April 26th, 27th, and 28th marked the dates for the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards 14th annual wine club release day barbecue. Members attending this year were treated to a weekend full of new release wines, delicious barbecue, and great music.
The Fess Parker winery released four new wines for this year’s event which included the 2011 Sierra Madre Chardonnay, 2010 Ashley’s Pinot Noir, 2011 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, and the much anticipated 2010 Crockett.
While members tasted through the new releases they had the opportunity to talk with our head winemaker Blair Fox, assistant winemaker Dave Potter, members of the Parker family, and Fess Parker sales representatives that came out from various parts of the country.
After members tasted through our lineup of new wines they were treated to a traditional Santa Maria style barbecue provided by Plemmons Catering. Tri tip, chicken, and sausage were all grilled over red oak wood and served with all the traditional accompaniments.
We were very happy to have Natalie Gelman back to the winery as our musical guest for the weekend. She sang original songs as well as a variety of covers from hits of the past. She is always a joy to listen to.
On Saturday night over release day weekend we had a special winemaker dinner in our estate barrel room for members who wanted to enjoy a special wine and food pairing dinner. Dinner was prepared by one of Santa Barbara’s most well-known restaurants, the Wine Cask.
Guests met in our VIP member lounge for a meet and greet and a chance to relax and enjoy some wine. Dinner was a 4 course menu that was specially paired with our new release wines. Throughout dinner Eli Parker, Ashley Parker Snider, winery President Tim Snider, and head Winemaker Blair Fox would talk about the wine, winery and vineyard history, and the food and wine pairings. It was definitely a night to remember.
This year’s wine club barbecue was surely one to remember and was a lot of fun. Thank you so much to all our members who attended and made it a success. Also a big thank you to Plemmons Catering, Natalie Gelman, and Wine Cask for all of your talents and contributions, and for helping make this event special. Hope to see you all back next year.