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WINE REGIONS

4 | CENTRAL COAST MAP

24 | PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP

Pleasant valley Wineries: 19

West side Wineries: venteux vineyards, 26

Downtown Paso Robles Wineries, 24

21 | SAN LUIS OBISPO MAP

Avila Beach Wineries, 27

28 | NORTHERN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MAP

lompoc Wineries:

Palmina, 29

santa maria: The original Roadhouse Grill, 30-31

los olivos Wineries: 32-34 stolpman vineyards, 32-33 Cimarone estate Wines, 34

santa Barbara Wineries:

Conway Family Deep sea Tasting Room, 35

solvang Wineries: 36-37 Carivintâs Winery, 36

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WINEOLOGY by len Napolitano What is a wine appellation?

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS san luis obispo County, 38 santa Barbara County, 41 ventura County, 42

WINERY LISTINGS Paso Robles, 43 san luis obispo, 45 santa maria/Foxen Canyon, 45 los olivos, 46 lompoc/Buellton, 46 solvang, 47 santa Ynez, 47 santa Barbara, 47 ventura County, 47

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What is a wine appellation? i N T e l l i G e N

What is a wine appellation?

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An appellation is a defined geographic wine-growing region that is officially recognized for its unique climate, soil, elevation and other physical features that together have a unique impact on its wines. An appellation's boundaries may cross county and state borders because it is nature that creates its geographic limits, not the government. However, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) does get involved in making these appellations official and legal designations, which can be helpful information to wine consumers when reading a wine label. A TTB-approved region is known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). As of January 2013, there are a total of 202 AVAs designated throughout the US. The oldest AVA in California is Napa Valley. The newest AVA in the US is called Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley in Washington State. AVAs also can be sub-divided into smaller areas that are also known for their own unique soil and climate conditions. Taking Napa Valley as an example, there are

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currently 16 AVAs within the Napa Valley AVA, with names like Stags Leap District, Carneros and its newest AVA, Calistoga. The TTB specifies that at least 85% of a wine’s grapes must be grown in the AVA specified on the label. In California, when no single AVA is the origin of 85% the grapes of a given wine, the label may indicate a larger AVA that encompasses all the various sources, if possible. Otherwise, it can indicate “California” as the source of the grapes. In a case such as this, the producer may identify on the rear label the different origins of the grapes that make up that wine. As wine consumers experience the wines of different AVAs, reading the AVA designation on a wine label is almost like a having virtual taste of what’s inside. Because winemakers and wine enthusiasts know that unique soils and climate conditions produce unique wines, an AVA designation indicates a certain consistency of style that these geographic features have produced in wine over a long period of time. In addition, as AVAs are sub-divided into even smaller defined areas, it follows that the wine style gets even more specific, although a wine from a small AVA is not a guarantee that it will be of superior quality to a broader AVA.

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Laetitia, originally formed in 1982 as a Champagne house, has undergone lots of changes in the last 30 years but the wines have stayed the course, even improving. These days Laetitia offers two distinct labels: NADIA (a wide range of both Bordeaux and Rhône varieties), and the Laetitia label which focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wines. In fact, with its three tiers: estate, reserve and single vineyard, Laetitia holds the largest privately owned Pinot Noir plantings in California. Just six miles south of Pismo Beach, right off Highway 101, a visit to the tasting room allows a complimentary tasting menu or a $10 reserve tasting which includes a broader range of their sparkling wines, grapes like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc that have been grown here since 1982. Bottle prices range from $16 to $60 with the majority in the $25 range. Their two tasting bars allow for a relaxed environment with views to the vineyards and plenty of gift items for sale. Some people come here to play the bocce ball courts, and some simply picnic at one of Laetitia’s many vineyard tables. But wineries these days are about experiences as much as the wine. Therefore, Laetitia offers live music every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. But in addition to entertainment there is education. On January 18th from 5 to 7 p.m. it will be “Meet the Winemaker” as Eric Hickey answers questions, does a tasting and gives you the chance to understand what a winemaker actually does. As head winemaker since 2002 Eric’s wines exemplify his love of and respect for the land. “The wines are very well balanced so they age well,” he says. “I also work hard at making them consistent year to year.” January 23rd from, 6:30 to 8 p.m. will be a special Food and Wine Pairing featuring Laetitia Brut de Blancs. On February 7th from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a Chocolate and Wine Pairing just in time for Valentine’s Day, and you can never go wrong with wine and chocolate. Coming up February 23rd there will be a vineyard pruning seminar with vineyard manager, Lino Bozzano, helping you to understand the complexities of managing a vineyard. And, in March, Laetitia will be pouring at the highly anticipated and world-class World of Pinot Noir Main Event in Pismo Beach. So there’s plenty to do for fun and to further your understanding of wine. So stop in, taste some wine, sip a sparkler, play bocce ball, bring a picnic, and stroll through the demonstration vineyards and expand your knowledge of viticulture.

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The oldest profession in California is not what you think: it’s most probably cattle ranching. And the partners of Alta Maria Vineyards, Paul Wilkins and James Ontiveros, have a long history in the ranches and farmlands of this part of California. The Ontiveros family first came into California in 1781 with the Rivera expedition. Although their original land grants were in Southern California, they drove thousands of heads of cattle into the Santa Maria Valley, finally settling there on the Rancho Tepusquet Land Grant of 1837. Today, much of the duo’s grapes come from that very same land. As a couple of kids in college, both studying crop and fruit science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they bonded over an unlikely interest in wine. Paul’s family background in farming and James’ history of cattle ranching put them firmly in position to build on their knowledge of the land and growing things on the land, to arrive at a new calling:

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lost touch, and many years passed. But the land in the Santa Maria Valley had a pull on the two men; the sense of heritage and nostalgia drew them back together. As the two friends reconnected on a vineyard on a hill in that valley, they decided to make the wine that was waiting for them all along: Alta Maria Vineyards. The artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails used by homesteaders in Santa Maria before the Industrial Revo- lution introduced mass-produced, machine-cut nails. Despite its lowly function, each nail is unique from the next according to the conditions in which it was made and the expertise of the craftsman. This craftsmanship is what Paul and James strive for in all their wines. In addition to the Alta Maria wines, the pair also makes Autonom wine, focusing on Rhone varietals and Native9, which is purely Pinot

Noir. The wines are made in small lots with a nod to both Old World sensibilities and New World stylistic freedom. With vine-growing and farming in their blood, Alta Maria wines reflect the pair’s shared affinity for all things homespun and honest and the authenticity of the Santa Maria Valley and a gratitude to the generations of California farmers and ranchers before us, farming the very same land 150 years ago. All Alta Maria wines can be tasted at their tasting room located on Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. Though Paul and James have been making and distributing wine for years, they didn’t open a tasting room until late 2011, with some fresh offerings on the current tasting list. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 2933 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Los Olivos. For more information call (805) 686-1144 or go to www.altamaria.com.

