Live Summer Concerts Santa Ynez Valley

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Summer is in full swing and it’s time to pair the sweet sounds of live Jazz, Blues and even Classic Rock with your favorite pour! Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country offers a fantastic menu of summer sounds and it’s not too late to sip and savor from them all. Here’s where you can sip to the sounds of Live Summer Concerts in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country:

Solvang Summer Concert Series – These free, Wednesday evening concerts offer the opportunity to picnic in the park while enjoying great company, delicious food and live music. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and fully-outfitted picnics – including their favorite beverages (think local vintners!). Edible delights are available for purchase as is the nearby Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market for stocking up on perfect picnic provisions.

Soirée Thursdays at Refugio Ranch – Visit charming Los Olivos Thursday evenings for Refugio Ranch Tasting Room’s weekly celebration, featuring the best in local live music, food pairings, and wine by the glass specials.

Music on the Patio at Root 246 Solvang is the spot for your favorite songs on this covered patio every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m., a full menu of craft-based cuisine, one of the most extensive selections of local wines, whiskey and craft beer,  and refreshing signature cocktails unlike anything you’ve tried before.

Standing Sun Live – Stop on by, grab glass of Syrah, check out the local food truck options, take a walk through The Gallery, and then take a seat and tap your toes to some great artists in a unique intimate setting. Bands from Seattle to Los Angeles, from Austin to Nashville – and everything in-between are featured at this unique industrial winery.

Sunday Concert Series at Zaca Mesa Winery – The last Sunday of every month features live local music out on their patio from 12-3 p.m. It is free for everyone, so bring your friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy a bottle of wine to enjoy for a great afternoon! Don’t miss the summer season wind down with live music by local artist Sean Wiggins on Labor Day, September 5, from 1-4 p.m.

Jazz & Beyond in the Garden Series at the Solvang Festival Theater
Wine country ambiance under the oaks in the garden and delightfully diverse music ranging from a Grammy Award winner to the local best, may be just the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Wine, beer and snacks available for purchase. Tickets are $30 at the gate.

We can’t think of too many things that pair better with a notable glass of Santa Ynez Valley wine than great live music in a cozy, relaxing venue. Well, perhaps delicious craft food bites and a relaxing place to stay the night would complete the picture, but you can be sure Santa Ynez Valley had that covered too! Complete your perfect sounds of summer getaway with a perfect stay. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just minutes from many of the SYV area wineries and Solvang, so don’t worry. Contact us to find out about our current specials and packages.

 

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Taste of Solvang 2016

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Taste of Solvang 2016Taste of Solvang 2016 – March 16th – 24th

Experience a taste of Danish life in Southern California at the 24th Annual Taste of Solvang.  Join us as the Santa Ynez Valley celebrates Danish heritage with modern Danish cuisines and traditional farm-to-table meals.  The Danish Capital of America offers sweets, beers, wines, and everything in between.

Aptly meaning “sunny field” in Danish, Solvang is a historical home of Danish-American heritage, offering quaint boutiques, savory dining, and fascinating museums. Drinks and cuisine are inspired by European flavors and make the perfect destination event for food, beer, and wine lovers alike.

Taste of Solvang 2016 festivities begin Wednesday, March 16th, and last until Sunday, March 20th. Wednesday sets the mood for fresh culture and even fresher food with a special, chef-led walk through the farmer’s market. The experience continues with a variety of tastings, sips, and splendor throughout the historic town.

Whether guests want to casually wander through the Solvang boutiques and businesses or stroll through the village discovering new tastes and local favorites, Saturday and Sunday are sure to satisfy anyone’s desire. The two-day Wine and Beer Walk offers more than a dozen wine tasting rooms, bars, and taverns, tantalizing the senses with unique albeit exquisite flavors.

Top off your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to one of the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Allow a stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott to complete your Taste of Solvang celebration with the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities. Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang 2016 soon as availability during this popular wine country festival is very limited.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2016’s Taste of Solvang! Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivities and events.

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23rd Annual Taste of Solvang comes to the Santa Ynez Valley

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Hidden within the Santa Ynez Valley lives Solvang, Southern California’s very own hint of Europe.  March brings the 23rd Annual Taste of Solvang, “…a culinary journey through Solvang, where wine country meets ‘dine country'”.

Solvang (appropriately Danish for ‘sunny field’) is home to quaint boutiques, fine dining and historic sites.  Drinks and cuisine are Euro-Inspired, making it the perfect destination event for food and wine lovers alike.  Don’t let this tiny town deceive you; they’ve got some pretty big events.

Festivities begin Wednesday March 18th though many visitors continue to trickle in for weekend happenings such as Saturday’s Grand Tasting. At this event, visitors will have the opportunity to snack, sip, and shop throughout Solvang’s charming boutiques and tasting rooms.

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After a Saturday filled with shopping and snacking, guests enjoy unwinding at the 2-day Wine and Beer Walk. Solvang offers over a dozen tasting rooms, bars, and taverns. Each scene provides new flavors of local wine and craft beers unique to this Southern California city.

