Monthly Archives: September 2014

Upcoming reports on CCC

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I’m hoping all of you, my friends and newcomers, will stay tuned in for my upcoming reports: I’ll be covering the inaugural Bubbly Fest in Pismo Beach, my first visit to Switzerland and tasting of Matthias Gubler’s Swiss Pinot Noirs,…

Lane Tanner is back, and we’re very happy!

An exceptional Rose from Santa Barbara County My wine partner Dan and I just had a bottle of this outstanding Rose last night (Friday, Sept. 25) and we were blown away. It’s that striking! I loved its intense yet bright…

Santa Barbara County’s Hottest New Chefs

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You’ll find an array of great chefs to choose from in Santa Barbara wine country! A die-hard foodie since the early 1980s, I’ve never had a problem with driving long distances to indulge in exemplary cuisine. Despite current gas prices…

Nagy Pinot Noir impresses

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Nagy 2011 Pinot Noir Garey Ranch Vineyard Santa Maria Valley This delicious Pinot Noir is quite tasty despite the challenging vintage. I loved the bright red fruit flavors, nicely nuanced with darker fruit flavors of plums and blackberries. It’s weaved…

Bunn Thai Bistro Excels!

There’s no doubt about it, when I want a really great Thai lunch or dinner, my favorite on the Central Coast is Bunn Thai Bistro. I love the way they describe it as “the gateway to health.” I will say…

Chef Evan Treadwell’s carpaccio recipe

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Easy yet fabulous, this abalone carpaccio recipe makes a delicious appetizer Everyone I know respected and loved chef Evan Treadwell’s fine cuisine at Lido in the Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach. He was there nearly a decade, but he…

Santa Maria Times

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My new column, From the Vine, made its debut today in the Santa Maria Times. I’m excited about this opportunity to write about the world class vintners making wine in the Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon,…

Bell Street Farm

Freshness and quality come first when foods are housemade daily at Bell St. Farm I have been a huge fan of Bell Street Farm in quaint little Los Alamos since my first visit in 2012 and over many visits since then.…

Ancient Peaks Merlot

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Merlot, it’s not a wine you see all that often as Kathy’s Choice. I’m happy to say this is one is different. It’s really tasty and easy sipping. The best part about it is the fact that it’s so smooth…

Chef Julia Child-Grande Dame

Chapter three–Meeting Julia Child I had four  occasions to meet the gracious lady who helped change the ways Americans cooked, certainly for the better. And I considered myself quite fortunate to get close enough to ask Julia a question. The…