Category: California

Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

The value-priced 2016 Chardonnay Katherine’s Vineyard comes from a site in the Santa Maria Valley and spent 7 months in 20% new French oak. Ripe orchard fruits, brioche, honeysuckle, creamed corn, and spice all flow to a beautifully balanced, elegant Chardonnay that has a great texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s slightly commercial and straightforward, yet it’s impeccably made and certainly delicious.

Katherine’s Vineyard, named for Katie Jackson in 1986, consists of ancient soils with fossilized seashells, shale, limestone and sand, with fog-swept vines that have endured since the 1970s. This unique piece of land thrives in the cool, maritime influences that funnel in from the Pacific Ocean, allowing for the longest growing season in the state

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California.

2019 ~ Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, California – Alexander Rossi one-upped himself at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, putting in an even more dominant performance than the year before to complete back-to-back wins at the pinnacle street-course race in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Driving the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, Rossi led all but five of the 85 laps around the 1.968-mile temporary circuit. The Andretti Autosport driver crossed the finish line 20.2359 seconds ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

It earned Rossi the sixth win of an NTT IndyCar Series career that began in 2016. Four of those wins have come when the Californian started from the pole position, including on Sunday. Rossi, who led 71 of 85 laps in his 2018 Long Beach triumph, became the first to win back-to-back races on the circuit since Sebastien Bourdais from 2005-07. It was the largest margin of victory at Long Beach since Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Pruett by more than 23 seconds in 1995.

It also gave Andretti Autosport its 200th race win in all motorsports disciplines in which the team has competed since its 2003 inception. Sixty-three of those victories have come in Indy car competition.

Opolo ~ Mountain Zinfandel 2016

Not for the faint of heart.

Extremely dense, jammy, and full-bodied, Opolo’s Mountain Zinfandel is not for the faint of heart. This is a massive Zin, with Raspberry Jam and Mocha aromatics, and a big rich structure.

A bustling French café welcomes you at the curb with aromas of fresh dew on a sidewalk, sweet tobacco, and tea leaf, all while inviting you inside to try one of the pâtissier decadent damson plum cheesecake bars, drizzled with a warm raspberry compote all framed in by rich vanilla spiced latte’. Drink now, cellar for maximum 5 years. Pair with grilled quail with a plum chipotle sauce.

“Happiness is opening a 2016 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel! Swathed in sumptuous layers of dark berries, sweet smoke, and warm spice notes, it’s just so yummy! Decadent aromas & flavors of grilled plums, black cherries, and spices. The plush palate entices with secondary notes of strawberries, rooibos, new leather, and smoked butterscotch, all beguilingly wreathed in smooth cherry pipe tobacco. At a head-spinning 15.5% alcohol, the effect is unarguably dizzying…a happy-making wine, indeed! (Cheers, Vivinoers!)”

Opolo Vineyards ~ Paso Robles


Opolo’s estate vineyards were established from 1994-1996, with sites on both the west and east side of Paso Robles. The topographically diverse, coastal landscape of the westside vineyards provides for an intense and unique flavor profile. The heat and dryness of the east side vineyard make it an ideal microclimate for growing Bordeaux varietals. Home to a wide range of varietals, the estate vineyards help allow the team at Opolo to create many unique single varietals as well as award winning blends.

Most important in making high quality wine is starting with high quality grapes. Opolo’s vineyard team carefully monitors each lot of grapes throughout the season in order to produce the highest quality fruit possible. From taking leaf, petiole, and soil samples, to monitoring water uptake in the vines, all aspects of viticulture is carefully notated and examined with the intent of producing only high quality fruit for our winery. The entire Opolo production team works together every year to provide the best quality product possible.

Really Good Beer ~ Blood Orange IPA

“Thank you for your wine California”..MJagger ~ Don’t forget the beer

From the micro-brew capital San Diego our relentless pursuit to bring the world unparalleled craft, we discovered a hidden treasure with Latitude 33 Brewing Blood Orange IPA. As blood orange stands above everyday citrus, it is not your typical citrus infused IPA. With a crisp entry and slightly sweet finish, Blood Orange IPA has fans raving.

Year Round



Latitude 33 Brewing
1430 Vantage Court #104
Vista, CA 92081

Tasting Room:
Monday-Thursday 3-9pm
Friday 12-10pm
Saturday 12-10pm
Sunday 12-7pm

‘Trump-Pence must go’: Trump visits California, where he is wildly unpopular, to raise money

LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump returned Friday to one of the most hostile political territories for him in the U.S.— California.

After a stop at the U.S. border with Mexico in Calexico, California, Trump arrived in Los Angeles to attend a fundraiser in a state where his job-approval ratings have been dismal and his past visits have been met by protesters. This time around, a few protesters held up a sign saying “Trump-Pence must go” as the president’s motorcade drove nearby on Sunset Boulevard on the way to a Beverly Hills mansion.

Trump was also expected to make an unannounced side trip to the coastal city of Rancho Palos Verdes for a dinner at his Trump golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a group that included members of the City Council, the Los Angeles Times reported.

His visit came as the president was once again redefining his immigration policies, which have been widely criticized as unnecessarily cruel by many California leaders with close economic or cultural ties to nearby Mexico. Trump backed off Thursday from his latest threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border in the face of an immigration surge.

Steel said among the party’s goals is winning back the four congressional seats it lost in November in the traditional GOP stronghold of Orange County, just south of Los Angeles.

But it won’t be easy. Polls show Trump remains deeply unpopular in California. A Quinnipiac University poll released in February showed only a 28% job-approval rating across the state for Trump. Having won seven seats in the midterm election, Democrats hold a 46 to seven advantage in congressional seats from California.