Join Billy and Becky, co-owners of Foxen Winery, for a fabulous evening at the legendary Root 246 in Solvang on Friday, October 11. The backbone of Root 246’s menu is a commitment to American cuisine that is farm-fresh, delightfully simple, and above all...delicious. This mission is made easier by geography. Root 246 is located in the heart of Santa Barbara County, with its thousands of acres of farmland and vineyards, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
Each day, the chefs at Root 246 take full advantage of all the region has to offer. The menu is a daily nod to the growing movement toward sustainable agriculture - a way of raising food that is healthy for consumers and animals, and does not harm the environment. With the focus on fresh, inviting, and comfortable cuisine, Root 246’s modern, state-of-the-art design and a knowledgeable and accommodating staff truly complement the menu. Guests will feel like they’re at home, whether they’re eating a burger, or indulging in a prime rib eye steak and a glass of wine.
Seating is limited for the special dinner, so book early. The price is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, please contact Susan Gonzales at 805.686.8637 or Susan.Gonzales@chumashcasino.com.
Bacalao fritter with sauce béarnaise. House-made pepperoni with parmesan salsa
chenin blanc 2012 – ernesto wickenden vineyard
Puree of kabocha squash soup with curried crabapple hash
chardonnay 2012 – block UU, bien nacido vineyard
Mushroom salad with duck confit, blueberries, smoked yogurt, grilled sourdough
cuvee jeanne marie 2010 – williamson dore vineyard
Crispy skin steelhead, asparagus, blue corn gnudi, pomegranate mole
block 8 pinot noir 2011 – bien nacido vineyard
Duo of pork-sous-vide collar and bacon rillet, sage potato, wilted chard, sour cherries and cabernet pork jus
cabernet sauvignon 2010 – volgelzang vineyard
Passion fruit chocolate gateau
late harvest chenin blanc 2012 – ernesto wickenden vineyard
BUELLTON, CA – The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association (SBCVA) is pleased to announce that Ballard Canyon has been designated by the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) as Santa Barbara County’s fifth official American viticultural area (AVA) effective October 30. Ballard Canyon joins the existing AVAs of the region including Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley and the broader Santa Barbara County.
According to the TTB’s press release on September 30, “rule T.D. TTB-116, creates the establishment of the Ballard Canyon Viticultural Area. This final rule establishes the 7,800 acre Ballard Canyon viticultural area in Santa Barbara County, California. The new viticultural area, codified at 27 CFR 9.230, is entirely within the existing Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast viticultural areas.”
Ballard Canyon, encompassing 7,800 acres, is the second AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley along with Sta. Rita Hills. The region is an integral part of the diversity within the Central Coast and Santa Barbara County designations. Varietal plantings are shared, a preponderance of Rhone varietals can be appreciated, yet Ballard is a specific and distinct sub-region producing authentic ‘terroir’ and unique wines.
According to Michael Larner, president of the Ballard Canyon Winegrowers’ Alliance, “The 18 vintners in the Ballard Canyon AVA have always recognized the unique potential of this site. We see it each year in the high quality of fruit we pick and in the fine wines we craft. We have always known that we occupy a special space at the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara County. Our efforts have now been officially recognized. The Ballard Canyon AVA represents uniquely territory-driven wines from one of the most beautiful spots in California. The fact that this good news comes in the middle of harvest, makes this a vintage we will never forget.”
Click here to read more about the other AVAs of Santa Barbara County.
Varieties Planted by Acre (Bearing) in Ballard Canyon, 2010
As reported by the members of the Ballard Canyon Winegrowers
Red wine cultivars: (Rounded to nearest acre)
Syrah: 274 Acres
Cabernet Sauvignon: 29
Cabernet Franc: 20
Petit Verdot: 5
Petite Sirah: 6
Total: 458 reported acres of bearing red wine grapes.
Region of Origin: Rhone Varietals: 76%, Bordeaux: 14%, Italian: 8%, California ‘Heritage’: 2%
White wine cultivars: (Rounded to nearest acre)
Grenache Blanc: 7
Sauvignon Blanc: 31
Malvasia Bianca: 2
Total: 83 reported acres of bearing white wine grapes.
Region of Origin: Rhone Varietals: 57%, Bordeaux: 40%, Italian: 2%
Vintners and Winegrowers of Ballard Canyon
Brownell's Viejo Vineyard
Finkle Family Vineyards
Saarloos and Sons Windmill Ranch
You can't fully tell the Santa Barbara County harvest story without hearing from Wes Hagen, winemaker and grape graper at Clos Pepe. Wes routinely posts an interesting video every Monday and this week he didn't disappoint. Go deep into the harvest story on social media using #sbcharvest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow Clos Pepe on Facebook.