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5 Paso Wine Experiences to Give (and Get) this Holiday

Whether you like it or not, the countdown has begun. You can complain or you can conquer. You can bemoan or you can be merry. Why not enjoy your holiday shopping experience a little or a whole lot? Head for the hills of Paso Robles and taste while you shop. What a novel idea, indeed! Not only can this activity be considered “research” for all the great wines you’ll give, you’ll also get the ultimate gift: Shopping completed in one fell swoop. Because even Santa prefers Grenache over gingerbread. So, go forth, and shop sumptuously!

A Bold Red Wrapped in Ribbon

 

Sextant buy the wineGive: Nothing says the holidays like a big, robust, crowd-pleasing red perfect for celebratory family meals and seasonal soirees. Pick up Sextant Wines Wheelhouse Zinfandel and know that you are gifting a flavor profile all will covet. Packed with wild strawberry, raspberry, and spice, it’s also far more desirable (and better smelling) than potpourri.

Get: Sextant Wines in San Luis Obispo is ground zero for local history and an epic lunch while picking up bottles for everyone on your list. Explore the iconic Old Edna Town site, grab a delicacy from the deli case and taste through this longtime winery’s incredible selection of chardonnay and pinot noir. Of course, there’s so many other varietals to explore as well, and you have time to linger! Hey, you’ll even get to keep the glass when you purchase a tasting. Did someone say bonus stocking stuffer? Keep it for yourself. We won’t tell.

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

A Juicy White Delight

 

Give: Baby it’s cold outside, but it makes the wine taste all the more scrumptious! Harmony Cellars 2016 White Riesling is bursting with apricot, citrus, and honeyed indulgence. To what does this fine off dry holiday white owe its extra expressive fruitiness? You can thank an extended, icy fermentation. Brrr! Perfect to pair with an ugly sweater and a holiday cheese plate, this wine is ready to snuggle up to your gift list.

Get: An escape to Harmony, Ca (the tiny hamlet with population 18, if you count the cows) is always in order during hectic holidays. Here in this coastal oasis, glass blowers create their wares and the tasting room beckons from atop a breezy hill. You owe it to yourself to relax with a wine tasting, and after all, Harmony is just a hop, skip and a jump from Paso Robles. Don’t forget, there will also be an open house Sunday Dec. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. Featuring a cork craft table, treats, and more.

Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars

 

A Practical and Tempting Treat

 

Give: Everyone’s cooking this time of year, so why not gift a practical—and totally classy—epicurean gift? Extra Virgin Olive Oil grown in Paso Robles has become a hot commodity among the home chef set, not to mention the area’s many celebrated farm-to-table restaurants. Ready-made gift baskets are available now at Pasolivo, meaning you don’t have to struggle with ribbon and cellophane. We suggest the Holiday Favorites gift basket, featuring citrus EVOO, boozy cran-cherry chutney, winter ambrosia vinegar, orange blossom honey, and more. It’s like the holidays in one simple (non DIY) basket!

Get: While wine tasting, stop by Pasolivo for a journey through the farm’s latest offerings. What a fun and fanciful snack between stops! Sample lime, rosemary, citrus, and more. You might even need to pick up a few extra accouterments—salts, vinegars, and housewares too—for your own kitchen collection.

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

 

A Meaty Meal All year Long

 

Rangeland Buy the Wine ButtonGive: Adelaida Springs Ranch meats from Rangeland Winery are the crème de le crème of grass fed protein, not just in Paso Robles but throughout the Golden State. Give the very best meats this holiday, including frozen steaks, ground beef, lamb and more (sold by the pound), and know that you’ve warmed the tummy of your loved one’s family all year long.

Get: Make an appointment for a Rangeland Winery tasting experience, and prepare to be wowed by Paso’s wine country-meets-cowboy-county culture. Garden patio seating, stunning rural views, and more juicy Cabernet Sauvignon than you can wag a fork at are all at your fingertips.

Mapping and Directions to Rangeland Wines, Templeton

 

An Out of the Box Blend

 

Bodega De Edgar Buy the wineGive: Break outside the box and give the gift of dynamic and delicious blends from Bodega de Edgar Winery. The winery’s 2012 Mis Pasos (50% merlot, 25% syrah, 25% tempranillo) is a great buy for the savvy and stylish wine lover on your list. Inky in color with notes of plum, dried stone, and spice, this purple offering is totally unexpected.

Get: Sign up for the Bodega de Edgar Wine Club and expect for the unexpected all year long. Wine club shipments consist of 6 bottles in the Spring and 6 bottles in the Fall. Spring shipments are comprised of 100% varietals and Fall shipments are comprised of blends. We’ll take it!

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


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

Adelaide Inn

The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, loMake Reservationscally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundMake ReservationsMajestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

 

La Bellasera Hotel & SuitesMake ReservationsLa Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Make ReservationsHampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageMake ReservationsExperience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.

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

 

 

JUST Inn at Justin VineyardsMake ReservationsEnjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.

