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You’ll Cheer for Charcuterie at These 5 Paso Robles Tasting Rooms

Did you know that, in Italy, charcuterie-making is a grand tradition each winter? Generally, several generations will gather in the kitchen to make the delicious, salted meats that would last the entire year long. Not only is charcuterie delicious when paired with Paso Robles wine—it makes for a lovely snack when you’re on the go and just need a nibble to keep the party rolling. Here’s five tasting rooms serving up epic meat and cheese boards laden with melt-in-your mouth prosciutto, salty salami (and cheese, nuts and olives) to spare.

Parrish Family Vineyard

Swirl and savor more than just fabulous at Parrish Family Vineyard, whose brand new tasting room offers bread and tapenade, a decadent truffle pairing, and—the main course—a charcuterie plate overflowing with a variety of meats, cheeses, olives, marcona almonds, dried fruits, and house made sourdough bread (baked by talented Cecily Parrish Ray, the General Manager). Choose from a charcuterie plate serving two to four people and the charcuterie board serving four to eight.

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Robert Hall

Have a big group to entertain? Bring the whole gang to Robert Hall, where the couches are plush and you’ll get incredible service along with your tasting. The tasting room takes groups of 20 or more—just make sure you reserve early! Luckily for you, you’ll be able to nosh on gourmet charcuterie while taking a break from your “host” duties.

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Lusso Della Terra

Charcuterie with a vineyard tour? This dream can be your reality if you only venture to Lusso Della Terra’s tasting room, where your adventure starts with a delicious platter piled high with meats and cheeses. They are located deep in wine country just north-east of town amongst an endless sea of gorgeous vineyards.

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Mapping and Directions to Lusso Della Terra

Sextant Winery

This isn’t any old “deli case.” At Sextant Wines in San Luis Obispo, you can nosh on gourmet treats like fine meats and cheeses. Bask in the sunshine on the patio or snuggle up to a stool in the 100+ old general store-turned-tasting room and pot belly stove. In Paso, meats and cheese are in the frig, ready for you to grab as a nice accompaniment to your wine tasting. Sip and munch next to the fireplace overlooking the vineyards in the VIP room for wine club members.

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Mapping and Directions to Sextant, Paso Robles
Mapping and Directions to Sextant, San Luis Obispo

More meaty stops:

You’ll get charcuterie plus the option of a full restaurant menu at these fabulous foodie stops in Paso Robles Wine Country.

Tooth and Nail


http://rabblewine.com

Cass Winery

 

 

 


http://www.casswines.com

Villa San Juliette

 

 

 


https://www.villasanjuliette.com

JUSTIN

 

 

 


http://justinwine.com

 

 

 

 

 



 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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Rock the Naughty List with these 5 Spicy Reds

Sugar plums and hot cocoa is nice, but we say bring on the spice! The holidays are all about doing good for others: the gifts, the cooking, and then endless planning to get people in the same place at the same time for all that “togetherness.” All that sounds pleasant, true…but what about the naughty list? Something tells us they’re having a little more fun.

Brecon – 2016 Forty-Two Red Rhone Blend

Be irreverent and daring. Inspired by the darkly humorous Sci-Fi tome “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” this wine promises to answer the ultimate question in life, the universe—everything! OK, perhaps a wine can’t do all that, but this wine’s soft, velvety smooth layers showcase an intriguing blend of flavors that keep revealing more and more to explore (not unlike stargazing the Milky Way).

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Chronic Cellars – 2017 Sofa King Bueno

Be the life of the party. This Grenache, Petite Sirah, Tannat, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend is approachable yet fun, as all good party guests should be, with lively flavors of blackberries, cherries and strawberries to get the conversation started. Plus, this Paso red blend knows how to mingle, introducing milk chocolate, caramel and leather to all those beautiful fruits. It’s going to be an interesting night.

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Bodega de Edgar – 2013 York Mountain Syrah

Take a walk on the wild side. Black as night with purple edges, this blackberry and pepper packed Syrah is perfect when paired with a wintery supper of wild game meats. You might also want to check out a 3 Vertical gift box of E-Squared featuring a trio of rebellious reds, too. Consider these wines the biker gang that backs up that bold Syrah, aka “the leader of the pack.”

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Hoyt Family Vineyards – Dylema Blend

Go big. Looking for a “fun red blend” to delight your favorite friend? Look no further. Originally created for the Malibu Chili cook off, this raucous red has become a house favorite. A big Cab based blend with a little bit of everything else thrown in, it is smooth and easy on the palette—perfect for bringing generations together (and getting grandma to tell a dirty joke or two).

