Sideways in Solvang Merlot Taste-Off Chefs Revealed for 9/13/14 Charity Event


This Saturday, 9/13/14 is the Sideways in Solvang Merlot Taste-Off event from 3-6pm at Solvang Festival Theater gardens. It’s the 10th anniversary of the movie Sideways (shot on location here in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley) AND the 40th anniversary of the Solvang Festival Theater, our wondrous 700-seat outdoor venue for concerts, drama, comedy and the fast approaching Halloween Haunted House. All proceeds benefit the Theater, so imbibe with altruistic intention!

So here’s the latest—there will be some delicious food from three Solvang area chefs to accompany the merlot wines! Savor east/west fusion from Chef Budi Kazali of The Ballard Inn & Restaurant; amazing appetizers from Chef Pink (Crystal DeLongpre) of Bacon & Brine and gourmet wood-fired pizzas made on-site from Chef David Cecchini of Cecco Ristorante.

Merlot wine glassesRemember the character Miles in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways who infamously declared, “I am NOT drinking any (expletive) Merlot!”  Decide for yourself by tasting Merlots being poured by Baehner Fournier, Blackjack, Brander, Buttonwood, Carivintas, Core, Dascomb, Happy Canyon Vineyard, J. Ludlow, Lions Peak, Lucas & Lewellen, Point Concepcion, Sagebrush Annies, Sevtap and Sunstone.

This is an anniversary charity party you don’t want to miss! Tickets are only $75 per person (age 21 and over natch) and going faster than you can say Merlot so get yours now at