Hey Friends, Shelby here.
I met Matt Luber several times during this year’s Santa Barbara County Vintners Spring weekend. He was eager to share his passion for the Santa Ynez Valley and all it has to offer. I asked that he write something down for me to share and inspire others to come and experience our area.
The following is from Mr. Matt Luber:
I love the entire Santa Ynez Valley. Each little town is charming in its own way. Whether it is hanging out at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe or tasting Olive Oil at Olive Hill in Los Olivos, having breakfast at Bob’s Well Bread or tasting wine at Casa Dumetz or having dinner at Flatbread Full of Life in Los Alamos, eating at Grappolo Trattoria and then going for cocktails at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, or having Blueberry French toast at Ellen’s Pancake House for breakfast and hitting the hitching post II or Industrial eats at night in Buellton…we love them all.
We particularly like to bring our two young girls to Solvang. I also find that Solvang has the prettiest vistas of all. A typical day in Solvang can consist of eating Danish Aebleskiver from the Solvang Restaurant for breakfast and then we stroll on down to the local gift shop Edelweiss which I have been calling the magical princess store for years – my girls love it. Sometimes we make a pit stop in one of the local toy stores. Then we walk over to the Mystic Merchant, a crystal, spiritual store to get a ‘feel good’ stone. After that we stroll on to a Pavlov Art Gallery, a small gallery owned by a very talented artist. We actually bought a piece last year and it is the featured art piece of our home. Then we may go the local chocolate or fudge shop depending on the girl’s mood. Sometimes we work that off by renting a family bike for four to ride around the town. I may head over the Wandering Dog Wine Bar to do a tasting then to the local cigar shop just in case I decide to have one that evening.
We go to the valley several times a year and never miss a 4th of July Celebration. The local parade is very small town and excellent. The firework show at the Santa Ines Mission is fantastic and we walk to Hotel Corque a few hundred years away. They have a great gym and running is always option thanks to the beautiful surroundings. All this and I have not even gone in to the amazing vineyards in the valley. I can say my kids have grown up hanging at the vineyards – we know the ones which have flat areas so the family can have a lot of fun in addition to tasting – Tres Hermanas and Rideau have great flat areas to hang. Kenneth Volk has lawn bowling, Presqu’ile has horse shoes and bocce ball, Beckman has a lake to walk around and Demetria has great music and a field below. I love the wine in the Santa Ynez Valley – my favorite grape is Pinot Noir, though some of the Rhone varieties available in the valley are also not to be missed.
Something for everyone across our beautiful and bountiful Valley. Thank you Matt!
About The Author: Shelby Sim grew up just 30 minutes south of the Santa Ynez Valley on the coast in Goleta, CA. After living in many different states and traveling the world, he returned to the area and discovered the many quality wines being produced here. Shelby has worked in the area for the last 11 years as a wine tour host, while acting as director of business development with the Goleta chamber, and later as a sales manager for Bacara Resort and Spa. He recently moved his family to Buellton and is honored to be executive director of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, the premier destination marketing organization (DMO) for the region.
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