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Artistry in a Glass

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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Craig Jaffurs sensed he was in trouble. His father-in-law was not pleased with him. Craig and his wife, Lee, were new parents, and Craig was planning to chuck his 17-year career as an aerospace cost analyst for the Defense Department to open a winery. A winery, for crying out loud! Had he lost his mind?

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Wind in Your Sails

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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When Bakersfield thinks fresh, authentic Italian food, Frugatti’s is always a top choice. What some may not realize is that the same place that serves up this incredible food also makes a drink that will blow you away!

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Delicious Just Got Better

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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When searching for something truly unique, we were quick to discover that no restaurant in town can compare to the incredible yet simple delicacies offered at Cafe Crepes.

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Using Your Noodle

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I first became acquainted with Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar last October about six months after it had opened. Some friends told us about a winemaker dinner that was scheduled there, and asked if we’d like to join them. Oh man, was that a good decision.

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Brighten Up Your Day

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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At the Bakersfield Country Club, there are a few things you can always expect to find: golf, tennis, fine dining, and plenty of sunshine—even on the darkest of nights...

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A Wine For All Seasons

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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You say pinot gris, I say pinot grigio. Whatever you call it, if what my panel tasted at the recent Florida International Wine Competition is any indication, pinot gris/grigio may be going down the same path chardonnay did some years ago. In my view, that’s not a good sign...

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Tellin' No Lies

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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I’m not lyin’, this is a true story: Some years back, Bob Bryant told me he was planning to buy the Lie-N Den, a little spot at Niles Place and Monterey Street. Any suggestions? he asked. Yes, I said. “Find John Somers and learn how to make burgers....”

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You Won’t Want To Share

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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Sure, Gimmee Some Sugar is known for its wonderful cakes and cupcakes, but the fabulous bakers at this local sweets shop have also been known to create some otherworldly desserts...

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Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

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There is only one actual Irish pub in Bakersfield, and they’re very proud of that fact. McMurphy’s Irish Pub has been a local favorite for food and drink for about 40 years now. And, while they do have unique bragging rights, their Irish pride doesn’t end with just their exclusivity...

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An Understanding

Written by Mike Stepanovich

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He’s a farmer first, and that’s why I think Brian Talley’s wines are so good. Farming is in his blood.

That’s evident when you pull into the driveway leading to the Talley Vineyards’ tasting room in the Arroyo Grande Valley, about a 2½-hour drive from Bakersfield.

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