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“small but one of the best in the "Wine Ghetto"”

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Taste of Sta. Rita Hills
Ranked #16 of 48 things to do in Lompoc
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Taste of Sta Rita Hills wine tasting room is the perfect place to taste the hard-to-find wines of the Santa Rita Hills. No other wine tasting room in the Wine Ghetto encompasses so many different wineries. Some of our fine brands include: Sea Smoke, Bonnacorsi, Paul Lato, Gypsy Canyon and about 20 others.
Reviewed March 29, 2014

So I've found the other reviews to be very accurate.
What I'd liked about this tasting room was the way they pair samples of cheese, salumi and bread with the wines. One soft cheese seemed like it was made specifically for the pinot they were pouring when I was there last December.
The tasting bar is a little small, so it can't handle a big crowd, but that's about the only thing that would keep me from returning. Go on weekdays, Thursdays and Fridays, for a relaxed pace.
And be sure to stop by the Moretti tasting room, which had the same samples of food with the wine.

3  Thank Orion_240
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a tasting room in the wine ghetto that allows small wineries that are unable to have a tasting room to showcase their wines. The Pinot coming for Santa Rita are fantastic. The owner is wonderful. Make sure to visit their tasting room just a few doors down at Morretti.

4  Thank HermosaJ
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Antonio Moretti and his wife Jeni greet people in their small tasting room and treat you as though you were in their house or out on the porch sharing a glass of two of wine. They are extremely well versed in the viticulture of the area and can discuss the larger and more famous entities of the Santa Rita appellation. Jeni brought out some small samples of excellent cheese, some small pieces of bread and a wonderful olive oil all with the comment that wine is best enjoyed with some food. Earlier in the afternoon we had enjoyed a hosted tasting at Foley and also at Babcock. Two wineries a day is our normal limit and we stopped by the Wine Ghetto just to see what was up there. This was a throwback experience of the kind we enjoyed in Napa and environs 35 years ago. Due to the small production runs of many of their wines, I can not recommend specific product. We did leave with bottles of Pinot Noir that were just excellent. I highly recommend stopping here as your treatment will be among the best you will encounter and this excellent couple deserves your support. You will find some surprising wines offered. There is a fee for tasting..



santa Rita apellatiion.

6  Thank Greg B
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

This tasting room features a number of small producers that feature wines from Santa Rita Hills grapes, including some based elsewhere (such as Paso Roble). The only downside is that you can't choose which wineries you'd like to sample, but -- happily -- we discovered a couple that otherwise would have remained unknown to us.
Owner Antonio Moretti (who also produces wine under his own label) was pouring a selection of 5 different wineries, and we wound up buying pinot from Ryan Cochrane and El Ray, plus a couple of Moretti's tasty white blend that will be enjoyed as a "summer sipper."
We also bought to take with us some of the yummy white truffle-infused cheese that he was pairing with some of the wines.

3  Thank OregonJohn97338
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I loved, loved, loved this tasting room. We hesitated because they were not pouring wines that we were interested in. This quickly changed when, for $10, each wine (which turned out to be very good) were paired with amazing cheeses, sausages, etc. all chosen by the owner (who is a chef, I understand). Don't miss this one. REALLY worth the trip. This one and Zotovich are a must.

3  Thank OurLakeHouse
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