Key to Wine Country Weekend Returns to Santa Barbara December 5-7th

Photo- SBC Vintners

Photo- SBC Vintners

December 5th-7th, the Key to Santa Barbara Wine Country weekend is back, inviting you in for a firsthand look into everything that goes in to the making of some of the best wines in the state.  From vineyard walks and barrel samples with winemakers to sit down blending seminars and food and wine pairings, the Key to Santa Barbara Wine Country weekend has proven to be one of the most exciting and engaging wine festivals in California and is quickly becoming one of my new favorite weekends.

The three day festival promises to include a series of wine and food centric events allowing participants to “unlock” exclusive events and offerings at nearly forty wineries and vineyards throughout Santa Barbara’s scenic wine country.

A sampling of vintner experiences includes a wine House Party at the new Buellton Bodegas, Pinot Noir and Chocolate Pairing at Cambria Estate Vineyards & Winery, Sit-down Blending Seminar at Fiddlehead Cellars, a Vineyard Walk with Chad Melville, Food and Wine Pairing Experience with Winemaker Dieter Dronje and Local Chef at Presqu’ile, Sparkling Wine Seminar at Riverbench, Cooking Class and Wine Pairing with Pascale Beale, and Wine Tasting at the Wine Collection of El Paseo.

Additional benefits of purchasing a Key includes exclusive discounts at restaurants around Santa Barbara County, including: Avant Tapas & Wine, The Hitching Post II, Bob’s Well Bread, Bell Street Farm, Sama Sama Kitchen, Autostrada Wood Fired Pizza, Isabella Gourmet Foods, Wine Cask, Full of Life Flatbread, and Cecco Ristorante

Tenley Fohl Photography_Pair of Keys

Photo- Tenley Fohl

As Morgan McGlaughlin, executive director of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association states,  “Santa Barbara Wine Country is best explored getting deep into the cellars and vineyards of some of our most esteemed wine properties. Winter is an excellent time to visit; the harvest is over and the winemakers are eager to entertain and educate. With our close proximity to Los Angeles and Southern California, our region provides world-class hospitality, a wide array of outstanding wines, and some of the most beautiful countryside and ocean views of any wine region in the world”

For a recap of the last “Key to Wine Country Weekend” click here

Keys are valid for all events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and can be purchased online for $100 per person here


WSA/NASA Silver Pin Certified Sommelier, Central Coast wine enthusiast and overall travel junkie


  • Reply November 13, 2014


    Very informative article on the Santa Barbara Wine Country weekend! What restaurant have you had the best wine? Remember to add it to you Besty List Courtney

  • Reply November 18, 2014

    Daniele Holmberg

    Thanks so much for sharing my article in your related articles section:) It looks like we both attended West of the West as well! Cheers! Hope to meet you in wine country! 🙂

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