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5 Ways to Wean Yourself off Summer in Paso Robles


Here come the books, pencils, and tantrums about not having the “cool” backpack. Yes, summer is almost over and back to school is nearly back again! Yikes, right? Although it would be easy to shut yourself in your room and cry while watching re-runs of Baywatch, there is no need. Savor the last moments of summer with these five incredible Paso Robles experiences. Live it up and wean yourself off that summer fun. Just try not to think too hard about tomorrow. Take it one day at a time!

1. A Reason to (Sorta) Like Mondays and Tuesdays Only at Thomas Hill Organics

Mondays have a new meaning once fall starts to roll around. Not only are all the fun summer parties nearing an end, but you’ll have to go back to really working (when the boss isn’t on vacation, you’ve got to buckle down too). Kick those Monday blues in the behind and stop by Thomas Hill Organics for half off your draft beer with a delectable burger. Of course, this is not just any burger. It is a THO gourmet burger, cooked just how you like it (and topped with local sourced yummy greens). And to help get the most from your Tuesdays, THO offers all wine under $100 at half off! For your wine coupon go to https://pasorobleswineries.net/thomas-hill-organics-wine-tasting-coupon/ There will be no doggie bags and only smiles at the end of this epicurean, farm-to-table experience.

Mappings and Directions to Thomas Hill Organics

2. TGIF at Penman Springs

Sure, September means sharpening pencils and putting away your pool floaties, but it also means…barbecue? Well, at Penman Springs Winery, summer barbecue season never ends! Join the winery for their monthly ‘Penman’s First Friday of the Month Dinner and Wine Evening’ and sink into a pool of denial and barbecue sauce. The next one’s slated for September 7th from 5-8pm. Expect welcoming vibes, oak fired tri-tip, smoked chicken plates and fantastic veggie options, too! Grab a bottle or a glass and groove to live music by Martin Paris. Doesn’t it feel good to pencil that into your calendar? You never have to stop grilling if you don’t want to.
 
 
Mappings and Directions to Penman Springs

3. Send Summer Off with a Bang

One last hurrah is in order. Gather your friends, frienemies, family and colleagues at Cello Ristorante & Bar, a culinary getaway that celebrates the Allegretto culture of joy, discovery and the good life. Savor rustic northern Italian cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients sourced from regional farmers, ranchers and purveyors. Enjoy creative foods, an extensive wine list, garden-inspired craft cocktails, and artisanal beers in a resort-casual atmosphere. Whether in jeans and boots or elegant dress, come indulge in a gastronomic adventure just as you are. Sometimes all you really need to do is mark the end of a great summer is to really do it up right!
 
Mappings and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard
Mappings and Directions to Cello Ristorante

4. Wine Down at Opolo

There may be no more perfect place to enjoy the last lingering lushness of summer in Paso Robles than Opolo Vineyard. Sit back, relax, order up a wood-fired pizza (it’s amazing, the real Italian deal, and our fave!) and sip up your final summer selection. Of course, the pain is made easier when Paul Steven Silva serenades guests with his elegant guitar stylings. Make a date for Opolo this September 3 from 12-3pm and soak up every ounce of this winery’s stunningly beautiful, countryside ambiance and views.
 
 
 
Mappings and Directions to Opolo Vineyard

5. Book That Vacation (Kinda)

So you never took that tropical vacation to Hawaii. You never hiked that trail or made your way down to those tide pools. Things happened. Life happened. We understand. Maybe all you have time for is one quick staycation, and that’s more than fine! Check into comfort at the Hampton Inn in Paso Robles and know that you aren’t stealing funds away for next summer’s vacation (2019 is really going to be your year, we just know it). Enjoy an affordable, comfortable holiday located near hundreds of wine tasting rooms and attractions. Hey…you may not be riding a sweet wave in a teeny bikini, but you’re still in Paso Robles! That’s saying something.

Mappings and Directions to Hampton Inn



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 True Paso Robles Love Stories


How does one get into winemaking or owning a winery? You don’t just throw off your suit and tie, hop on a pony and ride into the Paso Robles sunset. Or do you? Whether a long established dream or a more recent passion, all of these Paso Robles wine movers and shakers have one thing in common: They fell deeply in love with Paso Robles. Allow these true Paso love stories to tug at your heartstrings and—perhaps–inspire you to take a new leap of faith. Just remember: As romantic as these tales are, winemaking takes a lot of hard work!

1. A Second Career – Barr Estate Wines

As native New Orleanians, Tealy and Greg Barr grew up in a culture of great jazz, food, and wine, so their second chapter in life seemed natural. Living in Europe during the 70’s and 80’s had also enhanced the couples’ wine appreciation, and in the 90’s, they returned to California and developed a love of California wines. After working for an international company for 30 years, the couple decided to throw caution to the wind, and start a second career dedicated to growing grapes and making great wines that don’t break the bank for their customers. After searching for a vineyard, they made their new home in Paso Robles (that was 2007, more than a decade ago). Why Paso? Well, according to the Barr’s: “We were drawn to Paso because of the welcoming environment that we experience everywhere. It’s a place where neighboring vineyards and wineries are more than willing to help and collaborate and where the vineyard farmer and the winemaker are the same person. This is high on our list of importance since winemaking starts in the vineyard.”

