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Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Events

Nov
8
Fri
Cruise the Mediterranean with Winemaker Will Henry of Lumen Wines
Nov 8 @ 11:00 am – Nov 18 @ 9:00 am
Cruise the Mediterranean with Winemaker Will Henry of Lumen Wines

Live the Dream!

Visit 5 bucket-list countries in 10 days with luxurious accommodations aboard Celebrity with prices starting less than $2,700 for a veranda stateroom. Lumen winemaker Will Henry and his wife will travel with us, pouring his elegant wines in events and seminars exclusive to our group. Join us in optional shore excursions to taste terrific and unique local wines. (Note: shore excursion are an extra cost, for the ones I organize, we will split the cost – no markup.)

Some Highlights of our Itinerary:
VENICE – a UNESCO World Heritage site and in the center of the Veneto wine region, home to prosecco and grappa.
RIJEKA Croatia – winemaking began here 2,500 years ago; we plan to visit wineries here as an optional tour just for our group.
SPLIT, Croatia – UNESCO World Heritage Site Diocletian’s Palace
DUBROVNIK, Croatia – another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the impressive walled city is famous after being featured in “Game of Thrones”.
KOTOR, Montenegro – I’ve been Celebrity’s shore excursion to Plantaze winery built inside a rock mountain. Highly recommended!
VALLETTA, Malta – UNESCO World Heritage Site Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni was founded ~4,000 B.C. I’ll be looking to organize a optional local wine tasting just for our group.
CATANIA, Italy – one option in this port is an hour trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Necropolis of Pantalica another is tasting excellent wines grown on Mt. Etna.
NAPLES, Italy – another UNESCO World Heritage Site; possible optional local wine tasting just for our group.
ROME, Italy – the entire historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; possible option to stay after the cruise for a Tuscan wine tour with my friend who is an Italian sommelier – I could organize this depending on how many are interested.

The Celebrity Constellation has a wide variety of amenities and programs including art and computer classes, full spa, youth programs (including paid babysitting), Broadway-style shows, casino, multiple bars including a wine bar, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs and much more.

When I started cruising, I was surprised to learn that staterooms (and especially suites) start selling out a year in advance. I’ve reserved a number of staterooms in a range of prices. There are two discount incentives available for a limited time for our group. This includes 5 Aqua Class staterooms at the Concierge Class price! To ask questions or get more information on our Lumen wine cruise, please email me: Tama at “insidewinesantabarbara @ yahoo.com” [please remove the spaces in the email address] or TEXT me at[masked].

All actual bookings will be handled by our travel agent at Santa Barbara Travel Bureau. You need to put a deposit on a stateroom to secure your reservation with:
Kathy Reimer, Branch Manager, Santa Barbara Travel Bureau/Virtuoso
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“kreimer @ sbtravel.com” [please remove the spaces]

We will be scheduling a reception in the State Street office Santa Barbara Travel Bureau. Please email me at “insidewinesantabarbara @ yahoo.com” [please remove the spaces in the email address] or TEXT me at[masked] if you want to get on the list to be notified.

cheers! Tama

Nov
16
Sat
Mount Eden Clone Pinot Noir By the Glass @ Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm

Enjoy a glass of this single clone Pinot Noir, paired with rosemary almond brittle from Jessica Foster, at our Santa Barbara Tasting Room Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th. 


If any clone of Pinot Noir embraces the long histories of both Californian and Burgundian wine growing, it’s the Mount Eden clone. This particular Pinot Noir clone was reportedly brought across the Atlantic Ocean from one of Louis Latour’s Burgundian vineyards in the late 1800’s, and is therefore one of the oldest clones in California. This combination of new and old worlds relates on a micro-level at Riverbench Vineyard as well. A newer planting from 2015, this first vintage of Mount Eden clone Pinot Noir varies a bit from the wines made from our older vines; unique flavors of blueberries and leather are more pronounced. The wine is full of elegance and finesse, with beautiful structure and succinct flavors. 


Stop in anytime over the weekend to try this wine. You can pre-purchase a glass of 2017 Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir for $25. Wine Club member discounts apply for tasting room purchases. 

Nov
23
Sat
Wine + Doughnut Pairing with God’s Country Provisions @ Riverbench Vineyard and Winery
Nov 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

What’s better than doughnuts? Doughnuts paired with wine! 


We are excited to partner with a local bakery in Los Olivos for this special sweet and savory pairing.  God’s Country Provisions was established in 2018 to bring creativity to familiar doughnuts we all love, delivered with wine country hospitality.


Pre-order of this doughnut pairing is required, as they will be baked to order and picked up each morning. Ticket holders may come in to our vineyard tasting room anytime on Saturday from 10am – 3pm to redeem their tickets for a delicious wine and food pairing flight. 

Nov
29
Fri
Black Friday Weekend:13 Bottle Cases @ Riverbench Vineyard and Winery
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm

Skip the crowds and go wine tasting, because everyone knows the best gift is wine!


