California Wine Festival Announces Dates for 2022 Events in Four Scenic Coastal Destinations


Celebrating 20 years and showcasing nearly 250 wines from over 70 wineries across the Golden State

Santa Barbara, Calif. (March 1, 2022) – The California Wine Festival is pleased to announce the 2022 calendar of iconic seaside tastings. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, each festival commemorates the vast offerings of California’s wine regions, associated with gourmet food selections from local restaurant purveyors, with live entertainment and scenic coastal views.

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Each two-day event begins with a Friday evening “Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting”, an intimate experience for dedicated wine lovers. Beginning with a sparkling wine reception, the evening features samples of hard-to-find trophy wines and features tasting room exclusives and limited-production wines from wineries based in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles , Santa Barbara, Temecula and more. Top regional chefs will serve delicious hot and cold appetizers to accompany world-class wines. Each “Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting” overlooks scenic riverside scenery.

Day two, a “Beachside Wine Festival,” a sunny daytime event facilitates culinary education and exploration through one-on-one conversations and tastings with culinary and wine talents from California’s top local wineries and restaurants. Attendees will have access to hundreds of premium California wines and regional craft beers. Delicious wines can be paired with samples of artisan cheeses, fresh cut fruits, shellfish, salads, olive oil, decadent chocolate and more. Each event will host a live band providing the ultimate soundtrack to a day of relaxing while soaking up the sun and taking in the California coastal views.

“Our goal is to showcase what California is known for: the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world and world-class wines,” Emily Kaufmann, executive director of the California Wine Festival. “At each festival, guests will have the same unparalleled experience at each of our four beachfront venues.”

In addition to promoting and celebrating the fine wines and cuisine of California, each festival aims to advance charities at each event location. Many festivals will include a silent auction during the Sunset Rare & Reserve tasting to benefit organizations such as: Sandy Feet Initiative, Surfrider Foundation of South Orange County, Golden Rule Charity and Food Bank of Santa Barbara County.


CA Wine Festival Dana Point — April 22-23, 2022

  • April 22: Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
  • April 23: Beachside Wine Festival: Sea Terrace Community Park
  • Tickets available in presale here.

CA Wine Festival Carlsbad — May 20-21, 2022

  • May 20: Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, The Gardens
  • May 21: Beachside Wine Festival: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Heron Lawn
  • Tickets available in presale here.

CA Wine Festival Santa Barbara — July 15-16, 2022

  • May 20: Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting: Chase Palm Park, Carousel House
  • May 21: Beachside Wine Festival: Chase Palm Park, Great Meadow
  • Tickets available in presale here.

CA Wine Festival Huntington Beach — November 11-12, 2022

  • November 11: Sunset Rare & Reserve Tasting: Paséa Hotel & Spa
  • November 12: Beachside Wine Festival: Paséa Hotel & Spa
  • Advance tickets will be available from March 24.

California Wine Festival is an 21+ event. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


The California Wine Festival celebrates the fine wines and culinary offerings of California. A nationally recognized series of events, the California Wine Festival aims to bring attention to California’s beautiful wines, food and landscapes. Founded in 2004 in Santa Barbara, the California Wine Festival prides itself on being one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state and strives to be a producer of green events. In 2019, 90% of festival waste was diverted from landfill. A for-profit organization with a mission to give back, the California Wine Festival has helped raise awareness and funds for local California charities including the Santa Barbara Food Bank, Surfrider Foundation, and more.


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