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A Publication of

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37 Preferred Central Coast Tasting Room Reviews


Ancient Peaks Winery Baileyana Bella Victorian Vineyard Bridlewood Estate Winery Brochelle Vineyards Cantara Cellars Castoro Cellars Chamisal Vineyards Claiborne & Churchill Coghlan Vineyard & Jewelers Cold Heaven Cellers Costa de Oro Winery Croad Vineyards Eberle Winery Firestone Vineyard & Winery Foley Wines Herzog Wine Cellars Imagine Wines Jada Vineyards Le Vigne Winery Lincourt Vineyards & Winery Lions Peak Vineyards Magnavino Mitchella Vineyard & Winery Opolo Vineyards Palmina Per Bacco Cellars Pomar Junction Winery Qup Rancho Ventavo Cellars Robert Hall Winery Rotta Winery Rotta Winery Talley Vineyards Tolosa Tres Hermanas Winery Vina Robles Winery
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PUBLISHER Mike Giangreco Direct 707-938-3734 mike@winecountrythisweek.com Chandra Grant P.O. Box 92, El Verano, CA 95433 Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674 chandra@winecountrythisweek.com Cathy Gore Phone 707-938-3494 / Fax 707-938-3674 Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.com Whitney Brem, San Luis Obispo County Phone 805-252-5440 whitney@winecountrythisweek.com Jenn Jones, Santa Barbara County Phone 805-895-7378 jenn@winecountrythisweek.com EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Michael Cervin, Lisa Pretty, Kim Murphy-Rodrigues, Brandi Stansbury, Carolyn Turner, Brette Ann Womack

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Do the Math
One of the most asked questions asked when it comes to wine is how much of this does it take to make that, and so on. We wont pretend that is simple, but here are some industry statistics that will give a pretty good answer to that query. As with anything agricultural, of course, they are all based on countless variables when it comes to acre yields, but this is a good starting point. The rest of the information varies little if at all.

A case of wine includes:


A dozen 750 ml bottles (or 24 half bottles) or 307.2 ounces total, which comes from 30 pounds of grapes.

A single bottle contains:


750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from about 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) and is enough for four or maybe five glasses.

An acre of vineyards land can give the grower:


Five tons of grapes (though it is also less, depending on a variety of farming and winemaking practices, and on the varietal and the vineyards location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice (or thirteen-and-ahalf barrels) which is pretty close to four thousand bottles of wine.

One standard oak barrel of wine holds:


295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes which works out to almost but not precisely - 24 cases of wine.

What does all that information on a wine label mean?

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The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine labels and requires that information be given in a straightforward way. Basically, you will want to look for the types of grapes grown, where the grapes are grown and when the grapes were picked. Brand name Designation for a special wine Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated Location where the grapes used were grown Grape Variety used Vintage year in which the grapes were picked Location where the wine was made and/or bottled (Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.) Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say "Table Wine WWW.LEGENDARYNAPAVALLEY.COM

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DINING Buona Tavola Northern Italian cuisine in downtown Paso Robles, with friendly and warm hospitality. 943 Spring Street, Paso Robles 805-237-0600, www.btslo.com/paso Enoteca Dine on Central Coast cuisine by a warm fireplace on cool evenings or on the outdoor patio almost year round. Located in La Bellasera Hotel & Suites 206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles 805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com/dining Farmstand 46 While it looks like a farmstand in wine country, dont be fooled. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches and sides daily and indulge in pizza from the woodfired oven on the weekends. 3750 Highway 46, Templeton 805-239-3661, www.farmstand46.com Il Cortile Ristorante Fine Italian dining, featuring seasonal menus and ample specials each evening. 608 12th Street, Paso Robles 805-226-0300, www.ilcortileristorante.com Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse In the historic Paso Robles Inn, the steakhouse is family-friendly dining. The chef sources from local farmers and ranchers to give guests a true sense of Paso Robles. 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles 805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com/dining Thomas Hill Organics Opened by farmers, Debbie & Joe Thomas, THO uses their organic farm fresh ingredients in the menu; an extensive selection of local wines. 1305 Park Street, Paso Robles 805-226-5888, www.thomashillorganics.com LODGING Hotel Cheval This boutique luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Relax at the Pony Club bar or around the fire pits in the outdoor lounge area. 1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles 866-522-6999, www.hotelcheval.com Courtyard Paso Robles Centrally located, and brand new, Courtyard offers a great value and all the amenities guests have come to expect from Marriott. 120 South Vine St Paso Robles, 805-239-9700 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ sbppr-courtyard-paso-robles/ La Bellasera Hotel & Suites Conveniently located at the beginning of Highway 46 West and just off Highway 101, this hotel offers luxurious accommodations for the wine connoisseur and discerning traveler. 206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles 805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com Paso Robles Inn Originally built in 1891, the old western charm still warmly welcomes guests. Be sure to soak in the natural hot springs at the end of a long day. 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles 805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com

The Westside of Paso Robles has become one of the fastest growing wine regions in the world. Wine Spectator recently named a wine from the Westside the number one wine of the year. The unique terroir makes this area extremely desirable for viticuluralists from around the world. The Westside of Paso Robles is home to winemakers from France, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to name a few. While historically known for the old vine Zinfandel, Rhne and Bordeaux varieties grown in the area have become world renowned. Guests will quickly become familiar with the famed Templeton Gap and how it positively affects the fantastic wines in this region. ATTRACTIONS Dale Evers Design Studio A cutting edge artist, specializing in centerpiece art, Dales work is featured all over the country. 1000 Park Street, Paso Robles 805-434-9237, www.daleeversstudio.com Hearst Castle William Hearst developed what is now the Central Coasts most renowned attraction from 1919-1947, after inheriting the land from his father, George Hearst. Several different tours are offered year round. 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.com Vineyard Antique Mall Greg and Jeanine Cantrell have an incredible selection of indoor and outdoor collectables. The 10,000-square-foot mall is open daily. 2320 Ramada Drive # A, Paso Robles 805-237-4012

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Castoro Cellars Mediterranean-style tasting room is located in the heart of Paso Robles with easy access from scenic Highway 46 West. The picturesque setting is the perfect place to enjoy wine tasting. The courteous, knowledgeable staff is eager to assist in making the experience memorable. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to relax while taking in the spectacular views. Since their first release in the fall of 1983, Castoro Cellars has produced award-winning premium varietals. Winemaker Tom Myers, Assistant Winemaker Mikel Olsten and owners Niels and Bimmer Udsen have concentrated on producing the best wines the Paso Robles appellation has to offer selecting fruit from more than 700 acres of vineyards a hundred acres of which are certified organic and the rest in the SIP (Sustainability in Practice) program. On the tasting list you will find a wide range of wines starting with a number of whites including Fum Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Grigio and blends in addition to a red selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, single vineyard Zinfandels, Rhne varietals, blends and more. When you taste through the line you will see how they got the reputation for producing Dam Fine Wine. The Castoro Cellars event gallery and gardens provide a beautiful location for special events such as weddings, receptions, parties and meetings. The facilities offer an elegant site for any occasion, from casual to formal, and are competitively priced. The courteous and helpful Castoro Cellars event staff provides excellent service and attention to detail in order to make every special event unforgettable. By Lisa Pretty

FUN FACT Nielslife-long nickname isBeaver, and while he worked in Italy it evolved further toIl Castoro, which is beaver in Italian. The name and the motto stuck. Castoro CellarsDam Fine Winessport a picture of a beaver on each label. THE GROUNDS The 150-foot grape arbor at the tasting room entrance leads to gardens featuring lush native plants and specimen cork oaks. The beautifully landscaped grounds with grand views are the perfect place for a picnic. CONCERTS Throughout the year, Castoro Cellars hosts concerts for musicians from around the world. During the summer the shows are held outside with the vineyard and sunset as the backdrop. Winter concerts are held in the cozy bistro atmosphere of the event gallery. FAMILY FRIENDLY With families and designated drivers in mind Castoro oers an alcohol-free grape juice.

Castoro Cellars
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton (805) 238-0725 1-888-DAM-FINE www.castorocellars.com

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The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a Frenchman named Aldolf Siot, who later sold the successful winery to Joe Rotta in 1908. In the 1920s, Joe Rotta then sold it to his brother, Clement Rotta, who bonded the winery after Prohibition. This forged the name Rotta into winemaking history as one the best known wineries on the Central Coast for its hearty Zinfandel. Today, the Rotta label and winery are being revived by one of their grandsons, Michael Giubbini, who remembers working in the vineyards as a child, driving a tractor and tending the vineyards. In 1990, Giubbini undertook the task of replanting some of the forsaken vines in the old family vineyard to Zinfandel. The short, stocky vines, with gnarled arms extending outward, show their age and years of stressed growth. Mike remembers pruning the vineyards (head pruned) and has continued this viticultural technique for the Zinfandel to date. Dry Farming, is the only way to go out here, describes Mikes belief on irrigation. He feels stressing the vine produces the best quality, and obviously reduces the yield. The 20 acres of the Estate vineyard are planted with 15 acres to Zinfandel and five acres to Cabernet Sauvignon. Until 2002, the grapes were sold (but the label was vineyard designated as Giubbini Vineyards) to Castoro Cellars. The vineyard designation for Giubbini Vineyards is a well known name, and will remain so for many years.

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trinity(Bordeaux Blend), Ros, Muscat, Port & Sherry (dessert wines) FUN FACT Rotta Winery is the oldest and still family-owned winery on the Central Coast! Also, its one of the only wineries on the Central Coast that makes Sherry with the Black Monukka grape! ABOUT THE VINES The Zinfandel vines are a mixture of vines which range in age from 30 to 60 years old. They aredry landwhich means they only get water from Mother Nature. The roots of these old vines go down 20 to 30 feet pulling moisture and nutrients out of the shale and limestone soil. The vines are alsohead pruned, which produces a much fruitier berry but at a very reduced yield. When you combine these characteristics together, you get a glass of wine that you will never forget. Ask about Rotta Winerys Wine Club, its always a great deal!

Rotta Winery
Open 7 days a week 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 250 Winery Road, Templeton (805) 237-0510 www.rottawinery.com

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While quite centrally located, the road to Croad Vineyards certainly seems off the beaten path. Its surrounded by hundred-year-old oaks covered in Spanish moss, so prominent on the Westside of Paso Robles. Scattered between these giants are olive trees and native flora such as lavender and orange poppy. Opportunely situated in the heart of the Templeton gap, Croad Vineyards 20 acres of vines are planted predominantly with Zinfandel and Rhne varietals such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. The soils here are calcareous, the microclimate ideal and the views are incredible. Here youll taste awardwinning, old-world Zinfandels alongside full-bodied Rhne blends. Upon arriving at the tasting room, a sense of Kia Ora is pressed immediately upon you. Kia Ora is a friendly greeting meaning welcome in the native New Zealand language of Maori. Owner and winemaker Martin Croad hails from down under. Any guest may have a sense for that fact before even entering the tasting room. The building, on the other hand, is styled after California Missions with beautiful arches and rich earth tones. Tasters can enjoy wine in the elegantly understated main tasting room or numerous outside seating areas. The most notable areas to hang are on the upper balcony or lower fountain patio. Both boast incredible views of the famed Templeton gap and rolling vineyards beyond. There is bountiful seating for all guests to enjoy a flight or glass of wine alongside a homemade picnic. This stop is well worth taking the road less travelled. By Brette Ann Womack

VARIETALS Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier VISIT Drive on up for a Down Under experience with genuine Kiwi hospitality. Enjoy award-winning wines with the smell of New Zealandbangers on the barbie. Your $5 tasting fee is waived with a two-bottle purchase. ENJOY! Thursday-Monday, Croad oersKiwi hourbetween 2 and 3 p.m. which allows guests to enjoy a glass of any wine on the menu for 50% o. Regularly priced from $8-10 per glass. PRIVATE EVENTS Looking for a gorgeous location for your intimate special event? Contact Croad to inquire about using their magical property for an extraordinary experience.

