For tourism in California, you would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting place than Santa Ynez. Located about 125 miles north of Los Angeles and 200 miles south of San Francisco, the location is in an ideal spot for a two-day getaway. “The Valley” is known for great wine, Solvang – a Danish tourist hot spot, horse ranches such as “The Alisal,” and great bicycling. There are a number of other distractions, as well, including everything from wine tours and wine tasting to horseback riding and a casino. Beyond all of this, Santa Ynez is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. In fact, it says so on the license plate holders from the local car dealership.
For those primarily interested in the wine, watching the 2005 Academy Award Winner, Sideways, will inspire, tantalize, and prepare one for the experiences of the Santa Ynez Valley. The movie sets its story – and filming location – in Santa Ynez Valley. It is as much a part of the story as any of the four main human characters. It will captivate even those who are not yet wine fanatics.
Let the distinctive taste of the Santa Ynez Valley wines motivate you to plan a trip to this great valley. There are many wineries that will open its doors to you, as well as many tasting rooms and a few wine bars that are easily accessible along 246 in Solvang, Alamo Pintado Road near Ballard, and the quaint town of Los Olivos, near “the flag pole.” And, if you cannot visit Santa Ynez at this time, try an online wine store to satisfy your craving.
Located in Los Olivos – and the internet by clicking one of the following links, Sobriquet Winery epitomizes the spirit of the valley with wines that will mesmerize. The owner, Chris Stanton, has won countless awards and competitions for his fine wines. For a sample, purchase yourself a bottle of the best Chardonnay or a very good Pinot Noir wine from the website’s online store. The Chardonnay, especially, will quench that thirst for the fantastic wine of the greatest valley in California – beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.