WINEormous with Peter Sichel

Book Review – The Secrets of My Life

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

I visited with the author by phone and was fascinated to hear him tell his story. It’s such a fascinating read I told him if he had submitted it as a novel no one would have published it because it is simply unbelievable.


Three Winery Tasting

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

I was fortunate enough to meet Alex Villicana several years ago on one of my first visits to Paso Robles. What struck me then was that I thoroughly enjoyed every wine on his tasting list. I’ve returned several times and have loved every wine of his I’ve tasted.

WINEormous at Allegretto

Impeccable Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Monday, May 16th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

This man exudes passion. He’s “been around the world two or three times” first with the military and then on a culinary adventure. Military food was “horrendous”, so he’d often go AWOL with his buddies for good food. He loved to cook pancakes and barbeque for the barracks.

WINEormous at Santa Barbara Mission

Car Free Santa Barbara

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

The Palace Grill has been a downtown Santa Barbara fixture for more than 25 years, serving a wide array of food choices, but with a focus on Creole and Cajun. We started with a Cajun martini, marinated with jalapeño and served with cherry peppers in a Mason jar.

WINEormous wine tasting

Getting The Gang Together Again

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

Jim and Judi called it “excellent! Tastes like the grape it’s made from.” Brian called it “smooth and dark like a sultry night that you want never to end.”

WINEormous Nero D'Avola

Nero D’Avola and Spicy Kimchee Chicken

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

The wine is primarily Nero D’Avola with Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. It’s a bold, old-world styled wine with earthy floral notes and the nose and red fruit on the palate.


The Evolution of Mount Palomar Winery

Friday, March 4th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Plant

He’s working on an Angelica sherry which he let me taste and I’m excited to see it when it’s released. His wines won 14 medals last year and have already received five more this year.