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5 Acidic Paso Robles Wines to Cure Palate Fatigue

What’s all this chatter about acid? No, it’s not at all like the stuff you’d squeeze from a lemon or use to remove your chipped manicure. When it comes to the various layers of nuance in a good glass of wine—from bouquet and viscosity, from mineralogy to tannins—acid can sometimes become the forgotten middle child. Not anymore. Modern winemakers know that few elements are so important, or more relevant, when it comes to crafting sophisticated, award winning wine in 2019. These days, big, bold, heavily fruity reds—not unlike the California craft beer world’s super strong IPAS—are seeing a bit of a lull (after all, your palate eventually needs a break from all that flavor and tannin). Even in Paso Robles—where Cab is King and blends tend to run wild—winemakers are trending toward lower alcohol, higher acid wines that allow the grape varietal to truly shine. Not only is this a very chic European way of winemaking, it also produces a more food friendly, balanced sip. But what exactly makes these acidic wines so…”bright” anyway? Allow us to illuminate you.

1. Balance it Out – Vines on the Marycrest 2017 Viognier

When wine grapes are still green, they have very high acidity, but—like people—they evolve and change as they grow. As the grapes ripen, the acidity tapers down and the sweetness increases. The perfect moment of balance, of course, is when the grape is perfectly ripe, yet still possessing enough acidity to balance the sweetness. When exactly is the perfect second to pick? Well, that’s the winemaker’s job. This crisp Viognier is a good example of that balance. Light and bright with a tropical nose and a deep yet refreshing palate, you’ll want to pair this with grilled halibut or Thai food.

Mapping and Directions to Vines on the Marycrest

2. Last longer – Jada 2012 Malstria Estate Rhone and Bordeaux Blend

Did you know that something as hard to put your finger on as acidity helps wines age longer? Great wines are in balance with their four fundamental traits (acidity, tannin, alcohol and sweetness) and as wines age, the acidity acts as a buffer to preserve the wine. Jada’s 2012 Malstria—which features a medium body with moderate acid that integrates flavors of pomegranate, cocoa, and nutmeg—can be sipped now or saved for much later.

 

 

Mapping and Directions to Jada Vineyard

3. Cut the fat –  Barr Estate Winery’s 2017 Rosé

Ever wonder why bright, fresh, tart wines and cheese go so well together? Acidity cuts through salt and fat in a satisfying and refreshing way. With beautiful floral notes and tart cherry fruit plus a round, mildly structured mouth feel, this wine is the perfect palate cleaner for your creamiest, cheesiest dishes.

 

 

 

 

Mapping and Directions to Barr Estate

4. Taste the terroir – Robert Hall Rosé de Robles

Although Paso Robles has a famously long, warm growing season, and, as a result, is a great place for ripening big, sugary, high alcohol reds, the region’s dramatically cool nights—paired with dynamic soil—work to keep grapes elegant and poised. This stylish rose (picked in the early morning before temperatures rise) features fresh aromas of fresh strawberry and hints of raspberry and tangerine. Bright red berry fruit and citrus zest flavors echo the bouquet. Refreshing and dry, the Rose de Robles is medium-bodied with a balanced acidity that lingers on the tongue.

Mapping and Directions to Robert Hall Winery

5. Bring on the night – Four Lanterns 2017 Rosso de Passo: Chilled Red Blend

While heavier, richer, jammier wines can weigh down your mouth, fresher, lighter, more acidic options keep the party rolling on. You’ll find they pair more easily with a wider range of dishes. Also, less sugar also means less alcohol, so you can enjoy one more glass without the guilt. Refreshing fruit flavors make up Four Lantern’s classic summer wine, best served cool. When the perfect splash of acid meets an optimal chill, there’s no saying where the night can take you.

 

 

Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns



 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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6 Friendly Paso Robles Wineries


Forget what you’ve experienced elsewhere: indifferent tasting room attendants, high tasting fees, and too-crowded bars. Here in unstuffy Paso Robles, expect an awesome glass of wine and some casual conversation (we promise, you’ll make a few new friends by the end of the whites). Here, you can experience the high standard of a world class wine region paired with a big, plucky dose of Paso Robles hospitality—on a budget, even. When wine tasting meets a truly friendly atmosphere, you get the best experience. Surrounded by sweeping vines and backdropped by a baby blue sky, there is no more perfect place to meet and enjoy your wine tasting outing than on this wine tasting trail.