Taste the story
Mappings and Directions to Barr Estate Wines

2. Like Father Like Son: Lone Madrone

Since founding the Lone Madrone label in 1996 alongside sister and General Manager Jackie Meisinger, winemaker Neil Collins’ goal has been simple: to make distinctive wines exclusively from vineyards tucked away in the rugged limestone hills of westside Paso Robles. Originally from Great Britain, the family is also known for making bone dry hard cider. Today, Lone Madrone’s humble tasting list stands at a whopping 26 offerings: everything from 100 percent nebbiolo to a sparkling chenin blanc. Good thing they’ve got help. The Lone Madrone crew includes Neil’s son, Jordan Collins, a rock climber and winemaker who has spent time in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where he worked the 2014 vintage for Chateau de Beaucastel. The French winery is owned by Lone Madrone neighbor Tablas Creek, where Neil Collins has continued to work as a winemaker for the past 20 years. “Making wines the way we do is not anything new. People have been making wines this way—with minimal human impact, aged in neutral oak barrels or stainless steel, or now we’re also using clay amphora—for hundreds of years,” Jordan says. “It’s about letting the vineyards speak for themselves.” Like father like son, no?

Taste the story
Mappings and Directions to Lone Madrone

3. Loving the lifestyle: Oso Libre

In case you’re a bit rusty on your Spanish, the Oso Libre Ranch means “Free Bear.” Why did the owners choose this name? “This represents our blended family names and The Spirit Of The Early California pioneers,” says co-owner Chris Behr. “In 1996, my wife Linda and I purchased 90 acres of raw land here in the acclaimed Adelaida District of Paso Robles. Slowly, we developed our land and turned it into a sustainable, modern working ranch.” Son Jeff Freeland and his wife Elizabeth, along with their twin daughters, moved up to Paso Robles in 2007 to help start the family owned and operated business. Together, the family crafted Oso Libre Winery from the ground up (literally). The biz opened October 2009 after many grueling yet rewarding years learning how to grow vines and make wines. The key ingredient to the success of their “Vines, Wines and Angus program.” Says Chris: “The secret is that we enjoy what we do and the lifestyle that comes with it.”

Taste the story
Mappings and Directions to Oso Libre

4. From Croatia with Love – Tudor Wines

“Every year our grandfather Tudor used to make wine for his friends and family. It’s a tradition. The Tudor family has been growing grapes and lavender – and making wine on the Island of Hvar in Croatia – for over 2,000 years,” says Dan and Christian Tudor of Tudor Wines. The Tudor family went on to grow grapes in California early in the 1900’s and, today, they continue to operate one of the largest table grape vineyards in the country. With an emphasis on selecting family owned fruit and a love of traditional techniques, Tudor wines are a throwback from a more thoughtful time. These classic wines may be from the Monterey and Santa Lucia Highlands AVAs, but the Tudor tasting room is proudly located in downtown Paso Robles. You can still taste that Old World flavor in all their selections, especially their famous pinot noir. As the Tudors like to say, “In an increasing mechanized world, there are still a few handmade products that stand out. Fine wine is one of them.”

Taste the story
Mappings and Directions to Tudor Wines

5. Hard Work Pays Off – San Marcos Creek Vineyard

For the Morelli family, owning a winery has been a long held dream. So, in 2013, the whole clan (kids in tow) decided to pack up and moved to San Luis Obispo County to start a new journey. After Roberto Morelli retired in 2014, he and his wife Kimberly set out in search of a vineyard and winery to call their own. In 2015, they found it just North of Paso Robles on Hwy 101—and thus, San Marcos Creek Vineyard was born. Kimberly is known for turning dreams turn into reality, especially when they’re shared by her husband and kids. Serving many roles day-to-day, you might find her managing livestock on the farm to dealing with vendors, promotions, new ideas and overall operations of winery. Roberto has taken his love of science and chemistry and funneled them into a new career as a winemaker. On any given day, he may be working on the vineyard or tasting from the barrel. Did I mention they’ve also got several vacation rentals located on the property? Still, this hardworking family manages to make the whole “owning a winery” thing look fun, despite the amount of toil that goes into every bottle of Cab.

Taste the story
Mappings and Directions to San Marcos Creek Vineyard



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Camping Wine Hacks


Camping is delightfully unglamorous (unless you are a glamper), but that doesn’t mean your wine should come from a box! While enjoying the great outdoors, make sure you’re enjoying your meals, too. When the campfire crackles and the meat is grilled to perfection, you’ll want to cozy up to a great glass of Paso Robles wine (and some effective bug spray). These 5 summer camping wine hacks will have you toasting to great taste—even if you haven’t washed your hair in over a week.

