Monthly Archives: January 2017

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…