California Wine Info

California Wine Events & Wine Clubs

Joining a California Wine Club is a great way to enjoy premium wines at discount prices.

More than 100 California wineries offer art displays or fine art museums; 65 wineries feature restaurants; over 50 present music and theater performances, and 118 offer wine and food pairings. From cooking classes and blending seminars to art and wine festivals and meet-the-winemaker dinners, there are plenty of things to do in California wine country.

Responsible Wine Tasting: Schedule appointments and look at maps to learn the driving routes. Visitors often underestimate travel time between one region and another so ask for distance and approximate times when calling ahead. If taking a limo or bus, make sure the winery allows large parties. Determine which wineries are open for public tasting and their business hours. Have a designated driver when possible and also use spit buckets and share tastes as appropriate.

Wine Clubs
Santa Barbara Wine Clubs has 3 great wine clubs for you to choose from. We have a club for everyone, all clubs ship quarterly and range in price. We promise that you will love the selection of the Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café, an award winning restaurant and wine retailer.
Since 1992, The Gold Medal Wine Club has been offering only award-winning, small-production, boutique wines from family-owned wineries. Five different wine clubs and a wine store with 90+ rated wines at discounts up to 40%.
Sculpterra Winery has combined wine and art with a distinctive line-up of wines, a beautiful wine country setting and a magnificent sculpture garden to create a truly unique wine country experience in Paso Robles, California. Take advantage of wine club discounts up to 50% and enjoy our exclusive wine club pick up parties.
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Attending California wine events can be a wonderful way to experience a wide variety of wines. List your California wine event for free. Most of California's 2,000 wineries are owned by families, adding to the unique character that makes a trip to California wine country so memorable. A trip to California wine country is also an education into what is new and fresh in seasonal cooking. Local restaurants focus on pairing regional wines with natural, farm-grown ingredients, often sourced from community farmers' markets.

California Wine Events

Hoof-Beats
Meet "Spirit"
The Stallion of Cimarron

Saturday, April 21, 1pm - 4pm

Sculpterra Winery
Paso Robles

Bring the kids and spend a family afternoon with Spirit: The Real Life Stallion of Cimarron. Don't miss “Hoof-Beats” an Annual Fundraiser for Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary here at Sculpterra Winery. Enjoy live music, wood-fired pizza, popcorn and a free Spirit coloring book for the kids. There will also be a viewing of the Dream Works film "Spirit:  Stallion of Cimarron" and more. Visit Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden for more information and reservations.

Santa Barbara County
Vintners Association
2012 Vintners' Festival

Saturday, April 21st, 1:00p-4:00

The Carranza - Los Olivos

Time to taste the new vintage with all 110+ winery members who will be pouring tastes of their wine, as attendees are also tasting a delectable array of culinary delights from area chefs, specialty food purveyors while listening to the bands of Margie Nelson and Burning James & The Funky Flames. Tickets are $75/pp. Visit our website for more information.

Sipping in Springtime

Sunday, April 29th, 4pm - 8pm

Stagecoach Museum
51 South Ventu Park Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320

The Westlake Village Junior Women's Club will host their annual Sipping in Springtime at the Stagecoach Inn Museum on Sunday, April 29th from 4p.m.-8p.m. Like spring itself, this event will have plenty of vibrancy and variety to keep event goers entertained. Over 30 different wines from local wineries will be available for sampling, while more than 12 restaurants will be showcasing their specialties. Beer tasting and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. In addition to the wineries and restaurants, local boutique vendors will be on hand selling everything from epicurean specialties to artistic jewelry and decor. Event goers can stroll along while listening to live music and perusing art from local artists.
EXPERIENCE THE PERSONALITY AND RICH HISTORY reflected in each glass of Paso Robles wine. Combining traditions of the past with innovations of the future, Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to honor 30 years of the Paso Robles Wine Festival May 18 – 20, 2012. This celebration of the finest in food and wine will embrace all that define Paso Robles Wine Country – welcome-to-the-neighborhood atmosphere, fantastic food offerings, and of course exceptional wines.

