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April 2014
Wandering Dog Blind Tasting

Blind Tasting Thursdays

April 24, 2014 4:00 pm - April 24, 2014 7:00 pm
Wandering Dog Wine Bar
Solvang, CA

Test your knowledge of varietals and regions with our blind tasting challenge! Participants will try to match up answers with each wine based on type of wine, region where it is from, price point and alcohol content. $15/person

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Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Bottle Release Party: Big Cone Black Ale

April 24, 2014 5:00 pm - April 24, 2014 9:00 pm
Buellton Taproom
Buellton, CA

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. celebrates the release of Big Cone Black Ale in bottles. The public is invited to try this special beer and meet the brewer. Limited edition t-shirts will be available. 22- ounce bottles will be available for purchase in all Fig Mtn Brew taprooms as well as select retailers throughout California.

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Uncorked ~ The Evolution of Wine Exhibit Opening Reception

April 26, 2014 5:00 pm - April 26, 2014 7:00 pm
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
Santa Ynez, CA

The first exhibition of its kind “Uncorked” traces the history of winemaking in the Santa Ynez Valley from the early Mission period through present day. The exhibit highlights those pioneering Valley winemakers who helped bring international recognition to the Santa Ynez Valley as a region for producing exceptionally fine wines.

Preview the exhibition while tasting wines poured by our Valley’s pioneer winemakers, receive an “Uncorked” logo glass, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres by The Chef’s Touch, music and a wine raffle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle and talk with winemakers like Ken Brown of Ken Brown Wines, Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Winery, Louis Lucas of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Bob Lindquist of Qupé, Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard, Dan Gainey Jr. of Gainey Vineyards, Lafond Winery, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Fiddlehead and more.

Take in the rich history of our wine region while enjoying a great evening out with friends. Everyone Invited!

Members $15 ~ Non-Members $20

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Standing Sun-LIVE in the Winery!

April 26, 2014 7:00 pm - April 26, 2014 10:00 pm
Standing Sun Wines
Buellton, CA

The Howlin Brothers

April 26th 7-10pm

$10 General Admission $15 Reserved Seat
Food by Valley Fresh

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Sides Breakfast

April 27, 2014 8:00 am - April 27, 2014 10:00 am
Sides Hardware and Shoes - A Brothers Restaurant
Los Olivos , CA

Breakfast is BACK! Thank you all so much for your support and dedication to Sides. We miss breakfast like crazy and appreciate you – our fans! You are the driving force to bringing breakfast back to Sides.
Here’s the story: When we opened in April of 2012 we had no idea what to expect. We saw the hole in the outfield for breakfast in Los Olivos and stepped up to the plate. To this day we still receive rave reviews for our breakfast menu, it was a hit! You know how business can be…breakfast went from 6 days a week to 3 days a week to 0 over the course of 18 months. So 6 months later, to celebrate our 2 year anniversary, we had this idea: Reintroduce breakfast on a limited basis, selling tickets, so we know exactly what and who to expect. We’re putting our fans to the test. If we sell out, we’ll add more dates.
Limited seats are available.

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11th Annual Wildling Museum Spring Barbecue

April 27, 2014 3:00 pm - April 27, 2014 6:00 pm
Orella Ranch
Buellton , CA

Each spring Wildling supporters gather at a ranch to celebrate the Wildling’s mission to use art to celebrate nature and to inspire a conservation ethic. Because of you, the event is one of our major fundraisers of the year. The BBQ is not only a wonderful time spent with friends and like-minded individuals, but a fantastic way to financially support the Wildling Museum. We need you this year! Attend the BBQ at Orella Ranch and help us develop amazing art exhibitions and fantastic programs that showcase the beauty of the environment around us.

For more information visit www.wildlingmuseum.org/bbq2014 or call (805) 686-8315; Tickets are $95 and Sponsor Tickets are $250.

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Standing Sun-LIVE in the Winery! Anthony Smith

April 27, 2014 7:00 pm - April 27, 2014 10:00 pm
Standing Sun Wines
Buellton, CA

Anthony Smith

http://www.anthonysmith.com/

APRIL 27TH 7-10pm

$15 General Admission $20 Reserved Seat
Food by Tacos Amigos

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Literary Lunch with Famed Author Fannie Flagg

April 30, 2014 12:00 pm - April 30, 2014 2:00 pm
Petersen Vilage Inn
Solvang, CA

Famed author of “Fried Green Tomatoes”, Fannie Flagg will speak about her newest book “The all-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion” with Q+A and book signing. Lunch Noon-1:00 with discussion and book signing from 1:00-2:00 PM. $30 per person plus tax + gratuity. Price includes a signed copy of the book. For reservations please call 805-688-3121

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Solvang Farmers Market

April 30, 2014 2:30 pm - April 30, 2014 6:30 pm
Downtown Solvang
Solvang, CA

Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of agricultural products grown right in our backyard. Seasonal diversity is available year round rain or shine. Come. Shop. Socialize. Certified – the only way to buy!

