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,…

Great Local Pinot Noirs Now!

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Looking for great local Pinot Noirs at affordable prices–we have them! We love going out to our local tasting rooms that focus on Pinot Noirs, where we always find great buys–so can you! The first shot is of Talley Vineyards killer…

SLO Passport Premieres

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Here’s good news for wine lovers, the inaugural SLO passport event–Sip in SLO! My wine column,”From the Vine,” in the Santa Maria Times was published today, and it’s about a passport event you’ll want to know more about for it’s great value…

Adventures in Wine Country

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From the Vine, my wine column for the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, was published today, Jan. 29th. You can read my article about Adventures in Wine Country by clicking on this free link: http://santamariatimes.com/lifestyles/columnist/from_the_vine/check-out-these-adventures-in-wine-country/article_5ebc1e2a-82b3-59ce-82c5-4c0841767907.html I also provided links…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Pinot Noirs

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Here are two outstanding Central Coast Pinot Noirs we totally enjoyed! When it comes to red wines, there’s no doubt that Pinot Noir is a favorite at Chez Hardesty. One, a fantastic good value from winemaker Mike Sinor of Sinor-LaVallee…

From the Vine on WOPN 2017

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My column, From the Vine, was published today in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, featuring the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) In the January 15, 2017 column I am promoting WOPN as one of the best wine…

Love Ribs?

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If you love baby back pork ribs like we do, get yourself to Ribline! Ever since our first taste of the tender-licious, perfectly sweetened sauce on the baby back ribs at Ribline in SLO on Los Osos Valley Road, we’ve…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Here are some of the fine wines we’ve been drinking, and we enthusiastically endorse them as Kathy’s Choice. We drink wine every night with dinner. To us, it’s as essential on the table as is a good loaf of bread.…

Little Misses, More than Expected!

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We love and fully support our local restaurants, as long as they live up to expectations, but there were many misses during our holiday dining experiences! Cindy’s Waterfront in Monterey Too many times, the disappointments exceeded the satisfactory parts. That’s unacceptable.…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines for Central Coast Critic! We’re not ashamed to admit it, we have indulged in many choice wines over the holidays and wish we had more of them. That said, most of these wines are very…

Refugio Ranch SLO Tasting Room

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Refugio Ranch Vineyard, based in Santa Ynez Valley, opens a new tasting room in SLO! My latest column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record is about one of our newer wineries and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara…

Big Hits, Little Misses in Reviews

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The Trouble with Yelp…It’s the Reviews! We here at Central Critic have never had much respect for Yelp, not until lately that is. Now don’t take this wrong, we still hate the lame reviews written by people who clearly have…

Chef Brian Collin’s Ember–Number One!

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We Salute SLO’s Number One Chef at Ember! After two plus years of dining at least twice a month at Ember (and it’s often more times), there is no doubt about the passion, creativeness, quality, and fair prices make this…

The Ballard Inn — Still Number One

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Chef Budi Kazali — Still the Best in Santa Barbara County I have some important news about The Ballard Inn & Restaurant in the tiny hamlet of Ballard, halfway between Los Olivos and Solvang. This is your last week to…