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Fred Brander–Humanitarian

Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley If you know even a little about the history of Santa Barbara County wine country, you know Fred Brander is among its pioneers My Santa Maria Time/Lompoc Record wine column was…

The New La Bodega Tapas Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach CA, May 1, 2018 The New La Bodega Tapas Wow, were we happy and surprised at lunch yesterday! Dan and I had an amazing meal at a new eatery in downtown Pismo Beach. We are always optimistic about…

Brick Barn Wine Estate

From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record, was published last Sunday, all about the new Brick Barn Wine Estate in Buellton (So sorry but due to a problem with my webpage, I cannot upload photos,…

Giuseppe’s Pismo Beach–Welcome Back!

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Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is back, thank goodness! It was so upsetting for many locals when we learned that Giuseppe’s in Pismo Beach was closed due to a fire. They believed the fire caused by the pizza oven during the weekend.…

The Alpha Omega Collective

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The New Alpha Omega Collective is Well Worth Knowing My latest From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record was published today, and it’s all about the new Alpha Omega Collective of  three top-notch wineries…

From the Vine

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From the Vine Shows the Central Coast Cares My wine column, From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record, was published today, Sunday, March 11th. It’s all about how Central Coast rez always come together to support a great…

From the Vine Published Today, Sunday Feb. 25, 2018

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From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times, covers International Women’s Day in Wine Country! My bi-weekly wine column, which appears in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, often features current events going on in…

The Exciting New La Esquina

The Exciting New La Esquina Taqueria in SLO Dan and I just had the most extraordinary dining experience at the new La Esquina Taqueria in the Creamery on Marsh at Nipomo streets. We knew it was owned by two great…

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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Pico the Restaurant at the Los Alamos General Store has an Amazing Redux! February 12, 2018 Dan and I recently had an excellent dining experience during the Santa Ynez Restaurant Week at Pico, not long after the restaurant had reopened…

Puffer’s of Pismo

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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…