Behind The Butter

California Wine Festival Giveaway

I’m giving away two tickets ($150 value!) to the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara!


The event takes place on July 17th and the lucky winner will enjoy live music, drawings for free prizes, and wine tastings. The hundreds of California wines to be poured include vintages from: Abundance Vineyards, Cambria, Core Wine Company, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Gloria Ferrer, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Murphy Vineyards and many more–plus Craft Brews, too.

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your absolute favorite wine. My favorite wine is Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, partially because it holds sentimental value but also because it’s oh-so juicy and delicious!

The winner will be picked at random on Friday (6/25) by 10pm PST.

Note that the winner will still have to take care of his or her own travel accommodations—this is just purely a giveaway for two free tickets to the event. Also note that it is perfectly acceptable for the winner to take ME as their guest. Muhahaha

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  • Christine
    June 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Jacuzzi Valeriano!

  • Kira
    June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm


    You know…I usually prefer reds, but since it’s so darned hot here in Seattle today, I’m going to say San Angelo Pinot Grigio. It’s just the perfect summer white!

    I’m looking for any excuse to take a trip right now, so fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

  • Catherine
    June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Favorite wine has to be the Coppola Director’s Cut Pinot Noir. Loves it. Really love ALL the Coppola wines for some reason… but particularly big fan of this one.

    I live in LA and have never been to Santa Barbara… Great giveaway!

  • Kyle
    June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite wine is Concannon’s Petite Syrah. Yummy! I love Santa Barbara… one of my favorite cities!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m a happy girl with a glass of Pinot Noir in my hand. Although, I did enjoy a great rose on the Clos D’Alari vineyards in April – nothin’ like sipping wine on the land it was made πŸ™‚

    Fingers double quadruple crossed!!! πŸ™‚

  • Cindy (Eating on the Runway)
    June 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    My fave is the Kenwood Pinot Noir! I’d love to drive up the coast for a wine fest!

  • Lena
    June 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    My favorite wine is ChΓ’teau de Villeneuve 2006 Saumur from France! I wanna go!!!

  • Lindsay
    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Well, I am definitely not picky when it comes to wine, and I can’t say that I even have a particular favorite brand! My favorite varietal is definitely, hands down Pinot Noir. I love just about any Pinot Noir I have tried! I always get excited when I go wine tasting and I get to try a new one. Mmmm, wine! How exciting that this festival is in Santa Barbara, because I am an alumni of UCSB! Santa Barbara and wine = heaven on earth πŸ™‚

  • Joanna
    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Right now I’m loving Da Vinci Chianti.

  • Kristen
    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    My favorite kind of wine has to be Cantine Riondo Raboso Pink Prosecco.

    Pick me I would love to go!

  • on the rocks
    June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    My favorite is Robert Mondavi Merlot. Mostly because it was the first vineyard I went to as a kid…yes, a kid πŸ™‚

  • Rachel
    June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    My go-to fave has to be Barefoot Pinot Grigio. It’s not the fanciest wine but it’s reasonable and so refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired
    June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Oh I would kill for this! My favorite wine is Evolution. It’s delicious!!

  • Allison
    June 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Coppola’s Director’s Cut Zinfindel!

  • Julie @SavvyEats
    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Reislings are always fine by me. Especially one from one of the local vineyards here (but not sure which one, because the bottle we had was a housewarming gift!)

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    June 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I can’t say I have a favorite yet. I really enjoy wine (and my parents are big wine people, so I’ve been around it), but I’m still learning the intricacy of all of it. Would love to attend this event to learn more!

  • Leanne
    June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Margerum M5 and Artiste Finding Romance were two favorites of last year.

  • Sarah Q
    June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    My favorite wine is Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot.

  • Dara
    June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I tried some Barefoot Moscato (my first taste of moscato grapes) a while back and loved it!

  • Ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm


    My favorite wine, hands down, is RandyZin! It’s an AMAZING zinfandel produced by Harvest Moon! Pretty much heaven.

  • Elaine
    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    i have a sweet tooth like none other and that includes wines too! i adore the Barefoot Moscato for its sweetness and sparkle on the tongue!

  • Tammy
    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    A spicy bold Zinfandel or Cab.. brand varies on day. =) Need a vacation! Santa Barbara sounds divine! =)

  • Jess
    June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Earthquake Zin!

  • Jess
    June 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Earthquake Zin!

  • Sarah
    June 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My favorite is whatever red if on sale….living on a budget…and love Santa Barbara!

  • Jane-Lauren
    June 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Pretty much any pinot grigio πŸ™‚

  • Sara
    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Iron Horse Pinot Noir! YUMMM!

  • Hallie
    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    My favorite wine is La Crema Chardonnay (wait…is that where you work? Well, it really is my favorite!)

  • katie hery
    June 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    i love Nobilo, its a new zealand brand, a sauvignon blanc. its very fruity. an old boss of mine turned me on to it. we worked on the film “The Box” together, my first feature film job.

  • Rasa
    June 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    For favorite red, I heart any Dry Creek zins, but I think I like Bella’s Lily Hill Zin the best. For favorite white, I found the perfect sauvignon blanc at Ladera this spring. It’s really too bad they don’t make much of it…

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    ahhhhh GREAT giveaway!! I’ve never been to California vineyards and would DIE to go to this! Hmm favorite wine is a tough one. I’m going to go with 2007 Hermann J. Wiermer Merlot because it was surprising…irich and complex with plum notes and a smooth mouth feel.

  • Olivia
    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Menage a Tois red wine!!!

  • Liz
    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I really dig sparkling red, particularly Omni Sparkling Shiraz. Maybe because you don’t see sparkling reds that often; it’s great with chocolate!

