Presidents’ Day Weekend: Tacos + Vino = Mucho Happiness

Valle Fresh Gourmet TacosPack your bags and come up to Santa Barbara Wine Country to celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend! With the recent rains, the hillsides have never looked prettier nor more verdant.

To quench your thirst, the PENCE Tasting Room will be open all weekend from 11am–4pm pouring our latest releases. To satiate your appetite, Valle Fresh, the Santa Ynez Valley’s best gourmet tacos, will be here on Sunday, February 15, from 1130AM–230PM preparing their infamous pork belly taco with hand-made tortillas and pickled vegetables.

Special Taco Rates apply to all Wine Club Members and the public. No reservations necessary and we hope to see you at the ranch. 1909 West Highway 246. Buellton. 805.735.7000.

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July’s Wine Calendar: The Garagiste Festival: “Urban Exposure” in L.A.

Central Coast Wine Press

2014LAArtLogoSaturday, July 12, is your chance to meet and taste wines from more than 40 artisan winemakers who live in greater Los Angeles and will participate in The Garagiste Festival’s first foray into this city. (See list of participants, below)

What’s a Garagiste? (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to slight renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world.

Founded in Paso Robles in 2011, the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure debuts at Union Station and will benefit Mending Kids International and the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.

My first Garagiste Festival was the organizers’ premiere event, held in November 2011 outside Paso Robles inside a show barn at Windfall Ranch. Calling the venue a “barn” doesn’t…

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Photos of Pence Ranch & Vineyard: Spring 2014

Pence Ranch & Winery Vineyard

Just as the grapes are busy setting berries on their vines, we’ve been busy working on the ranch! The cabana is finally finished, with seating areas, a dock and a couple of kayaks. Huge rocks are being hauled around the ranch and placed in various places; they’re just beautiful! The outdoor tasting room is finished and the new Pence Ranch sign at the entrance is installed. And we have brand-new baby, fuzzy chicks, adding to our ever-growing chicken family.

We hope you make an appointment to visit us soon.