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6 Tips for (Actually) Taking Tasting Notes


Put down the feathered quill. You don’t need to write paragraphs of billowy verbiage to understand (and document) what makes a great wine truly “great.” In fact, the closer you stay to your own vocabulary and sensibilities, the easier it will be to decipher that description later down the road! Here’s six easy tips for taking better wine notes in a pinch. Don’t worry: There’s no pop quiz at the end of all this! These instructions are not mandatory. However, they are strongly suggested if you want to be an A+ taster.

1. Take notes (really)

You may feel unqualified or you may just be lazy. Regardless, we want you to try taking a few notes next time you head out to the tasting room. Trust us! Whether you scrawl your flavor findings on a napkin or record them in a beautiful leather bound book, believe me, they you’ll be glad you committed your thoughts to paper. How else will you remember which red you wanted to give as holiday gifts this year and which one is just for you? The first step is simply bringing a pen.

2. Your nose knows

Now, onto the note-taking. Identify the aroma and write it down under the name and vintage of the wine (you could also write your notes directly on a tasting sheet, if available). Of course, understanding the scent of your wine is easier said than done! A good glass will feature many layers for your nose to explore. Is it fruity? Floral? Herby? These are often primary aromas, as they will appear upon your first whiff of the bouquet. Stick with those first. Next, jot down any secondary aromas, which—tip alert!—usually point toward the fermentation side of things: (fresh baked bread or lager notes could link to the yeast used; sour cream or yogurt could come from malolactic fermentation). Third, tertiary aromas tend to come from the aging process, especially oak aging. Perhaps you get a whiff of dill, baking spices, vanilla, coconut, or smoke. Try to write down two aromas for each tier: primary, secondary and tertiary (That’s six total). Totally doable, right?

Example: Hug Cellars 2013 Syrah romances your nose immediately! This inky wine hits you with a perfume of blackberry, black cherries, and black liquorish.

Mapping and Directions to Hug Cellars

3. Body language

One of the first things you’ll also notice about your wine (even before the flavor) is the body. Perhaps you’ve never really thought about it before, but the viscosity—or thickness—of the wine really changes the way it feels in your mouth. Does the wine coat your tongue with a velvety texture or does it feel lighter and more watery? Think of the wine in terms of milk: Is it whole, 2% or skim? At the very least, write down which type of milk you’d relate the wine to. Weird, but effective!

4. Take on the tannin

The word “tannin” scares some people, and we get why. It is a tricky thing to talk about, although we all know what tannins do to our mouths (which is, dry them out). Does the tannin have a lot of grip to it? Does it make your lips stick to your teeth? Does the tannin fill your mouth with delicate tiny prickles? Remember, tannin will always have intensity, but it can also manifest as bruising, fine, or velvety, too.

Example: Kiamie Wines 2016 R’Own Style Blend features soft, yet lush and refined tannins engulf the palate, elongating with time.

Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

5. The acid test

This one is quite easy because acid is straight-to-the-point. Just think about citrus. How tart or puckering is this wine? For instance, a wine with high acidity (low on the pH scale) will have acidity similar to a lemon or lime, whereas lower acidity wines are closer to the light acidity of a watermelon. Feel free to jot down the fruit acid you’d associate with the wine (or draw a cute little doodle; up to you). Tip: When someone says the wine is “bright” they mean it’s got more acidity, not that it’s a smarter choice.

Example: Jada 2017 1149 Rose is beloved its fresh acid appeal, leaning more towards juicy strawberry.

Mapping and Directions to Jada Vineyard

6. Finish strong

The finish (what happens after the wine goes down your gullet) is everything with a good wine! After all, this is the addictive experience that either keeps you coming back for another sip or has you putting the glass down and moving onto something else. Finishes should be described by how long they linger on the back of your tongue, A short, abrupt finish or a long, luxurious one? Also, how does the finish feel? Is it soft/tart/tingly/juicy? Pinpoint the length and the general feel of the finish and you’re on your way to extra credit. The finish is often the defining moment of a wine; it can be the difference between the humdrum and spectacular. Don’t forget to record this final impression. Much like with people, you’ll want to spend time with wine that leaves a positive and joyful feeling.

Example:
The only thing better than this Seven Oxen 2013 Zinfandel’s bouquet of vanilla and wood? It’s elegant, lingering finish.