  • Amber
    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Sternwheel Red from a local winery that, unfortunately, was destroyed by a fire. Would love to win this!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I was a longtime resident in Santa Barbara and can highly recommend this event–but can’t attend that weekend–so will skip entering. Lots of fun to read everyone’s favorite wines. Wine shop here I come!

  • Kristen
    June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I love the Cabernet Sauvignon from Maple Wine Winery. It’s so good and really reasonably priced!

    • Kristen
      June 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      Oops- meant to say Maple Lane Winery!! Yum!!

  • kendall
    June 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    i really like kendall jackson’s grand reserve chard; it’s delicious and the name is great too!

  • Joanna
    June 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Ruffino Chianti πŸ™‚

  • Mel
    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I like a Penfolds Shiraz!

  • Katie
    June 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I love C. Donatiello’s 2007 Pinot Noir! otherwise Porter Creek’s 2008 Carignane. I love wines from the Russian River Valley! (And would love to try eve more Cali wines before we move in 2 months…)

    I would love to take a trip to Santa Barbara (and its the day of our first wedding anniversary, could it be any more fitting!?!)

  • Ellen
    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Any Mondavi soviegn blanc always refreshing always good till the last drop!

  • Paula
    June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    MΓ©nage Γ  Trois Red! I like them cheap, tasty and readily available!

    (P.S. Heart your blog :))

  • Kelly
    June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    My favorite wine is Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin!

  • Emily G
    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Due to the fact that I am a just graduated college girl… I only have REALLY good wine when I’m with my parents, so I won’t list my “favorites” for fear of embarrassment. BUT my favorite types… Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio.

  • Jacquie
    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I’d definitely take you as my guest… so try for #44, ok? Haha!

    Right now my favorite is Vernaccia Di San Gimignano by Tenuta Torciano. We went to the vineyard when we were in Italy, right outside of Florence and everytime I have it, I remember that fabulous day πŸ™‚

    • Jacquie
      June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      or #45.. haha! It changed before I submitted!

  • Amelia
    June 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I like Malbecs from Argentina. Altos Las Hormigas is a good one.

  • Cara
    June 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    You have a nice life. So stress-free

  • Kristina
    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    My favorite wine is zinfadel! I love those from Macchia Winery in Lodi, CA.

  • Lindsey
    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Mmmm I LOVE wine! However, I have yet to make it out to Wine Country, so I would love to go! My favorite wine is actually from a hometown winery here in little ‘ol Iowa. Caba Moch from Summerset Winery – so delicious and summer-y! πŸ™‚

  • Karla
    June 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I love wine but I’m definitely not a connoisseur.
    My favorites are Malbecs but I also like a good Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Margaret
    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    The David Hill 2007 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir is my favorite! I love it every time i go wine tasting at Sip47 in OR. It is SO smooth and delicious.

  • woman&warrior
    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    My favorite wine is La Crema Pinot Noir 2007. Jenna girl, THIS wine is from the GODS. It is DELICIOUS.

    And, if I won these tickets, I would take a hot date along with me. And, this boy just happens to live in SB. Ohhh, a potential romantic get away. Hope it works out!

  • Macrae
    June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Currently LOVING the Lolonis Winery Ladybug White. Perfect summer wine in this southeast heat!

  • Kelly
    June 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My favorite wine is Astoria Lounge moscato!! It’s fantastic– hope to win!!!

  • legalstyle
    June 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Cakebread cabernet sauvignon!

  • Maura
    June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Albarino – Paco & Lola Rias Baixas, Spain 2008

    My favorite for the moment at least. I was in Healdsburg for a wedding this past weekend, and was so excited to be sitting at a seafood bar, eating ceviche and grilled fish tacos, and drinking this wine in the afternoon sunshine.

  • Megan
    June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Any wine from Rioja (red of course).

  • Amy
    June 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Pretty much any riesling. I’m a white wine girl. πŸ™‚

  • Alyssa
    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I wish I lived in CA!!!

  • Amy
    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I love them all, but if I had to choose, it would be Estancia Pinot Noir!

  • Lindsey
    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Le Crema chardonnay!

  • Lindsey
    June 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Le Crema chardonnay

  • Caitlin
    June 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Love Tolosa Pinot Noir!

  • Renee
    June 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t have a favorite wine yet, but I’m turning 21 this friday!

  • Jaime
    June 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not one to discriminate against ANY kind of wine. That said, I’m partial to malbec and merlot!

  • Vivian
    June 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I know it’s no the best but I have to say any of the $2 buck chucks from trader joe’s. I’m in college so it’s affordable and get’s the job done.

  • cindy
    June 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir!!

  • Amanda at Plato's Plate
    June 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I have really grown to love red wines but for years I just drank Chardonnay. And whenever someone asks me about my favorite wine, the answer is always the same:

    Ferrari Carano Chardonnay.

    This is what Chardonnay should taste like my friends. Rich, buttery, oaky. Unbelievably tasty. You must try it.

    I hope I win! I could use a get away.

  • Harmony
    June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Cakebread Chardonnay! Yum!

  • Emily
    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    My favorite wine is definitely a white wine from Gnome Tree Hill. Hands down the best bottle ever and I can’t find it anywhere anymore! πŸ™

  • Peggy
    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    The Late Harvest Zin from Bella, right in Healdsburg. It tastes like jam. In a cup. With alcohol. My boyfriend and I loved it so much that we’ve been back to Bella (from Oakland, Ca) multiple times on random afternoons when we get a craving. (Also for their adirondack chairs, lovely!)

  • Kate
    June 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    My favorite wine is Cambria Pinot Noir! Mmmmm. (with brie usually)

  • Katherine
    June 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    My favorite wine is Layer Cake Malbec although sharecropper Pinot Noir is a close second! Also, my friend and I were just talking about driving up to Santa Barbara to do wine tasting earlier today! Awesome giveaway!

