Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wine Fest Los Olivos

Inaugural Wine Fest Los Olivos

If there's one town in the Santa Ynez Valley 
that should have its own wine festival, it's Los Olivos!

I’ve been covering wine festivals and related tasting events for several years now and the season always gets very busy from May through July. We’re all in luck now though, because a brand new wine festival has shown up much earlier in the year so we can pace ourselves. And this time of year in Los Olivos should be fantastic weather! The first annual Wine Fest in Los Olivos is scheduled for the end of February on Saturday the 28th, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Photo by Tenley Fohl Photography
This new event features wine tasting, gourmet food pairing AND shopping! What more could you ask for in a wine fest?  I suppose an informative seminar tasting with the world famous Riedel wine glasses could be added in, and that's just what they've done.
The educational and fun Riedel Master Glass Seminar will be held during the festival from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at the Grange Hall in Los Olivos.
The Mystery Tour features the wine tasting rooms, superb restaurants, local chefs and specialty retailers in downtown Los Olivos. Participating chefs from the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barabra will provide food at many of these establishments.
Included with the general admission are:

  • A Los Olivos-branded tote bag with tasting glass and event information
  • Two pours per Tasting Room, restaurant and retailer
  • Gourmet foods at every stop
  • Access to Tasting Rooms’ winemakers and experts
  • Musical entertainment
  • Prize drawings for merchants’ special offers. Drawing a ‘key’ will be your chance to enter the final drawing for the Grand Prize (special rules apply).
  • Chance to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.
The Grand Prizes are:
Visit the Wine Fest Los Olivos website for an up-to-date list of participating businesses. Tickets for the Riedel Master Glass Seminar are $55 ($65 on-site) and tickets for the Mystery Tour are $65 ($75 on-site). Both can be purchased from NightOut. I'll see you there!


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