This past weekend was the Annual 2010 Santa Barbara Vitners Festival in the Santa Rita Hills area outside of Lompoc Ca. A great event put on each year by the local wineries and restaurants to showcase the 130 wineries in the area and bring food and merchandise to accompany a delightful afternoon in the park.
This year seemed to show very exceptional wines and after tasting them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday it made for an extended venture to quite a few of the wineries to taste and purchase wines.
Below are some of the wines and wineries that I found to be producing great wines and worth venturing to there wineries if in the area. I do have to note that most all Syrah wines we tasted were excellent, Pinot Noir were hits and misses for me but the ones I liked and my taste will be noted below. We also tried a few Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc’s that stood out too.
– 08 Viognier ($12.50 sale)
– Syrah, Esperance, Grenache ($30-50) (Ok, i’m bias)
Gainey – 07 Pinot Noir ($48)
– 06 Syrah ($42)
– 08 Viognier ($24)
– 06 Syrah. Am. Tradition ($50)
– 06 – Pinot Noir – Ashleys ($50)
– 07 Pinot Noir, Bien NacidoVineyard Block 8 ($54)
– 06 Pinot Noir, Barrel Select ($50)
– 08 Sav. Blanc ($12)
– 05 Cab. Reserve ($50)
– 07 Granche ($25)
– 05 Pinot Noir, estate ($45)
– 06 Pinot Noir ($35)
– 06 Pinor Noir, fiddlestix ($45)
I am sure there are many more that didn’t make the list, but these were my favorites of the weekend. If any of you have a chance to go to this event in the future I think they have finally got it down to where it all works and there is plenty of room for people to roam.