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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.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery, Starbucks

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.

Gainey Vineyard, Wine Tasting, Santa Barbara, California

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.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery

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.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery

There were two tasting rooms, a reserve and a regular room. We took our glasses and headed in.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery, Barrel Room

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery, Barrel Room

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.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery,

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery, Tasting Menu

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.

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery, Bottle Shock

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…)

Wine Tasting, Gainey Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California, Roadtrip, Winery,

6 Responses to “Gainey Vineyards — Santa Barbara, CA”

  1. akashichop said

    i think i see a girl trip to sb in the works🙂

    • Shannon said

      Oh my gosh YES. We can do a day trip or a longer weekend one and do the winery stops tour bus style😉. This Spring we need to make it happen.

  2. […] wine tasting, this time for the Demetria Estate. We received the tip from the couple we met at the Gainey Vineyard’s tasting earlier in the day. What they failed to tell us about the Demetria Estate’s tasting, […]

  3. We visited Gainey about a year and a half ago and really enjoyed the winery. Thanks for sharing!

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