The SB Post
We're just days away from the 14th Annual World of Pinot Noir festival, where ticket holders are invited to swirl, sip, and savor over 200 delicious Pinot Noirs. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, don't worry, it's not too late! But act fast, as this event is sure to sell out.
To celebrate this luxurious feast for the senses, we've decided to honor the Pinot Noir grape and introduce you to all of the different, but amazing, uses of this alluring wine-grape. That is of course, other than its already outstanding powers for producing some of the region's best wines.
1. Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet
Perfect for a sunny Santa Barbara afternoon, this Blackberry Pinot Noir Sorbet is a sweet treat that will send you into sorbet bliss.
2. Cherry, Sage and Pinot Noir Jam
Jam isn't just for toast! Try this Cherry, Sage and Pinot Noir Jam on ice cream or as a glaze on chicken or pork. Or, it's so good to eat it by itself!
3. Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs
Do you like to host dinner parties or need a go to appetizer? Here's a super easy, and delectable dish that is fit to bring to bring on any occasion, Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs.
4. Pinot Noir-Infused Blackberry Ice Pops
The real question is why haven't you tried these Pinot Noir-Infused Black Berry Ice Pops! Use your favorite Pinot Noir and transform them into a frozen treat, guaranteed to get you through and hot summer day.
5. Cranberry Pinot Noir Spritzer
Not only does this Cranberry Pinot Noir Spritzer have a fancy name, but its presentation and taste are just as classy. Try this recipe for your next cocktail party and you are sure to impress.
Just because it's past February 14th, doesn't mean that romance has disappeared on The American Riviera®. In fact, Santa Barbara South Coast is just the place to keep your love burning bright 365 days a year. Just in the name itself, Santa Barbara, The American Riviera®, conjures up romantic images. Whether you're celebrating an anniversary, trying to make up for a Valentine's Day that didn't go as planned, or in the beginning stages of a new relationship, we're here to suggest Santa Barbara date ideas for any age, activity and price range.
For the laid-back couple, there are many things to do, see and experience, without breaking the bank. Take a Sunday drive up California State Route 154 and head to Cold Springs Tavern for out of this world tri-tip sandwiches and a free concert. If you'd rather stay closer to town, take the afternoon to rent bikes to ride around town ending up at your favorite waterfront restaurant for dinner. Or, if you would prefer to have a special moment with your special person, nothing beats a sunset stroll along the beach. Trust us, it's hard to top a Santa Barbara sunset.
For adventure seeking couples, it's time to buckle up and get ready to begin your roller coaster romance. We suggest kayaking to The Channel Islands or stand up paddle boarding alongside sea lions and dolphins. Not only will you share amazing views from the water, you'll work up an appetite to then have a romantic dinner in one of many Santa Barbara restaurants. If concerts are more your speed, the one and only Santa Barbara Bowl is an outdoor amphitheater guaranteed to amplify your night with performances by artist like Jack Johnson, 311, and Carlos Santana, to name a few.
For the luxurious couple, there is only one way to indulge, and it begins with a complete romantic weekend getaway to Santa Barbara South Coast. Our hotels and hideaways are just the beginning. Think spa and wellness packages, unlimited rounds of golf, strolling through the vineyards and wine tasting in the valley, horseback riding along the beach, and snuggling up under the stars. With a weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, the possibilities are endless.
For the foodie couple, take a food tour to savor all of the plates and pours available. You'll get to eat your way through Santa Barbara, what could be better? If you like to create your own dishes, head to one of our many Farmer's Markets available and plan a picnic in the Sunken Gardens at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, or make a homemade dinner with all of the fresh and local ingredients.
For the artistic couple, Santa Barbara has a new hotspot in town that's a hot bed for art, wine and food. While this area is called The Funk Zone, there is no funk about it! Take a tour at the Santa Barbara Art Foundry and then sip on hand crafted wines throughout the various tasting rooms, all within a few block's radius. From lawn games such as corn hole, to live music, there is a little something for everyone. If you're looking for something a little more intimate, we suggest taking a tour at the breath taking grounds of the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens or Lotusland.
No matter what you end up doing during your date or weekend getaway to Santa Barbra, you and your loved one will feel like you have stepped into your own little world, just how two people in love do.