Complete your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard.  The SYV Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Your wine country trip won’t be complete without a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott – the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities.  Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang soon as availability is very limited during this popular wine country festival.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2015’s Taste of Solvang!  Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the SYV Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivals and events.

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Holiday Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Merry and bright and filled to the brim with things to do – there’s nothing quite like the holiday season in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot, the spirit of the season comes to life in so many ways – let us point you to the holiday events must-do list!

The Holidays in Santa Ynez Valley:

Solvang on Ice
December 6-8
We know that ice skating isn’t exactly what people think of when planning a visit to California’s wine country, but that makes Solvang’s first ice skating rink all the better! Lace up your skates and prepare to show off the best of your Michelle Kwan moves under the SYVM_SolvangOnIceglow of Solvang’s Christmas tree.

Santa Ynez Cowboy Christmas & Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 7
Join Santa Ynez in kicking off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause from 1-4 pm, enjoy holiday deals from shops and restaurants and watch carolers and the tree lighting at 6 pm.

Solvang Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7
Starting at 11 am, Solvang’s streets will be filled with dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles and animals! Come celebrate the magic of the season and see Santa Clause who will be available for visits and photos after the parade.

BuelltonWinterFestBuellton WinterFest Celebration
Sunday, December 8
An all-day spectacular, the city of Buellton invites you to start the day with breakfast with Santa or come in the afternoon for concerts, cookies and cocoa. In the evening, wander the neighborhood block party, sampling from food trucks and playing in twenty tons of snow. The Mobile Light Parade will start at 6 pm and the Buellton Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 pm.

Holiday Wine Walk
December 14 & 15, 11 am- 4 pm
Enjoy a holiday taste of Solvang with the Holiday Wine Walk! A two-day event complete with 13 tasting rooms, the walk will lead you through the village, giving you ample time to savor both the holiday and Solvang spirits.

S’moresFest!
Saturday, December 14, 4-7 pm
Who knew such a genius event could exist? Brand-new to Solvang’s Julefest line-up, this delicious event invites you to Solvang Park in Downtown Solvang to jam out to the Molly Ringwald Project and holiday tunes while roasting marshmallows and creating customized s’mores from locally produced candy and baked goods.

Santa Ynez Valley Chorale Concert
December 20 – 22, 7:30 pm
The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra invite you to their “Welcome All Wonders” show. With music from Bach, Haydn, Mendelsohn and more to popular holiday favorites and carol sing-a-longs, it will be a night of true holiday music.

New Year’s Eve with the Molly Ringwald Project
December 31, 2013
A staple in the local-music scene, this 80s cover band will be focused on one thing alone: making New Year’s Eve the best dance party ever. Join them at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and enjoy the prime rib buffet and midnight champagne toast to top off the night!SYV_Molly-Project


The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is ready to celebrate the holidays with you! Your home-base for holiday parties, get-togethers and get-aways, the Santa Ynez Vallet Marriott knows how to make the most of this merry time. Book your company or organization’s holiday event at http://www.syvmarriott.com/santa-ynez-valley-holiday-events.

And while you’re at it, leave the New Year’s Eve planning to us, too! Ring in 2014 with the Molly Ringwald Project 80s cover band and our Prime Rib Buffet. Special local room rates are available and after a night of great food, music and dancing – why not just take the elevator home? Buy your tickets and book your stay now.

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Pressing Matters in the Santa Ynez Valley

Olive Oil Tasting Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley Tasting Trifecta:  Wine, Craft Beer…and Olive Oil

Chances are, most Santa Ynez Valley visitors have delighted in the offerings of regional world class vintages and brews from local wineries and craft breweries, yet there is another fascinating tasting adventure that affords your taste buds a reason to celebrate in the valley. Olive oil! Like wine and craft beer, this magnificent treasure comes in a wide and distinctive range of varieties and flavors. So also parallel to wine and craft beer, a  true tasting experience is indispensable in order to fully understand and appreciate it.

Ready for a little Olive Oil 101…

Why  Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Known in American kitchens as EVOO, extra virgin is an internationally recognized standard that designates the highest quality olive oil. It is produced by cold pressing, a process that extracts the oil without chemicals or excessive heat. The oil must pass rigid standards and taste specifications as determined by a certified tasting panel. Extra virgin olive oil is not filtered (which often in mass produced oils, introduces chemicals to the product). Although filtering does extend the shelf life by removing any actual bits of olive, which will ferment and cause the oil to spoil, it also diminishes the flavor in doing so. With that in mind, extra virgin olive oil is allowed to ‘rest’ in air-tight, steel tanks for a couple of months after crushing to allow some of the fruit particles and remaining water to settle to the bottom of the tanks and let the oil’s flavor mellow and stabilize. The oil is then taken from the top of the tank throughout the year ensuring a fresh supply of oil for bottling.  A few producers bottle a small portion of their new oil directly from the mill after pressing.  This olio nuovo or new oil is available only in late November through the early part of Winter and is often accompanied by a seasonal celebration at the mill.  It is the freshest and finest extra virgin olive oil available – brilliant green and the essence of olive oil goodness!

occoThe typical “extra virgin” olive oil you find in the supermarket today is an industrial product that has been heavily processed and is often labeled strictly for marketing rather that actual content. Since there is no real label enforcement through the USDA or FDA, it is helpful to be educated in label decoding. California, though, does adhere to an Extra Virgin Certification program that ensures quality. Bottles that are marked with the‘COOC’ seal are guaranteed certified.

