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


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.



Winemaker Dinner at La Purisima Mission



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.


Rita’s Reserve Release & Art Exhibit


Saturday, February 11, 11am-4pm
Flying Goat Cellar Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A
Lompoc, CA

Winemaker Norm Yost celebrates his mother, Rita Yost, with the release of his 2014 Pinot Noir Rita’s Reserve from Bien Nacido Vineyard. Twenty-four months in barrel, this wine is a luscious full bodied expression of black cherries and cola, with hints of bacon, spice and vanilla. The savory finish shows a great potential for aging. Plan on decanting the first year or two or laying down for 5-10 years. Taste Rita’s Reserve paired with yummy treats from Central Coast Specialty Foods at the release party.

Rita Yost is an accomplished artist and her paintings are also on display at the tasting room through the end of February. “Painting outdoors is very immersing and meditative. At some point, I could enter the painting and live there in its rich color and light. That is how I could tell that the painting was done. Painting outdoors does not always produce a great painting, but [the paintings] are very special and for the painter, particularly, they recall the whole experience in a real way,” said Rita.

Norm offered Rita her first solo show in 1987, when he was winemaker at Mark West Vineyard and Winery in Russian River. She was excited and felt honored with the opportunity. She did well at the Mark West show and it encouraged her to enter other shows and paint more all the time. It was not until Rita  started painting outdoors that a whole new world opened up to her, a world more colorful and nuanced, much richer in every way. After some time of outdoor painting, she realized that her whole way of looking at the world had changed and she could see “more” — all the subtle differences in shapes, textures and all the shades of colors in the shadows. Norm later invited Rita to show some of her paintings when he first opened Flying Goat Cellars tasting room in Lompoc in 2009, where she exhibited a flower show.

In October 2016, Norm asked Rita if she would like to exhibit some of her paintings at the tasting room again. When they went to look for what those paintings might be, he picked out the small paintings that she had done on location when she was painting outdoors. She has a special attachment to these paintings because of the joy that painting them outdoors on location gave her. They are also special because many of the scenes that she painted there no longer exist – victims of gentrification. She loves that her son appreciates them as much as she does and hopes that the visitors to his tasting room enjoy them as well.

Rita Zagars Yost was born in Latvia in 1935. Her family fled to Germany after two Russian invasions in 1944. When the war was over, her family was placed in a displaced persons camp for five years. She immigrated with her mother and brother to Seattle, WA, when she was 14 and has lived in Mill Valley, CA, for the past 45 years. For 27 years she taught elementary school in Daily City, CA, where she participated in a teachers’ strike in 1971. “This strike was significant because it was the first sustained and successful teacher’s strike in the U.S., that led to teachers being able to participate in the bargaining of their contracts and it became a model for other states,” said Rita.



Burmese Days

January 27, 2017 · 0 comments

Burmese Days


After 20 days of travel, we’ve been back from Myanmar (Burma) for a week with time to reflect on our magical experiences there. The land of thousands of ancient Buddhas remains innocent, even after about 60 years of a repressive military dictatorship. We are reminded of our good fortune to live in a country that allows political dissent.

During our trip I read Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s Letters From Burma, which reveals her poignant yet fundamentally optimistic picture of her native land, and George Orwell’s Burmese Days, which chronicles the country’s rule under British colonialism. I learned that Orwell’s later novels, Animal Farm and 1984, are seen as prophetic because they mirrored Burma’s more recent history under a military dictatorship that sealed off the country from the world and launched it into abject poverty. What a surprise to find our high school classics with new meaning and 1984 back on the best seller list in January 2017.

Throughout this year we’ll share inpiration from the rich Burmese culture, including unique and tasty cuisine, Buddhist practices of wisdom and compassion, enchanting performing and visual arts, and exquisite craftsmanship, such as lacquerware, weaving, sculpture and jewelry.


Inle Lake fisherman using his leg to paddle.


Holiday Gift Packs

December 14, 2016 · 0 comments

Holiday Gift Packs


We’ve put together two gift packs ready to grab and go at the tasting room. You may also order online or over the phone at 805-736-9032. Ship by December 16 for U.S. packages and by December 19 for CA packages to arrive in time for Christmas and to get the best ground shipping rates with FedEx, UPS or GSO. Sweaters and hats for sale separately!



Duo Gift Pack $50
2011 Pinot Noir Salisbury Vineyard
2014 Pinot Gris Sierra Madre Vineyard
Purchase here!







Trio Gift Pack $90
2011 Pinot Noir Salisbury Vineyard
2013 Goat Bubbles Rosé
2014 YNOT Pinot Noir
Purchase here!


Goat Bubbles Dinner at Full of Life Flatbread

Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm

Full of Life Flatbread
225 West Bell Street
Los Alamos, CA

Don’t miss our first sparkling wine dinner, featuring all five expressions of Goat Bubbles! Winemaker Norm Yost and Chef Clark Staub partner to pair our tasty sparklers with Full of Life Flatbread seasonal culinary delights. Goat Bubbles are handmade in the méthode champenoise at our own facility in Lompoc. Celebrate the Greatest Of All Time(s) with GOAT Bubbles! Click here to purchase!



Candace McHugh Artist Reception


Saturday, October 29, 3-5pm
Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A

Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room is currently featuring an exhibit of illustrations and paintings by Lompoc artist Candace McHugh. All are invited to the reception to meet McHugh and view her artwork. The exhibit will run through November 21. Light snacks will be served and flights of sparkling wine and Pinot Noir will be available for purchase at the reception.

Candace McHugh started illustrating at a young age. As a child she drew everyday. Growing up, she spent a lot of time in Vancouver, B.C. where she was born, Saltspring Island, Lake Tahoe and the deserts of California. These places inspired her and she became very interested in the plants of each location. After moving to Lompoc in 1981, that interest led her to the Burton Mesa Chaparral. She illustrated 28 species and 32 of Jalama Beach flora for the County of Santa Barbara. She also began painting with acrylic and working in graphic design.

Presently her favorite medium is soil, seeds, rocks and plants. All of which inspire her to paint and illustrate. “The Central Coast is such a beautiful place to live and be an artist. There is inspiration everywhere,” said McHugh.

Candace McHugh painting


Harvest 2016 Wrap Up

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments

Harvest 2016 Wrap Up


harvest 2016We started harvest on July 27 with Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir for our sparkling wine and we finished on September 17 with Rio Vista Vineyard Pinot Noir for our Dijon blend. This year we sourced Pinot Noir from Ampelos Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills AVA to produce a new expression of sparkling wine that we will release in a couple of years. Ampelos is certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable in practice so we are excited about the new partnership.

Norm reports, “It seemed like it was going to be a repeat of 2015 harvest with the early pick date in July but then we had a nice cooling trend during the last couple weeks of August, which slowed things down. We’ve only pressed off a few loads of Pinot Noir so far; the wines are deep, dark, beautiful and lush.” Yummy!

The photo shows Norm Yost and Peter Work sorting fruit at Ampelos Vineyard.


Goat Gear is Here!

September 27, 2016 · 0 comments

Goat Gear is Here!


Goat Gear

Goat Gear?! That’s right. We’ve got another way to show your love for Flying Goat Cellars with a new selection of T-Shirts and Caps. The Men’s T-Shirts feature the Flying Goat logo on the back, while the Ladies T-Shirts are all about Goat Bubbles, with the playful logo bubbling up the back. We also have Caps, perfect for keeping the sun out of your eyes all year round. Come down to the Tasting Room to get your gear or call 805-736-9032!

Men’s T-Shirts: $22

Ladie’s Scoop & V Neck T-Shirts: $24

Caps: $24