Is Red Wine Really “Good” for You? 5 Reasons Why

Is Red Wine Good For You

Performing stomach crunches, keeping up with regular dental cleanups, and drinking wheatgrass are all “good for us.” They’re also all less than enjoyable experiences. But what about red wine—something we all love to sip and share with friends? Could it possibly be as good for us as scientific studies have claimed over the years? The answer might surprise (and delight) you. Here are 5 good reasons why you should always keep a bottle of Paso Robles red wine on your countertop. That’s right! A New Year’s resolution you’ll keep with flying colors.

1. Drink in Moderation

First: We’re talking about moderate wine consumption—not downing an entire bottle during a Netflix binge. This means about two-to-four ounces per day, according to the American Heart Association. Think one standard glass per day for women and two for men. P.S. Drinking too much wine—or any alcohol, for that matter—will increase your chances of health problems down the line, so try not to overindulge too often.

2. Combat Heart Disease

Red wine isn’t just bold, structured, or “velvety.” It’s also jam packed with procyanidins, which protect against heart disease (a major health issue in this county). More than a decade of research has proven that light drinkers who consumed moderate amounts of wine cut their risk of dying prematurely from heart disease by almost one third. Moreover, helping your heart has some pretty obvious benefits: decreasing your risk of stroke and heart attack, for starters!

3. Lower Bad Cholesterol

Is Red Wine Good For YouCholesterol can be tricky. Not only does red wine help prevent bad LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, it also helps boost the good kind (cool, huh?). One study tested 275 men and women around the age of 32. Those who imbibed the equivalent of a glass or two of wine each day had significantly higher levels of “good” cholesterol because they remove the “bad” artery-clogging LDLs before they have a chance to choke blood vessels. Take that, bad LDL.

4. Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Too much sugar and processed foods can lead to serious problems, including life changing battles type 2 Diabetes. But did you know that moderate red wine drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing the disease? This finding comes according to research performed on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

5. Cut the Risk of Colon Cancer

Many studies have shown that moderate red wine consumption and reduced colon cancer risk show some interesting links. A Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005, showed that those who drank moderate amounts of red wine cut their risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. That’s no small deal.


4 Delicious (and good for you) Reds to keep on-hand while working on those healthy New Year’s Resolutions:


Tooth and Nail buy the wineTooth and Nail 2014 Force of Nature Cabernet Sauvignon: Produced from grapes grown on Mossfire Ranch in Paso Robles, this wine reflects the terroir’s 40 degree diurnal shifts, snow dustings, summer sun and bitter winds. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/ToothAndNail


Dubost Buy the WineDubost Ranch 2011 Tempranillo: Rustic and dusty this Tempranillo has leather, brambly, jammy, red raspberry and cranberry notes. Flavors of expresso and cocoa powder are followed by low tones of cherry.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/DubostWinery

 


Brecon Estate Buy the WineBrecon Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: The extra time in french oak (22 months) is really expressed in the silky smooth tannins and lingering finish. These older clones of cab produce complex elegant wines that respond well to such restrained use of oak. A robust framework rather than an overpowering heavy hand.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/BreconEstate


Bodega De Edgar Buy the wineBodega de Edgar 2010 Mis Pasos: This wine offers primary earthy notes of caramelized beets, white pepper, and fresh cut wood, with secondary notes of rose petal, cumin, and garlic blossoms.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/BodegaDeEdgar

 


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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
La 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Paso Mulled Winter Wine Recipes to Warm Your Soul

Paso Robles Wineries Mulled Wine

Experience the spicier side of Paso Robles Wine Country. The holidays may be over, but baby—it’s still cold outside! Embrace the stormy weather, wind, and rain with a piping cup of pure comfort. For these wonderful warming mulled wine recipes, only the best Paso Robles bottles will do. Like a blanket (dare I say, “Snuggie?”) for the soul, these wintery concoctions brimming with clove, spice, and cinnamon will tide you over till the first blush spring. After all, sunnier days—with their crisp, cool white wines and poolside soirees—are just around the corner. We say snuggle up while you can and throw another log on the fire!

Fire up the slow cooker – Merlot

Already obsessed with the magical powers of your slow cooker? Good! I don’t have to persuade you to drag it out of storage. Just as you can throw in some chicken and veggies in the a.m. and come home to a house smelling of grandma’s love, you can also slow cook your next batch of mulled wine. Try this no-fuss recipe for Slow Cooker Spiced Wine and call it a day. P.S. You’re welcome. Your house now smells better than a fancy soy wax candle!

