The Paring’s 2020 Sauvignon Blanc bursts with complexity

The Paring produces good wines in Lompoc at very reasonable prices. The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a bargain at $25.

In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, The Paring makes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rosé de Pinot Noir and a robust Red Blend.

I enjoyed a drink while preparing dinner and a few more later. The Sauvignon Blanc has a good level of complexity with a deliciously exotic nose. Flavors of melon, white peach and lemon soar from the glass.

Paring wines are sold everywhere and online. The owners say: “The Paring was born in 2006 out of a desire to explore, experiment and excite, without rules. It suits me well !; [email protected]; 805-564-8581.

Regan Vineyards Winery

John Bargetto is the Director of Winemaking for Bargetto Winery and now also Regan Vineyards Winery, which is open for wine tasting until the end of summer. This prime property on Green Valley Road in Corralitos is stunning. The vines stretch as far as the eye can see, heavy with fruit at harvest time. Regan Vineyards varietals include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Dolcetto, Refosco and Nebbiolo, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Book a tour or tasting at

Dream Inn releases “Iron Chef”

Inspired by the hit TV series iron boss, Dream Inn’s new Iron Chef competition allows small groups (six to 20 people) to showcase their culinary expertise and compete for the coveted title of Iron Chef. Each group has one hour to prepare a unique and tasty dish worthy of an Iron Chef. These fun events will take place at the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge, and basics like flour and eggs are provided.

Dream Inn Santa Cruz and Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. 831-740-8069;;

Sharon D. Cole