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Paso Robles: A Taste of Authentic California

Most know Paso Robles Wine Country for its distinct, different attitude: world class winemakers working hand-in-hand with family wineries and vineyards to create some

of the best wines produced in California. But

a visit to Paso Robles isn’t complete without a

true understanding – and appreciation for – the City itself. Paso Robles is a destination rich with history, diversity and flavor, and the best way to experience this slice of authentic Cali- fornia is through staying in the center of it all. The official city name: El Paso de Robles, Spanish for “The Pass of the Oaks,” is a fitting reflection of the rolling coastal hillsides that captivated its pioneers. Today, the oaks are joined by vineyards, olive orchards, organic

fruit and nut farms, ranches and more than 200 wineries that inspire the local cuisine and culture. Throughout its development into a premier wine and culinary capital, Paso Robles has remained a welcoming, down-to- earth destination. Since day one, Paso Robles was known as

a place to rejuvenate and relax, and tourists

came in great numbers to enjoy the main attraction at the time: healing mineral waters. The native Salinan Indians called the region “the Springs,” and in the 1700s they enlight- ened Spain’s Franciscan padres about the healing benefits of the region’s abundant thermal waters. The padres, in turn, planted the region’s first vineyards and taught the Native Americans about cattle ranching, farming and winemaking. During the 1880s the first commercial wineries in the area were established, a sign of things to come. The city was incorporated in 1889, and it was at this time that the down- town City Park – still the heart of Paso Robles, now surrounded by exquisite restau- rants, boutique shopping and lovely wine tasting rooms – was established. As the culi-

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nary and cultural refinements typical of a world class wine region developed, Paso Robles remained true to its diverse heritage. “The agricultural traditions of Paso Robles are certainly alive and well today,” said Maryann Stansfield, Marketing Manager of the Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA). “We are proud to be known as a travel destination with flourishing wine, culinary and agri- tourism industries, and as a booming equine center. We definitely enjoy the finer things, but we keep it real.” The Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) (www.travelpaso.com) is a group of 19 area

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hoteliers formed in 2008 to help business, leisure and large group travelers discover the Authentic California™ experience of the Central Coast. From luxurious inns to leading brand hotels, reliable budget and specialty accom- modations, members of the Travel Paso Robles Alliance offer travelers the value of quality accommodations with comprehensive spa, dining, sight-seeing, conference, and business amenities. They also offer mid-week and extended stay packages to ensure visitors have all the time they need to explore the many attractions of this culturally-rich destination. “There are so many choices for food, for

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wine, for entertainment – there is literally something for everyone. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it here in Paso Robles Wine Country,” said Matt Masia, owner of the Adelaide Inn, TPRA member and recipient of a 2009 Fodor’s Choice award. “And, you can expect your experience to be exceptional.” Location-wise Paso Robles makes an ideal anchor to central coast wine country excur- sions. The city itself boasts a wide range of getaway and family-friendly experiences, with a varied annual calendar of events from the cultural to the recreational. Locals and visitors enjoy everything from lavender and olive festivals, to cycling and hiking in the coastal hills, to water sports at Ravine Water- park or the nearby lakes. Historic Hearst Castle is a short drive away, with a breath- taking view that winds through Paso Robles wine country with panoramic hilltop vistas, then on to coastal enclaves and pristine waterfront. And of course, there are the wineries. Producing a wide variety of Bordeaux and Rhône selections within myriad microcli- mates and ideal growing conditions, Paso Robles has solidified its place as California’s fastest growing wine region. There are more than 200 wineries with price points, selec- tions and experiences suited to every taste. It’s more than enough to keep any wine traveler content for repeated short or several extended stays. “We think any visitor will agree that to stay in Paso Robles is to experience authentic Cali- fornia,” said Stansfield. “Come on by. We’d love to share it with you.” For more information about visiting Paso Robles call 1-888-988-PASO (7276) or log on to TravelPaso.com.

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Atascadero’s Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 4

The City of Atascadero along with the presenting sponsor Food 4 Less, invites you to attend the Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Help usher in the 2009 Holiday Spirit at the Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Friday December 4, in the Sunken Gardens Park. You can enjoy the Atas- cadero Community Band and the Atascadero High School Show & Concert Choirs as they perform a variety of holiday songs while everyone anxiously awaits the lighting of the trees in Sunken Gardens and the arrival of Santa Claus at the Christmas Castle located at 5965 Entrada Avenue. Children can line up to see Santa while sipping some hot apple cider served by the Teens at Work. The Atascadero Main Street is sponsoring the Art & Wine Tour in Atascadero from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy wine, food, music and good fellowship with our friendly merchants. Tour the shops and meet the artists. Spend an evening walking around the Historic Colony District. For more information regarding the Annual Holiday Lighting Cere- mony, call (805) 461-5000.

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ONGOING Making Sense of Scents at Wild Horse Winery Learn how to properly taste &
ONGOING Making Sense of Scents at Wild Horse Winery Learn how to properly taste &

ONGOING Making Sense of Scents at Wild Horse Winery Learn how to properly taste & smell some of your favorite Wild Horse wines & find naturally occurring aromas. $20 per person Saturdays by appointment at 12, 2 & 3:30pm. Limit 8 people. Call for reservations or for groups more than 8. Templeton

805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com

805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com

805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com

ONGOING Pinot Noir Blending Seminar Sample Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast AVA and learn what terroir truly means. Each participant creates their own blend to take home. $50, $35/wine club. Limit 10, Templeton Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, RSVP 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com

Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, RSVP 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com
Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, RSVP 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com

ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT Open Mic Songwriters & Comedian Night BBQ, beer, wine & soda available for purchase. Bring your own chair, all ages welcome. 6-9pm, free, Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles, 805-238-7872

for purchase. Bring your own chair, all ages welcome. 6-9pm, free, Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles,
for purchase. Bring your own chair, all ages welcome. 6-9pm, free, Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles,

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154

ONGOING Art Exhibit at Castoro Cellars Featuring Heidi Franscioni, Templeton,10am-5:30pm 888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com

Art Exhibit at Castoro Cellars Featuring Heidi Franscioni, Templeton,10am-5:30pm 888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com
Art Exhibit at Castoro Cellars Featuring Heidi Franscioni, Templeton,10am-5:30pm 888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards Try gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133

OF THE MONTH Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards Try gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm,
OF THE MONTH Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards Try gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm,

ONGOING SATURDAYS Templeton Farmers’ Market Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535

ONGOING SATURDAYS Templeton Farmers’ Market Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535
ONGOING SATURDAYS Templeton Farmers’ Market Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535

ONGOING THIRD WEDNSDAYS Free Cooking Show at Idler’s Hospitality Catering Food samples, wine & entertainment; featuring wineries and special guests. 5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.net

wine & entertainment; featuring wineries and special guests. 5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.net
wine & entertainment; featuring wineries and special guests. 5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.net

ONGOING Estrella Warbird Museum Collection of military aircrafts, 10am-4pm 805-227-0440, www.ewarbirds.org

ONGOING Estrella Warbird Museum Collection of military aircrafts, 10am-4pm 805-227-0440, www.ewarbirds.org
ONGOING Estrella Warbird Museum Collection of military aircrafts, 10am-4pm 805-227-0440, www.ewarbirds.org

ONGOING FRIDAYS 15 Degrees C Wines Beer Tastings Featured beer every Friday night, $10, 6pm, Templeton, 805-434-1554

ONGOING FRIDAYS 15 Degrees C Wines Beer Tastings Featured beer every Friday night, $10, 6pm, Templeton,
ONGOING FRIDAYS 15 Degrees C Wines Beer Tastings Featured beer every Friday night, $10, 6pm, Templeton,

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Wine & the Arts Join Anglim & the Downtown Wineries the first Saturday of every month as they celebrate local artists, musicians & wine. Check out our website for information on the artists being featured! 805-227-6813, http://www.anglimwinery.com

& wine. Check out our website for information on the artists being featured! 805-227-6813, http://www.anglimwinery.com
& wine. Check out our website for information on the artists being featured! 805-227-6813, http://www.anglimwinery.com

ONGOING EVERY WEDNESDAY Locavore Wednesdays at Clayhouse Featuring a local product in their downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Free samples & wine tasting! 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

product in their downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Free samples & wine tasting! 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com
product in their downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Free samples & wine tasting! 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY Friday Night Flights at Clayhouse Vineyards Enjoy a flight of three Clayhouse wines paired with three foodie flights! 5-7pm $15, $10/ wine club members, RSVP 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

wines paired with three foodie flights! 5-7pm $15, $10/ wine club members, RSVP 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com
wines paired with three foodie flights! 5-7pm $15, $10/ wine club members, RSVP 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

ONGOING EVERY 1ST SATURDAY Wine & the Arts at Clayhouse Vineyards Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room presents a celebration of music, art & wine. 4-7pm, www.clayhousewines.com

Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room presents a celebration of music, art & wine. 4-7pm, www.clayhousewines.com
Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room presents a celebration of music, art & wine. 4-7pm, www.clayhousewines.com

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY THROUGH OCTOBER Bocce and BBQ Donati Family Vineyard, 5-8pm, bring or buy Donati wine and enjoy the BBQ and games on them! winespace.donatifamilyvineyard.com

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ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music in the Tasting Room
ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music in the Tasting Room

ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music in the Tasting Room

 

Enjoy great music, fantastic wines & great company at Eos. 12-3pm

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

• November 7: Rob Hegel

• November 14: Unfiltered Jazz Trio

• November 21: Rob Hegel

• December 5: Mike Maguire

• December 12: Mike Maguire

• December 19: Unfiltered Jazz Trio

• December 19: Unfiltered Jazz Trio

• December 19: Unfiltered Jazz Trio

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 20

Creative Departures Paso Robles , The Loft Gallery at the Firefly presents a group exhibition

Creative Departures Paso Robles , The Loft Gallery at the Firefly presents a group exhibition of contemporary art. Aleah Koury is the featured artist. 805-239-8152

Gallery at the Firefly presents a group exhibition of contemporary art. Aleah Koury is the featured

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30 Art Show/Fund Raiser at Eos Paso Robles, “Give of Your Soul…without expecting”a multi-media art

 

exhibit/fundraiser, at EOS Estate Winery; displays paintings, sculptures and photography by thirteen artists. Raffle ticket proceeds and 20% of art sales will benefit SLO CASA (www.slocasa.org). November 30th raffle drawing prizes include: overnight accommodations for two, artwork, wine, olive oil and

restaurant gift certificates. 10am-5pm daily, 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

Raffle tickets at EOS or email ttardiff@slocasa.org, ($1 each or 6 for $5)

Raffle tickets at EOS or email ttardiff@slocasa.org, ($1 each or 6 for $5)

Raffle tickets at EOS or email ttardiff@slocasa.org, ($1 each or 6 for $5)

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER

Clayhouse Featured! They are the featured Winery at On the Beach Bed & Breakfast in

Clayhouse Featured! They are the featured Winery at On the Beach Bed & Breakfast in Cayucos 805-995-3200, www.californiaonthebeach.com

They are the featured Winery at On the Beach Bed & Breakfast in Cayucos 805-995-3200, www.californiaonthebeach.com

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER

 

Castoro Cellars Exhibits Work of Local Artist Kristopher Doe Each month, the art gallery at Castoro Cellars Winery Tasting Room in

Templeton exhibits artwork from local artists. Kristopher Doe’s career

as

an illustrator, designer and painter has spanned twenty years, in addition

to

fifteen years teaching drawing, design and painting courses at community

and private art colleges. www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

and private art colleges. www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

and private art colleges. www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER Watercolor exhibit at Ortman

 

Featuring local artist Ruthanne Anderson.