1.  Robert Hall

Classic and casual can mean marvelous wines. Robert Hall’s barrel-stacked wine cavern—with 16,000 square feet of usable space—is the perfect example of rustic-meets-refined. Visit the beautiful hospitality center for a tour, or kick back on the bocce ball court, where you can also find giant chess and Connect Four. Sure, lawn games offer up childlike wonder, but the wine list here is all grown up. Taste through a luxurious list of award winning wines while hanging with your best pals in this stunning winery (the tasting room can accommodate groups up to 20 people, with a reservation). Hey, even invite some of your less-than-best pals. The more the merrier!

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Robert Hall Winery

2. Rio Seco

Won’t you be my neighbor? When the twinkle lights flash on at Rio Seco Winery, the magic truly begins. The beauty of this authentically Paso Robles tasting room is in its super casual indoor vibe (filled with baseball memorabilia!) and alluring outdoor views. After all, you came to Paso Robles for the wine and the landscape, right? Not only can you stay in the warm and cozy guest house (featuring four rooms, a barbecue, and a fire pit), but you can camp in the vineyard with your RV, too. Family owned and operated, this award-winning winery offers up a charming, welcoming and peaceful retreat for the whole gang. The babbling creek and bountiful olive trees alone make us want to unplug for a few days.

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery

3. Penman Springs

Taste the art on Paso’s Union Road Wine Trail. Park yourself here, and soak in paradise and lovely views. Penman Springs is the place to be if you’re looking for fabulous wines and a fun, laid-back environment. Stop in for a Sip and Paint event and get creative while you swirl (check our calendar for upcoming events). This quaint tasting room is about more than funky gatherings: Check out the lively bar and shop local, artisan products, too. Affordable yet incredible bottles of estate grown cabernet sauvignon make for great table reds all year long. Could there be a better souvenir?

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Penman Springs Vineyard

4. Pear Valley

Photo opportunists, meet your moment of joy. The hillside view at Pear Valley off Union Road is well worth the trip—but the friendly atmosphere and the stately tasting room keep folks coming back for more. Stop by the 5,000-square-foot tasting room for Friday night music (beginning Feb. 1) and let loose while savoring star wines. Yes, Pear Valley has become a meeting place for locals as well as a mecca for wine travelers (that’s how you know it’s a true Paso Robles haunt). Tip: Bring a picnic and plan on catching the sunset—you never know who you’ll meet or how long you’ll linger.

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Pear Valley Estate Wine

5. Rails Nap

It only looks like it should belong in an architecture and design magazine. Beautifully exposed beams, a stunning cobalt blue floor, and a gleaming community table greets tasters at Rails Nap, atop a hill with scenic views. A lounge-style indoor/outdoor area and attentive staff make for a welcoming stop (stay for an hour or an afternoon). Head to the spacious bar and taste through six different releases paired alongside delicious light bites, like artisan cheeses and charcuterie galore. With customized experiences offering private and semi-private tours, nothing is ever hurried here. Take your time. Drink it all in. You’ve got time.

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Rails Nap

6. Barr Estate

Food-friendly wine, wallet-friendly wine and visitor-friendly hosts at Barr Estate make this a must-visit winery. As native New Orleanians, and foodies, Tealy and Greg Barr grew up in a culture of great jazz, food, and wine, so their second chapter in life, owning a winery, seemed natural. Living in Europe during the 70’s and 80’s had also enhanced the couples’ wine appreciation, and in the 90’s, they returned to California and developed a love of California wines. After working for an international company for 30 years, the couple decided to throw caution to the wind, and start a second career dedicated to growing grapes and making great wines that don’t break the bank for their customers. According to the Barr’s: “We were drawn to Paso because of the welcoming environment that we experience everywhere. It’s a place where neighboring vineyards and wineries are more than willing to help and collaborate and where the vineyard farmer and the winemaker are the same person. This is high on our list of importance since winemaking starts in the vineyard.” Taste the story and enjoy your moments at Barr Estate.

