Tuesday, March 27
Central City Market Restaurant, Santa Maria — Winemaker dinner with Dierberg and Star Lane winemaker Andy Alba. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Cost: $75 per person, including wine pairings, excludes tax and gratuity. On the menu: Cold poached sea bass filet, Italian squash, sesame tahini vinaigrette, paired with 2008 Dierberg Chardonnay; smoked Asian spice spring lamb ribs with Hoisen paint, paired with the 2008 Dierberg Pinot Noir; seared porcini dusted prime beef tenderloin carpaccio arugula, regiano and 12-year balsamic, paired with the 2007 Estate red blend, Happy Canyon; grilled bone-in pork loin chop with blackberry demi-glace, sweet potato gnocchi, paired with the 2008 Syrah; and sweet, two-cheese terrine, passion fruit gelee, coconut sponge cake, buttered graham cracker crumble, paired with the 2009 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon. Limited seating; reservations required. 925-7766. Regular events: Happy Hour days, from 4 to 7 p.m.: Wednesdays are Industry Nights, with 20 percent off for those in the restaurant and wine industry, with business card; Thursdays, enjoy $3 glasses of wine and beer; Fridays, Central City offers Champagne and bubbles, and $5 appetizers, and on Saturdays, from 1 to 7 p.m., it’s Flight Day — try three wines from various varieties and themes for $10; and Locals Happy Hour, 4 to 7 p.m., $5 glasses of wine and $3 glasses of beer to all local residents. Information: 925-7766. Central City Market is located at 142 Town Center East on East Main Street, east of Broadway. http://www.facebook.com/CentralCityMarket
Gather Wine Bar, Arroyo Grande — Live music Friday and Saturday evenings; wines by the glass and full menu. Winemaker Wednesdays offer three tastes, discounts on wines by the bottle and a chance to meet the winemaker, all for $10. Gather Wine Bar’s three-year anniversary celebration is Tuesday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for complimentary appetizers and bubbles. Gather Wine Bar is located at 122 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande. Hours: 1 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday. View all events at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/462843382. (805) 474-4771; www.gatherwinebar.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday-Sunday, April 13-15
Santa Ynez Valley — Second annual “Food on the Vine” canned food drive benefiting the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Participating are Alexander & Wayne, Arthur Earl, Beckmen, Casa Cassara, Curtis, Firestone, Foley, Lincourt, Lucas & Lewellen, Scott Cellars and Toccata. Bring three cans of food and taste free at above tasting rooms and wineries all three days. Kickoff event 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Avant Tapas and Wine, Buellton, with participating wineries pouring wines behind bar. Friday’s tasting fee of $20 goes directly to the Foodbank. Information, E-mail Mickey Neal, Foodbank funds drive committee, email@example.com
Sunday, April 15
D’Vine Wine Bar, Lompoc — Lompoc Civic Theatre and D’Vine have teamed to offer Dinner Theater on two remaining Sundays, April 15 and May 6. The performance is “The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon & Mrs. Levine,” billed as “a son’s elusive search for his mother’s happiness,” by Sam Bobrick and Julie Stein. Reservations: LCT, 735-2281. Cost: $50, including performance and dinner catered by the Cha Cha Cooking Club. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5 p.m. D’Vine Wine Bar, 107 W. Ocean Ave., Lompoc. Information: 735-8771, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 20
Succulent Café, Solvang — Join Larry Schaffer of tercero wines for a unique winemaker dinner at the Succulent Café. This multi-course meal will pair a broad selection of tercero’s wines with the creative cuisine of Brian and Cynthia from Succulent. This event takes place the night before the annual Vintners’ Festival (1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21). Schaffer will pour his new 2011 Mourvedre Rosé and 2009 Camp 4 Mourvedre — two wines yet to be released. The dinner begins with a “meet and greet,” during which Schaffer will pour his 2010 Grenache Blanc. The meals will be served family style, allowing for greater give and take between Larry, Brian and Cynthia, and the diners. More details about the menu will be posted as they become available. Seating will be very limited. For details, e-mail Schaffer at email@example.com.
D’Vine Wine Bar, Lompoc — JBird Surf Designs and Lone Coast Studios present “The Birth of Surfboard,” a show that captures the various stages that end in a finished product — a hand-crafted surfboard. Exhibit continues through April. Information: www.LoneCoastStudios.com. D’Vine Wine Bar is located at 107 W. Ocean. Information: 735-8771, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taste in the Vineyard, Santa Barbara County — Spend a morning or afternoon in the tranquility of Santa Ynez Valley vineyards with exclusive access during a walking tour, led by Lee Tomkow. Learn how vines are managed and how wine is produced from a guide who will detail clonal differences, rootstocks and how to identify varietals, among them syrah, sangiovese and grenache. Tour times: 9 a.m. to noon, or 1 to 4 p.m. daily except Saturday. Reservations required; each tour limited to 10 people. Cost: $50 per person. Information and reservations: 693-4424, or www.vineyardwalkingtours.com.