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Roblar Winery

A winery in Santa Ynez

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Jury's Still Out on Roblar Winery: Pre-fabricated or Just Fab?

  • Mar 13, 2010
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When Roblar Winery first appeared off Highway 154 in Santa Ynez, I thought it seemed out of place. I was so used to frequenting small, boutique, family-run wineries that I was thrown off to see such a big building for a winery I'd never heard of. It wasn't like it grew to be big; it seemed to just arrive with a big splash.

The Good
It's beautiful. Spacious inside. It has a lovely patio for a leisurely afternoon. The service is generally cordial. You can order sandwiches. These are all good things. It offers a vibe you don't find in every other tasting room. It can accommodate large groups.

The Bad
It just seemed less genuine than so many of the Valley's other wineries. I felt like someone took the blueprint for a winery from Napa and plopped it down in the middle of the Valley, betting that the passing traffic along 154 would be drawn into its gaping entrance.

But I'm still somewhat undecided.

The Interesting
I'm really intrigued by one of the winery's extracurricular activities. Roblar Winery runs a cooking school. It has a huge commercial kitchen and a dining room. Has anyone tried one of the classes? 

They also have a private lounge upstairs for wine club members.

Jury's Still Out on Roblar Winery: Pre-fabricated or Just Fab?

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March 18, 2010
Hmmm. I think I'll stick with Foxen and Rancho Sisquoc. I felt the same way about Foley's new tasting room. They used to be in the quaint little spot over near Blackjack and now it's much more commercial-Napa-y.
March 19, 2010
I've added Foxen, Rancho Sisquoc and Foley to the topics, so feel free to review! I also added Lincourt, which is the winery now occupying the former Foley space on Alamo Pintado. Foley is an empire now -- even owns Firestone -- but I wouldn't turn their wine away from my table!
March 28, 2010
Do you see it as a bad road for wineries to become a empire?
March 18, 2010
I hope this isn't the Wal-Mart equivalent of a "local winery".
March 19, 2010
Now you've gone too far. It's certainly not the Wal-Mart equivalent. Let's go drink and you can judge for yourself.
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Quick Tip by . October 30, 2010
Nice winery, nice wine, would be nice to see more events and have cooking classes that were more affordable.
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