San Marcos Creek Vineyard Buy the WineMulled wine beginner’s go to: Grab a delicious bottle of fruity (not sweet) merlot, like San Marcos Creek’s 2014 Estate Merlot, which is fruit forward and boasts aromas of ripe cherries and red currant.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/SanMarcosCreekVineyards

 

Make it the French Way

The French know their mulled wine—or “vin chaud,” a common treat across Bordeaux this time of year. The most important factor in creating a truly authentic batch? Tart-sweet tangerines and a whole lotta clove love. You’ll want ten cloves to each tangerine in this recipe (small oranges or clementines will also work). Poking the skins of the citrus allows the zesty flavor to truly penetrate the wine and awaken your winter mood. Try this trusted recipe for Citrus-Spiked Mulled Wine, which also shows you how to make a batch ahead of time to re-warm later. Nothing says company like “wine’s on the stove!”Eberle Winery Buy the Wine

When it comes to choosing a traditional wine for mulling, go with a solid Cabernet Sauvignon, like Eberle Winery’s 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, full of dark fruit, cassis, black cherry, and hints of chocolate.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/EberleWinery

 

Add Cranberry Zing

Festive, cheery and powerfully pleasant, cranberries add a pop of color and tart allure to any cold weather drink. Use fresh or frozen—either way, be forewarned that this Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine recipe istruly way too drinkable to resist a third cup. The zing of cranberry goodness calls out for a bright Zinfandel that won’t be overshadowed.

Chronic Cellars Buy the WineTry Chronic Cellars’ 2015 Purple Paradise, with 68% Zinfandel and a splash of Petite Sirah, Grenache, and Syrah. With brilliant aromas of vanilla, mocha, dark cherries, roasted almonds, and cinnamon, it’s a bold choice that’ll blow their socks off.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/ChronicCellarsWinery

 

White and Red Wowzers

Hosting a few dinner parties in early 2017? Serve a drink that inspires “instant cozy” the moment your guests walk through the door. You’ll want to try this eye-catching recipe for Mulled Wine Two Ways—as beautiful as it is delish. Thanks to this creative recipe’s addition of white wine, one batch is a gorgeous golden hue while the other is a traditional velvety red color. When poured in pretty glasses and arranged Four Lanterns Buy the Wineartfully alongside one other, this “hug in a mug” is totally worth Instagramming.

For the red, get playful with a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, like Four Lanterns Winery’s 2014 Sardius, full of red fruit and coffee flavors.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/FourLanternsWinery

Cutruzzola Buy the WineThe white wine recipe calls for ginger and honey—the perfect coupling for a standout Chardonnay like Cutruzzola’s 2015 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard, with notes of citrus, spice, and pear on the nose.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Cutruzzola

 

 


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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
La 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

What’s the Point of the Wine Punt?

Paso Robles Wineries Wine Punt

Why is yawning contagious? Why is the sky blue? Why is my terrier always so damn hyper? Why do wine bottles have that funny little hollow space at the bottom? Some questions are as old as time. Unlike most of these quandaries, some questions—like why in the world wine bottles have a punt—are easy enough to answer. You could ask Echo, Alexa or plain old Siri to answer this one for you, but why bring the robots into this when you have your very own know-it-all wine “expert” at your service? Now, allow me to explain this age-old mystery once and for all:

Wait. What’s a punt?

We’re not talking about football (which is actually something I know literally nothing about). Go to your kitchen and pick up a couple wine bottles. Aside from the varietals and vintages, a few things will stand out across all them: Each will have a cork or screw top, a relatively long neck, and a label. They’ve also got one other thing in common: the dimple below the bottom of the bottle, which inverts back into the wine with curved precision. If all good bottles have these divots, there must be a good reason for them, right?

Origins

This is big. The punt actually helps the wine bottle stand upright (a pretty important task if you ask me). As it turns out, glassblowers were the true brainchildren behind this genius invention. Back in the day, they began creating punts in bottles to ensure that their creations would stand securely and not topple over and break. This dimple also had another plus: By pushing the hot glass up and away from the edge of the bottle, glassblowers were able to effectively keep the “seam” of the bottle away from tender fingers, saving them from being cut on the lip of the fused glass. Ouch!

To have and to holdwine bottles showing wine punts

Anyone who’s carried a few bottles of wine at once knows that there’s something satisfying about digging your thumb into the punt of that glass. It feels…secure, natural. This is by design, allowing the rest of your fingers to latch onto the bottle with ease. If you’re carrying your bottles by gripping the widest part with your entire hand, you’re doing it all wrong. How barbaric!

Pressure, cooling, and cleaning

A few practical reasons why the punt is great: The divot makes wine more resistant to pressure, which comes in handy when you’re bottling sparkling wines. It also creates more surface area, and therefore helps cool wines better than a straight-cut bottom. When it comes to cleaning bottles before filling with wine, a punt is a Godsend, allowing water to spread more evenly throughout the bottom on the bottle, too. Hm. Never thought of that.

A sign of distinction

This is scary, but true: Back in the day, there were very few ways to know if a bottle wine was well made or not so great. I mean, remember those snake oil medicine peddlers in the Victorian era? They would throw a dash of vinegar into a bottle of water and claim it could cure all kinds of ailments. But I digress… Just as a fancy (expensive) embossed label could help indicate premium quality, an excellent punt could also allow the consumer to know if the wine was any good. These days, the punt has little correlation with quality and (thankfully) winemakers are required to put all kinds of signifying information onto the backs of labels. Knowledge is power, people.