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen Estate 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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2 Feel-Good Reasons to Visit Paso Wine Country this Fall


Green vines have turned a gorgeous orange hue as we head into late October, but that’s not all that’s burning bright. The tasting rooms are busier than ever, and the winery production facilities too (this is prime-time for peeking in on behind-the-scenes winemaking experiences). As the new vintage approaches, harvest events are heating up hotter than summer temps! From pumpkins and pairings to grape stomps and Halloween hoopla, here’s 2 reasons why Paso Robles should be on your itinerary for Autumnal adventure.

1. Community Spirit

During fall, local Paso Robles residents and wineries like to unwind and have a little fun. It’s not about being “fancy”—it’s about making new friends. This Oct, 27-28, you can get in on this signature Paso Robles authenticity with the Halloween Poker Run. Hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, the annual Zoo to You Halloween Passport offers up a wild time with exotic animals, complimentary wine tasting, of course, poker, and fabulous prizes. Head to the East side of Paso Robles and get your $25 passport stamped at participating wineries, including Eberle Winery, Lusso Della Terra Winery, Pear Valley Estate, Rio Seco Vineyard, and many more. Not only does that single ticket pay for all your tasting fees, but you’ll also come face-to-face with exotic animals on Saturday (Zoo to You is a local animal sanctuary nonprofit). Make a weekend of it and book your stay at Allegretto Vineyard Resort or at a host of Paso Robles Vacation Rentals.

Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery
Mapping and Directions to Lusso Della Terra Cellars
Mapping and Directions to Pear Valley
Mapping and Directions to Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery
Mapping and Directions to Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Mapping and Directions to Paso Robles Vacation Rentals

2. Small Town Traditions

Nowhere is the spirit of Paso Robles more alive than at our local farms. Each fall, these rolling pastures give way to orange orbs. At River K Pumpkin Patch in Paso Robles, the Kunze family has been in the business of providing children with a autumn entertainment for the past 39 years. Visit the corn maze, pick out a Halloween pumpkin, or take a hay ride. Might we also suggest stopping in at a nearby tasting room? Hearst Ranch Winery is a friendly neighbor with outstanding wines.
 
 

Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch 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 Paso Robles Wines that Actually go with Pumpkin Spice


If you ask us, all the antipathy towards Pumpkin Spice can be understood. After the famous Starbucks “Pumpkin Spice Latte” exploded onto the scene, things quickly slid downhill (kale chips with pumpkin spice, cereals, and fermented fruit wine are all real things). Blech! That said, we aren’t against the “OG (original gangster) pumpkin spice” flavors, which are—as best as we can tell—the spices our grandma tucked inside every fall pumpkin pie, apple pie, or banana bread recipe since we can remember. Its ingredient list is anything but scary: ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves round out the fall favorite. Not so scary when you look behind the Pumpkin Spice curtain, right? Here’s 5 wines to try this autumn with your pumpkin spiced foods, canine approved.

1. Barr Estate Wines Last Act Port Style Dessert Wine

Port style wine + clove and cinnamon = the official scent of fall. This Ruby Port style dessert wine is an exquisite blend of Touriga, Souzao and Syrah. Sweet and rich, it will stand up against any fall dessert, especially those with lots of heavier clove notes. Smooth and supple, elegant and refined, this one makes a very memorable hostess gift through Christmas. (Dog-friendly winery)

 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Barr Estate Wines

2. Parrish Family Vineyard 2014 Zinfandel

Earthy pumpkin pie (plus zesty cranberry sauce) would work well with this holiday-gathering approved red. This medium bodied Zinfandel opens with delicate rose petals and cranberry on the nose. The cranberry continues into the palate with notes of raspberries, cardamon, and vanilla stick. It finishes strong with a lovely, lingering finish. If that doesn’t make you want to break out the winter sweaters, I don’t know what will. (Dog-friendly winery)

 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard

3. Pear Valley 2016 Chenin Blanc

This fall, go for a dry Chenin Blanc with a nose full of ripe, pear yumminess to compliment the sweeter pumpkin-spicy notes found in apple pie filling. Pale straw in color, with aromas of sweet pineapple, white peach, and kaffir lime, this one’s also got a bit of a flinty allure that recalls wet stones after the first fall rain. Flavors of guava, honeydew melon, and a bit of grapefruit pith keep your pairing plush, never “sweet.”

 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Pear Valley Estate Wine

4. Robert Hall Winery Cavern Select Oro d’ Margherita

You’ve hit liquid gold! Sweet, toasted hazelnuts and stewed peach aromas tantalize the nose while notes of dried apricot, orange zest and butterscotch delight the tongue. A limited number of barrels of estate-grown Orange Muscat were selected beginning with the 2001 vintage, making this bottle a fabulously festive gift for the season. Pair with pecan pie loaded with toasty cardamom and brown sugar. (Dog-friendly winery)

 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Robert Hall Winery

5. Penman Springs 2016 Muscat Blanc

A slightly sweet muscat bursting with mango and peach lushness goes well with most fall fruit pie fillings; plus the floral nose brings out the romance of nutmeg and cinnamon in wintery treats galore. You know, those wintery treats you were making for the whole office but have somehow found their way into your tummy? (Dog-friendly winery)

 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Penman Springs



 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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Even More Epicurean Harvest Events in Paso Wine Country!


Are you an eater, a taster, or a total behind-the-scenster? Interested in mingling with lots of likeminded wine aficionados in a crowded barrel room or just want to roam the vineyards with a small pack of savvy tour-goers? It’s nearly Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles Wine Country (Oct. 19-21), when the curtain is lifted back and we all get to see just what goes into each and every bottle. Cheers to the season and plan to attend one of these exciting Harvest events. Consider this part 2 of our previous post (we could post about Harvest Wine Weekend all month). With hundreds of wineries throwing all kinds of shindigs, there’s a perfectly delicious event for everyone to enjoy.

1. Island vibes

Mood: Casual wine feast, Hawaiian style
Date: Oct. 19; 6-9 p.m.

Cass Winery in Paso Robles knows how to party! Join the winery for a whole pig roast with all the Hawaiian fixins: Island slaw, macaroni salad, coconut rice, luau cake and more (Cass Estate Wines and coffee service included with dinner). Served buffet style, expect a laid back experience teaming with different walks of life (Cass is a popular hangout for locals and tourists). We love this picturesque time of year at Cass, and we’re ready to kick up our heels and enjoy live music by The Blimp Pilots. How about you? Put on your dancing boots (or a pair of flip flops) and come take a spin around the scenic outdoor dance floor. Extra points for hula dance moves.

Details
Mapping and Directions to Cass Winery

2. Cheesy fun

Mood: Family Friendly (and heavy on fun)
Date: Oct 19-21 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lay on the cheese, and then some. Chronic Cellars has teamed up with Vivant Fine Cheese to give you the ultimate wine and cheese pairing experience. Why mess with a classic? Stop by the Paso Robles tasting room anytime during Harvest Fest weekend on October 19-21 and enjoy newly released wines paired to cheesy perfection (your tasting fee also includes a pretty glass to take home). On Saturday, try out barrel samples poured by winemaker Josh Beckett. Plus, the whole family can join in on the fun at Chronic Cellars with complimentary pumpkin carving on Saturday and Sunday while supplies last. This is one weekend the kids and adults can agree on!

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Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars

3. Classic Cave Feast

Mood: Fine dining, minus the dress code
Date: Oct. 19; 6:30 p.m.

Enter the Eberle Winery Cave for a quintessential Paso Robles food and wine experience. Featuring illustrious Chef Dakota Weiss of Los Angeles, this event is likely to sell out fast, so act now to get on the wait list. Since being named “Best New Chef” by Angeleno magazine in 2006 as the Executive Chef at Jer-ne at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, Dakota Weiss has become tour-de-force in Los Angeles’ culinary community. In 2011, Dakota appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef Texas,” while that same year she joined forces with Alan Nathan of Choice Hospitality Group, who recruited Dakota to helm its W Los Angeles – Westwood restaurants NINETHIRTY and The Backyard. Needless to say, Eberle is working up a dinner and wine pairing you’ll never forget. (Photo by @kimfoxphoto)

Details
http://www.eberlewinery.com / Contact 805-238-9607 or events@eberlewinery.com for more information.
Mapping and Directions to Eberle Winery

4. Light Fare, Big Flavor

Mood: Easy and Breezy
Date: Oct. 20-21

Four Lanterns Winery is keeping things light and luscious! Stop by the Highway 46 West Winery at 11 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 20 for tastings of the new 2013-2017 Apricity Picpoul Blanc or swing by at 12:30 p.m. for a sip of the winery’s 2012–2016 Firelight Syrah. Light appetizers included. Don’t you love how the wine changes as the day lingers on? Music peeps: Hang out at the winery Sunday, Oct 21 for live music Kevin Graybill paired with these great fall releases and more. The tunes kick off from 1-4 p.m. in the Blue Oak Barn. Reservations for the special flights are recommended, for the rest of you come on by, this is one chill hang! Bring a sweater and leave your drama at the door.

