How to Decant your Paso Wine

Paso Robles Wineries How to Decant Wine

We all know that “opening up” a bottle prior to pouring will bring out more flavor and aroma, but it all seems like so much extra bother, doesn’t it? Who has the time or expertise to properly decant each bottle? Well, those days are over. No reason to get exasperated or intimidated—it’s easy! Follow these painless steps and you’ll always have a well-aerated, delicious tasting wine at your fingertips.

What is decanting all about anyway?

Decanting wine is essentially the process of pouring (decanting) the contents from one vessel (typically a bottle) into another vessel (typically a decanter). Usually the wine is then served from the decanter, but sometimes in a restaurant it is decanted back into the original bottle for service. At your own home, any old clean clear vessel will do. That isn’t so crazy, right?pour wine

Why should you decant?

Aside from allowing oxygen to mix with the wine, opening up the flavor and aroma, you’ll also remove sediment, too. Although you can decant any bottle, older reds will certainly have more natural “stuff” floating around thanks to extra color pigment and tannins. When you decant beforehand, you can usually look forward to a more vibrant tasting, less gritty textured wine.

How do you decant an older bottle?

Set the bottle upright for 24 hours or more before drinking, so the sediment can slide to the bottom of the bottle, making it easier to separate. Next, grab your decanter or other clean, clear vessel from which the wine can easily be poured into glasses. Remove the capsule and cork and wipe the bottleneck clean. Hold a light under the neck of the bottle (a candle or flashlight works well). Pour the wine into the decanter slowly and steadily, without stopping. When you get to the bottom half of the bottle, pour even more slowly. Warning: This part is important! Stop as soon as you see the sediment reach the neck of the bottle. Sediment isn’t always glaring, so stop if the wine’s color becomes cloudy or if you see what looks like specks of dust in the neck. The wine is now ready to serve. Discard the remaining ounce or two of sediment-filled liquid in the bottle (or dare your friends to drink it—whatever suits you). Remember: Sediment is not bad for you, but it does tend to give your teeth and tongue a mottled, deep purple appearance!

What about a bottle without much sediment?

If your wine is just a few years old or younger, it probably doesn’t have much sediment to speak of. However, red wines—especially high tannin, high structure reds—can totally benefit from a brief decanting before enjoying. Simply pour the contents of the wine into your decanter and let sit for thirty minutes. Take a whiff. Does it still smell a bit tight? Are the aromas underdeveloped and blah? Give it a little longer decanter(some reds are known to take a good 45 minutes sitting out to truly show their true colors). Use your nose. It won’t let you down.

Taste the rainbow

Speaking of color, there is nothing more gorgeous than a ruby red wine shining in a clear glass decanter. These vessels are truly elegant and classy additions to your next dinner party spread. Plus, they run the gamut from affordable, modern styles to vintage crystal versions complete with artful touches. Not sure what wine gift to give the hostess with them mostest? Bingo!


5 Paso Red Wines too Decadent not to Decant

Hoyt buy the wineHoyt Family Vineyards
2012 Petite Sirah

Named Best of Class by the San Francisco Wine Chronicle, this wine has an unbelievable round mouth feel, is chewy, fruit forward, leggy and lovely.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards Tasting Room

Sculpterra WinerySculpterra Buy the Wine
2012 Cabernet Franc

True to the varietal, this age-worthy wine offers up notes of herbal tea, dusty dry tannins, and pomegranate-like fruit.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions To Sculpterra Winery

Bodega De Edgar Buy the wineBodega de Edgar
2011 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. On the palate, it offers great weight with zingy acidity and fine soft tannins.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Bodega de Edgar

Four Lanterns Buy the WineFour Lanterns Winery
Fire Light 2014 Syrah

An intense, earthy, rich red wine with balanced acidity and tannins.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

 
Peachy Canyon Buy the WinePeachy Canyon Winery 
2013 Cabernet Syrah

An unlikely blend of two big reds—a Bordeaux and a Rhone—resulting in nuanced, balanced, and very drinkable flavors. Pepper, smoke, cocoa—this is Paso indulgence at its finest.

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

Écluse Wines Rated One of the Top 25 Vineyards in the U.S.

Ecluse Wines Wine Barrels

Exciting News from Écluse Wines!

The boutique winery, located just minutes from downtown Paso Robles, has been named one of the top 25 vineyards in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure Magazine! This is just the latest in a string of glittering accolades for the family-owned winery. The limited production, handcrafted wines produced from their very own Lock Vineyard have received rave reviews and awards, including the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sweepstakes for Best Red Wine.

