I only have to look to the Sidecar Cocktail Co. tiki drink before me to understand that the ripples of time are laced with waves of whiskey and rum. Prohibition, slavery, taxes, war: These darker stories run in tandem with the booze, as do the iconic love stories, religious rites, adventures, wakes, and exuberant cultural celebrations.Read More
Back in fall of 2013, you'd find winemaker Nicole Bertotti Pope tending the hillside vines of Cambria's coastal Stolo Family Vineyards all by her lonesome. Well, that's not exactly true. Her newborn baby boy, Grayson, would hang from her body, watching the fog roll in from the Pacific Ocean below, less than 3 miles from the vines.Read More
Longtime farmer Bill Spencer has a habit of calling his sheep “kids.” It’s watering time out at Windrose Farm in east Paso Robles, and the whole fluffy flock—one-week-old lambs, nursing moms, and shaggy old maids—trot happily to a big, plastic bucket filling rapidly with cool water.Read More
I traveled to Adelaida Cellars in Westside Paso Robles with the mission of exploring and understanding Deborah Sowerby’s Sheep in the Vineyard program. What I found was a bit of a surprise. The sheep were far more interested in exploring and understanding me, including my digital recorder, my hair, my iPhone, and even my glasses, which quickly became fogged up with hot sheep breath.Read More
Not all hops are created equal.
This statement was clearly evident as I surveyed the 13 lush, leafy green varieties growing tall at Toro Creek Brewing Company on a balmy August morning. The towering 20-foot high vertical rows overlook a truly impressive view: From where I stood—perched atop hilly Toro Creek Farms terrain located midway between Atascadero and Morro Bay—I could see six miles out to the lapping Pacific Ocean.Read More