The Santa Ynez Inn enjoys close proximity to almost all the best activities in wine country and especially loves its winery neighbors and partners. But when a winery has a tasting room right next door to the inn, guests are in for a special delight, offering convenience of sampling some of the Santa Ynez Valley’s best wine.
Combining over 35 years of wine industry experience, winemaker Alan Phillips and his wife, Rochelle Fontes, began the Fontes & Phillips winery in 2008. A small, family endeavor, the wines showcase Santa Barbara County and incorporate Alan’s storied history with specific varietals as well as his intimate knowledge of the region’s appellations and vineyards.
Alan Phillips’ history in the wine industry began in the mid-seventies and includes a rich history including being a graduate of UC Davis’ Enology Department, producing wines in Napa Valley for notable wineries including S. Anderson where he had the opportunity to work under California’s “Patron Saint of Pinot“, Andre Tchelistcheff. Over the years, various consulting jobs led him to New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain and Portugal, giving him the opportunity to make wine and view the wine business from a global level. Eventually, Alan became the Director of Winemaking and General Manager of Foley Estates and Lincourt Vineyards as well as worked on a growing number of properties in the Foley Family Wines portfolio.
Alan gained hands-on experiences with many of the region’s most respected and beloved vineyards. In addition to his experiences, the wines he made in that decade alone had garnered over 100 90+ scores (in leading industry magazines) as well as the critical acclaim of having a wine noted as a Wine Spectator “Top 100”.
Today, Alan is carrying on his tradition of winemaking excellence with the wines of Fontes & Phillips. A family affair, Alan works in tandem with Rochelle, a wine industry veteran herself, and their daughter Shelby, to share their love of Santa Barbara and its distinct wine regions. Truly a labor of love, even the bottling and packaging is done by hand as each bottle is personally labeled by Alan and Rochelle with pewter hand-made labels from South America.