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Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

5. Always Room for Pie

Mood: Whimsical
Date: Oct. 20-21; 11am-3pm

There’s always room for pie! Enjoy farm-fresh fruit pies by Linn’s of Cambria perfectly matched with Harmony Cellars award-winning wines. These pies are something special, filled to the brim with juicy fillings and boasting the most marvelous flaky crust. You’ll also be privy to specials on featured wines by the glass and bottle plus sweeping views of beautiful rolling hills quite possibly cattle cameo appearances. Located near the tiny coastal hamlet of Harmony, California, this is a storybook date fit for a pie-eating prince or princess.

Details
Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars



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



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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Celebrate Harvest in Paso with these Oct. Winery Events


Grapes, ripe and glistening, are dropping off the vines. Well, more like they are being pulled off the vines, as thousands of vineyard workers work from sunup to sundown to craft the next great vintage. Mother nature can only do so much before man and woman must step in. Now, we must work! All across Paso Robles, you’ll see the fruit of this labor making its way into the fermentation tank, barrel and bottle. Take time to celebrate all the toil that goes into every last drop of Paso Wine with these 5 festive harvest events. Eat, drink, and high-five your nearest vineyard worker. Will all this hard work be worth it in the end? I think you know the answer.

1. Robert Hall Winery Pork Roast

Ready for a whole hog ho-down? Join Robert Hall Winery for a Harvest Festival Dinner to oink home about! This Saturday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., Captain Mark Tognazzini from Dockside in Morro Bay will be smoking up some bodacious baby back ribs, sausage, and pulled pork sliders along with an array of seafood: oysters, crab cakes, shrimp tacos and more. With barrel tastings, specialty wine flights and live music by Grammy Award winner Louie Ortega, you’re going to be as happy as a pig in mud.

 
 
Mapping and Directions to Robert Hall Winery

2. Rotta Winery Fire Dinner

Your mom told you not to play with fire—and we tend to agree. That said, Rotta Winery has a way of making us break all the rules. Join the iconic Paso Robles Winery for a supper that crackles with intrigue and mystery! Rotta’s Fire Dinner kicks off Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. with all the sparks and grilled meats you might expect, but with a twist. While you might be used to Central Coast tri-tip, you’ve never had Argentinean Asado prepared this perfectly. Chef Spencer Johnston of Danior Catering has joined forces with Rotta winemaker Cristian Tietje to create a delicious, fiery experience. Strike the match. It’s on!

Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery

3. Lusso Della Terra Cellars Winemaker Dinner

Summer is for sandwiches. Fall is for feasting! Belly up to a real deal winemaker dinner with all the elegant accompaniments of a royal banquet this Saturday Oct. 20 at Lusso Della Terra Cellars. A sparkling wine reception sets the tone, followed by a three course dinner paired with sumptuous wines. Yes, dessert will also be paired, so save room to linger long after the final meal is served.

 
 

Mapping and Directions to Lusso Della Terra Cellars

4. Opolo Harvest Party

Harvest is a spectacular time to visit Paso Robles Wine Country, but it might just be the very best time ever to scoot over to Opolo! Every year, the winery hosts an epic harvest dinner and grape stomp that attracts visitors from far and wide. That’s right. You too can roll up your jeans and stomp up a storm a la I Love Lucy. That’s not all! The Friday, Oct 19 event (which runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m.) also features folk dancing, lamb roast and world famous Opolo wine. Surrounded by vineyards on their hilltop hangout, you’ll be ready to relocate to Paso Robles by sundown.

 
 
Mapping and Directions to Opolo Winery

5. Fiesta at Sculpterra

Color us excited, piñata or not! A live Mariachi band, authentic Mexican food and flowing wines can spell only one word: Fiesta! From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, join the winery for an action-packed flavor adventure. Siesta not included, although you might want to take your own!

 
 
 

Mapping and Directions to Sculpterra



 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 Enjoy Foodie Flavors in the Fall


Fall has arrived in Paso Robles! The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold your sweetheart close, pop a bottle of Paso Robles wine, and enjoy all this magical wine region has to offer. From lounging around a crackling fire pit to soaking in the sunset under the oaks, there is no better time for romance in Paso Robles. Book your stay now and get ready for seasonal delicacies, harvest events, and cozy stays. Don’t forget to pack a light sweater and stay for the stargazing!

