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360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

Margot

By Vaughn Lowery × Krishan Narsinghani × Michael Moadeb × Anthony Sovinsky

Restaurateur Rohan Talwar helms IB Hospitality and owns the illustrious West Hollywood gem, Norahs. A few months ago, he opened the doors to modish and culinary oasis, Margot – complete with exotic dishes, regional wines and special drink menu.

Margot, a Mediterranean infused restaurant composed of various seating and dine-in areas with 360 degree views of West LA, in Culver City is a diamond in the rough. The rooftop (indoor and outdoor seated venue) nests at the top of the PLATFORM (a boutique shopping experience with fashion/pop-ups, wellness and bites) and borders tons of retail, commercial and a new hotel soon erupting. The speedy Expo line train can be seen swiftly running east to west while you sip and/or dine outside and mimics the likes of some of the more prestigious eateries within Brooklyn’s Dumbo area. Similar to the train, rumors have quickly traveled throughout the city that Amazon will begin developing a new location nearby.

‘Hot like fire’ understates the atmosphere at night as the outside appears to be torched with tons of heat lamps in tow. With fresh farm-to-fork ingredients and handmade pastas (try the spaghetti), this place is a soon to be staple within the LA area. The menu constantly changes for an all-inclusive dining experience, including those with strict plant-based diets. Great for romantic dates, celebratory moments and family gatherings on ‘Sunday Funday’ largely due to their tapas as well as fresh raw seafood bar. Talk about delectable oysters. Step foot inside to find every inch of this establishment scream social media engagement wall. Note murals and tapestries all aligned in tune with a modernistic and contemporary ambiance. Service is extremely courteous, helpful and hospitable. And if that’s not enough to keep you coming back, the handcrafted cocktails will. Try their refreshening grapefruit gin and juice or a fruity frosé – worth every penny. It’s about time Culver City got what it deserved – a casual dining experience with budding professionals who seek something edgy, youthful and tasty.

Boost your metabolism before you eat, as SoulCycle is located on the second floor right underneath Margot. Or, after a zesty salad and sandwich at Margot, you may want to head down to the first level to the cozy ice cream shop with a menu of small-batch flavors, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

*Margot is open daily from 11am-2am at the PLATFORM: 8820 Washington Blvd #301 (310) 643-5853

Highlights
• Accommodates approximately 150 seated or 350 for reception
• Rooftop patio with dedicated bar accommodates approximately 120 seated or 150 for reception
• Intimate private dining terrace available for approximately 25 seated or 40 for reception
• Social dining options available for weekend brunches, lunch and dinner
• Market driven menu inspired by coastal mediterranean cuisine
• Full service bar with handcrafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients
• Stunning beach and city views throughout

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

Salute The Troops Music and Comedy Festival

Salute The Troops Music and Comedy Festival Changes Venue, Adds New Artists The Inaugural LA-Area Festival Featuring World-Famous Musicians and Comedians Moves to the Fox Theater and Glass House in Downtown Pomona

Salute the Troops Music and Comedy Festival is proud to announce that the inaugural event will now move to downtown Pomona, CA for the weekend of March 22-24. Headlining artists will perform at the iconic venue, the Fox Theater Pomona, as well as the Glass House.   

On the move, festival founder Nate Parienti and co-founder John Wertz (USMC) said, “The Marines have always been known for their ability to rapidly respond on short notice and it is with that same “Esprit de Corps” that we have quickly adapted and we’re very excited to have found a great new home in downtown Pomona, CA. I want to especially thank the teams at the Glass House and the Fox Theater”

New artists have also been confirmed to perform, including The Dan Band, So So Topic, folk singer-songwriter Pablo Dylan, Prince-collaborator Andre Cymone, playing a set with his band and also collaborating with Prince’s former band – New Power Generation for a special Prince tribute, local hip hop artists Slay Squad, as well as local artists DAISEand The Grinns and comedians Greg Fitzsimmons and Walker Hayes. They’ll join Snoop Dogg, Cold War Kids, Capital Cities, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, comedians Adam Carolla, Rob Riggle and more.

Salute The Troops Music And Comedy Festival was founded by Nate Parienti and co-founded with John Wertz (USMC 2001-2006) of Semper Fi Productions.

