Adelaida Vineyards & Winery: Grape Expectations in Paso Robles, CA

[Image via] Like the pearl inside an oyster shell made from rugged, Central California terrain, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery is a treasure found amidst the peaks and valleys of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Except this pearl sparkles in shades of grape across 168 acres of sun-kissed vineyards. For 35 years, Adelaida has been bottling Petit Sirahs and Pinots, Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons …


Yma Súmac: Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Late Peruvian Songbird

If you’ve gotten a head start googling Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costumes for your dog today—Does that Jon Snow get-up come in size small? Uh, asking for a friend.—then you’d know that Yma Súmac, famed Peruvian soprano, is the subject of the latest Google Doodle, arriving front and center to your search homepage on what would have been her 94th …


Ice Cream and Beer: Your New Post-Game of Thrones Diet

With the murder-strewn Game of Thrones season 6 finale now a thing of Sunday night past, we can definitively say winter came (and went), and until season 7 debuts or George R.R. Martin decides to stop writing in his LiveJournal long enough to finish the series, we must search elsewhere for icy inspiration. As luck would have it, Ben and Jerry’s …

On Writing, On Wednesday: Be Your Own Worst Critic

There’s a troubling dichotomy that exists in the mind of a writer between thinking what you’ve just crafted is the most brilliant prose to brush against the blank page and wanting to run so far away from your own writing you reach a distant land where words don’t exist and people communicate using only their left eyebrow.