Things to Do in Santa Ynez

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Things to Do in Santa Ynez

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  • Cristina C
    Laguna Beach, CA43 contributions
    We discovered the Santa Ynez Valley a couple of years ago and have now been there 7 times! The scenery is lovely; great hiking such as Lovers Loop, the winetasting is plentiful and excellent, ForFriends Inn has become a second home for us; Ellie's Tap & Vine is our favorite restaurant along with The Gathering Table, Brothers Red Barn and so many others!
    Written April 17, 2021
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  • Shawn C
    2 contributions
    Had a great time at the winery. Everything from the vineyard itself, to the music and fantastic food truck made the Sunday a perfect day. Even after the outdoor wine tasting, decided to share a bottle just to enjoy the day. Might even bring our dog the next time!

    Loved the Soleil Rouge and Pinto Noir Reserve. Had to have a case shipped back home too!

    (As a follow up, had a shipping issue due to a UPS mistake. Genesis was great to make sure we got everything on the order, plus more! Great customer service.)
    Written June 2, 2022
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  • Jennifer C
    Pasadena, CA10 contributions
    Came here with a bachelorette party and wow were we impressed. The place is beautiful, the wines were delicious and the staff was so helpful and kind. By far the highlight of our day on a tour of 3 different locations. Our group of 7 had a mix of tastes and Nancy offered alt options and made sure everyone was taken care of. She even brought out sparkling wine 1st so we could cheers the bride. We only ordered the olives, but they were delicious. Everything coming out of the kitchen though looked delicious. Can’t wait to come back!!!
    Written May 15, 2022
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  • Kebablover
    Southport, UK350 contributions
    This was our first tasting experience and certainly encouraged is to visit more vineyards. The setting and tasting rooms are beautiful. Our host tended to go through the motions and wasnt particularly engaging. The wines were quite excellent but dont bother with the charcuterie selection.
    Written May 19, 2022
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  • Stacy Strickland
    Seattle, WA796 contributions
    We did the Sideways self-wine tour this past weekend. It was really hot, so we were inside and didn't get to gaze at the beautiful views while tasting.

    The service was good, and engine was friendly. We sometimes had to probe for information about the wine.

    The tasting fee is fair for what you get, and the charcuterie pack has a nice assortment.

    We found it odd that there were no Australian wines available when we were there.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Surfcity4me
    Midway City, CA8 contributions
    Cute place. Beautiful driving in. It was a Friday at noon and not busy. Nice outdoor seating. The owner introduced himself at our table which was nice. We had wonderful tasting and our server talked to us about the wines and we had some yummy pairings. The grapes were out of season so nothing was growing in the vineyards but was strolled the grounds with our wine and enjoyed the property. Good for small and large groups. I was driving so I just tried a couple of the flights but my family really enjoyed it. Reasonable prices too.
    Written January 30, 2022
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  • LomitaMike
    Lomita, CA30 contributions
    Excellent olive oil, especially the flavored ones. You'll learn a lot about olive oil, their attention to quality, and their production process. Their flavored oils are a big surprise, because they contain only the infused flavor oils of whatever herb is used, so there's no pulp, particulate matter, etc. The lemon olive oil can be sprinkled onto your salad greens, with a bit of salt, for the best salad dressing; the jalapeño olive oil has a distinct pepper flavor but is not hot, very good for cooking savory items. I was intrigued by the difference between their spanish and italian olive oils, certainly more distinctive than what you would find in a grocery.
    Watch out for their dogs, they are extremely adept at begging for the little bread cubes given for oil tasting. Now I wonder if the dogs noticeably increase their sales.
    Then walk across the street to Brander Vineyards for a tasting. So convenient.
    Written August 10, 2021
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  • john w
    1 contribution
    The gaming was good but the drink servers could be a little more polite hard to get something to drink
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • LomitaMike
    Lomita, CA30 contributions
    Their tasting room is a shaded, outdoor courtyard. The tasting is very leisurely, forcing you to not hurry through the tasting, and giving time to connect with your fellow travelers. This is much better than the bar-like tasting rooms, where they hover over you and keep the pace going.
    The wines are very good; I note that some other reviews felt the wine was served too warm. They are served cool but not chilled. This enhances the flavor.
    Brander Vineyards is across the street from Rancho Olivos, the olive oil farm and tasting area. Do both in the same trip.
    A bonus for me was that I learned the owner is also an alumnus of the same small college I attended. Go Stags!
    Written August 10, 2021
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  • Richard K
    Palos Verdes Estates, CA819 contributions
    I love the Santa Ynez Wine Trail!! Close to LA, lots of great wineries, and not snobby like Napa, etc.
    Written September 4, 2019
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  • Ed S
    Minneapolis, MN481 contributions
    The tasting room is located in the town of Santa Ynez. They have a great tasting room manager, she is friendly and very knowledgeable about wine. She shared lots of info about wines and AVA. Their wines are very good. It is a rather small winery, the owner does everything, actually growing the grapes and making wine. They also have tasting room in Santa Barbara. Our visit was a special experience.
    Written February 5, 2020
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  • Jeffrey P
    2 contributions
    This was a fabulous experience for anyone. The staff are knowledgeable and super friendly. The collection of saddles, stagecoaches, and early motorized vehicles is amazing! A $5 donation is requested for each adult but we’ll worth it! In fact, feel free to make an extra donation. When visiting, be sure to watch the two short videos. They both enhance the experience and are well worth the few minutes. I visited on April 14, 2022 and was surprised and amazed at the entire collection. The museum has regular hours of operation on weekends but other times are available by appointment. Be sure to visit if you are ever in the area. You’ll be glad you did!
    Written April 14, 2022
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  • deborah1518
    Goleta, CA53 contributions
    We had a fabulous docent led hike in the Sedgwick Reserve. This untouched, thriving natural area is rich in flora and fauna. The docent was knowledgeable and amusing, and we learned a lot about the geology of the area, in addition to the plants and animals. While we were there in the spring, there were many beautiful wildflowers and amazing views. Go! It is worth the drive and having to make reservations.
    Written June 24, 2018
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  • Fipps
    California116 contributions
    This property is beautifully done. The winery is beyond great. We where lucky to have Christopher as our host, not only he is
    an expert in his subject, he has a passion for what he does. The wines are magnificent and fine with si much care and refinement. The wine tasting room is also amazing. It’s a most of you go to Santa Barbara!
    Written December 1, 2018
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  • mfctennis
    Fort Wayne, IN412 contributions
    Visited 4 wineries in the area and thought they were as good as the Napa valley wineries but on a smaller more cozy scale.
    Written October 17, 2015
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