Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Sunshinebutton
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
I didn't get the pleasure of visiting the winery in person, but my mom brought me back a bottle of the chardonnay and a bottle of the red table wine. I haven't drank the chardonnay, but the red table wine while tasting ok overall, i should never have trusted. After the cork crumbled and was soggy, Half of it had to be pushed in to the bottle to drink. Then toward the end of the bottle, there were shavings of some sort of dark sediment (not extra cork pieces), which was very startling to almost swallow. Definitely not what I have come top expect from California and especially Solvang.
I don't think I've ever even had this experience with the cheapest wine at the grocers.
Written November 17, 2020
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Kristine C
Chicago, IL394 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Our third and last stop. Glad we hit a place featured in the film. It was nice and pretty, but because we showed up at the same time as a "big spender" couple we were treated with less hospitality and had to wait for our tasting. Once they left, we surprisingly had to be focused on. The wine was nice but not outstanding. It seemed a bit dark and unwelcoming inside. We were also rushed due to the "closing" time. Bathroom is outside.
Written May 10, 2014
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Penthouse21
Sonoma, CA16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
The experience at this winery almost made me cancel my 6 wine clubs that I've had for years and re-think being a wine fan. The 'ladies' at this winery gave a whole new meaning to wine snobs. They made it very clear from the moment that we walked in that they did not want us there. They made us pre-pay for our tasting (I guess this was their policy for customers with a certain look). To top it off the employee who made us pre-pay, loudly and blatantly announced it to her co-worker.

When we tried to engage in small talk and mentioned that we had been to Napa/Sonoma several times, they made a comment along the lines of "yes, we've had a lot of people invade us that normally go to other regions". In other words, they HATE the additional business that the Sideways movie they appeared in for 2 seconds, provided them. Really?

To make matters worse, I've had grape juice that tastes better than what they pour. There wines are the worst I've ever had in my entire life. If you want a decent experience in this wine region, step on it and drive fast when you get near this winery, don't stop.
Written January 13, 2013
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GradingMachine
Oak Park, CA586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My wife and I stumbled upon this gem of a winery by accident. If the receipt included the server's name, we'd give her a shout-out. She had a bit of up-do with lots of enthusiasm. We enjoyed hearing her detailing of each wine along with the elaborate write-up. As English teachers, we appreciated the write-ups. We look forward to our next visit! One note: make sure the white wines are more chilled.
Written July 24, 2020
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jcrowne
Fairfield, CT64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
one of the elite wine makers in the area (technically Santa Ynez), this place has amazing chardonnay, pinot noir, and cab/merlot blends a la Bordeaux. was briefly in the movie Sideways so you can check that off your list if so desired. Highly recommended.
Written October 25, 2016
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glennakim1
Apollo Beach, FL11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
No more 777, but they still have Double Down Syrah and several other great wines! Been visiting here for over 15 years.
Written August 27, 2016
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Viv P
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We had an excellent wine tasting at Blackjack today. Very generous tasting of 10 wines and very friendly lady helping us. Would recommend.
Written May 17, 2016
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PatSnyder
New York419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
I was on a fun and unique road trip with my active 91 year-old mother-in-law and 87 year-old mother (really!), and winetasting in the Santa Ynez Valley was on our "must-do" list! The Blackjack's sign at the gate telling us this was one of the vineyards featured in the film, SIDEWAYS, was the motivating factor for our choosing this tasting room. It was fantastic! The woman server (Allison) was really knowledgable about both the particular wines we were tasting, as well as about winemaking in general. We purchased 2 bottles to savor some time in the near future!
Written July 24, 2013
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XlntAdventure
Phoenix, AZ128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
We've visited Blackjack twice a year for about a dozen years, starting at least a few years before the Sideways "hype". We keep returning because it is one of the few wineries where we enjoy the majority of the wines (usually about 10 of 12) that we taste.

For most of our visits the pouring has been done by Alison, who has worked at Blackjack for about a decade and is able to describe their current offerings as well as compare them to previous vintages that we may have purchased or tasted.

Periodically you'll catch a glimpse of Roger, the owner and winemaker, puttering around the grounds. He is a great source of knowledge about winemaking and very personable.

Blackjack's forte is red wine, although they have some excellent whites. Their Allusion (not named after Alison, although it should have been) and Harmonie are favorites of ours. Before visiting Blackjack we often visit R Country Market in nearby Los Olivos, pick-up a couple of their excellent submarine sandwiches, and pair them with a bottle of wine from Blackjack. There are picnic tables and a covered pavilion at the winery for guests to use.

The tasting room is usually busy, often with repeat customers who enjoy Blackjack's excellent wine. Other than when they open at 11am, there doesn't seem to be any time that is consistently less busy than any other time, but they do a great job in keeping the pours going regardless of the crowd.

If you enjoy excellent wine, particularly reds, Blackjack is a must.
Written March 28, 2013
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Eshelman
Los Angeles, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
Wow! How had we missed this before? Blackjack was the best "new fine" of the 10 area wineries we hit this last week. It's rare in the area to find wine with this maturity (with one exception, nothing is younger than 2008). Even their chardonnay peaks around 5 years and is meant to last 10.

The remarkable 2008 Reserve Chardonnay has intense bouquet and flavor, bold with a range of yellow fruits, honeysuckle, and a moderate amount of butter. (Drink this with stinky cheese.) We got 2.

We enjoyed the 2007 Wilkening Reserve Chardonnay too much to take any notes. A bottle came home with us. One of the best chards we've had.

About half their current list is their Harmonie red blend across various years (currently 2001-2006). The '04 is peaking now, and we got four. (So did our friends. There was a 4-for-3 deal.) Bordeaux blend, always cab-heavy, but in '04 only 58% Cab Sauv, with Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot added. Vivid cherry (make that ELIXIR of cherry) and much deep, rich red fruit, wonderfully balanced and structured.
Written December 29, 2012
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