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Alpaca Farm Days

Yesterday we (Dave, me, Rosemary & Curtis) did a day trip up to Santa Ynez and the surrounding area for winetasting, a picnic, and alpacas.

We tasted & picnicked at Zaca Mesa, then visited¬† Alpacas at West Ranch (Orsino!) and had a lovely visit. Hayley and Joan have an incredible set up with gorgeous animals.¬† Joan remembered me as the person who’d bought Orsino’s yarn last year.

After that we drove out to Lompoc to visit Mette at Ranch of the Oaks and had a wonderful time checking out their mini mill and fondling fiber and yarn (I bought some pretty gray llama yarn for a sweater).

We did a quick tasting at Palmina in Lompoc — very tasty Italian-inspired wines — but unfortunately didn’t have time to taste at any other of the tasting rooms.¬† I really want to go back to the Wine Ghetto — the group of tasting rooms in the industrial park in Lompoc¬† — it’s a new area to us.