Stop by the Écluse barrel room for a sample of their estate-grown wines. You may even find Steve, proprietor and winemaker, with the wine thief offering barrel samples! Click here for mapping and directions.

Read the complete list of the 25 top reviewed vineyards across the U.S.

 


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 Tips for Judging a Wine by its Label

Paso Robles Wineries Judging Wine Labels

Walking through any wine shop is enough to make your head spin. Each label, it seems, is calling out for your undivided attention. They’re all so beautiful, and—at a glance—there’s no easy way to tell the fakers from the fabulous. Eek! We all know that marketers rely heavily on visual tricks of the trade to turn your head and open your wallet. And what about those quirky wine descriptions on the back? If you’ve puzzled over whether or not you can really tell a wine by its label, these tips are for you. Note: This post pertains to American wines. For the European bottles, you’re on your own!

Don’t Put Too Much Weight on the Image

Real talk. That wine caught your eye because (let’s face it) it had a gorgeous, cool, or at least semi-compelling label. Maybe it was a scenic oak tree backed by blue skies, perky pink cupcake covered in cheeky sprinkles, edgy, nontraditional tattoo flash, or minimal white space that wooed you (that all depends on what demographic you’re lumped into). The fact remains: You fell for the visual bait. Now is the time to use your critical thinking skills. Why did this winery’s label compel you so? We cannot control what imagery we, as consumers, are attracted to. However, we can make informed decisions about whether or not the product really thrills us as much as the packaging. Give the text on the bottle a good scan and never purchase a bottle on face value alone. This will save you from heaps of buyer’s remorse. Read on to know just what to look for.

No Varietal? No Go

This one’s easy. If a wine label does not tout what varietal is inside, it’s probably not worth your time. Bulk and jug wine producers know that their customers aren’t choosey about quality or flavor, so they will usually slap something incredibly general like “rosé” or “red blend” on the label. A good blend should be emblazoned with the varietals that make up the mix (and most very good wines will tell you the exact percentage of varietals).bowl of grapes

Does it Say Where the Grapes are From?

Boutique Paso Robles wines will almost always tell you where the grapes were specifically grown—whether at a winery’s estate vineyard or sourced from another piece of land. Even if this is not a big part of the visual marketing, a good wine always has an emphasis on terroir, or sense of place (and that means actually telling you where its grapes were really farmed). Fine wines will also often boast the AVA (American Viticultural Area) and sometimes even the sub-AVA where the grapes are grown. This adds a level of prestige for the winery and security for buyers who know they can rely on—say—a Templeton Gap Rhone. Quick and dirty shopping trip? At a minimum, you should be looking for a state of origin (California, Washington, Oregon). If the bottle is over $12 and also shows a general wine region too, then you can probably take the gamble. However, remember that it is a gamble unless it’s all spelled out in black and white.

Decipher the Description

Wine tasting notes are there for a reason. No, not just to make you bust up laughing from time to time—they are created to give the buyer a preview of what they’ll be tasting once the cork’s popped. That’s not to say that some commercial wineries won’t try to sell you a glowing product despite its contents from time to time, but a reputable Paso Robles winery won’t ever promise what it can’t deliver. Does the description mention mouthfeel, bouquet, and pairing suggestion without coming off too fancy schmancy? Great. Wine descriptions should be approachable and informative first, entertaining and flouncy, second. Does the label show literally no tasting information whatsoever? Instead, does it showcase a romantic story about a wayward fisherman or great dog that did something remarkable? Beware. The wine can still be good, but make sure it’s got all the other factors you’re looking for—including varietal and location—before you fall in love with a few pretty words.

Look for the Vintage

While only some mid-priced grocery store wines will show the vintage, (it’s not mandatory), almost all boutique wines will. This is a huge indicator that this a real winery you are purchasing from, not a bulk wine operation more concerned with growing as much wine as possible. A good wine will want to showcase that it is indeed a unique and thoughtfully crafted product unlike the year before or after.

wine barrelsUnderstand Aging

Does the label say what the wine was aged in and for how long? If not, chances are that the “Bordeaux red blend” on the shelf was aged with oak chips or synthetic flavorings. Whites (usually aged in oak, steel, or concrete) will not be aged for long, but most good reds will have at least 12-18 months in barrel. If a wine tells you how long it was aged and in what kind of vessel—French oak, Hungarian, clay—you are on the right track. When it comes to details, more is more and less speaks louder than words.


