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One of the greatest things about living in the Los Angeles area is the freedom to hop in the car and head north for two hours to be transported to the land of horse (and camel) ranches, citrus, and endless vineyards in time for dinner. Santa Barbara County, just two hours from L.A. includes the quintessential California coastal town of Santa Barbara, beloved for its urban tasting rooms, gorgeous weather and Spanish revival architecture as well as Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley home to some of CA’s best wines, winemakers, and vineyards.
If rolling hills, white rail fences, delicious wine, an organic farm stand, and proximity to the 101 are part of your criteria, don’t miss this gem, Folded Hills.
With stay-at-home orders lifted and outdoor dining once again given the green light, many in Southern California are ready to emerge from the confines of home. However, with state guidelines mandating that residents stay within 120 miles of home, traveling still has its limitations—and not every hotel is ready to reopen at the drop of a hat.
Here, your guide for where you can safely travel for the near future.
We crisp-white-wine lovers have a confession to make: Every fall we go underground. We nod in solidarity with our red-wine drinking buddies as they tout the joys of Cabernet and Syrah in front of a crackling fire—and we sip our Sauvignon Blanc in private.
But enough already with that. Recent tastings have made it clear that all that evasive bobbing and weaving is entirely unnecessary. All it takes is white wine with a little more meat on its bones—richness, weight—to be perfectly in tune with the season. And with the West Coast’s most recent crop of vibrant Rhône whites (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and family), we don’t even have to sacrifice crispness.
A quick getaway to Folded Hills Winery & Farmstead for good views and even better wine.
While jet setting is off the table for the moment, creative, and safe getaways can be found—figuratively and literally—in your backyard. My wife and I were craving an experience outside of drinking wine at home. We’re both cautious and haven’t ventured out since quarantine began. Upon hearing Folded Hills Winery and Farmstead offers socially distant sipping in their vast outdoor setting, we dress up for the occasion, hop into the Jaguar F-Type convertible, and set out for a scenic ride to the vineyard.
In the quintessential beach town of Montecito, you'll find upscale shopping and dining along the modest Coast Village Rd corridor. You'll also find a tasting room from one of the newest Santa Barbara small batch artisanal winemakers: Folded Hills. Don't let their youth deceive you, their wines are some of the best in the region and are crafted from their own organic grapes.
As eager as Santa Barbara County winemakers are to reopen for public wine tasting, the industry must wait until the county drafts a “reopening framework” detailing how the employee and guest safety standards required by the state will be met. While some of California’s more rural counties already have allowed certain businesses to reopen their doors, most remain in the research stage, meeting with consultants and forming committees to gather ideas and solve issues addressing safety in the wake of the coronavirus/COVID-19.
With our newfound downtime, why not use it to indulge in a captivating read. Books educate us, offer comfort, and allow our minds to wander. In case you don't already have a reservoir of books in order, I asked Kim Busch, co-founder of Folded Hills Winery and avid reader, to share her self-isolation reading list along with beverage pairings, naturally. From fiction to non-fiction, memoir and self-help, these selections will keep you entertained while you're at home.
The struggle is definitely real in keeping cabin fever at bay, especially when the end of lockdown seems like a long time away and you’re almost out of those quarantine snacks.
Luckily, you can also replenish your wine stash fast; as we all know, wine, Netflix, and snacks are the sacred combination we all need right now.
To help replenish your wine supply, and support small businesses in the process, we rounded up 17 wine subscription services (and indie brands!) that allow you to enjoy full-size bottles without having to wait at the store.
As someone with a regular self-care practice, my normal, non-Covid19 wellness groove is pretty well established. But the last month has sent my regularly scheduled self-care programming into another dimension. For a week, I didn’t do much beyond cooking comfort food and pouring glasses of comfort wine. With an uptick in wine consumption, I’m still aiming to keep it sustainably produced, low-cal and low sugar. Folded Hills wines are made biodynamically, from organic wines and contain nearly zero residual sugar and only wild yeast.
