For a truly unique wine tasting experience, get off the beaten path on Foxen Canyon Road and check out Curtis Winery ~ one of the first wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley to push the envelope with Rhone-style wines.
The highly touted Firestone family established the first estate winery in Santa Barbara County in 1972, later creating Curtiss Winery to showcase their Rhone wines. Today, the true Rhone Rangers are Curtis Winery‘s wine grower Chuck “Calypso” Carlson and winemaker Ernest Storm. Together they bring France’s renown Rhone Valley wines to Santa Barbara County.
Curtis Winery is a little understated, but worth a stop. Belly up to the bar for a tasting of six artisan Rhone-style wines for only $10. The staff is not overly friendly, and the tasting bar is short on space, but the wines are certainly worthy. [Read more…]