LOS OLIVOS, CALIF. (PRWEB) – Los Olivos (https://www.losolivosca.com/), the historical, wine-drenched Santa Ynez Valley wine country town in the heart of Santa Barbara County, will welcome guests to its 40th annual Day in the Country festival (https://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The largest of Los Olivos’ event productions, Day in the Country embodies the village’s history-laden atmosphere, featuring an entertaining mix of Victorian-era, Western-style and harvest season activities and experiences. A day-long fall event, Day in the Country will this year, be the family-friendliest part of the inaugural “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley” (http://tastesyv.com/), a multi-day and multi-town, immersive foodie event running October 17-20.
Day in the Country begins with an early morning, Platinum Performance-sponsored 5K Fun Run and a 5K Walk (7:30 AM-9:30 AM) – which are dog-friendly, and include a one-mile Kids’ Run. Runners may sign up online in advance, or day-of, starting at 7:00 AM in downtown Los Olivos. Also starting at 7:00 AM, served until sold out, is a Burrito Breakfast produced by members of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, at the Los Olivos Community Organization Hall (f.k.a., Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall).
At 10:00 AM, Los Olivos’ main thoroughfare of Grand Avenue transforms into a parade route displaying vintage tractors, antique autos, professional square dancers, musicians and animals. Presiding over the 2019 Day in the Country Parade is this year’s Grand Marshal, Eli Parker (https://www.fessparker.com/Family/Eli-Parker), who rides in celebration of the family-owned Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard’s 30th year in Santa Barbara County.
The parade is followed by a street fair (opens at 11:00 AM) with more than 100 local and regional vendors, crafters and food purveyors, where food trucks and pop-ups will mingle with shopping opportunities for original, local artisan goods. The Los Olivos outpost of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will host a Beer Garden, and live music will entertain throughout town.
While overall admission to Day in the Country is free, activities in the event’s Kiddie Korral – where littles and grown-ups will find kiddie steer roping, giant yard games, face painting and more family fun – will carry a minimal fee. Los Olivos businesses will also be showcasing their entries in the 2019 Los Olivos Scarecrow Fest, inviting Day in the Country revelers to cast votes for their favorite scarecrows in the friendly competition.
Also on tap for this year’s event, is the 2019 Day in the Country Wine Roundup which provides tasters with a ticketed Roundup Pass good for both Saturday and Sunday ($25.00 per person; 21 and over), allowing them more than 18 tastes from over nine local wineries like Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, Epiphany Cellars, Brewer-Clifton, Larner Vineyard & Winery, E11even Wines by Andrew Murray, Solminer Wine Company and others, to be announced. On Saturday, a tented VIP Lounge will also feature Los Olivos-area labels lacking in-town tasting rooms, and just “two-steps” away, gourmet nibbles from the First & Oak Kitchen food truck and a “Country Lounge” with live music, in front of Community Craft.
Day in the Country is produced by the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce (https://www.losolivosca.com/about/lochamber/), a volunteer organization which funds town services such as maintenance for the village’s central flagpole, public restroom facilities and trash removal.
Current “Day in the Country” sponsors are as follows; additional sponsors will be announced as the event nears and will be listed on the event’s web page or on the Facebook Event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/417814779042620/):
Visit Santa Ynez Valley; a santé Spa; The Bear and Star; The Bubble Shack; Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard; Epiphany Cellars; Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation; KRAZy Country 105.9; Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café; Mission Sanitation; Nielsen Building Materials; Platinum Performance; Saarloos + Sons; St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church; Revisit Wine Co.; Los Olivos General Store and Larner Vineyard & Winery.
Located just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, the walkable – and Instagram-able – Santa Ynez Valley town of Los Olivos boasts an abundance of wine tasting options; wine, beer and craft cocktail bars; foodie havens in the town’s restaurants and gourmet culinary counters; art galleries and carefully-curated boutique shopping for clothing, accessories and home décor – both new and vintage; plus, luxury lodging and equally luxurious spas. Many of the town’s businesses are housed in 100-year-old buildings, which have been meticulously maintained.
Los Olivos also hosts a signature, family-friendly, holiday season event, Olde Fashioned Christmas (December 7, 2019;https://www.losolivosca.com/los-olivos-olde-fashioned-christmas/). Additional information about Los Olivos may be found at LosOlivosCA.com (https://www.losolivosca.com/), including a brief history of the Western town.
For further information about Los Olivos’ October 19 Day in the Country festival, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info [at] stilettomarketing [dot] com.
About Los Olivos, CA
Located in the vista-filled Santa Ynez Valley, the charming, historical town of Los Olivos is a rewarding and relaxing weekend getaway or fun-filled day. Founded in 1887 as a stop on the stagecoach route from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos is noted for its support of the arts, wine tasting opportunities, unique shopping, epicurean restaurants, seasonal festivals, antiques, recreational landscapes, and friendly village residents. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail starts in Los Olivos and stretches north, winding its way through the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast.
