Reader Jonathan and others tell me that Crush Tasting Room and Kitchen has opened at 432 East Haley Street. Co-owner Michael Amador tells me that Crush started as an idea he had many years ago. “As a restaurant wine buyer for 20+ years I was in the fortunate situation to discover a lot of great wines, some of them from very small producers that few had heard of,” says Amador. “ Often times these small, artisan wineries had no distributors and no tasting rooms of their own. I thought I should open a tasting room to showcase these great wines. As I looked around from Montecito, to Summerland, to Goleta, and of course the Funk Zone, this little spot on Haley attracted me. With the Mill anchoring the block I felt like this could be the new hot spot area. We built out a new kitchen so we would have some light bites (lobster sliders, grilled pulled pork and goat cheese, gorgonzola/fig/bacon flatbread, and more) while people were tasting.”
Amador says Crush is pouring 20 wines (19 Central Coast and 1 Napa) through a wine dispensing system which keeps them fresh, and allows patrons to have a taste, a half glass, or a full glass. He also brought in local beer, cider and kombucha on tap, including Draughtsmen, Captain Fatty’s Rincon and others. Crush is open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (9 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, Monday night being $1 oyster night. Call 805-690-4590 or visit crushsb.com.