Wine Meets Cheese: Six Slam-Dunk Pairings Hosted by Janet Fletcher
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 11:00am Reserve Now $75 per person | $70 Wine Club
Learn how to create the kind of marriages that make sparks fly. In this sit-down tasting, you will sample six St. Supéry Estate Vineyard wines and six cheeses that are made for each other. Your guides: St. Supéry Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis and Napa Valley's Janet Fletcher, publisher of the popular Planet Cheese blog and author of the bestselling Cheese & Wine. Janet will share her favorite pairing strategies and answer all your questions about selecting, storing and serving artisan cheese. You will take home a signed copy of Cheese & Wine to ensure that your future pairings are just as successful. Read more about Janet Fletcher: janetfletcher.com.
How to make Homemade Mozzarella Hosted by Chef Nash Cognetti
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 2:00pm Reserve Now
$65 per person | $60 Wine Club
An experience any cheese fan will revel in, watch and learn as St. Helena's Tre Posti's Executive Chef, Nash Cognetti, pulls his signature "Mozzarella al Minuto". You are invited to join in in the process and enjoy the delicious cheese paired with a tasting of St. Supéry Estate wines lead by Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis.
The Art of Making the Perfect Cheese Plate Hosted by Jessica Lawrenz
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 11:00am and 2:00pm
$65 per person | $60 Wine Club
Join Jessica Lawrenz, the 2017 Cheesemonger Invitational winner, as she teaches how to create the perfect cheese plate. Jessica currently resides in San Diego and mentors the cheese lovers at Venissimo Cheese Shop. She is excited to mentor you as you assemble the perfect plate with local artisan cheese and accouterments. Grouped with three others to assemble your tray, Jessica will share her techniques and tricks of the trade. The workshop will conclude with a perfectly paired St. Supéry Estate wine tasting, hosted by Estate Sommelier, Tom Markakis, while enjoying your freshly made cheese plate. Read more about Jessica Lawrenz: mongermoldandmilk.com.
Cheese from Switerzland Hosted by The Cheese Board Collective, Berkeley
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11:00am Reserve Now
$55 per person | $45 Wine Club
What, exactly, is "Swiss Cheese" and how is it different from those slices at the grocery store? Known as "the original grass fed cheese," come taste your way through a range of cheeses from Switzerland while exploring the rich history behind them. From well-known Gruyere, to hyper-local mountain cheeses, you will learn about transhumance, Emmenthaler eyes, fondue and even a cheese cartel. This class will deepen your appreciation and understanding of this very special family of cheese.
The Cheese Board Collective is a worker owned pizzeria, bakery and cheese shop in Berkeley, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. With 300+ cheeses to offer, we at The Cheese Board firmly believe that there is a cheese for everyone. We look forward to seeing you! Read more about The Cheese Board: cheeseboardcollective.coop.
Point Reyes Hosted by Felice Charlton
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 2:00pm Reserve Now
$40 per person | $20 Wine Club
In August of 2000, the first wheel of Original Blues, California's only classic style blue cheese, were introduced to Bay Area consumers, adding to a family legacy of farming that dates back well over 100 years. Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company is the Giacomini's way of carrying on their family heritage, honoring the land they love so much, celebrating their passion for farm fresh food, and sharing it all with the people we consider their extended family – cheese lovers all across the country who can now experience the incredible flavors created from their small, family – fun dairy farm.
Join Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company National Sales Director, Felice Charlton, as she introduces you to this family business and walks you through a tasting of four delicious cheeses perfectly paired with St. Supéry Estate wines. Read more about Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company: pointreyescheese.com.
MORGEN MCLAUGHLIN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS - APRIL 20-23 SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS SPRING WEEKEND & FESTIVAL
WHAT'S NEW AT THE SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS SPRING FESTIVAL?
In its 35th year, the Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend is four days of wine, food and fun throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23.
The highlight of the weekend is the New Release Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 22 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Early Entry and Connoisseurs Club at 12:00 p.m.) at the beautiful River View Park in Buellton, the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country. Enjoy new release wines from participating member wineries; food sampling from more than twenty food purveyors; live music; wine and culinary demonstrations; silent auction; and free parking all included.
The Saturday morning Santa Barbara Wine Seminar from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, minutes from the Festival Grand Tasting, will feature a new release in-depth tasting, and optional lunch, with a wine maker panel moderated by renowned wine writer, Elaine Brown.
Join us on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the Big Bottle Bash at K'Syrah, a new special event venue in downtown Solvang, featuring large format wines brought by guests and winery representatives paired with a delicious family-style dinner. In the style of a La Paulee, guests are invited to bring their own bottles to share.
Want to visit up to twelve tasting rooms on an all-inclusive wine tasting pass? Get a Vintners Visa Wine Country Tasting Pass for unique and complimentary offerings at your choice of twelve participating tasting rooms from Thursday - Sunday. Typically 25 - 40 wineries and tasting rooms participate in this program.
Throughout the four day weekend many wineries host their own events, including open houses, wine maker dinners, vineyard walks, and barrel tastings.