08.03.2017 - Wine Spectator ~ Restaurant Awards, 12 Seaside Restaurants with Great Wines on Deck

Wine Cask restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara (and less than a 15-minute drive from Stearns Wharf) is an elegant gem and local favorite. Vintner Doug Margerum and restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven of Bouchon Santa Barbara co-own the space, and together they lead a team that is well-versed in the art of dining and has access to top-quality local produce and excellent wines. Wine director David Fainberg manages the 370-selection wine list that shines in its exaltation of California (especially Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon) and holds a Best of Award of Excellence. The by-the-glass options focus on Santa Barbara producers, and there’s also a variety of half-bottles and magnums, creative cocktails and craft beers.

04.25.2017 - Southern California Homes, Simple, Fresh Ingredients Are Transformed into Luscious Dishes at the Wine Cask

Debuting in 1981 as a quaint wine shop, Wine Cask expanded over time to include a sandwich shop, a café, and finally a fine dining restaurant by the mid-1990s.

"Wine Cask grew very organically, responding to the perceived desires of the community and demands of the marketplace," co-owner and food connoisseur Mitchell Sjerven said.

The addition of the Intermezzo Bar Café was the tipping point for the small business, significantly growing the menu while retaining the casual, 'no-reservations-needed' setting.

03.24.2017 - Santa Barbara Sentinel - Hana-Lee Sedgwick, Behind the Vine - Pinot is King at WOPN

Pinot noir drinkers can rejoice with the return of the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) to Santa Barbara March 3-4. The two-day event, which is held annually at the picturesque Bacara Resort & Spa, will showcase nearly 200 wineries from all over the world, bringing together producers and enthusiasts for a weekend of celebration through pinot-focused seminars, luncheons, tastings and winemaker dinners. If you love pinot, this premier event is something you wont want to miss!



Emily, also know as the JetSetting Fashionista, is the creator and curator behind the lifestyle blog. It is visited by luxury and fashion seekers, and lovers of food, wine, and travel around the world. On March 2nd, Emily attended the WOPN Winemaker seminar held in the Wine Cask Gold Room. To catch glimpse of what Emily experienced, check out the blog.

02.23.2017 - Santa Barbara Independent, World of Pinot Noir in Your Glass

Though it took the Hollywood help of Sideways — let’s just get that mandatory nod out of the way — pinot noir was always primed for the spotlight. Not only does this grape originally from France’s famed Burgundy region present an unparalleled array of aromas and flavors ranging from fruit to flower to forest, but the fickle variety also tends to be grown in the most dramatic of landscapes by the most interesting of people. Behind every great pinot is a unique combination of geography, geology, and human ingenuity, making the wines merely windows into much deeper sagas of people and place.


It’s mid-afternoon as I descend the hill where the glamorous Belmond El Encanto (Spanish for “charmed”) hotel is perched in Santa Barbara, California. Downtown on State Street tents line the area, each selling produce, cheese and wares both familiar and unique to tempt locals and visitors alike. I’m here to meet Wine Cask Restaurant’s Executive Chef David Rosner for a Farmers Market Foodie Stroll during a period when there’s never been a better time to eat in Santa Barbara.



04.05.2015 - Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Lunch for you, support for CALM

Enjoy a lovely lunch this month at Wine Cask, 813 Anacapa Street, while supporting CALM in raising awareness about child abuse prevention in Santa Barbara.

Bask in the historic Wine Cask courtyard with a fresh treat on your plate and cool drink in your glass while giving back to a wonderful organization in this community. Throughout the month of April, Wine Cask is partnering with CALM through their Charity Lunch Promotion and promises to donate 10% of all guest checks during lunch when they mention this local nonprofit.

04.03.2015 - Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Support SBCC Culinary Students while enjoying a five-course meal at Wine Cask

Santa Barbara City College’s SBCC Foundation invites you to support future chefs by enjoying a courtyard champagne reception followed by a five-course, French-inspired dinner. This special fundraiser supports SBCC culinary students who will travel to France this summer with the SBCC Study Abroad program to study French cuisine in its entirety.

