The three-day Santa Barbara Wine Festival kicks off at the historic De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard with the Old Spanish Nights Tapas and Wine Tasting on Thursday, July 19th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., showcasing some of the finest wines from Spain and Santa Barbara. There will be traditional live music by Luna Gitana, spicy tapas appetizers and flamenco dancing.
On Friday, July 20th from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. the new Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting will allow participants to learn about the science of wine glasses. Take home a four-piece boxed set of wine glasses. Later, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting takes place at the charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza, where there will be samplings of extremely limited reserve level wines matched with gourmet appetizers, artisan cheeses and fresh strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain.
The event ends with a beachside bash on Saturday, July 21, from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. with samplings of more than 350 fine wines from every region of California during the Beachside Food & Wine Fest. More than 40 wineries will offer their best selections paired with gourmet appetizers. Regional breweries and distilleries will also offer craft beer and spirits.
A portion of net proceeds is donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
“The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County. During 2009, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County distributed 9.2 million pounds of food from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.”
When: Thursday, July 19-21, 2012
Where: Santa Barbara, Claifornia
Ticket prices vary for each event. For tickets and information, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.californiawinefestival.com
Here’s the Event Schedule:
1. Old Spanish Nights – Wine Tasting on Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:30 – 9 pm Casa De La Guerra Courtyard
This new and exciting event precedes Santa Barbara’s world-famous “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta by a few weeks, and in the spirit of Fiesta, the night is charged with exciting Spanish music, passionate flamenco dancing, and spicy appetizers. Santa Barbara County’s finest wines will be spotlighted along with hot Spanish imports! Don’t miss this festive upscale event! Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass
Advance Ticket Price – $49 (Gate Price $55)
2. Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting on Friday, July 20, 2012 Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting | New to this year’s festival! 4:30 – 6 pm Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort’s Reagan Room 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA
The California Wine Festival will host a Riedel “Glassware Journey” tasting/seminar where attendees will explore how the shape and size of the glass effects the perception of the wine on the palate. This educational and fun seminar and wine tasting will be conducted by an expert from the world famous Riedel Glassware Company, preeminent wine glassware manufacturer. Each attendee will receive their own set (to take home) of four varietal specific wine glasses (valued at $123) for the seminar/tasting. Guests attending this fascinating class will also get “front of the line” privileges if attending the CWF Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting immediately following the seminar just a short walk from Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Each guest receives a four piece boxed set of Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses valued at $123.
Only 180 tickets available!
Advance Ticket Price – $79 (Gate Price $100)
3. Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday, July 20, 2012 6:30 – 9 pm Chase Palm Park (near carousel)
This romantic evening of rare wine tasting begins with a champagne reception under the stars at Santa Barbara’s charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza. Extremely limited reserve level wines are matched with gourmet appetizers from top local chefs, artisan cheeses, even fresh strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain while live bluesy jazz keeps things super cool. Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass
Advance Ticket Price – $110 (Gate Price $140)
4. NEW! Early Entrance Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:30 am-4pm* Chase Palm Park Oceanside
Sip your favorite wines and savor all the gourmet foods for an additional 90 minutes (Enter at 11:30 am, not 1 pm) at this years Beachside Wine Festival. Avoid the crowds and lines, step right up to your favorite wineries and restaurants without waiting. Enter with the Press and VIP’s into an uncrowded Festival grounds and enjoy extra time to talk and sample with the winemakers and restaurateurs before the general public is admitted at 1:00 pm. Early Entrance tickets do not include admission to VIP Pavilion. Ticket price includes an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.
Only 500 available!
Advance Ticket Price – $94 (Gate Price $105) Buy Tickets Now
5. Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2012 1 pm – 4 pm Chase Palm Park Oceanside
This is the “Biggest Wine Festival Under the Sun” in Santa Barbara! A spectacular gathering of over 200 of California’s finest wines from every wine region in the state – showcasing a total of over 350 fine wines at our sunny beach front location. Over 2,500 wine fans will grab their glass and start swirling and sipping just a frisbee throw away from the sparkling Pacific, while live music on stage keeps the party going. Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass
Advance Ticket Price – $69 (Gate Price $80) Buy Tickets Now
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com