We try to get wine events that we like listed in our weekly Dear Wine Friend free e-newsletter and/or our SCV Wine Calendar. But every now and then I do the work for you, which means pulling the info from each site and culling it all into one article, especially when there are so many worthwhile events:
Eve’s Wine 101 Event Picks (Part One ran last week, 1/29, and listed events through Feb., today’s Part Two has events from Feb through April)
Chocolate and Beer Pairing 2/11: Wolf Creek Brewery is pairing with Truffles N’ Toffee! Seven chocolate truffles will be paired with some of your favorites here at Wolf Creek including our Howlin’ Hefe with Bananas Foster Crunch and Over the Moon Stout with a Triple Threat Dark Chocolate! Tickets are going fast! Don’t miss out on this great event! Presale only, limited seating. Purchase tickets in the Tasting Room (25108 Rye Canyon Loop. Valencia, CA 91355; Tel: (661) 294-9977) or email Laina@wolfcreekbrewery.com. The whole experience is $25.00 all-inclusive.
Paso Robles Distillery Trail presents Fire and Ice 2/27: Discover the Paso Robles Distillery Trail during this one-of-a-kind event featuring 8 Paso Robles distilleries! The evening will kick off with the sounds of Bear Market Riot as you enter into a cocktail throwdown pitting fire against ice. Get your tickets now for this premier cocktail reception featuring locally produced distilled spirits, mouthwatering bites, live music and an opportunity to get your hands on limited production spirits crafted exclusively for this event. Ticket price includes sampling of locally crafted spirits, custom cocktails and hearty bites including sliders, tacos, twice baked red potatoes, and BBQ pork grilled cheese. The event will also feature a silent auction of limited production spirits crafted specifically for the event. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. Proceeds benefit the Distillers of SLO County, a non-profit organization.
Food Fare 3/3: Enjoy a day and an evening of eating, drinking, shopping and fun in support of community health, education and wellness. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ 37th annual Food Fare will be returning to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on March 3, 2016. This premier gastronomic event will showcase over 100 of Southern California’s best chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and merchants. In addition to the huge array of delightful food and beverage samples, Food Fare will highlight shopping opportunities as well as dozens of raffles and auctions where guests will have the chance to bid on coveted prizes including one-of-a-kind entertainment and culinary experiences. For the first time, Food Fare will honor a Restaurateur of the Year. This inaugural honor has been presented to Jenny Rush, who founded and heads the Blue Plate Restaurant Group in Los Angeles.
Taste of Solvang 3/16-20: Presented by the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau since 1993, Taste of Solvang features locally grown foods, wines and diverse cuisine to celebrate the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area. The 2014 Taste of Solvang will offer five days of wine, food and fun. Take a culinary journey through Solvang, where wine country meets “dine country”.
Paso Zin Weekend 3/18-20: Zinposium seminar, screening of the latest film “SOMM: Into the Bottle”, X-Nightcap After Party and Winery Activities where you can Create your own zinful itinerary to smell, sip and savor the heritage of Paso Robles, with events at more than 140 wineries! Join fellow wine enthusiasts for a selection of wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, laid-back barbecues, barrel tastings, live music, and so much more! Visit the Winery Activities tab to search by winery, day or activity.
Fourth Annual Sierra Pelona Wine Fest 4/23: Join us for our Fourth Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival! The Festival will be held at Reyes Winery on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 11am-4pm. The wine festival features numerous wineries and local wine makers offering tastings of their best wines. There will also be gourmet food and specialty items sampling, handmade crafts from local artisans, live music, and lots of fun for a great day. Attendees will receive a specialty event glass, event plate, specialty gift bag, wine and food sampling and free parking. Benefits will support the Senior Center of Santa Clarita Valley.
Cabs of Distinction 4/12-14: World-class Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals, access to acclaimed producers, personal cheese and charcuterie plates prepared by Vivant Fine Cheese, small bites and artisanal offerings from local producers Heaven Squared Brownie Co., Monterey Chocolate Company, Therabee, and the option to purchase food prepared by Chef Bruce Finch of A Party For Your Palate, panoramic views and elegant setting and live music. Wineries include ADELAIDA Cellars, Ancient Peaks Winery, Bon Niche Cellars, Brecon Estate, Broken Earth Winery, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Margene, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Le Cuvier Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Parrish Family Vineyard, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Record Family Wines, Red Soles Winery, Rotta Winery, Sextant Wines, Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, and Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery.
Wine LA: has continuous classes and events including the upcoming Classes and Tastings that include Stars of Santa Barbara 1/27, Wine Camp 2/6, Wine Dinner 2/11, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate 2/13, Dry Creek Valley Tour 2/20, James Suckling Wines of Italy Tour 2/25, Brunello vs. Bordeaux 2/28, Stars of Napa Valley 3/2, Wine Camp 3/6, Cult Wines Cab Dinner 3/12, Pinot Noir vs. Burgundy vs. Beaujolais 3/13, Napa Trip 3/18+20, Tapas 3/24, Trip to Sicily and Sardinia 4/2-9…and MORE!
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