Sediment snatchers

You know all those particles you find floating around in your glass from time to time? That is what we call sediment, and it’s oftentimes unavoidable. It’s harmless, really—but it can kind of taste like gritty sand on your tongue. Rest assured, dear drinker: the punt is always at work attempting to catch all of those annoying floaties, which are attracted to the tight area near the base. Of course, the punt can’t catch them all (it can’t do everything!). Just be stoked that the punt is doing its job day in and day out. That humble dimple sure does don a lot of different hats.


 

Start the Year off Right With These Quality Winter Reds:

 

Lone Madrone 2013 Tannant

With great warmth and aromas of blackberry, ollalieberry and plum, this wine opens up to flavors of baking spice and vanilla. Can you think of a better winter sipper to cut the edge of the nip? Serve with bourbon glazed steak and baked sweet potatoes.

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Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/LoneMadrone

 

Lusso Della Terra: 2011 Sangiovese

A showy nose of violet perfume and grape candy emerges with a bold touch of licorice. From a winery named after the phrase, “Luxury of the land,” you know that this sophisticated red will get you through those January doldrums in style.

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Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/LDT

 

LXV Wine: 2015 Crimson Jewel Sangiovese and Petite Verdot Blend

Looking for a talking piece that keeps the party roaring like a well stoked fire? This wine’s unique blend offers up a generous, fruit-driven nose and lively full-bodied palate. It is both rustic and lush, inspired by Maniragakarajnana, the KamaSutra Art of Precious Stones. Pair with Porchini Mushroom powder, Garlic powder, Black sea salt, Anchur powder, Saffron. That’ll spice things up!

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Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/LXVWine

 

Michael Gill Cellars: 2011 Tuxedo Syrah

You’ll have to head to the Michael Gill tasting room to get a whiff of this fantastic small lot wine, but that’s not a bad thing! Make the trek and experience the intense boysenberry-driven flavor profile coupled with black pepper, cardamom, vanilla cola, and black licorice. Pair with your heartiest winter fare. May we recommend prime rib roast and garlic sautéed rainbow chard? Mmm. Now that sounds rich.

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Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/MichaelGillCellars

 

Hearst Ranch: 2013 “Lone Tree” Cabernet Franc

Impress the heck out of ‘em. With strong aromas of dark cherry and tobacco buoyed by secondary tone of violets and wet earth, this wine tastes of stone fruit tinged with French oak. Read: It’s the perfect thing to pour when your boss comes over (or on your third date). Did we mention it won 91 points from Viinous? Very nice, indeed.

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Mapping and Directions to San Simeon location: speedfind.com/HearstRanchWinery
Mapping and Directions to Cholame location: speedfind.com/HearstRanch


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.


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photo credit: Dan O’Cker Wall of Wine via photopin (license)


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
La 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

These 2017 Paso Wine Resolutions are Easy to Keep

paso robles wineries new years resolution

Lose that last ten pounds, call Mom more, and learn French (finally). These are all well intentioned resolutions, but will they keep? That all depends. We think you’ll have a far greater chance of achieving your most hard-to-pin-down goals if you’re having a whole lot of fun while doing it. This New Year, resolve to take on a few rewarding and yummy declarations that push you out of your comfort zone and into a whole new world of Paso wine. As they say, balance is the key to happiness, right? And who says you can’t learn French while sipping on a really good Rhone? We call this “immersive study.” Thanks to these five Paso Robles wineries, you’ll be on the fast track to a brighter, more balanced, and totally tasty New Year.

Pop Better Bottles

Hammersky Vineyards Naughty PrincessPlenty of prep goes into the holiday season October through December, which means January can easily slip into a lax month of lazy choices governed by connivance over quality. By all means, relax and rejuvenate (read: nap shamelessly and often), but never compromise on flavor when it comes to New Year’s Eve! After all, this magical night is all about setting a good intention for the new year, and no one wants their 2017 mantra to be “just OK.” Just as you painstakingly puzzled over what to serve for Christmas dinner, set your sights on a bubbly sure to wow and inspire friends and family. The best part: we’ve done all the hard work for you. You’re welcome! Choose HammerSky Vineyards’ Naughty Princess: Detained Sparkling Brut, with a crisp mouthfeel and hints of apple. Let the ball drop, just don’t drop the ball on bringing a great bottle to the party.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/HammerSkyVineyards

 

Sculpterra 2015 Voigner

Spend Less, Savor More

Regardless of how, where, or when you celebrated the holidays, we all have one thing in common. We all have a little less cash sitting in our wallets, don’t we? Now is definitely the time to reel in the spending as well as some ridiculously awesome deals, no buyer’s remorse required. January is a huge month for massive wine discounts across beautiful Paso Wine Country, so take advantage and enjoy incredible flavor profiles all year long. At Sculpterra Winery, snag special savings all this month for visitors with a 35% discount on all case purchases and 50% off for wine club members. Psst! You’ll want to get your paws on Sculpterra’s fantastic new releases, including their 2015 Viognier, 2015 Grenache, 2014 Mourvedre and 2015 Syrah. Over at Eberle Winery, you can still pick up smashing “Rhone for the Holidays” deals at a major discount—so go now while the deals are hot! Case in point: a two-pack of Syrah and Cotes-du-Robles BlEberle Winery Rhone for the Holidays setanc goes for just $45; take home Eberle’s Best Cellars Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Vintage Port for just $123! The latter would be a perfect combo to pair with next year’s holiday dinners. Look how smart you are!