Directions: speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

 

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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Wow ‘em with These 5 Fool Proof Turkey Day Pairings

I don’t care what kind of family you’re from, you’ll probably agree: Togetherness is always more fun when there’s feasting involved. From the cheese and olive plate to the mashed potatoes to the cranberry sauce to the (drumroll please) main event—Thanksgiving is all about the food! Here in Paso Robles Wine Country, that means it’s all about the wine too. Well, the wine pairings that is. Impress your friends and family with these winning combinations and you might even earn a place at the top of the Thanksgiving Host Pantheon. Wait, there’s no such thing as that? Bah! We want our award. I mean, after serving up these 5 perfect food and wine pairings with a gracious smile, we totally earned it, right? If you can can’t wait to taste grandma’s gravy alongside a new vintage, this post is for you.

1. Stuffing and Sparkling

The bready smack of a carb-laden stuffing (whether tucked with veggies, olives, fruit, or even meat) calls out for the fresh clearing qualities of sparkling white wine. Toast to your good fortune (and good company) with a sparkling Grenache Blanc served slightly chilled.


Clavo Cellars Grenache Sparkling Wine is a celebratory masterpiece that will make the rounds all night long (everyone loves bubbles). Ripe fruitiness is heightened by shaved lemon zest and tart green apple, a fall fave. Extra points for dicing and roasting a few apples in your stuffing.

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 2. Mashed Potatoes and Viognier

Heavy fats call out for lightness! It is simply inevitable—just like the post Turkey Day food coma. Buttery, dense mashed potatoes and unctuous gravy are cut with bright levity in this ying-yang pairing.

Soaring Hawk Vineyards NV Barrique Blanc, a crisp 100 percent Viognier, offers up lots of refreshing acidity alongside a bounty of stone fruit and a hint of French oak. A sip of this wine between scoops of potatoes will have you coming back for more (and more…and probably more).

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3. Cranberry Sauce and Pinot Noir

The earthy, subtle, and complex trappings of a good pinot noir effortlessly heighten the zing of cranberry goodness, whether eaten by the spoonful or dolloped upon crackly, caramelized turkey skin.

Try Tudor Wines 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, which splits the difference between rich, ripe black fruit flavors and dusty, cedary tannins. It’s down to earth yet still totally elegant. Just like the table setting you took weeks to prepare.

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 4. Yams and Riesling

Cutruzolla 2014 Riven Rock Riesling is no one trick pony. This fruit forward gem is epic when paired with sweet buttered yams, but also plays well with neutral turkey—and even heightens that weird ambrosia you’ve been scared to try. Intense and pure, the nose expresses notes of lime, meyer lemon and crushed quartz. Creamy, mineral driven and incredibly balanced, this wine is your secret weapon against guests who confess they “have no idea what kind of wine they like.” In other words: This is a supremely drinkable selection that’ll be gone before you can say “pass the rolls.”

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5. Port Style Zinfandel with Pie

Thanksgiving is a boon for pie lovers, who can take their pick from traditional apple, local olallieberry, and—of course—iconic pumpkin. Pour a small chalice of Rotta Winery 2013 Zin Port Leather and Lace and watch as the pie-lovers and port lovers converge.

This fruity port style wine is dripping in flavors of blackberry and raspberry, yet offers up a fresh minerality to balance out any extra jamminess. Warning: Family stories, some savory and some not so savory, may start flowing from this selection.

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5 Tips for Your Paso Wine Country Winter Vacay

Winter in Paso Robles Wine Country is unlike anywhere else on earth. It’s not just the temperate days and friendly people—it’s the world class wines you’ll discover while you’re here. If you’re planning a trip now through spring, congratulations! You’re coming at the most relaxing time of all. Between harvest in autumn and bud break in spring, you’ll experience the most chill conditions here on the Central Coast (plus, all the heart warming holiday traditions). Remember these 5 tips for a perfectly Paso winter vacay and you’ll be sure to stay merry and bright.

1. Stay Cozy

Warm winter days in Paso rarely dip below 60 degrees, but that doesn’t mean we’re immune to the shivers. Many wine lovers actually know that Paso Robles is indeed famous for its warm, temperate days and cool (sometimes downright frigid) nights. This incredible swing in temperature—often as much as 50+ degrees between day and night—create fantastic, balanced wines that boast both juicy sugar and refined acid. So, pack your cowboy boots, denim shorts and t-shirt, but also make room in your suitcase for a sweater, vest or coat for comfy evening outings.

2. Bring your Shopping List

Downtown Paso Robles is old fashioned, charming, and amazingly friendly. You might think that a downtown square so “old timey” might be packed with antiquated offerings. You’d be wrong! Situated alongside some of the most incredible farm to table restaurants in the county, you’ll also find fabulous boutique shopping that rivals the coolest neighborhoods anywhere. A plethora of wine tasting rooms downtown also mean that you can swing by a tasting room and pick up a few bottles—or a case—just in time for holiday gift-giving.

3. Know your Paso Stay Style

Are you into vineyard views and plush robes or are you more of a keep-it-simple traveler? Whatever your Paso stay style, we’ve got you covered. From resort-style accommodations with heated pools, luxurious bedding, and gourmet meals to budget-friendly rooms with outstanding quality for your buck, Paso Robles is the perfect place to find your home away from home. Prepare ahead of time and find which stay suits you best.

