Urban Wine Trail Consists of Tasting Rooms From 17 Local Wineries
The biggest drag about going wine tasting is that someone has to drive.
Or you have to hire a driver, limo or other costly transportation.
But not in Santa Barbara.
The growing Southern California wine region has opened tasting rooms downtown, which means you can spend the day at the beach and go wine tasting in the late afternoon or early evening. Then go out to dinner and/or the bars. All within walking distance of your hotel. And because there are so many tasting rooms, you can do this for two or three straight days.
The Urban Wine Trail consists of 17 wineries in 15 tasting rooms . You even get snacks at the Margerum Tasting Room. What a great idea!
Prices range from $5 to $15 and typically include tastes of between five and eight wines.
• Reservations recommended for groups of eight or more.
• Each tasting room has its own hours, but most are open Monday-Saturday, with a few on Sunday, with times ranging from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. You can see individual tasting rooms and hours by clicking here.
There are even special tasting events. On July 27-29, for example, there is a Passport Weekend featuring reserve vintage exhibitions, a chance to meet the winemakers, live music and light appetizers. The cost is $75 per person and includes tastings all weekend, a wine glass with logo and a 10% discount off wine purchases in the tasting rooms.
For a map of the tasting rooms, events and more, the wine trail’s website is: www.urbanwinetrailsb.com,