I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Roblar Winery and Vineyards. This was our absolute favorite place during the entire time we were in Santa Ynez. It’s so good, in fact, that we not only joined their wine club but we might do a little schedule rearranging this fall to potentially attend their Celebration of Harvest.
Ironically Terri and I have been into Roblar a few times but never tasted their wines. I know! Right? We’ve either run in during one of our speedy pass throughs on our way to San Louis Obispo to grab a snack and use their “facilities” or gotten there too late before they were closing to grab one of their Winery Dogs of California books. Needless to say we are so thankful we took the time to taste the wine and chill out on this particular trip.
There is something very special about Roblar. Whether it be the atmosphere or the actual vineyard location, there is a little something extra you can feel when you pull into their front lot overlooking the 40-acre vineyard. When walking into their huge tasting room, it is a breathtaking “rustic meets modern elegance” type of decor. Leather lounges, beam ceilings, a skylight, books and gourmet snacks all create the ambience of this tasting room.
Even better, they are one of the only vineyards that offer a “Sensory Experience” everyday from 11-3. This includes their wine tasting along with hors d’oeuvres that are specifically paired to the wines. You know the mere mention of food makes me excited! We tasted one of their vegan chocolate truffles created by their in-house chef, Ryan Silas-Groves. I’m not even joking when I say these truffles were so good that Terri and I almost leaped across the table to hijack the plate that was going out to a bridal party in the courtyard. We were like vampires from Twilight that just smelled something that took complete physical control over us. The only word to describe how delicious these truffles were is “seductive”. They were completely seductive! I dare you to go there and taste them without wanting to ransack their kitchen for more!
We were also lucky enough to have a tour with Tasting Room Manager, Brian York, who also happens to be one of the coolest guys you’ll meet. We were the only ones on the 3:30 tour so it felt like a private tour just for us. After taking us through the vineyard and explaining the lots to us, he took us to “Big Ben” which is a 400 year old oak tree in the middle of their vineyard. This old guy has survived a lightening strike and centuries of radical weather. He was majestic and beautiful. Terri and I couldn’t resist having our photo taken with him! The story is that whomever touches him gains good luck and positive vibrations.
Brian also took us to the barrel room where we got to meet head wine maker Dave Dascomb. I don’t know if it was the way I was drooling over the wine barrels or if it’s standard on every tour, but we got to taste the soon-to-be-released new 2011 Sauvignon Blanc straight out of the steel tank! They are going to bottle it within the next month or so. Let me just say that this wine is amazing! It’s the type of wine that makes you do a double take. It is by far one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I’ve ever tasted due to the tropical flair of it. It tasted like mango with honeysuckle and was the perfect combination of dry vs. fruity sweet. Some might call if “off-dry” which is my favorite style of wine. It was so good that I had to ask Dave (the wine maker) how they ended up with such a unique wine. He said that last year’s crop was a low yield crop (lower yields usually means a higher quality grape) and they most likely won’t have a Sauvignon Blanc of this type again for a very long time. Moral of the story: I’m going to purchase several bottles once it’s released LOL! I wouldn’t call myself a Sauvignon Blanc kind of girl, but this wine rocked.
It is very apparent that the owners and staff of Roblar care very much about the experience of the guest. They have little nooks and crannies all over the property so guests can enjoy the vineyard view privately with their wine and food. They also have a member’s-only guest area upstairs with a private bar, fireplace, TV, and patio overlooking the vineyard. They serve you anywhere you want to lounge. It is literally all about you.
Thank you Roblar and Brian for making our trip extra special! We will be back as soon as we can!
Anyone that is going to be in the area should definitely swing by and spend quality time at Roblar (not the wacky pass throughs like we did the first few times 😉 ). They offer daily tours five times a day. Please check out their website for more information.
They are located at:
3010 Roblar Ave.
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
and are open daily from 11-5!
~ Cheers everyone!
All photos taken with the iPhone