Picnicking Amongst the Vineyards at Gainey in Santa Ynez, CA
Gainey Vineyards, just east of Solvang, boasts the best picnic spot in all of Santa Ynez Valley. In the middle of a vine laden-hillside is the tasting room and several grassy patches with picnic tables. The tasting room shop has cold cabinets stocked with everything you need for on-site snacking: meats, cheese, fruit, and, of course, wine. Choose your favorite bottle from the tasting and they’ll happily cork it for you and loan you a few extra glasses. Enjoy the shade, and fragrance, of a flowering tree as you admire the 100 acres of grapes that sprawl before you. Try to figure out which sun-washed rows yielded the grapes that produced your current sipping sensation, because honestly, you’ll have no other care in the world.