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Events

This is for event reservations. To make a reservation for a tasting, please click here.

Tasting Room Hours

  • Thursdays from 5 - 9 pm with Trivia starting at 7:00 pm

  • Fridays from 3 - 6 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Saturdays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

  • Sundays from 12 - 5 pm, open till 9 pm when we have music

Well-behaved dogs on leashes 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 food truck or pop up food vendors or pizza delivery to your table.

A note about events:

During events you may enjoy wine by the glass or by the bottle.  We're happy to recommend wines and provide a splash for you to taste to help you select a wine.

Please know that all tastings and music performances during the winter season are held with limited seating indoors with electric heaters and outdoors under our 20' x 30' tent with patio heaters.  So there's no need to be concerned about rain or cold weather cancellations.  Customers are encouraged to click the "Make a Reservation" button above to make reservations. El Vaquero values musicians. We give 100% of cover charges to the musicians and it's critical that you help us avoid allocating seats to customers that don't show up.  So please, please call us at (831) 607-8118 promptly if your reservation plans change.  Thank you. 

 

We advertise our events extensively on Instagram and Facebook so please like and follow us on those apps to stay up to date.  You may also sign up to receive our weekly email with a  description of events for the next 2 weeks. Just click on the "Home" menu item above.

Do you want to perform at El Vaquero's Tasting Room? Fill out this form to apply.

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Every Thursday

7 pm

Trivia with Michael Gaither

Trivia, No Cover

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 LATER TIME OF 7:00 PM

Food by:

Corralitos Pizza

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Monday Feb 6

6-9 pm

Sandbar Monday with Ted Welty, Don Caruth, Ryan Price and Rob Ouse (FUSE)

Funk/Soul/Rock, $5 Cover

Special Sandbar Monday Show with 20% of All Wine Sales Benefitting The Sand Bar. Unfortunately Alex Lucero and Live Again will not be able to perform as planned this Monday 2/6. However, Local Supergroup FUSE with @ted.welty (Spun, Locomotive Breath), Don Caruth (Joint Chiefs), @ryanpricemusic (Mokili Wa) and @rob_ouse (Locomotive Breath) will! Enjoy their soulful rock funk and blues covers. As planned we’ll donate 20% of all wine sold (consumed onsite or to go) to the @thesandbarcapitola to help get them rocking again. Please show your support for great music in our area! @ate3one will be serving their delicious food and Alex serving award winning wine. Reservations recommended at bit.ly/evwevents

Food by:

Ate3One

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Saturday, February 11

5-8 pm

Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

Americana/Rock/Blues, $10 Cover

El Vaquero presents our favorite Swamp Music/Blues/Americana Band - Jeffrey Halford & The Healers. Their albums are reviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine. Nashville Scene said "Halford, one of the best slide players on the planet". Last fall they played an 11 gig tour of Germany, The Netherlands and Berlin where there newest "Soul Crusader" release hit #1 on the EuroAmericana Charts. Their December 2023 Wine Club Pickup Party show was a big success with a hopping dance floor. Enjoy this great band covered extensively on KPIG rad

Food by:

My Mom's Molé

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Friday, February 17

6-9 pm

Rayburn Brothers

Americana, $5 Cover

Singer-songwriters Craig and Keith Rayburn bring a broad range of influences to their music. Hailing from the Monterey Bay, they play songs that are a mix of folk, rock and Americana. Their voices harmonize as only brothers can, with graceful melodies, poignant singing and deft instrumentation. The Rayburn Brothers Band has created a brand of California folk-rock that has depth and energy. Their songs convey the essence of love, longing and pain that only seasoned songwriters can express in such heartfelt terms. The Rayburn Brothers sing from the soul, touching in their audiences a chord of the human experience. Brothers Craig and Keith Rayburn grew up making music near the chaparral covered hills of L.A. Now they call the redwood canyons and crashing waves of Santa Cruz home.

