Our popular Featured Local Winemaker series continues! A great way to get turned on to wines you haven’t tried and to learn more about the wines and winemakers you may have already been acquainted with. Check out our interviews and blogs!
Enjoy the benefits of our Monthly Featured Local Wines:
By the glass – As a tasting flight – And stock up with 20% off all three monthly featured wines
We had the privilege of featuring these following local winemakers and their incredible wines (follow links to our blog to discover more about each of these winemakers): Michael Larner of Larner Vineyard and Winery– Ryan Carr of Carr Winery – David Delaski of Solminer – Dick Dore of Foxen Vineyard & Winery – Eric Mohseni of Zaca Mesa Winery – Garrett Gamache of Ground Truth – Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat – Bion Rice of Sunstone Winery – Ernst Storm of Storm Wines – Karen Steinwach Buttonwood Winemaker – Jessica and Peter Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards – Dieter Cronje of Presqu’ile – Jeff Fischer of Habit – Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton – Rick Longoria of Longoria – Matt Brady of Samsara – Chuck Carlson of Carlson Wines – Sarah Holt Mullins of Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Company
Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) or sign up to our email list to be the first to know when we close our doors for exclusive local winemaker dinners— a few of our past winemaker dinners have featured: Wes Hagen of J.Wilkes (formerly Clos Pepe), Dick Dore and Bill Wathen of Foxen Wines, Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat, and Bob Lindquist of Qupé.
We are blessed to be among breathtaking vineyards and numerous farms and ranches, but Santa Barbara Wine Country is also home to an abundance of talented artists. We have the pleasure of hosting the work from many of these artists at the Los Olivos Café.
From March 7th to May 9th Floyd and Barbara Snyder combine their talents to bring us their art show “Peach and Tranquility.” Their art is available for purchase.
Floyd was born and raised in the north woods of Wisconsin where he learned a great appreciation for the vast and alluring outdoors and all wonders and color in nature. He made his way to California when he volunteered for the military. He is a Vietnam era veteran having served in the United States Air Force. He is also proud to have served as a communication specialist on the USNS Mercury, a tracking ship that worked on the Apollo moon landing. The highlight of that experience was actually getting to hear the live discussion of the astronauts and mission control. Having the experience of discovering California and working on the Apollo moon landing tracking ship located in and around Australia, opened a whole new world and broadened his horizons.
Floyd having met his wife, Barbara, in Santa Maria, California, settled down in the Central Coast after his tour of duty and saw a whole new world of the bounties of nature. For over 25 years Floyd operated three picture frame studios and art galleries in the Santa Maria area. It was during that time when he started taking photography seriously. He originally started framing his work only to serve as samples of what kinds of framing could be done, and it just took off from there. In his own words, “I was pleasantly surprised when those samples started selling. That encouraged both my wife and me to enroll in photography classes, and we started framing and selling more of our own work.”
“I try not to take things too seriously and especially taking photographs. I shoot things that I think are interesting to me at the time but may not make much sense to anyone else. That’s okay with me. If you see something you like and want to buy one of my images, I sure appreciate it and that part I do take seriously. But mostly I am just sharing images, things I see and hope that others too will see the natural beauty in them.”
Barbara has always lived on the Central Coast of California. As a California native, she has always felt the allure of the abundant variety of natural features offered in her home state. Born in Santa Maria, Barbara graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as a history major, English minor. She earned her Master’s degree in education from the same university and began a teaching and school site administrator career that spanned over 3 decades. During that time photography became an important part of her and her husband’s lives.
Whether it be seascapes, vineyards, desert, mountains, forest and all that in between, the pursuit of “fresh, natural and serene” subjects and scenes have inspired Barbara’s work. Barbara’s work offers a simplistic, rich view of life. She and her husband, Floyd, have endeavored to bring otherwise little-noticed scenes to the public eye. Barbara and Floyd have brought the peace and tranquility of nature into many homes. The images that the Snyder’s have tried to capture hold the viewer’s attention with the sheer beauty and visual appeal that provides the lyrical commentary of nature’s many gifts.