Gainey Vineyards — Santa Barbara, CA
Posted by Shannon on 03/06/2012
My Christmas present from Steve was a weekend trip to Santa Barbara for my very first California winery tour! We hopped in the car early one Saturday morning, and headed up north on the freeway. Starbucks was an obvious pit-stop… I loved my “Shany” skinny double latte. Their inadvertent spelling is actually my baby nephew’s nickname for me, so I started my AM off with a caffeine charge and a little laugh.
I had a fun car ride up, hanging with Steve, making each other laugh being silly, and listening/singing along to music on the radio. I also got to hear Fallen Riviera’s unreleased (at that time) song “Drained,” who doesn’t like being one of the first to hear a new song :)? We arrived at our first stop, Gainey Vineyard and I was oh so excited.
The grounds were beautiful and blissfully silent. The weather was hot with a clear blue sky. We took a moment to look off towards the mountains and enjoy the peacefulness before heading inside.
The grounds and building with the barrel rooms were gorgeous. We took a look around first before walking to the front to pick up our tasting glasses.
There were two tasting rooms, a reserve and a regular room. We took our glasses and headed in.
As we approached the tasting, there were two couples already there. One was loud and proud, with a loud banter already going on with the sommelier was we walked up. The man made me nearly laugh out loud because it was not even noon yet and his cheeks were flushed. Was this his second (or third?) stop already? The second were refined in their demeanor and appearance. They sipped one of their last tastes, and the wife commented that they should “ship a case of this wine to” their house in Florida.
The wall behind the tasting table held all the bottles that were recovering from “bottle shock.” That is the period of time right after corking the bottle, where the wine is absorbing the oxygen introduced during the bottling process. The more tannins in the wine, the longer the wine should sit.
We walked around the rest of the building and looked at the different displays before heading off to our next stop, which proved to be more of a quest than a short drive.
(To be continued…)