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

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