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It’s Okay to Blush: The Enduring Appeal of Rosé Wines

Do you have a guilty pleasure? I have a few, and one of them is rosé wine. Truly, I shouldn’t feel guilty about it at all, because a nice glass (or two) of rosé on a warm spring or hot

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Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine in the Glass

An Under-the-Radar Destination for BBQ, Wine and Music

One of the great joys of traveling to California’s North Coast wine country is discovering little hidden gems for dining. It’s easy to find Michelin-starred restaurants in the printed guidebooks and through online resources, but I much prefer to find

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Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Grilling… and Wine Pairing… Secrets Revealed

As I noted in a blog post a few years ago, pretty much everything I know about barbecue comes from Steven Raichlen, who has written several books on the subject. Raichlen’s books… and over-cooking quite a few chunks of meat

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Posted in Wine Buzz

The Thrill of the Grill… With Thrilling Wines

We love the aromas and flavors that oak barrel aging impart in wine — aromas and flavors that range from sweet to smoky. But because those flavors can be so assertive, many wines that see extensive time in new oak

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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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