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture.

Click here for mapping and directions to La Bellasera Hotel

 

 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort is the ultimate in Paso Wine Country indulgence and elegance. This Mediterranean-inspired refuge is bathed in acres of sprawling vineyards and orchards, blending the region’s best food and wine experiences with European-style hospitality that invokes joy and harmony.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is budget friendly yet fabulous. It is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions.

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Adelaide Inn logo 2017

The Adelaide Inn; is an iconic, locally 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.

Click here for mapping and directions to AdelaideInn

 

 

4. Hit the Tasting Trail

Harvest may be over in Paso Robles and the vines may have gone dormant, but the region’s more than 300 winery tasting rooms remain as lively as ever. Traverse the vines and oak studded hills by day, where blue skies rarely threaten rain (let alone sleet or snow). Pop in for a quick taste, longer flight, or even a snack or full meal (each tasting room is different – all are amazing). Added bonus: Since winter is considered “off season” here in Paso, you are certain to come across amazing wine discounts on your wine trail travels.

San Marcos Creek Vineyard Cabernet FrancSan Marcos Creek Vineyard specializes in small lots of finely crafted, single vineyard, estate grown and produced varietals. The family owned and operated winery takes great pride in providing wine enthusiasts with a memorable tasting experience.

Mapping and Directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyards

 

 

 

We invite you to experience Tooth & Nail Winery where they’re proudly pouring Rabble, Tooth & Nail, Stasis and Amor Fati wines. Their mission with their wine, events, weddings and service is always to over deliver, and exceed expectations.

Mapping and Directions to Tooth & Nail

 

 

 

Seven Oxen is a family-owned, estate winery producing small-batch Rhone and Zinfandel wines. The Estate vineyard is located off of Kiler Canyon Road in the Templeton Gap of Paso Robles’ Westside and the Tasting Bar is located inside Thomas Hill Organics Restaurant through December 31. Their new tasting room will open in February 2018 at 3340 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles.

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines

 

 

 

5. Dine on a Dime

January is Restaurant Month across SLO County, meaning some of the best eateries across the area will feature fixed price menus you won’t want to miss. For as little as $30 per person, you can enjoy multi-course meals as well as limited-time-only wine offerings at participating businesses. Keep your eyes peeled for restaurant deals this time of year, when dining rooms are a tad slower. More for you to enjoy!

Pappy McGregor's

 

 

Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub & Grill has an atmosphere with both Irish and American traditions. Always lively, always fun and always busy, Pappy McGregor’s is the best place for you to have a cold pint, eat a great meal, and meet up with friends.

Mapping and Directions to Pappy McGregors Pub

 

 

 

 

 

Located in Paso Robles, Fish Gaucho is a purveyor of California Mexican food and Tequila from the people who brought you Pappy McGregor’s. A fresh, healthy twist to traditional Mexican food, with an authentic atmosphere, latin inspired music and a tequila selection made up of the finest tequilas.

Mapping and Directions to Fish Gaucho

 

 

 

 


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

 

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 Chill Paso Wine Country Holiday Hangouts

Paso Robles Wineries Holiday Hangouts

Bring on the holidays and the houseguests! This is the time of year for connecting with loved ones over a great glass of Paso Robles wine. When relatives gather in Paso Robles Wine Country, there’s so much to explore, taste, and discover. From rustic tasting rooms surrounded by natural wildlife to wine caves, eateries, and coastal escapes, solidify your reputation as “host with the most.” So, grab the dog, pack the car, and make a date for these five family-approved spots. Your clan will thank you.

1. Breeze in to Centrally Grown at Off the Grid

Centrally Grown Building SunsetStart an unhurried holiday brunch tradition. Cambria is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Paso Robles Wine Country and offers up calm untouched coastal views perfect for getting everyone in a relaxed, joyful mood. Share half a dozen oysters or perhaps an “Exotic Eggs Benedict” with poached eggs, Brussel sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, and house made Hollandaise (or stop in for a farm fresh lunch or dinner bite complete with local wine list). Centrally Grown at Off the Grid offers a great lazy day setting and a fantastic photo-op for your family (think dramatic cliffs, soaring gulls, and blue skies). Explore edible gardens, breezy patios, custom sculptures, and sustainable water features all a stone’s throw from the glittering Pacific Ocean. Bring the kids. They’ll be enchanted.

Click here for mapping and directions to Centrally Grown

2. Shoot Pool at Chronic Cellars

Chronic Cellars Pool TableThe holidays can be a busy and hectic time, but when you’ve got family in town, it’s important to slow down and focus on what really matters. Catch up with the ones you love while surrounded by Paso Robles’ famous rolling hills and award winning wineries. Chronic Cellars is a totally casual spot that’s perfect for your in-laws, grandparents, and siblings. Go for a round of billiards and you might even discover that grandma is a total pool shark! This kind of celebration calls for a taste of the winery’s famous Spritz and Giggles sparkling wine, perfect when paired with Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas ham.

