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Some of the winetasting options, the Big Easy option was especially good.
Fess Parker - Winery
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6200 Foxen Canyon Road Los Olivos, CA 93441
Tasting room is open from 10:00am-5:00pm. Last tasting starts at 4:45pm.
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The Fess Parker winery is located about an hour northeast of Santa Barbara on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, which is replete with wineries. The property is approximately 700 acres, but only around 100 acres are used for winemaking. Grounds around the wine tasting room are well manicured and are conducive to lounging around and picnicking. This part of California is charming with low rolling hills, numerous oak trees and long rows of grape vines.
Fess Parker (1924-2010) was most famous for portraying Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone in TV shows during the 1950s and 1960s. After a successful acting career, he focused on real estate and winemaking. Parker bought the property in 1985, planted the first vines a year later and opened a tasting room in 1989. His children and grandchildren are still involved in the business today. In addition to the winery, the family owns a nearby bed and breakfast and partially owns a property in Santa Barbara with a Hilton hotel.
A visit here followed a visit to the Firestone winery, about a mile away. Unlike Firestone which was crowded and prepping for a wedding, Fess Parker was quiet on a Friday afternoon. Only snacks are offered here; there is no restaurant. Six wines were sampled for a reasonable price of $12. The hostess was knowledgeable about the wines and answered questions well. A 2012 dry Riesling which is grown on the property started off the tasting on a good note. It was sweet but not over the top and slightly apple in taste, very pleasant. A 2011 Mélange Blanc was an enjoyable blend with a moderately oaky taste, more robust than the Riesling but also tasty. The other winner was a 2010 Big Easy, a popular red wine which scored points for both sweetness and general flavor. It was good enough to purchase a bottle and ship it home. Wines can be shipped to most states. The other wines sampled included a 2012 Chardonnay, 2011 Pinot Noir and a 2011 Syrah. They were all drinkable but not as strong as the first group. There was no pressure to leave even after closing, so there was an opportunity to converse with other customers and the staff about wines and touring California. This facility can get crowded on weekends, especially in summer. Guided tours are available for an extra fee and with advanced reservations. This winery was enjoyable for good wines, good company and good sunsets.
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