We have a very nice post conference excursion planned for the afternoon of Sunday, July 13, 2014. This off-site excursion will take place at the iconic Bridlewood Estate Winery, nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, immediately following the conclusion of the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference.
Just 30 miles north of Santa Barbara on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley, Bridlewood is Southern California’s local winery. Their picturesque 105-acre estate rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing the Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the Purisima Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. The mountains run East-West, allowing the fog to roll in from the Pacific Ocean, which slows the ripening process and paves the way for a long growing season. With more time to mature and develop, the grapes develop a crisp balance between acid and sugar.
A destination all its own, Bridlewood blends a modern, artisan winery with rustic, Spanish-style architecture reminiscent of California’s historic missions. At the center of the property sits a striking bell tower, flanked by Adobe-tiled rooftops and breezy verandas. After a very busy WBC14, attendees will get to spend the afternoon relaxing in the Bridlewood courtyard that overlooks 40 acres of breathtaking estate vines.
Behind the mission-style façade lies an intimate winery – an artist’s workshop – where the winemaking team crafts Bridlewood’s artisan wines. They spend much of their time in the barrel room, tasting different vineyard lots and blending them together to create exquisitely balanced wines that embody the unique terroir of the Central Coast. A peek at what’s to come during this excursion.
In true Santa Barbara fashion, attendees will enjoy a picnic lunch provided by local caterers New West with Bridlewood wines by the idyllic estate pond. Then, all participants will have the opportunity to partake in an engaging and interactive educational session lead by leading industry experts.
The cost of this excursion is $15 per person. Participants of the excursion will depart by bus from the conference hotel at 12:30 pm on Sunday, July 13, and will be returned from Bridlewood by 3:30 pm.
If you’ve already registered for the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, you can add this excursion by registering for it here.
If you still need to sign up for the conference, you can add the excursion on when you register here.
Stay in touch with Bridlewood as more details unfold on the Wine Bloggers Conference website, as well as the Bridlewood website and Facebook page. Can’t wait to see everyone in Santa Barbara Wine Country!