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Veldy’s Artisan Cheese and Wine

Stealthily leaving her house long before dawn, the rural Texas grass still wet with dew, 17-year old Erica would meet her boyfriend (and future husband) Jared Veldhuizen and drive to the 5:15 a.m. milking at his parents’ dairy farm.  “The cows have it easy,” she recalls. “They roam in big pastures and they’d recognize us. They knew Jared was their...

A Grape Escape

A glass of wine to relax after a long day, or as a nice complement to a meal, is one of life’s simple luxuries. The wine-making process can be a fascinating learning experience at a winery or vineyard, but it’s also a fairly easy and fun pastime to make your own wine at home.  “ kits are a good way to...

Embracing Santa Barbara

Air perfumed with pine, eucalyptus, lavender, jasmine and orange blossoms wafts in on ocean breezes. Red tile roofs, white-washed architecture, bougainvilleas and towering trees stand along ridges and terraces overlooking the Pacific. This is Santa Barbara, California, the most Mediterranean city in the United States. The city’s signature look did not come until the 20th century. Chumash natives inhabited the region...