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/SculpterraWinery
Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/EberleWinery

 

Explore More

New, fresh, exciting. These are all great words for the months ahead—and the wines you’ll soon discover, if you take the leap toward unexpected experiences! Delve head first into more than a dozen Paso Robles wineries at the annual Esprit du Vin food and wine celebration, slated for Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pear Valley Estate Winery. Among a swath of 46 East wineries, you’ll find fine selections poured by iconic standout Eberle Winery (known for a friendly Hearst Ranch 2013 Cabernet Franctasting room and way cool cave tours), Hearst Ranch Winery (whose 2013 “Lone Tree” Cabernet Franc recently won 91 points from Vinous), and Rendarrio Vineyards (follow on Instagram @rendarrio for all the latest on tasty Rhone wines and fun, edgy events). Stroll and take your pick of tasty bites from local chefs and artisan producers (we’re talking gourmet olives, cheeses, breads, and pastries). Perhaps you’ll lose that “last ten pounds” next year. And that’s totally OK. Live a little. And happy New Year to you and yours.

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, San Simeon location: speedfind.com/HearstRanchWinery
Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame location: speedfind.com/HearstRanch

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


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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

3 Paso Robles Wineries Making Green Wines that Taste Great

Rangeland Sheep

We’re not talking about vinho verde here, people. Two decades after Captain Planet told us to be good to the earth, it seems that most industries in the U.S. are finally listening. Being eco-conscious is a big deal these days, and many wineries are leading the charge with flying colors. Wine operations of all sizes are taking note of how each barrel, bottle, and vineyard block impacts our precious Mother Earth. From farming with less water to building energy-saving winemaking facilities, to storing wine in barrel alternatives, there’s a rainbow of ways that wine industry leaders can cut back (and give back) to the land.

A sleek, modern barrOso libre barrelel

Sounds like we’re talking about a new car or tech appliance, right? Well, when it comes to being SIP (Sustainability in Practice) certified, Oso Libre Winery takes eco-conscious action to innovative heights. Case in point: The winery’s new steel barrel program, which saves the planet while aging world class wines to perfection. The steel barrels feature measured oak influence and use 90 percent less carbon footprint than the all-oak counterpart (imagine how happy the world would be if all wineries used this method!). Not sure how to visualize this ultra-modern vessel? Picture a steel barrel with oak planks inserted inside that can be adjusted to influence toastiness. Now you’re getting the picture. This June, the winery will bottle the first of its steel barrel-aged wines, which have been maturing for the past two years. Can’t wait to try ‘em? Us too! Head over to the website or Instagram @osolibrewinery to keep up to date on the newest offerings and ingenious innovations.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/OsoLibreWinery

 

Who needs barrels when you’ve got perfectly good clay?

The act of storing and aging wine in clay vessels is as old as time. However, the practice has been lost for decades…until now. Many winemakers, including Amy Butler of Pelletiere Estate Winery, are using these clay containers to create wines with a different flavor profile (plus, it Clay Vessel Pelletiere Estatedoesn’t hurt that using clay doesn’t call for the cutting of trees or production of barrels).

“People have been using clay amphorae for literally millennia,” Butler says. “It reminds me that wine is ancient and painstaking art form and connects us to our past.”

What about taste? Butler says these the natural porosity of clay allows wine to better breathe as it ages, changing the overall character—also wine tends to mature faster in amphorae, with tannins and acidity softening more readily. Try: Pelletiere Winery’s Sangiovese, currently the only wine Butler is aging in clay amphora. Sadly, the winery’s 2013 vintage is sold out, but go to the site and sign up for the club to be ready for the next round!

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Pelletiere

 

Keeping the vineyard wild

Rangeland cattle roundupWhen you think of red-blooded cowboys and ranchers, you probably don’t think “biodynamic farming,” but the hands-on ranching family behind Rangeland Winery is all about enhancing the web of life in all aspects. More often than not, the winemaker will show up on a horse—and when given the chance—they’ll always go with the most natural approach. This goes for the family’s carefully rotated grass fed beef operation as well as its precious vines. With 40 acres planted of wine grapes and 1,500 acres of wild oak woodland, Mother Nature is allowed to take its course (a rich habitat of native plants and animals call this region home). About 200 sheep graze the vineyard when dormant, adding natural fertilizer to the land and eliminating mechanical mowing or herbicides. Try: the winery’s earthy 2014 dry-farmed Zinfandel for a taste of true Paso terroir.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Rangeland

 


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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Last Minute Paso Wine Gifts for Every Personality

Paso Robles Wineries 5 Last Minute Wine Gifts

That last-minute workplace Secret Santa (eek! It’s already time for that?). Your gardener (who does a way better job than the last guy); your kid’s teacher (a little bribe never hurt). There’s always a need for last minute gifts during the busy holiday season. This year, forget the re-gifted scented candles, faceless body lotions, and impersonal plants. Ugh! Come on. Go for what they really want: Paso Robles Wine. Take our advice and pick up a bottle and give with gusto. Extra credit: Pair with these easy-to-find wine gifts and accessories for maximum cheer.

