What's Cookin' on Wine with Michael Horn


September 20, 201652 min
MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS – CELEBRATION OF HARVEST WEEKEND OCTOBER 7-10 ABOUT SB 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. ABOUT MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN:  Morgen has been deeply involved in the wine and tourism industries since childhood through her family's various projects on the East Coast and Colorado.  Wanting to follow her own path outside of wine, Morgen graduated from Boston College with degrees in English and Secondary Education.  As she prepared to enroll in Graduate School, she was pulled back into the family wine business as the General Manager and eventual Co-owner of McLaughlin Vineyards.  After twelve years at the winery and diversifying the business into special events, direct to consumer initiatives and ag-tourism projects, she left to become the President and CEO of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association in Corning, New York.  Morgen led the organization and region through six and a half years of tremendous growth and national and international visibility.  Morgen lives in Santa Barbara County with her husband (a fellow wine professional) and three sons. She currently serves on the Visit Santa Barbara Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Board of Directors, Santa Barbara County Agriculture Advisory Committee, and the Santa Barbara County Right to Farm Committee. CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF HARVEST EXCITEMENT  Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Celebration of Harvest Weekend October 7-10 brings together wine makers, grape growers, chefs, and wine lovers for four days of merriment. From the four day Vintners Visa, Friday Harvest Dinner, Saturday Wine Seminar, Saturday Festival Grand Tasting, to the many winery special events, you don't want to miss this must attend weekend in Santa Barbara Wine Country. The highlight of the weekend is the Saturday afternoon Celebration of Harvest Festival Grand Tasting held on the beautiful grounds of the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., with early entry available at 12:00 p.m. One hundred Santa Barbara County wineries will pour their newest releases alongside some of the region's best restaurants and food purveyors. Additionally, Edible Santa Barbara will present wine and culinary demonstrations throughtout the day. Live music from two different bands will provide the perfect backdrop. The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Silent Auction will have wine country experiences and large format bottles available for bidding with all proceeds benefitting local chariities, including the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Tickets start at $80 per person (plus ticketing fee) for an all-inclusive experience that includes wine, food, and convenient parking. VINTNERS VISA (FRIDAY-MONDAY) Extend your stay and see harvest in action! The Vintners Visa is your wine tasting pass to many tasting rooms throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country October 7 - 10 (Friday - Monday.)  Taste wine at up to 12 different participating wineries and tasting rooms for the price of the visa.  The Vintners Visa is valued at more than $180 per person, but is only $50 each! HARVEST WINE DINNER (FRIDAY) On Friday evening the Santa Barbara County wine community will take a small respite from the h


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