Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful landscapes, unbeatable weather and spectacular coastline which has made it an ideal environment for vineyards. California is the 4th largest wine producer in the world behind France, Italy, and Spain; with much of its wine coming straight from Santa Barbara. In this episode the guys will explore the local wineries and vineyards and even crush some of their own wine grapes. They then will pay their respects to the many local taverns, brewhouses, and restaurants that reflect Santa Barbara’s unique culture.
WHERE WE WENT
- Gainey Vineyard: The Gainey Vineyard is part of a large, sustainable farming operation owned and run by the Gainey family for the past 50 years. The Home Ranch, the largest of the three Gainey ranches in the Santa Ynez Valley, is 1800 acres. It is comprised of 100 acres of vineyards, an Arabian horse operation, 1000 acres of rangeland upon which beef cattle feed on native grasses, and 600 acres farmed primarily to organically grown fruits and vegetables. Gainey is one of the first wineries in Santa Barbara and has been listed in the 10 best winery destinations of 2012 by Wine Enthusiast. 3950 E Highway 246 Santa Ynez, CA 93460 (805) 688-0558
- Cold Spring Tavern: Santa Barbara’s oldest tavern began as a stagecoach stop in 1886. The physical appearance of the Tavern has been protected by a series of owners and most recently by Adelaide Ovington and her daughter Audrey who purchased the Tavern in 1941. It has been operating as a restaurant/tavern continuously since that date. 5995 Stagecoach Road Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 967-0066
- Municipal Winemakers: Municpal is one of many different wineries in Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail. They pride themselves on their wine making techniques developed through years of nomadic traveling through various wine countries. Municipal takes all their ingredients from local vineyards and farms and makes small-lot, handmade, high quality wines. 28 Anacapa St Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 931-6864
- Longboards: Located on the pier in the famous Stearn’s Warf, Longboards offers a great view, great food and drinks, and an awesome surf scene and beach vibe. 210 Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 963-3311
- Blue Agave: Blue Agave is Santa Barbara’s desitnation for tequila and mescal. They are noted for their excellent martini’s, mojitos, and tequila based cocktails. 20 East Cota Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 899-4694
- Dutch Garden Restaurant: Dutch Garden specializes in beer and food pairings and backs up their selections with the expertise of the world’s youngest certified cicerone. 4203 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93110 (805) 967-4911
- The Brewhouse: The Brewhouse serves its own specialty beers served right on the premises. We call them specialty beers because many of the beers have a unique kick created by the infusion of tabasco, peppers, and Ghost Chilies among other spices. Better be careful with which beer you order here. 229 West Montecito Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 884-4664
WHAT WE DRANK
Cold Spring Sangria Recipe
Shark Bite Recipe
The Smoking Frida Recipe
What We Featured
- Gainey 2008 Limited Selection
- Paulaner Salvator Double Bock
- Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
- Habanero Pilsner Hot Shot
- The Brewhouse Ghost Chili Porter
- Black Death 666
- Within Santa Barbara County there are three distinct appellations: The Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and Santa Rita Hills.
- The wine grape is Santa Barbara County’s first most valuable agricultural crop.
- ‘Terroir’ is a term used to denote the special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of a certain place bestowes upon the wine.
- Father Junipero Serra brought grapevine cuttings from Mexico in 1782 to be planted in what is now known as the Milpas district of Santa Barbara.
- One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine, or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes.
- The Cold Spring Tavern was built as a way station to serve the travelers on the new “turnpike” over the San Marcos pass.
- Sangria is a Spanish wine punch usually made with wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy.
- There are 15 wineries on the Urban Wine Trail.
- A “cork-tease” is someone who constantly talks about the wine he or she will open but never does.
- Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.
- There is increasing scientific evidence that moderate, regular wine drinking can reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and gum disease.
- California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy, and Spain.
- With a speed pourer, a four count is typically one ounce of alcohol.
- Worldwide there is an average of 50-70 shark attacks every year.
- The word ‘mescal’ comes from the Nahautl ‘metl’ and ‘ixcalli’ which mean”oven cooked agave”.
- Frida Kahlo de Reviera was a Mexican painter and was best known for her self portraits.
- There are over 4,000 certified beer servers but only 3 master cicerones.
- The first time the master cicerone test was given, only 1 out of 7 passed.
- Habanero chilli peppers are rated 100,000-350,000 on the Scoville scale.
- Porter is a dark style of beer originating in London in the 18th century.
- With a rating of 1,001,304 SHU, the Ghost pepper is 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
- Since the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost pepper) was certified the world’s hottest pepper in 2007, the Infinity chili, Naga Viper pepper, and Trinidad Scorpion Butch 1 pepper have surpassed it.
THANK YOU SIR, MAY I PLEASE HAVE SOME MORE?
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