice wine lovers, and that’s reason enough.