Santa Ynez Valley: Wineries, Bookstores, And Aeblskivers

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com.By Megan CytronThe movie Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the map–and not just for aging burnt-out urban dwellers unlucky in love–a steady stream of wine-curious souls head here to wake up their taste bud…

Text courtesy of Trazzler.com.

By Megan Cytron

The movie Sideways put the Santa Ynez Valley on the map–and not just for aging burnt-out urban dwellers unlucky in love–a steady stream of wine-curious souls head here to wake up their taste buds at the valley’s more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms. The feeling here is far less pretentious–and more family-friendly and idiosyncratic–than many other California wine-country regions. Dig a bit deeper and you’ll find some pretty odd phenomena coexisting amidst the oenophiles: idyllic green hills, split-pea worship, a super-swanky dude ranch, wine-trail jeep tours, cuckoo clocks galore, cupcake and wine pairings, European fairy tales, a trolley drawn by draft horses, and aebleskivers (baseball-shaped Danish pancakes). Santa Ynez Valley towns: Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang.

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