Where to Drink Rosé in Santa Barbara

The country has gone crazy for rosé, and with blogs and wine clubs dedicated to the pretty-in-pink drink, it certainly looks to be a trend that’s here to stay. As it should be! Rosé is accessible and fun. It’s very food-friendly and generally inexpensive. Plus, it looks great in the glass (hello, Instagram!) and is a stylish addition to any picnic. For those who aren’t fond of white wines, it’s the perfectly chilled companion for hot summer days and balmy summer nights.

What better place to drink pink than in The American Riviera®?! It’s a match made in wine pairing heaven. Santa Barbara is here to satisfy your rosé cravings and cultivate your pink palate. Area winemakers have been producing rosés for decades and now that it’s risen to star status, more producers have added it to their line-up of annual releases…with playful gusto! This is just a sampling of hot pink spots to taste the many shades of Santa Barbara County rosé available at our local tasting rooms.

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In Town

Rosé is prolific along the Urban Wine Trail in downtown Santa Barbara. Margerum Wine Company’s aptly named Riviera Rosé recently got a more masculine sibling in the form of a “Brosé” available exclusively through their El Paseo tasting room. While there, stop into neighboring Jamie Slone Wines Au Bon Climat, and Grassini Family Vineyards who have refined rosés of their own to share with you.

A few blocks up State Street, the Sanford Winery tasting room in La Arcada Court invites you to compare and contrast their Pinot Noir Vin Gris and Rosé of Pinot Noir. You can do some more deep thinking while taking advantage of Carr Winery’s glorious new patio while sipping on the 2016 Carr Pinot Noir Rosé.

You’ll find rosé at every turn in The Funk Zone. Start with Municipal Winemakers’ popular Pale Pink, a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Carignane, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Riverbench Winery pours an elegant Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley AVA. For a one-stop shop, Santa Barbara Wine Collective pours The Paring Rosé of Pinot Noir and Fess Parker’s Rosé of Pinot Noir.  At Kunin Wines, sit back and sip on two different, but equally delicious,  rosés. You’ll need to book an appointment to taste the Sanguis Santa Ynez Valley Rosé, and you can pay tribute to one of the “originals” at Santa Barbara Winery while savoring their Rosé of Syrah.

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Municipal Winemakers in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

 A Little Further

In the sweet little beach enclave of Summerland just south of Montecito, Summerland Winery is a natural purveyor of the “summer water.” Summerland’s Rosé of Pinot Noir “La Rousse” is made with grapes from the Theresa-Noelle Vineyard in the cooler climate Sta. Rita Hills.

Worth the Drive

Day tripping to taste in the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valleys offers an abundance of fabulous wineries to choose from. If you’re going coastal in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, Ampelos Cellars makes a magnificent, sustainably produced Rosé of Syrah. Longoria’s annual Pink Wine release established in 2007 is called Cuveé June in honor of the winemakers’ first grandchild. Fiddlehead Cellars’ “Pink Fiddle” Rosé of Pinot Noir is made by the trailblazing female winemaker, Kathy Joseph.

Heading out of town towards the Santa Ynez Valley on Highway 246, stop at the Star Lane tasting room to try their Star Lane Rosé of Malbec. Or, book an appointment to taste and tour at Pence Ranch, a newer producer pouring a 2016 Rosé from their Estate Vineyard.

Good friends and good rosé is all you need at Sunstone Winery. Photo Credit: Instagram @sunstonewinery

In Buellton, pop into Alma Rosa to taste their Vin Gris Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. If it’s after 4:00 p.m., belly up to the bar at Hitching Post II to try their Dry Rosé by the glass paired with a grilled artichoke or, better yet, book a table to have the full sit-down BBQ dinner experience.

Sunstone Winery is a picture-perfect spot to go for the pink—try two different types of rosé at their Santa Ynez winery that will transport you to Provence. Casa Dumetz in quaint Los Alamos also offers two rosés for your tasting pleasure—a Syrah Rosé and Grenache Gris Rosé. And Saarloos & Sons in Los Olivos has a collection of several high-end, limited edition rosés for the avid collector and premium pink sipper.

Cheers to an endless summer!

 

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Au Bon Climat

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on…


Carr Winery

Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara.  Owner & Winemaker, Ryan Carr established the winery in 1999.  All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara…


Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room

At Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, our family’s passion for beauty, commitment to hard work and a special place all come together to make the wine in bottles bearing our family’s label something special. It is our hope that you…


Hitching Post II Restaurant & Winery

The Hitching Post specializes in Red Oak-Fired Santa Maria Barbecue of perfectly grilled meats, seafood and local farmed vegetables. Visit the famous bar where locals and visitors enjoy conversation, local wines and our Hartley Ostini Hitching Post…


Jamie Slone Wines Tasting Room

Voted Runner-Up for BEST Urban Tasting Room in the SB Independent 2018 Best of Santa Barbara Readers' Poll! Jamie Slone Wines specializes in limited production premium wines, sourcing fruit from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara…





Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

Taste our wines now at two locations! Visit us at our brand new urban tasting room located in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone. Open daily from 11:am-6:00pm. 137 Anacapa St. Suite C. Santa Barbara, Ca 93101. Or, visit our historic vineyard and tasting…



Sanford Winery & Tasting Room

We invite you to join us at our two locations! Experience our premium offerings in our La Arcada tasting room, located in downtown Santa Barbara, or drive up the coast and visit our iconic winery and vineyard in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills.…


Sanguis

Wines that are singular, compelling and beautiful rely on great vineyards and proper farming in union with a healthy dose of confidence, determination and style. Like great food, they can not exist without superior 'raw materials', the land…


Santa Barbara Wine Collective

The Santa Barbara Wine Collective is a group of like-minded producers focusing on the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County. We feature local premium wines from well known producers Babcock, Ca' Del Grevino, Fess Parker, Notary Public and The…


Santa Barbara Winery

Founded in 1962, Santa Barbara Winery is Santa Barbara's first commercial winery since the prohibition era. Today, the winery and tasting room are in the heart of Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean. While Santa…


Summerland Winery

Summerland Winery is a boutique wine company that takes pride in producing a diverse range of premium wines focusing on the expressive vineyard sources spanning from Santa Barbara to Monterey with an emphasis on small lot, vineyard designated Pinot…


Sunstone Winery

Sunstone Vineyards, Winery and Villa is an organic vineyard retreat, located just 35-minutes north of Santa Barbara, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy Sunstone wines in our Provençal French courtyards, stone barrel-aging caves or…


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