PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, August 14, 2014

Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchants Celebrates One Year Anniversary on August 26


The Public is Invited to Join the Party, Toasting the First Year with Rosé,
Cheeses, House-Made Charcuterie and a Champagne Raffle

Master Sommelier Brian McClintic and Sommelier Eric Railsback, partners of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara.

Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant toasts their one year anniversary with an exceptional lineup of Santa Barbara, French and Austrian rosé wines, including Vallin and Lieu Dit, the stunning wines produced by Brian McClintic and Eric Railsback.

Selected wines are:
Lieu Dit Rosé Santa Ynez Valley 2013
Vallin Rosé Santa Ynez Valley 2012
Gros Nore Bandol Rosé 2013
Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2013
Jager Rosé Wachau 2013
Abbatucci Faustine Rosé 2013

Weston Richards, chef of Les Marchands, will prepare food to stimulate conviviality and complement the wines. His menu features a Cheese Board with Breads and Accompaniments; House-Made and Imported Charcuterie with Weston’s own Mustards, Pickles and Olives; and Crostini with Fava Beans, House Ricotta, Mint and Chili Oil.

Tickets are $25 per guest will be sold on-line by visiting Les Marchands website:

A ticket purchase qualifies every guest to an automatic entry in the Les Marchands Raffle. One winner will receive a superb bottle of Champagne from the Les Marchands library, selected by Partners McClintic and Railsback. Winner to be announced that evening.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchants
131 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Eric Railsback and Brian McClintic: Photo credit | Macduff Everton ©2013
Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant: Photo credit | Doug Washington

About Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant
Recently awarded the “Wine Bar of the Year” by Imbibe, Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant is a labor of love between two sommeliers whose wine trips to Paris and Burgundy have inspired a fresh and dynamic vision for retail, dining, and education. Translated as ‘the merchants’ or ‘the shopkeepers,’ McClintic and Railsback create an environment where intimate product knowledge meets personalized service. This philosophy is lived out nightly in the wine bar but is integral to every phase of their business from private cellar consultation to custom education classes to the launching of Les Marchand’s wine clubs. The great wine merchants Eric and Brian have admired over the years distinguish themselves by seeking out quality-conscious producers. Their import selections are Eurocentric, representing the most relevant producers in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and beyond. On the domestic side, the focus relies heavily on local producers who are shaping and redefining the region.

Les Marchand’s commitment to sourcing out the finest products starts in the cellar and spills over into the kitchen where quality meets execution and the simplest dishes on their menu aspire to greatness. Share some mainstays from their cheese and charcuterie program, such as Camembert with Straus Dairy butter and freshly sliced Jamon Serrano. Guests can drop in and enjoy seasonal offerings prepared by Chef Weston Richards including local Hope Ranch smoked mussels, pork rillettes, and local farmers market pickled vegetables. Stay up to date on special events and offerings by joining their mailing list, including weekly rituals, such as Ramen Noodles every Friday night and the renown Monday Night Special Menu and Flight of Wine.

About Brian McClintic
Brian brings 15 years of hospitality experience with him to Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant, a career spanning the major restaurant hubs of Los Angeles, Aspen, San Francisco, and now Santa Barbara. McClintic was one of four subjects featured in the acclaimed documentary SOMM, which chronicled his journey to the elusive Master Sommelier title, becoming the 107th individual in the U.S. to attain this honor. SOMM, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films, opened in 2013, receiving rave reviews by the public and film critics. In addition to Les Marchands, Brian, and business partner Eric Railsback, have teamed up on a Santa Barbara Syrah project called Vallin, along with local winemaker Justin Willett and fellow Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson. In the inaugural year of Les Marchands, McClintic was been named as “The Wine Guy to Hire” by Departures magazine

About Eric Railsback
Eric’s emergence in the wine industry began taking shape in Santa Barbara nearly a decade ago. After stints at the Wine Cask and the Hungry Cat, Railsback furthered his exposure to different regions and producers at Osteria Mozza and running the wine program at Gordon Ramsey in Los Angeles. Eric has a strong connection to the wines of Burgundy. Fluent in French and working harvests all over Europe, Eric brought his talents to Michael Mina’s RN74 – a premiere Burgundy-inspired restaurant in San Francisco. There, he led a team of sommeliers for over three years before bringing it back full circle to Santa Barbara with the opening of Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchant. In 2014,Railsback was awarded “30 Under 30” by Forbes in the food and wine category and won the prestigious title of Sommelier of Year by Food & Wine magazine.

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