Blog

5 Autumnal Adventures in Paso Robles Wine Country

Selecting the first pumpkin of the season, slicing into just-ripened heirloom tomatoes (enjoy them while you can), and listening to the satisfying crunch of oak leaves underfoot. What do all of these experiences have in common? They all signify the start of fall (and continuation of harvest) in Paso Robles Wine Country. This cozy and commotion-filled time is also signified by the swirling and sipping of fine wine (and lots of it). Now, you too can partake in Paso Robles’ most beloved fall traditions—with glass in hand, of course. Here’s 5 autumnal adventures to get you in the mood.

1. Dive into harvest

Harvest Wine Weekend Oct. 18-20: Get ready for Paso Robles’ most exciting and exhilarating season. Visit Paso Robles during Harvest Wine Weekend and you’ll come away with a better understanding of all that goes into each boutique bottle. More than one hundred wine events are uncorking across Paso Robles for this annual celebration, including barbecues, live music events, winemaker dinners, seminars, behind the scenes tours, barrel tastings and more. Check out special harvest events at Austin Hope & Treana Tasting Cellar, Opolo, Chronic Cellars, Eberle Winery, Peachy Canyon and JUSTIN. There’s lots to do, so plan your route early.

 

 

2. Savor some pie

Wine and pie tasting at Harmony Cellars – Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20: Pie has a way of kick-starting that happy fall feeling, don’t you think? Flaky pastry crust, gooey filling and the scent of pumpkin spice (the real deal, not the latte) await you at Harmony Cellars, just a quick cruise west from Paso Robles. Farm fresh pies by Linn’s of Cambria are the perfect match for winemaker Chuck’s award-winning wines. Mini pies (in your favorite flavors) will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. No reservations needed—just show up! Also expect specials on featured wines by the glass and bottle. Want more to nosh on this fall? Check out the winery’s cheese and charcuterie workshop, unfolding Sunday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Get Tickets

 

3. Hunt and gather

Hunters and Gatherers Winemaker Dinner at Four Lanterns Winery – Friday, October 18: Just like the California Black Bear who gathers surplus berries in preparation for the long winter hibernation, we too are looking to fill up on all the good grub we can find (also like the bear, we might even take a long nap afterward). Allow Four Lanterns Winery to do the hunting and gathering for you during a festive winemaker dinner centered on local grapes, vegetables, meat and fish. This cornucopia of fall flavors will be prepared by Chef Justin Monson and paired with new and old releases. Come and get it! Get Tickets

 

4. Feast with New Friends

Harvest Winemaker Dinner at Seven Oxen  – Saturday, October 26: It’s just not fall without a big table filled with good conversation, right? Smiling faces and clinking wine glasses will light up Seven Oxen during a very special five-course meal prepared by Chef Spencer Johnston of Danior Catering (every ingredient will be local and sustainably sourced, in case you were wondering). Chef Spencer has created a menu that pairs perfectly with a long line-up of Seven Oxen wines, including a preview of a yet-to-be-released 2016 bottle. Plus, kick off the night with a special “harvest edition” winery tour and tasting with winemaker Bastien Leduc, starting at 6 p.m. Get there early—you won’t want to miss out on a moment. Get tickets

 

5. Get Spooked

Tooth and Nail Winery Halloween Costume Party – Friday, October 25: When’s the last time you donned a head-to-toe Halloween costume and danced the night away? Last Halloween? Ten Halloweens ago?  Either way, it’s been way too long. The ghouls and witches—along with your favorite Netflix characters—will be sipping fabulous wine at Tooth and Nail Winery’s annual Halloween Party, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at the famed castle. Join the freaky fun! Break out those old Monster Mash moves and perhaps you’ll even win best costume (fang-tastic prizes awarded to the best dressed). Delicious bites and wines will also available for purchase (this event is 21+; undead welcome). Get tickets

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

 

259 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Paso Wine Pairings to Celebrate Fall


The sun’s still shining in Paso Robles Wine Country, but fall has indeed arrived. Vineyards are in the midst of harvest, and soon, those green vines will turn vibrant red-gold (be sure to get out there to wine taste around this time to see this totally West Coast version of the “turning of the leaves”). The days are getting shorter, which means there’s more time to get cozy in the kitchen with a great bottle of Paso Robles wine. So, gather your friends and pull on grandma’s old apron. These pairings will inspire you to dive head first into autumn awesomeness.

1. Apple cheddar mac and cheese and Chardonnay

What happens when you mix savory sharp cheddar cheese, sweet and crisp autumn apples and a creamy Paso Robles chardonnay? There’s only one way to find out! Get that water boiling ASAP and pop open a bottle of Lusso Della Terra 2016 Reserve Chardonnay. The scent of butterscotch, brioche and lightly toasted oak mingle with luxurious flavors of honeysuckle and citrus. Expect a velvety soft texture that will indeed rival that melty mac. Need we say more?

Quick mapping and directions to Lusso Della Terra

Grab a wine tasting COUPON for Lusso Della Terra

 

2. Ginger scones and Viognier

Lovers of baked goods, rejoice! Lone Madrone’s 2012 Sweet Cheeks Viognier might be something akin to ‘bottled apple pie.” Yes, you heard right. Get ready for a delectable bouquet of baked golden delicious apple, cinnamon, and buttery pastry crust (yum) balanced with fresh acidity that begs for a second—and third, and fourth, and fifth—sip. Spice up the whole situation with ginger-spiked scones that are bold, festive and oh-so fall.

Quick mapping and directions to Lone Madrone

Grab a wine tasting COUPON for Lone Madrone

 

 

3. Petite Sirah and beef stew

When is the last time you prepared a 100% homemade, stick-to-your-gills meal that inspires moans of delight from your guests? If it’s been way too long, we have the solution. Chop some veggies, potatoes and onion and craft this rich, brothy beef stew that will only get better as leftovers. A hearty meal such as this should only be paired with an equally intense wine. Enter: Hoyt Family Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah, an inky, concentrated bottle bursting with big bold fruit flavors and a round, unctuous mouthfeel.

