Seed, Sow and Sup in Los Olivos, California Print
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Written by Ann Shepphird   

Bernat vineyardsThe town of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley may best be known as the place that almost put merlot growers out of business: It was outside the Los Olivos Café that the character of Miles gave his diatribe against the grape in the film “Sideways.” (Fans of the film may also remember the café for its wall of wine, shown behind the characters as they dined.)

The irony is that Los Olivos is located within an incredibly rich agricultural region and truly seems to understand the importance of its local growers. The Los Olivos Café even lists the local farmers whose produce is featured on that day’s menu, and the owners, Sam and Shawnda Marmorstein, own and run the organic Bernat Vineyards & Winery (pictured, above).

Vineyard RetreatThe 10-acre Bernat property will be the site for an event on June 19 that doesn’t just celebrate local farmers, chefs and winemakers but brings guests to where it all begins: the land itself. With a table set between Bernat’s organic vineyards and the organic farm run by Shu Takikawa, “Seed, Sow, Supper” will serve produce gathered that morning and prepared with locally grown grass-fed beef and chicken and topped off with local wines. For more information on the event, which will benefit the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community, visit or call (805) 693-4243.

Those who can’t make the dinner – or who just want to take their wine-country experience a step closer to the actual grapes – can stay at Bernat’s new Vineyard Retreat (pictured, right), a one-bedroom guesthouse on the Bernat property with a quiet atmosphere, a view of vines and an array of animals (three horses, two dogs and a very friendly cat) to greet you. Included in the stay is a bottle of Bernat wine and a $10 coupon to the Los Olivos Café.