The Santa Barbara Vintners Road Trip to Los Angeles proved to be a very well attended event. The Trade and Media Tasting began with a seminar on "The unexpected White Wines of Santa Barbara County" conducted by Elaine Chukan Brown followed by the tasting.
Some forty two wineries were represented at the tasting ranging from all the appellations in the County including Santa Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Ballard Canyon and ranging through Santa Barbara County.
At Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards we had the opportunity to meet up again with Louis Lucas and we had a chat with Jonathan Strommen of Fess Parker Winery.
While Santa Barbara county has achieved fame for its red wines especially Pinot Noir we noted increased emphasis on some of the white varietals.
We tasted an excellent Sauvignon Blanc from Lucas & Lewellen, and noted the many white wines presented like Pinot Gris, Rose, Grenache Blanc,, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and a Rouossanne blend blanc from Zaca Mesa.
The walk around tasting took place at The Mark for Events in West Los Angeles and conducted by EventBrite.