Wine Recommendations

Fred Brander–Humanitarian

Fred Brander of Brander Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley If you know even a little about the history of Santa Barbara County wine country, you know Fred Brander is among its pioneers My Santa Maria Time/Lompoc Record wine column was…

Brick Barn Wine Estate

From the Vine, my wine column in the Santa Maria Times/Lompoc Record, was published last Sunday, all about the new Brick Barn Wine Estate in Buellton (So sorry but due to a problem with my webpage, I cannot upload photos,…

The Alpha Omega Collective

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The New Alpha Omega Collective is Well Worth Knowing My latest From the Vine column in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record was published today, and it’s all about the new Alpha Omega Collective of  three top-notch wineries…

Bubbles of Joy!

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From the Vine Bubbles of Joy  Yesterday my From the Vine column about good bubbles was published, Dec. 31, 2017 It’s all about the fine sparkling wines, and Champagnes you can buy locally at very reasonable prices. Now I know…

Ideal Gifts for Wine Lovers!

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In my latest column, Gifts for Wine Lovers, I offer some terrific ideas that won’t break the bank! It’s in my bi-weekly wine column, From the Vine, published in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record every other Sunday. In…

AronHill Vineyards in Paso Robles

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My bi-weekly column, From the Vine, in the Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record, about AronHill Vineyards, was published today, Sunday December 3, 2017 My column featuring AronHill Vineyard is all about one of the few of the many Paso…

The Qupe-Verdad Tasting Room is Open!

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It’s time, once again, for my From the Vine Column about the opening of the new Qupe-Verdad tasting room in the Santa Maria Times  Of course, all of my regular followers already know my bi-weekly From the Vine column also…

Kathy’s Choice Workman Ayer Wine Co.

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Kathy’s Choice- Workman Ayer in Santa Barbara County November 2, 2017 An interesting new brand came to us recently from winemaker Michel Ayer which is made in Buellton, Workman Ayer. Not only did we find both wines impressive, we found…

Kathy’s Choice For Central Coast Wines

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We’ve had some fine Central Coast wines lately, that made Kathy’s Choice. If there’s one thing we do often, besides drink fine Central Coast wines, it’s buy them. And when we love them, we stock up, we’re talking case purchases…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Some Recent Favorites for Kathy’s Choice! Whether Dan and I are at home or traveling, we always seek out the best local wines. And when we can’t find anything by the glass or bottle at decent prices, we pick wines…