Santa Barbara County

Great Local Pinot Noirs Now!

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Looking for great local Pinot Noirs at affordable prices–we have them! We love going out to our local tasting rooms that focus on Pinot Noirs, where we always find great buys–so can you! The first shot is of Talley Vineyards killer…

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…

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…

The 2016 Harvest Report

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The 2016 Winegrape Harvest Appears Optimal! My latest column in the Santa Maria Times, pub date 09/25/16, is all about this year’s great looking winegrape harvest. And from everything I’ve heard by some great local winemakers about this year’s harvest,…

J. Wilkes Wines

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The New J. Wilkes in Los Olivos I have long been a fan of winemaker Wes Hagen, who spent the last 20-years in the Sta. Rita Hills region making wines and managing the vineyard for his mother and step-father, Cathy…

Byron Vineyards

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Byron Vineyards–A Santa Maria Valley Pioneer Still Reigns In my From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc record, I cover the Central Coast’s fine wineries twice monthly. You can easily read it free by clicking…

Flavorful Paso Robles Wine Country!

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Discover SLO County’s Artisan Food & Wine Producers with 101 Wine Tours! I love my job, whether I’m making new discoveries on my own, or “accidentally” discovering them through media tours of wine country–either way, we all win when we…

Everybody loves Santa Maria Style BBQ!

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Presqu’ile Wines & Santa Maria Style BBQ–A Perfect Partnership! If you love Santa Maria style barbecue (and is there a Central Coast resident or visitor who doesn’t?), you’re going to want to hear about a great new event created by…

Baseball & Qupé!

Spring Training, the Dodgers, and Qupé Wines! When I received a recent newsletter by email from Bob Lindquist, the founder of the uber-popular Qupé in Santa Maria Valley, I was so excited. My love for baseball and the Giants is only topped…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 2/17/16

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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Central Coast Wines I’m all over the board here, today, with my usual favorites of Pinot Noir, Rose, and Grenache. Being all locally grown and produced wines they won’t be hard to find, either at the…