For a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon click here

Mapping and Directions to Barr Estate



 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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5 ‘Wine and Chill’ Gadgets to Start 2019 Fresh

By 2019, you’d think we would finally have found a way to create flying cars—or at least self-cleaning cars, build robot maids a la the Jetsons, or, at the very least, find a way to ensure the survival of leftover sushi. Well, we can’t have it all, but we can totally start the new year off with a whole new set of chill wine gadgets! Pull on your comfiest online shopping pajamas and prepare to surf your way to checkout! These 5 wine helpers are not only super convenient and stylish, they are befitting of an ultra-modern 2019 seal of approval. Of course, a great wine gadget is only as great as the bottle it bolsters. For that reason, we’ve included 5 fresh Paso Robles white wine selections for entertaining, sipping, and celebrating.

1. A wine chilling tote

Say goodbye to the days of bulky, ugly coolers. Who wants to lug one of those boxy behemoths to a picture-perfect picnic? These wine totes are not only functional—they’re far more attractive than many of our current purses and man bags. Elegant designs and pops of bright color? A removable, padded shoulder strap with custom hardware and the ability to carry up to 24 cans or two wine bottles? Sold.

Tote this: Keep your wine chilled on the go and be the most popular person on the bocce ball court. Try  ONX Winery’s 2014 Post Script Dessert Wine, made with sauvignon blanc and viognier.

Mapping and Directions to ONX Wines Tasting Room & Winery

2. A truly modern wine guide

It’s 2019. The new wine writer is humorous, approachable, and laid back. Ditch the stuffy tomes filled with hard-to-pronounce descriptors. Say hello to a fresh, fun, and unpretentious guide to wine from Marissa A. Ross, official wine columnist for Bon Appétit. You’ll want to be her BFF, but you’ll settle for picking her oh-so-beautiful brain.

Learn the easy way: As you flip through these pages, you’ll be tempted to test and try different varietals yourself. Popular Rhone whites are on every wine writer’s lips. We recommend Kiamie’s 2017 White Kuvee, a Rhone influenced white.

Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

3. A wine rack fit for your fridge

Why has no one thought of this before? This simple gadget will transform the way you store your weekly whites. This clear Fridge Binz Wine Holder is stackable, allowing you to use the vertical space in your refrigerator more efficiently (this most certainly sparks joy). The holder rests securely on any wire or glass refrigerator shelf and is perfect for storing and organizing wine or water bottles, so you can cook (and sip) with ease.

Make room for more: If you’re going to pop a few bottles into your fridge for a dinner party later in the week, you’ll want to check out this crowd-pleasing  Allegretto 2015 Chardonnay.

Mapping and Directions to Allegretto

4. A no-fuss, futuristic opener

Yes, there’s a million wine gadget lists with a million wine openers on them (yawn), but does your electric wine opener remove corks at the touch of a button and chill your wine? The Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller does just that, and it might even massage your feet, too! Open 30 bottles on a single charge, which means entertaining is now a breeze. The thermal stainless steel wine cooler keeps your whites cold for hours (and doesn’t look too bad on the counter, either).

Wine and chill: You’ll want to open this wine immediately, and good thing, you can. Clavo Cellars 2012 Compadre Blanco is the perfect white table wine. Always keep within reach.

Mapping and Directions to Clavo Cellars

5. Glass refreshing pearls

No, your wine isn’t running for office in sensible pumps and a blazer. You’ve heard of boring old ice…now get ready for the sexier version: wine pearls! Rather than drag out the ice bucket whenever you’d like to enjoy a little vino, this set of four chillers allow you to enjoy wines by the glass at their ideal sipping temps. Simply freeze this set of four stainless steel orbs, pour a glass, then drop a few into your wine. Like ice cubes, the more “pearls” you use, the more frosty your beverage will get. The sophisticated, oval shape of the chillers is ideal for round-bottomed glasses, since the glimmering spheres will pile up elegantly in the bowl after they’re plinked in one at a time. The best part? These pearls never dissolve, leaving you with a sad watery wine.

This wine deserves jewelry: Wine pearls will keep your 2017 Harmony Cellars Vibrante blend fresh. Good thing too, as you’d never want to dilute this tank-fermented, food-friendly Chardonnay with melting tap water!

