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August 08, 2018

WORK IT: SOMMELIER ALYSSA TWELKER

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Meet Alyssa Twelker, one of a growing number of young individuals energizing the Santa Cruz wine scene. An early food and drink enthusiast, the Sunnyvale native went to work as private chef straight out of high school and celebrated her 21st birthday with a sommelier certification. Weeks later, she was in Santa Cruz working at Soif where she eventually became wine director. After tasting—and surfing—her way through Europe, she’s back in town behind the bar at the gorgeous new tasting room for Birichino. We recently sat down with Alyssa to chat wine and get answers to burning questions such as “Do we really need to sniff the cork?” and “What Star Wars character would make the best somm?”

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August 06, 2018

Dog-Friendly Wineries in Santa Cruz County

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Oh, the carefree life of a winery dog. It ranks high on our list of reincarnation fantasies. Yet in Santa Cruz County, which is home to over 70 family-owned wineries, you needn’t wait until the next go-round to enjoy a breezy life of leisure. Treat yourself—and your pooch—to a taste of the good life at the following dog-friendly tasting rooms.

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July 25, 2018

BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY: MARTINELLI’S TURNS 150!

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Beloved sparkling cider and apple juice producer S. Martinelli & Company is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and we’re bubbling over with excitement! Founded in Watsonville in 1868—the same year Ulysses S. Grant was elected President—the effervescent company is still family-owned, locally-based, and making juice the way they always have: fresh and 100% natural. We’ve got the inside scoop below, and trust us, it gets juicy!

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July 16, 2018

15 DREAMY VACATION RENTALS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Photo courtesy of Kendall and Potter

With everything from stylish beach cottages to roomy digs for the extended family, Santa Cruz County vacation rentals are fun to shop. It’s like being on your own episode of “House Hunters.” With a dreamy collection of homes and expert staff who know the region, local rental agencies can you help you ID the perfect abode. To help kick-start your search, we’ve rounded up 15 properties that we’d be happy to call our home-away-from-home.

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June 25, 2018

Why Rancho del Oso is a Must-Stop Along Highway 1

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Famed for its ancient redwoods, cascading waterfalls, and epic hikes, Big Basin Redwoods State Park hides a lesser-known coastal region with an identity and landscape all of its own. Named for the grizzly bears that once roamed its lush grounds, Rancho del Oso is a hidden gem with a dazzling spring wildflowers, enchanting marshlands laced with hiking and biking trails, and a magnificent nature center housed in a historic home once occupied by the family of President Herbert Hoover.

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