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Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort partners and Santa Barbara County Vintners Association will host the 2019 Santa Barbara Vintners Wine Futures Tasting Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. Benefiting People Helping People’s Vino de Sueños, the weekend-long event includes premier tastings, collaborative chef dinners, and Ranch activities.

The multi-day affair, started by former Wine Cask owner Doug Margerum, invites wine insiders and oenophiles for En Primeur tastings of some of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s best wines, symposiums with wine experts, collaborative chef dinners, and more. Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort will offer an all-inclusive package for the weekend.

The Santa Barbara Vintners Futures Tasting originated in 1984, when Margerum held the first Futures Tasting at his then wine store, Wine Cask. This definitive event has since been credited for elevating the national and global exposure of Santa Barbara Wine Country.

For the first time ever, the Santa Barbara Vintners Association will be making this a weekend-long event.

“I am thrilled to see our hugely popular Wine Futures Tasting transition to the Alisal Guest Ranch, where it can expand and become a bigger and better, multi-faceted event” said Margerum. “It’s fantastic that Futures Tasting guests can make a weekend out of the once single-day event and truly get a taste of the Central Coast beyond our wines.”

Alisal’s Food & Beverage Director Kyle Erickson and Santa Barbara County Vintners Association board members Justin Willett and Stephen Janes have joined forces to develop the 2019 event, curating the list of activities throughout the weekend and securing samples of local, unique lots and barrel samples.

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They have also added a charitable giving component in partnership with Vino de Sueños, a wine brand developed by People Helping People. A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will be donated to directly benefit the families of Central Coast vineyard workers.

“The Futures Tasting at Alisal couldn’t be a better fit,” said Erickson. “Alisal sits right in the middle of one of the most diverse wine regions in the world with world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, dynamic Syrah and Grenache, and refined Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. It will be a wonderful weekend to see friends, colleagues, and wine lovers enjoy the region’s best vinous finds in such an idyllic setting.”

To view the 3-day itinerary of events and purchase a la carte tickets, visit Santa Barbara Vintners' Wine Tasting website at www.sbcountywines.com/winefutures.html. To book Alisal’s all-inclusive weekend Santa Barbara County Vintners Futures Tasting package, call (800) 425-4725. 

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Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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