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A Tale of Two Wine Cities

No, I don’t mean Paris and Bordeaux. I’m talking about two alternative wine destinations I visited recently on California’s Central Coast…Tin City in Paso Robles and The Lompoc Ghetto in Lompoc, Santa Barbara Country. Inhabitants of both “cities” are passionate boutique winemakers, some…

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“Wine is Bottled Poetry”…at J Ludlow

I have said this countless times. Every trip to a wine destination near or far uncovers a little gem, that special place where the terroir and the wine are in perfect harmony. This time, that place was J Ludlow.…

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A New Vintage Begins…Bud Break in Santa Barbara County

Spring is here, and along with it, new life…a new vintage, 2013. Here in California, frost and freeze possibilities look to be behind us. What challenges lie ahead? Heat waves? An unusual storm? Cooler than normal weather? Fires?  Pests?…

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SipTember in Los Olivos

What’s better than a SipTember day in Los Olivos? The weather was beautiful…a nice respite from the unusual, persistent humidity that has enveloped the City of Angels for the past several weeks. Another nice food and wine journey, perfect…

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Welcome to SipTember, California Wine Month!

Beautiful Foxen Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. Did you know?… 90% of all US wines come from California. California is 4th in worldwide wine production, after France, Italy and Spain. There are 4600 grape growers in California.…

And the Runner-Up is…

  At Curtis Winery,  Santa Ynez Valley, California Last week I wrote about a fantastic experience at Bedford Winery in Los Alamos, California, the winner for my July visit to Santa Barbara County Wine Country. The runner-up for that…

And the Winery of the Week is…

What wine tasting is all about… As I wrote after my June day trip to Santa Barbara County wineries, there always seems to be a little gem that just makes the day. This time, that special place was Bedford…