Quick mapping and directions to Hoyt

 

 

4. Chai spiced sugar cookies and Riesling

Toss that stuffy autumnal potpourri. Instead, bake these Chai spiced sugar cookies and see just how warm and inviting your home can smell! Pair these spicy-sweet morsels with a dry riesling—we like Oso Libre’s 2015 Alsacia Dry Riesling—to  balance all that sugar. A  thoroughly modern styling of Riesling, Alsacia is crisp not cloying, opening with notes of jasmine, papaya, Asian pear and Kaffir lime. Light bodied and fresh, the finish presents flavors of lemongrass, honey and apricot. Serve slightly chilled with a good book.

Quick mapping and directions to Oso Libre

 

 

5. Poached pears and Zinfandel

Poach luscious fall pears in a drizzle of wine and pair with Rangeland Wines 2016 Zinfandel for a cozy-all-over vibe (even if you’re still rocking denim shorts). Looking for a whole meal to build upon this appetizer’s appeal? Pick up some fabulous grass-fed meats from the winery, which also raises natural, sustainably sourced beef and lamb. Freeze the goods now and stash a few bottles of that jammy zinfandel in your kitchen cupboard. Now you’re prepared for upcoming family get togethers and holiday dinners. Note: Pear chutney—canned a few months ahead of time—is incredible with herby, tender rack of lamb. Consider those holiday dinners planned.

Quick mapping and directions to Rangeland

Grab a wine tasting COUPON for Rangeland

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

 

327 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Ways to Celebrate Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country

There’s a reason the word “harvest” strikes joy, fear and excitement into the heart of Paso Robles winemakers and their hardworking staff. It’s now or never. The moment of truth. “Go-time.” Once ripeness occurs, there is no looking back. The fruit must be picked, the clusters must be crushed and someone’s got to man the tasting room while all the bustling commotion is going on. There’s a feverish and festive pace in Paso Robles Wine Country, and the celebratory parties are equally boisterous. After all, it’s only healthy to let off a little steam when you’re spending twelve hour days in the vineyard or barrel room! Join in on this historic moment so that you can proudly say, “I was there” for Paso’s new vintage (even if you’re just drinking the wine, not making it). Expect more than 140 unique events unfolding across the entire region for Harvest Wine Weekend Oct. 18-20, including dinners, concerts and behind-the-scenes tours. Take your pick! Just don’t be late. Like the perfect balance of sugar and acid, harvest waits for no one.

1. Pair: Savor a feast fit for harvest at JUSTIN

October 18-19

This pairing is picture perfect. Celebrate another vivacious vintage with JUSTIN, where world class wine is paired with the most sensational seasonal fare. This iconic Paso Robles winery dates back to 1981, with the planting of JUSTIN’s first estate vineyard. What started as a mission to make world-class Bordeaux-style blends has expanded in acreage and dreams, including a restaurant and chef’s garden. Experience the winery’s traditional Old World methods—like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak—blended with New World technology. Pull up a chair to their upcoming Harvest Festival Dinners, slated for Oct. 18-19. Enjoy a farm fresh meal with your wine and perhaps even stay at the JUST INN, a unique boutique hotel surrounded by vines. Come hungry, stay happy!

Quick mapping and directions to JUSTIN

 

2. Sip: Embark on a barrel tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery

October 18

What’s developing in those mysterious oak barrels? Find out at Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles, where you can get an early taste of their forthcoming 2018 vintages during a barrel tasting on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Founded by Doug and Nancy Beckett in 1988, Peachy Canyon has long been praised as a producer of award-winning wines that exemplify respect for terroir and dedicated winemaking. Zinfandel has long been Peachy Canyon’s flagship varietal — often with multiple vineyard designates in production. These wines range from elegant and restrained to fruit forward, each an exemplary call to its own terroir. Now, you can taste some of those famous zins before they are unleashed on the world. How cool is that?

Quick mapping and directions to Peachy Canyon Winery

Grab your Peachy Canyon wine tasting COUPON

3. Dine: Nosh in the vines at Austin Hope and Treana Tasting Cellar

October 18-19

Swirl your wine in the vineyard where it was grown at Austin Hope and Treana Tasting Cellar this October 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Paso Robles winery. Savor every detail during a lush outdoor vineyard dinner where you’ll learn how the family farmed land, California sun, and cool ocean breezes nurture incredible grapes. A benchmark of Paso Robles wine since 1996, Austin Hope and Treana Tasting Cellar is known for crafting Rhone and Bordeaux wines that shine with dynamic flavor and grace. We’ll toast to another year of that!

Quick mapping and directions to Austin Hope and Treana

Grab your Austin Hope and Treana wine tasting COUPON

 

4. Stomp: Roll up your pants at Opolo

October 18

Drink, dance and be merry—very, very merry indeed! Opolo may be equally known for its elegant wines as its fun-loving events. Never experienced a shindig up on the hill? Now is the very best time to experience Opolo’s warm hospitality. Head to this action-packed Paso Robles winery on Friday Oct. 18 for a Harvest Festival Dinner and Grape Stomp of epic proportions (and a taste of their iconic Mountain Zinfandel). Among grape stomping, Serbian folk dancing, and fabulous Opolo wine, you’ll also dine on fresh oysters to lamb. Jump on in, the wine is fine!

Quick mapping and directions to Opolo

Grab your Opolo wine tasting COUPON

 

 

5. Feast: Belly up to the Eberle Wine Caves

October 18

Explore the limits of flavor within the cool, scenic ambiance of Eberle Winery’s wine caves. This longtime local favorite continues to celebrate its impressive 40-year legacy of winemaking in Paso Robles, bringing back one of founder Gary Eberle’s favorite chefs for this mouthwatering menu. On October 18, belly up to Eberle’s Harvest Festival Winemaker Dinner, featuring gourmet plates created by cookbook author Lou Rook III of Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield, MO. He’s famous for combining classic French techniques with “New Italian” finesse. Eberle is famous for crafting the smooth, bold fruit forward reds that put Paso Robles on the map! What are you famous for? Discuss with your table mates and see how new friends are made, Paso Robles style.

