12 Questions with Richard Funk


Q&A with Saviah Cellars' winemaker, Richard Funk | Wander & Wine

Since starting my Q&A series in October, I’ve really enjoyed how different each winemaker’s answers have been despite receiving the same set of questions. Each answer is so personal and unique, and it’s fun to introduce you all to new and familiar faces in the wine industry, especially when their personalities really come out through their answers. This month, we’re heading back up to Walla Walla to feature Richard Funk, owner and winemaker of Saviah Cellars! I first met Rich at a winemaker dinner in 2013 when he was seated next to me. As it turns out, one of his assistant winemakers was a friend of mine! Small world.

World Of Pinot Noir


Bacara Resort & Spa - site of WOPN | Wander & Wine

Earlier this month, Santa Barbara was overflowing with Pinot Noir drinkers at the 15th Anniversary World of Pinot Noir event, which took place at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa. Given the rise of Pinot Noir’s popularity after the movie Sideways, filmed here in Santa Barbara County, it’s only fitting that WOPN was held here yet again. Pinot Noir was of course the star of the event (sorry, Merlot), bringing together producers and enthusiasts for 2 days of educational tastings, luncheons, events and winemaker dinners. It’s no Pebble Beach Food & Wine, but it was a valiant effort!

2 Year Anniversary!



Has it really been 2 years already!? Hard to believe that I started writing this blog in March 2013. It all started after a few suggestions from friends… “Instead of people asking you for one-off wine recommendations, why not jot it all down in a blog for us to read?” Having never been a reader of blogs, I thought that was a crazy idea. I just pictured the stereotype of what a “blogger” was and I couldn’t see myself spending hours taking a perfectly staged photo and sitting at my desk each night writing about my life. (No offense to those types of bloggers!) Plus, I had (and still have) a full-time job that keeps me busy enough.

Roark Wine Co.


 Roark Wine Co. - Buellton, CA | Wander & Wine

In my wine column in the SB Sentinel, it’s always fun to introduce readers to those people in the wine industry flying a little bit under the radar. Recently, I featured Ryan Roark of Roark Wine Company. At Roark, there’s no fancy tasting room or huge production. In fact, there’s no real tasting room at all. If you go to visit Roark to taste the wines, what you get is an inside look into the world of this one-man operation.

Where to Taste Wine in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone


Where to taste wine in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone | Wander & Wine

About a year before I moved back to Santa Barbara, I was in town for my grandpa’s 90th birthday and paid a visit to The Funk Zone for the first time. Back then, I couldn’t believe my eyes… what I had remembered as being a run down area with abandoned warehouses had become a hot spot for art, food and wine. Lots of wine.

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!

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