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Sept. 23: Top-Tier Wines, Spirits, Beer, Dinner, Auctions, & Fun

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) is delighted to announce the return of Taste of the Vine on Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. 

Taste of the Vine is SDRI’s signature fundraising event, now in its fifteenth year. This year’s in-person experience will be better than ever, bringing together eighteen excellent wineries, a brewery, a distillery, and a coffee company—all locally-owned in Santa Barbara County. What else is new this year? A sit-down dinner prepared by Duo Catering, and a live auction, held outdoors in the museum’s courtyard in the heart of Santa Barbara’s historic district. SDRI will also be offering non-alcoholic wine for the first time.

The following purveyors will pour during the two-hour tasting: Camins 2 Dreams; Chanin Wines; the Central Coast Group Project; Cutler’s Artisan Spirits; GoGi Wines; Grimm’s Bluff; Hand on Heart Wine; The Hilt Estate; Kimsey Vineyard; LaBarge Winery; Lepiane Wines; Lindquist Family Wines; Native9 Wine; Paul Lato Wines; Rusack Vineyards; Storm Wines; Two Wolves Wines; Validation Ale; Vega Vineyard & Farm; Verdad Wine Cellars; and Zaca Coffee.

To plan this special event, SDRI is working with Joy Full Events, a premiere event planning firm, and a committee of dedicated volunteers: Wendy Thies Sell, co-chair; Tamara Free, co-chair; Judy Anticouni; Joan Arnold; Sydney Bush; Phil Carpenter; Deborah David; Marina Delio; Katie DeWitt; Elena Engel; Deb Gibson; Connie Gillies; Mike Karmelich; Christy Madden; Christian Menard; Sherrill O’Neill; and Natalie Rowe.

For sponsorship information or to donate to Taste of the Vine, please contact Kara at or (805) 682-7640 ext. 246.

Taste of the Vine is an important fundraiser for SDRI. It helps SDRI continue their mission of improving the health and quality of life for people impacted by diabetes, both locally and globally. Today, over 37 million people are living with diabetes in the U.S. and 370 million worldwide. SDRI has made significant advances in research, education, care, pediatrics, and pregnancy since our founding 79 years ago by American medical pioneer Dr. William Sansum.