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Mama’s Meatball

One pretty reliable way to find out just how good the food at a local restaurant is, is to ask somebody in the restaurant business. Ask a bartender, a waiter, anyone in fact, what they think of Mama’s meatballs in San Luis Obispo and their lips begin to quiver, their eyes roll towards the heavens, they sigh; that is how good Mama’s Meatball is. Set in a small courtyard off of one of the town’s main streets, in a place called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball is

actually divided in two. On the right is the take-out where people line up to get their orders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by a huge- trunked tree and a water fountain, is the intimate restaurant with it’s mural of the Mediterranean across the back. Meatballs aside, the restaurant, under owner and chef Nicola Allegretta, offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, many of them now available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the economy and his customer’s wishes. Among them are half a dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmon and a refreshing pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto choices, both hot and cold paninis (including, of course, one made with meatballs), more pasta dishes than there is space here to share (though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot go unmentioned). There is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes as well as

is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes as well as any number of

any number of traditional and specialty pizzas (now available in two sizes) and some far too-tempting desserts. Mama’s Meatball currently has two locations. The original is in the Old Creamery plaza at 570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, (805) 544-0861. Mama’s Meatball is also available for your convenience in the south county at 325 Pier Avenue by the entrance of the Pismo Beach Dunes, (805) 473- 2383. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m., closed on Mondays. You can order online at www.mamasmeatball.com. And, don’t forget they deliver! They also have very popular catering services, which work with groups (including weddings) of every type and size. Call for details.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH Refillable “growlers” available in two blends, red or white
WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH Refillable “growlers” available in two blends, red or white

Refillable “growlers” available in two blends, red or white

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COSTA DE ORO WINERY

BY JAime leWis

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit the Costa de Oro Winery tasting room in Santa Maria, you can understand why it was recently named the “best tasting room in Northern Santa Barbara County” by readers of the Santa Maria Sun. With comfortable seating, a boutique of gifts and wine-

related items and an ambience that welcomes visitors to uncork a bottle and

stay a while, this cozy tasting room is the perfect complement to a host of

award-winning wines that rival the best in Santa Barbara County. The Burk and Espinola families are an integral part of Santa Maria farming history and chose to found Costa de Oro’s tasting room on the site

of their family’s time-honored farm stand at the intersection of Stowell Road

and Highway 101. Since its first vintage in 1994, Costa de Oro (which

means “gold coast” in Spanish) has produced some of the most elegant Pinot Noir and juiciest Chardonnay in the Santa Maria Valley – but the

brand’s reputation certainly travels farther than just the Central Coast. In

fact, two of the Burks’ wines have been selected as private labels for world-

class establishments: Pinot Noir for the James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi’s Roy’s Restaurants, and Chardonnay for the Condé Naste Top 100 Hotel, Halekulani Resort on Waikiki Beach, Oahu. Fortunately, those intent on tasting these spectacular wines need not

travel so far. While the Costa de Oro tasting room is conveniently located

just off the freeway, the Burk family’s estate property, the Gold Coast

Vineyard, is located on scenic Foxen Canyon Road, just a few miles east.

Recognized for its Pinot Noir fruit, whose wines have the fragrance and fine texture reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, the Gold Coast Vineyard serves as the primary source for Costa de Oro wines, with support from a selective

mix of other venerated Santa Barbara County vineyards.

The focus at Costa de Oro is definitely Burgundy varietals, particularly cool-climate Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir. Burk estimates that Pinot Noir makes up roughly 60 percent of Costa de Oro’s production, with Chardonnay constituting 25-30 percent, and the remainder going to a handful of other varietal wines and blends. Noting how, in European countries, winemakers habitually fill and refill wine jugs for customers, Costa de Oro recently inaugurated a “growler” program. Each growler jug holds one liter of either a white blend (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) or red blend (Tempranillo, Petite Sirah,

Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) dispensed on tap in the tasting room. The price for either blend is $20 when first purchased, with each refill costing

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$15, including a clean growler. The program is perfect for those who

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to entertain company with quality wine at an affordable price.

Wine isn’t the Burks’ only passion. In fact, when they inaugurated the winery almost 20 years ago, their goal was to incorporate as much of their other passion – music – as they possibly could into the local wine culture. Both Gary and Teresa are terrific musicians, on guitar and vocals, respectively, and find much of their joy in inviting musician friends to perform at Costa de Oro’s popular Friday Night Wine Down events. These relaxed, unpretentious evenings take place every Friday year-round from 5 to 8 p.m. Experiencing this combination of fine music, fine wines by the glass on tap and a delectable selection of cheeses, tapenades, crackers and salami, is one of the highlights of visiting the Santa Maria Valley.

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Quality Craft Beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

This family-owned brewery started by Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer of Los Olivos, has been life-long dream in the making. Harnessing their Bavarian heritage the Dietenhofer’s wanted to create a craft brewery in the Santa Ynez Valley that focused on creating the highest quality beer and help add to a growing hop culture in the Central Coast. Utilizing the skill sets from award-winning head brewer A.J. Stoll and his brew team, Figueroa Mountain Brewing has been able to create a line-up of seven quality craft beers (soon to be more). The brew team has been able to earn multiple medals including three golds in a very short period of time (open since 2010). In addition to selling beer in draft and bottles on the open market, Figueroa Mountain Brewery has a tap room that puts the patrons a few feet away from the brewing action. Complete with a state-of-the- art stainless brewing system, customers can enjoy the pint of beer that was made in the same room and epitomizes freshness. An expe- rience that includes live music on Fridays, and a complete food and wine list. Beer lovers may also enjoy the Fig Mtn Beer truck complete with taps on the side ready to pour. The truck can be seen at a large list of events throughout the Central Coast. Stay tuned to www.figmtnbrew.com for more information, or follow them on Face- book: Figueroa Mountain Brewing for the latest news and updates.

