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Avoid these 5 Paso Wine Pet Peeves

There’s plenty of Do’s in Paso Robles Wine Country: Do dress casually, do have a great conversation with the winemaker, do dine on farm fresh cuisine while you’re here. Truly, there are very few “don’ts” in this friendly wine region. Here, you’ll never find velvet ropes, long lines or (gasp) traffic. That said, there are a handful of pitfalls to avoid. Master these 5 Paso Robles wine pet peeves and maximize your tasting experience. Plus, you’ll totally look like a local! That’s definitely a “do.”

1. Don’t: Over-chill your whites

It’s hot out there folks! Sure, you want your white cold this time of year. Just heed this advice: Wait a good ten-to-twenty minutes before consuming. Cold temperatures dampen and deaden the alluring aroma of that fantastic wine in your glass; and as we all know, smell accounts for most of what you taste. Don’t believe us? Check out this New York Times article proving the point beautifully. These are the facts, people.

Robert Hall’s 2018 Cavern Select Vermentino is crisp and refreshing, with sumptuous notes of citrus blossom and peach with only 233 cases produced (very little Vermintino is planted in the US, this is a treasure!). It would be nothing less than a crime to over-chill such a beguiling white. Pair deliciously with Tacos, Seafood (salmon, crab, octopus), prosciutto wrapped melon, Cheese (Ricotta, Goat Cheese, Feta).

For a 2 for 1 Wine Tasting Coupon click here

2. Do: Reuse your glass

Water in California—and Paso Robles—is a precious resource, indeed. We’d never ask you to go from an inky petite sirah to a light, bright viognier without adding a splash of wine (never water) to the glass to rinse it out. However, switching glasses over and over again means more washing for the tasting room and (sadly) lots of wasted H20. Ask your tasting room attendant to swish out your glass with a touch wine (the next wine you are about to taste – never water) in lieu of a new glass and always taste from lightest to darkest. It’s just common sense, but a little thought can go a long way.

Jada Vineyard is proud of its biodynamic farming practices, which respect the web of life and ensure that water conservation is a top priority. Taste the winery’s incredible estate wines, like their 2016 Passing By Cabernet Sauvignon with fantastic hints of candied flowers, red and blackcurrant and cherry-vanilla flavors. It’s such a stand-out wine that Vinous awarded this wine 93 points and Jeb Dunnuck 91 points!

 

3. Don’t: Send back sediment

A little grit in the glass never killed anyone. We promise! If you’re weirded out by floating particles in your wine, now is the time to reconsider why. Sediment—small particles leftover from the winemaking process—are common in natural wines, and they certainly don’t indicate low quality. No, it’s not dirt leftover at the bottom of that bottle of syrah. These floaters are simply yeast cells, grape solids (stems, seeds, skin) and tartrates (tartaric acid crystals). In fact, many winemakers cheers to the dregs, as all of these elements (sediment and all) are part and parcel of the process. Just be sure to check your teeth before heading out to the next tasting room.

Austin Hope 2015 Grenache, with round smooth tannins, fruity dried cherry flavors and hint of smokiness, the Grenache is a refined beast. This sustainably farmed, natural red is good to the very last drop—tartaric acids and all.
The 2015 Grenache goodness started in the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhône varieties to which it is planted – Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Roussanne. With high-density planting, the vines are carefully managed to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors…exactly as we like it.

For a 2 for 1 Wine Tasting Coupon click here

4. Don’t: Fret over ice cubes (on a really hot day)

But didn’t we say not to over-chill your whites? Yes, we did say that. However, when Paso Robles temperatures soar into 100-degree days, even the finest local winemaker is known to plunk a few cubes into his or her glass while hanging around at home (also, frozé—basically a rose slushy—has become a major trend). Sure, a handful of ice will water down the wine—and we’re not saying you should make a habit of tossing cubes into your glass at every occasion. However, no one in Paso Robles is going to shun you for cooling your drink down quickly, especially if you’re on a picnic, outdoor event or at a pool party where the ice bucket has melted too soon. Too timid to try? Keep these newfangled “ice” cubes on-hand in the freezer. The plastic cubes never melt; plus, they’re reusable.

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5. Do: Decide on a Designated Driver Ahead of Time

Oops! We’ve all been guilty of putting off this super important detail until the last moment. With so much to plan, it can be easy to think “someone” will come to mind.  Instead of pulling straws among your friends, hire a professional who knows the terrain. You’ll experience Paso Robles wine country with all the knowledge of a local. Plus, when you hire a driver, you can hit multiple tasting rooms along a particular wine trail, like the wineries of Highway 46 East, home of Allegretto Vineyards and Wine, Bodega de Edgar, Eberle Winery, Lusso Della Terra, Rails Nap, Robert Hall Winery, Villa-San Juliette, Mystic Hills and more. This should really be one of the first items you plan on your next Paso Robles Wine vacation!

For these wineries’ Wine Tasting Coupons click here

 

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Reasons to Check Out Oso Libre late summer through fall


Cute alpacas, fine wine, juicy estate grown beef and vibrant events—what’s not to love? Yes, Paso Robles own Oso Libre knows how to take fabulous flavors over the edge of indulgence. Sip award winning, artisanal estate wines at the winery’s Adelaida District tasting room, where sustainably farmed vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, limestone hills. This terroir is more than just terrific to gaze at—it’s exactly why each glass of Oso Libre wine is so consistently so awesome. When paired with grass fed beef raised on site, you now can now have your burger and eat it too!

For quick and easy mapping and directions, click here!