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.) — The Santa Ynez Valley will celebrate the bounty of the region in a fresh, unique way with the inaugural Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley, a four-day experiential event scheduled for Oct. 17-20. The event will be an immersive experience designed to serve as an introduction to the food, wine, and beer that have made the Santa Ynez Valley the wine country jewel of California’s Central Coast.
Over four days, more than 100 restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and breweries will come together for nine main events and dozens of ancillary events set in and around the distinct communities that make up the Santa Ynez Valley — Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Ynez. With so much to offer, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley promises to be the signature event on the region’s fall calendar for years to come.
“Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley is meant to be a celebration of everything that has made this region such a world-renowned wine country and foodie destination,” said Shelby Sim, President/CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, which is overseeing the event’s production. “With four days of events incorporating the diverse and unique aspects of all six of our communities, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will offer a little bit of something for everyone, both visitors and locals alike. And it will ultimately put on full display the many reasons the Santa Ynez Valley has earned its reputation as a must-visit wine region.”
Each day of the Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will focus on specific communities in the region, beginning on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a day in the charming Old West town of Los Alamos, and ending on Sunday, Oct. 20, with a celebration of the best of Buellton. The events will include wine tastings, special dinners, vineyard experiences, wine and cheese pairings, grape stomps, cooking classes hosted by local chefs, and much more.
Along the way, Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will incorporate longtime favorite events — such as the Solvang Grape Stomp (Oct. 19) and the Los Olivos Day in the Country (Oct. 19) — with an all-new lineup of experiences.
It’s also during Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley that the region will be marking the 15th anniversary of the release of Sideways — the movie that helped put the Santa Ynez Valley wine region on the map — with Sideways Fest. The celebration of the film will include a screening of the movie under the stars at Solvang Festival Theatre and a Sideways-themed Wine Festival.
“One of the most appealing aspects of the The Santa Ynez Valley is that each community has its own culture, offering its unique food and wine experiences,” Sim said. “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will give each attendee a feel for its diversity, while still enticing each to return for an even deeper exploration of the region.”
The event includes an array of single- and multi-day ticket packages to fit most any budget. For more information on ticket packages and a full list of Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley events, including dates and times, please visit www.tastesyv.com.
About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to six distinct towns each with their own culture, vibe and menu of experiences. Blanketed with fruitful farms and vineyards, the California Central Coast wine region’s temperate weather allows for year-round activities of all sorts, spread throughout the historical communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. Destination dining and world-class wines await, accompanied by lodging at every level, all painted into atmospheric backdrops which colorfully mesh Old World and Old West. Visit more than 100 wineries, feast on chef-driven cuisine, and enjoy festive events and design details from Victorian-era to mid-century to modern Danish. For more information, including a listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to VisitSYV.com.
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TASTE OF THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY HIGHLIGHT EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Los Alamos
- Los Alamos Tasting in Ferrini Park: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
- Bell Street Restaurant Dinner in Los Alamos: 5:30-9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – Santa Ynez
- Morning Wine Seminar in Santa Ynez: 10:30 a.m.-noon.
- Grand Tasting of Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon Wines: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Cooking Class at The Baker’s Table with Chef Robin Goldstein: 2-4 p.m.
- Wine and Cheese Seminar: 2-4 p.m.
- FrancFest at Gainey Vineyards: 4-6 p.m.
- Sideways Movie Experience and Tasting at Solvang Festival Theater: 6-10 p.m.
- Grimm’s Bluff Vineyards & Winery Dinner at the Estate: 6:30-10 p.m.
- BBQ Dinner and Live Music at Maverick Saloon: 6:30-10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19
- Solvang Events:
- Solvang Grape Stomp and Santa Ynez Valley Grand Wine Tasting: 2-5 p.m.
- Pence Vineyards & Winery Dinner at Root 246: 6:30-10 p.m.
- First & Oak Restaurant Winery Dinner: 6:30-10 p.m.
- Los Olivos events:
- Los Olivos Wine Roundup + VIP Tent at ‘Day in the Country’: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Day in the Country.
- Ballard events:
- Cooking Class with Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Winery Dinner with Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn and The Gathering Table: 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 2 – Buellton
- Cutting, Casing and Curing Cooking Class with Industrial Eats + Lunch: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m
- Sideways Wine Festival: Noon-4 p.m.
- Sta. Rita Hills vs Santa Maria Valley Wine Seminar at the Sideways Inn: 10:30 a.m.-noon
- Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Craft Beer Dinner: 6-9 p.m.
I’ve known Rick Pratt, owner and winemaker for the new Entourage label by Two Papas Wine, for a few years now as he and his wife Teresa are one of the wineries that participate in Sunset in the Vineyard.
