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Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley 2023 (Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st)

Sep 28, 2023 at 12:00 AM to Oct 1, 2023 at 12:00 AM

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Solvang Food & Wine Celebration (Sunday, October 1st • 12 - 3 p.m.)


Join us in Solvang in the beautiful gardens of Old Mission Santa Ines to get a taste of what the Danish village has to offer! There will be bites from Michelin approved restaurants and others, along with award winning Santa Barbara County wine, beer, and a live band.

Participants include:
• Coast Range
• Cecco
• First & Oak
• Clean Slate Wine Bar
• Solvang Restaurant
• Lucas & Lewellen
• Alma Rosa Winery
• Dana V. Wines
• Lion's Peak
• Toccata
• Kaena Wines
• Ampelos
• Ken Brown
• Kalyra 
• Sanford Winery
• Tomi Cellars 
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 
• Third Window Brewing Co. 

More to be announced.

A wonderful way to close out the 4-day festival! 

Must be 21+ to participate.

Sunday Supper with Frank Ostini (Sunday, October 1st • 4 p.m.)

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Sparkling Rose 2022 & Forerunner Chenin Blanc 2019 Grilled Corn Quesadillas

Spicy Chicken Sausages Caprese Bruschetta
Oak-Fired Seabass, Quinoa & Arugula Salad Chardonnay 2019
Chardonnay 2013

Grilled Texas Quail, Lentils & Summer Squash Pinot Noir Highliner 2020
Pinot Noir Highliner 2014

Oak Grilled Filet Mignon, BBQ Potatoes, Truffled Green Beans Pinot Noir Fiddlestix 2018
Pinot Noir Fiddlestix 2006

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2009

Hitching Post 2 is located at 420 E Highway 246 in Buellton. 

Santa Barbara Vintners Comparative Tasting (Friday, Sept. 29 • 1 - 3:30 p.m.)

Santa Barbara Vintners Presents: Santa Maria Valley & Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay & Pinot Noir Comparative Tasting

Join us at The Ballard Inn for an exploration of the wines of Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills, two unique AVAs both known for their world class Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.  In this casual walk-around tasting, attendees will the sample the different expressions side by side and learn from the winemakers themselves what makes these wines so beautiful, yet distinctly different. Canapes will be prepared to match the wines by Award-Winning Chef Lincoln Carson. 
Featured Santa Maria Valley producers include Bien Nacido Estate, FOXEN Vineyard & Winery,  Rancho Sisquoc, and Rusack Vineyards. Featured Sta. Rita Hills producers include Alma Rosa Winery, Margerum Wine Co., The Hilt Estate, and Gainey Vineyard.

The Ballard Inn is located at 2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463. 

Must be 21+ to purchase.

Los Olivos Wine Tasting Reception (Friday, Sept. 29th • 4 - 5:30 p.m.)


Enjoy wines from Los Olivos, Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez, and Happy Canyon, along with local bites at the Coquelicot Tasting Room Courtyard from 4 - 5:30 p.m. Participants include Barbieri & Kempe, Margerum, Brander, Carhartt, Coquelicot, Crosshatch, Carr, Dierberg Vineyards, Fess Parker, Epiphany, Refugio Ranch, Roblar, Rusack, Seagrape, Storm, Tercero, Kaena, Stolpman, Future Perfect, Foxen, Luna Hart, Piazza Family Wines, Grimm's Bluff, Valley Piggery and The Lot.  

The Coquelicot Tasting Room is located at 2884 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441. 

Must be 21+ to participate. 

This does not include entry to the Los Olivos Dinner. 

Guided Hike with Midland (Saturday, September 30th • 9 - 11 a.m.)


Enjoy a student lead hike through Lovers Loop on the Midland School Trail System, discovering the local flora and fauna along the trail.

The Midland School trails are a private trail system opened to the public through the generosity of the school. Permits must be obtained prior to heading out on the trails.

Hikers must fill out a permit and parking pass at the trail heads, where permit boxes are located. Fill out your permit and place in your vehicle before returning to the permit box where you will meet your guide. 

The Guided Hike with Midland School will meet at the Grass Mountain Trailhead on Figueroa Mountain Road.

Build Your Own "Chato" Wine Tumbler (Saturday, Sept. 30th • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

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Get your hands dirty with Community Clayworks! During this 2-hour workshop, you will create a ceramic "chato," a Spaniard style wine glass to take home with you. Your finished piece will be available for pick up at the studio 2 weeks later, or can be shipped via request. No experience necessary!

Guests will also enjoy wine tasting featuring Tomi Cellars. 

The Create Your Own Chato Class will take place at Community Clayworks at 37 Industrial Way Suite 111, Buellton, CA 93427. 

Must be 21+ to participate in wine tasting. 

Stolpman Hike with Wine Tasting (Sunday, October 1st • 9 - 11 a.m.)


Join us for an educational walk through our Ballard Canyon Vineyard, followed by a tasting of Stolpman wines hosted by Peter Stolpman.  

The walk and tasting is roughly 2 hours long through up and down rolling hills. We highly recommend bringing layers & comfy, closed toe shoes/boots!

