Special Events

Special Events

Final Friday Featured Local Winemaker Series

Our popular Final Friday Featured Local Winemaker series continues on the final Friday of each month (excluding November and December). 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.

FOUR WAYS to Experience the wines of our LOCAL FEATURED WINEMAKERS throughout their designated month:

  1. By the glass
  2. As a tasting flight
  3. 20% off all three featured wines both online and in our merchant.
  4. Meet the Winemaker in person as they pour their 3 featured wines from 5:30-6:30 pm the Final Friday of EACH MONTH (excluding November and December) $25 per person. Includes small delicious bites!featured winemaker event
2018 Final Friday Guest Winemakers:


Friday, January 26th Buttonwood Winemaker, Karen Steinwach

Friday, February 23rd- Stolpman Vineyards, Jessica and Peter Stolpman

Friday, March 39th – Dieter Cronje of Presqu’ile 

Friday, April 27th – Jeff Fischer of Habit

Friday, May 25th – Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton

Friday, June 29th – Rick Longoria of Longoria

Friday, July 27th – Matt Brady of Samsara

Friday, August 24th – Chuck Carlson of Carlson Wines

Friday, September 28th- Sarah Holt Mullins of Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Friday, October 26th- Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine Company

In 2017 We had the honor of featuring the 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 

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.


Saturday, August 18th at 4:30 In the Vineyard & On the Farm in Los Olivos — SOLD OUT!

$125 per person (includes tax and gratuity)

Once again this event has sold out months before its date.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, email Shawnda Marmorstein at slm@winemerchantcafe.com.

Dine with the Winemaker, Chef, and Farmer at our annual farm-to-table event in Los Olivos. Every year owners of the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe welcome guests to their family property to share their Bernat wines and Cafe Farm for an evening of delicious local cuisine and great company.

Bernat Vineyard- Farm Dinner

This is a not for profit fundraising event for the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Communi


Featured Local Artist: Nancy Yaki “Landscapes”  On exhibit from until September 6th

Nancy’s romance with the wild began along the shores of a 57-acre lake in northern Connecticut, where she began her lifelong investigation of the movement of the elemental universe.

Restless and craving new inspiration, Nancy migrated across the continent, through the Pacific Northwest, and settled in Homer Alaska, where the wild, raw land and life resonated deeply with her artistic vision. Working as an artisanal carpenter (a skill inherited from her family) and commercial fisher-woman, Nancy simmered at the crossroads of vast nature and organic, purposeful design. Here she defined the striking, contemporary style that would become her distinctive signature throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

After 27 years in Alaska, Nancy moved to the Central Coast of California where she now finds a more playful and gentle environment to interpret. In her studio, on the road, or floating in her self-restored, vintage boat, Nancy continues to distill the essence of her surroundings into a seamless communion of nature and spirit.

  Nancy’s works have been published internationally on book covers, calendars, and greeting cards. She has been featured in periodicals such as American Artist and Art in America, and her pieces have also been used as exemplars in the textbooks Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics and AcrylicWorks – The Best of Acrylic Painting. She has earned numerous awards and honors in national and international shows.

Each artist we feature has worked in very interesting career fields that over time changed and evolved into a concentration on artistic endeavors. They have owned and operated picture frame studios and art galleries and their backgrounds have informed their art and encouraged them to give attention to their own creativity. They have much to share with those who have the opportunity to view their work.