She draws her inspiration from such diverse areas as California and Colorado.

their Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room. 12-5 pm, 12-7 Fri & Sat 805-237-9009, www.ortmanvineyards.com In

their Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room. 12-5 pm, 12-7 Fri & Sat 805-237-9009, www.ortmanvineyards.com

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their Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Room. 12-5 pm, 12-7 Fri & Sat 805-237-9009, www.ortmanvineyards.com In

NOVEMBER 12-15

 

Paderewski Festival 2009 Concert Schedule

The 2009 Paderewski Festival celebrates the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski with four days of concerts featuring internationally renowned performers,

young pianists from the Central Coast region, wine tasting, lectures and

exhibits of Paderewski memorabilia. The festival will be held in several venues around Pasa Robles.

exhibits of Paderewski memorabilia. The festival will be held in several venues around Pasa Robles. 805-239-0873, www.paderewskifest.com

memorabilia. The festival will be held in several venues around Pasa Robles. 805-239-0873, www.paderewskifest.com

NOVEMBER 14 Pick-Up Party

 

at Firestone Paso Robles Barrel Room

Stock up on holiday wine and gift items! Serving the 2008 Santa Ynez Valley Gewurztraminer and the 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, paired with delicious nibbles. Enter their raffle to wine a complimentary one night stay in The Loft at

Firestone Vineyard and other fun prizes! 3-6pm, Free for Cellar Club Members

$5 for general public. 805- 591-8050, hadams@firestonewine.com

$5 for general public. 805- 591-8050, hadams@firestonewine.com

$5 for general public. 805- 591-8050, hadams@firestonewine.com

NOVEMBER 14 Reidel Wine Glass Seminar Learn why it matters which wines are to be served in certain glasses at Eos.

 

Taste five Eos wines, enjoy lunch & go home with four Reidel glasses. Always a

sell out. $65, $55/wine club, RSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

sell out. $65, $55/wine club, RSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

sell out. $65, $55/wine club, RSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

NOVEMBER 14 Elegant Evening

A special evening held during the Paderewski Festival.

Complement your musical experience with a gracious evening of fine wine,

dining and conversation in a beautiful setting. Wine reception at 6:30. Sponsored by the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association (PRDMA) www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

NOVEMBER 14 Four Shillings Short Indoor Concert at Castoro Four Shillings Short perform traditional Irish
NOVEMBER 14 Four Shillings Short Indoor Concert at Castoro Four Shillings Short perform traditional Irish

NOVEMBER 14 Four Shillings Short Indoor Concert at Castoro Four Shillings Short perform traditional Irish tunes and airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval & renaissance instrumentals and acappella numbers plus contemporary folk and original compositions. A fundraiser for the Cuesta College North County Chorus. 7pm, doors open 6:00pm, complimentary

appetizers and silent auction, $20, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

appetizers and silent auction, $20, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

appetizers and silent auction, $20, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

NOVEMBER 14

 

Eos Dog & Wine Social Bring out your dog to socialize and play around the Eos grounds. Woods Humane Society of San Luis Obispo will feature dogs for adoption! Picnic & buy wine by the glass or by the bottle. 10% of all profits to Woods Humane Society.

11-4pm, RSVP www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562 Ext. 43

11-4pm, RSVP www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562 Ext. 43

11-4pm, RSVP www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562 Ext. 43

NOVEMBER 15 Wine Vine Run 1/2 Marathon & 5K Run/Walk Run in this unique destination race through the beautiful vineyards of Meridian followed by wine tasting & breakfast in the gardens. Proceeds benefit Paso Robles Athletic Dept. 8am, $45 1/2 Marathon; $25 5K, RSVP 805-226-7133 www.winevinerun.com, julie.domingos@am.fostersgroup.com

Athletic Dept. 8am, $45 1/2 Marathon; $25 5K, RSVP 805-226-7133 www.winevinerun.com, julie.domingos@am.fostersgroup.com
Athletic Dept. 8am, $45 1/2 Marathon; $25 5K, RSVP 805-226-7133 www.winevinerun.com, julie.domingos@am.fostersgroup.com

NOVEMBER 15 Paderewski Festival Champagne Brunch

The weekend of music comes to a close at Vinoteca Wine Bar off the Downtown

The weekend of music comes to a close at Vinoteca Wine Bar off the Downtown City Park, 11am, 805 237-2620 info@paderewskifest.com

of music comes to a close at Vinoteca Wine Bar off the Downtown City Park, 11am,

NOVEMBER 19 Celebrations of Life Lecture

Cellar Management featuring Gary Cargill at Eos. Learn the back end of winery business. Winery

Cellar Management featuring Gary Cargill at Eos. Learn the back end of winery business. Winery Conference Room & Shipping Area, 2-3pm, featured wines Cupa Petite Sirah & Lost Angel Chardonnay, 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

& Shipping Area, 2-3pm, featured wines Cupa Petite Sirah & Lost Angel Chardonnay, 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

NOVEMBER 20-24 Paso Digital Film Fest Guest include Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Gary Busey, Wavy Gravy, Dave Somerville, Jack Tempchin, Sonny Curtis, Chris Montez and more. To pay

 

tribute to music in film, especially music videos and DVDs, and other digital

platforms, honoring the musicians, song writers, producers, editors and film-makers of the great music documentaries.

platforms, honoring the musicians, song writers, producers, editors and film-makers of the great music documentaries. thePDFF.com

honoring the musicians, song writers, producers, editors and film-makers of the great music documentaries. thePDFF.com

NOVEMBER 21 Pavilion on the Lake Annual Holiday Boutique

 

60 vendors on-site where all items are handmade by the sellers. Cat Country

96.1 will be broadcasting live from the Holiday Boutique. Pacific Harvest Catering will have delicious

96.1 will be broadcasting live from the Holiday Boutique. Pacific Harvest Catering will have delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks available for purchase. Free, 10am-3pm, 805-470-3178, www.atascadero.org

delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks available for purchase. Free, 10am-3pm, 805-470-3178, www.atascadero.org

NOVEMBER 21 Wine & Cheese Flight on the Patio Taste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmet cheeses. $10 per person

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

NOVEMBER 27 Downtown Tree Lighting Paso Robles, enjoy lights, music and holiday cheer in the festively charming Downtown Paso Robles Park. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

enjoy lights, music and holiday cheer in the festively charming Downtown Paso Robles Park. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org
enjoy lights, music and holiday cheer in the festively charming Downtown Paso Robles Park. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

NOVEMBER 27-29 Thanksgiving Weekend Wine pairings, local live music & barrel tasting at Eos

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

NOVEMBER 28TH Eos Holiday Preview Great deals on wine and merchandise. Serving mulled wine and offering

 

Holiday Food & Wine Pairings. Enjoy a glass of wine by their roaring fireplace

while listening to Christmas carols performed by a local gospel choir. 805-239-2562 Ext. 43, events@eosvintage.com

while listening to Christmas carols performed by a local gospel choir. 805-239-2562 Ext. 43, events@eosvintage.com

while listening to Christmas carols performed by a local gospel choir. 805-239-2562 Ext. 43, events@eosvintage.com

DECEMBER 4 Friday Afternoon with Wine Filled Chocolates Meridian Wine-Filled Chocolate-infused with their Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, this Belgian dark chocolate truffle is pure decadence. Great stocking stuffers! Free, 12-5pm, 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.com

DECEMBER 4 Lights up the Downtown Downtown Atascadero, Atascadero’s annual holiday lighting ceremony in conjunction
DECEMBER 4 Lights up the Downtown Downtown Atascadero, Atascadero’s annual holiday lighting ceremony in conjunction

DECEMBER 4 Lights up the Downtown Downtown Atascadero, Atascadero’s annual holiday lighting ceremony in conjunction with Atascadero Main Street’s Art and Wine Tour. (Santa Claus will greet children at the Christmas Castle, 5965 Entrada Avenue after the tree lighting ceremony.) Enjoy the Atascadero Community Band and the AHS Show and Concert Choirs as they play and sing a variety of Holiday songs. Children can line up to see Santa while sipping some hot apple cider served by the Teens At Work. Enjoy wine, food, art, music and good fellowship with friendly merchants. Spend the evening walking around the Historic Colony District. 805-461-5000

www.atascadero.org, 805-462-0177, www.atascaderomainstreet.org

www.atascadero.org, 805-462-0177, www.atascaderomainstreet.org

www.atascadero.org, 805-462-0177, www.atascaderomainstreet.org

DECEMBER 5-JANUARY 29

 

Over the Edge The Loft Gallery annouces the opening of a group exhibition. The show opens

the historic downtown of Paso Robles with an artists reception open to the general public.

the historic downtown of Paso Robles with an artists reception open to the general public. Featured wine poured by Sculpterra Winery, Music by Jacob O’Dell. 6-8:30pm, eltheloftgallery@gmail.com, 805-239-8152

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Featured wine poured by Sculpterra Winery, Music by Jacob O’Dell. 6-8:30pm, eltheloftgallery@gmail.com, 805-239-8152 in

DECEMBER 5 Eberle Winery Black Tie Holiday Dinner Eberle Winery welcomes good friend Executive Chef of Playboy Mansion West William Carter. Experience the excitement of the holidays in the caves, taking in all of the festive decorations, while feasting on a meal prepared by one of the finest chefs in the country. $150/pp; $120/Cellar Club members. RSVP 805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.com, tastingroom@eberlewinery.com

DECEMBER 5 Pretty Holiday Open House Festive music will set the mood for your holiday
DECEMBER 5 Pretty Holiday Open House Festive music will set the mood for your holiday

DECEMBER 5 Pretty Holiday Open House Festive music will set the mood for your holiday sipping and shopping. To help out the pocket book, there will a three hour special on all the wines! 12-3pm 805-467-3104, www.prettysmith.com

To help out the pocket book, there will a three hour special on all the wines!
To help out the pocket book, there will a three hour special on all the wines!

DECEMBER 5-6 Holiday Open House at Castoro Cellars' Tasting Room Sample mulled spiced wine, enjoy home-baked cookies and listen to holiday music by a cozy fire. Featuring special deals on gift items, gourmet food prod- ucts, and of course, Dam Fine Wine! FREE! 10-5:30pm, 888-DAM-FINE www.castorocellars.com

on gift items, gourmet food prod- ucts, and of course, Dam Fine Wine! FREE! 10-5:30pm, 888-DAM-FINE
on gift items, gourmet food prod- ucts, and of course, Dam Fine Wine! FREE! 10-5:30pm, 888-DAM-FINE

DECEMBER 5 Downtown Christmas Light Parade Enjoy this annual downtown seasonal display. The traditional light parade marks the arrival of Santa Claus in downtown Paso Robles. Santa will be in residence at the Holiday House in the downtown city park until Christmas Eve. Parade begins at 7pm. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

at the Holiday House in the downtown city park until Christmas Eve. Parade begins at 7pm.
at the Holiday House in the downtown city park until Christmas Eve. Parade begins at 7pm.

