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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, Announces Spring Winemaker Dinner Series Featuring Paul Lato Wines, the Hilt Estate, and Grassini Family Vineyards


The popular intimate gatherings take place in March, April, and May, highlighting superb wines and education by the winemakers, paired with culinary delights from Angel Oak’s Chef de Cuisine, Diego Seitour

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – March 21st, 2024The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara–the premier oceanfront resort along the Gaviota Coast–welcomes premier central coast winemakers for monthly wine pairing dinners – Paul Lato Wines in March, The Hilt Estate in April, and Grassini Family Vineyards in May. Each special evening will be in the intimate and private Angel Oak Wine Cellar below Angel Oak–The Ritz-Carlton Bacara’s fine dining restaurant. The carefully curated four-course pairing menu will bring forth the tasting notes of the celebrated wines in the company of the winemakers. The pairing menu will be created in collaboration with Chef de Cuisine of Angel Oak Diego Seitour.  Guests will enjoy a warm welcome at The Bacara Wine Tasting Room, before heading to Angel Oak for dinner and concluding at the private wine cellar room with a crafted dessert by Pastry Chef Omkar Kulkarni.

The scheduled dinners are as follows, and reservations can be made now.

  • March 28th, 2024 – Pairing Dinner with Paul Lato Wines
  • April 26th, 2024 – The Hilt Estate 
  • May 16th, 2024 – Grassini Family Vineyards 

The first dinner in the series on March 28th is the Angel Oak x Paul Lato Dinner, which starts at 6:00 p.m. Winemaker Paul Lato develops his wine with the philosophy that “all the greatest wines possess authenticity, harmony, and elegance. These are the qualities I constantly try to capture in my wines. The ultimate goal is to create wines that are seamless and textural with enough structure and balance to complement fine cuisine.”

The menu for Thursday March 28th evening will begin with Tuna Crudo, then onto the First Course of Coquilles Saint-Jacques paired with 2021 “Le Souvenir” Chardonnay, followed by the Second Course of Bone Marrow Tartare paired with 2021 “Stand By Me” Pinot Noir, and  the Third Course is a Veal Ossobuco paired with 2021 Syrah “II Padrino”, and wrapping up the Four Course dinner with Ricotta  and Chocolate Tart.  

Seats are $195 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity charges. Reservations can be made online here. For more information about Paul Lato Wines, visit www.paullatowines.com. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara 

Set against a backdrop of golden beaches and lush mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara embodies the charm, beauty, and energy of the Mediterranean in the heart of Santa Barbara. The iconic Central California resort spans 78 acres and features 358 guest rooms and suites, two natural beaches, lush gardens, and a collection of amenities including: a 42,000 square-foot spa and wellness center; three salt-water infinity pools; six culinary venues including the signature Angel Oak, housing the resort’s 12,000-bottle wine collection; robust activities program for guests of all ages; and 70,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The property is distinctly nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering easy access to the region’s best vineyards, and is just minutes from the center of charming and historic Santa Barbara. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Bethesda, MD, part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels in 32 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.