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 (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 – 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.
Wine 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.
LocalWineEvents.com – 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.