1. Great grapes

Taste the unique terroir. While many wineries begin harvest September through October, Oso Libre begins its pick in late October through early November. This extra six-week hang time allows the grapes to develop rich, complex and elegant flavors. This harvest season, experience Oso Libre’s distinct varietal estate vintages, Bordeaux and Rhone blends and dessert wine offerings. You’ll see exactly what we mean at the very first sip.

2. Beef, baby!

There’s nothing like a big juicy beef burger to wash down that delicious red wine. Roll up your sleeves and dig into Oso Libre’s mouthwatering Estate Angus Burger events August 31, and October 19. Sip a glass of Oso Libre wine on the patio alongside a gourmet burger crafted by Chef Jeff Scott. These aren’t your basic lunch fare: expect oak grilled estate beef, cave aged gruyere, Azucar caramelized onions, whole grain mustard aioli, fresh baked brioche bun and organic field greens. Make it a family affair: Bring the kids and the dogs (on a leash), too. These burgers are sure to delight all ages, four-legged and otherwise.

3. Ten years of good taste

Be part of history in the making. Oso Libre’s tasting room will celebrate its 10th anniversary this October—be there to ring in the occasion! In 1996, Linda and Chris Behr purchased 90 acres of raw land on the westside of Paso Robles. Together, they developed the land and transformed it into a sustainable, modern working ranch. Livestock including Alpaca, suffolk sheep, grass-fed Black Angus, and free range chickens all work together to sustainably tend their vine rows and graze land. Their vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, calcareous (limestone) hills exposed to sunshine and ocean breezes consistently producing rich, complex fruit. Now, the ranch hosts over 25,000 annual visitors. Pretty incredible, right?

4. Stellar points

High marks mean high quality. It’s as simple as that! Oso Libre’s Primoroso Especial (which received Gold and 93 points at the Sunset International Wine Competition) is a bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, Grenache and Syrah with alluring aromas of Gardenia, night-blooming jasmine and finishing with notes of cherry pie and butterscotch. Yum. Try this award winning wine alongside Oso Libre’s 91-point 2014 Quixotic Estate Cab, a gold medal winner. This 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s flagship wine for a very good reason. Barrel aged for four long years in premium French Oak, you’ll notice hints of vanilla, bing cherry and smoke.

5. A fun fiesta

Plan to party. This November 2, join Oso Libre for its largest member-event of the year (of course, non-members are also welcome to join in the fun, too). Experience the traditional Dia de los Muertos event you already know, with a wicked wine country spin. Featuring mariachis, tacos, sangria, an interactive altar and more, this shindig deserves to be on your November calendar, stat. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. However, it’s always more fun when you dress up, don’t you think? Go big and sip boldly, too.

 

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Ways to Cure Your Summer FOMO in Paso Wine Country

 

 

It’s a tale as old as time. Summer barely starts, and, somehow—just like that—it’s already close to being over. If you’re just now experiencing a wicked case of summer FOMO (that’s the fear of missing out), we’ve got the remedy right here. These pleasurable Paso Robles wine ideas are perfect for your last minute August trip to wine country, just before summer ends and winemakers dive into hectic harvest season. So, grab the bull by the horns and the wine by the bottle. The time is now to have crazy fun!

1. Lounge like you mean it

Summer is for recharging those batteries. Embrace the idea of doing nothing for an afternoon (well, nothing but sipping, nibbling and conversing with your fave people). This is not just another tasting room we’re talking about, and that’s why you’ll want to stay for at least a few hours. In fact, winemaker Austin Hope has said of his uniquely Paso Robles hangout: “Our tasting cellar offers a distinctive blend of eclectic decor, spacious atmosphere and cozy lounge-style seating. The goal was to give the wine a more vivid sense of place, and to also let a bit of my personality come through.” Well, this locally beloved winemaker has oodles of personality, if we don’t say so ourselves. Chat and laugh with friends in a stylish nook, taste the winery’s incredible 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, and even stroll along the vineyards. When you’re in Austin’s house, you are always free to roam about the cabin.

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Austin Hope click here

2. Spice up your life

You promised yourself  2019 would be the summer of bold choices, big dreams and raucous road trips. Before you let yourself down completely, take a detour to downtown Paso Robles. It’s pretty hard to sustain any feeling of FOMO when you’re sampling fine wines and Indian spice pairings. How often can you say that, right? Scoot into LXV Winery and be seduced by the power of spice. Prepare yourself for a sensuous ride through hot, savory and sweet delights, all of are sure to get you back into the happy groove. Each wine pairing is crafted to enhance both the spice blend (say, the Porcini mushroom, garlic, black sea salt, and saffron, as well as the wine (say, the 2015 Crimson Jewel Sangiovese – Petit Verdot). Wham bam, thank you m’am!

For quick and easy mapping and directions to LXV click here

 

3. Post a perfect panorama

Summer is for savoring the outdoors and really enjoying the scenery. If you’ve been stuck inside thus far, it’s time to break out and take a long breath of fresh, Paso Robles air. The nifty “panorama mode” on your iPhone was made for this kind of view: At Pear Valley Vineyards, you’ll experience a 360-degree vista encompassing all of the lush green vineyards and stately oaks that make Paso Robles so grand. Spread out on the soft grass (or in the comfy outdoor lounge area) and enjoy a picnic paired with a chilled glass brimming with something magical (we recommend the 2016 Chenin Blanc, which features a splash of pineapple and white peach). Feeling extra indulgent? Try the winery’s incredible dessert and port-style offerings. How beautifully sweet it is!

