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Accent du Terroir

Accent du terroir is a French term that just means “flavor of the land.” When I’ve heard it, it’s been used in talking about wine, and how wines take on the flavor of the land their grapes are grown in.…

10 Must-Try California Wines

Let me tell you, there’s a big difference between a connoisseur and an aficionado. Beyond the French and Italian lineage. I am not a wine connoisseur. I am a wine aficionado. Scott’s cousin is a connoisseur, and beyond. She…

Walking and Writing in Monterey

Monterey has a mystique all its own. It’s nestled along the coast of a state with miles and miles of gorgeous coastline, and yet people in California flock there as much as people from out of state. I grew…

Come Fly With Me

There isn’t a hard and fast rule for where Earth ends and outer space begins, but the Kármán Rule is what we use conventionally in international space use treaties. It says that space starts at about 62 miles over…

Hiking Montana de Oro

Montaña de Oro is a California State Park just outside Los Osos and San Luis Obispo. It has some of the most beautiful seaside hiking you could ever hope to find, with craggy cliffs, dark sand beaches, canyons, streams, and…

Avila Beach :: The Olde Port Inn

The more I visit my folks, the more I’m convinced they live in Foodie Paradise. There are dozens of beautiful farmers’ markets, local organic butchers and bakers and fish markets, and a climate that pretty much guarantees you can find…

Home Grape Harvest + Easy Jam

When you think of grape growing in the heart of California’s wine country, you probably don’t think about Concord grapes. Concords are the deep indigo beauties that make you think more of things like Knotts and Smuckers and PB&Js.…

Zip ‘n’ Sip with Ancient Peaks Vineyards

We love our winery and vineyard tours. We love our tastings. But Margarita Adventures has now given us a new way to enjoy touring the vineyards – from above! Five separate zip-line legs, with a sixth coming soon. More…