Uncorked – Bits&Bites

Posted online: January 2010


Photo by Shelly Vinson

Wine Cask is back – and better than ever.

After sadly shuttering its doors last year following a 25-year run as a local dining institution, Wine Cask has reopened after a hip makeover as a less formal, more affordable eatery. Original owner, winemaker Doug Margerum (of Margerum Wine Company, Happy Canyon Vineyards, Cimarone…), and local restaurateur Mitchell Sjerven (proprietor of Bouchon and Seagrass) have teamed up and taken the former fine-dining destination to a new modern level. “The food is more approachable and the decor is elegant, but with a casual atmosphere,” says Sjerven, the managing partner. “We want to encourage locals to dine here anytime, not just on special occasions.”

Executive chef David Sundeen’s American riviera-style culinary creations include grilled radicchio with toasted walnuts, balsamic vinegar, walnut oil, and a creamy smoky blue dressing ($10); cassoulet with white beans, duck leg confit, pork cheeks, house-made sausage, and smoked tomato ($28); and a chocolate-caramel tart with caramel sauce, cocoa nibs, and decadent chocolate ice cream ($9). For a more relaxed, vibrant atmosphere, cruise by the new and improved Cafe and Bar (formerly known as Intermezzo)—with a fireplace, couches, and heated patio, it’s perfect for a work lunch, evening cocktail, or late-night bite. But what’s a meal without a glass of vino?

Choose from local and international vintages by more than 100 different wineries at the new Tasting Room next door, and be on the lookout for special events where you can taste new wines before they are released.

WINE CASK 813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 805-966-9463, winecask.com.

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