Join us in downtown Solvang every Wednesday on First Street, between Mission Drive (Highway 246) and Copenhangen Drive.

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May 2014
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Wine Tasting All Summer With The Summer Pass-$40

May 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Various Tasting Rooms Santa Ynez Valley
Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton, CA

The Summer Pass is the ticket to fabulous wine tasting at the premier boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley.

For just $40, you’ll receive one wine tasting at each of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms ($150 value). You choose the dates you’d like to taste between May 1 and August 31, there are no reservations required and no blackout dates. Your pass will expire when you’ve tasted at all 15 wineries, or on August 31, 2014–whichever occurs first.

You’ll also receive discounts and offers from our local business partners, exclusively for Summer Pass holders.

Summer Passes are available for $40 online at www.santaynezwinecountry.com.
Beginning May 1, passes will be available for $45 at Imagine Wine in Santa Ynez, Alexander & Wayne in Los Olivos, Lincourt Vineyards on the Alamo Pintado Corridor in Solvang and at Standing Sun Wines in Buellton.

Participating wineries: Alexander & Wayne, Arthur Earl, The Brander Vineyard, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara Wines, Cimarone & 3CV Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Rideau Vineyard, Standing Sun Wines, Toccata Wines, Toretti Family Vineyards and William James Cellars.

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Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Day Trip

May 1, 2014 7:25 am - May 1, 2014 7:00 pm
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum
Santa Ynez , CA

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum Members and friends are invited to a special day trip to the Huntington in Pasadena on May 1, 2014. The Huntington Botanical Gardens are an ever-changing exhibition of color and a constant delight, especially in the spring! Covering 120 acres, more than a dozen specialized gardens are arranged within a park-like landscape of rolling lawns. The Huntington Art Gallery, originally the Huntington residence, contains one of the most comprehensive collections in this country of 18th- and 19th-century British and French art. It serves as home to Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Lawrence’s Pinkie. The Huntington Library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts in the fields of British and American history and literature is nothing short of extraordinary. Among the treasures for research and exhibition are the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Gutenberg Bible on vellum, the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, and a world-class collection of the early editions of Shakespeare’s works.

Tickets are $30 and include:
Travel round trip to the Huntington on a comfortable Santa Barbara Airbus
Admission to the Huntington
Snacks and beverages on the bus ride
A wonderful May Day in lush gardens awash with spring color!!
Photo Opportunity!

The Santa Barbara Airbus will leave the Museum promptly at 7:30 am and we will return at 7:00 pm. Lunch is not provided however there are three restaurants on the grounds.

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Buellton Brew Fest VIP Dinner with Figueroa Mountain Brewing

May 2, 2014 6:00 pm - May 2, 2014 8:30 pm
Mendenhall Museum
Buellton, CA

Enjoy a delicious evening under the stars at the historic Mendenhall Museum as we kick off the 3rd Annual Buellton Brew Fest! You’ll feast on dishes by Beto’s Place paired with Award Winning Figueroa Mountain Brews among the neon lights of the West Coast’s largest private collection of petroliana memorabilia and race cars. Truly a unique experience!

Tickets for this dinner are $75 and include a 4 course paired meal; or you may purchase a Buellton Brew Fest VIP Ticket for $110 which includes VIP Access at the next day’s Buellton Brew Fest and Lunch, as well as a seat at the VIP Dinner.

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3rd Annual Buellton Brew Fest

May 3, 2014 12:00 pm - May 3, 2014 4:00 pm
Riverview Park
Buellton, CA

The Buellton Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 3rd Annual Buellton Brew Fest. A sell out in its first two years, the Buellton Brew Fest will be even bigger and better this year. We’re bringing in even more craft brewers this year along with a comfortable VIP Lounge where you can hob nob with your favorite brewers, Food Trucks, games, and a VIP Dinner Friday Night with award winning pairings! Buellton Brew Fest is sure to be a repeat success. Tickets sell out each year, get yours before they do!

Bring your beach chair and blankets and plan to Jam to the sounds of Moonshiner Collective while you enjoy a beautiful day at River View Park in Buellton at the Buellton Brew Fest.

Tickets Range from $35-$110 and sell out each year prior to the gate. Get yours now!

