A friend at work is going to a meeting in Santa Barbara at the end of next week. One of his mentors is retiring from the faculty at UCSB. He enjoys wine, but is not a serious wino. He is trying to organize a group visit to a winery. Which ones would be particularly well-suited to this?
I am thinking the wines should not be too expensive and they should make reds and whites. It might be only a few people, or it might grow to a larger group. Any suggestions?
If it was me, I surely would not pass up the opportunity to meet T-Bone, but this is a fairly dignified individual who has never even heard of some of the things that Mr. T posts pictures of from his personal collection.
Don’t forget carpentry, working as a lumberjack, welding, motorcycles…
In all seriousness, I think that Tastes of the Valleys is a great place because they can taste Arcadian, Au Bon Climat, and Margerum wines all in one terrific venue. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable too. It isn’t that “winery” experience, but if they are looking to discover some tasty selections, this is the place in Solvang.
In Santa Barbara itself, I think the best choices would be Jaffurs or Santa Barbara Winery. The wine at Jaffurs is better though more expensive and limited to Rhone-style, while Santa Barbara Winery makes a wider variety, the wines are less expensive, and it might be better-suited to a group of mostly wine newbies.