Spooky Halloween Fun in Paso

Paso Robles Wineries Halloween

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

Dress to Impress at Tooth and Nail Winery

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

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

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

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

Pick Pumpkins Between Tastings

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

pumpkin patch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

5 Paso Wine Harvest Weekend Events Not to Miss Oct 20-22

Paso Robles Wineries Harvest Wine Weekend

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

A Stomping Good Time at Opolo

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo

Chill Out and Carve at Chronic Cellars

Chronic Cellars outdoor patio vistors

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Chronic Cellars

Savor Fall’s Bounty at JUSTIN

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

Click here for mapping and directions to JUSTIN Winery

Underground Indulgence at Eberle

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Eberle Winery

Cupcakes and Wine, Anyone?

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Harmony Cellars

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

What Kind of Fall Red Are You?

Paso Robles Wineries Fall Reds

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

The busy baker

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

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Hug Cellars

 

The leaf lover

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

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

 

The fire worshiper

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

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Jada Vineyard & Winery

 

The bundle-upper

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

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

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

 

The crafter

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

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Peachy Canyon 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

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

Paso Robles Wineries 5 Festive Reds

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

Tudor 2011 Pinot Noir – Santa Lucia Highlands

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

Mapping and Directions to Tudor Wines

 

Seven Oxen 2014 Grenache

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

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines

 

Soaring Hawk 2015 Zinfandel

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

Mapping and Directions to Soaring Hawk Vineyards and Winery

 

Eberle 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery

 

Four Lanterns 2014 Bordeaux Style Blend

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

Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

Paso Robles Vacation Rentals thumb logoMake ReservationsPaso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

5 Exotic World Wines Produced in Paso Robles

Paso Robles Wineries Exotic Paso Wines

When it comes to wine varietals, the French are hard to argue with. Thanks to a similar climate and growing season, Rhone and Bordeaux varietals rule Paso Robles Wine Country, as you already well know. But did you know that a host of other World varietals are also making a big splash among Paso’s famous vineyards, tasting rooms, and wine lists? Now you can travel the globe without setting foot in a plane. Explore these five wines and prepare to jet set in style:

Oso Libre Azúcar, Port

Varietal: Azúcar
Origin: Chile

Oso Libre buy the wine buttonAzúcar meaning, “sugar,” is a smooth and luxurious dessert wine, and this bottle is about as juicy as it gets. Oso Libre’s Azúcar offers up a perfume of baked plum, black cherry and brandy nose. The flavor explodes on your palate with sweet tones of mocha, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Finishing with a plethora of cocoa, baking spices and brandy, Azúcar entices you to enjoy it with a warm dessert, or drizzled over a slice of New York style cheesecake. Yes, please!

Click here for mapping and directions to Oso Libre Winery

 

Lusso Della Terra 2014 Sangiovese

Varietal: Sangiovese, Langrein, and Charbono Blend
Origin: Italy

Lusso Della Terra Buy the WineYou may have heard of Italian-beloved Sangiovese, but what about the other two Italian varietals? You’ll want to meet them, and soon! When combined, Lusso Della Terra’s blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Lagrein, and 5% Charbono showcases big aromas of ripe red cherry, cocoa, with a hint of white pepper. Bold flavors of raspberry, blackberry and spice round out this truly unique offering. With gorgeous tannin integration balanced with a stunning acidity and a complex mouthfeel, this is what Italians dream of drinking with dinner.

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Rotta Winery Black Monukka

Varietal: Black Monukka
Origin: Uzbekistan

Rotta Winery Buy the Wine ButtonDerived from the Persian word for raisins, Black Monukka originated in either Uzbekistan or Azerbaijan. However, I think you’ll agree that it truly shines in Paso Robles. This dark purplish grape (also popular in Chile and Iran) is juicy and sweet, thus perfect for heightening a special celebration or holiday. Rotta Winery is the only producer we know of in the United States making the stuff, which we think is cause for celebration enough!

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2013 Michael Gil Cellars Oso Blanco Vermentino

Varietal: Vermentino
Origin: Northern Italy

Michael Gill Cellars Buy the WineLight-skinned and fresh, the white wine grape is the perfect antidote to red wine overload. A perfect summer sipper, this particular Vermentino offers a mix of mandarin orange, vanilla, banana, apricot, and white peach—so, needless to say, you know it will pair amazingly with Thai takeout. A double gold winner, it’s no wonder the winery’s 2016 Vermentino is well on its way to converting staunch red-only drinkers to whites! It’s all in a day’s work for Michael Gill Cellars. Consider us hooked.