Guest Blogger: Cat Puccino, National Sales Manager
In honor of Film Feast 2014, Olio e Limone Ristorante created not one, not two, but THREE special menus! The first menu, "Scorciatoia" or "Short Cut" included 2 courses, the second, "Lungometraggio" or "Feature Film" included three courses, and last but not least, "Epico" or "Epic Film" included a delicious four courses.
I enjoyed the Short Cut menu, which started with Zuppetta di Vongole con Fregola Sarda (local clams with white wine, garlic & parsley broth and a side of fregola pasta). The dish was indescribably awesome! The broth was seasoned perfectly, and I sopped up every last bit with rustic, crusty bread. For my main course, I opted for the Straccietti di Bue alla Pizzaiola (beef tenderloin medallions, tomato, capers, oregano oil and grilled polenta). The hearty portion was satisfying on every level and was a perfect choice for the wintery night ahead.
There's a reason why Olio e Limone Ristorante is a Santa Barbara gem - it's wonderful, flavorful, and consistent food served by a professional wait staff in a comfortable atmosphere.
For those living and vacationing in paradise, every hour along the shores of Santa Barbara South Coast is a happy one. No one can deny that the year round sun and sand brings added joy that you can’t find anywhere else. However, for those looking to find the happiest of Santa Barbara happy hours, our list below of Santa Barbara bars will bring smiles to you, your friends, and your wallet.
Enterprise Fish Company- While the restaurant area of Enterprise Fish Company is filled with savory seafood dishes, the true gem lies in the bar’s happy hour. Unlike many of the happy hours in town, Enterprise Fish Company extends their happy hours from 5pm to 8pm on weekdays. The days of racing straight over from work to ensure our first (or second, if it’s been a long day) drink order has been placed are over! At Enterprise Fish Company, say hello to extended hours, delicious seafood appetizers, and generous pours in your wine glass.
Cielito Restaurant- The only thing not happy about this particular happy hour is that the restaurant is closed on Mondays. And if you have ever tried a plate or pour here, you will know what a shame this is! Running 4-6pm daily (with the exception on Monday), Cielito will leave you wanting more, as their happy hour menu for food is just as good as their specialty cocktails. Did someone say margarita alegre?! Yes, that and so much more.
Brewhouse- Food, brews, and friends are sure to make your happy hour at Brewhouse a memorable experience. But, in addition to their happy hour menu, this local’s spot is hands down one of the best places you can bring man’s best friend. This dog friendly happy hour will treating your four legged friend like a VIP. There is even a special menu. On a sunny day (which as we know is most days in Santa Barbara), head on over to Brewhouse from 4-6pm to sit and sip the afternoon away on the sun filled patio.
Blush Restaurant & Lounge- Experience the buzz of downtown Santa Barbara at Blush Restaurant & Lounge’s daily happy hour from 3pm-7pm. Soak up the sun and warm weather with a glass of wine and top notch appetizers. Included in their savory selections are Filet Mignon Bites and Lobster Mac and Cheese. How could anyone resist!?
Paradise Café- Discover a piece of Santa Barbara with a visit to Paradise Cafe. The original building dates back to 1915 and is a favorite spot of locals. From 4:30pm-7:30pm on Monday-Friday, sip a margarita and take in the beautiful sights and architecture Santa Barbra is known for.
Hollister Brewing Company- Beer aficionado? Hollister Brewing Company is known to always have 15 different and unique beers on tap at any given time! Sit back, relax and enjoy a pitcher of handcrafted beer from 2-6pm Monday- Friday. Prefer wine? You’re in luck! Even for those who prefer a glass of wine can sip on several selections from Santa Barbara wineries.
These Santa Barbara bars, lounges, and restaurants are just a start; explore our whole food and wine scene to find favorites of your own!
There was a funny saying that started popping up while I as a senior in college. The desire to get engaged before graduation had been coined as "ring before Spring". While this phenomenon may not have been practiced around the globe, one thing is for certain, the winter season was made for engagements just as much as Santa Barbara was made for weddings!
But after the proposal, where do you begin? First, we suggest you run to your computer and create a pinterest account immediately, if you don't already have one. After that, enjoy some eye candy form Visit Santa Barbara's Wedding Board to give you a little inspiration for your Santa Barbara wedding.
