I fell in love with the Santa Ynez Valley wine country at first sip… I have since been sipping in a lot more of it, espicially now since we can’t travel.  As part of my new “exploring regions when you can’t travel” series, I’ve teamed up with a few restaurants in the Santa Ynez Valley to bring YOU some of their favorite menu items, paired with local wines. All this to help you visit the Santa Ynez Valley wine country from the safety of your own kitchen. At least until we can get back out there in-person.


The Bakers Table in Santa Ynez Valley, chocolate espresso cookie recipe

The Bakers Table, Santa Ynez Valley

What’s better than warm homemade cookies?!? The perfect cookie and wine pairing. Chocolate espresso cookies and wine pairing to be exact.

Hitching Post II in Santa Ynez Valley shares its recipe and wine pairing for its Oak-Grilled Steak with Mushrooms, Onions and Pinot Noir Sauce

Hitching Post, Santa Ynez Valley

Explore Santa Ynez Valley through food and wine pairings! The Hitching Post has shared its Oak-Grilled Steak with Mushrooms,Onions and Pinot Noir Sauce recipe to start your culinary journey.

Food and wine pairing from the Ballard Inn and Gathering Table

The Gathering Table, Santa Ynez Valley

If you can’t travel to the Santa Ynez Valley wine country, you can still explore through food and wine pairings. The Gathering Table has shared its Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce to help you explore through your palate.

How to make Bobs Well Bread Meatloaf Sandwich

Bob’s Well Bread, Santa Ynez Valley

Bob’s Well Bread in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country is Carpe Travel’s featured restaurant, food and wine pairing. Bob himself, shares the recipe for his popular – and delicious – Meat Loaf Sandwich on Pain de Mie.