Wine Spectator Award of ExcellenceLong before Hollywood (notably in Sideways) discovered the glories of Santa Barbara Wine Country, Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley were busy crafting wines at home while holding down full time jobs. Gray was a commercial fisherman, and Frank was chef (with his brother Bill) of the Hitching Post. Frank and Gray made their first wine at home in 1979, and their first Pinot Noir in 1981. The first Hitching Post wines were created at Byron Winery (1984-89). The brand moved to Au Bon Climat/Qupe Winery (1991-2000), Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria (2001-07). Now they direct their winemaking at Terravant Winery in Buellton, and Frank and Gray produce over 15,000 cases per year.

Many vintages and different vineyard bottlings are offered here for your dinner this evening. Several wines are available by the taste (in our bar) and bottles are available for retail take home.

Some of the wines in the list are available by both bottle and glass and are noted below.

We Specialize
In Our Own Hitching Post Wines

Specially Selected
Santa Barbara County Wines



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2016 Dry Rosè

Serious dry rosè barrel fermented, fruity, crisp, and delicious. A good start to your Hitching Post experience. $28/btl  $8/glass

We are bullish on PINKS... But since 1981, our passion has been Pinot Noir.


We create our own Hitching Post Pinot Noir blends from many vineyards from Pacific cooled coastal valleys of Santa Barbara - Santa Maria, Los Alamos, & the Sta. Rita Hills. These wines each represent value and quality for their price, and are produced in quantities to be available elsewhere.

Pinot Noir HOMETOWN 2014

Gentle aromas of red berries, youthful fruit, elegant and easy to enjoy. $34/btl  $10/glass

Pinot Noir CORK DANCER 2014

Good structure and intensity, vibrant fruit with light notes of oak for a good value. $42/btl  $12/glass

Pinot Noir HIGHLINER 2014

Highliner is “the best fisherman in the fleet.” This cuvee comes from the best barrels and best vineyards combining the fruit of Santa Maria Valley with the structure of Sta. Rita Hills. $52/btl $15/glass 

Pinot Noir 2014 Sanford and Benedict SRH

Our region's most fabled vineyard, rich and brooding with dark fruit. $58/btle $16/glass

Pinot Noir Perfect Set SRH

Our finest from the Sta. Rita Hills. A perfect blend of 50% Sanford and Benedict, 25% Fiddlestix and 25% Cargassacchi. Great balance, full of earth and darkfruit. $62/btl $17/glass

Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 2014 SMV

Elegance and restraint, alive with spice and red fruits. $58/blt $16/glass


Four Top 2012 Santa Barbara County

Sweet Merlot blended with savory Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon offers a lively mélange of herbs. $38/btl $11/glass

Syrah Big Circle 2014

A blend of SBC vineyards, ripe, with smoke and spice, rich, robust with youthful exuberance. $38/btl $11/glass


Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine

J Brut Rose

Pretty pink, all Pinot Noir made by Jordon, sweet berries, delicious. $45  

Delomotte Champagne

Balanced and elegant, with subtle power. Appealing freshness, soft curves and a precise, fresh fruit finish. Extremely attractive Champagne. $58  

Henriot Brut Champagne

A lively Champagne, light citrus, ginger, yeast flavors, brisk acidity. $64  

Billecart Salmon Rose Champagne 375 ml

Medium bodied with intense crispness. This has a racy structure propelling its strawberry, black currant and mineral flavors. Plenty of natural acidity ensures a crisp long finish. $65  


Margerum Riviera Rosè 2014

Very light salmon rose of Grenache. Bursting with aromas of framboise, watermelon candy and spice. Dry on the palate, long crisp finish. $35  


See our HITCHING POST Chardonnay above
Au Bon Climat 2014 Santa Barbara

Jim Clendenen makes classic Burgundian style from Santa Maria. Fermented in neutral oak, emphasis on balance, fruit, and good acidity. $32

A Cote 2012 Santa Barbara

18 months in oak and includes Bien Nacido & Riverbench vineyards. $40  

Lumen 2012 Santa Maria Valley

Crisp apple-melon notes, then pineapple, mango, and a long finish. $42

Drawing Board by Wenzlau Sta. Rita Hills

First wine for this SHH’s producer. This organic chardonnay is a delight. It is fresh and crisp, and has nice grapefruit tones that mark this wine with just the right acidity and balance. $48  

Tyler Santa Barbara County

Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills fruit. Reminiscent of stone fruit, smoke, and spice notes, with nice texture and balance. $56   


Feliz Noche Riesling 2014 Santa Barbara 

A wine with just the right amount of sweetness and acid zing.. $28/btl  $9/glass

Buttonwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Crisp and balanced, slight grassiness and ripe melon flavors. $28/btl  $9/glass  