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EOS ESTATE WINERY

In case you’re a little rusty on your mythology, here’s a quick refresher. Eos was the Greek goddess of dawn. Each morning she opened the gates of heaven allowing the sun to rise. Fiercely passionate, she was cursed by Aphrodite for having an affair with Ares. Her punishment was an insatiable appetite for young men. The folks at Eos – the winery – like to say they are just as passionate as their namesake, but their insatiable appetite is focused toward the production of great wines. Since launching in the mid-1980s, Eos has been one of the most popular wineries in the Central Coast region. Its sterling reputation has been built around bold reds, complex whites and luscious dessert wines sourced from California’s finest coastal AVAs with special emphasis on its home region of Paso Robles. Since its purchase in 2010 by Bill Foley, Eos has undergone a number of changes to improve wine quality, upgrade brand image and enhance visitor experience. Recent and future bottlings feature a new label design that captures the essence of region and the authenticity of the wines. In 2013 the wine club will be upgraded to provide more options and access to wines that aren’t available elsewhere. Some of the exclusive, limited-production wines that will be available to members include proprietary and single-vineyard bottlings of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay. The tasting room, located at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 46 East, is one of the most enjoyable stops for wine lovers in the Paso Robles region. Laid back and casual, it is the perfect place to sample new releases and library selections with friends and family. The winery offers two indoor spaces, a vineyard lawn and a covered pole barn for weddings, meetings and other private events. Eos’ on-site chef, Dustin DesJardins of DCSCatering, can conjure up the perfect fare to enhance any celebration or other special occasion. For the weekend visitor, there is a lunch menu that features Bruschetta, Veggie Orecchiette and Pouched Apple Salad with Pear Vinaigrette. These specialties can be enjoyed at the bar or out on the veranda while gazing at the rolling Paso Robles hillside.

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San Luis Obispo International Film Festival Highlights

Special Venues, Wine Events, Surf Nite and More Planned for Unique California-Flavored Festival

After receiving international media attention for last year’s unprecedented Citizen Kane screening, the 19th annual San Luis

Obispo International Film Festival returns March 6-10 with another unforgettable festival lineup. Highlights, detailed below, include historic venues such as Hearst Castle and unique, regionally-flavored events like wine tasting pre-screening parties and surf-themed film celebrations that underscore the destination’s wine country and beach attractions. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

• Opening Night Premiere: Food and wine reception and Central

Coast feature-length premiere with director, producers and cast in attendance THURSDAY, MARCH 7

• Hearst Castle Vip Event: Plans are being formulated for another event at this internationally renowned monument • Bike Movie Night: Screening of a popular bicycle-themed film with associated lead actor in attendance • Hollywood & Vines Sing-Along: Wine and cheese reception and sing-along screening of a classic musical film FRIDAY, MARCH 8

• Surf Nite In Slo: Surf documentary screening with special guest surfers and filmmakers followed by meet-and-greet and after-party

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

• Independent Film And King Vidor Awards Night: Awards presented to standout filmmakers; 2013 King Vidor Award presented to film industry personality; after-party at a local venue

• Filmmakers Of Tomorrow Showcase: Young filmmakers from around the world compete for cash prizes

• Movie-In-A-Day Marathon: Amateur filmmakers create a short film in seven hours for a chance to win cash prizes SUNDAY, MARCH 10

• Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase: Central Coast Filmmaker screenings followed by awards presentation during Closing Night party MARCH 7-10 Screening more than 100 films over a span of five days and at a variety of historic venues such as Hearst Castle, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is a premier California celebration of cinematic culture. Each year, it introduces audiences to a one-of-a- kind lineup of cutting-edge documentaries, independent short and full-length films, and tried-and-true classics, while recognizing Hollywood celebrities, new filmmakers and behind-the-scenes heroes through intimate Q&A sessions, seminars and awards ceremonies. To learn more about the film festival, visit slofilmfest.org.

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The Best of Edna Valley

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Edna Valley, bounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains on the east and west, has one of the longest growing seasons in all of California. The Spanish Missionaries planted the original grapes in the early 19th century and today the Edna Valley is known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Tolosa’s vineyards are located here. Established in 1998 with 750+ acres, Tolosa only use 10% of their estate vineyards for the Tolosa brand, giving their winemaker the choice of selecting the best quality, and selling the other 90%. Tolosa is one of the greenest of the sustainably farmed vineyards and is a solar-powered facility. Known for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Rosé of Syrah, and Merlot, all can be sampled in their tasting room and patio. The Tolosa tasting room is not your traditional tasting room. The grand looking entrance brings you into a hip and classy tasting area, with its glass bar and stainless steel ceilings. The distinctive lighting and unique cork floor add to the modern ambiance of this beautifully designed building. Along with tasting their great wines you will be privy to an educational wine tasting experience as well. Tolosa is a custom grape crushing facility and hopes that its patrons will take advantage of the self-guided tours of

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the winery and learn about the winemaking process. The patio is accessible, with tables, heaters and lawn, all of which overlook the crush pad, receiving area and vineyards. While there, you might want to sample these two wines: 2011 No Oak Chardonnay. A dry Chardonnay that is clean and pure with flavors of citrus and pear and the 2010 1772 Pinot Noir. This is a Pinot Noir that shows all the fruit purity and acidity of Edna Valley wines, exhibiting intense raspberry, cherry and oak layers. Tolosa bottles range from $21-$52 per bottle. The tasting room offers several tasting menus along with weekly Artisanal Wine and Cheese,

Charcuterie or Truffle Pairings in their Heritage Reserve Room. It is recommended that you make reservations for these pairings that happen every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Barrel tasting and cellar tours are also available by appointment. This year Tolosa will be holding its 8th Annual “Crab & Chardonnay Fête” on January 26, 2013. This is a sell out event each year. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Cellar where the five-course dinner from the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach will be served. Four estate Chardonnay’s will be poured to compliment each course and their signature red wines will also be offered.

