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De Tierra Vineyards hosting Summer BBQ in the Vineyard

De Tierra Vineyards will be hosting their Summer BBQ in the Vineyard  – Vino with the Vindegard at the Russell Estate Vineyard at the end of Corral De Tierra Road in the heart of the Salinas Valley in Coastal California. Their Second Annual Vino with The Vindegard event will be on July 11 from 1 – 4 PM and will celebrate the Summer Season and impending harvest.

“We are so excited when guests join us at the vineyard,” states Anna Russell, General Manager of De Tierra Vineyards. “This event gives everyone the opportunity to get a taste of what we do from vine to wine; while drinking, eating, and relaxing with our beautiful vineyard as the backdrop.”

Vino with the Vindegard

July 11 Summer BBQ at De Tierra!
















The Vindegard is the De Tierra’s talisman who stands watch above the Estate vineyard. You might hear the Russell’s whisper, that he brings them luck and a bountiful harvest each year. Much work and preparation goes into the fall hand-harvest of De Tierra Vineyards; many times harvesting the same vineyard multiple times in order to ensure each row is harvested at the optimal level of ripeness. This Summer BBQ is a way to thank De Tierra’s friends and family who have helped through out the year as well as welcome new guests to the De Tierra family.

Known for being family owned and sustainably operated winery that produces SIP certified limited production, estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah, De Tierra is pleased to announce the release of two new wines that will be launched at The Vino with the Vindegard event: De Tierra’s 2013 La Estancia Riesling and 2013 Monterey Rose Wine that will be poured. In addition De Tierra’s 2012 Russell Estate Chardonnay, the 2009 Estate Pinot Noir, the 2011 Puzzler Red Blend, the 2009 Estate Merlot, and the 2012 Mesa del Sol Syrah will round out decants.

The menu, crafted and executed by friends of De Tierra, Chefs Kathleen Robison and Matthew ‘Gus’ Gustat, will paired perfectly with the wine and give guests the true family feel that permeates the Russell Estate Vineyard.

The afternoon will start with passed hummus with cucumber spears, blue cheese stuffed dates, pita triangles with chèvre and sundried tomato spread. Guests will then enjoy grilled beef Tri-tip and grilled boneless marinated chicken thigh strips with Tabbouleh salad made with quinoa, the classic mixed beans and red onion salad and a dinner roll. Dessert will tempt attendees with date-walnut-oatmeal bars and sorbet made with De Tierra’s Ekem Late Harvest Riesling.

In addition to the wine and paired menu, fun friendly competition will also ensue. Known throughout the Salinas Valley for working hard and playing hard, this family-run operation could not host an event with out a little prize package that goes along with it. Guests will have the chance at games of skill and winning t-shirts and bragging rights for competitions that include trivia, a blind tasting competition, and more!

Tickets are on sale now and are $65 General Admission and $55 Wine Club Members please purchase tickets online at by Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Tickets will sell out, so be sure to order online now; under the events tab or RSVP to Chris at or 831.622.9704.




26435 Carmel Rancho Blvd.
Carmel, CA 93923


CARMEL, CA – Keller Williams Carmel Realty has moved and invites you to

celebrate their new location and their new team leader, Molly McGee.

They will be holding a Carmel Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and

Open House with small bites, wine, and music on Thursday, January 23, 2014

from 5:00 – 7:00pm at 26435 Carmel Rancho Blvd. Carmel, CA 93923.

Please RSVP to 831-622-6200 or Frontdesk505@gmail.comKW Carmel Realty

Quiz: What Type of Wine Drinker are You?

Ever wonder how you stand up to other wine drinkers? In this day and age it’s difficult to know everything about wine (because it’s such an enormous topic), so people choose to focus around the parts they love the most. You could be the best at buying value grocery store wine or be very skilled at understanding what wines cellar the longest. Take the simple 6 question quiz below to find out where you stand!

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Types of Wine Drinkers

  1. Wine is a Grocery

    Wine is part of your life in the same way as toilet paper, coffee or bread. You love it, but mostly for its effects. Some say you’re lazy, but you could care less.

     What to watch out for:

    Yellow stickers. Just because a wine looks like it’s discounted doesn’t mean you’re getting a great tasting wine. A wine like this may have actually declined in flavor (e.g. a 5 yr old Prosecco) or was initially marked up in order to fool you. Yep — This kind of thing happens all the time.

  2. Wine Geek

    You are a wine min-maxer: minimum expense, maximum experience. You seek out hot value regions and learn new things in order to have a great time.

     What to watch out for:

    Bad information. There is a lot of faulty information online and off that can mislead your choices.

  3. Wine Snob

    You spare no expense with your wine habit and your obsession makes you look like a snob. To be fair, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are.

     What to watch out for:

    Ratings and reviews that appeal to your high-brow tastes, not all that glitters is gold… some is just hype.

  4. Wine is Art

    You love how wine bottles look and the colors of wine… maybe even more than the actual wine.

     What to watch out for:

    Beautiful labels and bottles catch your eye; make sure it’s something you want to drink before buying it.