03.19.2015 - Santa Barbara News-Press, Riviera Rising

As the Wine Cask Restaurant's executive chef, David Rosner, dashes from one burner to the next, he grabs handfuls of ingredients from strategically placed bowls and plates and precisely adds each component to the various searing pans.

02.26.2015 - Travel + Leisure Magazine, Checking in on the Very Best Chef's Tables in America

It used to be that a seat at the chef's table was exclusively a white-tablecloth and tuxedo'd-server affair, with a brow-raising pricetag in line with the formality. Sometimes, the experience lived up to the price—think restaurants like The Inn at Little Washington and 42 Grams—but in recent years great chef tables of all types have popped up across the country.

02.13.2015 - Santa Barbara Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine BEST OF: Presidio Neighborhood

This year, be sure to hit up the PRESIDIO NEIGHBORHOOD. Hugh Margerum, a local artist and web sales manager at Margerum Wine Company, coined the name based on the historical landdmark on Canon Perdido and Santa Barbara streets - the upper corner of the area that extends over to State Street and down to De la Guerra Street.

02.03.2015 - Noozhawk.com, Dine for Lunch at Wine Cask and Give Back to American Heart Association

This February, Wine Cask is giving back to the local chapter of the American Heart Association in support of National Heart Month and Go Red for Women, a campaign to help eradicate heart disease in women.

Through its Charity Lunch Promotion, Wine Cask is donating 10 percent of guests' checks to the Santa Barbara chapter of American Heart Association throughout the month when guests mention the organization to their servers.

11.13.2014 - Noozhawk.com, Enjoy Lunch at Wine Cask and Support CASA of Santa Barbara County

This November, Wine Cask is pleased to support CASA of Santa Barbara County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) through its Charity Lunch Promotion, and will donate 10 percent of all guests checks when they mention this charity, whose mission is to ensure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused and/or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

10.14.2014 - Edible Santa Barbara Magazine, Bread & Roses Dinner at Wine Cask

Last year we were honored to be involved with The Fund For Santa Barbara's annual Bread & Roses event. The Wine Cask generously donated a special Chef's Counter Tasting Dinner and Farmer's Market Tour with Edible Santa Barbara publisher as guest hosts.

10.14.2014 - Food & Home Magazine, New offerings and the Wine Cask

Wine Cask has a new top chef in the kitchen. The locally renowned, Santa Barbara landmark restaurant is proud to welcome Executive Chef David Rosner to Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Chef Rosner brings an extensive culinary background from across the globe, including work from Europe, New York City, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara.

10.03.2014 - Independent.com, Go Wild at Wine Cask and support the local Zoo!

Go Wild at Wine Cask and Support the Santa Barbara Zoo!

As part of their Charity Lunch Promotion, Wine Cask will donate 10% of lunch bills to Santa Barbara Zoo throughout October.

Santa Barbara, CA. October 2014 – This fall, go "wild" and treat yourself to lunch at Wine Cask while supporting the Santa Barbara Zoo. Throughout the month of October, Wine Cask is partnering with the Santa Barbara Zoo through their Charity Lunch Promotion, and will donate 10% of guests’ checks when they mention the local nonprofit organization.

10.01.2014 - Edible Santa Barbara Magazine, A Brilliant Solution: Blending Margerum M5

Cooking is a creative puzzle. Give five chefs a box of identical ingredients and they will create five very different dishes. While one highlights the earthy interplay of allium and potato, another may assemble the same pieces to celebrate textural intrigue or aromatics. There are endless variations and combinations. In this way, every dish is a creative conundrum.

08.11.2014 - Noozhawk.com, Wine Cask Welcomes New Executive Chef David Rosner

Wine Cask has a new top chef in the kitchen. The locally renowned, Santa Barbara landmark restaurant is proud to welcome Executive Chef David Rosner to Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Chef Rosner brings an extensive culinary background from across the globe, including work from Europe, New York City, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

08.11.2014 - KEYT News, A Lesson On Proper Manners For Some Local Students

A group of local elementary school kids got a special lesson in proper manners. At Wine Cask restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara Wednesday, the children from the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara completed their social manners program. This program was started by Mrs. Brock 5-years ago. The kids were quizzed on their table manners and dining etiquette as they enjoyed a 4-course meal.

