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ADVERSTISING/MARKETING

Whitney Brem

DIRECTOR

San Luis Obispo, CA Phone 805-252-5440 centralcoast@winecountrythisweek.com

PUBLISHER

Mike Giangreco Direct 707-938-3734 mike@winecountrythisweek.com

MANAGING EDITOR

Chandra Grant P.O. Box 92, El Verano, CA 95433 Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674 chandra@winecountrythisweek.com

CALENDAR EDITOR

Laurie Flippen Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674 laurie@winecountrythisweek.com

OFFICE MANAGER

Cathy Gore Phone 707-938-3494 / Fax 707-938-3674 Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.com

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Michael Cervin, Len Napolitano, Mark Storer, Dave Wilcox

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WINERY FEATURE | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH EBERLE WINERY One of the Most Awarded Wineries by

EBERLE WINERY

One of the Most Awarded Wineries

by Michael Cervin

Gary Eberle has been called the Father of Paso Robles wine and, though it sounds like a dubious title, he is one of the reasons the wine industry in Paso is doing so well. In fact, Eberle is one of the most awarded wineries in the nation with literally thousands of awards and accolades. Originally from Pennsylvania, Gary found wine at an early age. “I suddenly discovered what James Bond was talking about,” he says. “I was young and stupid and went from drinking Boone’s Farm to Chateau Latour.” Fresh out of U.C. Davis, he sided up with a few investors and bought 160 acres in Paso back in 1973. He started by heading his family’s Estrella River Winery, which is currently Meridian Vineyards, not too far down the road, and produced half a million cases a year at that facility. Not one to rest, in 1980, he co-founded the Paso Robles Appel- lation and in 1983, Gary opened the doors to his own Eberle Winery with the premiere of his 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon. Added to that, he was the first one to commercially plant Syrah more than two decades ago. From that

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day to this, he has seen incredible changes as Paso Robles asserts itself as a dominant wine region. “We’re getting so much publicity,” he says. “But unless we can produce good wine year after year, it’s not going to mean anything. We have the potential to have the same reputation as Sonoma or even better.” And those days are coming. A visit to the Eberle tasting room just off Highway 46 East begins with the bronze statue of a boar sitting out front of the main doors, a replica of an original from 1620 that sits in Italy. After all, Eberle in German means “little boar.” It is considered good luck to rub the boar’s nose and toss a coin in the water. All money collected at the Eberle boar fountain is then donated to local children’s charities. The tasting room has expansive views of the surrounding vineyards and the long wood bar can accommodate a number of people. Once inside the tasting room, you’ll notice two large black poodles named Cabernet and Roussanne. Even if you’re not a dog person, these guys are friendly and well mannered. They’ll saddle up next to you at the bar, waiting for a little attention.

Eberle Winery offers a free 30-minute tour of their facility, discussing the entire wine- making process and if you’ve never taken a tour, this is a great crash course on wine education. They will also take you down into the extensive caves below the property as part of the tour. No, these are not real caves dug into the earth, the chiseled remnants and pick axe strokes clearly visible as an homage to history, rather they were constructed with shotcrete, but they’re fun nevertheless. And fun is what Eberle strives for. “The difference between wine and children is that you can sit down and reason with a bottle of Cabernet,” Gary jokes. The winery also has a beautiful picnic area overlooking the vines and a bocce ball court. And Eberle is heavily involved in the community, most notably being the founder of the long-running Winemaker’s Cook-off held each August, which raises money for college scholarships for students at Paso Robles High School. The 12-year-old event, open to the public, pulls in 30 winemakers, all of whom personally grill up their best dishes to match their wines. It’s a feast for the

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senses and the live band adds to the festive environment as the public chooses their favorite wine and food pairing. The event has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars and has become one of the must attend events in the region. Unlike many wineries, Eberle has always offered complimen- tary tastings which includes five tastes of anything on their list, which usually encompasses a dozen wines. If you’re with a friend and you each try some- thing different, you can sample most of the list. Additionally, Gary offers his high-end reserve Cabernet for tasting as well and you don’t need to do anything special to try it. One of his successes has always been his Chardonnay, a vibrant, crisp citrus oriented wine that is smooth and satis- fying. Eberle Reserve Cabernets are also top notch. Other wines in the portfolio include Viognier, Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel and many others. The majority of Eberle wines are priced under $25. They produce, on average, nearly 30,000 cases of wine annually, a lot of work for wine- maker Ben Mayo. “I enjoy the state of controlled chaos of wine- making,” he laughs. In reality it’s not chaos, the Eberle team is there to ensure you have a wonderful time. Occasionally, Gary himself will be there, grilling up tri-tip, duck sausages and ribs to pass out to passers-by. Any visit to Paso Robles should include a visit to Eberle Winery. They are located at 3810 Highway 46 East. They are open everyday in winter from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and until 6 p.m. in the summer. Phone (805) 238-9607 or visit www.eberlewinery.com for more information.

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ONGOING North County Farmers’ Market

Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 805-748-1109

• Atascadero: Wed, 3-6 pm •

Paso Robles: Tue, 3-6 pm

• Baywood/Los Osos: Mon, 2-4:30 pm • Templeton: Sat, 9am-12:30pm

• Baywood/Los Osos: Mon, 2-4:30 pm

• Templeton: Sat, 9am-12:30pm

• Templeton: Sat, 9am-12:30pm

APRIL 10-11 2nd Annual Wine 4 PAWS To Benefit Woods Humane Society Help four-legged friends by visiting 35 participating wineries throughout SLO County. A portion of the weekend's proceeds will be donated to Woods Humane Society. Visit 6 wineries throughout the weekend and be entered in the Raffle! Print out or pick up a free Passport, www.wine4paws.com

6 wineries throughout the weekend and be entered in the Raffle! Print out or pick up
6 wineries throughout the weekend and be entered in the Raffle! Print out or pick up

ARROYO GRANDE

ARROYO GRANDE
ARROYO GRANDE

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAYS Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers Taste limited release wines and wines that are not normally on their tasting list. 805-481-WINE (9463), www.phantomrivers.com

limited release wines and wines that are not normally on their tasting list. 805-481-WINE (9463), www.phantomrivers.com
limited release wines and wines that are not normally on their tasting list. 805-481-WINE (9463), www.phantomrivers.com

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

& SUNDAYS Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.org
& SUNDAYS 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 & flowers, art show and live entertainment in the Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org

in the Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org
in the Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnsteins Ice Cream Lab Show is a live performance that involves the whole audience! Live performances every Wednesday. 7pm, Invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made! 805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.com

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

MARCH 5 An Evening with Gary & Diana for Customers Choice at Phantom Rivers Winery That's right, they will stray off their regular tasting menu, and you can pick the wine to taste. Join them for your choice. Five tastes/$5, free for club members! And wine by the glass now! 5-7pm, 805-481-9463, www.phantomrivers.com

your choice. Five tastes/$5, free for club members! And wine by the glass now! 5-7pm, 805-481-9463,
your choice. Five tastes/$5, free for club members! And wine by the glass now! 5-7pm, 805-481-9463,

MARCH 12 A Verical Tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon at Phantom Rivers Winery Fun evening with food and award winning wines in the Tasting Room. Their winemaker, John Thunen, will be leading this event. 6-8pm, $15, $12/wine club members, RSVP, 805- 481-9463, www.phantomrivers.com

John Thunen, will be leading this event. 6-8pm, $15, $12/wine club members, RSVP, 805- 481-9463, www.phantomrivers.com
John Thunen, will be leading this event. 6-8pm, $15, $12/wine club members, RSVP, 805- 481-9463, www.phantomrivers.com

MARCH 26 Effervescent Evening at Laetitia Enjoy the wonderful views while sipping exquisite sparkling wines paired with an incredible five course meal. This exclusive Wine Club dinner is hosted at Laetitia Estate House located east of the Tasting Room. 6-9 pm, $100 805-474-7641, www.laetitiawine.com

is hosted at Laetitia Estate House located east of the Tasting Room. 6-9 pm, $100 805-474-7641,
is hosted at Laetitia Estate House located east of the Tasting Room. 6-9 pm, $100 805-474-7641,

ATASCADERO

ATASCADERO
ATASCADERO

MARCH 19 Norman’s Zinfandel Festival Winemaker's Dinner Join chef/owner Tony Farao at Village Caffé in Atascadero for an elegant Cal-Ital cuisine including our Zinfandels. 7pm, $65 for five courses,RSVP, 805-237-0138

in Atascadero for an elegant Cal-Ital cuisine including our Zinfandels. 7pm, $65 for five courses,RSVP, 805-237-0138
in Atascadero for an elegant Cal-Ital cuisine including our Zinfandels. 7pm, $65 for five courses,RSVP, 805-237-0138

AVILA BEACH

AVILA BEACH
AVILA BEACH

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

SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach Avila Beach Pier, Artists paint & present their
SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach Avila Beach Pier, Artists paint & present their

MARCH 5 First Friday Food & Wine Pairing “Very Vegetarian!” at Morovino Awesome vegetarian appetizers featuring produce from the Cal Poly Organic Farm. $12, free to Club 550 Members, www.morovino.com

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MARCH 20 Winemaker Dinner in the Alapay Cellars Winery/Barrel Room Join Scott and Rebecca for
MARCH 20 Winemaker Dinner in the Alapay Cellars Winery/Barrel Room Join Scott and Rebecca for

MARCH 20 Winemaker Dinner in the Alapay Cellars Winery/Barrel Room Join Scott and Rebecca for an intimate gathering in the barrel room where Alapay wine is made. Appetizers/wine social time followed by a 4 course meal with wine pairings. Live entertainment with Steve Myers on guitar. 6-9pm

$85, RSVP, 805-595-2632, www.alapaycellars.com

$85, RSVP, 805-595-2632, www.alapaycellars.com

$85, RSVP, 805-595-2632, www.alapaycellars.com

CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY

CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY
CAYUCOS & MORRO BAY

ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Spend an enjoyable evening touring the many art galleries along the water- front on the Embarcadero in beautiful Morro Bay. Sample great food and wine and converse with the artists. Open late till 8pm, 805-772-9955, morrobay.org

Morro Bay. Sample great food and wine and converse with the artists. Open late till 8pm,
Morro Bay. Sample great food and wine and converse with the artists. Open late till 8pm,

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 Wine-

Join Chef Bill Hoppe as he celebrates his passion for food and wine with Wine- maker 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

cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local and exotic foods. 805-995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.com

PASO ROBLES

PASO ROBLES
PASO ROBLES

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Making Sense of Scents

at Wild Horse Winery Learn how to properly taste & smell some of your favorite

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

for reservations or for groups more than 8. Templeton, 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. Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, Limit 10, Templeton

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

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

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

Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154

Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154

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 THIRD WEDNESDAYS

Free Cooking Show at Idler’s Hospitality Catering Food samples, wine & entertainment featuring wineries and

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

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

ONGOING Estrella Warbird Museum Collection of military aircrafts, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm

805-238-9317, www.ewarbirds.org

805-238-9317, www.ewarbirds.org

805-238-9317, www.ewarbirds.org

ONGOING Tastings at Meridian Winery 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.com, open daily 10am-5pm

 

• Limited Release Tasting-$5: A selection of five tasting room exclusive wines. Tasting fee refunded with wine purchase.

• Cheese & Wine Pairing-$10: A selection of five tasting room exclusive wines

paired with five gourmet cheeses from Vivant Fine Cheese of Paso Robles. Includes logo cheese board.

