Lyrics by Etude, Music by Santa Barbara

Lyrics by Etude, Music by Santa Barbara

If you have followed this missive over the last few years you already know that Santa Barbara County contains some of my favorite wineries, vineyards and places to visit. It’s a place with wonderful terroir bringing together ocean breezes and long, cool growing...

Michael David’s Oenological Success!

The Following is borrowed from the Michael David Winery website: “Michael” and “David” are Michael and David Phillips, brothers whose family has farmed fruits and vegetables in the Lodi region since the 1850s, cultivating wine grapes for nearly a century. Michael and...

Super Organics from Mendocino of Course

Deborah and Edward Wallo both grew up in homes where wine with family meals was customary. After they married they were fortunate to live in several wine regions in Europe which furthered their passion for fine wine. It was a visit to California’s Mendocino County...

Keep Calm, Drink Vigilance!

Clay Shannon is a rancher, grape grower, and businessman. He is also a man of the land and through the operation of his estate is attempting to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. His wine labels include both Vigilance and Shannon Ridge which are Lake County...

Summer Italian Diversion

It’s finally time to enjoy the bounty of the garden. This year my basil and tomatoes are doing well as we get just enough rain to keep everything fresh. My cucumbers are about a week away, and the herbs are plentiful. I’m thinking about a little Italian inspired...

International Heat Beaters

I spent a wonderful day on the patio with friends this past week, enjoying some good food and great wine. Good for me, I know, but as the day wore on, the heat and humidity continued to increase and the red wine I was enjoying was soon abandoned in favor of a cool,...
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