Santa’s Barbara’s favorite dining destination, The Lark, is recognized by Wine Enthusiast, the Leading Wine Lifestyle Publication, in their sixth annual issue of the “Best Places to Drink Up In While Dining Out”
Santa Barbara, CA – The Lark, one of Santa Barbara’s most acclaimed restaurants, is proud to announce it is among the selected group of winners for the annual Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2016.
As a winner of the “Not to be Missed” category, The Lark was recognized for their outstanding wine program curated by Wine Directors Chris Robles and Vern Kettler. The wine list at the Lark focuses on smaller production wines made with minimal intervention from the winemaker, and which reflect a sense of place. Grape varieties for which the Santa Barbara area is known and their international counterparts are the focus. With few exceptions, all American wines are from Santa Barbara County.Wine Enthusiast editors state that “Chef Jason Paluska’s wine friendly foods are inspired by farmers’ markets—smoked pork belly, for example, might come with roasted berries, pickled summer peppers and candied brittle of fat local almonds.”
The Lark is the only recipient from Santa Barbara this year, and one of 22 restaurants awarded in California, the nation’s center for winemaking.
Each year, the magazine’s team of editors combs the country in search of restaurants that they feel reflect the best, brightest and most progressive wine and food experiences available today.
“This is not a list of the best wine programs but rather a list of restaurants where wine, food, service and atmosphere are all integral to the overall experience – with an emphasis on discovery – much like the magazine itself.” See this year’s full list online here.
“This is a highly subjective list reflecting Wine Enthusiast’s dedication to not only legendary wine establishments but also those that are reflecting or pushing new and exciting trends in the market,” explains Susan Kostrzewa, Executive Editor of Wine Enthusiast. “There’s an incredible amount of diversity and experimentation happening with wine in the restaurant space right now and our list reflects this variety – from small lists that are redrawn every day, to massive tomes that reflect decades of cellaring – and similarly, the food ranges from an upscale hot dog hangout in New York wine country to the peak of fine dining.”
Categorized by special features and trends rather than by a ranking system, this year’s 100 Best Wine Restaurant List includes 24 “Classics,” restaurants at least a decade old that continue to be on the forefront of the national wine and food conversation as well as 17 “Grand Openings”. Open since the beginning of 2015, these spots are already enriching their communities and influencing the national scene.
Other categories include “Tasting Menus” (restaurants that exclusively offer a chef’s choice tasting menu); “Great Glass Programs” (restaurants with exceptional by-the-glass lists); “Laser Focus” (eateries whose wine lists are narrow in focus, and whose staff has deep knowledge and expertise in those areas); “Steakhouse 2.0” (innovative steakhouses challenging conventional dogma around wine-and-meat pairing); and lastly “Not to Be Missed,” restaurants who simply defy category.
Additional editorial highlights include joint Chef and Sommelier Q&A’s, exclusive recipes, observations and passions of several influential wine directors, a separate stand alone story highlighting “Under the Radar Food Cities,” and exclusively for online, restaurants’ “riot dishes” — dishes that could cause a riot if they dared take them off the menu.
To commemorate the release of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants List and the annual August Restaurant issue the entire Wine Enthusiast team will gather on Monday June 27th at Marta Restaurant (a 2016 Best Wine Restaurant) in Manhattan for an invite-only party from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The party will toast and honor recipients of this year’s prestigious awards and celebrate the exciting era of wine, dining and hospitality taking place in America today.
Prior to the party, for the second year, Wine Enthusiast will host a 45-minute press panel, also at Marta starting at 6:00pm. The panel will engage in a lively conversation between three of the nation’s most esteemed wine and food professionals (all are recipients of a 2016 America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurant Award). Panelists include Eric Zeibold (chef/owner, Kinship), Jordan Salcito (Beverage Director, Momofuku Group) and Jack Mason (Wine Director, Marta).
