There’s a (Wine) App for That!

Planning your next wine adventure? Trying to sound like a wine expert at your next after work get-together? Or what about just looking for tips on a great bottle for your next date night? Have no fear, wine lovers. From touring Santa Ynez Valley to local wine events to vino 101, there’s most certainly a (wine) app for that.

Getting Connected in the Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Barbara Wine Tour AppSanta Barbara Wine Tour (East and West editions) – One reviewer said it best, “Don’t taste wine without it!” Complete with custom GPS interactive maps, behind-the-scenes videos, text narration, slide shows and picture galleries (that all run without cell reception) these twin apps take the guess-work out of vineyard hopping in Santa Barbara County. Plus, special offers like “2 for 1” tastings as well as discounts on hotels, restaurants and markets quickly make up for the app price.

Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association – Combining a touring map and area events calendar with an interactive listing of wineries, restaurants, hotels and touring and tasting companies, the Santa Barbara County app is a one-stop shop for planning your wine expeditions. And on days when you simply want to go where the road takes you, their Wine Trails feature provides one-day suggestions of places to visit following seasonal, geographic or wine themes. Don’t forget to use the “Favorite” folder to store frequently used entries to make the journey as care-free as possible.

Santa Ynez Wine Map AppWine Map of Santa Ynez – A trusted source for locating tasting rooms and wineries in the area, the adventure begins when you let the Wine Map of Santa Ynez app lead the way.




Here are a few more of our personal favorites:

Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide – Jam-packed with thousands of reviews and prices, this app is the perfect shopping partner for those moments when you’re standing in the wine aisle trying to decide what to bring to tonight’s party. Made by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the app also dishes the latest in wine and travel news as well as teaches all you need to know to move from wine novice to vino expert.

America’s Wine Trails – Teaming up with industry heavyweights WineAmerica and Wines & Vines, this app crisscrosses North America, covering 270 wine trails from coast to coast.  Search by winery, wine trail or grape to find your next great vino adventure and document your personal travel notes in the app’s journal section.

Vivino Wine Scanner – Backed by Forbes and Venture Beat, Vivino is a perfect fit for the casual wine-drinker. Scan a wine label and use the image to look up the wine’s tech sheets, ratings, winemaker’s notes and more. Once you’ve tasted the wine, rate it based on a five-star scale to remember which ones you want to savor again and which ones you wish you could forget. – Explore upcoming local wine and food events while on-the-go. The app lets you search your area as well as other cities to find and read event details, purchase tickets and check-in to events – all with a single click. This is the place to get in the (vi)know.

Wine Dictionary – Do terms like terroir, Bacchus or trocken ring a bell? If not, have no fear. Wine Dictionary, the secret to transforming into a true oenophile, covers 1,400 wine-related terms making it your go-to for your next wine-tasting, head-scratching conversation.


And when you’re ready to close those apps and head home, we’ll be waiting to help you relax in true Marriott style. From a Pacific-coast sunrise and breakfast at the Starting Gate Restaurant to unwinding by the fire pit and in Marriott Revive beds, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel is the perfect home base for your wine adventures.

We’ll coordinate your stay with a Cycling, Vintage Auto or Limousine Package to ensure a relaxing escape into the county’s rolling hills, making sure that you drink in – from wine to scenery – the very best of Santa Ynez Valley.


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.