Tips to save money in wine country

We are all looking for ways to save a buck as well as save the planet, right? Well, what if you could do both while wine tasting? Sounds appealing, no? Modern times call for modern measures, like digital coupons, interactive maps, and tours that require zero gallons of gas (seriously). So, recycle those crumpled, outdated brochures and put down that hammer! Save your piggie bank’s life and consider these amazing tips to help conserve money as well as the Earth’s precious resources. Good karma and great wine await!

1. Ditch Paper Clutter with Smart Phone Coupons

Paper coupons are so last century. They’re messy, hard to categorize, and generally bad for the environment (yes, that coupon was once a living breathing tree!). Now, all you have to do is pull up a digital coupon on your smart phone and receive oodles of deals across Wine Country. It really only takes an instant. Click here to see all the digital coupons available now, including barrel tastings, tours, and two-for-one tastings. No scissors required!

Brecon Estate Winery of the WeekTry: On our website, Brecon Estate offers exclusive two-for-one tastings of their award winning estate wines, which include delicious Rhone varietals and elegant blends. You can also text “Specials” to 24578 for instant digital coupons!

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate: speedfind.com/BreconEstate

2. Save a Tree with Digital Maps

Paper maps are hard to fold, and even harder to read, right? These days, we all rely on GPS to get us from point A to point B. Why not use that technology to lead you to the next winery? Check out our free Driving Directions here to guide you at every turn. You can also download our free digital interactive map here, the only map that showcases every local winery, brewery, and distillery in Paso Robles Wine Country? Yep. That’s about 300 in total! Added bonus: Both maps can be downloaded to your phone, so you won’t be in a pickle if you lose Wifi on a backcountry road.

Try: Download and go! Whether you’re headed to Wine Boss Lounge or Bodegas Paso Robles in the heart of downtown Paso Robles or headed “far out” to the sticks, we’re always with you.

Mapping and Directions to Wine Boss Lounge: speedfind.com/WineBoss

Mapping and Directions to Bodegas Paso Robles: speedfind.com/BodegasPasoRobles

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundTry: Go to www.speedfind.com/paso on your phone or tablet and watch as the map pinpoints just where you are in Paso Robles and the wineries, restaurants, hotels, breweries, cheese shops, coffee shops, and olive oil tastings are near you. Who knows, you may be near Allegretto Vineyard Resort, which hits three birds with one stone: lodging, wine offerings, and a stellar Cello Ristorante & Bar.

Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort: speedfind.com/Allegretto

3. Go Virtual to Save on Gas and Greenhouses Gases

Before you spend another penny on gas—which contributes to the very real collective problem of global warming—check out our incredible virtual tours, completely free! You won’t believe your eyes—the technology is that crisp, clear, and compelling. Check out a handy 360-degree view of the area via our Google Map feature, or order a free pair of cardboard Google Glass goggles and simply slide your smartphone into place. Suddenly, you’re at thgoogle glassesat new winery you’ve been wondering about, seeing just what the grounds look like, checking out the wine offerings, and scoping the sweet picnic spots. This is especially useful if you plan to use a winery for a special event, like a wedding or family gathering. Instead of traveling to 50 wineries across the region and trimming that number down to a shortlist, virtually tour each one, saving you time, money, and fossil fuel.

Try: Never leave your couch, and be proud of it. Take a 360-degree Virtual Tour of Harmony Cellars, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Eberle Winery and others here without expending an ounce of fuel.

Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars: speedfind.com/HarmonyCellars

Mapping and Directions to Cutruzzola Vineyards: speedfind.com/Cutruzzola

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery: speedfind.com/EberleWinery

4. Research Online First

Want to know which winery has which varietal? Interested in a specific kind of ambiance, dog-friendly vibe, or food while you sip? Just click here and filter your search by your needs. Say goodbye to thick, clunky guides, outdated magazine articles, and silly brochures (all of which gunk up our planet with excess material waste). All you need to know is one clean, eco conscious click away. Doesn’t that feel good?

Dubost Ranch logoTry: Looking for a rare varietal like Carmenere? For the record, that’s a dark skinned grape variety originally from Bordeaux with cedar and herby notes. Just go to our online varietal break-down and see what pops up! In this case, Dubost Ranch is the place to be for this unique varietal, but you can search for whatever fits your fancy in a jiff. Added plus: Each varietal is described by color, flavor, and country of origin to give you a quick primer on your next pour.

Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch: speedfind.com/DubostWinery



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, loMake Reservationscally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundMake ReservationsMajestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

La Bellasera Hotel & SuitesMake ReservationsLa Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Make ReservationsHampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageMake ReservationsExperience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.

Directions: speedfind.com/Lekai | vrbo.com/701796

 

JUST Inn at Justin VineyardsMake ReservationsEnjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

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