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Bodega de Edgar 2011 Graciano

Varietal: Graciano
Origin: Spain

Bodega De Edgar Buy the wineNever heard of it? You’re not alone. Graciano is relatively rare in the USA with perhaps only 35 or so acres in production. Crazy, huh? Although most vineyards are located in Lodi, some vines can be found on the Central Coast, and we’re lucky, indeed. The grapes that made this wine hail from The Santa Ana Valley Vineyard, just outside the town of Tres Pinos, where hot days and cool marine breezes create well-rounded fruit. Because Graciano is low in alcohol and high in acid, it makes a perfect marriage with Tempranillo (often high in alcohol and low in acid). This particular wine from Bodega de Edgar will age extremely well, and offers up a medium-bodied experience bolstered by blueberry and cherry flavors. Pair with duck with blueberry sauce, salmon, grilled vegetables, or just about anything that drinks well with Pinot Noir. Stamp my passport, please!

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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

5 Things You Should Do (Besides Taste) in Paso Wine Country

5 things to do in Paso Robles

Paso Robles is known for its amazing wine tasting opportunities; this is true (thank you Dr. Obvious). With nearly 300 tasting rooms dotting pastoral, vineyard-lined backroads, there is a type of wine tasting experience to suit every personality (rustic, elegant, modern, funky, industrial and the rest). From sparklings at Rava Wines in Creston to live music and bold blends at Westside hangout Tooth and Nail, there’s more to choose from than ever before. Oh, and don’t even get us started on the number of varietals available to visitors (that will blow your wine-loving mind). That said there’s a few things you should totally make time to do in between tastes, if you’re smart. After all, there are many hours to fill before and after your lips meet wine. Make the most of them, the Paso way:

Dine Downtown

Paso Robles DiningSure, there’s plenty of food to nosh on at local wineries like Opolo (wood-fired pizza) and Cass (burgers and more), but to really experience Paso Robles Wine Country, you should also make time to dine downtown. Paso Robles is quickly being recognized as a fantastic foodie destination, with culinary spreads in glossy magazines like Sunset, Wine Enthusiast and more. Old fashioned brick buildings, new art galleries, and a quaint Downtown City Park come together to create the perfect ambiance for street side dining, which means you can enjoy the perfect weather long into the sunset-streaked evening. In the mood for seafood? Stop at Fish Gaucho, where the ceviche is fresh and the craft margaritas are mixed with impeccable flair. Comfort food lovers should look no further than Pappy McGregor’s, where you can grub on down-home faves like Central Coast tri-tip paired with a local wine and beer list that shows local love. All one has to do is stroll leisurely around Paso’s epicenter to find a perfect place to nosh.

Go Olive Oil Tasting

Wine grapes are sexy, so it makes sense that they’d get the bulk of the press. But—here’s a little well-kept secret—Paso Robles is also swimming in fantastic estate grown olive oils ready for dunking! Have that crusty bread at the ready? Good. Make a dash for Jada Vineyard and Winery, where estate grown EVOO is drizzled alongside award-winning Bordeaux and Rhone wines. Pasolivo offers up a true field-to-mouth experience with orchard tours and tastings nestled in a gorgeous oak-studded setting. Want to try something a little different? Stop by Dubost Ranch, where tastes of Tempranillo and Syrah are bolstered by shots of golden-hued EVOO harvested from the hillside around the Adelaida-based tasting room.

Visit Hearst Castle

We know Hearst Castle is not in Paso Robles, but the epic drive through Highway 46 West (and its incomparable cluster of tasting rooms) offer up a true Central Coast experience. Meander down this iconic wine trail and follow the cool breeze west. Before you know it, you’ll be at the coast, cruising up Highway 1 to the Central Coast’s most coveted cultural jewel. Once you hit Cambria, stop and taste at Cutruzzola Vineyards for a delicious array of cool climatehearst castle Pinot Noir that will knock your socks off. Got more time? Savor the view and a garden fresh lunch at Centrally Grown or visit the nearby artist enclave of Harmony, population 18 (including the cows). This tiny village looks much the way it did back in the 1800s when it was a working dairy town. Watch as resident glass blowers craft their mesmerizingly stunning pieces and don’t forget to stop by Harmony Cellars, a stone’s throw from the old blacksmith’s shop.

