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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

93441, Los Olivos


Clairmont Farms' field of lavender

Dear ——–,

We had only vague ideas about what we would do in the Santa Ynez Valley when we woke up on Sunday. We knew we wanted to taste a little bit of wine, but do mostly non-alcoholic things. (We also knew we wanted to avoid finding out the results of the World Cup final and watch it at home on Tivo.) Bryan did some quick internet research and we headed to an olive oil tasting at Global Gardens in Los Olivos. I never realized that olive oils could taste so different — one had mango overtones, another was peppery, another tasted of sage. We also walked away with an infusion of chardonnay vinegar, white balsamic, Meyer lemon and herbs. Then Bryan took me to a lavender farm — I didn’t know there was such a thing! The owner of Clairmont Farms said we came at precisely the peak, when the entire field of Grosso lavender was blooming and aromatic. Another staffer showed us how they extracted the oils in copper contraptions that reminded me of antique diving helmets. Hundreds of bees hummed around us. We rounded out our trip by sipping an unusual minty and “gravelly” sauvignon blanc at Coquelicot and some local pinot noirs at the Los Olivos Tasting Room. We drove home with a trunkful of consumable souvenirs.


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I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

2 thoughts on “93441, Los Olivos

  1. Hi there: thanks for the kind comments about our farm. I made our photo my desktop image.

    Take care.

    Meryl Tanz

  2. It was great!

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