Harvest in the Ghetto

October 1, 2018 · 0 comments

Harvest in the Ghetto


Saturday & Sunday, October 6-7
Lompoc Wine Ghetto

The Lompoc Wine Alliance is hosting its annual “Harvest in the Wine Ghetto” celebration the first weekend of October. Visitors will enjoy grape stomping, a scarecrow contest, live music by The Story, a raffle for wine swag, barrel tasting, tasting room specials and more!

Come by and taste a special vertical flight of our Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard Dijon vintages 2011-2014. We promise a treat, not a trick!

Located just one block North of the Hwy 1 and Hwy 246 intersection, the Wine Ghetto is home to nearly 30 small-production tasting rooms and wineries and is the largest collection of urban wineries in Santa Barbara County. For more details click here.

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
BBQ in the Stix food truck located in the picnic area.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Live Music by The Story in the picnic area.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Scarecrow Contest voting in the picnic area.
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
EC Pizza Brothers food truck, hosted by Ave Winery and located in the Sta. Rita. Hills Wine Center parking lot.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Oct 7)
Glass Creature Scavenger Hunt – clue sheets available at Barclay’s Glassblowing Studio.
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Grape Stomp in the picnic area.
4:00 PM
Wine Swag Raffle in the picnic area.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Crave Mini Donuts food truck located in the picnic area.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Island Mix food truck, hosted by Montermar and located in the East Chestnut Court cul-de-sac.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Scott’s Dogs & Catering, hosted by Ave Winery and located in the Sta. Rita. Hills Wine Center parking lot.
1:00 PM
Scarecrow Contest trophy awarded to winning tasting room.


In Honor of The Widow

September 29, 2018 · 0 comments

In Honor of The Widow


We are celebrating The Widow Clicquot  with the October Club Celebrate release of our 2016 Goat Bubbles Rosé. Join us for our pick-up party this Saturday, September 29, from 4-6pm at the tasting room or receive your bubbles shipment next week. If you are not a member of Club Celebrate (dedicated to Goat Bubbles), there is still time to join here or call 805-736-9032. Members of our Philosophers Club (dedicated to single vineyard Pinot Noirs) will be tasting our new release Pinots so everyone has something to toast!

This is the 10-anniversary of The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, a New York Times Bestseller by Dr. Tilar J. Mazzeo. I highly recommend it as a fascinating read about Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, the visionary young widow who built the legendary champagne empire and became a successful businesswoman, long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling.  Exactly 200 years ago, Madame Clicquot innovated and completely re-created the rosé champagne of the time.


WINE & WISDOM a Socrates Salon

On Pleasure

Friday, September 21, 5 – 7 pm
Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room, 1520 East Chestnut Ct., Lompoc
$40 (limited seating – reservations required)
Includes: Flying Goat Wine & Cha Cha Cooking Club hors d’oeuvres par excellence

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
Leonardo da Vinci

Join Joe White and friends to indulge this noblest pleasure in understanding the nature and value of pleasure. Our dialogue will take us from Epicurus (340- 270 B.C.), founder of Hedonism, to the modern Hedonic Calculus, as first articulated by Jeremy Bentham (1748 -1832 A.D.).

“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereigns, pain and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do.”                 Jeremy Bentham

Do you agree or disagree? Let’s talk. See you Sept. 21!

Joe White, Philosopher, is former Philosophy Department Chair and Professor Emeritus Santa Barbara City College. (#1 Community College in USA and possibly the world!!) 2015 US Professor of the Year nominee, 1997 SBCC Faculty Lecturer, RateMyProfessors.com 4.2 quality rating with 86% hoping to take a class with him again! Joe is also Ambassador and special event pourer for Flying Goat Cellars. He has been retired for a year and by popular demand has decided to launch a Socrates Salon. 

“Most people pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.”
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

Take the time to enjoy a glass of wine, a bit of food, and a couple hours of smart talk. All served up with humor & humility.

On-Line Reservations: ChaChaCookingClub.com

Cha Cha Cooking Club  1 (805) 451-3414



Wine Enthusiast Loves Us!

September 13, 2018 · 0 comments

Wine Enthusiast Loves Us!



Wine Enthusiast published some nice
scores for us in the October 2018 issue.
We are in great company.

Other recent WE ratings include:

93   2015 Goat Bubbles Blanc de Noirs,
Bien Nacido Vineyard, $60

92   2015 Goat Bubbles Crémant,
Sierra Madre Vineyard, $40

90   2014 Flying Goat Cellars, Rio Vista
Vineyard 2A, $44

Purchase wines here.


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 info@flyinggoatcellars.com 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 info@flyinggoatcellars.com 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