Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 1

I first met Chris Cameron, Vice President and Director of Winemaking, several years back at a coffee shop in downtown Paso Robles. The more I chatted with him since then the more impressed I was with his knowledge, experience, and travels. Read more…


Farming, Sustainability, and Simply Not Caring Enough

Back when I had first started working with The Vineyard Team and during the duration of my time with them, I really started having a greater appreciation for farming and sustainability. I’m not just referring to sustainability in farming when I say that, I am instead referring to all aspects of sustainability. Read more…

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New Shop in Paso Robles: Haymarket

From the owners of Hotel Cheval and the Pony Club Bar at the hotel, comes Haymarket. Located where Vivant Fine Cheese used to be, on Pine St. between 10th St. and 11th St. It’s being touted as a gourmet grocery store. They will have prepared food to go or enjoy on their patio along with other unique food items, wine, and things for the home and kitchen. Read more…


Interview: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard (Part 2)

As promised, here is part two of my Q & A with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard. A big thank you to Jason for taking the time to answer questions. He also wanted me to let you, the readers, know that if you have any follow up questions for him feel free to ask them in the comment section and he will be happy to answer. Read more…


The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo

This is a press release from The Vineyard Team, just in about their upcoming event. We think this event is a great way to learn about and support your local Agriculture producers and their sustainability practices. Check it out!

Ten Years of the Sustainable Ag Expo
Cross-industry sustainable farming conference and trade show returns for its tenth anniversary year

 August 18, 2014 (Paso Robles, Calif.) – The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo will take place November 17-18 at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, California. The theme of the 2014 Sustainable Ag Expo is “Balancing Water, Soil, and Nutrient Resources for Long Term Sustainability.” (www.SustainableAgExpo.org) Read more…


Interview: Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard

So here’s another interview for you. This one is with Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard, and due to the length of it I think I will break it into two parts. He included some great information in his answers and for those not familiar with Jason you get a chance to get to know him a bit. Read more…


Interview: Doc Diaz of Stogie Fresh

I’ve known Doc for many years now due to another of my favorite events here in Paso Robles, Crush & Roll West. He is a popular blogger and podcaster at Stogie Fresh  …and honestly, all around great guy. He and I have always had cool conversations and the vibe is always fun. Read more…


Interview: Hilary Graves of Mighty Nimble

I have wanted to include more interviews on this blog for some time. I will admit that laziness on my part along with how to go about doing that were the hurdles I faced. Then I realized that it didn’t have to be that difficult. One way in which we can do interviews without having to schedule time to meet, take video, edit video, and all that stuff was to conduct email interviews. Read more…


The War of Wine

In Paso we have the east side versus the west side.

There’s the good wine versus the bad wine (this is typically the wine snobs mocking anything that people drink under $20).

Red versus white.

California versus everyone else.

Wine writers versus wine bloggers. Read more…


Customer Service in the Tasting Room

Customer service has long been something that fascinates me. It’s mind boggling how many people there are from owners to managers to staff that don’t understand the significance of knock-your-socks off customer service. As Paul Mabray, owner of Vintank, says in this long but worthy read, making good wine is no longer enough. Customer service is the differentiator.

It’s just that simple folks. Read more…

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