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Talley Vineyards–where quality excels!

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The Talley Family’s historic impact in the Arroyo Grande Valley This week I was pleased to write my From the Vine wine column about a family I have known since I first moved to the Central Coast in early February,…

Kathy’s Pick in Fine Wines

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Our Latest Recommendations in Fine Wines! If you know our taste in fine wines (and brews), and agree that most of our selections are very special drinks, you’ll want to find these wines we’ve been drinking lately! In no particular…

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…

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…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines 3/9/2016

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Kathy’s Choice 3.9.16 You’ve seen these excellent wine brands here regularly, and they deserve the press for the consistently great wines they produce. Stephen Ross 2013 Pinot Noir Chorro Creek Vineyard Grown in SLO County, this delicious Pinot Noir is a…

Carlson Wines–A Rock Solid Artisan!

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Carlson Wines–A Great Find! Many popular winemakers are newcomers to the Central Coast, our outstanding wine appellations attract a lot of talented people who want to make wine here. Yet there are many small brands here, made by winemakers who…

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…

Great Wines for Drinking on Thanksgiving!

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Here’s my list of winemakers’ tips to enhance your holiday meals! As always, every other Sunday I like to provide a link to my Santa Maria Times column, From the Vine, which you can access free of charge (or obnoxious…

New Bien Nacido Tasting Room is Open!

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Bien Nacido and Solomon Estate Wines My newspaper column, “From the Vine,” appears in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record every other Sunday. Although you can easily find and read it free on their webpage, I like to…

The Filipponi’s historic tasting room

The great family behind Filipponi Cellars  I’ve known Herb and Diane many years now, and their daughter Dana (Filipponi) Milstead, but I only really learned their family’s long history here recently. Stopping in at their awesome new tasting room, I…