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Pups and Purrs Fundraiser

Pups and Purrs Fundraiser at Fess Parker Winery

May 3, 2014 4:00 pm - May 3, 2014 9:00 pm
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
Los Olivos, CA

On Saturday, May 3, C.A.R.E.4Paws and Old Yeller Ranch Rescue co-host the Pawty of the Year: Pups & Purrs Fundraiser at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos, from 4pm to 9pm.

Tickets are $40 ($50 at the door) and include:

  • Great wine from Fess Parker Winery
  • Fabulous food from Full of Life Flatbread-Yummy desserts from local bakeries and chocolate makersTo buy your tickets, visit
  • Yummy desserts from local bakeries and chocolate makers
  • Live music

A silent and live auction featuring items such as:

  • A week’s stay in New Zealand
  • Roundtrip airfare to any city in the U.S.
  • A weekend at Four Seasons Resort
  • Exclusive spa packages & wine baskets
  • Gift certificates to first-class restaurants
  • And much more…

 

To buy your tickets, visit http://www.care4paws.org/pupsnpurrs.html

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Santa Barbara Half-Marathon and Cimarone Wines

May 10, 2014 11:00 am - May 10, 2014 5:30 pm
Cimarone Wines Tasting Room
Los Olivos, CA

The Santa Barbara Wine Country Half-Marathon is coming to the Santa Ynez Valley again on Saturday, May 10, 2014. We will be pouring at the wine tasting at Hans Christian Andersen Park in Solvang directly following the race, so come visit us if you’re running!

We’ll also be offering 2-for-1 wine tastings for race participants (just show us your race number), plus a special two-bottle package at 15+% off consisting of our 2012 3CV Sauvignon Blanc and our newly released 2012 3CV BANK Bordeaux-style blend with a splash of Syrah.

In support of those who now have difficulty competing in such an event, 10% of gross sales from race day will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project to honor, empower, and meet the needs of wounded service members.

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Live Music @ The Good Life

May 10, 2014 7:30 pm - May 10, 2014 10:30 pm
The Good Life
Solvang, CA

Join us as we welcome local Folk/Americana legend, Ray Fortune!
Live music by the fire with great beer & wine. You just ran the 1/2 Marathon, you deserve it!

The Good Life is a craft beer and wine shop & bar specializing in California Craft beer and local, boutique wines. We offer small bites such as cheese, cured meats, nuts, olives and tempting sweets! Open daily at 12pm with live music EVERY Saturday night!

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Mother’s Day at Cimarone Wines

May 11, 2014 11:00 am - May 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Cimarone Wines Tasting Room
Los Olivos, CA

Celebrate that wonderful woman called ‘Mom’ with a day of wine tasting! On Mother’s Day, we’ll treat moms to complimentary tastings at our Los Olivos wine tasting room. So come on in and relax – we know she deserves it!

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Lizard’s Mouth IIPA & Bieré de Ménage Release Party

May 16, 2014 5:00 pm
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Buellton Taproom
Buellton, CA

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. celebrates the release of Lizard’s Mouth IIPA and Whole Foods Market collaboration release, a beer-wine blend called Bieré de Ménage, in bottles.  The public is invited to try this special beer and meet the brewers.  Limited edition t-shirts will be available.  22-ounce bottles will be available for purchase in all Fig Mtn Brew taprooms as well as select retailers throughout California.

About the Beers:

Lizard’s Mouth Imperial India Pale Ale is an IPA for IPA lovers.  Not shy with hops, Brewmaster AJ Stoll uses a proprietary blend of tropical fruit-like hops.  This new release is bursting to the gills with fruity goodness: powerful aromas of guava, passionfruit, orange zest and pine cascade into tropical hop flavors with a smooth, ultra-clean finish.

Bieré de Ménage is a unique Belgian-style beer blended with wine created together with the winemakers from Margerum Wine Company, a team from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market.  This is the first of Fig Mtn Brew’s Liquamentum series which will become its own brand later this spring featuring unique concoctions such as beer-wine hybrids.  For this farmhouse ale, Brewmaster AJ Stoll brewed a pale, dry, spicy French-style table beer and then barreled it down in oak barrels with Margerum’s tropical, floral, bright Sauvignon Blanc from the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA.

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SYV Relay For Life

May 17, 2014 10:00 am - May 18, 2014 10:00 am
Dunn School
Los Olivos, CA

Join us at Dunn School on May 17-18, 2014! Stay posted to the website for more details on how you can help in the fight against cancer! To register, donate, sponsor or learn more, please visit our website http://www.relayforlife.org/santaynezca

For inquiries, please e-mail SYVRelayforLife@gmail.com or call (805) 688-4019

Schedule:

Opening Ceremony: 9:00am
The Opening Ceremony brings everyone together for a high-energy event kickoff to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority

Survivors Lap: 9:30am
During the Survivors Lap, upbeat music plays as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer.