Mapping and Directions to Harmony 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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

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

Relax

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

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

Mapping and Directions to Adelaide Inn
Mapping and Directions to Hampton Inn
Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Mapping and Directions to JUST Inn
Mapping and Directions to La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Mapping and Directions to Briarwood Cottage
Mapping and Directions to Eden House at Carriage Vineyards
Mapping and Directions to the Inn at Opolo
Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Farmhouse

Play

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

Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars
Mapping and Directions to Vines On The Marycrest
Mapping and Directions to Tooth & Nail
Mapping and Directions to Rava Wines

Get Fed

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

Mapping and Directions to Thomas Hill Organics
Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery
Mapping and Directions to Fish Gaucho
Mapping and Directions to Pappy McGregor’s

Indoor or outdoor, you decide

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

Mapping and Directions to Sextant Edna Valley
Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery
Mapping and Directions to Lusso Della Terra

Stay Adventurous

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

Mapping and Directions to Hearst 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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6 Wineries with Sit Down Restaurants in Paso Robles Wine Country

Come hungry, leave happy! Yes, Paso Robles is known for more than wine these days. OK, wine is still king, but the new culinary offerings are growing in the New Year. Seems the appetite for Paso Robles is insatiable, and foodies are flocking to these renowned tasting rooms for world class wine, incredible ambiance and creative culinary delights. These six wineries are serving more than snacks—they boast their own restaurants. Bon appetite and see you on the wine trail (but don’t forget to make your dining reservation before heading out)!

JUSTIN

Vibe: Intimate

Menu: Seasonal fresh

Dine: JUSTIN’s beautifully redesigned restaurant offers the freshest local ingredients in dishes that reflect the changing seasons. Lunch, brunch and dinner are available, along with an award-winning wine list.

Why we love it: You can taste all of JUSTIN’s renowned wines (especially the red Bordeaux offerings the winery has become known worldwide for) while noshing on the freshest produce in an intimate dinning room. Everything is super seasonal, sensational, and totally Paso Robles.

Details: Brunch:11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sundays) Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Thursday–Saturday). JUST In Time Menu: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Thursday–Saturday). Dinner: Three seatings available at 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m. by reservation only (Tuesday–Saturday). Note: The dinner menu is prix fixe and features seasonally inspired dishes crafted by Chef Paul.

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Villa San Juliette

Vibe: Sophisticated

Menu: Italian-inspired

Dine: Villa San Juliette’s in-house Chef, Yavanna Tuftee, believes that wine and food paired together is one of the best things in life. Allow the winery to pair a diverse wine selection with hand-crafted plates. Try the Manila clams with white wine, butter and herbs, a cheese board, caprese salad with roasted beets and fresh mozzarella and arugula, a chicken parmesan Panini with crispy chicken, fresh mozz, and pasta salad on the side, or an Italian braised beef sandwich with sautéed onions and peppers and flavorful au jus.

Why we love it: Villa San Juliette’s palace-like atmosphere is truly an experience to behold and the food is substantial, indeed. During January Restaurant Month, enjoy a $40, three-course prix-fixe menu.

Details: Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Photo Credit: Cameron Ingalls Stills & Motion (Wedding, Portrait, Photo Booth) San Luis Obispo @cameroningalls Instagram

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Opolo

Vibe: Casual

Menu: Rustic pizza

Dine: Choose from a dazzling array of pizzas, including Italian Sausage, Margherita, Pizza Bueno (with caramelized onions, shrooms, grilled chicken, and white sauce), and a Chef’s Special (a rotating artisan pizza). You can also choose between artisan cheese and meats, sausages, or a fresh spring salad.

Why we love it: There’s nothing like sharing a gourmet ‘sea with friends. Taste from a lineup of great wines and spirits before or after your meal, or get a glass to enjoy with your food.

Details: Serving food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Vibe: California villa

Menu: Mediterranean seasonal

Dine: Cello at Allegretto Vineyard Resort is where food, friends and flavors blend into perfect harmony. Executive Chef Justin Picard brings his extensive culinary experience to Cello Ristorante & Bar, where his formal training coupled with a talent for marrying domestic and international flavor profiles seamlessly combine. Cello is about fresh ingredients and artisan cookery, celebrating farmers, ranchers, and fisherman or the region.

Why we love it: Dine, sip on house made wine, or grab a cocktail made with local spirits. What more could you want? If you said “spa,” you are in luck! They’ve got that too.