5 Paso Robles Wines as Delicious as Their Labels

 

Hearthstone Estate Buy the WineHearthstone 2013 Syrah

“Smoky minerals accent warming butterscotch while a subtle touch of vanilla and cocoa adds depth to the white pepper. Velvet like smoky flavors show good clarity and gain weight with air. Subtle tannins gain strength on the finish leaving a thick coating in the mouth feel.”  www.HearthstoneVineyard.com

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hearthstone Estate

 

Kiamie buy the wineKiamie 2015 White Kuvee – 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

“The Viognier and Grenache Blanc for this white blend come exclusively from the Adelaida District in Paso Robles. The wine is bright and floral in character with undertones of minerality unique to the vineyard. This vintage offers aromas that envelope the glass with real density and weight with a crisp, seemingly faux dry finish.  The pungent hints of peach schnapps, tarragon and spiced applesauce characteristic of Grenache Blanc merely round out and compliment Viognier. Pairs well with  Vietnamese fresh spring rolls with mango honey shrimp and Thai basil wrapped in rice vermicelli served with a garlic peanut dipping sauce.” www.KiamieWines.com

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

 

Seven Oxen 2013 Mourvedre

“Made of 90% Mourvèdre, this wine shows all of the characteristics of the varietal. Notes of black pepper, licorice, leather, and candied fruits are prominent. The full-bodied flavors of the Mourvèdre are balanced out with a touch of Grenache, giving this complex wine a subtle, round fruitiness. Excellent to drink now, Seven Oxen’s Mourvèdre will improve as it develops in the bottle and will age well for the next five to ten years. Aged 18 months in one year old French Oak. Pairs well with game, marinated meat, and mildly spicy foods.”  www.SevenOxen.com

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines

 

Hearst Ranch Winery Buy the WineHearst Ranch 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Bunkhouse Magnum – 98 Points, Double Gold Medal/Best in Class of Region, 2016 California State Fair

“2014 Bunkhouse Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of nuanced depth. By utilizing four noble Bordeaux varietals in supportive roles, we were able to add intrigue while keeping this wine true to its roots. The dominant Cabernet Sauvignon portion shines the brightest from the zesty spice on the nose to the rich stone fruit flavors. The Malbec and Merlot portions were integral in elevating the aromatics of this wine adding subtle notes of black currant and wet clay. The Cabernet Franc component added resolve to the mid-palate with firm yet elegant tannin. Petit Verdot contributes to the exceptional length, providing a steadfast platform on which flavors of ripe plum and violets linger. This wine was aged in primarily neutral oak barrels and as such may need a bit of time to open up in your glass.” www.HearstRanchWinery.com

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, San Simeon

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame

 

Pelletiere Buy the WinePelletiere Estate 2016 Viognier

“Glittering and brilliant, like a canary diamond perched in the glistening sun this Viognier is crisp and racy. Aged in stainless steel, with refreshing aromas of peach, mango and a bouquet of blossoms, it finishes in a silky citrus setting looking great in hand. This wine, truly is a girl’s best friend.” www.Pelletiere.com

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Estate

 



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


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

Adelaide Inn

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

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

5 Wine County Picnic Hacks

Paso Robles Wineries Picnic Hacks

A memorable and marvelous wine country picnic doesn’t have to look and feel like a spread in Sunset Magazine to be awesome. In fact, with these five ingenious tips and tricks, you’ll be set for a gourmet wine country foodie feast without the unnecessary cost, pressure, or pitfalls of “perfection.”

Shoe as Wine Opener

Uh oh! You brought a complete vertical tasting of your favorite Petite Sirah, but you forgot that teeny tiny but totally necessary tool needed to open all those bottles. What to do? Before you smack yourself in the head and run to the nearest store (which may not be anywhere near), try this neat trick. Your shoe—believe it or not—can make an excellent wine opener. Just take a gander at this viral video, which shows you exactly how to get out of this conundrum.

Picnic Perfection: You’ll never have to resort to using your shoe as an opener at Pelletiere Estate Winery. Wine and conversation are always flowing here and the ambiance, a rustic farmhouse vibe, is perfect for a casual hangout with friends.

Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Estate

Mason Jar Space Saver

Short on space? It happens. Instead of packing individual Tupperware containers willy nilly, throw a few large mason jars into your basket. Just follow this simple rule: Start with sturdy foods at the bottom (olives, stuffed peppers, pickles) then layer on the salami, prosciutto, cheese—and finally, a layer or two of dry herbs like basil leaves. Next, tear up some crusty bread and top off the jar (the herbs will provide a barrier between the moist meats/veggies and your precious bread).

