Where does Anthony Bourdain drink wine when he visits Rome? That would be Rimessa Roscioli, a quaint, informal yet relaxing space, where they offer wine tasting experiences and seminars. At their group tasting dinners, their bread and butter, you can experience the flavors of different regions of Italy interpreted by their team of professional sommeliers. In these tastings, you will learn the stories and history of each wine and region, and even watch videos of the winemakers personally explaining their process, in a virtual private tour.
Rimessa’s top-sommelier, Alessandro Pope, describes the Rimessa project:
“I decided to create an educational and convivial lab related to the world of wine and food, involving studies, courses and wine tasting, and, I confess, even to have fun with wine lovers and friends.”
Wine Tasting Room at Rimessa Roscioli
Bottles of Wine after a Tasting at Rimessa Roscioli
A few of our advisors were lucky enough to have a private tasting with Lindsey, an employee of Rimessa who is originally from Santa Barbara. It was held at a local Santa Barbara wine bar, and due to the limited resources we had cheese pairings instead of their typical 12 paired foods which usually includes artisan cheeses, meats, a traditional Roman plate of pasta, and a small homemade dessert. Even without the 12 courses, the tasting blew us all away.
Lindsey, Santa Barbara local who is an employee at Rimessa Roscioli
Rimessa Roscioli ‘Santa Barbara’ Tasting Set Up
Cheese plate pairing for the ‘Santa Barbara Tasting’
For more information about Rimessa Roscioli or to make a reservation, contact Tina Slimp or your Santa Barbara Travel Advisor:
Have a “Taste of Bordeaux” on a River Wine Cruise with AmaWaterways Hosted by Santa Barbara Independent Senior Editor, Matt Kettmann
October 18-25 | 7-Nights | Bordeaux to Bordeaux
This fall, travel down the Garonne and Dordogne rivers with AmaWaterways, see iconic chateaux vineyards and, of course, indulge in sumptuous wines. Experience Bordeaux, one of the world’s undisputed wine regions. Timeless vineyards and delicious wine tastings are plentiful as you visit Cadillac, Pauillac, Saint-Emilion and Libourne. Be treated to an exclusive experience in Bourg, featuring live French music, dancing, wine and hors d’oeuvres. After sailing the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, spend time in the enchanting Loire Valley. Embark on special private excursions with Matt to hidden vineyards and the like, that are only available to your group. Call 805-869-1140 to Reserve your Spot.
Matt Kettmann is a senior editor for the Santa Barbara Independent and boasts an impressive resume including contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast, and has written for Wine Spectator, Sunset Magazine, New York Times, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian, and other publications large and small. He is excited to share the rich viticulture of this region with you!
Day 1 – BORDEAUX – EMBARKATION
Board your luxurious ship in the legendary land of wine, Bordeaux.
Day 2- CADILLAC
Visit the impressive Castle of Roquetaillade, an amazingly preserved masterpiece of medieval military architecture owned by the same noble family for 700 years. Afterwards, travel to the Sauternes wine region to either Château de Rayne Vigneau or Château Guiraud to taste the highly prized golden-hued sweet wines produced here.Day 3- PAUILLAC
Pauillac, a lovely village on the Left Bank of the Gironde Estuary, is gateway to the famed Medoc region renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines. You will see some of the most beautiful and famous wine estates, including Château Latour, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Pichon Longueville. You’ll then visit either Château Gruaud Larose or Château Leoville Poyferre for a tasting of Grand Cru wines.Day 4- PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG
Once in Blaye, you can join a tour of its 17th-century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more active excursion, take a bike ride from Blaye through the idyllic French countryside. Alternatively, visit a prehistoric cave, Pair non Pair, offering one of the best examples of art made by prehistoric man. During the afternoon, you can cruise to Bourg or join a bike tour along Santiago’s path – a famous pilgrimage route – to Bourg. While in the ancient village of Bourg, visit the Carriage Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of horse-drawn vehicles and then explore the underground passageways that lead you to the immense oil tanks from the Second World War. Later in the day, experience the hospitality of this charming medieval village with an exclusive wine festival complete with live French music, dancing, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Day 5- BOURG – LIBOURNE
Libourne provides a gateway to one of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions, Saint-Emilion, known for its picturesque architecture, monuments and celebrated vineyards. Join an excursion to historic Saint-Emilion, and while here, explore the monolithic church carved out of one piece of limestone rock, and then go under the church to discover its catacombs and caves. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting at either Château de Ferrand or Château de Pressac. Prefer a more active adventure, pedal through the vineyard-rich countryside to Saint-Emilion and then to Château Soutard for a Grand Cru Classe wine tasting.
Day 6- LIBOURNE – BORDEAUX
Tour the magnificent Château Vayres, one of the most prestigious historic buildings of Aquitaine, or spend time discovering the Bastide town of Libourne and then stroll through its colorful open-air market tasting some of the region’s specialties. For a more active exploration of the countryside, you will have two options of excursions. Visit Château de Montaigne, a stunning 14th-century castle that was the family residence of philosopher Michel de Montaigne and enjoy a lovely wine tasting. Alternatively, visit Fronsac, where you can taste some of the regional wines at a grand wine cellar.
Day 7 – BORDEAUX- DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your ship in Bordeaux.
EXCLUSIVE SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT PRICING
Cruise-only fares from $3,599 per person (based on double-occupancy)
Plus $50 per person onboard credit!
Extension available Pre and Post cruise: PRE-CRUISE – 2 NIGHT PARIS/POST-CRUISE – 2 NIGHTS LOIRE VALLEY, 1 NIGHT PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE
*Port charges of $168 per person are additional. Minimum number of guests booked for Matt Kettmann to host cruise. Fares and availability are subject to change. Other restrictions may apply.
CONTACT ERIN ZETTER FOR SPECIAL PRICING AND INQUIRIES: