The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Presents the 16th Sun, Wind & Wine Festival

Experience the magic of the Santa Lucia Highlands at the highly anticipated 16th Sun, Wind & Wine Festival. This extraordinary event will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the stunning Mer Soleil Winery in Salinas, California.

Step into the enchanting world of winemaking as you stroll through the normally private barrel cellar of Mer Soleil Winery. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere while indulging in the finest Santa Lucia Highlands wines, poured exclusively by the passionate vintners themselves.

Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable culinary journey. Local chefs and food purveyors, such as the esteemed Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy and Chef Tim Wood at Woody’s at the Airport, will be presenting gourmet small bites and plates that showcase the flavors of the Monterey Peninsula. Treat yourself to the mouthwatering creations of Chefs Palette Spice Rubs and other renowned artisans. Delight in the delectable treats from Schoch Family Farmstead, Zio Brand Sausage, and other local favorites.

Quench your thirst for effervescent delights at the bubbles bar featuring an exquisite collection of sparkling wines. For those seeking an elevated experience, VIP reserved seating tables are available, ensuring an unforgettable time. Be part of the excitement as you bid on rare wines during the thrilling wine auction.

Your participation in the festival contributes to a worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus and provide travel scholarships for diverse wine professionals attending educational visits to the region. Let the live music and surprises throughout the afternoon add to the joyous ambiance.

Secure your tickets now for the Sun, Wind & Wine Festival. Prices range from $150 to $200, with VIP reserved seating tables available from $1099 to $1839. Transportation tickets from Monterey are also available for your convenience. Join us at Mer Soleil Winery located at 1290 River Road, Salinas, California. For more details and reservations, visit our website at https://www.santaluciahighlands.com/events/wine-festival/ or send us an email at [email protected].

Discover the Santa Lucia Highlands, a remarkable region renowned for its cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Established in 1991, this narrow 18-mile-long appellation boasts 5,700 acres of exceptional vineyards. The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans, a not-for-profit association, consists of dedicated vineyards and wineries that grow grapes in S.L.H. or use the appellation’s fruit to create their distinctive releases. Visit SantaLuciaHighlands.com for more information about this exceptional winegrowing destination.

FAQ Section:

Q: When and where is the Sun, Wind & Wine Festival taking place?
A: The festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 11 am to 2:30 pm at the Mer Soleil Winery in Salinas, California.

Q: What can I expect at the festival?
A: You can expect to experience the world of winemaking by exploring the private barrel cellar of Mer Soleil Winery. You will have the opportunity to taste exclusive Santa Lucia Highlands wines poured by passionate vintners. There will also be gourmet small bites and plates from local chefs and food purveyors, a bubbles bar with sparkling wines, a thrilling wine auction, live music, and surprises throughout the afternoon.

Q: How much do tickets cost?
A: Ticket prices range from $150 to $200. VIP reserved seating tables are also available, starting from $1099 to $1839. Transportation tickets from Monterey are available as well.

Q: What is the purpose of the festival?
A: The festival supports a worthy cause, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, as well as providing travel scholarships for diverse wine professionals attending educational visits to the region.

Q: How can I purchase tickets and find more information?
A: You can visit the festival’s website at https://www.santaluciahighlands.com/events/wine-festival/ to purchase tickets and find more details about the event. You can also send an email to [email protected] for reservations.

Key Terms and Jargon:

1. Santa Lucia Highlands: It is a winegrowing region in California known for its cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has exceptional vineyards and is home to the Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans association.

2. Appellation: A legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown.

3. Vineyards: Land specifically used for the cultivation of grapevines, which are essential for wine production.

4. Vintners: People or businesses involved in the production and sale of wine.

Related Links:

– For more information about the Santa Lucia Highlands winegrowing destination, you can visit their website at https://www.santaluciahighlands.com/.