Uncork the Story in Santa Ynez Valley

CaWineIf you are familiar with wine tasting protocol, the 5 S’s are nothing new: See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor. It is a simple way to ensure that all of one’s senses are invited to take part in the richness of the wine experience. In the flavor of this ‘S’ theme, we invite you to one more ‘S’…September. An entire month dedicated to honoring the bountiful story in your glass. The state of California and in particular the incredible Santa Ynez Valley region is embracing the multi-leveled experience of wine and celebrating all things wine from grape to glass and then some. Although wine lovers rarely need an excuse to raise their glass, this is truly the opportunity to explore and appreciate the fruit of the vine.

California’s Commitment to Wine

A little background on the source: California wine is a major contributor to the economy; the state is the fourth largest wine producer in the world. Making a full 90 percent of American wine, the golden state is responsible for $18.5 billion in retail wine sales in the U.S. Its broad industry encompasses may tiers from the scenic, historic, cuisine enhancing, travel and tourism, environmentally enhancing with committed sustainable practices, to jobs for 1/3 of a million people.

That brings us to the small but wonderfully rich Santa Ynez Valley. Worlds away from Los Angeles and San Francisco, yet just a short travel distance down the road. Here there is no mystery…no pretense, as simple as See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor…in September most especially. Plan your visit soon to Uncork the Story!


Harvest in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country is a revered season when visitors and locals can experience wine from grape to glass. In celebration, wineries and businesses throughout the Santa Ynez Valley are hosting events, classes, dinners, deals and packages .It is a unique opportunity to see, taste and buy some of the best wines California has to offer, including tastings of special releases and library wines and entertainment around every corner!  Take a tour of a vineyard or winery, taste reserve wines or find the perfect food pairing at events throughout September. For special events and more information, visit the Santa Ynez Valley’s Visitor’s Association. Some of the many participating in the Santa Ynez Valley include: Sanford Winery & Vineyards, Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers,  AVANT Tapas & Wine, Brewer-Clifton WineryMosby WineryWandering Dog Wine BarCimarone and 3CV Wines.

©2011 Red Square, Inc.The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott hotel in Buellton, the heart of wine country, invites you to relax and make the most of your September ‘Uncork the Story’ adventure, as we host your stay overnight in true Marriott style. Wind down beside the outdoor fire pit on the cool fall evenings, start your day with our Starting Gate’s sumptuous breakfast and take advantage of our staff’s broad, local wine country knowledge.


Santa Ynez Valley Unleashed

Santa Ynez Valley Dog-friendly WineriesPair your love for wine with your four legged friends in the Santa Ynez Valley! As dog-friendly wineries are on the rise in California, dog owners who treat their canines like family no longer have to leave their pooches home when they head out to explore the vineyards. The Santa Ynez Valley is the ideal pet-friendly destination for you and your canine companion for wine tasting adventures and more.  Many wine lovers know that dogs have been the real hosts at local wineries for a very long time, and so it is in the Santa Ynez Valley; you’re likely to find a loyal pup greeting guests and anchoring the heart and soul of the vintner’s offerings. So perhaps it’s time to share the love with your own canine family member? Pack up your pup, his leash and favorite toy and experience a getaway sure to make tails wag and wine tasting wishes come true.

Check out these local Santa Ynez Valley vineyards offering friendly dogs and their owners more than just exceptional pours...

Carivintas Winery Solvang Santa Ynez ValleyCarivintas Winery in Solvang truly embraces the animal lover in everyone. Celebrating their passion for creating great wine with helping animal rescue organizations, Carivintas Winery showcases inspirational and heartwarming stories of rescued animals on the labels of their incredible bottles. A percentage of every animal-themed bottle of wine sold goes to a pet-friendly organization. Carivintas’ tasting room itself is truly pet friendly, offering dog treats, toys, beds and water bowls for your visiting pup. Carivintas Winery SolvangOn the 2nd & the last Saturday of each month,  they team up with the local Animal Shelter and have “Adoptable Pets” day featuring several dogs and cats with the help of many wonderful volunteers.



