Chardonnay

The New Peacock Cellars in AG!

IMG_7657

It’s Sunday and that means my Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record column is out, with the spotlight on Peacock Cellars. It came about thanks to an invitation to join my friend Heidy Jackson Mangiardi and her friends to the…

Mattie’s Pismo Beach Preview

IMG_7485

Mattie’s in Pismo Beach Soft Opening Began Yesterday! Happily, a dear friend of ours in the wine biz sent a text early Friday afternoon telling us that “Mattie’s is open.” No surprise to you, dear readers, we immediately made plans…

Tolosa Redux–A Very Good Thing!

Jim - Tank

From the Vine features the Tolosa Redux Today! Our regular readers already know, this is the Sunday when Kathy Marcks Hardesty’s column, “From the Vine,” is published in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it appears every other…

Talley Vineyards–where quality excels!

Brian Talley

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

IMG_4725

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

IMG_4373

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!

IMG_0617

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

DandK2515

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!

Carlson Slider 1

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…