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It would be a very flat New Year’s Eve celebration that didn’t include some bubbles. And this year, we’ll be combining our love of champagne with our love for California’s Central Coast.

Cali Coast Wine Country Country recently released their first-ever Santa Barbara Sparkling Wine Trail Map. As the map shows, effervescence abounds here. The area is known as one of the world’s premier growing regions for chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, which are two of the main varietals used in traditional champagne. The sparkling wines are made in the same méthode classique as the Champagnes of France, and they’re every bit as delicious.

In all there are more than 50 sparkling wine producers in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles wine country. So, leave your passport at home, and stop by to meet and mix with some local vintners. And, while you’re in the neighborhood, why not devote a couple of hours to the Santa Barbara Taco Trail? You’ll find more info at

Pebble Beach Resorts has welcomed IBM to its family of brand partners, as its new Official Cognitive Solutions Provider.

As part of this collaboration, the two companies have launched a new Pebble Beach app, aiming to enhance the way Pebble Beach Resorts guests experience 17-Mile Drive, shopping, dining and more.


Just when farm-to-table is starting to sound like a cliché, catering pros across California have a new menu of food and beverage offerings to bring to your fetes, retreats and banquets. Feast on these new ideas.




May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.