July 16-18 Add the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara to your calendar of summer activities to enjoy. On opening night, there will be the themed event Old Spanish Nights, and going into the weekend there will be various wine seminars and tastings. On the final day, attend the Beachside Wine Festival to sip on fine wines by the sea. For more information, visit californiawinefestival.com
Ongoing A unique new tour of the Santa Barbara wine country combines wine and cupcakes. And not just any cupcakes. Favorites include chocolate blackberry Syrah and pomegranate mango Chardonnay. Three tasting rooms, six mini cupcakes and a deli-style lunch are included in the guided tour. The cost is $130 per person; discount rates are available for groups. For more information, visit www.sbadventureco.com. Santa Barbara Adventure Company, 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93102, 805-884-9283.
Wednesdays Cafe Firenze presents Wednesday Night Wine Tastings every week from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Patrons can enjoy a different winery each time, including local favorites such as Opolo, Cantara Cellars, Rancho Ventavo and Carina Cellars. Italian wines from the restaurant's private wine list are featured on the last Wednesday of the month. Wine flights are $10, and a special "Taste of Firenze" wine bar menu is available in addition to the regular menu. Cafe Firenze, 563 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021, 805-532-0048.
Thursdays Every Thursday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Corks n' Crowns in Santa Barbara, patrons can pair local wines and craft beers with topnotch gourmet pizzas --- organically made by Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos and baked in house. Corks 'n Crowns, 32 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805-845-8700.