11/20 HEATHER MURAN, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY, RICK HODGES, TUBS FINE CHILI, STEVE EVENS
November 20, 2015•52 min
HEATHER MURAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY – HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in prevailing marine conditions that are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California. SLO Wine Country includes two small adjoining American Viticultural Areas—the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley—and other nearby winegrowing areas. Each of these areas shares a unifying proximity to the ocean, as well as to each other. Collectively, these growing conditions forge a unifying wine quality that is native to SLO Wine Country: Cool The reliable cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean ensures a long growing season, enabling the grapes to achieve physiological ripeness and natural balance. Cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel in the heart of SLO Wine Country, and even the warmest areas benefit from considerable marine influence. Consistent The ocean proximity also exerts a moderating effect on the climate, minimizing temperature swings so that growing conditions are rarely hot or cold. The result is an extraordinarily steady growing season that fosters balanced ripening and consistent quality from vintage to vintage. Complex The imprint of the ocean is also evident in SLO Wine Country's uncommonly complex soils, which are frequently riddled with ancient sea fossils. Soil variation enables the winegrower to mix and match varietals to specific soil profiles, or to add more "colors" to the palette of a single varietal, heightening overall quality and complexity. WWW.SLOWINE.COM RICK HODGES - OWNER OF “TUBS FINE CHILI” A Fresh Take on an American Classic. It's all about CHILI! Ranging from beef to vegan, we offer seven distinct chili varieties daily. Customize your perfect meal with plenty of fresh fixin's, tasty tub options and creative sides. Add a lil' spice to your life with our housemade sauces and spicy condiments. No trip to TubTown is complete without experiencing our original Chili Dingo - a spiral cut, beef hotdog on a fried cornbread bun! So grab your posse and head on over to the wild west(side) to experience true home cooked flavor, served up fast & friendly! Owners Rick & Margie Hodges are Southern California natives whose family roots have called Culver City home for several generations. The inspiration for Tub's Fine Chili comes from their love of homemade meals with family and friends, and their frequent visits to the historic gold country of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Aside from being a passionate chili maker, Rick has been a life-long entrepreneur and successful businessman who has always loved to create something from an idea. Margie's customer service background, friendly smile and genuine love of people keep customers coming back for more than just the food. Along with their friendly posse, Rancher Rick & BossMama will make you feel right at home, each and every visit. With rotating seasonal chilies, creative and tasty comfort food at a fair price is what makes Tub's a year-round favorite eatery. Come hungry, y'all! WWW.TUBSCHILI.COM STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.