I've been a fan for some time of Santa Maria's Central City Market, but on Aug. 9 attended my first winemaker dinner there with the family of owners and winemaker for Presqu'ile ("Press-KEEL") Winery, also located in Santa Maria.
Starting with the appetizers, served with Champagne and Presqu'ile's limited syrah vintage, and progressing to the four courses and dessert, the entire evening was exquisite.
If you've met Cronje, you already know that his enthusiasm for the Central Coast and making wine is contagious, and he isn't shy about sharing his opinions about wine styles in general.