Babcock Winery & Vineyards | Lompoc, CA

Babcock Winery & Vineyards | Lompoc, CA

One of my favorite new wineries is actually not new at all. Established in 1978, Babcock Winery & Vineyards in Lompoc, CA has a rich history in the Santa Ynez Valley and is one of the best producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir around. Back in 1978, Mona & Walter Babcock purchased a 110 acre property on [...]

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”

Highlights from the 2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure”

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 [...]

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

I've known about the Lompoc Wine Ghetto for ages, but for some reason, I never had a strong desire to visit. I had a preconceived notion that it was an easy access, multiple tasting room destination that catered to those who prefer quantity over quality. After visiting for the first time this weekend, I could [...]

Terry Hoage Vineyards | Paso Robles, CA

Terry Hoage Vineyards | Paso Robles, CA

Tucked away on an idyllic parcel of land on the Westside of Paso Robles lies the Terry Hoage Vineyards and tasting room. In the rustic winery perched right across the small parking lot from his home, Terry Hoage and his wife Jennifer are hand-crafting some of the finest wines to come out of Paso Robles. [...]

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

By definition, the term "garagistes" refers to a group of innovative, renegade wine makers from the Bordeaux region who refuse to follow the strict French rules and instead, produce "Vins de garage" or "Garage wine". For the second year in a row, Paso Robles has celebrated the spirit of the garagiste movement by holding a [...]