• Chocolate & Wine Pairing-$10: A selection of four tasting room exclusive reds

paired with four artisan dark chocolates by Scharffen Berger of Berkeley.

Includes logo cheese board.

Includes logo cheese board.

Includes logo cheese board.

ONGOING 2nd Sunday Wine Down at Hearthstone Enjoy music and delicious food with their fine wine. www.hearthstonevineyard.com, 805-238-2544

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Wine & the Arts Join the Downtown Wineries the
ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Wine & the Arts Join the Downtown Wineries the

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Wine & the Arts Join the Downtown Wineries the first Saturday of every month as they celebrate local artists, musicians & wine. Check out their website for information on the

artists being featured! 4-7pm, 805-227-6813, www.anglimwinery.com

artists being featured! 4-7pm, 805-227-6813, www.anglimwinery.com

artists being featured! 4-7pm, 805-227-6813, www.anglimwinery.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH MARCH 19

 

Friday Night 'Wine' Down at Clayhouse

Their tasting room is a cozy place to be this winter

relax and enjoy Clayhouse

Wines and small bites with Tom Rigby on his acoustic guitar. 5:30-7:30pm, $5 (refund with

Wines and small bites with Tom Rigby on his acoustic guitar. 5:30-7:30pm, $5 (refund with purchase); free/wine club, 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

Rigby on his acoustic guitar. 5:30-7:30pm, $5 (refund with purchase); free/wine club, 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com

ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 26 Breaking Away at the Loft Gallery

Featuring Marcia Harvey, A group exhibition of contemporary art. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm,

Featuring Marcia Harvey, A group exhibition of contemporary art. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, theloftgallery.blogspot.com

Marcia Harvey, A group exhibition of contemporary art. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm, theloftgallery.blogspot.com

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL

Maeve Crogham at Castoro Cellars Winery Each month, the art gallery at Castoro Cellars Winery

Maeve Crogham at Castoro Cellars Winery Each month, the art gallery at Castoro Cellars Winery Tasting Room in Templeton exhibits artwork from local artists. Free,10am-5:30pm www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

Tasting Room in Templeton exhibits artwork from local artists. Free,10am-5:30pm www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

MARCH 3 Reverse Wine Dinner with Edward Sellers

 

Il

Cortile Restaurante, Paso Robles,You pick the wines and Chef Santos MacDonal will

surprise you with a beautiful three course pairing designed specifically to match. Or

enjoy a seasonal menu. Ed and Amy will be on hand to take you through

enjoy a seasonal menu. Ed and Amy will be on hand to take you through the fantastic line up their exceptional Rhone wines. Cost of wine based on selection and not included in $35 three-course dinner cost, 805-226-0300

exceptional Rhone wines. Cost of wine based on selection and not included in $35 three-course dinner

MARCH 5 Friday Afternoon w/ Fusano California Olives at Meridian Vineyards

“Hot Stuff for Cool Folks!” Don’t miss a sampling of “Black Pearl”Teriyaki Sauce and addicting

“Hot Stuff for Cool Folks!” Don’t miss a sampling of “Black Pearl”Teriyaki Sauce and addicting varieties of sweet & spicy jellies. And don’t leave without a jar of zesty “Frog Balls.” Free, 1-4pm, 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.com

jellies. And don’t leave without a jar of zesty “Frog Balls.” Free, 1-4pm, 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.com

MARCH 6 Help for Haiti! at Castoro Cellars

 

A

delicious meal (available for purchase) from Bon Temps Creole Café with a

portion of the proceeds donated to the cause. Jody Mulgrew (formerly of the

Johnny Starlings) will open the show. Then, the Guy Budd Band will take the stage for with their mixture of existential rockin' blues. Finishing up the evening

with be the Louie Ortega Band. Suggested donation of $15. Proceeds go directly

to

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) and their relief efforts in

Haiti. MSF has recently opened three emergency hospitals there. Doors open at

6:30 pm, 7:30pm, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

6:30 pm, 7:30pm, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

6:30 pm, 7:30pm, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

MARCH 13 Gillette, Mangsen, Johnson & Graham Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars

 

Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 19 years, with both tradi- tional music and their wealth of original songs. With guitar, concertina and banjo, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Joined by Kings of Mongrel Folk. $20, 7:30pm

Doors open at 6:45pm, RSVP, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

Doors open at 6:45pm, RSVP, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

Doors open at 6:45pm, RSVP, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

MARCH 19–21 18th Annual Zinfandel Festival

Always held the third weekend in March, producers and enthusiasts come

together in celebration of everything that Zinfandel adds to your palate and your experience. Enjoy a Zin-filled weekend with activities including wine- maker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and so much more! Attend the Zin Tasting and experience Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends from over 50 wineries paired with Zin-friendly foods and the opportunity to bid on truly unique items through the Wine Country Auction. 805-239-8463, www.pasowine.com March 20 Auction:

• Zinfully Important Person (ZIP) Entrance: $85, 5:30 - 9:30pm. Zip in early to the Zin Tasting and taste the 2010 Zinfandel Collaborative Blend, bid on rare

auction items and experience other special surprises.

• Zin Fan Del Entrance: $60, 7-9:30pm. Enjoy a vast selection of Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends and take home a piece of Paso at the Wine Country Auction.

• March 20-21: Select library, barrel and special release wine, live music, cooking demonstrations and lots of local vendors will be on hand.

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MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest At Wild Horse

MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest At Wild Horse

MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest At Wild Horse
 

A full weekend of wine specials and barrel samples, www.wildhorsewinery.com

• Mar 19: Wood fired oven pizza, exceptional Zinfandel and great Pinot Noir (it can't all be Zinfandel)! 11am-5pm, $10; free/wine club

• Mar 20: Chicken & Portabella Lasagna, Italian Dessert, Live Music, Old Vine Zin and great Pinot Noir. $10; free/wine club. 11am-5pm

• Mar 21: Enjoy your Sunday morning with homemade Quiche, Fresh Fruit and Live Music. Not only do they have great Zinfandel but they have 5 different

Pinot Noirs to choose from! 10am-5pm. $5, free/wine club.

Pinot Noirs to choose from! 10am-5pm. $5, free/wine club.

Pinot Noirs to choose from! 10am-5pm. $5, free/wine club.

MARCH 19-21 Zinfandel Festival at Castoro Cellars Join them for a weekend of festivities: Zinfandel, in all its glory. RSVP, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE

 

• Mar 19: The Zin Shuffle & Roll Winemaker Dinner is back! Roll the dice and hold your cards at Casino night, with Zinful prizes! Fine food, great music, and of course, DAM FINE Zinfandel! $75, $60/Wine Club Members

• Mar 20-21: Select library, barrel and special release wine, live music, cooking demonstrations and

• Mar 20-21: Select library, barrel and special release wine, live music, cooking demonstrations and lots of local vendors will be on hand

library, barrel and special release wine, live music, cooking demonstrations and lots of local vendors will

MARCH 19-21 Zinfandel Festival at Arroyo Robles Join them for a weekend of festivities. RSVP, 877-759-WINE

 

• Mar 19: Hosting a Casino Night for Woods Humane Society.

• Mar 20: Enjoy seven different types of pancakes as well as all the trimmings 9:30-11am, $10, $5/Club members

• Mar 21: Make your own Zinfandel Blend while enjoying lunch. Class includes bottle of

• Mar 21: Make your own Zinfandel Blend while enjoying lunch. Class includes bottle of wine to take home. 11am-3pm, $75, $60/Club members

your own Zinfandel Blend while enjoying lunch. Class includes bottle of wine to take home. 11am-3pm,

MARCH 19 Winemaker Dinner at Carina Cellars Rancho del Cielo, Join them in David Hardee’s home above the estate winery and vineyards. Member $90, 7pm, RSVP, 805-688-2459, www.carinacellars.com

in David Hardee’s home above the estate winery and vineyards. Member $90, 7pm, RSVP, 805-688-2459, www.carinacellars.com
in David Hardee’s home above the estate winery and vineyards. Member $90, 7pm, RSVP, 805-688-2459, www.carinacellars.com

MARCH 19 Zinfandel Festival Winemaker Dinner in the Caves at Eberle Winery La Casa Sena has been voted one of Santa Fe's best restaurants since it first opened in 1984 and Executive Chef Patrick Gharrity has been the visionary behind the cuisine since 2005. Featuring Contemporary American Southwestern cuisine, La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants. Please join them as they welcome Chef Gharrity in the caves at Eberle Winery. 6:30-10pm $150/person, $120/Cellar Club Members, www.eberlewinery.com

welcome Chef Gharrity in the caves at Eberle Winery. 6:30-10pm $150/person, $120/Cellar Club Members, www.eberlewinery.com
welcome Chef Gharrity in the caves at Eberle Winery. 6:30-10pm $150/person, $120/Cellar Club Members, www.eberlewinery.com

MARCH 19 Zinfandel Festival Winemaker's Dinner at Opolo Vineyards Join winemakers Rick Quinn and David Nichols and Opolo staff for an intimate evening in the cellar at their 9th annual Winemaker's Dinner. Favorite varietals paired with a tantalizing selection of food. Make reservations now - sells out every year! $90/Wine Club Members, $110, 805-238-9593, www.opolo.com

selection of food. Make reservations now - sells out every year! $90/Wine Club Members, $110, 805-238-9593,
selection of food. Make reservations now - sells out every year! $90/Wine Club Members, $110, 805-238-9593,

MARCH 19 Zin Fest: Comedy Night at Robert Hall Winery

 

A

night of comic relief and delectable wines. Emmy nominated Mike Pace will

provide an adult comedy performance that is sure to keep you laughing . Doors open at 7pm, comedy at 7:30pm, 805-239-1616 ext. 24

www.roberthallwinery.com, events@roberthallwinery.com

www.roberthallwinery.com, events@roberthallwinery.com

www.roberthallwinery.com, events@roberthallwinery.com

MARCH 19 Zin Fest at Sylvester Join Sylvester Vineyards & Winery and the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills for their annual Zinfest featuring Kiara Reserve Wines. Indulge in Gourmet Cheeses and European inspired fare prepared by Master Italian Chef Walter Filippini 6:30-9:30pm, $50; $45/FLOCK. RSVP, 800-891-6055, www.sylvesterwinery.com

MARCH 19 Wood-Fired Pizza Party with Cahoots Catering! at J. Lohr Paso Robles, Experience Cahoots’
MARCH 19 Wood-Fired Pizza Party with Cahoots Catering! at J. Lohr Paso Robles, Experience Cahoots’

MARCH 19 Wood-Fired Pizza Party with Cahoots Catering! at J. Lohr Paso Robles, Experience Cahoots’ new wood-fired oven as owner Jim Subject fires up tasty pizzas like his French Onion Pizza, Steak Sandwich Pizza and Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Dinner includes Cahoots' famous salads and desserts. 6-8pm, $45, 35/members, RSVP, 805-239-8900, kim@jlohr.com

Pizza. Dinner includes Cahoots' famous salads and desserts. 6-8pm, $45, 35/members, RSVP, 805-239-8900, kim@jlohr.com
Pizza. Dinner includes Cahoots' famous salads and desserts. 6-8pm, $45, 35/members, RSVP, 805-239-8900, kim@jlohr.com

MARCH 19-21 Zinfandel Festival Weekend at Cass RSVP, 805-239-1730, www.casswines.com

• Mar 19: Kitchen open until 9:00 p.m. and a big BBQ pit to warm your spirits.