Wine reviews so good, you can almost "taste it"! Easy drinking, nice and elegant, especially with a slight chill by the pool. A Good quality wine with a nice mouthfeel. This is what I call a wine that is dangerously good. So watch out
As a part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim and Andy Busch, of Folded Hills Winery. Kim and Andy Busch are the owners of Folded Hills Winery located in Santa Barbara County, CA. The Busches are committed to making a cleaner wine, by growing organic grapes following the biodynamic calendar and using sustainable practices in the vineyard. Folded Hills wines are vegan, have no residual sugar, less than 1 gram of carbs, have no commercial additives and use only a pinch of sulfur. Winning numerous awards, these small-batch, artisanal wines have earned a following among the health-conscious and wine critics alike.
With bars, restaurants and tasting rooms shuttered and wine drinkers homebound, vineyards and online wine retailers are noticing a surge in online sales, with consumers stocking up for virtual happy hours.
California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all of the state's more than 4000 wineries to close on Sunday, along with all bars and pubs, as part of a lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19. He seemingly meant "tasting rooms," but he wrote "wineries".
In 2017, Andy and Kim Busch started a business in their 50’s which they knew nothing about. Andy, coming from a long line of St. Louis beer barons, had worked not in the beverage business but rather at Grant’s Farm, the original prototype for the Busch Gardens parks started by his father, Gussie. Their newest property, Folded Hills Winery, Farmstead, Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, focuses on top notch wine making rather than beer.” Proprietress Kim Busch and General Manger Tymari Lore are our guests and gently pull the cork on the unusual story of Folded Hills Winery for us.
There are many funny famous quotes about wine. Rumi, circa 1200s, said “Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” In the 1930s, W.C. Fields said, “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” Napoleon Bonaparte said, “In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” In the 1500s, Martin Luther said, “Beer is made by men, wine by God.” And one of the most famous quotes used by numerous winemakers around the world is that, “It takes a lot of good beer to make great wine.”
That last quote is more than appropriate for Folded Hills Winery, a young brand in the Santa Ynez Valley. “The winery was built from the beer business,” owner Kim Busch explained. It definitely took a lot of good beer to make this winery.
As a part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim and Andy Busch, of Folded Hills Winery. The Busches are committed to making a cleaner wine, by growing organic grapes following the biodynamic calendar and using sustainable practices in the vineyard. Folded Hills wines are vegan, have no residual sugar, less than 1 gram of carbs, have no commercial additives and use only a pinch of sulfur. Winning numerous awards, these small-batch, artisanal wines have earned a following among the health-conscious and wine critics alike.
Once again the LA Wine Writers met up at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood to have a wine paired luncheon. This time organizer and fellow writer Cori Solomon invited us to taste through some new Rhone wines – Grenache predominant – from a winery in the Santa Ynez AVA: Folded Hills Winery Farmstead Ranch.
Given the amount of wine tasting available around Santa Barbara, it’s a little surprising that Folded Hills, which opened at the corner of Coast Village Road and Olive Mill Road last April, is the first ever - and still the only - tasting room in Montecito.
The cozy, comfortable, welcoming space has since become a magnet for locals, who stop in after work, after the beach, before a movie or while waiting for a table at a local restaurant, and for visitors, especially those staying at the Montecito Inn across the street, or the nearby Biltmore, Miramar or San Ysidro Ranch hotels.
One of the surprises and a new find for me at the Slow Wine tasting in San Francisco was Andrew and Kim Busch’s estate grown Folded Hills Vineyards from the Santa Ynez Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, where they focus on Grenache. The selections I tasted were fresh and pure with a lighter touch and with wonderful flavors.
When I heard about Busches making wine, I thought, that's a good story. I'd read that. But I didn't know if I would like the wine. In fact, the wines are excellent. They're much more sophisticated than you would expect from essentially wine novices. Only after spending some time with the Busches did I understand why.
