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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY ★ MARCH 14



Open House at JPaul Rosilez Winery
★ MARCH 15

J. Lohr PR Zinfandel Festival Dinner
ONGOING
Art Demonstrations by Fine Artists
Great food, great music and the finest wines Chef Chazalon will prepare an incredible Non-profit art gallery exhibit of local artists
PASO ROBLES
6-9pm, open to everyone, 805-927-5110 five-course dinner, 6:30pm, $110, Paso Robles 7pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay
ONGOING 805-239-8900, www.jlohr.com www.morrobayartassociation.org
Estrella Warbird Museum ★ MARCH 14

Fascinating collection of military aircrafts Winemaker Dinner at Eberle Winery ★ MARCH 15
★ ONGOING
10am-4pm, 805-227-0440, Paso Robles Join Eberle in the caves for dinner and Seminar of Paso Robles Zinfandels Adventures with Nature
www.ewarbirds.org experience Paso Robles Zinfandel at its in the Eberle Caves Docent guided walks
finest in a memorable and romantic setting. Enjoy an array of snacks and indulge in world-class Morro Bay State Park Museum
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS
6:30pm, $150/pp, $120/Members, 805-238-9607 wines. 2pm $25/pp, $20/Members of Natural History, 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar
dinner@eberlewinery.com, www.eberlewinery.com 805-238-9607, Paso Robles, www.eberlewinery.com Various hikes at various times including; Fast Hike
Local winemaker featured each week.
5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles MARCH 14 ★ MARCH 16
★ to Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill
www.vinotecawinebar.com. Wine Club Zinfandel Release Party at J. Lohr Cuvee Symposium & Brunch Trail, Sand Spit Walk and Ocean Lagoon.
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Midnight Cellars A Zinfandel Festival event. Join Steve Lohr for ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards Midnight’s Wine Club members are invited to an exclusive J. Lohr Cuvée Symposium and Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk
Try gourmet food paired with fine wine celebrate the official release of our 2006 taste their estate Bordeaux varietals as well as Art galleries’ open house receptions
12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles Estate Zinfandel paired with appetizers. Bordeaux varietals from France. The event will be 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay
www.meridianvineyards.com 6-8pm, 805-239-8904, Paso Robles held in the barrel room. Brunch, featuring Chef
Charlie, precedes the event. www.jlohr.com ONGOING SATURDAYS
ONGOING SATURDAYS ★ MARCH 14-16

RSVP 805-239-8900, Paso Robles Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay
Templeton Farmers’ Market Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival Weekend &
Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians
Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables Zin Cook Off at Castoro Cellars ★ MARCH 16

3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay
9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535, Templeton Enjoy fine wine from the barrel, sweet and Open House at Eberle Winery
savory crêpes by LeMoine Crêperie, live music Taste Gary Eberle’s “world famous barbeque” and SAN LUIS OBISPO
ONGOING SATURDAYS by Sleepy Guitar Johnson and stroll through the relax on the deck with live music & self-guided
Paso Robles Farmers’ Market art gallery with art by Maeve Croghan. Wine ONGOING
cave tours and complimentary wine tasting.
Country farm arts and crafts market discounts all weekend. 10am-5pm, Paso Robles Christopher Cohan Center
11am-5pm, 805-238-9607, Paso Robles
8am-12:30pm, 805-237-9254, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo
MARCH 16
★ ONGOING
★ 805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org
★ MARCH 14-16
★ Estate Zinfandel Vertical Tasting at
Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars • Mar 7: The Heidi Chronicles
Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival 2008 Midnight Cellars
10am-5pm, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton Enjoy a special vertical tasting of the Estate • Mar 9: Symphony Winter Concert
Saturday’s event features a Wine Country
www.castorocellars.com Zinfandels including the 1999 vintage through • Mar 12: Central Coast Spring Choral Festival
auction where large format bottles, lifestyle
• Mar: Maeve Croghan 2007 Estate Zinfandel from the barrel. • Mar 15: Winery Concert: Pomp & Pipes
packages, rare wines, art, wine packages and
11am-5pm, 805-239-8904, Paso Robles • Mar 16: Peru Negro
ONGOING more are sold to the highest bidder for a good
• Mar 20: Noche Flemenca
Painting Exhibits at Villicana Winery cause. Following the auction is the Grand ★ MARCH 22-23

• Mar 21 & 22: High School Musical
Enjoy fine art work along with fine wines Tasting where more than 40 producers from Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt
11am-5pm, 805-239-9456, Paso Robles Paso Robles showcase their Zinfandel wines. Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter ONGOING
ONGOING This event weekend includes exciting individual with a fun & exciting Easter Egg hunt at its The San Luis Obispo Art Center
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar events at the area wineries too! downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Permanent collection and rotating exhibits
Taste selected wines from selected wineries 805-238-0725, www.pasowine.com/events 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles 11am-5pm, 805-543-8562, San Luis Obispo
5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles ★ MARCH 29
★ Ongoing through March: “Caution: Art Zone”
★ MARCH 14-16

www.vinotecawinebar.com Castoro Cellars Indoor Concert – www.sloartcenter.org
Midlife Crisis Winery Celebrates ZinFest
MARCH 7 New releases, barrel tasting & fine wine pairings Pierre Bensusan ONGOING
Wine Tasting and Complimentary Olive Bar Tasting will be complimentary all weekend long 7:30pm, $20, Paso Robles, 888-DAM-FINE Kelrick at Unity
at Meridian Vineyards 10:30am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com San Luis Obispo, 805-543-PLAY
Featuring Rosemarie Fusano, owner of Fusano www.midlifecrisiswinery.com Ongoing through March 9: Charlott's Web
★ APRIL 11

Olives. Taste local, gourmet stuffed and mari- March 21-23: High School Musical
★ MARCH 14-16
★ Highway 46 West
nated olives & more paired with Meridian’s April 26-May 18: Beauty & the Beast
Zinfandel Weekend at Peachy Canyon Winery Friday Night Wine and Cheese
Limited release wines. 12-5 pm, Paso Robles
www.meridianvineyards.com, 805-226-7133 Sat: Cajun Brunch – Great food & music The Highway 46 West Wineries will gather at ONGOING SECOND SUNDAY
Fri-Sun: Library Tastings – 20th Anniversary Midnight Cellars Winery and will be tasting the Dallidet Adobe & Gardens
MARCH 8-16 award winning wines paired with selections of Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo
Equestrian Spring Round Up Celebration with library tastings & more!
artisan cheese. $15pp, $25/couple Site of first commercial winery in the area.
Over 450 horses compete for top prizes 11am-5pm, 805-239-1918, Paso Robles
805-239-8904, Paso Robles 10am-1pm, 805-543-0638, San Luis Obispo
8am, 805-239-0655, Paso Robles www.peachycanyon.com
www.slochs.org/dallidet
MARCH 14-16 ★ APRIL 12

★ MARCH 14
★ Turkish Night at Falcon Nest Winer ONGOING
Zin Fest Dinner at Cass Vineyards Zinfandel Festival Steak and
Cigar Night at Martin Weyrich Enjoy a Turkish delicious 4 course dinner with Automobilia Museum
A culinary tour of Rhone Valley wines Turkish music and belly dancers too. Specialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along with
Featuring fine wines and cigars
6pm, $85, 805-239-1730, Paso Robles 7pm, $25, 805-226-0227, Paso Robles many other antiques relating to transportation
6:30pm, $95, Paso Robles, 805-238-2520
www.casswines.com 10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis Opispo
www.martinweyrich.com ★ APRIL 19

★ MARCH 14
★ Tax Relief Weekend at Midlife Crisis Winery ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
★ MARCH 15

Zin, Shuffle & Roll - Winemaker Dinner & Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating the tax Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark”
Italian Night at Falcon Nest Winery
Casino Night at Castoro Cellars season with great wine tastings & pairings. Various art galleries stay open late & host
Enjoy an Italian themed evening featuring a
Five-star buffet paired with Castoro Cellars 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles artist receptions with wine & cheese.
award-winning wines. Casino tournament delicous 4 course dinner paired with fine wine
7pm, $25, 805-226-0227, Paso Robles CAYUCOS AND MORRO BAY 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, San Luis Obispo
complete with Zinful prizes! Ticket price
www.sloartcouncil.org
includes gaming chips to play with. Exclusive ★ MARCH 15
★ ONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
library wine tasting for dinner guests. Seating is Crab Fest Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves ONGOING MONDAYS
limited, call for reservations. $75, Paso Robles All you can eat until it’s gone. 6pm, $55 Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro
888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com 805-434-0319, www.pasowine.com, Templeton 10am-4pm, 805-704-8128, Pismo Beach Featuring regional & varietal tastings
www.pismochamber.com 5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Orcutt
★ MARCH 14
★ ★ MARCH 15