DECEMBER 5 Molly's Revenge at Castoro Cellars

 

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festive start to the holiday season. 7:30pm, open 6:45pm, $20

RSVP 805 DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com, in association/SLOFolks

RSVP 805 DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com, in association/SLOFolks

RSVP 805 DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com, in association/SLOFolks

DECEMBER 6 4th Annual Member Christmas Open House at San Marcos Creek Get into the holiday spirit with San Marcos Creek. Great gift selection (they'll even wrap it for you!), appetizers paired with their fine estate wines and live music out on the patio (weather permitting). 12-4pm, 866-PASO-WINE

appetizers paired with their fine estate wines and live music out on the patio (weather permitting).
appetizers paired with their fine estate wines and live music out on the patio (weather permitting).

DECEMBER 6 & 13 Polar Express Reading at Sylvester Winery Their traditional holiday fundraiser for the Family Care Network. Serves foster and high-needs children and families on the Central Coast. Climb aboard

 

Sylvester’s 1947 Pullman Train cars for the reading of the holiday classic. Then be whisked to the North Pole where Santa & Mrs. Claus will give out sleigh bells. Kids will be treated to hot chocolate & Christmas cookies. Adults will be treated

to

wine & cheese. $15 donation per person. Limited to 30 people. Kids with the

best pajamas will win a prize. 805-227-4000 www.sylvesterwinery.com

best pajamas will win a prize. 805-227-4000 www.sylvesterwinery.com

best pajamas will win a prize. 805-227-4000 www.sylvesterwinery.com

DECEMBER 12 Holiday Open House at Eos Share in the holiday cheer with live holiday music at Eos. Warm up by their wood burning fireplace with a glass of Eos wine paired with gourmet foods. 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

up by their wood burning fireplace with a glass of Eos wine paired with gourmet foods.
up by their wood burning fireplace with a glass of Eos wine paired with gourmet foods.

DECEMBER 12 Vine Street Victorian Showcase

A classic street lined with beautiful Victorian homes, be-decked in the holiday charm of yesteryear. www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DECEMBER 12 Holiday Open House at Eberle Winery Experience the holidays “wine country style” and
DECEMBER 12 Holiday Open House at Eberle Winery Experience the holidays “wine country style” and

DECEMBER 12 Holiday Open House at Eberle Winery Experience the holidays “wine country style” and de-stress from the hustle and bustle of the season with carolers, free appetizers and Gary’s famous barbecue. Great gift ideas, free gift wrapping and pre-made or custom gift baskets. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy as a donation to the Toy Bank of San Luis

Obispo County, 1-5pm, 805-238-9607, www.EberleWinery.com

Obispo County, 1-5pm, 805-238-9607, www.EberleWinery.com

Obispo County, 1-5pm, 805-238-9607, www.EberleWinery.com

DECEMBER 19 Victorian Teddy Bear Tea

 

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delightful time for the little ones and those that simply love teddies

www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

DECEMBER 26 Wine & Cheese Flight on the Patio Taste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmet cheeses. $10 per person 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com

on the Patio Taste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmet cheeses. $10 per person 805-239-2562,
on the Patio Taste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmet cheeses. $10 per person 805-239-2562,

DECEMBER 31

 

Annual New Year's Eve Celebration

at Robert Hall Winery Ring in the new year at Robert Hall Winery's annual celebration!

at Robert Hall Winery Ring in the new year at Robert Hall Winery's annual celebration! Indulge in your favorite Robert Hall wines as they bid farewell to 2009 and welcome 2010! 7pm-1am, $120. RSVP early Chelsey @ 805.239.1616 ext. 24, www.roberthallwinery.com, events@roberthallwinery.com

2010! 7pm-1am, $120. RSVP early Chelsey @ 805.239.1616 ext. 24, www.roberthallwinery.com, events@roberthallwinery.com

CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY

CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY
CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY

ONGOING Adventures with Nature Various hikes including Fast Hike to Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail, Sand Spit Walk & Ocean Lagoon. Morro Bay State Park Museum 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org

Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail, Sand Spit Walk & Ocean Lagoon. Morro Bay State Park Museum
Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail, Sand Spit Walk & Ocean Lagoon. Morro Bay State Park Museum

ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Art galleries’ open house receptions. 5-8pm, 805-772-1068

Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Art galleries’ open house receptions. 5-8pm, 805-772-1068

Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Art galleries’ open house receptions. 5-8pm, 805-772-1068

ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Artists Receptions at Gallery at Marina Square Receptions for featured Central Coast artist, 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay

Receptions at Gallery at Marina Square Receptions for featured Central Coast artist, 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay
Receptions at Gallery at Marina Square Receptions for featured Central Coast artist, 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

ONGOING Winemaker Dinners at Hoppe’s Join Chef Bill Hoppe as he celebrates his passion for food and wine with Winemaker Dinners featuring California's best wine producers and

 

Chef Hoppe's personalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations

of local and exotic foods. 805 995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.com

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local and exotic foods. 805 995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.com

of local and exotic foods. 805 995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.com

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER Featuring Clayhouse

 

Clayhouse is the featured Winery at On the Beach Bed & Breakfast in Cayucos

805-995-3200, www.californiaonthebeach.com

805-995-3200, www.californiaonthebeach.com

805-995-3200, www.californiaonthebeach.com

SAN LUIS OBISPO

SAN LUIS OBISPO
SAN LUIS OBISPO

ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Witness the brilliance of the historical manor, 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org

ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Witness the brilliance of the historical manor, 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org
ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Witness the brilliance of the historical manor, 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org

ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY Tapas at Tolosa Start the weekend enjoying four tapas from Corner View Restaurant paired with four reserve wines, 5:30-7:30pm. Located in the Heritage Room. $25 $20/Heritage Club members, jshakley@tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 x10

5:30-7:30pm. Located in the Heritage Room. $25 $20/Heritage Club members, jshakley@tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 x10
5:30-7:30pm. Located in the Heritage Room. $25 $20/Heritage Club members, jshakley@tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 x10

ONGOING SATURDAYS Wine & Cheese Pairings at Tolosa Vineyards

the Heritage Room, four estate wines are paired with four artisan cheeses from around the

the Heritage Room, four estate wines are paired with four artisan cheeses from around the world. 11am-3pm, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com

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estate wines are paired with four artisan cheeses from around the world. 11am-3pm, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com In

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Reserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa Vineyards

the Heritage Room. Flights will vary from Pinot Noir flights to Rhone style wines or

the Heritage Room. Flights will vary from Pinot Noir flights to Rhone style wines or even a vertical tasting of library wines. $20, $15/Heritage Club members, 805-782-0500 x10, jshakley@tolosawinery.com

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even a vertical tasting of library wines. $20, $15/Heritage Club members, 805-782-0500 x10, jshakley@tolosawinery.com In

ONGOING The San Luis Obispo Art Center Permanent collection & constantly rotating exhibits of works by local artists in all media – paintings, sculpture, photography & more. 11am-5pm San Luis Obispo, 805-543-8562, www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING WEEKENDS Live Music at Mother’s Tavern Upscale tavern with big band music most Sundays,
ONGOING WEEKENDS Live Music at Mother’s Tavern Upscale tavern with big band music most Sundays,

ONGOING WEEKENDS Live Music at Mother’s Tavern Upscale tavern with big band music most Sundays, San Luis Obispo

Call for schedules, 805-541-8733, www.motherstavern.com

Call for schedules, 805-541-8733, www.motherstavern.com

Call for schedules, 805-541-8733, www.motherstavern.com

ONGOING SECOND SUNDAY Dallidet Adobe & Gardens

Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo. Site of first commercial winery in

Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo. Site of first commercial winery in the area. 805-543-0638, www.slochs.org/dallidet

house in the city of San Luis Obispo. Site of first commercial winery in the area.

ONGOING Lectures & Art at

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 805-756-1511, www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 805-756-1511, www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, 805-756-1511, www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu

ONGOING

 

Automobilia Museum

Specialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along with many other antiques relating to transportation. 10am-5pm,

Specialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along with many other antiques relating to transportation. 10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis Obispo

cars & airplanes along with many other antiques relating to transportation. 10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis Obispo

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark” Various art galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.org

galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.org
galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.org

NOVEMBER 8

 

Hair of the Dawg Biannual Pancake Breakfast at Salisbury Vineyards

pancake breakfast with Oaxacan influence. 9:30-11am, Grand Tasters, our club members and children free; others

pancake breakfast with Oaxacan influence. 9:30-11am, Grand Tasters, our club members and children free; others $10 805-595-WINE, www.salisburyvineyards.com

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9:30-11am, Grand Tasters, our club members and children free; others $10 805-595-WINE, www.salisburyvineyards.com A

NOVEMBER 8 Dia de Oaxaca Harvest Festival Salisbury Vineyards’ Open House

 

Celebrate a day of life, love and remembrance with their family and the extended families of those who make our vineyards thrive. Oaxacan food, dancing and art. View beautiful handcrafted altars while sampling traditionally

prepared molé. Salisbury Vineyards' wines paired with spicy, rich and sweet delicacies of Oaxaca. 11am-4pm,

prepared molé. Salisbury Vineyards' wines paired with spicy, rich and sweet delicacies of Oaxaca. 11am-4pm, 805-595-WINE, www.salisburyvineyards.com

wines paired with spicy, rich and sweet delicacies of Oaxaca. 11am-4pm, 805-595-WINE, www.salisburyvineyards.com

NOVEMBER 11

 

Pouring Wines for Canines & Felines

night of wine tasting & food snacking to benefit the animals of Befriended Felines, Feline

night of wine tasting & food snacking to benefit the animals of Befriended Felines, Feline Network & The North County Humane Society. Three pours for $10, 805-489-4747, tlc4animals.com

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Felines, Feline Network & The North County Humane Society. Three pours for $10, 805-489-4747, tlc4animals.com A

DECEMBER 17 Holiday in the Vineyards

 

at Claiborne & Churchill Extended holiday hours for all of your last minute shopping. Enjoy great wines, snacks, games and good company! Participating wineries in the Edna Valley will be open late and offering special discounts and tastings. 11am-7pm

805-544-4066, www.claibornechurchill.com

805-544-4066, www.claibornechurchill.com

805-544-4066, www.claibornechurchill.com

DECEMBER 17

 

Holiday in the Vineyard at Laetitia Extended holiday hours for all of your last minute shopping. Enjoy great wines, snacks, games and good company! Participating wineries in the Edna Valley

will be open late and offering special discounts and tastings. 11am-7pm 805-481-1772, www.laetitiawine.com

will be open late and offering special discounts and tastings. 11am-7pm 805-481-1772, www.laetitiawine.com

will be open late and offering special discounts and tastings. 11am-7pm 805-481-1772, www.laetitiawine.com

PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH

PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH
PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH

SUNDAYS DECEMBER 6 – JANUARY 31

 

A Murder Mystery Dinner

Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher Dinner, wine & laughter, Spyglass Restaurant, Shell Beach,

Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher Dinner, wine & laughter, Spyglass Restaurant, Shell Beach, Sundays, 5pm 805-489-3875, www.murderinmind.com

Fletcher Dinner, wine & laughter, Spyglass Restaurant, Shell Beach, Sundays, 5pm 805-489-3875, www.murderinmind.com

ONGOING

Local Wine Tasting Tuesday, Live Music & Complimentary Appetizers at Lido Restaurant

The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, 5:30-6:30pm, $12 RSVP 805-773-8900, www.thedolphinbay.com

• November 10: Robert Talbott Winery

• November 17: Jada Vineyard

• November 24 Phantom Rivers Winery

• December 1: Niner Wine Estate

• December 8: Rancho Arroyo Grande

• December 15: Halter Ranch Vineyard

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Cooking School at the Lido Restaurant
Cooking School at the Lido Restaurant

Cooking School at the Lido Restaurant

 

All Classes include an unforgettable meal paired with fine local wines.

