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Wine Cask Restaurant Review: Ground zero for wine and cuisine in Santa Barbara County, Wine Cask comprises a trio of restaurant, wine bar and wine tasting room orbiting one of the city’s most historical courtyards. The interior is dark and moody, sleek and sophisticated, though not formal and stuffy. The menu from executive chef David Rosner changes seasonally, but you may encounter such dishes as octopus “a la plancha” with eggplant caviar, gnocchi Parisienne, and braised lamb shank with fennel, polenta and orange dust. Desserts have included apple tarte Tatin complemented by apple cobbler ice cream and a lavender crème brûlée. The sommelier guides patrons through a phone book-size wine list that has a strong showing of Santa Barbara labels.