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Local Lowdown: The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn

by lesliedinaberg on October 11, 2017

By Leslie Dinaberg An artistic melding of Asian, French and California wine country cuisine, The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn features a delicious selection of seasonal locally sourced produce, seafood and meats. Ballard Inn has always been highly regarded for its romantic ambiance and award-winning cuisine, but the new restaurant concept from Chef Budi Kazali, who […]

Cocktail Corner: Champagne Tasting at First & Oak

by lesliedinaberg on December 2, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Any event at Solvang’s First & Oak is sure to be a treat, and they’re upping their game even further for the holidays with a special Champagne Tasting event on December 10. The event, which runs from 1-3 p.m., includes tastes of ten sparkling wines and champagnes, and light hors d’oeuvres carefully-crafted by […]

Cocktail Corner: Celebration of Harvest Weekend

by lesliedinaberg on September 23, 2016

A Spirited Toast to All Things Alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg  Our local winemakers have been hard at work amongst the vines, but now it’s time for them to take a break for the annual celebration of the year’s bounty. The annual Celebration of Harvest Weekend is a time to enjoy the fruits of those labors, when vintners pour […]

First & Oak is a Perfect Pairing

by lesliedinaberg on August 30, 2016

A plethora of perfect bites can be found at Solvang‘s new restaurant, First & Oak. We enjoyed every bit of our meal, from our first taste to the last bite of the exquisite summer menu created by executive chef Steven Snook with owner and sommelier Jonathan Rosenson’s carefully selected pairings of Coquelicot wines. That menu, with an […]

Cocktail Corner: Valentine’s Weekend Garagiste Wine Festival

by lesliedinaberg on January 23, 2016

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Wine and romance pair together so well, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at the fourth annual Garagiste Wine Festival Southern Exposure 2016. This fun and very unique wine festival takes place Feb. 13-14 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Solvang. In honor of Valentine’s Day weekend, the festival […]

Editor’s Pick: Bacon and Barrels

by lesliedinaberg on July 13, 2015

What goes better than bacon and wine, bourbon and beer? Dare we say, nothing! Bacon and Barrels is a fabulously decadent event, where you’ll enjoy some of the most delectable bacon dishes from the Central Coast’s best, while mixologists, bacon food trucks, live music, local vendors and a piggy petting zoo make this a day […]

News From Over the Hill

by lesliedinaberg on March 13, 2015

What’s Going on in North County This Spring Craft Beer Month It takes a lot of beer to make good wine, which is probably why the craft beer movement has exploded in Santa Ynez Valley. Our local wine country celebrates the virtues of beer for the entire month of May, when suds lovers can enjoy […]

Cocktail Corner: Celebration of Harvest

by lesliedinaberg on October 3, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg Local winemakers have been hard at work amongst the vines for the last few weeks, but now it’s time for them to take a break for the annual celebration of the year’s bounty. Celebration of Harvest Weekend is a time to enjoy the fruits of those labors, […]

Cocktail Corner: Smile Sideways to Win, Friendship Center Wine Down, Bien Nacido Winemakers’ Dinner & More

by lesliedinaberg on September 5, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg The Sideways celebrations continue on this week with a special 10th Anniversary Sign Promotion September 5th – 14th in 100 different locations throughout Santa Barbara County. To celebrate the Oscar-winning film and its impact on the local wine scene, 100 six-foot tall signs featuring Miles and Jack are being […]

Cocktail Corner: Lucky Dogg Winery Opens

by lesliedinaberg on July 26, 2014

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! By Leslie Dinaberg What’s in a name? For Brent Melville‘s new Lucky Dogg Winery it’s a little bit of kismet and a whole lot of luck. Searching for the perfect moniker for his winery venture, Melville struck inspiration gold on the golf course. “My friend, referring to my ‘lucky’ […]