The Busybody: Wine Saver

The frazzled single parent, overworked teacher, and determined career go-getter all have one thing in common: They never have time to finish a whole bottle of wine (let alone time to do a crossword puzzle or trim the cat’s claws). Help your frantic friend avoid wasting precious vino by gifting a handy wine saver, which pulls out excess oxygen from the bottle for fresh leftovers that last all week. Whew!

Give: Wine Worth Saving

This 2011 Tudor Hook Pinot Noir is high-toned with a fruity nose featuring notes of raspberry, cherry, and cranberry. According to Wine Enthusiast, it’s also worth a glowing 90 point recommendation. Now that’s a wine you don’t want to waste.

The Entertainer: Decanter

Nothing is more impressive than a gorgeous wine decanter sitting at the center of a well-dressed table. Give the entertainers in your life something more to dazzle their guests (and they always seem to have guests, no matter the season, don’t they?). Whether you go classic crystal or sleek, modern glass, your Martha Stewart-loving pal will relish ceremoniously aerating their wine at whatever the next gathering happens to be. Trust us. It’s a good thing.

Give: Quantity and Quality

Generous entertainers tend to pour a lot of wine during dinner parties, so gift your host or hostess something they can really use as well as savor, like a Holiday Bundle of Joy, 3 Wine Gift Pack from Oso Libre Winery. Inside you’ll find a 2013 Rojo del Patron Estate Blend, 2013 Primoroso Winemaker’s Blend and 2011 Quixotic Estate Cabernet Sauvignon—enough to delight a crowd across a swath of dishes.

The Creative Soul: Decorative Wine Stoppers

You know the artists out there. They’re always painting and re-painting the walls, adding antique furniture to the living room, or making their own jewelry. Don’t they just seem to add a dash of color wherever they go? We say, give them the color they crave alongside a fabulous red, white, or rosé. Pick up a few decorative wine stoppers to adorn your gifted bottle and watch as your artsy companion swoons over the aesthetic possibilities.

Give: A True Work of Art

Want to inspire a standing ovation? Gift a bottle of 2013 JUSTIN Isosceles, a legend in its own right. For more than 25 vintages, Isosceles has been a benchmark for Central Coast California reds. This one’s a showstopper for all the senses.

The Funny One: Giant Wine Glass

Nothing is more important in life than having a good belly laugh. That’s what your funniest friend believes, and that’s why you keep him or her around, right? The good times always seem to be rolling when your hilarious pal is near. Celebrate their appreciation for laughter with the wine equivalent of a whoopee cushion. A giant wine glass on the counter says two things. 1) I don’t take life too seriously and 2) the glass is always half full. These are important reminders for us all! Let ‘er rip.

Give: A Gigantic Jug

There’s nothing funny about the well-crafted wine housed inside Rotta Winery’s new two-liter jug. However, there is something visually stunning about the elaborately screen printed limited edition bottle and juxtaposition between what “jug wine” meant back in the day and how it can shine in Paso Robles. Filled with a classic field style blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel (aged in French oak), this thoughtful gift is indeed the real McCoy.

The Adventurer: Plastic To-Go Wine Glasses

Always hiking, biking, or planning a rugged outing, your outdoorsy buddy loves to take the show on the road. Feed their need for excitement and adventure with no-break stemware far removed from the unimpressive stuff you’d find at the average party store. Lightweight, practical, and ready for any excursion, a pair of portable wine glasses will make their next camping trip meal unforgettable.

Give: A Picnic Pleaser

Pair Jada’s 2012 Malstria Estate Rhone and Bordeaux Blend with Wisconsin-born Bella Vittano Gold cow’s milk and you’ve got a powerful picnic companion on your hands. Yes, your adventuring pals can let this rich beauty age until 2020, but where’s the fun in that? Something tells me this one will be popped on the next perfect, sunshiny day.

 



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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

Pairing Wine and Chocolate for Dummies

Paso Robles Wineries Pairing Wine and Chocolate for Dummies

So many things in life are needlessly intimidating (parallel parking, Pilates, and filling out tax forms among them). One thing you should never fret about? Perfectly pairing wine and chocolate at your next holiday get together. You may think that—like purchasing a private helicopter or hiring an adequate butler—this is exclusively the art of the upper crust. We’ll let you in on a dirty little secret. Anyone, armed with these five tricks, can pair wine and chocolate like a pinky-in-the-air-expert. Impress your friends and intimidate your enemies!

Consider Sweetness

Yes—there is such a thing as too sweet, my friend. One of the biggest chocolate and wine pairing fails out there is totally avoidable and really a no brainer, when you think about it. This rule of thumb goes like this: Never pair a chocolate that is sweeter than its wine companion. Why? If that chocolate is too saccharine, it’ll make your wine taste like sour, tasteless vinegar. Yuck. Unless you’re pairing chocolate with sweet dessertchocolate candy squares wines (that’s a whole other post), go with a semi sweet-to-bitter medium-to-dark chocolate only. Is your wine fruity? Earthy? Nutty? Try a few different chocolates alongside your wine and watch as each brings out different elements in the wine. Ah, this kind of research can be pretty fun, huh?

