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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Fine Central Coast Wines–They’re Easy to Find–If You Live Here! That said, if you don’t find them early enough after they’re first released, you will miss out. That’s why we’re here to help you discover the best of them. And…

Baker and Brain’s Wine Club

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Baker and Brain, an artisan brand I consider a cult favorite! Dan and I are proud members of the Baker & Brain wine club, and have been for several years. Lets just say, if you want first chance at finding…

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…

From the Vine on Sans Liege

Sans Liege–Without Leaders! Today, my column in the Santa Maria Times is about a great artisan winery and tasting room, Sans Liege in Pismo Beach. I love their Rhone red and white wine focus yet I was quite pleasantly surprised…

Ember partners with Baker & Brain

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The exclusive club members of Baker & Brain Wines were privy to an exceptional dinner last night at Ember in Arroyo Grande. Dan and I felt fortunate to be a part of the experience. As always, the cordial hostess Harmony…

Nagy Pinot Noir impresses

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Nagy 2011 Pinot Noir Garey Ranch Vineyard Santa Maria Valley This delicious Pinot Noir is quite tasty despite the challenging vintage. I loved the bright red fruit flavors, nicely nuanced with darker fruit flavors of plums and blackberries. It’s weaved…

Pizza Republic in San Luis Obispo is fast

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  Pizza Republic inspired by Chef Giuseppe DiFronzo I just had an excellent opportunity to try out the new Pizza Republic by one of South SLO County’s most popular chefs, Giuseppe “Joe” DiFronzo. He owns some of the most popular…

L’Aventure – A French family’s winery in Paso Robles

The beautiful Westside estate of L’Aventure Wines  One of Paso Robles superstars Winemaker Stephan Asseo, born and raised in Bordeaux, France, produces only one bottle of wine per vine When a passionate winemaker produces an exemplary wine that’s expressive of its…

Two great Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara County

If you love Pinot Noir as much as I do, or if you just like it, don’t miss out on these two outstanding wines I’ve given high reviews. Alta Maria 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley In 1996, after meeting…

An artisan pursuit in industrial SLO

This small production wine company is making big waves in the wine world Driving into an empty parking lot beside two old-looking warehouses at the dead end of Suburban Road, I found absolutely nothing outside indicating the presence of a…