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5 Wine Tasting Tips (from Your Cat’s Perspective)

Cats seem to know something we don’t. They’re always curling up in the perfect spot for maximum pleasure (right where the sun is warmest, or in your cozy lap). They know how to get fed when they’re hungry (brushing against your leg at just the right moment with those syrupy-sweet eyes). Plus, cats are excellent at self care, napping, exploring, and savoring life. Here’s 5 purrrrfect wine tasting tips your cat would impart upon you if, she could in fact, say more than “yeow.”


Take a cat nap. You’ll feel better.
When you check in to a cozy vacation rental or hotel in Paso Robles Wine Country, catching a few z’s—or lounging around in the sun—has never been easier. Choose a cottage nestled in the vines or go for a room closer to downtown. Either way, you’ll be in pouncing distance of world class wine. Cozy, casual cat naps? Adelaide Inn or the Hampton Inn. Fancy Feasting and Finery? Allegretto Vineyard Resort.

In search of Romance and Belly Rubs? Try JUST Inn or La Bellasera Hotel & Suites. Want to explore the vineyard in between snoozes? These hideaways are almost as appealing as the best cat nip Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyard, Eden House at Carriage Vineyards or The Inn at Opolo, Peachy Canyon Guest Inn or Pelletiere Farmhouse. Nap on.

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We really love laser pointers, but that’s just us! Perhaps you’re interested in taking part in an arts and craft night, dancing to live music, or getting in on a good natured game of corn hole. However you define “play,” you’ll find it in Paso Robles Wine Country. Here, you can raise a glass and a bocce ball all in the same afternoon. Parrish Family Vineyard tops off brilliant wine tasting with a putting green, and corn hole. Chronic Cellars is home to billiards tables and corn hole, and Vines on the Marycrest, Tooth & Nail and Rava Wines are a rocking live music venue. Take your pick! Now, where did that bouncing ball of light go?

Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard
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Get Fed

But first, Meow Mix! Or, the human equivalent: a bowl of marinated olives, local EVOO, and nuts! Savor a small plate, shared cheese board, or multi-course meal in Paso Robles Wine Country. Thomas Hill Organics is known for its farm-to-table fare paired with local wines, Cass Winery serves burgers and salads right in its own tasting room, Fish Gaucho serves up our favorite (seafood!) alongside margs and wine, and Pappy McGregor’s has the casual vibe of your favorite Irish pub with all the flavor of a wine country dining destination. Still, we really do recommend the fish! Did we mention the fish is great here?

Mapping and Directions to Thomas Hill Organics
Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery
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Indoor or outdoor, you decide

Whether you’re a fancy indoor cat or a rough-and-tumble outdoor cat, Paso Robles wineries have you covered. Perhaps you prefer to hang out in a plush tasting room where your paws won’t touch the dirt, or you’re more into getting out and into the vineyard where the birds are chirping and sun is shining. Sextant Winery offers up a great romp through the historic townsite of Edna Valley and a chic tasting room on a hillside in Paso, while Lusso Della Terra Cellars offers up a more loungy vibe. Indoor or outdoor, your experience will be out of this world. Keep your collar on, just in case you get lost out there.

Mapping and Directions to Sextant Edna Valley
Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery
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Stay Adventurous

You never know what’s inside that grocery bag until you stick your head inside to find out! Translation: Don’t get stuck in a rut. Try new varietals, check out new tasting rooms, and explore new offerings the moment they’re released. Get to know your own tastes better. In Paso Robles, there’s always something fresh to enjoy, including totally unique wine experiences you’ve never even thought of before. Case in point: Hearst Winery hosts a Water to Wine Kayak Tour in San Simeon followed by lunch (make an appointment, 3 days notice preferred)! Now, we aren’t too fond of water, but as long as our hair doesn’t get wet, we could be persuaded.

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 This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.

Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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.



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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.




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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®



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