Culture 101: Santa Barbara’s Quick Guide to Over 101 Cultural Pursuits

Culture 101 in Santa Barbara

Or maybe “quick” is the wrong word because, really, culture has been imbedded in Santa Barbara since long before the Spanish settlers arrived. Dating back to the Chumash Native Americans and their basket weaving, wall painting, jewelry and intricately designed canoes, it would seem that the Santa Barbara South Coast gave rise to a love of art and culture over 13,000 years ago. Continue reading

Pairings in Paso: My Rosé Obsession

Imageby Jennifer Knoll

With Concerts in the Park beginning this month, both in Paso and Templeton, I would like to showcase my favorite wine, for one of my most special events.

Rosé  is the perfect accompaniment to any trip to a Concert, and it’s no secret to anyone who knows me that my infatuation with the pink stuff runs deep. However, it’s more than the flirty sensual color that appeals to me, but more its diverse, underrated personality. Rosé is an entity in and of itself. It harkens to red, but only enough to turn it “pink”, depending on the grapes used and the production technique. Its color/gender-busting ability takes it away from white and into a spectral range from pale orange to a vivid, near-purple. It’s crisp, lively, affordable, and pairs well with all food, especially summer fare and barbecue. The British rock band, The Feeling, in their song all about Rosé(!), serenaded best, “the white to your left/the red to your right/are all that I’d seen/’til I realized the love that I seek/ lies right in between.” Continue reading

Experience Paso Robles Wine Tasting (and Weddings) by Horse Drawn Carriage


Imageby Tina Swithin

There is always something new to discover in Paso Robles, which is one of the many things that I love about this area.  A few weeks ago, I received a call from Morgan at Midnight Cellars who was eager to share news about the newest business to “trot” onto the Paso Robles wine scene.  If you are questioning my choice of words, let me explain that this business did in fact “trot” into Paso Robles.

If you are planning to indulge in the Paso Robles wine tasting experience, there are a variety of ways to visit tasting rooms: limos, wine tours, trolleys and now carriage rides!  Yes, I did say ‘carriage rides’.  Angel3 White Horse Carriage Co. is a welcomed addition to Paso Robles, providing wine tasting excursions by horse-drawn carriage.  You can sit back and enjoy the rolling hills, vines and fresh air from the comfort of a lovingly restored Victorian-era carriage.  Their tours include two to four boutique tasting rooms and a light picnic lunch in the midst of a local vineyard or can be catered to your individual needs. Continue reading