5:30-8:30pm

• November 19: Lido Basics, Holiday Favorites, $65

November 19: Lido Basics, Holiday Favorites, $65

• November 19: Lido Basics, Holiday Favorites, $65

ONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more. Pismo Beach, 10am-4pm 805-704-8128, www.pismochamber.com

Caves Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more. Pismo Beach, 10am-4pm 805-704-8128, www.pismochamber.com
Caves Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more. Pismo Beach, 10am-4pm 805-704-8128, www.pismochamber.com

NOVEMBER 13-15 James Beard Foundation Benefit Weekend at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

 

• Friday, 4:30-6pm, Champagne & Caviar Tasting: Fine Champagne and sparkling wines paired with caviar from around the world, $95 per person

• Saturday, 11am-1pm, Interactive Cooking Demonstration & Luncheon:

Featuring Executive Chef Evan Treadwell and Guest Chef Joseph Humphrey of Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA. $80 per person

• Sunday, 6pm, Friends of James Beard Dinner: Lido’s third annual seven- course dinner featuring

• Sunday, 6pm, Friends of James Beard Dinner: Lido’s third annual seven- course dinner featuring Executive Chef Evan Treadwell, Guest Chef Joseph Humphrey of Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA, and Guest Chef Craig Von Foerster of Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA. Featured local wineries include Chamisal, Trenza, Sinor La Valle, Youngs Market, Talley Vine yards, Tolosa Winery, McKeon-Phillips, Claiborne & Churchill and Saucelito Canyon. $200 per person

Market, Talley Vine yards, Tolosa Winery, McKeon-Phillips, Claiborne & Churchill and Saucelito Canyon. $200 per person

AVILA BEACH

AVILA BEACH
AVILA BEACH

ONGOING SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach Artists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier

SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach Artists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103,
SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach Artists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103,

ONGOING FRIDAYS First Friday at Morovino Delicious food & wine pairings, 4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila Beach

ONGOING FRIDAYS First Friday at Morovino Delicious food & wine pairings, 4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila Beach
ONGOING FRIDAYS First Friday at Morovino Delicious food & wine pairings, 4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila Beach

ARROYO GRANDE

ARROYO GRANDE
ARROYO GRANDE

ONGOING Hopping Good Time at the SLO Down Pub Open mic Mondays and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the whole calendar of events at www.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtml

and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the whole calendar of events at www.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtml
and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the whole calendar of events at www.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtml

ONGOING Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.org
ONGOING Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org

Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org
Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Learn How to Make Ice Cream at Doc Burnsteins 30 minute skit about ice cream where you help create new flavors, 7pm 805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.com

Doc Burnsteins 30 minute skit about ice cream where you help create new flavors, 7pm 805-474-4068,
Doc Burnsteins 30 minute skit about ice cream where you help create new flavors, 7pm 805-474-4068,

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Down at Wood Winery Reserve wines & gourmet cheese, 4-7pm, 805-489-9663 www.wildwoodwine.com, email sheri@wildwoodwine.com

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum Lots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm 805-714-4927, www.smvrhm.org/museum

Railway Historical Museum Lots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm 805-714-4927, www.smvrhm.org/museum
Railway Historical Museum Lots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm 805-714-4927, www.smvrhm.org/museum

ONGOING Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro Great way to start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and cheese plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com

start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and cheese plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com
start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and cheese plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock Live music, wine & food. 7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471

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NOVEMBER 27 Special Post-Thanksgiving Event at Costa de Oro Renowned artist Joseph Timmons will exhibit
NOVEMBER 27 Special Post-Thanksgiving Event at Costa de Oro Renowned artist Joseph Timmons will exhibit

NOVEMBER 27 Special Post-Thanksgiving Event at Costa de Oro Renowned artist Joseph Timmons will exhibit his work, as well as paint live at

 

CDO. Local faves, Terry Lawless (fresh off the U2 tour) and Mike Dean (amazing guitarist!) will make their return to the Friday Night Wine Down. A great event

after Turkey Day! 4:40-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com

after Turkey Day! 4:40-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com

after Turkey Day! 4:40-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.com

DECEMBER 5-6

Wine Christmas Passport The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country will be celebrating the holiday season

Wine Christmas Passport The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country will be celebrating the holiday season featuring ten local wineries. The passport includes both large and boutique wineries. Each winery will feature Christmas décor, music, and the winning cookie and wine pairing recipes from each winery. Tasting rooms will be open from 11am for wine tasting both days. Tickets in advance/$30 & include a Riedel glass (you can choose from two pickup locations), a passport program, and wine tasting at all participating wineries. A limited number of tickets will be available for $35 each at Costa de Oro throughout the weekend. Wineries participating include Costa de Oro and Kenneth Volk Vineyards. 866-480-5194 www.smvwines.com/WineChristmas or email info@smvwines.com

include Costa de Oro and Kenneth Volk Vineyards. 866-480-5194 www.smvwines.com/WineChristmas or email info@smvwines.com

DECEMBER 5 - 6 Buttonwood Farm Pomegranate Festival Need some holiday cheer? Come out and sample their fabulous pomegranate recipes, taste their award winning wines and take care of your holiday shopping. www.sbcountywines.com/wineries/pages/buttonwood.html

their award winning wines and take care of your holiday shopping. www.sbcountywines.com/wineries/pages/buttonwood.html
their award winning wines and take care of your holiday shopping. www.sbcountywines.com/wineries/pages/buttonwood.html

LOS OLIVOS

LOS OLIVOS
LOS OLIVOS

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm 805-688-1082,

Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org

Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Evening with the Winemaker $15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.com

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Evening with the Winemaker $15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.com
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Evening with the Winemaker $15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.com

ONGOING THURSDAYS

 

Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, 5pm, $15 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, 5pm, $15 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, 5pm, $15 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting

Enjoy delicious organic tastings. 10am-2pm, $3 805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.com

Enjoy delicious organic tastings. 10am-2pm, $3 805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.com

Enjoy delicious organic tastings. 10am-2pm, $3 805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.com

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

 

Wine, Women and a Few Good Men at Carina Cellars Featuring the artwork of Lompoc artist Joan Jones displayed in their tasting room. Her passion for the human figure is evident. With a fine winery showing her work, Jones will also include pastel paintings and prints of local vineyards,

hence the show's theme. 11am-5pm, 805 688-2459, www.carinacellars.com

hence the show's theme. 11am-5pm, 805 688-2459, www.carinacellars.com

hence the show's theme. 11am-5pm, 805 688-2459, www.carinacellars.com

NOVEMBER 13 An Unconventional Discussion of Wine:

 

Wine & the Arts

The Bench Tasting Room at Byron Winery, learn how to use the arts to describe

wine. Featuring local artists, local chefs & Byron wine. 6-8pm $30; wine club/$25, RSVP 805-938-1537,

wine. Featuring local artists, local chefs & Byron wine. 6-8pm $30; wine club/$25, RSVP 805-938-1537, virginia.plume@byronwines.com

local artists, local chefs & Byron wine. 6-8pm $30; wine club/$25, RSVP 805-938-1537, virginia.plume@byronwines.com

NOVEMBER 28 Riverbench Signature Laser Engraving Event Looking for a special gift? Purchase a Riverbench wine bottle or glass and have it engraved before your eyes. 10am-4pm, 805-937-8340, info@riverbench.com

a Riverbench wine bottle or glass and have it engraved before your eyes. 10am-4pm, 805-937-8340, info@riverbench.com
a Riverbench wine bottle or glass and have it engraved before your eyes. 10am-4pm, 805-937-8340, info@riverbench.com

DECEMBER 9

 

The Bench Holiday Open House

Introducing the new Byron Cuvee wines. Music, appetizers & a special guest in The Bench

Introducing the new Byron Cuvee wines. Music, appetizers & a special guest in The Bench Tasting Room. 6-8pm, $10, Wine Club/Complimentary RSVP 805-938-1537, virginia.plume@byronwines.com

guest in The Bench Tasting Room. 6-8pm, $10, Wine Club/Complimentary RSVP 805-938-1537, virginia.plume@byronwines.com

SANTA YNEZ

SANTA YNEZ
SANTA YNEZ

ONGOING MONDAYS Maverick Saloon Blind Draw Darts Santa Barbara Darts Association, BBQ & darts, 7pm 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

Saloon Blind Draw Darts Santa Barbara Darts Association, BBQ & darts, 7pm 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org
Saloon Blind Draw Darts Santa Barbara Darts Association, BBQ & darts, 7pm 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Dancing at Maverick Saloon Dance lessons, live country western or rock & roll. 6:45pm 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

ONGOING Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks - Janeway Carriage House Exhibits from
ONGOING Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks - Janeway Carriage House Exhibits from

ONGOING Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks - Janeway Carriage House Exhibits from Chumash period through early 20th century ranch day, 12-4pm

805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org

805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org

805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org

SECOND THURSDAY

 

Wine Impressions at Artiste

Join fellow wine lovers for a blind tasting, sensory evaluation & discussion by region. 7-9pm,

Join fellow wine lovers for a blind tasting, sensory evaluation & discussion by region. 7-9pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

wine lovers for a blind tasting, sensory evaluation & discussion by region. 7-9pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

ONGOING Saturdays - Cachuma Lake Nature Walk Naturalists lead one mile walk for all ages, Oak Canyon Trail, 10-11:30am Weekends -Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise

 

Guided 2-hour cruise with wildlife & geology. $7 for 12 & under, $15 over 12

J

unior Ranger Program

Kids learn about wildlife, ecosystems & caring for the environment 12:30-1:30pm $2 per child Many other children & adult friendly programs! Cachuma Lake Nature Center

Santa Ynez Park, 805-693-0691, www.cachuma.com

Santa Ynez Park, 805-693-0691, www.cachuma.com

Santa Ynez Park, 805-693-0691, www.cachuma.com

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Jazz on the Deck at Vineyard House Live music & fine food, 6:30pm, $2 805-688-2886, www.thevineyardhouse.com

Jazz on the Deck at Vineyard House Live music & fine food, 6:30pm, $2 805-688-2886, www.thevineyardhouse.com
Jazz on the Deck at Vineyard House Live music & fine food, 6:30pm, $2 805-688-2886, www.thevineyardhouse.com

ONGOING

 

Art Exhibit at Artiste Winery

11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport 805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderides.com

ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport 805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderides.com
ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport 805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderides.com

LOMPOC/BUELLTON

LOMPOC/BUELLTON
LOMPOC/BUELLTON

ONGOING SATURDAYS

 

Olde Towne Market in Lompoc

Great food, wine & music, Lompoc, 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

Great food, wine & music, Lompoc, 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

Great food, wine & music, Lompoc, 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS Olive Oil Tasting at Foley 10:30am-4pm, Lompoc, 805-737-6222, www.foleywines.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS Olive Oil Tasting at Foley 10:30am-4pm, Lompoc, 805-737-6222, www.foleywines.com
ONGOING SATURDAYS Olive Oil Tasting at Foley 10:30am-4pm, Lompoc, 805-737-6222, www.foleywines.com

DECEMBER 5 Cheers for Charlotte at Huber Winery! The Hubers are featuring their Charlotte’s Reserve Dornfelder, in honor and named after their longtime black Labrador. Joining them will be fellow animal

loving winemakers pouring their latest releases. $25, 1-4pm, 100% of ticket sales to Buellton Humane

loving winemakers pouring their latest releases. $25, 1-4pm, 100% of ticket sales to Buellton Humane Society. 805-736-3854

loving winemakers pouring their latest releases. $25, 1-4pm, 100% of ticket sales to Buellton Humane Society.

