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January 26, 2012
Imagine Wine winemaker Ross Rankin has added a new Red Wine to his portfolio with the release of “Panty and Boxer Dropper Reds”. Barrel aged for one year, Ross describes the Santa Ynez Valley Syrah as having spicy oak aromas, juicy blackberry flavors and a bright finish. “Just the ticket for those potentially romantic nights!” says Ross. The label alone is a “must see”!

Join the launch of this new release at the Casino Night Panty-Dropper/Boxer-Dropper Valentines Launch Party where “Sometimes you get Lucky.” “Lucky”, their new Bluebird Mascot, will be helping release the long awaited “Naughty” Panty Dropper and Boxer Dropper® Syrah at the liveliest and “funnest” Santa Ynez Valentines fake gambling party ever thrown! Enjoy a fancy “good time” evening of great wine (three glasses of wine included, additional wine may be purchased), fake-gaming (you will be given thousands in chips to win or loose at will), delicious appetizers, dinner catered by Polka-Dot, old movies, and the “Lucky Girls” hostesses who will keep the party hopping in their Roaring 20′s outfits.

Space is limited so DON’T Delay. Tickets are $60.00 per person if purchased before January 30th and $70.00 per person after February 1st. Tickets are available at www.imaginewine.com or call 805-688-1769. Saturday February 11th from 7 PM until 11 PM. 21 and Over Only.

Prizes will be awarded for the best “Panty Dropper, Boxer Dropper” themed costume (no idea what that might mean but remember it is COLD in February). For the rest of you Dressy Casual is the dress for the evening. The Party will be at the Imagine Wine tasting room 3563 Numancia Street in Santa Ynez from 7 PM to 11 PM. A portion of the Proceeds will benefit Santa Barbara Based Aeromedicos, a 30 year old Baja Mexico Medical Clinic www.aeromedicos.org.


March 3, 2011
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.

And don’t forget to “Like” our Fan Page to receive updates on our member wineries, events and special offers.

Save the Date! Stars Stripes and Syrah, July 2nd, 2011


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