1. The Cooler the Better

It may sound weird to put your red wine in the cooler, but your car is hotter than you think. The next time you head for a pitstop bathroom break, remember that the temperature inside your car (and your wine bottle) could be soaring upwards of 80 degrees! Ensure that your reds and whites are always cool and keep all bottles out of direct sunlight when out and about, as heat can truly “cook” your wine into a nasty liquid. Strayed too far from your cooler but want to bust out a bodacious picnic? Submerge your wine in a lake or stream until ready to sip.

2. Less is More

Less packaging, that is. No one wants to haul around bags of bottles when packing up and heading home. Reduce your footprint and vow to bring only the best crowd-pleasers, like JUSTIN’s iconic Isosceles (which has yet to disappoint). It’s amazing how few bottles of wine you’ll need to dazzle the whole group (and you won’t have to deal with pesky beer cans piling up).

 
 
 

Mappings and Directions to Justin Winery

3. Gourmet on the Go

Campfire chili is a staple of good summertime grubbing. Hearty, kid-approved, and easy to make over an open fire, this is the “last night meal” you’ll want to make to celebrate a week well spent in the wilderness. Want to elevate the wow factor? Add a glug of Paso Robles wine and see just how the flavors deepen in no time flat. Try this recipe for campfire chili with a Dutch Oven and you’ll never go back to eating out of the can again. All you need to do is add a touch of red wine about 30 minutes before serving and allow the dish to simmer to perfection. Try a fruit froward red, like one of Peachy Canyon Winery’s many famous zinfandels. Don’t forget to pair your chili with a tall glass of zinfandel, too (the adults will thank you). Extra points for adding some fancy shredded cheese on top!

Mappings and Directions to Peachy Canyon

4. Consider the Menu

This sounds a little fancy for a camping trip, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. We aren’t suggesting you pair your wine down to the last detail, but a few minutes of consideration now can ensure you’ll be loving your dinner once the campfire heats up. Planning on exclusively grilling fish you catch on the lake or packing nothing but burgers and brats for grilling? For the lighter side, grab a few Rhone whites from Clavo Cellars. Beefier items will go great with a bold Bordeaux red from Dubost Vineyard and Winery. It just makes sense to keep all the flavors in the same ballpark, even if you’ll be using paper towels and plastic forks!

Mappings and Directions to Clavo Cellars

Mappings and Directions to Dubost Vineyard and Winery

5. Snack Better

Lighter fluid and SPF are important bottles to pack, but don’t forget the most important bottle: EVOO! Hear me out. Not only will you use it for lubing up your cast iron pan, you’ll also want to drizzle it over hunks of crusty bread (the easiest snack in the world), and it can even be used on a burn or insect bite in a quick pinch. If you’re planning on bringing a bag of protein-packed almonds or cashews, you’re on your way to a delicious cheese plate on the go! Drizzle Pasolivo EVOO over the nuts and crumble up a bit of semi-hard cheese. Add a few sprigs of fresh herbs, kept moist in a paper towel. Now this is trail mix as Paso Robles winemakers intended!

Mappings and Directions to Pasolivo
Mappings and Directions to Pasolivo Paso



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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These 5 Paso Whites Deserve Their Day in the Sun


It’s unfair but true. All year long, white wine must bow down and play second fiddle. Even if Paso Robles winemakers claim not to play favorites, it is hard to deny the sex appeal of a well made cab, tempranillo, or grenache. Everyone just loves a Paso Robles red, whether fruit forward and drinkable or structured and sophisticated. Still, when summer comes around and the temps rise, the lighter side of Paso Robles comes out to play. Floral, honied, fruity, or flinty, these wondrous whites are exactly what we want to drink all August long.

1. A Celebratory Sparkling

Toast to summer celebrations with a sparkling flight that brings out fireworks and flirtatious glances. Rava Wine is making farmer grown, méthode champenoise California sparkling wine that would make a Frenchman smile with appreciation. All processes, including press, tirage, riddling and disgorging are completed on the winery estate, so you know you are getting quality bubbles. The winery is currently offering Monterey County Brut, Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir, Sparkling Grüner Veltliner, and Sparkling Rosé—try them all and find your fave. Pairs well with weddings, anniversaries, and everyday cheese plates.

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Mappings and Directions to Rava wines

2. A Fresh Viognier

Vines on the Marycrest knows how to cool down the summer with live tunes and a laid back vibe. Try their 2017 Viognier, as fresh as the day is long. Whether you kick back at the winery or take this one home to your own backyard, the result is the same: maximum chill factor. This 100% Viognier is light and bright with a tropical nose and a deep, yet refreshing palate. This easy, summer sipper is perfect when paired with grilled Halibut or Thai food takeout. Because sometimes you just want to go with the easy (but delicious) option!