PR Zinfandel Festival at J. Lohr Zinfandel Summit ONGOING ONGOING FRIDAYS
Celebrate the new 2006 & 2005 releases Taste a wide range of Zinfandels from all 16 Central Coast Outdoor Day Hikes Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock
10am-5pm, 805-239-8900, Paso Robles Far Out Wineries in one great location Sat/Sun, 888-873-5610, Morro Bay Live music, wine and food
www.jlohr.com $55, 805-237-0138, Calcareous Vineyards www.centralcoastoutdoors.com 7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo

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MARCH 7-16 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS ONGOING ONGOING


Annual San Luis Obispo An Evening with the Winemaker at Los Olivos Café Solvang Farmers’ Market Art Workshops for Children at Art from Scrap
International Film Festival Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres. 5pm, $15 Fresh produce, flowers and foods, 3-7pm Fun workshops where kids reuse all sorts of
Local, national and international work 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com Solvang , 805-962-5354, www.solvangca.com materials to make fun works of art!
805-546-3456, $8-$25, www.slofilmfest.org • Mar 12: Fiddlehead Cellars Tues-Sat 10am-2pm, $6, 805-884-0459
• Mar 19: La Vie Wines ONGOING FRIDAYS
MARCH 8-9 Wine Tasting on the Patio www.artfromscrap.org
• Mar 26: Whitcraft Winery
Customer Appreciation Days at Edna Valley Live guitar music along with fine wines ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS
Complimentary tasting all weekend long ONGOING THURSDAYS 5:30-7pm, 800-624-5572, Solvang
Fess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along First Thursday
10am-5pm, 805-544-5844, San Luis Obispo www.royalscandinavianinn.com
Sing along with Fess & Marcy, 8:30-10:30pm Art, cultural events and fine wine tasting!
www.ednavalley.com
805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com ONGOING WEEKENDS 5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in
MARCH 12 Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise downtown Santa Barbara
Cooking Class at Edna Valley Vineyard ★ MARCH 14

Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology www.santabarbaradowntown.com
Cooking with Curry Winemaker Dinner with Carina Cellars at
$15, 805-686-505, Cachuma Lake ONGOING
Sampling and complimentary tasting too Quantum Kitchen & Cocktails
www.cachuma.com
$40, 6pm, 805-544-5855, San Luis Obispo An intimate dining experience with a Santa Barbara Museum of Art
www.ednavalleyvineyard.com progressive, family-style twist. Limited to 36 people. ONGOING 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net
$115, 805-688-2459, www.carinacellars.com Elverhoj Museum of History & Art • Ongoing through May 11: From Geisha to Ghosts:
MARCH 15-16 www.mondialsantabarbara.com, Santa Barbara 805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org Leading Ladies of Japanese Woodblock prints
Antique Treasure Appraisal and Show Ongoing through April 6:
Have your antiques appraised & purchase some too SANTA YNEZ “Artists’ Books Made Here” at Elverhoj ONGOING FRIDAYS
$4, 10am-4pm, 805-541-5144, San Luis Obispo ONGOING All aspects of the objects of books Wine & Cheese Pairings at East Beach Wines
MARCH 19 Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum 805-686-1211, Solvang , www.elverhoj.org Enjoy delicious pairings & new selections each week
Cooking Class at Edna Valley Vineyard and Parks - Janeway Carriage House 4-7pm, $10, 805-899-1535, Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA
Exhibits from Chumash period through early www.eastbeachwines.com
All About Fish
20th century ranch days ONGOING
Sampling & complimentary wine tasting too ONGOING
12-4pm, 805-688-7889, Santa Ynez Arlington Theatre
$40, 6pm, 805-544-5855, San Luis Obispo Lobero Theatre
www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org 805-963-4408, Santa Barbara
ARROYO GRANDE • Mar 9: Cirque Dreams 805-966-4946, Santa Barbara
★ SECOND THURSDAY

• Mar 15: Santa Barbara Symphony www.loberotheatre.com
ONGOING Wine Impressions at Artiste
ONGOING SUNDAYS • Mar 1-9: L’Elisir d’Amore
Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Tasting & sensory evaluation, 7-9pm,
Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show • Mar 8: Cavallerie Rusticana & I Pagliacci
Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com, Santa Ynez
Arroyo Grande Featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry ONGOING
ONGOING 10am–6pm, 805-897-1982, East Beach Pier
ONGOING SATURDAYS Chumash Casino Concerts Surfing Lessons
www.sbaacs.com Enjoy an exciting day in the water
Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market 800-585-3737, Santa Ynez
Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts www.chumashcasino.com ONGOING 805-898-0671, Santa Barbara
12-2:30pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande • Mar 7: Chris Rock Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater www.sbadventureco.com
www.arroyograndevillage.org • Mar 13: Don Rickles Guided tours upon request ONGOING
• Mar 21: ShoXC 805-996-4946, Santa Barbara
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Planetarium Shows at
• Mar 27: Carole King www.loberotheater.com
Learn How to Make Ice Cream Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
ONGOING ONGOING 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com
Enjoy a 30 minute skit about ice cream
University at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures • Exploring the Spring Sky
where you help create new flavors. Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
805-893-3535, www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu • Cosmic Safari
7pm, Arroyo Grande, 805-474-4068 Naturalists lead walk on the Oak Canyon Trail
www.docburnsteins.com 10-11:30am, $6, 805-688-4515, Santa Ynez Park ONGOING • Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket
www.cachuma.com Trout Fishing & Wildlife Walks
ONGOING ONGOING FRIDAYS
★ ONGOING
★ at Cachuma Lake
Clarke Center for Performing Arts Wine Tasting with the Winemakers
Enjoy fishing (with trout brought in) & excellent
805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande Art Exhibit at Artiste Winery 4-7pm, 805-691-1020, East Beach Wines
wildlife viewing from bald eagles to mule deer.
www.clarkcenter.org Featuring artwork by Craig Nelson Santa Barbara, www.eastbeachwine.com
805-686-5055, Santa Barbara, www.sbparks.org
• Mar 9: Duke Ellington Orchestra 11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com
• Mar 15: Craimore ONGOING MARCH 7-8
★ MARCH 28

• Mar 29: the Wonder Bread Years Touristorica – Historic Downtown Walking Tour World of Pinot Noir 2008
"La Buena Vida" Artiste Two days of in-depth tasting seminars, grand
Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON Art & Wine Dinner at the Ballard Inn
10am-12pm, 805-965-6307, Santa Barbara tastings a featured tasting with a guest
Celebrate “the good life” at this decadent
ONGOING ONGOING Burgundian producer and two Gala Pinot Noir
wine dinner featuring the culinary artistry of
Santa Maria Valley Railroad Chef Budi Kazali, Santa Ynez, www.artiste.com Ty Warner Sea Center dinners featuring prominent guest chefs.
805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com Limited to 40 guests, RSVP at 805-686-2626 Explore creatures of the sea Located at various wineries, 805-489-1758
Elegant excursions featuring five star gourmet meals 805-962-2526, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Sells out fast-call early. www.worldofpinotnoir.com
LOMPOC
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History MARCH 14
ONGOING SATURDAYS www.sbnature.org/seacenter American Riviera Wine Auction and Dinner
ONGOING Olde Towne Market in Lompoc
ONGOING “Viva Vino Party”
Severson Theatre Great food, wine & music, Lompoc Lectures & Readings at the Benefit for Direct Relief featuring fun tastings
805-922-8313, Santa Maria 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com Santa Barbara Maritime Museum with celebrity chefs, live music & silent auction
• March 12-April 12: Art APRIL 19 805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org 6pm, $100, 805-688-0881, Sells out fast-call early.
• March 28-April 20: Life x3 Santa Barbara County Vintners Festival
ONGOING SATURDAYS www.sbcountywines.com, Santa Barbara
LOS OLIVOS More than 80 wineries & restaurants serving
Cachuma Lake Nature Walk MARCH 15
exciting tastes and flavors. Wine lovers from
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 1 mile walk for all ages on the Oak Canyon Trail
near and far come to meet member vintners, American Riviera Wine Auction and Dinner
Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks 10-11:30am, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara
taste their wines, enjoy great food and music “Wine, Dine and all that Jazz”
Free movie & snacks with discussion afterwards Cachuma Lake Nature Center
in a festive outdoor environment. Benefit for Direct Relief featuring multi-course
7pm, 805-688-1082, Los Olivos www.cachuma.com
1-4pm, 805-688-0881, River Park gourmet dinner & array of Santa Barbara wines
www.wildlingmuseum.org www.sbcountywine.com ONGOING SATURDAYS 6pm, $300, 805-688-0881, Sells out fast-call early
ONGOING Junior Ranger Program www.sbcountywines.com, Santa Barbara
SOLVANG
Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café Kids learn about wildlife, ecosystems &
Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres ONGOING caring for the environment MARCH 27-APRIL 20
5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm 1-2pm, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara The Syringa Tree at the Alhecama Theatre
www.losolivoscafe.com Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful vistas Cachuma Lake Nature Center A tale of sweeping political upheaval
• Mar 27: Tuscan Tasting Journey 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, Solvang www.cachuma.com $28-$40, 8pm, 805-965-5400, Santa Barbara

