On the Horizon: Sunset Savor the Central Coast

The start-of-fall party is full of chef demos, farm tours, and local wines.

REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE A TEEN... and you had your favorite soccer star or rock band or actor or fictional character immortalized on a poster over your twin bed? Or maybe it was on the ceiling or the back of your door but, wherever the poster was thumbtacked, you had to have it nearby because you needed to see your FAVORITE PERSON/PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, all caps, every single day, exclamation points!!! That fire never really dies down in us, as adults, or fully goes away. In fact it's still a-ok to have such posters about, if you want to, but, very often, as we stack on the years, we start to long for a few new posters for our bedroom walls. Big lush photos of wineries we return to, again and again, and beloved beaches. And, for many Californians, Santa Margarita Ranch would qualify as bedroom poster material, since it is so dang picturesque and so well situated in the heart of the Central Coast and it is the central hub of one of the fall's most feastable soirees. It's Sunset Savor the Central Coast, as presented by Volvo, and the tour/talk/taste summit is soon to have its sixth outing from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27 at Rancho Santa Margarita and a host of ocean-close, vine-tastic destinations in the area.

THE MAIN EVENT is, well, handily enough called "The Main Event" (no forgetting that). It spreads out at the ranch on Sept. 26 and 27 and involves regional wines, meeting winemakers, a Farm to Table Stage, local brews and live tunes, and all sorts of alfresco-fun, foodie-delicious doings over a mellow early-fall day, the kind that the Central Coast seems to do really well. As for getting out/about? There are Adventure Tours that fill up -- a Clydesdale-focused jaunt to Cambria looks particularly bewitching -- and special dinners, too. Event tickets can be purchased a la carte, so if you simply want to dip into the four-dayer for an afternoon, and a single thing, that's totally jake. Truly, though: Would you have a poster of Santa Margarita Ranch in your bedroom? Like you would a favorite singer? Any Central Coast-obsessed food lover might pull out a tape measure and start measuring their wall.

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