Celebration of Harvest

October 1, 2018 · 0 comments

Celebration of Harvest





With harvest in full swing, Santa Barbara Vintners designated October 12-14 “Celebration of Harvest Weekend.” Check out the three days of special wine and food events taking place throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country here. Come by Flying Goat Cellars Tasting Room any time over the weekend and taste a special flight of our Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard Dijon vintages 2011-2014. We promise a treat, not a trick!



October 12-14
Celebration of Harvest Weekend 
Santa Barbara County

October 13, 12-3pm
Wine & Seafood Paring
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara, CA

October 13, 8pm
Somm 3 Screening & Wine Tasting
Solvang Festival Theater
Solvang, CA

October 14, 11am-4pm
Open House with Norm Yost pouring vertical flight of Pinot Noir Rio Vista Vineyard Dijon
Flying Goat Tasting Room
Lompoc, CA


Somm 3 Screening & Wine Tasting



Saturday, October 13, 8pm
Solvang Festival Theater
420 Second St.
Solvang, CA

A highlight of the Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest weekend is the first public premiere of SOMM 3, the latest addition to the successful SOMM film franchise. This premiere will take place on Saturday, October 13th at 8pm under the stars, in the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street, Solvang. After the film screening, a Q&A will follow with cast members and Producer Jackson Myers. Flying Goat Cellars will be pouring our wine after the screening.

SOMM 3 is the highly anticipated follow-up to the influential films SOMM and its sequel SOMM: Into the Bottle. Like the previous two films, SOMM 3 has unprecedented access to the highest levels of the wine world.

While three of the greatest legends of wine meet in Paris to drink the rarest bottles of their careers, the best blind tasters in the world gather in New York City to settle an age-old argument about wine. In the end, the past and present slam into each other and the results could change the world of wine forever. The all-star cast includes some of the wine world’s most respected figures including Steven Spurrier, the man responsible for staging the 1976 “Judgment of Paris,” wine critic Jancis Robinson MW, renowned Master Sommelier Fred Dame, as well as Santa Barbara County’s own Rajat Parr, Partner/Proprietor of Sandhi and Domaine de la Côte.

Purchase tickets here.


Wine & Seafood Pairing



Saturday, October 13, 12-3pm
113 Harbor Way, Suite 190
Santa Barbara, CA


Santa Barbara Maritime Museum hosts a wine and seafood pairing during the Harbor Seafood Festival. What a lovely venue to indulge in some of your favorite local seafood. Flying Goat wines will be there to delight your palate too! Purchase tickets here.


Bread & Roses

October 1, 2018 · 0 comments

Bread & Roses



Saturday, October 6, 2018
3:00-7:00 PM
QAD Headquarters
100 Innovation Place
Top of Ortega Hill in Summerland

Your favorite community auction and dinner is turning 25 this year! Join The Fund for Santa Barbara as we celebrate a quarter century of Bread & Roses. Flying Goat Cellars is a sponsor again this year. Purchase tickets here.

The idea of “Bread and Roses” is part of a historical tradition that began with the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile workers’ strike of 1912. Since that time, “Bread and Roses” has served as a slogan for many progressive struggles in the United States. For the most part, “Bread” has represented a living wage and “Roses” has referred to workers’ desire for dignity and respect.

On January 12, 1912 nearly 25,000 textile workers – mostly immigrant women – left the mills and poured into the streets of Lawrence, Massachusetts. After three months, the strike ended in a victory – with wage increases in mill towns throughout New England. The strike changed the face of both the labor and feminist movements. It was the first major labor action in U.S. history that was led by women, and for the first time there was a conscious effort to unite workers of all nationalities. Every union meeting was translated into 25 different languages.

It is in this spirit of collective action and coalition-building that the Fund for Santa Barbara continues to support grassroots activists and community organizations working for social, economic, environmental and political change.

Twenty-five years ago, Gale Goldberg and Wendy Kout conceived of what started as “Bread &” and blossomed into the FUND’s most important fundraiser, “Bread & Roses.” Without the critical volunteer leadership of Kathleen & Don Scott and Denise Eschardies, this event simply would not have become what is is now: the largest, most fun, most accessible and most successful progressive fundraising event on the Central Coast. The FUND expresses its deep gratitude to those extraordinary supporters who have collectively given over 75 years of volunteer service to this event – and to the hundreds of individuals who have shared their unique talents, time and dedication to making “Bread & Roses” so dearly exceptional.

Dinner: Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring a gourmet meal from your favorite Santa Barbara County restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Silent Auction: Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Travel, dining, wine, adventures and more.

Live Auction: Begins at 5:15 p.m.


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!