Get tickets and all info here.

New limited pricing tiers of $49.99 per day, and a very limited amount of 3 day passes at $99.99, will allow access to all participating venues. See below for the daily schedule of the festival:

Friday, March 22nd

The Fox Theater: Prince Tribute featuring Prince’s former band the New Power Generation w Special guest vocalist Andre Cymone + Grinns + CYN and more

The Glass House: Adam Carolla + Andre Cymone with his full band + Three Beards + Greg Fitzsimmons + Thom Tran(Comedian and Purple Heart Recipient)

Saturday, March 23rd

The Fox Theater: Snoop Dogg + Cold War Kids + Capital Cities + William Ryan Key + more

The Glass House: Cheat Codes + Daise + with headlining comedians Adam Carolla + Rob Riggle + The Dan Band + walker Hays

The Fox Theater Courtyard: Pablo Dylan

The Flyaway Lounge: So So Topic + special DJ Sets

Sunday, March 24th

The Fox Theater: Method Man & Redman + Members of the Wu Tang Clan + Slaysquad

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The Northwoods of Wisconsin: An Outdoorsman’s Paradise

By Jake Porter & Vaughn Lowery

There is no better place in the United States to experience as many snow and cold-weather activities in one day as there is in the Northwoods region of Wisconsin. The two larger towns, Cable and Hayward, which are located in the far north of the state, act as home bases for tourists to Wisconsin. Hayward is a small, quaint town in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. It is characterized by its gently rolling hills, while Cable is just 15 minutes away. Aside from being known for it emphasis on outdoor activities, Cable is also renowned for being the starting point of the American Birkebeiner cross-country skiing race. There are also nationally renowned restaurants within a short 30 minute drive. Both locations offer an opportunity to escape from the stress of congested metropolitan cities and relax in the welcoming environment that both towns offer.

Traveling from the west coast, the north of Wisconsin is a dramatic change of pace from the bustling vibes of the many developed metropolitan cities. It is also the top destination for most snow-related adventure spots. The food and travel businesses in the area, the top two largest economies in the northern Wisconsin, are thriving and are welcoming to new small-businesses. With a well-developed and diverse school system in the surrounding communities, both towns are extremely capable of hosting both tourists and accommodating people intending to move to the region.

With their proximity to the great woods of the Chequamegan National Forest and the sparkling waters of Lake Owen and Namakagon, the recreational activities are abundant. Activities range from cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and winter fat biking. Cable is an epicenter for skiers, offering wonderfully groomed trails traversing the relatively flat landscape. At the start of the Birkebeiner trail in Cable, there is a newly built rest area and event center which offers a wide range of amenities including a source of heat in the wintertime. Snowmobiling is a crucial activity for the adventure-seeking traveler. It is also a staple for most of the locals in the area. In addition, ice fishing is a classic wintertime sport and can be done on most frozen lakes in the area. Fat Bike riding and snowshoeing can be done by most any able-bodied traveler. Bikes and snowshoes can be picked up at Howl Adventure Center, while snowmobiles can be rented from Hayward Power Sports.

As for the less adventurous travelers, downtown Hayward, which was named one of five Hallmark-worthy small towns in Wisconsin, is easy to explore. The downtown includes small boutiques and coffee/pastry shops which line the beautiful, quiet streets. Meet the artists at local art shops such as Art Beat and Nordic Northwoods, who specialize in fun, artsy gifts and souvenirs. Hayward Mercantile is a delightful place as well, filled with Wisconsin-made goods, while Ronnings, just a few doors down provides everything from moccasins to sweatshirts. Just 10 minutes away, Glassy Ladies Art Studio provides a fun environment to get your creative juices flowing while you learn glass fusing, bead making, metal-smithing, and how to work with stained glass.