Picnic perfection: Don’t forget to drizzle that olive oil at your next picnic. Stop by Pasolivo in Downtown Paso Robles for all your local EVOO needs, or swing by the scenic ranch nestled in the heart of wine country (which also doubles as an amazing picnic spot).

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo, Downtown Paso

Toothpicks as Silverware

Plastic silverware can be wasteful and packing a full range of reusable silver can be heavy, and not very practical (especially for a large group). Instead, pack a range of finger food (party-sized meatballs, rice-stuffed grape leaves, cheese squares, mini quiches, cut sausage) with a jar of toothpicks. Guests will be able to nosh freely without need for a fork (or even a plate).

Picnic perfection: Here’s a winning idea. Call ahead to Pappy McGregor’s in downtown Paso and order a range of finger friendly apps. Pick them up and—bam—you are ready for a breezy day picnicking across wine country.

Mapping and Directions to Pappy McGregor’s Irish Pub

Canteen Cool

Packing individual water bottles can mean the difference between hiking to the top of that ridge covered in wildflowers or sitting under the nearest oak. Keep yourself mobile and hydrated with a canteen. When slung across your body or consumed with a straw via a nifty modern caTudor Wines Pinot Noir Collectionnteen backpack, you will be able to reclaim your sense of adventure without all that added bulk.

Picnic perfection: Yes, water is crucial, but so is great wine! Pack a few go-with-anything food-friendly wines. Our pick: Choose from an array of sinfully delicious Tudor Wines pinot noirs.

Mapping and Directions to Tudor Wines

Leave Stemware at Home

So many things can go wrong when you pack glass wineglasses (just think of how annoying it would be to pick shards from your finger sandwiches in the event of a catastrophe). Instead of grabbing your go-to glasses, invest in a high quality plastic version that you can take with you on your next excursion.

Picnic perfection: Many local wineries sell nifty gifts and wine accessories in their tasting rooms. Cass Winery carries plastic logo glasses perfect for your next outdoor feast. Stop by the tasting room, where an outdoor patio makes picnicking a breeze. Be warned: You may be tempted to eat from the winery’s full service kitchen, so we recommend letting Chef Jacob cook for you!

Mapping and Directions to Cass WineryCentrally Grown View of Ocean

Picnic perfection: Looking for a gorgeous outdoor picnic spot? Look no further than Centrally Grown in Cambria, where crashing waves and blue skies roll on as far as the eye can see. Plus: They’ve got terrific food and beverage options, too.

Mapping and Directions to Centrally Grown



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 Weird Wine Facts You Never Knew

Paso Robles Wineries Weird Wine Facts

Did you know that Italy has a free, 24-hour wine drinking fountain? It’s true! This odd attraction opened this year, much to the excitement of wine lovers across the land. This magical offering can be found along the Cammino di San Tommaso, a route that thousands of tourists travel on their way from Rome to Ortona. All are welcome to partake of this delicious beverage, however, “drunkards” and “louts” are discouraged. Read on for even more hard to believe facts!

1. Not all Wines are Vegan

Wait, say what? No, that’s not a big bottle of red beef blood, but there may be some animal byproducts in your next glass. Why? Well, this is because many winemakers use fining agents in the winemaking process, which are used to remove protein, yeast, and cloudiness. These fining agents may be as strange as bone marrow, milk protein, egg whites, and fish oil.

2. Wine Flavored Kit Kats are RealWine Kit Kat

Leave it to Japan to create the best (or worst?) thing ever. This candy bar looks exactly like your average Kit-Kat but is reminiscent of merlot mixed with chocolate. You know, it doesn’t really sound half bad. Wasabi? Now that’s a whole different story.

3. Drinking to one’s health started in Ancient Greece

Ever wonder how this trend got started? Well, apparently the Greeks knew the benefits of that nightly glass of red wine way before Popular Science. According to those in the know, ancient Greek parties were incomplete without a toast by the host. This proclamation was always held at the beginning of the party, signifying that the wine was not, indeed, poison. Wow. Tough crowd!

4. Women are Better Wine Tasters

According to scientists, women live longer, deal with stress better, and—gasp—are better wine tasters. This because women have a better sense of smell than do men, which can probably be linked back to the gender’s hunter-gatherer instincts (men killed the wooly mammoth, the women made sure it wasn’t rancid before cooking it; the same goes with picking berries and fruit).

