The Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend is a chance to try more of that Santa Barbara County wine you love, get to know the people who make it and where they make it from. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, ranging from winemaker dinners to barrel tastings in addition to the signature Santa Barbara Vintners events.
Thursday - Sunday (Wine Country Weekend) April 20-23
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day Vintners Visa Wine Country Tasting Pass Get your wine country tasting pass for April 20-23 (Thursday-Sunday) and taste wine at up to 12 different wineries and tasting rooms, from the list below. When you purchase your Vintners Visa on-line you will select one of the pick-up locations to turn in the receipt for the Vinters Visa starting on Thursday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. www.sbvintnersweekend.com/vintners-visa.html
Friday, April 21
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open House "New Release" Party at the Hitching Post II (Buellton) Hitching Post Wines will show "New Releases" and wine club wines, plus older library selections, all available for purchase with open house special 25% discounts. Hitching Post II will provide an assortment of grilled appetizers. Admission price waived for wine club members, and new sign ups for club. > Click here for more details <
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Live Music at the Carr Warehouse with Loren Radis (Santa Ynez) Swing in for a glass of wine and live music from 5;00 -7:00 p.m. featuring Loren Radis. Groove to his acoustic rock hits while you sip. > Click here for more details <
6:00 p.m. Flying Goat Cellars Winemaker Dinner at La Purisima Mission (Lompoc) Join Flying Goat Cellars for a memorable evening at La Purisima Mission hosted by Winemaker Norm Yost and Restauranteur Mitchell Sjerven. This will be the eighth year that the duo team up to bring an exceptional dining experience in the romantic, rustic setting of the mission. The evening's chef is Greg Murphy of bouchon Santa Barbara, who enjoys finding the essence of his cooking style in local and sustainable ingredients. SOLD OUT
6:00 p.m. Andrew Murray Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Brothers Restaurant (Santa Ynez) Our longtime Members will never forget the amazing dinners we hosted together with our dear friends at Brothers Restaurant, paired with Andrew Murray Vineyards current and library releases. Please join us for this special night of friendship, wine, and food. Space is very limited be sure to reserve early. SOLD OUT
Saturday Morning (Pre-Festival), April 22
9:30 - 11:45 a.m. New Release Wine Seminar with Optional Lunch (Buellton) Join us for the Saturday morning Santa Barbara Wine Seminar at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, just minutes from the Festival Grand Tasting at River View Park in Buellton. The tasting seminar, moderated by noted wine writer Elaine Brown, will feature an in-depth exploration and tasting of new release wines as showcased by a panel of six Santa Barbara County wine producers. New this year is a rustic lunch buffet with the moderator and panelists immediately following the seminar. www.sbvintnersweekend.com/wine-seminar.html
Saturday Afternoon (Festival), April 22
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Festival Grand Tasting at Riverview Park (Buellton) The 35th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Festival Grand Tasting will be held on Saturday, April 22 at the beautiful River View Park in Buellton, the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. The Vintners Festival is the largest new release tasting of Santa Barbara County wines of the year. Celebrate with 90 wineries, more than thirty food purveyors, live music, and more! www.sbvintnersweekend.com/festival-grand-tasting.html
Saturday Evening (Post-Festival), April 22
5:30 p.m. Toccata's Italian Wine & Cheese Pairing (Solvang) Visit the Toccata Tasting Room in Solvang after the Vintners Festival event and listen to live music while tasting Toccata's estate traditional Italian wines paired with artisan cheeses. www.llwine.com/events
6:00 p.m. Lucas & Lewellen Winemaker Dinner at Ally's Restaurant (Solvang) After the Festival, join Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards at Aly's in Solvang, #3 on Open Table's "Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in the US", for our annual Vintners Festival Winemaker Dinner, featuring new estate releases served with a special Vintners Chef's Paired Menu. RSVP early to (805) 697-7082 as event sells out every year. LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN www.llwine.com/events
6:00 p.m. FOXEN Wine Dinner at The Alisal (Solvang) The FOXEN annual dinner at the beautiful Alisal Guest Ranch has become one of the winery'smost popular traditions over the years. Dick and Jenny will host this four-course dinner created by Alisal's Chef Pascale, with each course paired with some very special Foxen wines. For reservations please contact the FOXEN tasting room at (805) 937-4251. $150 + tax, per person. LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN > Click here to view the menu <
6:30 p.m. Longoria Winemaker Dinner at The Ballard Inn (Solvang) Chef Budi Kazali and Winemaker Rick Longoria have collaborated on this annual dinner for over 10 years. This year, which marks the 35th anniversary of Longoria Wines, promises an extraordinary experience as Rick shares his many memories and at least one rare gem out of his Library collection. Seating is limited and sells out early. For reservations and information, please call The Ballard Inn: (800) 638-2466. $125 ++ per person. 8 TICKETS REMAIN www.longoriawine.com/events.php
