Our Wine Fantasy in February on Valentine’s Day Weekend was both fun and a successful weekend for our member wineries. Everyone did a fine job of providing delicious nibbles accompanied by the premier wines selected for the occasion, and our attendees had a great time as well. I had the pleasure of speaking with many of you and appreciate the favorable comments you made regarding the passport weekend. As expressed by many, we have fans that return year after year to enjoy these events, and we do appreciate the loyalty.
So, here are a few highlights of the weekend:
The weather cooperated nicely, it was fine day with temperatures in the high 70’s for most of the afternoon. Great weather for cruising the Valley, convertible top down and favorite tunes on the iPod.
Buttonwood Farms’ Tasting Room Manager, Kurt, switched hats for theButtonwine Farms Winery day and donned an apron and spatula to create both lovely and tasty heart shaped burgers – even the buns were carefully cut in the shape of a heart! A fantastic spicy tomato chutney on the side and brownies for dessert; I think Kurt earns the 2011 February Wine Fantasy Top Chef Award!
Not to be outdone, however, Tatyana, Hospitality Manager at Lincourt Vineyards put out a gourmet spread in the Barrel Room with a selection of gourmet cheeses, breads, meats, fruits, a great Chardonnay Mousse Pate and variety of truffles and chocolates.
Over in Los Olivos, the back garden at Daniel Gehrs Wines was bustling with patrons enjoying wines poured under the shade of the outdoor wine bar and sophisticated flavors of goat cheese, red pepper meatballs, cranberries, strawberries and chocolates.
A group of teachers, annual participants in this event, were enjoying themselves in the Arthur Earl tasting room amidst owner Nancy’s lovely Valentine’s Day décor and treats of meatballs, assorted dips, chocolate chip cookies & white chocolate.
Two young ladies found a romance with Scott Cellar’s wide selection of wines poured and enlightening conversation with owner and winemaker Peter Scott Fraser himself.
Back in Solvang, the crowds were in full swing. I could barely nudge my way through Presidio Winery’s tasting room where numerous patrons were enjoying the organic wines and hors’ de oeuvres while Chris, Tasting Room Manager, was attentively pouring and mingling with the fans.
The Lucas and Lewellen tasting room was similarly buzzing with wine enthusiasts and pasta lovers enjoying the fare and Mediterranean ambiance. Normally a place to preoccupy children, this couple dined in the only seat in the house.
At Casa Cassara in Buellton, Barbara entertained and educated a group of long time participants who flew in from Nevada to enjoy our event. “A brief trip but every bit worth it” they said. Barbara’s Sauvignon Blanc Spinach Dip and Merlot Meatballs were the perfect finish to the day’s samplings.
Meanwhile, Imagine Tasting Room
and Art Gallery in Santa Ynez was a creative hub with owner LynDee’s Valentine’s Day card crafting a big hit. Many adults spent their time cutting, drawing and gluing that perfect card for their sweethearts (and the 10% discount on wines). LynDee’s homemade truffles were snapped up quickly, much to my dismay, as I didn’t get to try them but word was they were fabulous.
A big thanks to all the participants who joined us and we look forward to your return. For those who missed this one, you have plenty of opportunity to join in on the fun at the upcoming events during the remainder of the year. Visit our website www.santaynezwinecountry.com for more information. For more fun photos, visit our Facebook Page.
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