SOLVANG

SOLVANG
SOLVANG

ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views, 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002

ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views, 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002
ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views, 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Solvang Farmers Market Fresh produce, flowers & foods, 2:30-6pm 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org

Solvang Farmers Market Fresh produce, flowers & foods, 2:30-6pm 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org

Solvang Farmers Market Fresh produce, flowers & foods, 2:30-6pm 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting on the Patio

 

Live guitar music with fine wines at Royal Scandinavian Inn, 5:30-7pm

800-624-5572, www.royalscandinavianinn.com

800-624-5572, www.royalscandinavianinn.com

800-624-5572, www.royalscandinavianinn.com

ONGOING Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

 

Ongoing exhibits of art & photography

805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org

805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org

805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org

ONGOING THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Learn Scandinavian Folk Dancing 7-10pm, 805-688-6144, www.solvangusa.com

ONGOING THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Learn Scandinavian Folk Dancing 7-10pm, 805-688-6144, www.solvangusa.com
ONGOING THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Learn Scandinavian Folk Dancing 7-10pm, 805-688-6144, www.solvangusa.com

ONGOING

Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum

All makes & models, Solvang, 805-6869522, www.motosolvang.com

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SANTA BARBARA

SANTA BARBARA

SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show Featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry. East Beach Pier, 10am–6pm

805-897-1982,www.sbaacs.com

805-897-1982,www.sbaacs.com

805-897-1982,www.sbaacs.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting at East Beach Wine Hosted by a winemaker, winery owner or wine broker. 8 -10 wines to taste. 4-7pm, contact for current host listing. 805-691-1020, www.eastbeachwine.com

owner or wine broker. 8 -10 wines to taste. 4-7pm, contact for current host listing. 805-691-1020,
owner or wine broker. 8 -10 wines to taste. 4-7pm, contact for current host listing. 805-691-1020,

ONGOING Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater Guided tours upon request, 805-996-4946, www.loberotheater.com

ONGOING Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater Guided tours upon request, 805-996-4946, www.loberotheater.com
ONGOING Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater Guided tours upon request, 805-996-4946, www.loberotheater.com

ONGOING University at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures 805-893-3535, www.arts&lectures.ucsb.edu

ONGOING University at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures 805-893-3535, www.arts&lectures.ucsb.edu
ONGOING University at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures 805-893-3535, www.arts&lectures.ucsb.edu

ONGOING Historic Downtown Walking Tour Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past, 10am-12pm, 805-965-6307

ONGOING Historic Downtown Walking Tour Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past, 10am-12pm, 805-965-6307
ONGOING Historic Downtown Walking Tour Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past, 10am-12pm, 805-965-6307

ONGOING Winemaker Dinners at Wine Cask Delicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines, 6:30pm 805-996-9463, www.winecask.com

Winemaker Dinners at Wine Cask Delicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines, 6:30pm 805-996-9463, www.winecask.com
Winemaker Dinners at Wine Cask Delicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines, 6:30pm 805-996-9463, www.winecask.com

ONGOING Ty Warner Sea Center Explore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Stearns Wharf, www.sbnature.org/seacenter

Center Explore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Stearns Wharf, www.sbnature.org/seacenter
Center Explore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Stearns Wharf, www.sbnature.org/seacenter

ONGOING Lectures & Readings at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org

ONGOING Lectures & Readings at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org
ONGOING Lectures & Readings at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum 805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org

ONGOING TUESDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYS Art Workshops for Children at Art from Scrap Fun workshops where kids reuse all sorts of materials to make works of art! 10am-2pm, $6, 805-884-0459, www.artfromscrap.org

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS
DECEMBER 11-13 Christmas Revels: in Celebration of the Winter Solstice Santa Barbara Revels presents their
DECEMBER 11-13 Christmas Revels: in Celebration of the Winter Solstice Santa Barbara Revels presents their

DECEMBER 11-13 Christmas Revels: in Celebration of the Winter Solstice Santa Barbara Revels presents their 2009 production of "The King and the

 

At various venues art, cultural events & fine wine tasting! 5-8pm

805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.com

805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.com

805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.com

ONGOING

 

Fool" at the Marjorie Luke Theatre features medieval traditions in music, dance, drama and ritual. December 11-12, 7:30pm December 13, 3pm, $12-$35 805 963-0761, lobero.com, 805-565-9357 or visit santabarbararevels.org

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net VENTURA COUNTY  

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net

Santa Barbara Museum of Art 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net

VENTURA COUNTY

 

ONGOING Planetarium Shows at

 
 

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com

ONGOING Museum of Ventura County Photographs, publications, documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County's

 

• • Cosmic Safari

Exploring the Spring Sky

• • Cosmic Safari Exploring the Spring Sky history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org

history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org

• • Cosmic Safari Exploring the Spring Sky history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org
• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket ONGOING  

• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket

• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket

ONGOING

 

ONGOING THURSDAYS

 

Tidepool Talk Show & tell about fascinating animals & plants at the exhibit. National Park Visitor Center Ventura Harbor, 805-658-5730, www.nps.gov

fascinating animals & plants at the exhibit. National Park Visitor Center Ventura Harbor, 805-658-5730, www.nps.gov
 

An Evening of Visual & Performing Arts

Santa Barbara downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art. 5-8pm, 805-962-2098

Santa Barbara downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art.
Santa Barbara downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art.
 
Barbara downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing the public to enjoy local art. 5-8pm,

ONGOING

 

ONGOING University of California Santa Barbara Various speakers, 805-893-7221, www.arts&lectures.sa.ucsb.edu

ONGOING University of California Santa Barbara Various speakers, 805-893-7221, www.arts&lectures.sa.ucsb.edu
ONGOING University of California Santa Barbara Various speakers, 805-893-7221, www.arts&lectures.sa.ucsb.edu
speakers, 805-893-7221, www.arts&lectures.sa.ucsb.edu Ventura County Maritime Museum Art, ship models, &

Ventura County Maritime Museum Art, ship models, & maritime exhibits, 11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard

Ventura County Maritime Museum Art, ship models, & maritime exhibits, 11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Tour Ojai Olive Oil at Asquith Farm Begins outside with the history of the grove, an explanation of the olive vari- eties, their maturing process, the harvesting & a visit to the tree nursery. Share the adventure of producing premium-quality olive oils. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri by appointment. 805-701-3825, www.ojaioliveoil.com

the adventure of producing premium-quality olive oils. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri by appointment. 805-701-3825, www.ojaioliveoil.com
the adventure of producing premium-quality olive oils. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri by appointment. 805-701-3825, www.ojaioliveoil.com
 

ONGOING

 
 

C‘est Cheese Stop for lunch, wine, cheese and chocolate. They’re starting to ramp up their

selection, bringing in new and delicious cheeses, wines and various treats for all to enjoy.

selection, bringing in new and delicious cheeses, wines and various treats for all to enjoy. 825 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, 805-965-0318

and delicious cheeses, wines and various treats for all to enjoy. 825 Santa Barbara Street, Santa

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DECEMBER 3 La Arcada Christmans Walk Promoting a festive holiday spirit by encouraging families and shoppers alike to

spend time in a tree-filled court transformed into a winter wonderland.

Scrolling carolers and musicians throughout the sculpture courtyard. An old fashioned sleigh for a complimentary photo with Santa. Enjoy fresh popped popcorn, cookies and treats provided by merchants. 1114 State Street www.laarcadasantabarbara.com

Wine and Wins at Camarillo Airport Wine tasting, food, World War II aviation history. This is a great outing for all you pilots and airplane aficionados. 3-7pm, $59.95 p/p in advance Tickets avail- able at Rancho Ventavo Cellars Tasting Room. www.cafsocal.com

at Rancho Ventavo Cellars Tasting Room. www.cafsocal.com NOVEMBER 14 Wine, Dine and Play at the Square
at Rancho Ventavo Cellars Tasting Room. www.cafsocal.com NOVEMBER 14 Wine, Dine and Play at the Square

NOVEMBER 14 Wine, Dine and Play at the Square Wine taste at Rancho Ventavo Cellars, dine at La Dolce Vita, enjoy the play at the Elite Theatre with "Children of Eden" a musical by Stephen Schwartz. Pre- payment and reservations a must! $49 all inclusive. 805-486-6878

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK :

CENTRAL COAST

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK : CENTRAL COAST Castoro Cellars Exhibits Artist Kristopher Doe Each month, the

Castoro Cellars Exhibits Artist Kristopher Doe

Each month, the art gallery at Castoro Cellars Winery Tasting Room in Templeton exhibits artwork from local artists. In November, Castoro will be showing the work of local artist Kristopher Doe, a transplant from the Los Angeles area. It will be his first local show. Doe was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena where its tall, sun-splashed palm and camphor-tree-lined streets contrasted against the backdrop of the grand San Gabriel mountains. “Though I was raised in an urban environment, the commanding presence of nature has firmly held my attention since I was a child and has served as my primary inspiration in my adult life as I work to capture the differing characteristics of our natural environment in its many rich and diverse forms and faces.” A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Mr. Doe’s career as an illustrator, designer and painter has spanned twenty years, in addition to fifteen years teaching drawing, design and painting courses at community and private art colleges throughout southern and central California. Castoro Cellars Winery Tasting Room is located at 1315 N. Bethel Rd in Templeton. For more information on the artist's exhibit or the reception, they can be reached at 805-238-0725.

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Wineology

What is terroir?

INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER

by Len Napolitano

INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano The French term, “Terroir” (pronounced tear-wah), is

The French term, “Terroir” (pronounced tear-wah), is what makes a specific grape-growing site, and its wine, distinctive. It is a philosophy, originated in Europe, that says it is a multitude of influences in nature that create a wine’s character. These natural factors include soil composition, day and nighttime temperatures, the amount of rainfall, the direction of the sun, just to name a few. This principle of terroir explains why some of the best California Pinot Noir, for example, originates in the regions of Carneros and Russian River. They may be separated by about 30 miles but they share similar soils and experience the same cooling effects from bodies of water nearby – either the ocean, in the case of the Russian River area, or San Pablo Bay for the Carneros region. Both regions produce rich and complex wines made from Pinot Noir grapes that reflect their similar terroir. Over centuries of winemaking around the world, it has been learned that the uniqueness of a specific location is

what creates the “personality” of a wine. Although the French word “terrior” has no English translation, it has become a term used everywhere to describe this interaction of many factors that influence a grape-growing site. So, the next time you taste a great wine, whether Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel, take notice of where the grapes were grown. If a distinct site is listed on the label as the origin of the grapes, such as the name of a specific vineyard or an official wine geographic region (also known as an appellation) know that you are tasting more than just the grapes that made the wine. You are experiencing “terrior” – everything in nature that makes that site, or area, unique.