5. People Made Do During the Prohibition

vino sano grape brickYou’d better thank your lucky stars that you didn’t live through dreaded prohibition, when the U.S. outlawed all sales and production of alcohol. As it turns out, sneaky grape juice companies found a pretty ingenious way around this pesky problem. Along with their concentrated grape juice mix, they’d attach a note to consumers: “Warning – Do not dissolve in a gallon of water and put away in the cupboard for 20 days or juice will turn into wine.” Noted!


Did you Know?

Rotta Winery is one of the first ever in the Paso Robles area, with history dating back to 1856, when a French immigrant started the business.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery 

Seven Oxen Estate Wines, Hearst Ranch Winery, Oso Libre, and Rangeland Wines aren’t just fabulous wine producers, they also run cattle and sell the grass-fed meat to their customers and the community.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, San Simeon

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Rangeland Wines

Eberle Winery is home to an incredible network of underground wine caves, which you can tour during your next visit.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Eberle 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

It’s Time to Retire These 5 Wine Descriptors

Paso Robles Wineries Wine Descriptors

What’s in a word? Well, a whole lot. Ever realize how using “lazy” words can really bog down a conversation or even make it harder to get your point across? Consider these two descriptors of a sunset—“nice,” and “breathtaking”—and tell me which you prefer. Chances are, you gravitated towards the latter, which makes its point crystal clear. The sunset literally took your breath away with its beauty (men: take note with your love letters—paint a picture!) Similarly, Instead of using ho-hum words for wine descriptors, go for crisper, more specific alternatives. It’s, like, really super great and junk!

1. Sweet

Unless we’re talking about dessert wine here, you’re never going to find a wine that is best described as “sweet.” Just don’t do it! I mean, it makes sense why you would make this mistake. You may be responding to the wine’s fruity notes, and confusing the two entirely. Before you decide that a wine is “sweet,” ask yourself, “Is it fruit forward?” “What fruit do I taste?” “Does that fruit taste candied or ripe?” “Is it more like a jam or fresh-picked?” Often, ripe, just-picked robust fruit flavors like lychee, pear, pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry can translate as sweeter than, say, a wine that is reminiscent of tart blackberries.

Soaring Hawk Buy the WineTry: Food friendly, light, and very fruity (not “sweet”), Soaring Hawk Vineyards’ 2014 Zinfandel is bursting with bright bing cherry and Satsuma plum.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Soaring Hawk Vineyards

 

2. Oaked

Oakiness has gotten a bad rap as of late, and for good reason. Oftentimes, sub-par winemakers will over-oak their wines in an effort to mask defects or poor quality in the wine. Your bargain barrel offerings may even contain oak chips in lieu of real oak aging (that’s a whole different story). For this reason, calling a wine “oaky” or “oaked” can cause a winemaker to wince in pain. Instead, consider what kind of toast you are experiencing. Is it like a buttered piece of rye bread, a light caramel flavor, or the heady vanilla scent that comes from a particularly expensive New French Oak barrel?Sculpterra Buy the Wine

Try: Sculpterra Winery’s 2015 Chardonnay, which features a delicate whiff of oak in the form of a roasty almond allure (also featuring fresh pear and apricot flavors perfect for summer).

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden

 

3. Perfumed

Any woman will tell you that there are more kinds of perfume as there are stars in the sky. From a musky sandalwood cologne to a vibrant lilac-rosewater spritz fit for Spring, perfumes are not all created equal. Swirl your glass and take in the bouquet beneath your nose. What is the “top note” of this wine? Is it spicy, with elements of cardamom and ginger, musky like tobacco or vintage cigar box, earthy like fresh soil and decomposing leaves, or perhaps savory, with elements of charcuterie and baked nuts?

Try: A perfumed beauty: Clavo Cellars’ Grenache Blanc Oracle, with fresh aromas of honeysuckle, eucalyptus leaves, dried stone fruit and lavender.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Clavo Cellars

 

4. Good

If you’ve ever watched a two-hour animated flick with a nine-year-old, you know that “good” is a subjective term. Perhaps your kiddo loved that extended singing and dancing scene featuring CGI animals, but you were probably yawning and checking your watch within the first ten minutes. Before you call a wine “good,” consider what you—in particular—like. What fits your criteria for a “good” wine? Is it balance, originality or classic appeal? Once you know what makes your taste buds tick, you can make a far more convincing case for what’s delicious and what’s just OK.San Marcos Creek Vineyard Buy the Wine

Try: Want to try something really “good?” Enjoy San Marco Creek Vineyard’s 2015 Estate White Merlot, which is off-dry with a delicate peachy color and aromas of white stone peach with pink grapefruit and tropical notes.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyard

 

5. Varietally Pure

When a wine is said to be “varietally pure” it usually means that it is in keeping with the grape’s most natural flavor profile (i.e. a fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon or a peppery Syrah). That said, there are so many different ways that a varietal can shine within the realm of its natural charms. For instance, that Cab—depending on the region where it was grown—could be juicy like a bing cherry or tart like a cranberry. That Syrah, if grown in a cooler climate, can boast more white pepper than black. Yes, it’s good to know what certain varietals are “known” for, but never let that stop you from diving deeper into how the terroir has transformed that signature grape.