Hit a Local Watering Hole

wine boss loungeThe best part of Paso Robles Wine Country (besides the wine, of course) is the people. Friendly, knowledgeable, and down to earth, you’ll find Paso Roblans to be unlike many other folks on the West Coast. The best way to rub elbows with cowboys, winemakers, brewers, and blue-collar workers alike is to simply stop by a local watering hole. Belly up to the bar and see what local delicacies are on tap! Try the Wine Boss, a casual downtown lounge that features an always-changing menu of local beer, wine, and hard cider. We guarantee you’ll leave with more than a favorite new beverage. You’ll also find a host of new friends!

Stay the Paso Way

Here in Paso Robles Wine Country, vineyards, good food, and fantastic hospitality are “the norm.”Make sure you’re staying at one of the area’s best hotels, like Allegretto Vineyard Resort. Not only are you privy to pool, spa services, and luxury suites—the resort is fashioned with a celebratedallegretto vineyard resort restaurant (Cello Ristorante & Bar), a tasting room, and (gasp) its own vineyard! Looking for an even more immersive wine tasting experience? Book a stay at a swath of wine country vacation rentals or enjoy a winery stay at JUSTIN Winery’s posh JUST Inn, San Marcos Creek Vineyard’s cozy cottages, or Pelletiere Estate Winery’s rustic, modern farmhouse-turned-suite.

 



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

Paso Wine Under the Microscope: 5 Wine Compounds Revealed!

Paso Robles Wineires Paso Wine Under the Microscope

Wine compounds—especially “polyphenols”—are a lot like stars. Your body knows what they are when you experience them, but you’d have a doozie of a time explaining exactly what they’re made of when asked. Just as heavenly bodies are composed of gasses, particles, and electromagnetic fields, wine is composed of dynamic, sometimes mysterious compounds that go into making a bottle great. Maybe it’s all the buzz surrounding the recent eclipse, or perhaps it’s those end of summer sunsets, but we’re thinking of wine as its own epicurean star-gazing adventure. After all, wine compounds interact with one another to create a dazzling display not in the sky, but in your mouth. Got your goggles on? Good. It’s time to dust off that old microscope and prepare to peer deep, deep into the galaxy that is your glass. What you find may surprise you!

Discovery #1 Tannins cannot be tasted

Where they come from: The grape skins, stems, and seeds

Findings: You never really “taste” tannins, although some might say they create a “bitter” pucker. Say what? This is weird to think about, but true.

bunch of grapes

Tannins are really more of a texture than a taste. Like a wave of umami or sour rushing over your senses, tannins are more about your body’s reaction to their presence than any one particular flavor. Sip a red wine with high tannin content, and you’ll know immediately. The moisture is sucked from your mouth, causing your salivary glands to kick into overdrive. Considering the fact that tannins have a particularly bodaciousway of bonding to the proteins in your mouth (and your medium rare steak), can you even imagine a nice glass of Bordeaux without that signature tongue-smacking satisfaction?

Science experiment: Sip astringent black tea or snack on raw walnuts (also high in tannins) and compare the mouthfeel to your fave full-bodied red.

Discovery #2 Anthocyanins open up a world of color

Where they come from: The hypodermal cells of the skin, except in red fleshed grape varieties, where they are also found in the pulp.

Findings: Sounds scary, but I promise this one’s easier to understand than pronounce. All you need to know is this: Anthocyanins are responsible for the main pigments in wine, and we can all agree a glass of merlot would not be the same without them!

Fun fact: Over 600 anthocyanins have been identified in nature, and these are formed from six different basic anthocyanin structures, called aglycones. These six are cyanidin (Cy), pelargonidin (Pg), delphinidin (Dp), petunidin (Pt), malvidin (Mv) and peonidin (Pn). These all differ in hue slightly with some more red, and some more purple.

Science experiment: Anthocyanins also differ in color according to the pH, with a more red color at low pH and a more blue color at high pH: this can be seen when you rinse out a wine glass with a tiny bit of red wine in it with tap water: the rise in pH causes the trace of wine to go from red to blue-black. Try it at home and see if you notice the color change (we promise: it’s more fun than raising Sea-Monkeys).

