Can Paso Robles Red Wine Make You Younger?

Can Paso Wine Make you Younger?

Grapes aren’t just nature’s candy: they are also nature’s antioxidant! By now, we all know that drinking a moderate amount of wine daily can benefit your health and that red wine is linked to buffering away oxidative damage as well as lowering chances of heart disease and even some types of cancers. But did you know that wine can also do wonders for your complexion, too? Although no one study can point to a “holy grail” of wine treatments, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that wine baths, elixirs, and scrubs (not to mention simply sipping red wine) could possibly help to block the clock inside and out. Fountain of youth? Probably not. But we love the idea of enjoying a glass of Paso Robles red wine while looking—and feeling—younger!

History of wine and beauty

Where did it start? The medicinal and cosmetic qualities of wine grapes have been known for some time (we’re talking ancient times, people). Rich royals, per usual, were first to realize that rubbing their skin with grape juice brought on a fresh, vibrant glow, a la Queen Cleopatra. In 1970, researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France began studying grapes and their potential health benefits, representing one of the first serious deep-dives into the subject. Here’s what they wanted to figure out: Why is it that the French eat a high-fat, bready diet, yet suffer a much lower chance of heart disease than other cultures, including Americans? Of course, you could chalk this “French paradox” up to the fact that life is woefully unfair, but—and we’re just guessing here—a diet flowing with red wine grapes could be part of the magic! Scientists thought so too, and today guys and gals in white lab coats continue to search for the link between red wine and health benefits across cultures. It is a fascinating—and tantalizing—subject to be sure.

Glow time: Opolo 2013 Barbera

Opolo Buy the WineUpfront aromas strawberry and blueberry are complimented with nuanced vanilla and clove. Wonderfully fruit forward flavors of raspberry and cherry lead to a delightfully long and satisfying finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo Vineyards

 

What makes wine grapes so sexy?

red wine and grapes

It’s all in the juice! Antioxidant-packed polyphenols, specifically resveratrol, represent the powerful elements in red wine that are so good for our bodies. In a nutshell, resveratrol protects against free radicals (the villain in every skin-care commercial). Free radicals—those super harmful rays that are continually pinging around our Earthly atmosphere—are one of the main reasons we all have fine lines and wrinkles (taxes, long lines at the DMV and jury duty summons do the rest). The thought goes: If you protect against free radical damage, you can look younger longer. Cheers to science, right?

Night treatment: Lone Madrone 2010 Bollo

Lone Madrone buy the wineAged for three years in large format oak barrels, this Nebbiolo is given the time necessary to illustrate the most remarkable characteristics of the grape, its conflicting austerity and incredibly intriguing personality. 2010 offers a full basket of tobacco, black tea, violets and red stone fruits.

Click here for mapping and directions to Lone Madrone

 

The cells love wine as much as the tastebuds

Let’s swim deeper into these possible red wine wonders. Scientists have also found that polyphenols help to increase cellular turnover, the key to getting that natural youthful glow (as you age, your cells—much like your will to work out—become a bit sluggish). Scientists have found that these polyphenols also form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of both cells and collagen, leading to a more refined, youthful appearance. Many scientists believe that these polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. That said, grapes also contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K, in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. We’re not saying this definitively proves anything here, but these are interesting facts, no?

 

So, how do I get some of these supposed beauty benefits?

Vinotherapy, of course! Yes, that’s a real word, and it means just what it says (wine-therapy). No, we don’t suggest crying it out while chugging a bottle with your girlfriends, although that can technically count for therapy after a big rejection at work. We’re actually talking about the ancient practice of applying wine to the skin. French spas were among the first to introduce treatments with wine-based products, and it wasn’t long before leading spas all over the world jumped on the anti-aging bandwagon. Back in the day, vinotherapy meant soaking in a red wine bath (literally). Today, you can still do that, as plenty of high-end spas offer the eclectic experience, and many include wine facials, too!

Forever Young: Rangeland 2014 Petite Sirah

Rangeland Buy the Wine ButtonAn elegant display of these two varietals doing what they do best—Syrah delivering the muscle and density with black cherry and blackberry, while the Mourvedre counters with an earthy array of damp soil, roses and savory charcuterie.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rangeland Wines

 

What about lazy wine beauty?

lotionAh, there’s something for you, too, dear slather-er. Plenty of beauty companies are beginning to use resveratrol in their lotions, serums, scrubs, and masks. Worth a try! Research is limited when it comes to resveratrol’s anti-aging benefits when applied externally on humans, but there have been some studies that suggest the compound could help skin. In one study published by the National Institutes of Health in 2005, resveratrol was applied to the skin of laboratory animals, who were then subjected to high ultraviolet radiation. Researchers found the compound protected the animals! Interesting, indeed…

Bodacious Bordeaux: Jada 2015 Strayts

Jada Vineyards Buy the Wine ButtonA mix of estate merlot, estate petit verdot, and estate cabernet sauvignon, this wine is bold and beautiful.

