The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley

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From the Vine–Learn About the Excellent New  Wine Trolley In my introduction to this week’s From the Vine column (May 21, 2015), I asked if you’ve heard about the very convenient, new Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley. I explained it’s…

Welcome to The Bear & Star in Los Olivos

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With the Opening of The Bear & Star–Our Choice of Destination Restaurants Just Grew Greater! We were surprised when we learned the exciting news that a very popular chef was relocating to the South Central Coast, Chef John Cox. Originally…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines You Can Still Buy!  We love our local Central Coast wines, and sometimes worry about having a “Central Coast palate.” Meaning we more than lean toward favoring local wines, yet we still drink enough wines…

Cass House Grill in Cayucos, Revisited

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Yet Another Fabulous Lunch at Cass House Grill! Mother’s Day 2017 We revisited the Cass House Grill in Cayucos yesterday, and we were so pleased to find the consistency factor was spot on! That is the mark of a truly…

From the Vine Features CC News

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What’s the news on the Central Coast? Excellent Eats and Drinks are in your Future!  Today, like every other Sunday, my From the Vine column appears in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record. While the newspaper is definitely…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Fine Central Coast Wines–They’re Easy to Find–If You Live Here! That said, if you don’t find them early enough after they’re first released, you will miss out. That’s why we’re here to help you discover the best of them. And…

Flagship–Is It?

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Flagship Pismo Beach Surpasses Our Expectations!  Yes, Flagship is kitschy and downright touristy with the paper towel roll and flag atop the metal pole (attached to the table) to get your server’s attention. Yet, mostly, the food was surprisingly tasty!…

Kuma Sushi-An Excellent Choice

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Our first review of Kuma Sushi in Los Osos was Excellent! That’s why we’re happy to say Kuma Sushi is still excellent over two years later. Our first review appeared on Oct. 31, 2015, which you can read simply by…

Tolosa Redux–A Very Good Thing!

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From the Vine features the Tolosa Redux Today! Our regular readers already know, this is the Sunday when Kathy Marcks Hardesty’s column, “From the Vine,” is published in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it appears every other…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Fine Central Coast Wines You Should Try! Here are a few more great wines you might want to discover soon, because these great wineries always sell out quickly. We also offer some great values from elsewhere. We have loved Stephen Ross…

Central Coast Wines You’ll Love

The Central Coast–Home to Many Artisan Winemakers We drink so many great wines here on the Central Coast, we can’t believe the mainstream media still thinks of Napa Valley as the best wine region in California. We have to ask,…

Villa San Juliette’s Jeep Tours

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Villa San Juliette’s Jeep Tours Provide an Excellent Experience My From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record was published today, Sunday, April 9th, and this is one you’ll definitely want to read. In it…

The Sensational VirtJuice in AG

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VirtJuice–Where Healthy Foods Delight! Yeah, you already know we like to spend a lot of time at Ember, and Sweet Pea Bakery in Arroyo Grande. But did you know there’s another great business next door that you should want to…

Grevino in Santa Maria Valley

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From the Vine, my wine column about Gevino! It’s time once again to read my latest column published today in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it appears every other Sunday). It’s free to the public, although you…

Central Coast Wine Country

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Central Coast Wine Country Is there anything better than a day spent in Central Coast wine country? Not in our book of great adventures! My goodness, there’s little better than a trip away from paradise to make you return home…

SLO Health & Fitness Acai Competition

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The Central Coast’s Best Acai! Upon learning that I was would be among the judges at the acai bowl competition during the local health convention featuring local acai specialists, many friends said they couldn’t wait to hear who won! Even…

Fine Wine Finds!

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When it comes to discovering fine wines, our search is relentless! And if you love wine like we do, we have to ask: isn’t yours? We want you to know we have you in mind, dear followers, whenever we find…

From the Vine Spring 2017 Events

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Spring 2017 Events As you all know, I love to share a link to my column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it’s the same column, but it reaches many more readers. This week I’m reminding you…

Vines & Hops Scottsdale

Travels with Dan–we literally stumbled upon Vines & Hops! Nah, I don’t mean we were in a drunken stupor (you’d have to be a damn fool to be stumbling around drunk while traveling)! We were trying to find a shortcut back…

Talley Vineyards–where quality excels!

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The Talley Family’s historic impact in the Arroyo Grande Valley This week I was pleased to write my From the Vine wine column about a family I have known since I first moved to the Central Coast in early February,…