• Mar 20: Lively jazz and open for lunch, pouring a very limited release of a Paderewski Zinfandel at the Grand Tasting.

• Mar 21: A mimosa brunch and backrubs with their licensed masseuse

MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest at Hearthstone Enjoy Zinfandel, Rhône style blends and March wine specials.
MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest at Hearthstone Enjoy Zinfandel, Rhône style blends and March wine specials.

MARCH 19-21 Zin Fest at Hearthstone Enjoy Zinfandel, Rhône style blends and March wine specials. Complimentary tasting and a 20% discount to all ZIP and Zin Fan Del ticket holders. $7 without

event ticket, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com

event ticket, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com

event ticket, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com

MARCH 20

 

A

Walkabout Zin Tasting in the Caves

at

Justin Winery

Join the 17 Far Out Wineries on a unique "Walkabout Zin Tasting" in the caves.

You'll meet the "Makers," attend breakout seminars while enjoying appetizers

and more! 10am-1pm, $55, RSVP Judy, 805-237-0138

and more! 10am-1pm, $55, RSVP Judy, 805-237-0138

and more! 10am-1pm, $55, RSVP Judy, 805-237-0138

MARCH 20–21 Opolo Zinfandel Festival Patio BBQ In the tasting room, enjoy a barbecued meal cooked in traditional Opolo style. Whole roasted lamb, carne asada and carnitas tacos with all the fixings. Lunch $12, wine tasting $5, Wine club/free. 805-238-9593, www.opolo.com

asada and carnitas tacos with all the fixings. Lunch $12, wine tasting $5, Wine club/free. 805-238-9593,
asada and carnitas tacos with all the fixings. Lunch $12, wine tasting $5, Wine club/free. 805-238-9593,

MARCH 20–21 Celebrate Zin Fest with Sylvester

Free Barrel Tasting, BBQ tidbits and Saganaki Fondue (while supplies last). Plus Gourmet Wine &

Free Barrel Tasting, BBQ tidbits and Saganaki Fondue (while supplies last). Plus Gourmet Wine & Cheese Pairings with their Limited Production Wines. 11am-5pm, $5, free/FLOCK. 805-227-4000, www.sylvesterwinery.com

& Cheese Pairings with their Limited Production Wines. 11am-5pm, $5, free/FLOCK. 805-227-4000, www.sylvesterwinery.com

MARCH 21 More Zin Fest at Hearthstone Join them and Fig restaurant for freshly prepared tapas and live music by locally known Mike Maguire. $10, Complimentary/ZIP and Zin Fan Del ticket holders with two bottle purchase, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com

$10, Complimentary/ZIP and Zin Fan Del ticket holders with two bottle purchase, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com
$10, Complimentary/ZIP and Zin Fan Del ticket holders with two bottle purchase, 805-238-2544, www.hearthstonevineyard.com

MARCH 21 Descriptor Seminar & Lunch at J. Lohr Paso Robles, Includes a component wine tasting and explorations of different aromas and bouquets, followed by a taste of up to six award-winning J. Lohr

wines. This introduction to the world of wine sensory evaluation will also assist you in

wines. This introduction to the world of wine sensory evaluation will also assist you in matching a specific wine with complementary foods! Lunch provided following the seminar. 11am, $45, $35/members, 805-239-8900, kim@jlohr.com

wine with complementary foods! Lunch provided following the seminar. 11am, $45, $35/members, 805-239-8900, kim@jlohr.com

MARCH 21 Zinfandel Weekend Celebration at Jada New releases, old favorites all paired with gourmet cheeses. Forgive us for we are not Zinners but come by and taste our yummy wines – you’re sure to become Rhone and Bordeaux fans, too. www.jadavineyard.com

but come by and taste our yummy wines – you’re sure to become Rhone and Bordeaux
but come by and taste our yummy wines – you’re sure to become Rhone and Bordeaux
 

MARCH 21

Be Your Own Winemaker Blending Session Richard, owner & winemaker at Thunderbolt Winery, will show

Be Your Own Winemaker Blending Session Richard, owner & winemaker at Thunderbolt Winery, will show you the fine art of blending wine. Includes two 750ml bottles with customized label. 11am-1:30pm, $60, RSVP, 805-226-9907 www.ThunderboltWinery.com

wine. Includes two 750ml bottles with customized label. 11am-1:30pm, $60, RSVP, 805-226-9907 www.ThunderboltWinery.com

MARCH 27

 

Un Jour en France, A Day in France

at

Halter Ranch

Learn the "French Approach" and how to avoid culture clash with Wine Club Manager and

Learn the "French Approach" and how to avoid culture clash with Wine Club Manager and Bordeaux native Soléne Christophe at the Halter Ranch Victorian Farmhouse! You will cover ordering at a restaurant, arranging for wine tasting, buying cheese and how to interact with the French with ease. Includes lunch and wine tasting. 10:30am-1:30pm, $30, Club discounts apply

and how to interact with the French with ease. Includes lunch and wine tasting. 10:30am-1:30pm, $30,

MARCH 27 Fun in the Park & Easter Egg Hunt

Downtown Paso Robles, Children ages 4 to 9 bring their baskets and search the downtown

Downtown Paso Robles, Children ages 4 to 9 bring their baskets and search the downtown City Park. Egg hunts 11am by age groups. Children age 3 and under given their eggs by the Easter Bunny, City Park Holiday House. Fun in the Park (10am-2pm) features hot dogs, face painting, balloon animals and more. 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

the Park (10am-2pm) features hot dogs, face painting, balloon animals and more. 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

APRIL 10

 
 

Farming with the Wild Vineyard Tour

at

Halter Ranch

The Ranch is a 960 acre wildlife haven located in the middle of the Santa Lucia Coast Range, where they strive to co-exist with their "neighbors" through sustainable farming. You'll spend the morning with winegrower and avid bird- watcher Mitch Wyss on this highly unusual (locally famous) vineyard tour. End up at the pond for a picnic lunch and wine tasting. 10am-1pm, $30, Club

discounts apply, lunch included, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

discounts apply, lunch included, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

discounts apply, lunch included, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

APRIL 24 “Winemaker of the Year” Blending Session at Castoro Cellars Back by popular demand: Castoro Cellars will be offering you the opportunity to learn the art of blending from their winemakers. Try out your winemaking skills by creating your own perfect blend. Present your blend to the winemakers and take a sample home. www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE

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APRIL 24 The Sherry Austin Band Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars SLOFolks presents all-girl folk
APRIL 24 The Sherry Austin Band Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars SLOFolks presents all-girl folk

APRIL 24 The Sherry Austin Band Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars SLOFolks presents all-girl folk sensations. Performing their own original songs in

 

addition to well-loved Americana covers. $20, 7:30pm, Doors open at 6:45pm

www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE

www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE

www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE

APRIL 29-MAY 1 18th Annual Hospice du Rhône Paso Robles Event Center, an international gathering that draws Rhône producers and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe to pay homage to the

 

diversity of the distinct twenty-two Rhône varieties. RSVP, 805-784-9543

www.hospicedurhone.org or faith@hospicedurhone.org

• April 29: the highly-spirited Rhone ‘n Bowl

• April 30: two Rhône focused seminars, a Rosé inspired lunch, the enhanced Rhône Rendezvous and the new Sommelier Soirée.

• May 1: two Rhône focused seminars, the annual HdR Lunch and Live Auction,

the Grand Tasting and the Farewell BBQ. Rhône inspired cuisine for the lunches and evening

the Grand Tasting and the Farewell BBQ. Rhône inspired cuisine for the lunches and evening affairs will be prepared by Chef John Toulze of the girl & the fig hailing from Sonoma, California.

and evening affairs will be prepared by Chef John Toulze of the girl & the fig

PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH

PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH
PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH

ONGOING SUNDAYS

Shell Beach Farmers Market Featuring products such as fresh produce, flowers, jams, dried fruits, artisan

Shell Beach Farmers Market Featuring products such as fresh produce, flowers, jams, dried fruits, artisan vinegars, grown by local farmers. A variety of other products, including family fun. 9am-1pm, Dinosaur Caves Park, shellbeachfarmersmarket@yahoo.com

A variety of other products, including family fun. 9am-1pm, Dinosaur Caves Park, shellbeachfarmersmarket@yahoo.com

SUNDAYS

 

2nd Annual Pismo Beach Concert Series

Pacific Breeze Concert Series at Dinosaur Caves Park. Bring your lawn chairs for seating in the Rotary Amphitheatre or blankets for use on the park’s expansive lawns. Local BBQ and Doc Burnstein’s ice cream for sale! 1-4pm, Free!

• Mar 28: Natural Incense (dance-pop-reggae), Spring Into Green Celebration! www.myspace.com/naturalincense

• Apr 11: Sean Wiggins (country, blues & rock), www.seanwiggins.com

Summer Camp Expo - Includes children’s activities

Summer Camp Expo - Includes children’s activities

Summer Camp Expo - Includes children’s activities

MARCH 5-6 10th Annual World of Pinot Noir Join Pinot Noir producers for the Pinot Noir By the Sea Grand Tasting at the

 

Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach California. Bringing extraordinary Pinot Noir

producers from around the globe together with Pinot Noir enthusiasts for a weekend celebration and education. Includes two days of in-depth Tasting Seminars, Grand Tastings (each with a unique roster of wineries), a Featured Tasting with a guest Burgundian producer, two Gala Pinot Noir Dinners featuring prominent guest chefs and culminates with a Santa Barbara style

Paulée. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature

Paulée. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of Sommeliers from across the U.S. www.worldofpinotnoir.com

by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of Sommeliers from across the U.S. www.worldofpinotnoir.com

APRIL 26 Taste of Pismo Restaurants of Pismo Beach and local wineries will be showcased. 1-5pm Only 500 tickets will be sold. Held under a large tent in Dinosaur Caves Park. $50, including a commemorative wine glass. 800-443-7778

will be sold. Held under a large tent in Dinosaur Caves Park. $50, including a commemorative
will be sold. Held under a large tent in Dinosaur Caves Park. $50, including a commemorative

SAN LUIS OBISPO

SAN LUIS OBISPO
SAN LUIS OBISPO

ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Led by an experience guide, tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure. 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org

Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure. 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org
Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure. 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 15

Salisbury Fine Art Gallery Featuring John Patrick Salisbury, johnpatricksalisbury.com, 805-595-9463

Salisbury Fine Art Gallery Featuring John Patrick Salisbury, johnpatricksalisbury.com, 805-595-9463

Salisbury Fine Art Gallery Featuring John Patrick Salisbury, johnpatricksalisbury.com, 805-595-9463

ONGOING SATURDAYS Wine & Cheese Pairings at Tolosa Vineyards In the Heritage Room, four estate wines are paired with four artisan cheeses from around the world. 11am-3pm, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com

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

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Reserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa Vineyards

 

In 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,

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

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

MARCH 12-21 16th Annual SLO International Film Festival Screenings, receptions and award ceremonies, Come for the wine…stay for the films! Receptions paired with local wine & food, followed by a film. www.slofilmfest.org

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MARCH 9 Cooking Class Series at Edna Valley Get Spiced with Robert Root Robert Root,
MARCH 9 Cooking Class Series at Edna Valley Get Spiced with Robert Root Robert Root,