Go for Quality

Chocolate and wine pairing is all about subtle nuances, so get the best quality chocolates that you can afford (it goes without saying that these Paso Robles wines are the finest on the market, so you’re all set there). When focusing on such a small nibble of this and sip of that, small details will come to the fore: the creamy texture of the chocolate; a whiff of floral bouquet in the glass. A cheap-o chocolate might be tempting to your wallet, but more often than not, you’ll end up with a mealy mess that no one wants to revisit. No need to go overboard on volume, however—a single, sublime square per guest per wine is ideal!


hammersky vineyards tasting room

Pairing tip: With consistent scores from Wine Enthusiast soaring to 90 points and beyond, HammerSky Vineyards offers up top tier wines in a gorgeous BUY-THE-WINE_Buttonenvironment (take a virtual tour of their tasting room here). With fruity notes of plum and raspberries, try the winery’s estate grown merlot with a fruity chocolate nibble.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/HammerSkyVineyards

Sextant buy the wineAnother winning choice that brings the fruit allure to the fore? Sextant Wines 2014 Holystone Zinfandel, reminiscent of cherries and red currants (it also recently won 92 points from Wine Enthusiast).

Mapping and Directions to Paso Robles Tasting Room: speedfind.com/SextantWines
Mapping and Directions to SLO Tasting Room: speedfind.com/Sextant

 

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The Dark and Light Side

This one’s easy to remember. The darker the chocolate, the darker your wine should probably be. A sultry, inky petite sirah is great with ultra dark cacao while a nutty chardonnay pairs well with a lighter chocolate speckled with hazelnuts.

Note: Some chocolates will showcase an acidity or fresh fruitiness perfect for lighter Rhone reds and refreshing whites.

Pairing Tip: A bold red meritage blend like Harmony Cellars 2011 Reserve BUY-THE-WINE_ButtonAria is a solid go-to for dark chocolate bliss that won’t over power either party.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/HarmonyCellars

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Try a slighter, fruitier chocolate with Soaring Hawk Vineyards 2014 Viognier, which brings BUY-THE-WINE_Buttonbright flavors of lychee, exotic fruits and butterscotch.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/SoaringHawkVineyards


The Truth About Tannins

Round, soft tannins in a big merlot go great with a smooth, silky chocolate texture, while a more bitter, gritty-textured dark chocolate will shine against a wine with more structured tannins, like syrah. Remember: If the tannins go too far out of whack from the texture of the chocolate, you the run the risk of totally missing one of the pairing’s most important attributes: mouthfeel. Ever hear of “melt in your mouth?” You want the pairing to do that.

BUY-THE-WINE_ButtonPairing Tip: The balanced tannins and luscious body of Opolo Winery’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon make for major mouth appeal.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/OpoloVineyards


Keep it Simple

Health science (and common sense) has proven again and Chocolate Cakeagain that less is more when it comes to indulgence. When presenting a chocolate and wine pairing, invite guests to savor the moment, talk about their findings, then move on. A little goes a long way—and no one wants to endure a tummy ache or the startling realization that they’ve just eaten the equivalent of ten candy bars in one sitting. Sweet tooth begging for more morsels? Bake a chocolate cake and serve for dessert. If you’ve done your work right, they’ll have had their fill of treats and want a doggie bag to take home.

 


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

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Paso Port-Style Wines to Pour at Your Next Holiday Celebration

Paso Port-Style Wines

How do you mark a special holiday occasion? Do you light a fleet of favorite fall-scented candles or bake a big tin of your grandma’s famous triple fudge-walnut brownies? Perhaps you decorate to the nines with baubles on the highest bow; or your style might be to keep festive occasions simple and country chic. Regardless of your holiday entertaining style, a quality bottle of Paso Robles Port-Style wine can do wonders in setting the mood. Amplify the rich, celebratory flavors of the holidays and share something special with your closest comrades. Here are five Paso Paso Port-Style wines you should be pouring this December:

Hold up. What exactly is the difference between Port and Port-Style Wines?

Port: A fortified wine, typically sweet and red dessert wine, but also comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. “True Port” is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. Plenty of awesome Paso Robles wineries produce “Port-Style” Wines with delicious—often creative—results. Pair with: Strong cheeses; work into sauces featuring chicken, duck, or beef. You can also drizzle these dessert wines over vanilla bean ice cream or sip alone in a pretty glass.

1. Peachy Canyon 2016 Port-Style Wine

Peachy Canyon Zin Port BlendWhy it’s awesome: A true Paso Robles classic

Peachy Canyon is known for its fruity, “classic Paso Robles-style” Zinfandel wine. It’s no wonder, then, that the iconic winery recently took home 96 points from Tastings.com for its 2016 Zinfandel Port-Style Wine, which is as berrylicious as it is festive. Fortified with a blend of over 13 vintages of estate grown Zin, this wine boasts 13 years of oak barrel aging (not bad)! Noted by critics as “a superb, complex domestic Port-Style Wine with long waves of rich berry, spice, and honey flavors and an enticing layer of ice wine-like stone fruits,” this Platinum Medal winner tops the list as a coveted stocking stuffer.

