Starting the day with serious intentions of tasting some wine. We drive from the ocean through the mountain pass, into dry and arid country so different from the lush, green Appalachian mountains I'm used to. I do feel like I have gone back in time to old California. So it is especially nice to have our first wine tasting in the oldest winery and vineyard, Rancho Sisquoc. Sisquoc is a Chumash Indian word meaning “gathering place” and the Santa Maria Valley is surely a gathering place for wine lovers. The tasting rooms are small and intimate, without the pretentions of the big labels in Napa.