Croad Vineyards
Open Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3550 Vinedo Robles Lane, Paso Robles www.croadvineyards.com (805) 226-9899 wine@croadvineyards.com Follow Croad Vineyards on Facebook

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Upon pulling into 5620 Vineyard Drive, the sensation of true Westside Paso Robles is all around. Plum trees, olive trees and estate vineyards guide the way to the tasting room. Inside, local artwork and artisan products line the walls and shelves. The most compelling merchandise is of course the delectable Jada Vineyards wines. Visiting the tasting room is always a fantastic experience. The hospitality staff is exceptionally friendly and informative. The flight of Jada wines which may include a variety ranging from the Rhne white blend, XCV, to the Bordeaux red blend, Jack of Hearts is a treat in itself. Each bottle of Jada wine is treasured as a special reserve as their wine production totals 2500 cases per year. Guests are also encouraged to taste Jadas Tuscan-style olive oil which is made from the olive trees that grow on the property. Jada wines come from their estate vineyards which were planted in 1999 by cardiac surgeon and his wife, Jack and Robyn Messina. The property has the perfect Templeton gap terroir coastal air, clay loam, calcareous and limestone soils for the Bordeaux and Rhne varieties which are planted there. We are a winemakers paradise, boasts winemaker, Scott Hawley, with 11 different varieties of grapes grown on the estate, all of which are used in the blends for which we have become known. After harvest, usually around late October or early November, the wines are fermented and aged onsite at their state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery. Its effortless to enjoy these estate wines in the tasting room, with the hospitable tasting room personalities; or on their patio balcony with your own picnic lunch. This patio boasts unbelievable views of the Westside of Paso Robles. Visit year round, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. By Brette Ann Womack

VARIETALS Rhone white and red blends, ros, Bordeaux red blends, Syrah ACCOLADES 2006 Hells Kitchen, Gold San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2006 Mirror, Gold San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2008 Hells Kitchen, Silver 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2008 Jack of Hearts, Silver 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition UNIQUE JADA EXPERIENCES (call for details) Private wine and cheese pairings Tours of the vineyard and winery Summer Twilight Tasting Series: 3 course pairing

Jada Vineyards & Winery


Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5620 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles (805) 226-4200 www.jadavineyard.com info@jadavineyard.com Facebook.com/jada-vineyard-winery

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DINING Artisan Arguably the most renowned restaurant on the Central Coast. Chef Kobayashi supports local farmers and ranchers when developing the American Bistro menu which is continuously changing with the seasons. 1401 Park Street, Paso Robles 805-237-8084, www.artisanpasorobles.com Bistro Laurent The restaurant offers a touch of France in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles. Featuring an exquisite menu and certified sommelier onsite to assist guests with their wine selection. 202 Pine Street, Paso Robles 805-226-8191, www.bistrolaurent.com Cass Caf Located inside Cass Winery, nestled in the backroads of the Eastside, the Cass Caf offers lunch daily which includes wine tasting. 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles 805-227-2888, www.casswines.com Thomas Hill Organics Opened by farmers, Debbie & Joe Thomas, THO uses their organic farm fresh ingredients in the menu which truly embodies the flavors of Paso Robles. An extensive selection of local wines is available by the glass and bottle. 1305 Park Street, Paso Robles 805-226-5888, www.thomashillorganics.com Villa Creek Chef Tom Fundaro offers an early California uisine menu featuring fresh and local ingredients. The bar is a popular spot for the locals, and offers signature cocktails for unwinding after a long day of wine tasting. 1144 Pine Street, Paso Robles 805-238-3000, www.villacreek.com LODGING Hotel Cheval This boutique luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Relax at the Pony Club bar or around the fire pits in the outdoor lounge area. 1021 Pine Street Paso Robles 866-522-6999, www.hotelcheval.com Adelaide Inn Conveniently located at the start of 46 East. Ofers comfortable accommodations at a superb value. 1215 Ysabel Avenue, Paso Robles 800-549-PASO (7276), www.adelaideinn.com Wine Country RV Resort Traveling by RV? There is no better place to park than here; enjoy the pools, restrooms, kitchens, laundry facility and so much more! 2500 Airport Road, Paso Robles 805-238-4560, www.winecountryrvresort.com ATTRACTIONS Estrella Warbird Museum The museum restores and preserves military aircraft and memorabilia; its open Thursday-Sunday. 4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles 805-238-3897, www.ewarbirds.com

The Eastside of Paso Robles is easily accessible from Highway 101, and 46 East by way of I-5 and Highway 41. Dozens of wineries line the way into Paso Robles, and while each has unique wines, they all have warm and friendly hospitality to welcome guests to the beautiful wine country. Guests can immediately feel the microclimate of the Eastside. Summer days can reach unbearably hot temperatures, but inevitably each evening cools down to a perfect crisp 50-60 degrees. These extreme swings in temperature during the growing season are ideal for the Rhne and Bordeaux varieties grown in the region. Hunter Ranch Golf Course Located in the heart of the Eastside wine country, this course is perfect for a casual game while youre visiting. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. 4041 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles (805) 237-7444, www.hunterranchgolf.com Ravine Water Park Perfect attraction for kids and adults during the hot summer days. Open all summer long. 2301 Airport Road, Paso Robles 805-237-8500, www.ravinewaterpark.com Vineyard Antique Mall Greg and Jeanine Cantrell have an incredible selection of indoor and outdoor collectables. The 10,000 square foot mall is open daily. 2320 Ramada Drive, # A, Paso Robles (805) 237-4012
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Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery is a family run winery featuring wines from their estate vineyard. The vineyard and tasting room is located at the junction of El Pomar Drive and South El Pomar Road, in the El Pomar District of the Paso Robles. The rustic, country tasting room, surrounded by the wellcared-for vines, takes you back in time. The welcoming picnic area beckons with colorful flowers and trees. It is easy to see why, generation after generation, the family has stayed in the area. The Merrill Familys agricultural heritage and grape-growing history dates back at least eight generations on Californias Central Coast. After nearly 30 years of growing grapes for many of the finest wineries in California, ranging from ultra premium small producers to the largest international brands, the Merrills decided to produce their own wines. Today Dana and Marsha Merrill and son, Matthew farm the vineyards, while Matthews winemaking is complemented by winemaker, Kevin Riley. In addition to harvesting fruit from the family vineyards, blocks of grapes from Santa Barbara and Monterey counties are selected from vineyards managed by a sister firm, Mesa Vineyard Management, Inc. All wines produced are exclusively farmed by the Merrills who believe that control from planting and pruning through harvest, fermentation and cellaring is critical for success. Taste through the offering with their friendly staff to experience the familys commitment to producing high quality wines. By Lisa Pretty

VARIETALS The winery produces Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Nior, Syrah in addition to a number of fun blends. FUN FACT Marsha Merrills grandfather, George Grigg, was a longtime Southern Pacic Engineer. To honor that heritage, the Merrills have relocated a boxcar and cupola Caboose adjacent to the tasting room. SIP CERTIFICATION The family is very committed to sustainable farming. Dana Merrill was among the founding members of the Central Coast Vineyard Team who created the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certication program. They are very proud to have SIP Certication for not only the vineyards but also the wines. TRAIN WRECK FRIDAYS The Merrills know how to throw a party join them for Train Wreck Fridays each month to enjoy BBQ, live music and wine. Be sure to visit the website to nd other fun events oered throughout the year.

Pomar Junction
VINEYARD AND WINERY Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5036 S. EL Pomar Road, Templeton (805) 238-9940 www.pomarjunction.com Look for them on Facebook & Twitter

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Since 1997, Darren and Angela have been committed to making small lots of premium handcrafted wines from their family owned estate vineyard and winery proudly located in the rolling hills east of Paso Robles on the Huerhuero creek. They believe it starts by attentively cultivating quality wine in the vineyard where they care for Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvdre, Grenache, and Portuguese grape varietals Tinto Cao and Touriga Nacional. Nestled amongst the vines you will find the relaxing tasting room with a patio to enjoy the views. In addition to the estate grown wines you will also find some other fun varietals on the tasting list including Roussanne, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo. Paso Robles has a great reputation for producing Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre (GSM) blends and Mitchella makes two exceptional ones. The playfulness of the wine is depicted in the name with the 2008 Shameless and 2009 Cheap Bastard. If you are looking for a great value wine, Cheap Bastard retails for just $15 per bottle. For those with a sweet tooth you will not want to miss the Mitchella line of port-style wine. They have a Riportella Bianco which is their first white port-style wine, a tawny that is made from multiple vintages as well as single vintage offerings. With the Tinto Cao and Touriga grapes grown on the property they are able to make a true Portuguese style dessert wine. The small production makes these wines a little hard to find so be sure to stop by the tasting room to meet the family, taste the wines and understand why they all say Life is an Adventure, Drink Wine.

GREETERS Be sure to say hello to the ocial Mitchella greeters wine dogs Bob and Hailey. FUN FACT The Huerhuero Creek brings morning fog and cooling afternoon winds to the vineyard for perfect growing conditions. FAMILY FOCUS Darren was born and raised on the property, today his and Angelas daughter, Rebecca represents the third generation. The family heritage is embodied in both the Mitchella and Riportella names.

Mitchella Vineyard & Winery


Open Thursday-Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. 2525 Mitchell Ranch Way, Paso Robles (805) 239-8555 Email: info@mitchella.com www.mitchella.com Become a fan of Mitchellas on Facebook and follow them on Twitter: @MitchellaWine

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Discover the essence of Paso Robles with a visit to the Robert Hall Winery Hospitality Center. Located at the eastern gateway to Paso Robles Wine Country, the winery has become a destination for wine enthusiasts. Featuring more than 300-acres of Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified vineyards, the center includes a state-of-the art winery and a special events venue. Educational tours are available daily and include a visit to the winerys underground wine caverns which span an impressive 19,000 square feet. After barrel sampling, guests journey through the winery to view the winemaking process in action, before continuing into the tasting room. The winery features two regulation bocce ball courts and a garden terrace, providing the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine on a summer day. Known for their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Hall Winery also has an expansive selection of Rhne wines. With terroir and climate similar to the Rhne Valley, the Rhne fruit thrives on the Hall Ranch, enjoying the hot summer days and cool marine-influenced nights. Enjoy a taste of the Viognier or the newly released Grenache Blanc. Known for its green apple and citrus aromas, the Grenache Blanc is a refreshing treat of crisp, stone fruit flavors. Looking for a perfect BBQ wine? Try the Rhne de Robles a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut and Counoise or its big brother the Pape de Robles blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre. Both are sure to please and are a perfect complement to summer gatherings. By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues

WINES Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Grenache, Rhne de Robles, Syrah, Pape de Robles, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage and Vintage Port. GOLDEN STATE WINERY Robert Hall Winery recently received the California State Fair Wine Competitions prestigiousGolden State Winery award. Selected from 3,000 wines entered by more than 600 wineries, this is a first-time honor for a Central Coast winery. Drop by the tasting room to check out the life-size Golden Bear trophy! SUMMER EVENTS There is always an event planned at Robert Hall Winery. Pick a date and join them for their SummerConcerts in the Vineson Sunday afternoons or aMovie Under the Starson Friday nights. The annualIndependence Celebrationwill be held on July 4th with BBQ and live music stick around after the music to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display in the Paso Robles city skyline.

Robert Hall Winery


Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3443 Mill Road / Hwy 46 East, Paso Robles (805) 239-1616 www.roberthallwinery.com Facebook: Robert Hall Winery Twitter: RobertHallWine

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Proprietor Hans Nef and managing partner Hans-R. Michel bring their Swiss heritage to Californias Central Coast, where they aim to unite the best of both the old and new worlds. This Swiss team has built a stylistic bridge merging the finesse of European wine and the bold flavors of the estate grown Paso Robles grapes. Sourcing fruit from their five estate vineyards located on both the east and west side of Paso Robles Wine Country, the winery is able to take advantage of the diverse growing conditions to create standalone varietals and unconventional blends with distinctive character. In 2007, the 14,000-square-foot Vina Robles Hospitality Center opened just off of Highway 46 East on Mill Road in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country. Once again the old world meets the new with classic Mission-style design and modern European elegance. The hospitality center includes several event facilities, a gallery, a large marketplace with artisan foods, gourmet gifts and imported Swiss products. At the very heart of the center is the tasting room with vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and large windows for visitors to enjoy the views while tasting estate wines. Vina Robles is the ideal location to enjoy a picnic or host a party. The multiple outdoor and indoor venues make it possible to host intimate gatherings as well as large functions alike. The event staff will be happy to assist you to create personalized options to make your dream event a reality. By Lisa Pretty

TASTING OPTIONS Visitors can taste three featured wines at no charge. TheEstate Tastingincludes Vina Roblesmain estate wines for $7 and a souvenir logo-glass to take home. TheReserve Tasting Cuve Collectionfeatures the winerys limited-production red blends for a fee of $10, logo-glass included. These same wines can be enjoyed with ne artisan cheese for an additional fee of $5. ART GALLERY The hospitality center includes a 1,800-square-foot gallery featuring rotating exhibits from a variety of accomplished local artists. Most works are also available for purchase. EVENTS: Every other Saturday the winery oers live music from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy as you sip your wine. Throughout the year a wide variety of events are oered at the hospitality center including concerts, winemaker dinners, holiday celebrations and wine appreciation seminars. Check the on-line calendar for details.