 

What makes Olive Oils taste differently?
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Four main factors account for the variety of flavors:

  • type of olives – borrowing from wine tasting 101: varietals of olives offer distinctive flavors.  Producers can make their oil from single variety of olive, or a blend to create interesting and unique flavor combinations.
  • ripeness of olives – early harvested green olives tend to have ‘grassier’ flavors, while the later harvested darker olives tend to have ‘buttery’ ones. Additionally, a shorter gap between harvest and processing will produce a fresher, stronger oil.  Olives harvested late, in January or even February, will produce a darker, milder oil.13331566-branch-with-green-olives
  • growing and harvesting conditions – climate, soil and harvesting techniques all impact olive oil flavor. Many producers pick their olives by hand to avoid bruising. The olives are then pressed within 24 hours of being picked because like all fruit, they will begin to ferment, which will lessen the quality.
  • oil storage – exposure to heat, light, and oxygen can also impact olive oil taste. Light is very damaging to olive oil, as is heat; so unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age. It starts out most pungent, and then softens over time, until it finally turns. Your best bet is to keep your oil in a cool, dark place.

Which brings us to taste. Ranges vary from delicate and buttery, to fragrant and fruity, to  olive-y and peppery, or leafy green and grassy. With this in mind, the logical place for an olive oil education to unfold is with tasting. All the reading in the world isn’t going to mean a thing unless you can connect it to the sensory experience—the aroma and taste of olive oil. The Santa Ynez Valley is host to a distinctive array of hand pressed olive oil farms, making it the ideal location to taste, learn, gather recipe ideas and explore the health benefits of this ‘other’ Santa Ynez Valley fruit. Check out the olive oil experiences the valley has to offer:

Jazz & Olive Oil Festival Los OlivosSanta Ynez Valley’s charming town of Los Olivos is hosting its Annual Jazz & Olive Festival, Saturday, June 8, at Lavinia Campbell Park from 1-4pm.  Enjoy all things olive paired with world class, professional jazz, fine wine tasting from 20 local wineries, vendor booths from over 10 regional olive oil producers, professional chefs cooking demonstrations, an amateur cook-off, great home-made food and the ambiance of one of the most charming small towns in America.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Olivos and benefiting local charities, the festival celebrates the growing contributions of the Santa Ynez Valley’s olive producers. Rumor is that this event ALWAYS sells out…so don’t miss out! Tickets include a free souvenir wine glass and plate, and are available for $50 each, from local Rotarians, at the Book Loft in Solvang, Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers, the General Store in Los Olivos, Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room in Solvang and Pea Soup Andersons’s in Buellton, by calling 805-325-9280,  or on-line. Tickets can be held for you at Will Call or mailed to you if you order early enough.

The local Olive Oil community in the Santa Ynez Valley is abundant. Some of the offerings include:

 

  • Olive Hill FarmOlive Hill Farm – Employing certified organic farming techniques as well as the solar power, Olive Hill Farm takes pride in producing some of the finest olive oils available as well as balsamic vinegars, wine vinegars, truffle oils, table olives, and other gourmet food products.
  • Rancho OlivosRancho Olivos – Sustainably growing olive trees which produce their award winning handcrafted gourmet olive oils.
  • Global Gardens Los Olivos Global Gardens – featuring olive oil from some of the most renowned groves on the planet, including countless Gold Medal Winners, Global Gardens also offers home-made fruit balsamic vinegars, organic mustards, organic snacks and other local California food items made in their kitchens.

For a memorable getaway, consider arriving early to visit the Los Olivos art galleries and shops, and tour the Santa Ynez Valley’s beautiful rolling hills,horse ranches, and vineyards. The Annual Summer Wine Pass Event is just kicking off and is the only ticket you’ll need this summer to enjoy fabulous wine tasting at the premier boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley. Learn the ropes, tips for tasting and while in the Valley take advantage of an excellent opportunity…

Summer Wine Tasting Pass Santa Ynez Valley
It’s Summer Pass time!
One Pass – One Price – 13 Wineries!

The pass (available online for $40 and on-site for $45), includes one wine tasting flight (usually 4-5 wines) at each of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association participating tasting rooms (a $130 value). You choose the dates anytime between May 1 and August 31. There are no reservations required and no blackout dates. Your pass will expire when you’ve tasted at all 13 wineries or on August 31, 2013 – whichever occurs first.