Discovery #3 Flavonols are a grape’s best defense

Where they come from: The skins of both red and white grapes.

Findings: Get this: Even wines need SPF daily! These helpful, protective compounds act as sunscreen against UV-A and UV-B light wavelengths. How cool is Mother Nature? Flavonol levels actually increase in response to enhanced UV exposure (they have a yellow color, which can contribute to the hue of white wines, and is masked in red wines). Scientists will tell you the most important of the flavonol is quercitin, but (and you won’t be tested on this) there’s also kaempferol, myrcetin, laricitrin, isorhamnetin and syringetin. That’s a mouthful.

Fun fact: Other sources of flavonoids include all citrus fruits, berries, ginkgo biloba, onions, parsley, pulses, tea (especially white and green tea), seabuckthorn, and chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or greater. Who knew?

Discovery #4 Resveratrol is worth a second look

Where it comes from: Red wine skins.

Findings: Scientists and beauty marketers are making a big deal about this nifty polyphenol, but did you know that you can also find Resveratrol (gasp!) in peanuts and the Polygonum cuspidatum? (Google it: it’s a large perennial plant.) We recently posted a detailed blog post about the exciting potential (yet still mostly unproven) cosmetic benefits of Resveratrol here, but there are still some pretty hefty health claims it can make.

Wine Lab TestFun fact: Studies show that Resveratrol is able to protect the endothelial lining of your arteries (so blood flows as it should); reduce oxidative stress which, in turn, helps fight premature aging of cells; and block the production of nf kappa b, a powerful noxious inflammatory agent. Overachieve much?

Tip: If you want these health benefits, go for the red over the white—but don’t go overboard! Very little goes a long way, whether applied in a beauty cream or consumed the old fashioned way.

Discovery #5 People actually study this stuff?

Findings: Want to learn more about what’s going on inside that single grape? You’ll want to rub elbows with a local, Paso Robles wine lab technician—and trust me, there are many around these parts! These helpful “wine scientists” are incredibly important to Paso Robles winemakers because it is literally their job to study whether a wine grape is developing the right ratio of sugars, tannins, and acids.

Fun fact: Around harvest time, the ability to “see” inside the grape is immensely valuable, as you might imagine! Pick too early, and the wine may suffer and be to acidic. Pick too late, and it could be too sugary, with higher-than-desired levels of alcohol! It all depends on the vision of the winemaker, but he/she rarely makes these decisions alone.

Experiment: In Paso Wine Country, tasting rooms are free-wheeling places where one can chat in person with winemakers, vineyard owners, and cellar workers alike. Next time you taste, ask a few questions about the grape phenolics and see if you can’t converse with the best of ‘em. The best part of wine phenolics? Just like when looking up at the Milky Way, there is always something new to discover.

And that, my friends, is why science rules.


Great Tasting Rooms for Grape Science Geeks!

 

Meet “Steve Cass the Science Guy” at Cass Winery and Vineyard

Cass logoCass Winery and Vineyard is known for its gorgeous Rhone wines and delicious lunch menu, but owner Steve Cass is also another perk! Stop by their backroads tasting room and ask for his thoughtfully penned newsletter, usually chock-full of information about what’s going on in the vineyard at any given time. Got specific grape questions? Ask Steve—or one of his helpful crew—yourself. They love chatting about their estate grown fruit!

Click here for mapping and directions to Cass Winery

 

Be one with Nature at Brecon Estate

Brecon Estate Winery of the WeekBrecon Estate is all about expressing the beauty of Mother Nature, one award winning Rhone/Bordeaux bottle at a time. If you want to talk about the Westside estate-grown grapes and sustainable growing methods, stop by and visit winemaker Damian Grindley in person! He’s always game to talk shop, taste, and speculate about the vintage to come.

Click here for mapping and directions to Brecon Estate

 

Get the French Facts at Écluse Wines

If ultra boutique, French-style wines are your thing, stop by Écluse Wines, where owners Steve and Pam Lock are always knee-deep in vineyard stories. Maybe that’s why this winemaking couple maintain the mantra “great fruit makes great wine.” One thing’s for certain: They owe much to their success to the quality of their estate grown Bordeaux and Rhone varietals crafted in the rustic, traditional way.

