Grapeline© Wine Tours Offers a Santa Barbara Pinot Lovers Tour for Mother’s Day

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Santa Barbara’s Pinot Lovers Tour offers a full day of exceptional Pinot Noir tasting, educational tours by knowledgeable guides, and a gourmet picnic lunch, all within the beautiful setting of the Central California Wine Country. Featuring four of the top Pinot Noir wineries in Santa Barbara County, guests will sample many selections of Pinot Noir not available in the wineries' public tastings.

On Sunday, May 12, 2013, guests participating in this one-day-only event will taste a variety of Pinot Noirs from different vineyards located throughout Santa Barbara County. The tour departs at 10am from all local hotels and concludes at approximately 4:30pm. Pricing is $99 per person, all inclusive. Reservations are required.

Grapeline is the top guest-rated wine tour company in Southern and Central California, with over 350 5-star reviews on review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor. The Pinot Lovers Tour is part of Grapeline's Signature Series - occasional tours incorporating Wine Country's best experiences and offerings. Grapeline called in favors from several of the ‘big guns’ in the Central Coast Pinot Noir world to put together a Vineyard Picnic Tour with a decidedly Pinot twist. The day starts with a vineyard tour and tasting at the private farm and vineyard- Clos Pepe- with the winemaker and Pinot Noir specialist, Wes Hagen. Wineries visited in addition to Clos Pepe are Melville, Foley, and Lafond. Included transportation aboard deluxe shuttles ensures a safe ride for imbibing guests. This is the second Pinot Lovers Tour offered by Grapeline, following a similar sold-out version held on May 20, 2012. The next Santa Barbara Signature Series Tour will be the Foodie Wine Tour held on October 13, 2013.

For the Pinot Lovers Tour, each winery will present several of their best Pinot Noirs. Directly following the behind the scenes vintner’s tour with Wes Hagen at Clos Pepe will be a full tasting at the lovely Melville Winery. Step out onto their wisteria-covered veranda overlooking the vineyards for a gourmet picnic lunch complete with a giant cookie for dessert.

Following Melville will be Foley Winery. The head winemaker, Leslie Mead Renaud, is the Chairperson for the World of Pinot Noir for the second year and has made it her mission to study and learn about Pinot Noir. Foley is highly regarded by leading wine critics and sommeliers and is a premiere Pinot Noir producer.

The last stop is Lafond Winery. The winemaker at Lafond is Bruce McGuire, one of the pioneers in the development of Pinot Noir and Syrah in Santa Barbara County and in California. He is the man behind the idea for planting 8 selected Pinot clones in Lafond’s Santa Ynez Valley vineyard. At the time, Pinot was largely ignored in most of California, but has now found its true home in Santa Barbara County.

Reservations are available online at http://www.gogrape.com or by calling Grapeline at 1 888 8-WINERY. For more information contact John Kelliher at 951-538-2091 or by email jkelliher(at)gogrape(dot)com.

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