Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Artist Spotlight, Sue Johnson


Sue says it is the light that inspires her to paint!  She wants  those who view her art  to feel the
same  excitement she feels when she ”spots an old building, a beautiful landscape
or foggy coastal morning’".

You can find Sue’s beautiful paintings, and if you are lucky Sue herself, painting at the Studios On the Park, downtown Paso Robles.

My personal favorites are Sue’s paintings of the central coast and surrounds. If you are interested in any of the paintings you see here go to: where you will find a link to Sue’s available paintings and how to contact her.

Afternoon Shadows by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 12 x 16

afternoon shadows 12 x 16 Sue Johnson

Farming by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 18 x 24

farming 18 x 24 Sue Johnson

Morning Surf by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 11 x 14

morning surf 11 x 14

Barn at Halter Ranch by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 9 x 12

barn at Halter Ranch 9 x 12 (sold)

The Estuary by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 11'' x 14''

the estuary 11 x 14 (sold)

Cayucos Cliffs by Sue Johnson Oil ~ 9'' x 12''

You can also find Sue’s paintings here:

Allied Arts Association
1350 Main St
Cambria CA 93428

Studios on the Park
1130 Pine St.
Paso Robles CA


Cambria Art & Wine Festival
Location: Cambria Village & Vets Hall
Event Dates: 1/27/2012 - 1/29/2012



Friday, January 20, 2012

RN Estate Vineyards

Roger Nicolas grew up on a  farm in a remote countryside village in Brittany, France.

When he landed in New York City at the age of 20 he believed dreams could come true… Ten years later… After working in some of the most prestigious restaurants in the United States, including La Grenouille in New York City, The Lodge at Pebble Beach and L’Etoile in San Francisco, Roger realized one of his first dreams and opened his own restaurant in San Francisco called La Potiniere.

Fast forward another ten years. . . Roger founded  The Home Hill country Inn and Restaurant in New Hampshire, now a famous Relais & Chateaux.

Ten years later… Roger thought it was time to develop his  profound passion for wine.  The search was on to find the perfect land for a vineyard. In fall of 2005, he released his first vintage of RN ESTATE Wines.


Roger crafts exceptionally food friendly wine. We specialize in red Rhône and Bordeaux varietals, estate grown on his small hilltop vineyard. His limited production allows him to handcraft premium boutique wines” with a subtle harmony of flavors”. Private tastings are available by appointment. If you love a bordeaux varietal that shows restraint with a french sensibility schedule a private tasting. You won’t be sorry.  Finding his winery can be a challenge but worth the effort. A tasting at RN Estate is a memorable event. Roger is an extremely gracious host, and unselfishly shares his knowledge of his wines and their cultivation.  The tasting takes place at a big wooden table with massive views of the valley below.



He crafts a number of varieties including Pinot Noir from Fiddlestix Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills  which has received accolades from wine lovers This wine is composed of Dijon clones 113, 115 and 667. It is aged 12 months in French oak.

To find out more about Roger’s wines and where you can find them


All photos courtesy of RN estate website.