I finally managed to stop in at Avant Tapas and Wine for a late lunch. I usually just go to the local diner for a burger before heading out to do some wine tasting, but I read the reviews and got a hankering for some "yuppie crack"!
It's at the very end of Industrial Way, past the old warehouse where Alma Rosa's tasting room used to be. Just keep going down the side of the huge building to find the parking lot and entrance.
The place still seems to be very new and fresh, with several big flat screen tv's and a great view of the Santa Rita Hills out the window by the bar.
I ordered the bacon-wrapped dates and a cheese sampler from the appetizer menu. Both were reasonably priced. I sampled several pinot noirs, including a top notch one from Fiddlehead, but the tasting prices are rather high. 4 one ounce tastings and one 4 ounce taste were $18.70. This makes the $10 fee at most tasting rooms a bargain. So I marked the Cost Per Person at $$$, and am obviously including drinks.
The cheese sampler was a great deal, with several slices of 3 different cheeses working well with the pinot. The YC was very good too.
I did notice that the tables were right next to the wine stations and thought it would probably be better to have bar stools over there, and maybe a little more space. It felt a little odd to have to get a small ounce of wine and then walk back to your table (or the bar) to drink.
I would really recommend this place to anyone coming up, especially if you're in a group. Go on a weekday. I was there on a busy holiday weekend in the Valley on Friday and it was a little slow at about 2PM.