Click here for mapping and directions to Jada Vineyard and Winery

 

I’ll just drink it, thank you

Suit yourself. But you should know that red wine, when taken in moderation, is recognized as being more or less good for you. For instance, consuming just seven ounces of red wine per week could lower your risk for colon cancer (according to the Harvard Medical School). Could it erase your wrinkles and add a youthful sheen to your mug? That’s for you to decide. And it’s a delicious experiment to try, that’s for sure!

Remarkable Red: Hoyt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoyt buy the wineIts unbelievable round mouth feel, is chewy,fruit forward, leggy and lovely. A sophisticated Cab, very limited production, it will sell out quickly.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards tasting room, downtown Paso Robles

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Reasons Aging is Awesome…Paso Wine Aging That Is!

Paso Robles Wineries Wine Aging

Better your wine show signs of age than your skin right? While you’ve been romping through spring wildflowers and soaking in the summer sun (whilst wearing loads of broad spectrum SPF), your Paso Robles reds have been maturing into wise, elder sages brimming with time-honored excellence. Year by year and decade by decade, those bottles aren’t just breaking down or breaking a hip—they’re becoming more complex, more robust, and tastier, too. Here’s what’s really going on during the aging process and why you should be excited about aging, too. Just don’t skip that SPF!

It’s all about timing

Just like the trees turn color during their journey from spring to winter, so does that velvety red Paso Robles wine change in flavor, aroma, and—yes—color, too. Over the course of one year, one decade, or two, a vintage can really “come into its own,” and you’ll know by the first taste if it’s “aged well.” However, not every wine should be cellared for the same amount of time (or at all). Many whites, but also some lighter reds—are crafted for expedient drinking (read: drink immediately after purchasing). Conversely, a wine made to age can taste quite unpleasant if opened too young. First step: Know thy wine and deduce whether it is, indeed, a one-hit wonder meant to be enjoyed in the heat of the moment, or something with more substantial. Both are good options to have on hand, but only one should ever see the year 2023.

Softening those tannins

bottle and glass of wine

How to know if a wine should be cellared? Here’s an easy rule of thumb: Think about the acid and tannin content. Wines high in acid and tannin are meant to sit for long periods of time, developing character in the bottle while you wait. Think: Full bodied Merlot or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon (age anywhere from 7-20 years, depending on the winemaker’s notes), but also the odd Chardonnay or Riesling may be aged (1-5 years is usually suggested). Tannins are the stuff that makes your mouth pucker, but also add structure to a bottle. Over time, these tannins are said to “soften.” This process is thanks to the fact that the tannins actually “polymerize,” or form long chains with each other. These tannin polymer molecules feel and taste less harsh, creating that “rounded” finish you expect with a well-aged wine. See, there really is beauty in the journey.

Colorful changes in store

As humans age, our hair turns gray, our skin turns sallow (blech!). Much like a rugged Hollywood actor, most cellar-worthy wines only get sexier with the passage of time. Not fair, right? Along with tannins, other color and flavor components (polyphenolic compounds, as they’re called) are also known to transform. Red wines lose color while whites wines gain it. That straw-colored chardonnay may turn a deep golden butter hue, while your dark burgundy Malbec may appear slightly copper, or brownish-tinged in the glass. Don’t fret: This is all very natural and totally part of the aging experience. Ah, if only we felt the same way about liver spots and crow’s feet!

Sniff out the difference

One of the best parts about an older vintage is the extremely complex, layered bouquet swirling around in the glass. Sure, fresh, young wines are fun and fruity, but aged wines have a certain je ne sais quoi that is damn near impossible to replicate. Simple fruit aromas transform into savory, spicy, earthy, and spectacularly subtle notes that beckon for one last whiff. Same as with your spouse of 20 years, right? Whatever you loved about the wine initially is still very much there; it’s just now deepened and bolstered by years of experience. Romantic, huh?

Opening a wine bottleAge ain’t nothing but a number

Don’t overthink it. Although there is beauty in waiting for any wine to “ripen” in the cellar, don’t wait forever! Each bottle has its own “sweet spot,” and we suggest checking the label or asking the winery/winemaker before you cellar a wine for too long. Paso Robles is unique in the fact that most tasting rooms are staffed with knowledgeable, friendly folks ready to assist you in your purchase (be sure to ask if similar vintages have faired well when aged as well as if this vintage’s fruit is high in acid and tannins or not so much). Open a wine a tad too early? No big deal—it’s still going to taste great! However, waiting too long presents a true tragedy in our book. At a certain point, the aging process will move past the point of no return—and balance will be hindered (that’s a no-no). So, if the time is right, pop that cork. See where the wine takes you and listen to its trials and triumphs. Every wine has its own story to tell…some just take a little longer to get the narrative going.


