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Spend a Sunday exploring Santa Barbara's fine wines

10 Oct 2013 1:17 PM
Spend a Sunday exploring Santa Barbara's fine wines

Though California enjoys favorable weather year-round, the transition between the summer and autumn seasons is evident, and celebrated by Golden State residents each year. While some activities  that are common on the East Coast - such as apple picking - may not be as readily available, those individuals living out west have found other ways to make do.

Wine tasting is one of the most popular activities among Californians looking to spend some time outdoors, as there are hundreds of vineyards throughout the state. This can be done during any time of year, but this month marks the conclusion of the annual harvest. Accordingly, oenophiles can be found sipping rare blends at these lavish businesses on luxury real estate.

A number of area vineyards are planning on holding their seasonal celebrations this weekend, according to the Santa Barbara Independent. If you will be in this region of the Golden State on Sunday, Oct. 13, you may want to chart a course to one (or a few) of these renowned wineries.

Grassini Family Vineyards
Celebrating the end of harvest in true style, this company is hosting an exclusive event at its location on Genuine Risk Road. The third annual Crush Cookout will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature live music and barbecue catering, as well as tastings of the winery's newest products - including its 2011 Estate Cab Reserve, which is an extremely limited production. Attendees will be able to enjoy the serenity of the estate by taking a quick canoe trip around the pond or relaxing under one of the 400-year-old oak trees. Tickets are available for $40 each, but space is limited.

Margerum Wine Company
This open house event being held in the historic El Paseo complex in downtown Santa Barbara promises to be a weekend highlight. From noon to 3 p.m., the winery's team will be offering those in attendance samplings of the newest releases of its Barden pinot noir and Syrah, among other tried and true favorites. While tasting the latest blends, individuals can enjoy feasting on expertly paired artisan flatbreads and salad crafted from local produce. Tickets are on sale to the general public for $30.

Flying Goat Cellars
Those interested in a low-key celebration of the season will want to be at this vineyard's tasting room from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the company's harvest open house and grape stomp, its brand specialists and winemakers will mingle with attendees and offer tastings of sparkling wines and pinot noirs, as well as light snacks.