813 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, California
805.966.9463 · winecask.com
Set in an 1860s building surrounded by a stunning garden courtyard, this Santa Barbara spot celebrates food and wine. Owner Bernard Rosenson has gathered a stellar crew, including Chef John Pettitt (for a treat, savor one of his monthly vegetable-inspired six-course tasting menus) and Wine Director Tom Keim, who has 30 years in the business under his belt. The cooking is pure California, featuring the freshest, local bounty; guests can dine under Albert Herter’s hand-painted ceiling in the fireplace-lit main room or at the more casual Intermezzo Wine Bar. If you find a wine on the list that you just have to take home (a Domaine Weinbach or Zind-Humbrecht, perhaps?), pop next door to the Wine Cask Wine Store and purchase it (at modest mark-up).
Number of selections: 2,500-plus
Bottles in inventory: 25,000
Number of wines by the glass: 50
BYO: Yes. Corkage Fee: $25
Wine list highlights: Selections from the world over. Excellent selection from Santa Barbara County.Verticals of Colgin, Harlan, Screaming Eagle and Diamond Creek. Cult wines like Sine Qua Non. Limited-production Burgundies such as Coche-Dury, Raveneau and Comte de Vogüé. Older vintages of Champagne, including Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1976. Bordeaux back to the ’70s and ’80s.