Dubost Buy the WineTry: Dubost Ranch Winery’s single varietal offerings, including viognier, petite syrah, and cabernet sauvignon. You’ll find plenty of adjectives to describe these luscious local wines.

Click Here for Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch

 



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

Hearst Ranch Winery Raises a Glass to Julia Morgan

Hearst Castle Cattle Drive

Hearst Ranch Winery began as a result of a coincidental encounter one day between Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders at a Hearst Ranch tour fundraiser for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. Collectively, their shared vision on sustainable agriculture, resource protection and historical preservation provided the common thread that led to a deep friendship and enduring philanthropic devotion to the community.

Their hand-crafted wines celebrate their sound agriculture practices and impeccable winemaking. Located just off Hwy 1, below Hearst Castle, in the historic Sebastian General Store built in 1852, it’s a stone’s throw from the stunning San Simeon Bay. One of our favorite outings is to visit the winery, savor their wines, grab a gourmet Hearst Ranch burger at the adjoining Sebastian’s Restaurant, and then take a stroll along the pristine beach up to the point where one can easily spot sea otters, seals and sometimes a whale or two. On occasion we will rent a kayak and explore the inlet that changes with the tide.

Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 Rose JuliaWine Pick: 2016 Rosé “Julia”

(Composition: 42% Petit Verdot, 24% Petite Sirah, 23% Syrah & 11% Tempranillo)

This lovely rosé honors the iconic architect, Julia Morgan, who is best known for her commission of Hearst Castle. Her story is extraordinary, including becoming the first female student to earn a degree from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

We love Julia’s faint violet hue and nose that is flush with bright raspberry, rose petal and a hint of peach. Juicy and lush flavors of tropical fruit and peach lead with bright acidity that delivers a nicely balanced mouthfeel. Steely mineralogy extends the clean finish. Chill this wine to 50˚ and enjoy its bright, intriguing flavors that embrace the genius of Julia. Click here to purchase Hearst Ranch Winery, 2016 Rosé “Julia”.

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

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery, Cholame: speedfind.com/HearstRanch

 

Photo Credit – RichardFieldLevine.com


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 Vacation RentalMake 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

Everything You Need Know About The Benefits Of Drinking Wine

Benefits to Drinking Red Wine

We all know kicking back with friends and a bottle of wine is a fabulous way to de-stress. But did you know that your fondness for wine, especially red wine, also happens to come with some amazing health benefits? From protecting your heart to slimming your waistline, the naturally occurring elements in wine offer these seven, essential health benefits. Read more >>


 
 
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 Vacation RentalMake 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 Paso Robles Albariño Should Be Your Summer Jam

Paso Robles Wineries Albarino Summit

We’re not dumping on go-to summer sippers like Chardonnay or Rosé, but sometimes you just need something a little different to refresh your palate and cool your head. Not only is Albariño a crisp and refreshing twist for hot nights and barbecued fish tacos, it’s also plentiful in Paso Robles Wine Country. This summer, taste from 25 passionate boutique Albariño producers at three unique events uncorking across the area June 16-17 for the Festival of Albariño. Here’s five good reasons why this white is totally poised to become your top 2017 summer jam. Ole!

1. A Rising Star

Like that great underground band overshadowed by Top 40 radio hits, Albariño doesn’t always get the credit it deserves. However, and luckily for us in Paso Robles, its star is on the rise. With award winning producers crafting world class vintages that speak to the varietal’s refreshing and compelling characteristics, now is the time to fall in love with this bright white grape originally grown in Spanish and Portuguese soil. Get educated: Want to learn more about the history and characteristics of great Albariño? Hit up the Second Annual Albariño Summit, held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Derby Wine Estates. Discover what makes this grape great with help from an expert tasting panel and educational tasting seminar.

Mapping and Directions to Derby Wine Estates: speedfind.com/DerbyWineEstates

2. It’s Incredibly Food Friendly

With a botanical aroma similar to Viognier or Gewurztraminer, flavors of apricot and peach, a light body, and tons of fresh acidity, pairing Albariño is a breeze. Taste the flavor: Experience this truth for yourself at a Starlit Albariño Dinner hosted at Brecon Estate Friday, June 16 at 6 p.m. under majestic oaks. Dine with top winemakers who will be pairing their Albariños with the fresh, local delectable creations of Crush Catering.

