The New Peacock Cellars in AG!

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It’s Sunday and that means my Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record column is out, with the spotlight on Peacock Cellars. It came about thanks to an invitation to join my friend Heidy Jackson Mangiardi and her friends to the…

The New SLO THO–A Foodie Find!

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The New Talent at THO, August 2017 Ever since proprietor Debbie Thomas first opened Thomas Hill Organics (THO) in Paso Robles in 2009, we’ve published many reviews over those years about their creative seasonal cuisine. And indeed, THO, has gone…

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record was published today, covering Pico at the Los Alamos General Store. What can I say about Los Alamos and it’s tremendous growth as a culinary scene, simply wow! I…

Wines From Outside the Central Coast!

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Fine Wines We Love Outside the Central Coast! As much as we love our outstanding Central Coast fine wines, we aren’t limited to the neighborhood, not by a long shot. And neither should you limit yourself to the ‘hood, not…

From the Vine Uncovers Free Concerts

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My From the Vine Column–Free Concerts at Local Wineries! It’s not all that often that you get to see free live concerts at wineries on the Central Coast, nor anywhere else for that matter. But this year there have been…

Lumen’s Outstanding Wines

Lumen Wines by Lane Tanner and Will Henry I first met and interviewed winemaker Lane Tanner in 1996 when Dan and I relocated to SLO County from San Francisco. And who doesn’t love this charming pioneer for women winemakers in…

Our Choice of Best Central Coast Wines

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The Best Central Coast Wines When it comes to fine wines here on the Central Coast, well, we all have our favorites. But that’s because our favorite wineries come through year after year, good vintage or bad, with genuinely impressive…

The Spoon Trade–A Great Choice

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Uh oh! Correction, Sorry Friends! The new hours are accurate, but I made an error when creating this post. The Spoon Trade is not yet open for lunch on Thursday. When I spoke with Chef Jacob last Monday at lunch,…

From the Vine Spotlights the CC Oyster Festival

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My Santa Maria Times column today is all about the Central Coast Oyster Festival! You can easily read my column free clicking on this free link: http://santamariatimes.com/lifestyles/columnist/from_the_vine/from-the-vine-the-central-coast-oyster-festival-is-coming/article_6266ef59-45a4-546d-967c-c8e0a0b1df28.html This is one my favorite events where I participate as one of their…

Firestone Walker Expands Paso Brewery

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Firestone Walker in Paso Robles Expanded! My latest column in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record spotlights the popular Firestone Walker’s Paso Robles brewhouse, restaurant, and educational experience! I’ve loved Firestone Walker ever since my first sip of their DBA (Double…

Mattie’s Pismo Beach Preview

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Mattie’s in Pismo Beach Soft Opening Began Yesterday! Happily, a dear friend of ours in the wine biz sent a text early Friday afternoon telling us that “Mattie’s is open.” No surprise to you, dear readers, we immediately made plans…

The Rib Line

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A great BBQ spot in SLO County–The Rib Line This rock solid BBQ joint had no problem making it into our top ten list of good value restaurants four years ago. And time after time, we find them so consistently…

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!…