Wine Country Preparation – Santa Barbara Region

OK, I’m excited.  This weekend we’re heading up to the Santa Barbara wine country region.  My wife and I love wine, love wine country, and love being away from Los Angeles on weekends like this.  I’d say we head up there 3-4 times a year, minimum.  It’s more or less become a tradition on Mothers Day ever since our almost 7 year old son was born.  Picture a tiny baby, sitting in a Baby Bjorn (baby carier), while Mommy and Daddy talk with people at the tasting bar and compare tasting notes.  Believe it or not, he loves going up to wine country (I’ll talk about this on another post).

So wine country.. I love going!  Being surrounded by people who make their living from the grapes they grown, being surounded by those who cook with and incorporate this wine into everything about their everyday is just so much fun for me.  We often do day trips, but this weekend is a full blown weekend away with friends to celebrate two birthdays.  That gives us, almost 3 full days immersed in the world of wine.

While we don’t want to, or plan to, map out a detailed itinerary, we have decided to scope out the basics so we can maximize tasting and minimize driving.  Day one is simple – drive up, hit a little breakfast joint near the beach in Carpinteria in route, then boogie all the way up to Laetitia Winery.  We’re members here and need to pick up our September wine club shipment.  Since we’re there, why not taste a bit too!  I must say, while we’re members of their sparkling club (the wife loves her some bubbles), they make some awesome reds! 

After that, our friends should have made their way up to the hotel in Buellton so we’ll find a meeting place and jump into one car.  Our opening day will be to hit a few wineries in the area and potentially hit either Hitching Post II or Jocko’s up in Nipomo for dinner.

While we don’t yet know where to hit, some of those on our radar for the rest of the weekend include:  Tantara, Demetria, Sans Liege, Cottonwood, Foxen, Tres Hermanas, Buttonwood, Coquilocot, Pali, and the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.  Both Tantara and Sans Liege are by appointment only, and I think we’ve got one of them booked already for a little 1-1 time with the winemaker.  I’ll report back !

So fellow wino’s, especially you out here on the left coast.  Where do you go?   What do you taste?  Where to eat?   Advice please!!!   I’m not a newbie to the area but love finding that new (or old) hidden gem and getting referrals from other like minded people.

Dont just voyeur on by this little posting – stop, tell, talk, share….

 Cheers, Doug !

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