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate: speedfind.com/BreconEstate

3. No One-Hit Wonder

Paso Robles Albarino VineyardHot days and steamier nights call for chilled white wine, but not just any white wine will do in Paso Robles Wine Country. You might think you can taste one Albariño and know them all, but you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Explore the possibilities: Experience layers of delicate, juicy, acidic, and floral flavors during a diverse Grand Tasting slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at Broken Earth Winery. Absolutely nowhere else can you sample so many Central Coast Albariños in one place, and these are all most exclusively small producers, too. Who’s pouring? Well, Brecon Estate, Bodega de Edgar, Clavo Cellars, Broken Earth Winery, Opolo and Tooth and Nail Winery to start! They may all pour very different tasting wines, but one common thread remains: All are dedicated to propelling Albariño into the limelight.

Mapping and Directions to Broken Earth Winery: speedfind.com/BrokenEarthWinery

4. Easy Drinking

Picnics call for a no-fuss wine that’s drinkable as all get out. Albariño is that perfect varietal with enough complex flavor to pull you in, but the high acidity and freshness will keep you searching for that next quenching sip. Picnic like an Albariño Pro: Arrive up to two hours early at the Grand Tasting at Broken Earth Winery Saturday, July 17 and enjoy a Grand Picnic under the shady trees. Award winning food trucks, including the Lobos Truck from Los Angeles, will feature a variety of eats. Plus, shake a tail father with music from Ricky Montijo and the Mojtos from 1 to 4 p.m.!

5. Dare to be Different

You’re not the average, run of the mill wine taster, so why should your wine be blah? Shake up your taste buds and try something new. Happiness scientists have long since known that taking a break with routine and jumping into a fresh realm is good for the soul. Experience a whole new world of wine, Albariño style. Sample a splash from these award-winning wineries pouring at the festival:

Brecon Estate Buy the Wine2016 Brecon Estate True Acacia Head Acacia Head Albariño
True Acacia Head is a single vineyard offering and features two clones from what is the oldest planting of Albariño in the Central Coast. What really differentiates this wine is the use of Acacia wood on the heads of the barrels during fermentation. This adds a little structure to the wines and a white peach character to the nose, while minimizing the toasty and vanilla characters associated with oak.

 

Brecon Estate Buy the Wine2016 Brecon Estate Albariño
This wine is a superb example of a crisp refreshing cool climate Albariño, with fruit sourced from a vineyard just 1.8 miles from the ocean. In its homeland in Northern Portugal and Spain, the best examples are perceived to come from close to the ocean. Indeed, vintages from Brecon have more than once scored 96 points.

Bodega de Edgar

 

bodegas Paso robles buy the wine

2016 Bodegas Paso Robles Galicia – Albariño
This classic, crisp Albariño from Bodegas Paso Robles has hints of apricot on the nose and pineapple and grapefruit on the palate. The mouth feel is very round and full before the crisp finish. The 2016 Galicia is a dry, refreshing wine with a great acid balance. It’s perfect for sipping on hot summer days. The 2016 vintage pairs beautifully with Dungeness crab, fish tacos, spicy Thai food, seafood-based paella, sea bass, spring rolls, risotto, chicken, crab and avocado salad, peach cobbler, artichoke, and desserts such as fruit tarts, rice pudding, flan, fresh fruit, and sweet cakes.

 

Clavo Cellars Buy the Wine2012 Clavo Cellars Albariño
Fresh and appealing, this Clavo Cellars Albariño charges your sense with concentrated aromatics of green bananas and ripe apricots. Light and crisp with good acidity, lively structure, and an edgy spiciniess on the finish, this wine pairs well with tapas, paella, pasta and ristottos.

 

Opolo buy the wine2016 Opolo Vineyards Albariño
With grapes sourced from California’s famed Edna Valley, this Albarino opens with vibrant aromas of citrus blossoms, lemon zest, and grapefruit. White peach, apricot, and fresh spring flowers assault the palate and glide into a polished mineral laden finish.

 

Get Your Tickets Before They Sell Out!

Last year’s inaugural Albariño Summit was a huge hit and sold out almost immediately. This year, the Albariño Summit has expanded into three unique experiences, so don’t miss out! Click here to get your tickets today.

Questions?

Email Albariñosummit@gmail.com if you have any questions. See you at the festival!



