Barrel Tasting & Luncheon 2018


Saturday, September 15
Flying Goat Cellars Winery
1251 West Laurel Ave.
Lompoc, CA

Explore the cerebral side of wine as winemaker Norm Yost guides you through the intricacies of blending barrel cooperages and Pinot Noir clones. Is blending an art or a science? Which is your clonal preference: 667 or 777? Which is your cooperage preference: Rousseau or Cadus? Join us in food for thought with our harvest barrel tasting.

Speaking of food, we’ll have smoked sausage and cheese at our Goat Bubbles sparkling wine reception. Lunch will feature smoked garlic and rosemary chicken, mixed green salad, pesta pasta salad, homemade bread and butter and dessert.

Join us in a rare opportunity to visit the winery during harvest. Enjoy the aromas of fresh fruit and fermentation underway that complement the seasonal winemaking activities. Get creative, be playful and blend your own Pinot Noir from our barrel samples.

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 to make your reservations.



California Wine Month

August 28, 2018 · 0 comments

California Wine Month



September is California Wine Month and Flying Goat will celebrate with a tribute to Santa Maria Valley AVA. Santa Maria Valley AVA was established in 1981, and is the second oldest AVA in the state after Napa Valley. Santa Maria Valley is a cool-climate wine production area famed for its quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since the 1970’s.  “Many wine critics consider Santa Maria Valley to be the heart and soul of Santa Barbara Wine Country.  The low-nutrient sandy soil, strong Pacific winds and fog, sun-kissed slopes of the ‘Tepusquet Bench’ combine to produce small vines with limited vigor, tiny clusters and a rare combination of verve and elegance in our wines,” said the Miller Family who own both Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills vineyards. We source from Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills, Dierberg and Sierra Madre in the Santa Maria Valley AVA. Both Bien Nacido and Sierra Madre vineyards are over 40 years old.

California Wine Institute is celebrating our home state and it’s world-class juice beginning with Intro to California Wines on Sept 11th.  Then, get to know California’s 138 AVAs like never before with the one-of-a-kind California Wine Appellation Specialist® program.  CWAS Online runs Sept 2 – Nov 10 and CWAS Weekly runs Sept 18 – Nov 13.  For more California Love, check out Master Sommelier David Glancy’s  California Wine Video Series on our YouTube Channel!


End of Summer Blow-Out Sale

Ends Friday, August 31!

40% Savings on all 2011 Pinot Noir Case* Purchases
Flat Rate Shipping $15/Case FedEx Ground in continental U.S.**

2011 Pinot Noir Bien NacidoVineyard = $432.00 – Purchase here
2011 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard = $331.20 -SOLD OUT
2011 Pinot Noir Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard = $345.60 -Purchase here
2011 Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard 2A = $302.40 -Purchase here
2011 Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard Dijon = $331.20 -Purchase here
2011 Pinot Noir Rio Vista 667 MAGNUM (1.5l)* = $414.00 -Purchase here

We launched Harvest 2018 this past Monday with Pinot Blanc from Sierra Madre Vineyard for Goat Bubbles Crémant. Now we need to clean out the cellar to make room for the 2018 vintage wines. Today through August 31st all 2011 Flying Goat Cellars Pinot Noirs are 40% off by the case*. Get them while they last! Purchase online (sale pricing shows up at checkout), call 805-736-9032 or email to make your order.

* A case of all 2011 Pinot Noir (750ml) is 12 bottles; A case of 2011 Pinot Noir Rio Vista 667 Magnum (1.5l) is 6 bottles.
** Some states and counties may not be available for shipping.


Celebrate Women’s Equality Day & Dog Day

Women & Dogs Make the World a Better Place

l-r: Keri Stevens and Ollie, Katie Bradbury and Ellie. The puppies are siblings.




Sunday, August 26
Flying Goat Tasting Room





Join Katie Bradbury and her puppy, Ellie, in the tasting room to celebrate National Dog Day and Women’s Equality Day! Celebrate by posting a photo of your favorite woman (famous or not) with her dog and tagging #WomenWithDogs.

Women’s Equality Day is celebrated August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was first celebrated in 1973 and is proclaimed each year by the United States President.

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26 to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption. Coincidentally, National Dog Day was founded by a woman: Colleen Paige, who is a pet & family lifestyle expert and animal advocate. 

Kate and Cooper Tandem Sea Kayaking in Trinidad, CA.


