One would think winemaking and sailing have nothing in common, except, that is, if you are in Santa Barbara. The area’s unique geography and climate, working in tandem, provide the optimal location for both winemaking and sailing. We looked to the Deep Sea Tasting Room brothers, John and Tom Conway, each skilled sommeliers and sailors, for insight on this topic. Santa Barbara wine country is a mere 45-minute drive from Santa Barbara. Making wine so close to the sea, with the ocean fog rolling in to cool the grapes at night, is an ideal environment for cooler climate varietals like chardonnays and pinot noirs. So with this process, the ocean is actually helping to craft the wine. This unique geographical factor has also helped Santa Barbara shape into a culture where a prime wine destination meets a lively beach town, with a community populated by both wine and ocean enthusiasts. John noted that a lot of the conditions in Santa Barbara that make for good wine-making are also beneficial to good sailing – steady winds and great weather year-round. He also shared the main factor that makes winemaking and sailing so enticing to him: both are hobbies in which one can continue to learn and build knowledge throughout a lifetime. There is always something new to experience and something new to learn, either while making wine, or sailing the sea.
The Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearn’s Wharf is the only winery in California suspended over the Pacific Ocean, and is an ideal spot to watch the sunset while enjoying a glass of local Santa Barbara wine. The Conway family was attracted to the name “Deep Sea” because it reflects the maritime climate of Santa Barbara wine growing. The name also spoke to them because all family members are avid sailors, scuba divers, and surfers. John considers himself very lucky to have the beach and ocean as the center point of both his wine making business and his leisurely activities. Whether surfing or sailing on his day off, or pouring wine in the tasting room, he spends every day on the water. A lucky guy indeed.
Deep Sea Tasting Room was featured on last December’s “Sipping on the Sea” aboard the Double Dolphin and will be featured again on October 19th from 4:15pm-6:15pm. Mark your calendars now; their last event sold out quickly!
After your next visit to the harbor and the Santa Barbara Sailing Center, we recommend walking over to Stearn’s Wharf for a glass of wine with John and Tom at Deep Sea’s tasting room overlooking the water. You too can be lucky.
For more information about this local winery, check out their website.