Vina Robles Winery


Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. winter) 3700 Mill Road, Paso Robles (805) 227-4812 www.vinarobles.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/vinarobleswinery Twitter: @vinarobles Blog: vinarobles.tumblr.com

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Perched on a hilltop surrounded by 60-acres of estate vineyard land, Eberle Winery is one of the most popular stops during a wine tasting adventure in Paso Robles. In addition to the spacious tasting room with a large gift shop and complimentary wine tasting, the facility also includes underground caves, an expansive vineyard deck, bocce ball courts, the Wild Boar event room with commercial kitchen and plenty of places to have a picnic lunch while enjoying the vineyard views. Inside the tasting room guests have the opportunity to taste the Eberle wines that continue to be top award winners. Made from the estate grapes, Gary Eberle and winemaker Ben Mayo handcraft each of the wines for the 27,000 case production. On the tasting list you will find Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat Canelli, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Barbera. There are also a few delicious blends including Cotesdu-Robles Blanc, Full Boar Red and Cotes-du-Robles. Gary is known to be a Cabernet man so when he and his wife Marcy got together to make a limited production Cabernet named Love & Kisses you know you are in for a treat. A small amount of the 2007 Love & Kisses is still available. Although Eberle has grown in production over the years, the winery still has a warmth and family feel. On most visits to the tasting room you will find the Eberle standard poodles, Cabernet and Roussanne, wandering the tasting room for a little well deserved attention. Eberle welcomes families and four-legged friends for an enjoyable experience. By Lisa Pretty

THE BOAR The German nameEberletranslates to small boar. At Eberle Winery, a bronze boar greets every guest who visits the tasting room. FUN FACT Gary Eberle was the rst person to create a 100% Syrah in the United States there is now an Estrella clone named after him. 33 YEARS As one of the rst wineries in the Paso Robles area, Eberle has been delivering award-winning wines for 33 years. When he rst started there were only a handful of wineries, today there are more than 200. TOUR THE CAVE Tours are oered each day so you can explore the 16,000 square feet of underground caves located below the winery. Take the tour and see why it was rated as one of the best tours by Wine Spectator.

Eberle Winery
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. winter) 3810 East Highway 46, Paso Robles (805) 238-9607 Email: tastingroom@eberlewinery.com www.eberlewinery.com Follow on Eberle Winery on Facebook & Twitter.

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Le Vigne Winery is located just two miles off of Highway 46 East in Paso Robles. The bright spacious tasting room is located at the winery surrounded by estate vineyards. This is a perfect mid-day stop with several options available for picnicking including a covered patio, a large outdoor wine park and even a set of Pullman Train cars. The tasting rooms gift shop is well known for its incredible selection of gourmet foods including international cheeses, freshly baked baguettes, panini sandwiches and sliced meats. Whether you pack your own or purchase from the gourmet gift area, the picnic can be enjoyed with Le Vigne wines by the glass or bottle. The tasting experience at Le Vigne should not be missed. The tasting room staff offer a warm welcome along with a range of different wine tasting experiences. Tastings are available daily of the limited production wines on the Le Vigne label and the Kiara Reserve wines. The ultimate way to taste wine is with food. Two different gourmet offerings are available: one is a wine & cheese pairing while the other is a wine & chocolate pairing. The selection of wine and gourmet items changes often and are always expertly matched. The winery offers three different brands (the limited production Le Vigne, the premium Kiara and the reasonably priced Sylvester) with an array of diverse wines. They offer several blends, a non-vintage sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Syrah and Moscato. With so many options you will have to visit often to try them all. By Lisa Pretty

FUN FACT The nameLe Vigneis Italian and means The Vineyard. With his Italian heritage, winery owner Walter Filippini takes tradition and old world processes very much to heart. CONCERTS & EVENTS Le Vignes park-like setting, surrounded by vines, is the perfect place to relax while listening to music. Check the event listings on the winerys website and plan a fun evening out. The winery often has a BBQ or other gourmet food oered as part of the event. VIP TOUR Private VIP tours can be booked with two weeks advance notice and include a full facility tour, private barrel tasting and gourmet cheese pairing aboard the 1947 Pullman train cars. $25/person or $10/member.

Le Vigne Winery
Open Daily Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 5115 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles (805) 227-4000 1-800-891-6055 info@levignewinery.com www.levignewinery.com Follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

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Foxen Canyon/Sta Maria


The hit motion picture, Sideways, put the Santa Maria Valley viticultural appellation, including the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, on the map in 2004. Following the picturesque winding roads of Tepesquet and Foxen Canyon will lead you to world-class wineries by way of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. In the more northern region of the appellation, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign due to the maritime climate. This ensures a long temperate growing season which the Burgundian varietals crave. In the southern region of the appellation, the trail moves a bit east resulting in hotter days and cooler nights. Bordeaux and Rhne varieties flourish in this more extreme climate. The wineries in this region boast a concentration of Californias most well known winemakers; join them year round in the tasting rooms or at the many weekend events. DINING Brothers Restaurant at Matteis Tavern The spirit of the old west is alive in Matteis Tavern. Brothers Matt & Je Nichols, prepare food to be enjoyed with friends, family and of course the local wine. 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos 805-688-4820, www.matteistavern.com Full of Life Flatbread Open for dinner on the weekends, each flatbread pizza is made with the finest ingredients, sourced from local farmers and ranchers. 225 West Bell Street, Los Alamos 805-344-4400, www.fulloflifefoods.com Trattoria Uliveto Chef Alfonso Curti offers an excellent menu consisting of authentic Italian dishes which pair beautifully with the numerous local and international wines available at the restaurant. 285 S. Broadway, Old Orcutt 805-934-4546, www.trattoriauliveto.com LODGING Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa Located in the heart of downtown Los Olivos, this resort offers world class dining and spa services. Less than a mile from the start of the Foxen Canyon Trail. 2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 800-446-2455, www.fessparker.com The Victorian Mansion Six themed suites fill the mansion, located just off Highway 101. Unique and mysterious embellishments, including a hidden bathroom and spiral staircases, give the 1864 home its charm. 326 Bell Street, Los Alamos 805-344-1300, www.thevick.com Zaca Lake Retreat 19 unique cabins are available for families to rent. Many include full kitchens and lake views. Private and tranquil setting conveniently located just east of the Foxen Canyon Trail. 8000 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos 805-688-5699, www.zacalakeretreat.com Santa Maria Inn Since 1917, the Inn has offered Central Coast visitors a central location to explore the wineries and eateries of the area. Deluxe rooms and luxury suites available. 801 South Broadway, Santa Maria 805-928-7777, www.santamariainn.com ATTRACTIONS Horseback Riding Take a tour of the breathtaking Fess Parker property by horseback. Tours last 90 minutes and participants can decide to include lunch and wine tasting. www.vinovaqueros.com PCPA Theaterfest Professional theater shows occur year round. Past shows include, Hairspray, Peter Pan, Pride & Prejudice and many more. 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria 805-922-8313, www.pcpa.org

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When Gold Coast Farms first started growing fruit and vegetables on the Central Coast in the late 1970s, they never dreamed that their portfolio of strawberries, broccoli, cilantro, spinach, cauliflower and sweet corn would one day also include wine. But thats exactly what happened in 1989, when owners Ron Burk and Bob Expinola realized that their 20-acre property on Foxen Canyon Road, with its well-drained, sandy loam soil, was poor for vegetable growth, but perfect for wine grapes. So they planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and thus Costa De Oro Vineyard and Winery was born. The very name, Costa De Oro means Gold Coast in Spanish, and is a reference to the rich Spanish heritage of the area, while the swirls on every wine label offer a representation of the different factors that help create their unique wines: the sun, the terroir and the waves of the ocean that help bring the wind to keep the area cool. All of these factors equate to perfect growing conditions for the fickly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Winemaker Gary Burk uses old-world winemaking techniques and new-world growing practices in order to exemplify the unique flavors of their Gold Coast Vineyard as well as the grapes themselves in order to produce wines with beautiful balance and complexity. All travelers along the 101 freeway will not be able to miss the Costa De Oro tasting room in Santa Maria, as it was the location of the original Gold Coast Farms strawberry stand. The tasting room offers the perfect place to enjoy these unique and handcrafted wines. But dont take my word for it; the proof is in each bottle. By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Ros, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon ACCLAIM Costa De Oro is known for producing award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with the accolades accompanying those wines including high ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine and Wine Spectator magazine, as well as many gold and double gold medal winners. FUN FACT The Summer Concert Series features live music every other Saturday from 6-8pm. Check the website for the upcoming schedule. Also every Friday night from 5-8pm, come celebrate Friday Wine Down at the tasting room and enjoy live music, wine by the glass and cheese plates. This is the perfect way to kick o your weekend! DONT MISS Visitors will often have a chance to meet winemaker, Gary Burk, and his wife Teresa at the tasting room on Friday nights during the Wine Down. Gary has been the winemaker since Costa De Oros beginnings, and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge.

Costa De Oro Winery


Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 1331 S. Nicholson Avenue, Santa Maria (805) 922-1468 www.cdowinery.com Follow Costa De Oro Winery on Facebook Follow @CDOwinery on Twitter

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Tres Hermanas Vineyard & Winery was founded in 2001 by Marvin and Paulette Teixeira with the planting of a small vineyard on their family owned cattle ranch. The ranch is still the headquarters for the family cattle operation, but wine is now part of the equation. Part of the allure of visiting is the magnificent huge 300-year-old oak tree out front, and that the property is postcard perfect. There are a lot of wine country weddings here too, in part because the front lawn is perfectly manicured and is surrounded by oak trees and roses with views to the Syrah vines on the property. The mountains form an ideal backdrop and at dusk the stars illuminate the sky and youll swear it cant get any better than this. The 1940s barn has been converted and restored into a tasting room and the wood cross beams on the ceiling and wood bar give it a homey, ranch feel. Theres also plenty of room inside to hold your own private indoor functions. A classic mechanical horse, emblazoned with the words Ride the Champion, is the first thing you see when you walk into the room and for 25 cents, you can ride like a kid while listening to the theme of Bonanza. Their wine label is a picture of the barn that exhibits the JT cattle brand, which was Marvins fathers brand used to identify cattle. Tres Hermanas, which means the Three Sisters, was named for their three daughters, Stacey, Tracey and Marcey. There are also diverse gift items and, best of all, a reasonably priced lineup of wines. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Fum Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Malvasia Bianca, Syrah, Barbera, Merlot, Refosco OUTDOORS Located on the famed Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, the property is also idea for weddings and events, such as corporate parties and even private parties. With more than 24,000 square feet of lawn space, they can accommodate most any size group. They have a built-in illuminated dance oor as well. FUN FACT Tres Hermanas is well-known for producing a number of dierent Italian varietals including Barbera, Sangiovese and the very esoteric and hard to nd Refosco. NOTE They are currently oering a great special called Pick 6 for $66. Pick from a selected list of wines and walk out with 6 bottles of wine for only $66.

Tres Hermanas
Tasting Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9660 Foxen Canyon Road, Santa Maria (805) 937-8451 www.treshermanaswinery.com Follow Tres Hermanas on Facebook

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As the first-ever estate winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, Firestone Vineyard & Winery is certainly the best place to come for a taste of both the history of winemaking in Santa Ynez Valley as well as the wines that the Firestone family has been dedicated to cultivating for more than thirty years. When Leonard and Brooks Firestone began their winery in 1972, the belief that the Santa Ynez Valley could grow, let alone produce, world-class wines was a belief shared by a select few. Luckily for us, the Firestone family vision still continues to thrive today at their newly renovated tasting room located on a breathtaking 400-acre property. Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Foxen Canyon wine trail, Firestone Winery offers tastings of their flagship Bordeaux and Rhne-style wines that exemplify the unique terroir of their estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and of course Syrah. You also wont want to miss a taste of The Ambassador, a Bordeaux-style blend of the best barrels in the cellar named in honor of Leonard Firestone, who was a former US Ambassador to Belgium. Make sure to catch one of the complimentary tours offered daily, which will take you on a journey that starts at a real cork tree and continues throughout the vineyards and barrel room, finishing in the historical room with a look at the history of the Firestone family. Whether visiting for your first or fiftieth time, Firestone Winerys commitment to sharing their history and dedication to quality winemaking is sure to leave you with a lingering finish that will keep you coming back for more. By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Reisling, Gewrtztraminer ACCLAIM The Lineage Chairman Series is a blend created by handpicking the best fruit from each block of vines throughout the vineyard. Every year the blend changes depending on the fruit picked, creating a wine with rich, fruit avors and a long, velvety nish. FUN FACT Winemaker Paul Warson lives on the property with his family and often frequents the winery and tasting room sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with guests. DONT MISS The free concert series in the vineyards on the rst Friday of every month. Bring the entire family (pets are welcome, too!) from 6-9pm and enjoy wine and snacks in the tasting room or feel free to bring your own picnic. The nal show will be on Friday, September 2.

