Now called theSanta Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, the Festival Grand Tasting is still the main event, held on Saturday April 12 at River View Park in Buellton. I’ve always loved seeing all my favorite wineries clustered within mere feet from each other. No twisty back road driving here! More than 100 local wineries are expected, as well as gourmet bites from the noted local food artisans.

The expanded weekend events – spanning April 10th to 13th – truly offer something for everyone. Feeling sporty? Join the golf tournament with Sideways author Rex Pickett, or sign up for a relaxed vineyard ramble. Feeling studious? Attend the vintner-led Wine Education Seminar Series. Feeling puckish? You have your choice of elegant wine dinners, civilized winemaker lunches, and even a farm-to-table (or is that farm-to-blanket?) picnic. Events are sprinkled around various locations. Click here ( to see the full schedule and ticket details.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Joel M Fisher