Aging Gracefully

These Paso Robles Wines are Delicious, whether sipped now or later:

Hearst Ranch Winery Buy the Wine
Age up to 20 Years: Hearst Ranch Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This inaugural vintage is a reflection of the highest quality fruit yielded from the rocky limestone soils of westside Paso Robles.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, San Simeon

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame

 

Hearthstone Estate Buy the WineAge up to 10 Years: Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Enjoy dark Cherry, smoke and a plume of rich dark cocoa on the nose. Bold oak and acidic tannins with a black fruit and walnut character linger on the finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery

 

 Kiamie buy the wineAge up to 5 Years: 2014 Kiamie Kuvee

This prestigious cuvee is blended from the finest lots to produce a wine of true distinction. This vintage blend is ripe, rich and expansive with beautifully articulated aromas and flavors. It possesses “power and grace,” which is a hallmark characteristic of all great red wine.

Click here for mapping and directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

Sextant buy the wineAge up to 3 Years: Sextant Winery 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay

Fragrant with heather and chamomile, the profile arrives on the palate modulated, the tiers of flavors playing upon each other. Peaches, Jonagold apples, and pineapples emerge. Kinetic twinges of lemon citrus notes merge with brioche and vanilla. Fine acidity grants an elegant, gliding, and persistent finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Sextant Wines, Paso Robles

Click here for mapping and directions to Sextant Wines, San Luis Obispo

 

Age up to 1 Year: Clavo Cellars 2012 Vermentino “Volumptuous”

This wine has lots of curves with a lively fragrant blend of pineapple, ripe banana and pear aromas. Inviting tropical fruit flavors draw you into this well-balanced wine. A creamy richness and harmonious texture end with lingering acidity.

Click here for mapping and directions to Clavo Cellars

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Paso Local-Approved Destinations

Paso Robles Wineries Paso Local Approved Destinations

When visiting any area, you usually avoid the tourist traps and go for the local suggestions, right? In Paso Robles, it’s even easier to make sure you’re getting the real scoop on “what’s good” because the locals are so notoriously friendly. Stop most folks on the street, and you’ll see: Paso Roblans are pretty much always ready and willing to tell you about their favorite longstanding watering holes, dining spots, and must-see destinations hiding in plain sight. Looking to experience the “real” Paso Robles of your dreams? Take it from the people who call Paso home. These humble spots are beloved for their authenticity, charm, and local appeal.

The Wine Boss

This old fashioned speakeasy-inspired bar is ground zero for small lot releases, boutique bottles, and the most unique sippers this side of the Cuesta grade. With an ever-changing tasting wine menu that reflects exactly what’s hot in Paso vineyards and barrels, you can’t go wrong here. Just stop in and ask what’s new—the barkeep is always excited to share new offerings or set up a tasting flight. Try a Summer-worthy splash of Lusso Della Terra 2015 Central Coast Pinot Grisio or grab a glass of local cider or craft beer produced right here in Paso Robles. It’s up to you. Just know that if it’s delicious and of-the-moment, you can bet it’s on tap at The Wine Boss. Consider this your one-stop tasting stop, no reservations required (ever).

Click here for mapping and directions to The Wine Boss

 

Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub

White tablecloth? Farm-to-table? Flickering candlelight? Not quite. Still, this longstanding bar and restaurant has won over locals thanks to consistently filling pub grub, a good selection of cocktails, local beer, and wine, and a totally casual atmospherePappy McGregor's(cowboy boots and flip-flops are the only dress code at this joint). Sometimes you just want a plate of something comforting (lobster mac n cheese, please) or fried (crispy jalapeño rings for the win). What local hasn’t craved Pappy’s spicy wings or pretzel fondue (with creamy pepper jack for dipping, of course) after a long night out on the town? Local tip: Paso Robles is not a “late night” town by any means. Still, if you find yourself partying till the wee hours, you can bet that Pappy’s will keep the light on for ya. Open Sunday through Thursday till midnight and Friday and Saturday till 2 a.m., this chill hangout is always jumping.

Click here for mapping and directions to Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub

 

Rendarrio Vineyards

Rendarrio Burlesque Event

Find out why locals know Rendarrio Vineyards as a “classy yet gangster” joint. Located in an industrial area with a view of the Ford Dealership, this sweet modern tasting room is not exactlynestled within a location that screams “tourists!” That’s a very good thing. With upscale Rhone offerings crafted with a mix of Old World skill and new world ethos, this tasting room might be one of Paso’s best-kept secrets. Plus—and here’s the real deal scoop—Rendarrio is now home to burlesque events as classy (and edgy) as their tagline suggests. The latest burlesque event is scheduled for Aug. 26 and features a host of trained dancers-turned-burlesque performers with names like “Rouge de Sang,” “Stormy Merryweather,” and “Galaxy”. You won’t find that in the tour guide!

