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Kurt Russell Wine, GoGi Pours In History


(Photo above - Courtsey of Cobie Scott) 

Kurt Russell, Ampelos Cellars, and History Team Up! 



Actor Kurt Russell, along with actress Kate Hudson and Muse singer Matt Bellamy have teamed up with Ampelos Cellars over the past few years to produce local world class wines (in Sta Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County). The relationship began with Russell's GoGi label in 2008 and a beautiful Pinot Noir to be followed by the elegant GoGi 'Goldie' Chardonnay soon after. More recently, the collaboration produced a Rose under the Hudson-Bellamy label. I have yet to taste the Rose; however I have no ...

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Super Bowl Wine



Super Bowl Wine


Getting ready for a Super Bowl party? Last year I created a list of some of the more common super bowl foods and wines to pair.  

While creating multiple dishes and wine to pair in a party atmosphere is a lot of fun, I thought about how many people may simply want to buy one wine. Reviewing the list of some of the great Super Bowl foods, I kept coming back to these key foods:





BBQ Ribs


Buffalo WIngs



Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork 

Tri Tip 




These are Super Bowl staples, and any party ...

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Cafe Firenze

Celebrity Chef Fabio Vivani and wine director Adam Etch from Cafe Firenze restaurant has paired up with (me) Wandering Wino for their wine by the glass program. I will select my pick for the Wandering Wino pick of the month. 

I assure you these wines will not disappoint the 805 wine lover. 
Cafe Firenze
Each month I will select a new wine. Should the previous month do well, then it may never leave the list. Look for two montly picks, a red and white in Spring/Summer months.
It is a great honor and excitment for me to be teamed up with ...
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Andrew Murray Syrah

Like it or not, there are certain things in life that are dependable. Alcatraz is a secure prison, the bank will have my money when I ask them for it, politics gets some people emotional, Mc Donald's drive thru will stop all breakfast orders at 10:29 AM, and Andrew Murray will always deliver a quality wine that taste like I paid a lot more. 

Not all of these aspects are great, however they are dependable. Andrew Murray continues like clock work to keep the train going of high quality and amazing values. 

I must admit, I hit Costco ...

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Ventura Food and Wine Challenge

Last year's Food and Wine Challenge was my very first time attending, and it was an exciting event. The Ventura Wine Trail puts on this annual event showcasing the synergistic impact of wine pairings. Local wineries pair with local restaurants to show case their goods and take a spin at winning both the judges votes, as well as tickets holders for the People's Choice Award.


This is not your typical wine event as it is held on a Thursday night locally, and makes for an easy date night....well, that's what I am doing.

Malibu Family Wines


2014 Teams ...

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