Click here for mapping and directions to Chronic Cellars

3. Dine Among the Vines at Cass Winery

When tummies are rumbling, you’ve got to make a date for more than a simple cheese plate. Grab the fam and head to Cass Winery, where you can nosh on pulled pork sandwiches, estate beef burgers, fresh salads, and (of course) lots of fabulous tasting flights featuring a long lineup of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. Grab a table on the patio surrounded by estate vineyards and allow a friendly server to bring delicious wine country treats straight to you. Added plus? You don’t have to a cook a single thing. What a relief.

 

Click here for mapping and directions to Cass Winery

4. Rest Easy at Pelletiere Estate Winery

Pelletiere Estate FarmhouseImagine your family nestled in the heart of Paso Wine Country, snuggled up in a rustic farmhouse appointed with the finest appliances, linens, and decor. This is not a dream! This three bedroom two bath Farmhouse located a quick stroll from Pelletiere’s tasting room boasts a charming kitchen complete with a coffee service island, breakfast nook, granite countertops, and a timeless vintage stove-oven. The dining room and living room both boast French doors that open onto the expansive private multi-level deck that overlooks our estate vineyards and beckons you to enjoy the sunset, while sipping a glass of our vineyard’s exceptional wine. The refined rustic furnishings and cozy fireplace are sure to make your stay unforgettable. Congratulations. You just won the holidays.

Click here for mapping and directions to Pelletiere Estate Winery

5. Drink Like a Local at Wine Boss

Wine Boss Thomas BoothWant to introduce out-of-town friends and family to Paso Robles’ unique downtown? We don’t blame you. This walkable square is ground zero for incredible restaurants, tasting rooms, and (very timely) holiday shopping. When your feet need a rest, be sure to stop in at The Wine Boss Lounge for an ever-changing drink menu that features the latest and greatest from area craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries. The casual lounge atmosphere makes for a perfect end-of-the-evening experience without the fuss of a fancy reservation. Plus: The menu is so diverse, everyone can find something they love! It’s easy. Unwind, try a few offerings, and allow your loved ones to mingle with Paso’s famously friendly population. Be careful though: They may want to move to Paso Robles, ASAP.

Click here for mapping and directions to Wine Boss Lounge



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

 

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 Wine and Halloween Candy Pairings so Good it’s Scary

While the kids are tricking and treating, why not treat yourself? We know you have a bag of Halloween candy (or five) hanging around the house this time of year. Who says you can’t dig into your own supply? This Halloween season create an unexpected pairing that will impress your fellow vampires and werewolves alike. Take our advice. Grab these 5 bottles and a bag of goodies and let the fearsom creatures feast! We promise: these combinations are so good, you’ll scream with delight.

Hoyt buy the wineSnickers and Tempranillo

Tempt your darkest desires with Hoyt Family Vineyards 2012 Tempranillo. Fruit forward and well balanced, the velvet feel rolls in your mouth (as the dark caramel chocolate melts on your tongue). Notes of black currant, black berries, blueberry, vanilla and cooking spices round out this sumptuous offering. You may want to continue this pairing all year long, and we don’t blame you one bit.

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

 

Lusso Della Terra Buy the WineNerds and Pinot Grigio

Nerdy or not, here we come! You know you love that big box of Nerds candy, so fruity and tangy on your tastebuds. Shake a few into your palm and pour yourself a glass of Lusso Della Terra Cellars 2015 Pinot Grigio Central Coast. Lush fruity notes of melon and stone fruit will keep your mouth watering.

Click here for mapping and directions to Lusso Della Terra Cellars

 

JUSTIN Buy the WineReese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Cabernet Sauvignon

If you’re going to drink a Paso Cab, why not drink an iconic one? JUSTIN has been known for decades as a stellar Bordeaux wine producer, and their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon carries the torch into the future. Pair this fantastically fall wine—with a nose of savory dried autumn leaves and flavors of ripe red and black cherry—with a Halloween candy that can handle the heft. Salty, almost savory peanut butter cups go gangbusters with the cab’s long finish and softly textured tannins.

Click here for mapping and directions to JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

 

Oso Libre buy the wine buttonM&M’s with Port

Port doesn’t have to be stuffy and sophisticated to be taken seriously. It can be playful, too! Oso Libre MV Azucar Port-Style Dessert Wine proves just that. This dark, luxurious offering is awash in flavors of baked plum, black cherry, and brandy. Elements of mocha, cinnamon, and nutmeg give the pairing a decidedly autumnal twist.

Click here for mapping and directions to Oso Libre

 

Ecluse Buy the WineAlmond Joy with Chardonnay

After a night of accommodating trick-or-treaters (some brattier than others) you will have earned a tall glass of chilled Écluse Wines Chardonnay. But don’t make the mistake of breaking out cheese and crackers. Go for a coconut-y almond joy, and see how this wine’s complex toastiness crackles to life.