You’ll need some tunes to go with your wine. Victor (the owner along with Jenni his wife) may have given up a sound engineer career in music to pursue his passion for winemaking, but music is still a huge part of life for the Abascals. Rock, jazz, blues… there’s always something playing in the tasting room and winery. Victor and Jenni take their love of music even further, inviting some of the best and most original artists to play at events hosted by the winery. The compilation of these artist’s AMAZING ditties can be purchased online or in the tasting room. There is a limited supply, go to their music website take a listen and grab a CD while you can!

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Mappings and Directions to Vines on the Marycrest

3. A Dry Muscat

Really, it’s dry! For those of you who expect this wine to be overly sweet, do I have a surprise for you. Made with no residual sugar, Hoyt Family Vineyards Muscat astonishes the senses with a fragrant nose of citrus and a crisp, cleansing finish that is anything but cloying. Want in? This onetime estate offering will probably only last about as long as the summer. Get it while you still can!
 
 
 

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Mappings and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards

4. An Aromatic Albariño

Brecon Estate was initially considered quite crazy for hanging their hat on Albariño, uncommon in Paso Robles till just a few years ago (and still quite new to the scene). Well, who’s had the last laugh now? This 2017 Albariño has garnered 96 points—not once—but two times in a row! We know why. The aromas jump from the glass, surrounding these senses with elderflower and lily blossom. Zesty, crisp lime floods the palate (yum). The finish is structured, with a softness and biscuity toastiness reminiscent of good champagne. Not bad for an underdog.
 

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Mappings and Directions to Brecon Estate

5. A Modern Chardonnay

Aged for eight months in both stainless steel and oak, you’ll get both Old World class and modern style from this enticing 2015 Écluse Chardonnay. The winery’s first Chardonnay, it is already a star worthy of a fan club. Thanks to exceptional fruit sourced from the Solomon Hills area of the Santa Maria Valley AVA, this wine is one you might want to save for a special dinner, even if it’s just a nice night on the patio with fish tacos and a few tiki torches burning. Complex yet crisp, it has a dual personality, and both are absolutely delightful.
 

But it now
Mappings and Directions to Écluse Wines



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Paso Summer Wine Goals


FOMO is a harsh mistress. If you’re worried summer will be over before you know it (and you still haven’t broken out those cute sandals), listen up. An “endless summer” may be impossible, but you can plan on having a great summer in Paso Robles Wine Country if you take the time to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts. Mark your calendar for these upcoming summer wine events and know—whole heartedly—that you did the season right! The best part? Plenty of Paso wine events are reoccurring, so if you do miss one, you can head back to the next. Take that FOMO!

1. Goal: Become a Winemaker (sort of)

Fancy yourself a winemaker, or perhaps just a wine enthusiast who likes to get hands on? Join Opolo in the barrel room for a blending event you won’t soon forget. The group will gather around graduated cylinders and don lab coats, too! This is your chance to taste, mix and create what you deem to be the perfect blend. Plus, every new “winemaker” will get to create a magnum of their own special Bordeaux blend to take home. An expert tasting panel will even judge your wines and find the best blend in the group. The winemaker with the winning blend will receive an etched double magnum of their unique Opolo blend as a trophy. Just don’t let all this excitement go to your head.

Make it happen: July 21 + Jul 28 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyard

2. Goal: Get the VIP Treatment

Wine education is at your fingertips when you visit Sextant Winery in Paso Robles. Enjoy an exclusive private seated tasting in their new VIP room, where you can view the wine as it transforms from fruit to finished product. This isn’t for just anybody. By booking an appointment, you’ll get a personalized tasting featuring a selection of current release and library vintages, too. We think you are extra special, indeed!

When: By appointment only.

Make it Happen: Book your VIP tasting by calling (805) 542-0133 or go to https://sextantwines.com/visit/
 
Mapping and Directions to Sextant Winery

3. Goal: Turn the Phone Off

It can be hard to unplug when social media alerts beep and boop 24/7, but Jada Winery has made this modern woe a little easier to handle. When the twilight in Paso Robles is this nice, it just makes sense to unplug and unwind. Join Jada for twilight hours, featuring live music, wine by the glass (or bottle), and food available for purchase. Summer evenings in Paso Robles are warm, whimsical, and full of fabulous flavors. So leave your jacket at home, but do bring those dancing shoes!

When: Friday, August 10th; 5-7pm with Matt Suarez
 

Mapping and Directions to Jada Vineyard

4. Goal: Tailgate, the Paso Way

This is not your average tailgate affair. Nosh and sip before Templeton Concerts in the Park at Rangeland Winery and make your next evening out into a date night to remember. Sliders and nachos made with grass-fed estate beef and yummy sides (provided by Nature’s Touch) are available to grab-and-go! You can also hang for a while and see what’s new: the winery will feature a different red each week for $25 or less, a Rose priced at $15, and glasses of wine are $5 (red or white). Yes, that’s the sound of your pocketbook cheering! Just follow that barbecue smell.