After a long day in the snow, there is nothing better than a hot meal at lunch or at the end of the day. Lucky for you, there are countless, award winning, restaurants within close proximity. Tamarack Farms Winery is not only the number one winery in the area, but also provides small sandwiches and artisan pizza. The Old Southern Smokehouse, a creation of the award winning BBQ chef Dave Anderson, is the epitemy of a BBQ experience. Their menu consists of quality meats, fresh produce, and award winning sauces. The Landing, situated on the Chippewa Flowage is an amazing place known for its nationally renowned fish fry and its liquor bar. The owners, Chris and Elsie Lee are extraordinary people and are extremely hospitable. Located in Cable, The Brick House Cafe is a quaint place featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-in, and Dives with Guy Fieri. Serving sandwiches and fresh salads, they are known for their locally sourced meats and vegetables. It even occupies one of the oldest buildings in Cable, dating back to the 1800s!

Finally, The Rookery exhibits casual gourmet dining at its finest. The Rookery’s ever-changing menu features fresh fish specials and their famous bison steak. Here you will find some of the best vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options you’ll find anywhere in the northern Wisconsin communities. And what’s Wisconsin without cheese? Most of the restaurants and dives nestled in the towns serve a wide range of cheeses and fried cheese curds which are almost like a staple in the state. With all of these amazing options for food in the area, your taste buds are in for a real treat!

Not only is there a multitude of thrilling activities interspersed amongst the trails, forest, and lakes surrounding the area, there are also countless establishments in which to shop and also create art. Both communities are extremely sustainable, and are excitedly welcoming tourists and thrill-seekers alike. The spirit of the towns are quite endearing. The eager traveler definitely has a chance to fully experience what the area has to offer in a 5 day to a week span. Can you imagine visiting a region for the first time and immediately feeling at home and being welcomed by the locals? Can you imagine having access to incredible activities and nationally recognized eateries? Then the sister towns of Cable and Hayward should be at the top of your list of future travels. They are communities that are welcoming and make you feel at home, no matter your background, ethnicity, or culture.

Hayward Wisconsin, Wisconsin,  360 magazine

Restaurants and Eateries:

http://tamarackfarmswinery.com/

https://www.oldsouthernbbq.com/

http://www.thelcolanding.com/

https://thebrickhousecafe.net/

https://www.rookerypub.com/

Shopping and Art:

http://www.artbeatofhayward.com/

https://nordicnorthwoods.com/

http://haywardmercantileco.com/

https://ronningsofhaywardinc.business.site/

https://www.travelwisconsin.com/arts-and-culture/glassy-ladies-art-emporium-281937

Adventure Sports Rentals:

http://www.howlinbayfield.com/bike.html

https://www.haywardpowersports.com/

Mob Museum Debuts Tech at the Museum

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement located in downtown Las Vegas, this year launched “Organized Crime Today,” a technology-driven exhibition dedicated to present-day topics. Featuring artifacts as well as fully interactive, 17-foot-long touch screen wall, the exhibition enables Museum guests to take a deep dive into the Global Networks of organized crime operating around the world in the 21st century. This elaborate exhibition launched in February of 2018, along with three other brand-new permanent exhibitions the award-winning, American Alliance of Museums-accredited institution debuted this year.

While most of the Museum covers the intriguing history of organized crime and its battle with law enforcement through decades, Organized Crime Today addresses contemporary iterations of this illegal activity. The Global Networks touchscreen wall elaborates on contemporary crime rackets—illegal enterprises that span the globe and profit off everything from drug and human trafficking to product counterfeiting, money laundering and cybercrime. The exhibit addresses the most prominent organized crime groups active in the world today and explores the complexities of organized crime with up-to-the-minute developments pulled from the day’s headlines.

For example, a recent addition to the Global Networks interactive wall spotlights the wildlife smuggling trade in Cambodia, where customs officials recently confiscated 3.5 tons of African elephant ivory—the largest cache of the smuggled contraband ever found in the country. Smugglers have been using Cambodia as a transit hub to feed the demand for ivory in China—which banned ivory sales in 2018—and Vietnam, where it is used in carved artwork, chopsticks and jewelry.

In addition, the screen offers the ability for experts around the world to videoconference into the Museum remotely and offer their analysis and insights into organized crime around the world. These programs are included in the price of general admission and offer Museum visitors the opportunity not only to hear from these experts, but also the chance to ask questions.

Museum visitors encounter other technology-enabled, interactive experiences as well. A Use of Force Training experience uses airsoft versions of police-style handguns and responsive video scenarios to demonstrate the training law enforcement officers receive regarding the use of deadly force. Meanwhile, in the Museum’s Crime Lab, visitors can learn about cause of death investigation with the assistance of life-sized, digitally generated subjects viewed on an interactive, touch-screen “autopsy table.”

