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 […]


Cabernet Fondue

Recipe: Cabernet Chocolate Fondue

Cook up the following recipes which create a warm and satisfying Fall meal that pairs perfectly with HandCraft Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. All recipes and photos courtesy of Cheryl Indelicato, HandCraft Artisan Collection wines For an extensive list of locations to buy, visit Cabernet Chocolate Fondue 12 oz.  high-quality semisweet or dark chocolate […]



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 […]

Craft Beer


Figueroa Mountain Brewing’s Hoppy Poppy IPA

Heading for the Hops on California’s Central Coast If you have not grabbed a beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing, you should. The four-year-old brewer is rapidly rising to the upper tiers of California brewing. Based in Buellton in the midst of the Santa Ynez Valley the brewers at Figueroa Mountain […]