Click here for mapping and directions to Écluse Wines

 

halloween candy

Other Halloween wine pairings to try:

  • Jolly Rancher and Gewürztraminer
  • Kit-Kat and Malbec Blend
  • Milky Way and Nebbiolo
  • Sour Patch Kids and Riesling
  • Starburst and Moscato d’Asti
  • Skittles and Sauvignon Blanc
  • Snickers and Lambrusco Amabile

 



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

 

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 Fall Table Centerpieces Paired with Fall’s Best Paso Wines

You’re all gathered around the table—even great aunt Shirley. The food is fab, the conversation is lively and the wine is flowing. This is everyone’s holiday wish, right? But what if you could take that simple dream a notch further, and make it a dinner worth remembering for decades to come? It all starts with a show stopping fall centerpiece and the perfect Paso Robles offerings to pair it with. Whether you’re old school autumnal or minimal chic, these 5 ideas take holiday feasting to epic new heights. Don’t be surprised if your guests need to take a photo of the glorious table spread before they can dig in and grub down.

1. A Very Modern Holidaysucculent pumpkin

Succulents may not be the quintessential fall plant, but in sunny Paso Robles, these native water-sippers thrive all year round. Snip a few architectural buds and tuck them into a low wooden box strewn with pretty stones for a minimalist effect. Tip: Carve out a pumpkin or gourd and place succulents inside for a uniquely modern autumn look. Click here for inspiration and instructions.

Sculpterra Buy the WinePair with: A clean, modern table calls for an equally fresh wine. Go for Sculpterra Winery’s 2015 Paso Pink Rose, and you’ll be toasting to your good taste in no time. With strawberry, raspberry, and vibrant tropical fruits, this pink, perky drink is as festive (and nontraditional) as they come.

Click here for mapping and directions to Sculpterra Winery

 

2. Flickering Orbs

Paso Robles may be a tad hot for growing apples, but we sure do love our hard cider! Pick up a cold frosty bottle and refresh your senses as the temps cool down. Another neat trick for incorporating lovely autumn apples into your next dinner? Hollow out a few and place votive candles votive applesinside. These simple flickering centerpieces will add storybook appeal to any festive feast. Click here for inspiration and instructions. Tip: See Canyon in nearby San Luis Obispo is bursting with fresh apples this time of year. Grab the kids and go for a you-pick excursion that will add deliciousness to your DIY project.

Pair with: Forget bobbing for apples. This crisp hard cider is so much more satisfying. More than 55 types of apples go into each bottle of Bristols Original, and it shows in the complex flavor. Inspired by the dry English cider, you’ll find it pairs perfectly with ham, turkey, and the all-important garlic mashed potatoes. We’ll take thirds!

 

3. Sparkle and Shine

Recycle your holiday wine bottles by turning them into tomorrow’s table talking piece. Scrub the bottles, remove any labels and fill with beautiful twinkling holiday lights. This DIY tutorial shows you exactly how to turn trash to treasure. Drink a lot of wine? We sure do. Turn excess bottles into coveted holiday gifts for friends and family.

Pair with: A sparkly table calls for—what else—sparkly wines! Pop the cork and celebrate in style with sparkling wines from Rava Winery, Paso Robles Wine Country’s newest winery and event venue. Specializing in sparkling wines méthode champenoise, this one stop shop has all the vital equipment needed to control the entire process in house from vine to bottle. This third-Rava Wines Button Adgeneration farming family takes great pride in growing and harvesting their own grapes, striving to retain the intimate link between their roots and their wine.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rava Wines

 

4. Golden Goodies

Mini pumpkins and bumpy gourds are always appropriate for a fall table, but why not glam ’em up a bit? Live a little, and break out the gold spray paint! A thin coat will turn your ho-hum harvest into a gilded conversation starter. Click here for inspiration and instructions. Tip: For dessert, bust out poached pears and blue cheese drizzled with honey. This wine, in tandem with the sweet, funky flavors, will knock their fall-themed socks off.

Hearthstone Estate Buy the WinePair with: Glitzy centerpieces call for a solid gold pairing. Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery’s 2010 Pear Delight—a mix of 25% roussanne and 75% viognier—is a bright golden color and yields aromas of orange blossom, pineapple, white nectarine, and papaya.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery

 

5. Wow ‘em with Winegrapes

A harvest inspired table spilling with seasonal delights is incomplete without wine grapes! Create a uniquely Paso Robles cornucopia with a table laden with juicy grapes and leafy vines. Click here for inspiration. Tip: If you don’t have your own vines, ask a friend or neighbor. You can always resort to a fabricated cluster, but if you happen to be in Paso Wine Country, there’s no need to fake it!

Brecon Estate Buy the Wine

Pair with: Go bold or go home! Give ‘em some true Paso Robles wine country love with a bottle of Brecon Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet. Aged for 22 months in French oak, get ready for silky smooth tannins and a lingering finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Brecon 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.


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

 

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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Spooky Halloween Fun in Paso

Paso Robles Wineries Halloween

Admit it. Candy corn sucks. This Halloween, let’s raise a glass to the kind of “treat” most adults would gladly go door-to-door for: Paso Robles Wine! Whether costumed to the hilt or laid back and low-key, tis the season to get ghoulish with your best gang. With these Paso Wine shindigs, you’ll be set to celebrate Halloween in style.