Media attending CES 2019 who wish to visit the Museum should send their request tochristina@thevoxagency.com. For more information about the Museum and its Organized Crime Today – Global Networks exhibition, click here.

2019 × 7TH ANNUAL PROHIBITION NYE

Ring in 2019 at the 7th Annual Prohibition NYE

The ball will drop guests into 2019 at the historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles with a celebration to please all of the senses

  

McCullough and Ross, in partnership with KCRW, presents the seventh annual Prohibition NYE, bringing back the event of the year at the iconic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. November 2.

With one of LA’s most recognizable historic landmarks as its backdrop, the Roaring Twenties themed Prohibition NYE features a full spectrum of entertainment including the sounds of world class DJs, a live jazz ensemble, a renowned burlesque troupe, and a premium open bar. This year’s acts include Classixx (DJ set), Lyndsay and the All Nighters, and more. As the clock strikes midnight, Prohibition NYE guests will cheers as the signature ball drops 60 feet from the famous Art Deco ceilings of Union Station. 

 

“Prohibition NYE is always about the experience,” said event producer John McCullough. “We are looking forward to sharing this fully immersive New Year’s Eve event that honors the glamour and energy of the 1920s.” 

LA’s Classixx is headlining Prohibition NYE with a DJ set, taking the mainstage at the midnight hour to spin disco-inspired grooves. The duo’s progressive-yet-nostalgic melodies will ignite the celebration well into the New Year. Dollhouse Entertainment’s hypnotizing burlesque troupe is not to be missed. An acclaimed roster of additional musical talent will perform on three stages throughout the evening.

 

Prohibition NYE will offer a limited number of VIP tables, featuring a private entrance, hostess service, and an exclusive, stage-side elevated viewing experience. 

The 1920s themed event will run from 9 p.m. December 31, until 2 a.m. January 1. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite starting at 10 a.m. November 2. A limited number of presale tickets will be offered for $160. General Admission tickets retail for $185.

Union Station is located at 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.prohibitionnye.com.

The event is open to guests 21 and over; formal dress code is encouraged.

To view last year’s recap highlights: https://found.ee/ProhibitionNYEHighlightsInstagram – @ProhibitionNYE

Facebook – www.facebook.com/ProhibitionNewYearsEve

About Prohibition NYE:

Prohibition NYE delivers a transformative experience showcasing the excitement of the Roaring Twenties. Founded by McCullough & Ross, Prohibition NYE has been based in Los Angeles since 2012.

  

About KCRW:

KCRW curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, cultural exploration and public affairs. The station embodies the spirit of LA and delivers its culture in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally, and through live events – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air throughout Southern California and online at http://www.kcrw.com/.

 

About Modern Disco Ambassadors (Promotional Partner):

Since its inception in 2013, Modern Disco Ambassadors has continued to bring world renowned talent to Orange County. M.D.A. Events offers a unique blend of progressive and eclectic music to guests at a variety of venues.

Behind the lens of renowned Iranian cinematographers

Time Lapse is an exhibition of striking photographs by prestigious Iranian film directors. After enormous success in both London and Tehran, the exhibition will travel to the USA in November, to be shown at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

Time Lapse features the work of Cannes Film Festival award-winning directors Jafar Panahi and Abbas Kiarostami, Cannes Film festival award nominee Nasser Taghvai, award-winning documentary maker Kamran Shirdel, San Sebastian International Film Festival award-winning director Majid Barzegar, World Press Photo award-winning Cinematographer Seifollah Samadian and celebrated actor and Cairo film festival award-winning director Hamid Jebeli. The exhibition celebrates Iranian cinema and its international reach, and simultaneously demonstrates the talent of the directors, stretching beyond dynamic filmmaking to the creation of fine art.

CAMA Gallery aims to provide a politically neutral platform on which to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Iran. CAMA Gallery has three galleries in Iran, a gallery in London, and will soon open a permanent space in Los Angeles.

The exhibition opens with a private view on November 2 from 8pm and runs through November 14, 2018.

