Fusing the Flavors of the 101

Fusing the Flavors of the 101

By Zachary Rosen

The diverse landscape and climate found along the 101 is what makes the region not just so good for agriculture, but also an international destination. From the world-renowned wine country to the plethora of craft breweries, this area has a little of something for everyone that can appeal to a wide range of palates. But some of these establishments are going past their standard offerings to craft beverages that fuse several ingredients and highlight all that this area has to offer.

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Olive Oils Reveal the Robust Character of the Central Coast

Olive Oils Reveal the Robust Character of the Central Coast

By Tracy Wilson

It’s late morning on a winter weekend at the Ojai Olive Oil Company tasting room, a warehouse tucked amid the olive and orange groves in the Ojai Valley’s verdant east end. Reba and Ron Seba, a friendly couple who work weekends at the tasting room, eagerly greet visitors and offer free tours of the orchards and processing facility – all while extolling the health virtues of extra virgin olive oil generally and the sumptuous character of Ojai olive oil in particular.

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Randy’s recipes: Olives and Olive Oil

Randy’s recipes: Olives and Olive Oil

by Chef Randy Graham

Olives and olive oil are extremely healthy. They are not only loaded with beneficial fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, but are also an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet — a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

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Leading Ladies 
Caitlin Pianetta, woman winemaker

Leading Ladies 
Caitlin Pianetta, woman winemaker

By Misty Hall

Winemaking is where art and science meet patience and muscle. I’m sure there’s a fancier way to say that, but Pliny the Elder never hung out in Paso Robles. So picture the shrugging girl emoji, and pour us another glass. While you’re at it, ponder the fact that according to trade association estimates, just 10 percent of winemakers in California are women. In such a progressive state, how is that number so low? Interestingly, that’s not something winemaker Caitlin Pianetta spends much time thinking about.

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The Spirit of the Central Coast: Craft distilling along the 101

The Spirit of the Central Coast: Craft distilling along the 101

By Zachary Rosen

With the rich agriculture and lush landscapes lining U.S. Highway 101, it’s no wonder that the wineries and breweries along the way have become known worldwide. With about 20 craft distilleries dotting the 101 between Camarillo and Paso Robles, there is now a whole new group of craftspeople capturing the spirit of these cities and putting these regions on the craft distilling map. Although distillery tasting rooms are currently limited to only serving 1 1/2 oz per person, always remember that liquor is much stronger than beer or wine. Never drink and drive.

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