Click here for mapping and directions to Écluse Wines

 

Laid Back Lesson at Chronic Cellars

Chronic Cellars WineryFeel intimidated to talk wine grape science with a real Paso Robles winemaker? Nowhere will you feel more at ease than at casual Chronic Cellars, home of wickedly unique Rhone and Bordeaux single varietals and blends (and a pool table)! That said, Owner/Winemaker brothers Josh and Jake Beckett are avid surfers who don’t take much stock in the “fancy” wine lingo. Ask away (if they’re not out surfing), or ply one of their chill tasting room attendants with all the questions your heart desires.

Click here for mapping and directions to Chronic Cellars

 

Cool Coastal Education at Cutruzzola Vineyards

Cutruzzola Button AdLocated near the ocean in breezy Cambria, Cutruzzola’s cool climate grapes are one-of-a-kind. From terroir to vineyard to barrel, this Riesling and Pinot Noir house is known for taking great care of their grapes and staffing its tasting room with knowledgable, friendly staff. Plus, you might just run into Francis Cutruzzola himself, co-owner Lisa Miller, or winemaker Stephen Dooley (known to talk your ear off about his precious grapes).

Click here for mapping and directions to Cutruzzola 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

Taste the Rainbow in Paso Wine Country

Paso Robles Wineries Taste the Rainbow

You may think that wine comes in three primary colors: white, red, and pink. What a dull way to live! You certainly aren’t looking long enough to notice the subtle nuances in the glass, and that’s a darn shame. Chances are, you aren’t smelling the roses day to day, either. Just like those old school crayons (with its brick red, burnt Sienna, and red violet – there’s about 20 red colors in every box of Crayola), wine comes in all shades and hues. So is that white Rhone blend more of a gilded honey or desaturated hay hue? Never considered it? OK. It’s time to truly taste the rainbow. Why do wine enthusiasts take the time to remark on the color?
 You may think that flavor is the only thing that matters in a good wine, and you’d be right. However, here’s the trick: flavor isn’t just about what your taste buds experience: it’s about the smell, texture, finish, and (yes) the color in the glass. Just like an amazing work of art, perfectly coordinated outfit, or a fantastic meal, each component comes together to create the whole.

How does one properly appreciate color?

That’s easy! Pour a glass and hold it up to a source of natural light. Suddenly, that merlot will beam to life with ruby red vibrancy. Perhaps the Pinot Gris you’ve been enjoying will appear even more verdant in color, with even a twinge of dandelion yellow highlight. Notice how darker reds like petite sirah (which may appear black in the bottle) come to life with ripples of velvety purple, maroon, or even subtle waves of deep blue.

Sculpterra Buy the Wine

Cherry-glaze: Sculpterra 2015 Grenache

This Grenache bursts forth with aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry with herbaceous undertones. The wine is dominated by red plum, tart cherry, and raspberry flavors that finish short with juicy red fruit punch characteristics.

Click here for mapping and directions to Sculpterra Winery

Peachy Canyon Buy the WineOrange-pink: Peachy Canyon 2016 Rosé

This lively rosé shows an enticing mix of orange and pink colors that brighten with time. On the nose there’s rich raspberry, strawberry, and zesty citrus. The palate is dry, with thirst quenching acidity and a smooth fruity finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Peachy Canyon Winery

 

When should you notice the color?

You’d never close your eyes, take a bite of your dinner and then look down at the plate. Color appreciation should always be the first thing you do before you sniff, sip, or even swirl the wine. Think about it: You drink with your eyes first!

Green-gold: Harmony Cellars 2016 Reserve Pinot Gris

Unlike its light and fruity cousin pinot grigio, this Pinot Gris was crafted in the French Burgundian style and finished dry. This vintage boasts aromas of ripe pear, citrus and tropical fruit. Flavors of juicy pear and citrus are followed by a finish of shortbread cookie.

Click here for mapping and directions to Harmony Cellars

 

What about clarity?

Chances are, you’ve heard the word “clarity” thrown around a wine bar, back of a wine bottle, or review. But what the heck does it mean? Clarity, put simply, pertains to how bright and clear the wine is, or (oh-so scientifically) how well you can see light through the glass. Varietal, age, and amount of sediment will come into play here. Lighter reds or a younger vintage, say, a recently released pinot noir or grenache for instance, will usually show brighter clarity than a darker, more viscous Syrah. It’s not a good or bad thing, but certainly something to take note of. These aren’t diamonds, they’re wines. And they are all beautiful in their own way.

