Today, we decided to visit a bunch of wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. If you haven’t heard, this is a really fun and very popular thing to do and people come from all around to sip wines and tromp through the vineyards.
It is so, so beautiful in this area.
I love the open fields, the sunshine, and the mountains in the background.
Leaves changing colors – so captivating.
Inside the winery, we got to sample a number of really tasty and delicious wines. I loved how they decorated for the season in the tasting rooms.
The little vignettes on wine barrels were so picturesque.
Steve loves these pepper trees – so do I.
These are the pre-dried peppercorns – if you wait until they are dry and roll them in your fingers and smell them – wow! Pepper flavor to no end.
We planned to visit 3 wineries but we ended up visiting 1 – the Gainey winery. Not because the wine is so delicious we didn’t want to taste any others (although the wine is amazing and we will definitely be buying more of it), but essentially because we’re light drinkers and after a bunch of tasting on empty stomachs we felt a little tipsy. So, we decided lunch would be a good idea and well then we just ended our day.