Sunday, March 1, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 31
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Do police and the public have the same perception of use of force?

The police are generally too aggressive.
Police do what they have to in order to make arrests, and it’s not always pretty.
Some police are good; others are far too quick to violence.
Only when it’s on TV, set to reggae music.

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The clever folks at Vivino have created a nifty wine guide influenced by Chinese Zodiac signs (how groovy is that?). See who makes a great wine drinking partner and who doesn't, what your lucky wines are, and the best regional wine styles to fit your Chinese zodiac sign (tune in and drop out at vivino.com) ... Did you miss National Margarita Day this past Feb. 22? Get a redo! In celebration of this yummy tropical tequila-based cocktail, I suggest trying this simple, satisfying recipe: combine a handful of muddled cilantro, a slice of jalapeño, slice of lime, two ounces of your favorite tequila, and a splash of honey simple syrup. Now kick back in the backyard and get your spice buzz on ... Take a fascinating peek into the past with Old Edna's self-guided walking history tour, which includes the 1897 DeSolina House, Blacksmith Shop, Almas Reading Room, and 1887 Bluebelly Barn, among other attractions. When you're done, grab a glass of wine at nearby Sextant Winery for the perfect afternoon excursion (check out the tour at oldedna.com). Who says you have to be a tourist to do fun touristy things?

Day trip!

Gas up the car and head south this weekend: Beer geeks, I'm looking at you! Santa Maria Brewing Company is expanding with tours and tasting available now. In addition, the brewery's Nipomo taproom offers lunch, dinner, and live music that's ever-changing and worth checking out (santamariabrewingco.com) ... Figueroa Mountain Brewery (figmtnbrew.com) has opened a new taproom in Santa Maria, and offers live music, game nights, and comfort food—including tri-tip marinated in Davy Brown Ale for sandwiches. Yes, you heard that right. ... Get out of the garage: Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Santa Ynez Valley-based "Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure," which will feature more than 60 of the area's hard-to-find, micro-production commercial "garagistes" (that's French for garage—where many renegade winemakers and rockstars have honed their crafts). The underground wine explosion kicks off March 27 through 29 and is sure to expose your palate to new and interesting flavors (check out the details californiagaragistes.com).

Good news

Splash Cafe has won the 2015 Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award, given out based on reviews and feedback from brides married in 2014. That's a heck of a lot of happy brides! ... Tablas Creek Vineyard's general manager and partner Jason Haas presented a $7,532 donation to must! Charities earlier this month (all funds go toward feeding, funding, and helping local families in the community) ... Country fans rejoice! Willie Nelson will perform with Alison Krauss and Union Station at Vina Robles Amphitheater, Paso's state-of-the-art outdoor venue/wine tasting room this July 21 (get tickets before they sell out at vinaroblesamphitheatre.com) ... Launched in 2013 to celebrate and promote cabernet sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals produced in Paso Robles, the Paso Robles Cab Collective is gearing up for even greater offerings in 2015. Look forward to a revved up Grand Tasting slated for May 2 in Paso Robles. Be warned: After that much red wine, you may need a solid nap (click over to pasoroblescab.com for all the details).