Here at Gainey, at the start of every New Year, we get a lot of newly engaged couples booking our winery or barn for their big day. Gainey provides the perfect blend of romance, beautiful views, manicured gardens, and of course, great wine. But there are a few things to keep in mind when planning a wedding at an estate vineyard. We talked to Kerry Lee Dickey of Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding & Events to get her professional tips on what makes for a successful winery wedding.
We now offer Signature Cellar Tastings inside the private Gainey Wine Cellar. You’ll discover exclusive selected flights of our limited production wines. We offer this option for our guests seeking a more intimate and in-depth experience for those who want to learn more about wines and take their tasting experience to another level.
Most of us know the old adage “white wine with chicken/fish, red wine with red meat” but the rules have changed for the better. A lot of wine and food pairing comes down to personal taste, but those who really know wine and food (sommeliers, wine makers, chefs) do suggest a few guidelines to follow. While there are a few commonly agreed matches of food/wine, don’t let that stop you from keeping an open mind and finding what matches work best with your palate.
The weekend is coming and you really need a vacation but you only have one day for a getaway. We invite you to come spend the day with us at Gainey Vineyard. The Santa Ynez Valley may be small, but it there is no shortage of things to do here. This ideal itinerary is filled with a balance of relaxation and adrenaline, time among nature and big-city sophistication including world-class wine and culinary delights.
Employee Spotlight: Sunny Ramirez, Event Manager—What do you most enjoy about your current job as Events Manager at Gainey? Working with all the Gainey staff, it is like a big family! If you knew you could not get hurt would you rather skydive or climb Mt. Everest? Truthfully, neither! But, if I did have a 100% guarantee I would not get hurt, I would choose to climb Mt. Everest.
Q: How many years have you worked at Gainey? A: In September it will be 9-years.
Q: How did you get into winemaking? A: When I was 18, I found out I was going to be a father and needed a job. I was living on the central coast at the time and my dad suggested I get a job in the local wine industry. In 1997, I had my first job at Fess Parker Winery. It was sometime in my second year that I caught the winemaking bug. I discovered I had aptitude for and passion for it. I can so clearly remember the day I came to realize that winemaking was what I wanted to do with my life. Almost twenty years later I am still pleased with that decision.