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Jan 12, 2008 11:33 PM

Santa Ynez/Solvang Winery recs

Hi all,

Planning a trip to the Santa Ynez area in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone had any winery recs while I'm there. I was thinking of spending the night in Solvang, if that helps narrow things.

As always, a good food rec is appreciated.

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  1. For Wineries I suggest Rusack, Curtis, Beckman, Daniel Gehrs and Beckman.
    As for food the Ballard Inn is great, also the Los Olivos Cafe and I enjoy the Hitching Post, but many disagee.

    1. Bruce has good suggestions. I'd also add Alma Rosa, Lincourt and Kalyra.

      Los Olivos cafe is great, Mattei's is yummy. Whilst in Solvang, go to Arne's for abelskiever, Paula's for pancakes, panini for sandwiches and the Olive place for Olive tasting.

      1. I highly recommend Blackjack Ranch, Foxen, and Zaca Mesa for a good cross-section of the local wines. There are a couple of combined tasting rooms in Los Olivos where samples of some of the smaller, more interesting wines from the area are available, too.

        And I'll second the recs for Alma Rosa, Lincourt, and Mattei's.

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        1. re: dgasser

          I second Zaca Mesa, that was probably the highlight of our last trip.

        2. Make a day of Kalyra and Sunstone! Sunstone is very romantic, whereas Kalyra is more laid back. Artiste, in town, is a fun stop too. It's a blending facility, but you can paint on their notepad, play chess, or soak in the wine paintings while you are there. As for dinner, I would recommend Elements, in Santa Barbara.

          1. Right in Solvang, hit Trio. It is at tasting room run by Kris Curran (ex of Sea Smoke fame) and Bruno D'Alphonso who runs his own DiBruno and Badge labels. I particularly like the Curran Grenache Blanc and Syrah as well as Badge Pinot.