1. Book a rural vacation rental

Romance blossoms across Paso Robles’ gorgeous wine trails. Whether you prefer to stay in a rural, rugged landscape or want something closer to downtown, you can rest your head (and salute the sun) a stone’s throw from flourishing vineyards. Lekai Ranch is conveniently located on Paso’s west side, near dozens of world class tasting rooms. Come and luxuriate in a tranquil, private suite appointed with a Cal-King Tempurpedic bed. Sip coffee on the private porch and take in stunning views. Only 15 minutes from town and nestled along the border Halter Ranch Winery (a top 10 Hot Winery brand), this ranch is a must-stay for your fall excursion.

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Mapping and Directions to Lekai Ranch

2. Stay at the Winery—Really!

Yes, you can even stay at your favorite Paso Robles winery! That means you’re always just steps away from wine tasting, beautiful views, and fine food. The Inn at Opolo has everything you might need in one breathtaking location: winery, tasting room, distillery, wood-fired pizza kitchen, and a romantic inn tucked just off Vineyard drive. Home to a dozen varietals of wine, your neighbors include gorgeous Zinfandel Vineyards, owl boxes, oak trees, and a meandering creek. The stylish rooms boast fireplaces, soaking tubs, and the staff will even create a yummy breakfast that for you and your sweetie every morning. If that’s not enough to entice you out this fall, enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers each afternoon. Want to walk off all that foodie fare? Take a leisurely stroll along the walking paths that cut through the lush vineyards.

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Mapping and Directions to Opolo Vineyards

Find out about even more winery stays, vacation rentals, and hotels here

3. Savor the Harvest

Harvest in Paso Robles wine country is hectic, yet truly special. As much as the winemakers and vineyard works are scurrying around crafting the next best vintage, there’s also a sense of celebration and excitement in the air. Many Paso Robles Wineries are throwing epic dinners and soirees during this time of year, and Four Lanterns Winery is no exception. Join the Highway 46 West winery this Oct. 13 for a Harvest Season dinner at the winery starting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a meal served at the production facility paired with an array of sumptuous wine selections. Looking for even more to do with your date during this frenetic time? Four Lanterns is hosting ballroom dancing classes throughout the fall season, and all levels of skill are welcome. You’ll be planning a second honeymoon in no time.

See all the winery’s events and RSVP for the dinner here
Mapping and Directions to Four Lanterns Winery

4. Eat and be merry

What’s fine wine without fresh, fantastic food to pair with? If you ask the folks at Thomas Hill Organics, wine is best enjoyed with an array of farm-to-table entrees that express Paso Robles’ unique terroir. Savor the most seasonal grub this side of the Cuesta grade at this iconic Paso Robles restaurant, beloved by wine critics, locals, and winemakers alike. Dinner might include foie gras with truffle crostini and black radish, scallop tartar, braised pork shank, and blistered heirloom tomatoes (tomato season explodes in late September, so now is the best time to get in on the juiciest end-of-summer fare before it’s gone). As winter rolls on, note even more goodies, like local apples, dark bitter greens, and roasted root veggies making their appearance on THO’s ever-evolving menu.

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Mapping and Directions to Thomas Hill Organics

5. Get your boots dirty

Agritourism is a big deal in Paso Robles Wine Country, where the bounty is always overflowing thanks to sublime weather and dynamic soil. If you haven’t yet explored the local olive oil scene, you are missing out on big flavor and a lot of fun! Grab your love by the hand and embark on a tour of Pasolivo’s rural farm nestled in the heart of wine country. With over 140 acres of lush, rolling hills along the central coast of California, the Pasolivo Ranch is home to majestic olive trees that are farmed both organically and sustainably. The many varieties grown on property include: Arbequina, Ascolano, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Lucca, Mission, Manzanillo, Coratina, and Maurino. Each olive is carefully hand-picked and pressed in the on-site mill within hours of leaving the tree. This attention to detail and “tree to table” philosophy delivers award-winning California EVOO year after year. Stop by for a tasting today (and pick up a few bottles to bring home).

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Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo



 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 Pleasurable Pork Pairings


As the fall season emerges, we’re dreaming about sizzling pork chops laden with butter-seared apples. The first crop of hearty winter greens may be a while off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the coming fall season with a totally bone-warming pairing. Whether you prefer your pork as a chop, rib, or loin cut, these Paso Robles wines will make you feel happier than a pig in mud. Add a sprig of locally grown rosemary and you are well on your way to serving up this sensational seasonal favorite.

