The first place we stopped on the drive north was Santa Barbara. Now I've stopped her before and was nonplused - too busy, not enough direction and bad food. This time was different. We met up with a friend who directed us to wine tasting at Giessinger Winery out of Cucamonga Valley. We tasted some 15+ wines for just $8. I fell in love with a blueberry + blackberry chilled red wine that happened to be the most expensive wine they sold. A smooth port was what we brought home instead.
Then we stopped at Cafe Luck for a light French dinner. The mussels in white wine sauce were delicious and we mopped up the excess sauce with french baguette. We ordered almost every one of the sides to split between the three of us: french fries, onion rings, ratatouille, mac and cheese with truffled ham, and green beans with toasted almonds.
After all the food and drink we only made it to San Luis Obispo and the El Toro roadside motel.
Giessinger Wine Tasting Room
18 E Cota St