Solvang’s Wandering Dog Wine Bar is continuing their 2014 “Friday Night Wines” Class Series, entailing once-per-month events, the next two of which will be held Friday, April 4 and Friday, May 2. The April and May classes will cover “Vinification Techniques with Syrah” and “All About Pinot Noir”. Both classes are currently open for enrollment; advance payment and reservations are required.
The Friday, April 4 class, “Vinification Techniques with Syrah”, runs 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Santa Barbara County winemaker, Michael Larner of Larner Vineyard, will lead this class covering different winemaking techniques and how they affect Syrah. Larner will offer up samples from his own label as he explains the processes, as well as other Syrahs both local and imported. Tickets are $30.00 per person and can be purchased here, through Monday, March 31: firststreettickets.com/events. Space-permitting, remaining tickets will be sold directly through Wandering Dog Wine Bar April 1 through April 4.
The Friday, May 2 class, “All About Pinot Noir”, also runs 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Mark Horvath, owner/winemaker of Crawford Family Wines, will lead the class which includes accompanying samples of three Pinots from his new label, as well as a selection of other styles of Pinot from wineries outside of the Santa Barbara area. Tickets are $30.00 per person and can be purchased here, through Monday, April 28: firststreettickets.com/events. Space-permitting, remaining tickets will be sold directly through Wandering Dog Wine Bar April 29 through May 2.
Family-owned and filled with eclectic adventurism, Wandering Dog Wine Bar is known for carrying under-the-radar labels, and specializes in boutique wines, craft beers and gourmet cheeses. Wandering Dog Wine Bar offers a dozen wine flights every day, including everything from local favorites, sparkling and sweet wines, to reserve flights featuring wines that run $50+.
For the beer connoisseur, Wandering Dog Wine Bar offers tastings of premium beers, as well as bottles of local and other domestic craft brews. Wandering Dog Wine Bar also has gourmet cheese and charcuterie platters available in a variety of sizes, along with local olives and fine chocolates.
Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s “palate-picked” wine menu encompasses labels by artisan producers along the Central Coast, and wines from all over the world. The Bar’s knowledgeable staff encourages guests to break out of their wine shell and try new wines, some of which are sourced from unexpected – but burgeoning – wine regions, served with a healthy dose of friendly education in a relaxed and comfortable, dog-friendly atmosphere.
Every Thursday, Wandering Dog Wine Bar hosts a “Blind Tasting”, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, when guests are challenged to match up regions, varietals, price points, and vintages of four featured wines.
Wandering Dog Wine Bar is located at 1539-C Mission Drive (next to Paula’s Pancake House), Solvang, CA, 93463. Wandering Dog Wine Bar is open Monday through Thursday, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Friday, 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Street parking is available. To reach Wandering Dog Wine Bar directly or to make a reservation for any of the Friday night classes, please call 805.686.9126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.