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Pelletiere Estate – 2014 Nebbiolo

Be seduced. This exotic wine exudes sexiness, with elegance and sophistication to boot. As it seductively kisses your lips, dried herb notes of thyme and sage caress your palate. You’ll be head over heels as this irresistible Italian slips you love notes of cocoa and leather. Go on, have a romance to remember, we won’t tell.

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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 Cozy Paso Robles Tasting Rooms with a Crackling Fire

Baby it’s (kind of) cold outside! Cozy up to Paso Robles wine this winter, where there’s no snow on the ground but plenty of holiday spirit to warm your soul on a chilly winter day. There’s no time like December to bundle up and head to a cozy tasting room surrounded by vineyards. Sure, those vines are dormant, but tasting rooms are as lively and festive and can be. Warm up at these 5 snuggly winter tasting rooms, all of which feature a crackling fire to keep you as snug as a bug in a rug.

1. Cozy Castle

Tooth and Nail Winery might look like a gothic castle, but inside it’s all storybook charm. Order up a flight (try the Defiant Flight, Unconventional Flight or the Provoker Flight) and warm your hands around the hearth. Enjoy offerings from Tooth and Nail’s unique and bold brands: Tooth & Nail, Rabble, Stasis and Amor Fati, all paired with fortifying snacks and lots of live music. Yes, this tasting room is ready to enchant all of  your senses this winter.

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2. Vines on the Marycrest

The fireplace at Vines on the Marycrest is always a popular place to swap stories and meet new friends in this cool, mid-century vibe winery. Gather around a bottle of 2015 My Generation (a mix of Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Petite Syrah) and watch the sparks fly. Aromas of cassis and woodsmoke, plus a touch of licorice make for a festive-feeling flavor. Supple, rich and broad, with smoky flavors of dark berries and cola, this complex wine is simply perfect for savoring on a long, chilly afternoon.

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Mapping and Directions to Vines On The Marycrest

3. Kiamie Wine Cellars

At Kiame Winery, the diminutive antique wood burning stove burns hot and the wine is always at just the right temperature, too. With grapes sourced from local vineyards—Starr Ranch, Halter Vineyard, Rolph Family Vineyard, Hearthstone Vineyard, La Vista Vineyard—the wines are always a reflection of Paso Robles’ famed westside. We recommend the winery’s 2017 White Kuvee, with hints of peach schnapps and spiced applesauce (I just bought 2 bottles). Yes, it would be fantastic paired with a festive holiday supper!

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Mapping and Directions to Kiamie Wine Cellars

4. Parrish Family Vineyard and Sextant Wines

Exclusive perks: Wine club members can warm up at an exclusive fireplace at Parrish Family Vineyard and Sextant Winery. Both are comfortable and welcoming tasting rooms to bring friends and family, too. Sextant Winery’s SLO location in Edna Valley is located near the old Edna Valley Townsite, smashing for holiday photo opportunities. The Paso Robles Sextant location shows off gorgeous limestone soil and oak trees. You can reserve a tasting for up to six guests at Parrish Family Vineyard, whose Paso Robles tasting room is plush and inviting. While you’re there, pick up a Parrish Holiday Pack (2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Zinfandel, 2014 Petite Sirah) for everyone on your list.

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Mapping and Directions to Parrish Family Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Sextant Wines

5. Allegretto Vineyard Resort

With exotic artwork all around, lush vines visible from grand windows, and fantastic food, Allegretto Vineyard Resort is lovely to visit, whether overnight or just for the evening. Stop by Cello Ristorante and Bar for a garden-fresh meal and a glass of wine made on site. With a roaring fire and plenty of local tasting flights to taste, you’ll want to linger a little longer. Good thing you totally can.

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Mapping and Directions to Allegretto



 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 Gift Worthy Bottles from Paso Robles Wine Country


Not just another nameless bottle of wine (sigh)—these bottles are unique, rare, and totally Paso Robles. This year, gift a taste of tantalizing craftsmanship and artisanal spirit ranging from sensational spirits to savory oils. Each of these bold bottles shows its own punchy personality and tells a compelling story (after all, each offering hails from a different corner of Paso Robles’ dynamic microclimate). Go forth and gift boldly. These 5 bottles shine brighter than your average hostess gift. Way, way brighter!

