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In honor of International Women’s Day, we take a look at six of the most inspiring women working today in California’s wine industry.    THE GROWER: Stephanie Terrizzi, Giornata Wines Stephanie Terrizzi’s interest in wine was sparked more than ten years ago while working at a wine bar in Illinois. Her […]

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Vintners Spring Event Set

April 03, 2014 12:30 am  •  Laurie Jervis/Wine Country   For 30 years, the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association has sponsored the Vintners Festival in April. Crowds from throughout Southern California and beyond enjoyed sampling wine and food from member winemakers and restaurateurs and caterers. And then it was over. Welcome to […]

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In Buellton, Calif., split pea soup is just part of the fun

By Marc StirdivantApril 4, 2014, 2:29 p.m. Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen’s. No longer in the shadow of […]

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Little L.A.: Famous faces find a haven in historic Los Alamos

PHOTO BY HENRY BRUINGTON BY WENDY THIES SELL He knows ‘The Way’ to L.A.  The 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos is the kind of place Old West gunslinger Wyatt Earp might have moseyed into back in the day for a cool drink on a hot, dusty afternoon. It seems […]

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Actor Kurt Russell brings his wine to Los Alamos saloon

Hollywood is hitting the Central Coast town of Los Alamos. Actors Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson have teamed up with The Wine Saloon at the 1880 Union Hotel and have decided to showcase their wines there. Russell said he’s been making wine for the last five years, and his sister, […]

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Santa Barbara's Happy Place for Bordeaux Varieties

    view of Happy Canyon from northernmost vineyard at Star Lane  Santa Barbara area grape growers nearly gave up on Bordeaux varieties planted here in the 1970s after they failed to ripen sufficiently to eliminate green flavors more vintages than not. There are exceptions, of course, and Jonata in […]

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