From its perch overlooking the Santa Maria Valley, Toretti Family Vineyard yields 500 cases of Pinot Noir ever year. That's been the standard since 2000, when winemaker Robert Torres first planted pinot grapes into his five-acre land. Today, his pinots treat palates to a blend of complex, fruity flavors, including sugar-glazed strawberries and toasted oak. Though the valley's wind, soil, and fog are an especially apt match for pinot, syrah, chardonnay, and a handful of other wines likewise bear the Toretti Family Vineyards label. Samples abound inside the estate's tasting room, at wine events throughout the year, and whenever you feel like using up a genie wish.
Located in the heart of Los Olivos, J Ludlow Vineyard's sunny tasting room beckons visitors inside. There, staffers wield bottles behind the bar, pouring generous tastings of pinot grigio, ros?, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. J Ludlow Vineyard offers an array of award-winning, locally produced Bordeaux style wines that tasters may also purchase and enjoy by the bottle or glass.
To spotlight wines for casual drinkers and sommeliers alike, the crew of The Workshop Urban Wine Collective opened up a tasting room showcasing a range of blends and vintages. Their establishment is modeled after urban wineries that have existed in American for over 150 years. Head up to the bar or settle in one one of the plush, red couches to sip samples of the house varietal, Vijelante, alongside the wares of the collective's winemaking members. The house wine is available for take-away in growlers, so visitors can have something to drink at home, on a picnic, or a family celebration.
As its name implies, Art Bar is a venue for socializing as well as creating. Inside the art studio located in the Granada Hotel, several experienced and fun-loving local artists lead step-by-step workshops designed to help students create their own unique paintings based on a chosen subject. Using acrylic paints, watercolor, or mixed media, groups may create cresting waves, an ocean at sunset, human figures, or still-life arrangements. All the necessary art supplies such as brushes and aprons are included for every workshop. To keep students fueled for their painting, the bar serves beer, wine, cocktails, and charcuterie platters.
Wooden walls, empty metal drums, and concrete pipes form barricades against spheres of gelatin and colored soap zooming through the air. This is Gladiator Paintball Park, a sprawling haven for paintball enthusiasts. Here, players hide behind various objects in the field, dodging multihued "bullets" as they engage in games such as Capture the Flag and Don't Ruin My New White Shirt. Guests can also bring in Airsoft toy guns for supervised battles against one another.