1. KROBAR LIT Light and Bright

Share the sparkle of holiday cheer with your favorite people. A true taste of the American spirit, KROBAR’s LIT “Light and Bright,” is a California twist on a traditional European aperitif wine. LIT is crafted in small batches and made with a bold infusion of California white wine, gentian, elderflower, bitter orange, and old-fashioned hard work. Shopping for a cocktail hound? Go for a festive little bottle of Olallieberry Cacao Bitters, made by using Krobār’s 11 Botanical Gin, locally grown olallieberry, and cacao nibs. Macerated with all natural fruits, herbs spices, roots, and barks, this one is perfect for kicking off any holiday feast with a satisfying clink.

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2. Seven Oxen 2014 Mourvedre

Pomegranate and tart cherry dominate the 2014 vintage, echoing the rich, regal spirit of holidays past. With 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast, it will please even your pickiest sipper, and even some of the amateur wine critics, too. The addition of 10% Grenache provides beautiful body and structure, as well as subtle notes of black fruit. Excellent to drink now, Seven Oxen’s 2014 Mourvèdre will improve as it develops in the bottle and will age well for the next five to ten years. Aged 18 months in one-year old French Oak, this is a gift that will truly linger on through the years.

Mapping and Directions to Seven Oxen

3. 2013 Penman Springs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark, dense ruby and a rich, elegant nose of ripe currant, cedar and raspberry call to mind the luxury and opulence of your greatest holiday fantasies come true. The bright palate on this 2013 Penman Springs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is nicely textured with dark plum, currant and festive berry spice. A long finish with loamy earth and fine oak complexities, this age-worthy bottle will look downright luscious tucked under any tree.

 

Mapping and Directions to Penman Springs

4. Pasolivo Holiday Favorites Box

Some gift sets are just better than others. Take Pasolivo’s “holiday favorites” gift box, featuring five holiday themed bottles perfect for drizzling and dipping all winter long. Whether it’s the seasonal Boozy Cran-Cherry Chutney, Winter Ambrosia Vinegar, Citrus Olive Oil, or the popular Orange Blossom Honey, you’re boss/wife/mother-in-law/lover/kid’s teacher will love this sweet and delicious combination of high-quality Pasolivo products. In need of a warm cinnamon blend for baking during the holidays or a light and golden drizzle to add to desserts? Grab a few for your own kitchen. Note: every gift set arrives in a Pasolivo signature gift box, far too pretty to throw away with the wrapping paper.

Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo on Vineyard
Mapping and Directions to Pasolivo Downtown Paso

5. JUSTIN Large Format 2015 Isosceles

Go big or go home. This hefty hostess gift will satisfy a crowd, to be sure. For more than 25 vintages, ISOSCELES has been JUSTIN’s flagship wine and quality benchmark for this particular style of wine on the Central Coast. A blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2015 ISOSCELES displays all of Paso’s good sides. While the 2015 ISOSCELES projects the cooler nature of this vintage with ripe red and black fruit and structure that could point to keeping a few bottles in the cellar, it’s so good now that you can also enjoy immediately, too. With a whopping 1.5 liters inside, you’ll wow the whole party. So, are you going to open it or what? We’re waiting!

Mapping and Directions to JUSTIN 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 Bright Thanksgiving Wine Ideas


There’s no Thanksgiving without turkey, and—if you ask us—there’s no turkey without wine! It can be totally hectic around the house (and the kitchen) this time of year, but don’t fret about the wine pairing, serving, and pouring. These 5 no brainers will keep you calm and collected. Well, in the wine department, at least!

1. Get a little air

Save time and skip the heavy decanting. Many reds don’t need aeration as much as you’d think, which is good because you’ve forgotten to make the mashed potatoes. Eek! The following reds, as wonderful as they are, do not need fancy decanters: Light-bodied, naturally less tannic reds like Pinot Noir, Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Cotes du Rhone, lighter Zinfandels, and lighter-bodied Chiantis, and Dolcettos. Added bonus: All of these wines are great for pairing with Thanksgiving flavors and won’t overpower that all-important turkey gravy.

While light in appearance, Rails Nap 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County offers up an array of wild cherry, blueberry jam, tobacco and anise. Like cozy fall togetherness in a glass!
Mapping and Directions to Rails Nap

2. Claim your cup

When your whole family shows up for dinner, things can get a little crazy…especially when people start forgetting which glass is theirs! Avoid a full on fight and keep the record straight amongst aunts, cousins, and nosy neighbors (who invited them?). You can easily craft a DIY wine charm before turkey day. Check out these nifty, super easy ideas:

Everyone will be fighting over the last drop of Pear Valley Winery 2014 Zinfandel. With a lively garnet color and aromas of stewed plum, boysenberry, dusty cocoa, and dried sage, it tastes (and smells) like the perfect autumn afternoon.

