Wine & Spirits

Vintners’ Fest Welcomes New Leader

Morgen McLaughlin takes over Vintners Association in time for annual bash, this time at Mission Santa Inés. Read story.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

CAB-tivating Paso

The CAB Collective, whose first event is next weekend, refocuses Paso Robles on cabernet sauvignon. Read story.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From Finger Lakes to Santa Ynez

A brief chat with Morgen McLaughlin, the S.B. County Vintners Association's new director. Read story.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wine 101: The Buds Are Breaking

Peter Work on the season when his Ampelos Vineyard comes to life. Read story.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Vintners Fight Over Terroir-itory

Blair Pence's proposal to expand the Sta. Rita Hills appellation angers neighbors. Read story.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jaffurs Paired with Wine Cask

A course-by-course examination of Saturday's winemaker dinner. Read story.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cali Whites, Big Reds, and into the Douro

Central Coast chardonnays, big California reds, and Portuguese wines, with an Italian twist. Read story.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Pacifica Washington Meritage

A kosher wine for Passover from Phil Jones's Evans Vineyard. Read story.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Lynn Dubinsky Crowned Whiskey Queen

Her “Master Cleanse Redux” takes first place in Independent's cocktail contest. Read story.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wine of the Week: Legacy

Famous vintners combine forces for multi-vintage, multi-varietal blend to benefit Santa Ynez Valley Family School. Read story.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Siduri, Balance, and World of Pinot Noir

Tasting Adam Lee’s acclaimed wines to preview this weekend’s 13th annual Pismo pinot fest. Read story.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wine 101: The Powers of Pruning

Peter Work of Ampelos Cellars discusses the importance of chopping vines at the start of each season. Read story.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Native Gone Wine

Santa Barbara–born Justin Willett of Tyler Winery opens tasting room in Lompoc's Wine Ghetto. Read story.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Paul Lato Dinner @ Wine Cask

The celebrated winemaker is pairing magnums with Chef Brandon Hughes's menu this Friday. Read story.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Small But Serious Winemakers

This Saturday's Garagiste Festival in Solvang brings vintners who keep quantity low but quality high. Read story.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jennifer Koh, Violin, Part III

Intrepid violinist Jennifer Koh’s adventurous exploration of Bach’s influence on ... Read More