This week, instead of Willie Wednesday, I wanted to share a much overdue account of the lovely trip my sister and I took to Malibu Wine Safaris on my last visit.
Susie isn't much of a wine drinker (how are we sisters? I know.), so she volunteered to drive us from Burbank to Malibu. The drive itself is rather pretty, especially once you get into Malibu. You arrive and check in, getting a colorful bracelet that matches your safari theme. We did the Giraffe Tour, which I highly recommend as you get to feed Stanley the Giraffe and who doesn't want to do that?
Our guide, Chelsea, was fantastic. She is bubbly and funny and not annoying, the perfect mix of characteristics for a tour guide! One of the first things we saw was this sweet deer drinking from a pond. It looks STAGED, but even Chelsea was caught off guard and excited to see it. Yes, deer are commonplace. But how often do you see such a gorgeous scene with a deer casually drinking water?
There were four stops: two with wine and two with animals. At the deer stop as I liked to call it, we sampled the vineyard's white wines. Two I really enjoyed, but one was so sweet I had to give it to Susie. It tasted like an adult capri sun!
We moved on to the first animal portion: the zebras and llamas, and bulls Oh My! I think the llamas and feisty zebra that kept trying to bite people were my favorite!
Next up was my personal favorite, the very famous Stanley the giraffe. Being a zoo lover, I was concerned for the animals as it isn't AZA accredited. I am fairly certain the guides thought I was bananas as I asked them 2390482 questions about animal welfare. As it turns out, a lot of the animals are retired actors. This made me laugh but also made my heart all warm and fuzzy. Take Stanley for instance. He is the giraffe from Hangover 2 (he kept his head!) and appeared in commercials. He was raised around humans his entire life, so this is what he knows. They are also actively looking for a girlfriend for him, so if you know any eligible giraffes...
Finally, they take you to a beautiful overlook with kitschy, artsy campers for the red-wine tasting. This also included snacks so Susie and I were pumped. I highly enjoyed each red, but loved the Cabernet the best - shocking.
We chatted with Chelsea a bit and she told us there were great restaurants and breweries around the area. We didn't have time on this trip, but plan to go back. Susie loved it as much as I did, so that is saying something if a beer and bourbon drinker has a great time on a wine tour!