Blood relatives are wonderful and all that, but your chosen family is just a little more fun, right? Enter Friendsgiving, the unofficial holiday for official besties! Whether you head to one of Paso Robles’ more than 250 tasting rooms, host a small gathering at your home or try a unique wine tasting experience, you’ll be glad you took a little time to celebrate the magic of friendship, food and wine. Here’s five or our favorite (totally non-traditional) ways to delight your inner circle this November in Paso Robles Wine Country:
Park the RV at Locatelli Vineyards & Winery
Born to be wild: Go for an overnight RV camping adventure to remember this November! Locatelli Vineyards and Winery in San Miguel offers up a super scenic setting for your next Friendsgiving road trip, vineyards included. Whether you pack into the RV together or organize a caravan, you’ll enjoy sipping under a blanket of twinkling stars. Plus, you’ll be in close proximity to Locatelli’s awesome wines, which include a rich cabernet sauvignon, jammy reserve zinfandel and an elegant petit verdot just begging to be paired with whatever cheese you’ve got in that well-stocked cooler.
Feast at home with Hayseed and Housdon
Pull up a chair: This year, host a Friendsgiving to remember complete with potluck menu, casual attire, and luxurious Paso Robles wine to share! When considering which wines to feature for this cheery meal, go for crowd-pleasing varieties that sing when paired with good food. Some of our favorites include Hayseed and Housdon’s Excuse My Dust Edna Valley chardonnay, Pray for Love Edna Valley pinot noir and their oh-so-yummy Rhone Rodeo, a dry, cherry-packed grenache that pairs perfectly with (you guessed it) turkey everything.
Send a gift from Donati Family Vineyard
Thinking of you: Can’t be with your good friends this November? Bummer! You can still delight your closest pals with a super duper thoughtful gift (aka Paso Robles wine)! When it comes to showing your inner circle how much you’ll miss them come turkey day, we say go big! Stick with wines that can be opened today or in years to come, like Donati’s 2017 Family Reserve Malbec, an exquisite bottle bursting with bold aromatics of fresh berry pie. Who knows, maybe you’ll able to enjoy a glass together at next year’s Friendsgiving festivities. Here’s to hoping!
Explore downtown Paso Robles at Copia Vineyards & Winery
Make a date of it: Grab a few of your closest pals and head to downtown Paso Robles this November, where you can savor dozens of varietals all within walking distance. Copia Vineyards’ downtown tasting room is a fun hot spot for anyone looking to learn, sip and swirl. Experience Winemaker Anita and Varinder Sahi’s tireless passion for premium winemaking and cutting edge viticulture while enjoying the tasting room’s warm hospitality. Choose from two curated experiences or just kick back and lounge! What better way to spend an afternoon with a few of your BFFs?
Feel the fresh air at Pelletiere Estate
Head for the vines: If it’s been a while since you and your gang have bonded over a new experience, why not head for one of Paso’s most gorgeous vineyard-flanked wineries nestled off the beaten path? Pelletiere is known for its lovely locale and even lovelier wines, all sourced from their own estate vineyard located in the heart of the Willow District! This family-owned micro-winery is dedicated to producing single varietal, single vineyard, Italian-inspired wines handcrafted to express the essence of Paso Robles, and you’ll have a first-hand view of where all that magic begins. Sample Italian varieties like sangiovese, nebbiolo, montepulciano, lagrein, aglianico, and primitivo, just to name a few. How’s that for a bonding experience?
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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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