When: Every Wednesday through August from 4:30-6:30
 
Mapping and Directions to Rangeland Winery

5. Goal: Brunch Like You Mean It

Have you tried Tooth and Nail Winery’s bold and brash Anti-Brunch yet? There’s a reason why it’s wildly popular (so popular in fact) that it’s now being offered Saturdays and Sundays! Enjoy amazing food pairings all day from Chef Brenen’s new menu paired with insanely delicious wines. Breakfast might include eggs, chorizo, home fries’ and salsa, avocado toast, or beignets with rum caramel and seasonal berries! Plus, there’s food served all day long, including tomato and burrata salad, barbecued tacos, and more. Of course, all this grub is paired with Tooth and Nail wines so you can have the most epic summer pairing ever.

When: Saturdays and Sundays all summer long.
 
Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Ways to Beat the Heat, the Paso Robles Way


All year, Paso Robles residents get to brag about how great it is to live in wine country. With lots of lush vineyards, majestic oak trees, friendly tasting rooms, and unique dining stops, it does feel a little heavenly. Well, until that sizzling summer heat kicks in. Yes, we are well into the dog days of summer, when Paso Robles temps soar into triple digits (no one bats an eyelash at a 100 degree, or even a 103 degree forecast). We say: Keep calm, and slather on (the SPF, that is). The wine grapes, especially those sun loving red varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, are ripening to perfection! Plus, there’s always tons of world class white wine to cool you down. Here’s 5 ways to freshen up, fast:

1. Head for the A/C

You don’t need to duck into a movie or department store to cool down. Just head for one of Paso Robles’ hundreds of wineries, which are (smartly) equipped with air conditioning! You’d also be wise to book your stay at a Paso Robles hotel with a pool or spa, for added chill factor.

Icy escapes: Rava Wines, Oso Libre, Seven Oxen, and Tudor Wines tasting rooms are all chilled to perfection. Splash into a luxurious poolside experience at La Bellasera Hotel & Suites or Allegretto Vineyard Resort.

Mapping and Directions to Rava Wines
Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre
Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate Wines
Mapping and Directions to Tudor Winery
Mapping and Directions to La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort

2. White Wine to the Rescue

Paso Robles is known for its bold and luxurious reds, but its aromatic and intriguing whites have become big celebrities as of late. Expressive white Rhône varietals, especially, are the on every wine critic’s lips. That’s good news for you, because there is nothing more refreshing than a chilled glass of viognier or grenache blanc on a sweltering hot afternoon!

Bright and light: Try white Rhône offerings at Lone Madrone, Cass Winery, Sextant, Vines on the Marycrest for maximum cool-down deliciousness.

Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone
Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery
Mapping and Directions to Sextant
Mapping and Directions to Vines on the Marycrest

3. Crash the Coast

Located just a few miles from Paso Robles Wine Country, the coast of Cambria and San Simeon is gorgeous this time of year (plus, temps are regularly 20-30 degrees cooler). Whether you stop for lunch, wine tasting, golf, or simply to see sights like Hearst Castle, you can rest assured you won’t sweat through your shirt. Plus, there are a ton of fabulous wineries lining Highway 46 West from Paso to the coast, which is truly the best route to take from Paso Robles to scenic Highway 1.

When the coast calls: Head to Centrally Grown, where you can sip local Paso Robles wines and nosh on a farm fresh lunch or explore the quaint town of Harmony and enjoy a tasting at nearby Harmony Cellars. Explore San Simeon beach just north of Cambria (my fave) and see if you can spot a sea otter or whale. Then stroll up to Hearst Ranch Winery and enjoy a burger and artisan Leo Leo Gelato at historic Sebastian’s General Store. Highway 46 Wineries are always a great stop, too. Try Tooth and Nail, Four Lanterns, and Jada for a quick pit-stop on your way from Paso Robles to the coast.

Mapping and Directions to Centrally Grown
Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars
Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery
Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery
Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery
Mapping and Directions to Jada

4. Brake for the Lake

Paso Robles Wine Country visitors and locals alike love to flock to Lake Nacimiento each summer, where you can take part in water sports galore! Camp, RV, or book a vacation rental and experience the wet and wild side of Paso Robles. In fact, there are plenty of incredible wine tasting rooms on your way out to the lake, so you can grab a few bottles on your way there. This makes lakeside picnicking a cinch.

Tasting near the lake: Stop at Chronic Cellars, Dubost Winery, and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery for wine experiences (or to-go bottles) before or after your lakeside adventure.

Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars
Mapping and Directions to Dubost Winery
Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

5. Head Underground

Yes, I mean this literally. Ever wonder how wineries used to keep their precious barrels cool during these warm summer months before the advent of man-made cooling systems? Two words: Wine Caves! Sure, it sounds sort of rudimentary, but they were (and still are) totally effective and eco-friendly, too. Plus, and maybe this is just me, but they have sort of a romantic feel, eh?

Embark on your wine cave exploration: Eberle Winery is famous for its beautiful and functional wine cave, still used for storing wine barrels today.