08.10.2014 - Santabarbara.com, Wine Cask Welcomes New Chef

Wine Cask has a new top chef in the kitchen. The locally renowned, Santa Barbara landmark restaurant at 813 Anacapa Street has welcomed Executive Chef David Rosner to Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Chef Rosner brings an extensive culinary background from across the globe, including work from Europe, New York City, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara where he was Executive Chef and Director of Operations for Café Luck in 2008.

08.04.2014 - Noozhawk.com, Wine Cask Partners with Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara for Etiquette Dinner

Wine Cask is proud to welcome the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara for an evening of fine dining and social enrichment. At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, children from Mrs. Bock’s Social Manners program will pay a visit to Wine Cask to demonstrate their newly acquired proper manners, which they learned during the club’s summer program. Wine Cask, too, will demonstrate its socially responsible etiquette through its Charity Lunch Promotion by donating 10 percent of guests' checks this month, when they mention the local nonprofit organization.

07.25.2014 - Black Dog :: food blog ~ food that will make your tail wag, Wine Cask: Keep it Classy, Santa Barbara.

Do you remember the restaurant, Cafe Luck? That was one of the first restaurants I went when I moved here. What a fond memory I have….until it just disappeared on me without even saying good bye. I remember a few dishes and desserts I loved. I still remember how it tasted. (I have a mean memory on taste). Everytime I pass by the empty/ever changing cafe luck spot, I couldn't help but wonder where the chef went.

When lovely ladies at JZPR (kick-ass PR folks!) mentioned there is a new chef at WineCask and I briefly saw the line in the email saying Cafe Luck, I had to stop and read the email again. Chef David Rosner. Welcome back. So good to have you back.

06.06.2014 - Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Cocktail Corner: Intermezzo's New Lineup of Handcrafted Cocktails

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg

Those clever mixologists at Intermezzo are at it again with a new lineup of handcrafted cocktails.

Check out the new Tangerine Falls, made with Coruba Dark Rum, muddled tangerine, lemon, and Regan's Orange Bitters. It pairs perfectly with long summer nights on the patio—why not try their Montecito Urban Farms Green Salad with field greens, nectarines, toasted pistachios and herbed goat cheese.

You know we're fans of Pisco around here, and now Intermezzo is serving up a delicious El Pasion de Peru, made with Pisco La Diablada, lemon, simple syrup, egg white, and a splash of passion fruit.

In the mood for something refreshing? The Cucumber Martini is mixed with Zubrowka Buffalo Grass Vodka, cucumber, and a drop of lemon. What a great way to eat your veggies! There's also “So Pitted Sour” with Michter's Sour Mash Whiskey, fresh muddled cherries, lemon, and thyme. Or why not drink Mad Men style and try the Margerum Manhattan, made with Barrel 33 bourbon, Margerum Amaro (the digestif featured as Jeffrey Doornbos' favorite in the summer issue of Santa Barbara SEASONS), Margerum White and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth?

Then again, Intermezzo is also offering a new version of a warm weather favorite, El Salud, a habanero-infused tequila margarita, featuring house-infused tequila, cherimoya puree, lime juice and agave nectar, served with a lime and sugared rim.

How can we possibly choose just one? We'll definitely be back, and hope to see you soon on the patio—or inside the beautiful bar and dining area—at Intermezzo, 819 Anacapa St.


05.01.2014 - Food & Wine Magazine, FOOD & WINE feature VIDEO: Wine Cask Restaurant

Food & Wine Magazine presents California farm-to-table restaurants and features Wine Cask Restaurant, Santa Barbara.

04.09.2014 - Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Culture & Nature come together at Wine Cask - Editor's pick for spring

UCSB's partnership with Wine Cask and Museum of Natural History is an intellectually stimulating—and delicious—way to learn about the world.