7:00 p.m. Big Bottle Bash at K'Syrah featuring Santa Barbara County Winemakers (Solvang) The Big Bottle Bash is the Festival Weekend Saturday night dinner, served family-style, featuring a wide selection of large (and small) format wines brought by and shared among the dinner guests, including winery representatives, at K'Syrah, a new special event venue in downtown Solvang. $125, all inclusive, per person. LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN www.sbvintnersweekend.com/big-bottle-bash.html
Sunday (Exploring Wine Country), April 23
10:00 a..m. - 5:00 p.m. Gainey Vineyard Open House (Santa Ynez) Come join us at Gainey Vineyard for a tasting and specialty food offered by local purveyors. Pick a spot on a vineyard view lawn or upper terrace to picnic and listen to the live music while surrounded by vineyards, live oaks, and mountain views. www.gaineyvineyard.com/events
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Educational Vineyard Hike at Stolpman Vineyards (Ballard Canyon & Los Olivos) Sometimes we have to abandon the tradition of the tasting room to truly experience wine. Join us on a guided hike on the hilltops of our estate vineyard & traverse the land to discover first hand why biodiversity and sustainable farming is key to world class wine making. After the hike, meet us back at our Los Olivos Tasting Room for a complimentary wine tasting. http://shop.stolpmanvineyards.com/res-374422/Educational-Vineyard-Hike-423.html
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wine, Paella & Vintage Pop Up at Babcock Winery (Sta. Rita Hills / Highway 246) Continuing a fun filled wine weekend with tastes of single-vineyard wines, and more! Scratch Kitchen will be onsite with their renowned Paella and gourmet sliders. Vegetarian options available. Wine by the glass and bottle available for picnicking. Reservations suggested. Call (805) 736-1455 or email email@example.com for more information. www.babcockwinery.com
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open House "New Release" Party, Wine Club Pick Up at the Hitching Post II(Buellton) Hitching Post Wines will show "New Releases" and wine club wines, plus older library selections, all available for purchase with open house special 25% discounts. Hitching Post II will provide an assortment of grilled appetizers. Admission price waived for wine club members and new sign ups, and pick up for spring wine club three pack. < Click here for more details >
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sanford Winery & Vineyards Open House Join us for some delicious salads, cheese plates and wood fired pizzas with amazing wines and more! Fire & Wine Catering will be onsite with their Mugnaini oven. Wine by the glass and bottle available for picnicking. Reservations accepted and required for groupos of 8 or more. Call 800-426-9463 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Vineyard Walk, Scavenger Hunt & Farm-fresh Lunch at Buttonwood Farm Winery (Solvang) Join in the excitement of the beginnings of the 2017 vintage with a trek around our beautiful, sustainably farmed vineyard. Our winemaker, Karen, will lead the walk which will include her annual, wacky scavenger hunt. You'll be on the lookout for natural elements and who knows what else on the scavenger list, with fabulous prizes to be awarded! The walk includes a few hills and vales and takes about an hour (we won't make you walk!), with a few "wine stops" along the way. We'll end up at our vineyard pond to be rewarded with a seasonal brunch and paired wines under the shade of the Cottonwood trees. http://buttonwoodwinery.com/events.html
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Au Bon Climat-Qupe-Verdad Semi-Annual Winery Open House (Santa Maria Valley) A fabulous wine experience! Usually closed to the public, the winery opens it doors only twice a year to the public with an extraordinary tasting that features the wines of ABC, Qupe, Verdad, Clendenen Family, Vita Nova, and more. Over 80 wines - library, hard-to-find, private labels, current releases - are available for tasting and purchase at great prices. Includes hot luncheon and commemorative glass. www.aubonclimat.com/About-Us/Events/Open-House
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Flying Goat Open House (Lompoc) On Sunday, we host an Open House with tasty treats and under the counter wines at the Tasting Room and we participate in the Ghetto Walk with special wine offers. Norm, Kate and Cooper will all be there so the entertainment value will be high. http://www.flyinggoatcellars.com/connect/upcoming-events
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fiesta Brunch Wine Tasting at Casa Dumetz Wines (Los Alamos) Join Casa Dumetz, Babi's Beer Emporium and Vallefresh for a delicious fiesta brunch and wine tasting. Homemade Huevos Rancheros from Vallefresh paired with incredible bright and brilliant new release whites and roses from Casa Dumetz, Clementine Carter, Diatom and F+B brands. Wines featured include Gewurztraminer, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rose, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All Santa Barbara County born and raised wines paired with all an Santa Barbara County grown and prepared meal. All wines will be available for purchase, as well. Please call 805-344-1900 or email Sonja at email@example.com to purchase tickets.
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Longoria Wines Open House (Lompoc) Join us for a fun-filled afternoon! We will be featuring our new April Wine Club releases including our 2016 Albarino. In celebration of Longoria Wines 35th anniversary, Rick will be pouring a Reserve Tasting featuring library wines in magnums, which will also be available for sale. www.longoriawine.com/events.php
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Runway Vineyards 2nd Annual Fiesta and Open House (Santa Maria Valley) Come party with Runway at our Estate Vineyard! We love a good Fiesta and this one is going to be a blast! We will be pouring our newest releases (all estate grown) and enjoying them with tacos, quesadillas and churros. Please contact Erika at 805.264.2858 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP.