The Fess Parker Winery

The Fess Parker Winery

The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard Celebrates 30 years in Santa Barbara County

Los Olivos, CA – The Fess Parker Winery is pleased to celebrate its 30th year in Santa Barbara County in 2019, a satisfying milestone for the family owned and operated business. In the years since its inception the winery has developed some of the finest vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Ynez Valley and established itself as a brand popular with wine enthusiasts and critics alike.

Says winery President Tim Snider, “We mark this anniversary with equal parts pride and gratitude – pride for the quality we have achieved with our wines in national and international markets and gratitude for the opportunity to grow our business while remaining family held. By playing to our strengths and focusing on working with the Rhône and Burgundian varietals that grow so well here, hopefully we have set ourselves up well for the next 30 years. We are fortunate to have a tremendous winemaking team under the direction of Head Winemaker, Blair Fox, who celebrates his 15th anniversary with the winery this year as well.”

Winery co-owner Ashley Parker Snider says, “Knowing that a career in Hollywood wasn’t necessarily a long-term proposition, creating a family business that all of us could participate in for generations was important to my dad. Before he passed in 2010, he was incredibly proud of how far we had come.”

Eli Parker – a founding family member and former head winemaker reflects on the occasion: “Our greatest hope is that people who have enjoyed our wines over the last 30 years will continue to enjoy them as part of their own family traditions and celebrations. Even more so, we hope that people just discovering Fess Parker wines will appreciate them as the finest expression of the beauty and bounty of Santa Barbara wine country. Continuing to work together toward this objective as a family is a real privilege.”

To mark the date, the winery has produced limited edition magnums of its sparkling Fesstivity 30th Anniversary Cuvee, a blend of 70 percent Chardonnay and 30 percent Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards the winery developed in the highly regarded Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Only 500 magnums were bottled and they are available for direct purchase at the winery.

To learn more about the Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, visit https://www.fessparker.com/.

ABOUT THE FESS PARKER FAMILY PORTFOLIO

Since the late 1980s, Fess Parker and his family have cultivated a world-class hospitality portfolio around the beauty and bounty of Santa Barbara County. The Fess Parker Winery is focused on the grape varieties best suited to the region’s unique growing conditions – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhone wines – with its vintages consistently earning 90+ point ratings from top critics around the world.

In addition to a waterfront hotel in Santa Barbara, the family honors their late patriarch’s legacy by hosting guests at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos, which also houses The Bear and Star restaurant, featuring refined ranch-to-table cuisine from Chef/Partner John Cox.

For more information, please visit www.fessparker.com.
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Sammy Smart’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2018

Sammy Smart’s Top Ten TV Shows of 2018

Welcome to Sammy Smart’s Top Ten countdown list of TV shows for 2018 (Films will be coming shortly).
You may not agree with her, but it is fun to see what shows are proving popular. Sammy is not a TV/film critique but rather a TV/film enthusiast.

The Rain 

Number ten this year is The Rain. Not necessarily the most original show I’ve ever seen, but I don’t know anyone who watched it so I thought I’d show it some love. Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead back when it was good. Great performances, I watched it all in a few days. If you’re into post-apocalyptic survival stories, give it a try.

Riverdale 

Riverdale is a very ridiculous, very over the top show and I love every god damn second of it. Serial killers? Check. Cults? Check. Musical episodes? Check. Continuously shirtless everybody? Check check check. 
Nothing brings me as much joy as often as this show. It feels like it’s on more often than the bachelor and as Arie would say I LOVE THAT. I will not apologize for loving this show.

The Haunting of Hill House

At #8 we have The Haunting of Hill House which had such an effective jump scare I think I actually flew a few inches off the couch. 
Look how spooky this damn picture is! Never knew I needed a horror tv show. Shout out to all the ghosts hidden in the background.

The End of the F***king World

It’s wild to think that this show came out this year. It feels like a lifetime ago. But I guess it was just January. 
Anyways! These two are an absolute delight to watch. They run away from home together – she thinks they’re falling in love… he’ a psychopath planning how to murder her. You know, standard teenage rom com stuff.

BoJack Horseman

Don’t worry fans I didn’t forget- and coming in at number 6 is Bojack Horseman. 
This season wasn’t my absolute favorite (I think maybe last season was- I still think about ‘Stupid Piece of Shit’ pretty much every day) but every time a new season comes out, I block out the next 3 days to sit on my couch and laugh and cry and think about life. That’s pretty special.
This show is consistently very good, very dark, very funny and every season has at least one episode that floors me, this season was ‘Free Churro’ (pictured). Has this show won an Emmy? This show should win an Emmy.

