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Wine Basics

The Aroma Wheel – Purchase & learn to use this $6.00 laminated guide developed to help the novice wine enthusiast distinguish basic wine types and defects.

Wine Basics – Information about how to taste, choose, serve and store wine, etc.

Interesting Wine Facts and Definitions – General information about wine and some interesting, little known facts.

Wine X – Online wine magazine with a hip slant on everything pertaining to wine.


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Wine and Food

OpenTable Diners Reveal the Top 50 Wine Lists in the U.S – The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe is recognized as one of top 11 restaurants in California – and top 50 nationwide – to be designated as having the most notable wine lists based on 10 million diner reviews for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Wine and Cheese Guide – Fine classic associations between cheese and wine provided to you by Terroir-France.

Host a Wine Tasting Party – Epicurious.com presents a step-by-step guide to at-home tastings, including wine shopping advice, budget tips, essential supplies, and recipe ideas by Lauren Salkeld.


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Wine Travel

Wine Regions of the World – Handy visual guides created by the Wine Spectator about the major wine-producing areas in Europe, the United States and the Southern Hemisphere

La Dolce Vita Wine Tours – Educational wine tours in Italy, Spain, and Portugal featuring Italian-style hospitality, user-friendly wine education, thoughtful food and wine pairings, and cultural sights since 1999.

Luxury French Wine Tours – Savor the Wines of France and deepen your wine knowledge with top wine experts with the French Wine Explorer tours.

Food Wine Travel History – First hand reviews of interesting places…great food…fine wines…and the history which links them together.


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Wine Accessories

International Wine Accessories – Wine accessories to enhance the wine experience.

How to Build a Wine Cellar – All the information you’ll need to create your own wine cellar.

AvosVins for Windows – Quebec-built shareware program for Windows for keeping track of your wine collection or, if you don’t collect wines, for organizing and saving tasting notes on the wines you’ve enjoyed; check out the review at the Wine Lovers Page.

Personal Wine Curator Wine Cellar Software for the Mac and PC – This software helps you catalogue your wines, keep notes, track purchases, wine values, auction sale, print lists, tasting menus and interact with a worldwide community of wine lovers.


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Wine Education & Winemaking

Viticulture & Enology at University of California, Davis – Research and education focusing on all the scientific disciplines involved in grape growing and winemaking – with 100 years educational experience in helping California to become one of the premier winemaking regions of the world.

Society of Wine Educators – A non-profit educational organization (501c3) whose mission is to advance wine education through professional development and certification.

Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes Blog: Pour yourself a glass of wine and be entertained by the talented, witty winemaker, Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes wines! Wes has a way with words that you’re sure to enjoy in his blog here.


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Santa Barbara Sites & California Central Coast Businesses

Los Olivos Wine Merchant – Premier nline wine store specializing in California wine with a focus on the wines produced in California’s Central Coast wineries with select vintages from other areas of California’s Wine Country and wines from around the world. The Los Olivos Cafe (part of Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe

Bernat Wines – Hand-crafted, naturally fermented wines made with patience, understanding and trust in old world methods of winemaking. CCOF certified organic vineyard planted with Syrah, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese.

Vineyard Retreat at Bernat Vineyard and Winery – Experience Wine Country Living and Relax at the Vineyard Retreat at Bernat Vineyards & Winery – located in the heart of Los Olivos just a short stroll to wine tasting, art galleries, and restaurants.

VisitSYV  – If you are visiting the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, this is the site you’ll want to use to plan your visit.  Local events, restaurants, and places to stay in an interactive user-friendly format.

Santa Barbara Vintners Association – Discover the annual Harvest and Vintners Festivals and find your favorite wines.

Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals – Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals provides guests with unique and memorable luxury vacation rental home lodging right in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley wineries.

Live Hives – Natural Bee Balm products made from local hives.

DRIVE SAFELY! Let someone else do the driving when visiting our local wineries!  Here are a few to choose from:

Stagecoach Wine Tours – 805 Wine Tours – Golden Limo Santa Barbara – Cloud Climbers Jeep Tours

Santa Barbara Wine Tours – Santa Barbara CVB & Film Commission – Explore Santa Barbara’s wine country through the downtown Urban Wine Trail or visit wineries throughout the county, from Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Maria.


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