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Santa Barbara wine country picnic

Rusack Winery near Solvang offers its visitors a picnic area with a view of the vineyard. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
An herbed bean salad (foreground) and cucumber salad with mint and dill. See the Food pages of for the recipes. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Chilled roasted heirloom tomato soup is a great starter for a wine country picnic. The recipe is available at’s Food pages. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Leg of lamb with figs and olives. The recipe is available on’s Food pages. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Ripe peaches are great sliced into a glass -- just add red wine. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Lafond Winery and Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills offers a picnic setting with a view of wildflowers and the vineyards beyond. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
A pretty setting at Lafond Winery and Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
A couple drink a toast in the garden of Lafond Winery and Vineyards. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Buttonwood Farm in the Santa Ynez Valley offers wine tastings and has a gorgeous, rustic picnic area. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
A peach pie from Buttonwood Farm in the Santa Ynez Valley. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)
At Beckmen Vineyards in Los Olivos, netting covers the vines to protect the fruit from birds. Overlooking the vineyards and next to a pond, Beckmen has three gazebos that can be reserved for picnicking, plus umbrella-shaded tables that are first-come, first-seated. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
A family picnics in one of the gazebos at Beckmen Vineyards. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Friends enjoy an afternoon at Buttonwood Farm. (Carlos Chavez / LAT)