Food by:

Mattia Pizza

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Saturday, February 18

5-8 pm

Spun

Rock, $10 Cover

"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"

Food by:

SNB

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Friday, February 24

6-9 pm

Man in Black Band

Johnny Cash Tunes, $5 Cover

Man in Black band is a 4 piece Johnny Cash cover band. from Santa Cruz, Ca. Andy on Lead vocals, Devin on bass, Bryan on drums, and Todd on Harmonica and Accordion.

Food by:

Ghia's Pizza

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Saturday, February 25

5-8 pm

Not So Young - Neil Young Tribute

Rock, $10 Cover

Not So Young, out of Santa Cruz Ca, is a dedicated group of musicians that capture the mood and raw energy of the classic Neil Young song book. Representing over 40 years of Neil Young music, Not So Young delivers a wide assortment from the Godfather of Grunge. Every time you see “Not So Young” perform, you will be glad you came out to “Feel the Neil”! The lineup is officially Jim Rosenberg lead vocals/guitar, Dylan Rose lead guitar/vocals, Alisha Ripatti vocals, Keith Wieland drums, David Handloff bass, and Jocelyn Olson keys/vocals. It really gets rocking at times with Rockin In The Free World, Southern Man, Hey Hey My My, Ohio, Down BY The River, etc but also has the tender stuff like Harvest Moon, Heart of Gold, Old Man, Long May You Run, Needle and the Damage Done and so on. Dylan Rose, Alisha Ripatti and Jocelyn Olson have been very popular at El Vaquero playing with Rippati and Rose and the Dylan Rose Band.Hearing Jim Rosenberg's vocals backed up by two great female vocals, Alisha Ripatti and Jocelyn Olson promises to be a real treat!

Food by:

The Taco House

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Friday, March 3

6-9 pm

The Alternative Zen Blues Trial Band

Distinguished Purveyors of Fine Blackstrap Funk, $5 Cover

Please join us for a very special event and be among the very first to experience one of the most exciting new acts to emerge in our region!

The Alternative Zen Blues Trial (AZBT), whose debut album is on Coast Road Records, is described by their label as delivering “in-the-moment, blues-based improvisation with a singular combination of funky grooves, musical dexterity, muscular jams, and rough-hewn lyrical poetics.” The band cites everyone from Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys and Johnny Winter to ZZ Top and Cream as influences, and their virtuoso power trio approach will have musicians listening and dancers dancing!

The band is launching with a trio of local performances, and El Vaquero is thrilled to welcome AZBT to our stage. This is the kind of show where you’ll want to look back and say you were there when it all began, so please join us to make a little musical history!

What makes the band truly unique is the far-reaching pedigree of its members.

Drummer Zack Kirk Olsen emerged from the punk scene to become the world-touring drummer for ska heroes Slow Gherkin, before becoming an in-demand jazz and blues player. Etienne David Franc is a groove-driven R'n'B master who has built a world-class reputation in both pop and world music circles, working with artists such as Chris Rene (X-Factor finalist and EPIC/Sony recording artist), Soulstice (Om/Geffen), O.P.M. (Atlantic), and Aimee Allen (Elektra). And Preacher Boy, regularly credited as "the godfather of alt. blues," has a 20+ year career that has seen him and his 1936 National resonator performing all over the world—as well as on albums produced by Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Jon Astley (Eric Clapton, The Who), and Sandy Pearlman (The Clash, Blue Oyster Cult)—and being described as “a songwriter of startling originality” (MOJO).
El Vaquero Winery is a big fan of Preacher Boy and Zack and we're super stoked and honored to bring AZBT to Corralitos for the first time!

