Casa Cassara Winery
When you visit Casa Cassara’s tasting room in downtown Solvang, you should feel at home. And that is exactly how Dan and Bridget Cassara want it to be. They serve up their stellar wines, including a Pinot Noir, Syrah and Pinot Grigio, in a tasting room outfitted with a couch from their house, games like Yahtzee, and a piano from the 1920s that people can sing along to.
Bridget said that she wants their tasting room to be a place people want to stay and linger. She, and her husband Dan, chat with visitors, encourage wine club members to bring a picnic when they come for their weekly visits, and serve popcorn every Friday. The sign in the window alerts people the fact that Casa Cassara is kid and dog friendly.
A visit to Casa Cassara wouldn’t be complete without trying some of the specialty food items you’ll find at the counter. Ask Bridget to let you taste the Frog Balls, which are actually pickled brussel sprouts, the marinated garlic, or a variety of flavored olive oils that taste like chocolate, blood orange and fig. You might go home with a bottle of wine and your favorite La Bella olive oil as well.
Casa Cassara is a family affair. Dan took over the winery for his father, who followed in his father’s footsteps, who used to make wine in the basement of his Chicago home. One of his next projects involves making red wine similar to the kind his grandfather, a Sicilian, used to make.
While Casa Cassara is well known for its Pinot Noirs, the winery also produces a Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sangiovese. According to owner Dan Cassara, he and winemaker Kyle Knapp, share a similar philosophy – bold is better. “I like a big bold wine, that is in your face,” Cassara said.
Casa Cassara is located at 1607 Mission Drive, Suite 112 in Solvang. The tasting room is open Sunday through Thursday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, you can call (805) 688-8691, or go to www.casacassarawinery.com or visit the Casa Cassara’s Facebook page.