  • Katherine
    June 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    My favorite wine is Layer Cake Malbec although sharecropper Pinot Noir is a close second! Also, my friend and I were just talking about driving up to Santa Barbara to do wine tasting earlier today! Awesome giveaway!

    • Katherine
      June 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      eek! hit submit twice by accident! Delete this one!

  • Ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Viridian Pinot Noir from Oregon. Jammy and delicious!

  • Dione
    June 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    My favorite wine is prosecco-pretty much any brand! I like it more than champagne and it tastes great with anything, even BBQ Lays. Yep, that’s how I roll!

  • heather
    June 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Anything from Alpha Omega Winery!

  • candice
    June 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Cakebread girl all the way!

  • Jamie
    June 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    2006 Reserve Syrah from Powers Winery, Cougar Vineyard!

  • Blaire
    June 23, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    The Ridge GeyServille Red Zinfandel 2008. Delish!

  • Christa
    June 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    La Crema Pinot Noir!

  • Kristin
    June 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Red Rock’s merlot is to die for!!!!

  • Leslie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Trader Joe’s Chariot Gypsy! (produced by Jim Neal) and at 5 bucks a bottle, you can’t beat it!!

  • megan
    June 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I have never been to Santa Barbara! I wanna go! πŸ™‚

    My favorite wine is Wente Riesling. Wente was the first winery I ever visited…this wine is perfect on a hot summer day.

  • Alex
    June 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    My favorite is Sutter Homes Sauvignon Blanc. My boyfriend raced on their Sutter Homes/Colavita team so it is definitely a favorite more from the memories of the days of catered dinners and never ending wine.

  • Casey
    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Stags Leap Karia Chardonnay! Had it for the first time during my recent trip to Napa, and it will always remind me of how amazing it is out there πŸ™‚

  • Picnics and Peonies
    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    My FAVORITE summer wine is a rose called Hush from Dirty Laundry Vineyard in Summerland, British Columbia. (The winery grounds used to be a brothel back in the day, hence Dirty Laundry and Hush- awesome story πŸ™‚
    Santa Barbara is also my favorite place ever, so these tickets would be a dream come true.

  • Kaitlin
    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, winning this giveaway would be out-of-control-amazing!

    My favorite wines are almost all invariably Sauvingon Blancs! I’m a sucker for the inexpensive but delicious Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Annie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Lodi Appellation’s 2007 7 Deadly Zins… It’s incredible!

  • amber
    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    My favorite is francis coppala any red wine.

  • Robin
    June 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    My absolute favourite, which I’ve only had once, was Marston Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. The daughter of the owners was a friend of a friend and gave me a bottle of their wine for my college graduation. Hands down the best wine I’ve ever had, and ever likely to have as I would never be able to afford to buy it!

    My favourite wine that I can afford is the Coppola Vineyards Sparkling Rose, bottled in a gorgeous curved bottle designed by Sofia Coppola. Lovely, bubbly and just the right balance of sweet and dry.

  • Lisa
    June 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    The La Crema Pinot Noir – sentimental and amazing!

  • Charlotte
    June 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I loooove my cab sauvignons – the best I’ve had would have to be from Spring Mtn Vineyard at a wine tasting I went to last summer!

  • Janna
    June 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Matanzaz Creek Sauvignon Blanc. It is summer in a glass!

  • ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Gallo Family Pinot Noir, a full bodied cabernet sauvignon, or a rich shiraz… I would love to take some time off for wine! I am a bartender…I could say it’s to try some new Cali wines for the restaurant!

  • marie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    ah that would be the day after i graduate with my ma! i can get to sb though, no probs.

    my favorite white has to be cupcake chardonnay! oh man… no chardonnay compares! but i also like robert mondavi private selection sauvignon blanc.

    but i’ll drink about anything fermented these days.

  • marie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    ah that would be the day after i graduate with my ma! i can get to sb though, no probs.

    my favorite white has to be cupcake chardonnay! oh man… no chardonnay compares! but i also like robert mondavi private selection sauvignon blanc.

    but i’ll drink about anything fermented these days.

    • marie
      June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      i didn’t mean to post twice!!!

  • Hannah
    June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    La Crema Pinot Noir!!! What an awesome give-away and your posts have been fabulous lately!

    • Hannah
      June 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      Well actually, they always are ; )

  • Jackie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Love me some Bella Sera Pinot Grigio… it is just the perfect crisp wine to sip while chatting with your girls. Plus, at $6.99 a bottle you don’t feel so guilty indulging. πŸ™‚

    I would love to get on the 101 and drive up to SB for the weekend, great giveaway! Thanks

  • katie
    June 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    my favorite wine is due uve, a blend of pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc, because it reminds me of the most absolutely lovely, long, and delicious meal my mother and i shared out to celebrate my birthday!

  • Kelsey
    June 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Anything that comes from the Haut-Medoc region of Bordeaux. I lived there for six months and it always brings me back! πŸ™‚

  • Linda
    June 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Mitchell Katz Syrah from Livermore, CA is one of my favorite wines!

  • Caitlin
    June 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    my favorite is one my best friend made for me in college! seriously, she made her own wine – how cool is that? she named it whitehaven reisling (my favorite kind of wine) after a trip we took together to whitehaven, england. i kept the bottle and it always reminds me of our travels together!
    i would LOVE to go to santa barbara – never been, and need to escape this east coast humidity!! πŸ™‚

  • Casey @ Chasing Casey
    June 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    My favorite wine is the 3.99 Honey Moon Pinot Grigio from Trader Joes. It’s nothing to special, but on a hot summer day it’s crisp and sweet. It’s also the first drink I’ve ever had with my mother. πŸ™‚

  • Amy Kaneko
    June 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    my favorite wine is La Crema Chardonnay. An ex-boyfriend turned me on to it. He’s out of the picture, La Crema is not πŸ™‚

  • Kaye
    June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    πŸ˜€ I’m on a pretty hardcore budget right now, so my favorite wine is Chariot Gypsy Red, which Trader Joe’s recently decided to carry year round! Yippee!