ABOUT THE LARK:
The Lark pays homage to the history of California train travel and the maritime industrial past of our neighborhood the Funk Zone. Located in an historic warehouse built in the 1920’s, the original commercial fish processing plant owned by the Castagnola family shipped their seafood products throughout the state by rail. With an imaginative yet approachable menu created by the gifted Jason Paluska, The Lark celebrates everything found around Santa Barbara County – wineries, farms, ocean and natural beauty. The stunning design strives to connect the past and the future, using discovered vintage objects and blending them with modern, urban and industrial materials to spectacular effect. The Lark’s accolades include OpenTable – 2016, 2015 and 2014 Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America; Zagat – 10 Reasons to Drive to Santa Barbara; AFAR – How to Do a Foodie Weekend; USA Today – 10 Best Romantic Dining in Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara News Press 2014 Best New Restaurant; Santa Barbara Independent 2014 Best Funk Zone Hot Spot; and Gayot.com – 2015 Top 10 Restaurants with the Best Food in Santa Barbara.
ABOUT WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE:
Wine Enthusiast Magazine educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s readership is more than 800,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online. The magazine hosts signature Wine Enthusiast events for both consumer and trade. www.WineMag.com
Vintners Feel Success…is partly due to the support of treasured friends
Paso Robles, California – Just in from the New York International Wine Competition, Monterey County’s Mystic Hills Vineyard received two special USA Individual Awards: Monterey Winery of the Year 2016 and Paso Robles Dry Red Blend Producer of the Year. Adding to the accolades from that competition: Gold Medal for Unforgiven 2012, Silver Medal for 2014 H.E.A.R.T.S. Rosé, and Bronze Medal for 2012 Gran Trio, all Bordeaux Blends.
In other competitions announced this June, Mystic Hills Vineyard received top prizes at the 2016 San Diego International Wine Challenge: Platinum for their 2012 Unforgiven, Bordeaux Blend (score 94), Gold for their 2012 Gran Trio, and Silver for the 2014 H.E.A.R.T.S. Rosé.
“Made in a typical style for California’s Central Coast,” Robert Whitley, wine columnist and director of the San Diego competition said, “The 2012 Unforgiven is ripe and juicy, with layers of black fruit and a touch of oak vanillin. It’s a crowd-pleaser that can be consumed even at this early stage of its evolution. A platinum award-winner at the San Diego International Wine Challenge.”
Adding even more to their week of awards, The Los Angeles International Wine Competition, awarded the BEST OF CLASS, GOLD MEDAL to Unforgiven, 91 Points Bordeaux Blend Monterey County 2011. They also took home Bronze Medals for Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey County 2012 and Gran Trio, Bordeaux Blend, Monterey County 2012.
They are still awaiting results of other competitions, but if this year is anything like last year, more medals will be coming their way. In 2015, Mystic Hills was the recipient of more than 12 awards, including being named Monterey Winery of the Year 2015.
About Mystic Hills Vineyard
Making these awards all the more special is the fact that this is only their second year of public releases. The vineyard is family owned by Judy and Joel Cox, he of Oscar winning fame as a film editor for more than 40 years, most exclusively with Director Clint Eastwood.
The grapes at Mystic Hills are hand-picked and the process is all hand crafted, vine to bottle. Everything is overseen by expert winemaker Keith Roberts and the Cox family. Mystic Hills Vineyard is truly a boutique vineyard, nestled on 14 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of San Miguel, California, just minutes from Paso Robles. They currently have 4 Bordeaux varietals released, with a fifth, a Reserve Malbec, due later this year.
Contact and Tastings
Mystic Hills Vineyard does not have a public tasting room, but graciously provides private tastings with the winemakers for individuals or small groups by appointment, at their home near the vineyard. You may find them at many wine events in Paso Robles and Southern California. For more information on their wines, wine club, upcoming events or to schedule a private tasting, please contact:
Judy or Joel Cox 805-610-1099 Info@mystichillsvineyard.com www.mystichillsvineyard.com
Thomas Keller, renowned chef and proprietor of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, which includes The French Laundry and Per Se, both of which hold three-star Michelin ratings, will receive the TORCH Award during the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo on August 28th – 30th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The award, which recognizes an individual or group of Chefs or Restaurateurs whose achievements have enhanced and brought innovation to the restaurant and foodservice profession, will be presented by Certified Master Chef Ferdinand Metz, Chairman of the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum and former President of the Culinary Institute of America for more than 20 years.