JUSTIN Buy the WineStraw-silver: JUSTIN 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc reflects the diversity of the climates and soils in the Central Coast that range from the cool, limestone laden Templeton Gap area to the warmer, sandy, river-influenced eastern regions. The winery has combined Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in these unique areas to give JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc a full palate of tropical and citrus fruits with a hint of fresh herbs balanced by a crisp, refreshing mineral structure.

Click here for mapping and directions to JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

 

How many wine colors are out there?

Too many to name here! From the most delicate cream colored viognier to a grassy green vino verde, a watermelon-hued rosé or a striking garnet colored red blend, wines come in (pretty much) every color under the sun. Try to sum up the color in your glass in as many words as you can, and open up your vocab to new descriptions, too. It’s actually quite fun once you get the hang of it. That chardonnay isn’t just plain old goldenrod, it’s sunrise butterscotch! There’s no right or wrong way to appreciate color. Just make sure you do!

Rendarrio Buy the Wine buttonRuby red: 2013 First Born King Paso Robles Grenache/Syrah

A classic Rhone blend from sandy soils. Hints of blackberry and blueberry start on the journey followed by earth, leather and tobacco. The 35% whole cluster is what gives this wine layers. The 25% new 500L French oak barrels ensure the structure and tannin are kept in check while this wine evolves. 156 cases produced.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rendarrio 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

Can Paso Robles Red Wine Make You Younger?

Can Paso Wine Make you Younger?

Grapes aren’t just nature’s candy: they are also nature’s antioxidant! By now, we all know that drinking a moderate amount of wine daily can benefit your health and that red wine is linked to buffering away oxidative damage as well as lowering chances of heart disease and even some types of cancers. But did you know that wine can also do wonders for your complexion, too? Although no one study can point to a “holy grail” of wine treatments, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that wine baths, elixirs, and scrubs (not to mention simply sipping red wine) could possibly help to block the clock inside and out. Fountain of youth? Probably not. But we love the idea of enjoying a glass of Paso Robles red wine while looking—and feeling—younger!

History of wine and beauty

Where did it start? The medicinal and cosmetic qualities of wine grapes have been known for some time (we’re talking ancient times, people). Rich royals, per usual, were first to realize that rubbing their skin with grape juice brought on a fresh, vibrant glow, a la Queen Cleopatra. In 1970, researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France began studying grapes and their potential health benefits, representing one of the first serious deep-dives into the subject. Here’s what they wanted to figure out: Why is it that the French eat a high-fat, bready diet, yet suffer a much lower chance of heart disease than other cultures, including Americans? Of course, you could chalk this “French paradox” up to the fact that life is woefully unfair, but—and we’re just guessing here—a diet flowing with red wine grapes could be part of the magic! Scientists thought so too, and today guys and gals in white lab coats continue to search for the link between red wine and health benefits across cultures. It is a fascinating—and tantalizing—subject to be sure.

Glow time: Opolo 2013 Barbera

Opolo Buy the WineUpfront aromas strawberry and blueberry are complimented with nuanced vanilla and clove. Wonderfully fruit forward flavors of raspberry and cherry lead to a delightfully long and satisfying finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Opolo Vineyards

 

What makes wine grapes so sexy?

red wine and grapes

It’s all in the juice! Antioxidant-packed polyphenols, specifically resveratrol, represent the powerful elements in red wine that are so good for our bodies. In a nutshell, resveratrol protects against free radicals (the villain in every skin-care commercial). Free radicals—those super harmful rays that are continually pinging around our Earthly atmosphere—are one of the main reasons we all have fine lines and wrinkles (taxes, long lines at the DMV and jury duty summons do the rest). The thought goes: If you protect against free radical damage, you can look younger longer. Cheers to science, right?

Night treatment: Lone Madrone 2010 Bollo

Lone Madrone buy the wineAged for three years in large format oak barrels, this Nebbiolo is given the time necessary to illustrate the most remarkable characteristics of the grape, its conflicting austerity and incredibly intriguing personality. 2010 offers a full basket of tobacco, black tea, violets and red stone fruits.

