Swig Wine in a Stable

Spending hours tipsy on a horse could be the plot of a bad Adam Sandler movie. Vino Vaqueros, the equine-and-wine experience in Santa Ynez, gets it right.

8:45 a.m.
Leave in the morning to avoid traffic on the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Estelle Vineyards.

10:20 a.m.
Snacking is encouraged. Stop at the Montecito Country Mart for sandwiches from Panino’s.

12:00 p.m.
Take an hour-and-a-half trail ride through rows of grape vines. Afterward enjoy a glass of estate wine.

2:15 p.m.
Drive to nearby Los Olivos, where tasting rooms (Longoria, Carhartt) keep the vino flowing. Don’t miss the wine-and-cupcake flight at Sarloos + Sons.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner at Brothers Restaurant is a quality finish.

—ANN HEROLD