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Santa Ynez Wine Tasting

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Last weekend some friends, my husband and I packed in the car and went wine tasting in Santa Ynez. This has become a regular trip for us as it is only about 2 hours from Los Angeles, and the small family run wineries are producing some brilliant wines. 

We headed from LA to the little town of Los Olivos for a quick stop at Panino to grab sandwiches.   Then we drove to our first stop, The Ballard Inn to taste some super small production wine.  On this occasion the tasting room was closed, so instead we headed to Lincourt where we were impressed by the reasonable price tags on most bottles.  

From there, we stopped by the Carhartt wine pickup party and ate our sandwiches with an amazing glass of Syrah that proved to be a crowd pleaser.  

Our final wine stop was Beckmen Vineyards where we all loved the Cuvee Le Bec offering.  

Dinner is always had at Full of Life Flatbread. Although it is not a true Flatbread experience (Full of Life is a franchise gone rogue),  it is a good substitute when you are far from the Mad River Valley. On this occasion we enjoyed a black trumpet mushroom flatbread.  It was delicious.  

We have stayed in the valley on other occasions,  but this time, we headed back home to our own welcoming beds.  



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