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Sniff These 5 Wonderfully Weird Paso Wine Smells!

Unless you’re tragically stuffy, you’ve probably giggled while reading the back of a fancy wine label. I mean, let’s get real. Laughing at wine descriptors now and then is part of the fine wine drinking experience (it’s practically an American pastime). Now, clear your mind and take a long hard whiff. What do you smell? Good and Plenty? Pencil lead? Green Beans? Old saddle leather? Just ask respected somms everywhere: These 5 weird wine descriptors are right on the money.

Tomato Leaf

Have you ever reached into a lush tomato plant to pick a few juicy orbs? Then you totally know the heady, summery scent of fresh tomato leaves. Fragrant, intoxicating, and super perfumy, this heavenly (but weird) scent is coveted among high end winemakers and is especially prevalent in some types of Sauvignon Blanc. That said, we must remind you that you should never eat tomato leaves. They are, indeed, toxic.

Banana

No, we aren’t talking about those icy tropical rum drinks that make your head throb. Many wines utilizing the cabonic maceration process will have a particular banana scent upon opening—especially Beaujolais wines. In this process, the grapes are sealed in a vessel filled with carbon dioxide prior to regular fermentation, which gives Beaujolais wines their distinctive juicy or subtly tropical flavors. Interestingly, the same “banana” compound is released by the honey bees from their sting to alert fellow bees to danger. Weird, right?

Cat Pee

A gross descriptor for super delicious wines, right? Don’t throw out that Sauvignon Blanc just yet…a subtle cat pee flavor is a very good thing! Want to know the difference between a low or high end Sauvignon Blanc? Smell for that funky and tangy scent that makes you wrinkle your nose just a tiny bit (if you’re a cat person, you’ll know the smell immediately). That said, if your wine smells like “wet dog,” it’s probably corked. Sorry pups, but the cats win this round.

Dill

If fresh chopped dill makes you think of mom’s tuna fish salad sandwiches and crunchy, salty pickles, think again. You’ll usually pick up that herbaceous, bright “dill” scent in oak aged wines. Sure, you’ll probably catch the traditional vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and cedar flavors associated with oak, but do yourself a favor and train your noise to pick out the dill in your drink. You’ll impress everyone at the table.

New Plastic

This one is just bizarre, but oh so true! A chemical aroma associated with high acidity whites, this “new Barbie smell” can be found in Rieslings and Chablis, among others. Of course, there is no real plastic lingering in your wine. How’s that for factory fresh flavor?

Follow Your Nose Through Paso

1. Mourvèdre

Mourvèdre is sometimes said to have a “read meat” flavor. Try Seven Oxen, balanced with red fruit flavors and 10% elegant Grenache (goes great with a bloody steak). It scored 90 PTS with Wine Enthusiast! Look for their cool, new tasting room opening in March on Ramada Drive.

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2. Red Rhône Blend

Can you taste the chocolate mint, cedar and coffee bean in Oso Libre’s MV Carnal Red Rhone Blend? It scored 96 PTS with a Double Gold Medal!

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3. Zinfandel

San Marcos Creek Vineyard’s 2014 Estate Zinfandel is all about fresh raspberries, licorice and white pepper.

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Mapping and Directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyards

 

 

 

 

4. Grenache Blanc

Clavo Cellars’ 2012 Grenache Blanc- Oracle boasts calming aromas of eucalyptus leaves, dried stone fruit and lavender. A fave!

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Mapping and Directions to Clavo Cellars

 

 

 

 

5. Tempranillo

Cooking spices ain’t just for cookies: Can you smell the nutmeg and cardamom in Hoyt Family Vineyards’ 2012 Tempranillo? This great wine won GOLD at the 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition!

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Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards

 

 

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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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Wine Tasting for Introverts

It’s a common conundrum. You love wine tasting rooms and all the sensory pleasures they offer, but you’re not really a “crowds” person. That’s totally OK! It’s not that you don’t like people (you actually just really love your people). Some of us just prefer a more relaxing and intimate environment where you can truly focus on the wines at hand. We get it. And we got you. If you ask us, 2018 is bound to be the year of the introvert. Here’s 5 Tips to keep your wine game strong as well as your sanity.

1. Book Off-Season

You prefer quiet and calm tasting rooms as opposed to loud and energetic ones filled with activity. Well, Paso Robles is more serene February through March, and that means all the trappings of a world class wine region without the hustle and bustle. You won’t have to worry about elbowing your way up to the bar and carving out a teeny space for yourself. During these lovely temperate (and green) months, you can breathe easy and taste freely.

Tip: You’ll also find extra deals and savings from winter through the beginning of spring, both in terms of wine tasting and lodging. Click here for Hotel Special Offers featuring La Bellasera Hotel and Suites, special tours, romantic getaway packages, and more.

Other great hotels to visit during the off season:
Adelaide Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals (100 homes to pick from)
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
JUST Inn®

 

2. Taste off the beaten path

You aren’t interested in “going where the most action is.” Naturally, some of Paso Robles’ more “off road” wineries will provide a chiller atmosphere, which is great for your personality type. Less people on the road = less crowded tastings. This doesn’t mean the wines aren’t worthy of paparazzi (in fact, many if these wineries tucked away off winding hillsides are world renowned and afford the best views). This just means that the only the truly thoughtful and well-researched wine tasters will go the extra mile to reach this fantastic destinations. As an introvert, you’re probably one of them.

Tip: You crave authenticity. Kiamie Wine Cellars is small, but their wines are mighty. With a tasting room located in a simple rock outbuilding on Ramage Ranch (homesteaded around the 1800s), the tasting room is about as rustically cozy and intimate as you can get. Stop by and meet the owners (you can’t miss ‘em: they are the only ones who pour). Sample a range of blends sourced from Westside Paso Robles mountain vineyards while chewing the fat with two of Paso’s most down-to-earth winery owners.

Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

3. Get One-on-One

You crave one-on-one experiences that allow you to peer deeper into the winemaking process. You have questions—lots of them! You also aren’t super comfortable peppering the poor tasting room attendant with all your interrogations (especially if he or she is helping many patrons at once). As a tried-and-true introvert, you’d rather go straight to the source. Book a private tasting today and ensure a small group setting filled with education, hands-on learning, and illuminating barrel tastings. You might even meet the winemaker. In fact, odds are you certainly will!

Tip: Michael Gill Cellars is known nationally for crafting superb syrah that sings with Paso terroir. Here on the West side of Paso Robles, rolling hills, deep valleys, a dynamite combination of soil, and 50 degree temperature swings inspire great wines—and even greater tourist activity. Visit this exclusive tasting room for an intimate one-on-one chat with Michael Gill himself. The tasting room is open weekends and by appointment only, so you know you’re getting a unique and one-of-a-kind experience.

Mapping and Directions to Michael Gill Cellars

 

4. Take a Seat

You love the chance to sit down and focus on what you’re really tasting. Some wineries are all about gabbing at the bar and taking in dozens of conversations and opinions happening around you. That’s…just not your speed. Instead, look for wineries that offer table service or a more relaxed setting for kicking back and swirling. The plus: You get to relax, enjoy your chosen companion(s) and take in the scenery while the wine comes to you. Allow a single wine attendant to answer your specific questions, or just sip quietly and know that your next taste is just moments away.

Tip: Kick up your heels at this comfortable and rustic tasting room in west Paso Robles. Dubost Winery’s family owned vineyards are crafted with generations of farming pride. Here, tasting is casual and you’ll feel like a valued family guest.

Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch

 

 

 

5. Chill Out

You love unwinding in a low pressure environment where you can come as you are and burn off a little steam. No disrespect to Paso’s most elegant and sophisticated tasting rooms (we love the grand appeal of these impressive and well-photographed destinations), but sometimes you just want to chill out and let loose. Instead of spending all your time fussing over tasting notes pick up a pool cue and connect with your friends. You can still enjoy excellent wine while you have a darn good time!

Tip: Chronic Cellars is a super laid back hangout beloved by locals and tourists alike. Taste a flight or pop a bottle and share with friends. These unique, often rebellious blends are always best when shared with a few good pals. Shoot pool, play a game of corn hole, or just relax under the oak trees. This is what wine country is all about.

Mapping and Directions to Chronic 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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Wait, Wine and What?! 5 Weird But Awesome Paso Wine Pairings

Paso Robles knows its fine wine, but that doesn’t mean we’re too “fancy” to flip the script. Although this humble wine region is world renowned for fresher-than-fresh farm to table food and super high scoring bottles, we’re also known to break with tradition with bold wine making choices and even bolder pairing ideas. Here’s 5 Weird Paso Wine Pairings you’ll want to try at home, even if you’re secretly a little afraid someone will see you. Hey! We say pair proudly (snap an Insta if you’re really brave). Paso Robles is a place for brilliant blends, rugged renegades and fad-busting flavor remixes. Life is short. Who really wants to pair just like the rest?

1. Sparkling and Mac n Cheese

Party in your mouth: Could it really be? Oh yes! You aren’t dreaming, friend. The fizzy bubbles tickle your tongue while acid cuts the fat of a creamy, salty comfort food classic. Plus, Chenin Blanc grows with bright fruitiness and balanced acidity in warm Paso Robles, reflecting notes of savory quince and juicy apple. Which, if you hadn’t already imagined—will add a fantastic tangy counterpart to the mac’s nutty, indulgent richness. Pair Lone Madrone’s 2012 Sparkling Chenin Blanc with your next mac attack and see if dreams really do come true.

 

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Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone

2. Pinot noir and Chocolate Ice Cream

Dessert like you really, really mean it: Upon opening, Cutruzzola Vineyards’ 2013 Pinot Noir hits you with a dose of fresh minerality and dark cherry fruit—a perfect match for the earthy sweetness of dark chocolate ice cream (mind you, dark is best here). Layers of plum and baking spice in this sumptuous wine only intensify this insanely decadent match. Extra credit:drizzle your ice cream with a dark cherry syrup—or infuse with pinot noir if you’re really trying to go all out. Extra extra credit: Select artisan Leo Leo Gelato dark chocolate crafted locally in Paso Robles. You’ll find it at Dolce Galleria, SLO Sweets in Paso by the scoop.

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Mapping and Directions to Cutruzzola Vineyards’ 2013 Pinot Noir

3. Chardonnay and Bacon

The brunch game-changer: A new release, Harmony Cellars 2016 Chardonnay is modern and complex, yet showcases that oh-so classic creamy texture you crave from a really good chardonnay. Bacon begs for this golden wine, which offers intense aromas of pineapple, melon and butterscotch. Tropical and citrus flavors are complemented by crisp acidity and a strong suggestion of buttered toast. Breakfast wine, your time has come! We’ll call it “brunch wine,” as to not raise too many eyebrows.

 

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Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars

4. Roussanne, Marsanne and Tacos

Spoil yourself this Taco Tuesday: You probably reserve your chilled, acidic Spanish varietals for Mexican night, yes? Well, move over crisp Albarino! This multitasking Roussanne, Marsanne blend with a touch of Albarino boasts equal parts fruit, floral, and light citrus notes. Cass Winery’s 2015 Rockin’ One Blanc showcases a nose of Asian pear preserves, melon meringue, candied quince and hawthorne blossom. The palate remains balanced with the essence of meyer lemon custard commingling with white peach and freshly whipped butter cream. Soft acidity and stony minerality create a multidimensional palate, delivering flavors of crushed chamomile, baking spice and toasted cashews. Its layered finish and kiss of honey tea pair well with a dollop of fatty sour cream. Holy guacamole. It’s that good!

