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Cab Collective

The President’s day holiday allowed us to attend the Paso Cab Collective luncheon led by Linda Parker Sanpei and Michael Mooney winemaker extraordinaire, and owner of Chateau Margene.  I was very honored to be one of a very, small, handful of press to be invited to this amazing event. Doug and I were joined at the table by Linda, and Michael along with Jonathan Cristaldi from Tasting Panel magazine, Tom Wilmer (author, NPR podcaster and travel writer), Katie Budge from the Tribune, and WendyThies Sell.  Read more…

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SYTYCD = So You Think You Can Drink.

SHEdrinksHEeats with Nigel and Ken

We were lucky enough to be invited to the 1st Winemaker’s Reserve dinner at Villa San-Juliette winery up in San Miguel the other night, by Parker Sanpei a local PR firm in town. We of course said yes immediately. First because we love their new winemaker Matt Ortman; who after beating out hundreds of other applicants, joined the team just this year, but also because we hadn’t had a chance to get up there yet and this was a perfect opportunity. If you read this blog regularly you may remember that I talked about this winery in the Uncorked at Forks and Corks post. Villa San-Juliette is proudly owned by two of Hollywood’s most prominent reality talent show partnerships, Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick. You may recognize them better as the producers of Seasons 1-12 of American Idol, the stars of Corkscrewed, the Wrath of Grapes  (all about the trials and tribulations of buying the vineyard) and Nigel produces and stars in the hit dance show So You Think You Can Dance , #HEeats’ favorite show. Read more…

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…SLO Wiiine! (Day 2)

Passport

After a crazy schedule filled with wonderful epicurean adventures, I’m finally getting around to writing about Day 2 of Rolling out the Barrels. Because even though we hit 8 wineries, we didn’t feel the need to race around from one place to the other so we could give a report on ALL the pairings (in case some place ran out) and offerings like the first day, the 2nd day was much more chill for us. There were fewer places offering food pairings and in general there was more of just a come on in and drink vibe, all around. Read more…

My Man Manny!

Avila Wine and Roasting Co

My friend Manny made his life long dream a reality when just over a year ago, he bought a little wine and coffee bar in Avila beach called Avila Wine and Roasting Company. One of the things about Manny is he is probably one of the most knowledgeable wine bar owners you will ever meet. He spent 25 years in the industry and has worked as a wine rep for distributors and wineries alike, every time I go in there I learn something new. He has an ever changing wine list where he mostly focuses on Central Coast wines but often has some unusual finds from around the country and the world sitting around. Read more…

Wine, Elephant Seals, and California Zebras?!?

Elephant Seals

My 2 best friends in the whole world, Lori and Helene came up to visit and we decided to take a day trip to San Simeon to see the Elephant seals at according to the docent, one of only 17 places in the world to view them. On the way we took a detour to Cambria a charming seaside village nestled among towering pine trees. After deciding not to take the exit directly into town and instead to explore the area, we giggled and joked around as we got lost driving in the neighborhoods until we finally made our way back to the main drag and OF COURSE had to Read more…

Tasting Cambria’s Moonstone

Lori and Helene at Moonstone

As my best friends in the whoooole world, Lori, Helene and I made our way to San Simeon (which you will read more about in my upcoming blog titled “Wine, Elephant Seals, and California Zebras?!?“) we made a pit stop at Moonstone cellars where, we were greeted by Jill and immediately started at the top of the wine list with the 2010 Selenite. A 100% Pinot Grigio that’s named for the Greek Moon Goddess Selene. This wine Read more…

Ah Luis, Luis…You gotta GO!!!

I know, we’ve blogged about Luis before, but get used to hearing about it because we are LOVING this place! Vanessa is terrific and really knows her stuff, not to mention I have been craving Maegan Loring’s chicken and duck fat pate since I wrote about it in my Going down in Gluttonous Glory blog. Today we went to Luis and decided to try the flights, I got the red GSM (Grenache/Syrah (Shiraz)/Mourvedre) blend and Read more…

What to do on a rainy day? Wine tasting, of course!

Yesterday even though it was raining; my friend Pat, and my friend Sandy, and I went wine tasting…it’s a shock I know. I mean I do it so rarely after all! 😀 Since I usually go wine tasting around San Luis Obispo or take the 45 minute drive up to Paso Robles ,I thought it would be fun to go down to Santa Maria and Los Olivos. I rarely go down that way and felt that it was time to broaden my horizons. Read more…

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