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Everyone was talking about it......Industrial Eats. "Have you been?" "You should go." "Can we get in?" "Let's meet there early." Apparently this is the hot spot in Buellton! Industria Eats I had driven up to Buellton in Santa Barbara wine country from Los Angeles for the Wine Bloggers Conference and was hungry. Located less than a 5 minute drive from the Santa Ynez Marriott Hotel, I was excited to hear that I wasn't going to have to have pea soup or fast food or drive further to find good food. I decided to go early to beat the crowd, not knowing what to expect.
The attractiveness of a wine label is one of the main reasons why consumers select a wine in the store. Have you ever looked at a label and wondered what a winery was thinking? Ever thought you had an idea for a wine label? Let the inner artist in you come out and create your own label with the new Scratchpad wines, created by Terravant Wine Company in Buellton (Central Coast). Each bottle of Scratchpad wine - 2011 Central Coast Chardonnay, 2012 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Central Coast Pinot Noir - comes with a blank label and a charcoal pencil draped around its neck. Scratchpad family bottle renders 300dpi It's up to you to decorate the label! The question is: do you decorate it before you drink the wine or do you drink the wine to get inspired? Either way, have fun! Get creative! Go crazy! Express yourself! Then snap a photo and share it via social media or on the Scratchpad Faceook page for everyone to admire. Here's what I did with my bottles.
As a foodie living in California, we are fortunate that most restaurants feature locally sourced products. But, sometimes we take for granted our access to these foods. In many other cities around the country, the access to local farms is not possible and farm-to-table is more of an exception than a rule. To cap off the weekend in Santa Barbara wine country for the Wine Bloggers Conference, we traveled to Bridlewood Estate Winery in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley. After a fresh picnic lunch sipping Bridlewood Chardonnay, Rose and Pinot Noir and overlooking the lake, we headed up to the barrel room to "Meet the Makers", the farmers responsible for products were were eating. These passionate farmers spend their days producing organic and sustainable products. They are small businesses who are concerned with quality over quantity. And, they want to make the products available to the community. Meet the farmers: