Owner/Chef/Winemaker Hitching Post 2

Frank Ostini grew up in and around the Casmalia Hitching Post, his family’s steakhouse in central California, in operation since 1952. With high acclaim from an influential roster of international journalists and devoted fans, Frank has become the regional spokesman for Santa Maria Style BBQ, where meats are grilled over a red oak fire. This type of specialty outdoor cooking is a time-honored ritual in the Santa Ynez Valley.Specializing in this traditional wood-fire barbecue, Frank expanded the family’s original menu to cook most anything over the embers at his hugely popular Hitching Post 2 restaurant in Buellton, California.

In 1984, Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley partnered to produce Hitching Post Wines, with a focus on Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Both the restaurant and the winery received widespread international attention since they were featured in the Academy Award® winning film Sideways in 2004, which impacted both businesses. Today, the winery has 1200 barrels and makes about 17,000 cases a year. “When we started to make wine I had one purpose,” says Frank. “To get good wine on my family restaurant’s table-wine that I produced. Doing the food and wine is all I ever want to do, and it’s still all I ever really want to do— and cruise rivers!”

Join Frank and Jami Ostini on this special wine cruise along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, visiting Switzerland, French Alsace, Germany and Luxembourg.

Contact – Marie Cradle
Direct Line – 1-714-975-9943
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Please note: This Rhine & Moselle Splendors (hosted by Hitching Post) wine tasting tour is created by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. This is the most popular river cruise itinerary in Europe and will sell out. The pre and/or post-cruise tour program may contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.