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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Salute to Paso’s Independence with these Revolutionary Offerings


Americans are used to the new, the novel, and the unexpected—after all, we formed our own country and are still thinking up new ways to improve our wacky democratic experiment hundreds of years later. In Paso Robles, especially, the independent spirit lives on far after the 4th of July is over. Sure the fireworks have died out, but we’re still making fireworks explode on your palate! Known for crafting bold blends that buck the status quo, Paso Robles winemakers have continued to push the envelope further and further, vintage after vintage. Growing unique varietals unheard of in California? Check. Mixing Old and New World techniques? Check. Tinkering with cutting edge farming and winemaking trends? Yep! Craft spirits made from premium wine grapes? You know what I’m going to say. If it can be made, a Paso Robles winemaker has probably bottled it. Here’s five delicious ways to salute to Paso’s independence this summer.

1. Bold Blends

Paso Robles is known for its unexpected, larger-than-life red blends, and Chronic Cellars might be the boldest blend-maker in town. It’s not just the brash, Day of the Dead inspired labels or the owners’ propensity to use the word “dude.” It’s in the wine itself. The hilariously titled 2016 “Sofa King Bueno” is just as good as you’d think, considering the name. A mix of 46 percent Syrah, 31 percent Grenache, 13 percent Petite Sirah, 10 percent Mourvedre and 2 percent Tannat, this bodacious blend is a party in your mouth (and the party’s going all night long). It’s approachable, as all good guests should be, but still knows how to bust a move on the dance floor. Expect lively flavors of blackberry, cherry, strawberry, milk chocolate, caramel, and leather. Oh yes. It’s going to be an interesting night!

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Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars

2. Hip Hooch

Barrel rested gin crafted by two successful winemakers? This is the usual in Paso Robles, where the creative juices are always flowing. KROBAR Craft Distillery’s Barrel Rested Gin (a recent CA Craft Spirits Competition Gold Medal winner), is made with juniper, coriander, cardamom, grains of paradise, angelic root, orris root, clove, lavender, black pepper, bitter orange, fennel, star anise, and nutmeg (for good measure). Made from spirits crafted from100 percent Grape Distillate, you can expect a smooth drinking gin with the warm toast of rye whiskey barrels. It’s not wine, but it’s exactly the kind of ingenious offering you’ll find along Paso Robles’ unique Distillery Trail.

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Mapping and Directions to KROBAR Craft Distillery

3. Seasonal Sips

Many boutique, small-lot Paso Robles wineries rely on the seasons to dictate their blends. That means that—year after year—you’ll experience the unique terroir of this special place, without ever getting bored. At Kiamie Wine Cellars, the only constant is change. Blends are always new, as the winemaker constructs each blend thoughtfully and with imagination. Often, he ends each bottling process with extra wine “left over.” This doesn’t mean the wine wasn’t good enough; it just means that the winery is adamant about getting percentage just right (whether that be 67% or 58% or 21%). At Kiamie, the motto is: “Each wine has its own voice and should be heard properly.” Pretty punk rock if you ask me!

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Mapping and Directions to Kiami Wine Cellars

4. Cutting Edge Food

It’s not just about wine and cheese in Paso. Sure, you can get a traditional cheese plate if you’re feeling the classic pairing, but there’s so much more to discover and devour. Stop by Tooth and Nail Winery each Saturday and Sunday this summer for their famous Anti-Brunch festivities. Expect live music, lots of wine tasting, and an insane spread of food that goes leaps and bounds beyond your average omelet station. Case in point: Avocado Toast with smashed avocado, blistered tomatoes, smoked ricotta, house brioche and bacon; Beignets with rum caramel, seasonal berries, and powdered sugar; and Thai Brussel Sprouts with toasted peanuts & coconut, pickled chilis, coconut maple vinaigrette. That last one pairs incredibly with Stasis Viognier, BTW.

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Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery

5. Crazy Cool Cocktails

In Paso Robles, a cocktail is never just a cocktail. Stop by Fish Gaucho in downtown Paso Robles for a wine flight or a drink and rest assured that both will come with Paso Robles’ signature vivacious vibe. Tequila drinks are shaken and stirred with local produce and herbs, plus the hand crafted cocktails are terroir driven to the max. Grab the “Something Girly” for a mix of locally made vodka (produced from premium Paso Robles wine grapes), elderflower, honey, rose, and pink peppercorn bitters. Wow, right? Paso Robles really knows how to make a splash. Bring on the copy-cats! There’s only one place where all this revolutionary revelry lives on 365 days a year.

Mapping and Directions to Fish Gaucho



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Paso Robles


Popsicles, fireworks (Fourth of July), barbecue, and fine wine! Oh yes—summer has arrived in Paso Robles Wine Country! While some summer itineraries include long lines and annoying traffic, your Paso Robles summer is guaranteed to be chill to the max! So, how can one soak up all the sun, fun, and fabulous wine this world class wine region has to offer? Mark your calendar for these lively events (shoes not necessarily required).

