In Santa Barbara, the soon-to-open Caveau Wine Bar & Merchant is hosting a tasting of local wines from the 2012 vintage with more than 50 wineries taking part, including the Ojai Vineyard, Brewer-Clifton, Sandhi and Au Bon Climat. The beauty is that it’s a futures tasting and wines will be offered at 20% off retail if purchased before they are released, i.e., in the future.
This is the same event Doug Margerum (now making wine under the Margerum Wine Company label) established at the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara when he owned that wine-centric restaurant. Caveau is now picking up the mantle.
Founded by two enormously qualified sommeliers, Eric Railsback and Brian McClintic (star of the film "Somm"), Caveau specializes in European wines — and in local Santa Barbara wineries. It's opening soon in Santa Barbara at 131 Anacapa St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting on your calendar for May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $70 and can be purchased at caveau.eventbrite.com.