The Summer Wine Pass participating wineries include: Alexander & Wayne in Los Olivos, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara in Solvang, Cimarone & 3CV Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine in Santa Ynez, Lincourt Vineyards on the Amamo Pintado, Lucas & Lewellen, Rideau Vineyard, Standing Sun Wines in Buellton, Toccata Wines and Toretti Family Vineyards.

syv-logo2Make it a true custom getaway and book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Enjoy the unspoiled, relaxing charm of the valley and all it has to offer. The Los Olivos Olive & Jazz Festival as well as the Summer Wine Pass are just two of the many adventures waiting for you in the unforgettable Santa Ynez Valley. Visit the Starting Gate Restaurant, on-site at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, for cooked to order wood-fired pizza on the patio made with fresh, local ingredients,house-made dough and sauce on Wednesdays and Fridays, 5-8pm. Pair with a wide variety of local vintages and craft brews for a memorable summer evening meal.

 

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Santa Ynez Valley Sipping into Spring

The vines have been sleeping through the cool, dark winter months in the Santa Ynez Valley and now as their buds awaken, the dreams of promising new vintages unfold. Local vintners emerge revitalized and ready to pour…

Santa Barbara County Vintner's Festival 2013 Santa Ynez Valley

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the Santa Ynez Valley with a fabulous immersion into more than fifty varietals and over one hundred, world-acclaimed wineries.  Santa Barbara County Vintner's Festival 2013 Santa Ynez Valley An annual rite of spring, the Vintner’s Festival held on April 19 – 22, returns to Mission Santa Ines in Solvang where it was born 30 years ago! What started as a small food and wine event for the locals in order to raise funding to print a visitors map of the 13 local wineries, has evolved into pure world-class wine bliss paired with homegrown gourmet flavor featuring celebrated local chefs and culinary professionals. The four day celebration features live music by Donna Greene & the Roadhouse Daddies and The Rock ‘n’ Blues Band, a silent auction benefiting People Helping People and complimentary hand and arm massages from Massage Therapy in Old Town Orcutt. Whether your wine appreciation status is novice or sommelier, the Santa Ynez Valley’s Vintner’s Festival embraces all…join a community of food and wine for the ultimate sip and savor event of spring.

Santa Barbara Vintner's AssociationHosted by the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association, the main festival takes place Saturday afternoon but the celebration runs Friday through Monday with many wineries offering tastings of library wines and barrel samples, vineyard barbecues, winemaker dinners, wine & food pairings, cellar lunches and open houses and discount specials. Local Santa Ynez Valley restaurants are also in on the festivities as well with participating wineries pouring at the eateries.

Santa Barbara County Vintner's Festival 2013 Santa Ynez ValleyVintner’s Festival 2013 local food participants include: Avant Tapas & Wine, New West Catering, Stafford’s Famous Chocolates, Babé Farms, The Olive House, Starting Gate Restaurant at the Santa Ynez Valley MarriottBacara Resort & Spa, Panera/Ventura Café, Trattoria Uliveto, Cattaneo Brothers, Petros, The Willows Restaurant, Il Fustino, El Rancho, Valley Grind, Luna Olivo and Rancho Olivos.

 

Santa Barbara County Vintner's Festival 2013 Santa Ynez ValleyVintner’s Festival 2013 participating wineries:

