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Bacchus Culinary Adventures and Wine Tours

Bacchus offers the Santa Ynez Valley’s best winery tours, led by wine expert Brigitte Guehr. Travel luxuriously in our Mercedes R class and enjoy tastings at 4 boutique wineries. A delicious picnic lunch is provided along with Brigitte’s wine expertise.

The tours are limited to a maximum of 6 guests and  last approximately 4 hours.

Brigitte also leads small groups on tours to Southern Germany, where she grew up. Participants will enjoy customized wine tastings, culinary and cultural adventures that are not available through any travel agencies or tour guides.


Think Pink!

October 30th, 2014 by meadowlarkinnsolvang No comments »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is on my mind in all different ways. During the month we offered a delicious bottle of local Rose wine with every reservation our repeat guests made. In addition we have donated $10.00 for each of those reservations to Breast Cancer Research.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I have started planning our family Thanksgiving meal. As always there will be the organic Diestel turkey with, unfortunately only two legs, and lots of roasted veggies, potato mash, sauces and the kid’s favorite sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. Everyone chips in to make the meal, however I am in charge of selecting the wine. A great Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills or Santa Maria Valley is always a good choice, and will grace our table as well, but I like to bring out a couple of my favorite Rose wines. Unfortunately roses have had a bad reputation as many people only know the sweet and simple white Zinfandels produced in large quantities.

The new roses are a different story! The skin is what gives red wine its color, after harvest it is left for about a couple of weeks until the desired shade is achieved. Skins also gives red wine tannins, which add to structure and complexity. When young, a tannic wine will sort of “grab you in the throat” aging and aeration will mellow the tannins.

When producing rose wines, the skins are left on for only a few hours, then the juice is fermented just like white or red wine. Sugar turns into alcohol during the fermentation process and most wines produced on the Central Coast have no residual sugar and are completely dry, including our delicious roses. Rose wine can be made from any red grape varietal and lets the fresh red fruit such as stawberries or watermelon shine through without the tannins, thus makes it easy to drink certainly on a warm summer evening but also with the many flavors of a Thanksgiving meal. It simply goes
with everything!

Rose wines have been popular in France for a long time, so be brave and find your favorite, some of mine include the roses from Beckmen Vineyards, Liquid Farm, Rusack, Ken Brown, and Effort.
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

Chaine des Rotisseurs in Carmel!

May 13th, 2014 by meadowlarkinnsolvang No comments »
Carmel Beach - Stunningly Beautiful!

Carmel Beach – Stunningly Beautiful!

Last weekend I spent 3 days feasting in Carmel Valley. I was inducted into the Societe du Mondiale chapter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a global organization whose only mission is to enjoy great food and wine in the company of others equally interested in such and to promote good dining around the world.

The Mondiale part is for some of us Chaine members whose passion is wine. Speeches are not allowed at these formal events and everyone eats when the food is served. During the weekend the Chaine also sponsored the young sommelier competition and at the end after 3 days of testing and judging a young woman from New York City was crowned best in the country! In my mind all those young people are winners, amazing to witness the dedication to their craft.

The weekend started of with a reception at the host resort, the Quail Lodge.

On the way to my room I heard some terrific music coming from the Baja Cantina across the road from the lodge, quite a party going on there, I joined right in and met some of the locals and finishing the evening off with some dancing and a tasty Margarita!

On Friday the grand winetasting was held at the lodge focusing the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, accompanied by a delicious lunch featuring lots of local produce and goods. Santa Lucia Highlands is an up and coming wine regions producing some outstanding cool climate varietals such as Pinot and Chardonnay. I couldn’t taste all the wines from 19 wineries, but I did find some overall favorites, Bernardus, Hope and Grace, Joyce, Manzoni, McIntyre, Morgan, Scheid and Pessagno, most of those I had never even heard of before.

The formal evening dinner was held at the gorgeous Monterey Bay Country Club, highlighting the Roar wines, produced by the Franscioni family of “Gary’s Vineyard” fame. The Pisoni vineyard Pinot Noir was my personal favorite.

On Saturday a joined a small group for a walking food tour of Carmel, something I would recommend for anyone wanted to explore some of the more hidden places and nooks and crannies of this charming village.

Saturday night brought us back to the Quail Lodge ballroom for an incredible multi course meal, each course accompanied by a wine from Santa Lucia Highlands.
I returned on Sunday well fed, with my treasured sommelier cup on my Chaine ribbon, a few pins from other chapters, some new friends.
Carmel Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and its wonderful wineries are definitely worth exploring!

Cheers, Brigitte

Santa Ynez Wine Tours

March 28th, 2014 by meadowlarkinnsolvang No comments »

We offer exclusive, personalized wine tours for a maximum of 6 guests guided by our own wine expert Brigitte (pictured below), who is also the wine director at the award winning Solvang restaurant Mirabelle. You will be touring the Santa Ynez Valley in a luxury car, visiting 4 boutique style wineries and learning about the different microclimates and varietals which grow in this area. 

A delicious lunch and all tasting fees are included in the cost of $125.00 per person. And a fun time is guaranteed. Private tour for two $425.00. Tour lasts approximately 4 hours, additional time or wineries = $60.00 per hour.

Advance reservations are necessary: 1-800-344-9792.

What guests say on Trip Advisor:

Brigitte Guehr, Wine Tours in Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley“Brigitte gave us a fantastic tour of several wineries, offered excellent restaurant recommendations and leads a wonderful inn! Dinner Thursday night rivaled the best restaurants in Chicago! “I would also recommend going on a wine tour with Brigitte, she was an excellent host who gave us a personalized tour, covering all the entry fees and providing lunch, excellent value for the money.”

“We took the wine tour with Brigitte, who also is the owner of the Meadowlark Inn. Brigitte was terrific. We learned more about wine in one afternoon than we had learned in the 10 years previous. We had a very special wine tour of some terrific wineries which was facilitated by the “In House Wine Diva!” That would be Brigitte, she is so knowledgeable of the region and wines. Brigitte also provided a great wine tour to four very different, unique wineries that were all very good. Thank you for a great anniversary. We will be back! Brigitte has a superb knowledge of wine pairings.  The wine tour with Brigitte is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”