Firestone Vineyard & Winery


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DINING Petros Located within the beautiful Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, Petros offers a California-Hellenic cuisine with menu selections such as Moussaka and Fish of the Day a la Grecque. Even after a long day of wine tasting, your palate will be quite entertained. 2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 805-686-5455, www.fessparker.com/restaurant Los Olivos Caf A Wine Spectator Best Restaurant Wines winner since 2007, Los Olivos Caf offers a local, organic and sustainable taste of the Central Coast. Outdoor patio seating available. 2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com
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Santa Ynez is home to several of the most renowned Santa Barbara County wineries. Its ideal viticultural microclimate, with warm days and cooler nights, produces an extensive variety of wines. These bottlings include representation from wine origins around the world such as the Rhne Valley, Bordeaux and central Italy. Nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is the tiny town of Los Olivos. There are more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance on and around Grand Avenue, each unique and delicious. In between these tasting rooms are world-class restaurants and artisan gift shops. The climate is moderate year round and there is not an off season in this area. However, in autumn, the Santa Ynez Valley offers near perfect weather and breathtaking views of multi-colored vineyards. LODGING Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa Located in the heart of downtown Los Olivos, this resort offers world-class dining and spa services. 2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 800-446-2455, www.fessparker.com The Ballard Inn The township of Ballard is home to this quaint 15room inn. Only a few minutes drive to the wineries of Santa Ynez, this is a lovely private residence to call home while youre visiting the area. 2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard 805-688-7770, www.ballardinn.com Santa Ynez Inn This Victorian-style Inn offers luxury accommodations just 3 miles outside of Los Olivos. Full gourmet breakfast and evening wine tasting and hors doeuvres are included with your stay. 3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez 805-688-5588, www.santaynezinn.com ACTIVITIES Clairmont Farms - Lavendar Farm A family owned Grosso lavender farm which offers essential lavender oils, soaps and other lavender products for sale. 2480 Roblar Avenue, Los Olivos 805-688-7505, www.clairmontfarms.com Windhaven Glider Rides A glider ride is an incredible way to view the vineyards and rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley. Available on weekends. Santa Ynez Airport 805-688-2517, www.gliderrides.com Chumash Casino Polish off a day of wine tasting with Blackjack, Roulette or Texas Hold Em! Big name acts perform in the Samala showroom year round. 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez 800-CHUMASH, www.chumashcasino.com Rancho San Marcos Golf Course Golfers can play year round on Ranch San Marcos 300 acres with views of Lake Cachuma. The course is named one of Golf Digests Places to Play. 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara 805-683-6334, www.rsm1804.com

The Ballard Inn & Restaurant The quaint restaurant inside the historic inn, has only 12 tables ensuring an intimate dining experience. Chef Budi Kazali uses farm fresh ingredients in his French-Asian cuisine. 2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard 805-688-7770 www.ballardinn.com/restaurant Trattoria Grappolo Supporting local farmers with their authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner most days. A large outdoor dining area is perfect for the warm summer nights. 3687 Sagunto St # C, Santa Ynez 805-688-6899, www.trattoriagrappolo.com

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Over the last 30 years, Qup owner Bob Lindquist has achieved a sort of legendary status in the wine world. Lindquist has been involved in the Santa Barbara County wine industry since its beginnings as a modern wine region in the mid 1970s and was an early advocate of growing Rhne grapes in the region, focusing specifically on Syrah. In 1982, Lindquist started Qup winery and today, he continues to help increase recognition of the region world-wide through production of his Rhne-style wines. The name Qup comes from the local Chumash Indian word for poppy, as it seemed only fitting to pay homage to the original cultivators of the land. Lindquist wanted to convey his dedication to growing and producing local wines, and so chose the iconic California poppy to represent his brand. Each Qup label is graced by yet another poppy. One of which was originally a quilt design by the craftsman-era artist Gustav Stickley. The focus of the Qup wines has always been on producing wines that exhibit the unique flavors of both the terroir and the grape varieties, which is why he chose to source from the world-renowned Bien Nacido Vineyard. In 2002, Lindquist and his wife Louisa purchased an 80-acre property in Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo, and are growing both French and Spanish-style grapes biodynamically. A visit to the Qup tasting room in Los Olivos will quickly reveal that winemaking runs in the Lindquist family. Visitors will often be greeted by Bobs daughter Paige, who manages the tasting room, or taste the Verdad and Ethan wines, made by Bobs wife and son, respectively. Youre sure to feel like one of the family too before you leave! By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS: Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah ACCLAIM: Qup is known for accomplishing quite a fewrstsin Santa Barbara County, including the rst producer of Syrah in 1982, Viognier in 1989, as well as the rst Rhnestyle blend calledLos Olivos Cuvein 1988. Qup also lays claim to producing the rst Marsanne in California in 1987. Qup was also named one of the top 100 wineries in America for eight of the last nine years. FUN FACT: When visiting Qup, you will also have the opportunity to taste Verdad and Ethan wines. Verdad is owned by Bobs wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, and her focus is on creating Spanish-style wines, while Ethan Wines are made by Bobs son Ethan Lindquist, who focuses on creating Sangiovese and Rhne-style wines. DONT MISS: The Qup winery is located on the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria and is not open to the public except for the day after the Vintners Festival in the spring and the day after the Harvest Festival in the fall.

Qup
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2963 Grand Avenue, Suite B. Los Olivos (805) 686-4200 www.qupe.com tastingroom@qupe.com Follow Qup and Verdad Wines

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The term, one of a kind comes to mind when describing Coghlan. With its tasting room in a refurbished Victorian home in Los Olivos, hand-crafted jewelry made by the owners and an array of wines to enjoy, one cannot help but to be inspired in the surroundings. Husband and wife team Eric and Samantha Coghlan, met while studying at Gemological Institute of America. Eric, a third-generation jeweler, and Samantha, a tremendously talented craftswoman (she started her first jewelry line at sixteen), see the wine and jewelry industries as very similar. Samantha explains, My husband is a huge fan of minerals and gemstone specimens, we look at the wine industry as a type of a parallel to the jewelry industry. You take something the earth gives you and then you facet it into a desirable finished product. We do this with wine grapes as well as with the gemstones that the earth provides us with. Visitors can taste wine, browse jewelry, play bocce ball in the yard and enjoy the nostalgic nature of the home, which boasts a rich history. The Coghlans were happy to maintain the integrity of the Sears kit home built in the late 1890s, formerly owned by the Whitmore family, long-time influencers in the Los Olivos art community. Eric and Samantha are constantly creating unique pieces on display in the house. At Coghlan, wines and jewelry will continue to proliferate the arts in the area. By Brandi Stansbury

CURRENT VINTAGES 2009 and 2010 Grenache Blanc 2009 Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2009 La Encantada Pinot Noir (Look for a proprietary blend, Cabernet and new Pinot vintages in the fall) THE VINEYARD Coghlans estate vineyard in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley is in the midst of being certied organic. They began to farm organically this year to respect the environment as well as provide a toxic free landscape for their children and dogs. INSPIRED ACTIVITY Sip wine and see your own custom jewelry ideas come to life, or have beloved heirlooms repaired.

Coghlan Vineyard and Jewelers


Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2366 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos 1-877-344-2395 coghlanvineyard.com

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There is something for everyone on the gorgeous grounds of Bridlewood Estate Winery. From an array of varietals to try to multiple tasting options and venues, guests will find something to their liking. Bridlewoods grounds are spectacular with sweeping views of the vineyard speckled hillsides and a building that is reminiscent of an old world mission. The winery was formerly a world renowned horse facility and retains an amazing amount of rustic charm. There are various options for visitors in terms of tasting Bridlewood wines. One can do a traditional style sampling in the tasting room or enjoy an outdoor experience in the courtyard. Also available on pleasant weekend days are horsedrawn carriage rides around the estate, a feature completely exclusive to Bridlewood. For those looking for a first-hand look at the winemaking process, cellar tours can be arranged by appointment and local food pairings accompany your tour. Winemaker David Hopkins (who has made wine for more than thirty years) is fortunate to have access to choice Central Coast vineyards in which to source fruit from including Monterey County, Paso Robles, as well as Bridlewoods Santa Ynez area Estate. Its this variety and Hopkins blending talents that make Bridlewood wines distinctive, approachable and enjoyable. Bridlewood embodies the California wine experience with its stunning mission-style pastoral setting and grounds, myriad of varietals and experiential tours offered. By Brandi Stansbury

VARIETALS Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Zinfandel CELLAR TOURS Bridlewood offers cellar tours as a more intimate way to understand their wines and become acquainted with the winery. This activity is highly recommended for those interested in learning more about the winemaking process. Call (805) 688-9000 ext. 211 to set up a tour. BARREL ROOM TOURS Go beyond the tasting room counter and learn how winemaker David Hopkins crafts his artisan wines. Youll begin your tour overlooking the Bridlewood Lake and the stunning estate vineyard. Then, youll get an intimate look at the barrel room, where you can taste wine straight from the barrel. Youll learn about Central Coast winemaking and enjoy a wine and food pairing with local cuisine. Call the tasting room in advance to reserve your tour, 1-800-467-4100, ext. 216.

Bridlewood Estate Winery


Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3555 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez 1-800-467-4100 www.bridlewoodwinery.com

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When businessman and financier Bill Foley moved his family to Santa Barbara in 1994, he saw the realization of his life-long dream: to become a vintner of premier Burgundianstyle wines. Foley founded Lincourt in 1996 and named it for his two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney. Under the watchful eye of renowned winemaker Leslie Mead Renaud, the 50-acres of estate Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are farmed vine by vine, with Renaud taking the best blocks (or rows) of grapes to create each wine. Renaud also uses some of the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Foley Vineyards to create wines that are both approachable and affordable. Both Lincourt and Foley Vineyards practice sustainable farming techniques in order to ensure the highest quality of wine from grape to glass. Drawing from years of experience working for wineries throughout California, Renaud shares Foleys commitment to quality winemaking. Each wine is aged in French Oak barrels for nine to twelve months, with the focus on creating wines that exemplify the unique terroir and varietal-rich flavors. As you arrive at Lincourt, the iconic windmill that also graces each of their wine labels will greet you as you enter the old farmhouse, now their tasting room. The relaxing atmosphere and beautiful property offers something for the whole family, whether wine tasting, picnicking or enjoying a bottle as you bask in the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley. By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay ACCLAIM The Lincourt Pinot Noir from Rancho Santa Rosa is a truly tangible example of the unique terroir of Santa Barbara County and Foleys love of Pinot Noir. FUN FACT The yellow Craftsman-style house (currently housing the tasting room) was originally ordered out of a Sears and Roebuck catalogue in 1926. At that time the railroad ran along Alamo Pintado Road, and the home was delivered in pieces then carried up the hill by teams of donkeys and assembled. Now, nearly 100 years later, the home remains in much the same condition! DONT MISS Lincourt is the perfect place to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the serenity of the Santa Ynez Valley out on the veranda overlooking the vineyard. I suggest grabbing a sandwich at nearby Paninos or Los Olivos Grocery to pair with your tasting.

