Holiday Season

From the Vine–Got Bubbly?

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Here at Central Coast Critic, we’re always ready to pop the Bubbly cork! My Santa Maria Times column, “From the Vine” which also appears in the Lompoc Record, was published today. This week From the Vine is all about sparkling…

From the Vine Published Today

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Winemakers’ Great Ideas of Gifts for Wine Lovers in From the Vine! As my regular readers know, today is the day my From the Vine wine column is published in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record. You can read…

Buy the Best Wines for Holiday Meals

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Holiday meals, they are both stressful and fulfilling! That’s why we always provide an annual guide that tells you what Central Coast winemakers are drinking during their upcoming holiday meals. It’s the topic of my column From the Vine just…

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

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I’m Grateful at Thanksgiving and every other day in my life! I wish the best of the holiday season to all of my family, friends, and followers. I am extremely grateful to all of you, especially so on Thanksgiving Day…

Great Wines for Drinking on Thanksgiving!

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Here’s my list of winemakers’ tips to enhance your holiday meals! As always, every other Sunday I like to provide a link to my Santa Maria Times column, From the Vine, which you can access free of charge (or obnoxious…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Fine Wines for the Holiday Season! These great Central Coast wines are all quite worthy for your table whether it’s you alone or many guests over the holiday season. If you happen to be lucky enough to belong to one…

Thanksgiving at Artisan in Paso Robles

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Here’s the latest news release from Artisan about their classic Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family CHRIS KOBAYASHI AND ARTISAN PRESENT THEIR 9th ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY A Bountiful Menu Filled with Traditions and Kobayashi…

Winemaker Austin Hope Celebrates the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July in style with fine wines by Paso Robles winemaker Austin Hope! Nothing says summertime and sizzle like the annual 4th of July coming up next Saturday, I love celebrating the United States of America’s birthday!…

A great wine experience

Great food and wine pairings are simple when you open wines as versatile as these extraordinary cuvees This year for our simple but traditional Thanksgiving dinner at home we pulled an aged Pinot Noir and a new release of a…

Need Thanksgiving Wine?

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A perfect food wine Last night, while making a hearty clam chowder for dinner I thought I would try this Pinot Blanc I recently purchased in Santa Maria Valley. I was thinking about Chardonnay with my creamy clam and potato…