Monthly Archives: June 2011

Wine of the Week: A BBQ-friendly Wine for the 4th

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This post is dedicated to Joe Kafka, who left us too soon. His store Kafka Wines on Halsted and Buckingham in Chicago introduced me (and many others) to beautiful, value-conscious wines in a fun, friendly atmosphere. True to one of Kafka’s stated missions, which was … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Days 5 and 6 – Santa Barbara and L.A.

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After a very busy week seeing the Central Coast, frankly, it was time for a rest. The WWG climbed back into the red Mustang and began the drive to Santa Barbara on Highway 154. When doing the drive, keep an … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Day 4 – Santa Barbara Wine Country

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Santa Barbara County Wineries After sleeping in and enjoying some grub at Pete’s Pierside Cafe in Avila Beach, it was time to get back to wine-tasting. This time, the WWG headed south to Santa Barbara county, the area immortalized in the … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Day 3 – Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, and Pismo Beach

Hearst Castle – The iconic home of William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. Your journey will likely start at the bottom of the estate in foggy, cool weather. However, your tour bus will wind … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Day 2 – Big Sur

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Day 2 – Big Sur beckoned! This part of the drive is what most people imagine when thinking about the Highway 1 experience with twists and turns above perilous cliffs that plunge deep into the ocean. Frankly, the ordeal would seem a bit silly if it … Continue reading

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Cali Trip Day 1 – Pebble Beach

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Day 1 – After a couple weather-related flight delays, I arrived to find San Jose immersed in sunshine. It was the perfect start to the drive down the California coast in a red, Mustang convertible. (Side note – do only … Continue reading

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California’s Epic Highway 1 Drive

This week, I’m heading on a trip down the California coast! Continue reading

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