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Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery

5. Meat Lover’s Pizza with ‘Jug Wine’

All the toppings: When you’re in the mood for a really meaty pie—one chock-full of hamburger, sausage, and pepperoni, you’re going to need an equally hefty red that brings a trio of spice, structure, and acidity. It makes sense, then, to go for a truly crowd-pleasing wine that likes to have fun, right? Invite your best buds over and crack open a limited edition, screen-printed “Rotta Jug.” Filled with Rotta Winery’s classic field style blend of 60% bold Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% zesty Estate Zinfandel (and made with 100% French Oak) this offering is as solid structurally as it is sassy in flavor profile.

 

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Mapping and Directions to Rotta 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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Winter Thru Spring

Enjoy a Green February in Paso at these 5 Haunts

Rolling green hills dotted with majestic oak trees, a clear blue sky, and vines as far as the eye can see. No, I’m not describing a faraway land where unicorns and fairies roam. This is the reality of Paso Robles Wine Country from winter through spring! Thanks to recent January rains, this renowned wine region is lush and verdant as ever. Although summer is full of fun starlit parties and boisterous barbecues, temperatures can easily soar to triple digits (causing once green hills to turn striking gold). Late winter and spring, on the other hand, offers a unique breath of fresh air—especially when it comes to enjoying a low key, less crowded excursion. With breezy, temperate afternoons, sunny days, and green surroundings in store, there’s never been a more scenic time to get out into Paso’s beautiful countryside. This green gorgeousness won’t last forever…get on it before it’s gone!

Watch the Vines Awaken

Paso Robles vineyard managers are still a few months away from exciting bud break, but that doesn’t mean the vineyard is gray. Vines are slowly waking up and coming out of winter dormancy—a beautiful sight to see! Vines that were once naked and bare are beginning to show new signs of life and curling tendrils. Watch the scenery turn green at Jada Vineyard, where you can sip a flight or a glass while surveying Paso Robles’ iconic Templeton Gap/Willow Creek District. Be sure to ask for the winery’s new Bordeaux blend releases, too: Jersey Girl and Hell’s Kitchen. These are better than finding any pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Click here for mapping and directions to Jada

 

 

Make Fresh Friends

The nearby coastal town of Cambria inspired winemaker Edgar Torres’ father to settle down on the Central Coast. The young immigrant sought a better life for his family, and—sure enough—his son, Edgar, has found it in Paso Robles. Experience the friendly vibe of Paso Robles Wine Country at Bodega de Edgar’s charming tasting room, located at 2725 Adelaida Road. This scenic slice of of Paso Robles Wine Country (deemed the Adelaida District) is known for its iconic tasting rooms—some of which, like Peachy Canyon Winery—have been around since the 1970s. Make friends with new and old Paso Robles winemakers, and be sure to try Edgar’s sumptuous red blends and Peachy Canyon’s crowd-pleasing zinfandel offerings. There’s nothing like experiencing Paso’s present and past in one picturesque afternoon! Click here for mapping and directions to Bodega de Edgar and Click here for mapping and directions to Peachy Canyon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover Downtown Treasures

A day of back roads excursions should be capped with a lovely, leisurely lunch or dinner in downtown Paso Robles, where restaurants and tasting rooms are just steps away. January-April is an easy and relaxed time to explore downtown, where you’re never far from a new epicurean experience. Stop in to Bodegas Paso Robles, where Spanish and Portuguese varietals tantalize tired tastebuds. These exotic flavors are crafted with passion and innovation (don’t leave town without sipping on a few famous Tempranillo vintages). Peckish? Belly up to a casual community table at nearby Pappy McGregor’s, where the charcuterie platters are laden high with stilton, brie, manchego, grilled local sausage, marcona almonds, olives, and farmer’s market honey. Hear that? It’s the sound of your soul Click here for mapping and directions to Bodegas Paso Robles and Click here for mapping and directions to Pappy McGregors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 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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Usher in 2018 With These Awesome Wine Deals!

January is a clean slate for a reason. We couldn’t possibly continue into the New Year with the same ferocity (or else we’d all end up crazy exhausted, broke and very bloated). It feels so good to start over, but we still need to have fun, too! After all, green juices and gym classes do not a social life make. Right now, we’re all watching our waistlines and our wallets, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the best food and wine experiences Paso Robles has to offer (in moderation, of course). If you’re looking to take on 2018 with gusto and great grenache, you have come to the right place. Take a gander at these awesome wine deals, coupons and more. They’re so good, you might even be tempted to be a little bad. Everything in moderation, right?

1. Relax and Nosh at Allegretto Vineyard Resort

 

Dine on 3 courses for $30

You’ve been sticking to your new diet so great thus far, so treat yourself and elevate your cheat day with delicious local cuisine crafted with fresh, local ingredients. Enter: January Restaurant Month! Not only can you choose from dozens of SLO County restaurants offering up fixed multi-course menus, you’ll also save some much needed dough. With meals ranging from just $30-$40, you can have your cake and eat it too! Cello Ristorante & Bar welcomes visitors to a Mediterranean-inspired dining experience that is both casual and elegant. Each day throughout January, Executive Chef Justin Picard will create a three-course meal that embodies Cello’s farm-to-table philosophy. Feeling frazzled from the holiday rush? Book a stay at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort and know that the Cello Ristorante & Bar is just downstairs from your room. Nothing is better than relaxing in their Tuscan-style patio with a glass of wine after a delicious meal. Well, nothing except waving goodbye to those pesky holiday house guests! And drop into their tasting room located in the hotel for their GOLD medal Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, awarded by the San Francisco Chronicle! Grab a 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon on our website. Click here to make a reservation.

