A Pleasant Surprise in the O.C.’s South County

    By Bob Johnson I have to be honest: When I dropped by Rancho Capistrano Winery, located just steps from the historic mission founded by Father Junipero Serra in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in 1776, I wasn’t expecting much. A winery in the O.C.

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    Bunn Thai Bistro in Grover Beach, California

    By Mary Frederiksen, AKA The Happy Cooker The past two summers, we have visited Nipomo, California for an extended stay vacation. During the summer months, this town offers cool weather with daytime highs in the 70s. This is a vast improvement over our hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, where daytime highs are in the low 100s to 110+.

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    A Benchmark Celebration: Fiddlehead Cellars 728

    By Glen Frederiksen You may recall my discussion of this event, now in its third year, HERE. It just so happened that the Happy Cooker and Your Humble Scribe were in the Central Coast at the time of the event, and decided to cruise in. A confession: in all of my trips to the Central Coast appellation over the past three decades, I had never once visited Fiddlehead Cellars.

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    In Conversation with Victor Gallegos of Sea Smoke Cellars

    By Glen Frederiksen One of the most anticipated highlights of our annual summer escape to the cool climes of California’s Central Coast is visiting with Victor Gallegos, General Manager of Sea Smoke Cellars in Santa Rita Hills. We met up at the Sea Smoke Cellars winery complex and chatted for 45 minutes, occasionally discussing the world of wine.

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    Ten Acre: Carving Out a Niche in the Russian River Valley

    By Bob Johnson Bella Vineyards is known for Zinfandel, as my recent blog on the Dry Creek Valley estate demonstrated. Proprietors Scott and Lynn Adams have worked hard to develop the brand and the reputation. But they do not live on the Bella estate.

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    Arrowood: The Legend, the Winery

    By Glen Frederiksen One of the first Chardonnays I fell in love with back in the mid-1980s was the Robert Young bottling from Chateau St. Jean. I remember looking up the winemaker, to see who had crafted such a precise, beguiling wine. It was Richard Arrowood. Needless to say, I continued to enjoy his wines over the years. He soon branched out while still making the wines at Chateau St.

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    Bella Vineyards: A ‘Fun’ Approach to Zinfandel

    By Bob Johnson Mention the word “fun” when discussing wine, and many people would envision a glass of blush or perhaps a rosé… typically with a hint (or a lot) of sweetness. A rustic sign welcomes visitors to Bella Vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley.

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