Quick mapping and directions to Eberle

Grab your Eberle wine tasting COUPON

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

 

241 Shares
LEARN MORE

How Well Do You Know Paso Robles Vineyard Anatomy?

You know the wines, but how well do you know the vines? If you can’t name the eight—yes, eight—parts of a typical wine grape vine, it’s time to take some notes. We promise, it’s not as dull as it sounds. Why take a closer look? Your understanding of how the terroir (the unique combination of sun, soil and water of a region) affect each aspect of the vines will give you a deeper appreciation for the vino in your glass—not to mention all the hard work put in by the vineyard manager and his or her team. Want one more nifty reason to refresh your vine anatomy? Two words: Wow them. Yes, you will totally impress your fellow wine tasters on your next vineyard tour!

Before we jump into the vine anatomy, let’s look at some Paso Wines crafted from spectacular Paso Robles Vineyards

Allegretto Wines’ easy drinking 2015 Tannat and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is made from the sprawling vines that surround the Allegretto tasting room as well as from the nearby Willow Creek District. View them while you taste, or book a stay at the winery’s Allegretto Vineyard Resort. Yes, they also have an on-site restaurant! Enjoy.

Get quick, easy directions to Allegretto, click here

 

 

 

Bodega de Edgar’s

Bodega de Edgar’s flavorful Spanish single varietal wines and bold blends are always produced by sourcing the highest quality Paso Robles fruit from across many stellar vineyards, while still maintaining an affordable price point. Incredible vines don’t always have to mean a huge price tag.

Get quick, easy directions to Bodega de Edgar, click here

 

 

 

Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate is known for its singular Bordeaux wines that shine with distinct elegance. With some of the first plantings in the Adelaida district by one of the pioneers of the region,  the winemaker produces Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, converted and dry-farmed. It’s true: these vines have not been irrigated for four years, yet the vines naturally produce 2.5 tons to the acre. Talk about stressed fruit with fabulous flavor!

Get quick, easy directions to Brecon, click here

 

 

 

Cass Winery’s

Cass Winery’s Bordeaux and Rhone style wines are a perfect reflection of their microclimate. The Cass Estate Vineyard is located in the Geneseo District sub-AVA southeast of Paso Robles, exemplifying the region’s warm days, cool coastal breezes, and exceptional soils. Resting at 900 feet of elevation, the 145-acre vineyard is planted to a dozen varieties on a large terrace above the Huer Huero River. Deposited over centuries, the diverse alluvial (or river) soils make for an expressive site that produces fruit of incredible quality.

Get quick, easy directions to Cass, click here

 

 

Chronic Cellars

Chronic Cellars is all about playing with the best, or as the winery’s two winemaking brothers like to say, “chronic” grapes to make seriously good wine. To do that, they source from a range of respectable Paso Robles vineyards—just don’t ask them to name names. As it turns out, growing up a Paso Robles local has its perks, like knowing all the best grape growers in the area! Of course, these guys just call them “neighbors.” Must be nice.

Get quick, easy directions to Chronic, click here

Onward to the anatomy of a grape vine!

Root system

It all starts at the roots. You might have already guessed that the roots play a staring roll in great grape vines. Well, you’re right there! Like all plants, the rarely seen roots do the very important work of bringing nutrients—and precious water—up from the soil. Vines grow to various depths into the soil depending on the variety (rootstock), soil and climate. Some varieties develop very deep and almost vertical roots, while others (like table grapes) have a flat and shallow roots system and therefore require deep, fertile soil. Typical Paso Robles wine grapes are “stressed,” meaning they work hard to survive in sandy, rocky and clay soil types. In order to find the nutrients and water the plant needs to survive, the roots must search deeper and deeper into the soil. This is not a bad thing, and you’ll taste why. The result? Far more concentrated grape flavor.

 

Trunk – Like the trunk of the tree, this hardened stem is a permanent home for vines and branches that develop above and all around it. The trunk is permanent and sturdy—as it should be, as all of the above-ground vegetative (leaves and stems) and reproductive (flowers and fruits) depend on it. The height of the trunk and also its branches, shoots, and canes vary dramatically depending on the selected training system.

 

Canes – When a vine’s shoots mature and become woody, you can start calling them “canes.” The health and happiness of these canes are always a big concern for winegrowers during the dormant season. When pruning the canes in winter, winegrowers must think ahead several months to what kind of vine canopy size and shape they desire for the wines they’ll produce. These small but important decisions will control the quality of the crop in the coming season.

 

A side note on training systems and canes: What exactly is a training system, you ask? Think of the way you might train a house or garden plant that curls along your bookshelf or fence. In a cane-pruned training system, the top of the trunk is called the head. A fully developed trunk has arms—short branches from which canes and spurs originate. Depending on a selected training system, arms are located in different positions, and this will affect the amount of vegetative growth going forward. With a training system that utilizes cordons (cordon training with spur pruning), arms are spaced at regular intervals along their length. OK, what are “cordons?” (This is getting a tad long-winded, we know). They are simply extensions of the trunk that usually grow horizontally along a trellis wire.

 

Buds – Everyone’s favorite, right? Every spring, buds develop, and so does the promise of a new vintage. These buds pop up in what is called the “leaf axil,” right above the connection between the shoot and “leaf petiole.” Inside each bud, you will find three distinct growing points, each capable of producing a shoot, also known as primary, secondary and tertiary buds. Want to know something really wild? A bud is actually a highly compressed shoot with all its parts, including grape cluster. At “bud burst” or “bud break,” the primary bud begins to grow, but sometimes also secondary or tertiary buds, do too. This is something the winemaker will look at very closely as the fruit develops. If the primary bud is damaged or freezes, the secondary or tertiary buds will grow in place of the primary bud (grape insurance).

