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Welcome to Inside Wine Santa Barbara!! Our group features tastings with winemakers and sommeliers who give us the "inside scoop" on viniculture, viticulture, wine-food pairing and wine appreciation.

IWSB was co-founded in September of 2012 by Tama Takahashi and Lila Brown, "baking buddies" at the School of Culinary Arts at SBCC. In 2015, when Lila moved away to Sonoma, Hana-Lee Sedgwick served as Co-organizer for two years before welcoming a baby into her family.

I'm excited to announce chef and event-organizer-extraordinaire Meridith Moore, the genius behind the Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival at the Museum of Natural History, will join me as co-organizer for Inside Wine Santa Barbara. Now retired from the Museum, Meridith remains on their Wine + Food Festival Committee and is a board member of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Foundation.

Meridith has an impressive resume which includes owning restaurants, delis and a catering company. Living in Santa Barbara since 1969, she has been an integral part of the food and wine scene, has enjoyed the friendship of Julia Child and considers many winemakers, restaurateurs and chefs as friends.

We will hand-select the best and most interesting winemakers and wineries to share with our membership. About me: I have edited three cookbooks, including two for Santa Barbara Culinary Arts featuring top locals chefs and wineries and I've completed certification in level 2 WSET.

Inside Wine Santa Barbara is a not-for-profit endevour; we organize them to widen our wine knowledge and to connect with other wine aficionados. Your email and information is safe and not even visible to me. Membership is free (must be 21+). Welcome! Join in and celebrate the diversity and quality of our wine and food in this unique and remarkable region of the world!

--Tama and Meridith

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Hands-on Wine Blending Experience with Winemaker Bion Rice

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Join Inside Wine Santa Barbara for a very special wine blending experience with Artiste winemaker Bion Rice on Saturday, October 22 at 11 am at his winery in Buellton. (Details and directions will be provided to attendees.)

This will be hands-on with beakers of wine to blend. You will come away from this marvelous experience with a bottle of the blend that you create! This experience is normally $150/per person. You pay much less, plus enjoy a gourmet lunch box from The Daisy! Inside Wine Santa Barbara continues to bring you interesting and affordable wine events. Meet new friends AND learn more about winemaking!

Bion is known for his expertise in blending wine, learning his craft from Daniel Gehrs at his parents' Sunstone winery. In his words: "Perhaps the luckiest winemaker on earth, I now get to personally select and ferment grapes from some of the best winegrowers in California, and seek out nearly finished, vineyard-designated wines from my winemaker friends’ barrel cellars in Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma. In the Napa Valley I look for the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. In Russian River Valley I cannot escape the lure of mico-climate Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, sometimes planted near Zinfandel, Grenache and Sangiovese. In Santa Barbara, I source Syrah, Grenache, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier, while in near-by Paso Robles the warmer grapes Tempranillo and Zinfandel. Recently, I have sourced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as far north as the Willamette Valley in Oregon for our sparkling wine facility in Healdsburg.

Drawing on old-world blending traditions while adding an unmistakable swath of new-world terroir, I assemble neo-classical blends called "Impressionist Cuvees", named not only in reverence to the master painters, but also to the regional impression I try to paint with each unique blend, such as Tuscany, Bordeaux, Rioja, or Burgundy. Like an Impressionist painter who uses individual, visible brushstrokes to create a final masterpiece, I use each lot of wine as a brushstroke in the final blend. My ultimate goal is to produce infinitely beautiful cuvees that are much more than merely the sum of their parts, ones that exhibit the best aromas, flavors, and sensations of each individual wine that went into the blend."

Just 30 fortunate Inside Wine SB members will have this opportunity! Gourmet lunch box from The Daisy restaurant. Chef Carmen uses bread from Bakers Table in Santa Ynez, farmers market produce, and sustainable and organic proteins.

If you can't make the wine blending experience, try Bion's wines at his Artiste tasting room at 2948 Grand Ave., Studio E, Los Olivos. It's a tasting room but also an art gallery! Bion works with some of the finest Contemporary Impressionist artists across the country to commission and license a new painting for each new wine.
Taking inspiration from the colors, imagery and story behind each wine label, he blends and weaves different wines together to create Artiste's Impressionist Cuvées™.

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Winemaker Fabian Bravo Tasting - SOLD OUT!

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