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

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 area.  Today Paso Robles, which means the Pass of Oaks is becoming an exciting place for both the arts and of course 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 be

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Rhone Rangers Wine Tasting

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

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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Mount Aukum Zinfandel

Mount Aukum Winery: Taking Zinfandel to a higher level

The El Dorado Wine Country is different from most areas.  Its elevation in the Sierra Foothills creates unique microclimates and granite soils, which make this AVA different from other wine growing regions.  The area is known for Zinfandel but is slowly gaining recognition for its Rhone and Italian varietals.  Read More…

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 nice 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.  Looking at the whites there is one wine that definitely fills this bill.  It

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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 the Wednesday after the weekend event. I had planned our weekend together because I

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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-Haak Vineyard and Wines is one of those wineries but they also create some other varietals that make their winery unique. Kessler-Haak is one of the few Sta. Rita Hills wineries that produce a Riesling. Read More…

Sydney Tibetan Terrier by Cori Solomon

Sydney Was Supposed to Die — Not Win Awards at Dog Shows

This is the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last night. Exhibitors find this prestigious show a great honor and privilege. Those who watch on television see some of the beautiful dogs, but there’s more to the competition and the event behind the scenes. Last year was my first visit to

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