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2. Cheers to the New You at Fish Gaucho

 

Dine on 2 courses for $30

New Year’s Eve debauchery is for the reckless and wild, and chances are, you didn’t last till 11 pm anyway. A more grown up, low key fiesta is in order to usher in 2018 right. There are probably even good friends you haven’t caught up with in a while due to all that family entertaining and traveling. Get back to basics at a casual and charming spot in downtown Paso Robles where the margaritas flow and the salsa is fresh and vibrant. Fish Gaucho is that perfect place. Enjoy traditional California-Mexican food with a healthy twist (well, healthier than gingerbread cookies and egg nog). Inspired by the shores and fresh flavors of Baja California, the menu is created from the freshest seafood and local produce. To celebrate Restaurant Month, Fish Gaucho is offering a three-course dinner you won’t want to pass up. Yes, this is one deal you will want to share with friends! Click here for more info.

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3. Gift Yourself Right with Wine Deals

Did you get what you really wanted this holiday? OK. Let’s get real! Wine is always the perfect gift, even if it does make the stocking hang heavy on the mantle. This January, treat yourself to the experience of wonderful wine tasting deals, including a complimentary cave tour and wine tasting at Eberle Winery. You’ll also find festive deals at Allegretto, Brecon Estate, Clavo Cellars, Cutruzzola, Dubost Ranch, Hug Cellars, Lusso Della Terra, Opolo Vineyards, Rendarrio Vineyards, San Marcos Creek Vineyards, Sculpterra Winery, Seven Oxen Estate Wines, Wine Boss Lounge, and Vines on the Marycrest, among others. Click here to view them all. Talk about a real grown up gift that truly satisfies! Not that the lotion and scented candles weren’t nice…but this is way better.

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4. Get Your Healthy Dose of EVOO

The doctor keeps telling you that extra virgin olive oil is a super healthy fat to be drizzled often! Guess you should probably make a date for a fun olive oil tasting excursion at Pasolivo, right? Right! Grab a partner in crime and some bread for dunking, too. This rustic, scenic Paso Robles tasting room is the best place to unwind and reflect on the past year (and all the junk you ate). Here’s a complimentary olive oil tasting for two, so you’ll be encouraged to swap that artery-clogging butter for a fresher, more delicious oil in 2018.

 

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5. ‘Do You’ Better in 2018

Did 2017 try to steal your shine? Didn’t make enough time for yourself or just block out time for “having fun?” Want to start the new year off with big intentions and a whole lot of self care? Plan a totally epic date with your sweetheart (or closest pals) and watch as memories are made. A little help: Book four hours and receive an extra hour free with Pearl of Paso Limousine Service. Known for its 5-Star reviews and well appointed rides, you’ll be chilling in style and proving that—even if you’re a little older and wiser—you’ve still got it. Wine tasting in Paso Robles has never been this glamorous or comfortable!

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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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Paso vs. The Other Guys: What Makes Wine Pure?

Are you a wine purist? Well, you’ll sure want to be after reading this alarming (but true) blog post. Cheap, bulk wines may have a place in American supermarkets and liquor stores, but they’ll never have a place on our tabletops here in Paso Wine Country. From adding “tannin powder” to increase structure in a sub-par wine to illegal cases of adding diethylene glycol (used in brake fluid) to dubious bottles, it seems that the world of cheap bulk wine is all about the bottom line. In Paso Robles, this couldn’t be farther from the case.

The grapes in Paso Robles are far too incredible to ever dilute, doctor, or disguise. In this world renowned wine region, winemakers strive to express the flavor of each grape, the vintage, and the land, and that means keeping things pure and honest along the way. That means in Paso, all you’ll only taste fruit, acid, tannin, minerality—and perhaps a little French or American oak. Not so much with the other guys. Beware of these 5 Dirty tricks employed by winemaking imposters, and when in doubt … pour it out!

1. The Dirty Trick: Dyes

Yes, you heard right! Plenty of bulk wineries add a coloring agent called Mega Purple to give their wines a deceptive, deep purple hue. According to the Daily Beast, winemakers use an estimated 10,000 gallons of the stuff every year, and because only a tiny amount is needed to fix an entire barrel, Mega Purple is probably being added to over 25 million bottles of wine annually. We all know that dyes are obviously unnatural and that some are even harmful to our health (how many of us have ridded red dye from our kids’ diets?). Next time you pick up that $6 bottle of richly colored purple merlot, remember that you’re probably looking at something akin to a colored sports drink. Put it down and just walk away.

The Paso Pure Way: Drink the Rainbow (Naturally)

If you order a glass of grenache, mourvedre or petite sirah in world renowned Paso Robles, you’ll certainly taste the rainbow—but never to the detriment of your health. Each wine has its own distinct natural color due to the kind of wine grape used and the amount of skin-to-juice contact during the winemaking process. This is how it should be. Like people, wine grapes come in all colors—and all are gorgeous. This is why Paso winemakers allow each unique grape to express its rightful beauty: from delicate, light garnet to vivid cherry red to a dark, inky maroon that appears almost black in the glass.

Try: Talk about a colorful wine! Tooth and Nail’s 2014 Glutton is a medium bodied syrah blend bursting with herbs and spices, plus seductive cherry and dark fruit. Note the rich, dark red color in the glass. That’s all natural, baby.

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2. The Dirty Trick: Added Sugar

So you’ve made a cheap-o wine and it’s got a ton of flaws. What do you do? Well, many bulk winemakers would quickly grab the sugar. What for? Think about it. More sugar means more alcohol, and more alcohol “blows out” the flavor of the wine while adding a richer mouthfeel. Win win? We say lose lose!

