Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Draughtsmen Aleworks Now On Tap

Despite it being 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, the bar is abuzz as if it were 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. “Deckers and Lockheed Martin both have happy hours going on now,” explains Scott Stefan, one of five partners behind Draughtsmen Aleworks in Goleta, which recently opened not just a microbrewery but an insta-community.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Bringing the Wild, Wacky, and Wonderful to LA

There’s that great bit in the 1963 comedy-thriller-romance Charade where Audrey Hepburn’s character asks Cary Grant’s character, “You know what’s wrong with you?” to which he replies, “No, what?” and she pauses, then says in elongated exasperation, “Nothing.”

Well, Santa Barbara wine country is sort of like Cary Grant without the chin dimple. As writer and marketing maven Allison Levine from Please the Palate puts it, “What do they grow in Santa Barbara? Everything.” Which makes it tricky to introduce people to the wines of the area; where should one start?

Want to read the rest then do so at the Santa Barbara Vintners blog.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sip This: Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc

Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc Santa Ynez Valley 2014: As pedigrees go, it’s hard to beat a super-somm and an up-and-coming winemaker. Meet Eric Railsback — who’s been part of the team at Les Marchands, Mattei’s, and Wine Cask (and that’s just his work around here) — and Justin Willett, who started at Arcadian and runs Tyler Winery. Of all things, they are most interested in grapes from France’s Loire Valley, hence this tasty pour.

Want to read the rest the do so at the Independent's site.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sip This: Kimsey White Blend

Kimsey White Blend 2013: It’s not like we didn’t know Ballard Canyon could produce amazing roussanne, since we’ve had Stolpman’s L’Avion for years. But this blend (74% roussanne, 26% viognier) instantly shoots to the top of white wines in Santa Barbara County. William and Nancy Kimsey wisely hired winemaker Matt Dees (also from the neighboring property Jonata) and vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano to make their wines, which also include a fine grenache and syrah.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Eat This: Egg-in-a-Jar @ Bob's Well Bread

The deceptively simple “egg-in-a-jar” from Bob’s Well Bread in the sudden foodie mecca of Los Alamos doesn’t even hint at its most spectacular ingredient: the purple potatoes, pureed into a lovely lavender and whipped to a consistency that’s smooth yet still hearty, and then veined with melted Gruyere. Somehow they stay steaming in the time it takes you to eat them — not too hot despite the visual cues but welcoming and warm, keeping the cheese from going globby.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sip This: Ed's Red

Ed’s Red 2012 AD California: Turns out winemakers are a lot like us — they don’t want to spend a mint drinking, either. To fix that problem of high-priced wine, Edwin Richards, one of the owners of Adastra Wines in Napa, developed Ed’s Red, a blend that they joke “pairs well with mammoth or its vegetarian equivalent.”

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bree-osh Is Deleesh’osh

There’s more to going from a banker to a baker than losing that “n.” That’s particularly the case for Pierre Henry, who, with his wife, Nelly Henry, opened Bree’osh CafĂ© on Coast Village Road last October, the culmination of a circuitous route from Paris to Montecito.

Want to read the rest then do so at the Independent's site.