I’ve come to learn that Pratt’s wines are made from all Santa Barbara County grapes, that he makes the wines at Flying Goat Winery in Lompoc, and besides the event I mentioned you can also find his wines at Marston’s, Buellton Wine and Chili Fest, Santa Monica Fest and Sierra Pelona Wine Fest.
Pratt makes 240 to 320 cases per year of five varietals. Current releases (tasting notes below) are from 2017: Grenache Blanc, two different vineyards for two Grenache, a Grenache Syrah blend and a Syrah. Next up and in barrel now are the 2018s: all the same except that instead of the Grenache Syrah blend Pratt will be releasing a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (GSM) blend.
Most of the grapes come from the coveted Thompson Vineyard. Not to be confused with Thompson green table grapes, grapes from the Thompson vineyard are known to be the top Rhônes in the state, possibly in the country, according to Pratt, which he says are also wine critic Robert Parker’s favorite.
Even my fellow wine writer has reviewed Pratt’s wines and said, “…with Two Papas Wines, we may have a King of Grenache here in Santa Clarita.” Rusty Sly, February 1, 2019 http://www.slystateofwine.com/article
Tasting (Collective notes made with the Wine-y Women Meet-Up group. Some of their descriptors are in quotes. Aromas and flavors separated by;)
2017 Grenache Blanc
Saarloos and Sons Vineyards
El Camino Ranch, Los Olivos
Grapefruit, fruit cocktail, tangerine and a hint of stainless steel; Green apple, dried apricot, lemon-lime, medium acid and that bit of steeliness. This was my favorite.
Saarloos and Sons Vineyards
El Camino Ranch, Los Olivos
Strawberry, red plum, “Bing cherry” and wet pebbles; strawberry again, cherry cola, “warming”, earthy and tangy. This was a general favorite in the tasting.
Alisos Canyon, Santa Barbara County
Cherry, raspberry jam, earth and oak; red fruit, a bit of grapefruit again and a little tartness.
75% Grenache, 25% Syrah
Alisos Canyon, Santa Barbara County
“Bouquet of flowers”, opened “acorn nuts”, earth, blueberry, blackberry and a hint of caramel; dark fruit, red fruit, blue fruit, tannic and a bit acidic allowing for a long finish.
Alisos Canyon, Santa Barbara County
“Black currant”, “Raisinettes”, oak, black cherry; black fruit, “chocolate cherry cordial”.
I also learned that Pratt has been licensed to sell commercially since October 2018, prices range from $27 to $35 a bottle, 10% discount to club members and club members that want to purchase above their allocation are extended a 15% courtesy. The commitment? Only three bottles twice a year. If you want more they also have a second club level, the Elite Club. It is two each of three bottlings twice a year. One in Spring just before Easter and one in early November, just before Thanksgiving. With that option 3 bottles twice a year averages $85 per shipment and 6 bottles twice a year averages $185 per shipment.
Pratt commented, “I love wine and talking about wines, just want to cover my expenses.”
(A note on the pretty ladies on his labels: The one with Natalie Wood on it has been granted permission for reuse, the others are models, including the lovely blond that is the Pratts’ daughter-in-law and the brunette in the large green hat is their daughter.)
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com
(SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif.) — An additional week and a fresh mix of participating restaurants, wineries, and lodging options promises to make the 2019 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks the best yet.
Set for Jan. 27-Feb. 10, the 2019 Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks returns for a ninth consecutive year by once again enticing food lovers from near and far with special pricing and the same farm-to-table fare that has long made this Central Coast wine country destination a haven for foodies. For just $20.19, all are invited to savor specially curated three-course tasting menus from the Valley’s top dining establishments.
The most noticeable difference this year, though, is that the Santa Ynez Valley’s annual celebration of local food has been extended from one week to two at the request of diners and restaurateurs alike.
“We continually heard from local restaurants and from diners that the only way to improve Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks is to offer more of it,” said Shelby Sim, President/CEO of Visit the Santa Ynez Valley. “The event has been successful from year one, expanding well beyond what can be fit into just one week. It is exciting to continue to see it grow.”
Blessed with an abundance of imaginative local chefs, deep agricultural roots, and a collaborative culinary scene, dining in the fertile Santa Ynez Valley is an attraction all to itself and a perfect pairing with the region’s world-class wines. The region’s cuisine is unique and diverse, ranging from traditional Scandinavian feasts to contemporary and innovative fare.
Representing each of the Santa Ynez Valley’s six distinct communities, 32 restaurants will participate in Restaurant Weeks in 2019. In addition to the offerings of the Valley’s restaurants, many Santa Ynez Valley wineries will offer wine and small bite pairings in their tasting rooms for $20.19. And special lodging deals are available at hotels throughout the Valley.
