Our stay a the Fess Parker Hilton Resort offered a feeling of luxury and relaxation that has made our assignment in Santa Barbara a most agreeable experience.
Our assignment, to check out another segment of Hilton's California Road Trips. Earlier we had visited Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco and participated in that part of the Hilton Road Trip.
So equipped with the complimentary California Road Kit which included Tote bag, Visitors Guide, Vintners Association and Urban Wine Trail Maps, Downtown Organization Map of Shopping and Cultural Attractions, Waterfront Map, and two Santa Barbara Trolley Passes we were more than ready to begin our explorations.
But first we wanted to take part in some of the many amenities offered at this Hilton Resort which includes 24 acres. Our room was one of 350 located in several different buildings, either with balcony or patio. Ours was on the ground floor with patio equipped with table and two chairs and just steps away from our automobile.
In exploring the Resort we, of course, noticed the wine tasting cellar room located in the lobby of the Hotel and learned that wine tastings were conducted there afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. And it was a given that on that very first afternoon we were there to taste some of the vintages of Fess Parker Winery. We were greeted by a smiling Hostess named Brooklyn who said she was from Utah and when I told her I had spent years writing sports in Salt Lake City we were immediately on the same page.
In all we tasted seven wines from the Parker and Epiphany labels. We restricted our tasting to red wines. My partner was much taken with the 2012 Parker Family Reserve Red Wine while my favorite was the Parker 2013 Pinot Noir from the Rita Hills appellation. From the Epiphany label, which showed mostly Rhone style varietals, we gave high points to a 2013 Petite Sirah from Rodney's Vineyard as well as the 2013 Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon blend
We truly enjoyed this tasting which was low key and left very much to the individual on what choices to make. Not to mention the convenience of having it in the hotel where we were staying.
After this tasting it was on easy decision to saunter across the lobby to Rodney's Grill for a light dinner which included cocktails, an excellent calamari and pasta entree.