The 2014 harvest is almost complete. Most of the grapes have been picked and the grapes are in tanks and barrels so it was time to celebrate at the Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest Festival (Oct 10-13). Over a three day weekend, Santa Barbara wineries opened up their tasting rooms with special offers and other events. The main event of the weekend was the Festival Grand Tasting.
The Festival Grand Tasting took place outdoors at the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. More than 100 members of the Santa Barbara Vintners were there, as well as local restaurants and artists. With all of the participants, the question always is, "which wines should we try? where should we go first?".
As the Sta. Rita Hills celebrated their over 55 vineyards with 2600 hundred acres planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and 18 other wine grape varieties at the annual Wine and Fire weekend, a panel entitled "The Dirty Truth" discussed their perspectives on growing grapes and vineyard management.