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Wine & Spirits
Wine tasting is just a great part of life. And going up to the Santa Ynez area is a great way to spend the day or a weekend tasting and enjoying the gorgeous countryside. Each time I go up there I take the time to explore a different series of wineries. There are many to...
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I’ve had many Laraneta wines and the quality is always superb. It’s not just because they make good wine, it’s also because don’t release it until it’s ready to drink, which is always a welcome change from many other producers who release their wines too early. They’ve got a beautiful vineyard in Templeton just south...
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Turning into the Koehler Winery off of Foxen Canyon Road, you are transported into a beautiful peaceful landscape surrounded by a vineyard punctuated with large gnarled oak trees framed by beautiful rolling hills. From the first time I visited this winery many years ago, it’s always held a special place for me. The wines are...
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Riverbench Vineyard
As you wind your way down Foxen Canyon road aka the Foxen Wine Trail, you can’t help to think about the wonderful scenery that the road bisects. On either side ancient oak trees grow in pastures, some with grazing cattle others now planted with wonderful vines producing a host of fruit from Chardonnay to Pinot...
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The first thing you notice about The Old Place is the smell of the oak grill wafting in the air, luring you in and whetting your appetite for a great meal. Located in the former town of Cornell it was originally Hanks country store and the post office was in the back. It was bought...
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By Georgina Stassi. It’s my kind of night when two of my favorite Rock Stars of Wine appear in the same room — Bob Dickey and Chuck Carlson. When I say I love these guys, I mean it! They are fun, they are interesting, they are intelligent, and most importantly, they are both great at...
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By G. Stassi.  Santa Barbara is a stimulating environment that somehow manages to keep a cool, calm demeanor but there’s no denying that it is truly a cultural gem. It’s rich in art of every genre from culinary to viticulture; the visual and performing arts; education both classical and alternative.  For wine lovers, a number...
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By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer. For Labor Day, pack your corkscrew, some sun screen and head to Avila Beach, a picturesque getaway with a special draw for wine lovers. Sheltered in a cove between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific, it makes an ideal seaside hub for exploring nearby Edna Valley and...
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  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  There’s still time to impress the oenophiles on your holiday gift list with 2013’s most coveted wine toy: the Coravin 1000 Wine Access System. The latest in technology, it allows you to enjoy as much, or as little wine from a bottle as you like, without...
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  By Roberta Rinaldi, Beverly Hills Examiner Wine Writer.  It’s time for this year‘s last and most important task, picking the bubbly for New Year’s Eve. While Champagne’s appeal is undeniable, there are some luscious, quirky, little Italian sparklers well worth sipping when the clock strikes twelve. After all, Italians were the first to deliberately...
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