Santa Ynez Valley Summer Classic

Event co-chairs Karen Johnson and Peter Wright invite the community to the 2021 Santa Ynez Valley Summer Classic on August 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. outdoors on the beautiful, shaded grounds of St. Mark’s Church, located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue in Los Olivos. Funds raised at this annual event support and expand community service projects benefitting the Santa Ynez Valley and the larger Santa Barbara County region.

The Summer Classic will include top-flight local wines, ales, and ciders, and a stellar meal created by Chef Jake O. Francis and the Valley Piggery team. This year’s wine sponsors include Fiddlehead Cellars, Stars and Dust, and Fess Parker. Accompanied by live music from the band CINCOPATE, the silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. It includes beautiful finds from top area merchants, art, recreation, food, and wine, representing our finest vintners and vineyards. One special package, “Women Who Crush,” combines the talents of our creative women vintners. Art and art classes by Chris Chapman and John Iwerks offer the talents of highly regarded and sought-after regional artists.

Noted auctioneer Ken Hollister will wield the gavel for the live auction that includes outstanding wines, art, estate jewelry, and unique experiences, including “Ken Brown’s University of Zaca Mesa” a magnificent salute in multiple magnums to famed vintner, the late Jim Clendenen. These wines were donated by those in his close circle, including Au Bon Climat, Lindquist Family Wines, Ken Brown Wines, Ojai Valley Wines, and others. Live auction bidders will also have a chance to secure seats at the first-ever “Community Kitchen Cabaret” combining the work of gifted area chefs and talented singers in a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed culinary and entertainment extravaganza in the autumn. Also, a successful live bidder will be able to invite 20 guests on a coastal sightseeing trip on the largest motor yacht in Santa Barbara Harbor, the 90-foot Torqua, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and fine wines.

Reservations are required and may be made by visiting or by calling 805-325-9280. The suggested donation is $100 per person (down from $150 in previous years), but everyone can choose a reservation donation of any amount that will work for them. The idea is to enable all friends and neighbors to come together for this exceptional evening of caring for our Santa Ynez Valley community in these uncertain times.

VALLEY VINO: The Santa Ynez Valley Summer Classic benefit set outdoors for Saturday, August 28, 2021, features alfresco dining, top-flight wines, silent and live auctions with tempting lifestyle packages, experiences, and entertainment (pictures from previous years attached). Reservations required. Reserve your seat now at or 805-325-9280. Courtesy photos

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