Santa Barbara is known for many things. Among them is the exemplary Southern California weather inclusive of sun rays, warm weather, and aqua blue beaches. For the shopping enthusiasts there is also the famous State Street. But the city is also known for a nice selection of wine, and it’s home to the 12th Annual California Wine Festival from July 16th until July 18th.
Voted as one of the top culinary festivals and wine events in the United States by esteemed critical and guide-to website Gayot.com, the festival has historically offered a collection of 250 wines from more than 70 wineries. Furthermore, there is sure to be ample representation from local restaurants and gourmet food companies with the concerted focus of promoting California wine and culinary education.
Every individual who goes from booth to booth at the festival will learn firsthand what goes into everything he or she is sampling by the person serving it, not to mention camaraderie with other like-minded wine lovers. In essence, each sip becomes a further educational foray into wine expertise and knowhow. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a connoisseur of wines?
Beyond even the on-the-grounds education to be absorbed, there is also the noble fact that not only is well-earned recognition being brought to a prime place in Southern California where the wine is of meritorious value, but that there is also a charitable intention. Specifically, a percentage of funds will be allocated toward the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization that strives to protect beaches and oceans throughout our planet.
Each of the three days, beginning with July 16th, will offer something slightly different for the attendee. On the first day from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., those in attendance will get to experience “Old Spanish Nights.” The $49 advance price will also net access to establishments being represented like Casa Blanca: Restaurant and Cantina and the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. On the following day, July 17th, at the same time in the evening, an advance price of $110 will grant the opportunity for “Sunset Reserve and Rare Wine Tasting” with Cielito Restaurant and the Enterprise Fish Co. also on the premises. The last day on July 18th will be a “Beachside Wine Festival” for a $69 advance price from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a VIP option that begins at 12:00 p.m. Establishments scheduled on that day include the Monterey Chocolate Company and Benchmark Eatery, among others.
For more information on wine festival tickets and locations for each of the three days, visit:
Photos courtesy of CaliforniaWineFestival.com
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