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Pear Valley Vineyards click here

 

4. Meet the winemaker

Soon enough (or maybe its already happened!), the kids will be back in school and you’ll be back to the same old routine. Don’t waste a moment more. Now is the time to have fun and rub elbows with the folks that make the wine—and no, we’re not kidding. Some wine regions are known for long lines and overly crowded tasting rooms. Boo! In Paso Robles, there’s still plenty of family owned and operated wineries excited to welcome you with open arms. Yay! Specializing in zinfandel, syrah and Rhone blends, Dover Canyon Winery is an authentic, boutique operation offering up some seriously elevated flavors. That said, the tasting room itself is still cozy, quaint and totally accessible. Book a tasting for you and a small group of close friends and know that you’ll get the one-on-one attention you crave. These are memories rarely made, always cherished.

For quick and easy mapping and directions to Dover Canyon click here

 

5. Eat, drink and be merry

Do Instagram feeds full of perfectly coifed avocado toast and summery sweet treats make you drool (and get you more than a tad jealous)? Well, prepare to be the one posting the #foodgoals of the week! An Evening Under the Estrella Sky Winemakers’ Dinner—slated for August 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harley Farms in San Miguel—should be on your calendar. Enjoy offerings from the many wineries of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, a collection of boutique wineries nestled just east of Paso Robles. Fabulous wine, gourmet food and live music will all be on the menu, including a bittersweet chocolate cake with caramel sauce, vanilla whipped cream and strawberry jam crafted on-site. Beach body, be damned! Don’t miss pours from Villa San Juliette, known for elegant, highly acclaimed reds like the 2013 VSJ Romantique, a tangy blackberry-coated beauty that just snagged 91 points from Wine Enthusiast. We don’t judge if you take too many photos of your plate or glass on this night, as long as we see your pearly brights!

For quick and easy mapping and directions Villa San Juliette click here

 

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Wine Phrases You May Not Know (But Should)

So you want to learn more about Paso Robles wine (and winemaking). We salute you! However, it can feel like a never-ending task, can’t it? Once you learn one term—say, phenolics—you’re tasked with learning an entirely new concept altogether. The search for wine knowledge never truly ends, which is why so many wine aficionados find the journey so fascinating and rewarding. Don’t be discouraged! Learning is all the fun. So, pull up a chair and take some notes. Here are 5 winemaking terms you may not know, but totally should. Now you can add them to your vocabulary (and maybe even teach someone else a thing or two).

1. Malolactic Fermentation

Pass the butter, please. Malolactic fermentation (also known as malolactic conversion or MLF) is a process in winemaking in which tart-tasting malic acid, naturally present in grape must, is converted to softer-tasting lactic acid. Malolactic fermentation is most often performed as a secondary fermentation shortly after the end of the primary fermentation, but can sometimes run concurrently with it. The process is standard for most red wine production and common for some white grape varieties such as Chardonnay, where it can impart a “buttery” flavor from diacetyl, a byproduct of the reaction. Now you know why that wine is so lip-smacking good!

Tooth and Nail’s Amor Fati 2015 Chardonnay showcases the creamy, buttery charm you’ve come to associate with malolactic fermentation. Golden wheat in color, the nose and palate are equally voluptuous and enticing, featuring notes of oatmeal cookie, Asian pear, peach, butter on fresh baked bread, caramel corn, and apricot.

2. Free Run Juice

Freedom is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? This term describes the juice that flows freely from the skin of grapes before they are pressed. The natural weight of the grapes, when stacked on each other, tends to release an initial dibble of juice (this is the good stuff). Because this juice is not pressed, it contains  fewer tannins, making it less bitter and generally of higher quality. Perhaps this is why some winemakers call it “the noble juice!” French winemakers generally specify the types of wine made from noble juice (they call it vin de goutte and the resulting wine is called vin de presse). Not all wines are specifically one or the other. Free-run juice and pressed juice may be combined, with the noble juice allowing for a reduction in tannins in the wine.

Did you know that the prized, free run juice is also coveted by Paso Robles distillers like KROBAR Distillery ? See how this unique craft distillery is using wine grape juice to craft unbelievable hooch.

 

3. Whole Cluster Fermentation

Yep, it’s the whole enchilada. The rise of mechanical de-stemming has been great—it means modern winemakers can ferment their fruit without pesky stems getting in the way. However, many winemakers are now looking back longingly at those old, rustic days (as difficult as they were). Winemakers who use whole cluster fermentation believe that allowing the fruit—plus some stems and foliage—into the winemaking process offers potentially delicious results. You may not know this, but the grape stems have an impact on the wine itself. Stems abound in phenolic compounds, particularly tannins. Going “whole hog” is known to add spice, structure, black tea flavors or even a more dynamic expression of site specificity.

Stems and all: Jada’s popular 2013 Hell’s Kitchen GSM blend features a mix of whole cluster and de-stemmed fruit (8% of the Syrah, 100% of the Mourvedre and 50% of the Grenache was fermented whole cluster). If you have a bottle, consider yourself lucky! Check out their 2014-2018 vintages and the rest of their biodynamic boutique wines here.

4. Botrytis

Hard to say, easy to drink. “Botrytis” is a fungus that can attack the buds, flowers, leaves and stems of a vine, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing for the grapes. Surprising, right? One particular strain of the fungus, a beneficial gray mold, pierces the skin of grapes and causes dehydration, resulting in natural grape juice exceptionally high in sugar. If the grape is wet, this can be dangerous and even lethal. However, if the grapes stay dry, this funky fungus can make ever more yummy results. Believe it or not, but botrytis is largely responsible for the world’s finest dessert wines. That’s why many winemakers call this particular mold “the noble rot.” Winemakers sure like to call things “noble,” am I right?

