Follow our path through idyllic landscapes to discover these low-key high quality vineyards.

Looking for a wine country adventure, but don’t feel like making the long haul to navigate weekend crowds in Napa or Sonoma? Try sipping your way through the wonderful wineries of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains instead…


Tian Mayimin and John Shelsta have used short (and sweet) appearances towards long-term success

“There’s nothing warmer and friendlier in terms of a product than a loaf of good bread.” As a baker, Tian Mayimin might be a bit biased in her assertion, but it’s still pretty hard to disagree.


Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!Around this time of year there always seems to be a lot of leftovers around. Maybe, you still have some leftovers hanging around from Thanksgiving weekend right now. If you do it’s probably bits and pieces of lots of different dishes. So, I thought…


I love a roast chicken dinner! My latest 8 & 20 for WineSpectator.com just happens to be a roast chicken with a kick: Harissa Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olive Couscous. One of my favorite things about a roast chicken dinner is–you probably guessed it–the leftovers. …


You probably know by now that I love leftovers. I think of them as a game–a challenge and a springboard to make something new. …


Just a quickie post to share my latest 8 & 20 with you all–Clams in Thai Green Curry, now up at WineSpectator.com.

You’ll be amazed at how quick this is to make. We didn’t really change the leftovers up four round two–it was just super tasty as it was. Simply reheat the curry gently so that that clams don’t get too tough. I served it with rice for the recipe, but you certainly could switch things up and serve it on noodles or hearty veggies.


This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and today I have a super easy way for you to elevate your cocktail game for the occasion: strawberry infused vodka.

It’s super easy and requires 2 ingredients–one of which would otherwise be trash. It’s also really, really pretty.

I love strawberries…


I needed comfort food. I was a little under the weather and not feeling great on the day we popped open this Chianti Classico. I wanted yummy, cozy food and that definitely informed the menu choices on this particular day. …


I think it’s possible that my own personal heaven is made of cheese. There are palaces of cheddar, stilton, Parmesan, and brie with baguettes for pillars, decorated with tapestries, curtains, and rugs made of all kinds of charcuterie. Of course there is an elaborate cellar filled with wines, and my…


One of the things I’ve been most excited about in moving back to California is the proximity to the Great Outdoors. …

Nicole Ruiz Hudson

Food and drink writer and educator. IG: @nibblinggypsy

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