1. Location, Location, Location: From the beach to the mountains and everything in between, Santa Barbara South Coast is the destination wedding dreams are made of!
2. The Dress: Your wedding dress will be uniquely you, but here are a few of our favorites:
3. The Details: Once your venue and dress have been picked out, it's time to get into the details!
4. The Honeymoon: Don't just get married in paradise, spend your first days as married couple soaking up the sunlight and peaceful relaxation offered in Santa Barbara.
(Photo Credit from top to bottom, left to right: Jessica Frey; White Haute Photography; Willa Kveta Photography; Kristen Grinnell, Hammonds Photography; Melissa Musgrove; Brandi Smyth Photography; Patrick Moyer Photography; Aaron Hoskins Photography; Patrick Moyer; Joielala Photographie; Mi Belle, Inc.)
One of the most treasured things about living in Santa Barbara is the grand outdoors. From any point in the Santa Barbara South Coast, you are minutes away from beaches, mountains and a deep breath of fresh air. Those who like to walk, hike, bike, paddle or surf are not disappointed with the number of outdoor activities available all year round.
For me, I am personally found of taking long Sunday walks and exploring the natural landscapes that surround Santa Barbara. Recently, I had the pleasure of exploring Goleta's Butterfly Grove, and what a sight to see! If you've ever heard that the months between November and February are a special time to visit, you will not be disappointed.
Goleta's Butterfly Grove, located in Sperling Preserve on Ellwood Mesa is a breathtaking scene, performed by the migration of the Monarch Butterfly during these special months. Upon approaching the grove, you are able to pick your path and wander through as the Monarch butterflies peacefully fly above and around you. To have the best viewing experience, make sure to wear sturdy shoes, pack a pair of binoculars and visit between 11am-2pm.
Once you make your way through (don't worry, I got lost at one point too!), the Ellwood Mesa's open space includes 137 acres of designated trails and easy beach access. Bring a picnic, grab your bathing suit and make a whole afternoon of your visit to Goleta's Butterfly Grove.
Here are a few photos from my exploration of the beautiful butterfly preserve:
Let the champagne pop and the celebration begin! Santa Barbara South Coast is ready to say farewell to 2013 and ring in 2014 with delicious dining, all night dancing, and overall merriment and cheer. If you're looking for ways to spend the last day of 2013 in Santa Barbara, use Visit Santa Barbara's Complete Guide to Dining, Dancing and Enjoying New Year's Eve.
Toast to 2014 and make your way to The Funk Zone for a glorious celebration of The Lark's first season!
Chef Jason Paluska has designed a stunning menu you won't want to miss. Ring in the New Year with a 5-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings by Brian McClintic, Master Sommelier and Sommelier Eric Railsback from Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. VIEW MENU
Olio e Limone
Cheers to 2014 with an Olio e Limone Ristorante feast! End 2013 feeling like a V.I.P and treat yourself to their specially prepared 3-course menu of authentic Italian cuisine. VIEW MENU
Sandbar Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
Make this New Year's Eve "An Affair to Remember" at Sandbar! Start the night with a 3-course dinner menu (yes, champagne included!) and end the night with a late night VIP bash, complete with decorations, party favors and bottle service. VIEW MENU
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
A Happy New Year from around the world! Dine at Bella Vista for an elaborate New Year's Eve buffet of flavorful creations inspired by cuisine from around the globe. VIEW MENU
SOhO's New Year's Eve Celebration w/Cafe R&B
Join SOhO for a New Year's Eve celebration featuring the powerful voice and music of Cafe R&B. Your dinner tickets include a 4 course meal, show admission, champagne toast and midnight festivities. VIEW EVENT
NYE 2014 at Baja Sharkeez
This NYE party offers a four course meal, VIP reserved seating, party favors, and a bottle of champagne. Not to mention, there will also be DJ, dancing, a balloon drop and more than $3,000 in prizes! VIEW EVENT
Les Marchands NYE 2013-Pierre Peters Champagne & Raw Bar
Pierre Peters Champagne will be accompanied by a raw bar for the ages-replete with blue fin tuna, oysters on the half shell, local uni with burrata and much, much more! Space is extremely limited. VIEW EVENT
Ring in the New Year with El Encanto-Mad Men Style!