Sweet Treat: Speaking of dessert wines, Peachy Canyon Winery has a particularly sumptuous bottle ready to close out your next summer soiree. A 15-year blend, their Non Vintage Zinfandel Port is nutty, with rich mocha and brown butter flavors.

 

5. Vitis Vinifera

You can call her the mother of all vines. Many scientists believe that most of humanity sprang to life from a single place: Africa. This begs the question, where did the first wine grape vines’ ancient roots spring from? Well, thanks to hardworking researchers, we now know the answer. Vitis vinifera, a.k.athe common grape vine,” is a species of Vitis, native to the Mediterranean region, central Europe, and southwestern Asia, from Morocco and Portugal north to southern Germany and east to northern Iran. Scientists believe that 99 percent of the world’s wine grapes (regardless of varietal) first came from this iconic species. Pay your respect by knowing (and honoring) her name!

Respect your elders: They may not have the oldest wine in Paso Robles, but they are considered one of the oldest (if not the oldest) winery in Northern San Luis Obispo County. Rotta’s rich history begins back in 1856, when Adolph Siot, a French immigrant, planted the first wine grapes and built the first winery in Templeton. Joe Rotta, who immigrated from Italy, purchased the winery in the early 1900s, and the rest is history. Learn more about Rotta’s time-honored wines here.

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Paso Wine Words That Will Make You Say WHAT?

We swear, it’s not what it sounds like! These brow-raising wine terms may sound ridiculous, funny or downright absurd, but we assure you they do cross the lips of many a Paso Robles winemaker. We’re mature enough not to giggle when we hear these phrases uttered on a tour of the barrel-room (well, sometimes), but perhaps you will let out a guffaw (we don’t blame you). Don’t be alarmed. We assure you, there is a very good explanation for our brash tone. Plus, it’s TSFW (totally safe for work).

1. “Bung Hole”

Say what? Your mind may race to 1990s MTV cartoon slackers Beavis and Butthead (and their annoying yet infectious chortles), but we can promise you (pinkie swear) that Paso Robles winemakers use this term in a totally unfunny way. A “bung hole” is far from anyone’s derrière. It’s simply the opening in a cask in which wine can be put in or taken out. Extra points for keeping a straight face while you say this one.

Casks aplenty: Let’s get serious. The elegant, rich reds produced by Seven Oxen Estate Wines are delicious when paired with good conversation, good steak, and perhaps a little friendly laughter. Try their 2013 Zinfandel, which features ripe red fruit, subtle vanilla, and an oak finish. (This is an awesome micro-winery.)

Quick and easy mapping and directions to Seven Oxen

2. “Wine Thief”

Stop, thief! Sure, there’s probably criminals out there who manage to get themselves arrested for commandeering truckloads of premium wine (a scary thought for us boutique wine lovers out there). A “wine thief,” in reality, is a very commonly used tool that works almost like a turkey baster to extract wine from a barrel. Truly, we are very grateful for all the wine thieves out there: They allow winemakers (and us) to taste what’s sitting in the barrel long before the wine has matured.

Barrels of fun: Book a private vineyard and barrel tour at Pelletiere and perhaps get a sneak peek taste of the coming vintage. We promise, you won’t get caught red-handed. (Talented vintner, winemaker and vineyard manager are all women!)

Quick and easy mapping and directions to Pelletiere

3. Leesy

This one just sounds silly—or perhaps like some new up-and-coming hip hop star (Lil Leesy has a nice ring to it, no?). Actually, it is a funny-sounding tasting term for the rich aroma that can result from wine “resting on its lees.” What is the lees, you ask? Take a look at the bottom of a bottle of natural/unfiltered wine. It’s simply the sediment consisting of dead yeast cells, grape pulp, seed, and other grape matter that accumulates during fermentation. Sounds gross, but it makes wine amazing.

A natural approach: Lone Madrone winery produces terroir driven wines that showcase the true character of Westside Paso Robles soil—sediment and all. Book a tasting room flight and enjoy five outstanding wines sourced from a choice selection of celebrated sustainable and dry farmed vineyards. (Winemaker and co-owner, Neil Collins, was voted winemaker of the year by his Paso winemaker peers!)

Quick and easy mapping and directions to Lone Madrone

4. “Foxy”

Foxy lady? No, we’re not coming on to you. If a winemaker starts throwing words like “foxy” around the tasting room, just keep your cool and rest assured he or she is merely describing the musty odor and flavor of wines made from vitis labrusca, a common North American varietal. No shade to this grape, but most winemakers would not want their wines to share “foxy” characteristics, even if you’d prefer to be described that way.

And now for something completely different: There’s absolutely nothing musty about this bright white, which is as clear as a summer day in Paso. Écluse Wines’ 2016 Prelude Rhone Style Blend showcases aromas of peach, tropical fruit, and a hint of honey. A glimmer of citrus and pineapple round out it’s totally fresh appeal. (Écluse supports eye-seeing dogs with their “Blind Dog” red blend, thumbs up!)

Quick and easy mapping and directions to Écluse Wines

5. Cellar Rat

Before your skin stars crawling…We are not talking about those flea-bitten miscreants that plague our attics on occasion. They are, in fact, the upstanding (and very, very hardworking people) who work in the wine cellars of most wineries. Commonly known as one of the lowest jobs on the totem pole (due to the low light, humidity, and never-ending dirty work). However, this position is not anything to be ashamed of. These folks are only lovingly called  “rats,” and they are often known to work their way all the way up to the title of award winning winemaker. Sure, it’s more favorable to work in the fresh air of the vineyard, but we all have to start somewhere, right?