"The series examines how people interact with nature, and how that interaction shapes our world," says John Majewski, professor of history and associate dean of Humanities and Fine Arts in the College of Letters and Science, who organized the events with Stefania Tutino, professor of religious studies and history and associate dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at UCSB.

04.08.2014 - Noozhawk.com, CAMA 's Board Fundraiser a True "Class Act"

The Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) is now in its 95th concert season, and the Women’s Board proudly hosted "A Class Act" at the Wine Cask Restaurant on Sunday to support CAMA's music education program in Santa Barbara schools and concerts at the Granada and Lobero theaters.

02.05.2014 - Noozhawk.com, Go Red at Wine Cask and Support American Heart Association

This February, Wine Cask is giving back to the local chapter of American Heart Association in support of National Heart Month and Go Red for Women, a campaign to help eradicate heart disease in women.

Through its Charity Lunch Promotion, Wine Cask is donating 10 percent of guests’ checks to the Santa Barbara chapter of American Heart Association throughout the month when guests mention the organization to their servers.

01.16.2014 - Santa Barbara News-Press, Molto Bene: Wine Cask event feeds hunger for Italy

Americans have long romanticized Italians' relationship to food and wine.

01.07.2014 - Noozhawk.com, Discover the Nectar of the Gods at UCSB's Next Culture & Nature Series

On Jan. 23, UCSB's Culture & Nature Series continues at Wine Cask, with an exclusive food and wine tasting event designed to discover Italian wine culture and its rich and ancient agricultural tradition.

12.30.2013 - Santabarbara.com, Scholarship Winners

This year, Alejandro Guillen, Alexander Italia, and Alejandro Martinez have each been awarded a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of Mitchell Sjerven, owner of bouchon and co-owner of Wine Cask.

11.28.2013 - KEYT News, Thanksgiving recipe: Yam Latkes

Chef Brandon Hughes shows us how to make Yam Latkes for Thanksgiving Dinner.

11.28.2013 - KEYT News, Thanksgiving recipe: Spanish Stuffing

Chef Brandon Hughes shows us how to make Spanish Stuffing for Thanksgiving Dinner.

11.28.2013 - KEYT News, Thanksgiving recipe: Garlic Mash Potatoes

Chef Brandon Hughes shows us how to make garlic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving Dinner.

11.28.2013 - KEYT News, Thanksgiving recipe: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

Pastry Chef Rosie Moot shows us how to make Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving Dinner.

10.03.2013 - Independent.com, Report from Wine Cask's 30th Birthday Bash

As the longtime center of Santa Barbara’s gourmet culture, no one expected anything less than epicurean awesomeness on Monday night at the Wine Cask, where the restaurant's owners, staff, alumni, and most ardent fans celebrated the Anacapa Street institution’s 30th anniversary.

09.26.2013 - Independent.com, Built to Last: The Wine Cask Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

The celebration, which will take place next Monday, September 30, will be a serious treat for foodies and oenophiles alike.

09.23.2013 - Santa Barbara News-Press, Back to the Table: Wine Cask host Alumni for Anniversary Dinner

The owners of Santa Barbara's Wine Cask Restaurant host a special anniversary dinner next week.

09.12.2013 - Santa Barbara News-Press, A Shared Love of Cooking

Working together is icing on the (wedding) cake for local husband and wife chefs.

09.12.2013 - Independent.com, Make a Date for Lunch at Wine ask and Help Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara!

This September, as kids head back to school, Wine Cask is helping raise funds to support local school girls involved in Girls Incorporated of Greater Santa Barbara.

07.12.2013 - CASA Magazine, Eat & Support Pacific Pride

Wine Cask and Pacific Pride Team up for July. Just mention Pacific Pride Foundation throughout the month of July, and Wine Cask will donate 10% of your lunch bill to the nonprofit’s programs that support the LGBT community, as well as those affected by HIV/AIDS.

