Santa Maria Wines of Rancho de Ontiveros

Santa Maria Wines: The Legacy of Ranchos de Ontiveros

This article is an excerpt from an article on Santa Maria wines I wrote for Wander with Wander in November. The article takes us on a journey through the generations of the Ontiveros family who helped develop the Santa Maria Valley. The history of Santa Maria involves the story of the Ontiveros family, the Ranchos

Weekend Escape to Santa Maria Valley - Presquile Winery Pond

Weekend Escape to Santa Maria Valley

When I think of fall, I think of the changing colors in the vineyard as the lush green grape vines turn yellow and orange. It is the perfect time for a weekend escape to Santa Maria Valley. Not only is it the ideal time to enjoy the wineries, but it is time to enjoy the

View of Santa Maria

Taste the Flavors of Santa Maria Valley

When traveling to Santa Barbara County, especially wine country, most people visit Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Los Alamos. They usually forget about the town of Santa Maria, the region’s best-kept secret. Santa Maria Valley is the most northern Appellation of Santa Barbara County’s AVAs. The area comprises three towns, Santa Maria,

Welcome to Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island

Escape To Anna Maria Island

The Gulf Coast of Florida draws visitors with its pristine beaches of glorious white sands. They beckon you to walk along the peaceful shores digging your toes into the soft billowy sand and immersing you into the beach lifestyle and abundance of nature. These include sea turtles, shorebirds, dolphins, and manatees. The beaches of Anna

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Funk Zone Winery J Wilkes

Discover Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail Winery J.Wilkes

A trip to Santa Barbara must include a visit to one of the funk zone wineries. These wineries are part of the Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail. The Santa Barbara Funk Zone is located within a few blocks between State Street and Garden Street and Montecito Street to Cabrillo Boulevard. This industrial district was known

Sta. Rita Hills AVA © Cori Solomon

Day Tripping to Lompoc and Santa Barbara County for a Taste of Good Wine

It does not take much to entice my husband and me to drive up to the Central Coast for wine tasting. Santa Barbara County has so many areas to visit, including Solvang, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, and Lompoc. The various appellations of Santa Barbara County open the door to many options for tasting

JRC Vineyard Pinot Noir

A day in Santa Barbara tasting Pinot Noir

It does not take much to convince me to make a trip to Santa Barbara or sip Pinot Noir. When I received an invitation to the Santa Barbara Vintners Pinot Noir tasting at the Bacara Resort & Spa, it offered a nice opportunity for my husband and I to get away from Los Angeles, enjoy

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Car free and foot loose in Santa Barbara

There is something to be said about visiting a city car free. Hoofing it, breathing in the local culture and taking local transportation can get you right into the spirit of the location you are visiting. Santa Barbara has made it easy for you to discover the city without having to get yourself behind the

Santa Barbara County Red Wines

A glimpse at Santa Barbara wine country

Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of California’s hidden secrets. If you live in Los Angeles, it is an easy picturesque drive. Sometimes I feel like highway 101 is just pulling my car towards the Central Coast on its own. As I make the turn from the coast, drive through the tunnel and ascend into

Buellton Wine Tasting at Vega Vineyard and Farm

A special Buellton Wine Tasting at Vega Vineyard and Farm

If you are looking for an exceptional Buellton Wine tasting experience, visit Vega Vineyards and Farms. From the history of Rancho de Vega and its beautiful vineyards, one cannot help but enjoy a day spent sipping wine paired with delicious food offerings in the gardens. If that is not enough, take a stroll and visit

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