Food by:

MY Mom's Mole

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Saturday, March 4

4-9 pm, (Music 5-8 pm)

Spring Wine Club Pickup Party with T Bone Mojo Band

Rock/Blues Free to Member Plus 1 Guest, $25 for Non-Member Including Music, Food and Wine Tasting,

Spring 2023 Wine Club Pickup Party with Food, Wine Tasting and Music By T Bone Mojo Band. Full Band featuring veterans of the ’60’s SF and East Coast music scenes. Featuring Fuzzy John Oxendine, Rick Hoornbeck, T Bone Mojo (Toby Gray), Cameron Logan, and ? Recording artists and members of It’s A Beautiful Day, Jerry Miller Band, Rhythm Dukes, Doug Sahm, Aliens, Dick Clark, the Bethel/Woodstock NY music scene performing with members of The Band.
Performing Originals and our unique versions of songs by: Tom Petty, Neil Young, ZZ Top, Traveling Wilburys, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Morrison, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Spirit, Beatles, Paul Butterfield, T Bone Walker, Joe Crocker, George Jones, Stephan Stills, Ry Cooder, Hot Tuna, Ma Rainey, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Temptations, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Marshall Tucker, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Tokens, Dobie Gray, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Strange Loves, Young Rascals, The Band
Fun and Groovin’ up energy group often featuring special guests geared to getting the party going, folks tapping their feet and on the dance floor. Lower volume settings are easily accommodated.
Quality and variety to your event.

Food by:

El Vaquero Winery

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Sunday March 5

3-8 pm, (Music 4-7 pm)

Spring Wine Club Pickup Party with The Dirt Rakers

Rock Free to Member Plus 1 Guest, $25 for Non-Member Including Music, Food and Wine Tasting,

Spring 2023 Wine Club Pickup Party with Food, Wine Tasting and Music by The Dirt Rakers . The Dirt Rakers are an Americana band featuring Erik Rozite (guitar and vocals), Jayne Williams (mandolin and vocals), Paul Stevens (drums and percussion), Ted Porter (lead guitar, harmonies), and Jojo Fox (bass). We're a home-brewed group out of the redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains, blending a high octane / cask-fermented feel, purdy harmonies, and a deep love of all rootsy genres of music. Rock, country, bluegrass, blues, jam band and folk all swirl together in our magical musical brew. We mix our original songs with some covers by anyone from Tom Petty, Wilco, Neil Young, and Devil Makes Three to old school tunes like Hank Williams, and The Carter Family … We're a bunch of good-time friends playing good-time music.

Food by:

El Vaquero Winery

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Saturday, March 11

5-8 pm

Pet Roxx

Acoustic & Electric Rock, $5 Cover

PET ROXX is an authentic, fun-filled tribute to the great songs of the '70s. The roots run deep as their musical connection actually started in the '70s while attending Aptos High School together. (now that’s “Old School”!) The group is comprised of: Fred Thompson (guitar/vocals), Clay Wrede (guitar/vocals), Rob Ouse (drums/vocals), & Daniel Vee Lewis (bass), playing acoustic Singer-Songwriter era songs of: America, Elton John, Cat Stevens, & Seals & Crofts, (just to name a few) as well as the iconic Rock songs of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & many more!

Food by:

TBD

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Saturday, March 25

5-8 pm

Ten O'Clock Lunch Band

Blues/Rock/Motown $10 Cover

Ten O'Clock Lunch Band plays Old and New School Blues, Rock Classics and Motown Gems to get you moving on the dance floor. They're a fun to watch, fun to listen to dance band with a sense of humor, all about the groove and the songs they love to share.

Food by:

TBD

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Saturday, April 1

5-8 pm

Spun

Rock, $10 Cover

"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"

Food by:

TBD

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Friday May 5

6-9 pm

Dos Bros

Rock/Reggae $5 Cover

Upbeat rhythms, positive lyrics, and collaboration are all key as Dos Bros strives to bring Feel Good Music to the people. The two members of Dos Bros have created their original music using ukuleles, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, drums and horns. With a heavy influence from reggae and surf music, Dos Bros aims to capture the sounds of summer and take you on a relaxing musical journey.

Food by:

TBD

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