Jaffurs Wine Cellars in Santa Barbara


Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

If you’re visiting Santa Barbara, you’re likely to miss quite a few places that are more ‘off the beaten path’ so to speak. There are SO many things to see and do along State Street and the Funk Zone that it’s sometimes hard to venture out even just a little bit. Jaffurs Wine Cellars isn’t actually that out of the way, as it’s still part of the SB Urban Wine Trail, but you could easily drive by and miss it.

Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Santa Barbara | Wander & Wine

12 Questions with Jamie Slone


12 Questions with Jamie Slone | Wander & Wine

This month’s Q&A is with one of Santa Barbara’s newest faces in the wine industry, Jamie Slone! If you recall back in November, I wrote about Jamie Slone and his new wine tasting room in Santa Barbara’s Wine Collection of El Paseo, Jamie Slone Wines. He and his wife, Kym, both hailing from Tuscon, opened up their tasting room less than 6 months ago and have made Santa Barbara their home away from home. They’re both fun-loving, nice people that deserve major props for jumping in head first into the wine biz… and so far, things seem to be going well! I was actually just in the tasting room on Valentine’s Day for some wine and chocolate and it was definitely a happenin’ spot.

A Guide to Santa Barbara’s AVAs


Guide to Santa Barbara AVA's | Wander & Wine

I’m super excited to share that I’m now a guest contributor to Club W’s The Juice blog! Club W is an online wine club that personalizes your wine selection based on your tastes and makes it easy to try a wide variety of wines at a great price. On Club W’s blog, they cover topics from wine tasting and winemaking to wine-related crafts and recipes to pair with wine.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Food & Wine Pairing


The perfect Valentine's Day food & wine pairing | Wander & Wine

Valentine’s day is around the corner! I’m not usually one who likes to go all out on this holiday… overpriced prix fixe menus and red roses aren’t really my thing. Instead of trying to avoid the day all together though, I think it’s way more fun to stay in, throw on some tunes and cook an awesome meal with someone special. Since V-day falls on a Saturday this year, all the more reason to get started early and enjoy the evening. Even more, I’ve already planned the perfect menu for two… so no excuses!

Understanding Wine Terms


Understanding common wine terms | Wander & Wine

Brix. Flabby. Malolactic Fermentation…. you may love to drink wine, but do you get overwhelmed when the convo goes from ‘this wine tastes great!’ to total and utter wine geek lingo? I’m here to help! Wine should be fun, not stressful, but with so many people becoming more versed in “wine speak,” it can be hard to keep up. Below are a few common wine terms to learn so you, too, can sound like a wine pro!

Grape & Winemaking terms:

SBC Wine with Gavin Chanin


Gavin Chanin & Lutum Wines | Wander & Wine

Writing my column in the Santa Barbara Sentinel for the past 7 months has been such a great excuse to get out and meet some very talented people in the wine industry. It’s crazy to me how many people stumbled into the wine industry at a young age and have excelled, quickly making a name for themselves as reputable winemakers (although with all that hard work, it probably doesn’t seem like overnight success to them!).

12 Questions with Tom Glase


12 Questions with Balboa Winery's Tom Glase | Wander & Wine

If you haven’t yet been to Walla Walla, you’re definitely missing out! The area is seriously booming, with a growing culinary scene, awesome wineries and very nice people. It’s almost been a year since I was last in Walla Walla, when my friend Sarah and I made a quick trip before I moved. During our whirlwind tour, we met the owner / winemaker of Balboa Winery, Tom Glase. Tom and his wife, Amy, are the brains behind Balboa, where they not only make great wine but ensure each and every visitor feels welcome (doesn’t hurt that their adorable dogs are the first to greet you at the door).

Cultivar Wine & Caspar Estate


Cultivar Wine | Wander & Wine

I always love introducing friends and family to wines from lesser known wineries, especially in a place like Napa Valley where the big names usually dominate. Sure, there are plenty of well known names worth seeking out, but isn’t it rewarding to find a producer that is smaller and family-run sometimes?

Postcards of Big Sur, CA


Nepenthe - Big Sur | Wander & Wine

Jagged cliffs. Stunning scenery. Big Sur is right up there with the most photographed places in the US for sure, and if you haven’t driven on Highway 1 between San Simeon and Carmel before, it should be on your bucket list. Heading north, the drive starts out pretty flat and then you suddenly find yourself driving along steep, cliff-hugging winding roads. Although Nick and I did the drive from Santa Barbara to Half Moon Bay a few years ago, Big Sur is definitely the type of place to visit more than once, so we were excited to get back and explore. This time, we met up with my best friend and her boyfriend in Big Sur for a couple nights of camping to ring in the new year… 30 degree weather and all. Believe it or not, we weren’t the only ones who had this brilliant idea — there were lots of campers!

2014: A Recap


Recap 2014: Most popular | Wander & Wine

Happy New Year! Well, another year has come and gone… but what a year it was! 2014 was complete with a move back to Santa Barbara, lots of great wine and food, getting my own wine column in a local publication and, the big one, getting engaged (at a winery of all places)! Success! 2015 has some big shoes to fill, but I have no doubts it will be even better. Before letting go of 2014, I’m taking a look back at all the neat experiences I’ve been able to share with my readers (that’s part of the fun of having a blog – to relive all the great moments!). So, to close out 2014, here are a few of my most popular blog posts that are worth checking out if you missed them.

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