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USS Angeles explores Chateau Picard

USS Angeles Founder Janice Willcocks visits Chateau Picard, aka the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez. (Photo by Dave Mason)
“Qapla!” Lisa Sobien wears her Klingon sash and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” tunic as she visits the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. (Photo by Dave Mason)
The USS Angeles crew beams down to the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. From left are Paul Szymborski, Janice Willcocks, Jeremy Kranz, Lisa Sobien, Dave Mason and Jon Lane. (Photo by Jon Lane)
The Santa Ynez Valley in northern Santa Barbara County serves as La Barre, France, in “Star Trek Picard.” (Photo by Jon Lane)

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. — Jean-Luc Picard lives in La Barre, France, but it’s not too far if you have a transporter.

And a knowledge of California.

Santa Ynez, a town north of Los Angeles, served as the home for retired Adm. Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: Picard.” The chateau scenes for the CBS All Access series, which will have its season finale Thursday, was filmed at the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery.

The USS Angeles beamed down to the Santa Barbara County site on Feb. 22, long before the tasting room’s temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. (The winery is continuing to do home deliveries. For details, see

Participating in the February mission were Janice Willcocks, Jon Lane, Jeremy Kranz, Lisa Sobien, Paul Szymborski, Jenny Taylor and I.

Besides tasting the winery’s delicious red and white wines, we listened to a singer-guitarist and posed for photo ops around the tasting room and vineyards. And Lisa and Paul played several games of Connect Four, in which the object is to connect four circles of the same color within a grid

Afterward, we enjoyed a buffet at the nearby Chumash Casino Resort. (That site is also now temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

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Jenny Taylor, left, and Janice Willcocks enjoy their time at the Sunstone Vineyards & Winery. (Photo by Dave Mason)

Dave Mason

Commanding officer of the USS-Angeles Rank Fleet Captain

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