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Wine Tasting All Summer Long with The Summer Pass
May 1 through August 31, 2018
One Pass–One Price–14 Wineries!
Summertime means sun, fun, and wine tasting with the Summer Pass. The pass allows tasters to visit the premier boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley, any time during the summer for one low price.
For just $50, you’ll receive one wine tasting at each participating Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting room (over $180 value). You choose the dates you’d like to taste, between May 1 and August 31. Reservations are not required, and there are no blackout dates. Your pass will expire when you’ve tasted at all 14 wineries, or on August 31, 2018—whichever occurs first.
Summer Passes are available for $50 each, online at www.santaynezwinecountry.com. You may choose to have your passes mailed to you, or you may will-call them at
Imagine Wine in Buellton, Alexander & Wayne in Los Olivos, or Casa Cassara in Solvang.
Passes are also available for sale at the above three tasting rooms for $55 each.
Participating wineries: Alexander & Wayne, Alma Rosa Winery, Arthur Earl, Buscador Winery, Ca’ Del Grevino, Carivintâs, Casa Cassara Wines, Dreamcôte Wine Company, Imagine Wine, Kalyra Winery, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, tierra y vino, and Toccata Wine.
Savor the tastes of Santa Ynez Valley’s Wine Country all summer long with
the Summer Pass.
To celebrate our 10th year of sparkling wine production, we’ll be pouring a selection of our newly released still and sparkling wines made from our estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to be accompanied with signature dishes from Testa Catering.
Wines will be served in our garden and at stations throughout the vineyard, so you can see the blocks where the wines are grown. This will include a tractor ride through the vineyard to our Chapel View block, just below the historic San Ramon Chapel, where Santa Barbara’s only Pinot Meunier is grown.
The bocce court and horseshoe pits will be open for friendly winery vs. winery challenges.
Note that this is a private, after-hours event for employees of local wineries, restaurants, hotels and tourism organizations. Please bring your business card or proof of employment to present at check in.
Are there ID requirements or a minumum age to enter the event?
This private industry event is for adults over the age of 21. ID will be required. No children, please.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket as it usually gets chilly as the sun sets. No outside beverages containing alcohol are allowed on our bonded property.
August 17, 18, 19
The Sta. Rita Hills is quickly becoming one of the hottest wine growing regions in the world. Folks, that is not due to global warming, but to the fact that what’s coming out of the Hills is some of the best cool climate wines in the world! Explore our world of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the weekend of August 17, 18, 19 and discover the wines and people of the Sta. Rita Hills.
Attend one, two or all three of our Wine and Fire events. Limited ticket sales guarantee an intimate wine and food experience so get ’em while they’re hot and don’t miss Wine and Fire 2018!
Kick off the weekend with our member wineries who will be sharing their library stash, large format bottles and small production wines to get you warmed up for the weekend. These wines will be exclusive to this event so don’t miss this opportunity to experience these unique offerings.
Our Chef’s du Jour will be Brett Stephen from High on the Hog Catering along with a cheese buffet presented by Central Coast Specialty Foods. The Bryan Titus Trio will set the pace for a weekend of wine and culinary noshing
About the Barn: The Fiddlestix Barn sits among 96 acres of Pinot Noir vines that produce exquisite wines for Fiddlehead Cellars and a handful of fortunate winemakers who are lucky enough to contract fruit from this truly great vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. Kathy Joseph’s high standard of quality translates to the farming in the vineyard producing vintage after vintage of stunning Pinot Noir. Fiddlestix sits right across the road from the iconic Sanford and Benedict vineyard on Santa Rosa Road at mile marker 7.28.
About the Band: The Bryan Titus Trio grows up like a weed from a tangled and overgrown history of Bluegrass and American Roots Music. Recently touted as a “Postmodern Barn Dance” band they write & perform toe-tapping tunes that evoke themes & melodies of yesterday with a pinch of modern irony. Bryan Titus draws heavily on lessons learned on his 2013 Through Hike of the Appalachian Trail, especially the music he picked up in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, & Virginia. His vocals are both smooth & rough, his guitar playing simultaneously elegant & primitive. The Trio, comprised of Jeff Kranzler on Upright Bass & Dustin Janson on cajon and vocals, perfectly fills out and enhances each song with highly effective yet simple accompaniment.