MARCH 9 Cooking Class Series at Edna Valley Get Spiced with Robert Root Robert Root, chef of the Manse on Marsh and Founder of Pallet to Palate, presents a tour of the Mediterranean with spices from San Luis based Spice Hunter. Recipes for savory appetizer. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting

will be offered. 6pm, $40, 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

will be offered. 6pm, $40, 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

will be offered. 6pm, $40, 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

MARCH 23 Cooking Class Series at Edna Valley Braising with Maegen Loring What is braising? You’ll learn all aspects of braising: from stovetop to oven and from vegetables to desserts. Maegen Loring from the Neon Carrot is ready to to put a modern twist on comfort food that will bring back family memories. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

memories. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com
memories. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

MARCH 30 Cooking Class Series at Edna Valley Central Coast Fresh with Ben Richardson & Russ Thompson Swing into spring with fresh ideas from Chef Russell and Chef Ben. Everything for the upcoming warm weather including Bautista Farms’ Baby Lettuce Salad, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Pork Tenderloin and Tangerine Curd Tart. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

Curd Tart. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com
Curd Tart. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered. 6-9pm, $40 805-544-5855 ext. 42, tina.hoppe@diageo.com

APRIL 23–24 Learn By Tasting ~ Cal Poly Wine Festival An impressive student-run event featuring over 100 wineries and benefiting the university’s Wine and Viticulture Program & Vines to Wines. Kick off on Friday, April 23rd with a barbecue and live auction for winemakers of the attending wineries and Cal Poly alumni, hosted by the Vines to Wines Club. The dinner will be held at the Cal Poly Arboretum, space for 200 guests, $50 The Wine Festival is on Saturday, April 24th at Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California. Showcasing many wineries from all over California, as well as local restaurants and caterers. The proceeds support the Wine and Viti- culture Program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. $65/VIP, $50, $45/student, $15/sober driver, www.calpolywinefestival.com

Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. $65/VIP, $50, $45/student, $15/sober driver, www.calpolywinefestival.com
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. $65/VIP, $50, $45/student, $15/sober driver, www.calpolywinefestival.com

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

 
www.calpolywinefestival.com SANTA BARBARA COUNTY   LOMPOC/BUELLTON ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc
www.calpolywinefestival.com SANTA BARBARA COUNTY   LOMPOC/BUELLTON ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc

LOMPOC/BUELLTON

LOMPOC/BUELLTON
LOMPOC/BUELLTON

ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Food wine & music in the summer months 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Food wine & music in the summer months 805-736-4567,
ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Food wine & music in the summer months 805-736-4567,

APRIL 17 Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival

 
 

A

long weekend of celebration around the festival at River Park, Lompoc. The

annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far for an

annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet 130+ member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music in a festive outdoor environment. Features a silent auction and wine country cuisine by the area’s finest chefs. www.sbcountywines.com/events/festival.html

a silent auction and wine country cuisine by the area’s finest chefs. www.sbcountywines.com/events/festival.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, www.wildlingmuseum.org

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

ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 31

 
 

Dreams of Consciousness at Carina Cellars

As

a Santa Barbara resident, Patrick Shourds is never at a loss for inspiration

from California’s natural beauty and dynamic landscapes. His passion for explo- ration and nature are

from California’s natural beauty and dynamic landscapes. His passion for explo- ration and nature are paramount as the subjects of his photography. Daily 11am-5pm, www.carinacellars.com, 805-688-2459

ration and nature are paramount as the subjects of his photography. Daily 11am-5pm, www.carinacellars.com, 805-688-2459

SANTA BARBARA

SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show For 44 years featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry with 200+ artists and craftsman. East Beach Pier, 10am–dusk, 805-897-1982, www.sbaacs.com

of art, crafts & jewelry with 200+ artists and craftsman. East Beach Pier, 10am–dusk, 805-897-1982, www.sbaacs.com
of art, crafts & jewelry with 200+ artists and craftsman. East Beach Pier, 10am–dusk, 805-897-1982, www.sbaacs.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Downtown Walking Tours Guided stroll – experience Santa Barbara’s past. Saturday tour historic areas and Sunday 20th century architecture. $10, info@afsb.org, 805-965-6307

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century architecture. $10, info@afsb.org, 805-965-6307 10 ONGOING Planetarium Shows at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural

ONGOING Planetarium Shows at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.org Wednesdays: 3pm, Tales of the Maya Skies Fridays: 3pm, Wonders of the Winter Sky

Saturdays and Sundays

• 11am: Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars

• Noon: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

• 1pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky

• 2pm: Tales of the Maya Skies

• 3pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky (in Spanish on Sundays)

• 3pm: Wonders of the Winter Sky (in Spanish on Sundays) SANTA MARGARITA APRIL 16–18 The

SANTA MARGARITA

of the Winter Sky (in Spanish on Sundays) SANTA MARGARITA APRIL 16–18 The Earth Day Food

APRIL 16–18

The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival A weekend celebration of award-winning food and wine grown on California's scenic Central Coast. Join them for the feature event Saturday afternoon and for barrel tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music and vineyard tours throughout the weekend. The wine festival is held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch with over 200 purveyors of award-winning, sustainably produced food and wine. Growers, vintners and chefs come together to serve delicious, one of a kind dishes made with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils and more. Live music, a silent auction, unlimited

samples of local wine and cuisine, and meet the farmers who grow great food

and wine while nurturing a healthy environment. Tickets $15 - $500 805-369-2288, www.EarthDayFoodandWine.com

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

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.cdowinery.com

plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com

plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com

ONGOING Sunday Live at Costa de Oro

 

Enjoy a glass of wine with friends and listen to some of the best music on the

Central Coast. New cheese plates and a variety wines by the glass or bottle!

2-5pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com

2-5pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com

2-5pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com

MARCH 6 Taste for Justice ~ Chef Bradley Ogden

 

to Judge Gourmet Gavel Award

Orutt, Featuring Bradley Ogdenas one of its judges; inducted into the "Who's Who of American Cooking" by Cooks magazine, named Best Chef California by the James Beard Foundation, one of the Great American Chefs by the Interna- tional Wine and Food Society, winner of the Golden Plate Award by the Amer- ican Academy of Achievement and Chef of the Year by the Culinary Institute of America. Bradley Ogden the restaurant in Las Vegas in Caesar’s Palace received the James Beard Award in 2004 for Best New Restaurant and his most recent

endeavor is Root 246 in Solvang. $45/advance and $50/door

805-963-6754 x 109, http://www.lafsbc.org/events/t4j-sm

805-963-6754 x 109, http://www.lafsbc.org/events/t4j-sm

805-963-6754 x 109, http://www.lafsbc.org/events/t4j-sm

SANTA YNEZ

SANTA YNEZ
SANTA YNEZ

ONGOING THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Dancing at Maverick Saloon

 

Dance lessons, live country western or rock & roll. 6:45pm, check web for

schedule of entertainers. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

schedule of entertainers. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

schedule of entertainers. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

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

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

Junior 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

ONGOING Art at Artiste Winery Each quarter, Artiste releases two new wines with impressionist painted

ONGOING Art at Artiste Winery Each quarter, Artiste releases two new wines with impressionist painted labels from the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

two new wines with impressionist painted labels from the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com
two new wines with impressionist painted labels from the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com
two new wines with impressionist painted labels from the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

SOLVANG

SOLVANG
SOLVANG

ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views. They do not offer petting pens or rides in the cart but you are able to get up close and personal with the miniature horse.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, http://www.syv.com/qsminis/

you are able to get up close and personal with the miniature horse.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, http://www.syv.com/qsminis/
you are able to get up close and personal with the miniature horse.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, http://www.syv.com/qsminis/

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

 
 

Solvang Farmers Market

Fresh produce, flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive and Copenhagen, 4-7pm, 805-962-5354,

Fresh produce, flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive and Copenhagen, 4-7pm, 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org

flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive and Copenhagen, 4-7pm, 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org

ONGOING Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Showcases Solvang’s rich cultural history. Former residence of one of Solvang's most artistic families, now a community museum devoted to the history of Solvang, the colorful heritage and pioneer spirit of Denmark and the arts. 1-4pm, Wed-Thu, 12-4pm, Fri-Sun, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.org

heritage and pioneer spirit of Denmark and the arts. 1-4pm, Wed-Thu, 12-4pm, Fri-Sun, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.org
heritage and pioneer spirit of Denmark and the arts. 1-4pm, Wed-Thu, 12-4pm, Fri-Sun, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.org

ONGOING Hans Christian Andersen Museum Honoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale, filled with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes

 
and collages. 10am-5pm daily, www.solvangusa.com

and collages. 10am-5pm daily, www.solvangusa.com

and collages. 10am-5pm daily, www.solvangusa.com

MARCH 14–18

 
Restaurant Week Kick-off to Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival Select Solvang restaurants offer

Restaurant Week Kick-off to Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival Select Solvang restaurants offer special 3-course tasting menus for the price of $20.10 (2010 cents). 800-468-6765, www.SolvangUSA.com

restaurants offer special 3-course tasting menus for the price of $20.10 (2010 cents). 800-468-6765, www.SolvangUSA.com

MARCH 19–21 Taste of Solvang Scrumptious Dessert Reception & live music, delightful Walking Smorgaasbord, free tours Mission Santa Ines & Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

www.SolvangUSA.com

www.SolvangUSA.com

www.SolvangUSA.com

MARCH 20 Taste of Solvang Wine Tasting Room Walk Fabulous wines from participating wine tasting rooms. 6-9pm, $35 800-468-6765, www.SolvangUSA.com

 

VENTURA COUNTY

ONGOING Museum of Ventura County Photographs, publications, documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County's history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org

documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County's history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org
documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County's history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org

ONGOING Ventura County Maritime Museum An enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era. Educational programs through world-class maritime art,

 
 

unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and nautical research.

11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard

11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard

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 varieties, 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,

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

ONGOING Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Wine Express Train Fillmore & Western Railway and the Ventura County Wine Trail bring you

Wine Express train rides traveling through the beautiful Heritage Valley. Every other month will feature four wines from a different Ventura County winery, paired with a buffet dinner, music and dancing. $63, www.fwry.com, 805-524-2546

Email your upcoming event information to Laurie@WineCountryThisWeek.com

For best results, submit information at least 6 weeks prior to your event.

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Jim Judd with granddaughters Mollie and Jamie
Jim Judd with granddaughters Mollie and Jamie

by Melissa Chavez

Just five minutes from Highway 46 East is one of San Miguel’s family-owned wineries where handcrafted wines are born. At J&J Cellars, the Judd family operation benefits from over five consecutive generations steeped in agricultural tradition. Jim and Janis Judd own the winery and vineyards along with their son James Judd, his partner Eric Alvarez, and daughter Juliet Judd Fiero. J&J Cellars harvests grapes from one vine- yard in the Ranchita Canyon area of San Miguel and another in Shandon, roughly 30 miles southeast. The soil composition of both locations is sandy loam. However the higher- altitude Shandon vineyard receives hotter temperatures during the day, which steeply drops by evening. Both vineyards are contained within the Paso Robles Appellation. What were once cattle grazing ranchlands dotted with prolific apple and pear trees in San Miguel, Jim made the decision in 1998 to trellis Cabernet wine grapes. In 2002, he bottled his first vintage and focused on estab- lishing his winery operation. Currently, the San Miguel vineyard produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel wine grapes for its Vintage Flight and J&J Cellars labels. What sets J&J apart from everyone else?

