Municipal Winemakers

The new kid on the block for the urban wine trail in downtown Santa Barbara is Municipal Winemakers.  The tasting room takes a couple minutes to find, and proves well worth the effort.  (28 Anacapa Street, SB, CA, behind Kunin)

Dave Potter is the winemaker at 'Muni' and has worked in the wine business for more then ten years.  He shared time between California, Australia and the Rhone Valley (CDP) while getting his master's degree in oenology and currently he is the assistant winemaker at Fess Parker.

The key to the Muni wines is that they all convey a great truth; they are honest and representative of Dave's deep understanding and appreciation for the wines of Santa Barbara County, Australia and Châteauneuf du Pape.  The Municipal wines are focused on Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet, and their subsequent blends, the most notable being the Bright Red (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault) and Dark Red (Syrah & Cabernet) which are two of the staples of the Muni line up of wines.

On the lighter side of things there is a Riesling (Bright White) and Rose (Pale Pink) produced every year, which usually sell out in a hurry.  Summertime wines that you don't want to miss.  Additionally, Dave produces a hand full of interesting wines from the Santa Barbara County that are extremely small quantity production, delicious and outrageously interesting to try.  One example is the Cinsault that is available right now as a single varietal...

This is truly a boutique house, producing less than 1,000 cases annually---for all of the wines that are available.  Think about that for a minute or two and you will come to the realization that each wine is a sub 200 case production.  Super hand crafted, hard to find gems.  Enter Fizz.  Sparkling Shiraz that sells out in the matter of a month.

Refil this bottle and Drink NOWOf course, there is the 'Wine Fountain' as well, from which you can fill and refill your reusable bottle.  The growler program is very cool, and progressive.  For $20 you can have your pick of three wines that are on tap.  The wine doesn't keep like a normal bottle of wine, but you should read the bottle and obey instructions; "DRINK ME NOW."

If you are considering making a stop in Santa Barbara, and want to touch base with a great winery, don't miss Municipal Winemakers.  Bring a sandwich, sit on the back porch and enjoy the funk zone.

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