05.05.2013 - Independent.com, Wine Cask Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Provide Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara

This May, Wine Cask is supporting Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County through their Charity Lunch Promotion and will donate 10% of all guest checks when they mention this local nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing safe and affordable housing to Santa Barbara citizens.

05.03.2013 - Independent.com, Sipping "El Salud" at Intermezzo

Just in time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Wine Cask's Intermezzo bar is unveiling "El Salud" a special spicy margarita made in honor of 1st District County Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

04.04.2013 - Independent.com, Jaffurs Paired with Wine Cask

This fall will mark Jaffurs' 20th harvest, and to get the growing season started off right, the winery is hosting a dinner this Saturday, April 6, at the Wine Cask in downtown Santa Barbara.

03.02.2013 - Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine, Wine Cask Lunch Charity Supports Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care

Throughout March, Wine Cask partners with local nonprofit Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) to support its noble efforts that have served Santa Barbara for over a century.

02.22.2013 - Santabarbara.com, Best of 2013; runner up for Best Restaurant for First Date

Wine Cask named "Runner up for Best Restaurant for First Date" by SantaBarbara.com's 2013 Restaurant Guide.

02.22.2013 - SantaBarbara.com, Best of 2013: Best Wine List, Best Business Lunch

Wine Cask named "Best Business Lunch" and "Best Restaurant Wine List" by SantaBarbara.com's 2013 Restaurant Guide.

02.04.2013 - Noozhawk.com, Do Lunch at Wine Cask and Support the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Throughout the month of February, Wine Cask is partnering with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, and will donate 10 percent of all guest checks when they mention this local nonprofit organization.

01.17.2013 - Noozhawk.com, Wine Cask Offering Moviegoers Award -Worthy Film Feast Menu

As Santa Barbara prepares to roll out the red carpet for the much-anticipated 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, an 11-day celebration of cinematic success that brings the glitz and glam of Hollywood to the beloved American Riviera, Wine Cask, one of Santa Barbara's premier culinary destinations, is preparing to offer moviegoers an award-worthy Film Feast menu.

10.18.2012 - Santa Barbara Independent, Best Of Santa Barbara 2012: Drinking

Best Restaurant Wine List: Wine Cask

"The online wine list ranges from our backyard to the world. Prices begin about $30 a bottle and end around $4,000 — though admittedly that's for a 1.5-liter bottle of estate California red. There is a nice, almost surprising emphasis on great French wines, and of course, the pickings from our own now-esteemed region are impressive. But the point is there are 15 pages of wines on the menu selected by people who know the business and the pleasure side of the grapey industry better than almost anyone in this town. They've been doing it since Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Santa Ynez was just figuring out how to plant vines. This is likely the best list this side of Anywhere, U.S.A. And it's waiting for you, aging for you if you will, downtown right now."

09.21.2012 - Santa Barbara Wedding Style, A Santa Barbara Wedding: Lauren and Scott

A beautiful Santa Barbara wedding with the reception held at The Wine Cask. Click-thru for photos.

08.16.2012 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, California's Highway 1, The Wine-Lovers' Route

Past pounding surf, plunging cliffs and misty redwood groves, California's Highway 1 winds along nearly 700 miles of the Pacific Coast. But grand views aside, it ranks among the world's great wine routes, passing more than 20 of the state's American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). This vino-centric guide to Highway 1 brings wine lovers along California's Central Coast, journeying south from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara.

"Santa Barbara restaurants spotlight local wines. Wine Cask pairs impeccable food with a romantic courtyard setting. The expansive cellar accentuates Central Coast selections."

06.24.2012 - Independent.com, Announcing the American Riviera Scholarships

Deciding that it was time "to give back to the community by contributing to Santa Barbara City College' School of Culinary Arts," longtime restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven recently created two $2,500 scholarships with the opportunity for paid internships to students in the renowned program. The inaugural recipients are Travis Brock, who received the Wine Cask American Riviera Scholarship, and Deya Jacobs, who received the bouchon American Riviera Scholarship. Sjerven answered some questions via email.

Why did you create this scholarship?

