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Santa Barbara’s 5th Annual Winter Wine Classic Wows Wine Lovers

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Events, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue I entered the Fess Parker resort wide-eyed. In front of me were what seemed like endless tables of winemakers pouring generous sips of all their best grapes. I grabbed my glass and hit the ground running. With nearly 100 wines to choose from, and not knowing where to start, I’d often ask the question, “Can I try your most popular wine or what you’re known for?” Frequently, I’d get the response, “Our most popular wine isn’t here. We’re pouring from our reserve (or ultra-premium) wines tonight.” This was possibly the best response an oenophile could hope for and part of what made the 5th Annual Winter Wine Classic such a unique tasting experience. I put myself in their elite hands and was transported on a tasting journey from Santa Ynez to...

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Sip in Santa Barbara for the Fifth Annual Winter Wine Classic

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Dining News, Events, Travel | 0 comments

  It’s winter in Santa Barbara and the sun is shining, people are biking, and the surf’s up. What better way to celebrate the lack of inclement weather than by enjoying another fabulous aspect of California living – wine! The Fifth Annual Winter Wine Classic in Santa Barbara will bring together one of the largest assortments of top California winemakers and wine lovers alike for a night of sipping, learning, and sampling at the ballroom of The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort. Notable producers include Bernardus Winery, Charles Krug, Etude and Whitehall Lane, as well as Ahnfeldt, Beckmen, Alma Rosa, and Tablas Creek. Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association, Santa Rita Hills Wine Alliance and Paso CAB Collective will be featured wine regions of the night. “Most wine events would be thrilled to have one or two...

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Save Room for the Second Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Dining News, Events, Featured | 0 comments

  If the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival’s media preview event on July 30 was simply a “taste” of what’s in store for the actual Festival, then there’s never been such a jaw-droppingly satisfying appetizer! With thoroughly primed tastebuds, I’m already craving what’s to come at the Second Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival. This three-day foodie adventure kicks off with a Launch Party & Charity Event on Friday, October 2 at Island Hotel’s Oak Grill & Aqua Lounge, to be followed by two action-packed days at the Newport Beach Civic Center featuring live cooking demos with celebrity and local chefs, tastings from 30 of Orange County’s best restaurants, wine panels led by Master Sommeliers, mixology courses, tastings from over 200 boutique, cult and world-renowned wines, and cocktail and beer tastings all set to the tune of...

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