Bedford Gewurtztraminer 2009

Delicious with crisp acidity and sweet flowery fruit, long gentle finish. $28  

Refugio Ranch Viognier 2011 Santa Ynez

Aromas of jasmine with stone fruits, soft round full mouthfeel. $30  

Quail Crossing Pinot Grigio 2013

The wine has beautiful stone fruit aromas (nectarine, peaches, apricot), along with minerals. In the mouth, pear, peach, and apricot. $32/btl  $10/glass  

Verdad Albarino 2010

Bright flavors of pear, meyer lemon, minerals, finishes dry and crisp $32  

Tablas Creek Blanc 2011

Aromatic, refreshing, pretty jasmine & toasted hazelnut notes, flavors of peach, apricot, and melon. Blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne and Rousanne. $34  

Clos du Val Ariadne 2007 Napa Valley

Sometimes digging through the cellar, you find a gem. This is from a Frenchman making wine in Napa Valley since the 70’s. This Semillon/Savugonon Blanc blend reminds us of a well aged white Bordeaux, good acidity, yet rounded with age, with slight grass and ripe peach. $36  

Cold Heaven Viognier 2013 Le Bon Climat

Floral aromas, white peach, vanilla, traces of minerality & bright acidity. $42    


Tolosa 2011 Estate San Luis Obispo

Light flavors of cherry, cola, with a touch of herbs. Very soft and ready. $36

Flying Vines 2005 Arroyo Grande Valley

Made by La Vie. Medium+ body, balanced, mature, nice fruit & finish. $38  

Costa de Oro 2006 Santa Maria Valley

Delicious red fruit, strawberry, clove, cinnamon and earth. $40 

Hug Cellars 2007 Cedar Lane Arroyo Grande

Earthy well aged bouquet, with dark fruits and a rich, round texture. $45

Talley 2011 Estate Arroyo Grande Valley

Concentrated delicious black cherry fruit opens up with time in glass. $48

Cold Heaven 2009 Makepeace Santa Barbara

Lively structure, savory dried berries and baking spice. $50

Fiddlehead 2009 Fiddlestix Vineyard, SRH

Nice aged bouquet of cinnamin, black raspberry, tar, and Asian spices, medium body with red/black fruits, and a nice finish. $53  

Prodigal 2005 Sta. Rita Hills

Delicate and elegant w/age, gorgious mature cherry fruit & forest floor. $54  

Alta Maria 2009 Santa Maria Valley

A blend of the best vineyards in Santa Maria - Rancho Ontiveros, Bien Nacido, & Soloman Hills. Pronounced red fruit with a spicy backbone. $58  

Expression 44 2006 Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

Ripe but refined, black cherry & charred meat flavors. $60

Sinor-LaVallee 2005 Aubaine, San Luis Obispo 

Smokey dark fruit, rich round & full palate. Still young at 11 years old. $68  

Paraiso 2001 West Terraces Santa Lucia Highlands

Still alive at 15, good fruit, and balanced, with aged complexity. $74  

Chanin 2009 Le Bon Climat Santa Maria Valley

In Pursuit of Balance, lively tart fruit, with mineral & floral aromas. $78  

Hilliard Bruce 2009 Sta. Rita Hills

Rich & full, with black cherry, anise, earth, and fine tannins in the finish. $89  


See our Hitching Post "Four Top" above
Folkway 2010 Revelator Santa Barbara

52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet. Rich in tannins, ripe with cherries & currants. Only 310 cs. made by the Bozzano brothers. $38  

Le Vigne Cabernet 2014 Paso Robles

Black currant, cassis, sweet toasty oak, this well balanced opulent Cab is medium bodied and will pairt well with many grilled foods. $38/btl  $12/glass    

Lucas & Lewellen 2012 Cote del Sol Santa Ynez Valley

Cabernet from south facing hillsideValleyView Vineyard just east of Solvang, dark and smoky with spicy notes, rich and round. $45  

201 Lieu Dit Cabernet Franc 2014 Santa Ynex Valley

Made in the Loire Valley style, this wine has versitility with a range of foods, and a unique herbaceous flavor that blends well on the palate. $50

Le Vigne Cabernet Franc 2013 Paso

Reminiscent of picking berries in the forrest. The palate is robust and deeply layered with hints of leather and cocoa powder. $60  

12 Inglenook Cask 2012 Napa Valley

A historic property being revived by Coppola with this retro label and very fine wine. Deep purple, sweet floral, berry, violet, & spice notes, thick & concentrated with supple, long lasting tannins and long finish. $84  

Grassini 2013 Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara

One of our region’s best, powerful, elegant and balanced, dark fruit, ample soft tannins, delicious mouthfeel and long finish. Only 864 cases. $92

Cedar Knoll 2012 Napa Valley

Founded in 1881, this property was restored by the Palmaz F8mily in 1986. Ripe berries, dried herbs, round tannins, with rich, spicy flavors. $98  

Chateau Branon 2001 Bordeaux France

At 15 years old, this beauty is powerful and full, with a long palate, yet well balanced and fresh with nice acidity and refined tannins. $110  

