Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn

Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn: Bringing back the classics with a new flair

The latest Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant to open is the Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn.  It is the latest project from Matt and Jeff Nichols and is currently the trendiest place to dine in the Santa Ynez Valley.  After being open two weeks, with a group of friends, we decided to see how it

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Edna Valley Vineyards Chardonnay

Exploring Chardonnay at Edna Valley Vineyards

Sunset Savor the Central Coast brings together and showcases the wines and cuisines of the California Central Coast. What makes the event extra special are the Adventure Tours that take place over the days prior to the main weekend event. The Adventure Tours include a variety of activities from visiting an abalone farm to blending

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Paso Robles Inn: At the heart of your Central Coast wine country getaway

A visit to Paso Robles must include a stay at the Historic hotel, Paso Robles Inn, where one can experience the mineral springs. Paso Robles was originally known for its Mineral Springs. These thermal springs brought many a traveler. Cattle ranchers, almond and apple growers, and dairy farmers were the first to settle in the

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Cloudy Bay: Wines that are vibrantly fresh and lively

  For those who have not been exposed to the wines of New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay, you are missing a real treat, especially for those white wine lovers. Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are superb. Last Thursday, Cloudy Bay enamored Los Angeles with a launch party showing off the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, which will

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Rhone Rangers

Rhone Rangers: Touting the best of California’s Rhone varieties

The Rhone Rangers wine tasting brings together wineries from all over California who pride themselves in creating Rhone varietals and blends from the 22 grape varieties known in France’s Rhone Valley. The majority of the wineries at this event were from the Central Coast, encompassing the regions of Santa Barbara Country, Paso Robles, and Monterey

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J Vineyards Pinot Gris

Dine Al Fresco with J Vineyards summery Pinot Gris

In the summertime, when the heat is aspiring to 100-degree digits, it is always pleasant to dine al fresco and enjoy a nice refreshing crisp wine. That leaves the field open to whites and those pinks that are becoming ever so popular. There is one wine that definitely fills this bill, especially if you are

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The charm of Hermann Missouri draws many wine lovers

Sitting on board a flight to St Louis, I’m reminded of my visit to Hermann Missouri, the charming town situated along the Missouri River in the heart of the Missouri Wine Country. The location of Hermann is reminiscent of the Rhine River Valley and the quaint German Towns that reside along its banks. The German

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Paso Robles: A dog-friendly weekend escape

San Luis Obispo County is a very pet-friendly area. This article is the first in a series showing the virtues dog-friendly California. I will begin with Paso Robles, as this was my first stop in my journey discovering fun places to visit with a dog. My canine companion on this excursion was my Saluki, Zoe.

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Parker at Solvang Greyhound Fest

I Took My Dog to Greyhound Fest — Not Knowing It Would Be Our Last Weekend Together

The event known as Solvang Greyhound Fest in the Southern California city of Solvang had special meaning for me this year. It was the last weekend I spent with my beloved Parker, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge at age seven on Wednesday after the weekend event. I had planned our weekend together because I spent

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Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines: A passion for wine made real

The wineries of the Ste. Rita Hills focus primarily on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. Kessler-Hawk Vineyard and Wines is one of those wineries but they also create some other varietals that make their winery unique. Kessler-Hawk is one of the few Ste. Rita Hills wineries that produce a Riesling. Dan and Ellen Kessler

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