The official account for the Santa Barbara Vintners. Next up is the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend April 10-13.
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The 32nd Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Festival Grand Tasting. Celebrate with over 110 wineries and restaurants at River View Park in Buellton. Now expanded with a Connoisseur’s Club Lounge experience, live cooking demonstrations, barrel cooper demonstrations, an art walk show & sale, live music, botanical garden and wine sales.
General Admission tickets and all others will receive:
- Unlimited wine tasting at 110+ wineries in a beautiful park setting
- Ability to purchase wine to take home
- Samples from more than two dozen local restaurants and caterers
- Souvenir wine glass
- Convenient and free parking
- Listen to live music and peruse art in the new Artists’ Alley
Connoisseur’s Club Experience features new wines and winemakers every hour from 12 pm – 4 pm with area chef’s providing exceptional culinary offerings. Schedule will be updated as wineries provide their wine offerings.
12pm – 1 pm
Meet Bill Wathen, co-owner and Winemaker of Foxen Winery. Bill will be pouring Foxen’s
- 2011 Cuvee Jeanne Marie. Wine Advocate- 91 Points
Looking at their Rhone blends, the 2011 Cuvée Jeanne Marie is a blend of 78% Grenache and 22% Mourvedre that spends 16 months in 2-3 year-old-barrels. Coming from high-density planting and clay soils, it offers up a lush, sexy profile with kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and leather flowing to a medium-bodied, sweetly fruited palate. Seamless, balanced and straight-up delicious, it should have a minimum of 4-5 years of prime drinking.
Meet Dr. Bob Baehner, owner of Baehner Fournier. Bob will be pouring:
- The celebrated “V3” Blend
This bottling represents the third release of our Gold Medal award winning “V3″ Blend, and we feel it may be our best yet. Grown entirely on the steep hillsides of our estate vineyards in the Eastern Santa Ynez Valley, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot offers the vineyard’s signature flavors and aromas of cherry, cassis, rose petals and sweet spices. Bold and complex on the palate, the wine will continue to age and develop further complexity in the bottle for many years. 248 cases produced.
Meet Alta Maria Winery Alta Maria Winery will be pouring:
- 2012 Chardonnay ~ Bien Nacido Vineyard 100% Neutral Oak Fermented Aged
This Bien Nacido Chardonnay bottling comes from the original and most sought after blocks on the ranch from vines that were planted in 1973.
Meet Dragonette Cellars Dragonette will be pouring:
- 2012 Pinot Noir “Radian Vineyard”
Radian is a new and exceptionally promising vineyard at the very western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills. We selected our blocks from the most extreme portions at the very top of the vineyard. Our blocks are therefore at high elevation on steep, north facing slopes, and planted in almost pure diatomaceous earth. Our blocks are regularly buffeted by high winds and/or covered in fog, which severely limits yields to under 1 ton per acre. The wines are unique, highly concentrated red fruits, but with great acidity, an intense mineral streak, and complexity from earth and fresh herb notes. The 2011 vintage of this wine received 92 points from Josh Raynolds in Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar.
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Vineyard Sources: 100% Radian Vineyard
Case Production: 200
Please call 805-688-0881 for Group Sales (35 tickets minimum).
21 & over, No refunds or exchanges, No pets