Flying Goat Donates to Wildfire Fund

 

Paradise Ridge Winery sits destroyed in the foothills above Santa Rosa, California, in the wake of the Tubbs Fire. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

The Direct Relief wildfire emergency response efforts in Northern California has reached $28,645.09 since the campaign was launched. Thanks to all of you who already made a donation. Flying Goat Cellars is helping the cause too. For purchases of our 2011 Pinot Noir Salisbury Vineyard ($38) through October 31, we will donate $10/bottle to Direct Relief’s wildfire emergency fund. To support the cause in this way, PURCHASE NOW or call 805-736-9032.

Although Santa Barbara County is out of reach from the fires that continue to ravage Northern California, Norm started his career in Napa and Sonoma and we have many friends and colleagues there. We consider them family and are disheartened to know that this ongoing tragedy will have devastating ramifications for their local wine industry for years to come.

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation has partnered with Direct Relief to create this special fund so that 100% of donations will go to support the wildfire emergency response efforts in Northern California. For updates, read Direct Relief Blog here.

Make a donation here!

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Mario Rodriguez Photographer Reception and Exhibit

 

 

 

Veterans Day
November 11, 2-4pm
Flying Goat Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court
Lompoc Wine Ghetto

 

 

 

Flying Goat Cellars features Mario Rodriguez photography and a photographer reception on Veterans Day, November 11, from 2-4pm. Photographs will be available for viewing October 26 through the end of the year and are available for purchase at the gallery/tasting room, located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto at 1520 East Chestnut Court.

“Photography, I believe, is something unique in all of us. It embodies our individual perspectives borne from our life experiences of what and how we see the world, static or moving, colorful, or monochrome? There is truly no right or wrong, rather how our eye interprets our experiences and that is what I find so fascinating and life affirming overall about it,” said Rodriguez.

Mario Rodriguez is the fifth of six children raised by two Hispanic parents in a middle class suburb of Houston, TX. His father was a chemical engineer; his mother a homemaker and part-time employee for the City of Houston. He remembers growing up doing lots of art projects instigated by his mother, who nurtured her children’s creativity in art and music. She often played LPs of his Tia Eva’s rancheros. Tia Eva was an international singing star and perhaps the first of many artists and musicians for which his family is well known.

Rodriguez began to play the violin at age 12. Mostly self-taught, he learned to blend in and become part of the ensemble. His junior high school orchestra teacher recognized his playing-by-ear skills early enough to tailor music curriculum for him to put in extra time sight-reading to prepare for greater challenges. He auditioned for and was accepted to the Houston Youth Symphony and at age 15, the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Age 15 was a watershed year for Rodriguez and his music, but also in family tragedy when his father died suddenly. Rodriguez notes that losing a parent is something you never recover from, just slowly come to accept over time. His mother worked hard to get him back on track and convinced him to do a summer youth exchange experience in Germany. His first visit out of state and out of the country was the beginning of seeing the world with a whole new perspective. He brought his camera along!

After high school, Rodriguez went to the University of Texas in Austin but eventually dropped out and enlisted in the US Air Force. He was now a family of three and looking for a respite from doctor’s bills. He knew the military service offered both technical training and good medical benefits. After he took the general aptitude test and aced it, followed by the language skills exam, Rodriguez was on track to become a Russian translator. His career was short lived because after suffering a minor injury at the end of his first overseas tour, he learned that he had a life-threatening illness.

Rodriguez survived cancer and for physical therapy he started to explore his father’s domain of sports. He swam competitively, played tennis and especially enjoyed fencing, which had been his college passion where he achieved many victories, countless medals, and the memories and stories to accompany almost twenty years of international competition. He has always had a passion for photography too, but he says that it became more than that. Attempting to change years of embracing his competitive spirit with the eye of the spectator and finding a new “happy place,” photography became a real game changer for him.

Flying Goat Cellars www.FlyingGoatCellars.com has been handcrafting vineyard designated Pinot Noir since 2000 and sparkling wine since 2005. Winemaker/Proprietor Norm Yost has thirty seven years in the industry. For more information contact Kate Griffith, Chief Philosopher/Proprietor, at marketing@flyinggoatcellars.com or 805-737-GOAT.

