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I enjoy creating original wine-pairing recipes that are healthful and delicious. I work for Touring & Tasting a Santa Barbara based wine club and national magazine as Food Editor. However, I am not paid for this blog and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I received my Personal Chef Skills Competency Award from the SBCC's School Of Culinary Arts. In 2012, I started Inside Wine - Santa Barbara with pal Lila Brown which features wine tastings with winery owners and winemakers. I also serve on the Board of the Santa Barbara Culinary Arts group, which had Julia Child as one of the founding members and funds scholarships for SBCC culinary students in her name.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

fresh peaches from Buttonwood Farm & WineryIt's July! That means it's time to visit Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard in the Santa Ynez wine country for their fabulous peaches--carefully tended by orchard manager Fred Munch. The peaches are his babies and they get special pampering, rewarding his tender care by developing beautiful flavor and color. We bought three boxes so we can indulge in eating them out-of-hand and baking up lovely peachy desserts.

The Buttonwood farm produces a cornucopia of culinary delights, including organic herbs;  fruits for Buttonwood's line of handmade preserves, salsas and sauces; olives for their estate olive oil; cut flowers; and summer vegetables--oh, yes--and the sustainably grown Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache Noir, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Malbec for their lovely food-friendly wines.

Try the following recipe for the Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard peaches:
Buttonwood Farm & Winery pondDon't miss Buttonwood's All Farm Dinners in August! The farm-to-table feasts are held in the grassy knoll in the midst of their 39-acre vineyard, next to a peaceful pond and a short walk from the top of the hill where one can take in a panoramic view of Santa Ynez Valley. The dinners are created from Buttonwood's farm-raised meat, farm-grown fruits and vegetables--including those famous peaches! Buttonwood's Rhone and Bordeaux varietal wines pair with each course.

To read more about Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, click here.

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