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A Santa Barbara Wine Country Picnic – Los Angeles Times

But our favorite of all the picnic spots at Santa Barbara area wineries has to be Rusack, the boutique winery back on the other side of Highway 101 in drop-dead gorgeous Ballard Canyon. Inside the tasting room, check out the old picture of the gas station: It's the same building you're standing in, moved up from Santa Barbara and rebuilt on the vineyard by the previous owners.

Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley (yes, that Wrigley) Rusack bought the property in 1991, resurrecting an old winery that had fallen into disrepair. On their 48 acres they grow nine grape varieties, predominantly Syrah, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc. They've just run out of their perfect picnic wine - the Syrah rosé - so go for a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc or the Santa Barbara County Syrah.

Adjacent to the tasting room, there's a spacious deck overlooking the vineyards, completely shaded by a spectacular stand of live oaks. It's tranquil and lovely, with a breathtaking view of the vines, heavy with fruit. Spread out your tablecloth, pull out the provisions, meet up with friends, uncork the bottle. Summer vacation might be over, but it goes on forever up here."

"...it's been onward and upward for Rusack wines. It had been a couple of years since I checked in at Rusack Vineyards winery, so it was time to revisit and taste the latest bottlings. I'm pleased to report that quality is still job No. 1 there. The winery is small and production is limited but that means what ends up in the bottle is closely watched over and the absolute best wines they can make in that vintage." – Dennis Schaefer

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