If you’ve ever been to Solvang, you know that the downtown area is studded with boutique shops, quaint bakeries and local winery tasting rooms. One local tasting room, Casa Cassara, features a fabulous collection of Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley wines. Casa Cassara began growing grapes in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in 1992 and in 1998, they began making their own wine. Located in Santa Barbara County, they produce many varietals from their estate Sta. Rita Hills fruit and the fruit they source from Santa Ynez Valley.
Since the beginning, Dan and Bridget Cassara have created a welcoming environment in the tasting room—one that both families and friends can enjoy, because kids and dogs are welcome! With couches, games and a piano, there’s more than just wine tasting going on when guests are visiting. The relaxed lounge atmosphere finds guests lingering for hours, enjoying each other’s company. In fact, for those who stay longer than expected, Dan and Bridget have stocked the tasting bar with a delightful array of artisanal food products—some of which are perfect for pairing with Casa Cassara’s wines.
Currently in the tasting room, Dan and Bridget pour their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Awaiting bottle and release are the newest vintages of Estate Pinot Noir, Roussanne, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah, Chardonnay and a Rosé of Pinot Noir. Outside of these wines, Dan Cassara and Winemaker, Kyle Knapp, have created a special blend in honor of Dan’s grandfather—Angelo “Sam” Cassara. When WWI broke out, Angelo was drafted into American Army and earned his American citizenship by virtue of his service. In 1919, he returned to his native Sicily, sold the family farm and got married. When Angelo and his bride returned to Chicago to raise their family, they made their own wine—a blend of red and white grapes, similar in style to Chianti. Today, Sam’s Dago Red can be enjoyed in the tasting room! Foir more information, visit their website at www.casacassarawinery.com or find them on Facebook.