Lincourt Vineyards & Winery


Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1711 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang (805) 688-8554 www.lincourtwines.com lincourttr@lincourtwines.com Follow Lincourt Vineyards and Winery on Facebook

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Imagine drinking incredibly flavorful and distinctive wines you cant put down Imagine. Thats exactly what Lyn Dee and Ross Rankin did when they moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1994. As Lyn Dee says, to do anything significant in life, you first have to imagine Their shared love of wine led them to follow their vision of starting a small, boutique winery in Santa Ynez, a dream that brought them to source fruit from Paradise Mountain Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley and Sunny Slope Vineyard in Paso Robles, as well as several other unique Central Coast properties. With such high-quality, small-lot wines, the Rankins knew they needed a truly unique label to exemplify the wine within. Enter Pearl, the name given to the lovely nude woman on their Pearl wine labels. The object of her upward gaze is unknown to the viewer, which captured the Rankins imagination. The original painting hangs in their friends home in Malibu, and is an original Geza Kende, a Hungarian painter who worked in Hollywood in the 1940s. Kende painted portraits of many famous stars including Bella Lagose and Gloria Swanson. A visit to the downtown Santa Ynez tasting room will reveal there is much more to capture the imagination than just the delicious Imagine wines. Also a fine art gallery, they feature the modern and figurative paintings of Karina Puente, the brightly colored music and dance-themed paintings of Tera Thornton, the stone sculptures of Blake Rankin and western landscapes of Robert Karl Vogel. I imagine that just one visit to this unique Santa Ynez winery will leave you wanting more! By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Viognier, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot ACCLAIM The 2005 Paradise Mountain Syrah is the proclaimedagship wine of Imagine Wine. Tucked away o highway 154 on the highest shelf overlooking the Santa Ynez riverbed, the esteemed Syrah fruit from Paradise Mountain Vineyard gives this wine a perfect blend of dark berry aromas with hints of chocolate and pepper, as well as a gold medal from the Orange County Fair Wine Competition. FUN FACT The sculptures displayed in the tasting room are the creation of Ross and Lyn Dees son, Blake Rankin. Blake is a stone sculptor whose work focuses on presenting the human gure, sometimes boldly and other times through subtle suggestion. A new series of Imagine Wine labels feature images of Blakes sculptures. DONT MISS Imagine Winery also features the work of several ne artists of varying styles and mediums. Make sure to peruse the gallery while tasting thene artof the Imagine Wine lineup!

Imagine Wine
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3563 Numancia, Suite 103, Santa Ynez (805) 688-1769 www.imaginewine.com Email: ross@imaginewine.com Facebook: Imagine Wine and Art Gallery

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Santa Rita Hills, on Californias Central Coast, arguably produces the highest quality Pinot Noir from California. This relatively new appellation consists of only 100 acres and is located between the Pacific Ocean and the historic Danish town of Solvang. The two coastal east-west oriented valleys between the Sta. Rita Hills offer maritime climate and unique soils, which produces exceptionally concentrated flavors in the grapes from this region. Pinot Noir of the highest acclaim has been made from vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills and visitors are welcome to taste the wines in the many tasting rooms along Highway 246. This wine and food destination of the Central Coast can be visited year round and is conveniently located halfway between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Wine Valley Inn & Cottages Choose from a quaint guest room or cottage. Spa treatments are available by appointment to Inn guests and to the public. 1564 Copenhagen Dr # 105, Solvang 805-688-2111, www.winevalleyinn.com Hotel Corque The luxury boutique hotel has been recently renovated by owners, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The wine country dcor and spacious rooms keeps guests comfortable and relaxed. 400 Alisal Road, Solvang 800-624-5572, www.hotelcorque.com Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort The ultimate experience of early California is offered here. Golf, horseback riding, fine dining and relaxation. 1054 Alisal Road, Solvang 800-4ALISAL, www.alisal.com ATTRACTIONS Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co Award-winning beers from a father/son team. Tasting Room open until 9 p.m. daily. 45 Industrial Way, Buellton, CA 93427 805-694-2252, www.figmtnbrew.com Nojoqui Falls ATV Tour Year round ATV tours of the Nojoqui Falls Ranch for all ages. Tour guides discuss the history and current significance of the property. 3000 Alisal Road, Gaviota 805-765-1288, www.syvatvtours.com Solvang, CA In addition to wine tasting, activities in Solvang including dining, shopping, spa services and learning about the history of this Danish town. www.solvangusa.com River Course Golf Course Beautiful 6,830 yard golf course at Alisal Ranch. 150 Alisal Road, Solvang 805-688-6042, www.rivercourse.com Old Mission Santa Ines Founded in 1807 in the name of Saint Agnes, the mission offers river and mountain views. 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang 805-688-4815, www.missionsantaines.org La Purisma Mission State Historic Park This land, once home to Chumash people and Spanish settlers, is filled with 25 hiking trails and a beautifully restored mission. 2295 Purisma Road, Lompoc 805-733-3713, www.lapurisimamission.org DINING Avant Tapas and Wine Choose tastes of wine from a assortment of 30 different producers and pair your selection with scrumptious tapas or gourmet pizza from their wood burning oven. 35 Industrial Way, Buellton 805-686-9400, www.avantwines.com The Hitching Post II Restaurant Home of Santa Maria Style BBQ, this is the second location to the world famous Hitching Post. 406 East Highway 246, Buellton 805-688-0676, www.hitchingpost2.com Root 246 Highly acclaimed Chef Bradley Ogden has created a menu using the finest local and fresh ingredients from the Central Coast. 20 Alisal Road, Solvang 805-686-8681, www.root-246.com LODGING Hadsten House Inn & Spa Luxuriously appointed rooms in the heart of Solvang. Great packages including stay, dine and taste. 1450 Mission Drive, Solvang 805-688-3210, www.hadstenhouse.com
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Over time, the Lompoc wine ghetto, a group of thirteen wineries spread throughout an industrial complex, has become a major destination for wine connoisseurs. Palmina sits on the edge of the ghetto, produces Italian varietals and operates with a mission claiming, Palmina is more than a winery and enoteca. It is a philosophy and it is a passion. It is a strongly held belief that wine is an extension of the plate, a component of a meal and a means to bring people together. Tasting room manager Lee Lathouwers further explains the social philosophy of Palmina, This is translated in the tasting room. When you come to taste wine at Palmina you are warmly greeted by a staff member, and then immediately served with a wonderful platter that is filled with a bit a cheese, breadsticks and fresh olive oil that is made by Palmina. We strive to give you the best experience that really makes you realize that wine is an essential part of a meal. It is just as important as having a knife and fork. A great meal cannot be without a great bottle of wine, and a great bottle of wine, cannot be without a great meal. Palmina focuses on Italian varietals grown locally and owners Steve and Chrystal Clifton have storied backgrounds in the wine in the Santa Barbara County wine industry. Together, they have created a space that is more than a traditional tasting room, but celebrates the engaging social activity that wine tasting should be. Friday evenings the tasting room is open later serving wines by the glass and encouraging the sociability wine provides. By Brandi Stansbury

VARIETALS Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Malvasia Bianca, Tocai Friulano, Moscato, Barbera, Lagrein, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto ACCLAIM Palmina wines are no stranger to good press and excellent reviews. They are routinely featured in Stephen Tanzers International Wine Cellar and have garnered positive reviews by Robert Parker. SUMMER GIG Palmina wines will be featured at the San Francisco Outside Lands Festival of music in August alongside other stellar California wineries, Bay Area eateries and world renowned musicians Phish, Arcade Fire, John Fogerty, The Roots, Decemberists and many more! WINES ON TAP Palmina oers a wines on tap program selling both a white and red table blend. Tasters can buy one of two sizes and bring in the container for a rell.

Palmina
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other times by appointment 1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc (805) 735-2030 www.palminawines.com Follow Palmina on Facebook & Twitter

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Over the past fifteen years, Bill Foley has worked hard to make his name synonymous with unique and quality wines from Santa Barbara County. After the successful creation of Lincourt Winery in 1996, Foley went on to found Foley Wines in 2002, adding both Rancho Las Hermanas and Rancho Santa Rosa vineyards to his growing portfolio of high quality vineyards. Located in the heart of the famed Santa Rita Hills AVA, the temperate coastal climate, south-facing hills and limestone soils amount to the holy grail of elements for producing world-class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Foley knew he needed a winemaker who could exemplify this fruit and create wines in their likeness, and so Leslie Mead Renaud joined the team. As Chairperson for World of Pinot, Renaud is completely in her element as she farms both vineyards cluster by cluster, picking the best bunches of fruit to create each Foley wine. Foley focuses on creating wines that embody the uniqueness of the Santa Rita Hills, and hes also taken great care in creating a tasting room and event center that allows guests to enjoy being surrounded by the spectacular mountain ranges, coastal oaks and contoured hillside vines. In less than twenty years, Foley has watched his love of wine become a dream that hes been able to share with visitors from around the world. Wine Enthusiast magazines Man of the Year in 2010is an honor that only further fuels Foleys commitment to creating quality wines worth sharing. By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Syrah ACCLAIM Created from the very best blocks of Chardonnay from Courtneys Vineyard and Pinot Noir from Lindsays Vineyard, the Two Sisters wines are made in honor of Foleys two daughters Lindsay and Courtney. Each bottle seeks to embody their combined strength, intelligence and femininity, with wines that exemplify elegant bouquets and avorful palates. FUN FACT Foleys Brand Series features six dierent high-end Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, created in recognition of Bill Foleys Texas Ranger and Cattlemen relatives. Each brand represents a dierent trail taken to create these unique wines. Be the rst to taste and purchase your bottles at the Pinot Release Party on August 13. This is the only time youll be able to taste and purchase all six wines. Reservations are available online. DONT MISS Wine and cheese pairings are available every day, with prior notice only. Make your reservation online at least 48-hours in advance.

Foley Wines
Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6121 E Hwy 246, Lompoc (805) 737-6222 www.foleywines.com tastingroom@foleywines.com Follow FoleyWines on Facebook

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To be cool can be so hot these days. Morgan Clendenen has enthusiastically promoted the under appreciated Viognier grape for years. Originally a Rhne Valley white wine that has made inroads into California, in spite of being planted only in the mid-1980s, the once obscure grape might have its origins in Bosnia, which then found its way to France. That particular history however is of little importance to the feisty Clendenen. Her Cold Heaven Viogniers are often regarded as the best of the best by top sommeliers and restaurateurs across America and she has dedicated herself to this particular grape, becoming its advocate. She has been making cool-climate Viognier from Santa Barbaras coolest vineyards, weather-wise, since 1996. Our keen focus on this grape sets us apart as a champion of Viognier but also as an expert on the subject, Morgan says, and she makes up to five different iterations of Viognier depending on each vintage. In 2002 she added what she calls Viogniers brother, Pinot Noir, to her portfolio, as well a late-harvest Viognier when the weather permits the exact right conditions. We also do a bit of Syrah but are really ramping up our Pinot Noir production with the 2010 vintage being almost 50 percent of our total production. Morgans Pinots are mainly from the Santa Rita Hills, and all of her 3,000 case production is from Santa Barbara County. The U.S. is now the largest consumer of wine in the world, something that has just recently occurred, Morgan notes. People are branching out of the Chardonnay paradigm, she says. The baby boomers have taught their children the joys of wine and that wine is something even twenty-somethings are buying on a regular basis. Importantly, women are the largest segment of wine buyers in the U.S. currently. Women love Viognier and identify with women winemakers. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Late Harvest Viognier BUZZ The Wall Street Journals March, 2011 article,New and Old Worlds Meet in Decadent Viognier, called Cold Heavens Viognieroutstanding. COOL THINGS They have a giant, double-sided Buddha head disco ball that overlooks the barrels spinning 24/7. It makes more amboyant appearances during some of the parties they have at the winery. Cold Heaven is an urban winery, located just behind the famous California institution, Andersens Pea Soup, and the facility and tasting room are in the same building. FUN FACT The tasting room carries leather goods and jewelry from local artists as well as items Morgan nds on her travels to Bali, Morocco and France. The tasting bar is made from local pine, milled just for them, and they use as much local and sustainable products in their tasting room as possible.