  • Ampelos is offering a 10% discount on wines.
  • Andrew Murray Vineyards is offering a 10% discount on any wine purchases. Friday 11 – 2, features a Blending Seminar with Winemaker Andrew Murray with the chance to learn about the process of blending and have the opportunity to blend your own bottle of wine, followed by a catered lunch (limited to 25 people). Saturday, 11-4 join the Spring Release Party and celebrate the launch of Andrew Murray’s new label This is E11even. Plus try all the new Andrew Murray Vineyards releases with music, food, and wine discount specials.
  • Au Bon Climat & Qupé 11- 3 offers an open house featuring library wines, current releases, and bargain wines. Wine from many of their labels will be presented including Au Bon Climat, Qupé and more during this special event as the winery is only open twice yearly to the public.
  • Baehner-Fournier at Bin 2860 is featuring a 20% discount on all current wines.
  • Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, Sunday at 10:30 is featuring a Vineyard Walk & Brunch with winemaker, Karen Steinwachs and soil guru Stan Katoda. Featuring a hike through the 39-acre estate vineyard with stops to taste various varietals, check out the progress of 2013 bud break, chat about soils, cane pruning and insight into why they grow wine and farm the way they do. To celebrate both Vintners’ Festival weekend and Earth Day Eve, they’ll conclude the walk with brunch at the vineyard pond and raise a glass in toast to the upcoming vintage!
  • Brander is hosting an open house Saturday 12-4pm with special wine tastings, BBQ and music.
  • Clos Pepe is hosting a Barrel Tasting and Bubble Bash, opening their winery in Lompoc Sunday 11-3 for a rare barrel-tasting and educational opportunity with wine educator and winemaker Wes Hagen. If you’ve ever attended a wine education event with Wes Hagen, you know his straight-forward, passionate delivery of the most interesting geeky tidbits in the world of wine. Taste current releases, the Homage to Chablis Chardonnay (the first stainless SRH Chardonnay, now in its 12th vintage), the rare Clos Pepe Estate Brut Rosé sparkling wine (the first SRH labeled bubbly), library wines and have the chance to take some of these rare bottles home with you. Barrel Tasting at the top of every hour: noon, 1 and 2 pm.
  • Dascomb Cellars offers 10% off any purchases and Friday 4-7 in their tasting room in the heart of Solvang, barrel tasting and cheese pairing with winemaker David Dascomb.
  • Demetria offers Visa holders a 10% discount with a purchase of 3 bottles or more.
  • Dierberg offers Visa holders a 10% discount on all wine purchases.
  • Fiddlehead Cellars, Sun 11-5, features Tasting in the Cellar with Kathy in the Lompoc ‘Wine Ghetto’! Highlighted with goodies on the grill, lively tunes (get out your dancin’ shoes!), Kathy and Rob behind the bar, and stories of travels near and far! Featuring a taste of their new releases – ‘Goosebury’ Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Pink Fiddle’ Rose of Pinor Noir and ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot. To top it all off, they may even give you a taste of the sparkling wine ‘Bubbles’. You will love the special deals offered Sunday only. Another Fiddlehead party not to be missed!
  • Flying Goat Cellars is hosting their Annual Winemakers Dinner, Friday at La Purisima Mission. Experience a food and wine pairing that you will never forget when winemaker Norm Yost collaborates with Bouchon Santa Barbara proprietor Mitchell Sjerven. Chef Greg Murphy complements a selection of our wines with his unique culinary creations. The evening begins with a sparkling wine reception in the mission garden, followed by an intimate dinner in La Sala, where seating is limited to 40 guests. An adjacent room is available for a private party up to 10-12 guests. Sunday from 11-4, join Flying Goat Cellars in launching a Bubbles Bar at the tasting room with an flight offering of all four Goat Bubbles sparkling wines: Rosé, Crémant, Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs. Winemaker Norm Yost will be pouring some of his finest vintages of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and sparkling wines. His recently-released 2012 Pinot Gris is flying out the door so get it while you can. We will also have light snacks and other surprises so be sure to come by!
  • Foxen is hosting and Open House Saturday and Suday 11-4. Be sure to stop by the tasting rooms for light hors d’oeuvres and special library wines. Also, Saturday at 6pm, a Winemaker Dinner at Alisal Guest Ranch is offered. Join Dick, Billy, Jenny and Becky for another fun-filled evening! For reservations call 805.937.4251. Sells out quickly!
  • Huber Cellars is offering Visa holders 10% discount on purchases of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and 25% on case purchases.
  • Kalyra is featuring their 2nd Annual “Around the World” Wine & Food Pairing Sunday noon – 3pm. Spend a jazzy afternoon at Kalyra Winery as you explore the winery and tasting room following a specific route of stations that pair a full flight of Kalyra wine with artisan cheeses, meats and desserts. This event, introduced last year to their blooming roster of fun events, became an instant hit with guests!
  • Kenneth Volk, Saturday adn Sunday 10.30-4.30 features Open House Specials, Magnum Tastings, Pre-releases and light appetizers are featured this weekend.
  • Longoria is hosting a Winemaker Dinner with Chef Budi Kazali and Winemaker Rick Longoria for their annual celebration of food and wine at The Ballard Inn Restaurant, Sunday noon – 3. Space is very limited and sells out quickly.
  • Lucas & Lewellen & Toccata are each featuring their annual Vintner’s Festival Wine & Cheese Pairings with live music and wine specials, Saturday 5-8pm, no RSVP is required.   Also, Saturday evening 6pm, they are hosting a Winemaker Dinner at The Petersen Inn A featuring the cuisine of Chef Mini Dalfuoco paired to exciting new Lucas & Lewellen and Toccata wine releases. Reserve your place early to avoid the wait list.
  • Margerum’s owner Doug Margerum will be cooking up a three-course dinner for 48 people which will be paired with a selection of their wines. The evening will begin with barrel tasting and reception featuring their new Rosé. Dinner will take place among the barrels in our winery. This is a great chance to tour the facility not normally open to the public and interact with their team in an intimate setting.
  • Melville is hosting an Open House Saturday and Sunday 10-4, with pourings from their small lot collection and serving artisan cheeses and savory treats prepared by Lynn Sigafoos. Complimentary tours by reservation will also be offered at 11:30 1pm. Then at 6 pm, join winemaker Greg Brewer and the Melville family for an intimate five course dinner that will be paired with selections from their library and current release wines. Reservations are required.
  • Oreana Winery is featuring a Weekend Winedown with live music on the patio, Saturday and Sunday 2 -5pm, and 10% off purchases with Vintner’s Visa.
  • Point Concepción Wines will be open on Sunday 10-4 for a special opportunity to taste their current vintages and chat with winemaker Peter Cargasacchi.They are only open to the public three times a year, so come and take advantage! They are also offering a 10% discount with Vintner’s Visa.
  • Rancho Sisquoc is featuring  light appetizers and a 15% discount on any case purchase for Vintner’s Visa holders.
  • Rideau is host to a Vintners Festival Mardi Gras in a true New Orleans tradition. Iris will prepare of her famous Cajun/Creole inspired food that will be paired with newly released Rideau wines. Dance to the sounds of live Jazz, Funk and Blues that will fill the air. This is one event you won’t want to miss starting Saturday 11.30am!
  • Stolpman Vineyards is featuring an Educational Vineyard Tour, Tasting and Lunch in the beauty of Ballard Canyon. Join Pete, Tom and Ruben for an educational vineyard walking tour, followed by a tasting of our new releases and boxed picnic lunch Sunday at 11am. Also enjoy 10% off bottle purchases and 25% off case purchases for Vintner’s Visa holders.
  • Tercero Wines offering Visa holders a 10% discount on all purchases.
  • Zaca Mesa features live music from Sean Wiggins Sunday 10-4 in their courtyard. Epicurean Cowboy will be grilling up something amazing you can buy for a picnic. Wine by the glass available.

