Wineries across California gathered in Downtown Santa Barbara on Saturday for a festive showing of high-end libations at the 6th annual Winter Wine Classic. Held outside the Fess Parker Hotel, a luxury resort just steps from the beach, the Winter Wine Classic brought together a solid lineup of purveyors for a mid-sized crowd of joyful guests. Drink, food and fun certainly highlighted the event, with several labels and restaurants to revisit again.
A slew of 90+ point wines made their way to the event, as did bottles that retailed for more than $100. Some highlights included Pegasus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon [Santa Ynez, CA], Rombauer Vineyards Merlot [Napa Valley, CA], J. Lohr Vineyards Chardonnay [Paso Robles, CA], and Nielson Wines Pinot Noir [Santa Barbara, CA] among others.
On the culinary end, Enterprise Fish Co. led the way with a stunning lobster bisque that was perfect for the winter weather. Patxi’s Pizza Santa Barbara served up some excellent Chicago deep dish, and showed some fun resourcefulness when they placed a delivery order in the middle of the event to replenish their inventory.
Live music kept the upbeat vibe going. And while the event did take place under a tent, the weather did hold out and temperatures stayed quite comfortable.
The 7th Winter Wine Classic is already being planned out, to take place January 2018. For more information visit CaliforniaWineFestival.com
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