1. Paso Robles Concerts in the Park

Ready for some classic summer relaxation? Head to Downtown City Park at the heart of Paso Robles with a blanket or low back beach chair. The town’s anticipated Concerts in the Park series runs through August 16 with a wave of rock, funk, blues, and country tunes (Music schedule here).
Sip wine while taking in the summer vibes and be sure to check out the many wine tasting rooms located downtown. Hoyt Family Vineyard and Tudor Wines are just steps away from Downtown City Park offering up a selection of red, white, and rose wines perfect for summer celebration.
 
 
Mappings and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyard
Mappings and Directions to Tudor Wines

2. Burger Sundays at Lone Madrone

It’s like you’re at an awesome backyard party, only better. Lone Madrone’s Burger Sundays, helmed by the talented Chef Jeffrey Scott, are a love fest of gigantic, juicy burgers, happy dogs, friendly folks, and amazing wines. What could be more low key than that? That being said, these are not your uncle’s burgers. Chef Scott pulls out all the stops so you can experience the most authentically Paso Robles food experience under the sun. Choose your locally sourced “meat,” including mushroom, lamb, or beef, top with delectable sauces and accouterments. Burger Sundays run every Sunday through October 28.

Mappings and Directions to Lone Madrone

3. Paso Pops

Unleash the fireworks and family fun! Paso Pops, the annual patriotic-themed concert and Independence Day celebration will feature the San Luis Obispo Symphony, paired with Youth Symphony members, performing a patriotic “Pops” program ending with a fireworks finale. Paso Wine Man, Casey Biggs, will emcee Paso Pops for the third consecutive year (so you know there will be laughs). Also check out carnival rides for small children, food trucks, and places to unwrap your own picnic. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, too (it’s Paso Robles, after all). Expect tasty pours from Cass Winery, Clavo Cellars, Écluse, and Sculpterra. It’s all going down at the Paso Robles Event Center, not far from incredible wineries off Highway 46 East (like Eberle, where you can traverse an underground wine cave).

4. Willow Creek Vitner & Vines Tour

This July 7, go farther into the vineyard than you ever have before. Learn about these luscious wines while you soak up the sun’s rays. Deep in the Willow Creek district of Paso Robles, you’ll discover distinctive Italian wines unique to Pelletiere Estate by walking with winemaker Amy Butler and vintner, Janis Denner, who will explain the process involved in making limited production Italian style wines. Learn about the heritage of Italian grape growing and origins Pelletiere Estate’s rare Italian varieties, compare old world and new world approaches to winemaking and discuss Paso Robles’ unique micro-climate. Then, experience these exceptional wines first hand with a guided tasting. Could there be a better way to end a picturesque summer day in Paso Robles? We think not.

Mappings and Directions to Pelletiere Estate



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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Summer Paso Wine Party Hacks


Everyone’s gathered in your backyard and ready to enjoy the epic flavors of summer. The sun is shining and the grass is green and your nosy neighbor is on vacation (thank goodness). You’ve cued up the playlist with rocking jams, defrosted the meat for grilling, and slathered on the SPF. Still, something’s not right. You forgot to—oh darn it! Whatever that “oops” moment is during your summer soiree, it can be sorted out. Just use this handy guide (and don’t forget to buy extra ice and TP)!

1. Chill a bottle, stat

So you forgot to place the white wine in the fridge before guests arrived? Rookie mistake! Sure, it could take at least an hour to get that bottle down to refreshing temps, but you don’t have time to waste. Instead, grab a paper towel or two and soak it in tap water. Now, wrap the towel around the bottle and fling it into the freezer ASAP. In 20 minutes, you’ll be golden.

Tip: Chill out with complex and unique whites from Chronic Cellars, like their popular 2016 Stone Fox Grenache Blanc/Viognier/Picpoul blend.

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2. Tastier meats in a pinch

A pinch of salt really can make your steaks or burgers that much more flavorful. Set your meat out at least 45 minutes ahead of time, allowing the inside to come to room temperature. Now, here’s the real trick. Season your meat with salt and pepper, per usual—but then, return after about ten minutes to see the moisture that has been drawn out to the surface. Now, take a paper towel or clean dish rag and press the meat. Season a second time (you can repeat this a few times; each time you press, you remove some of the seasoning, so don’t worry about overdoing it). This creates a nice dry surface for grilling, which will inspire a browner, crispier crust on those medium rare burgers! Yum.

Tip: Looking for fabulous red wines and premium, grass-fed meats you can take home with you? Stop by Rangeland Winery or Oso Libre.

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3. Pick a glass, any glass

Stemware is easily knocked over during a party (it just takes one person with really animated hand gestures to topple it all). Plan ahead and serve stemless glassware, and be sure to offer a distinguishing bauble that will remind your sister not to smear red lipstick all over your boss’s glass.

Tip: DIY your own name tags here.

 
 
 
 

4. Take the party outside

Sure, holding your own summer party is fun, but wouldn’t it be even easier to allow someone else to take care of the prep and cleanup? Invite your friends to a “summer outing” at a Paso Robles winery, and gather your favorite people in one place (but avoid all the dishes).

