Identifying different flavor notes in wine is a mark of refinement, like discerning the pedigree of a horse by its taste in jazz. Sip on singular vintages with this Groupon.
$75 for VIP Access for Two to Winter Wine Down 2012 ($150 Value)
Along with entry into a raffle for a case of wine, VIP guests receive exclusive access to entertainment and tastings during the VIP hour from noon to 1 p.m., which precedes the three-hour main event on Saturday, April 14.
Housed in the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara's sprawling wooden barn, the Winter Wine Down 2012 gathers samples from more than 20 local wineries, breweries, and restaurants, including vintners such as Fiddlehead Cellars and Beckmen Vineyards and eateries such as Soho and Marmalade Cafe. Throughout the afternoon, guests can compare their tasting prowess to a panel of culinary judges, who award the dishes for categories such as best entree and most convincing mashed-potato sculpture of Mount Rushmore. As The Rusty Lindsey Band and Sweet Country score the event with live music, a silent auction features more than 50 packages for attendees to bid on, with all proceeds benefitting research toward finding a cure for spinal muscular atrophy type 1, a genetic disease that mostly affects young children.