Falconry Beyond the Renaissance Faire

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Thought Renaissance Faires were the only place to see falconry in action? Well, falcons are use in agriculture as a means of sustainable pest control. As winegrapes ripen, birds like Starlings and finches come out for the feast. SIP Certified Lastitia Vineyard & Winery has been utilizing these natural predators in their vineyards. Read all about it on their blog. And now you have a cool piece of trivia to share at the next cocktail party! … [Read more...]

Brian Talley

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Talley Vineyards Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County           Brian Talley is a third generation farmer born and raised in Arroyo Grande. While attending UC Berkeley, where he earned degrees in History and Natural Resource Economics, he worked in a wine shop called Curds and Whey where he fell in love with wine. Brian began his career in the family business at age 12 when he started harvesting vegetables at Talley Farms. He became General Manager of Talley Vineyards in 1991 and now serves as President of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms. … [Read more...]

Happy 4th of July from SIP

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The 4th of July gives each of us something different to celebrate. Here at SIP we are celebrating the many farmers committed to protecting both natural and human resources. The comprehensive rules for SIP Certification (known as Standards) address many interrelated elements of the whole farm system. Habitat conservation, energy efficiency, pest management, water conservation, economic stability, and human resources are some of the key elements of the program. In order to qualify for certification, farmers must have their practices verified through in-depth records and on-site audits by … [Read more...]

Laetitia & Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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You hear a lot of talk about Integrated Pest Management (IMP) in vineyards. So what is IPM? The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu) defines IPM as: Integrated pest management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, … [Read more...]

SIPping Sustainably at Cooking for Solutions

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SIP Certified Sustainable will join the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its thirteenth annual Cooking for Solutions celebration on May 16-18, 2014 in scenic Monterey, California. It’s a grand culinary celebration with more than 20 celebrity chefs from across The Americas, including live cooking demonstrations, intimate salons, culinary adventures and a grand Gala event. You’ll discover how SIP Certified sustainably farmed wines & vineyards and some of the nation’s top chefs are finding delicious ways to protect our land, water and ocean wildlife. The weekend of festivities willfeature live … [Read more...]

Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is Jam Packed

Our annual Earth Day Food & Wine Weekend is jam packed with … well … a lot of food and wine! That’s not all we’ve got planned, however. Here’s a look at five non-edible delights on tap. … [Read more...]

Szechuan Spicy Fish & Carmel Road Riesling

Szechuan Spicy Fish

Lately I have been exploring Asian cuisine with the help of a friendly expert who provided this recipe! This is a great dish with a completely different flavor profile from what I typically cook. It is pretty simple but it will require a trip to an Asian market for a couple ingredients. Try pairing the Szechuan Spicy Fish with a Carmel Road Riesling. Szechuan Spicy Fish For the Fish: 2 fillets of cat fish, about 1 lb., cut into slices 1 small Napa cabbage, cut into pieces For the marinade: 1 tbsp cornstarch ½ tsp salt ½  tsp ground white pepper 1 tsp Shaoshing wine or any … [Read more...]

Mango Sticky Rice with Claiborne & Churchill Gewurztraminer

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I went to Thailand a few years ago and could not get enough mango sticky rice. The fruit was incredible matched with slightly sweet, gooey rice...YUM! Returning home I needed to make this recipe a staple of my own. Many online recipes call for rice steamers and a surprising number of cooking steps for a five ingredient dish. Eventually I found a simpler version and adapted it to make an easy, mango sticky rice dessert recipe. Although I am not typically a microwave cook, this recipe uses one of the fastest cooking tools in the kitchen. Mango Sticky Rice Recipe 1 c. glutinous (sweet) … [Read more...]

Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols

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Opolo Vineyards Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County They say good fences make good neighbors, but it was a love of wine and winemaking that was the entrée between Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols. Their two families have lived side-by-side in Camarillo since 1996. As Nichols remembers, “I knew Rick to say hello to, but that was about it. Then one day, he said to me, ‘Hey Dave, I just planted 10,000 grapevines!’ “ and so began the evolution of Opolo, one of Paso Robles’ newest labels. Quinn and Nichols have been neighbors in two counties since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard … [Read more...]

Green Dip with Niner Wine Estates Grenache Rose

Spinach Herb Green Dip

This is one of my all time favorite holiday recipe memories. My mom made her delicious Green Dip for every winter party. It is a simple, delicious snack to have out when your guests arrive and you will want to make extra to snack on yourself after the party. But, bare in mind that everyone will have a little green in their teeth! Rinse that green away with a nice dry Grenache Rose from Niner Wine Estates. Spinach and Herb Green Dip 2 packages frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed (I use a dish towel) 1 c. fresh parsley 12 scallions (mostly green), lightly chopped 1 container chive … [Read more...]