From the cellar to stellar: Respected boutique Paso Robles winery Bodega de Edgar was started by a self-proclaimed “Cellar Rat” who went on to learn all aspects of the wine industry. His enthusiasm only grew, and so did his fans. Now Bodega de Edgar produces nearly 2,500 cases of fabulous Spanish style wines each year. (Edgar’s passion shines through in all of his outstanding wines.)

Quick and easy mapping and directions to Bodega de Edgar

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Paso Wines to Pack in your Beach Bag this Summer

Paso Robles may be a world class wine region (and quite possibly the closest scenery to heaven on earth), but even the most dedicated winemakers need to take a break from the Paso’s beautiful—and hot—vineyards this time of year to get a little RNR. Luckily, the beach is only a few miles to the West! Yes, even hard working wine industry folks are known to make a break for the coast before the toil of harvest creeps in (surfing is a great way to shake off all those hours of pruning). Join in on this seasonal tradition and bring your best bottle (and beach read) along for the adventure. Whether you head to San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Montana de Oro or Grover Beach, we know just what you need to kick back, relax, and declare, “It’s wine-o-clock somewhere.”

1. Clavo Cellars 2015 Viognier

The forecast is bright, indeed. The beautiful golden color and intense aromas of ripe bananas, fresh cut honeysuckle, and orange blossom is sunny perfection, California style. A fresh macadamia nut aroma with a hint of toasted hazelnut offers up a joyful escape for frazzled senses. Rich and full-bodied, this wine brings enough bright acidity to balance the silky banana bread taste in your mouth. Lean back in that beach chair and let out a long breath. Summer vacation has truly arrived.

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2. 2017 Pear Valley Albarino

Throw on all the white linen you own and get ready for a sophisticated take on a cool summer white. Delicate aromas of creamed honey, preserved lemon, jasmine, and almond paste greet your nose (which may make you wonder: “Why can’t sunscreen smell this good?”).  On the palate, a splash of Mandarin orange, lemon curd, star fruit, and chalk. Like that first dive into the ocean, this wine begins crisp and acid-driven before softening into a creamy roundness.

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3. Kiamie Wines 2018 White Kuvee

Peachy keen dreams await. This new vintage offers aromas that envelope the glass with real density and weight and a crisp, seemingly faux-dry finish. No, this is not your grandma’s white wine spritzer. The pungent hints of peach schnapps, tarragon, and spiced applesauce characteristic of Grenache Blanc round out and add spunk to rich Viognier. Talk about a tasty wave!

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4. Harmony Cellars 2018 Rosato Vivo

Summer is all about simplicity. This wine is all berries, watermelon, and citrus. Needs we say more? Rosato Vivo means “lively rosé”  in Italian, so that gives you a good hint of what you’re getting into with this playful, off-dry beach companion. Made from Syrah grapes, it boasts aromas of ripe melon, berries and citrus; on the palate, fresh fruit salad vibes are present. You’ll be the envy of the entire beach with this irresistible crowd pleaser. Pack a few!

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5. Chronic Cellars 2017 Kindly Swallows


Seabirds might try to take your lunch, but they’ll never get their hands on this pink princess of a wine (your friends will be too busy passing it back and forth). With pretty notes of juicy watermelon, zesty green apple, raspberry and eucalyptus, think of it as a bright and zesty swallow, with a light minerality that flits across the tongue.

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 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Paso Wine Events kicking off 4th of July Weekend

Red wine, white wine, and blue skies can only mean one thing. It’s nearing the 4th of July Weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country! Celebrate Independence Day with vibrant community events, funky tasting room shindigs, and more smoky barbecue than you can shake a wine thief at. This year, Paso Robles is gearing up for more family friendly fun than ever. Get ready for fireworks—in the sky and in your glass.

1. Paso Pops at the Paso Robles Event Center

When: Thursday, July 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Paso Robles Event Center

Razzle dazzle for the whole family. Celebrate the Fourth in style with Paso Robles’ annual patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration. The Paderewski Festival-sponsored event combines wine, beer, food, family friendly activities, live music, and…drumroll please…fireworks! Expect patriotic themed music headlined by the San Luis Obispo Symphony. Don’t miss carnival rides for small children and food trucks (yes, you can also bring a picnic if you wish). Sip on more than 30 local wines, including fresh Rhone varieties provided by Cass Winery, while the kids and grandparents alike have a ball. This may be the easiest family decision you make all summer.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE.

2. Paso Wine Man Jazz Band at Four Lanterns

When: Sunday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m.
Where: Four Lanterns Winery

Use your jazz hands. Join Four Lanterns for a summer concert you won’t soon forget. Allow frontman Casey “Paso Wine Man” Biggs to usher you back in time with classic Hollywood jazz paired with delicious Paso Robles reds, whites, blends, and rose offerings. Nosh on food provided by Hurricane Kitchen food truck and come early to stake out the perfect spot on the lush lawn. Low back lawn chairs and blankets are recommended and children and friendly pets are also welcome—so bring the whole clan! You can even kick off your shoes and feel the grass between your toes. This, my friends, is one of life’s most joyful simple pleasures. Don’t let the summer pass without experiencing it!

TICKETS: Call 805-226-5955
For mapping and directions to Four Lanterns, CLICK HERE.

