Clean slate, here we come! Sure, we had a lot of good times last year, but we also experienced our fair share of ongoing troubles (I don’t have to tell you—if you’re human, you get it). From making masking up a daily habit to finally succumbing to the dreaded Zoom fatigue, we did our best to thrive over the past twelve months. We’ve made the most of a tough situation, to be sure: In Paso Robles Wine Country, our hundreds of outdoor tasting rooms have continued to provide safe, beautiful spaces for visitors and locals alike to savor world class wines in a socially distant setting. Plus, even more folks from around the world are trying virtual tastings for the first time! Ready for your own Paso wine palate cleanse? We’ve got you. Eternal optimists, our vast array of passionate winemakers are forever crafting the next great bottle—pandemic or not!
Breathe easy at AWARD WINNING Bella Luna
Meet the vines: A dose of outdoor adventure never fails to clear the mind and elevate the spirit. Savor stellar small lot production wines in a safe, outdoor setting when you book a Vineyard Walk & Wine Tasting experience at Bella Luna. Enjoy a stroll through the gorgeous vineyard, learn about various vineyard practices (including how dry farming affects the vines and the wine) followed by a delicious sit-down tasting of current vintages. Now in their twenty-third year, Bella Luna continues its mission as a small, family-owned focusing on unique red and white varietals, including FABULOUS Zinfandel, Sangiovese and blends that have been awarded high ratings by Wine Enthusiast. Understanding how these wines are grown has a way of welcoming you into the Bella Luna Family. How’s that for a breath of fresh air?
A pleasurable picnic at Sculpterra
Sunny start: With a famous outdoor sculpture garden dotted with works of art, loads of wines rated 93 points and up and a friendly staff ready to pour the greatest hits, deciding to book a tasting at Sculpterra might be one of the easiest things you do in 2022. Known for an expansive selection of varietals—including awesome blends like their popular 2018 GSM, Mega Focus—you’ll find a world of palate cleansing possibilities on the tip of your tongue. Now, it’s time to unfurl that picnic basket and cozy up to a glass or a bottle amid the lovely green grass. This is one New Year re-set that we’d like to revisit soon!
Put your finger on the pulse at Crazy Woman Cellars – the new kid on the block
Quench your need for “new” in 2022: Whether or not you get the chance to visit Paso Robles’ charming downtown this year, be sure to stock up on a few wines emerging from this exciting flavor epicenter. Crazy Woman Cellars isn’t just shaking things up with their focus on world-changing women, they’re also surprising tastebuds with unique wines that shine with a light all their own. Order online and you can enjoy the winery’s Brooklyn ’37 blend, a mix of grenache and merlot inspired by the winemaker’s step-mom, “one of the great crazy women.” Like the beloved lady behind the wine, this blend boasts a wallop of personality: enjoy raspberry, cherry, and vanilla touched with a light whiff of tobacco smoke. Kind of makes you wish there was a wine inspired by your own mom, right?
Get away to Copia and swoon over their highly rated wines
Plan your vacation now: It might seem too soon to think about setting that “away” message yet again—but we think not! Sure, you could visit the Copia tasting room in historic downtown and enjoy an incredible and elevated experience, but why let the fun end there? At Copia, you’re invited to spend the night—or multiple nights—depending on your travel plans! A wine country oasis located 1.5 miles from Paso Robles’ historic downtown square, you’ll awake each morning to the vines of the famed Willow Creek District, not far from delicious dining, excellent wine tasting and boutique shopping. The Guest House sleeps six and is spacious and comfortable an open concept floor plan and modern design. The best part? You’re never far from Copia’s cornucopia of quality wines, including yummy whites, roses, reds and even large format bottles crafted to delight those rather robust groups! (High ratings from Wine Enthusiast and Jeb Dunnuck)
Elevate your tasting with a Cavern tour at Robert Hall
DIY deliciously: Ready for a special tasting that’ll elevate your wine experience? Head to the Robert Hall Winery tasting room, where you can enjoy tasting their award-winning wines, including Cavern Select bottles like their aromatic Fume Blanc white blend and bold Cabernet Franc. And while there take a tour of their amazing Cavern where you’ll learn about their barrel program, winemaking, and you’ll sample a selection of two wines straight from barrel. Your tour will finish in the tasting room as a private seated tasting paired with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. (Cavern Tour Reservations required)
If being serenaded while you sip sounds like poetry to your ears, you can also click on over to the winery’s online music portal for your own private concert! Yes, this is the way many of us are wine tasting in 2022, and take it from folks in the know—it ain’t bad at all!
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally-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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically 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.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hoyt Family Vineyard RetreatsTwo very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.
Hampton 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®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at chic, sparkling clean 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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.