Explore the wide range of ticket options available for purchase on line: Vintner’s Festival, VIP Early Entry, Vintners Visa Voucher, Combo Ticket, Ultimate Combo Ticket, and Designated Driver.

Vintner’s Festival 2013 Getaway

Santa Ynez Valley MariottSpring into the season with a celebration of vintages and culinary delight. Book your stay for the 4 day Vintner’s Festival at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. As one of the featured Vinter’s Festival culinary participants, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott’s own Starting Gate Restaurant features local selections prepared daily by Chef Ofelio’s culinary team.

 

 Later in the month, join us at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott for our chef’s special 2013 Easter Buffet. Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Easter BrunchClick here to view our 2013 Easter Buffet menu. Reservations are recommended and are available for seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Highlights include omelets & Belgian waffles made to order, eggs benedict, mango shrimp with tropical fruit relish, smoked orange glazed salmon, chef carved prime rib and much more!

 

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Savor the Adventure in the Santa Ynez Valley

Hungry for a bit of epicurean adventure?

Taste of Solvang 2013 Santa Ynez ValleyNestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley’s scenic rolling hills, lush rural pastures and fabulous vineyards you will find a charming surprise…the Danish capitol of America. This time of year, the European-inspired, flower-lined streets of Solvang are a truly enchanting springtime destination and also happen to be hosting a cultural food-forward adventure. Solvang Santa Ynez ValleyThe 21st Annual Taste of Solvang, March 13 – 17, invites fellow epicurean explorers to a delightful spring celebration of food, wine and entertainment. Featuring five days of flavor offerings highlighted with samples of locally grown foods, wines and the rich culinary and cultural heritage of Solvang, it is sure to have something for everyone.

The event kicks off Wednesday March 13 with a Special Chef Walk & Demo through Solvang’s local farmers market. Join local Chef’s David Cecchini of Cecco Ristorante, Master Chef Norbert Schulz of Mirabelle Restaurant and Chef Heather Rae Hovey of Hadsten House Restaurant for a personalized tour through the market as they search for seasonal ingredients and share farm fresh menu inspiration (reservations required). Taste of Solvang 2013 Santa Ynez ValleyLearn from the masters how and why cooking in-season is a great way to utilize healthy and regional food from local suppliers. The last part of the afternoon will be highlighted by the Chef’s cooking demonstrations, a personalized cooking lesson and a unique dining and wine pairing experience at the Mirabelle Restaurant from Chef Norbert and special farmer’s market dinner with Chef Heather Rae Hovey (reservations required).

Taste of Solvang 2013 Santa Ynez ValleyLater in the evening, the Taste of Solvang Dessert Reception wraps it all up with delicious sweet treats, wine and live jazz entertainment.

The Walking Smorgaasbord on Saturday features 40 taste stops
around the village of Solvang featuring delicious bites of Danish, American, Latin, Japanese and Italian cuisines offered by Santa Ynez Valley restaurants and bakeries.Ticket purchase includes a detailed map and menu plus valuable coupons for “day of” specials and some coupons for future dates as well.

Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, savor the Wine & Beer Tasting Walk through the village of Solvang with a dozen local tasting rooms pouring their vintages into your souvenir Taste of Solvang etched wine glass. Taste of Solvang tickets may be purchased a la carte or all inclusive with a Weekend Passport which includes a logo wine glass, wine charm and souvenir canvas tote bag.

Throughout the event, wine tours of Santa Ynez Valley vineyards will be offered including taste stops at four wineries, gourmet picnic lunches and souvenir wine glasses. Special pricing and itineraries will be offered by Grapeline Wine Tours, Serenity Limousine & Sedans and Stagecoach Tours. Advance ticket purchases are highly recommended.

Buellton Wine Chili Festival Santa Ynez ValleyWrap up your Santa Ynez Valley culinary journey with Buellton’s Wine & Chili Festival where a gathering of talented local chefs will compete to take home cash prizes for the best Red Chili, Chile Verde and Homemade Salsa in Santa Ynez Valley.

Guests are invited to vote for the People’s Choice awards. You decide who has the finest Red Chili, the winning Chile Verde, the championship Salsa, the best Booth Showmanship, and top-notch red and white wines. The festival takes place at the Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground and tickets available for purchase on line include a souvenir wine glass and unlimited wine tastes, ten chili tasting tickets, a tri-tip BBQ lunch, entertainment by Unfinished Business. The Buellton Wine & Chili Festival is proudly sponsored by Kessler-Haak Vineyard, Avant Tapas and Wine, the Buellton Chamber of Commerce, Chumash Casino and the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association. Featured Santa Ynez Valley local wineries include Ampelos Celllars, The Hitching PostAlma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Dog Hill Vineyard, Falcone Family Vineyards,Sort This Out Cellars, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co, Press Gang Cellars, Lucas & Lewwllen Vineyards, and Zotovich Cellars.