 

Shoots – You know this one, right? These are the green stems which develop from buds, and represent the primary growth structure of grapevines. The shoots that arise from primary (winter) buds are normally the fruit-producing shoots. The shoot consists of stems, leaves, tendrils and fruits. Sure, you’ve heard the term “canopy” thrown around—but what does it actually mean? This is a handy collective term that is used to describe the shoots, leaves, and fruits of the grapevine.

 

Leaves – Don’t skip this one! The leaves of the grapevine, as any other plant, provide nourishment and air—which is crucial for quality. Leaves are busybodies, always converting sunlight into usable energy for the plant. More leaves + more sun = more organic compounds the grapevine can use for its growth. However, too many leaves can be a big problem (review: pruning). The shape and size of the eaves are determined by the grapevine variety—as well as color, which varies from light to dark green.

 

Tendrils – These are the beautiful, slender curlycue structures that appear on the top and sides of stems (and what photographers love to capture when grape clusters burst forth). They grow until the grapevine is ready for harvest (after the harvest, they become wooden in nature). Since the grapevine is a climbing plant, it needs many tendrils to coil around small objects such as fences and trellises. These tiny “hands” help the plan reach up toward the sun.

 

Flowers and Grapes – Yes, flowers, but not the kind you might think. Flower clusters grow on one side of the shoot and leaves along the other. Most fruitful shoots develop from one to three flower clusters, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Each cluster may contain only a few or up to several hundred flowers at the time of bloom! That number (as usual) depends on the variety and environment, or terroir. When fertilized, the flower clusters develop into clusters of grapes. How exciting! From this “fruit set,” the grapes (or berries) as they are called, start to grow.

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

 

69 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Impressive Wine Facts to Celebrate California Wine Month

September may mean new pencils and textbooks for some, but in Paso Robles, it’s all about California Wine Month. As summer days dwindle down, we take stock of how far we’ve come, think about where we’re going, and sip the fruits of our labor (chilled whites are still preferred, as the heat only intensifies through early fall). With harvest heating up all around and a new vintage just around the corner, there is no better time than September to reflect on what makes California wine—and, in particular, Paso Robles Wine—so special. It’s not just the locals who agree. Thanks to our grapes, vineyard teams and winemaking leaders, Paso Robles is more than just “on the map.” These Paso Robles wines are renowned the world over!

1. Number of winegrape growers in California: 2,843

That’s a lot of growers! Although we’d love to celebrate all the winegrape growers in Paso Robles this month, that would be quite a task. Instead, let’s take the time to focus in at one, in particular. Michael Gill of Michael Gill Cellars represents the spirit and passion of Paso Robles wine. His life’s work is to produce premium syrah grown in westside Paso Robles, and he does so very well. In fact, the 2019 awards are in, and Michael Gill Cellars has received a whopping 20 medals this year! Taste these spectacular syrahs (our faves)—which range from syrupy and peppery to earthy and refined—at the Michael Gill Cellars tasting room, reminiscent of an antique French hunting lodge. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mr. Gill’s hard work.

Get your Michael Gill Cellars wine tasting COUPONS click here

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here

2. California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world, after Italy, France and Spain.

Crazy to think that the state of California rivals entire countries in terms of wine production, but it’s true! Our long growing season and temperate weather conditions make for fertile growing grounds, indeed. You may not know this, but many winemakers believe that Paso Robles’ has a terroir similar to that of France, with the ability to produce wines of similar (if not equal) caliber. Who said the New World can’t run with the big dogs? Boutique producers like Écluse Winery have not only won stellar awards—they’ve churned out wines just as good as their European counterparts. Sample the winery’s Rhone and Bordeaux style wines this month, including their 2016 Insider, a Spanish Carignane blend that took double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. Let the Old World burn with envy. We’ll be sipping our wine with a golden state of mind.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here

 

3. Winegrape varieties grown in California: More than 110

Don’t worry—we won’t ask you to name all of them!  It’s hard to believe there are more than 100 varietals grown in California. In fact, Paso Robles is home to dozens of varietals, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir. About 20% of the total varietals grown in Paso Robles are actually in the “other red” or “other white” category, however. These “lesser known” varietals range from mourvedre to picpoul blanc to tannat and beyond.  Keep your eyes peeled while tasting through the area and you’ll discover new flavor profiles at every turn. For instance, ONX Winery’s Field Day 2017, a blend of sauvignon blanc, grenache blanc and viognier.

ONX’s adventurous straw colored blend opens with a fresh and fruity nose of mango, Georgia peach, and feijoa that play with the wine’s refreshing minerality. Green tea and grapefruit with pops of lime zest glide over the palate, complementing the mouth-watering acid that lasts well into the finish. Tropical notes of pineapple and guava linger long after the finish and will have you ready for another taste.

Get your ONX wine tasting COUPONS click here

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here

4. There are 526,000 acres of winegrapes grown in California, though vineyards cover less than one percent of the state’s terrain.

Overall, Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres within the 614,000 total acres that make up the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. You might see these vines from your car window, but we suggest slowing down and actually taking a stroll through the rows themselves. This, my friends, is where great Paso Robles wine is truly born. The newly constructed Parrish Family Vineyards tasting room is located in the midst of the winery’s verdant 30-acre Adelaida Vineyard. Soak in gorgeous and sweeping views of this dynamic land, which contains 16 different soil blocks, including calcareous and clay. These soils produce pronounced acidity, full tannins, and great structure to the wine (not to mention that subtle spice you can’t put your finger on). Each vineyard is a universe in itself. Step outside and see for yourself, and indulge in mouthwatering gourmet offerings that Chef Rachel Ponce pairs with their wines! (Insider tip for foodies, this IS the place to land. Go for an amazing lunch, or enjoy a flavorful Sunday Brunch, all made with the premium ingredients).

