Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]

Paso Robles California

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Paso Robles is located in California’s Central Coast Wine Region in the San Luis Obispo county. The Paso Robles AVA is mostly known for Zinfandel grapes. However, it also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone blends such as Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. Since last year’s plans were so unceremoniously disrupted by Covid, this is our first [Read more …]

Calder and Picasso

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Calder and Picasso The deYoung Museum in San Francisco currently has an interesting special exhibit that traces the parallels between Calder and Picasso. Calder and Picasso were among the most innovative and influential artists of the first three decades of the 21st century. Pablo Picasso was 18 years older than his contemporary, Alexander Calder. The [Read more …]

A Taste of the Andes Wine Dinner

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It has been too long since we have been able to enjoy an in-person dinner that paired food with wine. But they are starting to reappear in the San Francisco area. San Francisco’s Vault Garden teamed up with the Vine Connections (an importer that specializes in Chilean and Argentinian wines) that paired a five-course dinner [Read more …]

Exploring San Diego Neighborhoods

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San Diego California in on the Pacific Ocean coast and is next to the United States–Mexico border. Since it was the first site where Europeans settled on the west coast, it is called the Birthplace of California. San Diego has lots of interesting neighborhoods to keep a visitor occupied. Gaslight Quarter The Gaslight District is [Read more …]

Tijuana Day Trip

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Getting to Tijuana Tijuana is the most visited border city in the world. It is also the second-largest city in Mexico. Although we were once in Tijuana about 30 years ago, we thought it may be worth taking a day trip from our pre-covid visit to San Diego. Getting there could not be easier…unless you [Read more …]

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts—Opens, then Closes

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San Francisco was one of the first cities to shut down during the pandemic. For those of us who love museums, gathering with friends, going out to dinner, it was hard. But it was also an important thing to do to stop COVID. Then finally, a glimmer of hope after a very long wait. San [Read more …]

Brown Bears Hunting Salmon at Brooks Falls Alaska

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As we continue to restrict our travel due to COVID, we are taking a look at (and reliving while updating) some of our most memorable trips. This blog was originally posted in July 2011. Hunting Bears Hunting Salmon Most people who have any interest in bears, wildlife, or Alaska have seen the classic pictures of [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon

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COVID canceled the 2020 International Pinot Noir Celebration. While we don’t go every year, we had tickets for the 2020 festival. We had planned to spent time in the Willamette Valley to taste wines and restock our cellars of some of our favorites. Oh well, now we hope to attend the 2021 event. However, even [Read more …]

Oregon’s Rogue River Wines Region

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When we go to Oregon for wine tasting, we usually go to the Willamette Valley. But after an early 2020 Oregon Wine tasting that took place in San Francisco, we wanted to branch out in our knowledge of Oregon wines. Craving a limited (and safe) car trip from San Francisco during COVID, we headed to [Read more …]