Here you will find a number of external links with reviews, interviews and more. Some are YOUTUBE videos, some are .PDF's and some are galleries where you may need to click through panels

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The 4th Annual Palm Springs Pinot Noir Festival, “A Passion 4 Pinot” is the premier event on the international wine calendar. Hosted in one of the world’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring Hotels, this is a unique opportunity to engage with 70 of the top winery owners and winemakers (including Hitching Post Wines of course) and other leading wine personalities and enthusiasts from all over California.

Santa Ynez Valley News "Best of the Valley" 2023: BEST BBQ, BEST STEAK, BEST STEAKHOUSE, BEST BURGER

Glen Annie Golf Club Hitching Post Wine Pairing Dinner. A great meal paired with Hitching Post wines. October 19, 2023

LA.Eater: Fabulous Places to Eat Around the Santa Ynez Valley. Of course, the Hitching Post!

Lompoc Record: Man of the Year. Frank Ostini, hard hat in hand, has lived a lifetime of service....

The Santa Ynez Valley Foundation and the Santa Ynez Valley News honor those in Santa Ynez Valley who go above and beyond in their service to the community. In 2023 Judy Canby has been selected as the Santa Ynez Valley Woman of the Year, and Frank Ostini has been selected as  Man of the Year in recognition of their leadership and extensive efforts to give back. They were chosen by a panel of board members of the foundation, editors of the Valley News and former honorees, based on nominations made by Valley residents. They will be honored at a gala event on October 15.

Sunset Travel Awards, honoring the West’s top destinations for lodging, food and drink, and attractions and activities. 2023 includes the Hitching Post 2.

805 Living (go to page 89), September 2023 gives a shoutout to wineries adding food to the tasting experience and to the Hitching Post 2 restaurant doing it in reverse by adding a tasting room for HP Wines adjacent to the restaurant. 

Taste of  the Santa Ynez Valley September 28 - October 1, 2023 includes a special October 1st Sunday Supper at Hitching Post 2’s with a specially curated multi-course dinner paired with a selection of Hitching Post Wines presented by Chef/Winemaker Frank Ostini.

EATER (Los Angeles): See the HP listed as one of the best restaurants on the Centeral Coast

The Jeremiah Show: Hear a great interview with Frank Ostini talking about his wine, the restaurant business and more. From KZSB radio, Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Independent: A Classic Sunday: Wine and Live Music through the summer.

Ojai Food + Wine Festival presented by Food & Wine Magazine, October 26-29, 2023. More than 50 top chefs and 100 acclaimed wineries in over 40 unique experiences. An exclusive, four-day gathering showcasing some of the world's best culinary personalities, including our very own Chef/Winemaker, Frank Ostini.

EATER (Los Angeles): One of the Central Coast’s most well-known restaurants, Hitching Post II sits just off the 101 and offers a meaty reprieve from the road. The focus of much of the wine country gossip over beers from the bar (as immortalized in the film Sideways), the main dining room is a rustic throwback to a burlier time. In fact, you can still watch your meat being cooked off from a viewing window looking over the Santa Maria-style grill in the kitchen.

SFGATE: Buellton's Hitching Post II, a classic Central California steakhouse, is iconic and movie-famous

Aromas del Terruño: A YOUTUBE Video Visit with Frank and Gray

The Coast News: Hitching Post Still a Destination for Wine Lovers

Conde Nast Traveler. Review of the HP2. Will make your mouth water!

Daydream Destinations for Your Next Getaway. Check out the portion about Central Coast California.

Taking the Sideways Tour 16 Years Later podcast: The Past and Present of Hitching Post Wines. A conversation with Frank Ostini.

CONSUMED with Jamie Lewis: A podcast conversion with Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley

TRIP REPORTER UK review of  the HP.

USATODAY says the HP is the No. 1 spot in the country for Santa Maria-style barbecue!

The June 2019 Food and Wine Magazine has a great .PDF article about Santa Maria style BBQ and of course the recipe they are using for the main course is our own Traditional Oak Wood Grilled Tri-Tip (.pdf)

Visit Santa Ynez Valley has a great YOUTUBE showing off the best of the area. And, of course, it wouldn't be complete without Hitching Post Food. Spot Frank Ostini on his bike as he delivers lunch to the Hitching Post Winery Tasting Room next door. (Hint: he shows up at about 2:00).

The Hitching Post has once again won an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. These wine lists, which typically offer at least 90 selections, feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Whether compact or extensive, focused or diverse, these lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers.

CALIFORNIA WINERY ADVISOR: Best Central Coast Restaurants - March 2019


FOOD NETWORK: Best BBQ in the Country. As of this writing, you'll find that panel 32 is about the HP2. If that's too much work, here's what it says: "Cuts are traditionally served with salsa, grilled garlic bread, local pinquito beans, green salad and macaroni salad. One of the best places to try this style of barbecue is at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge during special occasions or at a Central Coast steak specialist like The Hitching Post II, a Buellton spot hailed for its local wine selections and famed for its appearance in the movie Sideways."