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Santa Ynez oenophiles visit local vineyards across wine country

10 Jan 2014 5:49 PM
Santa Ynez oenophiles visit local vineyards across wine country

Jan. 1 may have marked the beginning of a new calendar year worldwide, however, Jan. 31 will bring the end of one of the most celebrated seasons within California's Santa Ynez Valley. 

As in past years, area oenophiles and wine enthusiasts from across the nation were granted access to 15 of the region's most celebrated wineries, as part of the Winter Pass offered by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association. Those who purchased a ticket were given the opportunity to attend one wine-tasting flight - about 4 or 5 wines - at each of the featured sampling rooms, from Nov. 1, 2013 through to the end of January 2014. 

No reservations are required, and no blackout dates will inhibit ticket holders from sampling any of the wines offered up by the spotlighted vineyards. Each pass will allow holders to patronize all 15 wineries during normal business hours, and is valid until each has been visited, or before Jan. 31 - whichever comes first. For those interested in partaking in the festivities, there is still time.

Passes are available for $40 a piece, and can be mailed to individuals after being purchased online, or prospective buyers can pick their tickets up at a multitude of physical locations, including Casa Cassara in Solvang, Imagine Wine in Santa Ynez, Standing Sun Wines in Buellton and Alexander & Wayne in Los Olivos, as well as Lincourt Vineyards on the Alamo Pintado Corridor between Solvang and Los Olivos.

Participating wineries provide ticket holders cream of crop
Aside from tasting a variety of different blends, individuals who purchase a Winter Pass can benefit from getting first-hand experiences at a myriad of exclusive boutique wineries throughout the greater Santa Ynez area. 

According to the SYVWCA, this year's participating wineries include both respected and up-and-coming producers, such as Alexander & Wayne, Arthur Earl, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Brander, Casa Cassara, Cimarone & 3CV Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Rideau Vineyard, Roblar, Standing Sun Wines, Toccata Wines and Toretti Family Vineyards. 

The Winter Pass is a great excuse to spend time with area family during the busy holiday season, or makes the perfect gift for local wine lovers. Those looking for additional information can learn more by calling the SYVWCA at 800-563-3183 or contacting

Valley boasts rich history of wine producing
While the greater Santa Ynez area may be gaining attention as a premier destination during winter months, it has long enjoyed the spotlight as one of the Golden State's best regions for wine making - and tasting. Along with its breathtaking natural beauty and topographical profile that is conducive to growing quality grapes, the area is home to a number of unique businesses that beckons individuals far and wide, offering a memorable experience whether for a day, weekend or extended tour. 

During a visit to Santa Ynez, wine enthusiasts can feast on gourmet cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs, view historic objects and famous works of art at the many museums and galleries, even stay in upscale accommodations once patronized by celebrities and business executives. Add to that the opportunity to get an aerial view of the wine country's geography during a glider ride, or up close and personal on a bicycle trip, and it may be more difficult to find reasons not to plan a visit.

In the coming months, the SYVWCA will look to host a number of additional events, such as "A Wine Fantasy in February," which will run from Valentine's Day to Feb. 17.