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Open Friday through Monday 12 to 5 p.m. 92-A Second Street, Buellton (805) 686-1343 www.coldheavencellars.com Follow Morgans antics on Facebook

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When Jennifer Arant first moved to Paso Robles in 1992, she started Lions Peak with the goal of producing exceptionally fine Bordeaux, Rhne and specialty wines in small, handcrafted lots. Located in the heart of Paso Robles, the 120-acres of Lions Peak Estate Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the area, with 40-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines. In addition to using their highly lauded estate fruit, Arant also sources from several esteemed vineyards throughout the Central Coast. Drawing experience from her travels to many of the great wine regions around the world, Arant was also mentored by Robert Lawrence Balzer (35-year food and wine critic for the L.A. Times), and attended UC Davis and Cal Poly; the result is a portfolio of wines with unusual depth, range and character. Originally a professional interior designer, Arant translated her passion for the arts into the artistic label design, where every wine is personified with its own graphics and unique story. The mantra of Lions Peak is the synergy between the vineyards and Mother Nature, along with the coupling of fine wine and artistic packaging. Yet the true story is the one that is told by all who come to drink and share these unique wines with their friends and family. Each bottle shared, exemplifies the story of how, from grape to glass, wine is truly a work of art. By Carolyn Turner

VARIETALS Bordeaux/Rhne blends, Port, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Barbera, Merlot, Grenache, Viognier, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Late Harvest Viognier ACCLAIM The Bordeaux wines in the Lions Peak collection, especially the Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, have received numerous recognitions including Gold Medal and Best-of-Class accolades from competitions such as the San Francisco International Wine Competition, California State Fair, LA County Fair, New World International WineFestival and Long Beach Grand Cru. FUN FACT This summer, the Lions Peak Vineyard House will be available to rent for vacations or events! DONT MISS Theres music Friday and Saturday nights in the tasting room featuring live bands and special DJs. Lions Peak Vineyards will also be participating in the California Wine Festival as well as holding Open Houses throughout the summer.

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Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday until 10 p.m., Sundays until 9 p.m. 1659 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang (805) 693-5466 www.lionspeakwine.com Email: info@lionspeakwine.com
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DINING Bella Victorian Vineyard Winery & Bistro French Chef Gael Lecolley pairs the cuisine with Bella Victorian luxury wines. 2135 E. Ventura Blvd, Camarillo (805) 383-8800 www.bellavictorianvineyard.com Tierra Sur Restaurant, at Herzog Wine Cellars Chef Aarons specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. A prix fixe menu including wine is available. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard (805) 983-1560, www.tierrasuratherzog.com La Dolce Vita Celebrating the sweet life with Italian cuisine. 740 South B Street, Oxnard (805) 486-6878, www.theldv.com Sugar Beets California fusion cuisine, open for lunch, dinner and brunch on Sundays. 455 South A Street, Oxnard (805) 240-7777, www.sugarbeetsrestaurant.com LODGING Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort Enjoy the beach and the comfort of your own suite after your day of wine tasting. 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard (805) 984-2500, www.embassymandalay.com Ventura Beach Marriott Right on the beach; in addition to your wine tasting trip, enjoy whale watching tours and other water activities. 2055 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura (805) 643-6000, www.marriott.com/Ventura Crowne Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach Stroll down the historic pier and watch the sunset after exploring the Ventura Wine Trail. 450 E Harbor Blvd, Ventura (805) 648-2100, www.crowneplaza.com Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast A historic inn built in 1889. Hot breakfast and wine in the evenings is included with your stay. 896 East Main Street ,Ventura, (805) 641-1888 www.thevictorianrosebandb.com

No need to travel hours by train or plane to escape to wine country; residents of Southern California can get in the car and drive (often less than an hour) to Ventura County which more than 10 wineries call home. Grapes are grown locally in Camarillo, Malibu and Oxnard - in addition to being brought in from top wine growing regions all over California. The winery personnel are exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Take a day off to enjoy the cool ocean breezes and valley warmth with the wines produced in your backyard. ATTRACTIONS Heritage Square In the heart of downtown Oxnard, the square offers gardens, tours, live entertainment and wine tasting. 715 South A Street, Oxnard, (805) 483-7960 www.heritagesquareoxnard.com San Buenaventura Mission This is the 9th and last California mission. Self-guided tours available daily. 211 East Main St, Ventura, (805) 643-4318 www.sanbuenaventuramission.org Island Packers Venture to Channel Islands for hiking, whale watching, kayaking or just relaxing with a beautiful view. 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura (805) 642-1393, www.islandpackers.com Golf Courses 10 golf courses in a 20-mile radius! With so many choices, every level golfer is sure to have a wonderful time. www.venturatoday.net/golfcourses.html

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Rancho Ventavo Cellars is one of those hidden jewels which is situated a short distance from Highway 101 in downtown Oxnards Heritage Square. Here you will find yourself stepping back in time in this beautiful city block of a dozen historic homes in a park-like setting. The quaint and charming tasting room is inside a fully restored 1902 Victorian residence and from the moment you enter you will be surrounded by old-time craftsmanship and warmth that only an old home can express. The hardwood floors, leaded glass doors and windows, stamped tin ceilings, fireplace and oak paneled walls all complement the exquisite red wines. Winemaker and owners George and Faye Gilpatrick can almost always be found in the tasting room sharing their passion and hospitality. Different than most, George isnt one who believes in releasing his wines too quickly. Starting with grapes from exceptional California vineyards the red wines are typically barrel aged two years before bottling, then bottle-aged another six to 18 months before they are released. In this way you will actually taste the Rancho Ventavo Cellars philosophy: wines aged to perfection. With the intimate setting, you are invited to come relax in their tasting room, on their porch, by the fireplace or in the cozy pub room. A great place for locals and visitors alike to meet friends for a tasting, a glass of wine, or to share a bottle. George and Fayes motto is, Come for the wine, stay for the hospitality. As you will quickly find out, they are dedicated to making your visit a memorable one. Enjoy!

CURRENT RELEASES Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet/Syrah, Majecc, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Late Harvest Zinfandel ACCLAIM Received Oxnards 2010/11 Downtown Business of the Year Award and the 2010 State of California Tourisms Excellence Award. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Let RVC host your next event or function in their home, not yours. Visit the website for more information on their wines or for information on their wine club. Tasting fee $10, includes 16-oz Italian crystal logo glass. Wine tasting, sales & gift boutique Group tastings of 8 or more, call for an appointment. No limos without an appointment. Heritage Square also oers visitors, docent tours, a live 50-seat playhouse, shopping and an Italian restaurant. FUN FACT Rancho Ventavo creates a unique red blend called Majecc, so named for their six grandchildren (Michael, Alex, Jillian, Erin, Caitlen, Conner).

Rancho Ventavo Cellars


Open Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 741 SouthAStreet, Oxnard (805) 483-8084 www.rvcellars.com Follow on Facebook and Twitter

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Looks can be deceiving. If you picture most winery tasting rooms you are apt to imagine lush hillsides with trees and vines on them, maybe cattle wandering by. But at Magnavino, the first thing you see is the industrial surroundings of this hidden spot. However, behind the closed doors is a slice of Italy. Once you enter you are transported into a different world, and thats by design. There are 24 foot ceilings with skylights that make it look like as if you were outdoors in a courtyard area with a wood pergola over the tasting bar. Glass doors on the right side of the tasting room look out into the barrel room and production area so you can see the goings-on. Wrought iron candelabras dangle overhead. You stop and think you might be in the wrong place, but youre not. This warehouse that has been transformed into Tuscany and though intimate, they have ample room to accommodate barrel tastings, corporate events and large parties. Our tasting room is probably the single-most thing that differentiates us from the others in the area, says owner and winemaker Robert Wagner. They only started making wine commercially in 2008, yet they have quickly built a loyal following of fans. They source their grapes from Lodi, a grape growing region with more than 120 years of producing quality grapes. They were offering ten wines to choose from comprised of four whites and six reds. Recently, a Tempranillo and a Grenache were released to round out the line up. We had visited some other wineries that opened in Camarillo and realized that Ventura County was a great area to expand the wine trail, Robert says. Its clear that Ventura County is a force to be reckoned with and Magnavino is helping to change perceptions. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Grenache BUZZ Locals in Ventura County are thrilled to have a wine tasting room in their own backyard. FUN FACT Their rst vintage, from 2008, is featured on the current season of the Celebrity Apprentice TV show. The winning celebrities get to enjoy Magnavino wines while they relax and celebrate their victories!

Magnavino
Open Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment 961 N. Rice Avenue, Cellar 5, Oxnard (805) 983-2500 www.magnavino.com Follow along with Magnavino on Facebook and Twitter

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Nestled within the strawberry fields and farm rows of Oxnard lies Herzog Wine Cellars. Here, under the watchful eye of head winemaker Joe Hurliman, the winery combines the future of highquality California wines with the exacting standards of kosher supervision and Herzog familys heritage of perfection. Herzog Wine Cellars trace their winemaking roots to family member Phillip Herzog in Slovakia more than a century past. In 1985, after making wine on the East Coast since the 1940s, they expanded their winemaking operations to California, where they continue to make terrific kosher wine in the Jewish tradition. People always ask if kosher wine is different from other wine. Kosher wine is used as part of the Sabbath, and can be handled only by Sabbath observant Jews, those individuals who strictly observe kosher dietary laws. Thats it! There is no difference between the techniques used to make a fine kosher wine or a fine non-kosher wine. Herzog Wine Cellars has created a center for high-end contemporary winemaking immersed in traditions that date back to the 19th century. Winery guests can taste seven different wines at the large granite-topped tasting bar or take a self-guided tour that provides a birds-eye view of the winemaking process through massive glass windows. Situated inside the winery is Tierra Sur, a critically acclaimed full-service restaurant. Tierra Sur boasts Mediterranean influenced seasonal cuisine, utilizing produce fresh from local farmers. Master Winemaker Joe Hurliman has spearheaded the growth of Herzogs new line of premium wines, and continues to find innovative and creative ways to produce the highest quality wines. As a winemaker, I wear many hats on a daily basis, says Hurliman. Lately, I have added yet one more, with a foray into the world of social media. I have kept our loyal followers up-to-date on Twitter with all the happenings, he says. Winemaking at Herzog may be hundreds of years old, but this Oxnard winery is nothing less than au courant.

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel BUZZ Herzog Wine Cellars features Tierra Sur, their ne dining restaurant which was recently named Best Restaurant in Ventura Countyby Zagat. COOL THINGS More than just wine, Herzog oers one of the largest displays of gifts and gourmet food items of any winery in Ventura. Several vintages are exclusively available through the tasting room. FUN FACT Chef Todd Aarons of Tierra Sur Restaurant was asked by President Barack Obama to provide his thoughts, menus and recipes for a healthy and satisfying Seder. He was one of just eight chefs from around the country invited to participate.

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Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard (805) 983-1560 www.HerzogWineCellars.com On Twitter and Facebook

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Cantara Cellars has always been a family run winery. Winemaker Mike Brown and his wife Chris, and their son Jesse, make it their goal to create a day to remember for each guest. Located in Camarillo, in the heart of Ventura County, you can sample wine tastes, flights, wines by the glass or bottle and small plates of food at their facility. Cantara produces a broad selection of award-winning red and white wines, specializing in wines made from grapes sourced from the Lodi Appellation in Northern California. Each wine they create expresses both the passion for making fine wines and their enjoyment of the distinctive flavors found only in Lodi grapes. When you visit for a tasting or tour at Cantara, you will meet Mike, perhaps taste a barrel sample or two and have an up-close day of wine tasting. Our winery has been growing steadily, each year since opening to the public almost four years ago, Mike says. We have been fortunate to grow rapidly because we offer great wines that are a good value for our guests. And ultimately, thats what keeps people coming back. The tasting room is welcoming with warm ochre colored walls and an obvious camaraderie thats irresistible, and its located just one minute off of Highway 101. Their wine club is free to join and members receive 20 percent off all purchases at the winery, and they can choose exactly which wines they want to be in their wine club selection. The commitment is a mere four bottles three times a year. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Albarino, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Grenache and Red Blends BUZZ Their wines have won gold and silver medals from wine competitions and the best aspect is that all of their wines sell out three to nine months after release. BY THE NUMBERS Cantara makes 12 to 14 dierent wines in lots ranging from 40 to 600 cases, yielding a maximum of 3,500 cases each year. FUN FACT All wine clubpick up partiesconsist of wine, food and live music which keeps Cantara fans dedicated.

