Aaron Mendoza
March 21, 2013 | MIscellaneous Wine Fun! , Wine Country Travel | Aaron Mendoza

A Run Through the Vineyards: A Touring & Tasting Interview

Emily Kaufmann, Touring & Tasting's Brand Manager, is about to embark on an incredible journey. She will do something that I would never dare to do in a million years...run a half marathon. But hold up, Emily is going to run a half marathon like no other, she is going to run a Santa Barbara wine country half marathon. Destination Races, the organization behind "Cool Races in Beautiful Places", puts on a series of yearly wine country half marathons. With wine country desinations like Napa, Sonoma and Healdsburg, Destination Races is the premier wine country half marathon organization. 

Imagine running 13.1 miles through wine country, the smell of vineyards all around you and the rolling hills at your back. I don't know about you, but that sounds like an incredible half marathon experience. In honor of Emily's training and preparation for her half marathon, I  decided to interview Emily and gain some further insight into her rigorous marathon preparation. Without further ado, here is the official and exclusive interview with Touring & Tasting employee, Emily Kaufmann:

First off, tell us a little bit about what you do for Touring & Tasting?
I have worked with Touring & Tasting for over 14 years and held many positions from Wine Club Manager to Associate Publisher.  Currently, I am Brand Manager for some key clients I have worked with for many years.

What motivated you to enter the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon?  

I ran the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon for the first time in 2012 and it was such a enjoyable experience.  The course is challenging and picturesque. It makes getting to mile 13 easier when you are running on country roads surrounded by vineyards.   


Will you be running in support of any organization? Or is this a personal mission?

I always like to have a race to look forward to so I continue to run and train and not slack off.   As I mentioned, I ran in 2012 so I hope for a faster time this year! I also have 3 young boys and I want to set a healthy example and be able to keep up with them in day to day life.

Favorite post workout beverage? Remember, you don't HAVE to say wine.

First a little water and then definitely  wine...  maybe I will start with some Sauvignon Blanc after the race.  Ultimately, I run to drink wine.

The marathon goes through Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Solvang. Do you have a favorite wine and favorite tasting room from any of those three cities?
That is a tough one.  There are so many great tasting rooms in Santa Barbara County, but here are a few of my personal favorites. In Santa Ynez, definite stops should be Sunstone and Bridlewood.  At Sunstone, be sure to taste the Eros and check out their barrel caves. Bridlewood Estate Winery has a great place to picnic and unbeatable Syrah. Los Olivos downtown is packed with some amazing tasting rooms. Don't miss Andrew Murray Vineyards, Epiphany and Daniel Gehrs WinesButtonwood Winery in Solvang is a great family-friendly tasting room that is nestled amongst a garden and an orchard with a great outdoor patio and Lucas & Lewellen tasting room is a short walk from the finish.

Well good luck! Are there any last words you want to say to the Touring & Tasting wine lounge readers?  

If you have been thinking about running ahalf marathon, definitely consider one of Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathons.  They have many wine country races including Napa to Sonoma, Healdsburg, Willamettte Valley, Virginia, and British Columbia. I hope to try out the Healdsburg one next! 


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