Now in its 15th year, Taste of the Vine, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s (SDRI) signature fundraising event, will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De la Guerra St.

This year’s in-person experience will bring together 18 wineries, a brewery, a distillery, and a coffee company, all locally owned in Santa Barbara County.

Also new in 2023 will be a sit-down dinner prepared by Duo Catering, and a live auction, held outdoors in the museum’s courtyard.

The following wine purveyors will pour during the two-hour tasting: Camins 2 Dreams; Chanin Wines; the Central Coast Group Project; Cutler’s Artisan Spirits; GoGi Wines; Grimm’s Bluff; Hand on Heart Wine; The Hilt Estate; Kimsey Vineyard; LaBarge Winery; Lepiane Wines; Lindquist Family Wines; Native9 Wine; Paul Lato Wines; Rusack Vineyards; Storm Wines; Two Wolves Wines; Validation Ale; Vega Vineyard & Farm; Verdad Wine Cellars; and Zaca Coffee.

Non-alcoholic wine will be available as well.

To plan the event, SDRI is working with Joy Full Events planning company, and a committee of volunteers, including co-chairs Wendy Thies Sell and Tamara Free; Judy Anticouni; Joan Arnold; Sydney Bush; Phil Carpenter; Deborah David; Marina Delio; Katie DeWitt; Elena Engel; Deb Gibson; Connie Gillies; Mike Karmelich; Christy Madden; Christian Menard; Sherrill O’Neill; and Natalie Rowe.

For sponsorship information or to donate to Taste of the Vine, contact Kara Hornbuckle at or 805-682-7640 ext. 246.

The Taste of the Vine benefit helps SDRI continue its mission of improving the health and quality of life for people impacted by diabetes, both locally and globally. Today, 37 million people are living with diabetes in the U.S. and 370 million worldwide.

SDRI has made significant advances in research, education, care, pediatrics, and pregnancy since its founding 79 years ago by American medical pioneer Dr. William Sansum.

Learn more at