Dates of participation vary by establishment, but this year’s list of participating restaurants, wineries, and lodging properties includes:
The Ballard Inn & Gathering Table, 2436 Baseline Ave., 800-638-2466
Campfire Café at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, 180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, 805-688-3716
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.,45 Industrial Way, 805-694-2252
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., 620 McMurray Rd., 805-697-4777
Hitching Post II, 406 E Hwy 246, 805-688-0676
Industrial Eats, 181 Industrial Way, 805-688-8807
La Tequila Mexican Restaurant, 35 W. Highway 26, 805-697-7776
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, 555 McMurray Road, 805-688-1000
Full of Life Flatbread, 225 Bell St., 805-344-4400
Norman, 9150 US Highway 101, 805-344-0080
Pico at The Los Alamos General Store, 458 Bell St., 805-344-1122
Plenty on Bell, 508 Bell St., 805-344-3020
Valle Fresh, 380 Bell St., 805-865-2282
The Lucky Hen Larder, 1095 Meadowvale Rd., 805-691-9448
S.Y. Kitchen, 1110 Faraday St., 805-691-9794
Trattoria Grappolo, 3687 Sagunto St., 805-688-6899
Willows Restaurant & Bar, 3400 E. Highway 246, 805-686-0855
Cecco Ristorante, 475 1st St., 805-688-8880
First & Oak, 409 1st St., 805-688-1703
Fresco Valley Café, 442 Atterdag Rd., 805-688-8857
Hill Haven Provisions, 448 Atterdag Rd., 805-691-9025
Hummingbird Restaurant, 453 Atterdag Rd., 805-403-7100
Leonardo’s Ristorante, 632 Alamo Pintado Rd., 805-686-0846
Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant & Take Out, 1992 Old Mission Dr., 805-693-2994
Mad & Vin at The Landsby, 1576 Mission Dr., 805-688-3121
River Grill at The Alisal, 150 Alisal Rd., 805-688-7784
Root 246, 420 Alisal Rd., 805-686-8681
Solvang Brewing Co., 1547 Mission Dr., 805-688-2337
Succulent Café Wine Charcuterie, 1555 Mission Dr., 805-691-9444
Toscana Pizzeria, 485 Alisal Road #163, 805-697-7445
Alma Rosa Winery, 181-C Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-691-9395
Hitching Post Wines, 420 E. Highway 246, Buellton, 805-688-0676
Kalyra Winery, 343 N Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 805-693-8864
Loring Wine Company, 201-B Industrial Way, Buellton, 805-691-1300
Pence Vineyards & Winery, 1909 W. Highway 246, Buellton, 805-735-7000
Roblar Winery & Vineyards, 3010 Roblar Ave., Santa Ynez, 805-686-2603
Sunstone Winery, 125 N. Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez, 805-688-9463
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, 180 Avenue of Flags, Buellton, 805-688-3716
Hampton Inn & Suites Buellton/Santa Ynez Valley, 600 McMurray Rd., Buellton, 805-686-1555
King Frederik Inn, 1617 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, 805-688-5515
The Landsby, 1576 Mission Dr., 805-688-3121
New Haven Inn, 271 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805-618-8541
Pea Soup Andersen’s Inn, 51 E. Highway 246, Buellton, 800-732-7687
Santa Ynez Inn, 3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-688-5588
Sideways Inn, 114 E. Highway 246, Buellton, 805-688-8448
Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week menus do not include tax, tip, or beverages, and reservations are strongly encouraged. For the latest updates on Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks, including menus and dining hours, visit www.DineSYV.com.
About the Santa Ynez Valley:
Barely two hours from Los Angeles and a scenic four-hour drive from San Francisco, the Santa Ynez Valley feels worlds apart from both. With six distinct communities encompassing everything from classic California wine country to Northern European traditions to the very best of the Old West, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to endless possibilities. Here in and around the towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang visitors will find more than 100 wineries, incredible food, special events and a unique, rich heritage. For more information, including a complete listing of wedding venues, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms and events, go to VisitSYV.com.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) – Augmented Island Studios’ CEO, Enrique Sánchez-Rivera, wanted to enhance the wine tasting room experience with augmented reality. Chase Carhartt, from Carhartt Vineyard, has always believed in the value of ground-breaking new technology, especially when it pertains to member interaction. He quickly partnered up with Augmented Island Studios to build Carhartt Vineyard AR – the first ever wine augmented reality experience in the Santa Ynez Valley – Santa Barbara, California’s coastal wine region.
“The wine tasting experience, whether at home or in a tasting room, hasn’t changed in ages, and Carhartt Vineyard AR brings entertainment, interactivity and an additional informational tool to Carhartt Vineyard’s wine club members and fans all across the nation.” – Enrique Sanchez-Rivera, CEO of Augmented Island Studios explained.
