Restaurant Week is back!

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My From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record spotlights two restaurant weeks!  I was surprised to learn that the Santa Maria and the Santa Ynez Restaurant Weeks in 2018 run consecutively, from today, Jan. 14 through Jan.…

Ideal Gifts for Wine Lovers!

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In my latest column, Gifts for Wine Lovers, I offer some terrific ideas that won’t break the bank! It’s in my bi-weekly wine column, From the Vine, published in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record every other Sunday. In…

Crabby Christmas 2017

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We’re crabby! We love the late fall and early winter holiday season because it means it’s finally Dungeness crab season again! So when I read that San Francisco was back in its crabby season, and the Dungeness was finally safe…

Cioppino at Ember for December!

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Here is yet another one of the thousands of reasons we love Ember! Dan and I love Ember in Arroyo Grande so much that we visit at least once and usually more times every single month. And during this year’s…

AronHill Vineyards in Paso Robles

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My bi-weekly column, From the Vine, in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, about AronHill Vineyards, was published today, Sunday December 3, 2017 My column featuring AronHill Vineyard is all about one of the few of the many Paso…

From the Vine on Food & Wine Pairing

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From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times & Lompoc Record was published today, November 19, 2017 I love the fall and winter holiday season for the opportunities to write some food and wine pairing columns. While…

Thomas Hill Organics (THO) New Menu

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Revisiting THO SLO on its First Anniversary!  Hard to believe, isn’t it, that the SLO version of Thomas Hill Organics (THO, which was originally founded in Paso Robles) has already celebrated its first anniversary! So upon receiving an invitation to…

Vegetable Butcher–Freaking Amazing!

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It’s rare when a chef can impress us over and over again. And yet that’s exactly what the Vegetable Butcher Did! We have never been fond of tomato soup, but one taste of Chef Becky Windels version and we are…

The Qupe-Verdad Tasting Room is Open!

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It’s time, once again, for my From the Vine Column about the opening of the new Qupe-Verdad tasting room in the Santa Maria Times  Of course, all of my regular followers already know my bi-weekly From the Vine column also…

Kathy’s Choice Workman Ayer Wine Co.

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Kathy’s Choice- Workman Ayer in Santa Barbara County November 2, 2017 An interesting new brand came to us recently from winemaker Michel Ayer which is made in Buellton, Workman Ayer. Not only did we find both wines impressive, we found…

2017 Harvest Report Looks Good!

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Harvest 2017 in From the Vine  My bi-weekly wine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record was published today, October 8, 2017. It’s about the 2017 Harvest Report and wine festival. Each year I report on what…

Exciting Opening–Blue Moon Over Avila!

Call us impetuous but we can’t help but share news of an exciting new Avila Beach restaurant opening next week–Blue Moon Over Avila! If you loved Chef Jose Dahan as much as we have over nearly two decades (and we…

Time for From the Vine

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, is all about Los Olivos, Ballard, and Solvang today. Here’s the free link to read my latest column in the Santa Maria Time and the Lompoc…

More news about the Vegetable Butcher!

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The Vegetable Butcher Continues to Impress! We couldn’t wait to get back to SLO for Tamale Tuesday, and we were warmly greeted by “Lola” out front. Not surprising at all, we were very impressed once again. It was a meal…

Kathy’s Choice For Central Coast Wines

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We’ve had some fine Central Coast wines lately, that made Kathy’s Choice. If there’s one thing we do often, besides drink fine Central Coast wines, it’s buy them. And when we love them, we stock up, we’re talking case purchases…

The Vegetable Butcher–Chef Becky’s Nickname

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The Vegetable Butcher-SLO’s Hottest New Eatery The name alone would make you assume, naturally, that this great new eatery is a vegetarian restaurant but think again! Chef Becky Windels knows that most Americans love meat, so she hired Chef Bernard…

Bubblyfest 2017

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From the Vine Covers Bubblyfest 2017  One of the most popular events on the Central Coast, with good reason, I know very few wine lovers who don’t love Champagne! But at Bubblyfest, you get much, much more! There’s a winemakers’…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Some Recent Favorites for Kathy’s Choice! Whether Dan and I are at home or traveling, we always seek out the best local wines. And when we can’t find anything by the glass or bottle at decent prices, we pick wines…

From the Vine Published Today!

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From the Vine, my bi-weekly column in the Santa Maria Times was published today September marks my fourth year with the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record, where I cover our fine Central Coast wine scene. And in all…