Santa Ynez Valley, California
I went on a weekend getaway with one of my best friends. Kim and I both love the movie Sideways, so we decided to recreate some key moments in Miles' and Jack's trip - minus the debauchery.
The best meal was at Hitching Post II in Buellton, which is worth a trip from LA just for their dinner. If you go, book reservations ahead of time as walk-ins can take several hours to be seated.
Los Olivos Cafe was also delicious. They were full but less busy, and a lot more relaxed.
Since I was the designated driver, Kim was the designated oenophile. We visited three of the Sideways wineries: Foxen Winery, Fess Parker, and Firestone Vineyard. My favorite wine however, was the olallieberry wine from the Royal Oaks Tasting Room in Solvang. I know Miles would scoff at my taste. But at least I can say I never drank wine from the spit bucket.
Thanks Kim for a fun getaway! Here's a slideshow from a mini-album I designed of our trip. Warning: contains a quote from the movie that's not family friendly.