When it’s your anniversary and you don’t have anything planned you have a couple choices that are driving distance from Los Angeles; San Diego, Big Bear, Las Vegas or Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a quick 90-minute drive and offers arguably the best views and the most tropical feel of the options. You may consider taking a wine tour on your trip and have many vendors to choose from. Upon researching Yelp you will find that Grapeline Wine Tours offers a highly rated wine tasting adventure through the Santa Ynez Valley. It has been said that going on a private wine tasting tour is like going to a bar alone so the benefits of Grapeline are clear with a group tour.The bus from Grapeline will pick you up between 9:00am and 10:00am for your adventure and there will be 25 people in your group. This may seem early to start drinking wine but the tour ends at 4:30pm giving you time to get to bed early and avoid a hangover. The guide Chris will have you playing games about wine on the bus to learn everyone’s names and to get you in the mood.
The first stop is Roblar Winery. Billy the General Manager is incredibly entertaining, will give you huge pours and an in depth history lesson about the winery while making you laugh the whole time. Billy will give you a tour through the grounds and teach you how their wine is made which many find interesting. Roblar winery is the newest addition to Santa Ynez wine country and has super premium wines. If you get a chance to go wine tasting definitely go with Grapeline. They designed this experience to be quality wines, with a party vibe and a romantic feel.
The next stop will be BlackJack Ranch Vineyards and Winery founded by gambling expert Roger Wisted. The winery is a blackjack theme, which again is all about having a good time. You will stop to have lunch after this tasting outside the winery. There are quaint picnic tables overlooking the vineyards and you will have a chance to get know more of the couples on the wine tour. Many say they find it more fun to take a wine tour on a bus because you can meet others like yourself.
The third stop is Lincourt Vineyards which was a once a dairy farm that was transformed into a winery. This view considered strikingly beautiful and the winery is famous for all of the weddings thrown at the venue. The last winery on the tour is Sunstone Vineyards, which is known to be more of a tranquil and relaxing location. Sunstone makes organic wine and can be a perfect way to wind down the day. Grapeline Wine Tours knows exactly what they are doing when they put this tour together. The owner is friends with all the winery owners and therefore has great report. On your drive back the guide is known to play classic hit songs and the bus will have a sing along.
Through this process you will meet some amazing couples and likely have a bonding experience with your mate. The glue that holds a marriage together is experiencing new things together. No matter how long you’re married you have to make sure not to get stuck in the rut of day-to-day life. Remember to break out, try new things and create adventure in your life.