As we were chatting with the man at the front desk of our hotel, he offered to give us a coupon for two free wine tastings at Fess Parker Winery. Not people to turn down “free,” we decided to make a pit stop on our way out.
The Fess Parker Winery is owned by the late Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the Disney movies of the 1950’s and ’60’s, and his family. The virtues that made these characters lives, and probably Fess Parker’s as well, are amazingly apparent when you enter the winery.
First, there are coon-skin hats everywhere … and not just for people, but for wine bottles too. That was a first for me to see a fur on a wine bottle. The winery is vast and very out-door driven. The wine-tasting building is surrounding by a giant grassy area where families share picnic food, play games and even romp with their dogs.
As you drive into the winery it is impossible to miss the beautiful rose-bush-lined fences leading to the gate and building entrance. Inside the winery, you get a woodsy, log cabin feel that is punctuated by the enormous stone fireplace in the back.
The tasting room offers 6 varietals per tasting, all of which were unique and good in their own way.
This concludes my week of posting on the Santa Ynez Valley. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did.