First impressions of the “Funk Zone” in Santa Barbara is that name’s appropriate. A term like funky works to describe dancing or dilapidated and restored artistic architecture. but not wine. Although it fits the wines at Giessinger, who mixes real fruit in dessert wines like Summer Apricot, a Cognac styled dessert wine with the thickness of syrup. Their chocolate port has overripe grapes of almost raisin quality and lots of vanilla and caramel.


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