Anderson Valley
Pinot Noir Festival

May 18-20, 2012

Anderson Valley

Taste Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from 40 wineries while enjoying gourmet small bites and music in the vineyards at Goldeneye Winery. Learn all about Pinot Noir at the technical conference on Friday (includes lunch). Join us for a casual BBQ at Husch Vineyards Friday evening and dine with the winemakers at Saturday evening dinners held in Anderson Valley and on the Mendocino coast. On Sunday, visit the wineries during their open houses for special tastings, seminars, food pairings, and more. It's a weekend of food, wine and entertainment not to be missed! Visit our website for more information and tickets.

Casa Pacifica Angels
Wine & Food Festival

June 3, 1 - 4pm

California State University
Channel Island ·
One University Drive, Camarillo

The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival showcases delectable creations of the finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops from Santa Barbara to Conejo Valley. The event also features many renowned wineries and vineyards from throughout California's rich wine-producing regions, as well as several awarded breweries. All proceeds from the Wine & Food Festival benefit Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, which provides hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and families in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

Ojai Wine Festival

Sunday, June 10, 1pm - 5pm

Lake Casitas, Ojai

Come soak in the beauty of Lake Casitas while participating in one of the most enjoyable wine festivals in California on Sunday, June 10th 2012 at the Ojai Wine Festival. Wine and beer tasting, food, live music and dancing, arts and crafts vendors, free boat rides, a premiere VIP Lounge and a silent wine auction, are just some of the fun you can experience at our 26th annual event. Over 60 wineries participate with more than 250 selections of wine. Tickets go on sale in February 2012. Please see our website for details and to purchase tickets.
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H.R. 5034 hearing is postponed over concerns about impacts

California wineries and wine-industry groups were up in arms at a proposed federal law that could make it difficult, if not impossible, for many wineries to ship their wines directly to consumers in several large markets—and give wholesalers even more power than they now wield. Many thanks to Family Winemakers of California, the California Wine Institute and all others who helped oppose this legislation.

All dinner wines are classified under six specific classes:

Aperitif (or better known as "appetizer wines"): include dry sherry, Madeira, Vermouth, and other flavored wines, made to be consumed before eating a meal.

Red dinner wines: These wines are usually dry and go extremely well with such main-course dishes as red meats, spaghetti, and highly-seasoned foods. They should be served at a cool room temperature to bring out their aroma. The most popular red dinner wines are claret, Burgundy, Chianti, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pink dinner wines (also called "rose wines"), a special class of red wines, can be served with almost any dish, but are considered best with cold meats, pork, and curries.

White dinner wines: Usually either very dry or rather sweet, these wines should be served chilled, and go well with white meats, seafood, and fowl. They include Rhine wines, Chablis, sauterne, and wine made from different grape varieties such as Chardonnay and White Riesling.

Sparkling wines: Usually served at any meal with any course, these wines are most frequently served at banquets, formal dinners and weddings. The most common sparking wines are Champagne (white) and sparkling Burgundy (red).

Table wine: Table wine is not bubbly, although some have a very slight carbonation, the amount of which is not enough to disqualify them as table wines. According to U.S. standards of identity, table wines may have an alcohol content that is no higher than 14 percent. In Europe, light wine must be within 8.5 percent and 14 percent alcohol by volume. As such, unless a wine has more than 14 percent alcohol, or it has bubbles, it is a table wine or a light wine.

Dessert wines: Ranging from medium-sweet to sweet, these wines are classified under dessert wines only because they are sometimes served with desserts. Among these are port wine, sweet sherry, Tokay, and muscatel.

Cooking wines: Typically containing a significant quantity of salt, cooking wine is wine of such poor quality that it is unpalatable and intended for use only in cooking.

 

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