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Mapping and Directions to Pear Valley

3. Chill early

With so much to do, you may not be exactly “chilling” before dinner, but you should be chilling your whites, and even some reds, too. It’s easy to forget, so make sure to make room between the Tetris game of Tupperware stacking up in your icebox. Bottles should be placed inside the fridge for about 30 minutes prior to drinking to cool down to between 49-55 degrees. Not sure which whites to serve this year? When it comes to Thanksgiving flavors, you can’t go wrong with a subtle Rose, an un-oaked Chardonnay, a dry Riesling, or Gewürztraminer.

Properly chilled Villa San Juliette 2017 Rose Reserve is a great crowd-pleaser for the holidays. The pleasantly salmon-hued wine bursts with stone fruit character, poached apple, apricot, and rose water. Yes, grandma will love it too.

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Mapping and Directions to Villa San Juliette

4. Do dessert

Hurray! It’s finally the season of for deep, decedent flavors and—yes—all the desserts! We suggest splurging on a festive bottle of dessert wine paired alongside your pumpkin and apple pie. Nothing ushers in the holiday season quite like a small goblet of something sumptuously sweet.

Rotta’s Zin Port Leather and Lace is fruit forward, with flavors of blackberry and raspberry (and a touch of minerality and jamminess). Serve in the cutest little glasses. Toast boisterously!

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Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery

5. Dishes be damned

If you’re feeling frazzled about what will surely be a tower of dirty dishes leftover in your sink, just follow our lead. Take a deep breath, purchase the plastic, recyclable wine glasses and toss in the recycling after pie. Life changing, right?

 



 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 Reasons to Drink Responsibly Grown Wines


Why should you care how your wine was grown, what pesticides are sprayed across the vines and how the earth around the vines were treated? Well, it’s not just a matter of taste—it’s a matter of decency. Drinking sustainably grown wines isn’t just good for the environment and farm workers, these wines are better for your health, too. After reading this post you’ll surely want to do your part. Drink responsibly!

1. Good for you

Now, we aren’t saying you should believe every online study or health claim flung at your eyeballs (and there are certainly a lot these days, aren’t there?), but some news is just too hard to ignore. Eating organic produce isn’t just trendy, it’s proven to be good for your health, too. Organically grown wine grapes are free of synthetic fertilizer, GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides. News flash: Food is medicine, and your health hinges on what exactly you put into your body. In fact, CBS’ The Morning Show just reported that people that eat organic foods are 25% less likely to be effected by cancer.

Sustainable Star: Oso Libre Winery
Learn how Oso Libre Winery uses cows, sheep, and chickens to graze and fertilize the land naturally.

Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre Winery

2. Good for the environment

Wines that are grown in a sustainable manner—as in, not using too much water or promoting erosion; not spraying pesticides or using synthetic fertilizer—is good for our environment, too. Biodynamically farmed vines are grown with an eye toward every web in the food chain, from the tiny worms and microbes in the soil to preserving and working with the surrounding animals and vegetation. After all, vineyards are “farms,” and more and more progressive vineyard managers believe that farms should work harmoniously with the surrounding land, not hinder (or pollute) it.

Sustainable star: Brecon Estate
Learn about the vineyards: https://breconestate.com/about/our-vineyards

Mapping and Directions to Brecon Estate

3. Good for Farm workers

Programs like SIP Certified aren’t just the gold standard for growing sustainable vines, they also promote a high bar for treatment of vineyard workers. These employees work long hours, often in tough conditions (high heat, or in the wee hours of the morning, during harvest). It’s important to know that your wine is not only great tasting and grown responsibly, but that every human hand that touched it was paid a living wage, given adequate breaks, and is healthy and happy.

Sustainable Star: Rangeland Winery
Learn how Rangeland has kept and preserved 1,500 acres of wild oak woodland on its Paso Robles ranch, which also includes a 40-acre sustainably farmed vineyard.

Mapping and Directions to Rangeland Winery

4. Tastes Great

Wine just tastes better when it’s grown responsibly! While some of this may very well be psychosomatic, there is cause to believe that wines grown in a more natural, sustainable manner are closer to the Old World standard of ancient winemaking techniques. After all, what is “terroir?” If you really want to taste the land where the wine was grown, it helps that the land, vines, and people farming it are feeling good vibes, eh?

