Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tasting
Walking tour of Solvang, room tour, and wine tastings in Santa Ynez Valley.
Hi there! My name is Jen and I am the founder and writer of World On A Whim, the Perfectionist's Guide to Spontaneous Travel. While my blog focuses on international travel, I am starting school in Los Angeles and will therefore not be able to travel abroad quite as much. Therefore, I decided to curate a Day in LA each week so that we can all enjoy our free time and have adventures in this glorious city. And of course I will share my travels outside of LA with you as well :)
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Thank you to Visit Santa Ynez Valley, Hamlet Inn, Vino Vaqueros, Sarloos and Sons, Kaena Wine Company, and SY Kitchen for hosting me and giving me a true sense of the Santa Ynez Valley, not just the one you get in a few hours of touring Solvang on a quick day trip.
4 Wineries in Santa Barbara | Santa Ynez Wine Country
4 Wineries in Santa Ynez valley or also known as Santa Barbara Wine Country. Pence Vineyards, Alma Rosa, Riverbench, and Fess Parker Winery.
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Santa Barabara Wine Region: The Getaway for the Stars
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Santa Barbara is my favorite California wine region. Dollar for dollar, nothing competes, especially if you love cool climate wines like Pinot Noir and elegant, restrained Chardonnay. Our restaurant on this episode also has a spot close to my heart: it was the place I envisioned for V is for Vino when I came up with the idea years ago, and doggone-it, I got it done. Find out why Santa Barbara is the getaway for the celebs on this episode of V is for Vino.
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Become a wine expert with V is for Vino, The Show to Pair with Your Wine. On the free 30 minute show, your personal sommelier (aka really smart wine guy) Vince takes you on a video journey to meet the winemaker, learn about the grapes, see the region, and cook a dish that pairs. Then you can get the wine from the show delivered to your door at visforvino.com
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So what is V is for Vino?
It’s the first The Show to Pair with Your Wine where you get to WATCH. LEARN, DRINK. You can watch our show all about wine, and then get the wine from the show delivered to your door. Plus, the wine and recipe cards available at visforvino.com. It’s like virtual wine tasting!
Join Vince your personal sommelier (a.k.a. smart wine guy) as he tours a new region each month. You’ll meet the featured winemaker, see the region, learn the grapes and wine topics, and cook a meal with a local chef that will pair perfectly.
Learn different wine topics in each episode: from what is tannin to how to order wine in a restaurant. Plus, get the wine and recipe cards from each episode on visforvino.com
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CWN Tasting Guide: Santa Ynez Valley
Welcome to California’s other great wine region, The Santa Ynez Valley that offers visitors world class, award winning wines. Whether your palate craves a hearty Merlot or a crisp Chardonnay, you will find the perfect wine using California Wine Navigator
Los Olivos, CA - Wine Tasting
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WINE TASTING | SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA
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Discover the Santa Ynez Valley with Shelby Sim
Join Shelby Sim as we travel through the California wine country towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang and Santa Ynez in the heart of premier Santa Barbara Wine Country: the Santa Ynez Valley.
Santa Barbara Wine Country | The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
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Sonoma Wine Country | Travel Guide
Sonoma Wine Country | Travel Guide
When it comes to wine country, Sonoma often gets overlooked for its close cousin, Napa, but some of the most notable wines come from the Sonoma region. Here's a travel guide and quick look into some of the best hotels and wineries in Sonoma.
Kenwood Inn & Spa
A boutique Mediterranean-style, adults-only hotel built in the 1900s featuring 31 guest rooms, a 24 hour pool and spa, and a lush courtyard. The property is pet friendly and has a clothing optional pool policy. Yes, you read that right. Clothing optional.
Russian River Vineyards
Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve
A beautiful flat hike through the redwood trees.
An award-winning luxurious property with 25 private guest rooms, a spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for couples, this romantic retreat is in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country.
La Crema Wines
Safari West is a wildlife preserve with 400 acres of over 900 wildlife animals including giraffe, buffalo, ostrich, zebras and flamingos. Visitors can book a safari tour and get up close to some of the wildlife at Safari West and you can also stay in one of their safari tents and wake up to the sounds of nature (and animals) -- a true safari experience! Safari West is perfect for families and kids.
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The Santa Ynez Valley: Birthplace for my love of wine
In 2004 I started spending weekends in the Santa Ynez Valley towns of Los Olivos and Solvang tasting wines and learning everything I could. This was where my love for Rhone style reds like Syrah and Grenache came from. Hope you enjoy my video!
Wine Tasting | Los Olivos
Melissa and I took a quick trip to our favorite winery Demetria in Los Olivos California. Technically it's Santa Ynez but who's checking. Enjoy!!
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Santa Ynez Valley Wine Adventures (Beer Included) - DAY 1
In this video Sara and I go around to different wineries trying wine. We also go to a few breweries. Adventures ensue.
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The Wine Down - A Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country with Brandon Sparks-Gillis of Dragonette Cellars
Having learned about wine while working as a clerk at Wally's Wine and Spirits, Brandon Sparks-Gillis took his taster's apprenticeship to co-found Dragonette Cellars with John and Steve Dragonette. Years of cultivation and experience helped them create a truly outstanding label that Brandon shares with the Wine Down.
We discuss growing in the central coast, working with luminary winemakers, and taste several excellent bottles from Dragonette.
John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis formed Dragonette Cellars in order to pursue a long-held dream to produce wines of the utmost quality and purity from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast. Every bottle that leaves our winery is 100% produced by family members.
We have poured our experience into producing cool-climate expressions of Pinot Noir and Syrah from vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and York Mountain, and Sauvignon Blanc from the uniquely suitable area of Happy Canyon.
