Monday, September 24, 2012 

Château n'est pas américain

Or so the French are saying. 
 The European Commission, the 27-nation European Union’s executive body in Brussels, is considering a U.S. request to drop a ban on import into Europe of American wines bearing the label “chateau” or “clos,” a similar term used mainly on wines from Burgundy in eastern France. An E.U. wine committee is tentatively scheduled to vote on the request Sept. 25, whereupon it will go to the commission for a final decision that, given the tides of globalization in Europe, could well be positive. 
“They’re trying to steal our reputation,” Haverlan said during a tour of his sun-splashed property. “The real chateaux, they’re certainly not in the United States.” - WaPo  

apparently they have not seen Williard Mitt Romney's homes.

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 

Taste of the Central Coast to Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort & Spa

After nine successful years of producing the prestigious Taste of the Central Coast fine food and wine festival in San Luis Obispo, the Family Care Networka non-profit organization that provides supportive services for foster and high-need children and families on the Central Coast, is thrilled to bring their signature fundraising event to beautiful Santa Barbara. Foodies and wine lovers alike, Santa Barbara’s premiere Taste of the Central Coast event at the luxurious Bacara Resort & Spa is on Sunday, October 7, and it’s a day of indulgence that you won’t want to miss!

The first food and wine festival ever to take place at Bacara, Taste of the Central Coast will be a day filled with exquisite local vintages, delectable culinary creations, delightful live entertainment, and more importantly, the day will raise awareness about the Family Care Network’s tremendous efforts to support our community’s children and families. Founded 25 years ago by current CEO, Jim Roberts, with the purpose of creating family-based programs to keep children out of group homes or institutional care, the agency currently serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties through multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals. The Family Care Network has touched the lives of over 9,400 individuals over the past 25 years, and is honored to host this event both for the enjoyment of the community and to raise necessary funds to provide life-changing services to community members in need.

“We’ve had so much fun hosting the Taste of the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo for the past 9 years, and are delighted to bring this wonderful event to Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara community is known for its compassion and generosity, and we hope they will join us to raise a glass and toast to a great cause,” said Roberts.

Relax and enjoy great live music in Bacara’s luxurious oceanfront backdrop, and don’t forget to peruse and bid on the incredible collection of silent and live auction items! “Mr. Santa Barbara” himself, Larry Crandell, will emcee the event and put his humor and wit to good use as auctioneer of the live auction. Larry has raised millions of dollars over the past 40+ years, and the Family Care Network is honored to have such a shining star in the community involved in their premiere event. 

Fine food and wine, live music, and a day of leisure and luxury at beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa…can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternon? Sip, savor and show support for a great cause at the Family Care Network’s premiere Taste of the Central Coast event in Santa Barbara on Sunday, October 7th at 3:00pm. Tickets for Taste of the Central Coast are $125 per person. Please note that this event is only open to those who are 21 and over. For more information about Taste of the Central Coast and to purchase tickets, please visit  

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 

Good Land Organics

is highlighted on KCET's "Food" blog.
Farmer Jay Ruskey, the owner of Good Land Organics, built his reputation on exotic fruits. His caviar limes, passion fruit and cherimoyas are popular at local farmers' markets and shipped to leading restaurants around the country. These are niche products that consumers don't expect to find in California, so it's no surprise, really, that Ruskey was approached by a UC Davis professor to spearhead the coffee program.

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Pali Wine in the Funk Zone

Located just a few blocks from the beach, Pali's 800-square foot venue at 116 East Yanonali Street, has 2-story, floor to ceiling windows that offer a view of the artistic quarter. Pali will embrace its local Funk Zone community (and Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail compadres) with a rotating selection of works from local art galleries, as well as partnering with local food merchants in the area, which may be enjoyed inside at the tasting room bar or outside on the patio.

Tastings are $10 and will offer visitors six pours from Pali Wine Co.'s diverse Pinot Noir and Chardonnay portfolio, with additional Rhone and Bordeaux varietal options from its Paso Robles-focused sister winery, Tower 15. Locals will enjoy Pali's keg system, with half-gallon re-usable glass containers or "growlers" of Rosé and Petite Sirah, sold for $25 with refills for $15. Wine club members will enjoy complimentary tastings.

Tasting Room hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. the tasting room will host "Cupcake Fridays," featuring four cupcakes paired with four wines for $15. For more information, guests can contact the tasting room at (805) 560-7254, or go to

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Saturday, September 08, 2012 

Happy Birthday to Me!

and Star Trek....and Senator Bernie Sanders....and fellow Blogtopian, Fallenmonk!


Tuesday, September 04, 2012 

California Wine Month!

September in California has never tasted so luscious. 
Raise a glass to our grapes!  

Visit some of our local wineries and tasting rooms.

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Sunday, September 02, 2012 

California Wine industry focus of PBS special

Foodie President Jed Bartlett....oh, I mean foodie actor Martin Sheen will highlight the California Wine Industry on his show, "In Focus With Martin Sheen"

California’s wine industry is the focus of an upcoming report on “In Focus with Martin Sheen,” which is expected to air this fall on public television across the United States.The show hosted by actor Martin Sheen highlights industries that exhibit growth through innovation, and contribute to their community. Each year, California’s wine industry produces more than $20 billion in revenue, trailing only France, Italy and Spain as the world’s top producers.Our state’s wine industry is also a leader in its efforts to utilize sustainable farming techniques.Sheen, who has nearly five decades in the entertainment industry and more than 60 feature films and television roles to his credit, hosts the series. - Santa Maria Times

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