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Southward bound 

Delicious day trip: The second Annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend dates have been announced for April 16 to 19 at Bacara Resort & Spa with cooking classes with chefs and cookbook authors Dorie Greenspan, Jim Dodge, Anne Willan, and Virginia Willis, and more food than you can shake a fork at (tickets on sale now; …  If you get a chance to head down to Los Alamos, swing by the brand-new Municipal Winemakers tasting room, located on the lawn of the midcentury modern Alamo Hotel. The grapes are sourced from an array of local vineyards, the wines are straight forward delicious, and the style is always stripped down cool. Tip: Spread a Mexican blanket on the lawn and cozy up to a crackling bonfire (425 Bell St.; Los Alamos).

Fresh Start

Backyard farmsteaders: FARMstead ED is back in 2015 with a host of new classes, including Composting Naturally with “worm wrangler” Chrisy Christie on Jan. 31 and a soap making on the farm class hosted by Alcea Rosea Farm on Feb. 16 ( … Live a little: Try Cypher Winery’s Zin Bitch with their wood-fired blue cheese pizza (topped with prosciutto) for a raucous afternoon delight … Foremost Wine Company has opened in downtown SLO serving up fine cheese and charcuterie, small plates, and bold, craft cocktails you’ve got to sip to understand (; 570 Higuera St.; 439-3410).


Warm and “toast”-y: Grab a date and a warm scarf and head to Paso Robles for the Downtown Wineries Winter Wine Stroll this Jan. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Explore 14 downtown wineries and various inspiring pairings all in the quaint small-town setting ($20 per person; … Fans of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company should be thrilled to know that the beloved craft brewery is opening its fourth Central Coast tasting room this month in Arroyo Grande (1462 East Grand St.;; 694-2252) … More big beer news, y’all: BarrelHouse Brewing Company of Paso Robles will double its load and open shop in downtown SLO in 2015 (

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