Day Tripping in the Wine Ghetto: Spending a Fun Day in Lompoc

By Robin Dohrn-Simpson Some of the best places in the world are the hardest to find. That adage holds true in the case of the Wine Ghetto in tiny Lompoc (pronounced Lom-poke), Calif. Here you won’t find expansive Tuscan castles. No 30-foot ceilings, regal fireplaces, 40-foot murals painted by famous […]



Vegetarian Black Bean Chili and Corn Bread

Here is a warm fall recipe from Dutton Estate’s chef, Cynthia Newcomb, to pair with their Dutton Estate 2010 My Father’s Vineyard Syrah, or the Syrah of your choosing. Chef Newcomb says, “The 2010 My Father’s Vineyard Syrah (nine barrels made) is a great example of a cool climate syrah, […]



A Santa Rosa Wine Weekend Getaway

• By Kimberly Horg •  With many more than 100 wineries, nice weather year round, gorgeous views and the close proximity to many other hot spots, a Santa Rosa weekend getaway might be the relaxing retreat that’s awaiting arrival. Santa Rosa is in the heart of Sonoma County, so wineries […]

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Hope and Hops: Figueroa Mountain Brewery Really is the Stuff of Dreams

By Hudson Lindenberger Jaime Dietenhofer Started with a Childhood Dream As a child growing up in the Santa Ynez valley, Jaime Dietenhofer had a lofty goal: to brew world-class beers. During his formative teen years, he would dream about owning his own brewery while sitting in school. Sketches of his […]