Summer Sips: So this Plant Walks into a Bar...

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Matt Kay

Location: Blakesley Library

Limited spaces left. Please register at the door.

Explore the the fascinating botany behind fermenting beverages

Although mostly botanical in perspective, the journey will interweave colorful elements of history, geography, anthropology, biochemistry (just a little!), and culture on a global tour of the human pursuit of fermented respite from the daily grind. The lecture will be followed by a garden walk that explores fermentations made with native plants.

Dr. Matt Kay

Dr. Matt KayMatt Kay grew up in Santa Barbara, where he developed a love for biology and natural history. This led to biology degrees from the University of Oregon (BS and MS), and a PhD from UCSB. Matt teaches botany and biology at SBCC.

August 20 Winery Sponsor

Riverbench Vineyard & WineryThanks to Riverbench Vineyard & Winery for sponsoring this month's Summer Sips.

Owners: 4 local families from Santa Maria
2 Locations: Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria
(805) 937-8340
Riverbench Santa Barbara, 137 Anacapa St. Suite C, Santa Barbara
(805) 324-4100

  • The Riverbench vineyards were planted in 1973
  • They not only harvest their own grapes, but sell grapes to local wineries.
  • Continuing their hard work making wines in spired by Champagne, France, Riverbench added the third great grape varietal famous in that area, Pinot Meunier, to their vineyard in 2015.

Summer Sips Series Sponsor

Whole Foods Market logo

Thanks to Whole Foods for sponsoring this year's Summer Sips Series.

Each lecture will include a unique tasting menu showcasing Whole Foods' new selections that pair well with the wine being poured and match the theme of that evening's lecture.

2016 Summer Sips: Wine & Cheese botanical lecture series

Purchase a series pass for a discount

Each lecture begins with delicious appetizers, a wine tasting, and conversation with one of our local sponsoring vintners in the Garden’s Courtyard. 

  • Lectures are held in the Blaksley Library
  • Attendance is limited, please reserve early
  • Consider introducing a friend to the Garden by inviting them to join you for a Summer Sips event. Tickets are fully transferable

May 28: Illustrating the Catalina Flora
Linda Vorobik, Ph.D., Botanist and Illustrator, Washington
Winery: Grassini Family Vineyards

June 18: Intergalactic Plant Interactions
Christopher Lortie, Ph.D., Integrative Ecologist, York University, Toronto
Winery: Deep Sea by Conway Family Wines

July 16: Why Care About Rare Plants?
Heather Schneider, Ph.D., Rare Plant Biologist
Winery: Derby Wine Estates

August 20: So a Plant Walks into a Bar...
Matt Kay, Ph.D., Botany Professor, Santa Barbara City College
Winery: Riverbench Vineyard & Winery

September 17: A Celebration of Condors
Estelle Sandhaus, Ph.D., Director of Conservation & Research at the Santa Barbara Zoo
Winery: Captain's Reserve

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Botany/Natural History
Over 21