November 14, 2012 |
The Wine Institute is reporting that California's wine grape harvest has “yielded generous amounts of high-quality fruit.” That's good news. In terms of quantity, the harvest is up too, from 3.3 million tons last year to an estimated 3.7 million tons in 2012. The weather cooperated to give plenty of sunshine and cooler nights. Some winemakers are calling the growing season idyllic. That's Napa Valley winemaker Aron Weinkauf of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery 's take on the harvest.
June 30, 2012 |
From his perch at Bonny Doon Vineyard in the Santa Cruz mountains, the indefatigable Randall Grahm turns out a huge variety of wines. I was an early fan of his Le Cigare Volant (the flying cigar), a tribute to the southern Rhone's Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and his rosé Vin Gris de Cigare. An irrepressible punster, Grahm makes another Rhone-style wine called Clos de Gilroy, which "pays homage to the quaint, rustic town of Gilroy, the spiritual locus of all matters alliaceous. " Which is not to say that this Grenache blend reeks of garlic.
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May 31, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and his family's business are embroiled in a legal dispute over more than $4 million in taxes that the IRS says they owe, according to court documents. Maldonado, a Republican who is running for a congressional seat on the Central Coast, has co-owned a 6,000-acre Santa Maria farm that grows cauliflower, celery and strawberries. In April, he said he was severing his ties to the business, after reports of a battle in tax court over the IRS' contention that he and his wife owed the government $470,000.
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May 30, 2012 |
SANTA BARBARA — The last time Chris Mitchum won an election was when he ran for the board of the Screen Actors Guild, vowing to wrest the union from the grip of leftists. Nearly three decades later, he's promising pretty much the same thing as he mounts a long-shot bid for a congressional seat in a newly designed Central Coast district. "We're on the brink of a thousand years of darkness," the Santa Barbara Republican said in an interview, echoing a trademark Ronald Reagan phrase.
May 20, 2012 |
The sleepy Central Coast town of Arroyo Grande, population 17,000, is the ideal place to shut out the mayhem of city life for a few days. There's not much to do except relax, drink wine, read your book and take sunset strolls. The bed. House of Another Tyme Bed & Breakfast (227 Le Point St.;  489-6313; rooms for two, $120) is a remodeled Victorian home that dates to 1916 and contains three guest rooms. The B&B is run by husband-and-wife Jack Tiedemann and Judy Zwarg.
January 5, 2012 |
Here's a $99 coupon deal for a hotel stay that positions you perfectly to visit Hearst Castle and the beaches along Central California 's rugged coast. LivingSocial offers a one-night getaway in San Simeon that includes room, wine-tasting and easy access to springtime sightseeing. The deal: The stay is at the the Morgan at San Simeon , named for Julia Morgan, the architect of the dazzlingly ornate Hearst Castle. This $99 deal goes a long way; it includes a room with a king-sized bed or two queen beds, continental breakfast, a glass of wine, free Wi-Fi and a wine-tasting at Harmony Cellars that comes with a bottle of wine.
December 31, 2011
Lee Cohen celebrated his 56 th birthday in April by trekking on the back roads of California's Central Coast. Near the end of his trip, he visited Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area just north of Pismo Beach. Standing on the bridge that spans the northern end of the lake, Cohen shot this photo as "the last rays of the sun shone over the ocean and the lake, ending a remarkable day on the California coast. " The Signal Hill resident used an Olympus Pen E-P2. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
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December 9, 2011 |
Spend enough time on a boat in Southern California and you'll see your fill of sea lions, dolphins and even the occasional whale. But a group of whale watchers this week were treated to a less common sight, crossing paths with a sea otter off the coast of Laguna Beach. The Dana Pride was on a whale-watching excursion Monday afternoon when the crew spotted one of the furry marine mammals lingering just outside some kelp a quarter-mile offshore. "His head came up and they said, 'Wow, that's a sea otter' and it just came up and watched our boat," said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
November 17, 2011 |
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, this can be a good time of year to visit the Central Coast , and there's no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. For those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California . If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)
November 14, 2011 |
With mild temperatures, calm water and minimal fog, there's no better time of year to visit the Central Coast than the fall, and no better place to see it than on the water in a kayak. And for those prepping for a "big year" of bird-watching, this section of coast, with its diversity of waterfowl and shorebirds, is possibly the finest in California. If you've kayaked only on lakes and prefer water on the tamer side, Morro Bay is the place to paddle. Open-ocean kayaking is a whole different ballgame, and launching from just any beach shouldn't be attempted by novices (as we learned on a recent trip; more on that in a bit)