Guinness? We’ll pass. Here in Paso Robles Wine Country, there isn’t a celebration that doesn’t call for a little (or a lot) of world class vino! This St.Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, skip the crowded pub (and beer bloat) and raise your wine glass with pride. Whether you’re wearing pistachio, lime, fern, olive, or juniper, these five uniquely Paso Robles Paddy’s Day activities are sure to bring you the luck of the Irish.
Find a Four Leaf Clover
The famous hills around Paso Robles are as green as Ireland this time of year, thanks to a hefty dose of much-needed rain. You know what that means: Cue the Sound of Music soundtrack and get out into the verdant countryside, where cows, vines, and wildflowers speckle the dreamy, undulating landscape. Limerock Orchards offers up walnut oil sampling, orchard tours, and wine tasting amid a gorgeous rural setting. Plus, this family-owned farm is just a stone’s throw from tons of other notable wine tasting rooms perfect for outdoor picnicking. Peachy Canyon Winery is one such neighbor, so you know you’re in for a day of pastoral bliss. Happy clover hunting!
Mapping and Directions to Limerock Orchards: speedfind.com/LimerockOrchards
Mapping and Directions to Peachy Canyon Winery: speedfind.com/PeachyCanyonWinery
Wearing green is great, but being green? That’s taking the Irish tradition to a whole new level, and then some. Show your support for eco-conscious wines and stop by Oso Libre, which is revolutionizing the way oak is used in its steel barrel program, Pelletiere Estate Winery, which uses clay vessels to add character to its Italian wines, and Rangeland Winery, which practices a true biodynamic approach to farming. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that you are doing your part to keep the Earth green on the greenest of all days.
Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre Winery: speedfind.com/OsoLibreWinery
Mapping and Directions to Pelletiere Estate Winery: speedfind.com/Pelletiere
Mapping and Directions to Rangeland Winery: speedfind.com/Rangeland
Claim your Pot of Gold
OK, so getting a killer deal on your next Paso Wine tasting experience isn’t the same as finding a literal “pot of gold,” but you will feel just as fortunate when you take advantage of these amazing discounts, going on right now! This spring, score two-for-one tastings, barrel tasting coupons, limo rental deals, and case specials here. In addition, this month only, Lone Madrone is offering a special of ten percent off three or more bottles of their 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel (just in time for Vintage Paso Robles Zinfandel Weekend, coming up March 17-19). Looks like this is your golden opportunity—better reach out and grab it!
Mapping and Directions to Lone Madrone: speedfind.com/LoneMadrone
Get Lucky in Love
You don’t have to be Irish to get kissed. Spring a romantic staycation on your significant other and you’ll be happier than two leprechauns going wedding band shopping. Book a stay at La Bellasera Hotel, which features spa services and a glittering pool—or hang at the JUST Inn at JUSTIN, where the upscale boutique-style rooms are always stocked with bottles of the winery’s ironic Isosceles red blend. Note: Did I mention both hotels feature upscale restaurants, so you won’t have to tackle the St. Paddy’s day crowds downtown? So great. Just don’t ask for green goat cheese. You may get a funny look. Click here for even more lodging options.
Mapping and Directions to La Bellasera Hotel: speedfind.com/LaBellasera
Mapping and Directions to JUST Inn: speedfind.com/JustInnAtJustinWinery
Enjoy an Irish Feast
Staying home and staying cozy? Fill your house with the smell of corned beef hash and soda bread, and your family will thank you handsomely. Not sure what to do with the leftovers? Make an epic Reuben sandwich with corned beef hash and toasted soda bread, and start a tasty new tradition. Pair these salty, tangy flavors with a light and fragrant white, like Rotta Winery’s 2015 Rotta Rousanne, on sale now when you buy by the case. Don’t have time to create an elaborate Irish feast? Go for a celebratory brunch with friends. No one can resist the allure of a Spicy Green BLT Bloody Mary.
Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery: speedfind.com/RottaWinery
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
If you’re looking for a place to spend the night in Paso Robles, checkout:
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally 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.
La 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.
Hampton 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®
Experience 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.
Enjoy 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.