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“The wines are horrible and so is the service”

Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery
Ranked #26 of 58 things to do in Solvang
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

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.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

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.

Thank Eshelman
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

The tasting rooms were packed full of people, and unfortunately there were only 2 women available to pour, explain a bit about the wines, and provide check out service to paying customers. The result was that we did not feel the welcome experienced at other wineries in the area. Nonetheless, the wine at Blackjack Winery was the favorite of my boyfriend and I in our tastings on Alamo Pintado Road. In particular, the Chardonnays were nice, semi-sweet white wines.

Thank alajon
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We've been to many wineries and this was our first truly disappointing experience. Blackjack chose to participate in a promotion where you get wine tastings at four wineries (all on this same road). Blackjack was the last of the four we visited. When we walked in and gave them our promo card, they steered us to the 'promo area'.....away from their regular customers. We were segregated! On top of that, they were far more chatty to the 'regular customers'. Worst of all, they gave the promo customers half as many wine tastings as normal!

We did buy one bottle of wine. SUDDENLY she was all talkative, welcoming, and offering tons of information.

If they can't treat all their customers the same, they shouldn't agree to be in the promotion.

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Asta is AWESOME! If you have never been to this winery, make a point to get there! TEN delicious pours and they allow you to revisit if you wish! GREAT deals on cases! The BEST part is Asta! We had a FABULOUS time! We can't wait to go back!

Thank Fay T
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