Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Favorite Week. Restaurant Week.

    My favorite week of the year in the Santa Ynez Valley – Restaurant Week. A select group of restaurants choose to participate in offering a prix fixe 3 course meal for the price of the numerical year – $20.13! My plotting and planning started well in advance of Day 1 and I found myself with reservations for all 7 days! I thought it Read More →

Ballard Canyon AVA just days away… How it Came to Be

It seems like yesterday, a bunch of us huddled around a map outside of Michael Larner’s barn to discuss boundary lines with Wes Hagen. Attendees Keith Sarloos, Jeff Newton, Steve Beckmen, Roger Harrison, John Falcone (Rusack), and Matt Dees (Jonata) had recently agreed to hire Wes to put together a petition for the Ballard Canyon AVA. I was so immersed in the map; I didn’t Read More →

Ze Germans

Not only are the Germans keeping the EU afloat and making kick-ass cars, but it seems as though they have Californian wines pretty much figured out. Germany’s leading wine magazine, Der Fein Schmecker International Gourmet Journal, opened its “Top 10 US Wines” article with the following quote: “California wines are in the middle of an image change. All of the cheaper, branded products from the Read More →

In memory of Nicolasa Ruelas Solorzano

2013 starts out on a sad note. We received word that Ruben Solorzano’s mother, Nicolasa Ruelas Solorzano, passed away over the weekend. Our thoughts are with Ruben and his entire family as they mourn together in Jalisco. Nicolasa gave birth to 11 children, the youngest being Stolpman’s Vineyard Manager of 19 years, Ruben Solorzano. She raised her entire family in a modest house nestled on Read More →