A select group of winemakers and culinary artisans from Santa Barbara County will return to Roblar Farm in Santa Ynez to celebrate the fifth annual Women Winegrowers Celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
The event, which is open to both male and female attendees, marks a return to an in-person gathering. In 2020 the event took place days before the first pandemic-induced shutdowns and in 2021 the event was held in a virtual format due to COVID restrictions.
“The fact that we can safely come together in person again is so symbolic of the triumph over what we have endured over the past two years,” said the Santa Barbara County winemaker. Karen Steinwachsmember of the all-female production team of the Women Winemakers Celebration event and co-founder of the annual celebration.
“We look forward to an engaging and welcoming afternoon with our guests at the event, and we are thrilled to let them taste the fruits of our collective labor – with us,” she added.
The outdoor charity event will include an intimate alfresco reception with wine tasting and gourmet appetizers, an event spokeswoman said, noting that this year’s celebration will feature the largest number of participating culinary artisans since the creation of the annual event.
Rounding out the afternoon, live music will be performed by Arwen Lewis and an interactive food and wine trivia game is planned, along with the popular ‘estrogen collection’ wine case drawing.
Proceeds from the fundraising event will go to benefit Central Coast Women’s Health Community Health Centers, or HCCwhich focuses on the health needs of women in medically underserved families in northern Santa Barbara County.
The event takes place in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, celebrated around the world since 1909 to highlight the achievements of working women around the world.
The spokeswoman said female lead winemakers make up about 10% of the global wine industry, while they make up at least 20% of the industry in Santa Barbara County, with that percentage continuing to grow.
Former owner of Rideau Winery and Vineyard in Solvang Iris Duplantier Rideau – the first black woman to own a winery in the United States – will be honored with the prestigious Pioneer and Legend Award in Atlanta later this month.
Proceeds from the annual Women Winegrowers Celebration are donated to a local non-profit organization of choice. This year, the Santa Barbara County Food Bank was chosen.
In an effort to support those in need this holiday season, the Women Winegrowers Collective of Santa Barbara County is hosting a virtual fundraiser…
Lisa André covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, editions of the Santa Maria Times.