Cellars labels. What sets J&J apart from everyone else? “We really understand customer service,” says Operations

“We really understand customer service,” says Operations Manager Betty Walker, “which provides flexibility for our customers. Wine club members may also choose their own configurations and receive a surprise with each shipment. One of J&J’s much anticipated vintages is a soon-to-be-released port of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Souzão. “It’s going to be a killer,” admits Walker. “The way it’s tasting right now, we’ll probably bottle it later this year and release it early next year in 250 cases of 375 ml. People should get their orders in now. It won’t last long.” Inside the tasting room, guests are invited to relax on couches and converse. Among the wines are other items to browse and choose from, including cheese and salami, European

tea towels, luxurious lotions and wine-related gifts. Grape juice and beverages are also avail- able for designated drivers. Outside, a picnic area beckons visitors, a stone fireplace for lingering by a crackling fire, and a bocce ball court for those who want a friendly game while sipping a glass of wine. A gathering of nine wineries and one olive oil producer make up the recently formed Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Loosely clustered northeast of Highway 101 and Highway 46 and just north of Estrella Road, it’s the newest consortium of neighborhood farmers that have assembled to provide their guests a more cohesive wine experience. Twelve miles long, the route is conveniently marked for leisurely navigation. It isn’t merely location that binds them together, but a thriving relationship that may take some visitors by surprise. “We work together and help each other,” says Walker. “If the next-door winery wants to borrow a forklift, we’ll do it. It’s who we are. “This is not one of those highbrow places,” she adds. “One doesn’t need to be pretentious about wine. If you enjoy something, that’s all that matters.” Stop by J&J Cellars at 2850 Ranchita Canyon Road in San Miguel, Friday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (805) 467-2891. Visit www.jjcellars.com.

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David Hunt
David Hunt

HUNT CELLARS

Achieving ‘Cult Winery’ Status

by Michael Cervin

Hunt Cellars, located on Highway 46 West, prides itself on achieving cult winery status, a title that makes David Hunt very happy. When asked why he doesn’t display any silver medals in the tasting room, only the gold ones, he says wryly, “Who wants to be second place?” Hunt has developed a loyal following of wine lovers across the U.S. for his opulent, plush, velvety wines that not only score well in the national press, but frequently exhibit the “wow” factor; that jaw dropping experience when tasting a wine that is so good, you can’t help but express yourself out loud. And for that wow factor Hunt wines are, comparably, about one-third the price of their counterparts coming out of Napa. “I think our wines are indeed cult caliber wines,” he says. “In fact people horde them, saving them for special occasions.” But Hunt wines need not be horded, they are to be enjoyed and consumed. Once you visit the tasting room and sample the large Hunt portfolio, you’ll understand why. The vineyards, located in Creston, just east of Paso Robles, produce stellar fruit. But even the best vineyard cannot produce everything. To that end, Hunt has purchased Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from site specific regions in order to achieve his ideal flavor profile. After all, Paso Robles is known for hearty red wines and Rhône whites, not “tender Pinots and Chardonnays,” as he puts it. It will be exciting therefore to sample the forthcoming initial release Pinot Noir, some- thing Hunt has never produced before. David Hunt has a secret weapon which aids his success. He’s blind.

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Diagnosed at a young age with a degenerative retinal disorder, his sight has eroded over four decades and is now all but gone. For many people that may seem like a handicap, but for Hunt, it has honed his sense of taste and smell and his wines benefit tremendously from his acute ability. “Blindness in some ways helps me in making wine,” he says. “I can actually hear the weight and texture of a wine by its sound, the timber changes as it pours into a glass.” He is known to be obses- sive about his wine, letting selected heavily extracted wines age in barrel up to three years, which is uncommon for the majority of wineries in Paso Robles, or California for that matter. “I treat each wine as if I’d never make another one. I work the wine and make changes even on the bottling line. Sometimes I can’t sleep at night,” he admits. It’s a luxury Hunt can afford, but it’s also a passion to make the best wine possible. He started out in life as a musician turned successful businessman, turned vintner and now, when many people think about retirement, Hunt enthusiastically promotes his wines and enjoys creating wine not based on science, but based on taste. “It’s in the balance and flavor of the wine that makes the product,” he says. “90 percent of wines today are not very balanced. I’m willing to take the necessary time and focus on the wines so they are perfect.” The result of such intensity is not only the massive number of accolades and high scores, but that Hunt wines are indeed exceptional. Recently more than 15 wines rated have scored between 90 and 95 points in the wine press, like Tango In Paso, a barrel accident blending of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINERY FEATURE and Syrah, with a whisper of Cabernet Franc and

and Syrah, with a whisper of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. Other highly rated wines from the Hunt portfolio include Barbera, Sauvi- gnon Blanc, Syrah, several of their Cabernets and their exceptional Sangiovese. It’s this Sangiovese that Hunt says is the first wine he grav- itates toward to de-stress. And though all of his wines are his “chil- dren” his favorite varietal is Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Whatever favorite wine you might have, you’ll probably find it at Hunt Cellars. The tasting room also features picnic facilities on their grounds or the 1,200-square-foot back deck, and they sell condiment items, cookbooks and clothing. Additionally, for those inclined to a fine cigar, they can be enjoyed in their outdoor pavilion. Additionally they offer several iterations of their wine club. “Where else can you taste over two dozen wines that have 90 to 95 points and enjoy very high scoring cult wines,” he asks. During winemaker dinners at the tasting room, David will play the white piano that usually sits silently near the front door. A visit to the tasting room is a necessity for anyone interested in wine, if only to experience wines that make you hunger for more. You need to see it for yourself. As David Hunt constantly says, “Life is too short and you work too hard to drink bad wine.” Tasting fees are $5 for 6 tastes or $10 for the reserve tasting. Hunt Cellars is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are located at 2875 Oakdale Rd. directly off Highway 46 West. Contact them at (805) 237-1600 or www.huntcellars.com.

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ON THE COVER | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH SYLVESTER WINERY Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is hosting

SYLVESTER WINERY

Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is hosting its annual winemaker’s dinner during the upcoming Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival on Friday, March 19th, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will be presented by Sylvester Vineyards & Winery and the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills featuring Kiara Reserve Wines. Indulge in gourmet cheeses and Euro- pean-inspired fare prepared by Master Italian Chef Walter Filippini. Dinner will include: Burrata (a decadent fresh mozzerella infused with Ricotta), Timballo Alla Siciliana (Traditional Sicilian Pasta Pie), Saltim- bocca alla Romana, (Veal Cutlets topped with Prosciutto and Sage), Barramundi (Australian Fish with Roasted Polenta) and much more. Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce, an assortment of Italian Biscotti and sweets will be featured for dessert. Music entertainment will also keep you dancing. The entire evening will only be $50 per person or $45 for FLOCK members. Reservations will be required. Interested attendees may RSVP at 1-800-891-6055. Featured Master Chef Walter Filippini grew up watching his grand- father, who dedicated his life working the steep sloped vineyards of Northern Italy by hand. While Filippini loved wine, his true passion remains in the kitchen. Working diligently in the kitchen of “Lord Byron Restaurant,” Filippini began his culinary schooling as an assis- tant chef at the world-famous Excelsior Palace Hotel on the Lido of Venice. Later, traveling northwest, he worked at Grande Albergo Villa d’Este on Lake Como and then worked at the Grand Hotels in Milan. Filippini attended Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Bergamo, graduating in 1975, eventually specializing in gastronomia, the artful preparation and presentation of cold-food platters. In November of 1981, he domi- nated Italy’s National Chef’s Competition, winning first prize with an elaborate display of pheasant paté medallions. This passion for

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gastronomy grew as he worked his way up through various lauded kitchens to finally achieve the coveted notoriety of Master Chef. On another continent that same year, Sylvester Vineyards & Winery was established by Filippini’s now father-in-law, Sylvester Feichtinger. Filippini’s wife, Sylvia, watched and learned as her father, steeped in the family tradition of winemaking in Austria, planted more than 200 acres of premium grape vines in the then new wine country of Paso Robles, California. Walter Filippini met Sylvia while he was working at Verdi Restau- rant in Santa Monica, California. The two instantly fell in love, bonding the culinary with the viticultural. Their passions for food and wine made them the perfect match. Shortly after their wedding, they began managing the family-owned international gourmet foods importing and distributing company called Peacock Cheese. In 2004, Sylvia and Filippini took over the winery upon the retirement of her father. The winery’s commitment to quality has remained true as well as being reaf- firmed to this day. Recently, Walter and Sylvia Filippini have created two new reserve labels, Kiara Reserve and Le Vigne di Domenico, along with their premier blend NIKIARA. Their investment and hard work has paid off having recently won several of the highest awards from the San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition. The Filippinis’ passion for fine food and wine can be found in the winery’s kitchens and tasting room and at all of the winery’s winemaker dinners, not to be missed. Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from October through April. For more information, call (805) 227-4000 or visit www.sylvesterwinery.com.

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Zin FAN Del: Discover the Fun at the Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival

Paso Robles Wine Country announced tickets for the 18th Annual Zinfandel Festival are now on sale at www.pasowine.com. The Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival marquee event puts the fun back in Zinfandel by combining a classic Zin tasting with a wine country auction on Saturday, March 20. The evening features two ticket levels:

Zinfully Important Person (ZIP) ticket level (entrance at 5:30 p.m.) and Zin Fan Del ticket level (entrance at 7 p.m.). Attendees will enjoy vast selections of Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends, as well as the Wine Country Auction featuring unique items only offered during the Zinfandel Festival. Attracting wine tourists from across the nation, Zinfandel Festival attendees experience three days of wine tasting delight. In addition to the Zin Tasting and Wine Country Auction, more than 140 area wineries offer a compilation of individual events such as winemaker dinners, barrel samples and musical entertainment throughout the weekend. The ZIP ticket level is for Zinfandel enthusiasts who cannot get enough of this bold, bodacious berry. ZIP attendees may zip in early to the Zin tasting and receive special benefits including an exclusive taste of the 2010 Zinfandel Collaborative Blend. ZIP ticket holders will also experience auction items exclusively for them and other special surprises throughout the evening. “It’s time to dial in the fun during the 2010 Zinfandel Festival. Zin fans will find new enhancements to a traditional walk-around tasting integrated into a special Wine Country Auction,” said Stacie Jacob, exec- utive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We invite you to check out quality wines featuring Paso Robles’ heritage grape.” The newly formatted Wine Country Auction features items show- cased at winery pouring booths, giving wine enthusiasts a chance to learn about the Zinfandel producers of Paso Robles as well as take home their favorite lifestyle packages. One-of-a-kind auction blocks from wineries across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting

across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,
across the Paso Robles appellation include wine tasting retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours,

retreats, dinners with Paso Robles producers, VIP tours, seminars and special large-format bottles signed by the winemakers themselves. More than 50 Paso Robles producers will be showcased at the Zin Tasting. The area’s top chefs will also be serving Zinfandel-friendly culinary creations. Tickets – All Zinfandel Festival tasting tickets include unlimited tasting and a commemorative glass made by Riedel. • Zinfully Important Person (ZIP) Entrance - $85, Saturday, 5:30- 9 p.m. – includes early entrance to Zin Tasting and exclusive peak at Wine Country Auction items • Zin Fan Del Entrance – $60, Saturday, 7-9 p.m. – includes Zin Tasting and Wine Country Auction Tickets may be purchased online at www.pasowine.com. A limited amount of ZIP and Zin Fan Del tickets will be available at the door, provided they are not sold out. All tickets are limited and advance purchase is highly recommended. Must be 21 and older, photo iden- tification verifying age will be required at time of entry. For more information about Zinfandel Festival, local hotel accom- modations and restaurants, visit www.pasowine.com.

