Marina Kitchen to Host the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance Wine Tasting & BBQ Dinner | March 30-31

March 11, 2014

Marina Kitchen at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is partnering up with the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance to host an afternoon of wine tasting and a BBQ dinner to follow on Sunday, March 30. Twenty member wineries will be on-site pouring wines, discussing the unique characteristics of wines grown in the Sta. Rita Hills American Viticultural Area, and sharing their passion for the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays produced from Sta. Rita Hills’ vineyards.

“A hallmark of Marina Kitchen’s wine program is the effort that we put into looking for wine education opportunities our guests will enjoy,” said in-house sommelier and bar manager, Joshua Orr. “After the success of our Tasting on the Terrace Series and Wine Cellar Dinners last fall, we’ve been brainstorming ideas to bring a fresh and educational tasting opportunity back to Marina Kitchen. With the Sta. Rita Hills winemakers on-site, the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance Tasting and BBQ is poised to do just that.”

Participating wineries include Zotovich Vineyards and Winery, Brewer Clifton, Flying Goat, Hitching Post, Longoria, Lafond, Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, Cold Heaven, Dragonette, Fiddlehead Cellars, Foxen, Ken Brown, Kessler – Haak, Kita, Lindley, Pali Wine Company, Liquid Farm, Rozak, Transcendence, and Zotovich, with more to be added as the event draws near.

The Sunday event features an afternoon wine tasting followed by a BBQ dinner served buffet style on the Marina Kitchen terrace overlooking the San Diego bay front. The walk-around Sta. Rita Hills Consumer Tasting starts at 3pm and lasts until 5pm. Tickets for the Consumer Tasting are $20 per person plus applicable ticketing fees. The BBQ dinner (full menu below) begins at 5:30pm and features live-action food stations, large format bottles, and several additional Sta. Rita Hills wines not available at the consumer tasting. Tickets for the dinner are $45, not including applicable ticketing fees. A combination ticket, which covers both the tasting and the dinner, is $55.00 per person—a 10-dollar discount from original ticket price. Tickets can be purchased online.

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance is also be hosting a Trade Tasting at Marina Kitchen on Monday afternoon, March 31, for members of the wine-buying trade. For additional information on the Trade Tasting, email [email protected].

Marina Kitchen is located inside the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina at 333 W Harbor Dr. For the latest details on Marina Kitchen, visit Marina Kitchen’s Facebook page. For more information on Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance, visit