 

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Wine Enthusiast Loves Us!

 

Check out these scores from Matt Kettmann’s recent blind tastings.  Call 805-736-9032 to order or purchase here!

95 points – 2013 Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard Dijon $46

94 points & Cellar Selection –  2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Rita’s Reserve ( a tribute to Norm’s mom!) $60

94 points – 2012 Pinot Noir Bassi Vineyard (formerly Salisbury Vineyard) $40

93 points – 2013 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard $46

93 points – 2013 Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard 2A $42

93 points – 2013 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills $44

see other scores below:

 

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Harvest Lunch & Barrel Tasting

 

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Juice from grapes pressed during 2016 harvest.

Saturday, September 30
11am-2pm
Flying Goat Cellars Winery
1251 West Laurel Avenue
Lompoc, CA  

Don’t miss our 2017 Harvest Lunch and Barrel Tasting. Enjoy the aromas of fresh fruit and fermentations underway that complement the seasonal winemaking activities. Winemaker Norm Yost will entertain while guests sip on 2017 barrel samples and a Wine Enthusiast high scoring wines. Norm, Kate, cellar assistant André Baltazar and winery dog Cooper invite you to get creative, blend your own Pinot Noir and be playful. The wines will be paired with a delicious lunch, offering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Wine Club Members & Guests $50/per person (discount appears at checkout); Others $70/per person. Purchase tickets here, or call 805-736-9032 or email info@flyinggoatcellars.com to make your reservations.

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Amelia Olson Artist Reception

 

Saturday, September 16, 3-5pm
Flying Goat Tasting Room
Lompoc Wine Ghetto

1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A

Painting in acrylics, Amelia Olson is drawn to abstract images, evoking emotions, movement and time. She was born in Santa Barbara in 1990, and raised in Lompoc. Amelia was exposed to artistic expressions from an early age. She was drawn to the sciences and nature from her family roots, as her father is a wildlife biologist. Hiking while exploring natural wonders has always invigorated Amelia. Creativity in the form of contemporary abstract paintings, as well as poetry, balances her expressions.

After graduating from Cabrillo High School, Amelia earned a B.S. in Environmental Science Technology and Policy and a M.S. in Applied Marine and Watershed Sciences from California State University Monterey Bay. She is currently working as a field biologist in Central California.

All are welcome to attend. Cypress Grove goat cheese will be available for tasting and flights of Flying Goat Pinots and sparkling wines will be for sale. Olson’s paintings will remain on exhibit throughout September.

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Wine & Fire 2017

 

Sta.RitaHillsWineAlliancelogoSta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance will host their annual Wine & Fire this weekend, August 18-20. We invite you to share in the magic of our Sta. Rita Hills AVA, which is only a couple of miles from Lompoc. There are still tickets available for Saturday’s Grand Tasting at La Purisima Mission. We’re also hosting an Open House on Sunday at the Tasting Room. Take advantage of our penny shipping and wine specials throughout the 3-day weekend.

On Saturday from 12-4pm, Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association is celebrating National HoneyBee Day with a demonstration hive and honey tasting at our tasting room. At the same time, Lompoc Wine Ghetto is hosting MexTaco food truck in front of our tasting room. Join in the Ghetto Walk on Sunday from 11am-4pm, where you can enjoy discounts at all participating tasting rooms.


August 18-20
Penny Shipping & Wine Specials
Flying Goat Tasting Room
1520 East Chestnut Court, Unit A
Lompoc, CA

August 19, 5-8pm
Wine & Fire Grand Tasting
La Purisima Mission Fountain
2295 Purisima Road
Lompoc, CA

August 19, 12-4pm
MexTaco Food Truck
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
1520 E. Chestnut Court
Lompoc, CA

August 19, 12-4pm
National HoneyBee Day Celebration
Flying Goat Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court
Lompoc, CA

August 20 , 11am-4pm
Ghetto Walk
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
1520 E. Chestnut Court
Lompoc, CA

August 20, 11am-4pm
Flying Goat Open House
Flying Goat Tasting Room
1520 East Chestnut Court, Unit A
Lompoc, CA

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National HoneyBee Day

 

IMG_4271August 19, 12-4pm
National HoneyBee Day
Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A
Lompoc, CA

Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association will host another National HoneyBee Day at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room in Lompoc. The 2017 theme is “For A Natural High: Smoke Some Bees!” LVBA members will be on hand to offer local expertise on beekeeping, a peak into the life of bees with an observation hive and honey tasting. Don’t miss the fun! Children of all ages are welcome.