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

4 Tips to Save Money, Save the Planet in Paso Wine Country

Tips to save money in wine country

We are all looking for ways to save a buck as well as save the planet, right? Well, what if you could do both while wine tasting? Sounds appealing, no? Modern times call for modern measures, like digital coupons, interactive maps, and tours that require zero gallons of gas (seriously). So, recycle those crumpled, outdated brochures and put down that hammer! Save your piggie bank’s life and consider these amazing tips to help conserve money as well as the Earth’s precious resources. Good karma and great wine await!

1. Ditch Paper Clutter with Smart Phone Coupons

Paper coupons are so last century. They’re messy, hard to categorize, and generally bad for the environment (yes, that coupon was once a living breathing tree!). Now, all you have to do is pull up a digital coupon on your smart phone and receive oodles of deals across Wine Country. It really only takes an instant. Click here to see all the digital coupons available now, including barrel tastings, tours, and two-for-one tastings. No scissors required!

Brecon Estate Winery of the WeekTry: On our website, Brecon Estate offers exclusive two-for-one tastings of their award winning estate wines, which include delicious Rhone varietals and elegant blends. You can also text “Specials” to 24578 for instant digital coupons!

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate: speedfind.com/BreconEstate

2. Save a Tree with Digital Maps

Paper maps are hard to fold, and even harder to read, right? These days, we all rely on GPS to get us from point A to point B. Why not use that technology to lead you to the next winery? Check out our free Driving Directions here to guide you at every turn. You can also download our free digital interactive map here, the only map that showcases every local winery, brewery, and distillery in Paso Robles Wine Country? Yep. That’s about 300 in total! Added bonus: Both maps can be downloaded to your phone, so you won’t be in a pickle if you lose Wifi on a backcountry road.

Try: Download and go! Whether you’re headed to Wine Boss Lounge or Bodegas Paso Robles in the heart of downtown Paso Robles or headed “far out” to the sticks, we’re always with you.

Mapping and Directions to Wine Boss Lounge: speedfind.com/WineBoss

Mapping and Directions to Bodegas Paso Robles: speedfind.com/BodegasPasoRobles

Allegretto Vineyard Resort with BackgroundTry: Go to www.speedfind.com/paso on your phone or tablet and watch as the map pinpoints just where you are in Paso Robles and the wineries, restaurants, hotels, breweries, cheese shops, coffee shops, and olive oil tastings are near you. Who knows, you may be near Allegretto Vineyard Resort, which hits three birds with one stone: lodging, wine offerings, and a stellar Cello Ristorante & Bar.

Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort: speedfind.com/Allegretto

3. Go Virtual to Save on Gas and Greenhouses Gases

Before you spend another penny on gas—which contributes to the very real collective problem of global warming—check out our incredible virtual tours, completely free! You won’t believe your eyes—the technology is that crisp, clear, and compelling. Check out a handy 360-degree view of the area via our Google Map feature, or order a free pair of cardboard Google Glass goggles and simply slide your smartphone into place. Suddenly, you’re at thgoogle glassesat new winery you’ve been wondering about, seeing just what the grounds look like, checking out the wine offerings, and scoping the sweet picnic spots. This is especially useful if you plan to use a winery for a special event, like a wedding or family gathering. Instead of traveling to 50 wineries across the region and trimming that number down to a shortlist, virtually tour each one, saving you time, money, and fossil fuel.

Try: Never leave your couch, and be proud of it. Take a 360-degree Virtual Tour of Harmony Cellars, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Eberle Winery and others here without expending an ounce of fuel.

Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars: speedfind.com/HarmonyCellars

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

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery: speedfind.com/EberleWinery

4. Research Online First

Want to know which winery has which varietal? Interested in a specific kind of ambiance, dog-friendly vibe, or food while you sip? Just click here and filter your search by your needs. Say goodbye to thick, clunky guides, outdated magazine articles, and silly brochures (all of which gunk up our planet with excess material waste). All you need to know is one clean, eco conscious click away. Doesn’t that feel good?

Dubost Ranch logoTry: Looking for a rare varietal like Carmenere? For the record, that’s a dark skinned grape variety originally from Bordeaux with cedar and herby notes. Just go to our online varietal break-down and see what pops up! In this case, Dubost Ranch is the place to be for this unique varietal, but you can search for whatever fits your fancy in a jiff. Added plus: Each varietal is described by color, flavor, and country of origin to give you a quick primer on your next pour.

Mapping and Directions to Dubost Ranch: speedfind.com/DubostWinery



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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