I had often thought of giving back to the school, but it wasn't until I started teaching that I thought, "Now is the time." I attempted to simply lecture without compensation, but as that is against school employment rules, I decided scholarships were the way to go. I also hope that a more visible donation might encourage other restaurants to do the same as a great many of us draw from this talent pool.

06.01.2012 - Santa Barbara Independent, Wine Cask Turns Into 'Beer Keg'

We can all agree that basic beer goes pretty well with a basic burger. But with so many complex styles of ale available these days, truly matching a gourmet menu to a slate of handcrafted brews takes special skills, plenty of patience, and lots of experimental sipping. Luckily for us in Santa Barbara, the dedicated crew at the Wine Cask — especially head chef Brandon Hughes and beverage guru Branden Bidwell — doesn’t mind that sort of work, and the epic results of their plotting were glaringly apparent on Thursday night at the Anacapa Street restaurant's second-ever beer dinner. Here's a replay.

First Course: Korean Chicken Skin Tacos, with house-made kimchi, potato, pickled salad

First Beer: Anderson Valley's Boont ESB, from Boonville, CA, 6.8%

First Thoughts: Why haven't I ever had chicken skin tacos before? The crunchy factor was in high gear, set off by the fermented sourness of the kimchi, and washed away pleasantly by the Boont hoppiness. As my dining companion and this newspaper’s food editor George Yatchisin explained, "They could just serve me these all night and I'd be fine."

Second Course: Mussels and Fries, with rock shrimp veloute and house-cut fries

Second Beer: Allagash's Curieux, from Portland, ME, 11%

Thoughts: Our table agreed that Belgian-style beers can be somewhat dicey: too much foaminess, a bifurcated nature of spice and fizz that doesn't blend well, etc. The Allagash, however, destroyed those connotations, and left us amazed at its suavity, despite an 11% booze tag. That might be because of its aging in bourbon barrels, which also inspired the sauce atop the mussels and fries: a Jim Beam-and-vanilla concoction that I thought could be whipped into a tasty cake for dessert. I truly almost drank the leftovers.

Third Course: Pork Poppers with beer barbecue sauce and market slaw

Third Beer: Green Flash's Saison Diego, from San Diego, CA, 4.5%

Thoughts: These bite-sized treats were certainly the saltiest thing on the menu, but that was quickly cut with the zesty Saison. Mine disappeared far too quickly, aided by the sweet dipping sauce.

Main Course: Pork Jowl En Croute, with house mustard and over easy egg

Fourth Beer: Coney Island's Human Blockhead, Brooklyn, NY, 10%

Thoughts: The most visually interesting dish of the night, we were served slices off a bread-encrusted pork loaf, atop fresh mustard, adorned with a soft egg, a tiny pickle on the side. Branden Bidwell said that, during one of the first planning meetings for the dinner, they envisioned an entire menu of reimagined breakfast items, but that didn't fly too long. "This is what was left of that," he laughed. "It's basically bacon, eggs, and toast." Equally compelling was the Human Blockhead, an "American Bock" kitchen sink-type ale of lots of malt and lots of hops that Bidwell admitted he wouldn't drink straight, but thought it went well with the dish. He was right: the beer's complication paired nicely with the bizarre twist on a classic morning dish.

Dessert Course: Apple 'n Foie Fritter, with rose jelly and candied hazelnuts

Final Beer: Telegraph's Rhinoceros, Santa Barbara, CA, 10%

Final Thoughts: With foie gras about to be banned for sale in California this July 1, chefs everywhere are throwing it into whatever they can. In this case, that meant dessert, with a tiny bit of goose liver inside an apple fritter, bolstered by the smooth "rye wine" produced a few blocks away at Telegraph. It was a quick end to the three-hour night, though Bidwell topped us off with a sip of Auchentoshan's Three Wood Whisky.

With his own beer finally in hand, Brandon Hughes walked around the room asking for what people thought, and the response seemed to be unanimous: Do it again. He was smiling like the rest of us, and hinted that there may indeed be another one coming up a couple months from now.

10.14.2011 - Santa Barbara Independent, Wine Cask Goes Kegger?

