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Saturday, May 16
Mer Soleil Winery

This year’s Gala is now sold out! Many thanks to all who purchased tickets.

We’re sorry if you missed out this year; we appreciate your interest. Please drop us an email at to receive advance notice of our 2016 Gala.

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Join more than forty stellar wineries pouring some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah – all from the Santa Lucia Highlands. For many of our artisan vintners, this is their one public tasting of the year.

The setting is dramatic Mer Soleil Winery, a venue not normally open to the public. The wines? Ninety-plus point, limited release gems from the likes of Morgan, Kosta Browne, Siduri, Testarossa, Roar, and Pisoni. The food this year has a distinct local flair with gourmet bites from several of the region’s best chefs, including Dyon Foster from Hahn, Todd Fisher from Tarpy’s, Tim Wood from Carmel Valley Ranch, Cal Stamenov from Bernardus Lodge, James Waller from the Monterey Plaza Hotel, and many more. There’s a rare, “big bottle” silent auction benefiting Rancho Cielo Youth Campus. And killer live music from the Mario Flores Sontet.

Need more? A “VIP SLH Experience” ticket is available that includes two pre-Gala seminars: an “Artisan Cheese Summit” and “Beyond Pinot…”  VIPs also get early admission to the main Gala tasting and auction.

SLH member wineries expected to pour at this year’s Gala include: August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Black Kite, Boekenoogen, Cattleya, Estancia, Hahn Family Wines, Hawks View, Hope & Grace, J. Lohr Highlands Bench, Joyce, Kori, Kosta Browne, La Rochelle, Loring, Mansfield – Dunne, Manzoni, McFarland, McIntyre, Mer Soleil, Miner, Miura, Mooney, Morgan, Novy, Paraiso, Pelerin, Pessagno, Pisoni / Lucia, Poppy, Prim, Puma Road, Roar, Sarah’s Vineyard, Saxon Brown, Scheid, Siduri, Tantara, Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor, and Wrath.

The SLH Gala always sells out – secure your tickets now for this special day in the Highlands…