 

 

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Nancy Yaki Artist Reception & Exhibit
“Ten Years in the Making”

 

Nancy Yaki

Figueroa Mountain Poppies. 12″ x 16″.

Saturday, June 17, 2-4pm
Flying Goat Tasting Room
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A

Join us in celebrating “Ten Years in the Making” a retrospective look into a decade of creative change by Nancy Yaki. To behold the art of Nancy Yaki is to experience a moment captured from a lifelong, far-reaching journey. Born of a New World union of Native American and French-Canadian, Nancy’s artistic spirit is infused with the regeneration of nature and keen, animistic perception. Nancy received national acclaim while still in high school, receiving the prestigious Scholastic Arts Gold Medal for excellence in acrylic painting.

After attending Wesleyan University’s CCY program and enrolling at the Paier School of Art, Nancy traveled extensively, absorbing both humanity and nature. Her adventures took her to Africa, Eurasia, the Mediterranean, Peru and Haiti (both during civil wars). She found a new home in Alaska where the wild, raw land and life resonated with her art. Working as a commercial fisher-woman and carpenter (a skill she inherited from her family), Nancy simmered at the intersection of vast nature and organic, purposeful design. Here she began to define the striking, contemporary style that became her well-known signature throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Never content to repeat herself, Nancy morphs quickly through media and ideas. Her body of work ranges from photorealistic detail to bold non-representation, representing an evolution of over three decades as a professional artist.

Nancy’s works have been internationally published on book covers, in calendars, date books, and greeting cards, and have also been selected to appear in many periodicals including American Artist and Art in America. 

Nancy was awarded 2nd place from the International Society of Acrylic Painters, and a Merit Award from the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society for her piece titled, “El Capitan State Park.” Her painting “Moss Cove” has been selected for publication in North Light Books’ first annual AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic competition. Her piece, “Canopy of Halos,” was the top choice for Syracuse Cultural Workers 2013 publications, and she was a finalist in the landscape division of 2011, 28th Annual International Art Competition held by The Artist’s Magazine. Check out Nancy’s website at http://www.nancyaki.com/portfolios.htm

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Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend

 

ghettowalkgraphicsWOW! There is a lot going on this weekend so be sure to include Flying Goat Cellars in your plans! Our annual winemaker dinner at La Purisima Mission is on Friday. On Saturday, Norm will pour a selection of our Pinots and sparkling wines at the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend Grand Tasting at River Park in Buellton. For those of you who want to escape the crowd, visit Kate in the Tasting Room for some serious wine tasting. On Sunday, we’ll host an Open House with tasty treats at the Tasting Room and we’ll participate in the Ghetto Walk with special wine offers. Norm, Kate and Cooper will all be in the Tasting Room on Sunday so the entertainment value will be high.

 

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Winemaker Dinner at La Purisima Mission

 

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Friday, April 21, 2017
6:00pm – 9:30pm
La Purisima Mission
2295 Purisima Road
Lompoc, CA 93436

Reserve your seats here!

Join us for a memorable evening at La Purisima Mission hosted by Winemaker Norm Yost and Restauranteur Mitchell Sjerven. This will be the eighth year that the duo team up to bring an exceptional dining experience in the romantic, rustic setting of the mission. It’s our eleventh annual dinner at the mission and a few guests have attended very year.

Our featured chef is Greg Murphy of bouchon Santa Barbara, who enjoys finding the essence of his cooking style in local and sustainable ingredients. Norm will pour Goat Bubbles sparkling wine in the mission garden, followed by a flight of our finest wines in the nearby dining room seating 40 guests. There is an adjacent private dining room seating 10-12 guests that is also available.

Tickets are $150 (plus tax) for Wine Club Members and guests. $175 (plus tax) for non-club members. Please reserve your seats here or call 805-736-9032 to make your reservations.

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