Cantara Cellars
Open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 126 N. Wood Road #104, Camarillo (805) 484-9600 www.cantaracellars.com Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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Any winery is really a journey, and Jerry and Kimberly Monahan began to fulfill their journey when they constructed their very own winery and vineyard in Camarillo in 2004. Bella Victorian was created out of their love for their vineyard (yes, they are growing grapes in Ventura County) and their passion for wine and food. Owning a family winery and crafting luxury wines has been a dream come true for me and my wife, says Jerry. Beginning with their estate vineyards, the wines are handcrafted by both Jerry and Kimberly from the vine all the way into the bottle. They specialize in small releases of estate wines which are well balanced and cuisine compatible. We take a jewelers approach to winemaking, says Jerry. Tiny acreage, small batches and minimalist winemaking without a lot of mechanical equipment. They planted their estate with Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Viognier grapes. Bella Victorian also sources fruit from some of the best vineyards on the Central Coast such as Huber Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, Larner Vineyard in Santa Barbara County and York Mountain vineyard near Paso Robles. Having this diversity of grapes to work with allows for a confluence of flavors from a diversity of growing sites. Their tasting room, located right off Highway 101 in Camarillo, includes a bistro, since they love to share food with their wines. And their tasting room is unusual in that the tasting bar is actually the top portions of stainless steel fermentation tanks. They have also created Bella Victorian Vineyard to be a premier wedding venue in Camarillo. Its a private Victorian Estate for those who happily search for romantic Victorian elegance for their special day. A long pergola covers a stone courtyard with an outdoor fireplace, tucked right up against a hillside of vines. The Monahans may have created their own dream, but they help others to find their dream as well. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Chardonnay, Grenache, Dornfelder BUZZ In March, 2011 the national wine magazine Wine Enthusiast gave the 2007The Garage Syrah a 91 point rating. OUTDOORS The tasting room has an outdoor patio with wrought iron furniture to enjoy lunch and dinner. FUN FACT Chef Gal Lecolley is a native of France

Bella Victorian Vineyard


Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

2135 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo (805) 383-8800 www.bellavictorianvineyard.com Follow them on Facebook

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In the Edna and Arroyo Grande valleys, Pinot Noir has flourished since 1973. Several of the vineyards in the area are less than five miles from the ocean. In the mornings, a thick layer of fog lays directly over the Pinot Noir vines. In the afternoon, the mist dissipates and the sun shines brightly on the clusters during the growing season. This is ideal climate for the Burgundian variety because it ensures moderate temperatures resulting in a long growing season. The grape will not over-ripen, making the wine too sweet, but will stay on the vine for a several months and develop complex flavors. Weather is not the only environmental factor in making the SLO Pinots delicious. The geology in the area boasts at least four different types of soil such as calcareous, sandy loam, volcanic and shale. In several of the vineyards in the area, it is not difficult to find fossils of sea scallops, large chunks of limestone, and a variety of volcanic and plutonic rocks. This assortment of dirt allows for proper water drainage, adds nutrients to the vines and promotes beneficial microorganisms all which assist the development of the perfect Pinot Noir harvest. Once the grapes are picked, destemmed, pumped over, punched down and finally moved to barrels, the juice becomes what we know as Pinot Noir. After aging for several months in the barrels, and then a bit of time in the bottle, we are finally able to taste the wine. While winemakers decisions can greatly affect the final outcome of the wine, SLO Pinot has several attributes that differ from Pinot grown in other regions around California and the rest of the world. Pinot Noir from the Edna and Arroyo Grande valleys is usually fruit forward with a finish that is distinctively spicy or herbaceous and in between there is often a generous mid palate. These wines are often quite elegant when enjoyed on their own; however, Pinot Noir is lovely when paired with the proper fare. Varying degrees of light bodied to heavier bodied wines will dictate the types of food to pair your Pinot Noir with.
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As you travel south on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo, Per Bacco Cellars is one of those rare finds, or to be more exact Perbacco! An exclamation of wonder and delight, perbacco is used by Italians to signify an unexpected find. Co-Owner and Winemaker Craig Shannon and Co-Owner and Restaurateur Marco Rizzo, have created their own treasure trove of handcrafted wines which have consistently scored high honors since their inaugural vintage more than 10 years ago. Shannon was captivated on his opportunity to source fruit from some of the Central Coasts finest vineyards, producing wines of solid structure and complexity with a distinctive character of elegance. Each wine is a direct reflection of the vineyards soil, topography and climate. Visitors to Per Bacco Cellars have the opportunity to experience winemaking first-hand. With a tasting bar located in the midst of the barrel room, visitors can sample from the selection of limited production wines, and, on occasion, have the opportunity to taste barrel and tank samples. A working winery with a very intimate feel, you feel like youve been invited into someones private cellar to experience their most prized wines. A journey outside the barrel room, leads you next to a whispering creek, where you can relax in a swing tethering from one of the massive shade trees, pick up a game of bocce ball or horseshoes, or simply enjoy a picnic. The setting beckons you to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and relish your own perbacco! moment! By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues

WHAT TO TASTE The winery oers an impressive collection of artisan wines, including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, a dry ros, the Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir and the barrel select Dionysus Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, two tasting room exclusive blends the Bianchetto and Rosseto, and a late-harvest Zinfandel. LA FAMIGLIA Per Bacco Cellars invites you to be part of their family! Known for their phenomenal parties, La Famiglia club members receive an added treat with the pairing of Per Bacco Cellars wines with the delicious Caf Roma recipes from the Rizzo family. Club shipments are twice yearly, with La Famiglia members receiving allocation privileges to Dionysus oerings, in addition to picnic and event hosting priority at the winery. GETTING THERE See page 42 or use Google maps for a quick reference for the short drive through the historic Filiponni Ranch on Calle Joaquin o of Los Osos Valley Road / Hwy 101 South in San Luis Obispo.

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Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo (805) 787-0485 www.perbaccocellars.com Look for them on Facebook!

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Named after the mission in San Luis Obispo, Tolosa embodies everything that San Luis Obispo is scenic, forward thinking, environmentally minded and relaxing. Situated just outside of San Luis Obispo, Tolosa is the gateway to the Edna Valley and with a variety of tasting options its a perfect stop on a day trip through Edna Valley. Guests can choose from traditional tastings in the stunning, modern tasting room. There is a house flight as well as a limited release flight. On Saturdays and Sundays guests can enjoy a flight of reserve wines paired with artisan cheeses in the Heritage Room overlooking the vineyards. The cheese menu varies weekly, but always includes an international variety of delicious cheeses. For those wanting a more in depth understanding of the winemaking process, Tolosa offers a self-guided tour that begins overlooking the vineyard and continues into the tasting room that looks down into the tank room. Very much designed like a museum self-guided tour, the experience adds more knowledge to the tasting. Tolosa also offers a Past, Present and Future tour (by appointment only) which highlights its history, the history of the area, the present releases and includes a barrel tasting of future wines. There is also an opportunity to purchase futures on this tour. With a multiple options for tasting, a strong portfolio of wines and an amazing outdoor space to sit and enjoy the day, Tolosa is a perfect setting with amazing ambiance just minutes from town. By Brandi Stansbury

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Tolosas vineyards are all sustainably farmed and SIP (Sustainablity in Practice) certied. Since 2009, Tolosa has run on solar energy. All water used in the winery is recycled to water vineyards. Tolosa is committed to the three Es of sustainability Environmentally friendly, Equitable, Socially and Economically Feasible HISTORICAL FACT Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded in 1772, hence Tolosas barrel select labels 1772. EVENTS Tolosa hosts exciting and creative events throughout the year a progressive dinner in Shell Beach, a meteor shower viewing party and participates annually in the SLO Vintners Roll Out the Barrels and Harvest Festival.

Tolosa
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4910 Edna Road, San Luis Obispo (805) 782-0500 www.tolosawinery.com Look for Tolosa on Facebook & Twitter

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Located in the heart of the picturesque Edna Valley wine trail, Claiborne & Churchill is a family-owned winery which is very European in its ambience. With a commitment to environmental stewardship, the winery is situated on a Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified estate Riesling vineyard, while the structure itself is comprised of straw bales which provide a natural, cool insulation, perfect for the crafting and cellaring of wine. Founded in the early 80s by Claiborne Clay Thompson and his wife Fredericka Churchill, the two former professors chose to focus on crafting fruity, but dry wines, such as those found in the French province of Alsace. The result has been award-winning recognition for their Dry Riesling and Dry Gewrztraminer. With an opportunity to source fruit throughout the cool maritime climate of the Central Coast, the Thompsons have also included an impressive line-up of three distinct Pinot Noirs into their portfolio Classic, Runestone and Twin Creeks, the latter which was recently named as one of the weeks Top 10 Wines by renowned wine critic Steve Heimoff. The winery advocates a very traditional European winemaking style, with extensive barrel aging of their wines, including the Gewrztraminer. Drop by for a visit this summer, and bring along a picnic to enjoy on the winerys patio or lawn. With such an impressive collection of wines to select from, such as the Cuve Elizabeth Dry Ros or Sweet Orange Muscat, you are sure to find the perfect wine to toast the sunny season! By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues

WHAT TO TASTE An impressive selection of Alsatian-style white wines including, Dry Riesling, Dry Gewrztraminer, Dry Muscat, and Pinot Gris plus a refreshing Cuve Elizabeth Dry Ros. Pinot Noir fans will be in for a treat with three to choose from - Classic, Runestone and Twin Creeks. GUESS THE BLEND Cruciverbalistsare encouraged to solve the puzzle and guess the blend of theClueless WhiteandClueless Red wines which feature a crossword puzzle for the front labels. A product of the winerys blending seminars, the blend changes with each vintage. SUMMER EVENTS Enjoy a summer evening at the winerysSips & Songs held on Friday nights throughout the summer or indulge in an afternoon of wine and food aboard the Papagallo yacht as you cruise around the Morro Bay harbor. The winerys annual Summer Sunset Dinner will be held in August check out the website for more event details.

Claiborne & Churchill Winery


Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2649 Carpenter Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo (805) 544-4066 www.claibornechurchill.com Become a Fan on Facebook: Claiborne & Churchill Winery

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25 years in any business is an impressive milestone but for Talley Vineyards, though celebrating a quarter century, they are still younger than Talley Farms, started in the 1940s. The farm is an integral part of the family-run business, producing specialty and organic vegetables, like bell peppers, Napa cabbage and cilantro. But its wine that has taken center stage. Their Mediterranean-styled tasting room rests in the middle of cropland surrounded by vines. The comfortable tasting room has floor to ceiling windows, a horseshoe tasting bar and vaulted ceilings. Talley has always strived for a personal approach to the wine tasting experience, therefore they offer several special tour and tasting opportunities. All tours feature the winery, vineyard and barrel room and are customized to the level of the group. They strive to make each tour fun and informative. The purpose of the tours is to educate guests about what is happening in the vineyard and the winery as well. During May for example, visitors learn about shoot thinning in the vineyard and they get to see specific examples of pruning. In September, it would be a completely different tour where they would learn about harvest techniques and fermentation. In addition to their prestigious Talley label, they have an excellent second label, Bishops Peak, a line of wines priced around $20 using grapes sourced from local farmers. And then there is a special wine, Mano Tinta, a red wine blend. Everything from the grapes, labor and packaging of the wine is donated and 100 percent of the profits go to health and education resources for vineyard and farm workers and their families in San Luis Obispo County. This single wine program has generated $250,000 in support. By Michael Cervin

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah BUZZ Killer scores from Wine Enthusiast Robert Parker who wrote,The one superstar for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Edna Valley is Talley Vineyards. OUTDOORS Their scenic grounds feature three unique picnic areas in a serene rural setting. NOTE Local art shows which feature new artists rotate every two months and Talley oers a complimentary concierge service providing information on local restaurants, lodgings and attractions. FUN FACT They sponsor an annual 5K run through their vineyards, which raises funds for student athletes at Arroyo Grande High School.

The Talley Vineyards Tasting Room


Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 3031 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande (805) 489-0446 www.talleyvineyards.com Follow Talley Vineyards on Facebook and Twitter

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Upon arriving at Chamisal Vineyards, you immediately get the impression that this property has quite a bit of history. And its true Chamisal Vineyard was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973. While they grow five different varieties, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted on the property and the winerys main focus. The vineyard boasts 10 different clones of Pinot Noir, each carefully chosen for the vineyards specific climate and soil type. The result of this extensive clonal selection is ten completely different Pinot Noir lots which winemaker, Fintan du Fresne is able to blend into his bold, delicious and perfectly balanced Estate Pinot Noir. The tasting room is a large barn with a warm and inviting feel and is always filled with fun-loving wine lovers and hospitality staff alike. While the wines are quite focused and seriously delicious, youll find a variety of wine drinkers who are fans of Chamisal. Hospitality Manager Andrea Chan explains, We cater to wine enthusiasts of every age and level of wine knowledge, and between the Stainless Chardonnay and Califa Pinot Noir guests are sure to find a favorite Chamisal Vineyards wine. Whether you are interested in chatting with the friendly and educational hospitality staff or looking for a relaxing place to picnic and lounge outside, Chamisal is a wonderful place to satisfy your Pinot craving. On any given day, they have 2-5 different Pinots open. Dont miss this historic property! By Brette Ann Womack

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah, Pinot Gris STYLE My Pinot is bigger than your Pinot, is a phrase coined by winemaker Fin, playfully referencing the uniquely bold style of Chamisal Pinot Noir. EVENTS Chamisal has wonderful events throughout the year, such as Blending Seminars, Pigs N Pinot, Concert in the Vineyard, and LobsterFest, which requires an RSVP six months in advance to ensure you get a seat!

