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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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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.

 

 

  • 2010 Syrah 92 PTS WE – "The first winery to plant Syrah in the county continues to produce powerful but layered expressions. This delivers rich aromas of cherry, stewed plum and blackberry alongside sage and a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it starts rich, until bright acidity and tannins bring balance amidst mocha and blackberry jam flavors and an oak-powered vanilla finish." —M.K. 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Feb. 2015.
  • 2011 Mesa Reserve Syrah 92 PTS WE – "In 1978, Zaca Mesa became the first winery to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County, and Winemaker Eric Mohseni keeps pushing the quality. This offers notes of blueberry cobbler, rocks and fresh-turned soil, followed by blue fruit flavors, dark chocolate, leather and slight asphalt." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, December 2014
  • 2011 Z Cuvée 92 PTS WE – "This blend of 53% Mourvèdre, 42% Grenache and 5% Cinsault mixes up fresh raspberry fruit aromas with mint, light licorice, charred meats, white pepper, lavender and bouquet garni. The palate centers on strawberry and raspberry, balanced by plum-peel tannins and seasoned with sage, anise and chaparral herbs. It’s a very versatile Rhône blend." –92 points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2015
  • 2012 Z Blanc 92 PTS WE

    "Ripe yellow apples and peach elements are cut with lime peels and cement aromas on this blend of 46% Roussanne, 44% Grenache Blanc and 10% Viognier. It’s focused and clean upon sipping, with tight pears, nectarine and white peach flavors." —M.K., Wine Enthusiast, October 2015

  • 2013 Viognier 90 PTS WE – "One of the region's Rhone pioneers, this winery delivers aromas of chalk, cherimoya and white flowers on this bottling. It's very clean and crisp on the palate with a sharp minerality and flavors of pear cider, lemon peel and lychee." –M.K. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
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.