Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wine Tasting Events 2012

I usually write about events that have already happened. In this case I thought I'd let you know that there are some exciting California wine tasting events coming up in the next few months!
Stay tuned for more Taste-N-Trip coverage...

Provence in the City 2012 - LOS ANGELES
April 2
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Fig & Olive Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

Join us for the year's largest official presentation of the wines of Provence in Los Angeles! Sample some of the finest rosé, red and white wines of the Côtes de Provence appellation … paired with Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres.
Media only event.

30th Annual Vintners' Festival - Santa Barbara  
Saturday - April 21, 2012
Vintners' Festival Weekend
April 20, 21, 22, 23

The Vintners’ Festival is hosted by the more than one hundred vintners and winemakers of the organization, who will be pouring their latest releases of the fifty-four plus varietals of wine grown in the county. The festival will also feature more than two dozen local restaurants, caterers and purveyors of specialty foods serving tasty wine country bites, and two live and lively bands filling the spring air with music. Add to that a Silent Auction to benefit local charities, art displays from area artists and a day of wine country camaraderie and you’ve got a festival where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The Festival takes place on Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4 pm at The Carranza, located approximately at 5406 Zaca Station Road, on the outskirts of Los Olivos.

This weekend, wineries also present their own events, ranging from Winemaker's Dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. Check back here to see a full listing of events as they are finalized.

A favorite feature of the weekend is the Vintners' Visa - your passport to twelve winery tasting rooms - use the Vintners' Visa to explore new wineries - or revisit old friends.
For tickets, visit: or call 888-330-6744.
For details about the event e-mail

30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival 
May 18 - 20, 2012
Paso Robles, CA

EXPERIENCE THE PERSONALITY AND RICH HISTORY reflected in each glass of Paso Robles wine. Combining traditions of the past with innovations of the future, Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to honor 30 years of the Paso Robles Wine Festival May 18 – 20, 2012. This celebration of the finest in food and wine will embrace all that define Paso Robles Wine Country – welcome-to-the-neighborhood atmosphere, fantastic food offerings, and of course exceptional wines.

The 30th Annual Wine Festival begins Friday, May 18, 2012 as select wineries feature their library, reserve, futures and refreshing power white/Rosé samples at the RESERVE event. On Saturday, May 19, 2012 more than 70 wineries come together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to showcase their wines alongside culinary samplings from fresh and trendy food trucks.

Travel beyond the Park to explore more than 150 winery events throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, live music, barrel samplings, and more. 

Conejo Wine & Jazz Fest
Sun, May 20 2012, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Conejo Creek Park North
1379 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

The Conejo Wine & Jazz Fest will be held on May 20, 2012, at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks from 1 pm - 4 pm.

The day will feature restaurants, caterers and wineries in addition to live Jazz performance by some of the areas finest musicians. Come and join us in wine tastings, food tastings and great music!

This event supports the local high school music programs of the Conejo Valley. The cost to attend is $50 and the special VIP ticket is $75. The VIP ticket includes a VIP parking pass, one hour early admission, and reserved VIP seating near the jazz music stage and under a shade tent.

For general information, visit:
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5th Annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration
Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
715 South A Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

It's time to celebrate! Join us for the 5th Annual Ventura County Wine Trail Celebration and experience Ventura County's artisan wines, incredible food, live music and more!

This year's celebration will be held at the historic Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, CA from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, June 21st, 2012.

Tickets available for only $35. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ventura County FOOD SHARE, a food bank that houses and distributes millions of pounds of food every year to the hungry of Ventura County. This event is open to the public - ages 21 and up. Admission price includes food, wine and souvenir wine glass.

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the finest wines of Ventura County!

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