Visit either Riverbench tasting room over Thanksgiving weekend for a special offer too good to pass up:


EVERY CASE OF WINE WILL INCLUDE 13 BOTTLES! 


Get 13 bottles of your favorite Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or sparkling wine for the price of 12.


Or mix it up and choose bottles of the perfect wine for each of your friends and family. For the normal price of a case of wine you can cross 13 names off your gift list!




Special offer only available for in-person tasting room purchases during the event weekend and because of the odd quantity, can not be shipped. For mixed cases, discount amount be equal to the lowest price bottle.

Dec
6
Fri
December Wine Club Night @ Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exclusive hours for Riverbench Wine Club Members


Wine Club members are invited to join us the first Friday of every month for a special after-hours event in our Santa Barbara tasting room.


So when doors close at 6pm on Friday, December 6th, we’re inviting our wine club members and their guests to this private event.



  • Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle (wine club discounts apply)

  • Complimentary light bites



Must be an active wine club member or guest to attend. Note that tasting flights end at 5:30pm and this event is by-the-glass or bottle only.

Dec
12
Thu
Holiday Gift Pop-Up Shop @ Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Sip and shop in the Funk Zone with Riverbench and your favorite local artisans!


Drop by Riverbench Santa Barbara anytime from 5:30-8pm on Thursday, December 12th and enjoy special offers on wine by the glass while you peruse the shop.


Our holiday artisan lineup will include handmade gifts, clothing, candles, crafts, and artwork. 



Dec
14
Sat
Glitter Your Own Wine Bottle Workshop @ Riverbench Vineyard and Winery
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how we make our popular glittered wine bottles


Choose your favorite Riverbench wine and one of our very own bedazzling artists, Robin, will coach you through  decorating your own sparkling wine bottle. Glittering workshop includes your choice of glitter colors and all supplies needed to create your own special bottle. 


Must be 21 years of age or older to attend workshop. Wine bottle is sold separately. 

Holiday Sparkling Wine Library Flight @ Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm

Want to find out how our sparkling wines taste with age?


Sip through a tasting of three vintages of estate-grown sparkling wine, made with 100% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from our vineyard.


We’re heading into our library and pulling out some of the most beloved vintages for you to taste. A limited quantity of these wines will be available for purchase. Celebrate the season with a bubbly toast!



Flight of four library sparkling wines for $20, paired with Jessica Foster’s sea salt caramels.



Dec
28
Sat
New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine Pairing Flight @ Riverbench Santa Barbara Tasting Room
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm

Come for the chocolate and leave with the perfect bottle of bubbles for New Year’s Eve!


Riverbench is excited to partner with Jessica Foster’s Confections as we pair our sparkling wine tasting flight along with four decadent chocolate truffles.    


Pre-purchase your hand made local chocolate truffles and then come by our Santa Barbara tasting room any day from Saturday, December 28th to Tuesday, December 31st. Note that our tasting room closes at 2pm on New Year’s Eve and we’re closed on New Year’s Day. 


For Jessica Foster, making chocolate truffles is an expressive epicurean art. With her diverse palate of Belgian chocolates, she blends exotic teas, herbs and spices, infusing her confections to create intriguing flavors like dark chocolate chile and milk chocolate star anise-thyme. Her inspiration surrounds her and by means of this decadent medium, she creates sumptuous chocolate pieces, sculpting each one lovingly by hand.


Pairing intended for our sparkling wine line up, but you may choose any tasting flight, including our current Pinot Noir flight.


$10 ticket includes box of four truffles.  Wine tasting flight is sold separately.





New Year’s Eve Wine Pairing: Chocolate Truffles + Bubbles @ Riverbench Vineyard and Winery
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – Dec 31 @ 2:00 pm
New Year's Eve Wine Pairing: Chocolate Truffles + Bubbles @ Riverbench Vineyard and Winery | Santa Maria | CA | US

New Year’s Eve is all about the bubbles… and who doesn’t like to indulge in a little chocolate for the holidays?


Riverbench is excited to partner with Jessica Fosters Confections as we pair our sparkling wine tasting flight along with four decadent chocolate truffles.    


Pre-purchase your hand made local chocolate truffles and then come by day from Saturday, December 28th to Tuesday, December 31st. Note that our tasting room closes at 2pm on New Year’s Eve and we’re closed on New Year’s Day. 


For Jessica Foster, making chocolate truffles is an expressive epicurean art. With her diverse palate of Belgian chocolates, she blends exotic teas, herbs and spices, infusing her confections to create intriguing flavors like dark chocolate chile and milk chocolate star anise-thyme. Her inspiration surrounds her and by means of this decadent medium, she creates sumptuous chocolate pieces, sculpting each one lovingly by hand.


Pairing intended for our sparkling wine line up, but you may choose any tasting flight, including our current Pinot Noir flight.


$10 ticket includes box of four truffles.  Wine tasting flight is sold separately.