I’m sitting at the airport in Bakersfield, CA and the lady next to me is laughing at something on her flip phone. It’s like being in a time machine over here!
I visited quite a few wineries in Solvang (things started to fade towards the end…) but here are my favorites I’d recommend.
Toccata: a cute little walk up tasting bar with the friendliest staff. I tried their lista superiore which consisted of 6 reds from 2010 – 2011. My favorite was the Nebbiolo – made from a selection of late harvested fruit.
Wandering Dog Wine Bar: I should also mention that Solvang is a VERY dog friendly town. As a dog owner/lover this made me really happy, except for the fact that my hotel didn’t allow dogs so it wasn’t an option. This wine bar does allow dogs, obviously. And there was one resident lab that I loved so much! But the wine! They had a selection of wines from the Santa Ynes Valley as well as around the world. I can’t recall which wine I purchased but I will update this later which specifics. They also have cheese plates you can order as pairings with your wine which I really appreciated. Most places don’t offer any little sides so this was a nice little touch. They also have an extensive collection of chocolate truffles you MUST try.
Presidio Tasting Room: Another lovely tasting room walking distance from the other two. Their estate Syrah is fruity and peppery. Their staff very friendly and helpful.
Rideau Vineyard: Last but not least Rideau is a gorgeous vineyard – about an 8-10 minute drive from the middle of Solvang to get here. If you make a reservation they serve your tasting with appetizers and snacks. Their tasting room is like a little house on the Prarie. Their estate syrah (I’m noticing a pattern here!) was my drink of choice. Great staff here too. Their tasting room is on one of their vineyards which makes it a beautiful experience.