Tip: For summer events filled with food, live music, and wine, head to Tooth and Nail Winery and Clavo Cellars.

 
 

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Tip: For gourmet burger summer Sundays, meet up at Lone Madrone and enjoy the panoramic countryside views with friends, along with a glass of Neil’s stellar wine or cider. (Neil won winemaker of the year 2015 – honored by his peers for his amazing winemaking.)

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5. Sharing is caring

So often, we attend parties and enjoy sampling a host of wines (OK, maybe too many wines, to be honest). The next day who remembers what exactly they drank? There’s always such a dizzying array, as guests tend to bring their own bottles, too. This summer, make a point of collecting winery business cards when you’re out and about at different tasting rooms. Bring back the bottles you love best and rest assured knowing your friends will be able to find that perfect viogner when they plan their own get together. It’s just the right thing to do!

Tip: With plenty of crowd-pleasing red blends perfect for barbecue paring, head to Vines on the Marycrest for wine that’s well worth sharing.

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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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5 Ways to Say Rosé All Day!


Break out that teeny bikini or bold pair of board shorts: summer has arrived in Paso Robles Wine Country! Yes, temps tend to soar into the 80s, 90s, and even triple digits throughout Northern SLO County this time of year (how do you think our Cabernet Sauvignon achieves such desired sugar levels?). That said, there’s plenty of ways to cool off and refresh your senses in this world class wine region that don’t involve finding the nearest air conditioned store. One locally beloved way? Why, with rosé, of course! Think pink, my friends: It’s fresh, it’s crisp, and—when chilled—makes for the perfect palate pick-me-up. Haven’t yet gotten on the “drink pink” bandwagon? Oh, you will. Paso Robles shares the same sensibilities as the Europeans when it comes to crafting blush colored wines. Expect sophisticated and complex rosés that are never sweet, but always juicy. Whether you crave layers of watermelon rind, strawberry earthiness, or fresh minerality in your glass, you’ll find the perfect shade of pink to compliment summer 2018.

1. Four Lanterns 2016 Sunset Syrah Rosé

A light, crisp, provencal style rosé with strawberry aromas and hints of dried fruit on the finish, this pleasurable pink drink pairs well with salads, light cheeses, and seafood dishes galore. Head to Four Lanterns Winery, where the grass is green and ready for your next picnic (or book the on-site vacation rental and never be more than a few steps from a great glass of something).
 
 
 

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2. Opolo 2017 Rosé

This French inspired blend of grenache and syrah exemplify the beauty of easy, breezy summer living. Watermelon, strawberry, and pomegranate juiciness find balance alongside lemon zest and red raspberry acidity. Fleshy and well rounded, this irresistible rosé gives off a lively and lengthy finish (just like the best summer moments). With a wood fired pizza oven and hilltop gathering space, Opolo is a great stop for summer gatherings—so invite one and all. Hey, everyone loves rosé.
 
 
 

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3. Rōtta 2016 Rosé

With a nose of bright berry and stone fruit plus hints of plush peach and dusty rose petals, this sensual rosé is as alluring as a summer breeze on bare shoulders. Savor bright acidity, lush stone fruit, and a rich, mouthfeel of nectarine and berry on the palate (you might also catch a whiff of orange blossom on the finish, to complete the dreamy experience). Sip alongside lunch or a backyard cocktail party: This enchanting wine is as comfortable around fancy charcuterie as it is sipped alongside down-home family barbecue.
 
 

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4. Seven Oxen 2017 Rosé

This limited production grenache-mourvedre rosé is made from estate grapes harvested specifically for this wine. Intentional and elegant, this salmon colored rosé offers up notes of strawberry, raspberry, and currant plus romantic rose petal (yes, it sounds like the perfect spa day, doesn’t it?). Fermented in stainless steel and aged for five months in neutral oak barrels, you’ll savor all the fresh, fruit flavor minus any old fashioned oakiness. Tip: Chill at least an hour before drinking. You can thank us later.
 
 

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5. Sculpterra 2017 Paso Pink Rosé

The deep, hot pink color of this standout rosé reflects its richness on the palette (yes, you can keep this one a while before drinking, although you may not want to wait). Packed with red currant and berry flavors, you’ll also get a tinge of orange, watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberry. Subtle notes of rose and wild berry supply a softer side to this altogether unabashed offering. With live music on the lawn each Sunday and a sculpture garden to explore, Sculpterra Winery makes for a fabulous start to a day of non-stop rosé.
 
 

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



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.

 

Directions: speedfind.com/AdelaideInn

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/Allegretto

 

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

 

Directions: speedfind.com/LaBellasera

 

Hampton Inn & Suites - Paso Robles

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

Directions: speedfind.com/PRWine.HamptonInn

 

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

 

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

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/JustinWine

 

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

Directions:  speedfind.com/PasoRoblesVacationRentals

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