Graveyard Vineyards

Approaching Graveyard Vineyards, there is no getting past the fact that on the left hand side is an old graveyard. I love the fact that Rob and Paula embraced the graveyard, and just ran with it. Anyway, the speed limit going up to the top oaf the hill is 13 MPH. Most people have the speed limit at 10 or 15, because dust kills vines.

Once the top of the hill is reached, the lake is what most people will notice right off the bat. It is beautiful, and there is even an inviting dock that extends well into the water. There is an awning that covers part of the patio, as well as lights that are for night time excitement at the Graveyard. Under the awning are many white rocking chairs awaiting guests to partake in communication and wine. Closer to the water are several tables, and chairs.

The views of the vineyards are spectacular, and the wind blowing through the pine tree almost sounds as though someone is whispering. So much to enjoy, and unique character here to partake with friends and family.

Once inside, there is so much to see. The huge coffin, and then there are the little coffins that hold a delicate shipment of wine for the wine club members. There are gifts, foods, and clothing that the living can purchase.

I’m not sure about the procedures for spirits. You’ll have to ask on your visit. I highly recommend the Viognier, very delicious…to die for.😉

Villa at San Marcos Creek

Last month, I made it my goal to finish the house in less than 90 days. I still need to get the rails to two beds. You would think that “standard rails” are easy to find, but everyone has to order them. UGH! Why are they called “standard”?

The great room, with views into the kitchen, dining room, and the bar.

Venus Has Left the Farm

Venus was the heifer that Sabrina took to fair. The fair takes so much time out of the summer. She had to take the time to find the cow, pay to get her pregnant, then take care of her all the time before fair.

I recently told her, “you are living your dream.” She said…”I just realized the same thing the other day.” Since she was little, she has wanted to be a farmer. I would even question her over and over thinking that she would be swayed from “farming”, but she never wavered. I still relish the moments at the table when she and my son would argue over what they would sell to each other. Her with her farm, and his vineyard and winery.

I’m so proud that she sold her first cow. We are going to start looking for a herd of cows.


This is Venus after her shower, the day she was sold.

Cow Parade SLO

When I was attending the Mid State Fair in 2015 I saw an artist working on a cow. She was painting a fiberglass cow, and I had to know more. I went over to the table to find out more about the cow, and how I could acquire one. The cost was out of our price range, but that didn’t stop me from keeping that paper. I held on to the dream of having a cow. We were only in escrow for the winery, but we knew that owning a winery isn’t going to pay for art.

Almost a year later, I was told by a friend that there were a few Mini Moo’s, so I placed a phone call to find out how I could get one of these cows. This is the biggest public arts display in the world. Pretty impressive, and I had to be a part of it.

There was a vast array of artists that were all very talented! I saw the vision of Julie Dickey and Sandy Stevens, that was the one!


It’s a bummer that I can’t show you real photos of the progress, but they do update everyone on Facebook. Here is the link to their site The Passionate Hearts, so you can learn more about these fascinating women. If you join them on Facebook and Instagram, you will also see their progress.

If you are interested in the whole CowParadeSLO project, click on the link. We are so proud to bring art, charity, and wine together.

Villa San Juliette

I love visiting Villa San Juliette, they are the neighbors of Ranchita Canyon Vineyard. The beauty there is magnificent, the grounds evoke an image of European splendor. The artistically rendered gates open at 11am, the driveway is punctuated by cypress tress, and olive trees. The statuary, and landscape transport your soul to a place of divine harmony. I feel as though I am in an ancient Roman painting…bring on the banquet!

I have visited VSJ many times, but have never had the opportunity to meet the two gentlemen that own the winery. Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe  are the owners, and I am told that the two met as schoolmates in Liverpool and a friendship bloomed. Both young men loved to entertain and as they grew into adulthood, this shared passion led to careers that often intersected,  as dancers, then as choreographers and as producers of entertainment enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.

Despite their demanding schedules, in 2004 these two friends made time to catch up over a dinner in Las Vegas. They asked the sommelier to surprise them with a bottle of Cab, and, when both glasses were poured, the conversation took a momentous turn. The wine was spectacular, spurring an interest in the Paso Robles AVA that would grow into a love affair. And thus, in that first sip, the dream of Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery was born.

Smitten as they were, just one year later Ken and Nigel purchased a pastoral 168-acre property located at the northern edge of the Paso Robles AVA in the small town of San Miguel, California. A healthy vineyard was already established across rolling slopes and ideal soils, so Ken and Nigel directed their energies towards enhancing the natural beauty of the vineyard with a tasting room styled after the Tuscan villas that Nigel had enjoyed during trips to Italy.

Ken and Nigel’s belief in Paso Robles wine country comes to fulfillment in Villa San-Ju- liette’s comfortable tasting room, superb wines, and idyllic vineyard views.

The two are the producers of American Idol. They also produce many other talent shows, as well as own the winery. In 2013 the winery became SIP certified, which is no easy feat. One must be able to demonstrate their sustainability, water, animal conservation, soil health, and the overall carbon footprint are measured.

Their wines have won several awards too, so it’s so worth a visit. Every time I have visited, I have been fascinated by what appears to be a sculptured wind vane. I recently was told that the “Fat Monk” is a second label. I can’t personally attest to it’s yumminess, but the Fat Monk looks super cool.

Life Update

Sorry, I’ve been such a bad blogger. Life has had me spinning in many different directions. My niece came all the way from Indpls., Indiana to come visit us in California. She is off to college, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. What a wonderful young lady she has become. Since she is wanting to study interior design, I thought it might help her to see what it takes to design a space.

We are about to open our 5,000 square foot house, and make it available to vacationers that are going to stay in Paso Robles, California. Organizing, what we are going to keep in the house, and what is going to go. We opted to get rid of the existing carpet, and the existing furniture. The carpet is neutral color, and we kept the walls white.


I decided to go with a bright, yet calming color for the dining room. The living room, I went with two conversation areas. Each couch makes out to a bed. I still need to take down some of the valence pieces that are in the house. I also need to wash all the bedding, then make the beds. Tomorrow is finishing up the list of items that are still needed to complete this project.