Len Napolitano lives in Sonoma Wine Country and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com. Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.

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WINE COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT

NOVO RESTAURANT

Located on Higuera Street with its patio sitting luxuri- ously above San Luis Creek, Novo restaurant is fusion cuisine with a local heart that has captivated this Central Coast town. The menu is a stunning blend of flavors from around the world with a focus on Asian and South American fusions. Chef Justin Gabbert has teamed with owner Robin Covey to create a Tapas selection along with a few large plate items that are a blend of local ingredients with inter- national flare. The menu at Novo does change with the seasons, usually summer and winter and depending on the local farmer’s market. “I’m probably the biggest buyer at the SLO Farmer’s Market. We spend about $40,000 a year there,” says Covey. “The local produce here is astounding.” The wine list at Novo, a Portuguese word meaning “new,” is large and features a vast selection of local Central Coast wines. Seating more than 160 people, if necessary, the large patio, the inside dining room and the basement dining room are all simple and stylish with inviting warm colors and intimate settings. The building itself is one of the orig- inal San Luis Obispo turn-of-the-century brick structures with a full-sized basement and hardwood floors. Novo has been in San Luis Obispo for five years, but every dish is as fresh and new as its first serving. A knowl-

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MAMA'S MEATBALL Fine Italian Restaurant and Catering Mama's Meatball has specialized in creating seasonal menus

MAMA'S MEATBALL

Fine Italian Restaurant and Catering Mama's Meatball has specialized in creating seasonal menus by using only the finest and freshest ingredients. 570 Higuera St. Suite 130-135 www.mamasmeatball.com

805-544-0861

menus by using only the finest and freshest ingredients. 570 Higuera St. Suite 130-135 www.mamasmeatball.com 805-544-0861
NOVO RESTAURANT NOVO’s international flavors are the leading ingredients in an exotic dining experience. Brazilian,

NOVO RESTAURANT

NOVO’s international flavors are the leading ingredients in an exotic dining experience. Brazilian, Mediterranean and Asian flavors awaken the senses. In house roasted spices for curries, mixtures and marinades balanced with crisp, seasonal vegeta- bles and savory meats. Explore. 726 Higuera Street • Open Daily from 11am 805-543-3986 • www.novorestaurant.com

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edgeable wait staff that pays attention to customer service, a focus on fresh local ingredients, local wines and Central Coast hospitality, have made Novo a true destination for dining. Novo is open daily from 11 a.m. For more information, call (805) 543-3986 or visit www.novorestaurant.com.

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HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP

The most highly acclaimed restaurant and Wine Shop on the Central Coast. Recognized for Chef Wilhelm Hoppe’s seasonally inspired menu, hand-selected wine list with a beautiful garden and historical setting. Offering a wide range of menu items - from wild game to prime meats and vegetarian/vegan items. 78 N. Ocean Avenue • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-10pm www.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006

meats and vegetarian/vegan items. 78 N. Ocean Avenue • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-10pm www.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006

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V2: Vihuela & Vivant on the Patio

There was Matt and there was Mike. They both moved to the Central Coast to pursue their passions for wine: Matt wanted to grow the wine; Mike wanted to make and share the wine. Synthesizing tradi- tional Old World style with New World techniques, Vihuela’s intent is to leverage the high quality fruit of Paso Robles without creating alco- holic tsunamis. Its founders believe that nuance and subtleties have a place in New World wines, but they also believe that limiting yourself to tradition alone stifles creativity in pursuit of something uniquely excellent. It was this harmonious balance of Matt’s passion for the science of the fruit and Mike’s artistic hand that brought Vihuela Winery to life. The first Vihuela tasting room was located behind another business, with a tucked away patio and a gourmet pantry. They loved the atmos- phere of the patio – on a lazy afternoon or all lit up for the evening – and they wanted more of it. And so, at the onset of the 2009 harvest, they joined forces with the team at Vivant Fine Cheeses to create an tasting experience unlike any other. Vivant knew cheese like Matt and Mike knew wine. Now, every day they pair Old World and New World style wines with the finest imported and locally crafted cheeses, while the rifts of Spanish guitar music hang in the air. And such is the short story of V², the new patio setting tasting room of Vihuela Winery and Vivant Fine Cheeses. Of course it’s not that simple. Their story is much more complex and wholly enveloping, as are Vihuela’s wines, the picturesque indoor/outdoor patio setting and the intriguing mix of flavors and envi-

patio setting and the intriguing mix of flavors and envi- ronment to be experienced at V².
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ronment to be experienced at V². Vihuela offers a variety of passionately crafted wines to suit every palate. Their portfolio includes a range of blends and four major varietal wines made in both New World and Old World styles. The tannins and structure of their Syrah is a classic example of what the varietal should be. With their blends, they venture out a bit further, yet the structure and smoothness remains a constant. Vihuela’s signature blend, Incendio, is an intriguing concert of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot that’s both bold and elegant, much like the Spanish guitar album of the same name that accompanies it. The new digs follow suit with an understated, casual elegance to be enjoyed day after day. Vihuela focuses on creating high quality food friendly wines, and their partnership with Vivant Fine Cheese lets the consumer experience it from the first taste. Once you have a taste of the V² atmosphere, it will become a highlight of every visit to come. “It’s all about great wine, great food and great memories,” said Mike. And indeed, V² is a must visit this holiday season – for wine, cheese and gifts for all of your celebrations. If Vihuela wines are music to your mouth, than V² will be music to your memories. V² is located at 840 11th Street in Downtown Paso Robles. Vihuela wines are available for tasting Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (805) 835-4304 or visit www.vihuelawinery.com.

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Carina Cellars Clairvoyant Perfectly Paired with Homemade Chicken Ravioli in a Savory Grape Sauce

Forget those wine recommendations from sommeliers about the best wine to pair with your meal. Sure, in a pinch, they’re helpful, but they take all the fun away from the wine and food learning process. The best way to discover wines that combine perfectly with certain dishes is to create the dishes yourself from a prepared recipe and then experiment with different wines until you get the marriage of wine and food flavor that works best. And when the dish you create includes a sauce called a Savory Grape Sauce, you know it’s going to be something special. The Carina Cellars’ Homemade Chicken Ravioli with a Savory Grape Sauce takes you step by step in creating the delicious fill- ings for the ravioli, then guides you in making a mouthwatering sauce out of white wine, grapes and raisins that makes this pairing truly perfect. The chicken filling is wonderfully flavored with spices, caramelized onions and tasty veggies that give the dish a liveliness that deserves an equally flavorful wine. That wine is the 2007 Carina Cellars Clairvoyant, a Rhône blend from the Central

Coast that combines Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, and which melts in your mouth when tasted on its own. Even better, when sipped after each bite of the chicken ravioli, it completes this perfect pairing. This wine is loaded with dark fruit and juicy richness. A note of spiciness that can sometimes accompany some Syrah wines, is joined with the elegant fruitiness of the Grenache and notable structure from the Mourvedre. Together, these three grapes form a robust and layered wine that provides a memorable experience when enjoyed with this recipe – one that every wine and food- pairing adventurer is sure to appreciate. Carina Cellars has two Central Coast tasting rooms. One, the original location, is at 2900 Grand Avenue, Suite A, in Los Olivos; (805) 688-2459. The other location, the Carina Cellars Estate Vine- yard & Winery at Rancho del Cielo is at 3525 Adelaida Road in Paso Robles; (805) 886-5079. Carina Cellars specializes in wines made from Rhône varieties and Rhône blends such as Clairvoyant.

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HOMEMADE CHICKEN RAVIOLI WITH A SAVORY GRAPE SAUCE

Chicken Filling

• 1 chicken cut into pieces – legs, breasts and back, with the small bones removed, heart and liver reserved – to yield about 4 lbs of meat

• 2 onions, diced small

• 2 carrots, diced small

• 2 ribs celery, diced small

• 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped

• 2 sprigs thyme, chopped

• 2 cups white wine

• 3 cups marsala wine

• 2 tablespoons tomato paste, |double concentrate – heaping tablespoon

• 2 quarts chicken stock

• 7 ounces fontina cheese, grated fine

• 14 ounces parmigiano reggiano cheese, grated fine

• 2 eggs

• 1-3/4 lb fresh whole milk ricotta

• Salt and pepper – as needed

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a heavy pot large enough to braise them, sear all sides of the chicken pieces very well. Set aside. In the same pot, sweat mirepoix and herbs over medium low heat- caramelize well (about 30 minutes). Add in the legs and back. Add the tomato concentrate, stir well into the meat and veggies, and caramelize slightly – about five minutes. Add white wine and marsala, and a spoonful of kosher salt. Reduce to nearly dry. Add chicken stock, liver, heart, breasts and wings – if the meat is not covered, add more stock. Simmer about 30-45 minutes, or until meat is very tender and falls from the bones. Remove from heat and let cool. Sieve stock from the pot and save for making the savory grape sauce. Retain the vegetables. Remove bones from meat, retaining meat, skin, heart, liver. Buzz vegetables, skin, heart, liver, giblets, and the meat from the back in a food processor or meat grinder until very smooth. Chop the remaining meat very fine by hand or with a meat grinder. Turn all into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix by hand to form a smooth, even mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Savory Grape Sauce

• 2 shallots, minced very fine

• 4 tablespoons butter

• 1 lb white grapes, seeded and quartered

• 11 oz. golden raisins

• 11 oz.

• 1 quart chicken braising stock

white wine

Sweat shallots in butter over low heat until very soft - about 10 minutes. Add in white grapes, raisins and white wine. Simmer until raisins are plumped - about 15 minutes. Add the braising stock and simmer about 15 min longer. Strain out half of the grapes and raisins and reserve for service. Buzz the remaining grapes and sauce with a blender, and mix back in the reserved grapes and raisins. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Pasta -

• 8 oz flour (can use Italian “00”, or all purpose unbleached flour)

• 2 eggs

Combine flour with eggs, and knead well by hand to produce a smooth uniform dough. Using a pasta rolling machine, roll the dough out in very thin sheets. Use the filling with the pasta to form ravioli of your desired shape and size. To serve, heat the savory grape sauce until hot. Boil the ravioli in salted boiling water until al dente. Remove the cooked ravioli from the water, toss with the sauce and serve immediately, accompanied by grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.

