by Gabe Saglie, Senior Editor, Travelzoo
July 7, 2017
Going on its
fifth year, the Sip N' Swirl summer series at Santa Barbara's Canary Hotel is a local’s favorite, where
the focus is squarely on the wine.
“It’s a social environment where people come
taste wine and have fun but also network with other like-minded people who are
interested in all things Santa Barbara wine,” says Marc Simonetti, assistant GM
at the hotel’s Finch & Fork restaurant. To that end, five wineries are
featured each month; stalwarts like Zaca Mesa and newbies like Lavender Oak
have already poured this summer. There’s the occasional special treat, too.
“Last month’s tasting coincided with the hotel’s Negroni Week, so everybody
finished off with a Negroni nightcap,” says Simonetti.
Good luck, though,
focusing on what’s in your glass. Sip N' Swirl takes place on the Canary’s
rooftop, famously one of the best vantage points in Santa Barbara. The views of
the ocean, the mountains and the hotel’s myriad red tile-roofed neighbors,
especially as the day dwindles, are breathtaking. Live music and gourmet
cheeses come standard.
The three remaining Sip N' Swirl events are all on a
Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm: July 19
(Larner and Babcock are pouring), August 16 and September 20. $35 at
The Canary and Finch & Fork are part of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.