Click here for mapping and directions to Rendarrio Vineyards

 

Centrally Grown

Centrally Grown View of OceanWhen Paso Roblans head for the coast, they don’t just hit the beach—they hit the best culinary spots out there. None is more unique or relaxing than Cambria’s Centrally Grown, located about 40 minutes from Paso Robles (via a gorgeous drive through the wineries of Highway 46 West). With a breathtaking view of the coast, a scenic garden filled with California native plants, and the freshest farm-to-table food and drink under the sun, this is where the locals flock when summer temps soar.

Click here for mapping and directions to Centrally Grown

 

Dubost Vineyard and Winery

Dubost Winery PatioThis old school Paso Robles tasting room is proud to be rural. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located off dusty Chimney Rock Road, you’ll see your fair share of cows and horses on your way out to taste (keep an eye out for deer, too!). With bold barrel aged estate red wines, elegant whites, and buttery olive oils that reflect their Paso ranching heritage, Dubost Vineyard and Winery offers up traditional taste with rustic charm to spare.

Click here for mapping and directions to Dubost Vineyard and Winery

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Paso Red Wines Made for Grilling

Summer is all about that BBQ life! From dripping dippin’ sauces oozing down our chins to watching the kids run barefoot on the lawn, there is nothing quite like a true summer cookout in Paso Wine Country. This August, swap your average six-pack for something a little more savory and watch the sparks fly. Feisty, festive, and perfect for summer feasting, these five beefy Paso red wines are a perfect match for hot coals and hotter nights.

Lusso Della Terra 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lusso Della Terra Buy the WineWhy: This “King of Cabs” is a slam-dunk when paired with juicy, succulent beef burgers

Tasting notes: A vibrant fresh blackberry, plum, black currant and violet aromas. Complemented by flavors of ripe complex dark fruit, blackberry, pomegranate, savory spice, hints of chocolate with a beautiful integration of oak. With a truly powerful full-bodied mouthwatering mouthfeel.

Pair with: A char-grilled bacon cheeseburgers topped with crispy onions and balsamic glaze

Click here for mapping and directions to Lusso Della Terra

Opolo 2012 Petit Verdot

Opolo buy the wineWhy: Just because it’s dark, that doesn’t mean it isn’t summer barbecue worthy! As black as the char on the perfect steak, you’ll be surprised how well this inky wine pairs with a meaty mouthful.

Tatsing notes: Observed in the glass, the rich dark color is an omen of what’s to come. This is a full-bodied, fruit forward wine (blackberry and other dark berry notes), and cellaring has contributed to the velvety tannins.

Pair with: Grilled bone-in steaks topped with sharp, crumbly blue cheese and earthy mushrooms

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo Vineyards

Michael Gill Cellars 2013 Big Rock Syrah

Michael Gill Cellars Buy the WineWhy: Fruity, peppery and bold, this wine is barbecue sauce’s best friend.

Tasting notes: Bright medium black ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas of dried blueberries and cherries, melted toffee, delicate spice, and double mint gum with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, medium-long creamy vanilla, cedar, and peppercorns finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An attractively juicy, chewy syrah that will be quite versatile.

Pair with: Pork ribs slathered in tangy barbecue sauce (the more peppery the sauce, the better)

Click here for mapping and directions to Michael Gill Cellars

Rendarrio Vineyards 2013 One Step Beyond Merlot

Rendarrio Buy the Wine buttonWhy: Merlot isn’t just for fancy cheese and wine soirees. This bright barbecue companion is surprisingly acidic (meaning it begs for one more sip).

Tasting notes: 100% Merlot produced from Clare Ranch Vineyards and spent 24 months in 40% New French and American Oak Barrels. There is a wonderful bright cheery, velvety structure, and balanced acidity.

Pair with: Barbecued lamb chops with herby chimichurri sauce

Click here for mapping and directions to Rendarrio Vineyards

San Marcos Creek Vineyard 2014 Zintuition Estate Cuvee

San Marcos Creek Vineyard Buy the WineWhy: Just like a good party, you want lots of interesting characters mingling in your glass during a sizzling summer barbecue. This mix is a barrel of laughs and way too much fun.

Tasting Notes: A fruity, fun blend of 57% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, and 9% Grenache, this is your next drinkable party wine, to be sure. Just remember, you’ve been warned. This is not your grandmother’s Zin.

