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5 Reasons Why You Should Wed in Paso Robles Wine Country


Your wedding venue represents one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make (well, just after deciding who to marry). Think about it. Your entire family, all your closest friends—and a few half-cousins you could probably do without—are here to celebrate your passionate union. They’ve driven miles, flown oceans, and plucked their eyebrows for elaborately posed photos shoots while wearing the perfect periwinkle-hued high heels you demanded they buy, just for this one glorious occasion. Your friends and family love you, but they’ll love you way more if you reward them by throwing a stellar party at a fabulous venue! When it comes to tying the knot, no place more beautiful, romantic, fun (or flavorful) than Paso Robles Wine Country. Here’s our top five reasons why you should wed with wine in hand.

1. Just look around!

It just so happens that the exact climate perfect for growing great wine grapes (temperate weather, plenty of warm sunshine, and minimal rain) tends to lend itself to picturesque outdoor weddings the likes of which you’ve seen splayed across glossy bridal magazine covers galore. When you’ve got a vivacious vineyard like Cass Winery, it makes sense to offer outdoor events under bright blue skies. Choose from the oak tree—where you’ll say, “Heck yes!” under a 200-year-old heritage oak, the library room (perfect for an intimate dining experience) or the barrel room (also a smashing locale for up to 80 guests to jam out to a live band). You can also throw a rustic, 200-person picnic party surrounded by vines. Yes, you can totally howl under the stars as the night burns on. Twinkle lights? Oh yeah. They’ve got you covered.

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Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery

2. Sophisticated, Never Stuffy

Everyone wants a classy wedding, but no bride or groom ever requested a “stuffy” one. In Paso Robles Wine Country, cowboy culture meets fine culinary offerings, award winning wine, and warm hospitality. Yes, we’re talking about Allegretto Vineyard Resort, which offers all of these attributes in one handy location. Your guests will love booking a room with access to relaxing spa and glittering pool, and you will fall head over heals for the charming European-meets-California ambiance. Think: Mediterranean Gardens, or French-style Abbey, and an outdoor tent space perfect for a reception that celebrates the region’s finest food and wine. Vineyard views and landscaped grounds call to mind the charm of an Italian villa…but no one actually had to spend a zillion dollars flying to Italy. Yep. In Paso Robles, everyone wins!

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Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort

3. Treat Your Wedding Party

Your wedding party has your back, no matter what goes down the day of (i.e. uncle Larry has a little too much Cab and busts out the funky dance moves). Show your bridesmaids and groomsmen (not to mention your soon-to-be-in-laws) how much they truly mean to you and your betrothed by setting the whole crew up at a gorgeous winery setting, like the The Farm House at Pelletiere Estate. Wherever you choose to say, “I do,” in Paso Robles, the farm house isn’t too far from the action. Located on Paso’s famed 46 West wine trail, several scenic wedding venues and attractions are just a stone’s throw away. The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is an elegant and luxurious wine country retreat featuring three bedrooms, a charming kitchen, 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 the winery’s estate vineyards (and beckons you to enjoy the sunset, while sipping a glass of exceptional house made wine). The downstairs and upstairs bedrooms are well appointed, with modern furnishings (the upstairs features a private bath with mosaic tile shower, dual vanity, spa-quality bath towels and 360-degree views of the winery’s vineyard). Sure, you can let ‘em duke it out over this one, but I’d say you’d be best off giving that room to the mother of the bride. She’s dealt with a lot of seating charts over the past 48 hours.

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4. Flavor is Included

Forget scrambling to find a food vendor that perfectly matches the tone of your big day. Instead, let the winery take care of all the delicious morsels for you! When you wed at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, you can be assured that every aspect will ooze with elegant wine country style (that especially includes the plates). Beautiful vineyards, modern yet cozy facilities, and world-class cuisine and wine pairings make JUSTIN a truly flavorful place to get hitched. The winery’s five-star Executive Chef will design the perfect menu for an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception or a total culinary experience—your choice. Celebrate amongst breathtaking vineyards or host a memorable party in JUSTIN’s one-of-a-kind Barrel Chai (pronounced “shay”). How’s that for a wine enthusiast/foodie’s dream?

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5. Your Fairytale Ending

Not everyone wants the same kind of winery wedding (and still thousands more want to replicate the exact mason jar candle holders they found on Pinterest). Both styles of wedding planning are totally OK! In Paso Robles Wine Country, there are dozens of wine wedding venues to choose from (and all have their own special charm). Tooth and Nail, especially, boasts a singular, edgy-modern-castle vibe you must see to believe. This gothic storybook venue is for dreamers, wine aficionados, and couples who seek that real life “happily ever after.” With over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space accommodating up to 200 guests, you’ll enjoy a tailored experience for your engagement party, showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, or wedding day celebration (you can also choose “all of the above”). However, just because you want to get married in a castle, you may not want a “fairytale” wedding. That’s cool. Go off script! Contact Tooth and nail for a complimentary tasting, tour and personalized proposal. If you can dream it, it can happen in Paso.

