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Sat, Jan 13


Del Mar ~ Stratford Court Café

Del Mar: Carlson Wines 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Chuck Carlson + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 1/13

Don't miss our first winemaker dinner series of 2024, including one evening at our Del Mar location! We'll showcase 5 exceptional wines from boutique Santa Ynez Valley winery, Carlson. Each selection will be paired with its own dinner course.

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Del Mar: Carlson Wines 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Chuck Carlson + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 1/13
Del Mar: Carlson Wines 5-Course Winemaker Dinner w/Chuck Carlson + Chef Erin Sealy: Sat. 1/13

Time & Location

Jan 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Del Mar ~ Stratford Court Café, 1307 Stratford Ct, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA


About the event

Don't miss our first Winemaker Dinner Series of 2024, featuring boutique winery, Carlson!

We are very excited to announce our first wine dinner series of 2024 as a winemaker series with Chuck Carlson! For our January offering we're thrilled to share a fantastic line up of 5 small production wines from boutique Central Coast winery, Carlson Wines. Owner and Winemaker, Chuck Carlson will be joining us for three evenings in a row, including an evening at our Del Mar location, Stratford Court Cafe. Chuck is well-known as an innovator of the Santa Ynez/Santa Barbara County wine region. As previous winemaker for both Zaca Mesa and Curtis he has pioneered the education and growing of Rhone varietals in the Central Coast. His wealth of knowledge is matched only by his charisma. This very special dinner will feature a great selection of wines, each showcasing the versatile growing region of Santa Ynez Valley. This will be a great chance to sample some of the vast array of varietals grown in this viticultural area and hear the first-hand account of a winemaking legend. To showcase these wines, Chef Erin has created an elevated, seasonal pairing menu. You won't want to miss this memorable evening of wine, food and conversation! For details on all the other two dinners as part of this series, please visit our events page: HERE

Each selection will be paired with its own wine inspired dinner course, prepared by Chef Erin Sealy. Chef Erin specializes in pairing food with wine, with a slightly different approach than most. Prior to creating a menu, each wine is tasted and reviewed and then she creates a food pairing, highlighting the nuances of each wine. This concept creates a dinner and pairing experience with layers of complexity and unique creations which exemplify the enjoyment of each wine. With a passion for food and wine, Chef Erin delights attendees with a detailed account of the pairing concept and cooking techniques that create each course. Expect a fabulous evening of wine, food and educational insights! Seating is limited. Please see below for additional dinner details and a registration link.

Wine + Dinner Menu:

2021 Carlson Edna Valley Albarino

Butterflied Shrimp in Pepita-Poblano Sauce on Wonton Crisp with Lemongrass Crema and Micro Cilantro

2020 Carlson Santa Rita Hills Sanford Road Pinot Noir

Sweet + Spicy Rubbed Salmon on Duck Fat Wild Mushroom + White Bean Puree with Chimichurri Garnish

2020 Carlson Santa Ynez Valley Grenache

Chef Erin’s Honeymoon Stew with Sicilian Chicken Sausage and Sirloin Meatballs, Caramelized Red Onion, Blackened Portobello, Fresh Spinach, Bruschetta and Lebanese Couscous

2020 Carlson Curtis Estate Cabernet Franc

Aged Balsamic + Herbs de Provence Lollipop Lamb Chop with Confit Potatoes + Roasted Brussel Sprout Hash. Served in Sofrito Sauce and topped with Crumbled Feta and Micro Greens

2020 Carlson Santa Ynez Valley Petite Sirah

Chef Erin’s Shi Shi Taco with Spice Rubbed Brisket, Caramelized Eggplant, Horseradish Spiked White Cheddar Drizzle, Crispy Onion, Baby Arugula and Pickled Persimmon in Green Chile Flour + Corn Tortilla

Complimentary Dessert

5-Course Winemaker Dinner $90/person (Excludes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

The Upper Crust $80/person (Excludes Tax & 18% Gratuity)

Upon successful registration, your provided credit card will be charged and you will receive an auto-confirmation email immediately. Please be sure to purchase a seat for every person attending. RSVPs are required for all events. Please use the link below to register. For any questions, please contact Erin at or 619.823.3541

For other events and Pop-Up Dinners with Chef Erin, please visit our website & calendar:


Though we cannot guarantee special requests for menu changes, please contact us (email/phone above) if you have any food allergies or special considerations and we'll do our best to accommodate! Please understand that this is pop-up experience, it is not a restaurant. A temporary kitchen is built to accommodate the dinner and resources are very limited. Minor changes can usually be accommodated. Diary Free and Vegan requests cannot be met, though reduced dairy and vegetarian typically can be met. Menu changes should be requested at least 48 hours prior to an event. Please DO NOT buy tickets with the assumption that any special request will be met, please check with us first. Please note that if you purchase tickets before inquiring about your modification, and it cannot be accommodated, the below cancellation policy still applies.

There is a 48-hour full-refund policy. We apologize that cancellations within 48 hours of the event cannot be refunded.

Lastly, please note that your total cost for the dinner includes two processing fees that are collected by third parties and do not transfer to Wine Pairs Events. Instead of passing on these additional fees to customers, we have decided to absorb them. This however means that when a customer cancels a reservation, at any point, 6% of the ticket total is non-refundable, as these processors do not issue refunds for any reason.

About This Venue:

Stratford Court Cafe is located in the downtown area of Del Mar. The entire venue is outside. The deck-style patio has an abundance of shade from large trees. There is also umbrellas at each table should additional coverage be required. The patio is also well stocked with heaters in the event of cooler nights. Strung bistro lights create a beautiful outdoor environment. This venue seats about 40 people in standard table height seating. All chairs have backs. Group seating of up to 8 people is easily accommodated. Seating is assigned at all events, if anyone in your group has made a separate reservation and you would like to sit together, please ensure you provided this information during registration ( There is no parking lot for this venue, but there is a good amount of street parking. Ride share services or taxis are always recommended. If you arrive early, there will be a by the glass wine list available to purchase from.


  • 5-Course Wine Dinner $90/pp++

    Base price does not include 7.75% Sales Tax and 18% Gratuity. Ticket price at checkout includes both.

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  • Add On: Bottle of Bubbles

    Arrive early and enjoy a 750ml bottle of chilled sparkling wine before the dinner starts. Please contact us regarding the current offering. Champagne/Sparkling is only available by the bottle (750ml) and MUST be ordered no later than 12pm the day of the event. Your bottle will be chilled prior to the dinner and will come with dedicated glasses (1 per seat in your reservation).

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  • Add On: Dessert Wine (3oz)

    Conclude your evening with a dessert wine! We're currently offering Hawk and Horse Late Harvest Cabernet Franc (93pts Enthusiast). Dessert wine is only available by the glass (3oz) and MUST be ordered no later than 2pm the day of the event. Your glass(es) will be served at the end of the dinner with dessert. Please allow yourself some extra time to enjoy your additional wine.

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