Dress to Impress at Tooth and Nail Winery

Oct. 27 & 28 // 8pm – midnight (VIPS enter early at 7 p.m.)

It’s nearly time for the first ever Halloween Harvest Ball at Tooth and Nail Winery! Grab your costume and make a beeline for Paso’s very own haunted castle. Located off Highway 46 West, this scary setting will be decked out to the max (fog machine, creepy decorations, interactive props, dramatic lighting, magician), so you should be to. A simple mask won’t do it for this party: Come head-to-toe in your favorite Halloween costume or you won’t be allowed inside! How’s that for dedication?

Tooth and Nail Halloween PartyThose who take on the spirit of the holiday with gusto will be rewarded handsomely: As guests enter the castle, they will be met with light bites and sweet treats provided by local area favorite eateries. The tasting room will be exclusively reserved for VIPs and transformed into an apothecary, where wine by the glass is for sale (after the first complementary VIP glass), as well as tableside service, horror d’oeurves and sweet treats. The winery’s Amor Fati Room will be converted to a Disco Inferno drenched in red illuminated light and pulsating DJ Dance and Light Party and will also serve as the venue for the costume contest with $2500 in prizes awarded.

Of course, it’s not all about being wicked. Ten percent of the net proceeds will benefit must! charities in Templeton. Click here to learn more and get tickets.

Pick Pumpkins Between Tastings

If you’re planning on wine tasting through Paso Wine Country this time of year, you’d be remiss to pass by the area’s amazing selection of pumpkin patches!

pumpkin patch

Pick the best gourd for your party or porch at River K Pumpkin Farm, San Marcos Ranch, or Chesebrough Farm. A local favorite—Jack Creek Farms—is a great place to find whimsical storybook pumpkins unlike any other. Plus, this picture perfect patch is located off Highway 46 West, home to not just Tooth and Nail, but also Four Lanterns Winery and Jada Winery, both fabulous locations for a pre (or post) pumpkin picking picnic.

 

Wines “From the Crypt” at Jada Oct. 20-22

They’re dusting off the best of the best. Taste from an exclusive selection of Jada Estate’s, limited production new releases and library wines, including their 2015 WCS JackJohn Grenache, 2015 Jersey Girl Syrah, and 2015 Strayts Bordeaux Blend. If you miss this treat, you will be haunted by regret!

Get Treated (never tricked) at Four Lanterns Oct. 20-21

Goodie! Four Lanterns Winery will host a wine and cheese tasting event this Oct. 20 from 6 to 8pm, which is just fine by us (candy is great, but nothing can compare to the stinky stuff). Featuring a delicious lineup of gourmet cheeses from Fromagerie Sophie in San Luis Obispo, you are invited to scream with delight. Note: A Harvest Winemaker Dinner is also slated for Oct. 21 from 6 to 9pm featuring farm fresh food by Fig.

Explore Your Wild Side at Eberle, Hearst Ranch, Lusso Della Terra, and Rendarrio Oct. 28

Zoo to You Halloween Poker RunGo where the wild things are! Get your Passport stamped this Halloween season without leaving the pleasures of Paso Robles Wine Country. One passport signs you up for a truly unique self-guided adventure filled with howls, grunts, and snarls.

Expect exotic animals at select tasting rooms (noon to 4pm), free wine tasting, and poker (well, sort of). Here’s how it works: Visit at least five participating Highway 46 East wineries, get your Passport stamped and draw a playing card to build your best poker hand. The top three hands will win awesome prizes, including wine and hotel packages!

Participating wineries include: Allegretto Wines, Eberle Winery, Hearst Ranch Winery, Lusso Della Terra, and Rendarrio Vineyards. Don’t forget to dress up! Wear your costume to receive a 10% discount on wine purchases. Even demons deserve discounts every now and then. Click here for more information.

 



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

 

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 Wine Harvest Weekend Events Not to Miss Oct 20-22

Paso Robles Wineries Harvest Wine Weekend

Stomp, slurp, and celebrate! It’s almost Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country, and more than 100 events are unfolding across the region. Sure, there are plenty of places you can do your sipping and swirling, but these select spots are offering more than your average wine tasting experience (expect food, live music, open houses, galore). Don’t waste another second lamenting over summer’s passing. The coming vintage is almost here! Let’s spend Harvest Wine Weekend toasting to all the hard work that goes into the bottles we love.

A Stomping Good Time at Opolo

When: Oct. 20-21, 5:30-10:00pmOpolo Grape Stomp
What: Known for great times and award winning wines, Opolo is located on picturesque Vineyard Drive. Day-to-day, you can enjoy a wide range of experiences at Opolo, from tours and cheese pairings, varied flight options and Pairings on the Patio to The Distillery at Opolo. As you might have already expected, this hilltop hot spot is pulling out allthe stops for Harvest Wine Weekend. Roll up your pants and get ready to stomp those grapes! In between grape stomping, folk dancing, and (of course) fabulous Opolo wine, you will be treated to Opolo’s finest food. The menu will include whole roasted lamb, Sarma, chicken and all the extras. Wow. These folks truly know how to eat! Click here to get your tickets now. 