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COSTA DE ORO
The Real California Gold
by Mark Storer belongs to the Burk family growers. Burk’s food friendly and crafted in the Old World
father still keeps an active hand in the agricul- style. The Estate Pinot Noir has a Burgundian

T
he 101 through Santa Maria is a beau- ture business. mouth feel and layers of subtle fruit and
tiful drive through agriculture on the Costa De Oro’s (Gold Coast in English) mineral. “I am convinced,” says Lato, “that
east side and development and tasting room is a little like a farmer’s roadside Pinot goes better with beef than Cabernet.”
commerce on the west side. Santa Maria, stand, in fact. Part wine tasting bar, part fruit His statement reveals something of one of
more than any other California town, exem- and vegetable stand, part gift shop, the Burk’s Costa De Oro’s secrets. These wines are made
plifies the true cross cultural divide of have gone to lengths to create a warm and to accompany food and the winemakers are
yesterday and today. inviting space that, while elegant, colorful interested in creating flavorful, nuanced and
Take the Costa De Oro Winery tasting and interesting, maintains something of a delicious wines whose real beauty lies in
room as an example. Sitting off the Stowell country store atmosphere. “Teresa’s been inte- pairing them with good, simple fare.
Road off ramp, the small building occupies a gral in putting the look of the place together,” The Sauvignon Blanc, which is aged in
parking lot with a drive through coffee shop says Burk. neutral oak for a short while, has lots of the
called Hunter’s Landing (a local chain) and a The tasting room opened in April of 2006 tell-tale acid, but also a great citrus and floral
Cool Hand Luke’s restaurant and bar. The and since then, has been getting a great deal taste. This is not the grassy, light Sauvignon
little building fits right in with its modern day of notoriety. “Our first thought was that being Blanc that is so prolific these days. This Sauvi-
counterparts, but make no mistake, the Burk right off the freeway here would make it diffi- gnon Blanc works well as an aperitif or as an
family and Costa De Oro represent genera- cult to get permits and licenses. But, it accompaniment to fish, chicken and pasta
tions of Santa Maria farmers. wasn’t,” says Burk. “It makes sense, though. dishes.
Gary Burk, and his wife Teresa, have been You’ve got Cool Hand Luke’s right here, “We like to make serious wine,” says Burk.
making wine since the mid-’90s. “My father which has a bar and right over the freeway is “But we also want to make wines that you can
and Bob Espinola planted the vineyard in Olive Garden.” The location is truly unique. pour on the patio and sip.” Sourcing grapes
1989,” Burk says. The Gold Coast Estates Santa Maria’s award-winning wines are mostly from the estate vineyard as well as vineyards
vineyard they planted isn’t too far from the off the beaten path from Tepesquet Canyon or throughout the Central Coast has helped
little roadside tasting room and 1994 was the the Foxen trail. Costa De Oro stands alone in Burk do just that. “When you talk about
first vintage. “My family and the Espinolas the heart of Santa Maria almost literally on the wines that are over the top, I usually find that
have been growing vegetables here since dividing line between the agricultural east one glass is all you can handle, whereas I
1978. Everything from broccoli to cauliflower and the industrial west sides. want the best glass to be the one at the
to strawberries,” Burk says. Indeed, the broc- The wines that Gary and his assistant bottom of the bottle. The wine should evolve
coli growing right next to the tasting room winemaker Paul Lato are making are rich, over the course of it being opened and we

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shoot for that,” Burk says.


While Burk has no formal
wine education, he and Teresa are
trained musicians and worked for
a time in the studios in Los
Angeles, he has “the best kind” of
training, that being hands on.
Lato is a sommelier and came to
Burk through Au Bon Climat’s Jim
Clendenen who met him while he
worked in restaurants in Toronto.
Lato is originally from Poland and
his world travels have helped him
define his palate and his style. It
was Clendenen who introduced
the two after Burk had worked
with him at ABC as well. “That
was a real education in wine,”
says Burk. “Back then, and I think
even now, all the employees
gather at lunch-time and drink
wine with their food, tasting and
discussing. It’s very Old World, a
very European style of wine-
making.”
In many ways, Costa De Oro
bridges cultures, from Santa
Maria’s agricultural/industrial
roots to Old and New World wine
distinctions. “We’ve found that
because of our location, people
come looking for more than just
wine,” Burk says. And that’s just
what they find. Between a
vegetable-growing winemaker
and his sommelier assistant, Gary
Burk is interested in more than
just the bottle. He and Paul Lato
are interested in the whole table.
Costa De Oro then provides a
real Central Coast farmer’s market
and wine-tasting experience to
the world-weary travelers of the
101. It’s an oasis, of sorts, but it’s
also a true representation of the
unique quality and character of
Central Coast Wine Country.
Costa de Oro is open daily
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1331 S.
Nicholson Aveune. For more
information, call (805) 922-1468.

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Winemaker Profile: J. Paul Rosilez Winery

JOE ROSILEZ they go by taste. Similarly, Rosilez runs tests


by Leah Kolt
with his equipment mostly to validate his
From left: Celler Master Jeff Faccou,

W
ine is good medicine. instincts.
Winemaker Joe Paul Rosilez
You won’t hear any arguing with that The impressive spectrum of wine varieties and Celler Tech Chris McGowan
bit of wisdom from Joe Rosilez in offered by J. Paul Rosilez Winery comes,
Paso Robles. surprisingly enough, from just one 26-acre acteristic honeysuckle aroma.
And you aren’t likely to find a “Do not vineyard in Creston, a small community Viognier is the one Rosilez checks on most
refill” sticker on the labels of his wines. southeast of Paso Robles. Owned by Carl and frequently during production, he said. “The
Rosilez is both a pharmacist and a wine- Phyllis Herder, it provides seven varieties of Viognier and our Cab, which is the base wine
maker. grapes to Rosilez, including the reds and for our Apothecary blend.”
Or should it be winemaker and a pharma- small amounts of Chardonnay and Viognier Does Rosilez envision the day when wine-
cist? “Pharmacy is still my primary vocation,” This broad range is made possible by tiny making might become his vocation instead of
Rosilez says, even though he spends almost as pockets of low-lying zones in the vineyard his avocation? No time soon. “I’ll stay in phar-
many hours in his wine laboratory as he does called “microclimates,” which afford the macy for another 14 years,” he predicts.
filling prescriptions. cooler growing conditions the whites need. “Although, I do plan to scale back some, now
The result is an extraordinary array of Buying all his grapes from one source is that we have three girls under the age of five.”
wines, from a Super Tuscan blend called certainly a factor in the success of the Roseliz What will change is the location of the
“Apothecary” to a quintessential California label. “Carl Herder is very receptive to my tasting room. Although the family recently
Zinfandel called “Herder Vineyard.” ideas and we collaborate very closely,” he built a charming adobe-style facility on
No surprise, Apothecary is Rosilez’s said. Highway 46 east of Paso Robles, a local resort
personal favorite, as well as his signature What wine would you likely find on the developer made an offer to buy the facility
wine. A medium-bodied blend of 80% dinner table in the Rosilez home? Mainly that they couldn’t refuse.
Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese, it Apothecary, but not for the reason you might As a result, after this summer the tasting
also has sentimental value, since it happens to expect. “I don’t tend to drink much of other room business will shift to nearby Cambria, a
be the only wine he and his wife, Whitney, people’s wine,” he said. “I like my own wine, small town on the Pacific Ocean a few miles
make together. but mostly I don’t want others to influence south of Hearst Castle on the Pacific Coast
And don’t underestimate her influence. my style. When you acquire a following for a Highway.
Whitney is the one, after all, who gave him a certain style, it’s counterproductive to change Production will continue in the Paso
wine press and de-stemmer as a wedding it and go with popular trends.” Robles facility for the next five years. Then the
present – alongside the five tons of grapes a Although he’s successfully tackled the winery’s production will relocate to Creston,
family friend presented to the happy couple. notoriously difficult Pinot Noir – his 2001 near the vineyard which produces its grapes.
“We were married in July and picked grapes earned a gold medal at the Orange County Despite these changes, Rosilez sees a
in September,” he recalls fondly. Fair – Rosilez finds the Italian variety future much like the present: boutique
The result was the first vintage of J. Paul Sangiovese to be the most difficult. “It’s the production rates of 2,500-3,000 cases, hand-
Rosilez. “I’ll never forget pressing Chardonnay most challenging to work with, by far,“ he crafted with the help of others – such as
grapes at midnight,” says Rosilez, who still said. “Pinot Noir is hard to grow, but once it friends Chris McGowan and Jeff Faccou, who
works until the wee hours in the wine lab, gets to the winemaker, it’s relatively easy to can be found crushing grapes on nights when
after putting in very full days as a pharmacist. make. The Sangiovese is very rough out of the temperatures plunge to near-freezing; Nina
The two professions create a type of barrel, almost raw. It needs a great deal of Faccou, the winery general manager; wife
synergy that works well for Rosilez. He finds tender loving care.” Whitney; and his parents, Barbara and Joe,
that the analytical portion of winemaking The hallmark wine of J. Paul Rosilez is who run the tasting room.
comes easily to him. But he attributes more of their Viognier, the white Rhône grape that is Stop by the J. Paul Rosilez tasting room at
his skill to intuition and just being “born redolent of peaches and cream, considered by 734 Main Street, Suite C, in Cambria; open
with” a good palate. many wine experts to be the most sensuous of Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5, Friday
“Being a winemaker is almost like being a the major whites. The Viognier from J. Paul and Saturday until 7 p.m. For more informa-
good chef,” he explains. Chefs don’t measure, Rosilez is dry and full-bodied, with the char- tion, call (805) 226-0550.

