Everything You Need Know About The Benefits Of Drinking Wine

Benefits to Drinking Red Wine

We all know kicking back with friends and a bottle of wine is a fabulous way to de-stress. But did you know that your fondness for wine, especially red wine, also happens to come with some amazing health benefits? From protecting your heart to slimming your waistline, the naturally occurring elements in wine offer these seven, essential health benefits. Read more >>


 
 
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 Vacation RentalMake 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 Paso Robles Albariño Should Be Your Summer Jam

Paso Robles Wineries Albarino Summit

We’re not dumping on go-to summer sippers like Chardonnay or Rosé, but sometimes you just need something a little different to refresh your palate and cool your head. Not only is Albariño a crisp and refreshing twist for hot nights and barbecued fish tacos, it’s also plentiful in Paso Robles Wine Country. This summer, taste from 25 passionate boutique Albariño producers at three unique events uncorking across the area June 16-17 for the Festival of Albariño. Here’s five good reasons why this white is totally poised to become your top 2017 summer jam. Ole!

1. A Rising Star

Like that great underground band overshadowed by Top 40 radio hits, Albariño doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. However, and luckily for us in Paso Robles, its star is on the rise. With award winning producers crafting world class vintages that speak to the varietal’s refreshing and compelling characteristics, now is the time to fall in love with this bright white grape originally grown in Spanish and Portuguese soil. Get educated: Want to learn more about the history and characteristics of great Albariño? Hit up the Second Annual Albariño Summit, held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Derby Wine Estates. Discover what makes this grape great with help from an expert tasting panel and educational tasting seminar.

Mapping and Directions to Derby Wine Estates: speedfind.com/DerbyWineEstates

2. It’s Incredibly Food Friendly

With a botanical aroma similar to Viognier or Gewurztraminer, flavors of apricot and peach, a light body, and tons of fresh acidity, pairing Albariño is a breeze. Taste the flavor: Experience this truth for yourself at a Starlit Albariño Dinner hosted at Brecon Estate Friday, June 16 at 6 p.m. under majestic oaks. Dine with top winemakers who will be pairing their Albariños with the fresh, local delectable creations of Crush Catering.

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate: speedfind.com/BreconEstate

3. No One-Hit Wonder

Paso Robles Albarino VineyardHot days and steamier nights call for chilled white wine, but not just any white wine will do in Paso Robles Wine Country. You might think you can taste one Albariño and know them all, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Explore the possibilities: Experience layers of delicate, juicy, acidic, and floral flavors during a diverse Grand Tasting slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Broken Earth Winery. Absolutely nowhere else can you sample so many Central Coast Albariños in one place, and these are all most exclusively small producers, too. Who’s pouring? Well, Brecon Estate, Bodega de Edgar, Clavo Cellars, Broken Earth Winery, Opolo and Tooth and Nail Winery to start! They may all pour very different tasting wines, but one common thread remains: All are dedicated to propelling Albariño into the limelight.

Mapping and Directions to Broken Earth Winery: speedfind.com/BrokenEarthWinery

4. Easy Drinking

Picnics call for a no-fuss wine that’s drinkable as all get out. Albariño is that perfect varietal with enough complex flavor to pull you in, but the high acidity and freshness will keep you searching for that next quenching sip. Picnic like an Albariño Pro: Arrive up to two hours early at the Grand Tasting at Broken Earth Winery Saturday, July 17 and enjoy a Grand Picnic under the shady trees. Award winning food trucks, including the Lobos Truck from Los Angeles, will feature a variety of eats. Plus, shake a tail father with music from Ricky Montijo and the Mojtos from 1 to 4 p.m.!

5. Dare to be Different

You’re not the average, run of the mill wine taster, so why should your wine be blah? Shake up your taste buds and try something new. Happiness scientists have long since known that taking a break with routine and jumping into a fresh realm is good for the soul. Experience a whole new world of wine, Albariño style. Sample a splash from these award-winning wineries pouring at the festival:

Brecon Estate Buy the Wine2016 Brecon Estate True Acacia Head Acacia Head Albariño
True Acacia Head is a single vineyard offering and features two clones from what is the oldest planting of Albariño in the Central Coast. What really differentiates this wine is the use of Acacia wood on the heads of the barrels during fermentation. This adds a little structure to the wines and a white peach character to the nose, while minimizing the toasty and vanilla characters associated with oak.

 

Brecon Estate Buy the Wine2016 Brecon Estate Albariño
This wine is a superb example of a crisp refreshing cool climate Albariño, with fruit sourced from a vineyard just 1.8 miles from the ocean. In its homeland in Northern Portugal and Spain, the best examples are perceived to come from close to the ocean. Indeed, vintages from Brecon have more than once scored 96 points.

Bodega de Edgar

 

bodegas Paso robles buy the wine

2016 Bodegas Paso Robles Galicia – Albariño
This classic, crisp Albariño from Bodegas Paso Robles has hints of apricot on the nose and pineapple and grapefruit on the palate. The mouth feel is very round and full before the crisp finish. The 2016 Galicia is a dry, refreshing wine with a great acid balance. It’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days. The 2016 vintage pairs beautifully with Dungeness crab, fish tacos, spicy Thai food, seafood-based paella, sea bass, spring rolls, risotto, chicken, crab and avocado salad, peach cobbler, artichoke, and desserts such as fruit tarts, rice pudding, flan, fresh fruit, and sweet cakes.