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22nd Annual Zap Festival, Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Four Extraordinary Events, One Classic Varietal

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers presents the 22nd Annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco January 31 through February 2, 2013. “The ZAP Festival is one of the wonders of the wine world,” explains Bob Biale, President, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers. “The Festival offers an appreciation of Zinfandel from every angle you can imagine, from the academic to the light-hearted,” he adds.

More than 200 Zinfandel wineries poured their wines at the 2012 Festival. Watch Zinfandel.org for updates on all the activities!

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Epicuria, Thursday, January 31, 6 to 9 p.m., at The Concourse (635 8th Street at Brannan, San Francisco, 94103-4901)

A culinary adventure where 50 top Zinfandel wines and wineries

collaborate with 50 chefs. Non-member tickets are $95. • Flights, Friday, February 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

at The Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason, San Francisco, 94108)

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the uniqueness of Zinfandel. Non-member tickets are $75.

“It’s an amazing gourmet adventure, exploring the versatile flavors of Zinfandel,” explains Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers “You will have the opportunity to sample sophisticated and whimsical culinary creations from master chefs, perfectly paired with 50 top Zinfandel wines and you can savor tantalizing delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while you

delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while you learn their techniques,” she adds. Want to make
delicacies from the ZinKitchen celebrity chefs while you learn their techniques,” she adds. Want to make

learn their techniques,” she adds. Want to make Muleheart Farm Pork Chili (from Central Market) or Braised Pork Belly Bahn Mi Sandwich (from the Ledson Hotel)? These are some of the recipes being presented at Epicuria which will be appearing on the ZAP website, www.zinfandel.org. Want to experiment with desserts and Zinfandel? Several of the winery- restaurant teams had that idea – Barefoot Cellars with Sonoma Cake Creations, Dogwood Cellars with Sift Cupcake, Frank Family Vineyards with Chef Tyler Stone (Frank Family Molecular Wine Ice Cream Dessert), Grgich Hills Estate with 3D Candies (Raspberry Hazelnut Caramel and Lavender Black Cherry Vanilla Caramel) and Scott Harvey Wines with Healdsburg Toffee (assorted candies). • Zinfandel Winemakers’ Dinner, Friday, February 1, 5 to 10 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel A glamorous evening where a walkaround tasting precedes a live auction and sumptuous dinner – all benefiting the Heritage Vineyard Projects. Non-member tickets are $250 (which includes one annual ZAP membership). More details at www.zinfandel.org • Grand Tasting, February 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Concourse The world’s largest single-varietal tasting, a chance to taste more than 200 different Zinfandels. Participating wineries are listed online at www.zinfandel.org. Non-member tickets are $65. Tickets for all events are on sale online at zinfandel.org. This will be the second year for ZAP to base Epicuria and The Grand Tasting at The Concourse. “The Concourse is a terrific venue for us, located in the heart of SoMa and downtown San Francisco, with easy access to public transportation and a comfortable and elegant venue for our events,” explains Rebecca Robinson, Executive Director, ZAP.

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The Association of Zinfandel Advocates & Producers is a not-for- profit, member-based, educational 501(c)(3) organization. ZAP’s mission is to advance public knowledge of and appreciation for American Zinfandel and its unique place in our culture and history. Winegrowers, winemakers and wine enthusiasts combine to form the membership. The common focus is the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America’s heritage wine. ZAP’s embership includes approximately 250 winery-members, 4,000 advocate members and 100 associate members. Zinfandel is considered America’s heritage wine because of its rich

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history; plantings of Zinfandel in California represent some of the oldest vineyard plantings in the world – adding further to Zinfandel’s critically important role in the world of fine wine. While the Zinfandel grape originated in Europe, the Zinfandel name is truly American – the earliest documented use of the name was when a Boston nursery owner advertised Zinfandel for sale in 1832. Zinfandel was introduced to California during the Gold Rush at some point between 1852 and 1857 and became widely planted because it thrived so well in the state’s climate and soil. Today, Zinfandel is the third leading wine grape variety in California, with nearly 50,000 acres planted.

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers welcomes “Advocate” members as well as wineries. ZAP members have unique opportunities to explore Zinfandel, meet other Zinfandel enthusiasts and discover new wineries. An annual membership is $44 (for two people) and includes numerous special and behind-the-scenes events and resources. Members have early entrance to the Grand Zinfandel Tasting at ZAP’s Zinfandel Festival, plus winemaker workshops, as well as ticket savings for the Festival and other events, including cruises, invitations with special pricing to wine events, a seasonal eNewsletter with news articles, member stories, recipes, discounts and special offers at selected wineries and more.

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Wine Tasting on the WEST SIDE of PASO ROBLES VenteuxVineyards by Brette Ann Womack Venteux Vineyards

VenteuxVineyards

by Brette Ann Womack

Venteux Vineyards is a dream realized by two families who share a passion for wine and hospitality. This passion is revealed in each bottle of Venteux wine and during each visit by a guest to their tasting room. In 2000, The Stelzle family bought a beautiful piece of property in the renowned wine growing region, the Templeton Gap. This exceptional viticultural area produces several of the top scoring wines today. Winemaker and co-owner, Scott Stelzle, focuses on letting the unique microclimate of the Templeton Gap shine through in the wines. Using native yeast and keeping varietal wines 100% pure, guests are able to truly taste the expression of Westside fruit, including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and more. Additionally, Venteux offers original blends which are in complete balance and show much complexity. PMS, a blend of Petite Syrah, Mourvedre and Syrah is a lovely example of a bold and delicious red wine from the Westside of Paso Robles. Also on the Venteux property, stands a luxury bed-and-breakfast inn. Artfully decorated by owner, Bobbi Stelzle, the bed-and-break- fast inn offers an authentic stay in wine country. Guests are encour- aged to meander in the vineyards and come back for a wine and cheese reception in the evenings. Venteux Vineyards is a charming place to visit during a Westside of

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Paso Robles wine tour. Conveniently located near the intersection of Bethel Road and Las Tablas in Templeton, Venteux is a wonderful place to start the day. They are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have a $5 tasting fee. For more information about their wines and their bed- and-breakfast inn, visit their website, www.venteuxvineyards.com.