Santa Ynez Valley MariottStep into Spring and make this a refreshing and delicious getaway. Book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott today for the full Taste of Solvang experience. Relax in the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities. The Santa Ynes Marriott is the ideal destination to renew your spirit and enjoy the season’s splendor!

 

 

 

 

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Santa Ynez Valley Unleashed

Santa Ynez Valley Dog-friendly WineriesPair your love for wine with your four legged friends in the Santa Ynez Valley! As dog-friendly wineries are on the rise in California, dog owners who treat their canines like family no longer have to leave their pooches home when they head out to explore the vineyards. The Santa Ynez Valley is the ideal pet-friendly destination for you and your canine companion for wine tasting adventures and more.  Many wine lovers know that dogs have been the real hosts at local wineries for a very long time, and so it is in the Santa Ynez Valley; you’re likely to find a loyal pup greeting guests and anchoring the heart and soul of the vintner’s offerings. So perhaps it’s time to share the love with your own canine family member? Pack up your pup, his leash and favorite toy and experience a getaway sure to make tails wag and wine tasting wishes come true.

Check out these local Santa Ynez Valley vineyards offering friendly dogs and their owners more than just exceptional pours...

Carivintas Winery Solvang Santa Ynez ValleyCarivintas Winery in Solvang truly embraces the animal lover in everyone. Celebrating their passion for creating great wine with helping animal rescue organizations, Carivintas Winery showcases inspirational and heartwarming stories of rescued animals on the labels of their incredible bottles. A percentage of every animal-themed bottle of wine sold goes to a pet-friendly organization. Carivintas’ tasting room itself is truly pet friendly, offering dog treats, toys, beds and water bowls for your visiting pup. Carivintas Winery SolvangOn the 2nd & the last Saturday of each month,  they team up with the local Animal Shelter and have “Adoptable Pets” day featuring several dogs and cats with the help of many wonderful volunteers.

 

 

Kalyra Winery Santa YnezKalyra Wineries offers some of the most magnificent views in the Santa Ynez Valley. A wonderful blend of imagination and flair make for a memorable tasting experience. Step up to the bar made famous in the movie ‘Sideways’  or venture out to its full-length deck complete with a tranquil dog-friendly picnic spot.

 

Firestone Winery Los OlivosFirestone Vineyard in Los Olivos features a wonderful blend of fantastic premium tasting and idyllic picnic opportunities. Friendly dogs are cheerfully welcomed both on the vineyard grounds and in the tasting room.

Alta Maria VineyardsAlta Maria Vineyards in Los Olivos, is a tasting experience where canine companions are welcome to stretch out and relax on the cool tile floor of the tasting room on-leash while you settle in for a relaxing afternoon of wine bliss.

 

 

Alma Rosa Winery Buellton Santa Ynez Valley

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Buellton, is a  rustic, creekside winery that some may remember from the movie Sideways.  Friendly pups are welcome to relax inside the tasting room, as well as roam around outside on Alma Rosa’s magically scenic property.

 

Rideau Vineyard, Solvang. Rideau Vineyard SolvangSmall dogs are invited into the tasting room as well as outside while leashed, where guests can easily keep an eye on them. They also have a beautiful deck and outdoor seating for picnicking opportunities.

 

Wondering Dog Wine BarWandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang always welcomes small, friendly dogs. Guaranteed something for every wine lover, Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s atmosphere is sure to make your tasting experience memorable.

 

Zaca Mesa Winery Los OlivosZaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos offers plenty of options for you and your pup. Relax at their outdoor picnic tables or step up to the challenge of a game of chess on their life-size chessboard. Perhaps take a walk on the hiking trail with extraordinary views of the Santa Ynez Valley. Of course there is always the rustic tasting room to complete the experience.

 

Presqu'ile Winery Los OlivosPresqu’ile Winery in  Los Olivos offers a friendly, modern and fresh atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the fantastic vintages.  Friendly dogs are always welcome in their tasting room.

 

 

“A dog wags its tail with its heart.” — Martin Buxbaum

Greyhound Fest 2013 SolvangJoin the town of Solvang in celebrating its annual Greyhound Fest  

February 22 – 24

Word is the whole town is excited (right down to the Mayor, shop keepers and hotels) about the Greyhounds visit.

Festival highlights include the Solvang Streak, Saturday, February 23rd, featuring the amazing speed and grace of these beautiful sight hounds, shopping, a silent auction, the Greyhound Walk, the Blessing of the Hounds at the Santa Ines Mission, special speakers, a Greyhound Nose Work Demo, and many more festivities. For a detailed list of events check their website. All proceeds raised from the Solvang Greyhound Fest will benefit Greyt Legs, non-profit support group that aids various adoption groups with grants assisting Greyhounds.

