Kathy’s Choice in Fine Wines

Fine Central Coast Wines You Should Try!
Here are a few more great wines you might want to discover soon, because these great wineries always sell out quickly. We also offer some great values from elsewhere.


We have loved Stephen Ross wines ever since the brand was created, and winemaker Stephen “Steve” Ross Dooley never lets us down (nor any of his many other fans). We can tell you from experience, the 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir is pure elegance and class, if you love dry Roses the way we do. Learn more at www.stephenrosswine.com. The tasting room behind Food 4 Less on Suburban Road in SLO is open daily, so you can taste it before you buy. And, of course, you’ll want more than just one bottle, we always do!


Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia has impressed us ever since he became the executive winemaker at Claiborne & Churchill Winery in Edna Valley. After a few years he created his own vineyard designated brand, too. He named it El Lugar which means the place (where it was grown) in Spanish. We have always purchased at least one bottle, and usually more, of every wine he makes. He and his wife Katy Noonan open somewhat frequently in her flower shop, the Petal Club, on Fiero Lane (near Fed-Ex) in SLO where you can taste before you buy–it doesn’t get much better than that. You can choose to buy the wines that exactly suit your taste. Of course, you get the best prices when you join the wine club as it is with all of these wineries. Check them out, and join the mailing list to find out when they’re pouring at the Petal Club at www.ellugarwines.com.


This fine Pinot Noir grown in Fe Ciega Vineyard (which is the Spanish version of Blind Faith because Rick Longoria loved that original band) in the Sta. Rita Hills is flat out awesome. That said, you won’t be surprised that we stock up on it year after year. We’re pretty much addicted to Rick’s amazing wines, with good reason! Get to know this fine winemaker at www.longoriawine.com.



Winemaker Nathan Carlson has made wine in several appellations on the West Coast, from Edna Valley to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. He finally found his niche in Edna Valley again, and he’s making some excellent wines for Center of Effort (directly across from Kynsi Winery on Corbett Canyon Road). A relatively new brand, it’s housed in a decades old winery located there). The Effort label is their value-priced brand, and we love this 2015 Pinot Noir. We bought six-bottles, and it just keeps on getting better, as every well made wine does. At $30 a bottle it’s a killer for a bargain priced wine. And you can taste it before buying on one of the days their tasting room is open. By the way, if you buy several bottles the tasting fee is waived. Join their newsletter so you know in advance what days they will be open for tasting, and/or order online at: www.centerofeffortwine.com.

We’ve already linked to the websites of some of these wines today and yesterday, but here are two brands you can still buy locally.


The Tavel, second from the left, is available at Costco for only $13.99, it’s a wonderful, dry Rose from the Provence wine appellation of France. Did you know you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy any alcoholic beverages at Costco? It’s true!

The Chateau St. Jean Bijou 2016 Rose is available at CVS Drug Stores for only $8.99 when it’s on sale. And you can believe us when we say it’s quite the bargain for this delightful, dry Rose from Sonoma County.

Bon appetit!



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