Get your Parrish Family Vineyard wine tasting COUPON click here

For a virtual tour of Parrish Family Vineyard text ‘Specials’ to 24587

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here

5. Chardonnay is the leading varietal in California, followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio.

Your mother and grandmother probably still adore it, but that doesn’t mean chardonnay is “old fashioned” by any means! There’s a reason why chardonnay rules supreme in California in terms of popularity. Fresh, easy to drink and endlessly lovable, this golden-hued beverage ranges from totally toasty to buttery and creamy (why hate on it’s crowd pleasing appeal?). Whether aged crisp and clean in stainless steel or allowed to take on the oakiness of its barrel, Paso Robles chardonnay has a distinct allure that attracts droves of wine tourists every year. Rails Nap tasting room in Paso Robles is the perfect place to sink back, relax, and enjoy this time-tested wine with a few good friends. Their 2014 Chardonnay—made with grapes grown in nearby Santa Barbara—is fresh and fruit-driven, with aromas of honeysuckle, poached pear, and almond. Sipping chardonnay in the sun, along with surfing and volleyball, is a West Coast tradition we’d hate to see ever go away.

Get your Rails Nap wine tasting COUPON click here

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here!



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

156 Shares
LEARN MORE

Grill like a Somm with these Peak Season Paso Robles Pairings

We grill all year long in Paso Robles Wine Country, thanks to the consistently sunny days that make up our long, warm wine grape growing season. That said, in the summertime we tend to kick it up a notch. After all, the Central Coast of California is known for food, wine and fabulous pairings of the two! We’re blessed with the best local produce, incredible regional meats and seafood—plus coastal avocados and fresh cheeses, too. Why wouldn’t we celebrate bountiful summer days with a seasonal feast featuring all this and more? Fire up the barbecue, pop open the best bottles around and invite the whole neighborhood to join in on the Central Coast’s most alluring culinary offerings. Now you’re grilling like a local

1. Grilled fish tacos and a crisp viognier

Go for a classic summer pairing that never gets tired. Paso Robles locals love Pier 46 in nearby Templeton for  its breadth of super fresh, premium seafood offerings. Beat the heat and head to this time-tested fish market (or click to their website) and haul in the catch of the day, Paso wine style. Pair the fresh summer flavor of these grilled fish tacos with a twist of citrus and creamy avocado, another Central Coast staple. Serve this meal alongside Sculpterra’s 2017 Heroe Viognier, which is made to drink now (like, this very weekend). Lively, juicy and bursting with bright acidity, it’s as refreshing as a day at the beach. Now we’re swimming with the fishes.

 

 

2. Plank-smoked peaches and goat cheese with a fruity red blend

Everyone loves wine and cheese, but let’s face it: This pairing has been done a million times before. Make your next cheese plate thrilling (and totally unique) by throwing your dairy on the grill! This plank-smoked peach and goat cheese dish is so heavenly, you may never get to the main course. Grab some juicy summer stone fruit—including peaches, pluots and apricots at the weekly Paso Robles, Templeton and Atascadero farmer’s markets. Pair with Vines on the Marycrest’s Spanish Bombs, a blend of 75% tempranillo, 12% grenache, 9% cabernet sauvignon, 4% carignane. Bright, bouncy acidity and rich mid-palate black and red berry notes bring fruity fun to this amazing summer spread.

 

 

3. Grilled lamb skewers with blackberry sauce and a peppery zinfandel

Make a festive statement with elegant lamb, but serve it in a casual finger-food style. That’s so Paso Robles! The blackberry syrup on these skewers beg for a wine that can bring some punch and personality. Pelletiere’s 2016 Zinfandel fits the bill with pepper, tobacco and herbs to match the smokiness of the meat and candied fruit vibes to elevate all that bodacious berry flavor. Paso Robles is known for locally raised meats, including tender lamb. Stop by J&R Meats in Templeton and ask for a generous-sized lamb loin. This meal has all the celebratory notes of a holiday dinner in the summertime. Gotta love that.

 

 

4. Portobello and Swiss beef burgers with a Rhone blend

Calling all carnivores! With melty Swiss cheese, savory mushrooms and a whole lot of meaty appeal, these hefty burgers will be popular among everyone in your vicinity (the smell alone will probably attract the neighbors in a flash). Try Hearst Ranch’s grass fed, free range beef patties, as juicy as they are local. It makes sense, then, to pair this feast with Hearst Ranch Winery’s 2016 Three Sisters Cuvee, a blend of 55% syrah, 20% grenache, 20% petite sirah and 5% mourvèdre (the wine features flavors of ripe pomegranate and earthy licorice, perfect for elevating—not dominating—the mushrooms). Sure, you might share a burger or two with your neighbors, we don’t blame you if you hoard the wine for yourself.

 

 

5. Portobello and Swiss beef burgers with a Rhone blend

Opposites attract. Cold crunchy watermelon receives a scandalous texture upgrade when kissed by summer flames. Your barbecue just got a tad wilder thanks to this super simple yet impressive grilled watermelon recipe, which calls for salty prosciutto and pungent blue cheese crumbles. Find dry-farmed watermelon at local area farmer’s markets all summer long—you’ll find these heirloom varieties are so much more flavorful than mass market melons. Penman Springs 2017 Rosé is all a dry splash of cherry and green apple goodness that ends with a creamy silky finish. This is what you should be munching and sipping as the sun sinks behind Paso Robles hills. Oh, this is more than a summer fling!

 

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

168 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Impressive Wine Facts to Celebrate California Wine Month


September may mean new pencils and textbooks for some, but in Paso Robles, it’s all about California Wine Month. As summer days dwindle down, we take stock of how far we’ve come, think about where we’re going, and sip the fruits of our labor (chilled whites are still preferred, as the heat only intensifies through early fall). With harvest heating up all around and a new vintage just around the corner, there is no better time than September to reflect on what makes California wine—and, in particular, Paso Robles Wine—so special. It’s not just the locals who agree. Thanks to our grapes, vineyard teams and winemaking leaders, Paso Robles is more than just “on the map.” These Paso Robles wines are renowned the world over!

