» No comments   |   Monday, November 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Traffic was slow on U.S. 101 as we drove past SLO (San Luis Obispo), and I feared I may violate my own number one rule about being on time when visiting a winery. But we just did make it at 10:00 a.m. to the Tablas Creek Vineyards just west of Paso Robles where Joell A. [...]

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» No comments   |   Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

At the end of the twisting, hilly Ballard Canyon Road the words had become almost a mantra: “Harvested two and three weeks early. Water not yet a problem but…” The Rusack winery has its own well system, but the tannish-brownish Santa Rita Hills tell the story. Like the rest of California, Santa Barbara County is [...]

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» 1 Comment   |   Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

As clocks finish chiming at midnight tonight, the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau will be released. Those who know and care will be on hand in their favorite watering hole to be among the first to taste the fruity run-off of the first pressings of this famous wine region, whose Gamay grape was banned from Burgundy way [...]

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