 

Clavo Cellars Buy the Wine2012 Clavo Cellars Albariño
Fresh and appealing, this Clavo Cellars Albariño charges your sense with concentrated aromatics of green bananas and ripe apricots. Light and crisp with good acidity, lively structure, and an edgy spiciniess on the finish, this wine pairs well with tapas, paella, pasta and ristottos.

 

Opolo buy the wine2016 Opolo Vineyards Albariño
With grapes sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley, this Albarino opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish.

 

Get Your Tickets Before They Sell Out!

Last year’s inaugural Albariño Summit was a huge hit and sold out almost immediately. This year, the Albariño Summit has expanded into three unique experiences, so don’t miss out! Click here to get your tickets today.

Questions?

Email Albariñosummit@gmail.com if you have any questions. See you at the festival!



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

4 Tips to Save Money, Save the Planet in Paso Wine Country

Tips to save money in wine country

We are all looking for ways to save a buck as well as save the planet, right? Well, what if you could do both while wine tasting? Sounds appealing, no? Modern times call for modern measures, like digital coupons, interactive maps, and tours that require zero gallons of gas (seriously). So, recycle those crumpled, outdated brochures and put down that hammer! Save your piggie bank’s life and consider these amazing tips to help conserve money as well as the Earth’s precious resources. Good karma and great wine await!

1. Ditch Paper Clutter with Smart Phone Coupons

Paper coupons are so last century. They’re messy, hard to categorize, and generally bad for the environment (yes, that coupon was once a living breathing tree!). Now, all you have to do is pull up a digital coupon on your smart phone and receive oodles of deals across Wine Country. It really only takes an instant. Click here to see all the digital coupons available now, including barrel tastings, tours, and two-for-one tastings. No scissors required!

Brecon Estate Winery of the WeekTry: On our website, Brecon Estate offers exclusive two-for-one tastings of their award winning estate wines, which include delicious Rhone varietals and elegant blends. You can also text “Specials” to 24578 for instant digital coupons!

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate: speedfind.com/BreconEstate

2. Save a Tree with Digital Maps

Paper maps are hard to fold, and even harder to read, right? These days, we all rely on GPS to get us from point A to point B. Why not use that technology to lead you to the next winery? Check out our free Driving Directions here to guide you at every turn. You can also download our free digital interactive map here, the only map that showcases every local winery, brewery, and distillery in Paso Robles Wine Country? Yep. That’s about 300 in total! Added bonus: Both maps can be downloaded to your phone, so you won’t be in a pickle if you lose Wifi on a backcountry road.

Try: Download and go! Whether you’re headed to Wine Boss Lounge or Bodegas Paso Robles in the heart of downtown Paso Robles or headed “far out” to the sticks, we’re always with you.

Mapping and Directions to Wine Boss Lounge: speedfind.com/WineBoss

Mapping and Directions to Bodegas Paso Robles: speedfind.com/BodegasPasoRobles

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundTry: Go to www.speedfind.com/paso on your phone or tablet and watch as the map pinpoints just where you are in Paso Robles and the wineries, restaurants, hotels, breweries, cheese shops, coffee shops, and olive oil tastings are near you. Who knows, you may be near Allegretto Vineyard Resort, which hits three birds with one stone: lodging, wine offerings, and a stellar Cello Ristorante & Bar.

Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort: speedfind.com/Allegretto

3. Go Virtual to Save on Gas and Greenhouses Gases

Before you spend another penny on gas—which contributes to the very real collective problem of global warming—check out our incredible virtual tours, completely free! You won’t believe your eyes—the technology is that crisp, clear, and compelling. Check out a handy 360-degree view of the area via our Google Map feature, or order a free pair of cardboard Google Glass goggles and simply slide your smartphone into place. Suddenly, you’re at thgoogle glassesat new winery you’ve been wondering about, seeing just what the grounds look like, checking out the wine offerings, and scoping the sweet picnic spots. This is especially useful if you plan to use a winery for a special event, like a wedding or family gathering. Instead of traveling to 50 wineries across the region and trimming that number down to a shortlist, virtually tour each one, saving you time, money, and fossil fuel.

Try: Never leave your couch, and be proud of it. Take a 360-degree Virtual Tour of Harmony Cellars, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Eberle Winery, HammerSky and others here without expending an ounce of fuel.

Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars: speedfind.com/HarmonyCellars

Mapping and Directions to Cutruzzola Vineyards: speedfind.com/Cutruzzola

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery: speedfind.com/EberleWinery

Mapping and Directions to HammerSky: speedfind.com/HammerSkyVineyards

4. Research Online First

Want to know which winery has which varietal? Interested in a specific kind of ambiance, dog-friendly vibe, or food while you sip? Just click here and filter your search by your needs. Say goodbye to thick, clunky guides, outdated magazine articles, and silly brochures (all of which gunk up our planet with excess material waste). All you need to know is one clean, eco conscious click away. Doesn’t that feel good?

Dubost Ranch logoTry: Looking for a rare varietal like Carmenere? For the record, that’s a dark skinned grape variety originally from Bordeaux with cedar and herby notes. Just go to our online varietal break-down and see what pops up! In this case, Dubost Ranch is the place to be for this unique varietal, but you can search for whatever fits your fancy in a jiff. Added plus: Each varietal is described by color, flavor, and country of origin to give you a quick primer on your next pour.

Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch: speedfind.com/DubostWinery



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

6 Reasons You Should Wine Taste in Paso Robles vs. Napa

Paso Robles Wineries Paso Robles vs. Napa

Don’t us wrong, we love Napa wines—they’re delicious! Napa the place is also great too…it’s just not exactly the kind of wine tasting vacation we had in mind. Here in Paso Robles, it’s all about super friendly down to earth service, affordable tastings, casual winemaker encounters, and kicking our cowboy boots up on the furniture. And, when it comes to the wine, Paso Robles has caught up with Napa in terms of wine quality, terroir, and offerings, too! The only difference? We don’t really feel the need to brag about it so much. Here are a few more darn good reasons why you might want to re-route your GPS South to low key Paso Robles for your next wine tasting excursion.

fan of Paso Robles Wineries wine tasting specialsCost

Yes, we should expect to pay good money for good wine, but when it comes to tastings, Paso Robles is way more affordable than our neighbors to the north. That’s a good thing, as you probably want to be able to try the wine before you buy it, right? In friendly Paso Robles, tastings usually cost no more than $10 per person, and that fee is often waved if you purchase a bottle (At Sextant Winery, a $10 tasting even includes a free wine glass). Napa, on the other hand, is known to charge $50 or more at the high end. Maybe it’s just us, but we want to save a little dough for a nice meal after we’re done sipping and swirling. Click here for amazing wine tasting, barrel tasting, wine purchase, hotel, and limo deals that you have to see to believe. Plus: In Paso Robles, coupons are digital, so all you have to do is flash your iPhone to get a wicked discount. If you aren’t sold yet, you probably shouldn’t even read on!

Paso Plus: Text “Specials” to 24587 for incredible Paso Robles Wine Country deals.

Friendliness

Rotta Winery Wine JugsWhen you walk into a winery, how do you want to feel? Intrigued, engaged, and excited or freaked out and intimidated? If you prefer the former, Paso Robles is totally for you. Here, you get an intimate atmosphere with folks ready to show you the ropes (plus, it’s common to run into the owners, winemaker, or vineyard manager right there in the tasting room). Pretention has no place in Paso Robles, as you can see from a visit to Rotta Winery, one of the oldest in the region. Here, even jug wine is elevated to high class (you will want to check out their gorgeously screen printed jugs filled with premium Paso wine). Not sure how to pronounce a varietal? Want to know more about the vineyard? You’re in luck! Paso Robles Wine Country is all about connecting, not condescending.

Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery: speedfind.com/RottaWinery

Paso Plus: Friendly winemakers, friendly farmers! Farm fresh abundance is everywhere in Paso Robles. Stop by the gourmet farm stand at Limerock Walnut Orchard or olive oil taste at Pasolivo and you’ll olive and Walnut Oilsstart to realize why SLO County is considered one of the happiest places on earth.

Mapping and Directions to Limerock Orchards: speedfind.com/LimerockOrchards

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Olive Oil: speedfind.com/Pasolivo

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Downtown Paso Robles: speedfind.com/PasolivoPaso

Super Stays

No one wants to go wine tasting, then head back to the hotel, with a “beautiful view of the parking lot.” Paso Robles’ natural beauty shines at a plethora of airbnbs, vacation rentals, and hotels, including the Hampton Inn and Suites and La Bellasera Hotel, both of which offer luxury wine country stays without the high-end price tag.

Mapping and Directions to Hampton Inn & Suites: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

Mapping and Directions to La Bellasera: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

Paso Plus: If you book a rental near downtown Paso Robles, you are set to enjoy more than a dozen walkable wineries and more foodie pleasure than you can shake a fork at.

No Reservation? No Problem!

HammerSky VineyardsReally? Seriously? Oh yes. If you’re group is under six people, you will have no trouble strolling into the bulk of Paso Robles Wineries for a wine tasting, barrel tasting, or tour. In Napa, appointments are (sadly) a way of life, as the region is so overcrowded and overextended. Paso Robles has its fair share of fans, too, but more than 250 wineries and more laid back vibe allow for tasters to breeze in whenever they feel the urge. The lush estate vineyard, manicured topiary, and elegant tasting room at HammerSky Vineyards & Winery might feel upscale, but you’ll never be booted due to your lack of reservation. Get ready to be welcomed to the bar, poured a lineup of fantastic wines, and ushered into the fold. You’re in Paso Robles Wine Country now, and that means you’re family!

Mapping and Directions to HammerSky Vineyards & Winery: speedfind.com/HammerSkyVineyards

No traffic

I mean, c’mon. Need we say more?



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 Purchase the Right Bottle

how to purchase the right bottle of paso robles wine

So, you’re out wine tasting and having a grand old time. Everything tastes delicious—in fact, most of the wines you taste are starting to blur into an unmanageable haze. Was it the first white you liked or the fourth? Or did you only like the fourth white because the third wasn’t your favorite? Here are a few tips to help you purchase the right bottle and regain your sanity. I can already hear you asking, “But what’s the best?” Well, that’s obvious! It’s the one you’ll actually want to drink once you leave the tasting room.

Pick the Right Tasting Room

While some regions are known for $30 tasting fees and snobby service, Paso Robles is still a down-home getaway where you can meet the winemakers behind the bottles. Pick a tasting room that’s not too crowded, so that you can ask questions of the staff and take your time leisurely deciding which wine fits your budget, taste buds, and cooking style. Although crazy-crowded tasting rooms can be fun for events and celebrations, you don’t want to have to fight your way to the tasting bar, especially if you’re in the mood to compare. If it looks like the staff is frazzled or there’s some sort of pick-up party, you might come back a different day. P.S. That’s totally OK!

Pick: Many downtown Paso tasting rooms fit the bill of casual, laid back and not too crowded, but Lusso Della Terra adds to this ambiance with a chill lounge perfect for hanging out. Taste through a range of Italian varietals while kicking back and truly savoring the flavor.

Mapping and Directions to Lusso Della Terra: speedfind.com/LDT


Take Notes

No,Eberle Winery Caves these don’t have to be super detailed; just use a system that you will understand. Maybe you place a star or smiley face next to the wine you liked best, or maybe you write one descriptive word next to each taste to remind you of what piqued your interest. Don’t underestimate your ability to get distracted by a good conversation, your phone, or perhaps the winery dog beckoning you to put down the glass and go for a belly rub. Of course, all of these interactions are wonderful—and what make the Paso wine tasting experience great—but be vigilant when it comes to marking down what blows you away. You’ll thank yourself later.

Pick: Eberle Winery off Highway 46 East in Paso Robles offers up cool wine caves, a casual vibe and tons of iconic Paso Robles wines. That said, you’ll also get incredible knowledge from their helpful staff, who are happy to help you make your next purchase with confidence.

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery: speedfind.com/EberleWinery


Eat the Crackers

Those dry, bland crackers are there for a reason: USE THEM! Consume a little bit of a breadstick or cracker between each wine (whatever the staff has on-hand will be fine) to help reset your palafish gaucho restaurantte and provide you with a clean slate. Beware: When you go relentlessly from one wine to the next, you don’t just fatigue your tasting room attendant (he’s not a bartender), you also wear out your tongue.

Pick: Better yet, stop between tasting rooms for a full meal at Fish Gaucho in Paso Robles. Enjoy fresh ceviche, light, crunchy chips (and a whole lot of replenishing H20). We promise, once you get back to your tastings, your body and mind will feel revived and recharged.

Mapping and Directions to Fish Gaucho: speedfind.com/FishGaucho


Limit Tastings

The previous tip flows nicely into this sage piece of advice: Never taste at more than three tasting rooms in a day. Sure, it’s fun to go big if someone’s rented a limo, but you won’t really be able to taste the wines adequately if you have had too many. That said, always spit your wine and if you absolutely know you hate something, it’s OK not to try it. Of course, you might have an antiquated idea of the varietal (say, merlot), but sometimes you just have to get over the FOMO that comes when saying “no” to one taste so that you can be present for what really speaks to you. Limit your intake and you cutruzolla vineyardwon’t just retain your sobriety, you’ll also retain your ability to make informed and thoughtful decisions about your wine purchases.

What are You Looking for?

You wouldn’t buy a piece of furniture without first considering where you’d put it in your house, right? Be courteous to your wine cellar and only pick up bottles you think are delicious, one—and two, have a purpose. Perhaps this is a rich Cab that you will expect to lay down for five to ten years, or maybe this is a fun rosé that you will be ready to throw into your fridge the moment you get home. Neither is better or worse, but make sure that you are not amassing random bottles for your grandchildren to one-day sort through. Wine hoarding might seem impressive, but really it just bogs down your collection with “meh” bottles you’re not keen on opening. Better to have less of the best!

Pick: Know yourself and be practical. Love big, bold Cabs and warm weather varietals that sing with Paso sunshine? Go for Rangeland Wines. More into cool climate whites that show crisp acidity? Head for the coast and Cutruzzola Winery.

* Mapping and Directions to Rangeland barrel room at Denner Vineyards
(by appt. only):
 speedfind.com/dennervineyards

Mapping and Directions to Cutruzzola Winery: speedfind.com/Cutruzzola

* To taste Rangeland Wines, please call Laird at 805.674.9232 or winemaker Paul Hinschberger at 208.520.0882 to schedule an appointment. Please do not call Denner directly.



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

Why Wine Doesn’t Taste the Same Year After Year

Why Wine Doesn’t Taste the Same Year After Year

Why is it that you can drink the same varietal from the same winery grown on the same piece of land, and it tastes so different from year to year? What makes a particular winery’s 2009 Tempranillo so vastly different from its 2004 or 1994 offering? Why does the wine community herald some vintages, while others are just so-so or “average”? Well, as you might have guessed, the answer isn’t one-size-fits-all. We’re just glad you’re curious!

Rainfall

Here’s an easy way to think about rainfall and its link to wine. The more water you see falling from the sky, the more water the grape will probably retain. This isn’t necessarily the best thing for a wine grape, which can easily become diluted (a.k.a. more mild in flavor). Winemakers strive for a balanced sugar to acid content in their fruit, so a whole lot of rain can send grapes seriously out of whack. That said less rain isn’t always a good thing. Although less rain equals a more stressed plant, more vigorous roots, and more concentrated flavor (a major plus), a full-on drought can put serious stress on a vineyard, especially traditionally dry farmed vines. When the rain comes is also a big wildcard factor in wine flavor. Rain during vine-growth and establishment can be great, creating vivacious and lush greenery. Rain immediately following fruit set is known to breed dreaded mold and mildew—two things you don’t want associated with your next release.Four Lanterns Buy the Wine

Four Lanterns Winery’s 2014 Jacinth Grenache is a great example of what happens when Mother Nature gives you a perfect balance of flavor, acid, and tannin. Thankfully, the Templeton Gap is known for its cool nights and warm, temperate days. Pair this delicate, intricate red with chevre cheese, bolognese sauce, or roast venison.

Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery: speedfind.com/FourLanternsWinery

 

Crushing

To make wine, winemakers must crush their fruit in some way or another. However, not all complete this task identically (where’s the fun in that?). Modern crushing and destemming machines consist of a large steel or aluminum trough with a screw at the bottom. The screw turns, gently squeezing the juice while separating the roughage (stems, seeds) from the fresh juice. While a winery might opt to hand-sort each grape before sending it to the crusher/destemmer—resulting in a more premium product—they may not choose do so every year. Still, some winemakers may throw out the destemmer altogether, going for a more rustic, farmhouse style. Temperature and time of day also plays a major role: A winemaker may choose to keep certain varietals chilled during the crushing process, adding a crisper, more vibrant flavor.Chronic Cellars Buy the Wine

Speaking of keeping grapes cool, Chronic Cellars’ 2015 Stone Fox features Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Picpoul Blanc picked and crushed in the early morning hours of the day (a.k.a the only “cool” time during your average Paso Robles harvest). Enjoy this wine’s fresh flavors of pineapple, coconut, fresh orange blossom, flint, and baked honey.

Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars: speedfind.com/ChronicCellarsWinery

 

Temperature

Another good rule of thumb: The higher the temperature outside, the higher a grape’s sugar (and later, alcohol) levels will likely be. Conversely: The lower the temps, the higher acid will usually soar. While a hotter than usual growing season can produce ripe, fruit forward flavors, a too-hot growing season can bring about overripe, flabby, or heavy jammy influences into the wine. Vice versa, a colder growing season can create a tarter, more refined wine (such as in the case of cool climate pinot noir). This is why savvy winemakers will test the phenolic of their grapes as the fruit approaches maximum balance, harvesting the moment they feel the fruit has reached its optimal flavor profile. It truly is a dance, and not an easy one at that!Hearthstone Estate Buy the Wine

Did someone say peak ripeness? Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon showcases Paso Robles’ long, warm growing season with dark cherry, smoke, and a plume of rich dark cocoa on the nose. Enjoy now or age for a decade—it only gets better with time!

Mapping and Directions to Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery: speedfind.com/HearthstoneVineyard

 

Fermentation

Yeast plays a huge part in the flavor of a wine from year to year. While some winemakers go with a natural yeast fermentation derived from the land, others will purchase specific yeasts in the hopes to yield a certain flavor or style. This will obviously either add consistency or a spontaneity to the final product. In addition, whole cluster fermentation—the practice of fermenting whole clusters of grapes with no intervention by machine—can create a unique, robust and rustic flavor profile all its own.Oso Libre buy the wine button

This bold 2012 Carnal GSPS Rhone Blend produced by Oso Libre Winery features an open top fermentation with punchdown and pump-over processes twice daily under cool temps (to preserve crisp fruit notes).

 

Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre Winery: speedfind.com/OsoLibreWinery

 

Aging

We all know that wine aging is a major factor when it comes to comparing wines from year to year, which is exactly why it is usually one of the first things you’ll learn about by reading the label. From vintage to vintage, a winemaker may use fragrant French Oak, more neutral American Oak, smokey whiskey staves or even concrete or clay vessels to impart that perfect finishing touch on the wine. Depending on materials available, preferred style, or need to “correct” for other issues within the wine, a winemaker will try his or her best to make the best call. This is also where blending can come in: a dash of this, a drop of that—and bingo—you’ve got yourself a killer vintage that outshines the rest.Peachy Canyon Buy the Wine

Thanks to New French Oak aging, this 2014 Vortex blend produced by Peachy Canyon Winery showcases a light, toasted vanilla nose bolstered by coffee, butterscotch, cherry, and caramel apple.

 

Mapping and Directions to Peachy Canyon Winery: speedfind.com/PeachyCanyonWinery

 

 



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 No Brainers for Better Paso Wine Tasting

Paso Robles Wineries No Brainers for Wine Tasting

When it comes to wine tasting, are you really in it to win it? Do you have a game plan? Are you armed with the right info? If not, you may find yourself not quite getting the full Paso Wine experience. You don’t have to have a sommelier’s lingo or an encyclopedic knowledge of the Paso Robles wine region to get in on this action—we promise! This spring, try these five easy-to-follow tips for getting the most out of every wine you swirl. Because when it comes to wine tasting (and most things in life), easier is always better.

Relinquish the Wheel

Although it’s truly noble to volunteer for the role of designated driver, why not leave the worry to a professional? That way, your whole group can enjoy the wine tasting fun without fretting over traversing (or navigating) Paso’s winding backroads. Setting up a bachelorette party, birthday bash, pearl of paso limousine limoor simple double date getaway for you, your spouse, and your favorite couple? Give Pearl of Paso Limousine service a call (not only do they offer the most luxurious limo in town—the prices are very reasonable). Take it from us: Paso’s gorgeous green hillsides are all the more scenic when you’re able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Think Small

The beauty of Paso Robles isn’t in its massive, corporate winery scene—it’s in the smaller, more laid back operations that radiate with authenticity and warmth. We say, seek out these boutique wineries where you can taste and feel the passion of winemaking and spend quality time with people behind the bar (FYI: Those people might just be the owners or winemakers). In fact, more often than not, you’ll get a person-to-person chat about this year’s vintage, quality of the fruit, and interesting behind-the scenes intel. All you have to do is belly up the bar!

Don’t Forget the Box

This sounds super obvious, but you’d be surprised how many veteran wine tasters forget this tiny step. Before you make a dash for the tasting rooms of your choice, be sure to pack a cardboard box that will keep your precious wine purchases secure while en route. No one wants bottles rolling all over the place, and it would totally ruin your day of blissful sipping if you got a splash of red wine all over those sweet leather seats.

