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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
Grilling meat for Summer BBQ at Margerum Winery in Buellton, CA July 18
Margerum Winery in Buellton is hosting a special summer barbecue on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The staff will be preparing side dishes to complement the main entrée: tri-tip grilled by the owner, Doug Margerum. The cost is $30 per person, including lunch and wine. You can get up to two discounted tickets for $15, if you are a wine club member. If so, log-in information is required before making any purchases. For more information, visit the Margerum Winery event page. Margerum Winery, 813 Anacapa St., Buellton, CA 93427, 805-845-8435.
July 18-19
Celebrate all things that make up the French culture at Santa Barbara's celebration of Bastille Day at Oaks Park. Guests can find escargot, onion soup, crepes, pastries and more mixed among Cajun and French Moroccan cuisine. Plates can be paired with a number of beverage options, including beer, wine, Champagne, caf&eacute au lait, Orangina and Perrier. Returning segments to this year's schedule include the Poodle & Pals Parade and Femme Fatales Drag Revue. Peruse through handcrafted jewelry or purchase French books, videos and more between shows. Attendees can also enjoy more than 40 acts of folk music, belly dancing and bands among other performances on three stages. As a dance, music, arts, crafts and travel festival all wrapped into one, it's a weekend community event that families and those seeking fun don't want to miss. For more information, visit the French Festival.

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 Santa Barbara Adventure Company, 720 Bond Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93102, 805-884-9283.
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.

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For additional information on wine events, please contact:

Renegade Wines
417 Santa Barbara St., Ste. A-6
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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