The Paso Pure Way

Paso Robles has been known for its “bigger” wines—especially higher alcohol Cabernet Sauvignons—throughout the years. But don’t confuse this natural occurrence with what the tricksters are up to. While some Paso Cabs are naturally higher in sugar due to a longer, warmer growing season, the fakers physically add sugar to the grape juice prior to fermentation. In Paso Wine Country, this is a sin punishable by banishment! Just kidding. But seriously, this just isn’t done in Paso

Try: Opolo’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is balanced with just an elegant sugar-to-acid ratio, thanks to a warm, long growing season and keen winemaking. Experience this wine’s exuberant nose of pepper spice, red currant and mint. Unlike the other guys, it’ll age well for 10+ years.

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3. The Dirty Trick: Oak Chips

Sipping on a cheap red, you might find the traditional flavors of oak. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll soon find that this wine never saw aging in barrel. Instead, the fakers have added oak chips to their staves. Why on earth would someone do such a thing to a wine? Well, aging in oak barrels is expensive—it adds at least $1 to each bottle of wine. Cheap-o winemakers care more about profit than crafting an honest bottle.

The Paso Pure Way

Whether aged in French, Hungarian, or American oak, Paso Robles wines are routinely aged for anywhere from eight to 20 months. This time spent in the barrel adds incredible complexity to the wine, including some of those traditional oak characteristics you might have come to love (caramel, toast, vanilla among them). In Paso, we know that paying a tad more for a premium bottle means getting the real deal (and it’s so much more delicious). Seems like a small price to pay, eh?

Try: Taste what 17 months in once-used French oak barrels actually tastes like. JUSTIN’s 2015 Zinfandel is big, bold and balanced with full bodied fresh berry flavor and subtle oak notes. You can bet that’s the real thing.

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More Wines that are Purely Paso

 

Rava Wines

Rava’s vineyards were established in 1996 and span over 2000 acres, 26 varieties and growing regions in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. Specializing in sparkling wines méthode champenoise, the winery has all the vital equipment needed to control the entire process in house from vine to bottle. Read More >>

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Sextant Wines

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With two locations in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, Sextant Wines is a legendary stop on the Central Coast. Grapes are sourced from both properties and reflect the distinct soil and microclimates therein. Read More >>

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

 

 



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 Dog Friendly Wineries for a Tail Wagging 2018

Dogs have a special way of lighting up our lives—not to mention the pleasure centers of our brains! Simply petting a dog for just a few minutes a day is correlated with lower blood pressure, a longer lifespan, and a general boost in well being. When fine wine and canines are combined, there’s no telling just how high your mood can soar! Paso Robles Wine Country is known for its laid back appeal and rustic charm. Many wineries have their own “winery dogs,” and these cute unofficial mascots often greet customers at the door. Planning a Paso wine tasting adventure in the New Year? Bring Fido along and spread a little extra joy wherever you roam. And don’t forget to take your four-legged friend’s sage advice: Always take the time to slow down and sniff the roses…or the vines.

1. Have a howling good time at Vines on the Marycrest

Syrah, zinfandel, mourvedre—these juicy red wines are all waiting for you at Vines on the Marycrest, located on the scenic west side of Paso Robles Wine Country. At the winery, you’ll find a relaxing outdoor area where live music unfolds with passion. Bring along your four legged friends and relax with a tasting flight or bottle shared among friends. Owner/winemaker Victor Abascal isn’t just obsessed with wine—as a former SoCal sound engineer, he’s totally enthralled with live tunes, too. The winery’s Sixth Annual Spring Concert and Party featuring Grammy Award nominated Robbie Fulks of Chicago is slated for March 17. Grab your ticket now and reserve a spot within this chill venue where vine meets sky.

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2. Picnic with the pup at Sculpterra

Sundays are lazy days in Paso Robles wine country, so you should probably plan accordingly. Pack up the car and head to Scuplterra Winery for free live music every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m.. Surrounded by oak trees, lush vineyards and a magical sculpture garden ripped from the pages of a storybook, you and your pup can relax and unwind the Paso way. Did we mention that Farmstead Catering Company is always onsite for easy picnicking? You and your dog will be glad to have a few fabulous munchies to gnaw on as the afternoon rolls on. The wine list—which features more than a dozen single varietals and sumptuous blends—are for human consumption only.

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3. Find Frisbee Fun at Four Lanterns

Sip on Rhone and Bordeaux style wines in the legendary Willow Creek AVA while throwing a few frisbees for old Spot! Four Lanterns Winery is known for its rolling green hangout perfect for music events, picnics and catching up with your canine companion. Located off Highway 46 West, consider stopping here on your way to the coast, where dog-friendly beaches beckon.

 

 

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4. Get your paws on Pelletiere

Elegant Italian style wines don’t have to be fussy. Pelletiere Estate Winery proves that you can have your fine wine and furry fun, too. Rent the rustic chic farmhouse for the weekend or just swing by for a wine flight, pup in tow. The grounds are absolutely stunning, and perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon or sunset with your pet. Coming up this Spring, head to Pelletiere for a special Vintage Paso-vertical tasting. Of course, your dog may want to take a horizontal nap in the warm Paso sun while you sip. That’s totally understandable!

 

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5. Oso Libre’s Meaty Marvels

Known for vines, wines and angus, Oso Libre is a carnivore’s dream stop! Swing by this rustic winery, nestled in Paso’s famed Adelaida District, and enjoy a wine flight and picnic perfect for the entire family. Want to create even more special lasting memories with your loved ones, human and otherwise? Book a private picnic area among the vines and leave the planning to the experts. Taste through robust red wines, learn a little about the vineyard and maybe even grab a doggie bag of pasture raised beef raised onsite, too.

