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Sep 05

2014

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Join Us for Champagne Dinner on 9/25

Join us for a sparkling evening as we host a four-course Champagne Dinner on September 25, featuring fine Champagnes from legendary French producers. Details and RSVP info below:

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Aug 06

2014

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Flying Goat Winemaker Dinner

We invite you to join us for our upcoming winemaker dinner featuring Flying Goat Cellars. This will be a tasty affair to remember! To RSVP, call Lori at 937-2211 ext. 104.

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Aug 01

2014

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FWT Earns Wine Spectator Award

SpectatorWe are excited to share that the Far Western Tavern has earned the prestigious 2014 Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator magazine, an honor reserved for select restaurants with exemplary wine lists.

“We are thrilled to bring the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence to the Santa Maria Valley,” says Benjamin Chanler-Laurin, our general manager and sommelier. “We have invested considerable thought, effort and expense into developing our wine list, which makes this recognition all the more gratifying.”

According to the Wine Spectator, the award is given to restaurants “whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.”

Benjamin says that the Far Western Tavern was determined to take its wine list to the next level, with active input and support from restaurant co-owners. “Some of the family members are vintners and wine collectors themselves,” he says. “They understood the significance of creating a standout wine list.”

Consequently, in mid 2013, Benjamin began implementing a refreshed vision for the wine list, simultaneously deepening the focus on local Central Coast wines while adding a broader selection of global wines. All of the wines are stored in the restaurant’s multi-level cellar, which houses more than 2,500 bottles with controls for temperature and humidity.

“We really started to emphasize Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhône varietals—wines that excel in the Santa Maria Valley and across the Central Coast,” he says. “At the same time, we wanted to offer examples of these same varietals from regions such as Burgundy and the Rhône Valley, to provide context and offer our local winemakers some international flavors to enjoy. And most important, we wanted to offer a diverse selection of affordable wines that paired well with our menu, including Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals.

Last January, Benjamin submitted the wine list to the Wine Spectator for Award of Excellence consideration. The submission process included providing details on the restaurant’s wine inventory, wine storage conditions, and wine list philosophy.

“There is no template for earning the award, and we weren’t chasing any specific criteria,” he says. “We simply wanted to create an exemplary list that fit our food and showcased our region.”

Jul 25

2014

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Upcoming Wine & Beer Dinners!

We have some events coming up in the next few months that we wanted to let you know about!

August 21, 2014  at 6 PM FLYING GOAT CELLARS WINEMAKER DINNER!
We continue our winemaker series with an exciting evening featuring the outstanding wines from Lompoc’s own Flying Goat Cellars. More information to follow

September 25, 2014 at 6 PM  CHAMPAGNE DINNER
We are raiding our Champagne cellar and pairing up a selection of special bottles with some fun and interesting courses. Stay tuned for more info!

October 23, 2014 at 6 PM BARREL HOUSE BREWING COMPANY BEER DINNER
More details to follow.

November 20, 2014 at 6 PM FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY BEER DINNER
More details to follow

Stay tuned for more details!

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May 19

2014

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Bien Nacido Winemaker Dinner on May 29

Join us for an epic winemaker dinner celebrating Bien Nacido’s 40th anniversary, featuring an inspired menu paired with special selections from this storied vineyard. Seating is limited, so RSVP today.

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May 07

2014

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Celebrate Mom with Us

We invite you to join us for a special Mother’s Day Brunch. Space is limited, so call us soon at (805) 937-2211 to make your reservation!

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Apr 16

2014

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Core Winemaker Dinner on April 24

We invite you to join us for a delicious winemaker dinner with Core Wine Company on April 24 starting at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so call us soon at (805) 937-2211 to make your reservation!

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Apr 16

2014

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Join Us for Easter Brunch

Hop into the Far Western Tavern on Easter Sunday for a scrumptious holiday brunch. Space is limited, so call us soon at (805) 937-2211 to make your reservation!

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Apr 10

2014

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Our Spring Wine Events

Here’s our latest schedule of upcoming wine events for the spring season and beyond:

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Jan 28

2014

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Join Us for Valentine’s Day

Enjoy a deliciously romantic meal with at the Far Western Tavern on Valentine’s Day. Seating is limited, so please call us today at (805) 937-2211 for reservations.

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