LONGORIA WINERY COMING TO STATE STREET

Last February Matt Kettmann at the Santa Barbara Independent reported that local pioneering vintners Rick and Diana Longoria, who opened their winery in Lompoc in 1982, are selling their eponymous brand — complete with winemaking facilities, tasting room, equipment, offices, and inventory — to Brooke and Lindsey Christian, who were moving from Washington, D.C., to Santa Barbara. At the time the Christians announced plans to diversify beyond Lompoc within a couple of years, ultimately with a Funk Zone tasting room, to get more exposure.

Reader Primetime says the Christians did indeed find a local spot to open for business, though it is not in the Funk Zone. Longoria’s first Santa Barbara outlet will be at 732 State Street, the former home of Santa Barbara Wine Therapy which moved to 12 West Haley Street in August 2021.

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