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Wine Tasting in Solvang

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Gary, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    With the O15mm Lens Cap:

    #1
    GRAA0018-L.
    Our first stop was breakfast at Paula's, great Danish Pancakes.
    OM-D w/ O15mm, 1/90, F/8, ISO 200

    #2
    GRAA0067-XL.
    The first taste, Carivintas. Carivintas donates a portion of their profits to non-profit Animal Rescue Organizations. Carivintas uses portraits of rescued animals on their labels and they craft excellant wines.
    OM-D w/ O15mm, 1/60, F/8, ISO 12800

    #3
    GRAA0097-L.
    This is Diego Red, named after the vinter's dog, a very handsome Black Lab. A brought a bottle of Diego home with me.
    OM-D w/ O15mm, 1/60, F/8, ISO 2500

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    Solvang is a very dog friendly little town. There were dogs everywhere. Every tasting room welcomed man's best friend and made sure there was water for the pooches.
    OM-D w/ O15mm, 1/60, F/8, ISO 3200

    #5
    GRAA0024-XL.
    Solvang is a tourist trap based upon Scandinavian architecture and culture. Just by happenstance, the town resides in the middle of some world class vineyards (Pinot Noir).

    Gary

    PS- The Red Viking has the best abelskiver in Solvang, complete with this wonderful home-made raspberry jam.
    G

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    GRAA0134.
     
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  2. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    So, dogs are not allowed a little w(h)ine...

    Very nice. In a few month, I hope to have a bottle of Chateau de Hikari. My annual hard cider is brewing as we type...
     
  3. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

    292
    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    I always wondered what happened to the Vikings after the Norwegians overran their country--they moved to California...
     
  4. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Dogs are carded, so make sure they bring their ID's.

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    Dascomb Cellars pairs wine with cheese. Brought home a selection of each.
    OM-D w/ O15mm, 1/10, f/8, ISO 2500

    I'd like to get in my pre-order for a case of The Chateau.

    Gary

    PS- Maybe I'll barter with some of my home-brew. I'm growing Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Thompson grapes in the backyard.
    G
     
  5. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

    292
    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Well, I am just starting this hard cider thing. This will be my third year. Now, normally a hard cider is about 5-6% alcohol. Unfortunately, mine has been coming out to about 12%. It is nice, more like a wine than a cider, but it is a little on the hard side. I am not sure I can ship this over state lines legally.

    How can you be growing grapes--it is winter. They don't like the snow. You see, this is why I joined. Folks are going to get this strange idea you can grow grapes and fruit all year round. They are going to get soft--the people, not the fruit. You need a Maine winter garden diet--bark, lichen, and snow. If we are still hungry, we suck on a stone. That is how real men live. That soft living is going to ruin you--it certainly is annoying me.
     
  6. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    LOL ... just polished off some backyard guacamole, the citrus is coming-in like gangbusters, the branches are nearly breaking with Navel and Mandarin oranges, Meyer lemons and limes. We had a bumper crop of persimmons also. Should you screw up the cider again with high alcohol, I'd be happy to assist in its ultimate disposal.

    Gary

    PS- It rained here last night, everything was all wet this morning.
    G
     
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  7. spinyman

    spinyman SC Veteran

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    Dec 21, 2011
    Valley Center,Ca.
    David
    Rub it in G! I have two sisters who live in Michigan.Part of the burden of living in Southern California is that we must compare our weather to those less fortunate.
    Nice shots.Is that second one really 12,800?Wow! Btw, she could pour me bath water and I'd drink it!
     
  8. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Thanks David. Just checked again, yep ISO 12800, just hit the exposure spot-on. The older I get the more I appreciate SoCal weather. And ... the image does do justice to Catherine. If I was younger, I may have spend the entire day at Carivintas. She's from Manhattan, ended up in Solvang for a change of pace.

    Gary

    GRAA0169.
    We had dinner at The Cold Springs Tavern, an old stagecoach stop built in 1865. Good food, leaky windows.
    OM-D w/O12mm, 2/3, f/2, ISO 3200
     
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Love Solvang! Even if it's gotten a whole lot more commercialized. More wine please!
     
  10. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Was just around there for a wedding this past summer. Great time! I took the kids to Paula's for breakfast early one morning. They loved it.
     
  11. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    LOL ... Let's start with a white:
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  12. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    This was free ...

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  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Cool stuff Gary - man, you're really going nuts with that bodycap, no? I wouldn't have thought to use it for this type of application, with a fair amount of fairly low light shooting. But I guess the sensor is good enough to pull it off. Jeez, 12,800 - that's a step farther than I've taken these sensors but looks pretty good at this size and with a model like that, who's looking at noise?

    Solvang is well know for being, among other things, a great winter training ground for bike racers. Lance and the US Postie boys used to do winter camps there. I wonder if that's where they got the drugs? :smile:

    -Ray