If you decide you'd like to avoid the Summer Solstice hubbub this weekend, just follow the wine stains from The Santa Barbara Wine Festival at the Natural History Museum this Saturday, June 26 from 2-5pm, all the way up the coast to San Francisco, where the sure-to-be-pleasing 6th Annual Pinot Days Grand Festival will unfold from 1-5pm at the Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion.
More than 75 central coast wineries will be at the Museum on Saturday, pouring alongside the delights of 21 Santa Barbara restaurants, caterers, and chefs, including Brophy Bros., Whole Foods Market, C'est Cheese and other favorites.
However, if you plan to move onto San Fran, think of the Santa Barbara Wine Festival as a warm-up round; The Pinot Days' Grand Festival will feature over 220 Pinot Noir crafters. That means you'll have up to 500 Pinots waiting to meet your taste buds, with winemakers from the Santa Rita Hills, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and anywhere else the grape grows excited to chat with you about the beloved varietal.
You'll also see some familiar faces from Santa Barbara there, like Ampelos, Bien Nacido, Cargassacchi, Gainey, Pali, Tantara, and many, many more.
Santa Barbara Wine Festival Tickets:
$60 for members, $85 for non-members (prepaid). Available at www.sbnature.org/tickets
Pinot Days Grand Festival Tickets:
$60 each, available here.