Sustainable Star: Peachy Canyon Winery
Learn how Peachy Canyon composts all byproducts from the winery in an effort to bolster the soil every other year as well as how they grow barley between the vines to prevent winter erosion.

Mapping and Directions to Peachy Canyon Winery

5. You Can Change the Market

Vote with your dollar! If you want to see more sustainably and responsibly grown wines on the market, it’s all up to you. You can also inquire at tasting rooms about growing practices and get involved in the conversation. Stay educated, keep up to date on the latest standards and practices, and don’t be afraid to ask, “How were your vines farmed?” Most winemakers can’t wait to answer that question.

Sustainable Star: Écluse Winery
Learn about how the winery uses compost tea to conserve water and natural predators instead of pesticides : https://www.eclusewines.com/our-story/lock-vineyard.php

Mapping and Directions to Écluse 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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4 Ways to Experience Paso’s Wine Winter Wonderland


No snow in the forecast, perhaps some frost, but plenty of fine wine, sure! Yes, winter in Paso Robles, California is just as festive anywhere else in the world—and perhaps even more pleasurable, since you can savor the sunshine while shopping for holiday gifts, sampling seasonal treats, and generally partaking in the good merriment and cheer! Here’s four ways to experience Paso Robles’ wondrous Wine Wonderland in style (no bulky winter coats required). Just bring your appetite!

1. Elegant Evening Downtown

Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m. // Free
Enjoy winter elegance, Paso Robles style! Sip world-class wines from Hoyt Family Vineyards, one of our favorite Downtown Wineries, relish good food provided by local chefs and take a stroll along one of the most beautiful and romantic places to enjoy winter’s enchantments: Downtown Paso Robles including Bijou Boutique. You’ll see live mannequins posted up in shop windows (thanks to Class Act Dance Studio), partake in carriage rides, have a twirl with magical dancers, enjoy live singers and musicians, too. What a gift (and all for the low, low price of free). All that snacking making your tummy grumble? Head to Thomas Hill Organics, Pappy McGregors or Fish Gaucho for a seasonally inspired feast.

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Mapping and Directions to Hoyt Family Vineyards
Mapping and Directions to Thomas Hill Organics
Mapping and Directions to Pappy Mcgregors
Mapping and Directions to Fish Gaucho

2. Holiday Craft Bazaar

Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. // Free
Not quite sure what to get the loved ones on your list? There are plenty of artisanal products on sale in Paso Robles all winter long, and who doesn’t need an extra bottle of EVOO or fine wine for their holiday table? Just in time for the holidays, the Holiday Craft Bazaar features arts, crafts and handmade goods from local purveyors. Visit the variety of booths stationed in Paso Robles Downtown City park and search for that hard-to-find gift you’ve been looking for. We love gifting (and enjoying) bottles of Pasolivo Olive Oil, grown in Paso Robles and available in an array of wintery flavors, from citrus to rosemary.

Mapping and Directions to PasolivoPaso

3. Holiday Gift and Food Showcase

Dec. 9 from 2-6 p.m. // Free
Nothing like a crisp, sunny (or rainy) day for sipping Harmony Cellars famous mulled (spiced!) wine with gourmet sweet and savory bites served with open-arm hospitality! Swing by and swoon over gourmet jewelry that can be yours and support Woods Humane Society (the local dog and cat rescue) by purchasing bows to decorate their tasting room barrel stave tree. From Rosé to Zinfandel, this amazing winery offers something for every palate. Discover your next new favorite wine.

 
More information
Mapping and Directions to Harmony Cellars

4. Fabulous Holiday Party

Dec. 15 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Sculpterra is always ground zero for live music and fun events, but every winter the owners go a tad overboard (in a very good way). It’s that time again for the winery’s annual holiday party, and this isn’t just any snowflake-themed bash. Hosted at 2801 Johnson Ave. #11 in San Luis Obispo, you’ll find plenty of Paso Robles bottles under the tree. Make the yuletide gay and join the whole Sculpterra gang for an evening of fab food crafted by The Prancing Chef, themed signature cocktails, and dancing to your heart’s delight. Yes, this is a great way to counter-balance all the egg nog you’ll be no doubt drinking, against your better judgement.

RSVP to dcolyer1@yahoo.com

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



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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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®

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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.

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