Monthly Archives: August 2014

Pinquito Beans: A Key Part of a Santa Maria-Style Barbecue Feast

In yesterday’s blog, we shared the history of the Santa Maria-style barbecue, as well as my favorite place to partake of this unique regional cuisine — a restaurant just north of Santa Maria called Jocko’s. Today, we share a recipe

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What to Drink With Santa Maria-Style Barbecue

The roots of Santa Maria-style barbecue date back to the mid-1800s, when massive ranches occupied the hills of California’s Santa Maria Valley. Local ranchers regularly fed their ranch hands by barbecuing meat over earthen pits filled with oak wood coals.

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3 Tips to Help Keep Your Wine Collection Safe

If you live in an earthquake-free zone, you can store your wine bottles pretty much anywhere and not give them a second thought. They should be kept away from direct sunlight, of course, and at a relatively cool temperature. But

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The Napa Earthquake: It Was Bad… But It Could Have Been Worse

We native Californians know that when an earthquake hits, it can take days and sometimes even weeks to fully grasp the extent of the damage. Today, social media can further muddy the waters as thousands of people post and tweet

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A Rude Awakening in North Coast Wine Country

I first learned of the earthquake that struck California’s North Coast wine country early Sunday morning when I logged on to Facebook and read this post from a “friend of a friend”: “To all my non-nor cal, wine loving peeps:

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5 Fascinating Facts About Cabernet Sauvignon

We could list a hundred fascinating facts about Cabernet Sauvignon. Really, we could. But since it’s we’re winding down from the work week and gearing up for the weekend, let’s not go crazy. Let’s just go with five for Friday…

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Scrabble Success on a Winery Terrace

I’ve made my living as a writer and an editor for close to 40 years now. I landed my first newspaper job at age 16, and while I wasn’t exactly making a living at that time, I was gaining valuable

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Advice on ‘Moderation’ from an Expert

Who better to speak to the health benefits of wine than a wine producer who also works as an emergency room doctor? Food & Wine magazine’s Ray Isle introduced us to Dr. Laura Catena — who has been called “the

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What to Pair with Fair Fare

In a recent post, I told you about wine-drinking opportunities at the 2014 Orange County Fair. I didn’t get a chance to go to the California State Fair in Sacramento this year, but I did have a couple of spies

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Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Is a Go

Earlier this month, nearly five years since Hurricane Neki caused minor damage to the northwestern Hawaiian islands, it appeared that America’s 50th state was going to be hit by two hurricanes, one right after the other. Fortunately, Hurricane Iselle ended

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