YaYa Syrah by Danielle Gerbracht

I’m so blessed to have kind and beautiful friends, as I’m sure many of you do.  But it is truly a blessing when you get to meet and spend time with their other friends you’ve never met before and everyone becomes one big happy family.  I got lucky last weekend. Read more »

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A Trifecta of Decadence: Wine+Food+Music Outside of Downtown Los Angeles 2nd Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine & Jazz Festival

Just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association is preparing for their 2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard Event on Saturday, April 26, from 11am-4pm, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce.  The event will feature over 30 local wineries, breweries, spirit distilleries, and food purveyors paired with live jazz music performed in the high desert vineyard setting of Reyes Winery. Read more »

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Works On Every Account of Ethics, Environment, Humanity, Compassion, and Culinary Quality & Artistry: Hops and Hogs Central Coast Chefs Throwdown

Every year, the Boutique Hotel Collection (BHC) Chefs create beautiful culinary events for numerous philanthropic fundraisers, and if you were not aware of this before, BHC is constantly giving back to the community.  I’ve been going to Wine Waves & Beyond for the past three years, and this special fundraising dinner menu for the Hops and Hogs Central Coast Chefs Throwdown is the most sumptuous and creative yet. Read more »


Non-Vintage Pinot Noir by Danielle Gerbracht

Champagne, Crémant, Sparkling wine, Frizzante, Asti, Cava: It doesn’t matter if your bubbles of choice are sweet or dry, French or otherwise.  When most of us hear “non-vintage” our mind immediately goes to bubbles.  If yours doesn’t well then you are more educated or drinking broader blends; because to me, “non-vintage” screams sparkling.  Who makes non-vintage still, dry wines for retail?  Apparently Chile. Read more »

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ABC – Always BURGUNDIAN Chardonnay! by Danielle Gerbracht

We are almost two weeks into spring and a lot of the country is still looking at some cold, snowy or rainy weather and more of it to come.  Classic California, that can change in a few hours or overnight but I’m not hedging any bets as I plan for Easter.  Don’t get me wrong, if the sun bursts out and I can make it to the market for a Getariako Txakolina and some oysters I’ll be the first to jump in the car but I’m not holding my breath.  With that said, I think a wine with a little more body and structure will make for a great Easter white. Read more »

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The Avocado Next Door

I love trees and I’ve never met one that I couldn’t find something beautiful about with one exception – the homely avocado tree. It’s awkward –it’s huge –it’s blossoms are indiscernible and the fruit is unapproachable. It seems like one has to wait months before you’ll ever get to taste it and it’s an inedible disaster if your timing is not just so.

Now, there’s another way to look at this tree: it is much like the girl next door. You never really noticed her. She was not particularly pretty or charming until one day your mouth dropped open and you realized that she had matured into a succulent beauty. She had shed her awkwardness and revealed her creamy rich flesh. She doesn’t need anything to complete her loveliness. She doesn’t need fancy clothes or a face full of makeup. She is a natural beauty ready to be plucked from her mother and devoured by you.

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Kettmann Announced As Moderator of 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium

We received the exciting news that Matt Kettmann would be the newly appointed moderator for The 5th Annual Chardonnay Symposium (TCS) hosted by Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, from May 16-18, 2014. Matt Kettmann, replaces Steve Heimoff, as a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, reviewing and reporting on wines from the Central and South Coasts of California.  Steve Heimoff has joined Jackson Family Wines as their new Director of Wine Communications & Education. “We are very grateful to Steve for all the support he has given TCS, including how instrumental he was been in developing this year’s panel discussion topic,” remarked Terence Concannon, Co-Director of the Chardonnay Symposium. “We wish him all the best and think Jackson Family Wines is very fortunate to have him on their team.” Read more »

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Ace Wine Photographer Bob Dickey Opens His Exhibit of Eclectic Wine Country Art at Monterey Street Wines with Guest Winemaker Chuck Carlson

Central Coast Ace Wine Photographer Bob Dickey will be exhibiting his eclectic paintings and answering questions about his art at Monterey Street Wines in Downtown San Luis Obispo on Friday, March 7, from 6pm-9pm during SLO’s “Art After Dark”.  To add to the ambience of the evening, Legendary Central Coast Winemaker Chuck Carlson will be pouring a selection of Carlson Wines & Curtis Wines for guests to enjoy including the 2011 Carlson Cabernet Franc, 2012 Carlson Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, and 2012 Curtis Viognier.

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Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Wine Festival With Jazz In the Vineyard on April 26

 A fabulous line-up of jazz was announced today by   The Sierra Pelona Valley Vintners Association  for the 2nd Annual Vintners Festival & Jazz In the Vineyard, to be held Saturday, April 26, at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce, just 45 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles. This much anticipated event features an unparalleled mix of great locally-produced wine and food, paired with illustrious live jazz music performed in a breathtakingly beautiful vineyard setting.  The lineup includes: Read more »



Tuesday, February 18 at 8:00pm and  9:30pm, we are in for a serious treat when The Eddie Mann Sextet returns to Typhoon in Santa Monica for an amazing night of jazz and standards featuring the lovely Lauren Koval on vocals.

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