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Santa Barbara County – Wine Region of the Year & Winemaker of the Year

For the first time, Santa Barbara County has been nominated for two prestigious awards from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Wine Region of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year for Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton.

“The spotlight is beginning to shine on Santa Barbara Wine Country, and we could not be more proud,” said Alison Laslett, CEO of Santa Barbara Vintners. “Those who visit our region know they can explore wines that rival the finest in the world. We’re thrilled that more wine lovers are beginning to discover this hidden Southern California gem and experiencing the talent and passion of our wine community.”

Located less than two hours from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County is a patchwork quilt of micro-climates and terrains that make up seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). Accomplished Winemaker Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton is from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, known for its cooler climate ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. “The honor that I feel to receive this prestigious Wine Enthusiast nomination is only rivaled by that which I have felt to represent the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County for the entirety of my 30-year career,” said Brewer.

Recently, Santa Barbara Wine Country has begun to receive increased notoriety for the quality and breadth of its wines. This year, Santa Barbara Vintners received its first CDFA grant and launched a new marketing campaign entitled, “West of France. Just North of L.A.” It’s a nod to the region’s high-quality, internationally recognized wines, and the close proximity to Los Angeles. The marketing campaign has been designed specifically to share this old-world region with fast-paced Angelenos who crave a break. It also has so many varietals, one can return to Santa Barbara County again and again, having a different experience each time. Through digital advertising, media coverage and social media engagement, wine lovers in LA are discovering the bucolic wine region that lies nearby.

The region started with the establishment of the second AVA in California and the third in the US: Santa Maria Valley (1981), known for Bien Nacido, cool winds, fog and sandy soils perfect for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Santa Ynez Valley (1983) was a massive collection of climates and soils, having the most diverse winegrape plantings in the world in the 30 miles from Lake Cachuma to Lompoc. Sta. Rita Hills (2000) carved out the perfect Region 1, cool-climate area between Lompoc and the Buellton Flats. Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (2009) provides a hot, arid location with large temperature swings, perfect for Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. Ballard Canyon (2013) is a peripheral promontory with marginal climate perfect for mostly Rhone varietals. Los Olivos District (2016) was a necessary boundary that expresses the ‘core’ of the SYV AVA, containing many of the most venerable and important vineyard sources in Santa Ynez Valley (for Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Italian, French and Spanish wine varieties). Alisos Canyon (2020) was established this year and is revered for its Rhone-style varietals.

ABOUT SANTA BARBARA VINTNERS

Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class wine producing and wine grape growing region. The association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County (or sub-AVA) labeled, winery associates, vineyards, vineyard management companies, hospitality, and industry associate members. The association produces festivals and wine country weekends; educational seminars and tastings; provides information to consumers, trade, and media; and advocates for the Santa Barbara County wine and grape industry.

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Circle V Ranch Camp

David Fields, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles, operators of the Circle V Ranch Camp announced, “We are continuing to rebuild after the Whittier wildfire that burned through our camp and surrounding areas on July 8, 2017. We regret that we will not be offering 2018 summer camp sessions for more than 1.000 children from throughout Southern California. Our strong goal is to reopen in 2019.”

Circle V Ranch Camp Director Ray Lopez shared, “Our staff and volunteers are sad that Circle V is not quite ready yet to welcome back campers for our summer 2018 sessions. We are continuing to work with our rebuilding crews and look forward to opening as soon as we can in 2019. We thank everyone for their continued patience and support!”

The Whittier wildfire began on July 8, 2017, burning throughout Circle V Ranch Camp and surrounding areas. All 88 campers and 36 staff members in residence at the time were safely evacuated by heroic first responders, staff and volunteers. Circle V’s Craft Lodge and Health Lodge cabins burned to the ground, and the water treatment facility and pipes were seriously damaged. With no water, all remaining 2017 summer camp sessions were cancelled for 1,000 campers ages 7-17; and group retreat rentals were canceled until further notice. Circle V is in the process of rebuilding with a goal of reopening in 2019; donations are needed and welcomed at http://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/

More About St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles and has been located on its current site on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County across from Cachuma Lake since 1990. Each Circle V Ranch Camp summer session offers six days and five nights of traditional supervised fun for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 and campers in leadership training from ages 14-17. Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience. Campers stay in wood cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for camaraderie and fellowship. In summer 2016, the camp hosted more than 1,000 children for this time-honored experience. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. Closed since July 8, 2017, due to damage sustained during the Whittier wildfire, Circle V is in the process of rebuilding with a goal of reopening in 2019; donations are needed and welcomed at http://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center to Rebuild After Wildfire Closes Facility

~1,000 Summer Session Campers & 1,800 Retreat Center Guests Displaced Through May 2018


Santa Barbara County, California—On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Whittier wildfire began in Santa Barbara County and burned through nearby St. Vincent de Paul Circle V (Vee) Ranch Camp & Retreat Center at 2550 Highway 154 across from Cachuma Lake. The facility was founded in 1945 and has been located on 30 acres leased in the Los Padres National Forest since 1990.
 
David Fields, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, operators of Circle V Ranch Camp announced, “We are so very grateful that all 88 campers and 36 staff members present on July 8th were evacuated safely during the wildfire. However, the Craft Lodge and Health Lodge cabins burned to the ground, and our water treatment facility and pipes were seriously damaged requiring months of repairs estimated at more than $200,000. With no water, all remaining summer camp sessions had to be cancelled. The timing could not be worse since the wildfire has deprived almost 1,000 campers ages 7-16 of this positive, uplifting six day/five night experience in nature creating memories for a lifetime.”

Additionally, dozens of groups planning to stay at the Camp’s Retreat Center from September 2017 through May 2018 have been cancelled resulting in the displacement of more than 1,800 guests.
Fields emphasized, “We are cleaning up and rebuilding Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in June 2018. We thank all our guardian angels who have been so supportive throughout this incredibly challenging time. We appreciate all donations to help with this effort at our secure, online site http://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/

 

More About St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp

Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center was founded in 1945 by St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles and has been located on its current site on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County since 1990. Each Circle V Ranch Camp summer session is six days and five nights of traditional supervised fun for boys and girls ages 7 to 13 and campers in leadership training from ages 14-17. Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience. Campers stay in wood cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for camaraderie and fellowship.
In summer 2016, the camp hosted more than 1,000 children for this time-honored experience. The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $450 per child. “Camperships” (scholarship funds made by individuals and groups’ donations) are available for qualified campers. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V is available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations. For more information, visit  www.CircleVRanchCamp.org

Donations to help rebuild the camp and provide “camperships” for future summer sessions can be made online at http://svdpla.org/donate/rebuild-camp/