Red Rhone blends

Central Coast Wine Country

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Central Coast Wine Country Is there anything better than a day spent in Central Coast wine country? Not in our book of great adventures! My goodness, there’s little better than a trip away from paradise to make you return home…

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…

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…

Ancient Peaks Always Makes it Fun!

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Great Wines & Great Times at Ancient Peaks! When I’m choosing which Central Coast wine club  I want to belong to (or any other great wine region), first and foremost I have to love the wines. Following in a very…

Baseball & Qupé!

Spring Training, the Dodgers, and Qupé Wines! When I received a recent newsletter by email from Bob Lindquist, the founder of the uber-popular Qupé in Santa Maria Valley, I was so excited. My love for baseball and the Giants is only topped…

Get Your Thrill at Margarita Ranch

Looking for Fun on Valentine’s Weekend?   Get your thrills while celebrating your love on a day of adventure and fun at Margarita Ranch in this sweet offer over the weekend from Margarita Adventures! I received this press release from…

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…