New Arts Center in Eau Claire, WI

The much-anticipated Pablo Center at the Confluence, Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s first major arts center located in the downtown district at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers, officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday, September 22nd.

The Center’s impressive inaugural season line-up includes dance productions, family-friendly performances, literary and film events, as well as musical guests spanning multiple genres, staged in either the 1,200+ seat theatre or the flexible 400-seat theatre. In addition to the performing art spaces, Pablo Center also includes multiple art galleries featuring regional and national visual arts displays across a variety of mediums. The galleries are free and open to the public. For full details and to purchase performance tickets, go to www.PabloCenter.org

Pablo Center at the Confluence also includes rehearsal, dance, and community rooms; visual arts studios and galleries, labs for sound and lighting and set and exhibit design; a recording studio, multimedia production and costume design spaces; a scene shop with space to support “makers and creators” and vocational training initiatives; and administrative offices for management, University of WI-Eau Claire faculty and Visit Eau Claire staff. The new visitor center will be located on the first floor and will open its doors to the public Oct. 26th.

Pablo Center at the Confluences is the result of a public-private collaboration, with funding through investments from the state, city, and county as well as philanthropic donations and new market tax credits. As a founding partner, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire will utilize space at Pablo for student instruction and performance opportunities.

Multipurpose spaces on the third floor offer picturesque views of the Chippewa River and the iconic lighted Phoenix Park Bridge. These rooms are fully equipped with screens, projectors, and state-of-the-art sound systems, making them the ideal rental spaces for meetings and special events.

Grand opening festivities start at noon with a free open house that runs until 5:30 p.m., followed by a ticketed theatrical and musical performance at 7:30 p.m.

Visit Eau Claire will also be providing a sneak peek of its new visitor center and have Eau Claire giveaways sporting the new visitor bureau logo.

EVENT DETAILS

What: Pablo Center at the Confluence Grand Opening Celebration

When: Saturday, Sep. 22

Where: 128 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, WI

Website: www.PabloCenter.org

Details:

  • free open house from noon until 5:30 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m. ticketed event, Grand Opening Celebration Cabinet of Curiosities, includes premiere of Pablo Center-commissioned work by designer/sculptor, puppeteer Chris M. Green and musical performances by the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Chippewa Valley Sympathy Orchestra

Interview: Brenna St.  George Jones, director of artistic programming, Pablo Center at the Confluence

Opportunities:

  • Linda John, executive director, visit Eau Claire

About Visit Eau Claire

Visit Eau Claire is the area’s official tourism marketing organization with a role to better the city for all who live, work, study, and play here and a mission to bring visitors to the area. With encouragement and support from Visit Eau Claire and benefitting greatly from the independent spirit of those who call the community home, this northern Wisconsin university city is making a name for itself as a creative hub with a hip and homegrown music and arts scene and a robust entrepreneurial culture. This city of bridges sits at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, a breathtaking backdrop that inspires originality and encourages a love of outdoors at every turn. Midwest indie? Yes, really.

14 MINIMALIST TRAVEL POSTERS

Minimalism is all the rage at the moment thanks to writers like Fumio Sasaki, so why not apply that approach when planning your next vacation? There’s so much information out there that it can seem overwhelming when you start researching places to go, with so many offers, travel guides, blogs, photos, videos, podcasts and all the rest. Sometimes you just need to drown out the noise and focus on what’s important.

That’s why Expedia has created these minimalist travel posters to help you see the essential elements on 14 of the top vacation destinations in the world. They’ve picked out the most important aspects of each destination, namely where you should go first, what food you should eat and where you can get that one stunning and shareable photo for your Instagram or Facebook page.

If you go to Berlin, for example, a whistlestop tour using these posters would take you to the aptly-named Panoramapunkt for a panoramic view of the TV Tower, followed by a trip to the past at the historic Brandenburg Gate. For food options, currywurst is a spicy taste of Berlin life and culture, while you can finish your stay with an energetic and symbolic bike ride down the Mauerweg, which follows the route of the old Berlin Wall.

