This Saturday, August 20, the Sogno Del Fiore Ranch in Santa Ynez is hosting its second annual wine tasting and dinner to benefit People Helping People ( and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( Featuring chefs from The Ballard Inn, Trattoria Uliveto, Full of Life Flatbread, and other valley superstars, and fine wines from Alban, Baker & Brain, Kosta Browne, Saxum, Sinor-LaVallee, and elsewhere, the event begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the limited seats are $125 for Fiore wine club members, $145 for nonmembers. See

TEMPRANILLO TASTING: Celebrate “Septempranillo” on International Tempranillo Day, September 1, at Thomas Hill Organics Market Bistro in Paso Robles during a 5:30-7:15 p.m. event that features a winemaker panel discussion, tastings of the Spanish-bred grape, and tapas ranging from almond gazpacho to grilled octopus. See

PARTY WITH GROWERS: The Central Coast Wine Growers Association is throwing a Summer Extravaganza on Saturday, August 27, at Rancho Arroyo Grande with wine, food, a live auction, and music by Tennessee Jim Harrell and the Driftwood Band. Tickets are $50. Call 928-4950 or see

WHISKY TOUR: Master distiller David Robertson will be on hand to lead a sipping tour of Scotland on Friday, August 26, 6 p.m., at Barrel 33 in Ojai. It’s $65, so call 646-1700 or stop by Ojai Beverage Company to purchase one of the limited $65 seats. See and


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