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Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery

6. More Dreamy Wedding Venues in Paso Wine Country:

Rava Wines
Located in the El Pomar region of Paso Robles wine country, Rava Wines is the perfect retreat to celebrate your special event or wedding weekend. With its old-world charm and modern clean lines, this venue is a timeless masterpiece.
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Opolo Winery
Oak lined pathways, acres of vineyards, walnut groves, and a hilltop view make Opolo an ideal wedding venue. Ride a rustic shuttle to a romantically lit, barrel lined cellar and toast to your future together with a hilltop cocktail hour.
Mapping and Directions to Opolo Winery
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden
Towering sculptures and manicured grounds make Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden an artful place to stroll into forever with your partner.
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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:

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 Wineries Scoring High – Kudos!!!


The long days. The longer nights. The picking, pruning, and punching-down. The blending. The bottling. It’s a lot, right? I haven’t even touched on the fermenting, aging, sales, marketing, and nitpicking over just what should go on the back of that hard-earned wine label (we don’t have all day, here). No wine is made in a vacuum, and—if you think about it—each vintage represents an entire team’s worth of blood, sweat and tears.

These bottles truly are collaborations representing the brightest talent Paso Robles Wine Country has to offer. That means that industry awards aren’t just appreciated by a few at the top: they’re shared among friends and family, tasting room staff and vineyard managers alike. Today, we applaud these hardworking wineries—and every single person who has a hand in making great wine—for their dedication, devotion and deep attention to craft. This one’s for you! Take a bow. You earned these accolades. We can’t wait to enjoy the “fruit” of your labor.

1. Allegretto Vineyards and Wines

The stars:
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Gold)
2013 Zinfandel (Silver)
San Francisco Chronicle

Must try:
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon: Moderately fruit forward, big and bold filled with savory notes opulent layers of black currents; wild blackberries and green peppercorn carry through to the palate, which is accented by firm tannins and a rich mouth feel. A long lingering, velvet finish reminiscent of an age first growth Bordeaux.

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2. Brecon Estate

The Stars:
Brecon Estate Feral Underclass 2016 Single Vineyard Reserve Adelaida District
57% Petite Sirah; 43% Zinfandel
99 points Double Gold, Best of Class Best of Varietal, New World International Wine Competition, March 2018

Brecon Estate Forty Two Red Rhone Blend 2016 California; Central Coast
99 points, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best of Varietal, New World International Wine Competition, March 2018

Brecon Estate Petite Sirah 2015 Reserve Monterey
95.2% Petite Sirah; 4.8% Tannat
95 Points, Best of Class, Gold, New World International Wine Competition March, 2018

Must try:
2016 Brecon Feral Underclass
Coined in 2011 by the Right Honorable British Justice Secretary during civil unrest in the UK, the term went viral. Brecon loves how the name rolls off the tongue and of course imagines its wine a tad on the riotous side. It all kind of fits, as the winery uses two varieties traditionally excluded from the nobel variety club: Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. When properly nurtured in Paso Robles, they are world-class. The winemaker has put one proverbial finger up at the conventions of a class system by bottling it in Brecon’s single vineyard reserve program. By the way, it’s a big, structured cooler climate Petite Sirah/Zinfandel blend with bags of character and layers of hidden pepper and spice.

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3. Écluse Wines

The stars:
2015 Ensemble Blend
32% Petit Verdot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
Double Gold, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2015 Insider Blend
25% Tannat, 25% Petit Verdot, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc
Gold Medal, 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Must Try:
2015 Ensemble: Incredibly rich in color, notes of sweet tobacco and vanilla lead to blueberry pie on the nose. This full bodied Bordeaux blend excites the palate with flavors of cranberry, bright red fruit and dried cherries with good structure and perfect balance. Phenomenal now but will continue to age beautifully—if you can wait. Only 377 cases produced.

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4. Harmony Cellars

The stars:
2016 Harmony Cellars Chardonnay
Double Gold, Best of Class, 97 points: New World International March, 2018

2014 Harmony Cellars Reserve Aria
Double Gold, Best of Paso Robles, 94 points: Toast of the Coast, January 2018

Must try:
2016 Harmony Cellars Chardonnay: Light golden in color, this wine offers intense aromas of pineapple, melon and butterscotch. Tropical and citrus flavors are complemented by crisp acidity. Full-bodied and creamy, this wine finishes with notes of buttered toast.

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5. Hoyt Family Vineyards

The stars:
2013 Petit Sirah
Gold, San Fransisco Wine Chronicle

2017 Pinot Noir Estate Rose
87 points, Wine Enthusiast

Must Try:
2017 Pinot Noir Estate Rose: This new estate grown release is beautifully delicate, with strawberry notes and a lovey grapefruit finish. 2013 Petit Sirah: Willow creak AVA. Beautiful full mouth feel, blackberry and currant notes.

