BILL THE WINE GUY

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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...

Snuggle Up with a Beer

Bring on the snow and snuggle in with some delicious vanilla style beers for this winter season. Grab a brew, a fantastic movie and build a fire. Snuggle and enjoy. – Cassie And Now, the Brews   Breckenridge | Vanilla Porter This guy comes out of the hills...

Tilia for Wine Value

To say that Nicolás Catena is a pioneer in the Argentine wine production is a bit of an understatement. He is often cited as the person who has helped create the high quality, modern industry that Argentina is today. The Catena family operates in many different...

A Lager, the beer I chose for New Year’s

Wow another year in the books, well let’s drink to the end and the beginning of a New Year. Let’s be honest New Year’s parties are a good time to have a drink but who what’s to get sloppy drunk before the final count down to the New Year....

Bubbles on the Brain!

POP! POP! POP! The sound of corks popping is one of my favorite things. I know many folks only drink sparkling wine at weddings or on New Year’s Eve which is unfortunate. The bubbly, whether from the actual region of Champagne or any other wine region in the world, is...
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