Trish Campbell Artist Reception



Saturday, August 25, 3-5pm
Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court
Lompoc, CA




Featured artist Trish Campbell says, “Art in all its mystery and beauty has always been a big part of my life. After school my brothers and sisters and I would often gather around our dining room table, and draw and write together. Both my parents were creative people, and our art brought them smiles and enhanced our family life.This is what I think art does; it enhances life, makes us human. I hope that my art enhances the lives of many viewers and brings smiles to many. Minus a class every few years, I’m mostly self-taught. I’ve learned the most I think, through scary critiques. Without critiques I find I tend to meander around and around, and so I’ve learned to gather up my courage and ask for input. My award winning work has shown in galleries, stores and a museum in Florida, as well as in galleries and stores in California. As a former President of the Lompoc Valley Art Association and current member of the Lompoc Ten Artist group, I am excited to be growing, exploring and continually learning. And so as we all journey on, I hope to interpret the beauty of the universe on my canvas in accord with the One who spoke it all into existence. I desperately need his breath to inspire me. Thank you for stopping by my exhibit.” Her artwork will be on display through September.

See images here.



Flying Goat Lands in CANADA


Our 2012 Flying Goat Cellars Pinot Noir Bassi Vineyard will soon be sold at 10 Flagship Exclusive stores in Ontario. The wine is featured in Store Discovery in LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). Release day is Sept 29th.

The LCBO is an Ontario government enterprise and one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol. Through more than 650 retail stores, catalogues, special order services and more than 210 agency stores, which provide cost effective, convenient and socially responsible access for rural consumers, the LCBO offers nearly 24,000 products annually to consumers and licensed establishments from more than 80 countries.

2012 Flying Goat Cellars Pinot Noir Bassi Vineyard will soon be featured online in Vintages here:

10 Top LCBO stores:
Ottawa-275 Rideau
Toronto- Summerhill
Toronto- Queens Quay
Toronto- Laird
Toronto- Bloor West
Toronto- Bayview
Toronto- Avenue Rd
Toronto- Manulife Centre


Wine & Fire Weekend Open House


Flying Goat is a member of Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance and we are proud to participate in the annual Wine & Fire Weekend for the Friday and Saturday evening tastings. We are also hosting an Open House on Sunday, August 19, from 11am-4pm. Winemaker Norm Yost will be pouring some of our Library Wines from Sta. Rita Hills AVA vineyards. Light snacks will also be served to complement our flights of Pinots and/or sparkling wines.

We have a nice line up of fun filled events in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto and the Sta. Rita Hills August 17-19. If you live in the area, please come by for a visit and if you’re out of town, take advantage of a last summer hurrah. Other special events that weekend are listed below:

Wine & Fire Weekend – Sta. Rita Hills AVA, August 17-19.

The Sta. Rita Hills is quickly becoming one of the hottest wine growing regions in the world. That is not due to global warming, but to the fact that what’s coming out of the Hills is some of the best cool climate wines in the world. Explore our world of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and discover the wines and people of the Sta. Rita Hills with our weekend of events. Flying Goat is pouring at the Friday and Saturday evening events.

Wine Ghetto Walk – Lompoc Wine Ghetto, August 18-19.

Lompoc’s Wine Ghetto is gearing up for Wine & Fire with Tasting Room specials, food and music. On Saturday, Point Break Pizza will be serving up some amazing local food from 12-4 pm. Also on Saturday, Lompoc local Johnathan Palomo will be providing music from 12-3 pm. On Sunday, Alice’s Abelskabels food truck will be selling their sweet n savory Abelskabels from 12-6 pm. Both food & music will be held in the picnic table area in front of Palmina Wines & Flying Goat.

National Honey Bee Day – Tasting Room, August 18, 12-3pm.

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day while tasting honey and wine at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room. Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association will have an observation hive and offer tips on backyard beekeeping, sustainable gardening and what you can do to save the bees. Children are also invited to participate in the honey tasting, which is complimentary. Join the bee buzz!



What’s the Buzz? National Honey Bee Day




Saturday, August 18, 12-3pm
Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court, Unit A
Lompoc, CA




Celebrate National Honey Bee Day while tasting honey and wine at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room. Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association will have an observation hive and offer tips on backyard beekeeping, sustainable gardening and what you can do to save the bees. Children are also invited to participate in the honey tasting, which is complimentary. Join the bee buzz!