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Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards
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6. Michael Gill Cellars

The stars:
2015 Syrah
Gold, Berlin Germany International Wine Competition – also named ‘California Winery of the Year’
Double Gold Best of Show, Florida International
99 Points, Best of Class, Best of Variety, New World Wine Competition
Double Gold, Jerry Mead’s Competition

Tempranillo Tantrum 2016
Gold, Florida International Wine Competition

Tannat 2016
Gold, Florida International Wine Competition

Must try:
Tempranillo Tantrum 2016 : This is a very approachable and tasty wine, especially for a grape that can be so tannic when young. Aromas of cola, chopped mint and cherries translate to a fruity and minty palate, with just enough tannins, a nice acidic spice and a bit of woodiness on the finish. It’s very well measured. – Wine Enthusiast

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7. Opolo Vineyards

2016 Mountain Zinfandel
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

2015 Reserve Rhapsody
93 Points, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast

Must try:
2015 Reserve Rhapsody: Only the best goes into Opolo’s Rhapsody Bordeaux blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec. Rich cassis and dark plum greet the nose. Fleshy currant and black cherry follow. This a big wine worthy of cellar aging. It is drinkable now if decanted and left to breathe for at least an hour. Heavy bodied and best if laid down for 2-4 years and will continue to improve with proper cellar aging for 10 years. Pair classically with any prime cut beef or pair with Malaysian curry for some spice.

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8. Oso Libre Winery

The stars:
Grande Comemorativo Adelaida Bordeaux Blend
Double Gold, 96 Points, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Summer 2017

2012 Quixotic, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, February 2018

Must try:
2012 Quixotic, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: Aromas of ripe cherries, dried plum and vanilla burst with a bright acidity and fresh fruit flavor. A silky smooth finish is produced due to their extended aging techniques, lingering with notes of licorice and chocolate.

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Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre
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9. Peachy Canyon

The stars:
2015 Snow Zinfandel
Single Vineyard Zinfandel – Adelaida District, Paso Robles
92 points Wine Enthusiast

2015 Bailey Zinfandel
Single Vineyard Zinfandel – Adelaida District, Paso Robles
91 points Wine Enthusiast

Must try:
2015 Snow Zinfandel: A light and elegant Zinfandel. Begins with fresh herbs, pine nut, and rose petals on the nose. The palate then starts with blackberry, raspberry, and cherry cola before introducing notes of clove, nutmeg, and white pepper for a dry, lingering finish.

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10. Seven Oxen Estate Wines

The stars:
2014 Grenache
93 points, Wine Enthusiast

2014 Mourvèdre
90 points, Wine Enthusiast

Must try:
2014 Grenache: Dark chocolate on the nose. Strong, concentrated red raspberry and cherry brandy flavors are balanced with spicy notes of black pepper and rounded out with a nice, bright acidity. This wine will continue to develop in the bottle, and will reach its full expression within a few years. Decant it to drink now, or lay it down for the next 5 to 8 years.

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11. Sextant Wines

2015 ‘Kamal’ Cabernet Sauvignon
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Genoa XVII
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast

Must try:
2015 ‘Kamal’ Cabernet Sauvignon: From the very first vintage, the Sextant Kamal has consistently been an elegant representation of Bordeaux-style blends with Paso Robles provenance. It features range and depth, flowing with sumptuous cherries, plums, and raspberries. Hints of bramble and cedar bring lifted layers. An inviting scuffle of dark cocoa, mission figs, and crème de cassis join the gentle fray. The integration of refreshing acidity and smooth tannins are once again perfected, leading to a pleasing echo of the profile in a lengthy finish.

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12. Tooth and Nail Winery

Tooth and Nail 2015 The Stand Petite Sirah Paso Robles
91% Petite Sirah, 8% Syrah, 1% Viognier
92 points, Wine Enthusiast

Tooth and Nail 2015 The Possessor Red Paso Robles
91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Must Try:
Tooth and Nail 2015 The Stand Petite Sirah Paso Robles: This Petite Sirah, enhanced by 8% Syrah and 1% Viognier, is extremely dense on the nose, with aromas of blueberry, black currant, vanilla, tarragon and fudge. Mouthcoating tannins and powerful acidity bloom on the palate, where black-cherry-laced chocolate-cake flavors rise to an espresso bean finish. – Wine Enthusiast

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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:

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 Award Winning Paso Wineries To Bowl You Over


Forget the academy. The Oscars might be a big deal for actors and actresses, but wineries have their own benchmarks for excellence. It comes in the form of stellar reviews, gold medals and—of course—points. You’ve seen the glowing accolades emblazoned on plenty of tasting lists, right? 90 points from Wine Enthusiast! 94 points from Wine Spectator! Ever wonder how these wines are scored? Well, read on to discover just how—and why—top marks matter. Yes, we like these. We really, really like these.

1. What makes a Winning Wine?

Well, it should be good, right? But how do critics quantify yum-factor? For better or worse, the 100-point wine rating system has become the benchmark of quality in the wine industry. The system rates many aspects of wine quite well, including production quality, but, of course, the best barometer of what you like is…well… your opinion. Still, points can be incredibly useful, especially when you’re new to a winery or seeking out the crème de la crème for a special event. Here’s a good rule of thumb: 90-94 wines are considered “superior” to “exceptional.” 95-100 wines are fantastic benchmark examples or considered “classic.” You really can’t go wrong with anything above 80. When you dip from 70-50, beware. You may get into some less-than-appealing flavors. That said, awards, gold medals, and praise also factor into the prestige of a particular bottle. Read those reviews and do your research; like the making of a great film, there simply are no shortcuts when it comes to crafting great wine.

