Marie and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Sevtap winery in Solvang. Their motto is Drink Good Wine. Simple, direct. One of the newer wineries in town on Copenhagen Drive, we were greeted by mellow lighting and live guitar music, a seamless blend that started as flamenco and merged into classic soft rock. The tasting room has recently expanded and plans are to continue with live music in the afternoon and evenings on the weekends. The summer music was guitar on Fridays, Saturdays acoustical harp and soft percussion; Sundays for flamenco. Fridays and Saturdays, the tasting room is open til 9 which is nice for those of us who get a late start and can't make it to the wine country much before 4 pm when many of the wineries are getting ready for the last pour of the day. The wines were pleasant, the atmosphere very congenial and I would do another tasting without hesitation. Check with them to see what the plans are for live music and events in the fall and winter.
Disclaimer here for the oenophiles: we drink wine for pleasure and since I can't remember the taste of a wine from one day to the next there I'm incapable of having a deep wine discussion. Art Sevtap, the owner and winemaker, has been making wine for the public for only a few years having come to the realization that it was his passion by working in a variety of other wine related occupations while making wine for his own consumption. Like many Santa Barbara County vintners, he sources the grapes; his first wines were from San Luis Obispo County; but as of 2010 are his grapes are now from Santa Barbara County. Has a nice Sauvignon Blanc from Happy Valley vineyards, the unfiltered Rose was quite pleasant and it was good to see dessert wines on the menu.
~ A Votre Sante,
Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn