Central Coast: California Wine Month: Part 2

As promised, more is coming about California Wine Month.  The Central Coast is fast becoming one of my favorite parts of California to explore.  Most likely, due to the infinite amount of farming happening there, but also for the beautiful coastal towns around the Ocean, and last but not least, the different unexplored wine regions.  Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey County and Lodi.  Seriously, places needed to be untapped in this wine world.


So, with September being California Wine Month I bring you the fun events happening in the month ahead along the Central California:


Lodi vintners and growers are excited to announce the launch of SIP SAVOR LODI— a premier, three-day harvest celebration held Sept. 26–28. The festivities include an alfresco Harvest Dinner downtown; Cellar Tours where you can enjoy barrel tasting, food pairings, live music, and special discounts; and a Grand Tasting finale at the beautiful Wine & Roses Hotel.  Guess where I’m headed for a fun day the end of September?

Sept. 11th: Lodi Grape Festival.  Throughout the weekend, come on out and celebrate those grapes in Lodi.  Children 16 and Under get in free!

Surrounding Areas:

The Madera Vintners Association’s California Wine Month Tasting Reception on Sept. 12 will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in the People’s Choice Award by voting for their favorite wine of the evening. Proceeds from this event benefit scholarships for Viticulture & Enology students.

Livermore and Santa Cruz Areas:

A great kickoff event on Labor Day weekend is Livermore’s 34th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration, where wine lovers can take complimentary shuttle buses to more than 40 Livermore Valley wineries sharing their finest wines, and take in local music, art and food. On Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, over 40 wineries celebrate the exciting crush season. Each winery hosts activities including wine tasting, arts, crafts and music. Wine lovers have come from all over the Bay Area and beyond for the past 30 years to enjoy this unique event. This exclusive event is open only to ticket holders- don’t miss out on this wine country celebration.

Aug. 30th: Join Wente Vineyards for their “Front Porch Music Festival. Join Wente Vineyards for the fifth annual The Front Porch Music Festival. This mini Outside Lands style music festival features nationally acclaimed artists from around the country. Sip world class wines from Wente Vineyards and the Winemakers Studio, sample food from various vendors in shaded picnic areas, and enjoy bands performing on two stages in a beautiful setting.

In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 32nd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival will bring together wineries, local restaurants, artists, crafts and music for a fun weekend Sept. 13-14—all just steps from the beach in Capitola.

Sept. 27th: Sunset, Sip, and Shop: Stroll through Livermore Premium Outlets and taste Livermore Valley’s finest wines. Wineries will pour amongst the 130+ retailers for guests as they shop the night away. Tickets include wine tasting, a commemorative wine glass and discounts at participating stores. Gather your favorite shopping and wine tasting pals and head on over to the newest and most luxurious outlets int he Bay Area.

Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 Day of the Event


Central Coast

In Paso Robles, get an early start to California Wine Month on Aug. 30 at the 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party, a casual mini-wine festival with tastings from member wineries along with great food and music.

Step into the pages of Sunset magazine and savor the unique California Central Coast wine country lifestyle Sept. 25-28 at the 5th Annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast—one of the premier wine and food events in the West.  This four-day wine and food immersion event takes place at the renowned Santa Margarita Ranch and throughout San Luis Obispo County and features celebrity chefs, winemaker seminars, a sunset dinner at Hearst Castle, more than 200 regional wine tastings and much more. The event boasts many new elements this year, including expanded adventure tours, new VIP hotel and ticket getaway packages, signings and workshops with California celebrity chefs Fabio Vivianiand Tanya Holland.

There’s a great Sunset Savor package (starts at 349* for two) at Sand Pebbles Inn which includes

·         One night’s accommodations at Sand Pebbles Inn

·         One bottle of commemorative Sand Pebbles Inn wine and two signature wine glasses

·         Admission tickets for (2) to one day of the SAVOR Main Event on September 27 or 28, 2014

Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley Wine Month Sept. 1-30 features various wineries offering fun events, classes, winemaker dinners, tastings and special wine and hotel packages in the towns of Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, and Solvang.

Aug. 30th: Art of Blending. Discover how to evaluate base wines for aromatics, flavor, texture and aging characteristics then create several unique blends. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase and custom label your premium Paso Robles blend. First Crush Winemakers, 2975 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, 93446

Monterey County:

Don’t forget to purchase your Carmel by the Sea Wine Walk Passport which will give you access to 14 Tasting Rooms along Carmel By the Sea with wine flight tastings on your passport.  These passports never expire so use them throughout your visits to Carmel. More info here.

For a more “urban” approach to wine tasting visit vino havens like Terranova Fine Wines in downtown Monterey and Pierce Ranch Vineyards near Cannery Row. At A Taste of Monterey, also near Cannery Row, you can sample wines from just about every winery within the county. Did we mention this place also comes with a side of epic ocean views and tasty bites? Courtesy of See Monterey Blog.

On September 6th Hahn Estates holds their much anticipated Harvest Party. Wine enthusiasts will revel in live music, culinary delights and wine barrel samplings.

September 11th brings together a wonderful mash-up of tasty fare provided by Chef Tim Wood and wine from Morgan Winery with epic views of Carmel Valley Ranch as its backdrop.

