Wine Country Tours

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…

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…

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…

Fish Gaucho–Great Mexican Fare!

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Fish Gaucho — for outstanding Mexican cuisine and tequila. After an excellent lunch at Fish Gaucho last week, I had to share the news right away. If you’re looking for really good Mexican cuisine in Paso Robles–this it it! I was…

Aaron Winery

The Fine Wines of Aaron and Aequorea in Paso Robles There are several new tasting rooms in a rapidly growing location in Paso Robles that is sure to be news for many wine lovers. Especially so for our wine country visitors who will make…

Looking for fun this weekend? Ziplines!

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Margarita Adventures offers a great time with ziplines and more! I was always a scaredy-cat when I was a kid, even through my teenage years I was never too adventurous. Perhaps that’s why I’m always willing to try new things…

From the Vine on Los Alamos

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Living the good life in the quaint town of Los Alamos! If you haven’t been to Los Alamos, the sleepy little country town just 15 miles south of Santa Maria, you have been missing out! Let me tell you, this…

Horses in Paso Robles Wine Country?

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This is for wine lovers and everyone who grew up wishing for a horse at Christmas! There’s a new wine country adventure taking place in Paso Robles wine country that’s sure to be a draw for those of us who…

Love Daou’s Estate Cabernet–learn more!

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Although Daou Vineyards has already captured a wide audience of fans, there’s much more to know about this Cabernet producer! From the Vine in the Santa Maria Times By Kathy Marcks Hardesty I’m always shocked that so many people still…

One couple’s passion for Swiss Pinot Noir

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Matthias and Sina Gubler Mohr’s spectacular Swiss wines The first time I interviewed Swiss born winemaker Matthias Gubler at Vina Robles I’m certain that I never imagined over a decade later I would visit him at his winery in Maienfeld,…