Succession

Top 5 bay bay! This is where I start having extra strong opinions about things. 
I had pretty high expectations for this show and I was not let down. 
Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox are so fucking good. Everyone is good actually. Everything in this show is good. By the time you get to the finale you’re like “more of the same goodness I suppose” and then BAM it has an unexpected gut punch of a finale that took this from a show I liked to watch to one I couldn’t stop thinking about. Good job everybody involved.

Nanette

Not technically a TV show, but it feels wrong not to include Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette on this list. Truly unlike any other comedy special I’ve ever seen, Nanette had me laughing/crying/holding my breath in equal parts. 
Is calling it life changing too much? Maybe! But I definitely felt…different after watching it. Angrier! More hopeful! Lots of things. Something like that doesn’t come around very often. Watch it.

The Americans 

Man oh man am I gonna miss this show, but what a perfect ending to one of the best TV dramas in the last…ever I would say. The writing, the directing, the acting, the always perfect soundtrack, the opening titles and THE WIGS!! No show does wigs like The Americans does wigs. 
Obviously Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are fantastic and yes I am personally invested in their on and off screen relationship and yes I sometimes have dreams that we are all friends and go out to dinners together. But this season I couldn’t get enough Noah Emmerich. And Oleg. And Paige. Wow I’m going to miss them all so much.

The Terror 

WHY 👏🏼AREN’T👏🏼MORE👏🏼PEOPLE👏🏼WATCHING👏🏼THIS👏🏼SHOW👏🏼
Spooky. Historical. Fiction. In the 1800’s two *real life* ships went missing while trying to find a route through the arctic. This is a creepy/supernatural reimagining of what happened to them. They stick to the truth of what they know happened as much as possible, so it had me going back and forth on my phone googling while I watched a la The Crown. And I liked it so god damn much that I’m now considering going to a Nautical museum in Connecticut to see some of what they’ve recovered from the two ships (which remained lost sea until 2014/2016). Also currently reading the book this is based on. I’m a dork but I swear this show fucking rules.

Killing Eve

Well here it is, my favorite TV show of 2018 – Killing Eve. Sandra Oh is perfect in this and Jodie Comer as Villanelle is my favorite character in recent memory. If you’re interested in cat and mouse type thrillers where the cat and mouse have crazy sexual tension, watch this show. Phoebe Waller Bridge apparently can do no wrong! Perfect show 10/10
And I am very sorry to all the shows that were on the list at one point and then got bumped for one reason or another – Queer Eye, Big Mouth, Barry, Sharp Objects, Homecoming, and Maniac…just know that you were also loved. Or at least liked a lot.
What were everyone else’s favorite TV shows?
If you’d like to tell us, please email [email protected]

Sammy Smart loves TV and Film and started her career as an editor working at a trailer company, where she learned how to effectively tell a story, sometimes in as little as 15 seconds. After three years, she decided to branch out and has since gotten to work on a wide variety of projects and collaborate with some truly incredible people. Sammy worked on narrative films, documentaries, trailers, sizzle reels, branded content, docu-series, music videos and more.  She has edited content for Netflix, ABC, Esquire Network, Seventeen Magazine, Comic-Con, Disney, Disney XD, Exxon Mobil, Fortive and the World Wildlife Fund.

When she is not editing, she enjoys getting away from her computer and getting out into nature, or making misshapen bowls on a pottery wheel. She also spends a good amount of time giving belly rubs to her two cats

Holiday Travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Holiday Travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Smart Tips for Holiday Travel on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Ease the stress of holiday travel with these expert tips for trip planning, booking and saving money on train travel. 
     
LOS ANGELES – Holiday travel can be stressful whether you are going home to visit family or taking a vacation with your loved ones. The holiday season is the busiest time for travel, and for those opting to travel by train, there are many ways to ease holiday travel stress and enjoy the journey to your destination. The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner carries 3 million passengers a year to top destinations from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Journey along the coast to enjoy breathtaking views, onboard amenities, and conveniently located stations while spending quality time with friends and family traveling to festive destinations.
Here are some insider tips to make the most of a train trip:
Beat the Crowd and Plan Ahead

If you are planning a trip that involves taking the train from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25, book your tickets as soon as possible as the Pacific Surfliner will be reservation-only during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While extra rail cars will be added to handle the surge in travelers, tickets sell out quickly. To check availability or book tickets, visit pacificsurfliner.com/holiday.

Also keep in mind that Fridays and Sundays are typically the busiest travel days on the Pacific Surfliner, especially on the 700-series trains between Los Angeles and San Diego. Consider choosing one of the 500-series trains instead, which are typically less busy, or if your travel plans allow, ride midweek or midday when it’s less crowded. With an Unreserved Coach ticket, you can choose to take an earlier or later train at no charge if your plans change.

Pro Tip: If you are traveling between stations with luggage service, you can check your bags (the first two are free) instead of carrying them with you. Passengers are also allowed 2 free carry-on bags, up to 50 lbs and 28” x 22” x 14” each. To learn about bringing other items onboardincluding music instruments, baby items and more, visit amtrak.com/special-items.

