Santa Barbara & San Luis Activities

Taste a Syrah at the Firestone Winery, Maybe you'll run into The Bachelor

2003 SYRAH EARNS 5TH GOLD MEDAL April 12, 2006 —Firestone Vineyard's 2003 Syrah was awarded a gold medal at the New World International Wine Competitions, its fifth gold medal earned at a major wine competition. The 2003 Syrah has also earned double gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition, a gold medal for Best of Class at the Long Beach Grand Cru, and a gold medal at the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. Check out the comments for more Central Coast Activities Or Click to Add your own recommendation


irishlass said...

You saw them featured on Martha Stewart Living, so you know that the roses will be fabulous at the Rose Story Farm in Carpenteria (near Santa Barbara)

We would love to share the experience of Rose Story Farm with you! Please come visit our 15 acre farm any time during the rose growing season (the middle of April through the end of November). We feature 18,000 stunning rose plants in 150 varieties in our fields at the base of the Carpinteria Valley foothills. Blooms rotate in six-week cycles, so over three quarters of the roses will be in majestic bloom for your visit.

Tours are scheduled every Wednesday and Saturday (unless a Special Event is being held).
Tours begin at 11.00 a.m. and run approximately 1 hour, followed by a picnic lunch in the garden.
Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat, as this is a Walking Tour.
No smoking, pets, or video camera equipment allowed on Tours.
We regret that we cannot accommodate people who drop in hoping to join a tour at the last moment. We recommend that you telephone the farm in advance to check availability for particular dates. This allows us to give you intimate tours through the rose fields and it better helps our guides talk to you about our varieties and rose growing techniques. Each walking tour is followed by a catered gourmet picnic lunch in one of our garden areas, complete with farm made dessert and ice tea blended with rose petals.

If you are interested in a custom-designed tour focusing on your favorite rose themes, these can be arranged on a limited basis. We can also tailor your lunch menu to incorporate some of your favorite fare.

Make a Reservation:

Tours are $35 per person, payable in advance via check or any major credit card.
Tours include Rose Story Farm's booklet, pencil, and fresh rose samples.
Please fax or mail your completed Rose Tour Booking Form at least one week prior to your tour, or call us at (805) 566-4885 (M-S 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.).
If your plans change and you cannot join us, please allow 48 hours notice for a full refund.

irishlass said...

Just a short way from the Firestone Winery, you can satisfy the beer drinkers with a stop at the the Firestone Brewery

Central Coast Brewery Repeats as "Champion Brewery and Brewmaster" at Prestigious International Competition
Paso Robles, CA—Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Master Brewer Matt Brynildson this week were named "Champion Brewery and Brewmaster" for the second time in a row at the World Beer Cup, a prestigious international beer competition featuring more than 500 breweries and 2,000 beers.

The World Beer Cup is held every two years. Firestone Walker and Brynildson were also named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster at the 2004 World Beer Cup. Firestone Walker's champion awards fall under the highly competitive category of Mid-Size Brewing Company, which includes breweries that produce anywhere between 15,000 barrels and 2 million barrels annually.

"It's a great honor to have the quality of our beers recognized by our peers in the international brewing community," said Proprietor David Walker.

Brynildson attended the 2006 World Beer Cup, which was held in Seattle, Washington and culminated in a gala awards dinner on April 14. The competition included 2,221 entries from 540 breweries in 56 countries. The judging panel included 109 brewers and beer experts from 18 countries, with 54 judges coming from outside the United States. Judging is done "blind" so that the judges do not know the identities of the beers or what breweries are entered into the competition.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company earned a total of five medals at the 2006 World Beer Cup, including gold medals for its Firestone Pale Ale in the category of American Style Pale Ale and IPA Nectar in the category of American-Style Strong Pale Ale. Only one gold medal was awarded per category. The gold medal for Firestone Pale Ale follows a gold medal for the same beer at the World Beer Cup.

Please visit www.WorldBeerCup.org for more information on the World Beer Cup.

In 1995, after brewery proprietors Adam Firestone and his brother-in-law David Walker first miscalculated by brewing their initial batch in used wine barrels, they responded by innovating a patented oak barrel brewing system called the Firestone Union—incorporating new American oak barrels while improving upon a classic British brewing tradition. From the Firestone Union was born our Double Barrel Ale, which quickly became a regional phenomenon on California’s Central Coast.

Adam—son of Santa Barbara County wine pioneer Brooks Firestone and great grandson of tire titan Harvey Firestone—never allowed his family’s wine identity to limit his appreciation for fine beer. "Whenever we sat down to dinner," Adam says, "I was the only one who had a bottle of beer at the table."

Anonymous said...

On Sundays in August, you can watch some fabulous polo during the Pacific Coast Open Polo Tournament & Finals at the Santa Barbara Polo & Raquet Club

Game Times: 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Admission: $10.00 per person

PCO Game Times: 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Pacific Coast Open Finals: $10.00 - $15.00

Tickets Purchased At Gate
Food and Beverage Service Available
We Also Offer Box Lunches & Picnic Baskets and tailgating area

Groups welcome.

Established in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the third oldest polo facility in the United States and is world renowned for its three lush polo fields and international outdoor competition.

In addition to the outdoor fields, club facilities include:

Enclosed Polo Arena
Extensive Horse Exercise and Boarding Facilities
Members' Social Clubhouse
Tennis Center
Swim Club
140 Luxurious Condominiums
With stabling for more than 350 horses, an arena for teaching and intercollegiate games, and four of the finest fields in the entire world, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the polo player's destination of choice.

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountain foothills and the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club is truly the jewel of the American Riviera.