Chamisal Vineyards
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last tasting at 4:45 p.m.) Reservations are required for groups of 7 or more. 7525 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo 1-866-808-9463 or (805) 541-9463 chamisalvineyards.com Email tastingroom@chamisalvineyards.com Chamisal loves to Facebook and Twitter! Follow them @ChamisalVyd or Facebook.com/Chamisal.Vineyards

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The Niven Family has been involved in the Edna Valley wine industry since the early 1970s. They purchased the Independence Schoolhouse in 1998, and it is now home to their five wineries Baileyana, Zocker, Tangent, Trenza and Cadre. Each winery offers samples of their unique wines daily in the quaint schoolhouse. Inside, wine related gifts and dcor are tastefully displayed. While the tasting menu has an incredible selection to choose from, something as unique as a Gruner Vetliner from Edna Valley or a Garnacha/Monastrell blend from Paso Robles; most notable and elegant are the Niven Family Pinot Noirs from Baileyana and Cadre. Baileyana offers four different Pinots. The Grand Firepeak Cuvee, recently awarded 90 points by the Connoisseurs Guide, is the flagship of these offerings. GFC is a blend of up to five clones from the Nivens Firepeak Vineyard. The cool climate accompanied by clay loam and rocky marine sediment makes up the terroir of the estate and it shines through in this graceful wine. Cadre is a younger brand from the Nivens. This winery offers an exclusive blend of some of the most distinguished vineyards on the South Central Coast. The Architects is made up from the finest estates in Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and the Sta. Rita Hillls. The Cadre Pinot Noir is aged one year in new oak which adds a luscious smoky vanilla and caramel to the finish. Our Cadre Pinot Noir has flavors of black cherries, red currants and Asian spices. The complexity and layers of the wine leave you wanting to taste again and again, explains Tasting Room Manager, Jessica Arnold. On the quest for Edna Valley Pinot Noir, a stop at the little yellow schoolhouse is not to be missed. Whether you enjoy a wine flight inside with the friendly tasting room staff, or prefer to buy a bottle to savor while playing bocce ball, the Niven Family Wine Estates has something for all. By Brandi Stansbury

RECENT ACCOLADES Tangent Albarino 92 points, EditorsChoice, Wine Enthusiast GFCChardonnay 90 points, Wine Enthusiast Tangent Sauvignon Blanc 91 points, Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast Tangent Grenache Blanc 91 points, EditorsChoice, Wine Enthusiast Trenza Tinto 94 points, EditorsChoice, Wine Enthusiast CadreThe ArchitectsPinot Noir 93 points, Wine Enthusiast Zocker Grner Veltliner 90 points, Wine Enthusiast KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE? While visiting the Independence Schoolhouse, sit back and relax around their ample patio and lawn areas with a glass of wine. ENJOY THE SLO LIFE Bring a picnic and a group of friends for an afternoon of wine and bocce ball!

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NIVEN FAMILY WINE ESTATES

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make a reservation for large groups 5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo www.nivenfamilywines.com (805) 269-8200 Find them on Facebook!

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Paso Robles Zinfandels


Zinfandel on the Central Coast dates back to the 19th century before prohibition. From the west side of Templeton, to the Santa Margarita Ranch, and to the back roads of the eastside of Paso Robles Padres, ranchers, and even a Polish concert pianist have cultivated the rich and robust varietal for close to 200 years. Each of the different microclimates and each of the distinctive personalities have produced unique styles of Zinfandel. This piece of history has carried through to todays Zinfandel. You can find ripe and juicy Zins with their signature peppery finish. Also
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The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a Frenchman named Aldolf Siot, who later sold the successful winery to Joe Rotta in 1908. In the 1920s, Joe Rotta then sold it to his brother, Clement Rotta, who bonded the winery after Prohibition. This forged the name Rotta into winemaking history as one the best known wineries on the Central Coast for its hearty Zinfandel. Today, the Rotta label and winery are being revived by one of their grandsons, Michael Giubbini, who remembers working in the vineyards as a child, driving a tractor and tending the vineyards. In 1990, Giubbini undertook the task of replanting some of the forsaken vines in the old family vineyard to Zinfandel. The short, stocky vines, with gnarled arms extending outward, show their age and years of stressed growth. Mike remembers pruning the vineyards (head pruned) and has continued this viticultural technique for the Zinfandel to date. Dry Farming, is the only way to go out here, describes Mikes belief on irrigation. He feels stressing the vine produces the best quality, and obviously reduces the yield. The 20 acres of the Estate vineyard are planted with 15 acres to Zinfandel and five acres to Cabernet Sauvignon. Until 2002, the grapes were sold (but the label was vineyard designated as Giubbini Vineyards) to Castoro Cellars. The vineyard designation for Giubbini Vineyards is a well known name, and will remain so for many years.

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Trinity(Bordeaux Blend), Ros, Muscat, Port & Sherry (dessert wines) FUN FACT Rotta Winery is the oldest and still family-owned winery on the Central Coast! Also, its one of the only wineries on the Central Coast that makes Sherry with the Black Monukka grape! ABOUT THE VINES The Zinfandel vines are a mixture of vines which range in age from 30 to 60 years old. They aredry landwhich means they only get water from Mother Nature. The roots of these old vines go down 20 to 30 feet pulling moisture and nutrients out of the shale and limestone soil. The vines are alsohead pruned, which produces a much fruitier berry but at a very reduced yield. When you combine these characteristics together, you get a glass of wine that you will never forget. Ask about Rotta Winerys Wine Club, its always a great deal!

Rotta Winery
Open 7 days a week 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 250 Winery Road, Templeton (805) 237-0510 www.rottawinery.com

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Opolo Harvest Festival

Visiting the mountain top where Opolos highest-elevation vineyard grows explains why co-owner Rick Quinn envisioned building his estate here. Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Zinfandel excelled here, proven by the vintners who began planting those varieties 14 years ago. Still, Quinn and his partner David Nichols know it takes more than spectacular views to attract wine connoisseurs. The friendly, tasting room staff takes the intimidation away from wine tasting, making the experience enjoyable for everyone. With enticing aromas wafting in from the winerys barbeque to the laughter and frivolity of the tasting room, you know you are in for a good time. There is perhaps no more entertaining or relaxed winery experience to be had on the Central Coast. This is serious wine combined with serious fun! The wines are mostly estate grown, which sets them apart from many other Central Coast wineries. In 1999, Opolos first vintage, they made Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Muscat Canelli. Theyre respected for classic reds, yet theyre equally passionate about their whites, including: Viognier, Roussanne, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Their exceptional blends include: Rhapsody, a Meritage; Montagna-Mare, Barbera and Sangiovese; Fusion, Cabernet Franc and Merlot; and several others. Opolos latest addition is a romantic bed and breakfast among the grapevines where guests can enjoy the idyllic dream of living in wine country. By Ronda Giangreco

OVERALL PHILOSOPHY People and award-winning wines, its a happy combination. PLAN AHEAD FOR During harvest you can cast o your shoes and stomp grapes barefoot,I Love Lucystyle! WHERE IT ALL STARTED The name Opolo, from Quinns Yugoslavian heritage, is in reference to a ros-style wine made on the Dalmatian Coast. Every weekend youll nd the barbecue red-up with Ricks cevapcici, a Serbian beef and lamb dish, or their gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning pizza oven, all paired with one of their fabulous wines. THEIR UNIQUE APPROACH With the very best in fruit available to them, Opolo has chosen an interesting path to winemaking. Curiously, Opolo does not employ a winemaker as such. Its a group eort. Everyone, from owners tocellar ratshave a say in the wine production. The belief at Opolo is that this approach makes for consumer-friendly wines that appeal to many people.

Opolo Vineyards
Open daily 10 to 5 p.m. 7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles (805) 238-9593 www.opolo.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpoloWine Twitter: @OpoloWines

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In their tiny winery tucked away on a sun-drenched hilltop on the Westside of Paso Robles, proprietors Brock and Michelle Waterman personally hand-craft all of the wines they produce. In 1998, after falling in love with Paso Robles Zinfandel, they purchased their 20acre property and planted their very own Zinfandel and Syrah vines. The Zinfandel in particular is head pruned and dry farmed in order to create wines rich in character, bold in flavor and extremely elegant on the palate. Brochelle was created by a marriage of the proprietors names; Brock and Michelle. This is a symbol of their combined passions for excellence and extreme attention to detail. These characteristics are forthcoming within their vineyard, winery and each and every bottle they create. The perfect place to sample the Brochelle wines is at their brand new tasting room in Paso Robles. After 13 years in business, Brock and Michelle are delighted to be able to open their doors for public visits. The gorgeous new location offers an exclusive opportunity for consumers to taste their limitedproduction wines and learn more about their winemaking philosophy. Be sure to try the 2009 Zinfandel to experience the result of Brocks artistry and obsession to create one of Pasos most extraordinary Zinfandels. All of their vintages are limited in quantity, so dont wait too long for a visit. By Lisa Pretty

VARIETALS Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon FUN FACT: Although often mistaken for an oak tree, the image on the Brochelle label is actually an artists sketch of one of their estate head-pruned Zinfandel vines. JUST LIKE DADDY: Their 8-year-old son, Braden, made his rst batch of wine with his own tiny hands at the precocious age of 6. Wanting to be just like daddy, he crushed Zinfandel grapes that he picked himself in his dump truck and then placed the juice in a special bottle that has been carefully cellared away by his proud Daddy.

Brochelle Vineyards
Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2323 Tuley Court #130, Paso Robles (805) 237-4410 Email: info@brochelle.com www.brochelle.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/brochellevineyards Twitter: www.twitter.com/brochellewinery

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Just over the Cuesta Grade in the quaint town of Santa Margarita, Ancient Peaks Winery has found a home. Rich in history, the winerys tasting room is located town center, a short distance from their Santa Margarita Ranch, which was home to the Chumash Indians centuries ago and later became an agricultural mainstay for the Franciscan Friars. A scenic drive southeast brings you to the vast Margarita Vineyard from which all of their wines are crafted. With a backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountain range and framed by their signature peaks, the ranch is at the southern end of the Paso Robles AVA. It encompasses more than 900 acres of Sustainability in Practice (SIP) certified vineyards with five diverse soil profiles, including an ancient sea bed. The vineyard enjoys both the cool coastal breezes from the nearby Pacific and the warm inland days perfect for growing premium wine grapes. Tours of the Margarita Vineyard are highly recommended and are available with advance reservations. The Ancient Peaks Zinfandel is derived from four blocks on the vineyard planted to the famed Rockpile Road Vineyard clone. Named one of the Top 100 Wines of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle, the 2008 vintage is a big wine with intense black cherry aromas and bright, juicy berry flavors with a touch of pepper. Beautifully structured, the 2008 Zinfandel is the perfect wine to enjoy with your summer barbecue. Another favorite to try is the newly released Renegade a perfect blend of Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Visit and try one of these award-winning wines! By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues

WINES Sauvignon Blanc, Blanco, Ros, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and the Renegade and Oyster Ridge blends. FUN FACTS The Santa Margarita Ranch has an exciting history from its oyster shell fossils, to the rich heritage of wine grapes which were rst planted on the ranch in the 1700s. An original part of Father Junipero Serras Mission trail, the ranchs adobe Santa Margarita de Cortona, also known as the Asistencia, remains an ever-popular sight. SUMMER HAPPENINGS Hot Summer Nightseach Saturday in July and August, with extended tasting room hours, guest artists and food pairings. Movie Night in the Estrada Gardensat the Santa Margarita Ranch. The rst-everAncient Peaks Classicwill be held in July. The benet mountain bike race spans over 14,000 acres and 30-plus miles of trails.

Ancient Peaks Winery


Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment 22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita (805) 365-7045 www.ancientpeaks.com Look for them on Facebook & Twitter.

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