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Santa Barbara Wine Country Part II: Wines

We continue with Part II in our series on Santa Barbara County wines. It’s a sign of maturity for a wine region to really carve out its personality based on a diverse spectrum of terroir, rather [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country, Part I: The Overview

“It’s just like in the movie.” You can’t escape the movie (Sideways) anywhere in Santa Barbara County’s wine country. It’s everywhere and on every visitor’s mind. The steady stream of tourists from California and far beyond [...]

Valentine’s Day Menu: Spoil the One You Love

There is nothing as powerful as sharing yourself; your time, your energy and your passion with the one you love. To me very little can encapsulate this idea as readily as cooking a meal and, yet, [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part III: The Wines

Continuing with our Visiting and Tasting Paso Robles story, Part I: The Story and Part II: The Wineries. Saxum Vineyards Nothing symbolizes the poise and power of Paso Robles like Saxum’s 2009 Bone Rock Syrah. It’s [...]

Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles, Part II: The Wineries

Continuing with Part II of our Visiting & Tasting Paso Robles series, The Wineries: Outside of Saxum and Tablas Creek, few Paso Robles’ wineries will be commonly known among wine circles. It’s still a region of [...]

An Ode To The Humble Pot Roast

The lowliest cut of beef turned into the most succulent comfort food. I mean, what says comfort more than pot-roast? Immediately thoughts turn to Sunday evening meals; family is near, there’s good conversation amidst the bickering [...]

De Tierra & Todd’s: Monterey Meets Vegas

Most Sunday nights, Todd’s Unique Dining in the eastern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson is dark and the only dining options nearby are even dimmer with the likes of Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, [...]

Desert Hills, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA

I’m a sucker for a “feel-good” kind of story. Like three brothers who move in the mid ’80s to British Columbia from India and start working the new family farm… [...]

Kanazawa “Raku” Syrah, Okanagan Valley, BC

If you’ve never heard the name Kanazawabefore, much less in reference to wine, be at ease… until just a few weeks ago, I had never heard of him either. But now that I’ve tried the man’s [...]

BC Syrah compared: #WineTastingCircle Vancouver

A friend and winemaker called me a few weeks ago and asked if I would try his unreleased 2011 Syrah (from BC) and let him know my thoughts. I have to say, it’s a good job that affords [...]