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George Yatchisin
About Me:
George Yatchisin writes about food, wine, and cocktails from Santa Barbara, where he lives with his amazing wife, dogs, and chickens.
Favorite KCET Show:
Bill Moyers
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    The annual tasting seminar pairs pinot noir with a classic companion: mushrooms; and something unexpected: sea urchin. The experts are skeptical, but keep an open mind and palate.
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    For wine director Emily Johnston, choosing wines for restaurants requires a keen understanding of the clientele's drinking preferences.
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    Are you celebrating Valentine's Day with a new love or a long-term partner? We have a different wine and cheese pairing for every couple.
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    An L.A. sommelier educates palates on tasting different varieties of water.
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    A vertical tasting is a way to discover the differences in a bottle of wine over several years.
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    For Vidal Perez of J. Wilkes Wines, the path to wine making in the Central Coast was an unexpected one.
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    Rachel Silkowski, the young winemaker behind Rasi Wine Company, just released her first barrel of pinot noir. She is developing her label as she continues to learn about the winemaking process working with one of Santa Barbara's best producers.
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    Glassware maker Georg Ridel insists that different varietals of wine require different glasses.
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    It only just seems like you can't throw a rock in Santa Barbara without breaking a bottle of wine made by Doug Margerum. I had him explain his busy, busy slate -- and he's also still co-owner of the...
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    It's the perfect time of year for big, bold, stick-to-your-bones wines.
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    A small winemaker in Malibu is still making a go of it, despite recent regulations against new vineyards in the area.
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    Like Thanksgiving, Mardi Gras, and the Opening of Buck Season in Pennsylvania, December 5, aka Repeal Day should be one of our nation's great holidays.
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    It's fitting that zinfandel is often considered the only true American grape, as the wines made from it are brash, big, and bold.
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    The best wines to go with traditional Thanksgiving dishes -- and some pairings to avoid.
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    "Being of Native American descent, I feel a close understanding to nature and having that connection to the land."
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    Depending on the study, it seems approximately 10% of California's winemakers are women. So, winemaking is generally a man's game.
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    Here's a look at eight spooky, pumpkin-y, and autumnal ales, mostly from California.
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    "We are still successful as a winery focusing on syrah and Rhone varietal wines. These wines are obscure for most people, but that is really part of the charm."
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    It's easy to think of sparkling wine producers in the U.S. hankering after the cachet of Champagne, one of the last bastions of French privilege in the wine world. A weekend like this one will make it clear that the upstart Americans have learned a thing or two.
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    How a server at one of Santa Barbara's best restaurants became one of the county's best winemakers.
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    We may run out of water, but we won't run out of wine -- at least not the 2014 vintage. For while the drought ravages California, checking in with several winemakers in Santa Barbara suggests the 2014 vintage will have relatively high yields.
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    Turns out you can crush a grape and get gin. One Paso Robles winery is bottle grape-derived spirits for fun and profit.
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    Truett-Hurst does sell a Central Coast Pinot Noir, part of a Schucks label that's billed "fish wine." (That means, "goes with fish." Took me a second too.)
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    A handy guide to Santa Barbara County's sparkling wine producers, as well as the locations where you can taste them.
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    Les Marchands may be the ideal wine shop: these are the elements that make it so.
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    Malibu has just been designated an American Viticultural Area, giving it legitimacy as a wine-growing region. But a proposed Land Use Plan might put a stop to grape-growing there.
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    A recent craft beer festival had some excellent new local beers on offer. Here are our favorites.
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    Some movies, at best, get a DVD re-release on their tenth anniversaries. "Sideways," 2004's tale of a sodden Santa Ynez bachelor party romp, recently scored a bunch of fine fêtes instead.
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    When you're a home winemaker, you might as well practice saying, "We learned that by trial and error."
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    It's easy if you're out visiting wine country to buy a few here, then a few at the next stop, then stop for a picnic lunch.... In the meantime, your bottles are boiling.
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