Lompoc Valley Beekeepers Association seeks the promotion and advancement of beekeeping through best management practices, the education and mentoring of people about honey bees and beekeeping and increasing public awareness of environmental concerns affecting honey bees. LVBKA meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room, 1520 East Chestnut Court in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The association is involved in community education programs, swarm removal and mentoring new beekeepers. Membership is $10/family annually. To learn more visit

National Honey Bee Day is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. The event was started in 2009, by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned for and obtained a formal proclamation by the USDA honoring honey bees and beekeeping. The date of observation is the third Saturday of August.

A tasting flight of Flying Goat Cellars Pinots for $15/person or a flight of Goat Bubbles sparkling wine for $20/person will also be available. Flying Goat Cellars has been handcrafting vineyard designated Pinot Noir since 2000 and sparkling wine since 2005. Contact Chief Philosopher/ Proprietor Kate Griffith at 805-736-9032 with questions.


Vineyards Update May 31, 2018


After visiting my agricultural roots in Yuma, AZ, last week, I returned home with a desire to visit vineyards. So Norm, Cooper and I walked five of the seven vineyards that we source from last Friday. Clouds playfully billowed across the sky while Cooper darted throughout the vineyards and Norm inspected the vines. Cooper and I are at Dierberg Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, which we’ve been sourcing since 2001, in the photo above.

We have been experiencing cooler than normal temperatures along the Central Coast for the past month. The cooler temperatures have had a noticeable impact on the vineyards, slowing down vine growth and suggesting a longer growing season ahead. This could push harvest back by 2-3 weeks, depending on weather over the summer. “Once again, we find that ‘Mother Nature’ is in charge,” says Norm.

The overall vine health looks good, with bright green shoots and shiny leaves. Some of the vines were also undergoing the flowering stage. The small green bunches produce tiny white flowers. These white flower clusters appear on the tips of the young shoots looking like pinheads. Flowering occurs when average daily temperatures stay between 59-68 degrees, which typically takes about two weeks. Once this stage is done, the pollination and fertilization of the grapevine is complete. All of our grapes are sourced from hermaphrodite vines, with both male stamens and female ovaries. No bees are required for pollination. Watch a short video with Norm.

The Dierberg and Solomon Hills vineyards in Santa Maria Valley AVA were slightly ahead of the vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA (Rancho Santa Rosa, Rio Vista and Ampelos). The Santa Maria vineyards are further inland, compared to Sta. Rita Hills, with slightly elevated temperatures. The fog layer sits longer in the Sta. Rita Hills and contributes to the differences between the two appellations. The potential 5-10 degrees variation can influence the vine growth and flowering.

Grape vines are a far cry from the row crops and orchards that I knew during my elementary school years. Yet, all agriculture begins with earth. As terroir contributes to the various expressions of our wines, the roots of our formation contribute to who we evolve into as adults. Growing up with fertile Colorado River soil and arid desert sand in between my toes grounded me for life.


Irene Vejar Photographer Reception & Cypress Grove Cheese Tasting



Saturday, May 19, 3-5pm
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
Flying Goat Tasting Room
1520 E. Chestnut Court



Join Flying Goat Cellars at a photographer reception honoring Irene Vejar and her stunning photographs of Return to Freedom horse sanctuary. All are invited to attend the reception, which will include a Cypress Grove cheese tasting. Yummy cheeses from the famous Humboldt County creamery will be served to pair with our wines. Flights of Flying Goat Cellars Pinot and Goat Bubbles sparkling wine will be available for purchase.

Vejar says, “As a photographer, as in everyday life, I prefer to concentrate on what I find good in the world, and where better to find good than in nature? It is in the solitude of nature that I find peace and beauty.” When Vejar was introduced to the wild horses, she says her “heart filled with gratitude for having met them, but pain for what they have endured. I knew instantly that was where my focus would remain. I have come to understand their strong family bonds, their place in our world, and their desperate struggle for survival.”

Being an artist at heart, Vejar enjoys adding a bit of creativity to her photographs. Her primary goal is to use the gifts she has been given for a purpose. A purpose she hopes will stir the hearts of others. 100% of proceeds from the sale of her prints directly support the programs of Return to Freedom.

Headquartered a few miles outside of Lompoc on Jalama Road, Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to almost 400 wild horses, including 29 burros. RTF also provide a venue to educate the public about America’s wild horses and burros along with solutions to protect them in viable free ranging herds for future generations. Flying Goat Cellars is also a benefactor of Return for Freedom and invites others to learn more at