230 E. Victoria St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 966-7759

BYOB Wine & Dine

Current month's event: 

 West Coast Cabernet Franc & Merlot - April 27 

To learn more about our unique series & view the full 2011 schedule, see below.

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E vent Coordinator : Leslie Thomas, wine consumption specialist.  Leslie birthed this wonderful idea for SpiritLand Bistro & personally supervised the coordination of the event for over 3 years. Her work has generated many successful events and continuously helps us to reach our dream to serve the community with lots and lots of happiness! Thanks Leslie! Click HERE to watch Rosé video & learn more about Leslie's original idea.

Open Invitation to Private Chefs:  Starting from 2011, SpiritLand Bistro relinquishes the culinary honor of pairing food for our most popular BYOB event, to serve as a platform for talented private Chefs who resonate with Organic, Global and Sustainable principles. If you are interested, and are comfortable to introduce yourself through our humble restaurant to nice folks who are into healthy lifestyles, good friendship, good wine, good fun & delicious organic food, we invite you to contact Leslie HERE.

A bout BYOB
The last Wednesday of each month, you bring a wine per the theme for all to sample (no corkage), and we will prepare a gourmet organic four-course meal to match the wines!  Seating will be family-style to encourage interaction and promote a community feeling of fun.  A local winemaker will bring samples per the theme & chat between courses to give some background on the featured varietal(s) & food pairing.

Our unique wine & dine format starts at 6:30 pm with each couple (or individual) bringing a nice bottle of the theme wine (no corkage fee) to share with everyone during the first 45 minutes, complemented by the cheese course from C'est Cheese.  Getting a small taste of many wines side-by-side is a unique opportunity as well as a great mingling activity.

Then all attendees will be seated at large tables to encourage socializing for the remainder of the meal.  (Menu details & speaker for the current month can be seen by clicking the link to our current month event above.)  Additional bottles may be brought (no corkage) to share with the table.  Cost is only $50 including tax and tip.  As seating is limited, advance reservations by credit card are required.  We are usually sold out by mid-month, so reserve early!



2011 THEMES:  (click on highlighted theme to see upcoming event's menu)

January 26th            Zinfandel:  Paso Robles vs. Sonoma  -Seth Kunin (Kunin Wines)
                              Guest Chef:  John Aspra of Epicurean Cowboy Catering 

February 23rd          Italian Big Reds from Piedmont: (Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo - produced anywhere) – 
                              Megan McGrath Gates (Lucas & Lewellen)
                              Guest Chef:  John Fernandez of A Tavola!!!

March 23rd              California Syrah, session 1 - Andrew Murray (Andrew Murray Vineyards)
                              Guest Chef: Pascale Beale of Montecito Country Kitchens
March 30th              California Syrah, session 2 - Joey Gummere & Mark Crawford Horvath
(Kenneth-Crawford Wines)
                              Guest Chef: Pascale Beale of Montecito Country Kitchens
April 27th                West Coast Cabernet Franc & Merlot  – Matt Dees (Jonata Winery)
                              Guest Chef: Hether Briggs of Eat This! Mobile.Global.Cuisine

May 25th                 Cabernet Sauvignon – Fred Brander (Brander Vineyard)
June 29th                 Rosé (from around the globe) – Richard Sanford (Alma Rosa Winery)
July 27th                  SB Women of Wine – a celebration with local female winemakers
August 31st             Italian Whites (Pinot Grigio, Malvasia Bianca, Tocai Friulano,...produced anywhere) – 
                              Steve & Chrystal Clifton (Palmina Wines)
September 28th       New World Grenache (Americas & Australia) - Drake Whitcraft (Whitcraft Winery)
October 26th           California Pinot Noir, session 1 – RIck Longoria (Longoria Wines)
November 2nd           
California Pinot Noir, session 2  –  Rob Fry (Au Bon Climat Winery)     




January 27th            Spanish Reds – Louisa Lindquist (Verdad Winery)
February 24th          Super-Tuscan Blends – Peter Stolpman (Stolpman Vineyards)
March 24th              Syrah from the Americas – Rebecca Work (Ampelos Cellars)
March 31th              Syrah from the Americas – Bob, Ethan, & Luke Lindquist (Qupe Wine Cellars)
April 28th                Zinfandel: Paso Robles vs. Sonoma – Etienne Terlinden (Summerland Winery)
May 19th                 California Chardonnay – Greg Brewer (Melville, Brewer-Clifton, Diatom)
May 26th                 California Chardonnay – Brad Potter (Foley Wine Group)
June 30th                 Domestic Sparklers & French Crémants – Chris Whitcraft (Whitcraft Winery)
July 28th                  Rosé (from around the globe) – Norm Yost (Flying Goat Cellars)
August 25th             Alsatian Whites (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, & Pinot Gris) –                 
Don Schroeder (Sea Smoke Cellars, Chien Wines)
September 22nd       California vs. French Pinot Noir - Drake Whitcraft (Whitcraft Winery)
September 29th        California vs. French Pinot Noir – Joe Davis (Arcadian Wines)
October 27th            Bordeaux Blends/Meritage
(Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot, et al. produced anywhere) – John Falcone                                                (Rusack Vineyards, Falcone Family Vineyards)

2009 THEMES:

January 28th              Shiraz from Southern Hemisphere – Seth Kunin (Kunin Wines) & Martin Brown (Kalyra)
February 25th            Petite Sirah – Craig Jaffurs (Jaffurs Wine Cellars)
March 25th                Cabernet Franc vs. Merlot – Daniel & Jennifer Gehrs (Gehr Wines & Vixen Wines)
April 29th                  Italian Big Reds from Piedmont (
Barbera, Barbaresco, Barolo, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo) – 
                                          Brett Escalera (Consilience and Tre Anelli)

May 6th                     Italian Big Reds from Piedmont (
2nd session) – Steve & Crystal Clifton (Palmina)
May 27th                   Loire Valley Whites (Sauvignon Blanc/ Chenin Blanc) – Fred Brander (Brander)
June 24th                   California Sparkling Wine – Norm Yost (Flying Goat)
July 29th                    Rosé from around the world – Christian Garvin (Oreana)
August 26th              Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio/ Pinot Blanc – Richard Sanford (Alma Rosa)
September 23rd        West Coast Pinot Noir – Jeff Fink (Tantara)
September 30th        West Coast Pinot Noir – Wes Hagen (Clos Pepe)
October 28th            Rhone Blends from around the world
 – Donald Thiessen (Stacked Stone Cellars)

2008 THEMES:

February 27th           Central Coast Syrah – Antonio Gardella (Henry Wine Group)
March 26th               Sangiovese (California vs Italy) – Brett Escalera (Consilience & Tre Anelli)
April 30th                 Grenache (from around the world) – Mikael Segouin (Beckman & Kaena)
May 28th                  Red Zinfandel – Amy Freeman (Saucelito Canynon)
June 25th                 Champagne vs. Cava (France vs Spain) – Megan McGrath (Lucas & Lewellen)
July 30th                  Rosé (from around the world) – Leigh Readey (J& L Wine)
August 27th             Viognier/Roussanne/Marsanne – Dave Yates & Matt Brady (Jaffurs Wine Cellar)
September 24th        Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir – Peter Work (Ampelos)
October 6th              Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2nd Session (Monday) – Ryan Ralston (Lafond & SB Winery)
October 29th            West Coast Cabernet – Fred Brander (Brander)





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