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SORT THIS OUT CELLARS

Go Figure

by Michael Cervin Nostalgia has always been an important part of the American experience. Sort
by Michael Cervin
Nostalgia has always been an important part of
the American experience. Sort This Out Cellars is
a small producer of California wines that has
given nostalgia a new venue. Established in 2007,
Sort This Out Cellars produces wines from grapes
grown throughout California’s wine country using
diverse varietals and appellations which they feel
represent the best of what California’s wine
industry can produce. “I have relieved myself of
the restrictions associated with owning vineyards
or producing wines from a singular viticultural
area,” says owner Michael Cobb. This means he
can search the state for the best grapes to crush, or
in some cases the best juice from another winery to purchase, and
then finish it into his own wine. “Tired of the traditional wine country
narrative, I wanted to move beyond the iconic family winery, or estate
grown grape paradigms that have dominated the California wine
landscape, and instead make wines that looked more like the people
who drank them,” he says. Cobb is rather proud of the fact that he
doesn’t have a farming background to draw on, something many
people in the wine business might consider a handicap. “I think of
myself as a degenerate gambler-turned-winemaker,” Cobb jokes. “I
try simply to make the very best wine I can. I’m in the entertainment
business and wine is entertaining. At the end of the day the wine in
the bottle has to meet people’s expectations.” And Sort This Out
Cellars is doing just that.
Inspired by an old photograph of the famed Rat
Pack outside The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in
1961, and a love of that specific time period, Cobb
conspired to create a new type of winery. He
doesn’t own any vineyards and frankly he has no
desire to. Cobb decided early on to “throw all the
traditional corporate structure out with the bath
water,” as he puts it. This doesn’t mean however
that he came into the wine business as a novice.
Far from it. Mike Cobb was the Wine Buyer for
Disneyland’s Club 33 located inside the famed
park. You may not have heard of Club 33, and
that’s because it is an exclusive members-only club
that Walt Disney himself started decades ago and
still operating inside the park. From those beginnings he decided to
venture out and get in the wine business, but to do it as simply and
with as much fun as possible. “I make wines that are just as at home
at the poker table as the dinner table. Wines that pair with good times
and friends,” Cobb says. And his winery name factors into this idea as
well. Cobb never had a desire to name the winery after himself so he
pulled a line from one of his favorite movies, the 2001 film, “Made”
starring Vince Vaughn. But since that is such an obscure movie, often
he tells people in his tasting room, “If you don’t like my wines we’ll go
outside and sort this out,” which usually gets the laughs that sets the
tone for the tasting. Sort This Out Cellars has a diverse lineup of
wines, from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese to
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Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat and even a super Tuscan blend. Cobb’s wine labels are obviously a huge part of draw and reflect a 1940s and 1950s Las Vegas feel to them. He has also recently released

a series of pin-up girl labels and though it looks great, designing such

a label takes a lot of thought. “The hardest part is when you know

something you put a lot of time and effort into isn’t going to work. You can’t force it. If the design isn’t working you have to move on,” he says of the involved process of selecting labels. “As much as it hurts to toss two or three days work into the trash, I feel I have an obligation to make sure the final product represents the best of what I’m capable of doing. I take pride in the quality of the wine, it deserves to look as good as it tastes,” he adds. For such an ambitious start, Sort This Out is currently only producing about 1,500 cases, which sells quickly. Cobb plans to reach between 3,000 to 5,000 cases as sales progress. The first tasting room was located in Buellton which only opened in July, 2008. But now Cobb is moving to Solvang, where he will share the town with a number of other wineries. You can see all the Sort This Out labels and taste Mike Cobb’s wines and experience a blast from the past at his new location. Sort This Out Cellars new tasting room is located at 1636 Copen- hagen Drive in Solvang. They are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Tasting fees are $5 - $15 and Cobb uses stemless wine glasses, rather fitting for the hip and cool vibe he presents to a thirsty public. Contact Sort This Out at (805) 688-1717 or www.sortthisoutcellars.com.

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‘Holiday in the Vineyards’ at Claiborne & Churchill

On December 17, Claiborne & Churchill will extend their holiday hours for “Holiday in the Vineyards.” Stop by Claiborne & Churchill for all your last minute shoping. Enjoy great wines, snacks, games and good company! Other participating wineries in the Edna Valley will be open late and offering special discounts and tastings as well. Claiborne & Churchill winery was started in 1983, inspired by the wines of Alsace even though these types of wine were not often

made in California, let alone San Luis Obispo County. Regardless, Claiborne & Churchill decided to specialize in premium dry wines made from Riesling, Gewürz- traminer and Pinot Gris grapes, as well as Pinot Noir from several nearby vineyards. Not to limit their portfolio, they also produce small lots of other wines, including a dry Muscat, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Brut rosé and a Port-style wine. Claiborne & Churchill is still a

small family-owned winery founded by Claiborne (Clay) Thompson and his wife, Freder- icka Churchill. Former teachers at the University of Michigan (Clay specialized in Old Norse Languages and Literatures, and Fredericka taught German), the couple left the “Groves of Academe,” as Clay put it, for the vineyards of California in 1981 in order to start a new life in the wine industry. “On an academic trip to Cali- fornia in 1981, I visited a few

wineries and got bit by the wine bug,” Clay admits. “I talked my way into a job as a cellar rat at Edna Valley Vineyard, then went back to Michigan, sold the house and moved to California.” He was Edna Valley’s third employee. “I worked there for five years, and they let me learn every aspect of the business,” Clay says. “Fortu- nately, we didn’t have any idea how hard it would be to start a winery from scratch, otherwise we would have been afraid to take the plunge,” says Clay. “I guess after 25 years of hard work, you could say we’re an overnight success.” But Clay and Fredericka have always looked at life from a different perspective. Not only were they making wines few people ever heard of, let alone drank much, in 1995 they completed construction on their new and permanent winery building. The winery, a note- worthy example of environmental architecture, is known as a straw bale building, the first of its kind in California. With sixteen-inch thick walls made of bales of rice straw, then covered by a plaster

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exterior, the winery is so well insulated that it maintains a constant cellar temperature, without the need for mechanical cooling or heating. When visiting, there is a small window that looks into the straw bale construc- tion so wine tasters can educated themselves in architecture as well. By all accounts Claiborne & Churchill has carved out a well respected niche of unusual wines and they are seeing a resurgence of consumers turning toward these wines. “I don’t know of any one thing that accounts for consumers having a more accepting attitude toward Riesling,” Clay ponders, “but it’s probably a combination of factors. There’s a growing boredom with Chardonnay, a larger wine-drinking demographic, including drinkers who never learned that it wasn’t “cool” to drink Riesling, and better examples of California Rieslings,” he says. They specifically purchase grapes rather than running their own vineyard simply because they are not dependent on a single crop. Wine- making is farming after all, and Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with seasonal changes. Additionally, they can focus more on the wine- making and marketing of their wines, rather than worry about frost damage, excessive heat or intrusive pests. “It’s about relationships,” Clay says of the various vineyards he works with. “We seek out growers who share the same values as we do, and we develop and maintain a close relationship with them. It’s really a community effort,” That is evidenced in the Riesling and Gewürztraminer Clay has been purchasing from the same vineyards since 1988. “We don’t tell them how to grow the grapes, but they know what we like and we know they will deliver it.” That kind of relationship and trust extends into the wines themselves and Claiborne & Churchill is known for the consis- tent quality of all of their diverse wines. Since Mother Nature ultimately dictates how the fruit will turn out, winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia takes a cautious approach to each vintage. “With most of the wine already in bottle, my mind moves from one important factor of winemaking, bottling, to another important factor of winemaking…harvest,” he says. “Things are looking promising for this upcoming harvest,” he adds. With only about 10,000 cases of wine made each year, it’s best to secure them as soon as possible. Parker-Garcia employs Claiborne & Churchill’s traditional European winemaking techniques which includes extensive use of barrel-fermentation and barrel-aging, minimal manipulation of the wines as they progress, spontaneous fermentation using indigenous yeasts and the limited use of SO2. The philosophy is that the winemaker’s task is to coax out the inherent flavors and charac- ters of that particular grape. The goal has always been to create enjoy- able dinner wines which exude a harmonious balance of fruit and oak, structure and texture, and which compliment the meal. Taste the overnight success wines located within the wine cellar of their unique straw bale winery. The Tasting Room is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is a $5 tasting fee. Claiborne & Churchill is located at 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd. in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo. For additional information, contact them at (805) 544-4406 or visit www.claibornechurchill.com.

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Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Announces ‘Wine Christmas’ Passport Weekend, Dec. 5-6

The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country will be celebrating the holiday season with their “Wine Christmas” Passport featuring eleven local wineries during the weekend of December 5th and 6th. The passport includes both large and boutique wineries. In addition to wine tasting, each winery will feature Christmas décor, music and the winning cookie and wine pairing recipes from each winery. Tasting rooms will be open from 11 a.m. for wine tasting both days. Tickets are available in advance for $30 and include a Riedel glass (you can choose from two pickup locations), a passport program and wine tasting at all participating wineries. A limited number of tickets will be available for $35 each at Costa de Oro throughout the weekend. The eleven wineries participating in the passport are Addamo,

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Cambria, CORE, Costa de Oro, Cottonwood Canyon, Foxen, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Rancho Sisquoc, Riverbench and The Bench, Tres Hermanas. The “Wine Christmas” Passport offers an affordable wine expe- rience, offering huge savings with the purchase of a ticket compared to visiting each winery separately. Wineries will be offering special savings for the holidays – just in time to buy holiday gifts for family and friends. As an additional incentive, for every two bottles of wine purchased by a passport attendee, they will receive a raffle ticket with a chance to win several prizes. For those visitors attending the passport, special lodging rates are available at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Best Western Big America, The Historic Santa Maria Inn and Radisson hotels. Touring and transportation operators Breakaway Tours, Central

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Coast Shuttle Services and Classic Motoring Car Rentals will also offer special rates for passport participants. Mention the code SMVWINES at any of the above businesses for your discount. When purchasing tickets online note your desired Passport and wine glass pickup location under “PICKUP LOCATION” : 1.) Costa de Oro winery, 1331 S. Nicholson Avenue off Highway 101 at the Stowell exit in Santa Maria or 2.) The Bench (Byron/Io tasting room), 2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue in Los Olivos. To change your selected pickup location, email info@smvwines.com. For every two bottles of wine you purchase during the passport weekend (available to attendees only), you will be entered in a raffle to win a variety prizes. Check the website for details, www.smvwines.com. For touring and transportation discounts or more information, visit the website at www.smvwines.com, call 1-866-480-5194 or email info@smvwines.com. If you would like to purchase lunch on the wine trail, stop by Garey Store and Deli for a snack or sandwich. To place advance orders please call (805) 937-3361. You can also pick up a lunch to- go from Testa’s Bistro, Chef Rick’s, Adelina’s Bistro or Trattoria Uliveto.

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Holiday Weekend in Wine Country Offers Holiday Shopping Discounts and Events

There are only three weekends in between Thanksgiving and Christmas weekend to get your holiday shopping done this year. You can go to the mall and stand in long lines hoping to find the right gift for your family and friends – or you can take a weekend trip to the Santa Barbara wine country and get your holiday shopping done while enjoying a memorable vacation. Avoid the mall traffic and take advantage of all of the events and discounts available in the wine country. A new resource, www.winecountryholiday.com, provides a list of all events, entertainment and discounts for the weekend of

December 4th-6th. There are numerous events to choose from including Christmas tree lightings and parades, a wine tasting pass- port, winery open houses, concerts, and much more. For those who want to get some holiday shopping accomplished, discounts at various stores throughout the wine country will be listed to make your shopping quick and enjoyable. Bring the whole family or whisk your partner away to wine country for a weekend to remember. Why not give the gift of cherished memories for the holiday season? Holiday Weekend in Wine Country makes planning your trip easier than ever before.

