Paso Robles may be a world class wine region (and quite possibly the closest scenery to heaven on earth), but even the most dedicated winemakers need to take a break from the Paso’s beautiful—and hot—vineyards this time of year to get a little RNR. Luckily, the beach is only a few miles to the West! Yes, even hard working wine industry folks are known to make a break for the coast before the toil of harvest creeps in (surfing is a great way to shake off all those hours of pruning). Join in on this seasonal tradition and bring your best bottle (and beach read) along for the adventure. Whether you head to San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro or Grover Beach, we know just what you need to kick back, relax, and declare, “It’s wine-o-clock somewhere.”
1. Clavo Cellars 2015 Viognier
The forecast is bright, indeed. The beautiful golden color and intense aromas of ripe bananas, fresh cut honeysuckle, and orange blossom is sunny perfection, California style. A fresh macadamia nut aroma with a hint of toasted hazelnut offers up a joyful escape for frazzled senses. Rich and full-bodied, this wine brings enough bright acidity to balance the silky banana bread taste in your mouth. Lean back in that beach chair and let out a long breath. Summer vacation has truly arrived.
2. 2017 Pear Valley Albarino
Throw on all the white linen you own and get ready for a sophisticated take on a cool summer white. Delicate aromas of creamed honey, preserved lemon, jasmine, and almond paste greet your nose (which may make you wonder: “Why can’t sunscreen smell this good?”). On the palate, a splash of Mandarin orange, lemon curd, star fruit, and chalk. Like that first dive into the ocean, this wine begins crisp and acid-driven before softening into a creamy roundness.
3. Kiamie Wines 2018 White Kuvee
Peachy keen dreams await. This new vintage offers aromas that envelope the glass with real density and weight and a crisp, seemingly faux-dry finish. No, this is not your grandma’s white wine spritzer. The pungent hints of peach schnapps, tarragon, and spiced applesauce characteristic of Grenache Blanc round out and add spunk to rich Viognier. Talk about a tasty wave!
4. Harmony Cellars 2018 Rosato Vivo
Summer is all about simplicity. This wine is all berries, watermelon, and citrus. Needs we say more? Rosato Vivo means “lively rosé” in Italian, so that gives you a good hint of what you’re getting into with this playful, off-dry beach companion. Made from Syrah grapes, it boasts aromas of ripe melon, berries and citrus; on the palate, fresh fruit salad vibes are present. You’ll be the envy of the entire beach with this irresistible crowd pleaser. Pack a few!
5. Chronic Cellars 2017 Kindly Swallows
Seabirds might try to take your lunch, but they’ll never get their hands on this pink princess of a wine (your friends will be too busy passing it back and forth). With pretty notes of juicy watermelon, zesty green apple, raspberry and eucalyptus, think of it as a bright and zesty swallow, with a light minerality that flits across the tongue.
This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
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.
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®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Enjoy 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
La 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.
Experience 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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
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.