Tolosa Redux–A Very Good Thing!

From the Vine features the Tolosa Redux Today!

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The main entrance to the Tolosa tasting room

Our regular readers already know, this is the Sunday when Kathy Marcks Hardesty’s column, “From the Vine,” is published in the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record (it appears every other Sunday). You can read it free simply by clicking on this direct link to the column:

It was only recently when I totally enjoyed seeing the redux of this fine winery and it’s tasting room, the latter opened in 1996. They began planting their vineyards in 1988. Now, 29-years since they planted all of those vines, they have totally changed the way they offer their fine wines, and you’ll want to be aware in advance of your next visit.

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Executive winemaker James “Jim” Kress

To learn more about the latest news of the redux of Tolosa in Edna Valley, click on the the above link. I discuss the changes in the tasting room, the wine club, and new state-of-the-art computers and tanks winemaker Jim Kress has brought in to improve the winemaking process. He’s a man dedicated (like every passionate winemaker) to making the best wines possible every vintage.


General Manager June McIvor and winemaker Jim Kress at Ember

We attended their winemaker’s dinner at Ember in AG, and it was great–hardly surprising with these two stars of the valley. Tolosa brought in their own people to pour wines for the full house where not a seat was left empty, which Ember management appreciated. That way, the winery made the decision to pour generously which the happy diners appreciated.


Ember’s artistic, delightfully delicious smoked lobster chips and dip for Tolosa, paired with the 2015 Poletti Chardonnay.

These fine wines were not overly poured, people were very good about coming with designated drivers (we should always do that), and even those who had a safe ride home, didn’t over do it while drinking the wine. True wine connoisseurs respect the wine and drink purely for the pleasure of it (not to get drunk!). The good thing here is that they could enjoy another “taste” sized pour without going overboard! Always remember that, what fun is it to drink too much and forget the experience you enjoyed.

Learn more about this talented winemaker and his array of excellent wines at And if you don’t know Ember yet, believe us, you’re missing out. Check them out here: Or read our take this top ten restaurant for dining here by searching for the Top Ten List.



2 comments for “Tolosa Redux–A Very Good Thing!

  1. Pat O'D
    April 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Kathy, Have you tried Center of Effort’s Pinot Noir. The back label says it’s from Edna Valley. They only sell 1/2 cases. They will be tasting with six other wineries at Trilogy Monarch Dunes clubhouse on Saturday April 29, 2017. I first tasted their Pinot in Los Olives over a year ago and plan to buy another “case”.

    • admin
      April 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks for the note, Pat. I’ll look into going.

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