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    The first winery to plant Syrah in the Santa Barbara county that
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    40+ Years of Tradition
    As a vineyard and winery pioneer in the Santa Barbara County,
    Zaca Mesa has been the training ground for many great winemakers.
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    The Experience
    Our rustic tasting room welcomes you to
    a tasting of six of our most popular wines.
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Commitment to Quality

We hand craft our wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in our Santa Barbara County vineyard. Since 1973, we have farmed and nurtured our vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of our land.

 

 

  • 2012 Black Bear Block Syrah 93 PTS WE"From a 3.5-acre block planted in 1978, which makes it Santa Barbara County’s first Syrah, this bottling shows an intriguing density of flowers on the nose along with a funky compost note, elderberry fruit, pine needles and fresh mint. Cracked peppercorn, dried thyme and rosemary combine for strong herbal intrigue on the palate, spicing up the black plum and blackberry fruit." — Wine Enthusiast, September 2016


  • 2012 Mesa Reserve Syrah 91 PTS WE

    "Not as deeply purple as other Syrahs, this bottling shows more broad red-fruit aromas of caramelized cherry along with lilacs, violets, crushed black rocks and vanilla cola. Mulberry, dark strawberry and plum elements bring intrigue to the palate, which also offers savory black sesame and hoisin notes." 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, October 2016

  • 2013 Z Blanc 90 PTS W&S

    "Ripe and robust, this roussanne-led blend shows its alcohol at first. With air, concentrated yellow plum flavors come to the fore, building into a juicy richness that gains dimension from a smokey imprint of lees. Send it toward a rich fish dish, like nut-crusted tilapia or mahi mahi." - Wine & Spirits, December 2015

 

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Recipes with the perfect food & wine pairings

Our comprehensive search function makes it easy to find the perfect recipe for any occasion. Choose from a variety of categories and criteria…there’s something for everybody! Here’s a small sampling of our recipes.
  • AUS Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

    Jana Norton Ramirez
    Enjoy this favorite of Cellar Club Member, Jana, which she pairs with our Viognier. Ing..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:20 min.
    • cooking time:0 min.
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Viognier
  • Bacon-wrapped Potato Bites

    the kitchn
    This dish will be sure to score a touchdown at your Superbowl party! Makes about 3 doze..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:10 mins
    • cooking time:35 mins
    • perfect wines:Grenache
  • Barbecue Ribs with Skillet Cornbread

    Jesse & Avery
    As the meat falls off the bone and the Mesa Reserve Syrah spills out of your glass, you&rsq..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:30-45 mins
    • cooking time:2 hrs
    • perfect wines:Mesa Reserve Syrah
  • Blackened Salmon Fillets

    Paul Pease
    General Manager, Paul Pease, & wife Carol make some stellar dishes with our wine. Paul &..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:15 min
    • cooking time:25 min
    • perfect wines:Mesa Reserve Syrah
  • Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

    Damn Delicious
    The best and cheesiest, creamiest dip you will ever have – after all, you just can&..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:15 mins
    • cooking time:30 mins
    • perfect wines:Roussanne
  • Chicken Nell Gwen

    Nerys Everett
    A favorite Welsh dish of Nerys Everett, our tasting room associate, which she enjoys with a glas..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:15 min.
    • cooking time:25 min.
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Viognier
  • Coconut Lime Raspberry Chia Pudding

    Skinny Taste
    Chia pudding is the ultimate guiltless dessert, you can even have this for breakfast –..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:6 hours
    • cooking time:0 hours
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Z Gris
  • Coq au Vin with Brown Butter Sage Mashed Potatoes

    Half Baked Harvest
    Surely this One-Pot 45 Minute Coq au Vin will keep you satisfied until the big feast...
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:20 mins
    • cooking time:45 min
    • perfect wines:Z Cuvée
  • Duck Quesadillas

    Chas Drost
    Enjoy this club member's favorite dish with a bottle of Mesa Reserve Syrah! Ingredients D..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:15 min.
    • cooking time:15 min.
    • perfect wines:Mesa Reserve Syrah
  • Fancy Pants Cocktail

    Good Bar at The Goodland
    Wine has always been left out of the cocktail world, left to be enjoyed on it's own, until now. ..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:5 mins
    • cooking time:0 mins
    • perfect wines:Z Cuvée
  • Fresh Oysters

    Chef John
    A classic pairing for oysters is Sauvignon Blanc but Chef John of Custom Cuisine pairs t..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:20 min
    • cooking time:7 min
    • perfect wines:Syrah
  • Grilled Cheese

    In the need for some simple comfort food, we've got the most classic dish for you! We will take ..
    • difficulty:Super Easy
    • prep time:1 min
    • cooking time:5 mins
    • perfect wines:Roussanne
  • Grilled Chicken with Spiced Red-Pepper Paste