Pair with: Stilton Cheese and Blackberry Preserves

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/PeachyCanyonWinery

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Ecluse Wines Finis Port

2. Écluse Wines Finis Port-Style Wine

Why it’s awesome: Fruit Forward Zing

Featuring exceptional Zinfandel sourced from Écluse Wines’ estate Lock Vineyard in Paso Robles and crafted using the Solera method of fractional blending, this special non-vintage dessert wine is velvety smooth and full of fresh, jammy fruit. A Silver Medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, Finis has been known to bowl over even the staunchest Port skeptics in the tasting room. Barrel aged to bring out richness, complexity, and depth, Finis—French for “Finish” is the perfect end to your next magical holiday meal.

Pair with: Dark Chocolate

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/EcluseWines 

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3. Riverstar Vineyards & Winery’s 2012 Estrella Brilliante

Riverstar Vineyards Estrella BrillianteWhy it’s awesome: Best Ice Cream Topping Ever

Made with 100 percent Touriga Nacional from Paso Robles, Riverstar Vineyards’ fortified dessert wine is dense and flowing with blackberry and floral aromas. With black fruit flavors and a truly velvety finish, this wine goes gangbusters with Mexican chocolate and is a dream when drizzled over vanilla bean ice cream. Pour it on!

Pair with: Vanilla Ice Cream

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/RiverstarVineyards

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Sculpterra Jagger’s Primitivo Port

4. Sculpterra Winery’s Jagger’s Primitivo Port

Why it’s Awesome: Replaces Figgy Pudding Once and for All

Displaying aromas of ripe fig and caramel with chocolate undertones, Sculpterra Winery’s non-vintage blend brings together five years of fantastic Primitivo pleasure. With aromas of ripe fig, rich chocolate, raspberry truffle, and toasted jam, your sweet tooth won’t be crying out for anything more than this bottle for dessert. It’s not too sweet, either; and boasts a nice counterbalance of apple and nutty flavor. Drink now, or lay it down for the next 15 years…if you can resist!

Pair with: Fig and Blue Cheese Crostini

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/SculpterraWinery

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5. Cass Winery’s 2012 Dessert Syrah

Cass Winery 2012 Dessert WineWhy it’s awesome: Warming Winter Vibes

At Cass Winery, great wine starts in the vineyard. The same is true for the 2015 Central Coast Winery of the Year’s 2012 Dessert Syrah, produced from ultra-ripe grapes sourced from their estate Paso Robles vines. The wine is massive and rich, with flavors and aromatics that feel like winter coziness in a glass. Warm notes of brown spice, crushed rose petal, dried raspberry, orange-almond liqueur, potpourri, juniper berry, and cinnamon sticks ignite the palate. Grated chili and chocolate flavors add a bit of backbone while structured tannins balance the never ending finish. And when I say never ending…I mean it literally lingers forever.

Pair with: Braised Short Ribs

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/CassWinery

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Christmas Spruce
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, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 


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5 Naughty but Nice Paso Wine Indulgences

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Soft cashmere sweaters, marbled braised meats, and rich chocolatey sweets: these are a few of our favorite indulgences this, and every, holiday season. We’re also partial to luxurious Paso Robles reds, as festive to drink as they are to gift! This December, add a little Paso wine pleasure to the mix, and spread that sultry sin around (chaste New Year’s resolutions will come soon enough). No need to check your list twice. Just go for these bold bottles, elegant events, and indulgent winter wonders. You can thank us later.

 

Rendarrio Vineyards

Take it all off at Rendarrio Vineyards

What could be more classy-cool than a sensual burlesque performance? Old school entertainment meets royal ambiance and modern wines at Rendarrio Vineyards this Dec. 3 starting at 7:30 p.m.! Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle and take in these devilish delights. These powerful ladies will sparkle as the night burns on while the award winning Rhone wine seduces your senses. Oh, Santa, baby! Click here for tickets.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Rendarrio

 

Pelletiere Estate 2014 Lagrein

Meet a Rich, Dark Stranger at Pelletiere

No beau to bring to your next holiday soiree? Head on over to Pelletiere Estate this winter and get a load of their new Lagrein release (talk about a rich, dark stranger!). This relatively unseen bold Italian red is full bodied and unbelievable dark, yet has a light and luxurious mouth feel. Mmmm. Yes, please! Clear your social calendar. After one taste, you won’t be going anywhere without this rare, limited edition release tucked under your arm.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Pelletiere

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One for You, Two for Me…

Rotta WineryGet ready for a holiday spectacular, Paso style. As one of the region’s oldest wineries, Rotta Winery knows a thing or two about throwing a fab party and making wines that are as delicious to give, as they are to receive. Attend the winery’s Holiday Showcase & Pickup Party this Dec. 3 and see what a whole lot of history tastes like. Club Members are invited to pickup their Winter Wine Shipment, but the entire public is invited to enjoy a host of local artisans, too! Cross off every wine lover on your list (and snag incredible Cabs, red blends, even Black Monukka Dessert Wine) and have a damn good time doing it. Possibly even too much fun? You bet. You certainly shouldn’t give a wine (or three) that you haven’t tried yourself.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/RottaWinery