Kalyra Winery Santa YnezKalyra Wineries offers some of the most magnificent views in the Santa Ynez Valley. A wonderful blend of imagination and flair make for a memorable tasting experience. Step up to the bar made famous in the movie ‘Sideways’  or venture out to its full-length deck complete with a tranquil dog-friendly picnic spot.


Firestone Winery Los OlivosFirestone Vineyard in Los Olivos features a wonderful blend of fantastic premium tasting and idyllic picnic opportunities. Friendly dogs are cheerfully welcomed both on the vineyard grounds and in the tasting room.

Alta Maria VineyardsAlta Maria Vineyards in Los Olivos, is a tasting experience where canine companions are welcome to stretch out and relax on the cool tile floor of the tasting room on-leash while you settle in for a relaxing afternoon of wine bliss.



Alma Rosa Winery Buellton Santa Ynez Valley

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Buellton, is a  rustic, creekside winery that some may remember from the movie Sideways.  Friendly pups are welcome to relax inside the tasting room, as well as roam around outside on Alma Rosa’s magically scenic property.


Rideau Vineyard, Solvang. Rideau Vineyard SolvangSmall dogs are invited into the tasting room as well as outside while leashed, where guests can easily keep an eye on them. They also have a beautiful deck and outdoor seating for picnicking opportunities.


Wondering Dog Wine BarWandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang always welcomes small, friendly dogs. Guaranteed something for every wine lover, Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s atmosphere is sure to make your tasting experience memorable.


Zaca Mesa Winery Los OlivosZaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos offers plenty of options for you and your pup. Relax at their outdoor picnic tables or step up to the challenge of a game of chess on their life-size chessboard. Perhaps take a walk on the hiking trail with extraordinary views of the Santa Ynez Valley. Of course there is always the rustic tasting room to complete the experience.


Presqu'ile Winery Los OlivosPresqu’ile Winery in  Los Olivos offers a friendly, modern and fresh atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the fantastic vintages.  Friendly dogs are always welcome in their tasting room.



“A dog wags its tail with its heart.” — Martin Buxbaum

Greyhound Fest 2013 SolvangJoin the town of Solvang in celebrating its annual  

February 22 – 24

Word is the whole town is excited (right down to the Mayor, shop keepers and hotels) about the Greyhounds visit.

Festival highlights include the Solvang Streak, Saturday, February 23rd, featuring the amazing speed and grace of these beautiful sight hounds, shopping, a silent auction, the Greyhound Walk, the Blessing of the Hounds at the Santa Ines Mission, special speakers, a Greyhound Nose Work Demo, and many more festivities.

A few extras for canines in the know:

Paws Park Buellton Santa Ynez ValleyLooking for a place  for your pooch to strech and run off that extra energy? Check out Paws Park Off leash dog park in Buellton.  Graciously supported by the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott through local volunteer clean up and donations, it is completely fenced with separate large and small dog areas.

Want to grab a bite to eat with your pup? Solvang is home to over 20 dog-friendly restaurants that provide outside seating for you and your canine companion


Santa Ynez Valley Pet Friendly Hotel

Santa Ynez Valley MarriottMake it a true canine companion getaway and book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Take advantage of great mid-week rates, particularly for the Greyhound Fest events running the weekend of February 22- 24. Arrive early to explore the local area before the crowds! Watch Solvang come alive right before your eyes during Solvang’s Third Wednesday Celebration taking place February 20th with over 60 stores, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms offering special discounts and sales all day.

Santa Ynez Valley MariottThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, a Certified “Pets Can Stay Hotel”, believes your pets are part of your family. All pets receive a special welcome and a Pooch Pack upon arrival. Your pet will feel pampered and at home with their Pooch Pack containing a food dish, water bowl, food scoop, dog tag, Frisbee, and doggie bags. Please let them know your pet will accompany you so that they may prepare for their arrival. There is an $80 non-refundable cleaning fee charged, $5 of which is donated to the local Santa Ynez Valley Paws Park – off leash dog park in Buellton.