#IspySIP | Here’s How to Sip, Spot and Support Sustainability

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1.5 million cases of wine are out there in the world with the SIP Certified logo. That means that when you kick it down to the corner store for your favorite bottle of wine you're likely to discover bottles that bear our ultimate seal of sustainability. (View Complete List of SIP Certified Wines) You don't have to be a farmer, grower or winemaker to support sustainable winegrowing. Simply become a #ispySIP to get the word out about the wines that have done the hard work of getting certified. … [Read more...]

How many pounds of trash?

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The Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend's main event is uber-proud of its commitment to host a zero-waste event. We have generated less than 2lbs of trash for over 1,550 visitors!  Wow! The sound stage is powered by the sun, compliments of Pacific Energy Company. The food provided by local chefs and farmers is served on and with recyclable and compostable plates, bowls, forks, and spoons. Appropriate disposal containers, provided by Guerrilla Gardeners are available throughout the event.  The … [Read more...]

What People are Saying

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"This was definitely the best ever! The layout was superb (band as a central focal point); new airy tents; loved those couch-things, which sat a surprising amount of peeps. The food was over-the-top, much more complex offerings this year. Special favs: Robin's ceviche stuffed avocado and Artisan's pork wrap. The band was a perfect choice. The volunteers all smiled and were friendly." Attendee, 2014 "THANK YOU! This event was by far the most fun and the most organized one I have attended. … [Read more...]

Main Event at Castoro Cellars

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The keystone occasion of the 2015 Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend will be held in the Meadow at Castoro Cellars in Paso Robles, California, and we’re honored to be one of the few events slated for this new and very scenic venue. Over 200 food producers, award-winning wineries, and area chefs will cultivate an array of tempting tastes made with seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, artisanal cheeses, local olive oils, and even some Central Coast chocolate. We’ve got a food pairing to go with every … [Read more...]

Carmel Road Winery Celebrates Their SIP

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Whether it’s on their webpage, a product sheet, or a wine label, Carmel Road Winery certainly celebrates their SIP™ certified status! As anyone who’s gone through the SIP™ process knows all too well, earning this certification is no walk in the park, so if you’ve got it, you should definitely flaunt it. Founded in 1997, Carmel Road has maintained SIP™ status every year since 2008, but that doesn’t mean they’re resting on their laurels. “We believe that making great wine in Monterey and … [Read more...]

Humble Beginnings: Paraiso Vineyards

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These days, sustainability is a hot-hot-hot buzz word in winegrowing, and the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a exceptionally coveted real estate tagline for a wine label. But it wasn’t always thus, especially back in 1973 when Rich and Claudia Smith began planting what would become their 400-acre Paraiso Vineyards. … [Read more...]

Fig = Good Food

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Fig = Good Food At first glance, it might not seem that Chris Dillow’s diminutive Atascadero eatery – Fig Good Food – could possibly be the home of so many yummy bold flavors. How can all that come out of that little place? However, for those in the know, the “Good Food” part of the name is redundant. You really just need to say “Fig” to get mouths watering. After many years in the restaurant industry at the “front of the house” (as the hospitality side of the biz is called), Dillow turned … [Read more...]

Wine Savvy 101 off the 101

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Who doesn’t want to become savvier about wine? If you’re a newbie taster or even an average wine drinker, you can learn the difference between your tannins and your tannats in Stasi Seay’s “Wine Savvy 101.” A longtime pal of Central Coast Vineyard Team, Seay has been involved in all aspects of the wine industry throughout her career. Trust us, this is a gal that knows how to manage her canopy! Plus, her easy-going attitude promises that Wine Savvy 101 will “wine education without all the … [Read more...]