 

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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 Reasons Why Even YOU Can Be a Paso Winemaker in 2018

Some will vow to lose that last fifteen pounds; still others will announce their intentions to start that genealogy blog, some will promise to send out thank you cards for their wedding (now two years overdue), while the rest of us will say we are truly “going to get serious about that daily _______ (fill in the blank).” That’s right. New Years resolutions have arrived and (as always) threaten to be broken! Did you ever consider that perhaps your past resolutions didn’t quite stick because part of you truly didn’t truly want to do XY&Z?

This year, go for a really FUN resolution—one that you’ll want to accomplish and see through! You don’t have to be a certified sommelier or even a fancy wine enthusiast to make great wine. It’s rewarding, fun, educationally stimulating, and—of course—tasty. Here’s 5 reasons why you can make wine with the best of ‘em in 2018!

1. YOU Can Take a Class in Paso Robles

No, you don’t have to be born in France or come from a vineyard-owning family to dabble in winemaking. In fact, The Wine Boss Lounge located in downtown Paso Robles is offering winemaking classes in the New Year (fall 2018 – sign up now), so that means you have zero excuse not to dive in head first. Plus, The Wine Boss Lounge is located near a dozen fantastic wine tasting rooms, including Bodegas Paso Robles, Hoyt Family Vineyards and Tudor Wines. Taste before or after your class for even more hands-on education. For a class schedule or private lessons, email Thomas at WineBoss88@gmail.com or call 805-369-2677.

Wine Boss Lounge

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Wine Boss is an art deco themed wine lounge in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles next to Thomas Hill Organics. Founder and Owner, Thomas Booth has been part of the county’s wine industry since graduating with a B.S. in Viticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2010. He is the brains behind helping you become a master winemaker.
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Bodegas Paso Robles

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Bodegas Paso Robles is dedicated to producing wines using Spanish and Portuguese varietals. They take old world vines and make new world wines of the highest quality with the least invasive winemaking practices. Bodegas winemaker, Dorothy, consistently crafts small-lot wines that pull in double gold awards.
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Hoyt Family Vineyards

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When Carol and Stephen first decided to leave Hollywood and move to Malibu they either wanted a home where they could walk to the beach or grow grapes. They happened upon a property that could do both. In 2001 they planted their first vineyard in Malibu which has expanded to an estate vineyard in Paso. Carol is the celebrated winemaker behind their trove of award winning wines.
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Tudor Wines

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The Tudor family has been growing grapes and lavender – and making wine on the Island of Hvar in Croatia – for over 2,000 years. The family began growing grapes in California early in the 1900’s and continues to farm premium table grapes  to this day. Tudor specializes in crafting world-class, luxury Pinot Noir that receives high scores from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.
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2. Winemakers…They’re Just Like Us!

In Paso Robles, everyone’s “locally famous,” but no one’s a rock star. This town is just too down-to-earth for any kind of pompous attitude, no matter how high your latest wine might score. While we’re proud to be home to many multi-generational vineyard growers and winemakers, there’s plenty of people who stumbled upon winemaking as a second or third career. Eclusé Winery owners Steve and Pam Lock are a great example. As native Californians, wine had always been big in the couples’ lives, but they hardly thought it would ever become a profession. By chance, they visited a friend in Paso and fell in love. The next thing they knew, they were planting 30 acres in Paso soil. Their first vintage came in 2001—and since then many awards—they’ve never looked back. You don’t have to look hard to find similar stories just like this all over the region.

Écluse Wines


Écluse is dedicated to producing limited production, handcrafted, award-winning wines from their estate, Lock Vineyard. You can experience wine tasting the old fashion way, in the barrel room where you’ll often find Steve, proprietor and winemaker, with the wine thief offering barrel samples!
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3. You Don’t Need Your Own Vineyard

Plenty of amazing, high-scoring Paso Robles wines are made by winemakers who lack their own estate vineyard. In fact, these creative winemakers often have the advantage of picking and choosing exactly which fruit they desire depending on the vintage. An aspiring winemaker can easily purchase high quality grapes from a local Paso Robles vineyard farmer or broker at a reasonable price. Celebrated Rhône style winemaker Ryan Render of Rendarrio Vineyards sources his wine grapes from the best vineyards across the Central Coast. By working this way, he creates standout bottles that shine with a unique terroir. Whether you plan to make one barrel or ten, this is an inspiring thing to consider.

Rendarrio Vineyards


Winemaker, Ryan Render, was born and raised inside the Orange County curtain of Irvine California. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and since 2003 he has been committed to handcrafting wines of quality and distinction at his micro-winery. Wine Spectator recently scored his 2014 Syrah, “The Lost Ones” at 93 points!
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4. You can Borrow and Share Equipment

Sure, there’s plenty of equipment you’ll need to make even the smallest batch, super rustic wines. However, you can rest assured that Paso Robles offers up several places where one can rent and borrow everything needed, from crusher/destemmers to barrels, tanks and hoses. Don’t believe it’s that easy? Check out the local group Wines and Steins for help with equipment checklists, home winemaking tips, seminars, resources and more.

 

 

5. You’re Smart Enough (We Believe in You)

Yes, making wine is hard work, and if you are planning on embracing on your own DIY wine making journey, you probably know this to be true. You’ll need to bring your scientific mind (math, measuring, and critical thinking) as well as your creative side, as winemaking is as much an art form as it is a craft. That said, you’ll get so much out of it. You’ll grow, learn and accomplish a task that once mystified you. You’ll have a fresh understanding and enjoyment of wine tasting, too. From throwing informal “bottling parties” with help of friends and family to being able to gift unique homemade bottles for birthdays and holidays, home winemaking can truly enrich your life. Just uncork a bottle of Kiamie Wine Cellars 2014 Meritage, a rich red blend. Think about the time, effort, and aging process that went into that single bottle. If this thought inspires you, you’re well on your way to the first step.