Chappellet 2013 Napa Valley

Deep purple, notes of blue & blackberry with cassis, camphor & spring flowers. Full bodied, powerful, w/supple tannins, & a long, long finish. $126


See our Hitching Post Big Circle and Syrah above
Core 2006 Red Wine Santa Barbara

Syrah, Mouvedre, Grenache blend from the eastern edge of SBC (near New Cuyama). Firm, intense with vibrant wild berry flavors. $36

La Cuadrilla 2014 Ballard Canyon

A collaboration of the vineyard crew at Stolpman. Mostly Syrah, with Sangiovese & Grenache. Full bodied, hints of cherry pit & lavender. $38/btl  $12/glass  

Larner Syrah 2011 Ballard Canyon 

A nearby vineyard, deliciously rich & round with mature flavors of ripe berry and chocolate. Top grower for years now making their wine in Buellton. $39

Ground Effect 2011 Rock Garden Paso Robles

Grenache, Counoise, Syrah. Rich blackberry with dark licorice & red candy, full body & firm. $40

Laeticia Syrah 2004 Arroyo Grande

Tannic when young, with time this has evolved into an elegant
balanced expression of dark fruits of cherry, plum, leather, and
earthiness. $44

Bernat Syrah Gratitude 2009 Los Olivos

Sam has sold our wine at his L.O. Cafe, so we return the favor to offer his wine here. Rich, ripe, plummy fruit has rounded with age. $47 

Jaffurs Syrah 2013 Santa Barbara

Layered flavors of cherry, wild berry and violet aromatics, this wine is uitful in the mouth, with rich expressso and pepper flavors. $48

Blair Fox Syrah 2010 SYV Paradise Vineyard

Big, dark, and round, deep blackberry, blueberry, and earthiness, peeking now, this will warm you on a cold night. $48  

Falcone Syrah 2011 Paso Robles Estate

Savory fruit, nice texture, with a creamy mineral infused finish. $52

Tribute to Grace Grenache 2011 

From Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard in eastern SBC. Strawberry jam, leather, and some vanilla. Smooth and easy. $59

Qupe 2008 Sawyer Linquist V. Edna Valley

Biodynamic vineyard near Arroyo Grande. Complex array of flavors - dark berry, spiced wood, white pepper. Velvety mouthfeel. $68

Foxen Syrah 2012 Williamson-Dore Santa Ynez

Very small yields lead to a rich & full wine with aromas of
blackberries, asphalt, plum, & molasses, with smoky earth, olive, and meaty flavors. $85


Renwood 2013 Amador Premier Old Vine

Chocolate, bramble berry, raspberry, and vanilla bean greet you on the nose, followed by bright red fruit flavors. $30  

Novy Four Mile Creek Red 2011

60% Syrah, but the 30% Zin stands out with brambly cherry &
licorice. $32 

Quivira 2012 Dry Creek Valley - Sonoma

Plenty of berries, with a good mix of savory earth. Raspberry, dried bay leaf, medium tannins & body. Balanced, ripe berries, sweet earth. $38  

Bedrock 2012 Sonoma Valley Old Vines

Aromas of licorice, plum, flavors of blueberry, olive, & cracked
pepper. $40  

Artezin 2010 Mendocino

Aromas of dark cherry and licorice. Plum flavors with some sage and anise. Ripe tannins. $43  


See our Hitching Post Merlot, above
Victor Hugo 2011 Paso Robles

Aromas of bing cherry and bittersweet chocolate are complimented by a background of spicy oak. Rich flavors and a long, intense finish. $40

Happy Canyon Piocho 2012 Santa Ynez

From Happy Canyon in eastern Santa Ynez Valley - a warm area good for Merlot & Cabernet. A full bouquet of fresh bright cherry, with warm cocoa and spice. Savory texture with a chocolate raspberry finish. $46/btl  $14/glass  

Matanzas Creek 2007 Bennett Valley-Sonoma

A well ballanced age worthy style , still showing some tannin, with earth and herbs. With air, it opens up with dark currant fruit. $48  


See our Hitching Post Sangiovese, above
Palmina Dolcetto 2011

Steve Cliften’s light, refreshing, crisp, and easy to enjoy red. $28  

La Vie Sangiovese 2008 Central Coast

From Paso. Mature, soft, sweet fruit w/spice, dry herbs & orange peel. $32  

Palmina Barbera 2010

Young and vibrant, dark berry & spice aromas, lively boysenberry flavors with a smoky nuance and good grip in the finish. $40  

Stolpman Sangiovese 2012 Ballard Canyon

Highlights cranberries & fresh red fruits that extend through the finish. Shows ripe forward fruit & full body, very approachable. $58  

Chateau Margene 2006 Cielo Rosso - Paso

Super Tuscan style Sangiovese blend. At 10 years still vibrant with black fruits &spice, jammy notes of cherry, strawberry, and plum. $62  

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