Kim Busch is a model and mother turned, CEO, and Co-Founder of the organic and eco-friendly wine company Folded Hills, based in Santa Barbara, California.
Kim joins me today on the Sattva Soul podcast to discuss starting a business later in life, jumping into the unknown, and how it's fundamental to lead with presence in daily life.
Santa Barbara may be known as a quaint beach town just north of Los Angeles, but make no mistake, the foodie scene in Santa Barbara is on-point. It has some incredible vegan restaurants and veg-friendly menus that rival the best in LA. Here, we guide you through some of the best places to help eat (and drink) your way through Santa Barbara in plant-based style.
Just a short walking distance from The Fours Seasons Biltmore in Montecito, is the Folded Hills wine tasting room, perfect for a stop before heading to dinner at Bella Vista (or Oliver’s, both mentioned above). Here you can lounge and drink award-winning vegan, organic wines produced locally just 30 miles north at the Folded Hills Homestead estate (which is also worth a visit if you are headed to wine country).
Speaking of wine, the first — and so far only — tasting room in town opened mere months after the mud. Folded Hills, which is run by the Busch family of Anheuser-Busch fame, is the place to find carbonic grenache, small-lot Santa Ynez Valley fruit and elegant wines made by Angela Osborn of the A Tribute to Grace label.
For Andy and Kim Busch, winemaking, like brewing, is a family affair focused on hospitality and, Kim says, "making friends, which is just as easy in the wine business as it is in the beer business."
I love wine. A lot. BUT…I know very little about it. I just know I like it dry! SAV BLANC OVER HERE, PLEASE!! Anywhooo…
In a holiday season where it’s easy to fall into a buying frenzy, take a moment and consider putting your dollars into gifts that also support a cause. So many incredible social-good brands have come onto the scene in the last decade. TOMS shoes may have been a pioneer in the social enterprise space with its “one for one model”, but since, many incredible mission-driven brands have emerged.
We tracked down some ultra-cool do-gooder brands, all vegan-friendly, and making some great products all while supporting important causes. Folded Hills hails from the wine-rich central coast of California. Launched in 2017, the Santa Ynez-based Folded Hills is committed to bringing clean alternative wines into the world. Their organic wines have no additives, no residual sugars, and are all vegan.
Santa Barbara Life & Style has you covered when it comes to holiday celebrations and of course, gift giving. We took a stroll through Santa's workshop with travel and lifestyle extraordinaire Landon Clements to find some exquisite holiday ideas that are sure to impress everyone in your family.
There’s already enough to think about during the holidays, like who is hosting Christmas dinner? What stories are going to emerge from the office holiday party? Will it be ham, turkey, or tofurky this year? And just how “ugly” do they really mean when they say “ugly sweater party”?
With that in mind, we have removed the stress from what some feel is the biggest, scariest to-do this season: holiday gift shopping. We’ve searched high and low to compile the perfect round up of gift ideas for everyone on your list. And to make your holiday shopping even easier, our gift guide only features items that can be purchased online, so pour yourself a glass and get clicking.
Last month Team GM got a head start on the holidays with a team retreat at the beautiful Folded Hills Winery in Santa Ynez, CA. It was the most beautiful day and the team at Folded Hills did an amazing job organizing fun activities for us. Today, I want to tell you guys all about our experience and talk about the amazing wines at Folded Hills.
Remember when I shared this post about my favorite rosés for all year round? Well, number one on that list was Folded Hills’s Lilly Rosé. It’s simply the best. Unfortunately, by the time we were at the vineyard the Lilly Rosé was already sold out, but we got to try the Sparkling Lilly Rosé, which was delightful.
For many, the Busch family name is synonymous with Budweiser beer. But, for Andy Busch, son of August Anheuser “Gussie” Busch Jr., who built and grew the Anheuser-Busch Companies into the largest brewery in the world by 1957, he intends for his personal family legacy to be associated with fine, organically grown Rhône-style wines.