“Thomas Keller was chosen to receive the Torch Award for the purity of his knowledge, the clarity of his vision and the brilliance of his career–all qualities we look for when selecting an outstanding chef for this award,” said Master Chef Metz. “We are thrilled to present Thomas with this illustrious award to recognize his commitment to elevating cooking in America.”
Keller’s dedication to the French cuisine has led him to be the first American male chef to be designated a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France. Keller was also named “Chef of the Year” by The Culinary Institute of America in 2007 and has been named “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur” by the James Beard Foundation. His restaurants, The French Laundry and Per Se have earned numerous awards and recognitions including the 5-Star Award from Forbes Travel Guide, Wine Spectator’s Grand Award and The Daily Meal’s Best Restaurants in America.
Keller started his culinary career at a young age, working at a restaurant in Palm Beach. In 1983, Keller moved to France where he was able to work in multiple Michelin-starred restaurants including Guy Savoy and Taillevent. In 1986, he opened his first restaurant in New York City called Rakel. Keller then moved to the west coast, becoming the Executive Chef at the Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles. In 1994, he took ownership of The French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, California and opened Per Se in 2004 in Manhattan. He has also opened Bouchon, Bar Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, and Ad Hoc + Addendum, and has sold more than one million copies of his books “Ad Hoc at Home”, “Bouchon Bakery”, “The French Laundry”, “Bouchon”, and “Under Pressure”.
“On behalf of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo and Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum, we are excited and honored to present the Torch Award to Thomas Keller,” said Ron Mathews, Vice President for the Urban Expositions Family of Foodservice Events. “Chef Keller’s commitment to delivering the best food and experience to his customers continues to drive the industry forward and we are thrilled to be able to recognize his career and achievements.”
The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo gathers thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals to gain experience and knowledge on how to become more informed, more educated, more competitive, and more profitable in the industry. The trade show and conference, started in 1936 is produced by Urban Expositions (www.urban-expo.com) and sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (www.calrest.org). The 2016 event will take place August 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For more information, visit www.westernfoodexpo.com
Producers from the birthplace of Chardonnay, and a much-anticipated French Forum panel discussion, will be featured at the upcoming annual celebration.
Pismo Beach, CA – The International Chardonnay Symposium, the world’s foremost gathering of top global Chardonnay winemakers, sommeliers, journalists, wine industry leaders, foodies and oenephiles will feature a star-studded panel and guided tasting tour of the most storied and seminal Chardonnay regions in France at this year’s celebration May 12-14.
“France has long been the standard-bearer of Chardonnay, and this spotlight and panel discussion comes at an exciting time since France’s classic, lean-and-bright style is clearly influencing winemakers the world over, especially here in California,” says Brian Talley, a Symposium advisory board member and owner of Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, California.
Several French producers will be pouring at the Grand Tasting on Saturday, May 14, and attendees of the French Forum on Friday, May 13 will participate in an expert-led exploration of France’s quintessential Chardonnay regions, such as Chablis, Champagne, Montrachet, Pouilly-Fuissé, Languedoc-Roussillon and Meursault.
Moderated by Master Sommelier Bob Bath, from the Culinary Institute of America, the French Forum panel includes Claude Rouquet from the Boisset Collection, Bruno Laclotte from Charton et Trebuchet, Bernard Retornez from Maison Louis Latour, Jean-Rèmy Rapeneau from Champagne G.H. Martel, Kyle Kaplan from Piper-Heidsieck, and Geoffroy de La Besnardière from Domaine de l’Arjolle.
The French Forum is but one of many panel discussions and happenings at this annual global gathering set among the stunning coastal communities of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and the Edna Valley wine region.
The other panel discussions include:
- Wente Clone Comparative Tasting
- What’s Oak Got to Do With It?
