You've seen it in the Oscar-winning movie, "Sideways;" now see
it for yourself
Read Western Wanderings in the April2004 issue of Sunset for more on the post-"Sideways" SantaYnez.
Near the baptismal font at Old Mission Santa Inés, a smalllandscape painting portrays a valley that looks much as the SantaYnez Valley would have when this mission was built some 200 yearsago. Lines of mountains drop down to rolling foothills. A brightsun lights a river shimmering gold. The painting seems to mirrorthe classic California landscape that endures in this valley justover the mountains from Santa Barbara. Or, to a modern visitor, itcould easily be a wine label, invoking as it does a valley that hasbecome one of the world's top wine regions.