Busch, along with his wife Kim and their children, moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Barbara, California in the mid-aughts, to set their own course in life. “Growing up in St. Louis, I worked at Grant’s Farm and oversaw the care of hundreds of animals…and thousands of guests. I’ve always considered myself more of a rancher and farmer than a suit and tie type,” says Andy Busch.
Adventure around every corner in this quiet little county of rolling hills and vineyards. Folded Hills Winery and it’s gracious hosts Kim and Andy Busch presented a unique shooting experience transporting our team to a dreamland complete with delicious wine, polo matches, stunning sunsets, comfortable ranch living and two clydesdales. Is there anything better? Did we mention Fall Fashion?
Just because autumn is here doesn’t mean that you need to stop drinking white wine. It just means that the pairings change—fewer crisp whites with grilled seafood and more of them with spaghetti and clams, cooked indoors—and that richer ones take on a greater sense of prominence. Here, then, are 20 standout bottles of white wine to enjoy as the cooler weather arrives. Honestly, any one of them would be great year-round, but these bottles seem particularly well-suited to this chillier time of year.
Just two hours outside of Los Angeles, nestled in the rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, just close enough to the shore to get a perfect ocean breeze, sits Folded Hills Winery, Farmstead, and Ranch. Owners Kim and Andrew Busch, of the Anheuser-Busch family, have created a remarkable legacy of their own in Folded Hills Winery, and want you to come experience it with them.
A local friend let us in on this cute tasting room in Montecito’s Lower Village, a short walk from the Miramar. We like to drop in for a glass after lunch. The family-run Folded Hills winery grows its vines—organically—in the Santa Ynez Valley. Staffers are just as charming as they are knowledgeable, and after tasting a flight or two, signing up for the Folded Hills wine club (expect two six-bottle shipments annually) seems like an entirely reasonable idea.
A family legacy deeply rooted in beer coupled with a passion for hospitality has led the Busch family on a new venture: wine. It all began when Andy was serving as the captain for the USA Polo team at the World Cup, and Kim and Andy Busch (of Anheuser-Busch) became enamored with the Santa Barbara lifestyle. So, in 2004 they uprooted from St. Louis, Missouri to raise their children on the California coast.
Jenni Kayne's lifestyle blog RIP & TAN recently paired up with Montecito-based chef/cookbook author Lori Stern for a scrumptious seasonal soireé at Folded Hills - Kim and Andy Busch's bucolic winery, farmstead and ranch in the coastal hills of Santa Ynez Valley. The result - a fresh, colorful, veggie-forward meal, plated with Stern's signature floral style.
In the classic I Love Lucy episode, Lucy’s Italian Movie, Lucille Ball brought her audience to tears of laughter as she stomped grapes while visiting a winery. Well, grape-stomping hasn’t been allowed as part of the wine production process in the U.S. since late in the 20th century, but you can have other types of fun volunteering at vineyards and wineries during harvest time at a vineyard in America this fall.
Andy Busch remembers clearly when he got his first look at Folded Hills Ranch. It was 2004, and he and his wife, Kim, had been living in the Santa Barbara area for a couple of years. They were in the market for a ranch property, a place where they and their four children could have animals and open space. His real estate agent had shown him about 50 possibilities without success. "When I came through the gates," Andy says of his entrance into the property that would later become his, "I looked around and said 'This is it.'"
If you're like me, a crisp sip of rosé in the summertime is one of life's simple pleasures. Rosé has been around forever, of course, but it has certainly been having a moment with wine enthusiasts over the past few years and let me tell you… I'm not complaining! Always a favorite for summer nights, lounging by the pool, or as a hostess gift for a backyard BBQ. I thought I would take a moment to highlight some of my favorite rosés that are perfect for summer and beyond. Folded Hills Rosé is one of my favorites (I highly recommend their wine club). It’s definitely a smaller brand, but for those of you who haven’t had the privilege of trying it yet, all I have to say is what are you waiting for?
