Late-Summer Sipping

Sample Syrahs, Rosés, and More

SYRAH STYLES: The American Wine Society–Santa Barbara hosts a discussion of cool- versus warm-climate syrah, with blind tastings led by Summerland Winery’s Etienne Terlinden tonight, August 16, 6-8:30 p.m., at Oreana Winery, 205 Anacapa Street. Buy tickets at

ROSÉ FOR REAL: This Sunday’s BYOB Wine & Dine at Max’s Restaurant & Cucina features still and sparkling rosés — and a main course of cioppino — with Santa Ynez Valley vintner pioneer Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard, who’ll bring along his own pink wines as well as the hard-to-get Vin Santo for dessert. See or call (805) 898-9121.

CONNECT TO COLLECT: Serious sippers take note: September 8-16 is Wine Collectors Week in the Santa Ynez Valley, including special dinners, library tastings, themed tours, and hotel packages. Among the many participants are Jalama Wines, Buttonwood Farm, Brewer-Clifton, Longoria, D’Alfonso-Curran, Wandering Dog Wine Bar, and Stagecoach Wine Tours. See

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