Julefest Wine Walk: Tickets on Sale

The holidays are but a few months away, as is Solvang's sippable soiree.

DECEMBER DOINGS: While we're not quite ready to see the end-of-the-year holidays hit the store shelves or airwaves, we also realize, even near the last days of summer, that booking our spots at popular seasonal soirees is something that should be planned well in advance. And it is just about August, and September, when many December doings begin to sound the call that tickets are available. Julefest, Solvang's annual multi-day feast- and shop- and dance- and eat-a-ganza, spreads out grandly over the beginning and middle of the final month of the year (spreads out like jam on a pastry, if you prefer to picture the dates in Solvangian terms). There's a lot to alight upon, party-wise, but if you're over 21, and you're a maven of the Santa Ynez Valley's plentiful wines and brews, then booking your spot at the Julefest Holiday Wine and Beer Walk seems like the right course of vacation-planning action, even if it is still summer. The 2016 taste-around-town is on...

SATURDAY, DEC. 10 AND SUNDAY, DEC. 11: You'll pocket a passport, a passport that'll lead you to 13 Solvang tasting rooms. For sure, you'll get a souvenir wine glass, and, you got it, the passport covers both days. The price? It's $45. The local knowledge gained? You'll talk tannins and microclimates with a host of staffers who have the 411 on the area's viticulture. Best decide on your hotel, though, as soon as you book your ticket, as Julefest keeps the region humming (humming with carols, yes, and with bustle-y busyness, too). It's true, the holidays are trotting down the highway, in this direction, at a clip, and while we don't need to hang the Christmas lights just yet, we can begin to decide what getaway-flavored delights our December will hold.

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