1. Pinot Noir and Pork Loin

Earthy and light in body, pinot noir goes well with that herb-rubbed loin chop on a chilly autumn evening. Made with grapes sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands (prime pinot growing grounds) and aged for nearly a year in French oak, Tudor’s 2011 Tudor Tondre Pinot Noir is a great way to uncork fall flavors now.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Tudor Wines

2. Rosé and Pork Chops

Offering up more “cherry” than “watermelon” fruitiness, this Penman Springs 2017 Rosé doesn’t smack of summer beach days. Instead, it hints toward the fall season to come. A hint of green apple and silky finish make for a grand companion to thick pork chops and baked apple pie.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Penman Springs Vineyards

3. Hard Cider and Ribs

Bone dry hard apple cider made in the classic English style is a no brainer when it comes to putting together a porky plate. Bristols Cider (produced by Lone Madrone) has the acid to cut the fat on those baby back ribs but is substantial enough to stand up to a tangy barbecue sauce. Try the dry-hopped Barti Ddu, which adds an elegant, fragrant element to your last backyard meals.
 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone

4. Chardonnay and Ham

This could feel too much like an Easter pairing, except that this grown up chardonnay is anything from light and fluffy. With a super creamy mouthfeel and lush bouquet of lemon zest and apricot, this Hearst Ranch Winery 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay is as breathtaking as the changing trees. In fact, the minerality in the wine sort of reminds us of swishing through oak leaves.
 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery (San Simeon Location)
Mapping and Directions to Hearst Ranch Winery (Paso Robles Location)

5. Zinfandel and Bacon Wrapped Dates

Sweet, salty, sumptuous—bacon wrapped dates are a staple of autumn get-togethers and flavorful foreshadowing of all the holiday parties ahead. They’re also perfectly suited toward a jammy, spicy zinfandel like Vines on the Marycrest’s My Generation Zinfandel. A deep ruby red color, this crowd-pleasing bottle has hints of cola, cassis, and woodsmoke (which makes it a shoe-in for extra crispy bacon with a few singed edges).
 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Vines on the Marycrest



 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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6 Paso Robles Wines to Transition into Fall


You’re probably not ready for a big, rich merlot and a crackling fire, but—if you’re anything like us—you’ve got red wine on the brain. With fall approaching and the first chill of autumn, you’ll want to reach for Paso Robles’ bold Bordeaux blends, red Rhône royalty, and luxurious Italian silk. These six reds are sure to help you transition seamlessly into fall’s embrace. Now if only your wardrobe transition could be this easy…

1. 2015 Tooth and Nail The Possessor

A beautiful full-bodied Cabernet blend to gear up for fall. Red currants, cassis and red fruit dominate the nose while nuances of Christmas spice, pine and dried fall leaves add to the intriguing aromatics. The layered palate offers great weight and density with ripe flavors of black berries and plums. The surprisingly bright acidity and mouthwatering texture weaves into a firm finish with lingering tannins.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Tooth and Nail Winery

2. Barr Estate Winery 2012 Malbec

Spicy, dense Boysenberry jam aromas are complemented with shades of anise and leather. The feel in the mouth is full-bodied with chewy, plush tannins. Pair with turtle soup, lamb shanks, barbecued shrimp, Thai chicken, and chili.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Barr Estate Winery

3. 2016 Chronic Cellars Suite Petite

You know what you’re getting with this sassy lady: lots of Petite Sirah with all its sweet cherry, blackberry, blueberry loveliness. But it’s the lingering tannins and traces of fresh cracked pepper and cigar spice that’ll have you thinking about her long after she’s gone.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Chronic Cellars

4. JUSTIN 2016 Focus

For years, JUSTIN has been known for producing iconic Bordeaux-styled wines. Not to be typecast, the winery conceived Focus, a handcrafted, limited production wine that expresses the now world famous potential of Paso Robles to produce the highest quality New World Syrah. Try it now and taste the “New World” for yourself.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN Winery

5. Mystic Hills Vineyard Gran Trio 2013

With dark cherry and plum right from the start, this fall approved wine is followed by earthiness and mushroom. A touch of ginger and caramel help to finish off the cedar on the nose. Cherry, plum and vanilla, which appear on the tongue, help to balance out the white pepper and hint of coconut and spice. A good, polished tannins complete a well-balanced wine.

