Those of you who follow this blog know that we rented a house in the Los Olivos area for one week, so we could explore the Santa Barbara wine country. Last post we gave an overview of Santa Barbara wine region and now it is time to discuss specific wineries in the Santa Barbara wine country.
A Day on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail in Santa Barbara Wine Country
We spent the entire day traveling the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail and visiting five wineries on this route. The first very thing we did was purchase a picnic lunch in Los Olivos at the Panino Deli. Panino also has delis in five other Santa Barbara wine country towns and their sandwiches and salads are excellent.
Fess Parker Winery
Good old Fess Parker! When we were youngsters we watched on television with great enthusiasm, the Davy Crockett show starring Fess Parker. Little did we know that the man would go on to make some very good wines that we would also embrace with enthusiasm. The only trouble with the Fess Parker winery is that it is extremely popular. We prefer a quieter atmosphere, less party and more wine talk. We spent just a brief period of time there, side stepping a couple of bachelorette parties, and then left quickly to taste at the Zaca Mesa winery.
Zaca Mesa Winery
The winery has a very cool tasting room and surrounding picnic area. Unfortunately, their vineyards are two miles north of the winery, so you don’t get that lovely vineyard atmosphere when visiting. The wines are produced from the Santa Maria wine appellation or AVA. Their entire lineup of wines is very good and we think they’re amazing values, priced under the $20 range. We sat with our friends and enjoyed our picnic lunch while sipping Rancho Sisquoc Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Riverbench Vineyards and Winery
The tasting room is in a beautifully-remodeled 1927 house. Whoever selected the design and color schemes in the rooms needs to be given a medal of honor. What a decorating touch they have!
Kenneth Volk Winery
All these wineries are on what is called the Foxen Canyon Road Trail. Get your Google map or GPS and you are sure to have a wonderful time. By the way, we decided that Riverbench Vineyards has the best picnic spot on this wine trail.