  • Stephanie
    June 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I really love the Chateau Ste. Michelle Resling. Not too expensive, so I can drink it whenever I please. I drink it all year long, but it’s especially good on a hot summer night.

    Hmmm…may have to go get some now. πŸ™‚

  • Laura
    June 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Dutton Estate “My Father” Syrah…but any brunello too!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal
    June 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Ahh I wish you would have posted this the other day! I was in the wine section of a huge liquor store and spotted a Murphy Goode wine…then I thought…ooh I wonder what Jenna recommends as her favorite!

  • Nicole
    June 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Menage E Trios!

  • A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    June 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I know that I’m only 17, but my aunt owns a winery in Washington. It’s called Hoodsport Winery, and I love to cook with their rhubarb wine!

  • Bianca
    June 23, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I studied abroad in Florence, so I love love love a good Tuscan red. I would say my fave is a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

  • Laura
    June 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    My favorite wine is Kelsey Black Box Zinfandel. Kelsey Winery is a boutique winery in San Luis Obispo, CA (Jenna, if you have not been to SLO, you MUST- it’s an hour and a half north of Santa Barbara). The Black Box Zin comes in a black box and is only sold at the tasting room- tis amazingly fruity and delicious. My best friend’s name is Kelsey too….how fitting. LOVE that Zin.

  • Michelle
    June 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    lambrusco! sweet, bubbly red wine from the emilia romagna region of italy. that is conveniently carried by trader joes…

  • Eliza
    June 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    i’m game for any red really but mostly a pinot gal. i don’t know much about wine (aside from it’s glorious buzz!) but in college, we ALWAYS drank Alice White…cheap and yummy!

  • Kelsey
    June 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    pina cahoots! best cabernet sauvignon

  • Tracey Pollack
    June 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    My favorite wine is called Conundrum. It’s a delicious blend of California white grapes so every sip tastes slightly different – so it’s a conundrum as to which varietals you’re tasting each time! Thanks for such a great giveaway

  • Stefanie
    June 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    OMG! this is the best giveaway yet. my absolute fave wine is bogle petit syrah. it has the boldness of a syrah, but it’s tempered and mellow at the same time. the perfect curl up with a good book wine.

  • Christine Fallabel
    June 23, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Kenwood Pinot Noir!!!!

    I love wine tasting in Santa Barbara, and would die to go again!! πŸ™‚

  • Katherine
    June 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    The wine festival sounds like so much fun! I love all kinds of Prosecco πŸ™‚ I had Carpene Malvolti recently, which was great!

  • Krystina
    June 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I really adore Ca’Montebello Moscato, it’s perfect for this time of year.

  • Amy Johnson
    June 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Absolutely LOVE 337. Love, love, LOVE it!!

  • Ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    my fav is far niente’s cabernet sauvignon. i visited the winery on a trip to napa a few years ago and it changed by life. so good!

  • chelsea
    June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    That’s the day after my birthday!

    I’m a big Paul Hobbs fan. πŸ™‚

  • giordin
    June 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I really loved the 2005 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel I had with dinner awhile ago. (Dinner was great too…cheese plate and moules frites!)

  • Gavi
    June 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    My absolute favorite wine is Frog’s Leap Vineyard 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. I tried it at the winery, and it was such a wonderful experience. I hope I win!!

  • Nancy
    June 23, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Although already mentioned, my favorite (splurge) wine is La Crema chardonnay…some say the Pinot Noir is great too but I haven’t tried it yet.

  • jules
    June 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I am a Pinot Noir fan… favorite being 2008 Capiaux Chimera. I ordered 2 from the with a free shipping deal. Now I wish I would have ordered more as the selection in Iowa is slim!!

    The good news is that we are flying to California July 14!!

  • ida
    June 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a personal fave, but i’m still learning a lot about wines and this festival would be a great place to do that!

  • mary ann
    June 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Im always so scared to claim a favorite anything (music, food, movie, etc.) so this is a super hard question being that wine is such an important part of my life. That being said, I am really loving this Resalso I sell at my shop. Super reasonably priced red that pairs well with everything and pleases so many palates which always makesfor a pleasant get together. I also have my old love ofOreillys pinot noir… also quite reliable with a cutie pup label to boot!

  • Amanda
    June 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Anything light and fruity!

  • Gina
    June 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Cupcake Vineyards Malbec!

  • Kari
    June 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Red Bicyclette Shiraz!!!

  • Catherine
    June 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    My parents would be so embarrassed by this, but my favorite wine is Charles Shaw’s Cabernet Savignon =X

  • Kristin
    June 23, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Favorite wine ever is Robert Sinskey Rose.

  • Katie
    June 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I wish I had a favorite. I live in the Bay Area and I haven’t done any wine tasting. Generally I prefer a dry, full bodied red – and one that reminds me dinner with friends in Alabama.

  • Michelle
    June 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I know it’s not a wine, but I’m in love with Wilson Creek Almond Champagne!!

  • Erin
    June 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    My favorite wine right now would have to be– Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc. I had it at my boyfriends sisters wedding… let’s just say that I had a few more glasses than expected and had a wonderful time πŸ˜€

  • Jenny
    June 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I love me some white wine on a summer evening. Pinot Grigio will do. Ohhhhh girl I hope I win! Thanks for holding this giveaway…someone is going to be a very lucky soul!