- Pairing Chardonnay With Artisanal Cheeses
- Taste the Difference: Exploring California’s Distinct Chardonnay Regions
- Hone Your Chardonnay Blind-Tasting Skills
The Grand Tasting, with 80-plus wineries, will be held at the picturesque Greengate Ranch & Vineyard (GreengateWeddings.com) on Saturday, May 14. Additional events include a Vintners’ Wine Tech Symposium, Sommelier Chardonnay Challenge, La Paulée Dinner and Vintners Awards Ceremony, and new to this year’s Symposium, the Pét-Nat/Sparkling Wine & Oysters Gala.
For more information on the Symposium, and for tickets to the Grand Tasting or other events —including the French Forum— please visit TheChardonnaySymposium.com. For photos from last year’s event go here.
About The International Chardonnay Symposium
The International Chardonnay Symposium attracts winemakers, sommeliers, media, trade, foodies, wine enthusiasts and tastemakers from across the globe to enjoy and study the world’s favorite grape. When the discussion ends, there’s plenty of time for exploring nearby Central Coast wineries as well as the hosting seaside resort towns of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach that offer downtown winetasting rooms, pristine beaches, surfing and kayaking, hiking and biking trails, farm-to-table and seaport-inspired cuisine, boutique shopping, and more. The International Chardonnay Symposium is sponsored by Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau, Avila Beach Tourism Alliance, California Highway 1 Discovery Route, Visit San Luis Obispo County, The Tasting Panel Magazine, The SOMM Journal, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Touring & Tasting, Greengate Ranch & Vineyard, and 805 Living.
About Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, & Highway 1 Discovery Route of SLO County
San Luis Obispo County’s Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and the Highway 1 Discovery Route destination towns are located on California’s famous Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. With miles of pristine Pacific coastline, enjoy great weather, a plethora of outdoor activities, rich wild life and nature preserves, downtown wine tasting rooms, and the neighboring world class wine producing regions of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles. For information on the wide variety of lodging choices, accommodating every budget and lifestyle, visit Classiccalifornia.com, VisitAvilaBeach.com, VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com and Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com.
Recent Reviews and Ratings
Highly respected wine critic Matt Kettmann has rated some of our recent releases, and we are humbled to receive the following ratings:
2013 “Mercenary” Reserve Zinfandel has received the highest rating of any Zinfandel in the entire Central Coast of California! As you all know, this wine was allocated exclusively for wine club members and was available to customize into your spring 2015 allocation. We hope you received a bottle and enjoyed it, as we are completely sold out!
2013 “Red White & Blue” Field Blend received a 91 point rating and was featured in an October article explaining the diversity of Paso Robles new sub AVA’s. Click here to read the article.
2013 “Henchman” Tannat received a 91 point rating and now holds the title of the highest rated Paso Robles Adelaida District Tannat.
Tasting Room News
With the recent passing of our 5 year anniversary at the tasting room, we thought it might be time to change it up a bit. Planned in 2016 is the remodeling of our tasting room! Nothing too major, but we’ll be changing the artwork, updating the paint and making some seating changes and adjustments – all to make your experience at Pulchella that much better! (24261 Main Street in the Old town Newhall historical district. (91321). Typically open for tastings Thurs – Sat from 5 pm to 10pm however hours do vary so please call our tasting room at 661-799-wine for current hours. Closed most major holidays.)
At Wine Enthusiast’s annual Wine Star Awards in New York City January 2016
Lodi to be named the 2015 “Wine Region of the Year”
The other nominees for the 2015 “Wine Region of the Year” were Marlborough, New Zealand; Russian River Valley, California; Sicily, Italy; and Walla Walla, Washington.
About Lodi, California
Located south of Sacramento and west of the Sierra Nevada, the Lodi wine region features 110,000 acres of vineyards that thrive in the classic Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool evenings.
A major winegrape growing region since the 1850s, today Lodi boasts over 750 growers. The region owes much of its recent success to the increase in critical and consumer attention paid to Lodi-designate wines. Known for its high quality winegrapes, Lodi was always a winegrowing region first – known best for specializing in viticulture and sustainability practices and selling its highly-coveted winegrapes to wineries and wine companies in Napa, Sonoma, and California’s Central Valley. However, the past 10-15 years has seen astronomical growth in demand for Lodi wines, as well as in tourism to the wine region, incentivizing winegrowers to hold on to larger percentages of their crop for craft production under their own labels. The result has been a dramatic shift in quality perception, with explosive growth enhanced by a friendly business culture that emphasizes collaboration, community and innovation.
