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Corks for a Cure – Wine Tasting Tour for Charity

Corks for a Cure Wine Tasting Tour for CharityA three-day wine tasting tour in the Santa Barbara Wine Country (from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, 2011) is being organized by the nonprofit organization CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. 25 Santa Barbara wineries are taking part in the event. There is a limit of 5 wine tastings per day, but you can choose from 17 different wineries on Friday and Saturday, and 15 on Sunday – and really 5 wine tastings a day is probably the limit for most people. Most of the wineries are offering tastings on more than one day, so you should also be able to get to most or all of your favorite ones over the three days.

You can purchase a $50.00 ‘wine passport‘ for the event, billed by CureSearch thusly:

Corks for a Cure is an exciting opportunity to tour and taste the wines of sunny Santa Barbara County wineries, while contributing to the advancements in children’s cancer research. The purchase of a weekend wine passport allows you to participate in tastings at 15 of the participating wineries.

Your participation is an investment in the lives of more than 40,000 children, adolescents and young adults who are currently undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer, as well as in the 35 children who are newly diagnosed each day.

Of course, if you’d like to make an additional donation, it will gladly be accepted. The Corks for a Cure website points out all of the benefits you get from the purchase of a passport to the event.

Weekend Wine Passport Benefits:

  • Complimentary tastings at participating wineries and tasting rooms
  • Commemorative wine glass
  • Admission to the VIP Wine & Cheese Kick-Off Reception
  • Discounts at participating hotels
  • Discounts at participating restaurants
  • Discounts on wine purchases at participating wineries and tasting rooms

Corks for a Cure Wineries

The list of the 25 participating wineries (click on the image for details), from Alexander and Wayne to Zaca Mesa (literally from A to Z, as far as the names are concerned) includes a lot of absolutely stellar wineries, some of which only sell their wines by special order. Zaca Mesa, for example,  makes world-class Syrah. Actually, Zaca Mesa is not alone in that respect, it’s not difficult to find wine making stars in Santa Barbara’s Wine Country. Many of my personal favorites are included among the wineries on this list: Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards, Tensley Wines, Curtis Winery, Brander Vineyard, Lincourt Vineyards, Koehler Winery, Foley Estates and Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard, to name a few.

For more information on this event, visit the website at

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