 
 
 

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6. Harmony Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

This ‘Classic Cabernet’ offers intense aromas of cherry and licorice complemented by notes of warm, toasty oak. The palate is flooded with flavors of cherry, cassis and cola. The medium rich body, velvety tannins and well balanced acidity lead to a long, savory finish. Pair with steak, hearty stews, portabella mushrooms.

 
 
 

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Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars



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



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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Test Your Wine Knowledge with these 5 Fun Facts


So you think you know a lot about wine, huh? Well, some of these facts may surprise you, still. This is the great nature of wine—and why we can publish a blog post weekly without repeating information. There is just so much to learn about wine! The task is never-ending. Every year, you think you know it all, and then bam. A new statistic or winemaking method or process is thrown at you. For you factoid collectors out there, this is probably half the reason you love drinking, reading (and thinking) about fine wine. Stimulate your brain with these 5 facts and impress your friends with your wide-ranging wine knowledge. Just remember: no one likes a know-it-all!

1. Q: How many wine grape varieties are there around the world?

Brecon’s winemaker extraordinaire, Damian, (shown to the left) calculating the number of varieties. A: If you guessed, “At least a thousand,” you were on there right track, but still quite a ways away. In fact, there are more than 10,000 varietals of wine grapes grown worldwide! A staggering amount grow in Paso Robles alone. Italian Zinfandel, Rhône Syrah and pretty much everything in between can be found in Paso Robles Wine Country (just try us!). Brecon Estate crafts award winning Spanish Albariño as well as a range of Rhône and Bordeaux varietals.
 

Mappings and Directions to Brecon Estate

2. Q: How are French Oak barrels made?

A: If you guessed, “By cutting down French oak trees and making them into barrels,” you were close, but no cigar! Indeed, French oak barrels can only be made from trees older than 170 years in age. Yeah. 170 years! No wonder these barrels are worth a pretty penny brand-spanking-new, as well as used. If you ever come across one, better hang onto it. Like gold or oil, French oak never really loses its value in the wine world. Cass Winery’s 2016 Grenache is aged in 100% French oak barrels, and it shows on the nose!
 

Mappings and Directions to Cass Winery

3. Q: What country consumes the most red wine?

A: You may think this one’s easy. Of course some European country must hold this title, no? Well, you’d be dead wrong. In fact the world’s largest red wine consumers are the Chinese, who drank their way to a record 155 million 9-liter cases of red wine in 2013 (beating the French, whose consumption actually decreased 18% that year). Perhaps it’s all the health benefits? In China, red is a very lucky color, indeed! At Pelletiere Estate, you’ll find a luscious lineup of locally loved reds, like their 2014 Sangiovese Riserva.

Bonus Fact: When it comes to the biggest US wine consumers the leaders are: California, New York followed by Florida. France still drinks more wine (all categories) per capita than the Chinese with 53 liters per capita per year versus 1.9 in China. But which country drinks the most wine per capita? The Vatican with 74 liters per capita per year which is about 99 bottles of 75cl per year!

Mappings and Directions to Pelletiere Estate

4. Q: Who invented Champagne?

A: OK. This is a tough one! French Champagne, one of the world’s greatest sparkling wines, is popularly but erroneously thought to have been invented by the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715). Although he did not invent or discover champagne, he founded many principles and processes in its production that are still in use today. Note: He purportedly declared upon drinking the bubbly beverage, “I am drinking stars!” If you want to try to slurp up the stars in Paso, try Rava Sparkling Wines, crafted in the “méthode champenoise.”
 

Mappings and Directions to Rava Wines

5. Q: How long does a crop of newly planted grape vines take to grow before the grapes can be harvested?

A: You may know this one, but it still amazes us to think about it. The answer is (drum roll please) five long years! That’s longer than it took to earn your Bachelor’s Degree, longer than it’ll take your sweet freshman student to graduate high school, and way longer than it takes to drink 2.94 gallons of wine (which, at least in 2016, was approximately the amount each American person drank annually). The owners of micro-winery Barr Estate Winery (who hail from New Orleans) know exactly how long it takes to plant a working vineyard, and they also know that all that farming work (and waiting) is totally worth it.
Try their lovely Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Tannat and Albariño with your 2 for 1 wine tasting coupon!

Mappings and Directions to Barr Estate 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 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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