Presqu’ile Rosé of Pinot Noir and a Strawberry, Citrus and Avocado Salad.

[caption id="attachment_6659" align="alignright" width="386"] Presqu’ile Winery[/caption] On our final day at the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, we drove north to the Santa Maria Valley to visit the stunning Presqu’ile Winery. Located in the Northern part of Santa Barbara County the climate here provides a longer...

Santa Barbara Celebrated the Vintners Spring Weekend in April and the crowning event for the weekend was the Grand Tasting held at Riverview Park in Buellton. [caption id="attachment_6646" align="aligncenter" width="595"] Presqu'ile at Grand Tasting[/caption] What I love most about Santa Barbara County is that the wines are...

Our trip to the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend was absolutly amazing.  The weekend was filled with events to suit any wine lover, and while there was no way that we could attend everything, I’ll give you the quick run down on the amazing events...

Beckmen Vineyard Hike with Steve Beckmen during the SB Vintners Spring Weekend.  Hiking, Wine and Conversation with Steve Beckmen Architect of Beckmen Vineyards.  Stunning Panoramic Views with amazing views from the hilltop and vineyard education, with wine, food and cardio all built into one unique...

[caption id="attachment_6552" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills as viewed from Hilliard Bruce[/caption] The Sta. Rita Hills AVA lies on the west side of the Santa Ynez Valley closest to the ocean.  The Marine layer and ocean breezes coming through the transverse valley make it...

Santa Ynez Valley is the largest of the AVA’s in Santa Barbara County taking in 76,000 acres . This is a cool climate AVA in Santa Barbara County that encompasses 3 smaller AVA’s, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon and Ballard Canyon.  The AVA is bordered...

Ballard Canyon is the newest of the AVA’s in Santa Barbara County, established in October of 2013.  This relatively small AVA encompassing only 7,800 acres sits at the center of the Santa Ynez Valley with Los Olivos to the North East and Solvang to the...

[caption id="attachment_6444" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Westerly VineyardPhoto Courtesy of SB Vintners[/caption] “Take a trip up Happy Canyon”  Yep, that’s how Happy Canyon got it’s name.  It was the place to sneak off to find a simple alcoholic beverage during Prohibition to “get Happy”, and the name stuck. This...

Santa Maria Valley is the northernmost appellation in Santa Barbara County.  The average temperature here is 64 degrees.  The area is bounded on the north by the San Rafael Mountains and on the south by the Solomon Hills.  They get early bud break here and...

It’s no secret, I’m in love with the Santa Barbara County Wine Region.  It is laid back with an incredible range of variety.  “Sideways” got it right.  This is the best up and coming wine area in our country.  Up and coming actually seems a...

The vineyards are seeing bud break, it’s spring and we are all ready to burst outdoors and enjoy the new season.  It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Santa Barbara and enjoy a weekend with the vintners! Beginning  Thursday April 10th and running to Sunday...