Paso Robles Wineries HydrateSoak it Up

Sip and be merry, but don’t forget to eat! It’s easy to get so excited about the next taste that you forget that you haven’t had a peck since breakfast. Pack a picnic, or plan to stop at a swath of wineries that serve amazing, gourmet spreads. Way before you start feel light headed, stop for a nice, carb-laden nosh followed by a full bottle of H20. Nothing’s worse that realizing you’ve forgotten the last three wines you tasted because you’ve been running on empty. Great Paso wine lunch stops include Cello Ristorante & Bar at Allegretto Vineyard Resort, Cass Vineyard and Winery, Hearst Ranch Winery, Lone Madrone, Opolo Vineyards, Oso Libre, Seven Oxen Estate Wines, the Restaurant at JUSTIN, Tooth and Nail Winery and Wine Boss Lounge. Click here to plan your foodie stop today.

Mapping and Directions to Cello Ristorante & Bar: speedfind.com/Allegretto

Mapping and Directions to Cass Vineyard & Winery: speedfind.com/CassWinery

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Jack Ranch Café, Cholame: speedfind.com/HearstRanch

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Sebastian’s Café, San Simeon: speedfind.com/HearstRanchWinery

Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone: speedfind.com/LoneMadrone

Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyards: speedfind.com/OpoloVineyards

Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre: speedfind.com/OsoLibreWinery

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines: speedfind.com/SevenOxen

Mapping and Directions to The Restaurant at JUSTIN: speedfind.com/JustinWine

Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery: speedfind.com/ToothAndNail

Mapping and Directions to Wine Boss Lounge: speedfind.com/WineBoss

Focus

This is a big one. These days, social media begs us to try and do everything, right now… but let’s face it: there’s no way you can be everywhere at once. It may be tempting to hop from Westside to Eastside, break for lunch in downtown Paso, then cruise up Highway 1 and back again. But this type of a wild, crisscrossing route is extremely unrealistic, not to mention a little dizzying. Instead of dividing your attention between many different areas, stick to exploring one aspect of the region where you can hit a few great places within a reasonable radius. Check out a range of itineraries here, and happy trails to you!



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 Wines that Shine with that Elusive “Minerality”

Paso Robles Wineries Minerality

Some wine descriptors have a way of making us giggle, at least internally: “Worn leather,” “decomposed earth,” and “forest floor” are big ones that always make me crack a playful smile. Not to say that these terms are BS, because they’re most certainly valid ways to describe wine. But what can I say? It’s just funny to think about stopping my hike to lick the dirt—which is exactly what I imagine any time someone utters the latter. Then, there’s “minerality,” which is far more mysterious and hard to put your finger on than the earthy scent of fallen leaves and damp oak trees. Some say minerality tastes and smells of crushed river stones, wet granite, or sun-baked sand. Some swear that a particular vineyard creates a certain rocky minerality in a wine. Others think the whole idea of minerality is a bunch of bunk. Science tells us that this beguiling wine characteristic does not, as you might think, come from any real life mineral compounds found within the soil, but is—like most wine characteristics—the result of an artful culmination of factors that cannot be “planned.” The short answer: We may not know exactly how or why that wine really shines with refreshing minerality we seek, but we can sure as heck enjoy it!


Kiamie 2015 White Kuvee

Kiamie Logo ThumbWhat: A Viognier and Grenache Blanc blend sourced from grapes grown in the Adelaida District

Why: Kiamie Wine Cellars 2015 White Kuvee is bright and floral in character with undertones of minerality unique to the vineyard. This vintage offers aromas that envelope the glass with real density and weight with a crisp, seemingly faux dry finish. The pungent hints of peach schnapps, tarragon and spiced applesauce characteristic of Grenache Blanc merely round out and compliment Viognier.

Pair with: Vietnamese spring rolls with mango honey shrimp and Thai basil wrapped in rice vermicelli served with a garlic peanut dipping sauce.

Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars: speedfind.com/KiamieWines


Hoyt Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay

Hoyt Family Wines Logo LargeWhat: A 100 percent Chardonnay sourced from the Santa Lucia Hills AVA

Why: This “drink all day chardonnay” from Hoyt Family Vineyards is light, crisp, and bright with the lush butter and oak you crave. A low acid profile and fresh minerality also allow fruity pear and citrus notes to shine through.

Pair with: Gorgonzola-topped salad with brandy-soaked pears and toasted baguette.

Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards Tasting Room at the Rabbit Hole, downtown Paso Robles: speedfind.com/HoytFamilyRabbitHole

Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards, Templeton (by appt. only): speedfind.com/HoytFamilyVineyards


Cass Winery 2014 Rockin’ One Blanc

Cass logoWhat: A blend of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne crafted from the Cass Estate Vineyard in Southeast Paso Robles.

Why: Cass Vineyard & Winery’s 2014 Rockin’ One Blanc mirrors of gold reflect hints of Asian pear preserves, melon meringue, candied quince and hawthorn blossom. Essence of freshly whipped butter cream, Meyer lemon custard and white peach balance upon a full yet delicate palate. Soft acidity and stony minerality weave flavors of crushed chamomile, baking spice and toasted cashews that herald a lingering, layered finish kissed by honey tea.

Pair with: Fresh pasta with lemon cream sauce topped with artichoke, lemon zest, and capers; shortbread cookies smeared with sweet-tangy quince paste.

Mapping and Directions to Cass Vineyard & Winery: speedfind.com/CassWinery


Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 Rhone Blend

Hearst Ranch Winery button adWhat: A blend of Grenache, Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, and Picpoul Blanc from Paso Robles vineyards.