3. Friday Night Concert at Robert Hall Winery

When: Sunday, July 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Robert Hall Winery

Looking for a tasty, dancy way to spend Friday with Paso’s most famous Frosé in hand? Burning James and the Funky Flames will be joining this wine-centric party and playing their high energy funk and sweet soul for you. Bring your dancing shoes as this band aims to get you on your feet and grooving! Join Robert Hall in the winery’s Courtyard for wine, live music and local food! They’ll have red, white and blush wine by the glass or bottle and they are serving up their famous Frosé! We promise, if you love Rosé, you’ll love their Frosé.

For mapping and directions to Robert Hall Winery, CLICK HERE.

4. Sunsets at Seven Oxen

When: Saturday, July 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Seven Oxen Estate Wines

Enjoy a famously pink Paso Robles sunset on Seven Oxen’s beautiful new patio during the winery’s extended summer hours every first Saturday of the month all season long. Savor grub from the winery’s featured food truck of the month and sip Seven Oxen wines by the glass. You’ll especially want to try a bottle of the winery’s 2013 Zinfandel, which smacks of ripe black fruit and subtle vanilla. Although it pairs well with those ribs you’re eyeing right now, it will only develop in character over the next three years. Cheers to all the summer barbecues to come!

For mapping and directions to Seven Oxen, CLICK HERE.

5. Harmony Cellars 30th Anniversary Paella Party

When: Saturday, July 6 from 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Harmony Cellars

Harmony Cellars looks good for its age, don’t you think? This coastal winery turned 30 this year and has continued to produce delicious boutique wines that shine with a unique sense of Central Coast terroir. Paired with a lively party on the hilltop patio, this event is sure to shake up your summer tastebuds. Dinner includes paella, the flavorful rice-based dish from Spain that every winemaker loves, plus dessert and two glasses of wine. Located a few miles west from Paso Robles, you’ll experience cool ocean breezes while chowing down on spicy-hot paella. Summer pairing perfection!

INFORMATION: 805-927-1625 / info@harmonycellars.com

For mapping and directions to Harmony Cellars, CLICK HERE.

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Paso Wine Palate Pleasers for Your Next Pool Party

Blow up that pink flamingo pool float and slice up that seedless watermelon. It’s pool party time in Paso Robles Wine Country! Whether you rock an itsy-bitsy bikini, board shorts or your  sun-tanned birthday suit, there’s nothing like chilling out with some chill wine. When temperatures heat up and you’re dying to cool down, reach for crisp Paso Robles wine and head for the nearest diving board. Just like your trusty “80s summer hits” playlist, these refreshing wines are always a crowd pleaser. Splash on in. The wine’s fine!

1. Sculpterra Winery 2018 Sauvignon Blanc


It’s lime-o-clock somewhere. With a garden-fresh quality that dazzles from start to finish, this cool summer wine is vibrant and fun—perfect for a carefree day at the pool. Overall, it’s light-bodied and well balanced with classic aromas of key lime, tart apple and honeydew. The mouthfeel guarantees green apples and fresh chopped herbs, while citrus flavors move into juicy tangy pear and grapefruit on the palate. Cannon ball!

Pair with: Lime-marinated fish tacos
Float: Cast off your to-dos and recline into this fabulous slice of lime.

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2. Robert Hall 2018 Rosé de Robles


Pop open a berry good summer sipper. This pink delight is bursting with aromas of fresh stone fruit and hints of raspberry and tangerine. Bright red berry fruit and citrus zest flavors echo the aromas (oh-so-tangy and tantalizing). Refreshing and dry, the Rosé de Robles is medium-bodied with a balanced acidity that lingers on the tongue. Buy a few extra bottles—this one will be gone way before it’s time to reapply that SPF.

Pair with:Berry and goat cheese salad drizzled with honey.
Float: This raspberry colored mermaid pool float will transform any old pool into an otherworldly domain.

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3. Seven Oxen 2017 Rosé


Dive off the deep end. Like a luxurious solo swim in a fancy pool, Seven Oxen’s 2017 Rosé feels exclusive. Made in a pressée style, it was produced from estate grapes harvested just for this wine (that means it’s very special indeed). Composed of 67% Grenache and 33% Mourvèdre, you’ll savor notes of strawberry, raspberry, currant, and rose petals. Fermented in stainless steel then aged for five months in neutral oak barrels, only 120 cases of this fruit forward wine were produced. Chill for at least an hour before drinking and celebrate all summer long knowing you enjoyed a truly stellar selection! VIPs only.
Pair with: Prosciutto, mozzarella, and basil crostini.
Float: This life-size glitter rose pool float is a bottle of fun. Don’t forget to share with your friends.

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4. JUSTIN Winery 2017 Viognier


The tropics await. Viognier’s rich texture, aromas of ripe stone fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, and floral perfume have been updated for refined, modern tastebuds. JUSTIN Viognier is an appealing expression of this variety’s potential with a New World Paso Robles twist. It’s a full bodied, drier style, with mouth-filling texture and a long finish. Of course, you’ll still get that yummy tropical flavor—it wouldn’t be summer without it.

Pair with: Blue corn chips with peach, red onion, and pineapple salsa
Float: A pineapple under the sea? Poolside is even better. Hop on and float away to your own tropical oasis.

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5. Hoyt Family Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Rose


Fresh picked pleasure meets poolside fun. Sophisticated and elegant, this California grown pinot noir rose knows how to live the cabana lifestyle. Already turning heads and making a splash, the wine has claimed 99 points, double gold, and was featured as best of class at the California State Fair. Notes of strawberry and citrus offer up classic California summer appeal. Juicy, right?
Pair with: Fruit salad with wilted spinach, strawberries, and poppyseed dressing.
Float: Hop on this ripe strawberry float and you’ll feel like the shiniest specimen in the basket.

