sparkling wines

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…

From the Vine–Got Bubbly?

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Here at Central Coast Critic, we’re always ready to pop the Bubbly cork! My Santa Maria Times column, “From the Vine” which also appears in the Lompoc Record, was published today. This week From the Vine is all about sparkling…

Kathy’s Pick in Fine Wines

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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…

Kathy’s Choice in Fine Roses 2/11/16

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Our love for Rose lasts year round! This week I’m excited about Roses, and Dan and I have been drinking some mighty fine new releases lately. Remember, Rose isn’t just for the hot, steamy days of summer anymore. At Chez…

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…

Two of our favorite California Bubblies

Make it a sparkling holiday season with California bubblies! During this beautiful time of year, we drink much more bubbly than usual. And why not, it’s sparkling personality make it perfect for celebrating every holiday moment. While we love the…

Christmas parties at wineries are great!

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I love the Christmas season, like nearly everyone, but yuletide parties at wineries are especially fun! Last night we attended outstanding holiday parties at two wineries in Edna Valley, Stephen Ross and Claiborne & Churchill. For anyone who has read…

Laetitia’s delicious sparkling wines

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I just received a press release from Parker Sanpei Lifestyle Public Relations in San Luis Obispo (www.parkersanpei.com) about Laetitia’s sparkling wines for the holiday season. I didn’t write this press release but thought it was some great information to pass…

I love finding gems like Nagy wines

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A Central Coast Classic, C Nagy Wines I originally wrote and published my first story about winemaker Clarissa Guffey Nagy  in February 2005, but the winery brand Rancho Arroyo Grande she worked for then is defunct. Nevertheless, it provides the history…