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April 21, 2009 | Amy Orozco
Thanks to recent rains, wildflowers continue to carpet the roads to Los Olivos, the Santa Barbara County wine country destination made famous by the movie "Sideways." And despite its recent popularity, the 1,000-person town has kept a sober head and offers more to do than sip Syrah (there's Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, among others).
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February 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last few years, Stolpman Vineyards in the new Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County has produced a wine called La Cuadrilla for "the crew. " Its crew works full time under the direction of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano. Each year, the crew works an experimental cuadra or block, which rotates throughout the ranch. The grapes from that cuadra are used to make La Cuadrilla, so the blend is slightly different each year.
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TRAVEL
September 21, 1986 | JERRY HULSE, Times Travel Editor
Passing through little Los Olivos involves mere seconds, which tells something about its appeal. After this the land unfolds to infinity, taking in vegetable gardens and vineyards, country inns, cattle, horse ranches and a bright red one-room schoolhouse that stands in the shade of towering trees. Hidden in the Santa Ynez Valley, Los Olivos is a flashback to a time when life seemed secure and neighbors were friends, not strangers.
TRAVEL
October 7, 2012
El Capitan Canyon, 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara; (805) 685-3887, http://www.elcapitancanyon.com . This 300-acre refuge, 20 miles north of Santa Barbara, is outfitted with cedar cabins and canvas safari tents. There's also a restaurant and store. From April through November, most cabins are $225-$355 a night, safari tents $155. Rates drop $10-$40 December-March. Ocean Mesa at El Capitan, 100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara; (805) 879-5751, http://www.oceanmesa.com . Bring your own tent or RV; it supplies the heated swimming pool and laundry room.
FOOD
February 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the last few years, Stolpman Vineyards in the new Ballard Canyon American Viticultural Area in Santa Barbara County has produced a wine called La Cuadrilla for "the crew. " Its crew works full time under the direction of winemaker Sashi Moorman and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano. Each year, the crew works an experimental cuadra or block, which rotates throughout the ranch. The grapes from that cuadra are used to make La Cuadrilla, so the blend is slightly different each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1991
Prince William's schoolmate who beaned him with a golf club can now claim that he crowned the future King of England. JEANETTE YOUNG, Los Olivos
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1991
Why does the American public revile the press for bringing us horror stories of our government in action? It's like shooting the messenger! JEANETTE YOUNG Los Olivos
TRAVEL
January 25, 1998
Regarding Joan Drake's story about Central Coast barbecue traditions ("Meat Me in Santa Maria," Nov. 16): Pinquito beans were not used "in the 1800s." They were not available until the 1930s. JIM NORRIS Los Olivos
TRAVEL
October 5, 1986
I can't imagine anyone writing an article about Los Olivos (Sept. 21) and not including a picture of Mattei's Tavern. The contrast between the old and the new would have been stunning. FLORENCE GLICK Pasadena
NEWS
January 20, 1991
What a glowing story of Gayle Wilson ("A First Lady with Flair," Jan. 9). Unfortunately, all your 1,225,189 readers and their children will have noted (the picture of) the new governor holding a foam cup. Is Pete's environmental conversion for real? JIM NORRIS Los Olivos
NEWS
October 5, 2012
Your next getaway is just two hours up the coast from Los Angeles in the Santa Ynez Valley, the heart of Santa Barbara County's wine country. Make plans to visit the Santa Ynez Valley communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang now - when winter daytime highs are in the 60s and 70s and plenty of sunshine beckons you outdoors to go golfing, hiking and cycling. Amid thousands of twinkling lights and holiday trees, during the month of December experience Solvang's Julefest (winter festival)
FOOD
February 3, 2011 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
When life gives you olive oil, Theo Stephan has a suggestion: Make a pie. Or a tart. Or cookies. Or a velvety chocolate sauce. The founder of the Global Gardens line of olive oils and specialty food products, Stephan makes about 2,000 gallons of olive oil a year. Needless to say, there are bottles of it everywhere in her home. She has no shortage of recipes that will allow the flavors of the olive oil to shine through — scrambled eggs, a brushing of olive oil to brown a grilled cheese sandwich or sauteeing vegetables for a lasagna.
