California Wine Month and Sunset Savor



What better way to celebrate the final weekend of California Wine Month than to attend Sunset Savor in the heart of California’s central coast wine region to taste local food and wine?

Today I am driving up to Santa Margarita to attend  The Main Event where I will experience an “epicurean and adventure playground”! Sounds perfect for a Wine Predator like me where I can taste, sip, and indulge. In this two day extravaganza September 26 and 27 I’ll learn from chefs, Sunset experts, brew masters, local fishermen, plus artisanal food producers from throughout California.  

At Sunset Savor,  you too can sip over 200 wines, indulge in culinary bites from over 30 local chefs and learn the latest California lifestyle trends from Sunset’s expert editors in all things food and wine, lifestyle and travel.


Unlimited food and wine tasting for two days from 11am-4pm at a historic ranch? YES please!

Main Event Exhibitors   include over 100 wineries, restaurants, and food purveyors. In the Central Coast Pavilion I will sample award-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition  and I may nab a spot in Chef Central and Winemaker Central, in-depth educational seminars throughout the weekend, allowing you to explore your favorite topic at a deeper level. Cost is $25 per seminar with the purchase of your main event ticket of $150 for the weekend. (Purchase your ticket here.)

While sampling food and drink, listen to live music in the Estrada Garden  or to experts on the Travel and Adventure Stage.

Need a break? New this year is an Artists’ Village featuring artists from the San Luis Obispo County region like 2015’s featured artist, Helen K Davie, and a special installation from Studios on the Park, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing a creative educational and transformational experience to enhance understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

In the evening after the Main Event are a number of special dinners and other events, but by now they are sold out. Get your tickets early next year!

The weather is just beautiful today and I’ve heard that Santa Margarita’s fertile valley and year-round flowing creeks are stunning. Originally a 1787 outpost of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa located halfway between San Luis Obispo and the San Miguel Mission, the ranch was a convenient layover for travelers on El Camino Real.  Today the 13,900 acre ranch has been recognized with several stewardship awards. Using rotational cattle grazing, ranchers have allowed native oaks and perennial grasses to once again thrive, and lush riparian habitat has been restored. A 975-acre vineyard on the property ranks as one of the first in the Central Coast to employ resource conservation practices. The ranch hosts fiestas, non-profit fundraisers, and private events throughout the year. Santa Margarita Ranch even gas a railroad with a scenic two-mile loop about the ranch (

Time for me to finish packing the VW van and achieve escape velocity! I’m hoping to score a campsite up there and soak for an hour at Sycamore Hot Springs in Avila Beach. Who knows what else I’ll find to do this weekend while this Wine Predator is on the prowl?

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