Beer, Wine & Spirits in Bakersfield

$29 for Winery Passport with Tastings at Five Wineries from Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club ($60 Value)

Santa Ynez Valley Wine Club

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Vino veterans and occasional tipplers alike can enjoy the welcoming embrace of five of Santa Ynez Valley's finest wineries

Wine Sensory Experience for Two or Four at Roblar Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Roblar Winery

Solvang-Santa Ynez

$60 $39

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The Experience includes sips of five wines, which are paired with small complementary bites

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Wine to Take Home at Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room (Up to 54% Off)

Casa Barranca Winery Tasting Room

Ojai

$70 $35

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Flight of Old World–style wines made from organic grapes served in remodeled tasting room adorned with murals of the local wine region

Wine Flight with Cheese Plate or Sandwich and Glass of Wine for Two or Four at Gone West Cellars (Half Off)

Gone West Cellars

San Buenaventura (Ventura)

$48 $24

Guests sample wines from Ventura County and the surrounding area; bar boasts friendly communal tables and Western flair

Beer-, Wine-, or Cheese-Making Class for One or Two at Simi Valley Home Brew (65% Off)

Simi Valley Home Brew

Simi Valley

$99 $35

Experts discuss the basics in brewing wine or beer or making homemade mozzarella and ricotta cheese

Wine and Artisan-Chocolate Pairing for Two or Four at Millésimé Cellars (50% Off)

Millésimé Cellars

Camarillo

$48 $24

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As winemakers explain the wine-making process from grape to glass, guests pair five wines with chocolates inside a barrel room and cellar

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Core Wine Company (55% Off)

Core Wine Company

Downtown Orcutt

$20 $9

Tasting session focuses on the art of blending wines; guests receive a discount on bottles

$35 for a Deluxe Wine Tasting Package for Two at Monarch Grove Winery ($70 Value)

Monarch Grove Winery

Grover Beach

$70 $35

Visitors sample local wines in a bright and sunny tasting room, and can take home a bottle of their favorite vintage

$20 for a Wine Tasting with Food Pairings for Two at The Workshop Urban Wine Collective ($50 Value)

The Workshop Urban Wine Collective

San Luis Obispo

$50 $20

Brand new tasting lounge serves a cheese plate for each pair and pours three samples of wine per person; wine pours are 2 ounces each

Winetastings for One, Two, or Four at 12 Wineries from Passport Central Coast (Up to 51% Off)

Passport Central Coast

Multiple Locations

$39 $19

A passport lets you explore 12 different central-coast wineries and enjoy tastings at each

Wine Flights for Two or Four with Cheese and Crackers at Flask Fine Wines (40% Off)

Flask Fine Wines

Studio City

$48 $29

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At a twice-weekly tasting bar, groups sample numerous varietals in wine flights paired with gourmet cheese and crackers

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Cheese at D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars (Up to 50% Off)

D'Anbino Vineyards & Cellars

El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles)

$20 $11

Tasters can imbibe half-ounce samples of the seven wines and pair them with cheese

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Gennaro’s Ristorante (Up to 52% Off)

Gennaro's Ristorante

Genneros' Risrtorante

$30 $15

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Sample four local and international wines from the frequently changing tasting menu and get 10% off a take-home bottle

Wine Tasting, Class, and Tour for Two or Four at Rideau Vineyard (Up to 74% Off)

Rideau Vineyard

Ballard

$134 $35

Each guest samples a flight of five two-ounce fine wines, learn about the details of winemaking, and tour a family vineyard

Craft Beer Tasting for Two or Four at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company (Up to 57% Off)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

Buellton

$27 $12

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Groups of two or four drink both pints and 22-ounce bottles of award-winning craft beers such as Danish Red Lager and Hoppy Poppy IPA

Wine and Chocolate Tasting Package for Two or Four at Royal Oak Winery (58% Off)

Royal Oak Winery

Solvang

$60 $25

Tastings include a choice of chocolate or petits fours and a bottle to take home

Vampire Wine-Tasting Package and Gift for Up to Two or Four at Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room (Up to 53% Off)

Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room

Beverly Hills

$80 $40

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During tastings, individuals sample vampire-inspired local wines such as Dracula Merlot

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The Wine Line's pricing is currently outdated on their website. The pricing quoted in this deal is correct as of Monday, November 15, 2010.