Why: The driving force behind the 2015 bottling of Hearst Ranch Winery’s Three Sisters White is an elegant minerality, front and center. Grenache Blanc is put in the driver’s seat for this vintage to highlight the strengths of this beautiful varietal. The Viognier component was dialed back to 20% but still makes its presence known with floral aromatics. The 13% Roussanne adds richness to the mid-palate while the 10% Picpoul Blanc punctuates the acid profile. The resulting cuvee is one of composed restraint that allows all of the components to shine without creating any shadows.

Pair with: Seared Ahi tacos topped with sweet-spicy cabbage slaw and crumbly Mexican queso fresco.

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery Jack Ranch Café Tasting Room, Cholame: speedfind.com/HearstRanch

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery Sebastion Café, San Simeon: speedfind.com/HearstRanchWinery


Jada 2016 1149 Rosé

What: A 100 percent Mourvedre crafted from the Jada Estate Vineyard in Westside Paso Robles.

Why: With fresh watermelon juice, bubble-gum, flower-scented lotion, potpourri, green apple, and pine needles, Jada Vineyard’s 2016 1149 Rosé is as playful and flirtatious, to be sure. The palate shows a combination of Maraschino cherry, crushed rocks (there’s your minerality), salted taffy, and rose water. A concrete fermentation helps integrate and balance the alcohol and acid; the few months in 500L barrels added a subtle, but nuanced, baked pretzel note on the finish.

Pair with: A noshable spread of fine salami, prosciutto, olives, and frozen grapes; watermelon and arugula salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Mapping and Directions to Jada Vineyards: speedfind.com/JadaVineyard



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

 

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

Which Paso Wine Beach Body are You?

Paso Robles Wineries Paso Wine Beach Body

Wanna know if you have a beach body? Quick, check your pulse. Yup—if you have a living, breathing human body, congrats! You’re the proud owner of an ultra fabulous, totally tabloid-worthy #1 beach body. Not quite convinced? This is 2017, people. Let’s leave the body shaming, excessive dieting, juice cleanses, and “five minute ab” videos in the past, where they so totally belong. If you couldn’t already tell, we’re on one heck of a body positive kick. That means cultivating a fulfilling, well balanced diet, plenty of moderate, soul-nourishing exercise (the kind you actually enjoy doing) and—most importantly—cultivating a sense of mental well being that can’t be shaken by something as trivial as a number on a scale. A big chunk of that mental wellness comes from—you guessed it—treating yourself now and then, and we don’t just mean Greek yogurt with a few berries on top as an afterthought. This spring, let’s let go of #fitnessinspo for good and get inspired by these joyful wine and cheese pairings perfect for a sunny beach party. Which Paso Wine Beach Body are You?

Bold and Beautiful

Go bold or go home! Michael Gill Cellars is known for its breathtaking array of estate Syrah wines that know how to command a room (or your next sunset soiree on the dunes). Make a beeline for this one of a kind tasting room inspired by historic hunting lodges of yore and pick up one of the winery’s flagship Syrah stunners. The beach bash: Sultry bonfire under the stars. Picnic pairing: A big, bold blue cheese that can stand up to Syrah’s earthy, spicy notes. Try Rogue River Blue from the Rogue Creamery located in Southern Oregon, which is actually wrapped in Syrah vine foliage, for an added oomph. Wear: A bold, inky colored one-piece with cheeky cut-outs.

Rustic CharmerBeach Wine Cheese Platter

Is your jam “effortless French cool?” Rendarrio Vineyards is all about that beachy South of France chill, thanks to owner/winemaker/surfer Ryan Render. After falling in love with the Rhone region of France, the former Orange County shredder packed up shop and headed for the Central Coast, where sea and vine meet. Try Render’s 2012 First Born King blend of Grenache and Syrah, which pairs well fruity and creamy farmhouse style cheese. The beach bash: Low-key surfer hangout sesh with that dash of je ne sais quoi. Picnic Pairing: Portuguese Azeitao, a raw sheep’s milk cheese that is smooth and rich as the day is long (bring a Baguette for added French appeal). Another fabulous rustic Rhone wine choice to gush over? Écluse Winery’s 2014 Rendition, a traditional GSM blend with savory notes of plum, leather, and tobacco. Wear: A striped navy-and-white tankini, tousled Bardot hair and a wide brimmed straw hat.

Dashing and Dangerous

Are you a thrill seeker? Do sharks fear you? Throw caution to the wind and hit the high surf with Bodega de Edgar’s 2010 Mis Pasos blend, which bursts with caramelized beets, white pepper, and fresh cut wood followed by rose petal, cumin, and garlic blossoms. This wild and uncontrollable wine, crafted from 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah, and 25% Tempranillo, is not for the faint of heart. Like a rip tide, it will reel you in, one sip at a time. The beach bash: Truth or dare, spin the bottle, and Twister—no party game is off limits at this scandalous seaside shindig. Picnic Pairing: A charismatic and flavor-packed Wisconsin smoked gouda will flirt with the wine’s earthy, peppery allure to no end. Wear: A microscopic red bikini with gold hardware that catches the sun’s rays (read: blind them with your brilliance).

