Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rancho Sisquoc Winery

100 California Wineries

Our exploration of the wineries in California continued with a visit to Rancho Sisquoc in the Santa Maria Valley.  Although it is located on Foxen Canyon Road, a famous road along the wine tasting circuit, it is a little off the beaten track.  About 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, off the 101, the ranch road leading to the winery passes the San Ramon Chapel and curves up and around to a lovely, peaceful setting.  Just follow the signs.  It is one of my favorite wineries in the area.  Sisquoc means "gathering place" in the Chumash language, and I guarantee that the ambiance will make you stop and smell the roses.  Or should I say, stop and smell the wine.

James Flood of San Francisco planted vines here in 1968.  The 310 acres of vineyards supply many of the top California wineries with grapes.  We were fortunate to hit the winery when there were only three other couples at the counter.  When it's slow like this, you often get a "bonus" round.  It always pays off (for them and us).  We ended up buying a whole case of Sylvaner for 50% off.  It is a light white wine, which we were unfamiliar with.  It will be perfect for the holidays and will appeal to the younger members of our extended family.

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