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Looking for a Paso Wine Country Pool?
Try these lodging options in Paso Robles, where glittering blue waters beckon and lounge chairs await.

Allegretto Vineyard Resort

Hampton Inn & Suites

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites

Wine Country RV Resort

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Essentials to Pack for Your Summer Paso Wine Trip

There are plenty of fun things you’ll want to pack for your summer vacation in Paso Robles (a selfie stick, a flamingo pool floaty, and that killer new pair of merlot colored heels, to name a few). However, you won’t want to forget the essentials. We hate to sound like your mom here, but don’t forget a sweater! With hundreds of varietals to choose from, Paso Robles Wine Country is far from a minimalist wine tasting destination. Still, when heading out the door, we like to “KISS:” keep it simple, stupid. Whether you choose white, red, or blush, don’t leave home without these five non-negotiable must-haves.

1. A Water Bottle

Happier with H20: On a good day, alcohol is dehydrating. In Paso Robles, where temperatures are known to sizzle into the triple digits each summer, dehydration can creep up even more quickly. As the day wears on and the sun shines brighter, make sure you’re consuming enough water to avoid headaches and dizziness (a good rule of thumb: one glass of water per glass of wine). Although you can always grab free water at any Paso Robles Wine Country tasting room, be sure to come prepared with your own bottle for vineyard and winery tours (not to mention the drive between tasting room stops). Keep a refillable gallon jug in your car or bag. We promise—your head will thank us tomorrow!

Tip: Spend the day out and about in Paso Robles Wine Country, but make sure to pace yourself and drink lots of water so you can have the gusto to attend Penman Springs’ Second Friday Barbecue! Slated for Friday, June 14 from 5:30-8 p.m., enjoy barbecue, live music, and wine. Stay hydrated and be bright eyed and bushy tailed.

For mapping and directions to Penman Springs, click here

2. Protective Clothing and SPF

Cover up: We love our sun here in Paso Robles (as do the grapes), but we also know how to protect our skin from those damaging rays. Most wine tasting excursions take place between 11 and 3p.m., when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Don’t get burned!  Pack a loose outer layer—like a long-sleeve cotton shirt, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, and a wide brimmed hat. Go for a broad spectrum SPF slathered over your face and body in the morning (a shot glass-sized amount will do), then reapply every two hours while in direct sun. All that said, don’t be fooled into thinking these hot afternoons will roll on forever. Evening lows can fluctuate by more than 50 degrees. Your mom was right: Do bring a sweater.

At Robert Hall Winery, you can bring your glass outside and play a little bocce ball or take on a lawn game like Giant Chess or Connect Four. When you’re dressed properly with protective clothing and shades, fun in the sun is a total breeze.

For mapping and directions to Robert Hall Winery, click here

3. A Map

Proceed to the route: It’s no secret that some regions of Paso Robles Wine Country will be spotty zones for your cell. Depending on your cellular provider, you may have trouble accessing service in one area, but not in another. When heading for the hills—and particularly through San Miguel’s Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, you’ll want to have a map in hand (or at least downloaded). We highly suggest you come prepared with a backup navigation plan so you can let the good times roll. Google Maps is great when it works, but it’s best to have a GPS backup if possible, or download our free Paso Robles Wine Country map here. You can always stop at a tasting room to ask for directions or access the internet when in a pinch. Folks in Paso Robles are some of the friendliest around and the WiFi is truly free.

Tip: With world class Bordeaux and Rhone style wines, Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery is worth the drive into scenic-yet-rugged San Miguel. Plan to attend an event, like a sushi-making class (coming up June 13). You won’t want to get lost for this one, so download your map before heading out.

For mapping and directions to Villa San Juliette, click here

4. A Snack

Keep your hunger in check, or you may need to check out early. Many Paso Robles wineries boast sit down restaurants that rival some of the best eateries around. That said, many wineries serve only smaller bites, like cheese plates. Many do not serve food at all. Yes, those oyster crackers are great for preparing your mouth to go from the grenache to the syrah, but they do not a meal make! It’s always a good idea to eat a hearty breakfast and make lunch plans before you embark on your tasting experience (and make a reservation if needed). However, you’ll also want to bring an easy, filling snack to hold you over, too. Wine is acidic and can upset your stomach, especially if you haven’t had enough food to start the day. A bag of nuts, a prepared sandwich from a local deli, a banana, or a blueberry muffin procured from your morning coffee stop are all no-frills, easy grab-and-go items that will take you from hangry to happy.

Tip: Plan to have lunch at a local winery and be sure you know the current hours of operation. Opolo is known for its flavorful zinfandel and wood-fired pizzas, which you can enjoy on a beautiful sun dappled patio. Is there any better way to curb those hunger pangs than a shared ‘za?

For mapping and directions to Opolo, click here

5. A designated driver and a full tank of gas

Don’t get caught on empty. Paso Robles Wine Country is an expansive swath of terrain and its beauty lies in the fact that you won’t find gas stations (or fast food drive-thus) on every corner. While driving through verdant vineyards and majestic oaks, it’s easy to get sidetracked (the view is dreamy, isn’t it?). When that gas light turns on, be sure to perk up and heed the call. Make sure your DD fills up on gas in downtown Paso Robles or on Highway 46 West/East before traversing too far into the hills. Not only would running out of gas ruin all the fun for the day, but it could be quite difficult to contact AAA when you’re twenty miles from the nearest main road with limited cell service.