Details: Breakfast, lunch and dinner served Saturday, Sunday, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:30-2 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m. / Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:30 to 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Cass Winery

Vibe: Breezy

Menu: Central Coast classics

Dine: Opt to taste up at the bar or sit on our shaded veranda, the winery offers tableside tasting while you dine. Wine by the glass and bottles are also available for purchase. Nosh on a cheese and antipasto platter, crab cake salad, smoked chicken salad, Cesar salad, golden beet caprese salad, spinach and shaved Brussels sprout salad, a BLAST sandwich (bacon, baby lettuce, avocado and sundried tomato aioli), Benny Burger with house-cured bacon, bleu cheese, horseradish, and arugula, a pulled pork sandwich with house made bbq sauce, and more. Yes, there’s dessert, including Leo Leo Gelato www.leoleogelato.com handcrafted in Paso Robles and authentically Italian.

Why we love it: You can grab a large crowd and head out to Cass for a lunch that lasts for hours (especially with that wonderful table-side service).

Details: Cafe serving lunch from 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

Photo Credit: @miagoesto_sf Instagram

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Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon

Vibe: Old School

Menu: Beefy

Dine: Sebastian’s General Store (located next door to Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon – north of Cambria) has carried on through the generations. Originally built in 1852 by Captain Joseph Clark at the peak of the whaling industry, the Clarks provided goods and services to whalers, fishermen, miners and neighboring ranches. Now, it’s an incredible place to enjoy Hearst Ranch beef. Grab a classic beef sandwich, hot meat loaf sandwich, a burger, a patty melt, and (of course) a big side of fries.

Why we love it: With an elegant-yet-rustic wine tasting room on one side and a casual eatery on the other, this is the perfect place to stop when traveling through Cambria, no matter who’s in your party.

Details: Serving food daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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5 Paso Approved Ways to Get Out of a Wine Rut in 2019

You open your cellar in 2019 only to realize—wow! Perhaps you see cobwebs or a whole slew of dusty bottles. So much for starting the New Year off with a fresh start. No one wants to be predictable, boring, blasé. Why should your wine tastes stagnate while the rest of you reaches for new heights in the New Year? If you feel like you’ve lost your wine mojo and could use a little re-boot, we have just the treatment.

Shake up your Tastebuds

Paso Robles is all about wine adventure and shaking things up. Make a pact with your friends and go wine tasting with one caveat: You can only purchase wines you’ve never tried. This means perhaps you purchase wines with a varietal that you can barely pronounce or you just go for a brand that you’ve never ventured to sip. If you’re already well-versed in the world wine (lucky you), try to stick to wineries in a totally different area of Paso Robles. Normally hit the westside? Try the eastside of Paso. Whatever your go-to is, get creative and do the opposite.

If you haven’t ventured out to Chimney Road Road in Paso Robles, now’s your chance! Head out to Dubost Ranch Winery for a rustic and rural experience that is totally unique to Paso Wine Country. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder did just that recently for the filming of the movie, Destination Wedding.

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Go Coastal

Paso Robles reds are king, but there’s so much more to explore on the Central Coast! Namely—the coast! So head west with Harmony – it’s perhaps the smallest town in California- (and cool climate varietals) in your sights. You’ll not only experience the calming clarity that comes with chill ocean breezes and sultry sunsets. You’ll savor the bright, acidic coastal wines you’ve been craving after a December full of velvety cabs. Tip: You’ll also want to wines of Edna Valley, just south of the Cuesta Grade such as Sextant Wines. Just six miles from the Pacific, these chardonnay and pinot noir offerings are world renowned for a reason.

Harmony Cellars in Harmony (south of Cambria) is the perfect cool-climate wine escape this winter. Refresh your senses with wines crafted in a whole different microclimate.

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Rethink your Wine Club

You may love your wine club, you may not. Now is the time to think about whether you’d like to add a new club to your wine shipments or perhaps put one on pause. Perhaps you’ve been intimidated to ask about a particular club or you don’t want to get sucked into a pushy pitch. Don’t fret! Paso Robles is known for its no-pressure (no pushy sales-tactic) vibe. Also, wine clubs are as unique as the wineries! There’s a club for every personality.

Rangeland Wines offers four different clubs, including two that offer up their own beef and lamb. How novel is that?

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Get Educated

Whether you subscribe to a new wine magazine or just “favorite” a few new blogs, do your reading. Wine education does not have to be dry or boring. It can be incredibly fun. Consider starting your own wine blog (or personal, analog journal) to inspire the formation of new neurons. All of this sound like too much “work?” Simply make the resolution to follow 4 new wine accounts on Instagram this year: a sparkling wine producer, white producer, a rose producer, and a red producer. Easier than spark notes!

