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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, chickens, and chinchillas.
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Bill Moyers
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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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    The event is a wonderful way to get a snapshot of the broader Central Coast, from Santa Barbara up to northern-most reaches of Paso Robles.
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    There are some bottles you can buy for a good cause.
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    These beers have a lower alcohol content, making them perfect for July 4th imbibing sessions.
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    Just because you can't grow grapes in LA proper doesn't mean you can't make the wine there.
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    How do wineries choose which festivals to attend, given it seems they can do one a week, and twice most summer Sundays
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    Some wineries say things like, "Well, we're organic, mostly, unless we really need to spray... plus all that paperwork...and the expense." Not this one.
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    Roussanne is a grape held in high esteem in California, though it's still a little rare. Here are the best bottles for sipping.
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    Chardonnay may have a bit of a low-brow reputation these days, but there are excellent bottles to be found. And it helps fight climate change!
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    Generally, wine pairing dinners mean the food comes first, and then sommeliers and winemakers try to figure vinous things out from there. At this dinner, it's the other way around.
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    One thousand five hundred and ninety-two dollars and ninety-two cents of wine sits on a bar in front of me.
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    This book makes the case that California is leading the way in wine sustainability.
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    A futures tasting is an opportunity to get a lay of the land, and of a vintage, to begin to understand where a wine growing region might be headed.
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  • Entry
    It's fitting that zinfandel is often considered the only true American grape, as the wines made from it are brash, big, and bold.
  • Entry
    The best wines to go with traditional Thanksgiving dishes -- and some pairings to avoid.
  • Entry
    "Being of Native American descent, I feel a close understanding to nature and having that connection to the land."
  • Entry
    Depending on the study, it seems approximately 10% of California's winemakers are women. So, winemaking is generally a man's game.
  • Entry
    Here's a look at eight spooky, pumpkin-y, and autumnal ales, mostly from California.
  • Entry
    "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."
  • Entry
    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.
  • Entry
    How a server at one of Santa Barbara's best restaurants became one of the county's best winemakers.
  • Entry
    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.
  • Entry
    Turns out you can crush a grape and get gin. One Paso Robles winery is bottle grape-derived spirits for fun and profit.