Pair with: Barbecued chicken drizzled with hot sauce and honey

Click here for mapping and directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyards



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

End your Best Paso Robles Summer with a Bang

Paso Robles Wineries End Summer with a Bang

“Is it really almost August? How many beach trips can I fit in before school starts up again? Why is life so stinking unfair?” These are natural questions that flood the brain at the end of July (after all, we are way closer to the stresses of fall than most of us would care to admit). Before you panic, just remember: Summer ain’t over till it’s over, baby. Take the bull (or the sheep—in the case of Mutton Busting) by the horns and live it up. These wine-centric Paso Robles events should help you live your last summer days to the fullest.

BBQ like you mean it

 Oso Libre Estate BurgersWhen: July 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

What: Do you like your burgers pink and juicy in the middle? Me too. What about your wine? The scenic Oso Libre Winery tasting room is hosting a classic summertime barbecue bash for the release of its estate mourvedre rosé, and it promises to be a sizzlin’ good time for sure. On the menu: oak grilled estate burgers topped with cave aged gruyere, caramelized onions, whole grain mustard aioli, fresh baked brioche bun, and organic field greens. What can I say? When the “master of grilling” is chef Jeff Scott, you’ll truly want to kiss the cook!

Click here for mapping and directions to Oso Libre Winery

Get your jam on

When: August 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Rotta Winery patio

What: If you haven’t caught a live band this summer, you’ll want to stop by Rotta Winery for this epic explosion of flavor and funk. The Jammies band is known for eclectic covers, which span reggae, classic rock, and R&B. Did I mention you won’t pay a cover charge? Plus, Rotta Winery is known for its own array of diverse offerings as one of the oldest wineries in Paso Robles. From black monukka dessert wine to summer-approved zinfandels, refreshing rosé, and bold Paso blends, you’re sure to find a top 40 hit.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rotta Winery

Hit the fair

Paso Robles Mid State Fair

When: July 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

What: The California Mid-State Fair ends July 30, which means you still have plenty of time to eat your fill of deep fried candy bars, visit the farm animals, get your kid in on some mutton busting action, and maybe even try your hand at a few carnival games, too! Did you know that Paso wine is a huge part of the fair, in addition to rides and exhibits? The Central Coast Wine Competition offers up a great indicator of what you should be drinking this summer. This year, the Best White Wine was awarded to Eberle Winery’s 2016 Muscat Canelli, so we say start there! The competition features over 600 types of wines from more than 150 wineries, and winners will be showcased at the Paso Robles Event Center through the end of the month. Go for the gold! Want to taste the best of the best? Attend the Gold Medal Tasting and Wine Industry Awards event, where all the winners will mingle.

Click here for mapping and directions to the Paso Robles Event Center

Click here for mapping and directions to Eberle Winery

Reclaim date night

When: Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.

Tudor Wines

What: Summer evenings in downtown Paso Robles only get hotter as the sun goes down. Enjoy a romantic seafood dinner at Fish Gaucho before hitting a few tasting rooms and you’ll feel like college sweethearts again. As the enchanted evening unfolds, you’ll be sipping on Tudor Wine’s iconic pinot noir, as elegant as they are exceptional. At Tudor Wines, fruit is selected from family owned vineyards and transformed into wine using traditional techniques, including small fermentations mixed by hand and French barrels aging. Ooh la la! Friday and Saturdays the tasting room is open till 8 p.m., so don’t miss your chance to rekindle a little summer loving.

Click here for mapping and direction to Fish Gaucho

Click here for mapping and directions to Tudor Wines, Downtown Paso Robles

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Bright Brunch Ideas with Paso Robles Whites

Paso Robles Wineries Bright Brunch Ideas

There are plenty of good reasons to break out that bottle before 1 p.m., not the least of which is the fact that it’s far cooler outside earlier in the day! Deck out your patio and invite the gang over for a bodacious gourmet brunch pre-beach outing and you’ll all be glad you did. When you fill up on decadent bites earlier in the day, you’ll make more room for sunshine-filled hours playing with friends and family. Who knows, you might even have so much fun you’ll skip the day’s plans and end up lounging around the yard till dinner. Tip: A garden hose, a case of chilled rosé, and a few kiddie pools are all you really need to stay cool this summer.

Go spicy!

Hot weather doesn’t mean you can’t sprinkle on the spice. Turn humble Huevos Rancheros into a stellar scorcher with a fresh and vibrant salsa verde and array of hot sauces procured at the local Mexican market. Allow your guests to top their entree with whichever fixing they fancy: lime wedges, barbecued corn, and crumbly queso fresco!

JUSTIN Buy the WinePair with: JUSTIN Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – Fresh lemon, white peach, guava, pineapple, white flower and herbal notes, and a little white pepper make this sauvignon blanc a citrusy shoe-in for runny eggs and salty cheese.

Click here for mapping and directions to JUSTIN Winery

Drizzle on the honey

There is nothing prettier than a beautiful chunk of honeycomb catching the morning light. Fry up some universally beloved French Toast and watch the forks fly. Allow the honeycomb to act as a centerpiece, and encourage guests to partake in the fun with their own honeycomb wand for drizzling. Top toasts with powdered sugar and ripe summer berries, then garnish with edible rosemary flowers for a truly epicurean experience.