TRAVEL
August 8, 2010 | By Arnie Cooper, Special to The Los Angeles Times
From Los Angeles, take U.S. 101 north to California Highway 154. Take the Highway 154 off-ramp and turn right to Zaca Station Road. Turn left and continue on Zaca Station Road for five miles to the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard. Vino Vaqueros, (805) 559-4232, http://www.vinovaqueros.com . The 90-minute "Lunch Ride" ($155) includes a tasting with eight wines and a lunch with sandwiches and salads (groups can choose a tri-tip barbecue). Or skip the food on the "Ride and Taste," available February through November for $125.
TRAVEL
August 8, 2010 | By Arnie Cooper, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Getting ready to set out on the gravelly trail, Diego and his girlfriend, Cash, are rubbing noses. It's a warm spring-feverish day in April in the Santa Ynez Valley, and the two can't seem to get close enough. And I can't avoid watching. Diego, my horse for the next 90 minutes, has a thing for this mare, and because I'm just along for the ride, who am I to intercede? Besides, as a novice equestrian, I welcome Diego's distraction - anything to avoid being thrust into a full gallop as once happened to me in the rocky desert outside Palm Springs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Smiling docents, green-clad rangers, music piped in everywhere — for Michael Jackson fans, Neverland State Park would no doubt be a thriller. But state park officials say it's an idea whose time may never come. Assemblyman Mike Davis, a Los Angeles Democrat, said Tuesday that he's going to push for a study of the possibility when the Legislature meets again in August. Jackson "was one of the world's preeminent entertainers and California is fortunate to have such a site in its jurisdiction," said Davis, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism & Internet Media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
Residents of the Santa Ynez Valley have banded together to oppose making a tourist attraction out of Michael Jackson's former Neverland estate. While the owners of the 4-square-mile ranch have not formally proposed developing it, they have not ruled it out, raising alarms among neighbors in the rural area of vineyards and horse properties. "We get mixed messages," said Bob Field, a spokesman for Never!, a new group that claims the support of many community organizations. "We want to resolve this thing in the valley, between neighbors, and not in front of the county or, heaven forbid, a judge."
TRAVEL
September 6, 1998
Regarding "Wherefore Art Thou in Utah" (Aug. 2): It is unbelievable that the writer could visit Cedar City, Utah, for three days and miss what we consider to be the city's best restaurant, Milt's Stage Stop. She passed right by Milt's as she left on U.S. Highway 14. Milt's serves wine, is reasonably priced, and has friendly service and a great setting. JIM AND LYNNE NORRIS, Los Olivos
OPINION
March 15, 2004
Re "Ginsburg Has Ties to Activist Group," March 11: It is gratifying to learn that there is at least one U.S. Supreme Court justice who looks after the welfare of women -- one who can speak to the concerns of the women of our nation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an equalizing voice in the important decisions that affect the lives of women. The diversity of the court makes it fair and strong. Lea Petrick Los Olivos
OPINION
May 29, 2009
Re "Retired chef caught up in massive gang sweep," May 26 Ramon Huerta has suffered an egregious injustice at the hands of the authorities in their war against drug gangs. The intelligence -- or we should say, the stupidity -- behind the search was sloppy. It apparently was the wrong Ramon Huerta. Many people here share the same commonly occurring names. Why such carelessness? Did the hoped-for publicity of a successfully executed drug raid give extra energy to the decision to strike first and ask questions later?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2009 | Amy Orozco
Thanks to recent rains, wildflowers continue to carpet the roads to Los Olivos, the Santa Barbara County wine country destination made famous by the movie "Sideways." And despite its recent popularity, the 1,000-person town has kept a sober head and offers more to do than sip Syrah (there's Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, among others).
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