Wine and Wanderlust: Sauvignon Blanc and Santa Barbara
One sip of Oreana Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and you’ll be transported to summer. This is just what I needed on this cold, gloomy March day. New York is really good for a tease. Just when you think spring is on the way (70 degree temps in February!) winter has a way of creeping back in. So when that seasonal depression starts kicking in, grab a bottle of Oreana Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc a.k.a summer in a bottle, and start planning your next vaca!
Last April I took an epic solo road trip that started in L.A. and ended in Sonoma County, California. On my way up the PCH I stopped to spend a day in one of my favorite towns, Santa Barbara. I knew my wine country days were imminent, so I decided to get a head start in the heart of Santa Barbara’s downtown urban wine trail. Oreana Winery was my first and favorite stop along the trail. There was not one wine they served me that wasn’t delicious. I loved the sommeliers and the whole vibe of their small tasting room. You can sample about 5 of their most popular wines with the tasting. After tasting and chatting it up with the bartender about my California travels, I couldn’t help but join their (very affordable) wine club! 2 bottles every 3 months for $50 (shipping included)- not a bad price point for small production California wine! I figured this would be a nice treat every few months. Not only would I have wine delivered right to my doorstep, but also a memory (in the form of wine) of the amazing road trip I took. Oreana will always have a special place in my heart!
If, like me, winter has invoked a serious case of wanderlust and you’re planning your next escape, consider Santa Barbara. It’s a small town with real charm. There are tons of B&B’s to stay in and lots of cool shopping. Their urban wine trail is a must and of course dine at some of their awesome restaurants. I would say a day or 2 in Santa Barbara would suffice as a stop along the way when traveling the greater part of California.
Here are some of my top picks:
- Shop: The Closet. This consignment shop is really good. I snagged a great Isabel Marant top and a pair of red Vince jeans here for under $100! Scoooooore!! The Blue Door: Looking for some unique home decor? This place has everything from furniture to shabby-chic French decor. They carry some really great Brooklyn-style vintage without the Brooklyn price tag.
- Eat: Seven Bar and Kitchen. This was such a cool place to grab a bite and listen to some live music. Surprisingly, I ordered a Kale salad and enjoyed every bite. Picture it: Kale and Spinach topped with bacon, avocado, tomato & caramelized onion, with a warm bacon vinaigrette. Come for the great bar food options and stay for the live music!
Mony’s Mexican Food: Soak up some of that wine with Mony’s Tacos located right around the corner from Oreana . Everyone says San Diego tacos are the best, but this place is my fave in California. You won’t be disappointed!
- Stay: The Inn at East Beach. For $150 a night you can’t go wrong with this place. Breakfast, spacious, clean rooms and a pool all within a mile from downtown. Bonus: A perfect 3-mile distance to the wharf and back. I couldn’t come here without going for a run. Conveniently, there was a great running trail along the Pacific Ocean with incredible views.
Let’s face it New Yorkers, winter is not over. What are you doing to escape the cold and transport yourself to summer? Share some of your travel plans with us! Can you pair that place with your favorite wine?