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“Great Way to Spend a Day in Santa Barbara”

Santa Barbara Backroads Wine Tour
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Owner description: See the wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley aboard a fleet of comfortable H-1 Hummers. Tours are offered daily from Santa Barbara hotels and include wine tasting fees, lunch and a complimentary wine glass.We are consistently recommended as the BEST WINE TOUR in Santa Barbara for several years by concierge, visitors center and locals alike.
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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“Great Way to Spend a Day in Santa Barbara”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Our tour was excellent! We never once felt intimidated about wine knowledge from the guide or servers at the various wineries. Mike is a great tour guide and very personable. Pickup from our hotel was prompt. While the selection of wineries was fantastic, the real selling point for me was the views you experienced en route to the wineries and especially on the return. Mike was also helpful in selecting some restaurants and bars to go to after the tour. Highly recommended!

Visited July 2013
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“Perfect day of tasting!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Our trip was a wonderful one! Intimate group...only one other couple, but so much fun! We
relaxed, sipped wine, ate a wonderful sandwich, and laughed with great folks!
All in all, well worth it. Loved the open air rig, and not having to make any decisions or drive!!!
Great tour guide!

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
“Great Santa Ynez Valley wine country tours!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

I have been on these tours twice... 2 years ago on the Afternoon Tour and last Saturday on the All Day Tour. The guides (including Dave) and reservations people are so nice and caring, and want to be sure that you see wineries which you will enjoy and learn, as well as meet other nice people all day. We had fun groups on both tours... the Hummer ride was a fun experience... and the lunch sandwiches with the All Day Tours are great. I saw different wineries on each trip, and the Cold Spring Tavern is a not-miss. Last Saturday was 110 degrees, and Dave made sure we always had water and kept well-hydrated. He knows a lot about wine also, so was very helpful in recommendations and history of the various wineries and the Santa Barbara area in general. We even went to his Italian restaurant recommendation (Bucatini) for dinner that night!

Visited June 2013
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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6 reviews
“Ask for Mike!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Mike was the best guide ever! He picked us up at our hotel in an open air Hummer. We were seven women between the ages of 27 and 60! Each one of the wineries we visited were special in their own way. We trusted all the details to Mike, including his choice for our picnic lunch under a shady gazebo...with wine of course,

We could not have asked for a more incredible day!

Visited June 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
“Fabulous tour!”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Mike Chase is THE best tour guide. He is from the Santa Barbara area and knows everything about it. He picked me up early and then we went to a couple more stops to pick up other 5 others. We had a brilliant day for driving up into the Santa Ynez mountains. Mike knows his vineyards! He took us to 4 different ones, Carhartt was my favorite, of all the tastings we had there not one was bad. They are a small family run business but if Mike keeps taking folks there they'll soon outgrow themselves! I liked it so much I joined their wine club and can't wait for my first bottles to arrive so I can dream back to this wonderful day. Mike picked up a gourmet lunch for us and we sat outside in one of the vineyards - it was heaven!
Mike was a pleasure to be around and was also a lot of fun. After sampling the wines we hit the old Stagecoach road, and an historical saloon where they pin dollar bills to the ceiling.
Driving back down the mountains we stopped - on the edge - to take a photo of our group (we had never meet before this day but we all got on like a house on fire!) Mike did this by standing on the hummer! It was so windy we thought he was going to get blown off then who would have taken us back :) Thank you Mike, couldn't ask for a better guide! I'm so glad I made the tour.

Visited June 2013
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