"One of California’s most beautiful and exciting viticultural regions lies ... just 90 minutes north of the seemingly endless urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara ... is making some of the most thrilling wines in America. ... From ocean-cooled valleys to stark mountain vineyards; from racy syrah to velvety pinot noir to the prospect of great cabernet; from rustic ranchers to reclusive celebrities – if any wine region can have it all, it’s Santa Barbara."
From "Under the Boardwalk", Anthony Dias Blue
"No viticultural region in America has demonstrated as much progress in quality and potential for greatness as... the Santa Barbara region, where the Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted in its cooler climates."
"Los Alamos Valley has as much right to wine legitimacy as Santa Maria Valley and the Sta. Rita Hills, which it resembles in its comparable coolness. Like those two AVAs, Los Alamos Valley also grows thousands of acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as smaller experimental acres of Italian varieties"
New California Wine, Matt Kramer