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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 in Fine Wines

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Here are some of the fine wines we’ve been drinking, and we enthusiastically endorse them as Kathy’s Choice. We drink wine every night with dinner. To us, it’s as essential on the table as is a good loaf of bread.…

Chef Jeffry’s at Barton’s Kitchen Window

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Touring Paso Robles with 101 Wine Tours, led by entrepreneur and certified sommelier Laura Jeffrey recently, was one helluva a fun-filled journey! During an excellent visit to Paso Robles Wine Country we visited so many great places in one day,…

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…

Kathy Choice in Wines Sept. 16

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Three dramatically different wines, each one awesome, made this week’s choice in fine wines purely a pleasure (as if that wasn’t always the case with my recommendations)! Bedford 2010 Grenache Santa Barbara County Dramatic and rich, this deeply layered Grenache…

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…

From the Vine on Los Alamos

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Living the good life in the quaint town of Los Alamos! If you haven’t been to Los Alamos, the sleepy little country town just 15 miles south of Santa Maria, you have been missing out! Let me tell you, this…

The Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates

A new dining destination on the Central Coast, The Restaurant at Niner in Paso Robles! I love the idea of our Central Coast wineries having a top notch restaurant adjacent to the tasting room. My only thought is why did…

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…