1. Number of winegrape growers in California: 2,843

That’s a lot of growers! Although we’d love to celebrate all the winegrape growers in Paso Robles this month, that would be quite a task. Instead, let’s take the time to focus in at one, in particular. Michael Gill of Michael Gill Cellars represents the spirit and passion of Paso Robles wine. His life’s work is to produce premium syrah grown in westside Paso Robles, and he does so very well. In fact, the 2019 awards are in, and Michael Gill Cellars has received a whopping 20 medals this year! Taste these spectacular syrahs (our faves)—which range from syrupy and peppery to earthy and refined—at the Michael Gill Cellars tasting room, reminiscent of an antique French hunting lodge. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mr. Gill’s hard work.

Get your Michael Gill Cellars wine tasting COUPONS click here.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here

 

2. California is the fourth leading wine producer in the world, after Italy, France and Spain.

Crazy to think that the state of California rivals entire countries in terms of wine production, but it’s true! Our long growing season and temperate weather conditions make for fertile growing grounds, indeed. You may not know this, but many winemakers believe that Paso Robles’ has a terroir similar to that of France, with the ability to produce wines of similar (if not equal) caliber. Who said the New World can’t run with the big dogs? Boutique producers like Écluse Winery have not only won stellar awards—they’ve churned out wines just as good as their European counterparts. Sample the winery’s Rhone and Bordeaux style wines this month, including their 2016 Insider, a Spanish Carignane blend that took double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. Let the Old World burn with envy. We’ll be sipping our wine with a golden state of mind.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here.

 

3. Winegrape varieties grown in California: More than 110

Don’t worry—we won’t ask you to name all of them!  It’s hard to believe there are more than 100 varietals grown in California. In fact, Paso Robles is home to dozens of varietals, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, zinfandel, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and pinot noir. About 20% of the total varietals grown in Paso Robles are actually in the “other red” or “other white” category, however. These “lesser known” varietals range from mourvedre to picpoul blanc to tannat and beyond.  Keep your eyes peeled while tasting through the area and you’ll discover new flavor profiles at every turn. For instance, ONX Winery’s Field Day 2017, a blend of sauvignon blanc, grenache blanc and viognier.

ONX’s adventurous straw colored blend opens with a fresh and fruity nose of mango, Georgia peach, and feijoa that play with the wine’s refreshing minerality. Green tea and grapefruit with pops of lime zest glide over the palate, complementing the mouth-watering acid that lasts well into the finish. Tropical notes of pineapple and guava linger long after the finish and will have you ready for another taste.

For ONX wine tasting COUPONS click here.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here.

4. There are 526,000 acres of winegrapes grown in California, though vineyards cover less than one percent of the state’s terrain

Overall, Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres within the 614,000 total acres that make up the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. You might see these vines from your car window, but we suggest slowing down and actually taking a stroll through the rows themselves. This, my friends, is where great Paso Robles wine is truly born. The newly constructed Parrish Family Vineyards tasting room is located in the midst of the winery’s verdant 30-acre Adelaida Vineyard. Soak in gorgeous and sweeping views of this dynamic land, which contains 16 different soil blocks, including calcareous and clay. These soils produce pronounced acidity, full tannins, and great structure to the wine (not to mention that subtle spice you can’t put your finger on). Each vineyard is a universe in itself. Step outside and see for yourself, and indulge in mouthwatering gourmet offerings that Chef Rachel Ponce pairs with their wines! (Insider tip for foodies, this IS the place to land. Go for an amazing lunch, or enjoy a flavorful Sunday Brunch, all made with the premium ingredients).

For a Parrish Family Vineyard wine tasting COUPON click here.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here.

5. Chardonnay is the leading varietal in California, followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio.

Your mother and grandmother probably still adore it, but that doesn’t mean chardonnay is “old fashioned” by any means! There’s a reason why chardonnay rules supreme in California in terms of popularity. Fresh, easy to drink and endlessly lovable, this golden-hued beverage ranges from totally toasty to buttery and creamy (why hate on it’s crowd pleasing appeal?). Whether aged crisp and clean in stainless steel or allowed to take on the oakiness of its barrel, Paso Robles chardonnay has a distinct allure that attracts droves of wine tourists every year. Rails Nap tasting room in Paso Robles is the perfect place to sink back, relax, and enjoy this time-tested wine with a few good friends. Their 2014 Chardonnay—made with grapes grown in nearby Santa Barbara—is fresh and fruit-driven, with aromas of honeysuckle, poached pear, and almond. Sipping chardonnay in the sun, along with surfing and volleyball, is a West Coast tradition we’d hate to see ever go away.

For a Rails Nap wine tasting COUPON click here.

For quick and easy mapping and directions click here!

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

302 Shares
LEARN MORE

Avoid these 5 Paso Wine Pet Peeves

There’s plenty of Do’s in Paso Robles Wine Country: Do dress casually, do have a great conversation with the winemaker, do dine on farm fresh cuisine while you’re here. Truly, there are very few “don’ts” in this friendly wine region. Here, you’ll never find velvet ropes, long lines or (gasp) traffic. That said, there are a handful of pitfalls to avoid. Master these 5 Paso Robles wine pet peeves and maximize your tasting experience. Plus, you’ll totally look like a local! That’s definitely a “do.”

1. Don’t: Over-chill your whites

It’s hot out there folks! Sure, you want your white cold this time of year. Just heed this advice: Wait a good ten-to-twenty minutes before consuming. Cold temperatures dampen and deaden the alluring aroma of that fantastic wine in your glass; and as we all know, smell accounts for most of what you taste. Don’t believe us? Check out this New York Times article proving the point beautifully. These are the facts, people.