Surfer girlGolden Goddess

Do sunny days lolling on the sand bring out your inner beach bunny goddess? Tuck a few tropical flowers into your hair and lay out with some SPF and a glass of something as crisp and enchanting as you are. This Harmony Cellars’ 2015 Chardonnay is packed with pineapple, apple, and buttered toast, which just so happens to be the name of your favorite beachy nude/mauve lipstick (which matches your toes, totes). The beach bash: Flowered leis, 60s surf music, and a Beach Blanket Bingo dress code, naturally! Picnic Pairing: Nothing bolsters a chilled, fresh white quite like sumptuous, mild and decadently gooey Brie. Wear: A snow-white, retro-inspired one piece that channels your inner Marilyn-on-the-beach vibe (plus, look at how that well-cultivated tan glows!).

 



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

 

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

Take a Chill Pill With These 5 Barbecue Worthy Reds

BBq and red wineNever wear white after Labor Day. Always send hand-written thank you notes immediately following the receiving of a gift. You cannot start a sentence with a prepositional phrase. WHO SAYS? And, for that matter, who says that you can’t enjoy a perfectly chilled red wine, just as you would a white? If this idea blows your mind, you are not alone. But don’t worry—we’ve thoroughly researched this shocking idea. Not only is it totally kosher, but in the right context (read: not all contexts), a chilled red—so refreshing, elegant, and vibrant—is absolutely required. Eat your heart out, Emily Post. We’re taking this ice bucket challenge head on!
 

The Icy Truth

First: let’s recap. Why do we normally chill whites and not reds? Chilling turns up the volume on the refreshing acid elements of white wine, a huge part of their appeal. Lightly chilling any wine is always best, as chilling too cold will curb the full bloom of a gorgeous bouquet (can’t smell it, can’t taste it). Big-flavored reds would be greatly diminished by a hard freeze, and are usually best when served at room temperature due to their grainier tannins (those tannins become smoother the warmer the wine gets). However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t subtly chill a red now and then. Read on to find out how you can chill out while slathering on the barbecue sauce

Pick: Try a zesty Zinfandel paired with killer baby back ribs. Chronic Cellars 2014 Dead Nuts (74% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 10% Tempranillo) is juicy and fruity showcasing black cherry, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

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Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars: speedfind.com/ChronicCellars

How Cold?

If you’re barbecuing for a group, you probably don’t have time to travel back and forth to the fridge to check on your red’s temperature (plus, God forbid you forget about it altogether and go for the beer). A short five-minute bath in an ice bucket or cooler will do the trick. Any more than that, and you run the risk of completing numbing out the flavor, which is not what we’re going for here. The idea is to bring the acid and refreshment elements up in the red wine without snuffing out any of its tantalizing and complex flavors. If in doubt, chill for a shorter period of time than you think the bottle needs. No one will complain that their red isn’t “cold enough.”

Pick: Try a fruity, fairly acidic red paired with mushroom and black bean burgers. Sextant Winery’s 2014 SLH Pinot Noir offers up a breeze of wild strawberries, lavender, anise and red currant bliss. Another great choice? Soaring Hawk Vineyards 2015 Grenache, which is subtle and light in body and features aromas of tobacco, leather, and charcuterie.

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Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery Paso Robles: speedfind.com/SextantWines

Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery San Luis Obispo: speedfind.com/Sextant

Mapping and Directions to Soaring Hawk Winery: speedfind.com/SoaringHawkVineyards

Make Bigger Better

Here’s a neat trick. Next time you’re serving up a big, fruit-forward very high alcohol red, give it a quick chill. Now, give that sucker a second try. Of course, the first taste was absolutely delicious, but you may notice that on the second taste there is a bit more structure to the wine—a new clarity, a crisper balance. Fancy wine editors and winemakers already know that a quick shot of cool temperature has the ability to enhance high alcohol reds and really bring out their playful, more acidic attributes. Cool party trick, huh?

Pick: Clavo Cellars 2011 Zinfandel Desperado (100% Zinfandel) would go great with grilled tri-tip crusted with black pepper. This fabulous wine peaks at 15.25 percent alcohol and has won some major awards (2016 Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; 2016 Gold Medal Central Coast Wine Competition). That means it’s a perfect candidate for a brief chill, but you would never want to give it too cold a shoulder. Hoyt Family Vineyards Dylema, was actually created for the Malibu Chili cook off and features mostly Cabernet Sauvignon—known for its high sugar and alcohol content. This Gold Medal winner is named after the owners’ kids, (Dylan and Emma) and is fun, smooth, and easy on the palette (i.e. perfect barbecue wine).

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Mapping and Directions to Clavo Cellars: speedfind.com/ClavoCellars

Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards: speedfind.com/HoytFamilyVineyards

Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room: speedfind.com/HoytFamilyRabbitHole

But it’s not proper!

No, it’s not, really. However, anyone who has been to Europe in the summer has probably experienced a chilled red or two (when temps rise, chilled reds and blushes do too). If anyone laments your bold chilled choice, first—ask them to try the wine—and if that doesn’t win them over, head to the internet, where you can find tons of articles written by pros championing the practice of chilling the odd red. Heck, show them this blog post. They’ll get over it. Or, more wine for you!Paso Robles Wineries BBQ Reds

Ice, Ice Baby

While a red solo cup filled with to the brim with ice cubes, a solid grocery store Chardonnay and a slice of lime is totally apropos for a pool party, it is not a great choice for higher quality (read: more spendy) wines. Reds are generally higher priced than whites, so the stakes here are a bit higher here. While a quick chill won’t ever ruin your red and can actually enhance it, ice cubes will melt quickly and are known for diluting the flavor quicker than you can say, “Grill’s hot!” Just don’t do it. Some rules are meant to be left unbroken.



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

 

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