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH Preferred Tasting Room: HEARTHSTONE WINERY By Melissa Chavez

Preferred Tasting Room:

HEARTHSTONE WINERY

By Melissa Chavez

With a tasting room less than a year old and a fistful of wine competition medals, Hoy Buell’s Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery might look like an overnight success to some, but not exactly. A career horticulturist, Buell established the place in 1999 when he joined his grape- growing expertise with his affection for wine. The first bottles weren’t released until 2003, and it wasn’t until spring of 2009 that he would finally open the tasting room doors. Buell isn’t resting on his laurels. He plans to make an already-friendly tasting room even more inviting. “We have a great picnic area with a very nice view so people can bring their lunches and enjoy our wines by the glass,” says Oper- ations Manager Connie Hoekje. “We also have ‘Second Sundays’ where all guests including industry people and wine club members can enjoy good food and live music. But there’s always something new we want to do around here. One change we’re making is to bring in works from local artists.” Currently, photogra-

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pher Josh Kimball is displaying images taken from nature that include wine country surrounds and picturesque ocean views of Big Sur to Morro Bay. In short order, Hearthstone is not only establishing itself well in the Paso Robles wine region, but throughout the state and beyond. In 2008, Hearthstone’s 2005 Lodestone blend (43% Syrah, 30.5% Grenache and 26.5% Mourvedre) earned Silver in the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Their Pearl vintage is such a hit, that it will be released again this year. Upping the ante is their 2006 Slipstone (63% Grenache, 36.5% Syrah), which earned a Gold-Sweep win at the San Diego International Wine Competi- tion “Several of our wines are now being served at local restaurants,” says Hoekje. “At Vinoteca, we have the 2005 Jubilee, our Super Tuscan blend, plus the Profundo and Pearl wine, our white Rhône style blend. There’s also a Pinot Noir at Villa Creek Restaurant (in Paso Robles). Hearthstone Winery is situated on a hill

in the Adelaida community southwest of Paso Robles. More specifically, it’s set within one of a series of passes known collectively as the “Templeton Gap” region. In this microclimate, mild mornings give way to warm summer days, but afternoon breezes provide welcome respite to the harshest of summer heat. At its scenic Vineyard Drive location, Hearthstone especially enjoys camaraderie among neighboring growers who support one another in their wine- making endeavors. “We all recommend one another and we’re real supportive,” Hoekje says of the adjacent wineries. “It’s neat because, without it, we couldn’t have been nearly as successful as we’ve been in the last eight months.” Hearthstone Winery tastes are $7 or free with two-bottle wine purchases. Their Fire- side Wine Club offers custom-created selec- tions, complimentary tastings for members and three guests, free shipping on 12-bottle purchases and 20 percent discounts. Visit them at 5070 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, or at www.HearthstoneVineyard.com. Call (805)

238-2544.

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Hearthstone Vineyards and Winery Accolades

COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT Hearthstone Vineyards and Winery Accolades • 2007 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY GRENACHE (USA,

• 2007 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY GRENACHE (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) $25 The 2007 Hearthstone Grenache is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Possessing a semi- transparent, ruby red color, this offers fragrant, sweet aromatics of kirsch and wild strawberries,

subtle spice and possibly a touch of graphite. Very smooth and polished, it’s medium bodied with perfectly ripe fruit, solid balance and a lengthy, moderately tannic finish. Maybe a bit too polished, this is pure silk to drink with no hard edges. I recommend consuming these over the

(95 pts.)

next 5 to 8 years.

consuming these over the (95 pts.) next 5 to 8 years. • 2007 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND

• 2007 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY LODESTONE (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) $30 More meaty and rugged on the nose than the other cuvées, the 2007 Hearthstone Lodestone is a blend of 50% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 17% Mourvèdre. It offers both red and black fruits, underbrush, meat and a touch of leather on the nose. These aromas carry over to the palate and the wine is medium+ bodied with ripe fruit, a

polished texture and integrated acidity leading to moderately tannic finish. This has a touch more tannin than the other cuvées and should drink

well over the next 5 to 8 years.

(97 pts.)

and should drink well over the next 5 to 8 years. (97 pts.) • 2007 HEARTHSTONE

• 2007 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY SLIPSTONE

M A M A’S M E AT BA L L

One pretty reliable way to find out just how good the food at a local restaurant is, is to ask some- body in the restaurant business. Ask a bartender, a waiter, anyone in fact, what they think of Mama’s meatballs in San Luis Obispo and their lips begin to quiver, their eyes roll towards the heavens, they sigh; that is how good Mama’s Meatball is. Set in a small courtyard off of one of the town’s main streets, in a place called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball is actually divided in two. On the right is the take-out where people line up to get their orders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by a huge-trunked tree and a water fountain, is the intimate restaurant with it’s mural of the Mediterranean across the back.

Meatballs aside, the restaurant, under owner and chef Nicola Allegretta, offers a wide range ofwith it’s mural of the Mediterranean across the back. authentic Italian dishes, many of them now

authentic Italian dishes, many of them now available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the economy and his customer’s wishes. Among them are half a dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmon and a refreshing pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto choices, both hot and cold paninis (including, of course, one made with meatballs), more pasta dishes than there is space here to share (though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot

go unmentioned). There is also a heady selection of meat and fish

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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

dishes as well as any Open Daily from 11am 805-543-3986 • www.novorestaurant.com number of traditional and specialty pizzas (now avail- able

number of traditional and specialty pizzas (now avail- able in two sizes) and some far too-tempting desserts. Mama’s Meatball currently has two loca- tions. The original is in the Old Creamery plaza at 570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, (805) 544- 0861. Mama’s Meatball is

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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

also available for your convenience in the south county at 325 Pier11am-10pm www.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006 Avenue by the entrance of the Pismo Beach Dunes, (805)

for your convenience in the south county at 325 Pier Avenue by the entrance of the

Avenue by the entrance of the Pismo Beach Dunes, (805) 473-2383. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday from

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

and 4:30 to 10 p.m., closed

on Mondays. You can order online at www.mamasmeatball.com.

And, don’t forgot they can also deliver and have very popular catering services,

which work with groups (including weddings) of every type and size.

(USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) $28

A blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, the

2007 Hearthstone Slipstone offers quality aromatics of kirsch and subtle earthy dark fruits, wild herbs (underbrush, thyme), spice and subtle, dried meaty notes. In the mouth, this is medium bodied with a polished, smooth texture, perfectly

ripe fruit and fine grained, ripe tannins that lead

to a long finish. Drink over the next 5 to 8 years. (95 pts.)

a long finish. Drink over the next 5 to 8 years. (95 pts.) • 2006 HEARTHSTONE

• 2006 HEARTHSTONE VINEYARDS AND WINERY PEARL

(USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles) $20 The 2006 Hearthstone Vineyards and Winery Pearl

is a blend of 53% Viognier and 47% Roussanne

that offers brilliantly clean and crisp aromatics of stone fruits, honeydew, white flowers and freshly crushed rocks. It’s fresh yet rich at the same time.

In the mouth, this is medium bodied with vibrant

acidity, rich fruit, a full texture and a persistent, focused finish. Enjoy this outstanding white over

the next year or more.

(90 pts.)

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John Pianetta with his daughter, Caitlin
John Pianetta with his daughter, Caitlin

Preferred Tasting Room:

PIANETTA WINERY

by Melissa Chavez

Smack dab in the historic Paso Robles Downtown is the Pianetta Winery Tasting

Room. Just one block north of the City Park

at 829 13th Street, this place is no fly-by-

night operation. Rather, the pride of four

generations of Italian immigrant farmers and

a home winemaking heritage profoundly

influence the crimson reds they serve in an attractively appointed storefront. John Pianetta’s Estate wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, a Syrah/Cabernet blend (“Bilancio,” or balance), Sangiovese, Petite Syrah, a rosé (“Nonna’s Vino Rosato”), Super Tuscan-style blend, “Tuscan Nights,” and a new Zinfandel. His daughter, Caitlin, oversees the tasting room and helps visitors feel at home. Pianetta purchased his vineyard in 1996. A year later, both he and experienced farm manager Bob Goodwin established grapevines. The majority was Cabernet with smaller plots devoted to Syrah Noir (French clone) and Shiraz (Australian clone). Most of their yield sourced a highly reputable winery while the rest supported Pianetta’s own wine-

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making. By 2002, their releases began meriting such deserved recognition, that he soon began collecting silver and gold medals at wine competitions from California to the Finger Lakes. The grapes are grown on a 95-acre ranch in Indian Valley in Monterey County, just a couple of miles north of San Miguel. Pianetta’s vineyard is set within the Big Sandy Creek area, a tributary northeast from the Salinas River. Unlike cooler Monterey climes, summers in the county’s southern tip can swell the thermometer past 100 on infernal days, and drop a good 50 degrees or more during the wee hours. Both soil content and temperature arrays offer perfect growing conditions for Pianetta’s handpicked wine grapes that are aged in French, Russian and Hungarian oak barrels. Wine club members can receive shipments every two, four or six months. Twenty percent discounts are offered for additional purchases, plus 25 percent off all cases. Newsletters update members on discounts, newest releases and special events. For example, the aviation-themed “Take Flight” Reserve Wine Tasting just took place

in the San Miguel winery on February 27 and featured 2004 Pianetta library reserves. It’s a tasty opportunity to enjoy big, bold reds coupled with rustic Southern Italian treats by Il Cortile, one of Paso Robles’ newest restau- rants. For March 2010, the winery’s “2 Bottle Club” shipment offers their 2007 Pianetta Sangiovese and 2007 Pianetta Cabernet. Perhaps the hardest to resist is their February Case Sale in which their winning 2006 Syrah is $138 per case, or just $11.50 per bottle for a vintage with plenty of time left to nicely age. Whether aficionados experience Pianetta’s wines in the tasting room, straight from the case shipment, or from the glass at a winery event, many will likely want to thank John Pianetta’s ancestors for initiating his wine- making legacy. Pianetta Winery Tasting Room is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Tuesday. $5 tasting fee is waived with purchase. For more information, call (805) 226-4005 or visit www.pianettawinery.com.

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Musicians To Perform a Benefit for Haiti

Since the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, relief efforts continue. As the situation evolves, medical care continues to be a priority for thousands of people left homeless. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) has been working to provide services for those injured by the quake, as well as basic medical care for the Haitian public. Doctors Without Borders has been working in Haiti for the past 19 years, but has recently opened three emer- gency hospitals to deal with the aftermath of the earthquakes.

Local musicians have gotten together and decided to put on a show to benefit Doctors Without Borders’ efforts in Haiti. On Saturday, March 6, a “Benefit for Haiti” will take place at Castoro Cellars Winery, 1315 Bethel Road, in Templeton. The suggested donation will be $15, but patrons can give as much as they like to the cause. The evening will begin with a delicious meal (available for purchase) from Bon Temps Creole Cafe. They’ll have a variety of menu options available, and a portion of the

proceeds will be donated to the cause. Castoro Cellars’ wine will also be available for purchase. Jody Mulgrew (formerly of the Johnny Starlings) will open the show with a solo acoustic set. Then, the Louie Ortega Band will take the stage for a rockin’ set. Finishing up the evening will be the Guy Budd Band, with their mixture of existential blues. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.castorocellars.com, by phone at 1-800- DAM-FINE, or at the door.