RED SOLES WINERY

3230 oakdale Road, Paso Robles

open Daily 11-5 • 805-226-9898 The unique growing region known as the Templeton Gap allows the ocean to temper the area’s warm days with cool, breezy nights. These conditions, paired with limestone soils, create the perfect terroir for growing high quality wine. We are family owned and operated, specializing in hand-crafted, very limited production wines, made from grapes grown on our own vineyards.

wines, made from grapes grown on our own vineyards. VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 las Tablas, Templeton open
wines, made from grapes grown on our own vineyards. VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 las Tablas, Templeton open

VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 las Tablas, Templeton open Daily 10-5 and by appointment 805-369-0127 • www.venteuxvineyards.com From soil to bottle, our hands-on approach allows us to uphold the highest level of care in all aspects of the winemaking process. Our extremely small productions of Rhône wines showcase a style of balance, elegance, and finesse. Picnic on the porch of the farmhouse and taste our hand-crafted wines in the elegant and inviting tasting room.

DOCE ROBLES

2023 Twelve oaks Drive, Paso Robles • Daily 10-5:30

805-227-4766 • www.docerobleswinery.com

The quality of our fruit is paramount and we have the experience, location and methods to deliver consistently high-quality fruit. All of this leads to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree!

to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree! MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento lake
to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree! MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento lake

MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento lake Drive, Paso Robles 805-226-2925 • mondocellars.com

hours: sun-Thu, sat 11-6; Fri 11-10 Visit our tasting room and experience the passion in our big

Bordeaux and Rhone blends. Make our luxurious Bed and Breakfast

your home and enjoy breathtaking views from every window. All just five miles from downtown Paso Robles shopping and dining. Join us!

STANGER VINEYARDS

7970 vineyard Drive, Paso Robles

open Daily 12 to 5 and Fresh Food available daily.

805-238-0621 • www.poalillovineyards.com

Stanger Vineyards produces estate wines made from grapes

grown in a perfect place – a place where the climate, water and

fossil-rich soil have been evolving for 65 million years. It’s a place

that must have been created by the “Wine Gods” themselves.

have been evolving for 65 million years. It’s a place that must have been created by

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Welcome to the LOMPOC WINE TRAIL Palmina Palmina is all about a philosophy that brings

Welcome to the

Welcome to the LOMPOC WINE TRAIL Palmina Palmina is all about a philosophy that brings people

LOMPOC WINE TRAIL

Palmina

Welcome to the LOMPOC WINE TRAIL Palmina Palmina is all about a philosophy that brings people

Palmina is all about a philosophy that brings people back to the table to sustain themselves with good wine and food, conversation and a small respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s world. Palmina’s part in this philosophy is to craft wines that are a key part of that equation; to provide wines that can be enjoyed everyday and that comple- ment and enhance a wide range of food styles. Owner/winemaker Steve Clifton lives by this philosophy in his effort to vinify the wines of Palmina. “We produce solely Italian vari- etals from Santa Barbara County, California. We found that the climate and soil types in our own Santa Barbara County are similar to those in our adopted Northern Italy. Another parallel is that Santa Barbara County features a unique transverse mountain range, running from east to west that funnels oceanic influence into the valleys. The Alaskan current runs along the Pacific coastline until Point Concep- cion where it juts in and pushes the cold air into the valley. Morning maritime fog rolls in slowly and finally meets the warm desert air flowing from the east and the Los Padres National Forest.” These unique areas of microclimates – Piemonte, Friuli and Santa Barbara County – feature cold air pushing warm air to create growing conditions that provide enough sunlight to help fully develop fruit flavors, and cool night temperatures that maintain the grape’s natural acidity levels, and which allow Steve to create “food wines” with a balance of fruit, tannin and acid. Visit the tasting room in the renowned Lompoc “Wine Ghetto,” where you can experience Palmina wines for yourself featuring the world-class Nebbiolo, grown at unique microclimates located around Santa Barbara County. Palmina’s tasting room is at 1520 E. Chestnut Court, Lompoc and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (805) 735-2030 or go to www.palminawines.com.

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ARCADIAN 1515 east Chestnut Ave, suite B, lompoc | open daily 11am-5pm 805-737-3900, www.arcadianwinery.com Inspired
ARCADIAN
1515
east Chestnut Ave, suite B, lompoc | open daily 11am-5pm
805-737-3900, www.arcadianwinery.com
Inspired by the great traditions of Burgundian winemaking, Joseph
Davis has been making Arcadian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in
California's Central Coast region since 1996. Using French artisan
methods and hands-on vineyard management, Joe's Arcadian label
consistently receives high marks from the world's most respected wine
writers.
JALAMA WINES
308 North 9th st, C, lompoc
805-735-8937, www.jalamawines.com
Friday-sunday 12-5pm, or by appointment
Winemaker Mark Cargasacchi specializes in Pinot Noir and Syrah
from select vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.
LORING WINE COMPANY TASTING ROOM
1591
e. Chestnut Avenue, lompoc
805-742-0478, www.loringWineCompany.com
open Friday through sunday 11am-5pm
“We’re a small winery that produces tasty Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
and whatever else strikes our fancy : ) ”
PALMINA
1520 east Chestnut Court, lompoc
Thursday-saturday 11am-5pm
sunday-monday 11am-4pm
805-735-2030, www.palminawines.com
Palmina is a Californian celebration of the rich, wonderful lifestyle and
attitude toward food, wine, friends and family that exists in Italy.
STOLPMAN VINEYARDS
1700
industrial Way, ste B; Fri 1-5pm, sat-sun 11am-5pm
805-736-5000, www.stolpmanvineyards.com
Try a splash of estate grown Syrah, Sangiovese and Roussanne
amidst the controlled chaos of sorting, punch-downs, pressing
&
racking to truly experience the excitement of winemaking
Library tastings are offered in the new Barrel Room on select
Sundays, by appointment.
TRANSCENDENCE
313 N. F. street, lompoc
805-689-5258, www.transcendwines.com
Friday-sunday 11am-4pm. $10 Tasting Fee
Life happens over a bottle of wine: you fall in love,
celebrate a birth, mourn someone’s passing, begin,
end, plan, listen… dream. Transcendence celebrates
the journey you take with a great bottle of wine.
ZOTOVICH CELLARS
1500
east Chestnut Court, suite D; lompoc
805-736-1600, www.zotovichcellars.com
Thursday-sunday 10am-5pm
A
family owned and operated boutique winery.
"We grow, produce and bottle estate Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
We're new to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Stop in to meet us!"