Chronic Cellars Buy the WinePair with:

Chronic Cellars 2015 Eunice – A mix of chardonnay, viognier, roussanne, and marsanne, this wine has a gorgeous perfume of peach, apple, and white flowers.

Click here for mapping and directions to Chronic Cellars

Flakey fun

There’s nothing more delicious than a fresh, flaky croissant. Or is there? Spring for a dozen chocolate-filled versions at the local bakery and you’ll be everyone’s best friend. Top with marmalade and orange zest (and maybe even a wedge of cream cheese for epic smearing and savoring).

Ecluse Buy the WinePair with: Écluse Wines 2015 Prelude White Rhone Blend – Complex, with stone fruit and orange blossom, this Rhone style blend is citrusy and a beautiful golden color. Tip: Add a curl of orange zest to your glass for a picture-perfect effect.

Click here for mapping and directions to Écluse Wines

A piece of the pie

This quiche recipe isn’t as hard as you think (you can even buy store-made pie crust and pass it off as your own; no one will notice). The best part? You can throw in whatever’s lingering in your fridge, from leftover ham and green onion to earthy mushrooms, cheddar, and broccoli. Get creative! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and prepare for leftover requests! Best to have tupperware on hand.

Rangeland Buy the Wine ButtonPair with: Rangeland Wines 2016 Flora Rosé – Dry, crisp, and balanced, this rosé is the workhorse of your brunch (just like quiche, which is as good served hot as it is cold the next day).

Click here for mapping and directions to Rangeland Wines
 

Let them eat coffee cake!

Crumbly, spicy, and totally moist, the perfect coffee cake is a staple of any brunch. This summer, take the cake to new heights with a Cranberry Coffee Cake that adds a dash of tart sass to the table. The sweet is so much sweeter with a little contrast!

Soaring Hawk Buy the WinePair with: Soaring Hawk Vineyards Barrique Blanc White Wine – This Rhone white shows flavors of tropical fruits, vanilla, and a light and toasty French Oak yumminess that plays well with heaps of cinnamon.

Click here for mapping and directions to Soaring Hawk Vineyards

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

How to Pack for Your Paso Wine Getaway

Paso Robles Wineries How to Pack for Getaway

Gone fishing? Gone golfing? No way! We’re hanging our “Gone Wine Tasting” sign at our desk and making a dash for vineyard-dotted hills. We’re all looking to get away this time of year, and Paso Robles is a top destination for wine lovers who enjoy exploring off the beaten path. It’s not hard to see why. With casual, friendly folks, even chiller tasting rooms, and world-class wines nestled amongst a gorgeous setting, this slice of wine paradise is a breeze to pack for. Just follow these tips and you’ll be Paso-ready in no time.

Casual is key

Sure, Wine Enthusiast named Paso Robles as its 2013 Wine Region of the Year, and plenty of fancy wine critics are die-hard fans of our Bordeaux and Rhone style offerings, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear heels to sip. Pack a good pair of cowboy boots and you are good to go in Paso Wine Country. From vineyard tours to picnics to hiking, biking, and horseback riding, you’re sure to get a little dirt on your denim. That’s half the fun!

Slather the SPF

Opolo Vineyards Summer toastSummer temps soar in Paso Robles Wine Country, easily breaking triple digits regularly. That means you’ll need a quality tube of SPF and probably a hat, too. Plan your wine tasting excursion start for approx. 11 a.m. when the sun is a little less intense, then head for one of our beloved restaurants for lunch around 1 or 2 p.m. when the sun is at peak blaze. Of course, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a summer sunset at a beautiful outdoor tasting destination like Opolo Vineyards. Tip: Opolo also offers pizza on its outdoor patio, meaning you can cool off, wine taste, and savor a late lunch all in one shady stop.

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo Vineyard

Bring a coat

Even though summers sizzle, Paso Robles Wine Country is known for its drastic swings in temperature. One vineyard might lose 30 degrees from day to night and that means you should always bring a jacket, even if the weather report calls for a steamy sticky sunny day. Fun fact: These swings in temperature, especially in the Templeton Gap region of Paso Wine Country, are credited for creating incredibly well balanced fruit.

Taste all there is

From beautiful organic farms, boutique shopping, farm-to-table dining, and Hearst Castle to the north, there is always more than wine to explore in Paso. Make a plan to take in some fun art galleries, drive iconic highway 1, or hop on an agritourism adventure bursting with Paso freshness. Tip: Grapes love Paso, but so do olives! That means EVOO is ripe for the tasting everywhere you look. Stop by one Pasolivo Lemon Olive Oilof the area’s rustic olive oil tasting spots—like Pasolivo— for a sumptuous accompaniment to delicious wine.