6020 Foxen Canyon Rd
Santa Maria,
CA
US

Bernard's Wine Gallery, a wine store with thousands of old and rare fine wines for sale, welcomes both wine neophytes and grizzled oenophiles to sip from its fine vat of liquefied vinefruits. Bernard Rosenson, who owns Bernard's Wine Gallery with his wife Cynthia, also owns Coquelicot Estate Vineyard, the organically farmed vineyard featured in this tasting. Six Coquelicot wines preside in the elegant tasting room, including the 2006 Bordeaux Blend, which won a gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for its dark, complex taste. Guests will swirl and sip in luxury, blissfully whisking away memories of Twilight Zone episodes where clubs of giant wine bottles attended a human tasting. Tastings run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

23538 Calabasas Rd
Calabasas,
CA
US

Eighty-one-thousand vines grow across Malibu Family Wines' 90-acre vineyard, producing eight varietals in total, including cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and malbec. Once bottled and corked, many of the vineyard's Semler and Saddlerock wines end up at the tasting room in Los Olivos, a homey space with indoor and outdoor seating, occasional live music, and a large wooden tasting bar where customers are free to smell, sample, and swirl away. Those who enjoy the wines can rejoice knowing there's more where that came from?the vineyard expects to increase its vine total to 100,000 in the near future.

31727 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu,
CA
US

Sort This Out Cellars combines the wine selection of a boutique specialty store with the aesthetic of a Vegas diner in the 1950s. Chrome and red stools line up at the bar, and sleek vinyl loveseats are juxtaposed against wine barrels in the lounge. The winery’s aesthetic was inspired by a 1961 Rat Pack photo that recalled times of unapologetic fast living, glamour, and gambling. Because the founders wanted to avoid the sleepy, pastoral vibe of most wineries and all roadside hay-petting zoos, they embraced the rockabilly aesthetic to ensure that their digs were as exciting as their customers and wines.

Those small-batch wines are created from grapes purchased from Californian vineyards and crushed by Sort This Out’s proprietor. “This means,” a writer for Wine Country This Week noted, “he can search the state for the best grapes to crush, or in some cases the best juice from another winery to purchase, and then finish it into his own wine.” The aesthetics surrounding the wine are also important. Mid-century gentlemen’s playing cards inspired a line of bottles with pin-ups on the label matched to flavors within. Other elixirs borrow their names from poker and Vegas table games, hinting at inventive combinations of pinot grigio, viognier, and sauvignon blanc grapes. Some evenings, toasting glasses punctuate the sounds of live music. True to form, the guest bands play oldies and rockabilly tunes.

1636 Copenhagen Dr
Solvang,
CA
US

Quaint stone buildings, cool dark cellars full of oak barrels, and fertile fields of grapevines—these are the images that Carina Cellars hopes to evoke with its European-style wines, which celebrate grapes that originated in the Rhone region of France. The winery sources its favored grapes from vineyards all along the central coast, especially Paso Robles and the Santa Ynez Valley. In the late 2000s, Carina also purchased 83 acres of land it called Rancho del Cielo—“ranch of the sky,” after its steep slopes—to grow its own vines of viognier, syrah, grenache, and other grapes. Though Carina Cellars’ wines are manufactured using Old-World techniques and grapes, the terroir of California’s central coast shines through to define each style. Its whites feature a smooth 2006 viognier from Stolpman Vineyard, whose limestone soil adds a hint of minerality to the flavors and aromas of fruit before a butterscotch finish. In addition to several single-vineyard reds and carefully harmonized red rhone blends, Carina Cellars cultivates a list of reserve wines that includes Iconoclast, its rich flagship blend of cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Iconoclast's initial earthy aroma gives way to lush currant notes and a mocha finish, showcasing the care with which it was aged in small batches. Vintner Joey Tensley found his calling at the tender age of 12, when a radioactive wine bug bit him in a Bordeaux winery. He broke into the business 10 years later in 1993, eventually establishing his own brand that exclusively creates vineyard-designate syrahs. In 2002, he partnered with longtime enophile and businessman David Hardee to create Carina Cellars.

2900 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos,
CA
US

The impressionist painters who inspired winemaker Bion Rice raised shimmering mirages in which soft-edged daubs of paint seem to grant motion to ballerinas or swaying river rushes. At Artiste, Bion draws inspiration from their work, attempting to raise distant landscapes with grapes rather than rough brushstrokes. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes call up the sun-steeped fields of the Napa Valley, and chardonnay grapes carry one away to the Russian River Valley on straw-hued sweetness. Bion calls the blends “impressionist cuvees,” and he produces small batches of them, their corks sealed beneath thick, hand-dipped cloaks of crimson wax.

The bottles are labeled with colorful impressionist paintings, and in a tasting room and studio, the harmonious relationship between wine and art is even further cemented. The whisper of brushes on canvas drifts from paint-dappled tables, where guests bring to life sweeping forest vistas or criminal lineups of pine trees. A rotating array of paintings lines the walls, including works from artists such as Aldo Luongo, an Argentinian artist whose contrasting colors and rippling brushstrokes seem to gaze up from a clear lake. Wine glasses chime together, punctuating the lilting rhythm of classical guitarists or the constant weeping of trombone players during live music events.

2948 Grand Avenue
Los Olivos,
CA
US