Santa Barbara County

Pico at the Los Alamos General Store

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From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record was published today, covering Pico at the Los Alamos General Store. What can I say about Los Alamos and it’s tremendous growth as a culinary scene, simply wow! I…

From the Vine Uncovers Free Concerts

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My From the Vine Column–Free Concerts at Local Wineries! It’s not all that often that you get to see free live concerts at wineries on the Central Coast, nor anywhere else for that matter. But this year there have been…

Lumen’s Outstanding Wines

Lumen Wines by Lane Tanner and Will Henry I first met and interviewed winemaker Lane Tanner in 1996 when Dan and I relocated to SLO County from San Francisco. And who doesn’t love this charming pioneer for women winemakers in…

The Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley

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From the Vine–Learn About the Excellent New  Wine Trolley In my introduction to this week’s From the Vine column (May 21, 2015), I asked if you’ve heard about the very convenient, new Santa Maria Valley Wine Trolley. I explained it’s…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines You Can Still Buy!  We love our local Central Coast wines, and sometimes worry about having a “Central Coast palate.” Meaning we more than lean toward favoring local wines, yet we still drink enough wines…

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…