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Very quick solo wine tasting afternoon/evening in Santa Barbara/Los Olivos

kstaigs | Aug 19, 201102:17 PM

I am flying into LAX at 11am next Thursday, zipping up PCH to Santa Barbara for one evening, and then driving to OC the following afternoon. I have read a ton about the various options for wine tasting in the area, but given that I won't be there until 3pm or so, I was hoping for some feedback on my projected plan, which is to leave my SB hotel and head straight up to Los Olivos, stopping at Gainey and/or Beckman on the way, and then hoping to hit at least one or two tasting rooms (especially Andrew Murray) in Los Olivos proper before they close (most at 5pm, some at 6pm). Possibly also stopping at the Hitching Post on my way back for dinner. Am I crazy to try to fit all this in? Is the Hitching Post worth it, or has it gotten tainted by Sideways popularity? I also have the following day, but I am wary of tasting during the day and then driving the several hours back down the coast. If I tried to do a tour in the morning and held back somewhat on the tasting volume, would I be ok, do you think? I love wine and I am fairly knowledgeable, but have not done any official tasting outside of one day trip in Missouri (don't ask).

Also, any recs for nightspots in SB for a lady on her own (but married and not looking to score or anything)? I would probably take friendly over trendy, bar over nightclub...

Hitching Post
3325 Point Sal Rd, Casmalia, CA 93429

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