Co-owner Will Henry is also a winemaker and co-owner at Lumen Wines in Santa Maria, and the 800-plus bottles he has on the wine list share the same philosophy as the food: supporting small-production farmers and winemakers. Look for frequent special events and winemaker dinners.
From The Sommelier: “What makes me most excited is what is happening in Santa Barbara County these days. Our wine region is producing some of the best wines that have ever been produced in California, from a plethora of winemaking talent that is not only pushing the boundaries in terms of creativity and new concepts, but working with some of the best fruit that our country has ever produced. Santa Barbara is a hot bed for talent, without the high prices or inflated egos associated with other winegrowing regions of the world.” —Will Henry, Pico at the Los Alamos General Store
Dish We Loved: Duck breast with forbidden dirty rice, local beets, and edible flowers