Sunday, January 25, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 26
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Stretch, breathe, and swirl: Vineyard Yoga Santa Ynez Valley is offering a one-hour yoga class at Gainey Winery in Santa Ynez followed by an exclusive tasting of four Gainey wines on Jan. 24 ($20; vineyardyogasyv.com) … Aside from killer, locally sourced grub, Foremost Wine Company is also home to an interactive aroma bar that allows wine aficionados and newbies alike a springboard for understanding the flavors in each wine (570 Higuera St.; foremostwineco.com) … Sign up for a CSA box brimming with farm fresh eggs, veggies, and even whole, free-range chickens from Shandon’s Bee Wench Farms starting this month (info@beewenchfarm.com).

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Slurp, slurp, yum! January is National Soup Month, the perfect time for cozying up to something hot and soul-soothing. May I recommend a bread bowl of clam chowder at Splash Café or go for a wild card at Big Sky Café, which offers two soups a day based on tasty world cuisine … As if that weren’t enough to celebrate, National Irish Coffee Day is just around the corner this Jan. 25. Spike your hot brewed coffee beverage with about two ounces of Irish whiskey, one ounce simple syrup, and let the elixir do its magic (just don’t take it to work with you) … A milestone for local music and wine partnerships has arrived this month: Songwriters At Play celebrated its four-year anniversary of Sunday showcases at Sculpterra Winery on Jan. 18.

Cork poppin'

In the wine biz? Whether you manage a tasting room or actually make wine for a living, you’ll want to mark your calendar for March 17 to 18 for the third annual WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Conference & Tradeshow to be held at the Paso Robles Event Center (wivicentralcoast.com) … Il Cortile in Paso Robles will feature Giornata Winery this Jan. 28 for a Reverse Wine Dinner. Select a wine from the featured producer’s handful of offerings, and Executive Chef Santos will then “reverse” the order to create a three-course meal that complements the flavors and textures of the chosen bottle ($40 per person plus cost of wine; ilcortileristorante.com).

Send your food news to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.