Today, Lodi is home to over 85 boutique wineries specializing in small-lot, handmade wines that have garnered major awards at both domestic and international wine competitions. In addition, Lodi is one of the leading wine regions when it comes to sustainable viticulture. The Lodi Winegrape Commission created Lodi Rules™, California’s first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program, which recently won Governor Jerry Brown’s annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) – the highest environmental award in the state of California – for its mission to address major environmental, economic and social challenges facing California agricultural industry.
With more than 100 varieties currently being cultivated, Lodi offers a diverse portfolio of wines. While long renowned for its high-quality Zinfandel production, including an estimated 2,000 acres of pre-Prohibition own rooted vines, the area also produces award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. More recently, Lodi has been gaining consumer traction for its other exciting varietals such as Albariño, Tempranillo, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, Graciano and Vermentino, among many others.
2015 has seen a tremendous swell of support and recognition for the Lodi wine region. In addition to the prestigious GEELA award, Lodi was also selected in August 2015 to be the host for the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference, the pre-eminent gathering of hundreds of wine bloggers and wine writing professionals who come together for educational sessions, networking and social gathering.
For more information about the Lodi wine region, visit www.lodiwine.com.
I was introduced to Bowen’s Whiskey at the Cocktails on the Roof event I co-hosted recently. The vendor didn’t send a rep, no, this Bakersfield-based distiller was represented by a Bowen, JoJo Bowen herself.
I had one taste that night, and it was enough to make me seek JoJo out at the end of the night to ask if I could take home a bottle to review. Didn’t hurt that JoJo shared with me that Tasting Panel magazine had awarded their whiskey 94 points, and that some major competitions had also stepped up to the plate and given them bronze, silver and platinum medals since 2012.
Straight Up Tasting
Aroma: Banana, caramel candy, wheat toast, walnut, maple and warm wood.
Flavor: (with a few drops of water added) That same banana and caramel, warmed my mouth pretty good, vanilla bean, coconut, resonating with toasted oak and roasted nuts.
93 Eve pts.
2 ounces Bowen’s whiskey
Squeeze of lime
4-6 ounces ginger beer
Optional dash or two of bitters
Serve on ice in a Moscow Mule mug
Sounded a lot like a Whiskey Buck, which is loosely the same cocktail as a Moscow Mule – when you replace the vodka with whiskey, rye or bourbon in the recipe.
With the addition of a couple of dashes of angostura bitters and a full 6 ounces of Fever Tree ginger beer, this was one refreshing cocktail. If you prefer your whiskey iced down to reduce any of the burn components, love Moscow Mules or are just a fan of ginger, this is another option for imbibing your Bowen’s whiskey.
From the Website
Bowen’s small batch whiskey is intentionally unique by design. The approach from the beginning was to make something different that stands out, as common tradition seems to stifle ingenuity.
To keep Bud’s spirit alive combined with Wade’s own experience, we start with a 100% corn base, cut it with a proprietary structured water for purity and consistency, and age it to perfection in reclaimed, fire ravaged oak sourced from forests on central California’s Piute mountain range. Because of its corn base Bowen’s Whiskey is entirely Gluten Free.
We are known as the whiskey that both scotch and whiskey drinkers appreciate. It appeals to so many whether their preference is straight up, on the rocks or mixed. Both women and men enjoy the smoky “California campfire” taste that is Bowen’s Whiskey.
Like other great whiskeys, Bowen’s Whiskey neat, stands on it’s own. However, it also does very well in new and traditional cocktails or other mixed drinks not normally using whiskey like a Bloody Mary or a Margarita.
Our natural approach to marketing is straightforward, it just is what it is, a California whiskey. You either like it or you don’t.
Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
Southern California’s Largest Food and Wine Festival Raises a Glass to Celebrate its
San Diego, CA – The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returns to America’s Finest City November 15-22, 2015, and is bigger and better than ever. Ticket sales have officially launched for the 12th annual festival, and co-producer Michelle Metter says that food, wine, and local enthusiasts can expect to see exciting new additions throughout the week as well as the return of festival classics such as the iconic Grand Tasting and signature Taco TKO Fish Taco Competition.
