— Second Annual “Women Winemakers Dinner” in Solvang, California, Benefitting the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, Expands Offerings with Wine Tasting Tent —
January 30, 2018 – Solvang, CA – On Thursday, March 8, 2018, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the second annual Women Winemakers Dinner showcasing the winemaking talents of dozens of Santa Barbara County women winemakers, will be held in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country destination of Solvang, California. The charitable event, which runs in its entirety from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM at K’Syrah Catering & Events (www.kscateringandevents.com) will, for the second year, benefit the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County. Tickets to the March 8 event are currently on sale, at womenswinemakerdinner.eventbrite.com.
Last year’s event – planned, executed and sold out, within the space of a few weeks – proved to be so popular, that the event’s organizers have expanded this year’s second run to accommodate more guests and to provide different levels of options for participation and support.
International Women’s Day has been celebrated worldwide since 1909, with a focus on working women’s achievements and issues. In a working environment that sees about 10% of the global wine industry as female winemakers, Santa Barbara County boasts a much higher percentage of women winemakers than most places in the world, with nearly double the average. The March 8 event will bring together a good portion of the County’s female winemakers in a show of support for each other, and other working women, world-wide; those who toil and labor while honing and elevating their craft in their workplace, while also balancing work-lives with family and community service.
More than 20 female winemakers will be joined at the March 8 event by some of the Santa Ynez Valley’s leading culinary ladies, the latter of which are collaborating to create a four-course, sit-down dinner to pair with some of their winemaker colleagues’ wines. In addition to the seated dinner portion of the evening, this year’s event will feature a tent on a closed-to-traffic street in front of K’Syrah’s downtown Solvang venue. Housed inside the tent, 20+ women winemakers who will be on-hand to pour tastes of their wines and talk with event guests, during a pre-dinner tasting reception (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM), to include passed appetizers and a cheese table – by local female cheesemonger, Janelle McAtamney, of Solvang’s Cailloux Cheese Shop.
Participating winemakers and wineries confirmed to date include Karen Steinwachs, Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard; Sonja Magdevski, Casa Dumetz Wines; Brooke Carhartt, Carhartt Vineyard & Winery; Alison Thomson, Lepiane Wines; Lane Tanner, Lumen Wines; Adrienne St. John, Rideau Vineyard; Gretchen Voelcker, Moon Unit Wines; Jessica Gasca, Story of Soil; Tara Gomez, Kitá Wines; Angela Osborne, A Tribute To Grace; Kimberly Smith, LaMontagne Winery; Marisa Beverly, Bevela Wines; Clarissa Nagy, Nagy Wines; Sandra Newman, Cebada Wine; Angela Soleno, Turiya Wines; and Brit Zotovich, Dreamcôte Wine Co. (additional participating winemakers/wineries, TBA).
Chef Brooke Stockwell, Executive Chef at K’Syrah Catering & Events, will be joined in the kitchen by baker Amy Dixon, of The Baker’s Table in Santa Ynez; Theo Stephan, owner of Los Olivos’ Global Gardens; Chef Cynthia Miranda from The Lucky Hen Larder, of Santa Ynez; and additional Santa Ynez Valley chefs and food crafters, to be announced as the event nears.
A VIP-level ticket for this year’s event will include both the tasting tent and the seated dinner, where guests will be treated to wine pairings by, and conversation with, an exclusive selection of some of Santa Barbara County’s female winemakers, who will also be announced in the coming weeks. A dessert reception will follow the seated dinner, where guests may continue to mingle with the winemakers.
Proceeds from the March 8 event will benefit the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, a giving circle where individuals combine their money and/or time so that they can have a bigger impact on the causes most important to them, than they would by individually donating. In 2016, the Women’s Fund distributed $50,000 in grants to organizations serving women and children.
Tickets for the March 8 event are available at womenswinemakerdinner.eventbrite.com. Tasting Tent Tickets (5:30 PM-7:00 PM), which include appetizers and wine tastings, are $50.00 per person (plus on-line processing fees). VIP Tickets for the March 8 event, which include the tasting tent and the seated, four-course dinner with wine pairings, are $125.00 per person (plus on-line processing fees; VIP level ticket seating is limited, advance ticket purchase is required).
The March 8 Women Winemakers Dinner will be held at K’Syrah Catering & Events’ venue located at 478 4th Place, Solvang, CA 93463. Free street parking is available in the area, as well as free public lot parking directly adjacent to the venue.