Saturday, May 28, 2011

2nd Annual Westside Wine Club Trip

Last weekend, I headed up north to Santa Barbara for a weekend of wine tasting and fun with my Westside Wine Club girls. The 11 of us had a blast; we had a private shuttle and tasted at Roblar, Rusack, Buttonwood Farms, Longoria and Tensley. We ordered pizza and stayed overnight at a big house right by the beach in Mesa, Santa Barbara and my group hung out the next day as well doing what girls do best: shopping in downtown Santa Barbara and having a great lunch (despite the hour wait) at La Super-Rica, before heading back to LA and the real world.
The lovely Rusack where we had a private tasting and also picnicked

We learned that they plant rose bushes at the ends of the rows of grapevines because pests will first attack the roses, so that they will get the heads up to protect the wine grapes. It's also pretty

I find being in wine country immediately relaxing
In the barrel room at Buttonwood
Love barrel tasting
I love seeing the whole wine making operation from beginning to end
Nothing like a private tour with the assistant winemaker
Can you see the baby grape cluster
Showing Westside love
I love Los Olivos, so quaint. Hard to not love a town centered around wine. Everyone just seems so...happy
Longoria, always one of my favorites
Shopping in Santa Barbara on Sunday. Such a lovely town to leisurely stroll around
Lunch at La Super-Rica
Yes, we waited about an hour
Finally inside the front door
But oh so worth it: the special Calabacita taco with zucchini and pork
Al Pastor pork taco. They handmake fresh all their corn tortillas
Cheese and chorizo to be wrapped in warm tortillas. What could be better
Super Rica Especial, chili with pork and cheese
La Super Rica
622 North Milpas Street
Santa Barbara, CA

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