 

Indulge in Bloody Good Steaks at Rangeland

Rangeland Wines CattleThe carnal desire for meat is strong. We say go on and give in (especially when you’re sourcing your steaks from grass fed beef raised by the folks at Rangeland Wines)! These Adelaida Springs Ranch cattle offer a healthy, delicious alternative to the sad corn-fed beef you’ll find at your local supermarket and boy, do they cook up plump and juicy. Pick up a few bottles of inky Petite Sirah or Cabernet Sauvignon from this renowned Paso winery alongside a pack of irresistible beef, lamb, or burgers. Nothing says, “I’ve been thinking of you” like a bloody piece of meat and a great red, right?

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/Rangeland

 

Stay at San Marcos Creek Vineyards

San Marcos Creek Crash Pad SuiteThe kids, the in-laws, the dogs—who has the time?! Send the tots to your aunt’s, give the ‘rents the boot, and board the dogs for the weekend. It’s time to have a sinful escape for you and your sweetie, no need to explain to the neighbors or your babysitter! Brush off the holiday to-dos and relax in well-appointed suites at San Marcos Creek Vineyards, tucked away in the rural wine country countryside. Your cell may get spotty reception, but we guarantee you’ll still discover a powerful connection to delicious Paso Bordeaux style reds!

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/SanMarcosCreekVineyards

 


Christmas Spruce
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, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers.

Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
Make Reservations

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
Make Reservations
Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

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

 

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine


 

We’re Grateful These Paso Wineries Are Open for Biz this Turkey Day

Paso Robles Wineries open for ThanksgivingSure, you could go see a movie or—god forbid—go Christmas shopping before or after enjoying your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, but wouldn’t you rather hang at a fabulous tasting room? We would! Look forward to the turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, and stuffing (OK—three or four plates of stuffing), but also be sure to make room for Paso wine fun! Don’t worry. There’s always room for pie, too.

Start A Family Tradition at Tudor Wines
Open 11am – 2pm

World class, luxury pinot noir may sound fancy, but isn’t far from reach. In fact, you can find these elegant wines in quaint downtown Paso Robles, which just so happens to be the perfect place to stroll with friends and family this T-Day. From 11 a.m. to 2 Tudor Wines Downtown Paso Tasting Roomp.m., Tudor Wine’s new Paso Robles tasting room will be pouring an incredible range of pinots sourced from Monterey County’s most expressive vineyards, and we’re thankful for that. Just like the upcoming Turkey Day holiday, Tudor Wines are all about family, too. Every year, grandpa Tudor made wine for his friends and family, and today, the family continues to do just that. Can you believe the Tudors have been growing grapes and making wine on the Island of Hvar, Croatia for over 2,000 years? Kind of makes you want to start a new tradition today, right? No time like the present! Cheers to experiencing all your future Thanksgivings with the finest pinot noir in hand.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/TudorWines

 

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice at LXV Wines
Open 11am – 3pm

LXV Wine LoungeJust like the inviting holiday season splayed out before us, the LXV Wines tasting room is full of rich scents, luxurious textures, and pure merriment to be enjoyed by all. Doesn’t it all feel so incredibly festive? Known as one of downtown Paso Robles’ swankiest spots, this unique tasting room is open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which means you can enjoy sumptuous, contemporary wine blends paired with warm and intriguing spices—all while stepping away from the heat of your stove! Everyone needs a little break from cooking, right? While you’re sipping and mingling, be sure to pick up a few bottles for stocking stuffers or sign up for a culinary gift box that offers up the perfect wine, spices, and Indian recipe guaranteed to wow your friends and family. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or the colorful Indian celebration of Diwali, you’re sure to find pourable pleasures worth gifting this holiday season.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/LXVWine

 

A Breath of Fresh Air at Poalillo Vineyards
Open Noon – 3pm

chateau-susana-at-poalillo-vineyards_Paso-Robles-WineriesWhere to take your city slicker sister and metropolitan mom this Thanksgiving? Give these urban dwellers the gift of fresh air and rural beauty at Poalillo Vineyards, Paso Robles’ most beloved and respected tasting rooms. Nestled among the oaks in a pastoral setting, watch the vineyards change from green to gold and enjoy a quiet respite from holiday madness (Black Friday can just hold its horses, now). I think your family will agree: the chill of an autumn breeze pairs nicely with the winery’s array of award winning dry-farmed Zinfandels. Want to be a real Thanksgiving dinner hero? Buy a few bottles for dinner and watch as the “oohs and ahhhhs” roll in come suppertime! You can’t take credit for the wine, but you can take credit for the happy faces.

Mapping and Directions: speedfind.com/PoalilloVineyards

 


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

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Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn


LLa Bellasera Hotel & Suitesa 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.
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Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

Hampton 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®
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Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

Lekai-Ranch_Featured-ImageExperience 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.

Make Reservations

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

 

JUST Inn at Justin Vineyards

Enjoy 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.

Make Reservations  Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine


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