Click here for mapping and directions to Pasolivo Olive Oil

Click here for mapping and directions to Pasolivo Olive Oil, Downtown Paso Robles

Stay like a local

It’s so much more fun to explore Paso Wine Country like a local. Check in to the rustic warmth of Adelaide Inn or Hampton Inn and know that you are getting an authentic Paso Robles hospitality experience in the heart of wine country. On the flip side, Paso’s top tier boutique hotels are known for mixing upscale luxury with a dose of down home charm. Bolstered by a Mediterranean-meets-Golden State mood, Allegretto Vineyard Resort and La Bellasera Hotel and Suites deliver the whole package: pool, wine tasting, restaurant—even vineyards!



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Summerlicious Paso Wine Concerts

Paso Robles Wineries Summerlicious Concerts

Blue skies, warm sun, and a glass of Paso Robles wine in hand. Ahhhhhhhh…. Is there any better way to enjoy summer in Paso Wine Country? Throw in some good grub and live music, and we think not! Here are five great outdoor escapes perfect for lounging, laughing, and toe-tapping all summer long. Grab those picnic blankets, slather on the SPF, and meet us in the vineyard! It’s time to see where summer takes us.

Motel Radio at Tooth and Nail

motel radio at tooth and nail wineryWhen: June 30

What: An epic outdoor show on Tooth and Nail’s sun-dappled patio complete with the funky sounds of New Orleans rockers Motel Radio. Small plates, refreshing glasses, and a regal, castle-like backdrop make this summer bash one for the history books. Plus, did we mention this concert is totally free? Don’t forget to check the winery’s bustling summer calendar—live music erupts each weekend and the tunes are as varied as the fantastic wines.

Click here for more info on the Tooth and Nail Motel Radio Bash

Where: Click here for mapping and directions to Tooth and Nail Winery

Burger Sundays at Lone Madrone

burger sundays lone madroneWhen: July 2

What: A big, juicy burger anointed with gourmet toppings and served up with a side of live music and community spirit. Meet the locals, pet some cute dogs, and get your cowboy boots a little dusty during Lone Madrone’s Legendary Burger Sundays (which, you should note, take place each Sunday through Oct. 22). Lone Madrone is known for its welcoming atmosphere, chill lounging area, award winning wines and ciders (oh, and massive portions), so leave those skinny jeans at home, ya hear?

Click here for more info on Lone Madrone’s Burger Sundays

Where: Click here for mapping and directions to Lone Madrone

Summer Tunes on the Patio at Sextant

summer on the patio concerts sextant winesWhen: July 9

What: Mix one part Edna Valley sunset, one part refreshing Chardonnay, and one part rocking music. What do you get? A fun loving cocktail known as Summer Tunes on the Patio, which kicks off each Sunday this summer at this longtime wine stop. Les Beck will serenade sippers with acoustic covers this time around, but each Sunday at Sextant is different. Want to find out? Bring your friends, nibble a cheese platter, and end your weekend on a chill note.

Click here for more info on Summer Tunes on the Patio at Sextant Wines 

Where: Click here for mapping and directions to Sextant Wines Edna Valley

Twilight Hour at Jada

jada vineyard twilight hourWhen: July 29

What: Wing-flapping Music by country duo The Turkey Buzzards, world class wine by the glass or bottle, and gourmet cheese pairing on Jada Vineyard’s gorgeous westside wine deck. Watch the sun sink and your worries shrink. Can’t make this one? Don’t fret! These fabulous concerts continue on Aug. 11 with a classic vinyl record night and Aug. 25 with Erin Montgomery. Talk about the perfect pre-dinner date night stop!

Click here for more info on Twilight Hour at Jada Vineyards

Where: Click here for mapping and directions to Jada Vineyard

Rhone Rangers BBQ Dinner

rhone rangers bbq dinnerWhen: August 15

What: Join Brecon Estate, Eberle Winery, Hearst Ranch Winery, J. Lohr and more for a casual barbecue at gorgeous Cass Winery. On the menu: cilantro and lime chicken, vine-smoked tri-tip, organic sweet corn, roasted baby red potatoes, house made salsa, garlic bread, fine cheese and (of course) wine tasting from 29 local wineries producing incredible Rhone offerings. Live music always adds to the festive ambiance, which will unfold under a sky of oak branches and twinkling stars. This is one summer bash you won’t want to skip.

Click here for more info on Rhone Rangers BBQ Dinner  

Click here for mapping and directions to Cass Winery (event venue)

 



This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

How to Decant your Paso Wine

Paso Robles Wineries How to Decant Wine

We all know that “opening up” a bottle prior to pouring will bring out more flavor and aroma, but it all seems like so much extra bother, doesn’t it? Who has the time or expertise to properly decant each bottle? Well, those days are over. No reason to get exasperated or intimidated—it’s easy! Follow these painless steps and you’ll always have a well-aerated, delicious tasting wine at your fingertips.

