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27 July, 2018

A Tasting at Turiya Wines

A Tasting at Turiya Wines
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Merlot, Other Red Blends, Petit Verdot, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Lompoc - CA, Wine on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: This tasting of Turiya Wines was free to me. I spent my formative years on the Central Coast, in Santa Maria, California. While I lived there, I had no idea it was a wine-growing region. My family is conservative, religious stock – having a drink is as likely to bring forth admonitions about
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25 January, 2016

The 2016 Chardonnay Symposium — Last Week for Early Bird Pricing!

The 2016 Chardonnay Symposium — Last Week for Early Bird Pricing!
Comments : 1 Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine on by : becca
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I was shocked this last August, while at the Wine Bloggers Conference, to learn that chardonnay is still the most popular wine grape in the United States. Indeed, it is the most planted grape in California, at just under 98,000 acres. Why the shock? Chardonnay is often disdained among wine circles for the heavy oak associated
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5 October, 2015

Mason Bar

Mason Bar
Comments : 1 Posted in : Bars in Arroyo Grande - CA on by : becca
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Mason Bar, an upscale cocktail bar in Arroyo Grande Village, is where Friend #1 recommended we go for nightcaps after trying out the pescatarian options at Ember earlier that evening. Without a doubt, Mason Bar’s single greatest asset is that it opens to the street, providing excellent views of strolling pedestrians and the occasional joyriders.
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7 September, 2015

Ember

Ember
Posted in : Dining in Arroyo Grande - CA, Restaurants on by : becca
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Friend #1, whom I’ve known since the 5th grade though I hadn’t seen her since high school, has long enticed me with pictures of the Central Coast’s restaurant scene, where we both grew up. Excepting San Luis Obispo and steakhouses, the Central Coast has lagged in fine dining in the past, especially fine dining for
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29 November, 2013

Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot

Comments : 2 Posted in : Merlot, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Edna Valley Vineyard 2011 Merlot Central Coast, CA This merlot’s nose has plastic overtones, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying its raspberry and pepper notes. It’s thin to medium bodied and meatier than expected on drinking. Think nicely seasoned duck with a spicy raspberry and stewed tomato sauce. That pepper will tickle your nose!
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30 March, 2012

Comique Revolution Blanc 2010

Posted in : Other White Blends, White Wine on by : becca
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Comique Revolution Blanc 2010 Central Coast, CA Look at this — another wine that won me over with its label artistry! I’m so predictable. This time, that art is an alluring blend of golden tones with black lines portraying some odd lords and ladies along with exclamations that they had to “cut the fluff!” apparently
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