Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, February 19 , 2019, 8:11 am | Fair 35º

 
 
 
 

Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits at Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend in Buellton

Grand Tasting highlight of Saturday’s festivities at four-day affair, with more activities to be uncorked Sunday

Despite cloudy skies and occasional light showers, spirts were high Saturday among the large crowd that turned out in Buellton for the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting.
Despite cloudy skies and occasional light showers, spirts were high Saturday among the large crowd that turned out in Buellton for the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting. (Tom Bolton / Noozhawk photo)

The 2015 Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend is under way with a variety of events planned for four days, including Saturday’s Vintners Festival Grand Tasting.

Held this year in Buellton, the Vintners Festival Grand Tasting showcases more than 120 Santa Barbara County wineries, along with food from local restaurants and catering companies.

Cloudy skies and occasional light showers greeted attendees during the early going, but did not seem to put a damper on the event.

In addition to wines and food, afternoon activities also provided a taste of local arts and music.

The 33rd annual gathering, formerly called the Vintners Festival, took place at River View Park in Buellton.

The Grand Tasting is just one of many events that were part of the Spring Weekend.

On Saturday morning at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, wine writer and sommelier Chris Sawyer moderated a seminar featuring four winemakers — Bob Lindquist from Qupé, Ken Brown from Ken Brown Wines, Eric Mohseni from Zaca Mesa and Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat — whose careers were influenced by their stints at Zaca Mesa Winery.

Rain gear was much in evidence Saturday at the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend in Buellton. (Tom Bolton / Noozhawk photo)

Additionally, local wineries are hosting assorted Spring Weekend events such as open houses, special winemaker dinners or lunches, vineyard hikes, and more.

Click here for a calendar of weekend activities.

Spring Weekend and Celebration of Harvest in the fall are two of several events hosted each year by Santa Barbara Vintners.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.