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Mid-summer madness (and Mid-State Fair food) has arrived! That means there’s no better time to get out into the sunshine with a glass of fantastic Paso Robles wine. Take advantage of all dynamic Paso Robles has to offer, from the carnival rides to grassy concerts under gorgeous oaks. These fun-loving wineries are shaking the summer season up with funky-fresh live music, choice gourmet eats, and a whole lot of outdoor activities that have zero to do with checking your work email. Seriously. Work can wait till Monday! Is that a bocce ball court over there…? YOLO!

Music Mania at Four Lanterns

Summer Sundays at Four Lanterns are anything but quiet. In fact, the scenic westside winery is igniting with country, blues, singer-songwriter jams, and catchy pop music galore! Oh, and of course you can’t have wine and tunes without serious grub from Hurricane Kitchen Food Truck, so don’t worry about packing a lunch. This August 7 catch Noach Tangeras, August 14 groove with Route 66, on August 21 get your fill of Rocky Montijo and the Mojitos, and on August 28 gear up for an intergalactic trip with One Time Spaceman.Four Lanterns Buy the Wine

Summer Sipper: Sway and chill with a glass of Lamplight Viognier 2015, a white wine with balance, minerality, and notes of pear and stone fruit.

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Twilight is the Magic Hour at Harmony Cellars

Harmony-Cellars_Paso-Robles-WineriesWhen the golden sparkle of day fades in to a balmy night it’s a magical thing, indeed…but during summer in scenic Harmony, it’s even more unforgettable! Refresh your senses with cool coastal breezes and a dazzling sunset at Harmony Cellars’ popular Twilight Hours Events, held each Friday from 5-7 p.m. This July 29 you can enjoy the sounds of Luke Byron paired with food from The Pairing Knife and on August 5 get down with Marcus DiMaggio while grubbing on Boni’s Tacos. This is just a small taste of what’s happening at Twilight Cellars this summer. And the best part? Harmony-Cellars_BUY-THE-WINEThe fun rolls on through September!

Summer Sipper: Stop to smell the honeysuckle and lose yourself in this delicate, floral 2014 White Riesling, perfect with a refreshing cheese and fruit plate.

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Sizzling Pizza Perfection at LXV

lxv wines patioThis month, LXV’s Summer Recipe Series is transfixed by the transformative magic of fire. When the sun goes down and temps cool off, you’ll be ready to experience the sizzle for yourself with exotic, mind-bending pizzas crafted by Chef John McDevitt of Farmstead Catering. Swing by the swanky lounge the first Friday of the month, including Aug 5, for an Indian-inspired pizza you’ll be dreaming about come fall.LXV Buy the wine button

Summer Sipper: Inspired by Aindrajala, the KamaSutra art of Magic, LXV Wine’s 2013 Lover’s Spell is strong enough to stand alongside this rich, seductive entree. A dynamic ruby red union of Cabernet and Syrah cascades into the glass, flirting first with the eye.

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Intimate Concerts at Pelletiere Estate

pelletiere-winery-winesA relaxed, down home vibe is comes with the territory at Pelletiere Estates’ Live Music Series, running now through Oct. 15. Cozy up to your sweetheart or bring your four-legged friend for an intimate and charming concert at this elegant westside winery. On Aug. 13 you won’t want to miss Chris Beland and on APelletiere Buy the Wineug. 27 Kenny Taylor will rock the guitar. You might even be called to take a slow dance or two!

Summer Sipper: With a golden hue that rivals the summer sun, this 2014 Viognier is crisp and captivating, like a dip in a perfectly-chilled pool.

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Sunday Funday at Rotta Winery

welcome-to-rotta-wineryThe birds are chirping, the kids have the day off, and the wine and music is flowing. This isn’t heaven—it’s exactly what’s happening at Rotta Winery during their famous Sunday Funday events. This Sunday, July 31 gear up for Ricky and the Mojitos, then wind down on August 7 with an acoustic set from local songbird Amy Estrada. AlRotta Winery Buy the Wine Buttonl the while, try your hand at the bocce ball court or simply sip and sunbathe. These are easy decisions to make, no?

Summer Sipper: Pink with a zesty, strawberry hue, this rose is as ripe and irresistible as a slice of watermelon at a picnic.

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An Edna Valley Escape at Sextant Winery

Sextant winery edna valleyWhen temps sizzle into the triple digits, it’s time to hop south on the grade and take a cruise through temperate Edna Valley. This July 31, be sure to stop at Sextant Winery, where you can grab a gourmet lunch at their deli counter and a unique concert by the Central Coast’s own Chris Beland. Vacationing is fun, especially when you only have to Sextant buy the winedrive 20 minutes to escape for the day!

Summer Sipper: When a celebratory chardonnay is in order, grab a few best buds and pop the cork on Sextant Winery’s 2014 SLH Chardonnay, bursting with apricot and pineapple notes.

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Big Time Concerts at Tooth and Nail

tooth and nail entranceWith a professional sound system and ample stage overlooking a real life castle moat, there is no other winery that offers such a “grand” concert experience. Will Champlin and Rewined will serenade the prince and princess in all of us this July 31. Not all concerts at the castle are free, but this one is—so there is no excuse not to get the Tooth and Nail buy the wineroyal treatment.

Summer Sipper: With a light viscosity and fruity personality, this 2013 Stasis Pinot Noir is perfectly acceptable for a summer afternoon strolling the grounds.

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Watch the Songwriters Play at Sculpterra

sculpterra-winery_sculptureIf you’re a local music fan, you are probably well aware of Sunday Songwriters at Play at Sculpterra…but did you know that there’s now a Wine Down Wednesday event series bringing even more local acts to the winery’s wondrously manicured lawn? This Aug. 10, catch Bear Market Riot and relax knowing that hump day just got a little bit Sculpterra Buy the Wineeasier.

Summer Sipper: Sometimes you just need a crisp, acidic wine that cleanses the palate. Sculpterra’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc foots the bill perfectly, and does double duty cleansing the mind.

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This blog was written by Hayley Thomas, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.

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