One of our favorite OC-based food, libation and travel writers is the always on-the-move Anne Marie Panoringan. (Just ask her about Breakfast or Cocktails…)
She recently spent 48 intense hours in the Santa YnezValley researching a few of the best picks in food, beverages, attractions and accommodations for a travel piece in the special Summer Travel issue of OC Weekly. Anne Marie graciously shares some of her finds with us along with a few (Off-the-Menu) suggestions that didn’t find their way into print.
The primo attraction in California’s charmingly rural Santa Ynez Valley is the diversity of noteworthy wineries. The wine trail there includes Los Alamos, Buellton, Solvang, Ballard, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez. How do you navigate the Valley? The “SoCal Restaurant Show” recently left that in the expert hands of Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours, based right there.
All of their accommodating hosts have Level One sommelier training and are treated as VIPs at the carefully selected wineries included on the tour. As a Stagecoach Co. Wine Tours guest you are guaranteed a warm welcome at each of the four carefully selected winery stops. A picnic lunch is part of excursion and you get picked up at your hotel. Some of their personable hosts have actually managed winery tasting rooms.
“Just sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty and wonderful boutique wineries that Santa Barbara wine country has to offer.”
We’ll meet the proprietor and founder, Eric John Reynolds.