Entries by Barbara Barrielle

Create Your Own Sonoma Wine Salon

Why a Sonoma-themed wine salon? For those not familiar with Sonoma County, it is a glorious wine region sandwiched between the Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean. Sounds like a dreamy place, right? It is. But unlike the wine country of Napa, Sonoma County is an expansive, diverse agricultural region with multiple microclimates and micro-cultures. […]

Warm Strawberry Crumb Cake

A crumb cake recipe from the strawberry capital of Southern California by Barbara Barrielle Are these strawberries from Oxnard?” Asked the 12 year old as he dug into the strawberry crumb cake in Malibu in Mother’s Day. “Yes, they are. They were fresh picked this morning,” I responded. “Good, because the best strawberries are from […]

World of Pinot Noir–a focused event to celebrate the finicky grape

Enter the World of Pinot Noir The first weekend of March is always World of Pinot Noir (www.wopn.com) now held at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Bacara just north of Santa Barbara in Goleta. Here a weekend pass will set Pinot lovers back $1250 plus fees. And that doesn’t include lodging at either the host property, Bacara, […]