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Sip Grassini in Santa Barbara

Sip Grassini in Santa Barbara

Completing an errand in downtown Santa Barbara yesterday I walked through El Paseo and found a new tasting room:   Grassini Family Vineyards.  Even though time was limited the small, yet warm room was so inviting,  I couldn’t resist quickly sipping wines which were new to me.

Welcomed by Sam Guzman, we learned the environmentally friendly winery is in Santa Barbara County’s Happy Canyon.    The location is ideal for Bordeaux varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot.  The winemaker is Andrew Levi.

Since it was National Sauvignon Blanc Day it was particularly fitting to begin with:

2008 Estate Sauvignon Blanc– 30% French Oak, 40% Stainless Steel, 30% Neutral Oak

2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc– 60% Neutral French Oak, 40 % New French Oak

I enjoyed the 2009 which was described as opening with a “powerful and complex aroma.”  It had a long finish and brought to mind the fresh peaches I have on my kitchen counter.

Next the Cabernets were a true delight.  We began with the first wine ever produced from the Grassini Family Vineyard:

2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: 100% Cabernet

The following Cabernet was my favorite:

2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: 90% Cabernet, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

This was complex with the nose being dominated by ripe red fruit and  had been aged in French oak barrels.

Sam said it is possible to contact the winery and arrange a tour which I will put on my “to do list” today.  I look forward to new releases which are scheduled soon.

The tasting room is open seven day a week from twelve to six.   For more information call: 805 897-3366.  I encourage stopping by for a few minutes of sipping and enjoyment.



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  1. Grassini Sav Blancs are the best in SB County. If you ever have the chance to see their vineyard,,,, GO!

  2. This is great local wine to drink on it own with friends or with any meal and also is value for money.

    • We certainly agree. Thanks for the comment.

    • I’ve never been to a wine class, but I have learned a lot at the grcreoy store where I work, in regards to cheese and wine. I work with many cheese and wine connoisseurs so I ask as many questions as I can! And, we do a wine tasting every Tuesday and Friday and I try to attend those when I can (which is rare, I’ll admit). My favorite wine is pinot noir, but I’m also into the blends. I HATE merlot. Yuck.

  3. Off to buy Grassini as you make it sound so delicious! Love the Santa Barbara wines.


  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Elizabeth! I’m so glad you enjoyed our new space and our wines. We’re really loving our spot in the El Paseo – it’s really starting to feel like home! I also wanted to let you know that we’ve had such a warm welcome in downtown Santa Barbara that we have decided to stay open 7 days a week, from 12-6. I hope you’ll come visit again soon!

    • Happy for your success! I have corrected hours on post and Facebook. See you again soon!

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