Welcome to Santa Barbara

Trip Start Dec 30, 2012
Trip End Jun 27, 2013

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hello from Santa Barbara. This place is great to start getting acquainted with California wines and wine tasting. The city has quite a few tasting rooms, including one right on the wharf called the Deep Sea Tasting Room. We found a great spot on the balcony to taste our wines, three whites and three reds. Each tasting room will typically offer a standard tasting, and a reserve tasting. The reserve has some of the higher priced / older wines. Since this was our first tasting we opted for the standard, but it just so happened that Deep Sea was out of two of the standard reds, so they poured us the reserve instead. Our favorite wine from this tasting, the 2009 Deep Sea Cabernet Savignon, was created from a blend of grapes from three vineyards in Napa Valley.

The next day we found out that the Santa Barbara County Courthouse has an 85 foot viewing tower, so the choice of where to begin our day was clear. As a bonus, the courthouse has been used since 1929, and so the interior and exterior offer beautiful examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. There are also several murals, tiles and paintings to view.

Once we satisfied our appetite for history and geography, it was time for some retail therapy. Santa Barbara is a great place for thrifting. You have a ritzy area with lots of shopping, and lots of ritzy people trying to figure out what to do with last season's ritzy clothing. This creates some of the best conditions for growing a healthy supply of gently used designer clothes at prices much more attractive than for the same item brand new. Most of the afternoon was window shopping, but by the end of the day I found 2 dresses for a total of $8. #Winning!

Santa Barbara has many restaurants, as well as several more tasting rooms, including an area of town affectionately dubbed the "urban wine trail". Perhaps on our next trip we'll investigate these further, but for this visit we drove out of town to check out Santa Ynez and the Foxen Canyon Trail, which I will share in the next post.
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Looks beautiful and the pick-me-up looks delish :)

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