Sept. 13th: Carmel by the Glass:

Carmel by the Glass is a fun filled Winemaker’s celebration in Devendorf Park. Enjoy light bites, regional wines, while you mingle with locals and tourists alike.  A fun afternoon in Carmel. More info here.


A great article about all the fun happening around Monterey County can be found on See Monterey’s site here.




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Life Just Got Better With Chevrolet #Chevy4G

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When I first found out that Chevrolet was coming out with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi into their cars, I was ecstatic. I knew the time was coming, the question was when?

As a person that is constantly driving during her day job, and spends more time in her car than any other place throughout the week, the built in 4G-LTE Wi-Fi is a game changer. I’m thinking of those 10 minute breaks I give myself while at work, as I’m parked outside my next customer. In those moments, that Wi-Fi will truly come in handy. During those times where I check my emails, my social networks, and anything else I need to accomplish throughout the day.

But also during the weekends when my other half and I are discussing where to go for dinner or what movie to see, that Wi-Fi will be there helping us decide along the way. It’ll make accessing information through our tablets that much easier. The On-Star 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot provides a better in-vehicle experience than your smartphone. The stronger signal delivers a fast, reliable connection, and after initial set-up is automatically on every time you enter your vehicle.

And for those with children? Just think about the convenience of those road trips by having the Wi-Fi available. Movies on the go to fun games and more to entertain your children with.

The 4G LTE Wi-Fi is already available in the 2015 Impala and 2015 Malibu and is soon coming to these other vehicle models: 2015 Spark, 2015 Sonic, 2015 Cruze, 2015 Volt, 2015 SS, 2015 Corvette, 2015 Trax, 2015 Equinox, 2015 Tahoe, 2015 Suburban, 2015 Colorado, and the 2015 Silverado.

How will you use Wi-Fi in your vehicle? Please keep in mind that the Wi-Fi is made available for those drivers that have their vehicles parked, or for passengers in the vehicle. Chevrolet does not encourage distracted driving.

For more information about the built-in Wi-Fi and to learn more about Chevrolet Vehicles be sure to stop by their site.

Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Need to Know: Women’s HealthCare Screenings!

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I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.



I’ve reached that age in my life where Healthcare is front and center, where, it can’t be avoided.  It also means I need to also research the proper HealthCare Screenings needed to take on a yearly basis, or every few years to catch conditions I may be having before its too late.  My mom always TAUGHT me the importance of these screenings and was always a great influence on keeping me motivated to go.  Thanks to Molina HealthCare, I was able to get GREAT information about the screenings needed in my life, and how often I should be getting them and thought it’d be VALUABLE information to share with all of you:

Screenings help find a condition before you have symptoms, and exactly WHY they are so important.

Breast Cancer Screenings:

Women 50 to 74 years of age should have biennial breast cancer screenings (or mammography). The decision to begin breast screenings earlier than age 50 should be decided by you and you provider. Women should also have breast exams done by their provider annually as well as regular self-exams at home. Breast cancer screenings can catch early signs of breast cancer to begin early treatment.

I’m at that age where I’m really beginning to hear of more and more women getting Breast Cancer, and this is something YOU can’t avoid.  Being one of the leading causes of death in women, and why we should always be proactive when it comes to our health.

Cervical Cancer Screenings:

The Pap test is a simple test that checks for changes in the cervix. If detected early, chances of curing cervical cancer is very high. Cervical cancer screening (Pap test) and pelvic exam are encouraged for women between 21 to 65 years old every three years for Pap test who are sexually active and have a cervix. For women between the ages of 30 and 65 years old who want to lengthen the screening time, a Pap test every 5 years when combined with HPV testing.

Although these screenings aren’t always the most fun, I know, from many friends, that it has detected things that have helped lead to future testing.  These screenings are there to keep us on tract with our health.

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Chlamydia and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):

Women aged 25 years old and younger should be tested for Chlamydia and other STIs in they are sexually active. Women aged 25 years and older should be tested who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners. STIs can cause other health problems, make it hard to get pregnant and may affect your baby. Sexually active women should be tested for chlamydia and STIs with each health exam. Speak with your provider if you think you should be tested or treated for chlamydia or any other STI.

Colorectal Cancer Screenings:

Women 50 to 75 years of age should be tested for colorectal cancer. If caught early, it is often treatable. There are several tests that can detect this cancer.  The most common test known to many people is a colonoscopy.

With this one, I personally know the affects of Colon Cancer, and having seeing firsthand the effects due to my grandmother.  And will be proactive with this test when I reach the age of 50.

Dental Exams:
Every six months, schedule (and keep) your routine dental exam and cleaning appointment. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, preferably after every meal. Floss at least once per day.

Bone Density Test:

A bone density test determines whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before it happens to you. A bone density test is recommended for women 65 years of age and older and for younger women at equal or greater risk for the disease. Talk to your provider about when and how often you should have a bone density test. The screening information was provided on behalf of Molina Healthcare. Molina HealthCare Clinics are found throughout the country (over 20).  To find a doctor near you be sure to stop by their site for more information.
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