Join us for a fun-filled weekend fueled by
Wine and Fire
August 14th - 16th
The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers invite you to join us for some Santa Rita Hills hospitality during our annual Wine and Fire event. We are pulling out all the stops for a weekend of world class wines and wood grilled specialty foods.
Limited tickets guarantees an intimate wine and food experience so get 'em while they're hot and don't miss Wine and Fire 2015!
Visit Explore Lompoc for hotel accommodations and local restaurants and attractions.
Kick Off Barn Party at Sanford & Benedict Barn
August 14th 5:00 - 8:00
The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers are thrilled to have our Wine and Fire weekend opener at the historic Sanford & Benedict Barn. Located just east of the Sanford Winery on Santa Rosa Road, the Barn housed the first winery in the Santa Rita Hills and is located just above the iconic Sanford & Benedict vineyard, planted in 1971.
Our Winemakers will be sharing their library stash, large format bottles and small production bottlings to get you warmed up for the weekend. These wines will be exclusive to this event so don’t miss this opportunity to experience these unique offerings.
An array of pizzas and antipasti presented by Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine (www.belloforno.com) will set the pace for a weekend of wine and culinary noshing.
Hilliard Bruce - 2012 Moon Pinot Noir
Ken Brown Wines - 2004 Clos Pepe, 2005 Sanford & Benedict, 2005 Cargasacchi, 2006 Clos Pepe & 2006 Cargasacchi.
Loring Wine Company - 2010 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir, 2010 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, 2010 Rancho La Vina Pinot Noir.
Seagrape Wine Company - 2013 Chardonnay & 2012 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina.
Siduri Wines - 2013 Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, 2013 Siduri Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Transcendence - 2012 Zotovich Chardonnay & 2012 La Encantada Pinot Noir.
Rock Classics will be performed by The Caverns for your entertainment. This Trio will knock your socks off, guaranteed!
And The Secret Ingredient Is …….FIRE!
Saturday Morning Seminar BBQ Blast
August 15th 10:30 – 1:30
Sanford & Benedict Barn
O.K. enough about the wine; what about the fire? This year in our Saturday morning seminar we pay homage to the fire and answer that question once and for all. In ancient Greek philosophy, fire was commonly associated with the qualities of energy, assertiveness and passion, much like the wines and people from the Sta. Rita Hills. Our Saturday morning seminar will focus on the fire and passion of local chefs and their four unique grilling styles because, after all, variety is the spice of life.
BBQ Masters Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II, Matt Toll of Tollhouse BBQ, Argentine BBQ Rodrigo Gimenez and Wood Fired Pizza Chef extraordinaire Steve Clifton are fired up and eager to share some hot grilling tips with you.
Following the BBQ presentation, we will add wine to the fire as our members team up with these local Chefs and pair their wines with BBQ eats for your enjoyment.
Steve Clifton our local expert on everything Italian and noted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer of Brewer-Clifton will be rocking the art of wood-fired flat breads so you, too, can become a pizza oven expert.
Rodrigo Gimenez grew up on Argentine BBQ. Born and raised in Mendoza, Rodrigo is no stranger to fire roasted meats. A technique fashioned by the gauchos for hundreds of years, this unique cooking style has been the traditional method for grilling in Argentina.
Frank Ostini from The Hitching Post II Restaurant specializes in Open Pit Red Oak BBQ, a central coast classic BBQ style that is gaining attention nationwide. The winemaker from Hartley Ostini wines, Frank is a great ambassador representing our local food and wine region at events across the country.
Matt Toll, Tollhouse BBQ, is a smoking expert for the long slow cook with his dry rub spices and big rig smoker. Timing is everything when it comes to smoking and Matt will teach you the trade secrets of the closed smoker.
The Luck is a two woman Americana band from Lompoc that will be joining us at the BBQ Blast. Their unique line up of bass, drums and vocals offers a new take on Rockabilly, Folk and Blues.
Wine and Fire Grand Tasting at La Purisima Mission
August 15th 5:00 - 8:00
Forty plus member wineries and sizzling local chefs and farmers will be on hand for an evening of chillin' and grillin' at the beautiful La Purisima Mission, located on the edge of our AVA. Avant, Babe Farms, Campbell Farms, Central Coast Specialty Foods, Homegrown Cowboy, The Hitching Post II, Los Amigos BBQ, RGC Argentine BBQ, Tollhouse BBQ, Scratch Kitchen and the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers will be serving up an amazing selection of local food favorites.
Country Heart will be playing throughout the evening so be sure to spend some time with this local favorite father - daughter duo!
Clos Pepe Estate
Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards
Ken Brown Wines
Paul Lato Wines
Seagrape Wine Company
Wine and Fire Open House Events
Sunday, August 16 - "New Release Celebration" - Taste new relases and a selection of Ken's Pinot Noirs from the past. On site food truck will have delicious Pinot friendly food choices available for purchase.
Sunday, August 16 -
10 - 3
Behind every great Pinot is a superhero! Come join Superwoman Kathy and her FiddleTeam of Superheroes for a tasting of our 'Super Pinots'. We will have our line-up of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot noir open for tasting, including a few new release Pinots, including our 2011 'Burtie Baby'. Celebrate the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and learn all about what makes this renowned region so unique while tasting a few of our Cellar gems. Let our 'Super Pinots' help save you from an ordinary Sunday... and an empty glass! $20 General Admission, $10 Wine Club.