Kiamie Wine Cellars

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Kiamie Wine Cellars is a collaboration between two guys with diverse, yet complementary backgrounds that came together to reach their dream of developing a fine, small production, California winery. They are known for their unique blends sourced from distinctive Westside Paso Robles mountain vineyards that they, themselves (!) pour for you at their rustic tasting room on the historic Ramage Ranch.
Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine 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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Adding Extra Joy to Your Holidays

To add extra jolly to your holidays, we are sharing some recent posts about some stand-out wineries. We wish you a Merry Christmas and raise our glasses to salute all of you, the undyingly loyal Paso Robles wine enthusiasts. Cheers!

1. Rangeland Templeton

Pasorobleswineries 🎵 and a partridge in a pear tree 🎶 really, just 2 roosters (so Paso) in an apple tree outside Rangeland’s new tasting room and garden patio in Templeton where they share space with Natures Touch, a local organic grocer and nursery.

Templeton is a fave cowboy town of ours about 10 minutes south of Paso off the 101. Now we have one more reason to pop into this darling, quaint town, that like Rangeland wine, is authentic and without complications. Rangeland’s 1,500 acre ranch (40 acres planted) yields pure wines that have not been fiddled with except by their 200 sheep who graze between the vines when they’re dormant, adding their own natural fertilizer and eliminating 2-3 mowing passes and the use of herbicides. Here at Adelaida Springs Ranch, where Rangeland Wines are grown, their diversified family farm (grapes, wine, grass-fed beef, sheep and honey bees) are owned and tended by Laird and Lisa Foshay.

You’ll usually find Laird in his signature cowboy hat pouring his wines in the tasting room. It’s a treat to sit and chat with him while savoring his wines…he’ll share interesting country-life tidbits about Indian artifacts they’ve found on the ranch, wildflowers, stories about eagles snatching livestock, cougars drinking from the cattle’s water trough, and other abundant wildlife that calls Adelaida Springs Ranch home. Look for the 2 roosters when you visit Rangeland’s tasting room. They are collectively named “The Boys”.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rangeland Templeton

2. Vines On The Marycrest

We’re ushering in Winter (Solstice) at Vines On The Marycrest cool tasting room warming our toes and souls in front of their fireplace with a Zinfandel blend. Lovely views of their vineyard, now but naked vines, on the hill beyond remind you that indeed Winter is here. what better time to gather round a cozy fire with fine wine to share stories and experiences that illuminate life.

Proprietors, winemaker, and vineyard manager, Jenni and Victor have captivating real-life adventures to reveal while pouring their premium wines for you…who else can recount the planting of their first vines in West LA on nun’s property (done withOUT their blessing), diverse rock stars and musicians befriended as a sound engineer in LA, and lovingly selecting and planting thousand of vines after the back-breaking work of ripping out hundreds of abandoned almond trees on their 20 acre Estate Vineyard.Thank you Victor for the upcoming 2018 concerts you’re hosting at the winery, including 2 time Grammy nominated Robbie Fulks on March 17.

In our glass today is My Generation, a Zinfandel blend from Vines On The Marycrest (micro-winery)
Tasting Notes – Deep ruby in color with aromas of cassis and woodsmoke (yes to be enjoyed in front of a crackling fire), and a hint of licorice. The wine exudes a supple, rich and broad appeal with smoky flavors of dark berries and cola. Like life it is complex, ripe, and for most, focused. The blend finishes with a gentle tannic grip and a lingering note of sweet dark fruit. 49% Zinfandel, 33% Syrah, 9% Mourvedre, 9% Petite Sirah.

Click here for mapping and directions to Vines On The Marycrest

3. Four Lanterns

Four Lanterns Lamplight 2016 ​​Viognier – Selected as the favorite in a vertical Viognier tasting! The stone fruit flavors are nicely balanced with the right dose of acidity. Pair with seafood dishes (thinking Lobster on Christmas Eve), spicy food & chicken dishes. Four Lanterns Winery sits on 35 acres on the west side of Paso in the Willow Creek AVA & is housed in a rustic wood barn surrounded by Vineyards & gardens. Their 30 year old Viognier & Syrah vines produce lovely wines in addition to their Picpoul Blanc, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Mourvedre, Claudette Blanche, & Ugni Blanc. The addition of their production facility last year enables their wines to be estate grown & produced. They specialize in wine varietals native to France’s Rhône Valley & Bordeaux regions.

For those who want to experience what it’s like to live on a vineyard, They have a charming, fully restored farmhouse with a swimming pool that you can rent on airbnb & vrbo.

Click here for mapping and directions to Four Lanterns Winery

 

4.Tooth And Nail

We’re storming the Tooth And Nail Castle with their high scoring Chardonnay 90 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST – Amor Fati 2015 Murmur Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley).

Tasting Notes from Wine Enthusiast – “Light and delicate on the nose, this single-vineyard Chardonnay shows white peach, honeysuckle and browned butter on the nose. There is good tension to the sip, but also riper flavors of apple cider, pan-seared pear and lemon preserves.”

We love reading the flavor profiles that various wine experts compose. So many of us pick up different characteristics when tasting and smelling the same wine making our individual wine tasting an adventure!

Here is another take on this lovely Chard from the wine experts @liquorama –

“Displays a lush, velvety mouthfeel, seamlessly integrated minerality, and a crisp lingering finish that begs for countless more. Medium to full body, finishing brioche flavors, a hint of hazelnuts and brown sugar.”