“The city of San Diego is a hub for culinary tourism, and is home to a selection of the nation’s best restaurants, breweries, chefs, sommeliers and beyond,” continued Metter. “Each year, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival showcases our city’s best talent, and allows over 10,000 guests from around the world to indulge in an epicurean experience of a lifetime.”
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wines and spirits, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. The week-long experience celebrates San Diego’s vibrant culinary community with over 100 citywide events, wine and cooking classes, chef dinners, and multiple tasting events throughout the week. The Festival’s legendary Grand Tasting, presented by Lexus, transforms the beautiful San Diego Bay into a food lover’s paradise, featuring over 200 wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation.
Additionally the Festival attracts celebrated chefs from across the country, including host of the 1970s PBS television series Cooking Mexican, Rick Bayless; James Beard award-winning chef, Gale Gand; Antonin Careme medal holder, Suzette Gresham; Iron Chef America winner, Katsuya Fukushima; authors of Talk With Your Mouth Full, The Hearty Boys; Executive Chef for Cooking Light, Anna Bullet; Maître Cuisinier De France, Bernard Guillas; Chef of Bracero Cocina de Raiz, Javier Plascencia; Chef and Owner of Común Kitchen & Tavern, Chad White, and the 2014 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Chef of the Fest Winner, Duvinh Ta, Executive Chef of Jake’s Del Mar.
Local culinary standouts also fill out the roster of chef all-stars, including: Steve de Barril, Executive Chef and Partner, Seasons 52; Adam Gunderson, Executive Chef, The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Trevor Chappell, Executive Chef, The Barrel Room; Priscilla Curiel, Chef and Manager, Talavera Azul; Mark Kropczynski, Executive Chef, Grant Grill; Giorgio Lo Verde, Chef, Il Fornaio Coronado; Jason McLeod, Executive Chef / Owner, Ironside Fish & Oyster; John Medall, Executive Chef, The Patio Restaurant Group; James Montejano, Executive Chef, The MED at La Valencia; Anthony Sinsay, Executive Chef, Duke’s La Jolla; Amy DiBiase, Executive Chef, Tidal; Steve Stawinski, Executive Chef, Creekside Grill; Chef Kappa, Executive Chef, Bang Bang; Kimberly Kramer, Executive Chef, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa; Giorgio Lo Verde, Executive Chef, Il Fornaio Coronado; Sam Kambo, Executive Chef, Royal India; Leticia Gonzalez, Chef, Uptown Tavern; Jarrod Moiles, Executive Chef, Veladora; Kevin Templeton, Executive Chef, barleymash, and many more!
New this year, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival has partnered with SommCon – a four-day educational conference for wine, beer and spirit professionals as well as serious enthusiasts. Held November 18-21, 2015, this new partnership gives festival attendees access to over 50 new tasting and educational experiences led by the brightest minds in the business. Committed to enhancing the “business of wine,” the educational content featured at SommCon was designed by a team of over 25 of the wine industry’s top professionals who have joined together to form “Team SommCon.”
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival offers several ways for epicurean enthusiasts to indulge in the most decadent culinary experience of the year, including all-inclusive ticket packages that offer overall savings, and feature hotel accommodations as well as admission to a selection of the food and wine festival’s premier events. Discounted accommodations are available at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, hotel reservations and ticket packages can be reserved by calling, 877.385.9595.
To preview the schedule of events and featured celebrities visit the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival online at www.sandiegowineclassic.com. Events, personalities and participating wineries and restaurants are updated daily.
SAN DIEGO BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
The 12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is an international showcase of the world’s premier wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities, and gourmet foods. Held November 15-22, 2015 the event benefits culinary arts and enology scholarships awarded by The American Institute of Wine & Food and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. Over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit companies and 70 of San Diego’s top fine dining restaurants will participate in the 2015 Festival. For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com. Produced by World of Wine Events and Fast Forward Event Productions. For more information call 619-312-1212.