A contingent of Santa Barbara County winemakers — all parents of current students or graduates of The Family School — will debut a new wine, TFS Legacy II Cuvée, during back-to-back events in April. All case sales of the Rhone-style blend will benefit the Los Olivos school, founded in 1974 on Figueroa Mountain Road. The wine will sell for $500 per case.
The group of winemakers includes Andrew Murray (Andrew Murray Vineyards); Bob Lindquist (Qupe); Bion Rice (Sunstone and Artiste wineries); Frank Ostini (Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines); Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat); Joey Tensley (Tensley Wines); John Wright (Standing Sun Wines); Ken Brown (Ken Brown Wines); Larry Schaffer (Tercero Wines); Mark Horvath (Crawford Family Wines); Morgan Clendenen (Cold Heaven Cellars); and Steve Beckmen (Beckmen Vineyards), said publicist Sao Anash of Muse Management.
The cuvée will be launched during the "Bounty of the Valley" dinner on Saturday, April 26, at the Villa at Sunstone Winery. The Villa is an Old World architectural masterpiece constructed from reclaimed materials from Beaune and Normandy, and wood beams and roof tiles reclaimed from a 19th century lavender factory, once owned by Queen Victoria.
Completed in 2004, the Villa was built from artifacts and materials recovered from buildings and rural villages selected by the founders of Sunstone, Fred and Linda Rice, during the couple's numerous trips to quarries and reclamation yards.
Saturday dinner: "Bounty of the Valley," 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Villa, Sunstone Winery. The evening opens with hors d'oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Chef Stephanie Valentine will prepare a multicourse meal designed to showcase the wine, and other local chefs will compete to made the best slider. Wine tasting and music by The Molly Ringwald Project will also be featured. Tickets: $75 per person.
Friday, April 25, dinner: Food and wine aficionados seeking a once-in-a-lifetime event can attend a wine dinner in the Villa's underground cave, to be hosted by the winemakers behind TFS Legacy II Cuvée. Tickets: $1,000 per person; fee includes six bottles of the cuvée.
Special package: Dinner in La Cav Friday evening, followed by an overnight stay in one of the Villa's five luxurious suites, private tour of the Santa Ynez Valley Saturday, tickets for two to Saturday's "Bounty of the Valley" and a case of the wine. Tickets: $5,000 per couple.
Rarely open to the public, the Villa includes five master suites, each with a private bath; eight fireplaces, a billiard room and many terraces and patios with mountain and vineyard views.
Tickets are available only at www.syvfamilyschool.org