Santa Barbara Wine Tasting at Foley Food & Wine Society at Bacara

by Matt on November 22, 2013


A few weeks ago I jumped in the car with my wonderful other half and our best friends Gaby and Thomas and headed to Santa Barbara for a very quick weekend getaway. Or maybe it was a day-and-a-half getaway, which at any rate is easy to do when you live in Los Angeles. We were heading to Bacara Resort & Spa to sip wine, check out the resort, and experience their new Foley Food and Wine Society Tasting Room, located on the property. I’m pretty sure heaven is this: a gorgeous resort, sunshine, a spa, and a world-class tasting room all on property. And did I mention the fantastic food, too? Yep. That’s there, too.

After arriving and toasting with a bottle of sparkling rosé, we walked around Bacara’s 77 acres, taking in classic California coastal views and snapping photos before heading to the newly opened Foley Food and Wine Society Tasting Room. A new concept in wine tasting, the space features wines from Bill Foley’s portfolio which includes Kuleto Estate, Chalk Hill Estate, Sebastiani and Lancaster Estate. It was a fantastic afternoon of great wines with great friends.

We ended our day with a fantastic dinner at Bacara’s Miro restaurant, headed by Chef Johan Denizot. I’m going to be completely honest with you here: sometimes hotel restaurants are, well, hotel restaurants. This is not one of those places. It was one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had lately, and I’ll go so far as to say the sweetbreads on the menu were the best I’ve had. It was a stellar meal from beginning to end, and I’d hop back in a second to dine there again. Everything was fantastic. This is a destination.

Now it’s photo time!





These two: my life.  Even with Gaby’s Fashion Blogger What-I-Wore-Today pose.


A special thanks to Bacara Resort & Spa for hosting us, and to the staff at The Foley Food & Wine Society for such superb service. Please read more about them here. Also, to Jenna Galloway at The Barn Group for being so Jennaful. We adore you.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gaby November 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love EVERYTHING about this – but especially the secret message to Jenna :)

Silver Magpies November 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

Wow, that looks amazing…especially on a grey, dreary East Coast day.

Thanks for the virtual mini-break Matt.

- Nan

Kristin Nicole November 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wow looks amazing and relaxing. I wish I could move back to California, it is truly a breathtaking State, no matter where you go.

Jeff @ December 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

The place looks lovely. And perfect to relax, unwind and drink wine.

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