    Avery
    It's a summer once again & we love to throw everything on the grill. Try this r..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:45 mins (1 hr downtime)
    • cooking time:1 hr 15 mins
    • perfect wines:Grenache
  • Grilled Lamb with Roasted Potatoes & Cucumber Salad

    This delicious dish pairs perfectly with our Chapel G Syrah displaying savory herbs while ba..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:1 hr.
    • cooking time:45 mins
    • perfect wines:Chapel G Syrah
  • Guinness Braised Short Ribs

    Arlington Tavern
    Arlington Tavern was a great Santa Barbara restaurant and supporter of Zaca Mesa. They are ..
    • difficulty:Hard
    • prep time:20 min.
    • cooking time:60 min.
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Z Three
  • Hearty Harvest Meal

    The flavors in this hearty harvest meal are geared perfectly for our delicate Pinot Noir..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:30 min
    • cooking time:50 min
    • perfect wines:Pinot Noir
  • Mac N Cheese

    Avery
    Mac N Cheese is a classic childhood dish. With just a few ingredients it comes together eas..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:20 min
    • cooking time:30 min
    • perfect wines:Roussanne
  • Mache Salad with Brescaola & Goat Cheese

    Pascale Beale
    Bresaola is tender and salty, the goat cheese has a little tang to it and the mache is delicate ..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:10 min.
    • cooking time:0 min.
    • perfect wines:Grenache
  • Marinated Chicken

    Epicurious
    General Manager, Paul Pease, & wife Carol make some stellar dishes with our wine. Pa..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:12 hours
    • cooking time:10 mins
    • perfect wines:Roussanne
  • Parmesan Italian Red Fish

    Chas Drost
    Enjoy this favorite dish of Zaca Mesa Club Member, Chas Drost, with his favorite Chardonnay..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:15 min.
    • cooking time:25 min.
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Chardonnay
  • Roasted Carrots, Parsnips, Zucchini, and Onion Salad

    Pascale Beale
    This is a salad that can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature. It's also great the next da..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:15 min.
    • cooking time:30 mins.
    • perfect wines:Roussanne
  • Santa Barbara Red Rock Crab Salad

    Pascale Beale
    Pascale is devoted to the fusion arts of California-Mediterranean cuisine who lives in Santa Bar..
    • difficulty:Hard
    • prep time:30 mins
    • cooking time:18 mins
    • perfect wines:Sauvignon Blanc
  • Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip

    Before the Central Coast was known for it's beautiful vineyards & wine, there was big r..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:1 hr
    • cooking time:35 mins
    • perfect wines:Black Bear Syrah
  • Seared Steak with Spring Veggie Succotash and Mint-Chive Pesto

    Hello Fresh
    Enjoying this colorful plate with the smokey Mourvedre. Ingredients: ..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:15 mins
    • cooking time:20 mins
    • perfect wines:Mourvedre
  • Steak & Brussels Sprouts

    Chef Trepa
    This rich recipe is reserved for special occasions such as a family member's visit or un..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:25
    • cooking time:30
    • perfect wines:Z Three
  • Steak & Eggs with Quick Kimchi Fried Rice

    Blue Apron
    When steak and eggs join forces, the result is a deeply satisfying meal for any time of day. The..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:10 mins
    • cooking time:25 mins
    • perfect wines:Eight Barrel Syrah
  • Swiss & Bacon Sliders

    Enjoy this pairing at your next game day. Serves 8 Ingredients 16 hamburger patties ..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:10 min
    • cooking time:20 min
    • perfect wines:Z Three
  • Vegetarian Vietnamese Street Food

    Callicoon Kitchen's
    Ron Badach of Callicoon Kitchen has created a vegan version of Vietnamese street food with ..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:50 min.
    • cooking time:0 min.
    • perfect wines:Zaca Mesa Viognier
  • Venison Stuffed Calzone

    Chas Drost
    Our Cellar Club's personal favorite dish pairs perfectly with our Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee. Thank ..
    • difficulty:Medium
    • prep time:20 min.
    • cooking time:15 min.
    • perfect wines:Z Cuvée
  • Wild Mushroom Bruschetta

    This Wild Mushroom and Burrata Bruschetta is the perfect small bite to have at a..
    • difficulty:Easy
    • prep time:10 min
    • cooking time:1 hr 30 min
    • perfect wines:Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
One of the region's Rhone pioneers, this winery delivers aromas of chalk, cherimoya and white flowers on this bottling.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
It finishes with a creamy texture and a long, energetic burst of fruit.
Wine Spectator Magazine
An elegant white, offering lemon, grapefruit, and green apple flavors.