Check our local forecast for appropriate attire. Water will be provided.

Follow the signs that say Love Our Vines and Picnic Area This Way - follow those for about 5 minutes and you should see the picnic area below the Oak Tree.

The Stolpman Walk will meet at Stolpman Vineyard located at 2323 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang, CA 93463. 

Los Alamos Dinner (Thursday, Sept. 28 • 6 - 8 p.m.)

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Pull up a chair for a seated dinner served at a lengthy communal table, open-air, in the middle of Los Alamos’ Bell Street, featuring Full of Life Flatbread, Bell’s, PICO, Plenty on Bell, and Bob’s Well Bread Bakery, with Santa Maria and Los Alamos wines from 6 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served family style. Dinner will be paired with Los Alamos and Santa Maria Valley wines. 

Must be 21+ to participate.

This ticket also includes the Los Alamos Tasting Reception that begins at 4 p.m. at The Maker’s Son.  

The Los Alamos Dinner will take place on Bell Street in front of Ferrini Park (267 Bell Street, Los Alamos) from 6 - 8 p.m. 

Los Olivos Dinner (Friday, September 29th • 6 - 8 p.m.)

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Pull up a chair for a seated dinner served at a lengthy communal table, open-air, at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, a Central Coast legend, reborn. An Auberge Resorts Collection, the Inn will play host to dinner featuring Mattei’s Tavern, Bar Le Cote, S.Y. Kitchen, Los Olivos Wine Merchant Café, and Enjoy Cupcakes from 6 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be paired with wines from Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon. Dinner will be served family style. 

This ticket includes entry to the Los Olivos Wine Tasting Reception at Coquelicot Tasting Room Courtyard from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

The Los Olivos Dinner will take place at The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern (2350 Railway Ave, Los Olivos, CA 93441) from 6 - 8 p.m.

Must be 21+ to participate in the Wine Tasting. 

Breakfast Ride - Horseback (Saturday, September 30th • 7:15 - 11:15 a.m.)

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Explore the great outdoors at Alisal Ranch via horseback through the property, followed by a classic cowboy breakfast. All horseback riders will need to check in for the ride between 7:15am and 7:45am depending on rider level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced). 

The Alisal Ranch is located at 1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang.

Breakfast Ride - Haywagon (Saturday, September 30th • 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.)

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Explore the great outdoors at Alisal Ranch via a wagon ride through the property, followed by a classic cowboy breakfast. 

The Alisal Ranch is located at 1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang.

Santa Ynez Tasting Reception and Dinner (Saturday, Sept. 30th • 5:30 - 8:30 pm)

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Enjoy a tasting reception at 5:30 pm followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 pm at The Victor’s Coach House, featuring The Victor, Willows, Ellie’s Tap & Vine, Lucky Hen Larder and Global Gardens. Dinner will be paired with wines from Santa Ynez and Happy Canyon. Dinner will be served family style.

The Victor is located at 3631 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Must be 21+ to participate. See menu below (subject to change).

Please park in the street. 

Amuse-Bouche by The Lucky Hen Larder

Corn and Crab Cake Mille-Feuille Parmesan Crackers, Sambal Aioli, Roots Farm Heirloom Tomatoes, Herb and Edible Flower Salad, Basil Oil

Paired with Margerum Wine Company, 2022 Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc

First Course by Ellie's Tap & Vine 

Roasted Beet and Pistachio Salad with Pistachios, Orange, Feta, Late Summer Fruit and Honey Labneh

Paired with Carr Winery, 2022 KÆRSKOV Vineyard Viognier 

Second Course by Willows 

Roasted Corn, Scallops topped with Finger Limes

Paired with Fiddlehead Cellars, 2011 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir

Third Course by The Victor

Red Oak Grilled Tomahawk Steak, King Oyster, Maitake and Shimeji Mushrooms, Crispy Leeks, Bone Marrow Chimichurri, Bordelaise 

Paired with Grimm's Bluff, 2018 Cliff Hanger Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert by Global Gardens

Olive Oil Cake 

Zipline with Highline Adventures (Sunday, October 1st • 9 - 11 a.m.)

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Sunday, October 1st 

Experience 3 of the biggest and fastest ziplines in California!

The tour starts with check-in and ground school at basecamp. After gearing up, enjoy a 4x4 tour to the top of the ranch, gaining over 1,000 feet of vertical and a drive through our protea flower fields.

At the top, our highly trained guides will get you ready for an amazing zipline experience with spectacular views of the Santa Ynez Valley! Tours last about 2 hours.

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Event Summary

As the West’s most respected travel and lifestyle authority, Sunset Magazine is partnering with another western icon – Visit the Santa Ynez Valley – to present Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley.

The four-day, six town celebration of food, wine, and more takes place September 28th – October 1st across the towns of SolvangSanta YnezLos AlamosLos OlivosBallard, and Buellton. Among the many highlights of Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley include curated wine tastings, chef-driven long table dinners, lunches and activities, and events hosted by Sunset editors, all celebrating the many special offerings of this powerhouse California wine country destination.

More events and details will be added in the coming weeks.


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