Wine Country News

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,…

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 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…

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…

AronHill Vineyards in Paso Robles

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My bi-weekly column, From the Vine, in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, about AronHill Vineyards, was published today, Sunday December 3, 2017 My column featuring AronHill Vineyard is all about one of the few of the many Paso…

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…

More news about the Vegetable Butcher!

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The Vegetable Butcher Continues to Impress! We couldn’t wait to get back to SLO for Tamale Tuesday, and we were warmly greeted by “Lola” out front. Not surprising at all, we were very impressed once again. It was a meal…