Ruben Camacho: Crossing a Border to Reach His Dream

This is the story of a man who dedicated his life to establishing the roots of some of Santa Barbara’s oldest grapevines, which in turn gave him his own roots, his citizenship, and a place for his family to grow.   Ruben Camacho, the vineyard manager at Zaca Mesa Winery, has been working there since…

What is barrel aged beer?

As we begin to transition from a cold fall into an even colder winter, it’s time to bring out the toasty, malty, warm flavored barrel aged beer. Barrel aged beers are known for their healthy amount of alcohol, a flawless accompaniment to holiday dishes, and just about the best thing you can have to keep…

Pick a wine for thanksgiving that tells a story

After such a grueling presidential election, it’s perfect timing for some holiday cheer. Commune with friends and loved ones over the thanksgiving dinner table, over indulge in turkey and stuffing, and toast the holiday with a special bottle of wine. With so many options of different types of wine to choose from, it can be…

New Distillery, “Brothers Spirits”, Now Open in Buellton California

In an industrial park in Buellton resides the quaint distillery, Brothers Spirits. The new distillery opened for business on March 27, 2016 by co-founders Jeff and Joanne, owners of Lockwood Bella Cavalli Farms and Vineyard. Greeting you at the entrance of the tasting room is Jay Lockwood, master distiller, and brother of Jeff.  The distillery’s…

Lompoc Wine Ghetto visits the White House

President Barack Obama’s last state dinner, held on Tuesday October 18th, hosted Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnes Landini. This memorable evening was toasted off with Lompoc Wine Ghetto’s very own Palmina 2015 Vermentino. Celebrity chef Mario Batali paired the Italian white varietal wine, produced by owner and winemaker Steve Clifton of…

Santa Barbara County Grapevine Report- Where The Locals Go

Hidden amidst the ceaseless waves of trellised vines at the southern tip of California’s Central Coast Wine region rests Santa Barbara County, a place complete with plenty of attractions for wine aficionados, foodies, and beer junkies alike. Today I decided to go off the beaten path in this world class wine region and go to…