A DIFFERENT KIND OF WINE WEEK: If you love wine, and you live in California, here's the fact: You'll never tire of the multitude and variety of tastings and winery weeks and open houses that our many well-known wine countries offer. Never. It's simply the way it is. But, on occasion, do you mind seeing a certain grape-rich sector of the Golden State mix it up in regards to its high-profile, vino-themed weeks? We'll bet yes; it isn't commentary on not liking the traditional passport weekends, it's just a bit of variety, which wine drinkers like in life and in their libations, too. And Santa Ynez Valley is doing just that, mixing it up, from Saturday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 16: That's Wine Collectors Week around the rolling-hill, Santa Barbara-close wine country, and it puts the focus on those who seriously collect their sips for at-home enjoyment and gifts.
WHAT'S ON THE TABLE: Artiste Winery kicks things off with a reserve tasting; Avant in Buellton will offer tours to those who love to know more about labels and have their own cellars (or at least a section of the kitchen counter where bottles can be easily stacked). And there are Library Tastings -- we love that term -- at Longoria Wines. You'll want to keep in mind, collectors, that the events are clustered around both weekends, generally, and have fees. Also, Danish Days happens in Solvang from Sept. 14-16, if you'd like to add that to your wine country sojourn.