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo

Chill Out and Carve at Chronic Cellars

Chronic Cellars outdoor patio vistors

When: Oct. 2-22, 11:00am-5:30pm
What: Time to mellow out. With a laid back outdoor billiards table, chill tasting room attendants, and a fun lounge feel, Chronic Cellars is the perfect setting for that relaxed weekend getaway before the holidays truly begin. This Harvest Wine Weekend, expect a truly “bomb” pairing, indeed: All weekend, the winery will pair delicious freshly crushed juice with cheese from Vivant Fine Cheese. On Saturday, enjoy wine pulled straight from the barrel, then take on a game of corn hole, can jam, or horse shoes. The best part? The whole family can join in the fun at Chronic Cellars with complimentary pumpkin carving on Saturday and Sunday while supplies last. Who knew getting in on all fall fun could be so effortless and easy? Click here to learn more.

Click here for mapping and directions to Chronic Cellars

Savor Fall’s Bounty at JUSTIN

Justin wine tastingWhen: Oct. 21-22, 11:00am-3:00pm
What: You probably already know that JUSTIN is ground zero for legendary Paso Robles reds savored in a swank setting. This Harvest Wine Weekend, dive into a truly sumptuous experience with live music and barbecue sandwiches made the gourmet way. Looking for more to dig your teeth into? The weekend will also include a special wine paired dinner prepared by the award winning culinary team of The Restaurant at JUSTIN. The evening will consist of a 30-minute welcome reception with passed appetizers followed by a four-course dinner served with JUSTIN wine, including ISOSCELES. Tickets are extremely limited, so if you want in, click here now.

Click here for mapping and directions to JUSTIN Winery

Underground Indulgence at Eberle

Eberle Winery CavesWhen: Oct. 21, 10:00am-6:00pm
What: If you’ve never explored Eberle Winery’s 17,000 square feet of wine caves, fall is the perfect time to go underground! If you’re looking for classic Paso Robles fun in a truly comfortable and unique setting, Eberle is your place to be this Harvest Wine Weekend. Marcy, Gary and friends will be crafting wood-fired pizzas with a donation requested for the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. Swing to live Music by Route 66 and snag an impressive 40% discount for military or law enforcement personnel. Psst! You can bring Fido, too! Dogs, wine, pizza, and tunes—what more could you ask for? Click here to learn more. 

Click here for mapping and directions to Eberle Winery

Cupcakes and Wine, Anyone?

Harmony Headlands Coastal TrailWhen: Oct. 21-22, 11:00am-4:00pm
What: No, you aren’t dreaming! This is—I kid you not—a real life pairing that’ll be happening this Harvest Wine Weekend at Harmony Cellars, not far from Paso Robles Wine Country. Take in the ocean breezes at this unique, coastal tasting room, overlooking the quaint village known as Harmony, Ca. What’s in store for the weekend? Savor cupcakes bursting with some of your favorite autumn ingredients paired with award winning wines. No reservations required! Click here for more information.

Click here for 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.


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

 

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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What Kind of Fall Red Are You?

Paso Robles Wineries Fall Reds

Just like everyone’s got their own summer style—glowy beach goddess, down-in-the-dirt camper, beer-in-one-hand barbecue master, etc.—we all have our own fall style, too. Whether you immediately break out the pumpkin scented candles, love crafting Halloween decorations galore, or simply prefer more of the laid back pleasures of the fall season (warm sweater on a chilly stroll, anyone?), Paso Robles Wines are just as diverse. Not sure which festive fall red you are? Take the quiz and share with your friends:

The busy baker

You: Begin baking the moment fall arrives, love to shower friends and family with sweet comfort foods, and can’t imagine the holiday season without the scent of apple pie (or any pie for that matter).

Hug Cellars buy the wine buttonYour red: Hug Cellars’ 2011 El Pape – With 65 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvedre, and five percent Syrah, this Rhone blend flaunts a subtle baking spice comfort that stands up beautifully alongside even an army of ginger bread men.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hug Cellars

 

The leaf lover

You: Secretly love raking the leaves this time of year (a delicious smell in your book), you enjoy cruising the vineyards and watching the vines change from green to orange, prefer a brisk hike with a flashlight to bundling up at home any night of the week.

Kiamie buy the wineYour red: Kiamie Wine Cellars’ 2014 Meritage – Herby and earthy, this rich, well-structured red blend pairs perfectly with rustic porchini mushroom risotto or a side of balsamic-glazed beets. Talk about forest floor fabulous.

Click here for mapping and directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

 

The fire worshiper

You: Always want to throw another log on the fire, savor crackling bonfires surrounded by friends, love the drama and carnal flavors of the fall season (the more charr the better).

Jada Vineyards Buy the Wine ButtonYour red: Jada Vineyard & Winery’s 2015 Strayts – With notes of plum, leather, and woody cedar, this mix of estate Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon is something like a smoky s’more dusted with cocoa powder. Plus, nothing pairs better with a bloody rare steak. Is it getting hot in here?