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Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival, March 14-16


During the weekend, more than 90 wineries will host an array of wineries. The final lot of the evening will be the official artwork of
special events throughout Paso Robles Wine Country during the the 2007 Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival.
Zinfandel Festival weekend. Winemaker dinners, food pairings, The evening is topped off with a Grand Tasting featuring
seminars, open houses and special tastings are just a few of the Zinfandel from more than 40 area wineries. Zin-friendly hors
activities in store. d’oeuvres and a silent auction will accompany, featuring a wide
On Saturday, March 15, Zinfandel producers and enthusiasts variety of wine and lifestyle packages.
come together for an evening of wine, food and celebration of While visiting the Paso Robles Wine Country it is strongly
California’s heritage variety. The evening is made up of two events suggested that you practice the four S’s of responsibile tasting:
– a live auction from 4:30 to 7 p.m., and a Zinfandel Grand SWIRL, SMELL, SIP and SPIT.
Tasting with silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. The marquee event This annual event is held every third weekend in March. For
takes place at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside tickets or more information, visit the website at www.pasowine.com.
Avenue in Paso Robles. A portion of the proceeds from the
evening’s activities will be donated to causes benefiting health and
education for the vineyard worker population in the local commu-
nity. This event sold out last year, advance ticket purchases are
strongly encouraged.
The live auction includes specialty lifestyle, art and wine pack-
ages available only at this auction. The live auction is the only
opportunity to taste and purchase the 2008 collaborative Zinfandel
blend created with world-class Zinfandel from a host of Paso Robles

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TRIO TASTINGS
1557 Mission Dr.
Downtown Solvang
Photos by Victor Boghossian

A PASSION FOR WINEMAKING


Great Wines from Two Outstanding Winemakers
select clients.

S
eeing the fruits of your labor reach a
The two together bring decades of
new level is something that wine-
knowledge, artistry, experience and acco-
makers Kris Curran and Bruno D’Al-
lades to their personal labels – BADGE,
fonso are harvesting. Numerous changes
have spurred the growth of their personal Curran and DiBruno. Kris and Bruno have
and professional partnerships to new been together for many years enjoying life,
heights – and the results are being enjoyed wine and friends. A key to their success is
by all that know them and enjoy their being open and honest, and continually
wines. In the past 12 months, they have collaborating with others. This is clearly
joined forces, bringing their labels together visible in the experience of meeting with
under a new organization called “D’Alfonso them in person, visiting with their staff at
– Curran Wine Group.” Their production TRIO Tastings or enjoying a glass of their
has now moved to their new winery, located wine with your favorite meal.
on Rancho La Vina in the heart of the Santa Besides the day-to-day business activities,
Rita Hills AVA, and they have opened the Kris and Bruno have a fond passion for
exquisite TRIO Tastings wine tasting room in German Shepherds and the great Southwest.
the heart of downtown Solvang. They have four dogs between them, and
Kris and Bruno have had wonderful Bruno, after getting his enology degree they’re always at their side – at home or on
career experiences getting to this point. Kris from UC Davis, spent several years at Edna the road to Taos or Santa Fe. As with many
started her career with Cambria Winery, Valley Winery, then went on to be the wine- of their dog-loving colleagues, if you don’t
then went on to Koehler winery before maker for Sanford Winery for 24 years, meet the dogs around the winery, you can
becoming the founding winemaker for Sea growing production to over 50,000 cases check them out in the latest edition of Wine
Smoke Cellars. Most recently she was annually. Today, Bruno continues to make Dogs – USA Edition by Craig McGill and
appointed the Director of Winemaking at wines under his own labels, and also Susan Elliott, available at TRIO Tastings.
Foley Estates in the Santa Rita Hills AVA. provides winemaking services to a few The brands of BADGE, Curran and

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CLUB TRIO
NOW OPEN FOR MEMBERSHIP
Join CLUB TRIO to enjoy the best of BADGE, Curran and
DiBruno wines. The membership packages allow you to tailor
your selections around your personal tastes, volumes and
frequency. Stop by TRIO Tastings in Solvang, open 11 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. daily, or visit TRIOtastings.com to learn more.

DiBruno offer an array of sought-after, small-production wines. Each


with its own unique characteristics and stories to capture your imag-
ination. “By bringing the labels under one entity, we can strengthen
and focus each brand’s distinctive qualities, and add new varietals
over the coming years,” said Abe Schryer, General Manager.
For 2008, Kris and Bruno will release Chardonnay, Tempranillo,
Grenache Gris and other new products under their labels.
BADGE – Bruno D’Alfonso, hailed as a “Santa Barbara icon” by
Wine Spectator, produces exceptional Pinot Noir using fruit from
select vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills. BADGE will also release its
first Chardonnay in April 2008. Curran emphasizes outstanding
limited-production Syrahs and Gewürztraminers, as well as wines
from the warmer end of Santa Ynez Valley. Curran also makes several
Spanish varietals, including Kris’ highly acclaimed Grenache Blanc,
and soon-to-be-released Grenache, Grenache Gris, Carignane and
Tempranillo. Di Bruno – established in 1996 as a way to celebrate
Bruno’s Italian heritage – offers Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Pinot
Grigio, made with grapes from the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa
Rita Hills.
Bringing it all together is TRIO Tastings, Solvang’s newest and
most talked about tasting room. Over the years, Kris and Bruno have
developed a simple shared philosophy that guides their new TRIO
Tastings: great wines find their most satisfying expression when
enjoyed with good food and good friends (and occasionally a small
pack of loveable German Shepherds). From its hardwood floors and
Italian glass lighting, to its leather stools and zinc tasting bars, TRIO
offers a sumptuously relaxed experience – with an enticing by
appointment food-pairing option – to complement Kris and Bruno’s
world-class wines.
TRIO Tastings is located at 1557 Mission Drive in Solvang and is
open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more Information, call
(805) 688-3494.

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Wineology
INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano

Do all wines get better with age?


Contrary to what you may expect, most wines today are made for
consumption while they are still young (within three years of the
vintage on the label) and will not improve very much over time.
With red wines, older vintages generally do have more
complexity and smoothness than a younger vintage, especially for
age-worthy grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and blends
containing these grapes. However, all wines age according to a curve
that reaches a peak year of improvement and then begins to decline.
It is the best guess of winemakers and wine critics as to when in the
life of the wine that peak will occur. My own rule is what I call three
plus three: that is, purchase wines that are young (less than three
years old) and consume them within three years. The only wines in
my cellar older than six years old are French red Bordeaux. That’s
not to imply that American wines do not last longer than six years.
Many do. It’s just that the vast majority of American wines will reach
their best within six years, in my opinion.
White wines reach their peak sooner than reds, so if you have
any white wines in your closet with a vintage more than three years
old, hurry up and consume them. Finer white wines, priced at
around $20 and up, however, are usually structured to withstand a
little more time in the bottle, but I would still recommend applying
the three year rule.
The issue of vintage can be complex. There are wine vintage
charts (available as a reference resource in many wine stores and in
wine publications) that list wine regions around the world and rate
each vintage year according to its quality, which is primarily deter-
mined by that year’s weather. Weather in a given year is more critical
in France, for example, than in California because wine production
laws in many parts of France prohibit irrigation of vines. The
climates in California wine regions are fairly consistent year-to-year,
making differences between vintages less meaningful.
So, unless you are specifically looking for wines to add to your
collection for the purpose of aging them over a period of years, don’t
be too concerned about vintage when you purchase. It’s better to
enjoy them according to your own needs and desires than trying to
guess at when they might be at their peak.