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Wine, Women and a Few Good Men – Artwork by Joan Jones at Carina Cellars

Exhibition Runs Through November 30, 2009

Carina Cellars is proud to feature the artwork of Lompoc artist Joan Jones, which is on display in their tasting room in Los Olivos throughout October and November. Jones’s passion for the human figure is evident in this show, which will include pastel and watercolor originals from live models, as well as giclee fine art prints of the same. “Both men and women model for workshops I participate in, and I love working on each – the male for his more pronounced muscle defin- ition and the female, no matter her size, for her curves,” Jones said. With a fine winery showing her work, Jones will also include pastel paintings and prints of local vineyards, hence the show’s theme. Although Jones considers watercolor her primary medium, recently to prepare for this show, she has worked more in pastels, a medium suited to her skills as a draftsman. “As with many of us, I am a ‘work-in-progress.’ My studies will never be complete, but this area to me is the ‘mecca’ for all the arts, including the visual arts. I feel so very lucky to have landed here,” Jones said, adding that, “the Lord has blessed me with good health, good teachers and the support of family and friends in the pursuit of my craft.”

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Visit the Carina Cellars Tasting Room at 2900 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos to view Jones’s art. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., her artwork will be displayed until November 30. For more information go to www.carinacellars.com or call (805) 688-2459.

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Cantara Cellars – Dream, Passion, Reality

by Mark Storer

M ike and Chris Brown have become true winemakers, though it wasn’t their first calling. The couple lives and works in Ventura County and raised a family here. It wasn’t until well

into their careers that they took a trip to Oregon that included a little wine tasting. “We were tasting the great Pinot Noirs of the Northwest when we sort of looked at each other and said, ‘we can do this,’” Mike says. Sometimes the most powerful decisions are the simplest ones born of a common dream and that is how Cantara Cellars was born. Their first winemaking was done at home with the Chardonnay grapes that came straight from Mike’s parents ranch in Lodi. That was the beginning of Cantara Cellars which now has a winery and tasting room in Camarillo, right off of the 101. “We considered moving to Lodi,” says Mike, but their lives and young family were here in Ventura County. “We didn’t need to move to make it work,” Mike says. They had all the resources they needed right here in their hometown, sourcing fruit from one of the great California appellations and bringing it to Ventura County and Cantara Cellars’ facility. Having been trained in the world of manufacturing, the Browns are hands-on winemakers and have finely tuned the cross between the art and the science of winemaking. Mike has taken courses at UC

and the science of winemaking. Mike has taken courses at UC Davis and continues to do

Davis and continues to do so and together, the couple spends nearly all of their free time at the winery seeing their high quality fruit through every phase from crush to bottling. “I never worry about the quality of the fruit,” says Mike about the Lodi grapes he picks. “We work with some really great vineyards and they pick when we want them to. I get updates every other day during harvest and we typically pick according to sugar content. We’re really happy with the relationships we have in Lodi,” he says.

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Mike also points out that Lodi “put together the first book” on sustainable vineyard practices and that the growers with whom they work with are simply the best. “I don’t lay awake at night worrying about the grapes,” says Mike. Even so, the Browns will take between four and five trips to Lodi during harvest season alone so that he can control every step of harvest and the winemaking process. That dedication pays off and Cantara Cellars now produces some 1500 cases of wine a year. “We’ve developed an extended family in our wine club and we now have over 250 members,” says Chris. And Cantara’s wine club members get all kinds of perks. They’re invited to blending parties, where Mike walks them through tasting and blending of wines, giving everyone a chance to write down their impressions and making those a part of the decision making process. Members are also invited to “pick-up parties” several times each year where they come to pick up their order and, at least once during the summer, enjoy a fully catered meal paired with the year’s releases. Membership has its benefits, indeed. Cantara’s blending parties have resulted in some truly amazing wines. Mike takes particular pride in finding just the right compo- nents to make the flavors truly unique. One of his latest blends, which I was fortunate enough to taste, was Cabernet, Syrah and Barbera. All three were perfect matches and Mike obviously spent a good deal of time figuring out how each complimented the other. “You follow the fundamentals in winemaking and generally speaking, you’ll do fine,” says Mike. “But there are a lot of things, a lot of components to it as well. We get great complexity for example,” Mike continues, “from the yeasts we choose. I can create different tastes and get different results not just from the fruit, but from the yeasts we use as well.” Part of the success of Cantara’s wines is the quality fruit according to the Browns. “Sometimes, I see my challenge as really toning down these big and bold flavors these wines can exhibit,” says Mike. “They can be overpowering if you let them.” Science and art sometimes collide. A married couple takes a leap

of blind faith into a dream they had together and the result is an ultra- premium winery. The dream became a passion and the passion became a reality. Cantara Cellars is all of that and the wines they make prove it every day. Mike and Chris invite you to come tour the winery at 126 Wood Road in Camarillo Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to taste their award-winning wines. For more information, call (805) 484-9600 or go to www.cantaracellars.com.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK :

WINERY - LOCATION

P A S O

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A R E A

Adelaida Cellars –PasoRobles

5805Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 805239-8980

Daily 10-5

XXX

 

AJB Vineyards –PasoRobles 3280TownshipRd; 805-239-9432

Weekends

12-5

X

X

Alta Colina –PasoRobles 2725Adelaida Rd; 805227-4191

Th-Su

11-5

X

X

AmByth Estate – Templeton

By

510Sequoia Lane; 805305-9497

appt

X

X

«« Anglim Winery –PasoRobles

Th-Mo11-6

 

740

Pine St; 805-227-6813

or by Appt

X

X

«« Arroyo Robles–PasoRobles 73912thSt; 877-759-WINE

Daily

11-7

X

X

 

Asuncion Ridge –PasoRoble

Su-Th12:30-6

72913thStreet;805461-0675

Fr-Sa12-8

X

X

August Ridge – Creston

Fr 12-5

8790

E. Highway 41; 805 239-2455

Sa-Su 11-5

X

X

Austin Hope –PasoRobles

Fr-Sa 10-4

1585LiveOakRoad;805238-4112

Call

X

X

B & E Vineyards –PasoRobles

Fr-Su11-5

10,000 Creston Rd;

805-238-4815

or By Appt

X

X

Baily

Vineyard –Temecula

Su-Fr 10-5

33440 La Serena Way; 951-676-9463

Sa 11-5

X

X

Barrel 27 –PasoRobles

Fr-Su11-5

2323

Tulley Rd #110; 805-237-1245

or By Appt

X

X

Bassetti Vineyards – Cambria

By

1191

N. Green Valley Rd; 805-927-1925

Appt

X

X

Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles 1227ParkSt; 805-238-4329

By

Appt

X

X

Bella Luna –Templeton 1850TempletonRd; 805-434-5477

Fr-Su

10-5

X

X

Bianchi Winery –PasoRobles 3380BranchRd; 805-226-9922

Daily

10-5

X

X

Black Hand – San Miguel 1735NygrenRd; 805-712-WINE

By

Appt

X

X

Booker Vineyard –PasoRobles 2640AndersonRd; 805-237-7367

Fr-Su

11-4

X

X

Brian Benson Cellars –PasoRobles 2985AndersonRd; 805-296-9463

Fr-Su

10:30-5

X

X

Calcareous Winery –PasoRobles 3430Peachy CanyonRd; 805-239-0289

Th-Mo

11-5

X

X

Caliza Winery –PasoRobles 2570AndersonRd; 805-237-1480

Fr-Su

11-4:30

X

X

Caparone Winery –PasoRobles

Fr-Su11-5

2280

San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827

By Apt

XXX

«« Carina Cellars –PasoRobles

Fr-Su11-5

 

3525

Adelaida Rd; 415-309-2046

By Apt

XXX

Carmody McKnight Estate Wines –PasoRobles

 

11240ChimneyRockRd; 805-238-9392

Daily 10-5

X

X

Cass Vineyards –PasoRobles 7350Linne Rd; 805-239-1730

Sa-Su11-6

Mo-Fr 12-5

X

X

«« Castoro Cellars –Templeton 1315NBethal Rd; 805-238-0725

Daily

10-5:30

X

X

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«« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week

WINERY - LOCATION

 

Cayucos Cellars –Cayucos 131NOceanAve; 805-995-3036

We-Su11-5:30

 

ClosedTu

X

X

Changala Winery – Templeton 422 Main St; 805-238-0421

Sa 11:30-5

By

Su 12-4

Appt

X

X

Chateau Margene –Creston

Fr-Su

4385

La Panza Rd; 805-238-2321

12-5

X

X

Christian Lazo –SanMiguel 249 10th Street, Suite A; 805-467-2672

Sa-Su

10-5

X

X

Chronic Cellars –PasoRobles

Fr-Su12-5

2020

Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 237-7848 or by apt

 

X

X

Cinquain Cellars – San Miguel

By apt

6404Independence RanchPl; 805400-5978

 

X

X

Chumeia Vineyards –PasoRobles

Daily

8331

Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102

10-5

X

X

Clautiere Vineyard –PasoRobles 1340PenmanSprings Rd; 805-237-3789

Daily

12-5

X

X

Clavo Cellars

–PasoRobles

Mo-Sa 12-5

1101

Riverside

Avenue; 805-226-0174

Su 12-4

X

X

«« Clayhouse Wines –PasoRobles 84913thSt; 805238-7055

Daily

11-6

X

X

 

Croad Vineyards –PasoRobles

Fr-Su11-5

3550VinedoRoblesLane; 805-226-9899 Th-Mo12-5 XXX

 

D’Anbino Cellars –PasoRobles 710Pine St; 805-227-6800

Fri-Sun12-6

ClosedTu-We

X

X

Dark Star Cellars –PasoRobles 2985AndersonRd; 805-237-2389

Fr-Su

10:30-5

X

X

Denner Vineyards & Winery –PasoRobles

 

5414VineyardDr; 805-239-4287

Daily 11-5

X

X

Derby Wine Estates –PasoRobles

Fr-Mo

5620

Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300

11-5

X

X

Doce Robles –PasoRobles 2023Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766

Daily

10-5:30

X

X

Donati Family Vineyard –Templeton

Daily 11am-5pm

 

Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676

 

X

X

Donatoni Winery –PasoRobles

Sa-Su12-5

3225

Township Rd; 805-226-0620

Or By Appt

X

Dover Canyon Winery –PasoRobles 4520VineyardDr; 805-237-0101

Th-Su

11-5

X

X

Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery –PasoRobles

 

1953Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763

Th-Mo11-5

X

X

Eagle Castle Winery –PasoRobles 3090AndersonRd; 805-227-1428

Daily

10:30-5:30

XXX

«« Eberle Winery –PasoRobles

Daily

 

3810

Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607

10-6

XXX

Écluse Wines –PasoRobles

Fr-Sa

1520

Kiler Canyon Rd; 805 238-4998

By Appt

X

X

«« Edward Sellers –PasoRobles 1220ParkSt; 805-239-8915

Th-Mo

12-7

X

X

«« Eos Estate –PasoRobles

Win10-5

 

5625

Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562

Sum 10-6

X

X

X

Falcon Nest Winery –PasoRobles 5185UnionRd; 805-226-0227

Daily

10-7:30

X

X

«« Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles

By

WINERY - LOCATION

 

2300Airport Rd; 805-591-8050

Daily 10-5

X

X

Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles 8998NorthRiver Rd; 805-467-0192

By

Appt

X

X

Four Vines Winery –Templeton

Sum11-6

3750

Hwy 46 West; 805 227-0865

Win 11-5

X

X

Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526

X

X

Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles 1595Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809

By

Appt