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Small-Batch Wines at Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen

Small-Batch Wines at Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen
By Michael Amador on Jul 15, 2019 in in Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

Walking into Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. With a delicious menu, more than 20 inventive wines from small-batch Central Coast producers as well as kombucha and regional beer on tap, and a convivial atmosphere ripe for striking up conversation, the East Haley Street establishment made my head spin like a child entering the white gates of Disneyland for the first time.

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Food & Home Online Spring 2019

Food & Home Online Spring 2019
By Michael Amador on Jul 15, 2019 in

What's not to love about Michael and Lisa Amador's lively wine tasting room and kitchen, which serves up great food and unique wines in a former Haley Street dice bar? the space has been remodeled and gussied up with a visible kitchen, high -top tables and wine dispensers.

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Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine

Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine
By Michael Amador on Jul 12, 2019 in

Spend the remainder of your day perusing the streets of Santa Barbara’s contemporary art district, the Funk Zone. You won’t be disappointed by the selection of diverse eateries, quirky bars, and eclectic shopping. Be sure to stop by Crush Wine Tasting and Kitchen for a unique wine tasting experience accompanied by yummy lite bites. They utilize the latest technology to offer do-it-yourself wine tasting, and it’s a win-win. The wine dispensing system keeps their wines fresh and gives guests full control of what they’re tasting. Give it a try for yourself, and don’t forget to order the lobster sliders. @crushsb1

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Santa Barbara’s First-Ever Vegan Chef Challenge

Santa Barbara’s First-Ever Vegan Chef Challenge
By Michael Amador on Jul 12, 2019 in

Beth Wettstein, a devout vegan of nine years, is unsatised by the monotony of salads and veggie burgers that seem to be the only plant-based menu items at most Santa Barbara restaurants. “Compared to cities like Los Angeles, there’s just not too many options,” explains Wettstein, who usually opts to alter non-vegan plates by substituting fruits and vegetables for animal products.

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Undercover Fork: Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen

Undercover Fork: Crush Tasting Room & Kitchen
By Michael Amador on Oct 08, 2018 in in Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

Reported by the Santa Barbara News Press. Four Star Ratings for Crush!

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Yelp Ranks CRUSH 6th Best Tasting Room in Santa Barbara

Yelp Ranks CRUSH 6th Best Tasting Room in Santa Barbara
By Michael Amador on Oct 02, 2018 in in Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

In only 4 short weeks since CRUSH opened its doors, they have become the 6th highest ranking Tasting Room in Santa Barbara

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It’s Crush Time on Haley Street!

It’s Crush Time on Haley Street!
By Michael Amador on Sep 18, 2018 in in Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

What happens when you put wine, food, matchmaking and “Amador,” or lover, in Spanish together?

You get “Crush,” at 432 E. Haley St. Just in time for this year’s wine crush season.

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In The Beginning...

In The Beginning...
By Michael Amador on Aug 11, 2018 in in Wine Tasting in Santa Barbara

The idea for Crush started evolving over the past 5-6 years ago as I looked back over the constant stream of new winemakers through my many years managing the winelist of some of Santa Barbara's top restaurants.   It has been great seeing new wineries take off and on occasion turn into some of the best wineries in California, which I might then argue are some of the best in the world.

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