Click here for mapping and directions to Lone Madrone

 

The cells love wine as much as the tastebuds

Let’s swim deeper into these possible red wine wonders. Scientists have also found that polyphenols help to increase cellular turnover, the key to getting that natural youthful glow (as you age, your cells—much like your will to work out—become a bit sluggish). Scientists have found that these polyphenols also form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of both cells and collagen, leading to a more refined, youthful appearance. Many scientists believe that these polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. That said, grapes also contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K, in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus. We’re not saying this definitively proves anything here, but these are interesting facts, no?

 

So, how do I get some of these supposed beauty benefits?

Vinotherapy, of course! Yes, that’s a real word, and it means just what it says (wine-therapy). No, we don’t suggest crying it out while chugging a bottle with your girlfriends, although that can technically count for therapy after a big rejection at work. We’re actually talking about the ancient practice of applying wine to the skin. French spas were among the first to introduce treatments with wine-based products, and it wasn’t long before leading spas all over the world jumped on the anti-aging bandwagon. Back in the day, vinotherapy meant soaking in a red wine bath (literally). Today, you can still do that, as plenty of high-end spas offer the eclectic experience, and many include wine facials, too!

Forever Young: Rangeland 2014 Petite Sirah

Rangeland Buy the Wine ButtonAn elegant display of these two varietals doing what they do best—Syrah delivering the muscle and density with black cherry and blackberry, while the Mourvedre counters with an earthy array of damp soil, roses and savory charcuterie.

Click here for mapping and directions to Rangeland Wines

 

What about lazy wine beauty?

lotionAh, there’s something for you, too, dear slather-er. Plenty of beauty companies are beginning to use resveratrol in their lotions, serums, scrubs, and masks. Worth a try! Research is limited when it comes to resveratrol’s anti-aging benefits when applied externally on humans, but there have been some studies that suggest the compound could help skin. In one study published by the National Institutes of Health in 2005, resveratrol was applied to the skin of laboratory animals, who were then subjected to high ultraviolet radiation. Researchers found the compound protected the animals! Interesting, indeed…

Bodacious Bordeaux: Jada 2015 Strayts

Jada Vineyards Buy the Wine ButtonA mix of estate merlot, estate petit verdot, and estate cabernet sauvignon, this wine is bold and beautiful.

Click here for mapping and directions to Jada Vineyard and Winery

 

I’ll just drink it, thank you

Suit yourself. But you should know that red wine, when taken in moderation, is recognized as being more or less good for you. For instance, consuming just seven ounces of red wine per week could lower your risk for colon cancer (according to the Harvard Medical School). Could it erase your wrinkles and add a youthful sheen to your mug? That’s for you to decide. And it’s a delicious experiment to try, that’s for sure!

Remarkable Red: Hoyt 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Hoyt buy the wineIts unbelievable round mouth feel, is chewy,fruit forward, leggy and lovely. A sophisticated Cab, very limited production, it will sell out quickly.

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

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Reasons Aging is Awesome…Paso Wine Aging That Is!

Paso Robles Wineries Wine Aging

Better your wine show signs of age than your skin right? While you’ve been romping through spring wildflowers and soaking in the summer sun (whilst wearing loads of broad spectrum SPF), your Paso Robles reds have been maturing into wise, elder sages brimming with time-honored excellence. Year by year and decade by decade, those bottles aren’t just breaking down or breaking a hip—they’re becoming more complex, more robust, and tastier, too. Here’s what’s really going on during the aging process and why you should be excited about aging, too. Just don’t skip that SPF!

It’s all about timing

Just like the trees turn color during their journey from spring to winter, so does that velvety red Paso Robles wine change in flavor, aroma, and—yes—color, too. Over the course of one year, one decade, or two, a vintage can really “come into its own,” and you’ll know by the first taste if it’s “aged well.” However, not every wine should be cellared for the same amount of time (or at all). Many whites, but also some lighter reds—are crafted for expedient drinking (read: drink immediately after purchasing). Conversely, a wine made to age can taste quite unpleasant if opened too young. First step: Know thy wine and deduce whether it is, indeed, a one-hit wonder meant to be enjoyed in the heat of the moment, or something with more substantial. Both are good options to have on hand, but only one should ever see the year 2023.