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, June 26th

The 15th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, June 26th, will turn heads this year with a new look and recurring evening timeslot. The festival will again take place from 4 to 8 p.m. to take advantage of Atascadero’s warm, summer evenings. The evening experience will encompass a wine and culinary adven- ture to excite your palette. Food vendors will showcase their finest cuisine and suggest wine pairings based on the varietals available at the event. Visitors will enjoy an array of juried fine art created by local artists as well as the inviting lakeside environment. Sway again to the music of the Mighty Croon Dogs. All very exciting! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be part of this superb lake- side event at the Atascadero Lake Park. A free shuttle will be available to transport visitors from the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atas- cadero.

A ‘Walkabout Zin Tasting’ in the Caves at Justin Winery

Join the 17 Far Out Wineries on a unique “Walkabout Zin Tasting” in the caves at Justin Winery on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the “Makers,” attend breakout seminars while enjoying appetizers and more! Cost for the event is $44 per person. This event will sell out. Make your reserva- tions early. Call Judy at (805) 237-0138

The Far Outs

Adelaida Cellars, Calcareous Vineyard, Carmody McKnight Estate Wines, Dunning Vineyards, Halter Ranch, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Le Cuvier, Minassian-Young, Nadeau Family Vintners, Norman Vine- yards, Opolo Vineyards, Pipestone Vineyards, Poalillo Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tolo Cellars, Thacher Winery and Villicana Winery For more information, visit www.faroutwineries.com.

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All proceeds benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo and other projects supporting the community of Atascadero. Unlimited tasting tickets are just $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Food sold separately. More information and tickets are available online at www.atascaderowinefestival.com or at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, (805) 466-2044.

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CENTRAL COAST | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH TOLOSA WINERY by Michael Cervin Imagine James Bond created

TOLOSA WINERY

by Michael Cervin

Imagine James Bond created a tasting room and you get an idea of what the interior of Tolosa Winery might be like. Once you open the massive front doors you’re in for a treat. Created by architect Brent Freeby, and opened in 2004, the tasting room and its adjacent patio combine elements of the winery in its design including cork floors, stainless steel ceilings, glass bar, wood panels and back lighting. A plasma screen displays pictures of recent events and the winemaking process, while the LCD screen displays specials and wine club information. There’s even ambient music playing throughout the tasting room, patio, halls and bathroom. They have received numerous design awards for the innovative and trend-setting space. It’s picturesque, to say the least and their site, surrounded by vineyards with perfect ocean breezes, sweeps across the fields and brings all of the scents of the hills and the soil directly to your nostrils. It is an amazing experience. The tasting room looks out over the fermentation tanks of polished stainless steel. Guests are offered a self guided tour through the facility as well. Stay and picnic at

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their tranquil outdoor picnic area or play a round of bocce ball as you soak in the peaceful surroundings. Tolosa Winery takes its name from the nearby Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, which established the first vineyard in the Edna Valley and produced the early wines

for the area during the mission period. Today, Tolosa is a sustainably farmed estate and their vineyards are not too far from the Pacific Ocean. This close proximity to the sea provides for cool morning fog, warm days and an exceptionally long growing season. The unique climatic conditions, terroir and focused winemaking by Larry Brooks, allows Tolosa to produce world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery’s founders, attorney Bob Schiebelhut and viticulturist Jim Efird, understood the Edna Valley’s potential long before they formed their partnership back in 1998. They began planting vines in 1990 for their Edna Ranch Estate vineyards, which currently encompass 740 acres. After selling their vineyards’ fruit to a host of local producers for several years, it eventually became apparent to them that a label dedi- cated to the land’s very best fruit was in order thus the Tolosa brand was born. Experience the Tolosa tasting room and their wines at 4910 Edna Rd. in San Luis Obispo. The minimal $5 tasting is waived should you purchase a bottle. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact them at (805)782-0500 or www.tolosawinery.com

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Tickets On Sale for 2010 Rhônely Hearts Club

Hospice du Rhône ® (HdR), the world’s largest celebration of Rhône variety wines, has announced the complete 2010 Seminar Series lineup boasting Rhône producers from France, South Africa and Washington State. Complementing the seminars at the 18th annual international Rhône extravaganza will be more than 130 worldly Rhône producers pouring their wines April 29 through May 1, 2010 in Paso Robles, thus creating the 2010 Rhônely Hearts Club! “We are thrilled that after 18 years the enthusiasm for domestic and international Rhône variety wines continues to grow among the world and within the Hospice du Rhône community,” notes Vicki Carroll, Director of Hospice du Rhône. “It is the enthusiasm from each attendee and our own passion that allows us to continually draw extraordinary Rhône producers from throughout the world to speak, share and engage at the annual event.” Comprised of four Rhône focused seminars, the 2010 Seminar Series will highlight winemakers from France, South Africa and Washington State. Representing France will be Vincent Maurel of Clos Saint Jean and Michel Tardieu of Maison Michel Tardieu, both hailing from Châteauneuf du Pape, along with esteemed consultant Philippe Cambie. Continuing with a look at Northern Rhône wines will be Stéphane Ogier of Domaine Michel and Stéphane Ogier of Ampuis, France. Sharing a look at Walla Walla, Washington will be Charles Smith of K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines. Hospice du Rhône strives to bring awareness to areas not typi- cally recognized for Rhône variety wines. This year six South African winemakers will be on hand to enlighten attendees on the South African Rhône movement currently taking place in their country. Joining this panel will be Marc Kent of Boekenhout- skloof in Franschoek, David Trafford from de Trafford and wines from Stellenzicht both from the Stellenbosch region, Andrea and Chris Mullineux of Mullineux Family Wines and Eben Sadie of Sadie Family both from the Swartland and Chris Mullineux also representing Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards from the Tulbagh Valley. Joining these renowned speakers will be more than 130 worldly Rhône wine producers sharing pours of their wines at the Friday Rhône Rendezvous and the Saturday Grand Tasting. This interna- tional journey will not require a passport for attendees to stroll the tasting hall sampling Rhône wines from France, South Africa, Australia, America and beyond. Drawing on the Rhône-loving community that has been formed over the past 18 years, the 2010 event will boast the “Rhônely Hearts Club.” The 2010 theme image, that resembles an album cover of a well-known singing foursome, holds photographs of 22 dedicated Rhône advocates and pioneers from around the world. The gathering of 22 is significant as it pays tribute to the unique 22 Rhône wine varieties and is a snapshot of the greater Rhône community that is celebrated at the annual international Rhône

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event. The image is available for viewing on the HdR website, www.hospicedurhone.org. To purchase tickets and to view the full 2010 Hospice du Rhône Event Schedule along with participating Rhône producers, please visit the HdR website www.hospicedurhone.org. Event ticket prices range from $100 to $795 depending on event selection. All events at Hospice du Rhône are limited and are filled on a first-come, first- served basis.

About Hospice du Rhône®

Hospice du Rhône® (HdR) will celebrate 18 years of all things Rhone, April 29-May 1, 2010. Noted as the world’s largest Interna- tional celebration of Rhône variety wines, Hospice du Rhône serves as an International Vintners Association providing promotional and educational opportunities through an annual event. Proceeds from the annual event are used to carry out programs that benefit Rhône producers worldwide. Operating as a non-profit business league, Hospice du Rhône strives to improve the business condi- tions of grape growers and wine producers of Rhône variety wines and grapes throughout the world. Hospice du Rhône is not affili- ated with any other charitable organization. Non-profit 501 (c) (6) Business League

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Craig Shannon with Marco Rizzo
Craig Shannon with Marco Rizzo

Winemaker Profile: Per Bacco Cellars

CRAIG SHANNON

by Michael Cervin

Winemaking is known to be a tough enter- prise. “It took us 12 years to be an overnight success,” Per Bacco winemaker Craig Shannon jokes. To be “per baccoed” is to experience a “wow” moment, and that is exactly what happens when people sample Per Bacco wines. The tasting room, located on a historic ranch property, sits a stones throw off the 101 freeway near San Luis Obispo and isn’t your typical tasting room, but rather is filled with barrels and fermentation equip- ment. The focus is on a restrained style of winemaking, one that allows the nuances of the grape to shine through. With an enthu- siasm for Pinot Noir, Per Bacco has set a new bar for quality from San Luis Obispo County. Per Bacco doesn’t own any vineyards. “I did my years of purgatory with the wind and the fog,” Shannon admits to his farming history. They source fruit from multiple vine- yards, which allows them to, “concentrate 100 percent on the wine,” Shannon said. It’s

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impossible to have the ultimate piece of ground that can produce everything you need, and Shannon understands this. As a third generation farmer and vineyard manager he’s grown tomatoes, garlic, almonds and walnuts and knows firsthand the unpre- dictability of weather. They may not have the ideal piece of ground, but they are making the ideal wines. From small batches of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Syrah, Petite Sirah and Pinot Grigio, the wines are focused, hand- crafted and true to the varietal characteristics of each grape. “We get a lot of hang time in these valleys and maritime influences to develop our sugars and flavors,” he says. “We don’t take short cuts.” When they launched their first wines in 1998, Pinot Noir was a tough sell, as the focus was on Syrah. “Everyone thought the next big thing was going to be Syrah,” Shannon remembered. Per Bacco didn’t want to be like every other winery so they decided to go with Pinot Noir, in spite of the clear

indications that Syrah would be the new darling of the wine industry. “We were looking at the Pinots around us and they were doing what California always does, these big barnstormer wines,” he said. “But we wanted the elegance, the sensual nuances of Pinot Noir which is food friendly with good acid structure.” Then the Sideways phenomenon occurred and the virtues of Pinot Noir were suddenly extolled by everyone. Since Shannon had been making it all along, refining his touch, he was well positioned to capitalize on the new surge. Craig, an avid surfer, also scored very well with the national press on his very first release of Pinot, and likens surfing to wine in that, “paddling into a wave is like tasting a wine with all your senses keyed in.” Get your senses tuned by visiting Per Bacco at 1850 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone (805) 787- 0485 or visit www.perbaccocellars.com for additional information.