This New Year's Eve, El Encanto is celebrating retro glamour with a mid-century Mad Men themed bash and a fabulously indulgent dinner designed by Chef Patrice Martineau. Revelers can choose from two dinner seats at the restaurant or simply come for the late night party in the ballroom. VIEW EVENT
Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Party at Bacara Resort & Spa
Bacara Resort & Spa's signature oceanfront restaurant, Miro, will be transformed into a roaring 20's lounge, complete with gourmet action stations by the resort's award-winning Chefs, a DJ, dance floor and party favors. As the clock strikes midnight, watch the balloon drop from above and enjoy a champagne toast to a spectacular 2014. Gatsby attire is encouraged! Purchase tickets in advance. VEIW EVENT
Canary Hotel and Finch & Fork Present "A Night Under the Stars"
Calling all would-be Prom Kings and Queens! Join the Canary and Finch & Fork for a New Year's Celebration you won't forget! Dress in your best prom attire in hopes of being crowned Prom King or Queen. Dance to DJ Freddy Sparx, dine on hors d'oeuvres and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast! VIEW EVENT
6th Annual Best Deal On State Street
Named the best deal on State Street, come ring in the New Year with Velvet Jones' 6th annual no cover-$30 all you can drink NYE celebration! Also included is a Champagne toast and music by DJ Johnny Blaze. VIEW EVENT
Wildcat Lounge NYE 2014
This year, Wildcat Lounge's celebration includes a huge countdown with three balloon drops, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and the best dance music all night long! VIP Package with reserved tables available. VIEW EVENT
Santa Barbara Zoo: New Year's Eve Overnight for Kids
Let your kids swing into the New Year in wild style! Drop them off for a fun-filled night at the Santa Barbara Zoo. They'll have a pizza dinner, check out what's cookin' in our animal kitchen, tour the Zoo at night, eat a pancake breakfast, and much more. Sorry parents, this fun night is for kids only!
The Granada Theatre: New Years' Eve Pop Concert
Fast becoming a Santa Barbara favorite, Bob Bernhardt returns with a Pops feast of your favorites, as well as a few surprises! Ring in the New Year at the best party in town, but get your tickets early--this concert is always a sell-out!
As we approach the ten year mark since Santa Barbara's wine country introduced the world to Pinot Noir through the award-winning film Sideways, the focus on Santa Barbara is set to return once again as the 14th annual World of Pinot Noir comes to Bacara Resort & Spa, February 28-March 1, 2014.
Set to be a luxurious feast for the senses, this alluring wine-grape will be honored in a two-day celebration, represented by the world's most important wine-growing regions. Attendees to the World of Pinot Noir are invited to "taste the world" at two Grand Tastings, which will include wines from hundreds of international and domestic wineries. In addition, the event is filled with seminars and dinners, in which one will discuss the effect Pinot Noir has had on film and vice-versa. This seminar titled "Hollywood & Wine", will be comprised of participants from Sideways as well as a more recent wine-related film, SOMM.
While we wait for the 14th Annual World of Pinot, why not celebrate the beloved grape by hosting your own tasting or trying out these recipes that pair well with Pinot Noir!
For more information and tickets, please visit: http://www.worldofpinotnoir.com/
"Having our event at the Bacara Resort and recognizing the effect of the movie is exciting! We look forward to welcoming those who join us each year, as well as newcomers to our 14th celebration of Pinot Noir."
- Norm Yost of Flying Goat Cellars and this year's World of Pinot Noir President.
Living in the Santa Barbara South Coast, it's not hard to get family and friends to visit, especially during the holidays. Stunning sunsets, warm weather, and the laid back beach lifestyle are too hard to resist when winter's chill is knocking at your door. However, the hard part is having enough space for everyone. When Mom, Dad, Grandma, Aunt Margaret and all the cousins come to visit, you'll be glad you booked an extra room (or two) at a nearby hotel.