Upon launching the Carhartt Vineyard AR app, which you can download through the Apple App Store, a beautiful flyover scene of Carhartt Vineyard’s stunning 11 Oaks Vineyard passes by. The app then instructs you to find a flat surface where you can place the vineyard’s logo in order to click on it. Once you click, an ultra realistic 3D modeled bottle of Carhartt’s 2015 Estate Sangiovese appears right in front of you! You then get to explore different “floating” icons around the bottle and learn about the Sangiovese varietal, Carhartt’s 2015 vintage, and the history of the ranch. Try taking the cork off the bottle with your finger and you will be thrilled to see cherries and rose petals coming out in representation of the wine’s tasting notes while the cork hovers right above the bottle. Don’t forget to put the cork back in its place though!
When asked why a small craft operation like Carhartt Vineyard would be interested in developing an augmented reality experience, Chase explained, “Carhartt Vineyard exists to connect to people and we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to achieve this mission. I hope users have fun using the app and experiencing AR technology, and most importantly get excited to drink our coveted Estate Sangiovese year after year.”
Click here to download Carhartt Vineyard’s new AR app:
Carhartt Vineyard AR
About Carhartt Vineyard:
Carhartt Vineyard is family owned and operated since the early 1950s. The Carhartt’s sell 100% of their wine directly to the consumer which allows them to focus entirely on their farming, winemaking, and guest experiences. You can find the wines in their tasting room in Los Olivos, California, or on their website at http://www.carharttvineyard.com.
About Augmented Island Studios:
Augmented Island Studios is an augmented reality and virtual reality development studio based in California and with development offices in Cali, Colombia. They specialize in offering AR and VR applications at a better value than US or European developers. http://www.augmentedislandstudios.com
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (PRWEB) – Los Olivos, CA (http://www.losolivosca.com/), the historic, wine-drenched Santa Ynez Valley town in the heart of Santa Barbara’s wine region, will welcome guests to its 39th annual Day in the Country festival (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The largest of Los Olivos’ event productions, Day in the Country embodies the village’s history-laden atmosphere, featuring an entertaining mix of Victorian-era, Western-style and harvest season activities and experiences.
The day-long fall event begins with an early morning, Platinum Performance-sponsored 5K Fun Run (7:00 AM-9:30 AM) – which is dog-friendly, and also features a one-mile Kids’ Run. Runners may sign up online in advance (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/), or day-of, starting at 7:00 AM in downtown Los Olivos.
Also starting at 7:00 AM (runs through 10:00 AM), is a Burrito Breakfast produced by members of the Lucky Clover 4-H Club, at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall. True to the region’s agricultural roots, the historic Grange Hall in downtown Los Olivos plays host to the Santa Ynez Valley Grange, #644, an official chapter in the nationwide association of Granges, originally founded in the 19th century as a farmer’s association.
At 10:00 AM, Los Olivos’ main thoroughfare of Grand Avenue transforms into a parade route displaying vintage tractors, antique autos, professional square dancers, musicians and animals. Presiding over the 2018 Day in the Country Parade, are this year’s Grand Marshals: Mike and Maggie Mesikep, longtime Los Olivos business owners. The parade is followed by a street fair (opens at 11:00 AM), with more than 100 local and regional vendors, crafters and food purveyors. Food trucks and pop-ups will mingle with shopping opportunities for original, local artisan goods.
The Los Olivos outpost of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. hosts a Beer Garden, which pairs well with town-wide eats provided by The Bear and Star, Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café, and the First & Oak Kitchen gourmet food truck. BBQ fans will delight in the tri-tip offered by Los Olivos Rotary, while sweets-seekers will find craft cookies, wine slushies, Aebleskiver, shave ice and other sugary delights.
Los Olivos will be filled with live music during this year’s Day in the Country, with performances throughout town starting at 11:00 AM. A town-wide raffle will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, offering valuable prizes such as travel, food and wine experiences. Los Olivos businesses will be showcasing their entries in the 2018 Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest (http://syvscarecrows.com/), inviting Day in the Country revelers to cast votes for their favorite scarecrows in the friendly competition.
Day in the Country’s expanded Kiddie Korral kicks off at 11:00 AM in Saarloos Paark, with an entrance marked by the now-iconic, oversized citrus-shaped stand belonging to Los Olivos Lemons. Entry to the Korral is granted with a small donation and inside, littles and grown-ups will find mini-horses, kiddie steer roping, giant yard games, face painting and more family fun.
The 2018 Day in the Country Wine Roundup provides tasters with a Roundup Pass good for both Saturday and Sunday ($25.00 per person; 21 and over), allowing them to taste 18 wines from nine local wineries including Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, Crawford Family Wines, Epiphany Cellars, Kaena Wine, Larner Vineyard & Winery, E11even Wines by Andrew Murray, Solminer Wine Company and more.
“Day in the Country is Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year. It’s a special day and a wonderful opportunity for families, both local and visiting, to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times, meshed with the modern conveniences that the backdrop of present-day Los Olivos provides. And best of all? Day in the Country attendance is free,” said Liz Dodder, Executive Director of the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce.
