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.

 

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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.

 

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®

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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.

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