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With the location of Lions Peak Tasting Room being in the heart of Solvang, there’s no need to close up before the day is over. Situated between restaurants and shops, this tasting room stays open until 7 p.m. … so there’s no reason to rush in or out. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, Lions Peak stays open until 9 p.m. It’s the perfect place to stop by to relax and unwind with a glass of wine and complementary hors d’oeuvres and often times meet owner/winemaker, Jennifer Arant. The entertainment venues vary with live music or assorted DJ music. Be warned, if you plan to drop in for a minute, you may find it hard to leave. Jennifer and her staff enjoy talking to you about Lions Peak wines, music, arts, cuisine and would also love to hear about the adventures of your life. “We invite you to have a premium or reserve tasting or try our Lions Peak wine by the glass. We are here to serve you and ensure that you have a great time!”
Lions Peak Estate is located in the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast where the fog and afternoon breezes provide ideal growing condi- tions for ripening grapes. The vineyard is renowned for a terroir that produces top quality grapes and some of the finest wines in the world. The Central Coast offers Lions Peak the opportunity to create wines of diversity with the region’s endless range of growing conditions. As a result, the wines stand firm on their own merit and receive recognition for their outstanding craftsmanship.
The family goal at Lions Peak has been to produce exceptionally fine boutique wines and Jennifer has personally been involved in the vineyard, the winery and the tasting room. As an added feature to having an exten- sive knowledge of winemaking, she has traveled to many of the great wine regions of the world; was mentored by Robert Lawrence Balzer (35-year food-and-wine critic for the L.A. Times); attended UC Davis and CalPoly, and has repeatedly won recognition for her wines.
From these diverse experiences, Jennifer has created a portfolio of wines of unusual depth, range and character. Every wine tells a different story to the palette and every label tells a story to the imagination. “We have devel- oped a wine portfolio which wine tasters recognize…Our pride is our wonderful world of Bordeaux, Rhône and speciality wines,” says Jennifer, which Lions Peak has produced, in small handcrafted lots. For us, the highest quality wines require well-contoured land, rich soil, carefully main- tained vines, properly ripened fruit and conscientious follow-through.”
Lions Peak Estate Vineyard, planted in the early ’70s, produces renowned Bordeaux wines which have received gold medals and best-of- class accolades. Lions Peak Cabernet Sauvignon was first released in 1994 from 40-year-old vines – one of the oldest Cabernet vineyards on the Central Coast!
“Service to our clients is our highest priority,” she continues, “and the dedication of the Lions Peak family is to have you taste our diverse selec- tion of boutique wines and become educated in Bordeaux and Rhône wines.” The tasting room, established in the late 1990s, moved to its current location in 2004. “We pride ourselves as one of the pioneer tasting rooms in Santa Ynez Valley,” says Jennifer. Come relax and indulge yourself in a personal wine tasting experience at the tasting room in the historic village of Solvang located at 1659 Copenhagen, Suite A; open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Taste the award-winning wines and discover their uniqueness. “Since the very first vintage of Lions Peak’s boutique wines, our family has continued, with great passion, to share our small-lot, exceptional award- winning wines with old friends and new.” For more information, visit the website at http://www.lionspeakwine.com.