Day in the Country is produced by the Los Olivos Chamber of Commerce (http://www.losolivosca.com/about/lobo/), a volunteer organization which funds town services such as maintenance for the village’s central flagpole, public restroom facilities and trash removal.
Current “Day in the Country” sponsors are as follows; additional sponsors will be announced as the event nears and will be listed on the event’s web page (http://www.losolivosca.com/day-in-the-country/) or on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1848405095247198/):
Visit Santa Ynez Valley; a santé Spa; The Bear and Star; The Bubble Shack; Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard; Epiphany Cellars; Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation; Jones Land Use Planning; KRAZy Country 105.9; Larner Vineyard & Winery; Los Olivos General Store; Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café; Mission Sanitation; Nielsen Building Materials; Platinum Performance; Saarloos + Sons; and Stafford’s Famous Chocolates.
Located just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, the walkable – and Instagram-able – Santa Ynez Valley town of Los Olivos boasts an abundance of wine tasting options; wine, beer and craft cocktail bars; foodie havens in the town’s restaurants and gourmet culinary counters; art galleries and carefully-curated boutique shopping for clothing, accessories and home décor – both new and vintage; plus, luxury lodging and an equally luxurious spa. Many of the town’s businesses are housed in 100-year-old buildings, which have been meticulously maintained.
Los Olivos also hosts other seasonal, family-friendly events: the summer-starter “Locals Love” Block Party (June 2019) and Olde Fashioned Christmas (December 1, 2018; http://www.losolivosca.com/los-olivos-olde-fashioned-christmas/). Additional information about Los Olivos may be found at LosOlivosCA.com, including a brief history of the Western town.
For further information about Los Olivos’ October 20 Day in the Country festival, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info [at] stilettomarketing [dot] com.
About Los Olivos, CA
Located in the vista-filled Santa Ynez Valley, the charming, historic town of Los Olivos is a rewarding and relaxing weekend getaway or fun-filled day. Founded in 1887 as a stop on the stagecoach route from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos is noted for its support of the arts, wine tasting opportunities, unique shopping, epicurean restaurants, seasonal festivals, antiques, recreational landscapes, and friendly village residents. Boasting expansive views of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Foxen Canyon Wine Trail starts in Los Olivos and stretches north, winding its way through the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast.
THE GRAND TASTINGS
Of course, the HdR event wasn’t all “work” [I use this term very loosely] at the seminars that I wrote about in last week’s article.
Friday afternoon was the Opening Tasting and the Closing Tasting was held Saturday afternoon. The participants were the same at both, with the opening tasting focusing on older vintages and the closing tasting representing current releases. Wineries could only pour wines that were primarily made up of the 22 Rhône varieties. This was not only a great opportunity to taste an incredible number of fine wines, but to also interact with lots of winemakers.
I did not take notes on individual bottles and did not get a chance to taste at nearly every table – check out this list of participants and you’ll see why I didn’t make it to everyone. I also focused primarily on California producers as these would be wineries I’d be most apt to follow up with for in-depth reporting in the future.
Of those I tasted, these wineries poured my favorites…
Alta Colina, Paso Robles, CA
Anglim, Paso Robles, CA
Barton Family Wines, Paso Robles, CA
Bedrock Wine Co, Sonoma, CA
Caliza Winery, Paso Robles, CA
Carlisle Winery and Vineyards, Windsor, CA
Clos Solene, Paso Robles, CA
Delmas, Walla Walla, WA
Denner Winery, Paso Robles, CA
Donelan Family Wines, Santa Rosa, CA
Jeff Cohn Cellars, Sonoma, CA
Keplinger Winers, Napa, CA
Larner Vineyard and Winery, Los Olivos, CA
Law Estate Wines, Paso Robles, CA
Ledge Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
Levo, Paso Robles, CA
Onx Wines, Paso Robles, CA
Paix Sur Terre, Paso Robles, CA
Saxum Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
TOP, Paso Robles, CA
Turtle Rock Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA
Not on the list on the website, the wines of Santa Barbara’s Kunin Wines were also being poured. Seth Kunin passed away last year; I never met Seth and by all accounts my life is poorer as a result. Seth’s wines were being poured by his wife and his brother and they were delicious.
Wine tastes great on its own, but ultimately it really shines as part of a meal – oft times for me as the star of the meal, but part of it nonetheless.
Lunch on Friday was devoted to Rose, with bottles of Rose everywhere being provided by HdR participants, along with food prepared by Chef Nick Nolan of Society Cuisine.
The Live Auction Lunch on Saturday featured dishes prepared by Martin Testa of Testa Catering along with lots of wine provided by the HdR participating wineries. The auction generated funds for the HdR organization to continue to provide these kind of events and to help Northern California Wildfire Relief…
In addition, the passing of two wine luminaries was addressed, Seth Kunin of Kunin Wines and Robert Haas of Tablas Creek, as well as the Person of the Year being announced – Jed Dunnuck of jebdunnuck.com.
