Exploring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone – Part 1

Exploring Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone – Part 1

In what was once an old, rundown industrial area just west of Santa Barbara's bustling shopping district, the Funk Zone has emerged as a hub of unique art, culture, food & artisan wine.  In my opinion, it's one of the best things to happen to Santa Barbara in a long time. With a number of shops, galleries, [...]

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery | Healdsburg, CA

Over the last year or so, I've fallen madly in love with Sonoma County.  In particular, the area of the Russian River Valley encircled by the towns of Guerneville, Sebastopol & Healdsburg.  From the towering Redwoods to the rocky coastline and everything in between, the natural beauty in this area is unsurpassed. The more I [...]

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” | Solvang, CA

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” | Solvang, CA

Last weekend, some of the finest local, small production wine making talent around gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building in Solvang, CA for the 2nd annual "Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure". This year, a Grand Tasting was held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with a different lineup each day.  With 60 wineries pouring over the [...]

2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” Returns to Solvang…

2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” Returns to Solvang…

As far as wine festivals go, there's nothing quite like the annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles.  For the last 3 years, super small lot winemakers have descended upon Paso Robles to share the fruits of their labor with crowds of excited wine lovers. These festivals provide a rare opportunity for wine enthusiasts to taste [...]

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA

During my last visit to Paso Robles, I had the honor of visiting the soon-to-be-open Law Estate Winery.  From the modern, architecturally stunning winery & tasting room to the impeccably crafted wines, I was blown away by the experience. Perched high above Peachy Canyon Road on the westside of Paso Robles, the Law Estate Winery [...]

3rd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

3rd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

Last weekend, some of the finest winemaking talent around gathered in Paso Robles to celebrate the 3rd annual Garagiste Festival. Dedicated solely to showcasing small production wines handcrafted by talented and uber-creative artisan wine makers, the annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival has become my favorite wine event hands-down.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to [...]

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

There is something magical about the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, CA.  Whether it's the cloudless blue skies, the cool breezes that float through the Salinas Valley or the sweeping views from the hillside vineyards, there's something truly intoxicating about the area. During my last visit, I spent an afternoon at Paraiso Vineyards.  Paraiso [...]