Revisiting Old Favorites

One winemaker’s love for agriculture

Clay and Coby

When it comes to food friendly wines there’s one SLO County that I always think of, Claiborne and Churchill in Edna Valley. They’re highly respected for their array of excellent white and red wines, the classics from Alsace, Burgundy and…

Comfort Me with Pizza

Joe 2

This was published soon after the opening of Palazzo Guiseppe’s in 2009 so prices may have changed slightly, but’s it’s still based on the owner’s love of great Italian cuisine. After being seated for lunch at Palazzo Giuseppe’s, I immediately…

Ciopinot and Pinot Noir – a Heavenly match

ciopinot-the-family

I reviewed this fine restaurant when i opened early in 2009, but I can’t say you won’t find it much different than it is in this story. Of course, prices have probably risen but you’ll find good quality and service…

Vina Robles classic Paso Robles wines

Vina Robles tasting room

Originally published in 2008 when winemaker Matthias Gubler was the winemaker. Since his departure in 2010, winemaker Kevin Willenborg has been at the helm for this classic Paso Robles winery and tasting room. The Flying Winemaker It’s impossible to imagine…

The Range-old fashioned goodness

The Range (2)

Aspiring chefs learn from the best chefs Rather than write an ordinary restaurant review (albeit one deserving high praise), I prefer telling the story of an uncommon chef. I often meet passionate young cooks who share their dream of attending…

Slobs & Snobs Not Admitted on Tours

Like wine, take a tour! Here are the reasons you need a touring company like the Wine Wrangler when visiting a number of wineries in one day. This may have been published quite a few years past, but it is…

The early history of pioneer John Alban

Alban label

This was one of the early reports I wrote in 2004 about the rising tide of popular Rhone varieties and a Rhone pioneer on the Central Coast. While I have to chuckle now over my early writings, I was spot…