Monthly Archives: January 2016

Easy Beer Bread Recipe

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Baking this bread is easy, even if you’re a novice! In the many years while I was still an aspiring chef, I loved to bake sweet treats at home. Lemon meringue pies, quick breads like zucchini or banana nut, yeasty…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wine

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January 27, 2016—It’s Wine Wednesday! Dry Creek 2013 Zinfandel Old Vines Dry Creek Valley I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing Zinfandel, which proves what a difference you find in wines that were grown on “Old Vines.” It’s a blend of 75%…

Stephan Bedford’s Mushroom Festival

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My From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times on the Mushroom Festival! I provide some important information about Bedford Winery’s 10th Annual Mushroom Festival, where you’ll learn much more about fungi by joining the fun with winemaker Stephan…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 01/19/16

Jeremy Weintraub

The finest in Pinot Noir and Mourvedre by two talented SLO County winemakers! I’m sure every one of my readers knows, Pinot Noir is my favorite red, especially vineyard designates. But that doesn’t limit my choices, I love every wine…

The Exceptional Foods at Flavor Factory!

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Flavor Factory’s Food Exceeds Expectations!  By Kathy Marcks Hardesty “Our food products are as good as it can get; we like what we do here and it makes a difference,” Chef Adam Pollard at Taco Temple explained of his foods…

Kathy’s Choice in Good Value Wines

Bill Mosby

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 1/14/16 Here are two very good value wines well worth seeking out. The first one is easy to find, it’s at Costco. And did you know you don’t need a membership card to purchase alcohol…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

Coby and Katie

Kathy’s Choice 01/12/2016 So many fine wines, so little time! El Lugar 2012 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley One of the hottest new brands on the Central Coast, this fine, highly-limited brand was created by winemaker Coby…

Carlson Wines–A Rock Solid Artisan!

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Carlson Wines–A Great Find! Many popular winemakers are newcomers to the Central Coast, our outstanding wine appellations attract a lot of talented people who want to make wine here. Yet there are many small brands here, made by winemakers who…