Santa Barbara wine country is made up of the best California wine regions you’ve never heard of. The area is comprised of the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys, Ballard Canyon, Santa Rita Hills, Happy Canyon and Los Olivos — most just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Los Angeles. Embark on gently rolling hills, strung with endless trellised grape vines interspersed with occasional roaming cattle. The region is ripe with vineyards and tasting rooms in picturesque communities of Santa Barbara, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Buellton, Ballard and Solvang. Here’s how to make the most out of your trip… Read More on LuggageFree.com>>
While Los Angeles isn’t far from a prime grape-growing region, you’ll find the city’s top wine bars are stocked with international selections that come from far beyond Napa and Sonoma. Whether you want to travel through tastes to France, Italy or more far-flung locales, you can get your fix at Southern California’s bevy of wine bars. Here are six—A.O.C., Zinque, Vintage Enoteca, The Must, Bar Covell, The Tasting Room at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village— we can’t stop pouring out the praises over.