What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn


March 30, 20152 min
MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS  About the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association: The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association is a non-profit organization (501c6) founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a premium wine producing and wine grape growing region. The Vintners’ Association produces festivals, seminars, and wine tastings as well as providing information to consumers and the wine and travel media. Through the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation, the Association contributes to the community through local charitable, art and educational and scholarship organizations with proceeds from its various events, such as Santa Barbara Wine Auction, held every other year and benefitting Direct Relief International, and silent auctions at all the Association’s festivals. WWW.SBCOUNTYWINES.COM UPCOMING EVENTS: VINTNERS  SPRING  WEEKEND  April 23 - 26 www.sbvintnersweekend.com VINTNERS  VISA - The Vintners' Visa gives you one complimentary wine tasting at 12 different wineries throughout Santa Barbara County. The Visa lasts for the entire Spring Weekend starting on Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26VINTNERS  FESTIVAL - The Festival showcases over 120 Santa Barbara County wineries along with some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies, and gourmet food creators in addition to music, art and related wine country vendors.EVENT  CALENDAR - There are plenty of fun and exciting events taking place over the Spring Weekend. Check out winery open houses, special wine maker dinners or lunches, vineyard hikes, and more! More events will be added to the calendar in 2015. CELEBRATION OF HARVEST October 9 - 12 www.celebrationofharvest.com The Celebration of Harvest Weekend, held over Columbus Day Weekend, is our annual celebration of the year's bounty. Vintners take a break from the vineyards and cellars to pour their wines and share harvest tales at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 1:00-4:00PM at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Throughout the weekend select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners, library tastings, new wine releases, and barrel tastings. Want to visit the tasting rooms on an all-inclusive tasting pass?  Don't forget your Vintners Visa for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve tasting rooms. KEY TO WINE COUNTRY December 5-7 www.sbkeytowinecountry.com It's like a wine tasting passport...a passport that gets you in the VIP line no one knows about.  Your Key will allow you into special experiences and events, along with giving you special offers and deals,  at 38 participating wineries and at 10 restaurants throughout Santa Barbara County December 5 - 7. Once you purchase a Key, you will receive a secret password that will enable you to make reservations to attend these experiences and events. There is no limit or maximum amount of events you can attend. Don't forget to book a transportation package on Saturday and Sunday, so you don't have to worry about wine tasting and driving. Keys are limited, so purchase yours today! TIM SNIDER – PRESIDENT, FESS PARKER WINERY Driving north along the pastoral Foxen Canyon Wine Trail feels like traveling back to California’s early days. Rolling hills frame vast meadows, deer and wildlife roam free, and pristine landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. This peaceful environment enticed the late Fess Parker into buying a 714-acre ranch here back in 1988. The Texas-born actor, who played the television roles of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s, had moved his family to Santa Barbara in the early 1960s and begun construction of a blufftop home. When heavy rains caused it to collapse onto the beach, he revised his plans and headed inland. There, he discovered the Foxen Canyon property, where he initially planned to run cattle, plant a few grapes to sell to other v


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