2. Rocking It

And the winner is (that JUST sold-out): Rendarrio 2014 “The Rocker” Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 93 points; The Tasting Panel

“I am very lucky to source 100% of the vineyard fruit from Clare Ranch Vineyard located in the sought-after Templeton Gap area of Paso Robles. This Cabernet is a very stylish effort that combines richness and density with finesse and refinement. As a youngster, this is appropriately powerful and by black cherry, licorice, currant, and loamy, gravely earth.”

– Rendarrio Winemaker Ryan Render

Also try: Rendarrio 2016 “The Rocker” Cabernet Sauvignon

Buy Rendarrio wines here
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3. Going for the Gold

And the winner is: Michael Gill Cellars

“I have received 17 Best of Class awards since I started entering wine competitions in mid-2013. All of my wines have won gold medals and I just learned from a wine judge that only two wineries in the state can make that claim. We work to keep our quality high.”

Michael Gill, Winemaker

Michael Gill Cellars announced a number of wine awards for 2017, including Best of Varietal and Best of Class for both their 2016 vermentino and 2016 viognier. These same wines were also awarded gold medals along with the best of varietal and class at the Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition (NWICW) held in late February in Ontario, CA. Along with the awards from the NWICW, Michael Gill Cellars 2014 syrah was awarded a gold at the 2017 Berlin International Wine Competition (BIWC) and five golds and one double gold for 2016 vermentino at the 2017 Florida State Fair Wine and Grape Grower’s Competition. The BIWC was held in March in Berlin, Germany. The Florida State Fair competition was also held earlier this year. Michael Gill Cellars was also named the “Best Paso Robles Winery” at the Berlin competition.

Buy these award winning Michael Gill Cellars wines by calling (805) 239-1668
Mapping and directions to Michael Gill Cellars

4. Taking the Ox by the Horns

And the winner is: Seven Oxen 2014 Grenache 93 points; Wine Enthusiast

“This wine will continue to develop in the bottle, and will reach its full expression within a few years. Decant it to drink now, or lay it down for the next 5 to 8 years. Pairs well with zesty pizza and pasta, or with a dark chocolate dessert.”

–Bastien Leduc, Vineyard Manager and Winemaker

Seven Oxen’s 2014 Grenache contains 100% of the varietal. This vintage of Grenache is vastly different from the 2013 vintage and reflects a hotter, dryer year in Paso Robles. Strong, concentrated red fruit and cherry brandy flavors are balanced with spicy notes of black pepper and rounded out with a nice, bright acidity. The fruit was harvested from the vineyard’s southernmost slope and aged 12 months in one-year old and neutral French oak.

Also try:
2014 Cassidy Rhone Blend; 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
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2014 Mourvedre; 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
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Mapping and directions to Seven Oxen that is opening April 29 in their new location!

5. Top of the Class

And the winner is: Hoyt Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Best of Class, San Francisco Wine Chronicle

“This is our favorite Cab yet. It’s unbelievable round mouth feel, is chewy,fruit forward, leggy and lovely. A sophisticated Cab, very limited production; it will sell out quickly.”

-Hoyt Family Vineyard Team

Also try:
Dylema; Gold Metal Winner
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6. Double the Pleasure

And the winner is: Oso Libre MV Carnal Red Rhone Blend 96 points; Double Gold Medal Winner

“This Rhone blend comprised of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre is an Oso Libre staple. The fruit for this wine were all picked and vineyard sorted on very cold mornings in November. Each of the musts were crushed and cold soaked for two days. Open top fermentation was managed with punchdown and pump-over processes twice daily. The must was kept cool for a long fermentation preserving fruit notes. The wine was aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak, and 70% neutral French oak. The wines were aged separately and blended just before bottling.”

– Jeff Freeland, Winemaker

Also try:
Editor’s Choice NV Rojo del Patron; 94 points
Cellar Selection 2011 Querida Cabernet Sauvignon; 93 points
Learn about these Oso Libre wines and purchase here
Mapping and directions to Oso Libre

 



 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:

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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Sip Wines, Save Lives April 7-8


Homeless kitties, deserted dogs and passed-over pups: Our furry friends need us, now more than ever.
The weekend of April 7 and 8 marks Wine 4 Paws tenth anniversary, and you can give back to all of these animals in need by simply raising a wine glass. More than 80 participating local wineries have banded together to say, “We care.” All you have to do is meander over to these awesome locations over the weekend of April 7 and 8 and taste fabulous wines. Tasting rooms will give either tasting fees or a percentage of weekend sales to Woods Humane Society, SLO County’s hard-working no-kill shelter. It’s not often that doing good tastes this great, so now is the time to savor and swirl to your heart’s content.

