Cannonball! Beat the heat and break out the chilled white wine. The return of triple digit weather means finding refreshingly new and delicious ways to cool off. Well, in Paso Robles Wine Country, that is! Here, our summer mantra is all about hydration, relaxation and experimentation. Alternate between cold ice water and these unique, crisp whites for a cool wave of flavor that beckons for one last sip. Still feeling hot-headed? Take a dip in the pool! In Paso Robles, there’s no shortage of ways to hit the “refresh” button on your socially distant summer vacation.
1. Try them all at Brecon Estate
Why would you ever choose just one? Known for crafting crisp, refreshing whites that are both food friendly and fruit forward, Brecon Estate is full of sumptuous summer surprises. The winery’s amazing Summer Six Pack Special is a tall drink of yum wrapped up in one distinctly Paso Robles package. Enjoy two 2019 Brecon Estate 2019 Albarino offerings, two Rosé offerings and two bottles of the winery’s True Acacia Head Albarino, bursting with tart grapefruit grandeur. Spice up your summer barbecue and keep those fresh flavors in rotation!
Brecon Estate is currently open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment. For more information, call (805) 239-2200.
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2. Celebrate anything at Cass Winery
All bubbles, no troubles. Why not just celebrate the day, whatever it happens to be? Pop the cork and kick back at the Cass Winery patio, a hot weather hangout perfect for sipping away the afternoon in style. Nosh on chef-crafted plates paired with our new summer love: Cass Winery’s 2018 Sparkling Viognier. With floral notes and tiny, delicate bubbles that tickle the nose, expect a dry citrus finish that simply cries out for zesty crab cakes. Luckily, the tasting room has those, too! You’re in good hands, my friend.
Cass Winery is open Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 239-1730.
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3. Find your French at Écluse
What’s “French” for “chill vibes?” Allow us to translate, one sip at a time. Just head to Écluse, where limited production, handcrafted bottles exude a certain je ne sais quoi. The winery’s 2017 Chardonnay is no exception to the rule. Aged for 14 months both in stainless steel and French oak to produce a crisp yet complex flavor profile, you’ll get a hint of that classic creaminess cut with a healthy dose of sunny acidity. How’s that for effortless chic in a glass?
The Écluse tasting room is open for tasting this Fourth of July weekend by appointment, and if you cannot make it, you can purchase bottles from their web store. Check back with the tasting room for updates on future weekends that they are open by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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4. Stretch out at Four Lanterns Winery
You promised yourself you’d tackle that summer reading list. Here’s a novel idea: Sprawl out on the lush, green lawn at Four Lanterns Winery and enjoy a socially distant picnic with your favorite book (and perhaps your favorite pod-mate). Whatever you do, be sure to bask in the winery’s best and brightest whites, including Four Lantern’s 2018 Apricity Rhone Blend and 2017 Lamplight Viognier. Both Rhone offerings are golden and unforgettable (not unlike a famous Paso Robles sunset).
Four Lanterns Winery is open by appointment. For more information, call (805) 226-5955.
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5. Iron Oaks Winery
Remember eggs Benedict? The wise folks at Iron Oaks Winery want to remind you to brunch it up this summer. Whether you toast over pancakes through Zoom or prepare a spread of smoked salmon in the backyard, make room in your schedule for a long leisurely breakfast that turns into a late, great lunch. In Paso Robles Wine Country, temps begin to soar just past 11 a.m. Give your Sunday tradition a splash of flirty refreshment with Iron Oaks Wild as You Rosé dripping with watermelon and guava goodness. Next up: a luxurious summer siesta. Last one to the hammock is a rotten egg!
Iron Oaks Winery is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. For more information, call (805) 257-8041.
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, 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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically 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.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hoyt Family Vineyard Retreats Two very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.
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®
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. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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.
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. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
Peachy Canyon Guest Inn Sits above Peachy Canyon Winery + acres of vines at Mustang Springs Vineyard. The house has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room, family room + panoramic views.
Paso 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.