Want to get educated in Bubbles? Check out Rava Wines, where Sparkling Wines are taken very, very seriously. Sparkling Blanc de Blanc 2015 is a lively bead of refined bubbles and displays a beautiful pale straw color. Exquisite aromas of toasted almond and creamy Anjou pear are accented by aromatic floral notes.

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Make room for more

You can’t make room for new Paso Robles wine if your storage space is already crowded to the ceiling with bottles and bags. Consider having a “wine swap” with some friends. Bring duplicate bottles, stuff you love (but already know like the back of your hand), or just bottles that were gifted to you years ago but never really fit your flavor profile. Not only will you have a fun party, everyone will leave with something totally new and fresh.

You should certainly pour a good bottle of Paso Robles wine during your wine swap party! Pop open a bottle of Oso Libre 2015 Osezno Zinfandel, aged 36 months in seasoned Hungarian oak. Yes, you’ll have to tell people this bottle is not up for grabs. (This won 96 points Double Gold – San Francisco International Wine Competition!)

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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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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You’ll Cheer for Charcuterie at These 5 Paso Robles Tasting Rooms

Did you know that, in Italy, charcuterie-making is a grand tradition each winter? Generally, several generations will gather in the kitchen to make the delicious, salted meats that would last the entire year long. Not only is charcuterie delicious when paired with Paso Robles wine—it makes for a lovely snack when you’re on the go and just need a nibble to keep the party rolling. Here’s five tasting rooms serving up epic meat and cheese boards laden with melt-in-your mouth prosciutto, salty salami (and cheese, nuts and olives) to spare.

Parrish Family Vineyard

Swirl and savor more than just fabulous at Parrish Family Vineyard, whose brand new tasting room offers bread and tapenade, a decadent truffle pairing, and—the main course—a charcuterie plate overflowing with a variety of meats, cheeses, olives, marcona almonds, dried fruits, and house made sourdough bread (baked by talented Cecily Parrish Ray, the General Manager). Choose from a charcuterie plate serving two to four people and the charcuterie board serving four to eight.

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Robert Hall

Have a big group to entertain? Bring the whole gang to Robert Hall, where the couches are plush and you’ll get incredible service along with your tasting. The tasting room takes groups of 20 or more—just make sure you reserve early! Luckily for you, you’ll be able to nosh on gourmet charcuterie while taking a break from your “host” duties.

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Lusso Della Terra

Charcuterie with a vineyard tour? This dream can be your reality if you only venture to Lusso Della Terra’s tasting room, where your adventure starts with a delicious platter piled high with meats and cheeses. They are located deep in wine country just north-east of town amongst an endless sea of gorgeous vineyards.

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Sextant Winery

This isn’t any old “deli case.” At Sextant Wines in San Luis Obispo, you can nosh on gourmet treats like fine meats and cheeses. Bask in the sunshine on the patio or snuggle up to a stool in the 100+ old general store-turned-tasting room and pot belly stove. In Paso, meats and cheese are in the frig, ready for you to grab as a nice accompaniment to your wine tasting. Sip and munch next to the fireplace overlooking the vineyards in the VIP room for wine club members.

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Mapping and Directions to Sextant, Paso Robles
Mapping and Directions to Sextant, San Luis Obispo

More meaty stops:

You’ll get charcuterie plus the option of a full restaurant menu at these fabulous foodie stops in Paso Robles Wine Country.

Tooth and Nail


http://rabblewine.com

Cass Winery


http://www.casswines.com

Villa San Juliette


https://www.villasanjuliette.com

JUSTIN


http://justinwine.com



 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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Rock the Naughty List with these 5 Spicy Reds

Sugar plums and hot cocoa is nice, but we say bring on the spice! The holidays are all about doing good for others: the gifts, the cooking, and then endless planning to get people in the same place at the same time for all that “togetherness.” All that sounds pleasant, true…but what about the naughty list? Something tells us they’re having a little more fun.

Brecon – 2016 Forty-Two Red Rhone Blend

Be irreverent and daring. Inspired by the darkly humorous Sci-Fi tome “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” this wine promises to answer the ultimate question in life, the universe—everything! OK, perhaps a wine can’t do all that, but this wine’s soft, velvety smooth layers showcase an intriguing blend of flavors that keep revealing more and more to explore (not unlike stargazing the Milky Way).