Luminaria Ceremony: 8:00pm
The Luminaria Ceremony is a time to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past. The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to work through grief and find hope.

Fight Back: 9:00am
The Fight Back Ceremony symbolizes the emotional commitment we each make to the fight against cancer. The action we take represents what we are willing to do for ourselves, for our loved ones, and for our community to fight cancer year-round and to commit to saving lives.

Closing Ceremony: 9:00am
The Closing Ceremony is a time to remember the lives of those lost and to celebrate that each of us has committed, through our participation in a Relay event, to fight back against this disease over the next year.

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Barrelworks Bretta Rosé Release Party

May 17, 2014 12:00 pm - May 17, 2014 7:00 pm
Barrelworks
Buellton, CA

Come celebrate the special release of Bretta Rosé at Barrelworks during SYV Craft Beer Month!

Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley.  Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil.  One such offering is locally grown raspberries.  We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations.  Behold Bretta Rosé!  A low-alcohol Berliner Wiesse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem.  Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean refreshing finish. Pour into a champagne flute or your favorite glass and enjoy!

Join us starting at noon as we celebrate with a live band in our barrel room along with small food and beer pairings.

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Crawfish Boil!

May 17, 2014 12:00 pm - May 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Buttonwood Farm Vineyard
Solvang, CA

You are invited to join us for our somewhat annual Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil. Come out to our vineyard and devour some little mud-bugs and other grub, listen to the Zydeco Zippers, and drink delicious Buttonwood wine. $75 Imbibers Club members ($95 general public)

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Bel Canto by Candlelight

May 17, 2014 7:00 pm - May 17, 2014 10:00 pm
St. Marks in the Valley Episcopal Church
Los Avenue, CA

“Bel Canto by Candlelight,” a performance by Opera Santa Barbara, comes to the Santa Ynez Valley on
May 17, at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley in Los Olivos for a special evening of beautiful music, wine and cuisine. All tickets include a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception beginning at 7pm, in the Italian-themed courtyard. A silent auction will take place during the reception.

The performance will be in the candle-lit sanctuary of St. Mark’s. The program will feature several
artists from Opera Santa Barbara, which is celebrating its 20th year. They will perform popular musical
numbers from opera, stage and movies.

Tickets are $75 for general admission; two for $140. Seating is limited. Tickets and information are available at www.syvjc.org or by calling 805-693-4243. Proceeds to benefit the SYVJC. Get out for the evening and
really enjoy yourself!

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Live Music @ The Good Life

May 17, 2014 7:30 pm - May 17, 2014 10:30 pm
The Good Life
Solvang, CA

Join us as we welcome back Country/Folk locals, The Spindlers. David & Cissy have been on hiatus for several months but are finally back and ready to rock it!

The Good Life is a craft beer and wine shop & bar specializing in California Craft Beer and local, boutique wines. We offer small bites such as cheese, cured meats, nuts, olives and tempting sweets. Open daily at 12pm

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Solvang Third Wednesday

Solvang 3rd Wednesday

May 21, 2014

Solvang, CA

Solvang Third Wednesday is a day to Shop Solvang, Save Money and Have Fun! Held on the third Wednesday of every month, over 60 stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and professional offices offer special discounts and sales all day.

Discover Solvang’s unique stores and boutiques. Delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the Third Wednesday specials offered by participating restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops.

Enjoy the Solvang Wine (and Beer) Walk on the Solvang Wine Walk held from 3pm – 7 pm where you can enjoy tasting at 5 places of your choice for $20/person. No one under 21 is permitted to purchase tickets. Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk tickets can now be purchased through FirstStreet Tickets, at www.firststreettickets.com/events/solvang-third-wednesday.

In the summer there is free music and activities in Solvang Park for people of all ages to enjoy. In addition, there are artist’s receptions, open houses, book signings, live music and other one-time Third Wednesday attractions during the year in a fun atmosphere that showcases what Solvang has to offer.

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3rd Annual Chefs’ Picnic in the Park

May 24, 2014 12:00 pm - May 24, 2014 4:00 pm
SYV Presbyterian Church
Solvang, CA

The 3rd annual Chefs’ Picnic in the Park. Chefs’ Picnic in the Park is a premiere gourmet food event that brings together celebrity chefs who conduct cooking demonstrations and prepare a portion of the gourmet meal that will be served to attendees. Picnic in the Park will also include a variety of entertainment, a silent auction, and wine and beer tasting. Proceeds to benefit the Solvang and Buellton Senior Centers. Tickets available at www.firststreettickets.com

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