The trail extends to Santa Barbara’s waterfront, through the artsy Funk Zone. This once-neglected, now lively warehouse district holds more than half of the Wine Trail’s tasting rooms. Don’t miss The Valley Project, Santa Barbara Wine Collective, and Margerum Wine Company’s new location across from Hotel Californian; if you’re lucky, as I was, you’ll meet award-winning winemaker Doug Margerum, a well-known name in Santa Barbara’s wine and food circles, and a perfect example of the affable people who define the region’s wine culture. A tasting with him is like having a glass of wine in a friend’s kitchen. During my visit, Margerum talks about his desire to create wines that are both food- and wallet-friendly, shows me photos of his beloved dogs (yes, his tasting room is
also canine-friendly), and proudly shares that one of his sauvignon blancs was served at President Obama’s final state dinner in 2016. He sends me off with restaurant recommendations and the location of his hands-down favorite place to get ice cream – Rori’s Artisanal Creamery (the vanilla bean and black pepper pistachio alone are worth a visit to Santa Barbara)
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