Robert Hall’s 2018 Cavern Select Vermentino is crisp and refreshing, with sumptuous notes of citrus blossom and peach with only 233 cases produced (very little Vermintino is planted in the US, this is a treasure!). It would be nothing less than a crime to over-chill such a beguiling white. Pair deliciously with Tacos, Seafood (salmon, crab, octopus), prosciutto wrapped melon, Cheese (Ricotta, Goat Cheese, Feta).

For a 2 for 1 Wine Tasting Coupon click here

2. Do: Reuse your glass

Water in California—and Paso Robles—is a precious resource, indeed. We’d never ask you to go from an inky petite sirah to a light, bright viognier without adding a splash of wine (never water) to the glass to rinse it out. However, switching glasses over and over again means more washing for the tasting room and (sadly) lots of wasted H20. Ask your tasting room attendant to swish out your glass with a touch wine (the next wine you are about to taste – never water) in lieu of a new glass and always taste from lightest to darkest. It’s just common sense, but a little thought can go a long way.

Jada Vineyard is proud of its biodynamic farming practices, which respect the web of life and ensure that water conservation is a top priority. Taste the winery’s incredible estate wines, like their 2016 Passing By Cabernet Sauvignon with fantastic hints of candied flowers, red and blackcurrant and cherry-vanilla flavors. It’s such a stand-out wine that Vinous awarded this wine 93 points and Jeb Dunnuck 91 points!

 

3. Don’t: Send back sediment

A little grit in the glass never killed anyone. We promise! If you’re weirded out by floating particles in your wine, now is the time to reconsider why. Sediment—small particles leftover from the winemaking process—are common in natural wines, and they certainly don’t indicate low quality. No, it’s not dirt leftover at the bottom of that bottle of syrah. These floaters are simply yeast cells, grape solids (stems, seeds, skin) and tartrates (tartaric acid crystals). In fact, many winemakers cheers to the dregs, as all of these elements (sediment and all) are part and parcel of the process. Just be sure to check your teeth before heading out to the next tasting room.

Austin Hope 2015 Grenache, with round smooth tannins, fruity dried cherry flavors and hint of smokiness, the Grenache is a refined beast. This sustainably farmed, natural red is good to the very last drop—tartaric acids and all.
The 2015 Grenache goodness started in the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varieties to which it is planted – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Roussanne. With high-density planting, the vines are carefully managed to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors…exactly as we like it.

For a 2 for 1 Wine Tasting Coupon click here

4. Don’t: Fret over ice cubes (on a really hot day)

But didn’t we say not to over-chill your whites? Yes, we did say that. However, when Paso Robles temperatures soar into 100-degree days, even the finest local winemaker is known to plunk a few cubes into his or her glass while hanging around at home (also, frozé—basically a rose slushy—has become a major trend). Sure, a handful of ice will water down the wine—and we’re not saying you should make a habit of tossing cubes into your glass at every occasion. However, no one in Paso Robles is going to shun you for cooling your drink down quickly, especially if you’re on a picnic, outdoor event or at a pool party where the ice bucket has melted too soon. Too timid to try? Keep these newfangled “ice” cubes on-hand in the freezer. The plastic cubes never melt; plus, they’re reusable.

Buy Now

 

5. Do: Decide on a Designated Driver Ahead of Time

Oops! We’ve all been guilty of putting off this super important detail until the last moment. With so much to plan, it can be easy to think “someone” will come to mind.  Instead of pulling straws among your friends, hire a professional who knows the terrain. You’ll experience Paso Robles wine country with all the knowledge of a local. Plus, when you hire a driver, you can hit multiple tasting rooms along a particular wine trail, like the wineries of Highway 46 East, home of Allegretto Vineyards and Wine, Bodega de Edgar, Eberle Winery, Lusso Della Terra, Rails Nap, Robert Hall Winery, Villa-San Juliette, Mystic Hills and more. This should really be one of the first items you plan on your next Paso Robles Wine vacation!

For these wineries’ Wine Tasting Coupons click here

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

172 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Reasons to Check Out Oso Libre late summer through fall


Cute alpacas, fine wine, juicy estate grown beef and vibrant events—what’s not to love? Yes, Paso Robles own Oso Libre knows how to take fabulous flavors over the edge of indulgence. Sip award winning, artisanal estate wines at the winery’s Adelaida District tasting room, where sustainably farmed vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, limestone hills. This terroir is more than just terrific to gaze at—it’s exactly why each glass of Oso Libre wine is so consistently so awesome. When paired with grass fed beef raised on site, you now can now have your burger and eat it too!

For quick and easy mapping and directions, click here!

1. Great grapes

Taste the unique terroir. While many wineries begin harvest September through October, Oso Libre begins its pick in late October through early November. This extra six-week hang time allows the grapes to develop rich, complex and elegant flavors. This harvest season, experience Oso Libre’s distinct varietal estate vintages, Bordeaux and Rhone blends and dessert wine offerings. You’ll see exactly what we mean at the very first sip.

2. Beef, baby!

There’s nothing like a big juicy beef burger to wash down that delicious red wine. Roll up your sleeves and dig into Oso Libre’s mouthwatering Estate Angus Burger events August 31, and October 19. Sip a glass of Oso Libre wine on the patio alongside a gourmet burger crafted by Chef Jeff Scott. These aren’t your basic lunch fare: expect oak grilled estate beef, cave aged gruyere, Azucar caramelized onions, whole grain mustard aioli, fresh baked brioche bun and organic field greens. Make it a family affair: Bring the kids and the dogs (on a leash), too. These burgers are sure to delight all ages, four-legged and otherwise.

3. Ten years of good taste

Be part of history in the making. Oso Libre’s tasting room will celebrate its 10th anniversary this October—be there to ring in the occasion! In 1996, Linda and Chris Behr purchased 90 acres of raw land on the westside of Paso Robles. Together, they developed the land and transformed it into a sustainable, modern working ranch. Livestock including Alpaca, suffolk sheep, grass-fed Black Angus, and free range chickens all work together to sustainably tend their vine rows and graze land. Their vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, calcareous (limestone) hills exposed to sunshine and ocean breezes consistently producing rich, complex fruit. Now, the ranch hosts over 25,000 annual visitors. Pretty incredible, right?