  • Sri
    June 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    La Crema Chardonnay or a muscato d’asti! Driving from the south bay to SB sure will be fun!

  • Heidi
    June 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Anything produced by Ridge vineyards, especially their Pagani Ranch Zin.

  • linda
    June 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I like most Italian wines as they remind me of vacations in Italy with my dearest. An Orvietto white is nice but my favorite is a Montalcino Russo.

  • Becki @ HikeBikeEat
    June 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite wine is Jersey Girl Syrah by Jada Vineyards. Absolutely delectable, and I’m VERY picky when it comes to wines – the price of this one is painful, but when you’re treated to it for free, it’s even better!

  • Kristen
    June 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Whitman Cellars Killer Cab!

    Crazy name and I might just be partial due to it being a local wine, but this stuff is always good!

  • Loli
    June 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    My fav wine is the gainey syrah because we were married at gainey vineyards in Santa Barbara and it was served at our wedding! I would love to win and attend The festival because our anniversary is July 25th!

  • Jen A.
    June 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    My favorite wine has to be Pinot Grigio.

  • eloise
    June 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I took a trip to Napa last summer where I tasted (and then proceeded to purchase) my favorite wine at the Summers Winery in Calistoga– their rose! I’m usually not a huge rose fan but YUM. As a native to the area now, I recommend you go try it asap.

  • Jill
    June 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Omg I would love to go and it’s the same weekend as my 30th birthday!! What a fab weekend – my fave wine is Gainey Syrah!

  • Ali
    June 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    edna valley chardonay

  • Liza
    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I love Calaveras Chardonnay… It reminds me of my grandma… πŸ™‚

  • Susan
    June 23, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    yummmmmmmy Evolution by Sokol Blosser in Oregon is delicious, the best summer, or just year round wine ever. Amazing, unique white blend.
    I am a new California transplant as well down in San Diego, and have never been to Santa Barbara. I love wine and traveling, fingers crossed!

  • Lauren
    June 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon…MMM!

  • Kim
    June 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I love Traipache Malbec. Mostly reds but any wine really!!

  • Tami Merritt
    June 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    So many to choose!! I love a good zinfandel year round, but this summer I’ve been really into light and fruity blends! Bevmo is a bike ride from my house…..naughty habit!

  • Stacey
    June 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    My favorite wine is probably Brunelle di Montalcino, mostly because it reminds me of living in Italy. So much good wine there, so little time… I also love the Grenache by Beckmen and all of the whites at Brander. I live in Santa Barbara and the festival is right before my first wedding anniversary, so going to it would be a great way to celebrate!

  • penny
    June 23, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I love a Chilean White called Duo. The first wine where I could taste all the tasting notes myself – fruity but not overwhelming. It was so good that a few years ago I bought a case of it.

    If I win the tickets will be a gift to my sister in LA. She needs a wine break soon.

  • eliz
    June 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Coppola director’s cut zinfandel!

  • Heather Rose
    June 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I used to be all about the whites (Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio being my favorite), but I’m really getting in to Reds a lot more lately. Pinot Noir is my favorite red, don’t have an absolute favorite brand yet though, but I’m diligently searching!

  • aldroe
    June 24, 2010 at 12:21 am

    love love love Silver Oak Cab. I have many favorites but I must say, that is my all time. I like the napa and alexander valley, really I am not picky!!!!

  • Katherine
    June 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Toucan Wines Estate Zinfandel!

  • Liss
    June 24, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Pinot Grigio, light & refreshing! Love wine tastings and CA setting in the summer sounds amazing πŸ™‚

  • Carly
    June 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Any sort of sweet Riesling or Hill Family Estate Clark Syrah! SB is beautiful in the summer-time πŸ™‚

  • mel
    June 24, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Pinor Nior and White Zin! I would love to go!

  • Kristina
    June 24, 2010 at 3:41 am

    The Italian white Verdicchio is so delicious. I consider myself a bigger fan of reds, but I found this one while studying abroad and actually visited a vineyard where they make it. I hae had a lot of trouble finding it in the past three years in the states, but I was lucky enough to see it on the wine menu this year on my birthday!

  • Janna
    June 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Favorite eh? Well, I’m going to pull the desert wine card and say Reisling! :0)

  • Amanda
    June 24, 2010 at 4:58 am

    As a recent college grad I dont have much experience with wine but a fav of mine is TJs two buck chucks because the price is right! I am excited to expand my wine knowledge beyond that though!

  • Taylor
    June 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Any Shiraz. Done and done.

  • Kelly
    June 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

    I love Pinot Noir best.. and for a winery, Failia in Napa Valley!

    • Kelly
      June 24, 2010 at 5:41 am

      You don’t have to enter me in the giveaway though. I don’t want to take the opportunity away from someone who has a an easier way of getting there! πŸ™‚

  • Jessie
    June 24, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I like Kendall Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir. I like how it’s a bit spicy but still very smooth!

    • Jessie
      June 25, 2010 at 6:05 am

      Also, don’t pick me because sadly I live too far away to be able to fly in for the wine festival. πŸ™

  • william
    June 24, 2010 at 5:51 am

    erna schien petit syrah

  • Beth
    June 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Red Rock merlot is my all around favorite but lately I have been loving Relax, it is a great summer wine.

  • Alison
    June 24, 2010 at 6:01 am

    My favorite wine is Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc!

  • rustique
    June 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Anything white or blushing, enjoyed on the board in Montauk. I’m not picky!

  • Lindsey
    June 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Anything with bubbles! So festive and lovely! Schramsberg makes a delicious blanc de blancs!

