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  • California Wine Trips

    SOLVANG STAY-CATION

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    (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.

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  • California Chefs

    LODI CHEF IAN BENS

    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.

  • California Winemakers

    LVVR Winemaker Eric Donaldson

    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”.

  • California Wine Trips

    THE LOWDOWN ON LODI LOOKING BEYOND OLD VINES

    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.

  • California Chefs

    SANTA CRUZ SOIF CHEF TOM MCNARY

    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 Trattoria Uliveto
    California Chefs

    TRATTORIA ULIVETO CHEF ALFONSO CURTI

    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.

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