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J. Wilkes Wines Announces New Tasting Room in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone


December 3rd, 2019, Santa Barbara, CA — The Miller family is pleased to announce the opening of the new J. Wilkes Tasting Room, located at the Hotel Californian just steps from Santa Barbara’s bustling Funk Zone neighborhood.

J Wilkes Wines tasting room

Occupying a prime location on State Street across from the Hotel Californian’s main building, J. Wilkes’ new tasting room will offer visitors a welcoming place to sip the label’s acclaimed wines, with a fresh, chic design that complements the youthful spirit of the Funk Zone. The interior, which displays a modern, industrial setting, is designed to encourage guests to mingle and hang out, offering an electric fireplace and board games to enjoy while sipping our amazing wines. A large mural of J. Wilkes’ French Camp Vineyard is displayed on the entire left wall of the Tasting Room, adding to the ambiance while providing tasters with a sense of place for where the grapes are grown.

To elevate a tasting experience, cheese and charcuterie boards will be available for purchase, made in-house using quality local ingredients. Cheese and meat selections will be customized for each individual guest’s wine choices, to ensure the best possible pairing for each wine.

The J. Wilkes Tasting Room also features a small outdoor patio with tables, so visitors can savor a glass of wine and a charcuterie plate while taking in the sights and sounds of State Street.

J. Wilkes will celebrate its official Grand Opening on December 14th, 2019, welcoming locals and tourists to experience its new location and taste J. Wilkes’ quality, yet affordable Central Coast wines, including Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Lagrein, Kent’s Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon. J. Wilkes Tasting Room will be open daily from 12 – 8pm and is located at 25 State Street, Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.


J. Wilkes Wines is owned and operated by the Miller family, a multi-generational California farming family with agricultural roots on the Central Coast tracing back to 1871. The Miller Family Wine Company, a division of the industry-leading Thornhill Companies, manages national branded wine labels, including J. Wilkes, Ballard Lane, Smashberry and Barrel Burner wines, control label brands for prominent retailers across the U.S., and French Camp vineyard in Paso Robles.

Originally founded in 2001 by Jeff Wilkes, the Miller family has carried on Wilkes’ legacy producing nuanced Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley AVA and the Paso Robles Highlands under the J. Wilkes label. Led by industry-leading winemaker Wes Hagan, J. Wilkes wines are rich in history and flavor, representing the pure characteristics of the region.

For more information on J. Wilkes wines, please visit www.jwilkes.com.

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