Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wine Tasting in Santa Ynez

Seems I have been the queen of little weekend jaunts the past few months. This last weekend was spent doing some wine tasting in too-beautiful-for-words Santa Ynez, Ca. In my opinion, just as lovely as Napa and Sonoma but, a convenient hour and a half drive from L.A.
My favorite wine was the Pinot Noir at Gainey Vineyards. They do their tastings in a low lit barrel room and the grounds are gorgeous and spacious enough for a sweet summery picnic. Also picnic worthy is the Bridlewood Winery. It's also the best for exploring. Follow the path from the main tasting room and roam past horses, a pond, and a little bridge for a tipsy mini adventure! My favorite of the wineries, by far.
On your way out, stop at Los Olivos Cafe for the t0-die-for Cinnamon baked brie in port syrup. The dish alone merits a return visit. I also had the Butternut squash salad which was outstanding. With an impressive wine list and cozy outdoor seating, it makes you want to linger over those last few bites.

xo jahnel

A view at Gainey Vineyard

Overlooking Bridlewood Winery

The bridge and pond at Bridlewood Winery

Cozy and quaint Los Olivos Cafe

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Recent Trip to San Francisco.....

It was exactly the kind of trip I needed. Why? Because sometimes I need to trade the Southern California sunshine for the Northern California gloom. It was wet, it was cold, it was cloudy, and yet it was a breath of crisp fresh air.
I used to live in Nor Cal so, while I've spent quite a bit of time in San Francisco, this was a trip full of firsts. First ride on a Cable car and first time on the ferry to Tiburon. It is a truly quaint seaside town and a day trip that I highly recommend. Sam's Anchor Cafe was the perfect place for a casual oceanfront lunch. Try the crab cake sliders. Delicious! And for an intimate wine tasting experience go to Prima Palate, a charming wine showroom that boasts Italian, French, and German varieties along side the local wines.
To get there take the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry from pier 41 in San Francisco. You won't be dissapointed!

xo jahnel

On the Ferry to Tiburon

Walking through Tiburon

Prima Palate

Boats docked off the pier in San Francisco