The Coast Village Association presents the first-ever Taste of Coast Village on Saturday, September 14, 2019, featuring the unique flavors of Coast Village’s burgeoning restaurant scene.
Over 25 eateries from Montecito’s lower business district will participate in the exclusive event, as well as several local wineries and breweries that will provide libations. Celebrate the diverse flavor attractions offered in our bustling community, while savoring bites from dozens of local chefs and food artisans. Sip from local wineries and breweries, and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of Tom Ball, Kenny Sultan, and Rob Malanca, while mingling with friends new and old.
Sip on award winning Rosé and Grenache wines amidst upscale ranch decor in Folded Hills' new Coast Village Road Tasting Room. The leather, wood, and equestrian accents will transport you to the Gaviota ranch where the vineyards are.
Folded Hills, the boutique winery and ranch dedicated to crafting small-production Rhône varietal wines from their organically grown estate vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest tasting room in the original homestead on the ranch – a much-anticipated follow up to their urban tasting room in Montecito.
For my June birthday, my husband Dan Hardesty and I enjoyed a five-day staycation in Solvang and visited most nearby small towns. Not only did our stay provide fine wines and great eats, it sated our adventuresome spirits. There’s little more I love as much as sharing my favorite finds. And what an ideal getaway for a mini vacation. No crowded airports, and fewer tourists filling the tasting rooms and restaurants as the weekends seem to bring. That’s why it’s recommendable at the start of summer.
On the northern side of Gaviota Peak in Santa Ynez Valley is Folded Hills, a stunning winery, farm and ranch owned by Andy and Kim Busch (of the Anheuser-Busch family), dedicated to growing organic produce and Rhône grapes. I sat down with Kim to hear why Folded Hills is not just an artisanal wine brand, it's a place where wine, food, family and a desire to preserve the land are truly a way of life.
Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, right off Highway 101 is Folded Hills Winery and Tasting Room. This 600-acre climatic sweet spot of undulating hillsides just ten minutes from Gaviota Beach is a fresh breath of air. About 19 years ago, Kim Busch and her husband Andy were looking for the perfect spot in California to call home and raise their children. "It's a beautiful place, there are artisan wells on the property, and you can drink water straight out of them. But winemaking isn't as glamorous as it looks," said Kim.
Tucked away near Santa Ynez, between the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara and the warm hills of the valley, lies bucolic Folded Hills: winery, farmstead, and ranch. Formerly a pre-prohibition vineyard, the land has been primed for optimal winemaking, and its temporal climate doesn’t hurt, either. Making wines naturally here comes, well, naturally.
Scenic is the word for the weekend and Folded Hills is a one-stop-shop. You'll find yourself surrounded by supremely beautiful mountains, farm animals, wine and fresh produce.
The Folded Hills Pope Challenge Final takes place on Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club! Celebrate Mother’s Day in style while sipping bubbly and taking in all the splendor of Polo in Paradise!
Check-in for Sunday Polo begins at 2:00 pm, followed by the Pony Parade, the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and the ball throw in to start the match at 3:00 pm.
Put on your Sunday best because polo is back! The 2019 Polo Season kicks off on Cinco de Mayo – Sunday, May 5 – with the Folded Hills Pope Challenge.
Folded Hills is returning as the club’s official winery sponsor. Check in for Sunday Polo begins at 2:00 pm, followed by the Pony Parade, the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and the ball throw in to start the match at 3:00 pm. Sunday Polo is open to the public and General Admission tickets start at $15, with a variety of seating options from Grandstand Seating to Luxury Cabanas.
The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is thrilled to welcome back Folded Hills Winery. Returning for the second year as the club's official wine sponsor, owners Andy and Kim Busch have a long tradition of polo and wine, which continues to make them the perfect pairing for the club.
Folded Hills is a beautiful ranch owned by Kim and Andy Busch that celebrates the Santa Barbara lifestyle with an emphasis on the importance of family, legacy, and the land.