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

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CASTORO CELLARS
‘Dam Fine Wine’
A beautiful grape arbor leads guests to Castoro Cellars for more than twenty-five

C
astoro Cellars was founded 25 years
the attractive Mediterranean-style tasting years.
ago by the husband and wife team of
room, where you will find the resident As part of the annual Zinfandel Festival,
Niels and Bimmer Udsen. The winery
tasting room cat lounging in front of the Castoro Cellars will kick off the weekend
was named after the Italian translation of
large stone fireplace. A spacious art gallery with “Zin, Shuffle and Roll,” Casino Tour-
Niels’ childhood nickname, “Beaver,”
and event facility exhibiting local talent is nament and Dinner on Friday, March 14,
prompting the motto “Dam Fine Wine.”
open daily opening up to the large picnic 2008. Chef Charlie Paladin Wayne will
One of the oldest wineries in the Paso
area and lush gardens where visitors are serve a five-star buffet boasting interna-
Robles AVA, Castoro Cellars began making
welcome to enjoy lunch while relishing tional flavors from around the world paired
wine in the early 1980s and over the course
views of the Cobble Creek Vineyards. with award-winning “Dam Fine Wine.”
of the next ten years, bought equipment The tasting room staff has worked at The weekend continues with live music,
and opened their current tasting room in Castoro Cellars for many years and has barrel and library wine tasting, exclusive
Templeton in 1993. The winery is located garnered a reputation for their incredible wine specials, The Wright Choice BBQ and
“off the beaten path” in San Miguel and hospitality. They are more than happy to Crêpes from Le Moine Crêperie. Chef
provides the space desired for Castoro’s assist any wine palate in discovering a André Averseng of Dining with André and
production facilities. favorite Castoro wine and (keeping families Chef Paul Johnson of the new Paso Robles
Castoro Cellars prides itself on its and designated drivers in mind) provide a Courtyard Marriot will go head to head in a
sustainable growing practices. More than superb alcohol-free grape juice. Zin Cook Off Saturday at 1 p.m. creating
75 acres on the Westside were “Certified One of the wineries in the area to host amazing delicacies that pair well with
Organic” in compliance with USDA stan- public events throughout the year, Castoro Zinfandel. Visitors will be invited to taste
dards in September 2007. Cellars not only hosts winemaker events and vote for their favorite chef.
Castoro Cellars continues to be led by its but also indoor and outdoor concerts Experienced wine enthusiasts and
original team of winemakers. Owner Niels featuring both local artists and interna- novices alike will find whatever they are
Udsen, veteran Winemaker/Enologist Tom tional favorites. Welcoming the commu- looking for at Castoro Cellars. Every visit is
Myers, and Assistant Winemaker Mikel nity to take pleasure in the beautiful garden guaranteed to satisfy the wine lover in you.
Olsten, have worked together for 25 years, setting of the tasting room, while enjoying For a complete list of upcoming events
creating world-class, award-winning wines a great variety of events, is something that and to purchase tickets, call 1-888-DAM-
at affordable prices. is part of the uniqueness that has sustained FINE or visit www.castorocellars.com.

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Robert Haas Honored Wine Industry Person of the Year


A Lifetime Spent Mastering the Wine Business with family ties, and Haas’ commitment to excellence serve as the
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance honored Robert Haas, foundation for creating Tablas Creek Vineyard.
managing partner of Tablas Creek Vineyard as the 2007 Wine Industry Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham honored Haas on behalf of the
Person of the Year during the organization’s 16th annual Wine City of Paso Robles as well as San Luis Obispo County Supervisor,
Country Gala held February 1. Haas has played a leading role in the Harry Ovitt. Furthermore the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy
American wine industry for more than half a century. From working and Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee honored Haas.
alongside his father in his Manhattan retail business, to creating one of During the event, the 2008 Wine Alliance Board of Directors and
the nation’s largest wine importing companies, to entering the Cali- executive team were also announced: Steve Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards &
fornia wine community with the creation of Tablas Creek Vineyard, Winery – Chairman; Cindy Newkirk, Steinbeck Vineyards – Vice
Haas has experienced all facets of the wine industry. Chairman; Jerry Reaugh, Sereno Vista Vineyards – Treasurer; Stephan
Throughout his lifetime of mastering the wine business and selling Asseo, L’Aventure Winery; Don Brady, Robert Hall Winery; Tony
some of the world’s most famous brands, Haas forged lifelong business Domingos, Brave Oak Vineyards; Gary Eberle, Eberle Winery; Paul
relationships with premier wine producers. These partnerships, along Hoover, Still Waters Vineyards; and Alex Villicana, Villicana Winery
For more information about the Paso Robles Wine Country
Alliance (Alliance), visit www.pasowine.com.

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Preferred Tasting Room:

DONATI FAMILY VINEYARD Kleck has had more than 29 years of wine-
by Janis Switzer
making experience in Long Island, Monterey

W
hen the Donati Family purchased and Paso Robles. He currently is consulting
the Mastantuano Winery in Paso winemaker for about half a dozen small local
Robles exactly one year ago, they wineries, as well as his own award-winning
knew the 25-year-old facility needed a lot of label, Silver Stone.
work. Today, the new Donati Hospitality The Donati vineyards are in the Paicines
Center is a bright, open and inviting tasting appellation, a growing region about an hour
room, with high-beamed ceilings and and a half north of Paso Robles. Although it’s
displays of new and unique merchandise. a bit cooler, the area shares some of the same
Located at the corner of Highway 46 West climactic features as Paso Robles, including
and Vineyard Drive, the Old-World style There are also hand-made sandwiches and long, hot days, and cool nights. Only 400
chateau hasn’t changed much from the salads from Dining with Andre, a favorite acres of the 1,000-acre ranch is planted in
outside, but the inside of the tasting room local caterer. vines. Kleck has his choice of fruit and uses
and the winery have undergone significant All these savory items are perfect to enjoy about 10% of the harvest for Donati Family
changes. out in one of the picturesque gazebos on the wines.
In the tasting room, new merchandise property. And for fun, there are two bocce The Donati Vineyard Hospitality Center is
includes one-of-a-kind artistic glass, Italian ball courts next to the gazebos. Babbette located at the intersection of Highway 46
hand-painted pottery, Riedel stemware and Miller – who had been with Mastantuano West and Vineyard Drive in Templeton. A
decanters, and even special wine holders that Winery for years before the sale to Donati – tasting fee of $5 includes four different wines,
allow customers to pack their new wine will even supply bocce balls and equipment. and a $10 fee includes four reserve selections.
purchases in their checked airline bags. A And, of course, there is the wine. Under The tasting fee is waived with the purchase of
new deli case offers artisan cheeses from the direction of winemaker Dan Kleck since any wine. Tours of the winery are available by
Cowgirl Creamery and Cal Poly Creamery, 1998, the winery specializes in award- appointment.
along with other wine-compatible cheeses winning Bordeaux blends, along with For more information, call (805) 238-0676,
supplied by Vivant Cheese in Paso Robles. Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Blanc and Syrah. or go to www.donatifamilyvineyard.com.

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Arroyo Robles – A True ‘Family-Run’ Winery


by Dave Wilcox but they’ve settled successfully in Paso downtown tasting room in March 2006
Robles, where they are planning to open a across from Paso Robles’ historic City Park,
Arroyo Robles is certainly a family-run winery sometime in 2008 on the 60-acre said Brianna Shore, the winery is becoming
enterprise. Bob and Tanis Shore, along with vineyard the Shores own off of San Marcos a well-known piece of the region’s booming
their children, Brianna and Jason, started Road. Twenty-four acres of the vineyard are reputation.
making wine in 1998, sharing equipment planted, much of it to Syrah, which is the “With this location,” she said, “things
with three other wineries in a converted heart of the Arroyo Robles’ Rhône-oriented have just skyrocketed.”
apple barn in See Canyon near Avila Beach. program. Arroyo Robles currently produces about
Bob is the winemaker, with help from Not that the winery is a one-note oper- 3,500 cases annually, said Shore, but plans
assistant winemaker Mauricio Marchant, ation. Arroyo Robles produces an impres- are to increase that number to 5,000.
while Brianna handles the tasting room and sive array of varietals, including Shore also said distribution soon will
marketing, and Jason oversees the wine Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvi- become more widespread. Up to now,
club and technical support. gnon, Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah however, demand through Arroyo Robles’
Bob Shore spent 30 years as a petroleum and Tempranillo. Additionally, they wine club and at the tasting room is often
engineer after graduating from Stanford produce a Mourvedre Rose and a Syrah threatening to overwhelm supply.
University, then decided he wanted to be a Rose, along with a pair of sparkling wines The Arroyo Robles tasting room is at
farmer. The family initially grew stone fruit, and a trio of varietal Ports. 739 12th St., at the corner of 12th and Park
table grapes and cotton and wheat in the The Arroyo Robles 2005 Chardonnay, streets in the historic Mastagni Building,
San Joaquin Valley, said Brianna. Ulti- using fruit from Monterey County, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
mately, the family decided to get into the captured a gold medal at the 2006 Mid- More information is available by calling
wine making business. State Fair. (877) 759-WINE, or you can send an email
Their wine press has moved three times, With the opening of their handsome to jason@arroyorobles.com.