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‘World of Pinot Noir’ Announces Tenth Anniversary Events

Pinot Noir Producers from Near and Far to Showcase their Wines

The tenth annual World of Pinot Noir will be held on the beautiful shores of the California Central Coast on March 5th and 6th, 2010. This celebration of Pinot Noir includes two days of in-depth Tasting Seminars, Grand Tastings (each with a unique roster of wineries), a Featured Tasting with a guest Burgun- dian producer, two Gala Pinot Noir Dinners featuring prominent guest chefs and culminates with a Santa Barbara style Paulée. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the United States. “We wanted to pull out all the stops to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the World of Pinot Noir,” notes Leslie Mead, Chairperson of WOPN. “There are some really exciting seminars this year and our roster of Pinot Noir producers is stunning. Anyone who is intrigued by the alluring characteristics of Pinot Noir will find something to their taste at our tenth anniversary, whether they are a long-time collector or someone just learning about this fascinating grape.” With a focus on the global aspects of Pinot Noir, WOPN is proud to welcome Jean-Marie Fourrier of Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, who will be presenting his wines on Saturday, March 6th. The tasting will be led by renowned Burgundy expert Allen Meadows. With a history extending over four generations in Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Fourrier has a long history of winemaking in Burgundy. Jean-Marie took the reins in 1994 and has combined traditions of previous generations with his own modern methods to produce wines of elegance, finesse and complexity that have garnered critical acclaim throughout the wine world. Seminars on Friday will include a “Ten Year Retrospective of Williams-Selyem” and a presentation of the latest trends in stemware and decanters by Maximilian Riedel of Riedel Crystal at the Cliffs Resort, and “A Vineyard Examination of the Pisoni Vineyard” and a walk-around barrel tasting seminar with a range of winemakers showing” New vs. Neutral Oak” trials at the new Foxen Winery. Friday’s seminars will be followed by a grand tasting of Pinot Noirs from over 90 wineries in the tents overlooking the Pacific at the Pinot Noir by the Sea Tasting. Two gala dinner choices are offered for the evening, featuring renowned chefs from near and far. Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s of Hawaii will showcase his famed fusion cuisine at the Gala I dinner, and local Chef Budi Kazali will prove why he was chosen as “Ultimate Chef for 2009” by Central Coast magazine. Each dinner will be hosted by dozens of Pinot Noir producers and an expert team of professional somme- liers. Saturday’s schedule begins with the choice of two very special tasting seminars, The Wines of Domaine Fourrier and the Iron Sommelier Challenge. In the Iron Sommelier Challenge, Master Somme- lier William Scherer will lead a panel of sommeliers in an interactive food and wine tasting to find whose idea of a perfect pairing with Pinot Noir excels. The popular Saturday Pinot Noir by the Sea Tasting, with 100+ wineries will be held on Saturday afternoon, and that evening, World of Pinot Noir 2010 will offi- cially conclude with the ever popular Santa Barbara-style Paulée. This casual yet festive event will be held at, and hosted by, Au Bon Climat Winery in Santa Maria, and will include dinner and lively music. In the spirit of a Burgundian La Paulée, many of the other winery participants will attend and provide their wines. Tickets for the Tenth Anniversary World of Pinot Noir are now on sale. Attendance at many of the seminars, tastings and dinners are limited to keep the events intimate, and sell out quickly. For full details, visit the World of Pinot Noir website at www.WOPN.com.

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Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards – A Love Affair

When Dick Kelsey moved with his family from Mojave to Avila in 1951, he had no idea that he would spend the majority of his life on the same twenty-six acres that his parents had bought for a mere $4000. At age sixteen he had gone to work on a sport fishing boat out of Avila Harbor. It was hard work, but Dick loved it. He also found something else to like about the job. The boat’s owner had a thirteen- year-old niece named Delores. One day, as he passed her on the road in his old pickup, Dick surprised himself with the decision that this was the girl he was going to marry. But he felt drawn back to Mojave. Working there, he kept thinking about that girl, though and they started to write one another. A stint in the Navy produced another separation and more letters. Finally he came home and by now his girl had grown into a beau- tiful woman of nearly twenty. They had hardly spent any time together, though. Their entire relationship had evolved through letter writing, but Delores and Dick knew they were in love. They married and he went to work in her family’s tug boat operation business. After forty-one years, he finally retired. That’s when the trouble started. As Dick puts it, “I used to make homemade wine. It was really bad. In fact, my friends and I dubbed it ‘Kelsey’s Vino Yucky.’ The last thing I ever imagined was that I’d own a winery.” One day, however, Dick was sipping his coffee and staring at his

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old garage. The thought occurred to him that it sure would make a nice winery building. No sooner did the thought form then he got a call from an old friend. Leonard Cohen wanted to start making wine. Was he game? Yes he was, but Delores had other ideas. “I was madder than hell. In fact, I was in a snit about this for two years. What did we know about wine? We are seafaring people, not farmers.” “I worked for my wife’s family nearly all my life and I just wanted to create something of my own. Also, my two boys, Richard and Keith, had started work in the tug boat industry. I wanted something more for them. Now Richard has his own 160 acres of vineyard in Creston and Keith is helping clear new vineyards to increase the winery’s production. We have a real family business.” And thankfully, Delores came around, too. “We put a lot of money into this venture and a lot of hard work at a time when we were supposed to be retired, but it has become the joy of our lives. We keep busy, helping out in the tasting room and our customers have become like family. I love meeting people and watching them fall in love with our wines.” Visit them at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, 1947 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo; open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 595-9700 or visit www.kelseywine.com.

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LAETITIA WINERY

Schedule a Little Extra Time for This Stop

by Michael Cervin

Originally formed in 1982 as a U.S. exten- sion of the well known French winery Cham- pagne Maison Deutz, Laetitia Winery has changed ownership since then, but more importantly has changed their approach to wines. Just six miles south of Pismo Beach, right off Highway 101, a visit to the tasting room allows $10 for all tastings, which is waived with a two-bottle purchase. Their two tasting bars allow for a greater sense of room when sampling their wines and the soft yellow walls make it bright and airy inside. With views to the vineyards on both sides of the highway and plenty of gift items for sale, you might end up spending more time here than you had expected. Some people play on the bocce balls courts and some simply picnic at one of their many vineyard tables. Laetitia Winery offers three distinct labels:

Nadia (red and white blended wines), Barn- wood (Grenache, Cabernet, Merlot and port from the remote vineyards located in Santa Barbara’s back country) and the Laetitia label which has a focus on Pinot Noir. In fact, with its three tiers: estate, reserve and single vine- yard, Laetitia holds the largest privately

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single vine- yard, Laetitia holds the largest privately 28 owned Pinot Noir plantings in California. The

owned Pinot Noir plantings in California. The estate is comprised of just under 2,000 acres, with 620 acres currently planted to grape vines. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted variety, with 420 acres under cultivation. Chardonnay is the next largest planting followed by Pinot Blanc, Tempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris and a small amount of white Ries- ling. But it is mostly Pinot Noir vines that you’ll see from your car as you approach the winery from either side of the highway. “We feel our role in winemaking is to maximize the distinct character of our vineyard and we believe in a strong link between vineyard and winery,” says Winemaker/GM Eric Hickey.

“Considering terroir and winemaking equally

is essential in creating exceptional wine.”

At about 50,000 cases of exceptional wine and a well deserved reputation, the tasting room keeps very busy, but the staff works effi-

ciently and with a great sense of humor to accommodate everyone. With a diversity of

wines available to taste there is a budget and

a wine for every visitor. Bottle prices range

from $15 to $60. So stop in, taste some wine, sip a sparkler,

play bocce ball, bring a picnic and stroll through the demonstration vineyards and

expand your knowledge of viticulture. “One

of the greatest pleasures of my career has been

watching visitors to our winery enjoy them- selves while they taste and discover our wines. I like seeing them celebrate life with a glass of our Pinot Noir or Cabernet. For me, this is one of life’s greatest gifts,” owner Selim Zilkha says. Laetitia Winery is open every day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., directly off Highway 101 between Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. For tours and tastings schedules, call 1-888-

809-VINE.

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Wine 4 Paws Fundraiser for Woods Humane Society

The second annual Wine 4 Paws, a fundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at participating wineries throughout San Luis Obispo County on April 10th and 11th. Woods has partnered with Central Coast wineries to help raise awareness and funds for Woods while promoting this beautiful wine region. During this weekend, partici- pating wineries will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. Pet- loving wine drinkers can help our four-legged friends by supporting

the wineries throughout San Luis Obispo county with Wine 4 Paws. “Last year, at our inaugural event, we raised over $6,000,” Director Sarah Tomasetti said. “Last year’s event demonstrated how many wine lovers are pet lovers! We knew our wineries are amazing supporters of our four- legged friends, which is how we came up with the idea. But response we had from people out wine tasting was inspiring, as well.” The event this year will also include a free passport – with six or more stamps from

participating wineries, your pass- port will be entered in the raffle! To see a full list of partici- pating wineries and a free print- able passport/map, go to www.wine4paws.com. Then, head out to any, some or all of the participating wineries and mention Wine 4 Paws when you taste and buy wine during the weekend of April 10-11. A portion of your sale or tasting fee will be donated to Woods Humane Society on behalf of the wineries. Woods Humane Society, Inc. is a locally owned private non-

profit animal welfare organiza- tion that has served homeless companion animals since 1955. Aside from the hundreds of animals Woods cares for each year, the organization maintains partnerships with other local private and county operated animal shelters in an effort to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of animals. Woods Humane Society is also the only animal shelter on the Central Coast with a fully operational spay and neuter suite. Woods is experiencing a 20% growth in all aspects of the shelter on an annual basis. The facility is funded soley through charitable gifts from the commu- nity and the need is greater than ever for ongoing financial support. For additional information, contact Sarah Tomasetti, Director of Wine 4 Paws by email at info@wine4paws.com or Steve Kragenbrink with Woods Humane Society at (805) 543- 9316 ext.19.

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Chef Bradley Ogden to Judge Gourmet Gavel Award at 6th Annual Taste for Justice – Santa Maria

Wine, Food, Beer, Silent and Live Auction and the Gourmet Gavel Awards Chef’s Competition

Legal Aid Foundation proudly presents 6th Annual Taste for Justice – Santa Maria and its accompanying Gourmet Gavel Awards on March 6 at the Orcutt Brew Company (315 S. Broadway, Orcutt). This year’s event will feature Chef Bradley Ogden as one of its judges. Bradley Ogden has been inducted into the “Who’s Who of American Cooking” by Cooks magazine. He has been named Best Chef California by the James Beard Foundation, one of the Great American Chefs by the International Wine and Food Society, winner of the Golden Plate Award by the American Academy of Achievement, and Chef of the Year by the Culinary Institute of America. Ogden has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning, America, AM/San Francisco, Dinner at Julia’s and the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the West series. Bradley Ogden the restau- rant in Las Vegas in Caesar’s Palace received the James Beard Award in 2004 for Best New Restaurant and his most recent endeavor is in our own backyard – Root 246 in Solvang. Leadership Circle Sponsor is Mint Properties. Media sponsors are Santa Maria Sun and www.CaliforniaWineryAdvisor.com. Wineries and breweries committed so far are The Brewhouse, Byron Wines, Cambria Winery, Core Wine Company, Costa de Oro, Giessinger Winey, Hallauer Vineards, J. Kerr Wines, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Orcutt Brew Company, Rancho Alamo Vine- yards and Winery, Riverbench Winery, Rooney’s Irish Pub, Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Maria Brewery, Sculpterra Winery – Paso Robles, Westerly Vineyard and William James Cellars. Food purveyors include Central City Market, Harry and David, Jovi’s Delights, Thai Hut, Orcutt Brew Company and Trattoria Uliveto. Proceeds benefit Legal Aid’s direct client services in the North County. For 51 years, Legal Aid’s mission has been to ensure that

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low-income people and seniors have access to the civil justice system – to secure safe shelter, adequate income, and protection from domestic violence and elder abuse. Clients are frequently at risk of being beaten or abused, or in danger of becoming homeless through the loss of Social Security or disability benefits, housing discrimination or unfair eviction. Offices are located in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door and can be bought online at www.lafsbc.org/events/t4j-sm. Contact Niki Richardson at (805) 963-6754 x 109 for tickets or sponsorship information.

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Y
O
A
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SA
Y
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MAIN
EN
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FOX
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D
STOWELL
SKYWAY
D
BETTERAVIA
O
To San Luis Obispo
(32 miles)
1
CLARK
Roemer Way Self-Storage
McKeon-
Philips
COSTA DE ORO
F
Santa Maria
135
Addamo
Vineyards
KENNETH
VOLK
Core
VINEYARDS
Wine Co.
Cambria
Cottonwood
Canyon
Orcutt
101
Byron
River Bench
Rancho Sisquoc
135
Vineyards
Foxen Vineyards
A
Tres Hermanas
1
Los Alamos