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The Original Roadhouse Grill

BY CARolYN TURNeR

When you walk into the Original Roadhouse Grill, you’ll immediately feel comfortable and at home, even if your household does not boast a mouth-watering grill menu, full-service saloon, satellite horse racing and lets you throw your empty peanut shells on the ground. The Original Roadhouse Grill in Santa Maria opened in May 2000, as part of an American Family Steakhouse concept developed by Los Angeles-based brothers and restaurant entrepreneurs, Larry and Ralph Cimmarusti. To date there are eleven Roadhouse Grills throughout California and Oregon, that boast a casual, fun, family- friendly atmosphere and hearty meals. The Original Roadhouse Grill prides itself on an extensive menu that features favorites such as slow-roasted Bourbon tri-tip, fall-off- the-bone baby back ribs and hand-cut steaks from high-quality USDA beef from Washington State. All steaks are grilled over mesquite wood and generously seasoned with a special blend of spices. “All of our steaks are freshly hand-cut daily in-house to ensure the highest quality,” said Vice President of Operations, Linda Bryant. “We also grind all our own burgers from our steak trim, so they’re actual steak burgers.” There are also several steak alternatives including (but not limited to), Whiskey River Salmon, BBQ chicken, turkey and veggie burgers, and an entire menu section dedicated to Bison steaks, ribs, meatloaf and burgers. While you wait for your entrées, all guests are served freshly baked yeast rolls with homemade honey butter. The Original Roadhouse Grill offers a range of choices for diners of all ages and appetites, with a section of the menu called “a little less dinner” for smaller portioned meals under $11.99, over 20 menu items under $10, and children eat free every Tuesday night. Join the

Grillmasters Program online and receive a $10 off coupon, with additional specials and discounts that are good at all locations. For those diners over 21, the saloon features specialty cocktails served in Mason jars, and a selection of twelve draught beers from local breweries, as well as the signature Peanut Tap Handle beers. Beginning this month the saloon will roll into fall featuring Firestone Brewery’s Oaktoberfest draught beer, which will include a souvenir Firestone Pint beer glass with the purchase of any Firestone beer on Firestone Fridays. The coming winter months will also feature Firestone Brewery’s Velvet Merlin. The daily Happy Hour features a selection of food items for $5 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday-Friday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the saloon and family dining area, the Santa Maria, in October 2011 the Santa Maria Original Roadhouse Grill became the first location to offer a separate area where horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the races. “The California Horse Racing Board approved Original Roadhouse Grill as an Off-Track betting facility to replace the former location housed at the county fairgrounds,” said Bryant. From Thursday through Sunday, racing fans can enjoy the new Official California Wagering Facility in a separate and newly enclosed bar dining and patio area, and more than 26 televisions broadcast both the Del Mar and Santa Anita racing seasons, as well as racing on other US and international tracks. Horse racing enthusiasts will also enjoy events to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May of each year, as well as the Belmont Stakes in June and the Breeder’s Cup in November. The Original Roadhouse Grill is located at 1423 South Bradley Road in Santa Maria, California. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information about upcoming specials and events visit www.originalroadhousegrill.com or call (805) 614-0586.

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Stolpman Vineyards

2012 might have been the best year in Stolpman Vineyards’ 22 year history. A mild spring followed by a warm summer and ideal harvest conditions combined for the most pristine, perfectly ripe grapes winemaker Sashi Moorman has ever seen. The excitement in 2012 wasn’t limited to just the wines now in barrel. Current vintages in bottle at the Los Olivos tasting room received some spectacular press in 2012. The highlights included Stolpman’s barrel reserve Syrah 2010 Angeli bringing home 95 points from the International Wine Cellar, the third highest ranked wine in the entire Central Coast. Perhaps even more prestigious, the Connoisseurs’ Guide gave Stolpman’s 50-50 Blend of Sangiovese and Syrah 2010 La Croce The Best Red of the Year award. With the celebratory toasts now out of the way, it’s back to work

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With the celebratory toasts now out of the way, it’s back to work Winemaker Sashi Moorman

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on the Stolpmans’ 152 acres of vines. New plantings of Grenache and Syrah will bear
on the Stolpmans’ 152 acres of vines. New plantings of Grenache and Syrah will bear

on the Stolpmans’ 152 acres of vines. New plantings of Grenache and Syrah will bear fruit for the first time in 2013 and Stolpman’s full-time vineyard crew, La Cuadrilla, must meticulously train the young vines. Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano has employed new techniques in both blocks. Custom trellising shades the sun-sensitive Grenache fruit while Ruben increased the density of Syrah vines to create even more concentrated wine. The Stolpman team believes their efforts to further perfect the vineyard will yield even better wines for the future. Learn all about their organic dry farming viticultural techniques as well as their natural winemaking methodology from the experienced, passionate staff members in the Red Cottage Tasting Room located at 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave in Los Olivos. Many of the acclaimed 2010 vintage wines will be poured through March, or until they run out!

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Diversity is truly the spice of life and with nearly three dozen tasting rooms in Los Olivos, how does a winery stand out? For Cimarone that’s easy. You see, Cimarone’s tasting room is the only tasting room representing the newly formed Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA in all of Los Olivos. But what exactly does that mean? Well, it means that Happy Canyon is becoming known for Bordeaux grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, and this federally recognized growing area is unique in all of Santa Barbara since these grapes are less common here. “After walking countless properties, we were finally introduced to what would become the Three Creek

were finally introduced to what would become the Three Creek Vineyard,” says owner Roger Higgins. “This

Vineyard,” says owner Roger Higgins. “This site possessed all the elements of an ideal vineyard locale: rocky, well-drained soils, steep hillsides and south-facing slopes, all within the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. Here we could plant and grow a superb vineyard utilizing low-yields and sustainable vineyard care.” Their goal is to always produce handcrafted, high-quality wines under two distinct labels – Cimarone and 3CV, whose wines hover in the $20 range, both with an emphasis on Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. Of course to make great wine you need a great winemaker and the Higgins tapped winemaker Andrew Murray who, as Roger says, “embodies our goal of making thoughtfully constructed serious wines.” Currently they are making about 3,000 cases and it’s not uncommon to find Roger and his wife Priscilla behind the counter in their tasting room pouring wine and chatting about their project. They are truly hands-on in every aspect of the winery and that translates to unique wines from a unique region making for a unique wine tasting experience.

Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Visit our Tasting Room located "Off Grand” Thursday-Monday 12-5:30 www.toretti.com
Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir Visit our Tasting Room located "Off Grand” Thursday-Monday 12-5:30 www.toretti.com
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Wine Tasting in SANTA BARBARA
Wine Tasting in
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Conway FamilyWines Deep SeaTasting Room

Discover Oceanic Terroir

By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues

The stunning Santa Barbara coastline has a new jewel in its treasure chest with the recent opening of the Conway Family Wines Deep Sea Tasting Room on Stearns Wharf. Located at the gateway to the Central Coast wine region, the light-filled, spacious upstairs tasting room has a distinct contemporary feel, with an expansive tasting bar. The inviting setting features an artisan crafted table, seats and benches constructed by the Conway brothers out of transformed French oak wine barrels. Visitors can enjoy a glass of wine out on the venue’s deck, which reveals a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara Harbor, Channel Islands and Riviera, with a glimpse of passing sea

lions and pelicans. Open daily, the tasting menu features an expansive selection of award-winning wines from the Conway Family Wine portfolio,

including the acclaimed Rancho Arroyo Grande Mourvèdre and a Deep Sea Chardonnay from the iconic Bien Nacido Vineyard. The tasting room hosts regular events such as a weekly happy hour, with a food and wine series planned for the winter months. The location offers a spectacular setting for parties, with the space available for private event rental. The Conway family of Santa Barbara welcome visitors to sample their Deep Sea wines, which strive to capture the maritime influence present in California’s most prominent coastal vineyards. The wine’s origins include estates composed of ancient sea beds, prominent with seashell fossils. The Conway Family Wines seashell logo is reminiscent of this oceanic terroir and represents their commitment to crafting quality wines.

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Carivintâs Winery – Blending Wine With Philanthropy

With a tagline of “Blending Wine With Philanthropy” you know there’s something different about Carivintâs Winery in Solvang. The winery’s name comes from the Latin word Caritas and the French word Vin. Caritas means charity/philanthropy and Vin means wine, of course. Blend the two together and you get Carivintâs. The winery’s labels are all beautiful paint- ings of rescued animals and other wildlife and contain stories about each animal on the back label. Profits from sales, as well as fund- raising events, are donated to various groups such as Shadow’s Fund, Return To Freedom and other non-profit groups. They’ve raised thousands of dollars and continue to push forward with more programs this spring. But don’t let the beautiful labels and char- itable aspects fool you; the wine is definitely the focus here. They are a bit different in that they aim to produce great wine without regard to recurring varietals – i.e. they may not produce 100% Syrah every year, but whatever blends they come up with will always be top-notch. For instance, the current selection includes a gold medal- winning blend of Barbera and Tempranillo that has aromas of strawberry Jolly Rancher, pine/cedar, plum and bubble gum, with just a touch of black pepper. When asked about

gum, with just a touch of black pepper. When asked about this unconventional blend winemaker Fleet

this unconventional blend winemaker Fleet Hamilton replied, “It tastes great, so why not? We’re not pretentious, everything’s fair game – it’s all about producing great wine, not paying attention to ‘the rules.’” They diverge from traditional tasting rooms in everything from the unpretentious wine-speak to the activities: There’s a movie night, live music on weekends, board and card games, and they always have dog treats and a kid area. “When we were planning the tasting room we asked ourselves ‘what has stopped us from going wine tasting in the

past?’ It was that we had kids who would not sit still in a tasting room, or we couldn’t take our dog, or that it was stuffy.” says Paul Ramos, co-owner. “We wanted a place where we would want to hang out.” So stop by, enjoy some wine on the patio, bring your pooch, and meet the owners:

Fleet and Paul, and the lovely staff: Amanda, Alex, Beth, Kathryn and Valerie. They’re open late every night until 7 p.m. Call them at (805) 693-4331 or visit the website at www.carivintas.com. Wine tasting virgins welcome.

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SantaYnezValleyWinter Pass

Cooler days, crisp nights … green hilltops and holiday lights … and of course, delicious wine … that’s what you’ll find this winter in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. And, there’s no better way to enjoy wine tasting at the Valley’s premier boutique wineries than with the SYV Wine Country Winter Pass. The Winter Pass allows you to take a self-guided tour of the 14 wineries. Your pass may be used one time at each tasting room. With The Winter Pass, you’ll receive one wine tasting at each of the Association tasting rooms. Taste whenever you’d like! Your pass will expire when all 14 tastings have been used, or on January 31, 2013 – whichever occurs first. Simply choose the dates you’d like to visit … there are no blackout dates, and reservations are not required. Most of the tasting rooms are open seven days a week, but a few have more restricted hours. Additionally, holiday hours and closures will vary amongst the wineries. Their operating hours are listed on your Winter Pass or check each member’s website. Food is not provided at the wineries, although some do offer snacks or sweets for sale. It is strongly recommend that you make plans to enjoy lunch at one of the valley restaurants, or bring or purchase a picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the wineries. Check out the association map for wineries with picnic facilities

Mark your calendars: Wine Fantasy in February

Wine Fantasy is a four-day event during the President’s Day/ Valentine’s Day weekend. During this passport event, many of the winemakers are present to talk about their wines and many will be pouring their reserve and estate wines. A logo glass is included and on Saturday, food is served in all of the tasting rooms. It is a lively, fun filled event that will sell out. For tickets or more information about Santa Ynez Valley, visit www.santaynezwinecountry.com.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH JANUARY 2013 SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips
WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH JANUARY 2013 SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips

ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips explore the amazing outdoor world of the Central Coast outdoors. Ten unique day trips, including bicycling the legendary Pacific Coast highway, hiking Big sur and kayaking among the profusion of bird life in morro Bay. All trips include necessary transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch and knowledgeable guide(s).

