April 22, 2016 | by Lisa Mattson

Jordan Winery’s “Dirty Work” was named Best Music Video at the inaugural International Wine Film Festival. Awards were announced at An Evening of Wine & Film Pairing Flights, a sold-out event hosted at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Barbara County wine country on March 2.

In keeping with the International Wine Film Festival event series format, each selected wine-themed video was paired with a wine featured on the big screen, and vintners personally introduced their wines and videos. John Jordan paired Jordan Russian River Valley Chardonnay with “Dirty Work,” Madison Murphy of Presqu’ile served his Santa Maria Pinot Noir with “Vintage 2015: Harvest at Presqu’ile Winery” and Regina Martinelli presented Martinelli Guiseppe & Luisa Zinfandel with “The Legacy of Jackass Hill.” Passed appetizers by Chef Adam Measurall of Far Western Tavern, a Santa Maria favorite, complemented each pairing.

The festival was created by Wil Fernandez, who produced and directed a documentary entitled “Vintage 2014” about the Santa Barbara County harvest. Events were held over a three-week period at wineries throughout Santa Barbara County, concluding with a screening of all award-winning films hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame during the celebrated World of Pinot Noir Festival.

With more sommeliers and winemakers finding their way onto the big screen—and more celebrities gravitating to winemaking—Fernandez certainly seized the opportunity to combine these passions with the International Wine Film Festival. 2017 dates will be announced this fall.