A few extras for canines in the know:

Paws Park Buellton Santa Ynez ValleyLooking for a place  for your pooch to strech and run off that extra energy? Check out Paws Park Off leash dog park in Buellton.  Graciously supported by the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott through local volunteer clean up and donations, it is completely fenced with separate large and small dog areas.

Want to grab a bite to eat with your pup? Solvang is home to over 20 dog-friendly restaurants that provide outside seating for you and your canine companion

If your four legged friend needs a bit of down time, Santa Ynez Valley Pet Care specializes in aromatherapy massage and boarding.

 

Santa Ynez Valley Pet Friendly Hotel

Santa Ynez Valley MarriottMake it a true canine companion getaway and book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Take advantage of great mid-week rates, particularly for the Greyhound Fest events running the weekend of February 22- 24. Arrive early to explore the local area before the crowds! Watch Solvang come alive right before your eyes during Solvang’s Third Wednesday Celebration taking place February 20th with over 60 stores, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms offering special discounts and sales all day.

Santa Ynez Valley MariottThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, a Certified “Pets Can Stay Hotel”, believes your pets are part of your family. All pets receive a special welcome and a Pooch Pack upon arrival. Your pet will feel pampered and at home with their Pooch Pack containing a food dish, water bowl, food scoop, dog tag, Frisbee, and doggie bags. Please let them know your pet will accompany you so that they may prepare for their arrival. There is an $80 non-refundable cleaning fee charged, $5 of which is donated to the local Santa Ynez Valley Paws Park – off leash dog park in Buellton.

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Holiday Wine Pairings in the Santa Ynez Valley

What to Serve with that Bird…

In need of some wine pairing inspiration for your Holiday Meals?  Don’t sweat it!

While many are familiar with these key elements of food and wine Holiday pairings:

  • Matching the wine selection to the protein in the meal
  •  Balancing the fruit and acidity in the wine selection, so that it holds its own with all the holiday spices in your delicious meal
  • Offering a variety: red and white, so all are sure to find something to enjoy

…the finer tuning of wine pairing can leave even the best of chefs in a quandary. Since most of us don’t have our own private oenophile super hero on call, a visit to Santa Ynez Valley’s local wineries will not only help you navigate the bountiful wine options for your Holiday meals…it will may also be just the key to slow the pace of any pre-holiday craziness that has a way of sneaking up this time of year.

With some expert guidance from Santa Ynez Valley’s incredible wine professionals, you can sip your way through the answers! Why not try a pairing for the delectable side dishes on your table or add a sparkling wine to your menu for a touch of festive charm?

There is no doubt that great wine pairings will do wonders for your holiday meals and serve as great conversation starters and inspired holiday gifts as well.  Thankfully, the vineyards of Santa Ynez produce some of California’s most exciting wines and these extraordinary local wineries are a wealth of knowledge for those needing some wine coaching. For some inspired pairing suggestions and pre-holiday fun, take a look at these local Santa Ynez Valley events:

Holiday Pairings Experience

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Wine Pairings

Sunstone Winery in Santa Yvez Valley is offering an educational and interactive opportunity  to learn which wines will compliment your holiday menus and ask questions of the their chef and wine experts.  You will be expertly guided through a perfectly matched selection of wines and holiday bites prepared by Santa Ynez Valley’s Avant restaurant. Hosted in the Tasting Room of Sunstone Winery, Saturday November 17 at 11:30am and 1 pm, cost is  $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information or to book your reservation, please contact the Wine Club Director at Sunstone Winery.

 

 

Meet the Wine Maker at The Good Life

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Wine Pairings

Specializing in boutique wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles and exclusive California Craft beer, The Good Life’s Meet the WineMaker continuing series is featuring winemaker is Doug Timewell from Toucan Wines.  Doug will be on site pouring his select Limited Production Estate wines and sharing his knowledge of wine making In the Santa Ynez Valley. Discover the relationship between wine and winemaker and the exceptional holiday wines available. Saturday, November 17, 2012, 3pm – 5pm.

 

 

 

Dessert Wine Pairings

Leave room for dessert!Desert Wine Pairings Santa Ynez Valley

Indulge in the ultimate food and wine pairing at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang, California, the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a new wine & food concept where tasters can sample a delicious cupcake pairing to any wine or beer flight.   Surely your own holiday feast can include a multitude of appetizer and main course pairings, but don’t forget the perfect wine to relax with at the end of your meal.  Take this sweet opportunity to delve into the dessert wine options at Santa Ynez Valley’s The Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

 

Wine Exploration

Santa Ynez Valley Marirott Wine Touring Packages

Take the time to truly explore all things wine and extend your holiday tasting experience with a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. If you opt to explore the local Santa Ynez Valley wine events on your own we offer an excellent opportunity to get the most out of your wine tasting experience.

 

 

Leave the cooking to us!

Why not dine out and join us at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott for a delicious traditional holiday feast at the Starting Gate Restaurant? Our Thanksgiving Buffet Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Thanksgiving Buffet is the perfect way to celebrate the autumn harvest without all of the stress. Make your reservation today by calling 805-688-1000.

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