DOWNTOWN
15TH STREETPASO ROBLES
OAK STREET

VIHUELA
14TH STREET
101
SILVER STONE
Wine AtticPIANETTA
13TH STREET
HEARTHSTONE /

PASO ROBLES STREET


BEAR CAVE CELLARS EDWARD MIDLIFE CRISIS
ARROYO ROBLES SELLERS WINERY
12TH STREET
SPRING STREET

PINE STREET

RAILROAD STREET

CITY PARK
RIVERSIDE AVENUE

ORCHID
10TH STREET HILL
STREET
OAK STREET

9TH STREET
PARK

Hice Cellars
8TH STREET ANGLIM WINERY
D’ANBINO CELLARS
7TH STREET

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TASTE WHAT DOWNTOWN


HAS TO OFFER
Arroyo Robles Orchid Hill
Family owned and operated,
Downtown Paso Robles Fine premium
it is our goal to enhance your estate wines are
wine tasting experience and show you is home to more than 10 paired with cheese
the true beauty of Paso Robles wines. to complement your

Tasting bar
premium tasting rooms, tasting experience
on Friday, Saturday,
features gifts,
wine accessories all within walking Sunday and by appointment.
We also feature art work by world-renowned
and
artist Jean-Pierre de Rothschild.
picnic supplies. distance of one another. 1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles
Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso Robles
877-759-WINE | www.arroyorobles.com
Each of these boutique 805-237-7527
Thursday-Monday 11:30-6 or by appointment

wineries offers a unique


Bear Cave Cellars Pianetta Winery
Hand-crafted
experience with Pianetta Winery creates
limited releases of
Paso Robles premium red varietals
red wines. individual flavor. and blends using our
own Estate Vineyards in
Come on by
when you see Together they make Indian Valley. From
growing to winemaking our techniques
the Bear Flag fly focus on balance and intense flavor.
or give us a call
and we will open. for an unforgettable Join us at the Historic
Granger’s Union Building.
1227 Park Street
Suite B Wine Country 829 13th Street, Paso Robles
805-226-4005 | www.pianettawinery.com
Paso Robles
Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 12pm-6pm
805-238-4329 destination Friday & Saturday: 11am-7pm

D’Anbino Edward Sellers Vihuela


Owned by a family Edward Sellers is Vihuela (vee-way-la)
of professional a boutique winery is a boutique winery
specializing in small lots with a passion for
musicians, you of handmade American
will always be old-world Spanish guitar
Rhône-style wines
entertained in our and a taste for
from Paso Robles.
Our awarding winning wines reveal an new world, artisan wine.
lively tasting room.
elegant structure and an intense Each wine is crafted
Experience our fruit concentration distinctive of their to express an elegant
award-winning progressive Central Coast origins.
balance of art and science that
wines and music Come in and enjoy a taste. we’d love to share with you!
memorabilia. 1220 Park Street, Paso Robles
1307 Park St, Paso Robles (behind Keller Williams)
710 Pine Street, Paso Robles in the newly completed “Clock Tower Building”
805-835-4304
805-227-6800 805-239-8915 | www.edwardsellers.com
Sunday & Monday 11-4
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11-6 Thursday-Monday, Noon-7 Thursday through Saturday 11-8

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A Sit-Down Seminar
Featuring Zinfandel from
Far Out Wineries and More!
Calling all Zinfandel fans. This is your opportunity to taste wines
from all 16 Far Out wineries in one great location and perhaps learn a
thing or two! On Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the wine-
makers or proprietors will form a panel to present, seminar style, a
wide range of Zinfandels at Calcareous Vineyards. Hear straight from
the source the winemaking principals used in crafting and farming
your favorite varietal. Determine for yourself what styles you tend to
favor and re-affirm why you just can’t get enough Zinfandel!
Cost is $55 per person. For reservations, call Judy at (805) 237-
0138. Make your reservations early, this event will sell out!

Eberle Winery’s Zinfandel


Festival Winemaker
Dinner, Friday, March 14
Eberle Winery welcomes local favorite Claude Chazalon for
Zinfandel Festival 2008! Chef Chazalon, former owner of two restau-
rants in Paris for 20 years, opened “Paris” restaurant in downtown Paso
Robles in November 2002, focusing on the ambiance of the French
countryside and its fine cuisine. After many requests from loyal
customers and friends, Chef Claude and his wife Chantal decided on
a new adventure “Safran.” Join Eberle Winery as we partner once again
with this fine friend and wonderful chef in the Eberle Caves for
Zinfandel Festival 2008. Cost is $120/Cellar Club members,
$150/non-members. For reservations or information, contact Sheri
Kennedy at (805) 238-9607 or email sheri@eberlewinery.com. Or
make a reservation online at www.EberleWinery.com.
Visitors are always welcome to visit the winery’s tasting room and
to tour the caves. Eberle is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the
months of October through March, and until 6 p.m. April through
September. Come by and enjoy complimentary wine tasting, daily
public tours of Eberle Wine Caves, a scenic deck overlooking the
Estate Vineyard, gourmet picnic lunches, bocce ball and shop in the
tasting room for a vast array of gifts and Eberle merchandise.
Eberle Winery is located at 3810 Highway 46 East in Paso Robles,
3.5 miles east of Highway 101.

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Visit some of the newest and most exciting


wineries on Califonia’s Central Coast!

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Family owned and operated vineyard and winery
We invite you come and taste our
specializing in handcrafted wines with intense
wines in the B & E Saloon that colors and flavors. Join us in celebrating in the true
overlooks the vineyard. Italian tradition with food and wine pairing,
salami, prosciutto, provolone, sopres-sata, pâté,
imported pasta, specialty items and the finest pasta
Daily 11am-5pm sauces. Food available daily.
10000 Creston Road, Paso Robles
805-238-4815 Open Daily 10am-7:30pm
www.bevineyard.com 5185 Union Road, Paso Robles
805-226-0227 | www.falconnestwine.com

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Falcon Nest Winery – Just Like a Trip to Tuscany


If you’ve ever had the good fortune to visit a winery in Italy, you
know what it’s like to enjoy the combination of great wine, beautiful
scenery and most of all, warm and welcoming people. Now you don’t
have to endure a 12-hour plane flight to experience the delights of
Italy. Falcon Nest Winery is the creation of Francesco Grande and his
lovely wife, Carolynn. Francesco was born in Calabria and grew up in
the Tuscany region of Italy. Like so many of his fellow countrymen, his
passion for food and wine has been the focus of his life.
For twenty-eight years he ran a successful and very, very busy
restaurant in Los Angeles. It took a long-time friend and customer to
convince him that he needed a little vacation. A trip up to the Paso
Robles wine-growing region was just supposed to provide a little rest
and relaxation. But with only one look at the stunningly beautiful
rolling hills of Central California, Francesco knew that it was time for
a new challenge. It was time to return to his roots.
“Wine has been in my family for centuries. My father was a wine-
maker, my grandfather was a winemaker as was his father before him
and his father before him! In Italy, it is a way of life,” says Francesco.
With the gusto he gave to his cooking, Francesco has turned his
land into some of the finest vineyards in the area. His picturesque little
winery on the top of the hill looks over a seemingly endless sea of Carol and Francesco Grande
vines. He now has fifty-five acres planted in Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah,
Petite Verdot and Zinfandel.
“I love the art of cooking, but once the food is on the table, it is
CHATEAU MARGENE
soon gone. There is an art to winemaking as well plus it lasts a lot A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of
luxury, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Margene
longer. With aging wine becomes better. Food becomes worse!” says produces 3,000 cases per year and focuses on viticulture and
winemaking practices that offer maximum expression of the
Francesco. Paso Robles terrior. Come enjoy the wines and picnic on the
Francesco has not totally hung up his chef’s apron, though. The deck or under the oaks.
tasting room offers an array of his handmade sauces and Italian Open Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm
By advanced appointment on Fridays
specialties. Guests are often treated to tasty morsels along side the fine 4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA
805-238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com
wines of Falcon Nest.
Falcon’s Nest Winery is located on Union Road in Paso Robles. The
tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more infor- CASS VINEYARDS
mation, call (805) 226-0227 or go to www.falconnestwine.com. Visit us at our café style tasting room and sample your
favorite Rhône wines, paired with samples of select gourmet
cheese, pâte and specialty food. Our Chef’s Pantry offers an
array of choices for an impromptu picnic indoors or out. We
also offer a lunch menu prepared by our Chef Dusty Lehigh
FALCON NEST VINEYARD & WINERY DINNERS Friday thru Sunday.
• Saturday, March 15, 7-11pm – Italian Dinner Dance Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Four-course dinner, $25 (tax & wine not included) 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
805-239-1730 | www.casswines.com
Romantic dining music followed by fun dancing.
Reservation required, (805) 226-0227 or falconnestwinery@aol.com
• Saturday, April 12, 7-11pm – “Turkish Delight“ Dinner Dance
Four-course dinner, $25 (tax & wine not included) – Bellydance performance STILL WATERS VINEYARDS
and fun instruction by Kellie. Romantic dining music followed by fun dancing.
Reservation required, (805) 226-0227 or falconnestwinery@aol.com Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon,
• Saturday, May 16, 7-11pm – Winemaker Dinner Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and
Four-course French gourmet dinner with wine, $85/$75 wine club members Viognier. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular
Reservation required, (805) 226-0227 or falconnestwinery@aol.com views from our olive grove overlooking the vineyard.
• May 17 & 18, 10am-7:30pm – Cuban Lechon Sandwich with Mojo Thursday-Monday 11-5pm
(Cuban-style pork with orange-lime sauce), $10 2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles
805-237-9231 | www.stillwatersvineyards.com