Take Advantage of SoCal Savings
California Everyday Discounts offer year-round savings on Pacific Surfliner travel for children, students, seniors, and riders with disabilities. Save 15% or more on Pacific Surfliner trips when you book with a promotion code. Visit PacificSurfliner.com/discounts for more details.Pro Tip: Check the website for more offers and trip ideas, including upcoming events, special service and deals: PacificSurfliner.com/promotions.

Upgrade to Business Class
One of the best ways to enhance your travel experience is by upgrading to Business Class. You’ll have a guaranteed seat and extra space to stretch out, plus you’ll receive a complimentary snack and drink, and bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards points. Business Class tickets provide a seat on a specific train, so if you need to change your plans, call 1-800-USA-RAIL or go online to modify your reservation in advance.

Pro Tip: The number of Business Class seats on each train is limited, so it’s best to book early before they sell out.

Grab a Bite to Eat from the Café Car
Craving a delicious treat? The onboard Café car offers a variety of carry-out style foods including sandwiches, salads, pizza, snacks and beverages, locally sourced from along the Pacific Surfliner route.

Pro Tip: Riders ages 21 and up can also enjoy local craft beers, California wines, and mixed drinks, including Bloody Mary’s, mimosas and more.

Don’t Miss the Ocean Views
Much of the Pacific Surfliner route hugs the coast, with views of beautiful beaches and rugged bluffs between Solana Beach and San Clemente on the south-end, and between Ventura and Surf-Lompoc on the north-end. Try to get a spot on the west-side of the train to have the best opportunities for photos, time-lapse videos and general sightseeing.

Pro Tip: The train switches directions after stopping in Los Angeles. If you are facing forward on the left side when you arrive at this station, you will find yourself traveling backwards on the right side once the train continues its journey! Keep this in mind if you are traveling through Los Angeles and are trying to get an ocean seat.

Stay Connected
Follow Pacific Surfliner (@PacSurfliners) on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest train updates before and during your trip. Browse social media and your favorite websites thanks to free Wi-Fi, and keep your devices charged by plugging into the power outlets – there is one located at every window seat.

Pro Tip: While the trains feature free basic Wi-Fi for general web browsing activities, the Wi-Fi does not support high-bandwidth actions such as streaming music or video. Instead, download your favorite Netflix show before-hand and binge watch on the train without Wi-Fi!

Do and See More
Ride the Pacific Surfliner to countless holiday events and attractions this season including parades, light displays, and waterfront fireworks. Enjoy a train ride along the coast while spending quality time with friends and family as you travel to these festive events.

Pro Tip: Many stations are central to great restaurants, shops and attractions. And you can also use your train ticket to connect to bus and transit services at most stations for free or at a discount. This makes it possible to go more places without needing a car.

With daily service to San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, the Pacific Surfliner is a great way to experience the best of Southern California. Plan ahead and keep these tips in mind to make the most of your trip

For train schedules, special offers and more, visit pacificsurfliner.com. To stay up to date on the latest announcements, breaking news, and information for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner visit news.pacificsurfliner.com/.

About the Pacific Surfliner
The Pacific Surfliner travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange,
Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations. It is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of nearly 3 million. To learn more and plan a trip, visit PacificSurfliner.com, like Pacific Surfliner on Facebook, or @pacsurfliners on Twitter.

About the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency
The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency is a joint powers authority composed of rail owners, operators and planning agencies along the entire LOSSAN rail corridor.  In addition to working to improve passenger rail ridership, revenue, on-time performance, operational flexibility, and safety, the LOSSAN Agency assumed management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California. For more information, visit lossan.org.

Dine L.A. Taco Trek Oct 4 – Oct 31

Dine L.A. Taco Trek Oct 4 – Oct 31

dineL.A. TAKES A BITE OUT OF NATIONAL TACO DAY AND LAUNCHES dineL.A. TACO TREK ON OCTOBER 4, 2018

Foodies Are Invited to a dineL.A. Taco Party at Guisados Burbank and to Join in the dineL.A. Taco Trek Challenge for a Chance to Win Prizes from American Airlines

LOS ANGELES, Calif. –– dineL.A., a Discover Los Angeles program that exists to discover, support, and promote L.A.’s culinary scene, launches dineL.A. Taco Trek on National Taco Day (October 4) with a taco party at Guisados Burbank. Throughout the day, beginning at 8:30 a.m., diners who go to Guisados Burbank and say, “dineL.A. Taco Trek” at the counter, will receive one free Bistek an Salsa Roja taco each, courtesy of dineL.A. while supplies last.

The dineL.A. Taco Trek features a guide to the 25 best taco spots and must-order items at each location across the city from The Valley to San Pedro and LAX to Downtown L.A.

“In Los Angeles, the taco is king,” said Stacey Sun, dineL.A. Director. “What better way to honor one of our favorite food items than launching the dineL.A. Taco Trek during Latino Heritage Month to shine a spotlight on 25 locations – including taco stands, trucks and shops – that do them best. Through the dineL.A. Taco Trek, we look forward to inspiring excitement about L.A.’s dining scene year-round, while encouraging locals and visitors to explore L.A.’s diverse neighborhoods.”

To encourage foodies to participate in the dineL.A. Taco Trek, dineL.A. and American Airlines are hosting a Taco Trek Challenge from October 4 to October 31, 2018, exclusively on the webby-honoree DiscoverLA app from Discover Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Participants simply download the app for free on Android or iPhone and click on the scavenger hunt icon to check in to as many taco spots during the Taco Trek Challenge. Participants can check in to each location once. Each check-in will serve as one entry for a chance to win 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles. Two winners will be selected after October 31, 2018. The Taco Trek Challenge is open to U.S. residents only

dineL.A. enlisted L.A. artist Luke Pelletier to illustrate the dineL.A. Taco Trek map and L.A. Taco to select the must-order menu item at each location.

For more information on the dineL.A. Taco Trek, please visit www.dineLATacoTrek.com.

About dineL.A.

dineL.A. exists to discover, support and promote Los Angeles’s dynamic culinary scene. As part of Discover Los Angeles, dineL.A. produces its eponymous dining event that takes place twice a year and showcases the city as a premier dining destination. dineL.A.’s programs are designed to stimulate business and introduce new customers to restaurants located in the many neighborhoods throughout L.A. County. For more information, news, and updates, visit dineLA.com and follow dineL.A. on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Gary Numan

Gary Numan

Gary Numan at BLUE DOT FESTIVAL UK: Photo LEANNE BOLGER LEANNEBOLGER.COM

Gary Numan – Iconic British new wave singer/songwriter/recording artist and record producer, has had a career spanning 5 decades, and he’s still going strong.

Numan recently released “Savage: Songs from a Broken World” – a new album contemplating a world devastated by climate change.

Catch him in concert during his  “Savage European/US Autumn Tour”.

If you reside in Los Angeles, you can see Gary Numan perform at the Fonda Theatre on October 6th.
Visit his website for more info, or buy tickets here.

 

SoCal Magazine’s Niki Smart caught up with Gary Numan for a quick interview.

  1. Dennis Morris told me that you were once detained in Russia for accidentally flying over military airspace (or something along those lines) – can you tell us a little more about that experience?

GN: It was in India actually. I was put under house arrest in India on suspicion of smuggling and spying in 1981 when flying around the world in my own little airplane. The smuggling charge was based on the fact that I was wearing two watches at the time. I did try to point out that flying my own airplane all the way to India to smuggle one cheap watch was a bit pointless, they didn’t seem to get that unfortunately. The spying charge came about because apparently we had flown over a Russian submarine base North of where we landed, which we had no idea existed until they told us. They then kept us for four days in a place on the beach (not as nice as it sounds) and the other rooms were all filled with Russian families, presumably from the base we’d supposedly been spying on. It was like being in a Keystone Cops movie but for real. They then blamed me for the rules they were following as they said they were left over from the days of the British Empire. So it was all my fault apparently

  1. Your career has impressive longevity with numerous hit songs. Do you have a favorite—and why?

GN: Favorites change depending on mood to be honest but a song on the new Savage album called My Name Is Ruin is a big favorite because my daughter Persia sings on it with me. She joins us on stage when school allows and sings with us all over the world as well. I love that.

  1. What’s the best thing about being Gary Numan?

GN: I get to do live my life the way I choose to for the most part, not the way I have to. If I wake up and it’s a beautiful day, I don’t have to work, it’s up to me. That freedom is very special to me.

  1. What’s the worst thing about being Gary Numan?

GN: My touring work takes me away from my children for months at a time. That’s a real problem for me. Apart from that though there is no ‘worst’ thing. I love my life. I love living in Los Angeles, being in a band, I’ve been happily married to Gemma for 21 years and my children are all healthy. I have no complaints.

  1. What do you have coming up that you’d like our readers to know about?

GN: I have a show at The Fonda on October 6th, which I’m very excited about, plus a special edition version of the Savage album coming out in late October

  1. And I know this is a bit of a curve ball but…do you have any thoughts on climate change?

GN: The Savage album is all about a world devastated by climate change, so yes, I have lots of thoughts about it. I believe it’s very real, very dangerous and I could hardly believe it when Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Accord. It was a level of ignorance that was hard to fathom.

 

Featured photo credit to LEANNE BOLGER www.LEANNEBOLGER.COM

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