Click here for mapping and directions to Jada Vineyard & Winery

 

The bundle-upper

You: Adore the luxurious fabrics of the fall season: cashmere, velvet, and wool, enjoy chilly night under a warm blanket with a chunk of super dark chocolate, prefer Netflix and silk pajamas over holiday soirees and ironic Christmas sweaters

Hearst Ranch Winery Buy the WineYour red: Hearst Ranch Winery’s 2014 Tempranillo “Chileno” – A supremely lush mouthfeel and smooth notes of bing cherry, wet clay, and vanilla create a sensuous experience sure to wrap your tastebuds in luscious layers of fall flavor. Goosebumps, I tell ya.

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

You: Love creating cute decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas (all completed at least two months ahead of time, of course), have a full social calendar highlighted by holiday parties and events, feel that clinking glasses with rosy-cheeked friends perfectly symbolizes the “reason for the season.”

Peachy Canyon Buy the WineYour red: Peachy Canyon Winery’s 2014 Clevenger – Extremely likeable (even lovable), this party-pleasing blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Alicante Bouschet has it all. We’re talking flavors of strawberry, guava, and cardamom balanced with a mineral-fresh lightness. Think: substantial, but not too heavy—just like the perfect finger food app.

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


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

Adelaide Inn

The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, loMake Reservationscally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundMake ReservationsMajestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

La Bellasera Hotel & SuitesMake ReservationsLa Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Make ReservationsHampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageMake ReservationsExperience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin VineyardsMake ReservationsEnjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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 Festive Fall Reds to Cozy up to in Paso Robles this Harvest

Paso Robles Wineries 5 Festive Reds

If you’re gleefully counting down the days till Halloween, I’m with you. Paso Wine Country is known for its endless sunshine, expansive blue skies, and gently rolling hills—all of which are totally great—until you spot gourds, scarecrows, and jack-o-lanterns popping up on every lawn. Suddenly, we’ll all be craving braised meats, cozy sweaters, and Pumpkin Spice what-have-you. Let’s face it: Harvest time in Paso Robles, CA is probably more temperate than some states’ springtime, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get cozy, too! So, stoke a fire, hunker down, and break out that candy corn. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the coming season with these festive fall reds!

Tudor 2011 Pinot Noir – Santa Lucia Highlands

A light, sumptuously scented red is perfect for the first chill of autumn, don’t you agree? Garnering 91 points from Wine Enthusiast, Tudor Wine’s pinot noir is beloved for its “flamboyantly perfumed dark berry aromas,” floral allure, and smoky finish. Plus: You gotta love those long, supple tannins and touch of bitter cherry. Tip: Grab two bottles! One for now, and one to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. It will wow when set against turkey and cranberry sauce, that’s for sure.

Mapping and Directions to Tudor Wines

 

Seven Oxen 2014 Grenache

Think this varietal lacks enough heft for fall’s heavier flavors? Think again! Thanks to a dry, hot growing season, this punchy Grenache from Seven Oxen Estate Wines offers up a strong, concentrated red fruit and cherry brandy flavor that will kick your taste buds into autumnal bliss. With spicy notes of black pepper and rounded out with bright acidity, we could see this French oak-aged beauty paired nicely alongside a saucy pizza or pasta dish topped with the last of that tender summer squash.

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines

 

Soaring Hawk 2015 Zinfandel

Soaring Hawk Buy the WineGet bolder as it gets colder: Just because fall is here, that doesn’t mean folks in Paso Robles Wine Country will stop barbecuing any time soon. In fact, plenty of local wineries will continue to host outdoor feasts throughout the harvest season (which is going on as we speak!). Soaring Hawk Vineyard’s jammy, spicy zinfandel is perfect when paired with meaty pork ribs and tangy slaw. Light the grill, we’re ready to eat!

Mapping and Directions to Soaring Hawk Vineyards and Winery

 

Eberle 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Eberle Winery Buy the WineNothing says “classic Paso Robles” quite like a good solid cab. This ruby red beauty is Eberle Winery’s flagship wine for a reason: A palate full of rich, dark fruit, cassis, black cherry, chocolate, and mint come together to create a cornucopia of deliciousness. Pair with steak and mushrooms or enjoy on its own. That’s a wine that’ll stick to your ribs on a chilly night!

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery

 

Four Lanterns 2014 Bordeaux Style Blend

Four Lanterns Buy the WineKick off your boots and pile under a mound of soft blankets, because this warm and sophisticated blend from Four Lanterns Winery is full of soft tannins you’ll want to snuggle with all night long. Savor merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and a splash of petit verdot, which pairs well with a robust cheese plate or perhaps even a cigar. You’ve been good all year. Why wait till Christmas to live a little?

Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, loMake Reservationscally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundMake ReservationsMajestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

La Bellasera Hotel & SuitesMake ReservationsLa Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Make ReservationsHampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageMake ReservationsExperience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping.

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin VineyardsMake ReservationsEnjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves.

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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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