Maybe Oktoberfest got the best of the Wine Cask gang, but on Tuesday, October 18, at 7 p.m., they'll be serving up their first-ever "Beer Dinner," five-courses matched with brilliant brews from around the world. Branden Bidwell "Wine Cask has always been known for our incredibly extensive, well-edited wine list, and we have hosted countless wine-pairing dinners, so this was an idea we came up with to have a little fun with beer for a change," explained Wine Cask's wine director, Branden Bidwell. "Guests don't always think to check out our beer list when they're here."

10.14.2011 - Montecito Messenger, Wine Cask: Serious and Innovative

Because of its unique attractions as a tourist town, Santa Barbara has few serious restaurants devoted to fine dining, professional, innovative cooking, exemplary service and beautiful atmosphere. The inherent costs in bringing these elements together at the highest quality levels is just too expensive when so many visitors just don’t care and don't plan to return. Wine Cask is an exception to this rule, a beloved culinary and wine landmark that has regained its form after some dodgy days under its badly behaved former owner, Bernard Rosenson, who went bust as the restaurant shuttered abruptly.

09.29.2011 - Santa Barbara Independent, Eco-Cool Award: Wine Cask's Wine on Tap Program

There's nothing terrible about twos for the second year of The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual Foodie Awards, which publicly recognize the people and places responsible for making our town such a feast. Once again, we received close to 100 nominations from more than two dozen of the area’s leading tastemakers and then fine-tuned that list to a baker's dozen of deliciousness.

08.26.2011 - Santa Barbara Independent, Eat Dessert First

We have eaten a lot of great desserts over the years, but never had the urge to write about a specific pastry chef who makes desserts, until we met Rosie. Rosie Gerard, who has been at the Wine Cask since its re-opening, is one of the most creative and inventive dessert chefs we have ever seen.

08.04.2011 - Crave DFW, Santa Barbara: Foodie Stroll with Wine Cask

Santa Barbara is about 2 hour north drive along the 101 from Los Angeles. It is a beautiful city that has been called the "American Riviera" and with temperatures in the high 70s during July, it makes a great summer getaway. When visiting we thought the best way to explore this beautiful city was the foodie stroll with the Wine Cask restaurant. The Wine Cask is a Santa Barbara staple and set just off the main tourist street (State Street) on Anacapa, a great place to start a tour.

06.30.2011 - Santa Barbara Independent, Cocktail Contest Winner, Branden Bidwell

We didn't really think this could happen – that someone could dominate our 2nd Annual Sizzling Summer BBQ Contest like Barry Bonds winning MVP Awards in his drug-buffed prime – but we were wrong. For on June 15, the O Street Truck and Liz Bradley drove out of the Whole Foods parking lot doubly victorious, taking the crown for both best professional entrée and best professional side dish over five very talented competitors.

05.12.2011 - Santa Barbara Seasons, Chef’s Counter at the Wine Cask a Culinary Treat

I had my first encounter with the Chef's Counter at the Wine Cask this week and my tastebuds are still dancing with delight. For those of you who haven’t heard, every Monday through Thursday night Chef Brandon Hughes is now offering a special Farmer's Market fresh tasting menu paired with local wines, for an all inclusive price of $65 per person. While it is typically a three-course menu, this week's menu (still available tonight) included four courses. Sous Chef Nik Ramirez says he and Chef Hughes typically shop the market on Saturday morning and "duke it out over the week's menu." Their draw resulted in a victory for us, as we got an extra course on Monday, since "things looked so good we couldn't decide on just three."

04.26.2011 - Santa Barbara Independent, Culinary Delights at Wine Cask's Chef's Counter

If you've ever wondered what the best seat in the Wine Cask's magnificent Gold Room might be (short of near the fireplace on a chill evening), that question is easily answered now—at the new Chef's Counter where the bar used to be. You get a bit of elevation to scan the room, but even better, you get to indulge in Chef Brandon Hughes' weekly market-driven three-course menus paired with regional wines.

Diners' Choice Award 2012