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A Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Sanger Family Wines

Sanger Family Wines

Start your day by heading over to the quaint little town of Los Olivos.  Visit Sanger Family Wines to experience Consilience, Tre Anelli and Marianello Wines , as well as some of the best olive oils in the state.  Their Marianello Olive Farm is here in the valley and is planted solely to the Lucca variety.  All the work is done by hand and pressed locally.  All the oils are first pressed extra virgin and unfiltered.  This gives honest and exquisite results that you will taste and love.  We love visiting this tasting room, as there are many wines to try along with the delectable oils.  We always leave with bottles of both. 

Marianello Olive Oil

Marianello Olive Oil

Once you are ready for dinner, be sure to visit SY Kitchen in Santa Ynez.  They are the greatest choice for a perfect and passionate dinner  to round out a perfect day.  The Kitchen offers modern Italian dishes in a lively atmosphere with an open kitchen where you can watch chefs (Luca and Francesco Crestanelli) creating “an enriched authentic culinary experience that honors traditional Italian cuisine”  Always using local and fresh ingredients, “farm to table” is not a concept here, but a way-of-life.  Every dish is truly amazing, but we highly recommend the beet salad, any pasta (all homemade of course), especially the short rib ragu, and the hearty roast chicken.  We prefer to just order several thins and dine family style, sharing and tasting everything.  End the night with an extraordinary cocktail from their brilliant mixologist out on the porch by the fire pit.   A perfect day in the Santa Ynez Valley…

SY Kitchen

SY Kitchen

A Beautiful Patio @ SY Kitchen

A Beautiful Patio @ SY Kitchen

If you are looking for a home in the Santa Ynez Valley Mike and Micah Brady can provide excellent advice, as well as assistance in your search for property. Together, they have decades of residence in the Valley, and their experience and local market knowledge are invaluable to their clients. Contact Mike at 805.391.0587, or Micah at 805.331.3053.

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A Beautiful Life

If you’ve spent any time in Italy, you know that Italians know how to live a beautiful life.  Italians are easy-going and have a positive outlook on life.  Especially in their daily life.  Italians live “la vita bella”. However, the beautiful life does not mean the extravagant life. It means a relaxed, family-centric lifestyle, with focus on food and wine. Here, in the Santa Ynez Valley, you can find this “lifestyle” all around you.  We’ve put together an itinerary for you to experience this “Italian” way, right here on the Central Coast.  You will get to slow down, eat locally, taste some wine, and relax with your friends and families gathered together, outside in the glorious and beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.

people enjoying the Palmina Winery tasting room as an example of life in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Palmina Tasting Room

As you head out west from the valley to Lompoc, the quick and beautiful drive offers some great views of some very prestigious vineyards in Santa Rita Hills.  Once you’ve reached the Wine Ghetto, head on in to Palmina Wines.  Palmina’s passion is producing Italian varietal wines, and you can taste this passion in every sip.  While Palmina is crafting Italian varietals, they are not trying to imitate those wines.  Palmina’s wines truly highlight and capture the unique characteristics of Santa Barbara County, offering genuine wines that are intended to enhance your meal.  Like Palmina states, “We believe moments become memories with good food and wine”.  We couldn’t agree more!  We enjoy all of their wines, but don’t miss the Lumina (sparkling wine!!), the Pinot Grigio and the Stolpman Vineyard Nebbiolo.

 

Photo Compliments of CentralCoast.com

Photo Compliments of CentralCoast.com

Speaking of Stolpman Vineyard, that is our next stop… As you head back to the heart of the valley, drop in to Industrial Eats. This hip little joint is serving up super quality, local food that is creative and simply delicious.  They have their own butcher shop, and offer an amazing array of meats, cured meats, patés and handmade bacon.  Grab some goodies to go and continue making your way to the gorgeous, Italian influenced Villa at Stolpman Vineyards. (By appointment only, 805-688-0400).  Enjoy your picnic amongst the vines and taste some superior wines being hand crafted from one of the most meticulously farmed vineyards in all of California.

Stolpman Vineyards Villa and vineyard: a part of life in the Santa Ynez Valley

Stolpman Vineyards Villa

If you are looking for a home in the Santa Ynez Valley Mike and Micah Brady can provide excellent advice, as well as assistance in your search for property. Together, they have decades of residence in the Valley, and their experience and local market knowledge are invaluable to their clients. Contact Mike at 805.391.0587, or Micah at 805.331.3053.

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Ballard Canyon AVA: The Newest Wine-Growing Appellation

A dramatic black and white scene of Ballard Canyon Rd. in the Ballard Canyon AVA, with vineyards, trees, and hills

Gorgeous Ballard Canyon Rd.

In October of 2013, Ballard Canyon AVA, the newest wine-growing appellation in the Santa Ynez Valley, was approved by the federal government. The area covers 7,700 acre canyon located between the towns of Solvang, Buellton, and Los Olivos. This distinct area particularly focuses in Rhone varietals with over half planted being Syrah and the rest being Grenache, Viognier and Roussanne. According to the official Ballard Canyon AVA website: 

“The wines can be defined as incorporating the various aspects of Santa Barbara County: cool-climate marine influences from the Santa Rita Hills in the west, moderated by the warmer climate of Happy Canyon to the east. By virtue of the distinct wind, weather, soil, drainage, and geology of Ballard Canyon, the wines are able to express the broad spectrum of aromas and flavors that only come from growing in the critical mixed climate inherent in the Ballard Canyon AVA.”

Ballard Canyon AVA, which only has 550 acres planted to vineyards, currently includes 18 vintners. It is also home to some very wel- known vineyards, such as Tierra Alta, Saarloos and Son Windmill Ranch, Larner, Stolpman, Beckmen and many others.

If you are looking for a home in the Santa Ynez Valley Mike and Micah Brady can provide excellent advice, as well as assistance in your search for property. Together, they have decades of residence in the Valley, and their experience and local market knowledge are invaluable to their clients. Contact Mike at 805.391.0587, or Micah at 805.331.3053.


 

 

 

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