Monthly Archives: January 2018

Puffer’s of Pismo


After discovering just how cool the the wine and entertainment offerings are at Puffer’s of Pismo, we’re huge fans. We only recently met the charming Charlie Puffer, who runs his excellent wine bar and provides live music almost daily. Not…

Restaurant Week is back!


My From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record spotlights two restaurant weeks!  I was surprised to learn that the Santa Maria and the Santa Ynez Restaurant Weeks in 2018 run consecutively, from today, Jan. 14 through Jan.…

Bubbles of Joy!

riverbench bubblies

From the Vine Bubbles of Joy  Yesterday my From the Vine column about good bubbles was published, Dec. 31, 2017 It’s all about the fine sparkling wines, and Champagnes you can buy locally at very reasonable prices. Now I know…