4. Stellar points

High marks mean high quality. It’s as simple as that! Oso Libre’s Primoroso Especial (which received Gold and 93 points at the Sunset International Wine Competition) is a bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, Grenache and Syrah with alluring aromas of Gardenia, night-blooming jasmine and finishing with notes of cherry pie and butterscotch. Yum. Try this award winning wine alongside Oso Libre’s 91-point 2014 Quixotic Estate Cab, a gold medal winner. This 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s flagship wine for a very good reason. Barrel aged for four long years in premium French Oak, you’ll notice hints of vanilla, bing cherry and smoke.

5. A fun fiesta

Plan to party. This November 2, join Oso Libre for its largest member-event of the year (of course, non-members are also welcome to join in the fun, too). Experience the traditional Dia de los Muertos event you already know, with a wicked wine country spin. Featuring mariachis, tacos, sangria, an interactive altar and more, this shindig deserves to be on your November calendar, stat. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. However, it’s always more fun when you dress up, don’t you think? Go big and sip boldly, too.

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

433 Shares
LEARN MORE

5 Ways to Cure Your Summer FOMO in Paso Wine Country

 

 

It’s a tale as old as time. Summer barely starts, and, somehow—just like that—it’s already close to being over. If you’re just now experiencing a wicked case of summer FOMO (that’s the fear of missing out), we’ve got the remedy right here. These pleasurable Paso Robles wine ideas are perfect for your last minute August trip to wine country, just before summer ends and winemakers dive into hectic harvest season. So, grab the bull by the horns and the wine by the bottle. The time is now to have crazy fun!

1. Lounge like you mean it

Summer is for recharging those batteries. Embrace the idea of doing nothing for an afternoon (well, nothing but sipping, nibbling and conversing with your fave people). This is not just another tasting room we’re talking about, and that’s why you’ll want to stay for at least a few hours. In fact, winemaker Austin Hope has said of his uniquely Paso Robles hangout: “Our tasting cellar offers a distinctive blend of eclectic decor, spacious atmosphere and cozy lounge-style seating. The goal was to give the wine a more vivid sense of place, and to also let a bit of my personality come through.” Well, this locally beloved winemaker has oodles of personality, if we don’t say so ourselves. Chat and laugh with friends in a stylish nook, taste the winery’s incredible 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, and even stroll along the vineyards. When you’re in Austin’s house, you are always free to roam about the cabin.

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Austin Hope click here

2. Spice up your life

You promised yourself  2019 would be the summer of bold choices, big dreams and raucous road trips. Before you let yourself down completely, take a detour to downtown Paso Robles. It’s pretty hard to sustain any feeling of FOMO when you’re sampling fine wines and Indian spice pairings. How often can you say that, right? Scoot into LXV Winery and be seduced by the power of spice. Prepare yourself for a sensuous ride through hot, savory and sweet delights, all of are sure to get you back into the happy groove. Each wine pairing is crafted to enhance both the spice blend (say, the Porcini mushroom, garlic, black sea salt, and saffron, as well as the wine (say, the 2015 Crimson Jewel Sangiovese – Petit Verdot). Wham bam, thank you m’am!

For quick and easy mapping and directions to LXV click here

 

3. Post a perfect panorama

Summer is for savoring the outdoors and really enjoying the scenery. If you’ve been stuck inside thus far, it’s time to break out and take a long breath of fresh, Paso Robles air. The nifty “panorama mode” on your iPhone was made for this kind of view: At Pear Valley Vineyards, you’ll experience a 360-degree vista encompassing all of the lush green vineyards and stately oaks that make Paso Robles so grand. Spread out on the soft grass (or in the comfy outdoor lounge area) and enjoy a picnic paired with a chilled glass brimming with something magical (we recommend the 2016 Chenin Blanc, which features a splash of pineapple and white peach). Feeling extra indulgent? Try the winery’s incredible dessert and port-style offerings. How beautifully sweet it is!

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Pear Valley Vineyards click here

 

4. Meet the winemaker

Soon enough (or maybe its already happened!), the kids will be back in school and you’ll be back to the same old routine. Don’t waste a moment more. Now is the time to have fun and rub elbows with the folks that make the wine—and no, we’re not kidding. Some wine regions are known for long lines and overly crowded tasting rooms. Boo! In Paso Robles, there’s still plenty of family owned and operated wineries excited to welcome you with open arms. Yay! Specializing in zinfandel, syrah and Rhone blends, Dover Canyon Winery is an authentic, boutique operation offering up some seriously elevated flavors. That said, the tasting room itself is still cozy, quaint and totally accessible. Book a tasting for you and a small group of close friends and know that you’ll get the one-on-one attention you crave. These are memories rarely made, always cherished.

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Dover Canyon click here

 

5. Eat, drink and be merry

Do Instagram feeds full of perfectly coifed avocado toast and summery sweet treats make you drool (and get you more than a tad jealous)? Well, prepare to be the one posting the #foodgoals of the week! An Evening Under the Estrella Sky Winemakers’ Dinner—slated for August 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harley Farms in San Miguel—should be on your calendar. Enjoy offerings from the many wineries of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, a collection of boutique wineries nestled just east of Paso Robles. Fabulous wine, gourmet food and live music will all be on the menu, including a bittersweet chocolate cake with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream and strawberry jam crafted on-site. Beach body, be damned! Don’t miss pours from Villa San Juliette, known for elegant, highly acclaimed reds like the 2013 VSJ Romantique, a tangy blackberry-coated beauty that just snagged 91 points from Wine Enthusiast. We don’t judge if you take too many photos of your plate or glass on this night, as long as we see your pearly brights!

For quick and easy mapping and directions Villa San Juliette click here

 

 



 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, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend 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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat 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

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso 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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

116 Shares
LEARN MORE