Sunday, May 20, 2012

Taste of the Valley--Solvang Wine Bar

Solvang has sure changed over the years.  The Solvang that we remember from years ago was all windmills and bakeries and more bakeries and wooden shoes...... Now Solvang is bakeries and wine tasting and more wine tasting.  We planned on hitting many of the dozens of wine tasting locations, but after stumbling across the Tastes of the Valleys Wine Bar. We almost didn't leave.  Located downstairs from one of the main streets right near the Hans Christian Anderson Museum it was the perfect wine tasting experience.....

Like a hidden gem the Tastes of the Valleys called to us with its cool and inviting atmosphere. When we walked in to take a look around we were immediately greeted by Chris, his laid back style and choice of Classic rock music was just our style. 

We decided to stay for awhile and enjoy the tunes and of course chose a tasting of a group of White wines...
Hanna a Chardonnay from ( you guessed it) The Russian River Valley was the first up.With it's buttery texture and smooth finish it is no wonder it ended up being our favorite from this particular flight.

We discussed our love of the Russian River Valley Chardonnays with Chris and he clued us in to an event (Wine Barrel Tasting) which is on our wine bucket list now that takes place every year in the Russian River Valley during the first 2 weeks in March ......We have marked our calendar as a "Must" for next year.

 In general we are not big Rose wine tasters but these two were included in our flight so we gave them a try. They were both actually very pleasant but if I had to pick a favorite it would go to Margerum Rose. I actually had a second glass of this after the tasting which is rare for me. (Rare that I would choose a glass of Rose I mean) that is how much I enjoyed this particular wine. It was not too sweet and overall was just a very enjoyable wine.

 Wine, Cheese and my Camera does life get any better!!! 

 Here is a look at the Cellar type atmosphere of the Taste of the Valleys Wine Bar

This place was Great, we had a lot of fun listened to some great music has some great conversation and learned a little something new from our host Chris. It is safe to say we will definitely be returning here the next time we are up in the Santa Barbara/ Solvang area. A big two thumbs up from these 2 dollar wine connoisseur's!!! 

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