About the Chef: Brett Stephen’s first four to five years in the restaurant business were not spent there in hopes of becoming a chef, more just goofing off and making fun money for the weekends. It wasn’t until his early college days, when he couldn’t sit in front of a screen anymore, did he decide to drop his current studies and enroll in culinary school. Since that day he hasn’t looked back. During his years in Santa Barbara he worked at some of the area’s best restaurants including Square One, Zen Yai, Bouchon, Epiphany, and the La Cumbre Country Club to name the a few. After that wild ride he moved back home to the Santa Ynez Valley and put in a lot of hard work under the area’s best chefs at The Ballard Inn, Full of Life Flatbread, and Industrial Eats. Last year he jumped in feet first to building his own industrial kitchen and catering company, High On The Hog Catering, based in Buellton.
Peake Ranch and Vineyard
729 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton, CA 934270
Get up close and personal in the Sta. Rita Hills. This year’s Wine and Fire Saturday morning event will offer you the unique opportunities to not only taste great wines but share your table with 8 different winemakers.
Similar to speed dating, winemakers will take a turn to sit at your table, pour their wine and share the experiences of their wine making journey while engaging in conversation with you and your table mates.
Here’s how it works:
There will be tables with 10 -12 guests seated at each table. Each table will have a winemaker seated at your table, pouring 1 -2 wines. The winemaker will present their wines, discuss the vineyard the wine is made from, tell their story and then open up conversation for a round table discussion. At the end of 10 minutes a different winemaker will rotate to your table and the process begins again. Your group’s personal sommelier will guarantee a lively discussion and engaging wine talk.
This is a great way to make new friends while learning about the wines of the Sta. Rita Hills!
About the Vineyard: Located on the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA on Santa Rosa Road, Peake Ranch is a 105-acre parcel with 50 acres of vines. The plantings include seven different clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay and two each of Syrah and Grenache. The plantings are all along a hill that covers most of the ranch, exposing the vines to the cool air that comes off the Pacific and into the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of North, South, East and West facing slopes coupled with the exposure to varying degrees of the cool wind give the vineyard a diversity of fruit flavor profiles that is unique for a ranch of our size. To further harmonize with the site, the Ranch is farmed bio dynamically, ensuring a rich ecosystem for the vines.
About the Winemakers: Many of our winemakers work in tandom with their spouse or longtime partners. Like a blind date, we will surpirse you with our winemaking couples, and those who choose to go it alone in the Sta. Rita Hills.
La Purisima Mission 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc
Forty plus wineries and sizzling local chefs and farmers will be on hand for an evening of chillin’ and grillin’ at the beautiful La Purisima Mission, located on the edge of our AVA. Babe Farms, Campbell Farms, Central Coast Specialty Foods, Homegrown Cowboy, The Hitching Post II, Los Amigos BBQ, Scratch Kitchen, The Ballard Inn and the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers will be serving up an amazing selection of local food favorites!
Only 325 tickets will be sold.
Wine and Fire Weekend Tasting Passport: A passport to participating member winery’s offerings is included in the purchase of Wine and Fire event tickets. The passport is not available for purchase on its own. Passports will be available to pick up at locations in Lompoc and Buellton.
Friday Night Barn Party at Fiddlestix Vineyard – Early Bird $75.00 / After July 31 $85.00 Saturday Combo (Saturday am semimar & Grand Tasting) – Early Bird $190.00 / After July 31 $200.00 Saturday Morning Seminar at Peake Ranch – Early Bird $100.00 / After July 31 $110.00 Saturday Evening Grand Tasting- Early Bird $110.00 / After July 31 $120.00 I want it All! All Three Events! – Early Bird $265.00 / After July 31 $290.00
Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance Hospitality Sponsors ” Be Our Guest!”
The Hilton Garden Inn
1201 North “H” Street Lompoc 93436
Lompoc’s newest hospitality venue will be opening soon with spacious and elegantly appointed rooms, a full service restaurant and bar, a Grand Ballroom as well meeting rooms equipped with state of the art Audio Visual.
For information email email@example.com.
1417 North “H” Street Lompoc 93436
1 888 HOLIDAY
Nestled in the Santa Rita Hills of California’s Central Coast, Lompoc is a place set apart by its flower fields, beautiful murals, an historic mission and thriving vineyards. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you’ll enjoy your stay.
