Bordeaux red blends

Ancient Peaks Always Makes it Fun!

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Great Wines & Great Times at Ancient Peaks! When I’m choosing which Central Coast wine club  I want to belong to (or any other great wine region), first and foremost I have to love the wines. Following in a very…

Discover the New Halter Ranch Vineyard

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Make Halter Ranch Vineyard a Destination in Paso Robles! Last week, in late April, I posted a story about my tour of Paso Robles with Laura Jeffry  who owns and operates 101 Wine Tours. Part of our day was spent…

The Rest of the Best Wines of 2015!

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A Salute to Wines Enjoyed in 2015! By Kathy Marcks Hardesty Many of these wines were so impressive, we returned to the tasting rooms and bought more. There’s no better compliment than going back for more! Of course, they all…

Wine Tasting Fouls at Midnight Cellars!

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Winemaking etiquette at Midnight Cellars in Paso Robles! Here’s a brief but fun twist on poor etiquette in tasting rooms, you don’t want to be this guy! But if you do want to join him, pay a visit to Midnight…

Kathy’s Choice on Wine Wednesday!

Kathy’s Choice October 28, 2015 on Wine Wednesday! Rendarrio Vineyards 2012 League of Shadows Paso Robles This blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon was grown in Clare Ranch Vineyards. Made by winemaker Ryan Render, I’m a real fan…

Vina Robles Amphitheatre Rocks!

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Dan and I finally attended our first concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, and we left quite impressed! Top acts, artists, renowned bands, there’s something for everyone thanks to Vina Robles When I heard that Tony Bennett…

Wine is–what’s your take?

Wine is–so many things to everyone who loves it! Great Wines made by great Paso Robles winemakers! I was working on a story about Austin Hope and the red wines of summer when I found this killer video on their webpage, www.hopefamilywine.com.…

SummerWood offers a grand experience!

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Make SummerWood Winery & Inn’s gorgeous estate a  must stop on your itinerary! I’ve been to SummerWood Winery & Inn events many times over the past several years, and I’ve always walked away impressed by everything they offer the wine…

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…

Blind Tasting with the Somms!

Blind Tasting Reveals Honest Results! This week my wine column in the Santa Maria Times, “From the Vine,” focuses on the honesty of blind wine tasting. In other words, tasters are presented a line-up of wines, usually the same vintage…