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It’s Party Time!

Choose from a variety of options to fit your needs and budget: Hermosa Beach The Wine Cellar: 10-25 people The Patio: 30-40 people  Manhattan Beach Front Table: 10 people seated…

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A Week in Champagne

It seemed ironic to be flying from Salt Lake City to Paris after our layover from LAX since the midterms were showing us once again how backasswards we really are,…

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What is Pet Nat Wine?

What is Pet-Nat Wine and Why should I Care About It? The term Pet-Nat (aka Methode ancestral) originates in the motherland of wine- France. It means “natural sparkling,” more or…

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Organic/Natural Wines of Santa Barbara

Many Santa Barbara vineyards such as Alma Rosa, Beckman, Sea Smoke, Grimm’s Bluff are moving toward organic, sustainable, and/or biodynamic farming practices. Some such as Demetria and Bien Nacido have…

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Open for Business in Santa Ynez!

On Monday, January 25, 2021, the Stay-At-Home order was lifted throughout California, wineries are OPEN for outdoor tastings and indoor retail! For updates on hours and operating details, please contact…

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California Wine Tasting Updates

Wine in the Time of Corona Virus Updates from California’s wine regions Wineries need your help! Tasting rooms throughout California have been providing good times, stress relief, and a general…

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French Frolicking

It was a particularly warm spring day in Hermosa, especially for June gloom, so I decided to take a back yard rendez-vous to France. To a provençal town South East…

MUSIC, YOGA & BOOZE: Music with a Bang, What’s So Special About ‘Om’ and Which Grape Was Resurrected?

Tank and the Bangas | The sound of everything | #1 place to avoid a plague Dance of the Muses by Anael Music A Rollercoaster Ride   Have you ever fallen…

MUSIC, YOGA & BOOZE: What’s Inside the Cluster?

Is there a remedy for strange days, when is silence loud and does bubblegum go with wine? John William Waterhouse Music Strange Days Have you ever felt like your parents didn’t…

MUSIC, YOGA & BOOZE: Shifting Perspective

  Who is The Broadway Baby; do broken bones mend the soul and what do Romeo & Juliet have to do with wine? Follies (by Stephen Sondheim) MUSIC The Broadway Baby Have…

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MUSIC, YOGA & BOOZE: 3 Universal Languages: Music, Yoga & Wine

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Champagne!

(Post by Nanci Hemminger) Awhile ago I lead the Enology Club from Northrup through a tasting of several Champagnes and other sparkling wines. In preparation I researched the wines I would be pouring and also delved into the fascinating history of Champagne. This is what I learned…

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MUSIC, YOGA & BOOZE: 3 Essentials For a Better Life

(Post by Alyssa Barron) Who am I and why do I care so much about Music, Yoga & Booze? Music: I’m a professional singer and particular yet avid music lover…

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Champagne 101 by Baker the Bougie Wine Dawg

Sparkling wine is, well, wine that has carbon dioxide added to make it fizzy, during secondary fermentation.  Of course, the most well-known example of sparkling wine comes from France (so…

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Baker the Bougy Wine Dog on Chardonnay, Pinot, and Burgundy

The Region: Burgundy I know you’re asking “how does the wine dog hold a pen without opposable thumbs? The answer is- if he can hold a wine glass in one…

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This Weekend- Spring Sidewalk Sale

This weekend we’ll be taking 20% off all merchandise and 20% off 6+ bottles of wine.

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A Short History of California Wines

The Spanish were the first winemakers in California-they planted vineyards along with each mission they built. Well, I mean…you need wine for communion, right? For the most part they planted…

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Mark’s Paso Trip

We headed out from the South Bay on a beautiful morning in search the perfect zinfandel. Instead of going someplace close like Uncorked, I was headed up to Paso Robles…

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Wine Basics 1: Most Popular American Varietals

Most of the wines in America that we’re familiar with originated in Europe, mainly France. The difference between wines in the United States and France is a question of varietal…

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A little something about Pinots

Maya: You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles? Miles Raymond: Sure. Maya: Why are you so in to Pinot? Miles Raymond: [laughs softly] Maya: I mean, it’s like a thing with…