Crafted on the Coast




Friday, November 2nd, 2018

The Casitas Estate
2655 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande
5:30pm--Wine Reception

The Harvest on the Coast weekend kicks off Friday, November 2nd with our "Crafted on the Coast" collaborative winemaker dinner featuring Executive Chef Heidi Hornikle of  Flora + Fauna Catering, hosted at the beautiful Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande. The "Crafted on the Coast" dinner will feature four courses paired with coastal wines from throughout SLO Wine Country.  You will also have the pleasure of dining with celebrity winemakers and exploring the terroir of SLO Wine Country. CLICK HERE for the menu for Friday's Dinner.

Flora + Fauna Catering 

Flora + Fauna Fine Food has been 20+ years in the making. After working in the Bay Area catering industry for over two decades, long time friends Heidi Hornikel and Tamara Ardron knew the time had come to breathe life into their dream. With a robust and well-developed culinary repertoire,  a fabulous sense of style and taste, (and a playful streak that has always served them well) this dynamic pair brings culinary and management expertise into California's beautiful Central Coast.


Eric Johnson, Talley Vineyards

Winemaker Eric Johnson was raised on a family farm in Los Banos, California.  He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he studied Wine and Viticulture and Agricultural Business Management.  He joined Talley Vineyards in 2007. Given his background in farming, Eric has a unique understanding of the role that the land plays in determining wine quality. “I believe that the world’s greatest wines are defined by place, as opposed to winemaking manipulation.  A great winemaker needs flair, imagination, and the inspiration of divine discontent.”

Coby Parker-Garcia, Claiborne & Churchill

A native Californian, Coby Parker-Garcia was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. Growing up working in the family garden he realized his love for agriculture, and after extensive travel to Europe and South America he knew the wine industry was his true calling.

When the opportunity to work for Claiborne & Churchill arose in 2004, Coby took on the role of assistant winemaker. Under the guidance of Clay Thompson, he learned traditional European winemaking techniques that emphasized minimal manipulation of both fruit and wine.  Today he oversees the entire wine production, their estate vineyards, and works closely with numerous vineyard managers along the Central Coast.


Kamee Knutson, Edna Valley Vineyard

A California native, Edna Valley Vineyard Winemaker Kamee Knutson is dedicated to crafting wines based on her intuition and senses that howcase the best of California’s Coast. With a degree in wine and viticulture with a concentration in enology from Cal Poly, Kamee brings a wealth of  knowledge and professional experience to Edna Valley Vineyard. She has held winemaking titles since 2006, including winemaker at Monterey Wine Company and director of winemaking for Agajanian Vineyards. “With winemaking, I get to create this product that brings people together  around the table, telling stories, sharing laughs and creating memories,” says Kamee. “My best memories are shared around a table with old friends, new friends, great food and always great wine.”
To Kamee, the art of winemaking is an ever-evolving craft and she enjoys the challenge and the collaboration needed to make each wine special.

20170717-TOL0180Frederic Delivert, Tolosa

Frederic Delivert hails from Toulouse, France, and received his master’s degree in agricultural sciences in 1995 from the Ecole Supérieure d’agriculture de Purpan (ESAP) in Toulouse.  He discovered California while getting his degree, during an internship in Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. His career path has allowed him to make wines for distinguished wineries in the Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast. He was introduced to Tolosa and Edna Valley just in time for the 2017 harvest.  He immediately perceived that the combination of Pacific influences and unique soil compositions of Edna Valley provide an incredible palette for balanced, complex and nuanced Pinot Noirs.

Stephen Dooley, Stephen Ross Cellars

Stephen Ross Dooley is the founder/winemaker/owner (1994)  of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, where he and his small crew produce two solely-owned brands, Stephen Ross and Flying Cloud; and also provide consulting and winemaking services to several custom crush clients.  Steve is a UC Davis Enology graduate with extensive winemaking experience gained in 10 years spent at Napa Valley’s Louis Martini Winery plus seven years at the Chalone Wine Group’s Edna Valley Vineyard, before launching Stephen Ross in 1994 to produce premium pinot noir and chardonnay.  Steve’s passion for winemaking began as a teenager in the basement of his mother’s house in the Minnesota River valley, fermenting all kinds of fruit. Decades later, his passion for the artistry, science and focus required for premium grape growing and winemaking continues.  His commitment to sourcing the best fruit and making the best wines possible never wanes, and has established him as an icon on California’s Central Coast.  Steve, his wife Paula, and their two children enthusiastically embrace “The SLO Life”, enjoying just about all the outside activities the coastal area has to offer.       

Don Othman, Kynsi Winery
Don Othman is widely recognized for his creation of The Bulldog Pup in 1986, a gas pressure racking wand that transfers wine from barrels without agitation or oxidation. It has revolutionized how premium wineries produce wine and has also led to a new industry-wide term for barrel racking known as "bulldogin."  He and his wife Gwen founded Kynsi in 1995 and along with their daughter Kala and son-in-law Michael, focus on cool growing varietals from renowned Central Coast vineyards. 

Bill & Trish Kesselring, Peloton Cellars

Peloton Cellars® is the creation of four longtime friends and it is our mission to create quality wines that are a pleasure to drink any night of the week and enjoy with any meal. All of our wines are from the California’s Central Coast wine region. Our winemaker, Bill Kesselring, believes that a good wine is made from the ground up. Each varietal is meticulously crafted from bud break to the barrel. 

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The Casitas Estate

Book your getaway at the Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande.  Gorgeous views of vineyards and the Santa Lucia Mountains can be enjoyed from the bocce court, pool, and lovely tree covered grounds and Infinity Lawn.  The Casitas Estate can offer you, your family, or closest friends a location that is the ultimate private, peaceful escape as your weekend lodging compound.

Additional lodging available near this event and in the heart of SLO Wine Country.  Please visit SLO Wine Lodging for a complete list of vacation rentals.