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Chronic Cellars – 2017 Sofa King Bueno

Be the life of the party. This Grenache, Petite Sirah, Tannat, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend is approachable yet fun, as all good party guests should be, with lively flavors of blackberries, cherries and strawberries to get the conversation started. Plus, this Paso red blend knows how to mingle, introducing milk chocolate, caramel and leather to all those beautiful fruits. It’s going to be an interesting night.

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Bodega de Edgar – 2013 York Mountain Syrah

Take a walk on the wild side. Black as night with purple edges, this blackberry and pepper packed Syrah is perfect when paired with a wintery supper of wild game meats. You might also want to check out a 3 Vertical gift box of E-Squared featuring a trio of rebellious reds, too. Consider these wines the biker gang that backs up that bold Syrah, aka “the leader of the pack.”

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Hoyt Family Vineyards – Dylema Blend

Go big. Looking for a “fun red blend” to delight your favorite friend? Look no further. Originally created for the Malibu Chili cook off, this raucous red has become a house favorite. A big Cab based blend with a little bit of everything else thrown in, it is smooth and easy on the palette—perfect for bringing generations together (and getting grandma to tell a dirty joke or two).

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Pelletiere Estate – 2014 Nebbiolo

Be seduced. This exotic wine exudes sexiness, with elegance and sophistication to boot. As it seductively kisses your lips, dried herb notes of thyme and sage caress your palate. You’ll be head over heels as this irresistible Italian slips you love notes of cocoa and leather. Go on, have a romance to remember, we won’t tell.

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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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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5 Cozy Paso Robles Tasting Rooms with a Crackling Fire

Baby it’s (kind of) cold outside! Cozy up to Paso Robles wine this winter, where there’s no snow on the ground but plenty of holiday spirit to warm your soul on a chilly winter day. There’s no time like December to bundle up and head to a cozy tasting room surrounded by vineyards. Sure, those vines are dormant, but tasting rooms are as lively and festive and can be. Warm up at these 5 snuggly winter tasting rooms, all of which feature a crackling fire to keep you as snug as a bug in a rug.

1. Cozy Castle

Tooth and Nail Winery might look like a gothic castle, but inside it’s all storybook charm. Order up a flight (try the Defiant Flight, Unconventional Flight or the Provoker Flight) and warm your hands around the hearth. Enjoy offerings from Tooth and Nail’s unique and bold brands: Tooth & Nail, Rabble, Stasis and Amor Fati, all paired with fortifying snacks and lots of live music. Yes, this tasting room is ready to enchant all of  your senses this winter.

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Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery

2. Vines on the Marycrest

The fireplace at Vines on the Marycrest is always a popular place to swap stories and meet new friends in this cool, mid-century vibe winery. Gather around a bottle of 2015 My Generation (a mix of Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Petite Syrah) and watch the sparks fly. Aromas of cassis and woodsmoke, plus a touch of licorice make for a festive-feeling flavor. Supple, rich and broad, with smoky flavors of dark berries and cola, this complex wine is simply perfect for savoring on a long, chilly afternoon.

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Mapping and Directions to Vines On The Marycrest

3. Kiamie Wine Cellars

At Kiame Winery, the diminutive antique wood burning stove burns hot and the wine is always at just the right temperature, too. With grapes sourced from local vineyards—Starr Ranch, Halter Vineyard, Rolph Family Vineyard, Hearthstone Vineyard, La Vista Vineyard—the wines are always a reflection of Paso Robles’ famed westside. We recommend the winery’s 2017 White Kuvee, with hints of peach schnapps and spiced applesauce (I just bought 2 bottles). Yes, it would be fantastic paired with a festive holiday supper!

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Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

4. Parrish Family Vineyard and Sextant Wines

Exclusive perks: Wine club members can warm up at an exclusive fireplace at Parrish Family Vineyard and Sextant Winery. Both are comfortable and welcoming tasting rooms to bring friends and family, too. Sextant Winery’s SLO location in Edna Valley is located near the old Edna Valley Townsite, smashing for holiday photo opportunities. The Paso Robles Sextant location shows off gorgeous limestone soil and oak trees. You can reserve a tasting for up to six guests at Parrish Family Vineyard, whose Paso Robles tasting room is plush and inviting. While you’re there, pick up a Parrish Holiday Pack (2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Zinfandel, 2014 Petite Sirah) for everyone on your list.

