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A Tour through Winemaker Daryl Sattui’s Napa Valley Ch•teau

About 14 years ago, rumors started to spread across the Napa Valley that long-time resident and vintner Daryl Sattui (owner of the famed V. Sattui Winery and tourist destination) was building himself a castle. I was living in the Napa Valley at the time, and many of the locals gossiped about how the castle would be gaudy, tacky, and would lead to the “Disneyland-ification” of the Napa Valley. Well, rumors be damned.

City Chicken-ers

There is no food more simple and elegant than the humble egg. Each egg is a single, perfect cell, miraculously able to poof a souffle, smooth into a hollandaise sauce, or transform a dish of fresh salsa into huevos rancheros.

Viva la Vino

It’s Fiesta time again in Santa Barbara, and that means the city comes alive with flamenco dancing, mariachi music, and mercados in celebration of its Spanish/Mexican roots. In addition to revisiting history, revelers can participate in one of Santa Barbara’s newer attractions-wine tasting. At the Courthouse Sunken Gardens on Saturday, July 28, from 4-7 p.m., there will be 30 well-known boutique wines to try, along with gourmet food and live music.

Farmers Market Forays

Laurence Hauben-who for several years headed the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and who is Food & Home magazine’s food and wine editor, as well as the leader of Slow Food Santa Barbara-has begun a new business conducting outings centered around eating.

Wine & Weiners

Actually, the two go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Local winemaker Christian Garvin of Oreana Winery and weenie-slinger Vinnie Regina of the new Lettuce B. Frank restaurant and Doghouse fame will team up for the second year in a row to host another hot summertime event.

Homegrown Crops from Your Garden

Even if our coastal gardens are tottering along toward summer under the morning fogs, interior valley gardens are busting out with all the most flavorful summer crops. Very sweet corn, luscious peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots, and many others are showing up in supermarket bins.

Off the Vine

Probably the most popular vegetable crop grown in home gardens is the tomato. Surely one of the reasons is that while store-bought tomatoes bear a passing resemblance to tomatoes from the garden plot, they fail miserably to come anywhere near them in flavor and juiciness. The number of varieties of tomatoes is also orders of magnitude greater than the handful to be found at the grocer’s. Here’s everything you need to know about growing these luscious fruits yourself.

Vegetable Trio

I don’t know if they still teach grade-school kids how the native American Indians showed early settlers how to plant corn, beans, and squash together for maximum harvests of all three, but it is a formula that has worked for thousands of years.


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