At some point in the last nineteen years my husband and I have turned into those people who take wine vacations. We’re not snobby about it, let me make it quite clear. We enjoy wine and food and love talking to the people who create…art you can eat. We use to go to congested Napa, but discovered California’s Central Coast Wine Region and we’ve never looked back.
Our twice a year trip has a very specific ritual, we stop in Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company for some clam chowder, lobster, and a glass of wine (because it is a wine getaway). It’s a very cool place at the end of the wharf and the people who work there are awesome!
It’s a small place. No fancy seating, you put your name on a clipboard hanging outside and wait to be called. In the image below, you can see the server checking The List. Don’t try and stroll in and seat yourself, they’ll stop you, and direct you to…The List.
California’s Central Coast Wine Region: The Views
These are some of the views you can expect to see at the wineries…
And, the cypress trees are all around…reminds me fondly of Tuscany.
California’s Central Coast Wine Region: Special Tours
Since California’s Central Coast Wine Region isn’t as congested as Napa, don’t be surprised if your wine tasting host is the owner of the winery or the winery’s winemaker. You’ll learn so much if you’re interested. And, you might even get an impromptu tour.
Here are some pictures inside the wine cave at L’Aventure Winery where we got one of those impromptu tours.
A lot of wineries are starting to ferment in concrete, a very old wine making process.
And, even clay…reminds me of biblical times.
This is the owner’s private stash…
Simple large, metal pipes hold these bottles. I can’t remember for sure, but I think the bottles with the red wax seal are called Imperials. Each Imperial size bottle holds 8-750ml bottles of wine…203 ounces.
These special treasures, below, are Nebuchadnezzars bottles. Each holds 20-750ml bottles of wine. To put it into perspective how large these bottles are, the cement square boxes, below, are the same size as the ones two images above.
Luckily I was able to get the shot at just the right angle, so you could see how the label is etched into the bottle. Not something you see too frequently…beautiful, isn’t it?
California’s Central Coast Wine Region has become a very special place for us to getaway. If you enjoy wine even a little, you will fall in love with this remarkable region.