Softening those tannins

bottle and glass of wine

How to know if a wine should be cellared? Here’s an easy rule of thumb: Think about the acid and tannin content. Wines high in acid and tannin are meant to sit for long periods of time, developing character in the bottle while you wait. Think: Full bodied Merlot or a bold Cabernet Sauvignon (age anywhere from 7-20 years, depending on the winemaker’s notes), but also the odd Chardonnay or Riesling may be aged (1-5 years is usually suggested). Tannins are the stuff that makes your mouth pucker, but also add structure to a bottle. Over time, these tannins are said to “soften.” This process is thanks to the fact that the tannins actually “polymerize,” or form long chains with each other. These tannin polymer molecules feel and taste less harsh, creating that “rounded” finish you expect with a well-aged wine. See, there really is beauty in the journey.

Colorful changes in store

As humans age, our hair turns gray, our skin turns sallow (blech!). Much like a rugged Hollywood actor, most cellar-worthy wines only get sexier with the passage of time. Not fair, right? Along with tannins, other color and flavor components (polyphenolic compounds, as they’re called) are also known to transform. Red wines lose color while whites wines gain it. That straw-colored chardonnay may turn a deep golden butter hue, while your dark burgundy Malbec may appear slightly copper, or brownish-tinged in the glass. Don’t fret: This is all very natural and totally part of the aging experience. Ah, if only we felt the same way about liver spots and crow’s feet!

Sniff out the difference

One of the best parts about an older vintage is the extremely complex, layered bouquet swirling around in the glass. Sure, fresh, young wines are fun and fruity, but aged wines have a certain je ne sais quoi that is damn near impossible to replicate. Simple fruit aromas transform into savory, spicy, earthy, and spectacularly subtle notes that beckon for one last whiff. Same as with your spouse of 20 years, right? Whatever you loved about the wine initially is still very much there; it’s just now deepened and bolstered by years of experience. Romantic, huh?

Opening a wine bottleAge ain’t nothing but a number

Don’t overthink it. Although there is beauty in waiting for any wine to “ripen” in the cellar, don’t wait forever! Each bottle has its own “sweet spot,” and we suggest checking the label or asking the winery/winemaker before you cellar a wine for too long. Paso Robles is unique in the fact that most tasting rooms are staffed with knowledgeable, friendly folks ready to assist you in your purchase (be sure to ask if similar vintages have faired well when aged as well as if this vintage’s fruit is high in acid and tannins or not so much). Open a wine a tad too early? No big deal—it’s still going to taste great! However, waiting too long presents a true tragedy in our book. At a certain point, the aging process will move past the point of no return—and balance will be hindered (that’s a no-no). So, if the time is right, pop that cork. See where the wine takes you and listen to its trials and triumphs. Every wine has its own story to tell…some just take a little longer to get the narrative going.


Aging Gracefully

These Paso Robles Wines are Delicious, whether sipped now or later:

Hearst Ranch Winery Buy the Wine
Age up to 20 Years: Hearst Ranch Winery 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This inaugural vintage is a reflection of the highest quality fruit yielded from the rocky limestone soils of westside Paso Robles.

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

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame

 

Hearthstone Estate Buy the WineAge up to 10 Years: Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Enjoy dark Cherry, smoke and a plume of rich dark cocoa on the nose. Bold oak and acidic tannins with a black fruit and walnut character linger on the finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery

 

 Kiamie buy the wineAge up to 5 Years: 2014 Kiamie Kuvee

This prestigious cuvee is blended from the finest lots to produce a wine of true distinction. This vintage blend is ripe, rich and expansive with beautifully articulated aromas and flavors. It possesses “power and grace,” which is a hallmark characteristic of all great red wine.

Click here for mapping and directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

Sextant buy the wineAge up to 3 Years: Sextant Winery 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay

Fragrant with heather and chamomile, the profile arrives on the palate modulated, the tiers of flavors playing upon each other. Peaches, Jonagold apples, and pineapples emerge. Kinetic twinges of lemon citrus notes merge with brioche and vanilla. Fine acidity grants an elegant, gliding, and persistent finish.

Click here for mapping and directions to Sextant Wines, Paso Robles

Click here for mapping and directions to Sextant Wines, San Luis Obispo

 

Age up to 1 Year: Clavo Cellars 2012 Vermentino “Volumptuous”

This wine has lots of curves with a lively fragrant blend of pineapple, ripe banana and pear aromas. Inviting tropical fruit flavors draw you into this well-balanced wine. A creamy richness and harmonious texture end with lingering acidity.

Click here for mapping and directions to Clavo 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

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