Happy Canyon AVA, located on the eastern edge of Santa Ynez Valley, is filled with horse farms, cattle ranches and six vineyards (Cimarone, Grassini, Happy Canyon Vineyard, McGinley, Star Lane and Vogelzang Vineyards). A recent visit to Santa Ynez took me to Grassini Vineyards, located in the heart of Happy Canyon.
I was there in the early morning, and because Happy Canyon is the warmest microclimate in Santa Ynez and benefits from warm days and cool marine influences, I was able to watch the fog roll-in in the morning and then quickly disappear, giving way to the sun.
Speed tasting for bloggers and wine
What happens when 300 bloggers sit in a banquet room and wineries one by one have 5 minutes to introduce their wine and pour it for the table? Frantic tasting ensues! On Day 2 of the Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Barbara, we focused on red wines. While yesterday, for white wines, I went the route of social media posts, today I thought it would be fun to see what happens if I try to live blog.
Here it goes: