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Wining and dining at it’s very best will be arriving in Santa Barbara for three palate pleasing days in August 12-13-14 - after it’s opening in San Luis Obispo Aug 10- 11-12 where it first took root.
The 31st Annual Central Coast Wine Classic gets enhanced this year with the addition of some stunning locations in Santa Barbara. This is now the only wine classic spanning two counties, and two with some highly rated vines and inspired vintners. Wine Spectator rated it one of the Top Ten Wine Classics. Registration is now open and advance is highly recommended. www.CentralCoastWineClassic.org.
Tastings, touring the vineyards, luncheons, brunches, winery dinners, symposia and auctions has been honed by founder Archie McLaren over the years and everyone who has attended the Wine Classic remarks on the intimacy, and almost family-like aire around all of the 18 events. McLaren insists on meeting every one who attends the event. His singular vision and passion for wine is matched only by his generosity for the arts non-profits in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. The Wine Classic Foundation has gifted an astounding $2.5 million since 2004 for 125 organizations.
The Wine Classic is a thoroughbred event that has proven itself over and over. In the center ring ladies and gentlemen, the Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction, will be on the luxurious Bella Vista Polo Estate in Summerland owned by Pat Nesbitt Saturday, August 14 from 10:30am to 5 pm. You’ll be able to see some of the superb horses Nesbitt owns in the motor court when you arrive. The auction draws people from all over the world and with it being a polo estate, ladies, get your “Pretty Woman” hats out for this one. Part of the auction ambiance will have an Exotic Car Showcase featuring McLaren’s own 1987 Ferrari Gemballa Testarossa. Only one of three made, and two still existing, it’s as rare as some of the wine that will be up for bidding with fine art, foreign excursions, wine experiences, and other creative lots not found in many auctions.
Hard to chose highlights but a few other events to mention include: Dinners at Hearst Castle, The Mural Room at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Greengage Winery Dinner adds a dance to the evening which starts with barrel tastings and barrel auction, Louis Orderer Champagne and Black River Caviar symposium or brunch (because no one can ever have too much champagne or caviar), the learning aspects of other symposiums on the newest Rhone Rangers in Santa Maria, Santa Rita Hills’ Pinot Noirs, Napa Valley Cabernets and Australian wines from the - wait for it - McLaren Valley (no relation to Archie, but so symbiotic).
WHO: Archie McLaren
WHAT: 31st Annual Central Coast Wine Classic
WHEN: August 10 - 14
WHERE: 18 different venues from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara
INFO: (805) 544-1285
Beverly Aho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
COST: Ranges from $75 to $1,250.
Best Bet: Great Packages Deals to attend all the events.
NOTE: No tickets are issued for Wine Classic events; all registrants will be on guest lists at their confirmed activities.
CCWC believes in safety first, then enjoyment. Busses are provided to and from events to give patrons the safest and best way to enjoy the wines. More information online and when you register for the individual events.