Pinot Noir

Fine Wine Finds!

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When it comes to discovering fine wines, our search is relentless! And if you love wine like we do, we have to ask: isn’t yours? We want you to know we have you in mind, dear followers, whenever we find…

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,…

Great Local Pinot Noirs Now!

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Looking for great local Pinot Noirs at affordable prices–we have them! We love going out to our local tasting rooms that focus on Pinot Noirs, where we always find great buys–so can you! The first shot is of Talley Vineyards killer…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Pinot Noirs

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Here are two outstanding Central Coast Pinot Noirs we totally enjoyed! When it comes to red wines, there’s no doubt that Pinot Noir is a favorite at Chez Hardesty. One, a fantastic good value from winemaker Mike Sinor of Sinor-LaVallee…

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.…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

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Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines There’s no doubt about it, we love fine wine here at Central Coast Critic. In all honesty, we don’t drink any other liquor other than the occasional artisan draft. So here are some of the…

The 2016 Harvest Report

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The 2016 Winegrape Harvest Appears Optimal! My latest column in the Santa Maria Times, pub date 09/25/16, is all about this year’s great looking winegrape harvest. And from everything I’ve heard by some great local winemakers about this year’s harvest,…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines!

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This week I have some excellent fine wines you’ll want to find fast, before they sell out! Clos Solene 2014 Hommage Banc Paso Robles This delicious blend of 75% Roussanne and 25% Viognier is quite lovely, and typical of the…

J. Wilkes Wines

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The New J. Wilkes in Los Olivos I have long been a fan of winemaker Wes Hagen, who spent the last 20-years in the Sta. Rita Hills region making wines and managing the vineyard for his mother and step-father, Cathy…

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…