Join Santa Barbara County’s top culinary talent for three unforgettable days of food and wine.
October 3-5, 2014
Extended stays available
The James Gang is taking over Bacara Resort & Spa – Santa Barbara’s most spectacular beachfront resort – for a legendary wine weekend on the American Riviera.
Join Bacara for this exclusive 3-day event of wine tastings, educational seminars, savory dinners, and plenty more.
Be Sure to Arrive Early on Thursday, October 2nd
For all those who join us early, enjoy a meet and greet the winemakers/owners, Toby, Lance, Claire & Ermie on Thursday. Start the entertainment early and taste Tobin James’ finest wines!
Welcome Reception – Friday, October 3rd
We’re starting the weekend with a fun-filled dinner party featuring Tobin James wine, chef tastings by Executive Chef David Reardon, cozy fire pits and a movie screening in Bacara’s own 211-seat Screening Room.
Weekend Events & Festivities – Saturday, October 4th
- $200 dining or beverage credit per stay
- $50 spa credit per stay for services at the legendary Spa at Bacara. Be sure to try the Tobin James grape-infused spa scrub
- Join the Tobin James Lounge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring free-flowing Tobin James wine and a cozy lounge atmosphere to mix and mingle
- Various wine education classes
- Oceanfront swimming pools for endless relaxation
- Direct beach access
- Guided nature walks & wellness classes with the resort’s spa experts
- Dinner reception featuring live music, free-flowing Tobin James wine and Chef Stations
- After Party featuring Tobin James wine, dessert and lounge atmosphere
Weekend Events & Festivities – Sunday, October 5th
- Breakfast Buffet in Bacara’s beautiful artistic restaurant, Miró, overlooking the ocean
- Pool party – Bacara’s pool cabanas will be converted into mini tasting rooms for Tobin James wine tasting
- Late checkout of 2 p.m.
- For those who extend their visit to include Sunday night, enjoy more wine tasting into the evening with Tobin James
Along the bluffs and beaches of California’s Gaviota coast, Bacara is a resort of stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury set on 78 acres. Guests enjoy oceanfront guestrooms and suites, three zero-edge saline pools, three restaurants, a wine tasting room, and the adjacent 18-hole golf course. Set above the calming blue waters of the Pacific, The Spa at Bacara is one of the great luxury spas with 36 treatment rooms for locally-inspired services.
- 309 spacious guest rooms
- 45 specialty suites
- 42,000 square foot spa
- State-of-the-art fitness center
- 3 zero-edge saline swimming pools
- Nearby championship golf course
- 4 Har-tru clay tennis courts
- Direct beach access
- Award-winning dining options
- Foley Food & Wine Society tasting room
About Tobin James
It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin (Toby) James, a lowly assistant winemaker at the time, asked the owner of the winery if he could have the grapes and make wine out of them for himself. The owner replied, “sure kid, knock yourself out”. A year and a half later, gold medals began pouring in for Toby’s first Zinfandel, the 1985 “Blue Moon” Zin.
After making his wines at another local winery for a few years, and tasting and selling them out of a local wine shop in town, Toby finally took the plunge and built Tobin James Cellars in 1994.
Built from the ground up on the site of an old stagecoach stop, it might seem more natural to stroll into the old-fashioned western-style saloon, place your booted foot on the brass rail of the bar and order a shot of whiskey from the bartender. However, in the Tobin James tasting room, award winning wines are poured from behind the grand, antique 1860′s Brunswick mahogany bar from Blue Eye, Missouri.
Tobin James Cellars, located 8 miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, sits among 71 acres of vineyard’s and oak dotted hills. A magnificent setting for magnificent wines! As soon as you approach, you see something unique. The wooden structures, heralded by the rotating blades of a towering water pump, have a character all their own, There is even a restored stage coach stop that is now being used as a guest house that will take your breath away. It seems everything structural is relevant of age and history.
Come visit Tobin James Cellars for a truly unique wine tasting experience, or call us for a delivery and find out for yourself why our wines are “Paso Robles in a glass”! You will see why this Paso Robles Winery is a favorite stop for locals and visitors alike.
The Winemakers — Tobin James and Lance Silver
Tobin (Toby) James grew up on a vineyard in Indiana, worked in a wine shop in Cincinnati and knew at the age of 18 that he would own a winery. He apprenticed at the Estrella River Winery, eventually being hired on full time and becoming their cellar master. From there, he headed to Eberle Winery to eventually make their wines with Gary Eberle.
When Peachy Canyon started, the owner needed a winemaker. A deal was struck so that Toby would become the founding winemaker and also have the opportunity to continue making Tobin James Cellars’ wine at the same facility. The very first wine Toby made won a spot on the coveted “top 100″ wines of the year with the Wine Spectator. Toby’s reputation continued to grow, and in 1993 decided to build his own winery on highway 46 east of Paso Robles.
Lance Silver met Tobin James in 1996 on a quest to either buy an existing winery or start a new one. The two quickly clicked, and knew that a partnership would answer both their dreams. The two make a perfect match between winemaking and business expertise.
Lance, a self confessed “certified wine snob”, brought his own touch to the Tobin James Cellars’ winemaking style, adding even more intensity and depth to the incredible lineup of wines. Awards and 90+ scores have been rolling in, and with Lance and Toby’s commitment to excellence, there is no end in sight!
Claire Silver, Lance’s wife and Toby’s “prettier” business partner, handles many of the business operations of the winery. She really enjoys connecting with tasting room guests, offering them true Paso Robles hospitality while they experience and savor Tobin James’ incredible line-up of wines.
Claire grew up in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She and Lance met while they were attending UNLV and married shortly before graduation. They moved to Whittier shortly after the birth of their twin daughters. In 1997, the Silvers moved to Paso Robles to pursue the winery business.
Monica Martin, Manager- A native Paso Roblan, Monica started with Toby when the current facility opened in 1993, and has become the heart and soul of Tobin James Cellars. Handling everything from accounts payable to Zinfandel, Monica is indispensable to the day to day management of the winery.
Guest Room Accommodations
Prices for Bacara’s two night, three day wine weekend package start at $899 per person, based on double occupancy. Package rate includes tax, gratuity, parking, hospitality service fee and listed activities. Additional meals, spa services, in-room mini bar and other guestroom charges are not included in the package rate. To extend your stay beyond two nights, a special guestroom rate of $279 is available on Thursday, October 2 or Sunday, October 5.
To extend your stay with Lance, Claire,Toby, Ermie and the James Gang beyond the two nights, a special guestroom rate of $279 is available on Thursday, October 2 and/or Sunday, October 5.
*Please note: Only two adult guests per room are allowed. Guests must be 21 years or older. Two night minimum stay required on October 3 and 4. This weekend will sell out. Advanced reservations are recommended.