What is decanting all about anyway?

Decanting wine is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents from one vessel (typically a bottle) into another vessel (typically a decanter). Usually the wine is then served from the decanter, but sometimes in a restaurant it is decanted back into the original bottle for service. At your own home, any old clean clear vessel will do. That isn’t so crazy, right?pour wine

Why should you decant?

Aside from allowing oxygen to mix with the wine, opening up the flavor and aroma, you’ll also remove sediment, too. Although you can decant any bottle, older reds will certainly have more natural “stuff” floating around thanks to extra color pigment and tannins. When you decant beforehand, you can usually look forward to a more vibrant tasting, less gritty textured wine.

How do you decant an older bottle?

Set the bottle upright for 24 hours or more before drinking, so the sediment can slide to the bottom of the bottle, making it easier to separate. Next, grab your decanter or other clean, clear vessel from which the wine can easily be poured into glasses. Remove the capsule and cork and wipe the bottleneck clean. Hold a light under the neck of the bottle (a candle or flashlight works well). Pour the wine into the decanter slowly and steadily, without stopping. When you get to the bottom half of the bottle, pour even more slowly. Warning: This part is important! Stop as soon as you see the sediment reach the neck of the bottle. Sediment isn’t always glaring, so stop if the wine’s color becomes cloudy or if you see what looks like specks of dust in the neck. The wine is now ready to serve. Discard the remaining ounce or two of sediment-filled liquid in the bottle (or dare your friends to drink it—whatever suits you). Remember: Sediment is not bad for you, but it does tend to give your teeth and tongue a mottled, deep purple appearance!

What about a bottle without much sediment?

If your wine is just a few years old or younger, it probably doesn’t have much sediment to speak of. However, red wines—especially high tannin, high structure reds—can totally benefit from a brief decanting before enjoying. Simply pour the contents of the wine into your decanter and let sit for thirty minutes. Take a whiff. Does it still smell a bit tight? Are the aromas underdeveloped and blah? Give it a little longer decanter(some reds are known to take a good 45 minutes sitting out to truly show their true colors). Use your nose. It won’t let you down.

Taste the rainbow

Speaking of color, there is nothing more gorgeous than a ruby red wine shining in a clear glass decanter. These vessels are truly elegant and classy additions to your next dinner party spread. Plus, they run the gamut from affordable, modern styles to vintage crystal versions complete with artful touches. Not sure what wine gift to give the hostess with them mostest? Bingo!


5 Paso Red Wines too Decadent not to Decant

Hoyt buy the wineHoyt Family Vineyards
2012 Petite Sirah

Named Best of Class by the San Francisco Wine Chronicle, this wine has an unbelievable round mouth feel, is chewy, fruit forward, leggy and lovely.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards Tasting Room

Sculpterra WinerySculpterra Buy the Wine
2012 Cabernet Franc

True to the varietal, this age-worthy wine offers up notes of herbal tea, dusty dry tannins, and pomegranate-like fruit.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions To Sculpterra Winery

Bodega De Edgar Buy the wineBodega de Edgar
2011 Mis Pasos

This wine offers primary earthy notes of caramelized beets, white pepper, and fresh cut wood, with secondary notes of rose petal, cumin, and garlic blossoms. On the palate, it offers great weight with zingy acidity and fine soft tannins.

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Four Lanterns Buy the WineFour Lanterns Winery
Fire Light 2014 Syrah

An intense, earthy, rich red wine with balanced acidity and tannins.

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Peachy Canyon Buy the WinePeachy Canyon Winery 
2013 Cabernet Syrah

An unlikely blend of two big reds—a Bordeaux and a Rhone—resulting in nuanced, balanced, and very drinkable flavors. Pepper, smoke, cocoa—this is Paso indulgence at its finest.

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This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at hthomas@newtimesslo.com or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

Écluse Wines Rated One of the Top 25 Vineyards in the U.S.

Ecluse Wines Wine Barrels

Exciting News from Écluse Wines!

The boutique winery, located just minutes from downtown Paso Robles, has been named one of the top 25 vineyards in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure Magazine! This is just the latest in a string of glittering accolades for the family-owned winery. The limited production, handcrafted wines produced from their very own Lock Vineyard have received rave reviews and awards, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sweepstakes for Best Red Wine.

Stop by the Écluse barrel room for a sample of their estate-grown wines. You may even find Steve, proprietor and winemaker, with the wine thief offering barrel samples! Click here for mapping and directions.

Read the complete list of the 25 top reviewed vineyards across the U.S.

 


If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:

Adelaide Inn

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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

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