  • Jennifer McGinty
    June 24, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I’m partial to anything Riesling related, but I also like mild reds.

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie)
    June 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

    What an amazing giveaway! It’s hard to narrow down my favorite wine but I’d have to say to really any Malbec from Argentina. I can’t say there was a certain one that was my favorite but if I’m in the mood for red and something with a little more oomph then a pinot noir(although I LOVE pinot noir, Julia’s Vineyard is my favorite pinot, btw) I go for a Malbec from Argentina! Yum!

  • Quisha
    June 24, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Definitely Bogle Cabernet. It has such a bold taste. They have a unique line of wines, but the reds are always top quality πŸ™‚

  • Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels)
    June 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

    How Fab!

    Norma Jean Young Merlot and Penfolds Bin 369



  • Jordan
    June 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Oh wowee wow! I love Trefethen Chardonnay. I usually like more citrus/mineral whites, my Mom likes the buttery/oaky Chards, this one we both love! Before that it was Mer Soleil..ahh is 10am too soon to be thinking of wine? I do love some CA craft beers too so I’ll think about those instead…that’s perfectly acceptable πŸ™‚

  • Elise
    June 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

    My absolute favorite wine is a Malbec from a small winery, Cavas de Don Arturo outside of Mendoza, Argentina. Seriously, the best (and cheapest) Malbec (and wine) I have ever had in my life. Too bad they don’t sell it stateside πŸ™

  • Shannon
    June 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Yellowtail Pinot Grigiot or any any any Malbec ever. πŸ˜‰

  • Katie
    June 24, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Frog’s Leap 2007 Zinfandel!

  • Sara
    June 24, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Love, Love this. My favorite wine would probably have to the cabernet from Columbia Winery. They have handsdown the best robust, big reds around!

  • Samantha
    June 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Molly Dooker The Boxer!

  • Christin
    June 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Tie between:

    Jean Bosquet Malbec
    Murphy-Goode Sauvignon Blanc

    Depending on my mood. πŸ™‚

    It would be SO PERFECT to win these tickets because my husband and I are getting ready to take a road trip (from NC) across the country and we will be in Santa Barbara that week!! how perfect. πŸ™‚

  • Amisha
    June 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I love the Ruffino Chianti Ducale gold bottle. The wine is sooo soothing and relaxing to drink.

  • sflunchreview
    June 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    I’m working my way through the wineries of California, but I’d have to say that Sunstone 2006 EROS Estate is my current favorite. Sunstone is in Santa Ynes, and it was one of the best winery experiences I’ve had since coming to CA. I want to do more tastings soon!!!

  • Kara
    June 24, 2010 at 7:45 am

    My favorite wine is OZV Zinfandel. I love drinking locally produced wines because then I feel like my drinking is benefiting the community! HAHA. This one is produced at a winery not far from me at Oak Ridge Winery in Lodi. I was never a red drinker and this one changed my mind!

  • Rach
    June 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I love, love, love a semi-dry Riesling!

  • Dana
    June 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

    I absolutely love Menage a Trois Red and White wines. They are so interesting and beautifully crafted πŸ™‚

  • Dana
    June 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Fleur – Pinot Nior!! I’m usually a white fan in the summer months (Savvy Blanc, Pinot Gris, etc.) but Fleur PN is so smooth and lovely.

  • wendy
    June 24, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Love, love Santa Barbara……and I love Fess Parker wine, located in SB. πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    June 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I’m a huge fan of Aquinas Napa valley Chardonnay…or really any chardonnay for that matter!

  • Sylvia
    June 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Au Bon Climat Chardonnay is my all time fav! I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and would love another excuse to visit my family!!

  • Kar
    June 24, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I love Malbec!

  • Molly
    June 24, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I always enjoy a good Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s just so delicious!

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals)
    June 24, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I’m a huge fan of Luna Vineyards Sangiovese. I had this wine last time I was up in Napa, so good!

  • Suzanne
    June 24, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I like Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m just starting to get into wine, so I don’t really know what’s good yet, haven’t tried a lot. I know I definitely like red better though. πŸ˜€

  • Melanie
    June 24, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Love Hyde De Villaine’s Syrah (especially the 2004!), we have a stash that we bust out for birthday’s and special occasions, so delicious!!

  • Laura
    June 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Orin Swift’s Papillon!

  • jane
    June 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I love Voss Estate Pinot Noir! Or maybe is it that i just had such a great time in New Zealand πŸ™‚

  • Cathy
    June 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    this is totally lame, but santa margharita pino grigio. so delish!

  • Eryn Hutchison
    June 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I absolutely love Frog’s Leap Cab! I am also from Columbia, South Carolina and live in Palo Alto, so winning these tickets would enable me to explore a new area of California and enjoy wine!! Thank you!

  • Amelia
    June 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

    The first wine that comes to mind is a wine my husband and I tasted at Firestone Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Maybe it was the atmosphere, the fact that we had a lot of wine that day, or maybe it was just really good???? But I really liked their Gewurztraminer. It was very light, refreshing, and not sweet like others we have had in the past. It would be awesome to win those tickets! πŸ™‚

  • Amy
    June 24, 2010 at 9:56 am

    My favorite varietals are robust reds: cabs, malbecs, tempranillos. I like to experiment with wines from various wineries, regions, years, but I’m partial to the wines from Imagery Estates (and sister winery, Benziger) in Glen Ellen.

  • Shannon
    June 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I really enjoy Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir. Very YUMMY πŸ™‚ I would love to go to Santa Barabara for this event! It is a 3 hour drive from my house and I could stay with one of my best friends from grammer school and take her to the event. Perfect weekend!

