It had been nearly four months since our group of wine tasting friends had assembled. Caution with fears of the pandemic caused us to put our get-togethers on hold. This week, we decided to test the waters. Ken and Taryn graciously invited us to their home to safely return to one of our passions.
Sixty days until harvest. It seems like yesterday that we were pruning and being thankful for the terrific rains that we had. The vines this year are a little larger than normal thanks to the wet winter.
Did you know that as bell peppers age, their nutritional qualities and flavor characteristics change as well?
For example, red peppers contain nine times more beta carotene than green bell peppers and twice the amount of vitamin C, but a serving of green peppers still provides over 200 percent of your suggested daily intake of vitamin C.
Red and yellow bell peppers have a very different flavor than green bell peppers. The red ones, especially, are much sweeter. Any bell pepper can be used for this recipe; use the type you like the best.
Forced to lay on his back, Louis Lucas had enough.
For 40 years, the veteran Santa Barbara viticulturist had been the man behind the wines. His extensive knowledge of the area dates back to a time when the area had 60 acres of vineyards. Today there are more than 200 wineries, six AVAs and more than 21,000 acres of vines.