1. Taste at these Wineries to support Woods Humane Society April 7-8

Click on the winery’s name for mapping and directions
Bodegas Paso Robles
Brecon
Cass Winery
Clavo Cellars
Cutruzzola Vineyards
Eberle Winery
Écluse Wines
Four Lanterns
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Hug Cellars
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
Kiamie Wine Cellars
Oso Libre Winery
Lusso Della Terra Cellars
Pelletiere Estate Winery
Rotta Winery
San Marcos Creek Vineyard
Vines on the Marycrest

 

2. Raise a Glass to Woods

The weekend of April 7-8 calls for sunny Spring weather. Toast to all the good work Woods Humane Society has been up to with fresh and optimistic wines that call to mind light and love.
Try Lusso Della Terra Cellars 2016 Rose of Syrah, a barrel aged beauty with notes of hibiscus and rose, a creamy mouthfeel, and hints of vanilla and red cherry on the palate.
Stop by Oso Libre for a taste of the winery’s 2015 Alsacia Dry Riesling, which is totally crisp, with a nose of papaya, Asian pear, and Kaffir lime (this light bodied wine finishes with lemongrass, honey and apricot juiciness).
Known for heritage reds, Rotta Winery’s also got a totally spring-worthy 2016 Sauvignon Blanc of its own. Vibrant and alive, this wine is all about bright citrus, key lime pie, gooseberry, and hints of fresh cut grass. Playful citrus and orange blossom linger on the palate, laced with crisp acidity.
Savor Kiamie’s range of delicious Westside white blends, including the winery’s popular 2016 White Kuvee, a stony, flinty Rhone blend flecked with Georgia peach, nectarine, fried mango, and sweet herb appeal.
Cutruzzola’s 2012 Riesling Niven Rock Vineyard is overflowing with coastal notes of lime, orange blossom, and crushed stone paired with a creamy texture and long, elegant finish.

 

3. More about Woods

Woods Humane Society is a nonprofit organization which receives no tax funds, but is supported by donations, grants, bequests, fundraising events and fees for services. Woods is independent of San Luis Obispo County Animal Services, but works in close cooperation with them and other animal groups in the county for the welfare of all animals. Woods now cares for over 2,500 cats and dogs each year at two facilities in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero until they can be united with loving forever families. Volunteers bring in animals from other shelters where they are less likely to be adopted and from individuals who are no longer able to care for their pets. The nonprofit is extremely proud of the fact that last year 99% of the animals that came into the shelter found new homes.

4. Adopt a fur baby

http://www.woodshumanesociety.org/adopt/

 



 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:

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 Eggcellent Easter Paso Wine Pairings


That mischievous Easter Bunny and his basket of neon-colored peeps might send the kids into a tizzy, but our guess is you’re more interested in what’s being passed around the “grown’s up table.” From classic deviled eggs to tangy ham, here are five fantastic Easter Paso wine pairings that’ll bring a bit of bounce back to your step! Of course, we’re all known to sneak a cut of the kid’s Easter Basket when the sweet tooth calls. Just make sure you hide the evidence.

1. Herby Lamb and a Bold Cab

That strong, gamey “lamb” flavor bolstered by fresh-cut herbs (sprigs of enticing rosemary come to mind) work best when paired with a bold red wine with plenty of structure and tannin. Hoyt Family Vineyards makes a holiday-worthy Cab practically made to accompany a festive leg of lamb dish (won Best of Class by the San Francisco Wine Chronicle). The winery’s impressive 2012 vintage boasts a round mouth feel and fruit forward flavor with lots of leggy lusciousness to spare. Mint jelly not included. In fact, you’ll hardly need it!
 
 

Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyard

2. Glazed Ham and a Sophisticated Pinot

Is there anything more “Spring” than the sight of a shining glazed ham served early, when the birds are still chirping? Echo the addictive sweet and sour flavors found in the brined, salty meat with a sophisticated pinot noir with plenty of tangy personality. Sextant Winery’s 2015 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands is full of tart raspberry and strawberry heightened by black truffle and spicy sage notes. High acidity and light, silky tannins keep you salivating for that next porky bite.
 
 

Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery

3. Deviled Eggs and an Aromatic Chardonnay

You just can’t resist them, no matter what your trainer says. Those perky little egg whites filled with buttery yolk, mayo and spicy relish have a way of heightening garden party lawn games or a simple family brunch into a true “event.” Pair fatty, creamy Deviled eggs with a bright chardonnay that expresses fresh aromatics and a hit of welcome acid. Sculpterra Winery’s 2016 Chardonnay offers up perfumed pear, apricot and apple notes to bring levity to this notoriously rich snack. A nutty touch of roasted almond round out your new Easter obsession. Did I say obsession? I meant “tradition.”

Mapping and Directions to Sculpterra Winery

4. Creamy Cadbury Egg and a Fruity Red Blend

Love them or hate them, they are Easter nostalgia wrapped in colourful foil. Swipe one from your kid’s Easter basket or let appearances fall by wayside and buy your own clutch for safekeeping. One thing’s certain: All that creamy milk chocolate and—well, creamy “crème” filling—call out for a totally indulgent, fruity and fun blend that knows how to live a little. Lusso Della Terra’s Avanzi – California blend is perfect for such a playful occasion. With aromas of bold red fruit and subtle notes of berries and spice, you’ll feel like a kid again. Well, a kid who knows his way around a wine shop.

Mapping and Directions to LDT

5. Lemony Asparagus and a Citrusy White

Sure, you can get most veggies all year round, but it’s not really worth it when that heirloom tomato or Swiss chard just tastes “so-so.” Fresh, spring asparagus procured from the local farmer’s market is a true seasonal delicacy worth waiting all winter for. You might be tempted to wrap the tender greens in bacon or top with a creamy caper sauce, but I say the first stalks of Spring really need nothing more than a pat of salted butter and a twist of fresh lemon (plus a little zest, for good measure). Pair this “sunshine on a plate” with an equally fresh, citrusy wine. Rava Wines sparkling selections are light and flirtatious, sending this vegetarian dish to new, romantic heights. Added plus: You’ll feel so spry, you might even be tempted to follow the lead of the birds and the bees.