  • Marie E.
    June 24, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Columbia Crest Merlot Grand Estates is the one red wine I can actually drink! I LOVE SB! My favorite vineyard there is Rusack!

  • Tami
    June 24, 2010 at 10:14 am

    My favorite wine is Tobin James french camp Zinfandel.

  • Holly
    June 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Hi there Jenna,
    many of the wines people mentioned are not part of the event so I thought that you should know about Toad Hollow wines, who are part of it! Fabulous wines and great graphics;-)
    Keeping my fingers crossed- my husband and I could use a small getaway!
    Thank you for the contest:-)

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    June 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    WOW, it is hard to pick my favorite wine, but I’m going to have to because I REALLY want to win this contest seeing as I can just drive to SB πŸ™‚

    I love Benzinger wines (Sonoma) because they’re biodynamic and sustainable and absolutely delicious (and in various price ranges). My favorite wine of the moment is Grassi Cabernet. Man, it is expensive, but so good, even for people who don’t love Cabs.

  • Holly
    June 24, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Jessie’s Grove “Royal Tee” Zindandel…from Lodi!

  • hector
    June 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Tesoro riesling

  • maija
    June 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

    so many favorites… usually spicy reds but for summer? freixnet cava. yum.

  • Steph
    June 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Chateau St. Michelle’s Riesling. I’m a sucker for sweet wine!!!

  • Alice
    June 24, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been to a few of the Sonoma County vineyards and I love how their family-style and history compare to the big guys in Nappa. Love the Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley (from Puccioni), so many different tastes, such a unique wine! And I’ve been to Santa Barbara, but never into the wine country so I’d love to check it out!!

    • Glenn Proctor
      March 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm


      I am the owner and winemaker at Puccioni. Thank you so much for your comments on our Petite Sirah. We appreicate your support. Our family has been making wine since 1904 in the Dry Creek Valley. Call us the next time you are in the area for a vyd tour. Thanks Glenn

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    June 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay! Yum! Actually I like just about anything from Cakebread!

  • Nat
    June 24, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Marquesa Spanish rioja!!!

  • Grace
    June 24, 2010 at 11:39 am

    My favorite is Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon – I had it once at a birthday dinner. Too bad I can’t afford it myself! πŸ™‚

  • Cellabella
    June 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    My current favorite wines are two reds – Melville Pinot Noir and Remole Toscana. Both are delicious, the first one I had on a wedding anniversary, and the second at a Valentine’s Day dinner, so they have great memories attached to them too!

  • haylee
    June 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

    My favorite would have to be Barefoot Moscato…I like its sweetness. This is an AWESOME giveaway!!!!

  • Leng
    June 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Oh, it’s hard to choose! But I would have to say that the 2007 Yellow Tail Merlot is my fave!

  • Claire
    June 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I have written in a few times. Try to read everyday. Healdsburg is my fav place EVER! Love the farmers market. My fav wine is Shug Pinot Nior. Go to Shug in Sanomo if you haven’t. It is my fave winery. It is beautiful. Pack a lunch and eat outside. Amazing view.

    Thanks! I hope I win!!

  • katecooks
    June 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    my fave right now is the 4 vines old vine cuvee…they serve it at umami burger in santa monica and it’s awesome!

  • Caity
    June 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I love Mazzocco Zinfandels, especially the ones from their Maple vineyard.

  • Ryane
    June 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    When one of us is having a bad day, my friend and I meet up and we take turns picking up “the regular” – McManis Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Mary O
    June 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    My fave is Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay served super chilled in a laaarge glass. So buttery, so smooth. YUM!

  • Stacy R.
    June 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I love wine and that has been the hardest thing for me to cut back on since trying to get in shape!

    My favorite is Boogle Petite Syrah!

  • Catherine Khouri
    June 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Principessa Gavia Gavi – its very light and refreshing and great for the summer.

  • Jody
    June 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    La Crema Chardonnay πŸ™‚

  • kathryn
    June 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I love the Sean Thackery Sirius, petit syrah!!!!

  • Camila
    June 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    My favorite wine changes all the time, but at the moment my favorite is a rose from Alma Rosa. It screams summer to me!

    My parents will be visiting from Brazil and it would be awesome to take them to SB!

  • lauren l
    June 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    My favorite wine EVER was a white house wine that I drank at a tiny little wine bar in a piazza in Florence – I have no idea what it was called, but it flowed out of a tap just like beer and was so memorably tasty.

  • ashley
    June 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    um YES!!! What ana wesome giveaway!! My favorite wine is the Malibu Vineyards Pinot Noir. mm mm mm **fingers crossed**

  • Jenn
    June 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    My absolute favorite is Tenbrink – Pinot Noir. Tenbrink is a small vineyard in nor cal that makes the best wine. So, so, good.

  • Kaseeloo
    June 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Abadia Retuerta Sardon de Duero 2005 is one of my all time favorites. I had it (well, okay we polished off two bottles) on a dinner date in South Beach one gorgeous evening…. Ah nostalgia!!

  • Katie S
    June 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    LOVE this! My favorite wine wouldh ave to be Courier Syrah, my boss’s wine!

  • Aimee
    June 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Lambrusco, it is cheap and tastes like grape juice but I am obsessed with it and its delicious sweetness!

  • Kristen
    June 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    OO fun! I LOVE wine tasting!! My favorite is from a winery in Malibu called Cielo… it’s from their Woodstock collection and the wine is Wildberrys… you can buy it here!

  • Emily
    June 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I actually don’t have a favorite wine, but my boyf LOVES it so much. We live in Cali, and would love to go! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Caitlin
    June 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I love Copolla Chardonnay. I bought it for my 21st birthday because it’s local and related to film, and it was a very lucky purchase!

    Kluge Estate also holds a sentimental place in my heart.