00:01 Welcome to the Wine Down.
00:42 Introducing Brandon Sparks-Gillis.
01:45 The symbol and seal of Dragonette.
03:42 Tasting the 2011 Rosé.
04:27 Negotiating label politics.
05:29 Getting a wine education at Wally's.
08:16 A lesson in growing grapes in Colorado.
09:34 The key to creating great wine: Fanatical Devotion.
12:50 Creating synergy with your partners.
16:52 Working with Manford Krankl.
18:49 Tasting the 2010 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc.
20:52 Showing off a piece of Serpentinite--California's state rock!
22:51 Sourcing grapes from 18 vineyards and building the perfect wishlist.
26:22 The learning curve for the winery over the years, and learning to deal with heat waves.
29:36 Developing confidence as a winemaker; maintaining purity of perspective.
33:48 What to do with raisined grapes? Mitigating risk.
36:53 Tasting the 2010 Pinot Noir, and notes on the fabulous grapes.
40:44 Delegating responsibilities in a small family business.
42:15 Making the move to the boonies to make wine.
44:09 Tasting the 7, and cool growth grape notes.
46:01 Finding the wines (wine club!).
47:07 Future goals for Dragonette.
48:22 Cheers and Goodbye!
Wines That Rock at Firestone Winery - Santa Olivos, CA United States
Live Band and Wine Tasting at FIRESTONE WINERY.
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Santa Barbara Wine Tours
Eric from SantaBarbaraWineTours.org talks about the Santa Barbara Wine Country, what kind of wines are made there and a couple of his favorite wineries that the wine tourist can visit to imbibe some truly delicious California wine.
Santa Barbara is a perfect place for wine tasting tours for a bunch of reasons. For one thing, it boasts a host of wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms serving up top quality wines made from in a diversity of styles from an array of grape varieties.
As for geographical diversity, you can choose from four AVAs, or designated wine appellations, for your Santa Barbara wine tours: Santa Ynez Valley, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley, in the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County. These AVAs are home to over 100 wineries, many of which produce world-class wines. In fact, two wines produced in Santa Barbara County were included in Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2010: Tensley's Syrah Santa Barbara County, Colson Canyon Vineyard 2008, at no. 17; and Zaca Mesa's Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley 2006, at no. 29.
Just to clarify, that's no. 17 and no. 29, not just in California or America, but in the world (California in general did very well this year with fourteen of the top twenty, and four of the top five wines being from the Golden State). As this result makes clear, some of the world's best Syrah is made in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, one more reason that Santa Barbara wine tours are well worth your while. The region is also renowned for its other Rhone varietals including Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Mourvedre.
Two other varietals that Santa Barbara wineries excel in are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These cool climate, Burgundian varietals do especially well in the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley appellations, both excellent locations for Santa Barbara wine tours. The east-west orientation of the mountains surrounding these AVAs allow cooling fogs to roll in from the Pacific Ocean during the morning, and later in the day, on-shore breezes keep things cool. This maritime influence combined with the area's terrain -- which is located on the oceanic Pacific Plate rather than the continental North American Plate -- and soils favored by the Burgundian varietals, have allowed the wine makers of these two appellations to achieve stunning successes with both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Their Pinot Noirs have received more than their fair share of accolades. In fact, some Santa Barbara wine tours are focused solely on visiting wineries that excel in producing stunning wines from this popular grape variety, and speaking of California Pinot Noir in general, 2007 was a fabulous year for this famously difficult to grow and vinify fruit; the best year ever, in fact, according to California Wine author James Laube, who writes in the September 2009 issue of Wine Spectator that, The breadth and depth of quality in 2007 California Pinot Noir is unparalleled...2007, offering the greatest assortment of outstanding wines in the 25 years I've been tasting and writing about Golden State Pinot. A number of Sta. Rita Hills wines are featured among his picks for the top Pinots of 2007.
Santa Barbara wine tours have much to offer. First and foremost, an incredible number and variety of fantastic wineries and vineyards to visit including: the beautiful Curtis Winery, the environmentally conscious Sunstone Vinyards and Winery, the unassuming Kalrya Winery, the stately Bridlewood Estate Winery, the quaint Brander Vineyard, the elegant Gainey Vineyard, the cozy Buttonwood Farms Winery, the bucolic Beckman Vineyards, the rustic Foxen Winery, the colorful Blackjack Ranch Vineyards and Winery, and the grand Fess Parker Winery. Besides the wineries, Santa Barbara wine tours let you enjoy golden Southern California sunshine, sweeping, bucolic vistas, fine restaurants and friendly people when you embark on your own Santa Barbara wine tour.
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Santa Ynez California Travel Guide | Must Do Travels
Santa Ynez, California is an unexpectedly laid back and inviting place to visit in California. The Santa Ynez Valley is comprised of a few very small neighboring towns that have an old school American vibe to most of. Except for Solvang, that town looks like it was plucked right off the streets of Copenhagen, making it a quirky and fun place to stay for a few days.
One minute you are driving past lakes and trees, and the next minute it's all cattle ranches and vineyards. That's how unexpected a trip here can be. Only about an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, you wouldn't think that California could change so much so fast.
Santa Ynez and Temecula Wine Tasting Tours
8 Hour Wine Tours: $60.00 per person. Leave the local area at 9am and return at appoximately 5pm. Visit 5 wineries of your choosing or allow us to recommend our favorites for an outing you will never forget. Our Limousines pictured below are fully equipped with beverages, premium sound system, 3G internet, MP3 hookups, DVD with 3 monitors, and seating for up to nine passengers. Call us anytime at (800)640-5885 to reserve your date today.