(Means “Sunny fields”)
RICH IN HISTORY NOT NOVELTY
In 1911, a city was founded in Santa Barbara County, CA by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the winters of the Midwest. This city was built on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant and is today known as Solvang.1
2016 PINOT NOIR, GREEN VALLEY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, SONOMA COUNTY
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Once run as ranchos owned by colonial Mexico in mid 1800’s, Sonoma County, located in northern California is the state’s most notable wine making region and most notable in history.
ROSEWOOD BAR AND GRILL
Established in 2002, This elegantly casual modern restaurant serves Classic American cuisine from accomplished and charismatic Chef Ian Bens. The entire menu is constantly changing to serve seasonal plates made from local and organically farm produce, sustainable fish and free range beef. Despite its popularity, one can still carry an intimate conversation in its romantic atmosphere.
Babito and I thought our Google maps failed us because we were diverted to an old almost abandoned building with an unpopulated courtyard. It looked like an image straight out of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. In the 40’s-70’s, it was a major cooperative brandy distillery, who knows, maybe distilling other “things”.
Lodi, Illinois or California?
The city of Lodi was founded back in 1869. However, the city’s name was originally Mokelumne; a name derived from the nearby river. Many believe that Lodi’s first settlers actually came from a town that bears same name in Illinois. Presumably, they adopted the name Lodi in their new settlement, and it became the city’s official name on March 21, 1874. Fourteen years later, Lodi was named the fourth of five townships in San Joaquin County.
If there’s one place I’m going to fulfill my gastronomic palate for dinner, I have one word……SOIF ( For your info… pronounced SWa’f, I stood corrected too, it’s French for “thirst”)… Santa Cruz is not a late nite town despite the college students….note 8:30 reservation would be pushing it. I Can’t gush enough about savoring Chef Tom Mcnary’s stupendous cuisine.
SANTA MARIA VALLEY
MORE THAN CALIFORNIA’S BBQ CAPITAL
Grape growing dates back to the 1830s Mexican Colonial period. In 1960, Uriel Nielsen and Bill De Mattei planted the first commercial vineyard in the Tepusquent region.
EMPHASIS ON “WHAT’S IN THE GLASS”
Scar of the sea was a shared objective between long–time friends and colleagues, Mikey Giugni and Michael Brughelli. More times than not, there is a story behind the label from an exclusively crafted wine, and Scar of the Sea is no different but justly unique.
Trattoria Uliveto whose name roughly translates to “olive grove” is an exceptional trattoria in the heart of Old Orcutt – an unincorporated town in the Santa Maria Valley. Chef and owner Alfonso Curti has designed the first-rate menu of traditional Italian cuisines from locally sourced seasonal ingredients, handmade pasta, home-made Italian sausages, meticulously baked pizza from their wood burning pizza oven, and home-made desserts, inspired by his Mamma and Nonna.