Hello Calfornia ChowHounds! I am a MidWest Hound planning a Central Coast California vacation for my husband and I in October. We are planning to spend a morning in Solvang, pick up a picnic lunch, and visit a few wineries on our way back up to Shell Beach where we are staying. I could use recommendations on where to get picnic supplies, favorite winery picnic locations, and where to have dinner on our way back.
I just learned that Epicurian Picnic in Solvang has recently closed. It was my first choice for picnic supplies, but I understand there are other cheese shops in town. We would prefer cheese, sausage, bread type fixings, but would consider good sandwhiches, too (Panino?).
We are fans of Sav Blanc wine and are interested in visiting some of the top Sav Blanc producers in the Santa Ynez Valley. Gainey and Brander have been recommended to us. Any other suggestions?
As for dinner on the way back to Shell Beach, Chef Rick's, Wine Cottage Bistro, Jocko's or F.McLintocks are on our list of options - thanks to previous threads. I'd love to hear your recent experiences with any of these or others that I might have missed.
I look forward to your recommendations! Thanks in advance.