Click here for mapping and directions to Tooth And Nail

5. Hug Cellars

Wine from Hug Cellars paired with cheese from Sant’Ambrogio Market, Florence – The 2014 Clevenger Vineyard Zinfandel screams of dry cherries, cranberries, and cinnamon spice, with hints of dry raisins. The palate delivers a mouth full of ripe cherries, fruit roll up, spices, and a nice chalky texture from the unique Paso terroir from which it was sourced, Clevenger Vineyard. This is a unique vineyard with head-trained vines located in the southern foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. This vineyard is over 40 years old, and was started with clippings from the prestigious Ueberroth/Willpete Vineyard.

Enjoy this lovely Zin with BBQ, braised short ribs, and Tri-tip steak. 90 cases produced. Edgar the winemaker, says to enjoy this Zin now, or enjoy through the next 5-7 years. Cheers!

Click here for wine tasting COUPONS at Hug Cellars or text Specials to 24587

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This blog was written by Lauren Lekai. You can follow her on Instagram @PasoRoblesWineries.


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 Best Gifts for Wine Lovers

You’re prepared for gifting the outdoor lover, literary fanatic, new mom, and food-obsessed on your holiday list. But what about the hardcore wine enthusiast? With December quickly approaching, we can understand your panic. No worries, though. We’ve got you! This is Paso Robles Wine Country, after all. We know a thing or two about gifting (and receiving) wine-centric parcels. Pick up these five wine-lover approved gifts and you’ll be giving Santa a serious run for his money. Oh Santa, you really should switch from milk to Mourvedre!

A (Super) Smart Wine Preserver

When you drink a lot of wine, you find yourself in a pickle. Some bottles may not stay as fresh as you’d like, especially if multiple bottles are open for expansive at-home tastings and comparisons. The answer? Save the day (and the wine) with a state-of-the-art wine saver. It’s 2017, people. The day of the simple hand-held pump are over. Our phones are smart, so shouldn’t our wine gadgets be, too? Try this electric wine preserver, which comes with a quick-acting vacuum that sucks the air out with the simple touch of a button. Just another example of how living like the Jetsons ain’t too bad.

Rosé All the Way

Have a girlfriend obsessed with the pink stuff? Show her how much you know her heart by gifting this lovely tribute to the prettiest wine around. Not only will this cute pillow look perky on her blush-colored sofa, but it will inspire #roseallday hashtags through the New Year! In case you hadn’t noticed, 2017 saw a major rosé trend, with T-shirts, chocolate bars, phone cases and more. Now is the time for the Rosé fanatics to rise up and claim their rightful spot in the sun! Extra credit: Pair this gift with a chilled bottle of Paso Robles rosé. Too adorable!

A Non-Boring Coaster Set

Coasters? Really? If you think that these measly squares of material are only for wedding registries of folks you barely know and bland housewarming gifts, think again. You may not know this, but you should: There are coasters out there made specifically for wine bottles, and they are actually gorgeous as can be. Check out these fancy marble wine coasters, perfect for placing a chilled bottle of Chardonnay on a lovely wooden table (without any worry of ring spots). This is exactly what your best friend’s holiday centerpiece is missing!

Organization is Key

For those Container Store lover out there: We see you. There’s absolutely nothing stuffy about this modern wooden wine rack, which holds bottles up top and glasses down below. If you can’t think of a couple who need this handy contraption, you might be reading the wrong blog. Not only does this sleek piece look great in any home (thanks to its neutral, natural finish)—but it’s also a sure fire way to get yourself invited to every dinner party from here till infinity. Double whammy.

Nothing Says the Holidays Like a Good Bottle of Paso Wine

Seem too simple? You’re overthinking it. This holiday season, stock up on fabulous bottles of Paso Robles Wine perfect for the distinguished taster. Believe us, they will be thrilled to have a piece of wine country sparkling on their countertop or wine cellar. Whether you purchase a case of wine and give a bottle to each of your nearest and dearest—or if you prefer to pick out each individual bottle best suited for your loved ones’ personality—Paso Robles Wine Country is brimming with the best bottles around.

Try these incredible seasonal picks:

 

Dubost Ranch The Olive Oil Obsessed:

Dubost Ranch Olive Oil Blend featuring Mission, Manzanillo, Spanish and Tuscan varieties harvested from the hillside around the winery. Also, be sure to check out this winery’s bold Cabernet Sauvignon selections, like their 2011 vintage, perfect for the holiday table.

Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch

Buy Now Olive Oil

 

 

The White Wine Lover:

Cutruzzola 2012 Riven Rock Vineyard Riesling is delicate and festive, a magical addition to any holiday gathering.

Mapping and Directions to Cutruzzola

 

 

 

 

The Bold Blend Lover:

Chronic Cellars 2015 Dead Nuts is a crowd pleasing blend of Zinfandel, Tempranillo, and Petite Sirah that brings the table together over raspberries, black cherries, pepper, and allspice. 90 PTS Tasting Panel Magazine by Anthony Dias Blue.

 

Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars

 

 

The Syrah Fanatic:

Michael Gill Cellars offers a range of Syrah offerings, including their Black Tie Syrah that won PLATINUM and 96 PTS from the Beverage Testing Institute (Tastings.com)! Stop by the tasting room to try them all and pick out the perfect selection for your holiday list. Consider this a gift your your friend and yourself, too.

 

Mapping and Directions to Michael Gill Cellars

 

 

The Red Wine Lover:

It doesn’t get more luxurious or velvety than this Opolo 2013 Barbera. Well, you could wrap the bottle in a big velvet bow.

 

Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyards

 

 

 



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


 

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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

 

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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