$79-$119. Bike rentals available. Call for reservations. 888-873-5610

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ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Locals Day at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery Receive a complimentary tasting and 15% (25% club members) off of your wine purchase if you are a local; www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

tasting and 15% (25% club members) off of your wine purchase if you are a local;
tasting and 15% (25% club members) off of your wine purchase if you are a local;

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS Teachers Appreciation Night at Phantom Rivers in appreciation for all the dedication of school district personnel. stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials, 3:30-7pm, 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

specials, 3:30-7pm, 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,
specials, 3:30-7pm, 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce & flowers, art show and live entertainment in the Arroyo Grande City hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm, www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250

in the Arroyo Grande City hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm, www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250
in the Arroyo Grande City hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm, www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnstein’s ice Cream lab show is a live performance that involves the whole audience! invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. live performances every Wednesday 7pm, www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068

a brand new flavor and watch it being made. live performances every Wednesday 7pm, www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068
a brand new flavor and watch it being made. live performances every Wednesday 7pm, www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068

ONGOING Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers The first Friday of every month join John & linda for their Winemakers Choice tasting. John will be pouring his favorites (or mention what you like and he’s sure to open it for you)! 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

his favorites (or mention what you like and he’s sure to open it for you)! 5-7pm,
his favorites (or mention what you like and he’s sure to open it for you)! 5-7pm,

JANUARY 11 The Peking Acrobats at the Clark Center since their debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience percep- tions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring manuevers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at treacherous wirewalking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. 7pm, $39-$48 www.clarkcenter.org

JANUARY 18 Meet the Winemaker – Eric Hickey at Laetitia Vineyard Come on out for
JANUARY 18 Meet the Winemaker – Eric Hickey at Laetitia Vineyard Come on out for

JANUARY 18 Meet the Winemaker – Eric Hickey at Laetitia Vineyard Come on out for light snacks, laetitia & NADiA wines, live music & conversation with head winemaker eric hickey! 5-7pm, $10 pp/no charge for Wine Club members. www.laetitiawine.com

& conversation with head winemaker eric hickey! 5-7pm, $10 pp/no charge for Wine Club members. www.laetitiawine.com
& conversation with head winemaker eric hickey! 5-7pm, $10 pp/no charge for Wine Club members. www.laetitiawine.com

JANUARY 19 Winter Music Sessions-Songwriters at Play At Laetitia Vineyard Come on out to laetitia and listen to the beautiful sounds of songwriters at Play while you sip on some laetitia wines! 1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com

listen to the beautiful sounds of songwriters at Play while you sip on some laetitia wines!
listen to the beautiful sounds of songwriters at Play while you sip on some laetitia wines!

JANUARY 23 Food & Wine Pairing at Laetitia Vineyard Join laetitia vineyard for a food and wine pairing featuring laetitia Brut de Blancs sparkling wine, paired with two dishes from a local chef. 6:30-8pm, www.laetitiawine.com

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at Laetitia Vineyard Come on out to laetitia vineyard and listen to the beautiful sounds of soul

sauce while you sip on some laetitia wines! 1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com

and listen to the beautiful sounds of soul sauce while you sip on some laetitia wines!

Annual Mushroom Walk on the Fiscalini Ranch Come walk with David krause and mark Bunschwiler for the annual mushroom

JANUARY 26 Claire Lynch Band at the Clark Center By any measure, the Claire lynch Band is high on the bluegrass world’s A-list

Claire lynch Band is high on the bluegrass world’s A-list walk in the forest. Both leaders

walk in the forest. Both leaders are experts from the Native Plant society on mushrooms and fungi. Free, 10am-12pm, Call 805-927-2202 for reservations.

are experts from the Native Plant society on mushrooms and fungi. Free, 10am-12pm, Call 805-927-2202 for

JANUARY 18-21 17th Annual Winter Bird Festival The keynote speaker, Alvaro Jaramillo, will give a talk on "Birding outside the Box: how our Brain identifies Birds" on saturday, January 19th. every martin luther king weekend, over 450 birders visit morro Bay to see, photograph and learn more about birds. The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks,

visit morro Bay to see, photograph and learn more about birds. The area offers pristine beaches,
 

with musicians whose accolades include two international Bluegrass music

Association Female vocalist of the Year awards and two Grammy nominations

for Best Bluegrass Album. long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music,

for Best Bluegrass Album. long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. 8pm, $28-$38, www.clarkcenter.org

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an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific ocean, and, best of all, thousands of birds. over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org

of all, thousands of birds. over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org
of all, thousands of birds. over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend. www.morrobaybirdfestival.org
 

Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Laetitia

Come on out to laetitia vineyard for a detectible tasting featuring laetitia & NADiA Wines paired with Gerald's olde Tyme Chocolates. 6-8pm, www.laetitiawine.com

tasting featuring laetitia & NADiA Wines paired with Gerald's olde Tyme Chocolates. 6-8pm, www.laetitiawine.com
tasting featuring laetitia & NADiA Wines paired with Gerald's olde Tyme Chocolates. 6-8pm, www.laetitiawine.com

JANUARY 25-27

 

Cambria Annual Art & Wine Festival

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The Cambria Chamber of Commerce & Allied Arts Association present the Cambria Art & Wine Festival. The fun begins on Friday at 10am with special shopping deals and entertainment throughout the village. The "Art, Wine & All That Jazz" kick off party on Friday night from 6-10pm includes the Art show preview, wine and food pairing and entertainment. saturday is more shopping deals, demonstrating artists throughout the village, the vets hall is open 10am-4pm for the Art show & silent Auction. Wine tasting at the main event is on saturday from 1-4:30pm and includes the Art show & silent Auction, gourmet food and demonstrating artists, at both the vets hall and the Bian- chini house. on sunday the shopping specials continue thoughout the village. enjoy the Artists' Faire, BBQ and raflle drawings at the vets hall. meet the artists and enjoy their work as you sip yet more wine from local vineyards. www.seecambria.com

at the vets hall. meet the artists and enjoy their work as you sip yet more
at the vets hall. meet the artists and enjoy their work as you sip yet more
 

Ann Hampton Callaway Presents the Streisand Songbook Platinum award-winning singer/songwriter Ann hampton Callaway celebrates