As advertised, it was a fun event! Wines from over 100 Santa Barbara County wineries were available for tasting, along with some delicious food from local restaurants and catering companies, plus live music, art exhibits, and a variety of wine country vendors.
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Pictured above are Terecero Wines, Verdad / Qupé, Toretti's Family Vineyard, Grassini Family Vineyards, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, Tantara Winery, Vogelzang Vineyard, Cinque Stelle Winery, Silver Wines, Au Bon Climat/Clendenen Family Vineyards Winemaker Jim Clendenen with friend, Ken Brown Wines, Koehler Winery, Mosby Wines, and Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards.
A large list of the white and red wines I was able to taste is available as a PDF if you click here. Or you can squint at the image below.
On the second trip around the grounds I tasted fewer red wines than white wines, but I still found some very nice Pinot Noir, Syrah, and blended red wines.
Wineries that occurred frequently in my higher ratings:
- Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
- Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio
- Happy Canyon Vineyards
- Ken Brown Wines
- Kenneth Volk Vineyards
- Lafond Winery & Vineyards
- Martian Ranch & Vineyard
- Rusack Vineyards
- Tantara Wines
- Tercero Wines
- Zotovich Cellars
Great food with colorful displays! Pictured above from the top left, clockwise, are:
Petros - Spanakopita
El Rancho’s Vintner’s Festival Sandwich - BBQ Tri-tip on garlic crostini topped with Mississippi Caviar (black eyed peas, tomatoes, jalapeños, avocados, green onion, vinaigrette dressing)
Babé Farms - Colorful display of veggies
Avant Tapas & Wine - Piquillo Hummus, Wood Fired Pita, Fresh Radish, Local Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Palmina - Cutting board of chocolate treats with blood orange, sea salt, …
The Willows - Sergio’s Signature Meat Balls
Pictured above from the top left, sorta clockwise, are:
Starting Gate Restaurant - Carne Asada Tacos, Salsa Roja Spicy or Salsa Verde Mild
The Hitching Post II - Grilling Sliders
Cattaneo Bros - Grilling and Serving Sausage
Mirabelle Inn & Restaurant - Shrimp Tostada with Cilantro Crema
New West Catering / Industrial Eats - Wild Boar Pastrami On Rye Crisp With Remoulada, Kraut and Gruyere
Succulent Cafe Wine Charcuterie - Lavender & Green Apple Chile Verde
Global Gardens - Pastry
All of the food was very good, but I could have eaten more of these:
- El Rancho’s BBQ Tri-tip Sandwich
- Cattaneo Bros’ Grilled Sausages
- Starting Gate’s Carne Asada (Salsa Roja Spicy) Tacos
- Succulent Cafe’s Lavender & Green Apple Chile Verde
- Mirabelle’s Shrimp Tostada with Cilantro Crema
- The Willows’ Meat Balls
Lots of FUN!
We enjoyed it all, and since we were in the neighborhood we visited the Lompoc Wine Ghetto on the following day. Hope to come to this festival again next year--and I'll have an even better wine tasting checklist ready to go!
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