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14th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival


The San Luis Obispo International Film historic narrow-gauge train, a reception and
Festival (SLOIFF ) is excited to preview its screening of the 1973 classic, Emperor of the
upcoming 2008 festival program. San Luis North. Actor Keith Carradine (Deadwood,
Obispo County will play host to hundreds of Nashville) will be in attendance and is looking
visiting filmmakers, celebrities and movie forward to telling stories about working with
buffs during the festival’s ten days of films, film greats, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. A
special events, filmmaking panels, and parties, portion of the proceeds from this evening will
from March 7 to 16. benefit the renovation of the SLO Railroad
This year, SLOIFF will offer up an eclectic Museum.
program that should suit even the pickiest Non-stop festival screenings will begin on
filmgoer. There are several new themes within Saturday, March 8 and will feature quality
the festival program, as well as a few tradi- independent cinema from more than a dozen
tional events, like the popular Surf Night in countries in a wide variety of genres, from arts Legendary surf filmmaker, Bud Browne will be
SLO and the King Vidor Career Achievement to sports to politics and romantic comedies honored at the Annual Surf Night, March 13
Award tribute. and everything in between. The majority of Awards will be presented for the outstanding
Opening night, March 7, will feature a rail- these films have been submitted to the George films in each category on Saturday, March 15.
road-themed screening and party, aptly held at Sidney Independent Film Competition – in Many films will include Q & A sessions after
the Santa Margarita Ranch. The evening will fact over 300 films were entered this year, the screening. This year, screenings will
include a twilight train ride on the ranch’s compared to only about 100 two years ago. happen in several parts of the county,

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including Paso Robes, Shell Beach and Avila Beach. director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond, The Rose) will be in atten-
The Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase will highlight some of the dance along with Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds, Lizzie
best films produced by local filmmakers, with new awards for best McGuire), who played one of the young cowboys in the film. A pre-
short and feature-length films. The SLOIFF will also celebrate young screening reception at Arroyo Robles tasting room and post-screening
American filmmakers at the Youth Filmmaking Competition, screening Q & A session will make this a very special night for all ages, especially
short films by kids from kindergarten through high school. future ranchers.
Surf Night in SLO will be back for its third year with a Tribute to The new Hollywood and Vines series will pair classic films with
Bud Browne, the grandfather of surf filmmaking. 95-year-old Bud great Central Coast wineries, with wine and cheese receptions before
Browne will be honored by well-known surfers and filmmakers from many of the older Hollywood classics.
around the globe at this historic reunion, right here on the Central Other highlights include a sing-along version of Hairspray; film-
Coast, which is now Bud’s home. One of his many films, Surfing in the making workshops that will focus on cinematography, acting, stunt
’50s will be screened at the Fremont Theatre, followed by a Q & A work and more; celebrity filmmakers and actors in attendance at
session, raffle and a ’50s-style surf party with live music, in the nearby selected screenings throughout the festival; lively parties at some of the
downtown Pier One building. best bars and restaurants in SLO County with a designated “meeting
Western Night in Paso is another new event to 2008, featuring the spot” on each night of the festival – a great way to meet visiting film-
1972 John Wayne classic, The Cowboys. Academy Award nominated makers and other festival goers.
Film passes and tickets for select events are available at the SLOIFF
headquarters – 861 Palm St. (next to the Palm Theatre), and online at
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(32 miles, see page 28)
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American Riviera Wine Auction & Dinner, March 14, 15


Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation has held a worldwide which serve the poor and victims of natural and civil
biennial wine auction to benefit Direct Relief International. The disasters without regard to political affiliation, religious belief,
auction has presented the opportunity for one of the region’s ethnic identity or ability to pay. Healthy people. Better World.
fastest growing industries, which is gaining international acclaim “Wine, Dine and all that Jazz” set for Saturday, March 15 at the
for its wines, to rally together to put the “fruits of their success” Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, featuring an exciting live auction,
toward a greater good. has sold out. This highly-anticipated event features a multi-
The Vintners’ auctions have raised more than $1,000,000, course gourmet dinner presented by Suzanne Goin of Lucques,
which leveraged with Direct Relief’s unique ability to stretch A.O.C. and Hungry Cat in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Dinner
dollars donated, has furnished over $26 million in medical mate- will be complemented by an array of Santa Barbara wines from
rial aid provided to those in need. member vintners. If you wish to be added to the waitlist, call the
Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation conducts philanthropic SBVA office at (805) 688-0881 and ask for Becky Barieau or Fran.
work on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Associa- The cost for this event is $300 per person, which includes admis-
tion. By pooling their resources they are able to provide substan- sion to both Friday and Saturday events.
tial support for scholarships and charities in the community. It’s not too late to get involved! Tickets are still available for
The mission of Direct Relief is to improve the health of people Friday night’s “Viva Vino Party,” on March 14. This evening will
by strengthening fragile health systems. DRI provides appropriate be held at the Direct Relief headquarters in Goleta and begins at
ongoing medical assistance to health institutions and projects 6 p.m. This fun evening will feature wine tasting, local celebrity

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Paso Robles Paso Robles (88 miles, see page 22)

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are $100 and can be purchased by calling the SBCVA office at auction featured winery parties, fine dining, entertainment, fine
(805) 688-0881. jewelry, U.S. and international travel, and other lifestyle offer-
Auction items for both Friday’s and Saturday’s auctions will ings. The bidding is furious and fun, and the proceeds of the
feature winery parties, fine dining, exciting U.S. and interna- evening generate aid for less fortunate people throughout the
tional travel, and other once-in-a-lifetime lifestyle offerings. The world.
bidding will be furious, fun, and the proceeds from both auctions
will provide medical assistance to Direct Relief International’s
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2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 10-5:30 X X 6169 Airport Rd; 805-239-8900 10-5 X X
★ Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 11-5
5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 800-676-1232 X X X ★ Donati Family Vineyard – Templeton Daily 11am-5pm ★ J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles Daily
Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676 X X 4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 12-5 X X
AJB Vineyards – Paso Robles Weekends
3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 12-5 X X Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles Sa-Su 12-5 ★ J. Paul Rosilez – Cambria Mo-Th Su 11-5
3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Or By Appt X 734 Main St, Ste C; 805-927-5110 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X
★ Anglim Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo 11-5:30
740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 Su 12-5:30 & By Appt X X Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton By
4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 11-5 X 5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Appt X X
★ Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles Closed Tu
739 12th St; 877-759-WINE Daily 11-7 X X Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles JanKris Winery – Templeton Daily
1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Daily 10-5:30 X X 1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 11-5 X X X
★ B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su By
10,000 Creston Rd; 805-238-4815 10-5 Appt X X Eagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles Daily Justin Winery – Paso Robles Daily
3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X X X 11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-6932 10-5 X X X
★ Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &
1227 Park St; 805-238-4329 Some Weekends X X ★ Eberle Winery – Paso Robles Daily Kukkula – Templeton By
3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 10-5 X X X 9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475 Appt
Bella Luna – Templeton Fr-Su
1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 10-5 X X ★ Edward Sellers – Paso Robles Th-Mo L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-4
1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 12-7 X X 2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 or By Appt X X
★ Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles Daily
3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 10-5 X X ★ EOS Estate Winery – Paso Robles Daily Laura’s Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 10-5 X X X 5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 10-5 X X
Black Hand – San Miguel By
1735 Nygren Rd; 805-712-WINE Appt X X ★ Falcon Nest Winery– Paso Robles Daily Le Cuvier – Paso Robles By Appt,
5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 10-7:30 X X 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Wine Club Only
Brian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily Linne Calodo – Paso Robles Fr-Su
2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 X X
Hwy 46 East; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X 3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 11-5 X X
Calcareous Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo
Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles By Locatelli Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su
Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 11-5 X X
8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Appt 8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4 X X
Caparone Winery – Paso Robles Daily
Four Vines Winery – Templeton Daily Lone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily
2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 11-5 X X X
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0055 11-5 X X 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X X
Carmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles
Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt Madison Cellars – Paso Robles By
11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 X X
Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526 4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Appt X X
★ Cass Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles By Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-5
7350 Linne Rd; 805-239-1730 11-6 X X
1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 Appt 5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Or By Appt X X
★ Castoro Cellars – Templeton Daily Garretson Wine Co. – Paso Robles Daily Martin & Weyrich – Paso Robles Su-Th 10-5
1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 10-5:30 X X 2323 Tulley Rd #110; 805-239-2074 11-5 X X 2610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 Fr-Sa 10-6 X X
★ Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos We-Su 11-5:30 Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles By McClean Vineyards – Templeton By
131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 Closed Tu X X 5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Appt 4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 Appt
Changala Winery – Templeton Sa 11:30-5 By ★ Grey Wolf Cellars– Paso Robles Daily Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
422 Main St; 805-238-0421 Su 12-4 Appt X X 2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X X 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X X
★ Chateau Margene – Creston Sa-Su ★ Halter Ranch Vnyd– Paso Robles Th-Mo ★ Midlife Crisis – Paso Robles Th-Mo
4385 La Panza Rd; 805-238-2321 12-6 X X 8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X X 1244 Pine St, Suite A; 805-237-8730 10:30-6 X X
Christian Lazo – San Miguel Sa-Su ★ Hansen Vineyard– Templeton Daily Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
249 10th Street, Suite A; 805-467-2672 10-5 X X 5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 10-5:30 X X 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 X X
Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily Harmony Cellars– Harmony Daily ★ Minassian-Young – Paso Robles Fr-Su
8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 10-5 X X 3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 10-5 X X 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X X
Clautiere Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily ★ Hearthstone Tasting Room – Paso Robles Moonstone Cellars – Cambria Th-Mo
1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 12-5 X X 1244 Pine St, Ste A; 805 237-8730 Th-Mo 10:30-6 X X 801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 X X
★ D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su Hice Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo NadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su
710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 11-6 X X 821 Pine St Unit D; 805-237-8888 12-5 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X X
Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su Hug Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 10:30-5 X X 2323 Tuley Ct Ste. 120 D; 805-828-5906 11-5 7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X X
Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles Daily ★ Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Sa-Su 12-4 X X 2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 10:30-5:30 X X 7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X X

