Municipal Winemakers

Published March 1, 2014

It may sound like a bunch of city workers making garage wine but Municipal Winemakers has one winemaker, Dave Potter, who is turning Santa Barbara County grapes into delightful wines at reasonable prices for the hard working people in this world. What more do the hard working need? A cool place to relax and have a glass of wine! Like its neighbors in the funk zone, the tasting room at Municipal Winemakers has been converted and restored from another local establishment. Right by the ocean, it serves wine in what was once the Diver’s Den with several decks and patios to enjoy the cool ocean breezes while sipping a crisp refreshing Riesling or Rhone blend. They even have a pool in the back that remains from training new divers and diving equipment!

Dave’s simple labels and names remind you that wine doesn’t have to be snotty or unapproachable. With names like Bright White, Pale Pink, and Bright Red, it’s pretty easy to decide which one is right for you while soaking in the street view and blue waves in the distance. Relaxing as it sounds, the Pale Pink is not just a porch pounder. It is a rose of Grenache, Cinsault, and Counoise with a bounty of flavors like dry crisp strawberry that make it meaty yet a refreshing sipper on a warm sunny day.


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