Sideways Wine Tour, Santa Barbara County
Sideways Wine Tour Video
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This group’s Sideways wine tour starts off at Santa Barbara Airport, then takes us, via State Route 154, over San Marcos Pass and into the Santa Barbara wine country nestled in the Santa Ynez Mountains–the background music for the video is of course the smooth jazz stylings of the Sideways soundtrack. Before checking in for the night, we enjoy a quick tour of the small, picturesque towns of Buellton and Solvang, taking in some Sideways landmarks on the way.
Day 2 takes us through Los Olivos and past the many tasting rooms located within the two blocks which more or less constitute the whole town, and then over to Santa Rosa Road where we get down to business on this Sideways wine tour, visiting, in leisurely succession, the new, Sanford Winery before stopping in at the original, rustic Sanford Winery–now called Alma Rose Winery and Vineyards–that featured in the film, and whose wine pourer did a famous cameo in Miles and Jack’s Sideways wine tour), where Miles attempts to instruct Jack in the subtleties of wine tasting. The next stop is Mosby Winery, which produces Italian varietals. We then head to Hwy 246 and more wine tasting at Melville Vineyards and Winery and Babcock Winery and Vineyards.
On day three, we go to Foxen Canyon Road, on which is located Zaca Mesa Winery, which produces world-renowned Syrah (their 2006 Estate Syrah appeared at no. 29 on Wine Spectators list of the 100 best wines in the world for 2010) and then to Rancho Sisquoc Winery, in the Santa Maria Valley AVA. Next, it’s off to the Hitching Post Restaurant, a steak house which, frankly, is profiting handsomely off its Sideways exposure by also offering wine tastings. Then it’s dinner, and more wine, at the Los Olivos Cafe.
I do have to mention that this is not strictly speaking the Sideways Wine Tour. In the actual movie, Miles and Jack only visit five different wineries, though they do imbibe a wide varieties of wines in the film, including that of Andrew Murray and the Hitching Post, and they also down some vino at the Los Olivos Cafe. But the actual wineries visited in the original Sideways wine tour are Foxen, Sanford, Fess Parker, Firestone and Kalrya.
But, let’s return to this Sideways wine tour. Day Four takes us to the lively and funky Kalrya, run by an Australian who is both fun-loving and a talented wine maker, and then to Sunstone Winery which makes excellent 100% organic wines, and finally to Andrew Murray Vineyards in Los Olivos. And that wraps up a most definitely enjoyable Sideways wine tour in Beautiful Santa Barbara County.
If you are planning your own Sideways wine tour in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, with its beautiful scenery and many excellent wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, you don’t have to feel restricted by the Sideways wine tour of the film. There are a whole slew of great wineries to visit in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. Click on the link to get more info on Santa Barbara wine tours, and avoid the pitfall of driving yourself by using a Santa Barbara wine tours limo.