Santa Ynez Valley News
Santa Ynez to host special event during Valentine's Day weekend12 Feb 2014 1:50 PM
At any time of year, California's scenic wine country provides the perfect venue for area residents seeking an intimate getaway with their loved ones. The region's proximity to the the Pacific Ocean and diverse topography creates the perfect atmosphere for cultivating both quality grapes and blossoming romances. Santa Ynez, in particular, is one of the municipalities were local couples can frequently be found having memorable experiences tasting unique wines and enjoying the Golden State's beauty.
And, this Valentine's Day weekend, the picturesque valley will play host to a number of area oenophiles during the ninth annual "A Wine Fantasy in February" event. Sponsored by the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association, the upscale affair offers wine enthusiasts the chance to sample rare varietals and exclusive blends from 15 local premium boutique wineries from Friday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 17.
Event to feature multiple attractions
Santa Ynez homeowners interested in attending A Wine Fantasy in February will have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the wines produced by the area's finest producers while enjoying this self-guided tasting event. During the four-day weekend, individuals can expect to have a myriad of memorable experiences while visiting with expert winemakers and sampling delectable culinary creations.
Wineries participating in this year's event include both respected and up-and-coming producers, such as Alexander & Wayne, Arthur Earl, The Brander Vineyard, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara, Cimarone Estate Wines, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyard, Rideau Vineyard, Standing Sun Wines, Toccata Wines, Toretti Family Vineyards and William James Cellars.
Although the festivities kick off on Friday, Saturday is expected to be one of the most exciting during the weekend event. During the day, the location's attendees will visit for tastings are expected to provide a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres. At each sampling room, winemakers will be on hand to answer any questions and offer pertinent information regarding the featured wines.
In between visits, residents can marvel at their scenic surroundings, which are especially beautiful this time of year, despite the occasional presence of colder temperatures. Those who attend the tastings will be given a souvenir wine glass, adorned with a commemorative logo, which they can take with them after the event concludes.
Wine country events are unlike any other
While many areas around the world are known for producing high-quality wines, California's wine country is typically regarded as one of the best. The region is home to a number of vineyards and wineries who have garnered a substantial amount of critical acclaim over the years for their exquisite Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Viogniers, Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and Merlots.
Whether visiting producers in the rustic center of Santa Ynez, the attractive village of Los Olivos or the quaint Danish village of Solvang, locals who take part in the weekend's many opportunities for relaxation and recreation will be able to do so in style. Peppered with ancient oak trees that stretch out over the gently rolling hills, this area has long provided residents the chance to appreciate the peacefulness of country living.
Oenophiles looking to attend A Wine Fantasy in February can reserve their admission by purchasing a ticket for $45 through the official event website. Designated drivers who wish to attend can buy a ticket for $10, and enjoy soft beverages all weekend in addition to hors d'oeuvres at the social gathering on Saturday night. Those hoping to learn more about the weekend's many offerings can do so by calling 800-563-3183.