Sweet Earth Natural Foods Wins Delicious Living Magazine 2013 Best Bites Vegetarian Entrée Award

Award highlights flavor, nutrition and innovation in specialty diet categories 

Delicious Living magazine, a trusted health and wellness resource for more than 25 years, announces the winners of its 2013 Best Bite Awards. Sweet Earth Natural Foods comes away with top honors for Vegetarian Entrée with their acclaimed Peruvian Burrito.

These awards feature the top natural packaged foods products now available to retailers and consumers.

Delicious Living Best Bites Veg Entree award winner: Sweet Earth Natural Foods: The Peruvian

Delicious Living Best Bites Veg Entree award winner: Sweet Earth Natural Foods: The Peruvian

“Our first ever Best Bite awards highlight brands that prove responsible sourcing, nutrient dense ingredients and going the distance to obtain third-party certifications not only results in absolutely delicious food products but leads the way towards a more conscious and sustainable food system,” said Kelsey Blackwell food editor for Delicious Living.  “I’m thrilled to honor the winners for putting nutrition and balanced living at anyone’s fingertips.”

“We are proud to be a part of the winning lineup and continue to strive to innovate natural foods by combining a modern culinary sensibility with nourishing and time-tested food traditions,” states Kelly Swette, CEO of Sweet Earth Natural Foods. “We are delighted to be acknowledged among those brands leading the way in food trends – recognizing the importance of protein, ancient grains, sustainability, social advocacy and convenience.”

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ Hosts Wine Crawl Mixer

Carmel Wine WalkThe Carmel Wine Walk by-the-Sea™ will be hosting their annual Wine Crawl Mixer with the Carmel Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 20th from 5 – 7 PM.

The cost of the event is $10 Carmel Chamber Members, $20 Community Members.

Carmel Wine Walk by-the-SeaThe Wine Crawl will start at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on San Carlos between 5th and 6th and guests will have the opportunity to sample two tastes at any 5 (of the 10) tasting rooms of their choosing.

The Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea™ is a group of ten vintner and grower tasting rooms in Carmel-by-the-Sea village that have banded together to market and promote walkable, small lot, Monterey County wine tasting in the 1×1 square mile village of Carmel.

Wine Crawlers have the opportunity to choose from two pours at any 5 of the 10 tasting rooms of Caraccioli Cellars, Figge Cellars, Galante Vineyards, Manzoni Cellars, Blaire Estate, Shale Canyon, Scheid Vineyards, Wrath Wines, Vino Napoli and DeTierra Vineyards.

For more information visit or follow them on twitter @CarmelWineWalk.



Fundraiser Aims to Raise $3 Million to Kick Off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30thAnniversary

Batter up, breakfast lovers!  IHOP®, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at


For 54 years, IHOP has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-from-scratch breakfast options as well as a range of meals  under 600 calories. Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast,” IHOP has a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2012, there were 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can also enjoy a line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN)

Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent.  Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place a week before Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday, February 5.


New Year=Clean out your Fridge!

hursday, November 15, 2012 

National “Clean Out Your Fridge” Day

Sponsored by: Sweet Earth Natural Foods

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

Maybe I’m interpreting it wrong, but “cleaning out your fridge” sounds less like an unpleasant task of throwing away mysterious food items and more like an opportunity to eat delicious things you totally forgot were there.

However you want to celebrate today (I feel obligated to tell you this: when in doubt, throw it out. My former ServSafe certified heart can’t handle you risking your health on some salsa you’re unsure whether is green from tomatillos or green from mold), there is some interesting ideas about where today’s food holiday originated from. Some think it was because of an ad campaign from Whirlpool Alliance, while others relate it to the time of year. It’s a perfect time for the “out with the old and in with the new” concept as you create space for all those holiday goodies that will be coming in and out over the next month and change.

Today, I reached into the back of my freezer (which is a part of the refrigerator unit, so it, too, needs to be cleaned out today, yeah?) and found a couple Sweet Earth Natural Foods burritos. If you haven’t heard about this very hip company, love burritos, and try and eat as thoughtfully as possible… you’re missing out. Sweet Earth uses (according to their warm website): enlightened food traditions and farm friendly ingredients to hand-craft delicious and nourishing food. Always warm, vibrant and fool of flavor. Every burrito is an intentional blend of plant-based protein, ancient grains, fresh veggies, and beneficial hebs and spices. Worldly and local.”

I had already tried their Kyoto (which features a blend of Japanese adzuki beans, edamame, bok choy, spinach, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms) earlier this year and was really impressed with the flavor profile. Today I’m trying the Curry Tiger burrito. Filled with lentils (maybe it’s a super cliche vegetarian thing of me to admit, but I really dig lentils), curried seitan, red peppers, potatoes, and spiced with turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom, this burrito isn’t joking around either. The flavors and textures are  balanced and harmonious – what you would expect high-quality Indian food should taste like. Just, y’know, wrapped up in a tortilla. This burrito further proves to me that it’s not all about the beans, cheese, and salsa!

Happy National “Clean Out Your Fridge” Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation.