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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1 Thing You Should Do In L.A. This January: Come In And Refuel at Daily Harvest

1 Thing You Should Do In L.A. This January: Come In And Refuel at Daily Harvest

Contributing Editor: Anthony Stafford

It’s that time of year when pretty much everyone is optimistic and ready to make a positive change in their lives. From the gym to the dinner table, chances are high that many new year’s resolution will involve diets, fitness, and health. If you happen to be one of those people (and even if you’re not), we’ve got the perfect can’t-miss event of the month that will spice things up before those resolutions become a bore.

For a whole week — from January 17th through January 23rd — Daily Harvest is bringing their Refueling Station pop-up to Los Angeles. The best part? It’s free and open to the public at the Westfield Century City!

What is Daily Harvest?

Daily Harvest is a direct-to-consumer brand delivering delicious, nutrient-rich, fruits and vegetables that are frozen at the source, and chef-crafted for taste and ready in minutes. They recognize that the speed at which we live today often forces us to turn to quick, unhealthy choices. From gas stations to convenience stores, our options are filled with foods that lack the nourishment we need at the price of instant gratification. That’s why Daily Harvest has created this Refueling Station as a food oasis for busy people to disrupt their overbooked schedules and remind them that they can nourish their bodies with good food that won’t slow them down. The perfect way to stick to your new year’s resolution a bit longer, right?

The pop-up’s chic take on a retro gas station is a physical manifestation of Daily Harvest’s greater mission to take care of food, so food can take care of you. Visitors will be able to sample the brand’s growing portfolio of good, clean food, including smoothies, breakfast bowls, harvest bowls and cookies! In addition, guests can purchase Daily Harvest cups offline and in person, and partake in engaging programming, like on-site nutrition coaching, swag giveaways, and other surprises!

In November 2018, Daily Harvest opened their first-ever Refueling Station in NYC, which was a huge success.

When To Visit?

Dates: January 17th – 23rd
Time: Open to the public from 11:00AM-8:00PM daily
Address: Westfield Century City; 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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

We are looking for talent—photographic talent—portfolios with great stories, great images.
To submit please email: [email protected]

Pamela Weir-Quiton – Bandsaw Fashionista

Pamela Weir-Quiton – Bandsaw Fashionista

 PamelaWeir-Quiton is an influential Los Angeles based woodworker who has been making finely crafted sculptural works since 1965.

 Her work has appeared in multiple publications over the years, including the cover of LA Home Magazine, and has been exhibited and collected nationally since the 1960s. She is considered an important part of the West Coast studio movement, and she is one of only a few veteran female artists working with wood. A lover of fashion,she originally planned to be a fashion designer. She has become a ‘bandsawfashionista.”

Known for her stylized functional doll forms and life-sized ‘rocking animals,’ Weir-Quiton is currently celebrating her 50th studio year. Championed by thelegendary LA curator, Eudorah Moore, her work was included in the seminal“California Design” exhibits (1964-1976) at the Pasadena Museum which definedthe look of West Coast design for generations.

Weir-Quiton’s work is a part of the fabric and history of the LA Design scene. Earlier this fall, a retrospective of her work was held to much acclaim at the Craft in America Center in Hollywood. A recent visit to her West Adams studio revealed how the artist is currently thinking about her work and her legacy.

 KN: Your work has largely focused on animal and human figures made of wood. How has your observations of the interaction between man and critter effected your work?

PWQ: You know being in a military family, I would talk to my cats. And later, to my dogs. Being here, working alone in the studio and basically being an outsider, my dogs are more than muses. They are almost human to me.

When I was very young, my father was in the Air Force. My mother and I moved to Indiana to be closer to familyThere is a place there, a nature preserve, where we would go for walks. That’s where my“nature walk “ necklaces come from. (photo)

I have always believed in fairy tales. So my fairy tale is like a kind of Hansel and Gretel, only with a good witch. So in my version of the story, we would gather nuts and things and we would go back to the good witch’s cottage where she just happens to have a wood shop, and a drill press. And you drill holes in everything you have found and you string it together! 

 KN: Is that a view of the creative process as a kind of magic, as alchemy?

PWQ: It is that, I’m not doing it.  And, that anyone can tap into this channel!

All that I can say, is that it is intuitive. And now, more so than ever for me. It’s really has become crystal clear by thinking about the law of attraction. By asking, how does this make me feel? I’ve always been able to capture the frame, and hold it, and sketch it. In the new studio (West Adams), I feel even more connections. I’m seeing piles of sacred scrap from older projects, and I’masking “what can I do with this?”

The materials and the tools, nothing else matters. That’s who I am. We don’t travel. There is nothing else that I want to do. Once I discovered woodworking at the wood shop at Cal State Northridge, there was no turning back, it was100% commitment. It’s like an obsession that grabs you by the throat. It’s like Colin Kaepernick, the “take a knee guy” – find something you love and if you have to – risk everything. That’show that am.

 KN: If you were to go back and tell your 23-year old self something, what would it be?

PWQ: (Laughs) I guess I would tell myself that it always worked out!

You can only have one thought at a time, and the trick is to be able to shift it and focus. That’s what coming in, and turning on the lights in the woodshop, does for me. It’s vibration, it’s frequency, it’s energy. The woodshop is my yoga,my meditation – it’s everything good.

 I know who I am. It’s not an ego thing. I’m not afraid to put myself out there, because I don’t feel like I’m pushing myself. It’s “come and play with me inthe Universe!”

Katie Nartonis is an Art + Design writer, curator and auction specialist based out of Los Angeles, California and sometimes Taos, New Mexico. Earlier this year she curated “Nature: Human Nature” an art +design show at Loft at Liz’s gallery in Los Angeles. She is currently finishing co-writing and publishing a book on the late San Diego designer/maker, “JackRogers Hopkins: California Maverick”(with Co -Writer/Editor Jeffrey Head). Sheis the founder of The Nartonis Project and is Art + Design Editor of SoCalMagazine. www.thenartonisproject.com

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