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Beckmen Vineyard walk at Purisma Mountain

Beckmen Tasting Room
Beckmen Vineyard Hike with Steve Beckmen during the SB Vintners Spring Weekend.  Hiking, Wine and Conversation with Steve Beckmen Architect of Beckmen Vineyards.  Stunning Panoramic Views with amazing views from the hilltop and vineyard education, with wine, food and cardio all built into one unique Experience. Check it out and...

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Sta. Rita Hills AVA Wine Dinner

Industrial Eats
http://youtu.be/imy0wafJKY8 On industrial way in Buellton CA, you might not expect to find a dinner of fine wines and food pairings, but you are in Santa Barbara County and you should expect the unexpected. Industrial eats was the location for this years Sta. Rita Hills AVA dinner at the SB...

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Sta. Rita Hills, the Burgundy of Santa Barbara

Hilliard Bruce Canopy Management
The Sta. Rita Hills AVA lies on the west side of the Santa Ynez Valley closest to the ocean.  The Marine layer and ocean breezes coming through the transverse valley make it the perfect growing region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Here between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa...

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The Santa Ynez Valley and it’s Wineries

Santa Ynez AVA
Santa Ynez Valley is the largest of the AVA’s in Santa Barbara County taking in 76,000 acres . This is a cool climate AVA in Santa Barbara County that encompasses 3 smaller AVA’s, Sta. Rita Hills, Happy Canyon and Ballard Canyon.  The AVA is bordered on the North by the...

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Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara’s newest AVA

Windmill on Saarloos & Son's Windmill Ranch Vineyard
Ballard Canyon is the newest of the AVA’s in Santa Barbara County, established in October of 2013.  This relatively small AVA encompassing only 7,800 acres sits at the center of the Santa Ynez Valley with Los Olivos to the North East and Solvang to the South. It produces Cabernet Franc,...

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“Take a trip up Happy Canyon”

Grassini Family Vineyard in Happy Canyon courtesy of Grassini Family
“Take a trip up Happy Canyon”  Yep, that’s how Happy Canyon got it’s name.  It was the place to sneak off to find a simple alcoholic beverage during Prohibition to “get Happy”, and the name stuck. This AVA was established in 2009 and is the fourth to be established in...

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