Locals, you're in luck! Visit Santa Barbara's Holiday Extra Bedroom Promotion is designed to help alleviate this problem by working directly with hotels to offer local specials November 15th, 2013 - January 15th, 2014. With close to 30 properties along Santa Barbara's South Coast participating, you'll be able to find the right hotel to meet the needs of your family and friends. What's even better? The properties range from intimate bed & breakfasts to upscale properties, and everything in between.
Visit http://www.SantaBarbaraCA.com/holidayextrabedroom for the full list of participating hotels, blackout dates and instructions on how to book. While your friends and family are visiting, be sure to check out the Calendar of Events for all of our fun holiday events and activities!
Whether you're a local to the Santa Barbara South Coast, or visiting for the first time, we all have much to be thankful for, and not just during the holidays, but 365 days a year. Spectacular beaches, cultural passion, adventurous activities, and wonderful wine give those in Santa Barbara much to be thankful for all year round. Three things that we are extra thankful for this time of year are family, friends, and FOOD! The holidays are a great time to get together and share in the delicious eats that our area has to offer. (And should you find that you indulge a little too much this season, we've got a few creative ideas to keep you active and motivated.)
If you're looking to spend your Thanksgiving holiday in Santa Barbara, here is a complete list of restaurants that will make you extra glad you did!
|Bacara Resort & Spa
8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta
(805) 968-0100 11 am - 4 pm Buffet
4 pm - 9 pm Prix Fixe Meals $80 (Ch $40)
$70-$90 (Ch $25-$35)
|Bistro 1111 (The Hyatt)
1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1111 10 am - 7:30 pm
3 Course Meal $40-$45 (Ch $15)
|Blush Restaurant & Lounge
630 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 957-1300 2 pm - 10 pm
$25 Special Menu
$15-$30 Regular Menu
9 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1160 4 pm - 9 pm
Turkey Dinner & Reg. Menu $65 (Ch $32.50)
|Fitch & Fork Restaurant (Canary)
31 W. Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 879-9100 1 pm - 8 pm
3 Course Meal $60 (Ch $30)
|Crocodile Restaurant & Bar (Lemon Tree Hotel)
2819 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 687-6444 11 am - 8 pm $11-$30
1 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-4466 11 am - 9 pm
3 Course Meal $35 (Ch $15)
800 Alvarado Pl., Santa Barbara
(805) 845-5800 Noon - 8 pm
Prix Fixe Menu $95 (Ch $45)
|Fess Parker's DoubleTree
633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 564-4333 Noon - 4 pm
Champagne Brunch Noon - 10 pm
Other Restaurant $65 (Ch $35) $39-$42
Four Seasons Biltmore, Bella Vista
129 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 882-0050 11 am - 10 pm
$27 (Ch $10)
|Frog Bar & Grill
Glen Annie Golf Course, Goleta
(805) 968-0664 11 am - 3 pm
Buffet $34.95 (Ch $16.95)
512 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 965-3363 Noon - 9 pm
5650 Calle Real, Goleta
(805) 964-6241 11:30 am - 2 pm
Buffet 5 pm - 8 pm Buffet $26.95 (Ch $12.95)
536 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 966-4638 Noon - 9 pm $20-$30
1404 De La Vina, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-7003 2 pm, 4 pm & 6:30 pm
Veranda 3 Course Meal $45 (Ch $20)
3825 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 682-5246 1 pm - 9 pm
3 Course Meal $29.99 (Ch $12.99)
3500 McCaw Avenue, Santa Barbara
(805) 682-3228 Noon - 5 pm
$28.95 (Ch $16.95)
|Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro
516 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 962-1455 11 am - 6 pm $45 (Ch $20)
|Plow and Angel
900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito
(805) 566-1745 2 pm - 8 pm $80 (Ch $40)
216 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
(805) 965-3269 6 am - Noon Regular Menu
|Santa Barbara Brewing Company
501 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 730-1040 11:30 am - 11 pm
2 Course Meal $19.99 (Ch $11.95)
900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito
(805) 969-5046 Noon - 7 pm
4 Course Meal $135 (Ch $70)
|Tree House Restaurant
3850 State Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 687-5511 11:30 am - 9 pm $19.99 - $21.99
(Chumash Casino) Santa Ynez
(800) 248-6274 3 pm - 9 pm
4 Course Meal $59 (18 and over only)