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“Great wine tasting”
Review of Rusack Vineyards

Rusack Vineyards
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Solvang
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are a boutique winery and vineyard, nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. Our mission is to create world-class, handcrafted wines that reflect our commitment to excellence and our love for this region. That commitment begins in our Estate Vineyard, which we re-planted in 2003 in order to capture the true character of Ballard Canyon, and which we meticulously farm in small lots. It extends to the winemaking process, during which we go to every possible length to achieve the delicate balance of "elegance & power" (Robert Parker, August 2010) for which our wines have become known around the world. Finally, it extends to our label, a Catalina tile, a family legacy symbol of our belief in the beauty of what arises from blending craft, earth, art and family.
Reviewed 26 October 2017

My husband and I drive out and did some wine tasting one afternoon. We stopped at Rusack as it was voted one of the best in Sanata Barbara. It was mid week and not too busy. It's a small family run business and. It was very interesting talking with the server and learning not only about the wines but about the vineyards and history of the owners. We did two tastings for 15 dollars each . Some wines we preferred and just simply poured what we didn't enjoy away. Crackers were placed on the bar to help with the tastings. It's useful to take a bottle of water to clear the palette between wines. Especially the whites and reds. We bought a white and a red and were able to take the glasses away as a memento. I love wineries and also bought a Sauvignon blanc scented candle to remind me of the wine and a coaster. It was a lovely afternoon and a trip to solvang followed. The wines are expensive in California amd more so than new world and European. Any decent Californian wine doesn't manage to leave the country and only certain amounts of bottles are produced from each harvest. Rusack have vines on Catalina island and they are flown over for winemaking .

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

A visit to Rusack Vineyards will leave you with a Santa Ynez wine experience that you'll remember forever. It's great on so many fronts. The location is lovely and quintessential Santa Ynez valley wine country. Rolling hills, wind blown oaks and patches of dark green vineyards. A beautiful blend of wine and horse country. The drive along narrow country roads affords great views and the vineyard offers a a gorgeous picnic area under the oak trees. Your palate will be as pleased as your eyes, with great sauv blanc, chard and pinot. The whole vibe is relaxed and casual. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it. Some of the best wineries in the area are out in the country so don't expect to slam through the tasting. Take the time, you'll enjoy it.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous location. Take lunch, pick a bottle of wine and relax on the deck. You'll think you're in Italy! Great staff and wines. Been going for years and this trip took lunch and had the Santa Barbara Chard two days in a row. Highly recommend...I'm n the wine club and they never disappoint...

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

We biked to Rusack Vineyards and had to stop for a tasting! All their wines were very well balances. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir really stood out!

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Wife & I found this place by accident 2 yrs ago on visit to Santa Barbara. This trip to Solvang; we visited twice more! Lovely setting in the hills with great shade trees & breeze. Staff are lovely. U can buy cheese, meat & cracker snack trays or just bring ur own! The wine tasting is very low key. They invite u to sit out on the deck and savor each flite. No hustle & bustle here. We bought a nice Chardonnay and they provided a chiller and 2 nice glasses. Bring a book & settle in for a while?

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