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FESTIVAL OF THE VINES 2019

Friday June 14, 2019  5:00 PM

An Evening of Wine, Food & Music at the Gainey Vineyard
Honoring 2019 Pioneer Vintner, Louis “Louie” Lucas, 2019 Pioneer Wine Family, The Gainey Family, and 2019 Pioneer Wine Maker
3690 Hwy 246, Santa Ynez, California 93460

This is a special message for winery friends of the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum:

On behalf of the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum, I want to take this opportunity to invite you to attend the 3rd Annual "Festival of the Vines" on June 14th at 5pm on the grounds of Gainey Vineyard. You won’t want to miss the Valley’s first major summer social event which marks the launch of the Museum’s new initiative to become the important repository of the history of the wine industry/community in the region since its neophyte inception in the 1960s.To celebrate the organization’s mission expansion, three special awards will be bestowed for the first time. They will be presented to individuals who are making a significant contribution to the art of winemaking and the expansion of viticulture in Santa Barbara County, which in turn, is increasing economic growth for certain segments of the Valley.

Sincerely,
Sarah Ettman-Sterner
Marketing Communications Director
Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum


Please join us as we congratulate:


            PARTNERS
    National Trust for Historic Preservation

    California Historical Society American Association of Museums

    American Association for State and Local HistoryWestern Museums Association

  California Association of Museums

 


 

Louis “Louie” Lucas, 2019 Pioneer Vintner of the Year

Louis’ vast knowledge and viticulture expertise span over 50 years, making him a sought-after speaker, consultant, and advisor. Originally from the Central Valley of California, he is one of California’s premier grape growers. He literally grew up in the business. His father, son of Croatian immigrants, was a leading table grape grower in California for decades. In 1970, he formed Tepusquet Vineyards; in the early 1970s, he worked with Jack Niven to form Edna Valley Vineyards; in the 1980s, he converted most of his vineyards from Cabernet, Merlot, and Gamay Beaujolais to Chardonnay (only keeping the Pinot Noir). He also planted another vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley of Santa Barbara County. In 1996, he joined forces with retired Judge Royce Lewellen, with two of his existing vineyards, and together, they acquired several premium wine producing properties. These vineyards are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: the Santa Maria Valley, the Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Ynez Valley, allowing them to utilize the 3 different climate zones that are unique to Santa Barbara County’s coastal climate. Louis is best described as an innovator and a master at utilizing a variety growing practices and techniques. A true raconteur, he is one of the Valley’s most respected oral historians specializing in recounting the coming of age story of wine in our region.

Dan Gainey, 2019 Pioneer Wine Family & Vineyard of the Year

Dan represents three generations of one of the first families of wine in the Santa Ynez Valley. In 1962, his grandfather and father purchased 1,800 acres of land stretching across the Eastern end of the Valley. The land initially hosted a cattle operation, vegetable, flower, fruit and hay crops. Later, 50 acres of grapevines were planted nurturing a dream of one day producing a Gainey family wine. In 1984, Dan’s father established a Spanish-style winery – designed to produce small quantities of high-quality wine – and released a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. One year later, Dan joined the family business and in 1996, purchased an additional plot of land in what would become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in western Santa Ynez Valley. There he planted 60 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and named the vineyard Evan’s Ranch after his great-grandfather. The Sta. Rita Hills proved ideally suited to those varieties, so in 2009, he planted another 50-acre parcel in this cool, maritime appellation and named it Rancho Esperanza. Dan and his wife Diane are proud that their son and daughters - the fourth generation of Gaineys in the Santa Ynez Valley - are continuing their family’s tradition of farming and winemaking in this most beautiful region of California.

Blair Fox, 2019 Pioneer Wine Maker

Dan represents three generations of one of the first families of wine in the Santa Ynez Valley. In 1962, his grandfather and father purchased 1,800 acres of land stretching across the Eastern end of the Valley. The land initially hosted a cattle operation, vegetable, flower, fruit and hay crops. Later, 50 acres of grapevines were planted nurturing a dream of one day producing a Gainey family wine. In 1984, Dan’s father established a Spanish-style winery – designed to produce small quantities of high-quality wine – and released a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. One year later, Dan joined the family business and in 1996, purchased an additional plot of land in what would become the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in western Santa Ynez Valley. There he planted 60 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah and named the vineyard Evan’s Ranch after his great-grandfather. The Sta. Rita Hills proved ideally suited to those varieties, so in 2009, he planted another 50-acre parcel in this cool, maritime appellation and named it Rancho Esperanza. Dan and his wife Diane are proud that their son and daughters - the fourth generation of Gaineys in the Santa Ynez Valley - are continuing their family’s tradition of farming and winemaking in this most beautiful region of California.

The Festival of the Vines is a fundraiser for Museum exhibits and programs; it includes a wine reception, awards ceremony, live auction, sumptuous, plated farm-to-table dinner and live entertainment under the stars.

The Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum invites you to our third-annual, summer fundraiser, Festival of The Vines. Join us at the gorgeous Gainey Vineyard on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez for wine tasting, beverages, and appetizers. Then savor a sumptuous dinner and a chance to bid on a special collection of items arranged by friends of the Museum.

Outdoor Party attire encouraged. Ranch footwear suggested.
$125 for Members ~ $150 for Non-Members

RSVP by June 3, 2019. Call the Museum at 805-688-7889 or purchase tickets below.

Fiesta In the Vines

Thank you to Gainey Vineyard for providing the venue and their wines for our cocktail reception. Thanks to Serena Hollingsworth of Pokadot Planners for the Buffet.

We extend sincere appreciation for the generosity of all our members and friends who support the long term viability and growth of our beloved Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum.

Our heartfelt gratitude for your support.

The SYVHM Board of Directors:
Joe Olla, President; Margaret Wilkinson, Ph.D., Vice-President;
Roger Hunter, Secretary; Stephen Graves, Treasurer;
Charlotte Becerra, John Copeland, James Elliott, Tina Hansen McEnroe,
Hon. LHD, Michael Haskell, Wayne Natale, Rick Oas, Kristin Reynolds,
Paul Righetti, Mark Sanchez.

Brian Stenfors, Ph.D., Executive Director

2019 WILD WEST CAMP

Summer Camp Dates
June 24-28    July 8-12    July 15-19
9 AM - 1:00 PM

Learn the ways of the Old West:

  • Learn and play like pioneer children
  • Old Fashioned crafts and games
  • Live farm animals come to visit
  • Learn about native plants
  • Special guests and a lot more

Click here for downloadable flyer

Wild West Camp - 7 – 11 yr olds
Wild West Camp - 7–11 yr olds


Email: info@santaynezmuseum.org