Tasting Room Hours
Thursdays from 5 - 9 pm
Fridays from 3 - 6:30 pm
Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm
Sundays from 12 - 5 pm
Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome! You may also bring outside food or non-alcoholic drinks. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Whenever the tasting room is open food will be available from local vendors or pizza delivery.
A note about events:
Tasting by the pour will not be available; however, you may still enjoy wine by the glass, by the bottle, or tastings via 4 oz. taster bottles.
Please know that all tastings and music performances are outdoors on our patio and will be cancelled or rescheduled if it rains. We have umbrellas and propane heaters to handle sunny and cool weather conditions. Please check this page and/or Facebook or Instagram for notices of rain events.
Do you want to perform at El Vaquero's Tasting Room? Fill out this form to apply.
Trivia with Michael Gaither
KPIG Radio DJ, Michael Gaither, brings JEOPARDY! level trivia entertainment to your favorite local winery. He always brings in thoughtful trivia prompts to give your brain muscles a work out. We'll be pouring our tasty wines, and Corralitos Pizza is on call for deliveries! Bring your team and win prizes!
TRIVIA IS NOW STARTING AT THE EARLIER TIME OF 6:30 PM
Sunday, July 3
Poi Rogers with Carolyn Sills and Gerard Egan
Hawaiian Cowboy Tunes
Somewhere in-between the tropical lounges of 1930s Los Angeles and the honky tonk beer joints of rural 1950s California, you'll find Poi Rogers. Hailing from Santa Cruz, CA, the duo performs vintage country & western swing, Hawaiian steel guitar ballads and cowboy tunes.
Gerard Egan and Carolyn Sills are both inductees into the Sacramento Western Swing Hall of Fame, and Carolyn is the current Academy of Western Artists Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year. They front the award winning five piece band, The Carolyn Sills Combo, which has released three albums (and one doughnut) to date.
Poi Rogers features Gerard doubling on standard guitar and his 1954 Fender triple neck steel guitar with Carolyn on standup bass, their timeless harmonies anchoring the show.
Friday, July 8
Dylan Rose Band
Led by guitarist/vocalist Dylan Rose, this band features vocalist Alisha Ripatti, Keith Wieland on drums, David DeSilva on bass, and Jocelyn Olson on keyboards. Rooted in the Santa Cruz music scene, this talented lineup can traverse rock, blues, soul, funk, and everything in between. Be ready for a rock and roll show!
T & T's Kitchen
Saturday, July 9
Christie McCarthy and Glenn MacPherson with Special Guests
Christie's new album, Force Majeure, has been receiving critical acclaim. The title track recently won best alt-folk/soft rock song in the International Song Door Competition, and two other tracks off the record were category winners in the West Coast Songwriter's International Song Contest. Christie will be joined by Glenn MacPherson on guitar and backing vocals, as well as Bay Area vocalist/percussionist Liz Pisco, who is Christie's former bandmate from the San Francisco folk-rock trio, She's Out There.
SNB Food Truck
Friday, July 15
Preacher Boy and the National Blues
Rock and Blues
Preacher Boy mines the dark edges of Contemporary Blues and Americana with his signature raspy voice, virtuoso National slide guitar playing, and darkly poetic lyrics. From his genre-bending debut on Blind Pig Records to his latest album on Coast Road Records—his 13th overall—this relentlessly pioneering artist continues to both honor and extend the country blues traditions that inspire him, while infusing his sound with influences ranging from punk rock to political folk. Of hIs boot-pounding live performances, Santa Cruz’s Good Times had this to say: “As he beats his long leather boot, four to the floor, his National steel guitar slides and spits a devious storm of gothic Americana and gritty country blues.” Melody Maker described his sound as: “Country blues that marry Nick Cave, Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Tom Waits,” and legendary music publication MOJO declared that, “Preacher Boy is a songwriter of startling originality.”
Saturday, July 23
Rock and Alternative
SPUN spins a mix of cover tunes: rock, reggae, blues, dance, funk & punk.
Spun plays Great Music From Bands Including: Van Halen, Tom Petty, Sublime, CCR, T Rex, Jet, Rolling Stones, The Ramones, Marshall Tucker Band, Queen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Robin Trower, U2, INXS, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Sugar Ray, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, James Gang, KC &The Sunshine Band, Daft Punk, John Cougar, Modern English, The Beatles, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, English Beat, Dick Dale, Alice In Chains, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton. Neil Young, Montrose, Everclear. James Brown. Green Day, The Clash, ACDC. Eric Burdon, Ben E King, Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, Rick James, Billy Idol
My Mom's Molé
Friday, July 29
Big Bad Wolf
Rock and Blues
Hailing from Aptos, in Santa Cruz County, California, Big Bad Wolf howls with a special off-the-beaten-path brand of tasty and danceable blues-based classic rock from groups and artists like Creedence, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Jon Hiatt, John Fogerty, The Hollies, and many more. A party with The Big Bad Wolf is always a high octane, rip-roaring good time.