Tip: Better yet, hire a driving service—especially if you’re hitting some great wineries as well as a distillery, like KROBĀR Craft Distillery, located on Paso Robles’ Highway 46 wine trail. Wine tours are a great responsible way to experience the region without all the planning (just be sure to bring essentials #1, #2 and #4, listed above).

For mapping and directions to KROBĀR, click here

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Reasons Great Wine Really Does Start in the Vineyard

You’ve probably heard the term “great wine starts in the vineyard.” It seems every winemaker around Paso Robles Wine Country humbly points to his or her vines as the real reason behind those high point scores. Well, there’s a reason why. There’s truth to this oft heard mantra. It is no well kept secret, friends. Good vines equal good wines—and, as we all know—good wine is hard to fake. Either a bottle boasts that je ne sais quoi or it doesn’t! As it turns out, that appealing “something special” can be pinned down to one overarching factor. You guessed it. It’s all about the vineyard.

1. Terroir

What the heck is this “terroir” everyone’s talking about? You can call it the “sense of place” or “essence” specific to a particular vineyard or plot of land. All you have to do is try pinot noir from the same vintage yet sourced from two different Paso Robles vineyards to understand. Combined factors like microclimate, soil, proximity to the coast, water levels—even the way the breeze might waft in at a certain hour—are known to significantly add or detract from the finished wine

Brecon Estate is home to nineteen acres of some of the original, Adelaida district, Bordeaux-varietal plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. When you taste these bold reds, you know exactly where they came from.

For mapping and directions to Brecon click here

2. Farming

The farming of the vineyard truly matters. There are big, commercial farms that produce big, commercial wines (these tend to come in jugs or boxes at a very low price at your local supermarket) and then there are boutique farming operations that produce less volume yet higher quality. It’s not unlike the organic heirloom tomato grown by a small producer versus a hot house tomato grown from a GMO seed. Both are tomatoes, but which would you rather slather with olive oil and eat straight from the vine?

Lusso Della Terra, Italian for “Luxury of the Land,” was created to express a true love and passion for the complexity of the grape and the vineyard from where it was grown. The winery specializes in high quality, handcrafted, ultra premium wines that are released in limited quantities. Quality over quantity, to be sure.

For mapping and directions to Lusso Della Terra click here

3. Purity of Varietal

When a particular wine grape is allowed to ripen with optimal weather conditions, it is bestowed a harmonizing balance of sugar and acid. Let the fruit linger longer and the sugars may develop further; pull them sooner, and preserve the fresh acid. It is always up to the winemaker to perform this dance—and to know just when to pull that fruit from the vine. Subtle yet crucial elements like minerality begin right there in the fruit (without  human intervention), and cannot be faked later down the line. A varietal that is allowed to ripen to a balanced and natural state is what many call “varietally pure” or “expressive” of its nature. When your fruit is this balanced, this true to itself, there is no need to throw flavorings into the wine (oak chips, for instance, are often used to mask a sub-par fruit). This is simply not done in Paso Robles Wine Country!

At ONX, the goal is to raise concentrated and highly expressive fruit. The winemaker balances each crop to allow the vines to focus their energy on a limited number of clusters. The vine canopy is manicured to allow dappled sunlight penetration and air movement within the vine canopy.  ONX also employs a variety of trellis approaches that match the rootstock, scion, and soil combinations. This all adds up to varietally joyful wines.

For mapping and directions to ONX click here

4. Sustainability


When we say “great wine” we aren’t just talking about flavor. After all, what is a “great” bottle of wine worth if its very existence is damaging and degrading to the Earth? When wines are farmed in a biodynamic manner—honoring the unique web of life—it tastes all the better. Look for certifications like “natural,” “sustainably farmed” and “biodynamic.” These wines are made without pesticides and are farmed in such a way that farm workers, surrounding ecosystems, and the land itself is protected.

Vines on the Marycrest is located on 26 acres of steep hills in the Adelaida district of westside Paso Robles, a warm climate. Wanting to farm sustainably and retain as much of the unique character of the land, the winemaker dry farms the vineyard, which causes the vines to plant deep roots in search of water. The vines are also head-trained (no supporting trellises), allowing the plants to grow naturally.

For mapping and directions to Vines on the Marycrest click here

5. Depth of Connection


Drinking a bottle of wine is a full body experience: The tannin prickling on your tongue; the round fruitiness filling your mouth; the floral bouquet encompassing your nose. When you actually walk through the vineyard where that bottle was made, a 3D picture of that wine’s lifecycle springs into action. To stroll the wine’s birthplace and feel the ground under your feet, to smell the soil and experience the subtle microclimate, is an incredibly beautiful experience. This added layer of education can transform a day of wine tasting into a truly immersive realm.

Dover Canyon Winery is located on Vineyard Drive in the Willow Creek appellation and the grapes are grown on a west-facing petite strip of calcareous soil along Vineyard Drive (optimum for growing Zinfandel and Rhône varieties). In Paso Robles, there are no “average vineyards.” This one, to be sure, is pretty close to heaven on earth

For mapping and directions to Dover Canyon Winery click here

 



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.



Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

 

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

Make ReservationsWouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/edenhouse

 

Briarwood CottageMake ReservationsSpend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/BriarCottage

 

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

 

Make ReservationsTreat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions: speedfind.com/oploVineyards

 

 

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. TOUR VIRTUALLY

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

 

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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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