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Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara
Opening Reception & Screening
Set within the luxurious surroundings of Bacara Resort, the Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend celebrates Julia Child’s lifelong passion for learning, love of eating well and appreciation for Santa Barbara’s coastal bounty. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
Opening Reception Festivities:
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Wine reception presented by the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association. Sample dozens of varietals by the region’s top winemakers. In addition to wine, each table will include a culinary tasting personally selected for that winery by Bacara’s Executive Chef David Reardon.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Welcome Remarks from The Julia Child Foundation Chairman Eric W. Spivey & Bacara General Manager Kathleen Cochran followed by a special video tribute to Julia Child in the resort’s Screening Room.
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About Santa Barbara County’s Famed Wine Region
Santa Barbara County is different than any other winegrowing region in California. Here, the east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.
The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. Here, the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range – the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. This means that the fruit has an unusually long “hang time” on the vine, allowing it to fully develop the acids, flavors and tannins needed to produce wines of distinctive character.The region has many microclimates, with climates influenced by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool and moderate temperatures toward the west changes to warm daytimes and cold nights to the east. There are five official appellations: Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon and Sta. Rita Hills. Within the broad Santa Barbara County designation are several other micro-regions – these include the Los Alamos Valley region, the Los Olivos District and the Santa Maria Bench. Slightly less than half of the grapes grown in Santa Barbara County are used by local vintners, with the balance exported to wineries outside the area.