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Monday, January 08, 2007 

Looking for a good winery?

You might end up "Sideways" in an "urban" setting.

No one has gathered statistics on the growth of urban wineries, but "it's really gotten big here in Santa Barbara," said Craig Addis, marketing director of the Santa Barbara Winery, a downtown winery in California that inspired Daneri and his software-consultant wife, Emily Williams.

Santa Barbara Winery is one of the oldest of the modern urban wineries. It opened in 1962, crushing grapes from vineyards 100 miles away.

In the past few years, four other urban wineries have opened in downtown Santa Barbara, Addis said. Others have popped up elsewhere in California and Oregon.

"There are a lot of wineries that are just in old factory buildings," said Cyril Penn, editor of the California-based trade journal Wine Business Monthly. To make good wine, "you need good grapes and not to screw them up," Penn said. - Asbury Park Press and The Portsmouth Herald

East Beach Wine Company is a wine shop, not a winery. It's a good shop, though! And the point about urban wineries is still valid...

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