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Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Sextant Wines

5. Allegretto Vineyard Resort

With exotic artwork all around, lush vines visible from grand windows, and fantastic food, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is lovely to visit, whether overnight or just for the evening. Stop by Cello Ristorante and Bar for a garden-fresh meal and a glass of wine made on site. With a roaring fire and plenty of local tasting flights to taste, you’ll want to linger a little longer. Good thing you totally can.

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Mapping and Directions to Allegretto



 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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5 Gift Worthy Bottles from Paso Robles Wine Country


Not just another nameless bottle of wine (sigh)—these bottles are unique, rare, and totally Paso Robles. This year, gift a taste of tantalizing craftsmanship and artisanal spirit ranging from sensational spirits to savory oils. Each of these bold bottles shows its own punchy personality and tells a compelling story (after all, each offering hails from a different corner of Paso Robles’ dynamic microclimate). Go forth and gift boldly. These 5 bottles shine brighter than your average hostess gift. Way, way brighter!

1. KROBAR LIT Light and Bright

Share the sparkle of holiday cheer with your favorite people. A true taste of the American spirit, KROBAR’s LIT “Light and Bright,” is a California twist on a traditional European aperitif wine. LIT is crafted in small batches and made with a bold infusion of California white wine, gentian, elderflower, bitter orange, and old-fashioned hard work. Shopping for a cocktail hound? Go for a festive little bottle of Olallieberry Cacao Bitters, made by using Krobār’s 11 Botanical Gin, locally grown olallieberry, and cacao nibs. Macerated with all natural fruits, herbs spices, roots, and barks, this one is perfect for kicking off any holiday feast with a satisfying clink.

Mapping and Directions to Krobar

2. Seven Oxen 2014 Mourvedre

Pomegranate and tart cherry dominate the 2014 vintage, echoing the rich, regal spirit of holidays past. With 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast, it will please even your pickiest sipper, and even some of the amateur wine critics, too. The addition of 10% Grenache provides beautiful body and structure, as well as subtle notes of black fruit. Excellent to drink now, Seven Oxen’s 2014 Mourvèdre will improve as it develops in the bottle and will age well for the next five to ten years. Aged 18 months in one-year old French Oak, this is a gift that will truly linger on through the years.

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen

3. 2013 Penman Springs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark, dense ruby and a rich, elegant nose of ripe currant, cedar and raspberry call to mind the luxury and opulence of your greatest holiday fantasies come true. The bright palate on this 2013 Penman Springs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is nicely textured with dark plum, currant and festive berry spice. A long finish with loamy earth and fine oak complexities, this age-worthy bottle will look downright luscious tucked under any tree.

 

Mapping and Directions to Penman Springs

4. Pasolivo Holiday Favorites Box

Some gift sets are just better than others. Take Pasolivo’s “holiday favorites” gift box, featuring five holiday themed bottles perfect for drizzling and dipping all winter long. Whether it’s the seasonal Boozy Cran-Cherry Chutney, Winter Ambrosia Vinegar, Citrus Olive Oil, or the popular Orange Blossom Honey, you’re boss/wife/mother-in-law/lover/kid’s teacher will love this sweet and delicious combination of high-quality Pasolivo products. In need of a warm cinnamon blend for baking during the holidays or a light and golden drizzle to add to desserts? Grab a few for your own kitchen. Note: every gift set arrives in a Pasolivo signature gift box, far too pretty to throw away with the wrapping paper.

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo on Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Downtown Paso

5. JUSTIN Large Format 2015 Isosceles

Go big or go home. This hefty hostess gift will satisfy a crowd, to be sure. For more than 25 vintages, ISOSCELES has been JUSTIN’s flagship wine and quality benchmark for this particular style of wine on the Central Coast. A blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2015 ISOSCELES displays all of Paso’s good sides. While the 2015 ISOSCELES projects the cooler nature of this vintage with ripe red and black fruit and structure that could point to keeping a few bottles in the cellar, it’s so good now that you can also enjoy immediately, too. With a whopping 1.5 liters inside, you’ll wow the whole party. So, are you going to open it or what? We’re waiting!

Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN 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.



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.

 

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

 

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

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