The Farewell Dinner Saturday evening provided a wonderful time to reflect on the weekend that had passed so quickly. The four course meal was prepared by Chef Spencer Johnston of Danior Kitchen, featuring Southwestern inspired fare capped off with a delicious selection of meats [beef, chicken, chorizo and lamb] followed by dulche de leche cake along with strawberries and cajata. Not to mention the cooked grasshoppers which were a big hit at our table. And of course, the wines…it looked like all the bottles that had been opened at the tasting were sitting somewhere, along with plenty of full ones.
I can’t say enough about this event – hopefully you’ve gotten this far in my writing about it. From the organizers to the participating wineries to the attendees, from the seminars to the meals to the tastings, whether one bought a weekend pass or went a la carte, I can’t think of a more well run event or one with higher quality wines across the board. As we headed off into the night, I thought that I couldn’t believe it was over and that two years couldn’t pass soon enough. Kudos to all involved.
Michael Perlis has been pursuing his passion for wine for more than 25 years. He has had the good fortune of having numerous mentors to show him the way, as well as a wonderful wife who encourages him and shares his interest. After a couple of decades of learning about wine, attending events, visiting wineries and vineyards, and tasting as much wine as he possibly could, he had the amazing luck to meet Eve Bushman. Now, as Contributing Editor for Eve’s Wine 101, he does his best to bring as much information as possible about wine to Eve’s Wine 101 faithful readers. Michael is also Vice President of Eve Bushman Consulting (fka Eve’s Wine 101 Consulting) http://evebushmanconsulting.com/ and President of MCP Financial. Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I’m sure the first time I was drawn to Kym and Ron Cappi was at a local wine event. We shared mutual friends and mutual interests, and they’ve since been to my home for dinner and my husband sees Dr. Ron Cappi for his chiropractic needs.
But this article isn’t about our friends or whatever ails my husband. It’s about me finding out that Kym is an artist.
It happened like this: Ron flew past me in his silver sports car on a road to Leona Valley Winery one afternoon. It was maybe the second time I had met them, and once I caught up to them at the winery I noticed something there that Kym had created. It was a cute little hand-painted dog bed made from a wooden wine box for the pooch that resided at the winery. (I wish I had room to put up all of Kym’s Kreations. Follow this hyperlink to see MORE: http://www.kymskreations.net/gallery.html )
Fast-forward a few wine-filled years and I’ve learned that my new pal has a painting business here in Santa Clarita. And she’s been very busy…but she took the time to do one of my 5-question Beacon interviews:
Eve: I’ve included your bio from your website (below) but what else do you want Beacon readers to know about you and your work? I found this on your Facebook and thought that what you wrote was an incredible testament to your compassion:
When buying from an artist, you’re buying more than just an object or painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of PURE JOY. You aren’t just buying a thing. You’re buying a piece of my heart, part of my soul, a moment of my life. MOST importantly, you’re buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.
Kym: The above quote is from an unknown author that epitomizes my feeling about art and the creative process. My motto is “art from the heart…where passion meets paintbrush!”
Eve: Okay, for our readers, our very wine-y readers, besides canvases, cheer boxes, furniture refinishing, pet portraits and murals, what wine-themed items have you made?
Kym: First and foremost the personalized wine staves which are the mainstay of my “uncorked” line. I have also created custom hand painted wine and martini glasses. I created signs with hand painted wine quotes such as “I’m aging like a fine wine…I’m getting complex and fruity”, or my favorite for you is “I only drink wine on days that end in ‘Y’”. I can also paint custom wine carriers and cases.
Eve: The hand-painted barrel staves, your latest “Kreation”, are very popular! Have you got some positive feedback from your customers that you would like to share with readers?
Kym: Realtors are ordering them for their buyer’s new homes with an “established” date.
C.S send me a note saying, “ Can’t tell you how many comments we get from friends and family and how great they look!”
A.C. wrote “Bought one for a friend who had just bought a home, the owner who gave me ideas and Kym hit the nail on the head.”
Over the holidays one of my wine quote staves was the last give “stolen” at one of those gift exchanges, which I took as a great compliment since there were 20 other wonderful gifts they could have chosen from.
I have painted staves for wineries, also scotch drinkers and for home wine bars and cellars.
Eve: Is there a connection between your love of art and your love of wine?
Kym: I think there is definitely a connection between my love of art and my love of wine. As a fine vintner must put passion and care into every bottle and glass, I must do the same with my art. A winemaker must pick the right parcel of land for his vineyard, must walk the vineyard, inspect and pick the very best vines and grapes for the wine, and that is just the beginning of the process. As with art, I must listen to my clients find out what type of mural or art they desire, and make their words and ideas into a mural, canvas or stave. As the vintner takes the grapes and works them into wine, I take the desires and ideas of my clients and work them into the finished product.
