Santa Barbara County

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…

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,…

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…

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…

From the Vine on Food & Wine Pairing

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From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times & Lompoc Record was published today, November 19, 2017 I love the fall and winter holiday season for the opportunities to write some food and wine pairing columns. While…

Kathy’s Choice Workman Ayer Wine Co.

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Kathy’s Choice- Workman Ayer in Santa Barbara County November 2, 2017 An interesting new brand came to us recently from winemaker Michel Ayer which is made in Buellton, Workman Ayer. Not only did we find both wines impressive, we found…

Time for From the Vine

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, is all about Los Olivos, Ballard, and Solvang today. Here’s the free link to read my latest column in the Santa Maria Time and the Lompoc…

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record was published today, covering Pico at the Los Alamos General Store. What can I say about Los Alamos and it’s tremendous growth as a culinary scene, simply wow! I…

Lumen’s Outstanding Wines

Lumen Wines by Lane Tanner and Will Henry I first met and interviewed winemaker Lane Tanner in 1996 when Dan and I relocated to SLO County from San Francisco. And who doesn’t love this charming pioneer for women winemakers in…