What a treat to be welcomed to stay at Folded Hills Ranch! It was blissful to wake up to the view of horses grazing the green pastures each morning outside of our Ranch House.
Last Thursday, the long-delayed and much-disputed building across the street from the Montecito Inn held its grand opening. The site of the former 1950s-style Union 76 gas station at the corner of Coast Village and Olive Mill roads is now a swanky three-story mixed-use development. Five residences — called the Villas at Olive Mill — sit atop Folded Hills’s Montecito tasting room, Heather James Fine Art, and Village Properties Realtors.
What is the job really like? Each winemaker’s method and priorities are as varied as the wines they produce, and each story is unique. Angela Osborne’s role as a small production winemaker for Folded Hills and her own label, A Tribute to Grace, is no exception.
It’s no longer cool to simply go wine tasting at any old tasting room. We all have our favorite spots in town or cool-looking wineries we belong to for their pick-up parties.
But there’s a new game in the 805, and it’s about to up typical wine tasting from drinking with a view to a more hands-on experience, complete with farm animals to visit and an organic you-pick field.
Perhaps you know the feeling. The family is gathered around the table. Everyone looks at you expectantly, and then … and then you panic. What wine goes with turkey?
Since buying a historic 600-acre ranch in Gaviota, he and his wife, Kim, and four children are more focused on viticulture and winemaking, from ground to glass, as the owners of Folded Hills Winery. It’s clearly a family business.
In 2011, after two years of looking at more than 50 ranches across Santa Barbara County, Andy and Kim Busch drove across a bridge over Nojoqui Creek into a place called Folded Hills. “I saw the old sycamores and the old oaks and the flat ground for polo,” said Andy, as he drove me across the same bridge on the rugged backside of the Santa Ynez Mountains. “Right about here, I looked at my wife, and we both nodded. We knew that this was the place where we would make our home.”
Last month we were fortunate to enjoy a VIP wine tasting at Folded Hills, set just five miles from the ocean in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, California. In a typical wine tasting, you get a group tour of the winery, a bit of history, and a sampling of the wines. At Folded Hills, you get so much more, and it certainly lives up to the expectation.
I’ve lived in Santa Barbara for five years now and I’m still discovering new and exciting places every day, meeting more fabulous people and learning about places that I just HAVE to visit. When I attended a Women in Wine dinner a few months ago – celebrating some of the best female winemakers in Santa Barbara County – I was blown away by the strength and presentation of all these ladies, and there were a few who really stuck out.
The very first wine I tasted that night was a rosé from Folded Hills, and I knew immediately that this was a winery I needed to become familiar with. So when the opportunity arose to head there for an afternoon visit with my gal Hana-Lee (from Wander & Wine) and owner Kim Busch, I absolutely could not (and would not) refuse.
Kim and Andy Busch launched their first set of wines more than a year ago in St. Louis – all named for members of Andy Busch’s family or Grant’s Farm. The Lilly Rosé is an estate rosé named after the numerous generations of Lillys in the Busch family.
We watched the sunrise on the drive out to the beautiful, dream-like Folded Hills Ranch in Buellton, CA for Haley & Brad's early morning engagement shoot. As soon as we entered the gates & I saw Clydesdale horses & Mini Donkeys, I knew this session was going to be amazing!
The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club welcomes Folded Hills Winery to the club this year. Owners Andy and Kim Busch's long legacy with the sport of polo and their exquisite winery make this a fitting pairing.
Our tastings are geared toward discovery: We regularly turn up great wines from new producers, or from old-school wineries that have reinvented themselves. Here are ten that caught our attention this year—producers we’ll be looking out for in the years to come.
Andrew Busch grew up raising Clydesdale horses and a collection of exotic animals from around the world at his family’s Grant Farm in St. Louis (his father was August Anheuser Busch, Jr.). Now based in Santa Barbara, he and his wife, Kim, have focused on grenache and syrah at their four estate vineyards, the vines farmed by Ruben Solorzano.