  • Tracy
    June 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Oakstone Slug Gulch Red from the California gold country!

  • Christine
    June 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I haven’t gotten to try any expensive wine but my favourite cheapie one is Blackstone ( Merlot.

  • Whitney
    June 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    This is fantastic!! My favorite wine has got to be the King’s Estate Pinot Gris. It’s a local wine, and it packs a lot of memories!

  • Sarah M
    June 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Today it’s Layer Cake Chardonnay =)

  • Erica
    June 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Any bottle shared with good friends and great food!!

  • Lindsay
    June 24, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    My favorite is Paso Creek Cabernet. This is a wine that my boyfriend will buy me after I have had a tough week teaching. It symbolizes relaxation and calm.

  • amy
    June 25, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I love Callaway’s sparkling rose! It’s soooooo delicious! πŸ™‚

  • Kath
    June 25, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Favorite wine: Anything by Ledson reminds me of my honeymoon.

    Let’s hope that the end comments are lucky!!

  • Stacey K.
    June 25, 2010 at 6:15 am

    I live in Gainesville and there is a local winery called Keel and Curley that I absolutely LOVE! Their Pinot is awesome!

  • Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers
    June 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Chardonnay is my new fave!

  • Nicole
    June 25, 2010 at 8:40 am

    What the heck! I’ll enter.
    I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I love J. Lohr’s Cabernet Savignon. We served it at our wedding.

  • Judith
    June 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Hmmm, let me think….oh yeah, Rombauer Chardonnay. Big, buttery, smooth and utterly delish.
    Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chard is a close second though.

  • Judith
    June 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hmmmm, let’s see…oh yeah, Rombauer Chardonnay. Big, buttery, smooth, lucious, everything a California chard sould be.
    Close second is Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chard though.

  • molly
    June 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

    King Family Vineyard’s “Crose”, pronounced like Rose but with a “C”, located in Crozet, Virginia. We got married at their vineyard last September and their “Crose” is the perfect late afternoon/early evening summer sippin’ wine; crisp and balanced- best paired with cheese, berries, summer breezes, barefeet, long conversations, giggles and wasting time. What I wouldn’t give to be back at that vineyard with my husband and all our friends & family right now πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie
    June 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc. Especially in the summer!

  • sally kate
    June 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My fave white is prob bicyclette chard, nothing to fancy but it reminds me of college and when I first turned 21 and could buy my very own bottles of wine but had no idea what I was doing- so its a bit nostalgic for me. I don’t have a vineyard preference but I am starting to like merlot even though for a long time I was a wine snob and wouldn’t drink it solely bc of the line in that movie- which of course the name of slips my mind but I know it takes place near santa barbara :).

  • Greer
    June 25, 2010 at 10:51 am

    A 1983 Rothschild Bordeaux my parents bought the year I was born – we open a bottle for all of life’s big celebrations – turning 21, graduation, etc. πŸ™‚ Great wine but I think I like the sentiment best.

  • Clare
    June 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Oh, delicious wine! I don’t tend to discriminate against any wines, but if I had to pick one high up on my list it would be Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon. Sooo yummy!!

  • rachel
    June 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    For summer I like Wolffer Estates Rose, which I first tasted at the vineyard out on the North Fork. YUM.

  • Madeline
    June 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I am FROM Santa Barbara! And it just so happens that my current favorite wine is the Sweet Riesling (Santa Barbara County) from Municipal Winemakers. The wine is called SWEETIE…how great is that? Except apparently in the fall they got in trouble for using a name someone else had already trademarked. Ooops:

    And you are SO invited if I win. My hometown is a beaut.

  • Carly
    June 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Love Seven Sisters!!!

  • Tiffany
    June 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    <3 Rafanelli (isn't that winery in Heraldsburg as well?)

  • Olga
    June 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

    My absolute favorite? Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling πŸ™‚

  • california
    October 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    California, Napa Vallely is a US city which is that is famous for producing wine. Napa is the NO,1 place of the world which is famous for producing wine. He exports wine all over the world. It is also famous for making grapes wine. I also like its grapes wine. In this area, there are a lot of small and big wine vineyards. According to my information, there are 400 wineries in the area but i visit just 5 places. A Happy Napa Valley journey

  • molly
    October 3, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    This looks like a perfect lunch too. I’m always looking for new vegetarian dishes for lunch because I try not to eat meat until dinner. Since I’m married to a meat eating airborne army man, a meatless dinner isn’t an option ? Once I suggested meatless Mondays and he said, β€œSure, we can eat fish on those days.” Oy.

  • keto
    October 21, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for sharing. With all this travel not sure you have time to read or visit BOOKSTORES, but if they are on your radar screen I hope you will join me for this year’s theme….bookstores, their architecture, locations and the great people who sell books. Today the letter C takes us to Charing Cross Rd. in London. See you there? windproof

  • carry
    January 1, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Hi, Once a day I and my grandfather sit together then he told me that about Italy wine. He tells me Italy is the first country who introduced the first wine. This area is famous for hoteling. I should come this city for tasting wine.Stellar Bottles

  • carry
    January 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

    I and my grandfather sit together then he told me that about Italy wine. He tells me Italy is the first country who introduced the first wine. This area is famous for hoteling. I should come this city for tasting wine.Stellar Bottles

  • Swiss Fintech
    March 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    I am definitely not picky when it comes to wine, and I can’t say that I even have a particular favorite brand! My favorite varietal is definitely, hands down Pinot Noir. I love just about any Pinot Noir I have tried! I always get excited when I go wine tasting and I get to try a new one. Mmmm, wine! How exciting that this festival is in Santa Barbara, because I am an alumni of UCSB! Santa Barbara and wine = heaven on earth