Posted by lemonjelly on:
Quoi! La Tour, que c'est délicieux !
Nested in room the size of a storage cupboard is a cute little wine shop and tasting room. It's run by a fellow named Graham, the former manager of the Cheese Shop in Paseo Nuevo. When CS closed, he bought their liquor license and opened La Tour.
What's so special about it? Well, this area is so vastly represented in California wines, that offering only European ones, especially French, suddenly becomes the rarity. That's La Tour.
The interior is small. Amazingly so. And there's so much packed into it, yet is elegant old world and hip all at once. Between pours, Graham spins vinyl.
Tastings are about $10, or you can linger over a glass or bottle.
Call yourself lucky if you can get a seat. It's hardly been open a month and already has seasoned regulars. I was lucky. I may have also been the only person there without a tattoo.
39 E Ortega St
Santa Barbara, CA 93101