Swapping Germany for South Africa, Cape Town has plenty to offer, even in the snapshot form of a minimalist visit. Speaking of snapshots, Bloubergstrand is the place to go to get that iconic photo of Table Mountain while you’ll also want to keep your camera to hand when you’re at Boulders Beach so you can get a shot of the penguins. Yes, there really are penguins there. The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock is a good place to get souvenirs, while the recommended dish of the trip is potjiekos, a traditional meat stew.

As you’ll have seen from these two examples, there’s so much you can fit into even a minimalist travel poster if the destination is as exciting as Berlin or Cape Town. Others getting the minimalist treatment include Havana, London, Paris and even the Serengeti and Siam Reap, the Cambodian home of 800-year-old temple Angkor Wat. You can probably guess what the iconic photo from that trip would be.

So check out all 14 of these minimalist travel posters from Expedia and see which of the legendary destinations captures your imagination. Given that you can take in all the sights in just one day, you could even do a tour…

 

Carr Winery, Santa Barbara, 360 MAGAZINE, Lexus, GS F, Vaughn Lowery

CARR WINERY SANTA BARBARA 

“Work hard, play hard and source really good fruit… it all starts from the fruit!” – Jessica Carr

By Vaughn Lowery

Since 1999, Owner/Winemaker/Sommelier Ryan Carr and wife Jessica Carr have been developing an impeccable assortment of Pinot wines – crisp, juicy and delicious. Established in downtown Santa Barbara, their main tasting room is inside of a quonset hut. If the corrugated structure doesn’t enthrall you to enter, Jessica’s warm smile and innate ability to promote her product will have you become a member of their 800+ wine club. The decor is modern yet industrial with a saloon-ish style bar with wine on tap. Adjacent is an outdoor comfy patio where you and a group of friends can soak up a session while basking in the sunshine.

Throughout the space are stacked barrels, workers fermenting grapes with monthly rotating provocative art pieces scattered throughout the walls on consignment. Everyone knows grapes love art and when the fruit is happy so is the wine.

Ryan wasn’t available for our private tasting but his presence was prevalent. During harvest, he’s out in the fields picking and sorting fruits. He and Jessica met at the University of Arizona about 20 years ago – he majored in graphic design and she in communications. It was inevitable that Ryan designed the ultra chique labels and she wrote many of their outward facing materials.

Nothing can stand in the way of their success with such an immense passion for winemaking and a strong business acumen. And, the positive reviews alongside of 90+ scores keep rolling in. Named one of Six California Wineries You Should Know About.

“Carr produces polished, authoritative Pinot Noirs from various Sta. Rita Hills vineyards.” – S.H., Wine Enthusiast

They started with only 15 people almost two decades ago; now with 2 locations and a wine management company (early September they handled the grand opening for sister brand CrossHatch Wines) – they’re invincible. Presently, they have no children, but obviously the grapes are their babies. Angel is their Rottweiler/Shepherd 2yro dog and was rescued from an overcrowded litter. Evidently, the Carrs have huge hearts and it’s known throughout the city. Everyone we encountered both inside and outside the winery respects their philanthropic endeavors. In fact, they’re always giving back to local charities.

Moreover, this eclectic outfit is host to a plethora of music events where indie rock to reggae bands showcase their talent on Friday nights from 6-8pm.

Be on the lookout this Halloween for their costume competiton where they will have a live DJ, small bites as well as spooky decorations. And if that doesn’t float your boat, you may want to check out their WOGA (wine + yoga) which is rumored to be held on their outdoor patio. Other honorable mentions include their indie pop-up market which will showcase local artisanal made goods and their 46 wine lockers – customers can store 4, 8, 16 and up to 72 cases per rental.

It’s so refreshing to come across such a winery ambiance only 82 miles from central Los Angeles. We drove up in the Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Limited Edition to add to this whimsical wine experience.

*Carr Vineyards & Winery is a small, handcrafted winery producing 4500 cases in downtown Santa Barbara. All of the wines made by Carr are sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards and are made in a traditional winemaking style to capture the essence of the grape varietal and region. The vast microclimates of Santa Barbara County allow the winery to produce several wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese, Grenache, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Carr Winery has two locations for guests to enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass and wine on tap: The Barrel Room in downtown Santa Barbara and The Warehouse in Santa Ynez.

http://carrwinery.com