Where to Eat
Central Coast Specialty Foods
115 East College Ave, Lompoc
PURVEYORS OF EUROPEAN & DOMESTIC CHEESES, CHARCUTERIE AND SPECIALTY FOODS
When traveling along the Central Coast, compliment your experience at Central Coast Specialty Foods. Enjoy our delicious selections of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, sandwiches, full service deli, fresh & exotic meats, local wines & beers, gourmet pantry and so much more.
Valle Eatery + Bar
1201 N H Street , Lompoc, CA 93436
Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn the restaurant features a California cuisine inspired menu by Chef Conrad, handcrafted cocktails, microbrew beers, and local wines. Featured items include beer battered brussel sprouts, braised pork belly tacos, wood-fired pizzas, rib eye steaks, mouth-watering burgers, and more using locally sourced ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also available for on-site catering.
What to do in Lompoc:
While you’re here, Explore Lompoc! Click here for more adventures and information.
Jump from a plane, enjoy a world famous burger and walk at Jalama Beach or hike through La Purisima Mission. Check out our restaurants, Old Town, giant murals and more.
Drop by Riverbench Santa Barbara from 5:30-8pm on Friday, August 17th and enjoy 25% off glasses of wine while you peruse the shop.
Andy Modugno, Santa Barbara local owner of Lazy Eye Vintage, curates an eclectic mix of vintage and handmade clothing for here shop bringing an eye for style and comfort.
Join Riverbench and Fromagerie Sophie’ on Sunday, August 19th as we explore and sip five amazing Riverbench wines with five beautifully paired cheeses from around the world. Includes assorted dried fruits, nuts and baguette…Enjoy the simple pleasures of life…cheese and wine. C’est la Vie !
Flexible timing – arrive anytime between 12pm and 3pm. While enjoying your pairing, relax out on our patio and listen to live music by Ben Bostick.
$12 to add the cheese pairing. Must be pre-ordered.
Wine tasting is sold separately, complimentary for club members.
Join us Sunday, August 19th for a pop-up pairing with The Oyster Tin!
Private chef Jamie Poe sources sustainable, Central Coast oysters for her raw bar and offers a selection of sauces to accompany.
A glass of Riverbench Cork Jumper 2015 Blanc de Noir is a perfect pairing for these expertly shucked bivalves.
2015 Blanc de Noir $15 by the glass. Oysters sold separately through The Oyster Tin.
Long time Riverbench tasting room professional, Jules Reuter invites you to join him on a journey through the vineyard. Take in the spectacular views of the Santa Maria Valley as you explore the vines that surround you. The tour begins with a splash of Riverbench sparkling wine, followed by the vineyard walk, and will conclude with a wine tasting of our Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Open to adults and children of all ages able to walk up to 1 mile on flat but uneven terrain. Please wear comfortable footwear suitable for light hiking and sunscreen is recommended.
Wine tasting is permitted to adults age 21 or over.
We are thrilled to bring back singer-songwriter, Billy Manzik. Billy’s journey began where Highway 61 ends – in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The soundtrack for his childhood was provided by his guitar-slinging and singing mother, and her love of all things sound. His 2007 debut recording, ‘Billy Manzik’, received extensive radio play across Canada and abroad, charting well on college radio, as well being featured on CBC Radio’s “Key Of A”. His performance at the 2008 Alberta Songwriter Sessions was recorded and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. He and his band were invited to kick off the 2008 Juno Awards with a spirited performance at their awards reception. He has since released two more albums – 2009’s ‘All Together Now’ and ‘Black/White’, released in 2015.
No outside beverages containing alcohol are permitted on our bonded property. Only original music and lyrics will be performed at this event.
Tasting flights and wine by the glass will be available in the tasting room along with table service in the garden.
Performing primarily as a solo artist, Natalie also works as a backup vocalist with some of the Central Coasts most talented bands and songwriters, bringing her original music to music venues all over the coast
Only original lyrics and music by Natalie Haskins will be performed. While we encourage picnics, please no outside wine, beer or other beverages containing alcohol.
We welcome local author Betty Fussell, who will read selections from her latest publication, Eat, Live, Love, Die. This collection of essay spans a prolific, fifty-year writing career covering a broad range of topics from food, to travel, history and art.
Recently inducted in the James Beard Award Cookbook Hall of Fame, Betty Fussell’s essays have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and Saveur. She has taught history, food writing, English literature, and holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
Join us for this very special evening on Saturday, September 15th from 7-8pm. Wine and books available to purchase on site. Betty will be signing copies of Eat, Live, Love, Die and taking questions following her reading.