Mapping and Directions to Rava Wines

 



 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:

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 Iconic Wine Lover’s Wedding Gifts


Here comes the bride, all dressed in white (is it appropriate to gift her a case of wine)? Obviously, swinging by the supermarket is not really what we mean here. Not only is fine wine a fabulous gift for the upcoming wedding season here in Paso Robles Wine Country, but there’s plenty of local wine-centric goodies out there that any newlywed couple would love to have in their new nest. Plus, we haven’t even mentioned the wine experiences on offer (there are many to choose from). Because isn’t marriage about what you experience together—not just simply what you sip? Go ahead, gift them:

1. A Wine-Tastic Stay

Gift those adorable lovebirds a vacation (or staycation) in Paso Robles Wine Country. Book a modern-rustic cottage nestled among the vines at Pelletiere Winery, for an intimate honeymoon affair located in the heart of Highway 46 West’s iconic wine trail. Think this hot-and-heavy couple might plan to stay “in” rather than venture out? Perhaps spring for a stay at La Bellasera Hotel and Suites, where luxury accommodations offer indulgent spa services, wine tasting packages, fine dining, and lots of pool lounging. You might want to grab a weekend package at Pelletiere or La Bellasera for yourself!

Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Estate
Mapping and Directions to La Bellasera

2. A Token of Longevity

“Limited production, all estate sustainable wines” might sound like a bunch of buzz word mumbo jumbo, but what it all comes down to is this: Quality. Just like you’d buy the bride a well crafted French perfume meant to be worn for years, not months, only the most “special” wine should be gifted for an event as momentous as two souls coming together (hopefully, forever). Jada Vineyard is known for its biodynamic farming practices and stellar vineyards, producing wine that’s garnering praise from serious critics and locals alike. Stop by the tasting room and pick up a really nice bottle, like Jada’s 2016 WCS JackJohn, a refined mix of all estate grenache, mourvedre, and syrah. Sure, you’ll shell out about $80, but I guarantee the couple will look back fondly while sipping this well-crafted wine—perhaps even on their tenth anniversary!

Mapping and Directions to Jada Vineyard

3. A Swanky Ride through Wine Country

New love is all about adventure. Fuel their thirst for uncharted roads and offer up exciting, romantic stops around every turn. Pearl of Paso Limousine is ready to whisk lovebirds away on a sweeping tour of Paso Robles Wine Country, from hilltop picnic spots to lush vineyards and every place in-between. Let your giftees pick from more than 300 wineries and rest assured that the folks at Pearl will work with your favorite couple to plan the wine tasting excursion of their dreams (with moon roof, of course).

4. A Winemaker Dinner to Remember

Wine and dine them to their heart’s content. Hurry now, and snag tickets to Eberle Winery’s upcoming Zin Festival Winemaker Dinner, slated for this March 16 at the historic Paso Robles winery. Chef Charlie will dazzle the couple with farm-fresh cuisine prepared with lots of heart. Did we mention this dinner is hosted within Eberle’s unique and cozy wine caves? Now this is an experience from their first year together that they’ll never forget! Wedding happening a little later this spring? No worries! JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery is home to a fantastic onsite restaurant where every plate is paired to perfection.

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery
Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN

5. An Entertainer’s Arsenal

Does the couple in question have tons of friends and even more energy to spare? Look for pre-selected gift sets sure to wow the hostess with the mostest (or the host with the most…and the to-die-for bacon-wrapped dates). Hearst Ranch Winery offers a few sets, including a Proprietor’s Reserve Set (gift wrapped with a reserve cabernet sauvignon and a reserve chardonnay) and a more budget-friendly Cuvee of Cheers set (featuring Three Sisters Cuvee red Wine and Three Sisters Cuvee white). Also at Hearst, you’ll find gourmet olive oils, library wine sets, gift cards, and festive large format magnums, all wrapped in Hearst’s signature black box embellished with classy copper logo. No wrapping necessary, which means you can get to what maters most: Writing a heart-felt card they’ll keep on their fridge for years to come.

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, San Simeon
Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame

 



 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:

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 Floral Wines to Rival Any Bouquet

Bury your nose in that glass and take a big whiff. Do you smell elegant violet, invigorating orange blossom, or sweetly perfumed, delicate honeysuckle? Spring doesn’t just mean that real life flowers are blooming in Paso Robles Wine Country: Floral wines are growing wild, too! I don’t know about you, but I always prefer a wine bouquet over fresh-cut stems. These bottles are just as flirtatious and will certainly last longer.

1. Lone Madrone 2015 Roussanne

Roussanne is one of the great varietals of the southern Rhone region in France, and it grows incredibly well in temperate Paso Robles. Known for its deep honey character and matching honeysuckle fragrance, this Spring-worthy wine is known to deepen in its complexity over time. Lone Madrone’s Roussanne already shows those delicious “elder” characteristics in its youth—a major plus. This means you can totally drink it now or (if you’re super patient) save for spring/summer 2019.

Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone

 

2. Four Lanterns Winery 2016 Sunset Rosé

A rose is a rose is a rosé? Not so. Just look at this blushing pink Syrah rosé, which truly rivals floral petals in your glass. Fresh fruit fabulousness—including a wallop of strawberry—pairs well with creamy cheeses, fresh fruit, and seafood. Yes, you’ll want to buy a whole case before inviting the gals over. This one goes down real smooth.

Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

 

3. JUSTIN 2015 Sunny’s Block Dessert Wine

This glowing, pale straw colored orange muscat dessert wine is about as intoxicating as the first day of Spring. White peach and subtle citrus fruit aromas mingle with sensual orange blossom, playful honeysuckle and soft beeswax. But is it sweet? Well, yes. However, the wine also offers up a clean and complex palate balanced by green apple, ripe orange and acidic lemon. Tip: This bottle is best enjoyed at the JUSTIN Restaurant, where farm fresh flavors accompany every flight. That said, your backyard will also do just fine!

Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN Winery

 

4. Peachy Canyon Concrete Blanc Viognier

Named ‘Concrete Blanc’ after its oak alternative aging vessel, Peachy Canyon’s refreshing viognier is unique and bright. This aging process lends a clean, mineral driven essence to match the grape’s honeysuckle-laced lushness. Could it be true? Acid and richness don’t have to compete for the spotlight? We say let them shine equally and watch as the sparks fly.

Mapping and Directions to Peachy Canyon

 

5. Tudor Wines 2009 Tondre Reserve Pinot Noir

Not all flowery wines are white or pink in color. This “luxury pinot noir” is highly perfumed (some might even say flamboyantly so), with lots of Asian spice and pungent herb accents. A whirlwind of green house aromas end in a delightfully smokey finish, made more exciting by a touch of bitter cherry. The 91 point review from Wine Enthusiast might attract newcomers like bee to pollen, but the experienced among us know that all one really has to do is follow your nose.

Mapping and Directions to Tudor Wines

 



 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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Hit the Re-Set Button with These 5 Spring Break Paso Wine Escapes

It’s already nearly Spring? Yep, the first part of the year has gone by quickly, indeed. You may not have crossed every to-do on your 2018 resolutions list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the reset button and start again refreshed. Make time for some real RWR (rest, wine, and relaxation) at one of these five fantastic Spring Break spots located in always-pleasant Paso Robles Wine Country. You’ll emerge from your vacation in a sunnier disposition, to be sure. You might even be able to give the Easter Bunny a run for his money!

1. Bring out your inner Picasso

There’s something magical about putting paintbrush to canvas, isn’t there? If you can’t remember the last time you chilled out and did something remotely artistic (was it college? Kindergarten?), then you need to get out to San Marcos Creek for the winery’s fun filled art and wine events. This March 5, attend a Tree Hugger Tire Swing painting party, where you’ll paint exactly that (hey—it’s a relaxing still life image that won’t be too hard to execute). Your ticket includes a glass of wine and your very own piece of art to take home. All supplies are provided, just bring your inner Picasso. Yes, there will be lots of happy little clouds and perky little trees alongside great wines.

Mapping and Directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyards

 

2. Go nuts with donuts!

Donuts, wine and live music—that’s what Tooth and Nail Winery is all about every Sunday in spring. If your idea of unwinding includes some over the top indulgence, dancing, and shameless selfies whilst nibbling on donuts with your best pals, get your rear to Tooth and Nail for this energetic “anti-brunch” tradition. Each Sunday from 10am-1pm, nosh on artisinal donuts provided by Twisted & Glazed and sip on specially paired wines. Groove to the sounds of Billy Manzik playing tunes in the tasting room from 1-4pm, then head back to the hotel for a much-needed nap. Ah, that sounds like vacation success, doesn’t it?

Mapping and Directions to Tooth & Nail

 

3. Feast like Royalty

Ever wonder what a real life winemaker dinner is truly like? While your average winemaker might nosh on pizza or leftovers when at home on a normal weekday, this extra special winemaker dinner is all about pie-in-the-sky dream eats fit for a queen. Opolo is set on providing more flavor than you can shake a salad fork at during its anticipated Zinfandel Festival Winemakers Dinner, kicking off March 16 on a picturesque hilltop. Dig into salt roasted red and golden beets with French feta, pepitas and preserved lemon vinaigrette, duck confit and mushroom strudel with blackberry gastrique and rainbow chard, red wine braised boneless beef short ribs with horseradish crème and white cheddar mashed Yukon gold potatoes with charred broccolini. Desert? Why, double stout chocolate cake with Guinness caramel buttercream and oatmeal, of course! Tip: Even kings and queens need to wear an elastic waistband or pair of jeggings every now and then.

Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyards

4. Get lucky (in wine, at least)

St. Patrick’s day is all about “beer?” I don’t think so, buddy. Paso Robles would rather raise a wine glass filled with glorious gilded white wine… or at least sort of greenish pinot gris. Harmony Cellars’ festive March 17 celebration promises to toss you back into some sort of Leprechaun storybook dreamland. I mean, come on! When St. Patrick’s Day falls on Zinfandel Weekend, a 100% Irish Winemaker converts his winery into a pub, of course! Harmony Cellars invites the Irish (and those who love them) to pull up a chair at “Charlie Mulligan’s Pub.” Enjoy hearty Irish stew and a slab of soda bread with a library flight of Charlie’s fab Zinfandels. Add in live Irish music and the emerald green countryside, and you might forget you’re not in Ireland.

Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars

 

5. Savor the Sound of Silence

OK, not total silence. Did you know Kiamie Wine Cellars is home to not one but two winery dogs (and one of those dogs is an adorable puppy)??? Sometimes you just gotta go where the folks are friendly and there’s nothing on the agenda but wine tasting and dog cuddling. At Kiamie (pronounced key-ah -mee), grapes are blended from distinctive Westside Paso Robles mountain vineyards so that you can experience a swath of unique terroir tastes without stepping foot outside the tasting room. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for tasting the Paso-bilities. Sometimes, “easy” is the best plan of action. OK, it usually is!

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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5 Reasons Why Paso Robles is #Trending Now

Who’s hot and who’s so not? What’s so “right now” and what’s so “totally last year?” These were probably questions you pondered frequently as a teenager, but chances are now—you know, that you’re an adult—you couldn’t care less what’s “trending now.” Well, except for when it comes to your Twitter feed. And Pinterest. And Instagram. And, well, your wine. Ok. There’s nothing wrong with admitting you want to be “in the know,” as long as you spread the news with others and share the experience, right? Head to #PasoRobles now, where wine tasting is about so much more than the stuffy sniff, swirl, spit routine. What can we say? Paso Robles is simply lit, fam!

 

#CraftDistilleries

Fine wine is everywhere in Paso Robles (and it’s heavenly), but did you know that Paso Robles Wine Country is also home to a totally unique, artisanal (and yes, heart-emoji worthy) craft distillery trail? Sounds cool, but what exactly is a craft distillery, you ask? Well, you know craft beer and boutique wine, yes? Consider this the coolest most small-batch version of whatever you consider your poison. From gin and whiskey to bitters and liqueurs, the Paso Robles Craft Distillery Trail is all about smooth spirits boldly poured. Shake up your wine tasting trip at KROBAR Craft Distillery, where the ambiance is one part industrial, two parts luxurious. Located behind Grey Wolf Cellars and just steps away from Barton’s Kitchen Window (where you can #nomnom on some famous mac and cheese), this hip haunt is serving up an Americana Bourbon aged in American Oak barrels for over two years and even a (gasp) a totally Instagrammable pink gin. Is it Millennial pink or more of a salmon? You decide.

Mapping and Directions to Krobar Distillery

 

#Albariño

After visiting Paso Robles, you’ll regret ever passing up the whites on the list again. Paso Robles is rife with floral and honied Rhone whites you should absolutely seek out, but Albariño—the uniquely aromatic Spanish white grape—is having a bit of a #moment now. Try Brecon Estate’s 2015 Albariño, which is 100 percent pure and unadulterated golden goodness. Crisp yet perfumed, this wine explodes with tropical complexity, richness, and citrus notes. There’s even an Albariño festival hosted in Paso Robles each summer celebrating the amazing, award-winning whites. In a region known for its lush reds, this sounds a bit crazy, right? Well, now you know. The secret is most certainly out.

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate

 

Beyond #FarmtoTable

Go beyond the so-called “farm to table” trend and really meet the chefs, farmers—and even winemakers—behind whatever’s rolling around your mouth. Truly! In Paso Robles, a long temperate growing season brings on bounty after bounty of fabulous produce, wine grapes, olives, citrus, and lavender. Visit the weekly farmer’s market or attend a winemaker dinner at a local tasting to see what’s ripe, right now (like, this very week). While wine tasting, it’s easy to stop and experience a top notch extra virgin olive oil producer like Pasolivo and taste for yourself. Grab lunch at farm fresh coastal getaway Centrally Grown in Cambria and experience wine flights paired with the region’s just picked-produce. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to eating in Paso.

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Downtown
Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Countryside
Mapping and Directions to Centrally Grown

 

It’s Still #OldSchool (Sort of)

What’s old is new again! For every new, cutting edge winemaker aging in clay or stainless steel, there’s a classic winemaker doing it the old fashioned way, vintage after vintage. Paso Robles is full of these salt of the earth folks—guys and gals who won’t fix it cause it ain’t broken. Vines on the Marycrest is known for its legendary (and ancient) head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel. These old timey vines aren’t just eligible for a senior citizen discount: They produce smashing wines that ooze with complex layers of flavor. As it turns out, you can filter your photo all you want, but you simply can’t fake great wine.

Mapping and Directions to Vines on the Marycrest

 

 

#Vacation Goals

Lackluster hotels that treat you like one of a herd of nameless cattle? Not in Paso Robles. The chill wine country vibes don’t end when you leave the tasting room. This incredible wine tasting destination is dotted with diverse, stunning stays ranging from intimate winery escapes (try the JUST INN at JUSTIN) to wildly plush, European-styled accommodations that make you want to log out of reality forever (try Allegretto Vineyards Resort and hotel, which also features a fine dining restaurant, vineyards, and tasting room). Of course, you could always move here. Isn’t that the ultimate #life goals?

Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard & Wines
Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN Winery

 



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


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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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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Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen

 

 

 

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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Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre

 

 

 

 

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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