We were casually strolling around The Funk Zone when we came across a bright, open and airy, tasting room. Without much question, we figured we might as well pop in for a small tasting. I was initially drawn in by the style and decor, but after our tasting, I was delighted by the wine.
I consulted a local friend for some recommendations. Two wineries she mentioned had St. Louis ties (something I’m a big fan of being that it’s my hometown) and the third was Melville. What I didn’t realize at the time was that we walked into Melville’s downtown Santa Barbara tasting room.
We shared a tasting, mainly because we wanted a little taste rather than to consume a lot. The pours were enough for two people to taste, though I’d always recommend getting your own if you’re looking to drink just a bit more. It was $15 and contained five wines. Extremely decent price point considering the quality of the wine. We started with a Chardonnay, then tried three Pinot Noirs, and finished with a Syrah. Of the five, the 2015 Sandy and 2015 Block M Pinot’s were my favorite. We also ordered a side of hummus and pita chips.
For under $30 including tip (or $45 or so if you do two tastings) I highly recommend an afternoon break with a stop at Melville in Santa Barbara. You can also order wines by the glass, but for us, the interest is more in trying new wines, so we tend to opt for tastings.
For more information on Melville Winery, please head to melvillewinery.com.