Eve: Where do you and Ron like to go, both locally and in wine country, for wine? Are there any places that you visit that also share a love of art?
Kym: As far as local wineries we love going to Malibu, which is an emerging wine market. Cielo and Malibu family wineries are our favorites. We also enjoy Santa Ynez, Los Olivos and Santa Maria on a regular basis. Paso Robles wine country and Napa get a visit at least once a year as well.
As far as places with art and wine, Artesa in Napa has a fantastic collection of art that you can tour while tasting, and the winery is fantastic. Del Dotto’s newest location in Napa has some wonderful pieces as well. There are many fabulous art collections in Napa.
From the Website
Kym’s KreationsTM is a decorative painting and mural business based in Santa Clarita, California run by Artist Kym Cappi.
Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” As a child, painting was my life. At age 5, bored with plain white walls, I decided to paint on those walls. My mother was furious at the time, but with encouragement and paper to paint on, I found my calling. I took every art class available to me in school and with some entrepreneurial spirit, I ventured out to paint storefront windows for the holidays. Sign painting, graphic design and tole painting classes helped me to further my business by offering clients stylish and hand painted items thus, Kym’s Kreations was born.
I create decorative illusions with paint for residential and commercial clients. I have a wide range of training and experience that allow me the ability to implement a variety of mural projects regardless of scale and subject matter. Artistically experimenting with many different mediums over the years has given me knowledge and skill, which is executed in my work. My murals have been featured on “HGTV”, in Santa Clarita’s local paper “The Signal”, and “Inside SCV Magazine”. I’m honored to have been voted “Best of 2007” by Santa Clarita Living Magazine.
Call me for a complimentary consultation. I’ll meet you at the commercial site or residence, evaluate the project, take measurements and pictures, etc. I’ll come up with an estimate complete with sketches for your approval. Prices vary according to size, subject matter and detail.
“Life’s too short to live with plain, white walls!”
People often ask how I got started on this wine journey, both as a writer and as a marketing consultant. Let me start with the wine, of course!
The Wine Journey
Drinking wine came well before tasting it – sounds crazy but it’s true – But I was perfectly satisfied with a box of Franzia wine for a glass of something cold and pink in my early twenties. I met my future husband, and soon after his sister took us wine tasting – a vertical at Concannon.
From there we were hooked. Classes at the Wine House in West Los Angeles, local wine tasting trips and a subscription to the Wine Spectator wine magazine.
Within ten years of my study I was also a columnist for the Signal newspaper. I wrote a snarky weekly column called “Eve of Destruction”. After 9/11 I had a change of heart and grew a heart – married to a fire chief does that to you – and I retitled my columns “Another Face of Eve”.
Then John Boston, long-time Signal columnist and author, took over the then titled “Escape” weekly entertainment section. He asked what else I could write about for him. I said book reviews and wine reviews. I had been in a book club for a long time, not as long as I had been drinking wine, but both seemed to be a good fit. Boston agreed.
But then…I quickly noticed that there were rewards for wine writers that wanted to hone their craft. Invites to dinners, tastings, events and classes were being extended. No one was sending me free books to review, so I tossed my books in a heap – except the wine books I was now reviewing for review – and immersed myself in wine. That was 10 years ago.
During the past decade I’ve spent time as an “armchair writer” while my daughter was young and, later, time visiting and interviewing winemakers from my own home in the Santa Clarita Valley to Lompoc, Los Olivos, Monterey, Carmel, Napa Valley, Sonoma and finally, the mother lode: Bordeaux. I definitely have more to see.
The Consulting Journey
Before I “immersed myself in wine” I had worked as a manager in both retail establishments and in the medical field. Within ten years I had taken several continuing education courses on how to make these different businesses more profitable, had found a few mentors, started a group of brainstorming managers…and you guessed it: I started consulting. It was difficult working in an office and consulting at the same time, fast forward a few years and I left management behind when I got further into consulting and, at the same time, further into wine studies.
While I never dreamed that these two interests would ever intersect along came Michael Perlis. Michael knew of me from my years at the Signal, and once I made his acquaintance we were both convinced that we had to work together! I have never been so happy in my career! Michael offered to edit all of my articles (in every publication which by now included books and magazines) and offered to write a weekly column in my fledgling website: Eve’s Wine 101.
Michael and I were covering a lot of events pretty quickly. And, due to my friendship with another wine friend, Roman Weiser, we started working together – with a ton of local winemakers – for our Pour Into events: Pour into Haiti and Pour into Sandy. Fast forward some more, and suddenly we were being asked to help almost every non-profit in the Santa Clarita Valley marketing their wine events.
Then, a for-profit business asked us for help. Michael urged me to start Eve’s Wine 101 Consulting, which, due to my former contacts, became Eve Bushman Consulting.
And the rest, like our upcoming Cocktails on the Roof, is history.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com