6.15.2014

Libations in Lompoc


Santa Barbara's Funk Zone has soared in popularity for its collection of artist galleries, wine tasting rooms and accompanying food trucks. Why wouldn't every city want this same arrangement?

Lompoc caught on pretty quickly. The city, nestled between Santa Barbara and the wine country of Santa Ynez, transformed a warehouse section of their own town into a selection of tasting rooms that has been officially named the "Lompoc Ghetto."

During my friend's short visit home between a stay in Argentina and a move to Oregon, we decided to venture to some favorite local spots. Unfortunately, arriving in Lompoc, the Ghetto was closed for Memorial Day. But that didn't stop us from hunting down any tasting rooms with an open door.


First stop was Babcock Winery. I absolutely loved the decor of the tasting room and the gift shop is a bonus for any wine enthusiasts visiting from out of town. The view of the vineyards and the additional British themed sitting room made this tasting room stand out from the other wineries we visited (granted I'm partial to anything with Union Jack decorations).

Next was sat under the shade of Melville Winery's mediterranean patio and enjoyed a view of the vines while we sampled their Rosé. Foley Winery followed suite and then we spent the rest of the day at a handful of tasting rooms throughout Solvang. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience of the area.