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1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 11-5:30 X X 422 South Main; 888-611-9463 11-5 X X 1307 Park St; 805 835-4304 Su & Mo 11-4 X X
Parkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By ★ Sculpterra – Paso Robles Fr-Su 10-5 Villicana Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su
70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt X X 5015 Linne Road, 888-302-8881 or By Appt X X 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X X
★ Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily ★ Silver Horse – San Miguel Fr-Mo ★ Vina Robles – Paso Robles Daily
1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X X 2995 Pleasant Rd; 805-467-WINE 11-5 X X 3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 10-5 X X
★ Peachy Canyon Winery Too – Paso Robles ★ Silver Stone – Paso Robles Mo-Th 12-7 VinFuzion – Paso Robles We-Su
2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805-237-7848 Fr-Su 11-5 X X 827 13th St; 805-226-2788 Fr-Sa 12-8 Su 11-4 X X 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0208 11-5:30 X X

★ Penman Springs Vineyard – Paso Robles Skyhawk Lane – San Miguel By Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles Su 11-5
1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 Fr-Su 11-5 X X 1605 Commerce Way; 213-200-4661 Appt 7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 By Appt X X

★ Pianetta – Paso Robles Su-Mo-Th: 12-6pm Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr 12-5 Whalebone Winery – Paso Robles Daily
829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X X 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Sa-Su 11-5 X X 8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 11-4:30 X X

Pipestone – Paso Robles Th-Mo Stephen’s Cellar – Templeton By Wild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles Daily
2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 X X 7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Appt X X 3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 11-5 X X

Poalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles By ★ Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles Th-Mo Wild Horse Winery – Templeton Daily
18888 Willow Creek Rd; 805-238-0600 Appt 2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 11-5 X X 1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 X X

Pretty-Smith – San Miguel Fr-Su Summerwood – Paso Robles Daily ★ Windward Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 10-5 X X 2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 10-5:30 X X 138 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 11-5 X X

Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles We-Su ★ Sylvester Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily York Mountain – Templeton Daily
1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 X X 5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 11-5 X X X 7505 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-3925 11-5 X X

Rainbows End Winery – San Miguel By Tablas Creek – Paso Robles Daily Zenaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
8535 Mission Ln; 805-467-3345 Appt X X 9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 10-5 X X X 1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 11-5 X X X

★ Rio Seco – Paso Robles Daily Terry Hoage – Paso Robles By ZinAlley – Templeton Fr-Su
4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X X 870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Appt 3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X X

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36 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3741 11-4 X X 2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 11-5 X X ★ Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita Fr-Su
2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 12-6 X X
RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles By Tobin James Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
7986 North River Rd; 805-467-3106 Appt 8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 10-6 X X SAN LUIS OBISPO
★ Robert Hall – Paso Robles Daily Tolo Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Mo Alapay Cellars – Avila Beach Daily
3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 10-6 X X X 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 11-5 X X 415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X X
Rotta Winery – Paso Robles Daily Turley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily Aron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Th-Su
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 11-5 X X 2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X X 845 Embarcadero Rd, Suite F; 805-610-5751 12-5 X X
★ Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Th-Su Venteux Vineyards – Templeton Fr-Su ★ Baileyana Vineyard – San Luis ObispoDaily
8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 11-5 X X 1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 X X 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 X X
San Marcos Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton By Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande Daily
7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Daily 11-5 X X 2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X X 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE 11-5 X X

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831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X X 5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt 2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X X
★ Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily Cambria Winery – Santa Maria Daily The Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily
2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X X 5475 Chardonnay Lane; 888-339-9463 10-5 X X 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 11-4 X X
Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo Daily Chimere – Santa Maria By Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Th-Mo 11-5
7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 X X 217 North Russell; 805-310-1148 Appt 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 (Closed Tu-We) X X

Edna Valley Vnyd – San Luis Obispo Daily Costa de Oro – Santa Maria Daily ★ Carina Cellars – Los Olivos Daily
2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 X X 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 11-6 X X 2900-A Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 11-5 X X

Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Daily Consilience – Los Olivos Daily
1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 11-5 X X 3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-9063 10-5:30 X X 2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X X

Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily
2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X X 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X

★ Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande Daily Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily
453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 11-5 X X 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X 2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 11-5 X X

Morovino – Avila Beach Th-Mo Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily Dierberg Estate Vineyard – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
550 1st St; 805-627-1443 12-5 X X 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Ortman Family – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria Daily Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo
3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-473-9463 10-5 X X 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 11-4 X X 2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 X X

Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo IO Vineyards – Santa Maria By John Kerr Wines – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room
1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 11-5 X X X 5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5:30 X X
Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily
Piedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo ★ KennethVolk Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily
6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X
6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 By Appt 5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 10:30-4:30 X X X
Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily
Rancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande Koehler – Los Olivos Daily
5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X
591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 1st Saturday of the month 11-5 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X
Flying Goat Cellars – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
★ Salisbury Vineyards – Avila Valley Daily Labyrinth – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE 11-6 X X 2717 Aviation Way; 805-268-4155 Daily 10-5 X X
Great Oaks Ranch – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
Saucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily McKeon-Philips – Santa Maria Daily
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 10-5 X X 2115 S Blosser Rd; 805-928-3025 11-6 X X
J Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
Sextant Wines – San Luis Obispo Daily Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang)
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
3536 S. Higuera St; 866-833-WINE 11-5 X X 2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X X
Koehler – Los Olivos Daily
Stephen Ross Wine Cellars – San Luis Obispo Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Daily 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X
2330 Johnson Ave; 805-594-1318 By Appt X 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 10-4 X X
Lane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room
★ Tangent Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily Tantara Vineyard – Santa Maria By 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 X X
5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 11-5 X X 4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 Appt
Longoria Wines – Los Olivos Daily
★ Talley Vineyards – Arroyo Grande Daily Tres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria Daily 2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 11-4:30 X X
3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10:30-4:30 X X 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 10-5 X X
Oak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos
Taste – San Luis Obispo Mo-Sa 11-9 Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos Daily 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X X
1003 Osos St; 805-269-TASTE Su 11-5 X X 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X
Qupé Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
★ Tolosa Winery – San Luis Obispo Daily LOS OLIVOS 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-968-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 X X
Alexander & Wayne – Los Olivos Daily Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
★ Wood Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo 2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 11-6 X X 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 X X
136 Bridge St; 805-489-9663 11-5 X X
Andrew Murray – Los Olivos Daily ★ Scott Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo
Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Th-Su 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 11-6 X X 2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-570-0048 12-5 X X
6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 11-5 X X
Arthur Earl – Los Olivos Daily Star Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
S A N TA M A R I A / F O X E N C A N Y O N 2921 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 11-6 X X 2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
Addamo Estate Vineyards – Orcutt Tu-Su Beckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily Three Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
400 East Clark Ave; 805-937-6400 11-7 X X 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-8664 11-5 X X 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
Bedford Thompson – Los Alamos Daily Bernat – at Los Olivos Café Daily Vandale – at The Ballard Inn in Ballard Fr-Su
448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 11-5 X X 2879 Grand Ave; 805-688-7265 11-9 X X 2436 Baseline Ave; 805-688-7770 12-5:30 X X

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2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X 3950 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0558 10-5 X X
★ Wild Heart Winery – Los Olivos Daily ★ DiBruno – at Trio Tastings, Solvang Kalyra Winery – Santa Ynez Mo-Fr 11-5
2933-C Grand Ave; 805-688-7386 11-5 X X 1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X 343 North Refugio Rd; 805-693-8864 Sa-Su 10-5 X X
Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos Daily East Valley – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang Roblar Winery – Santa Ynez Daily
6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X 1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X 3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 10-5 X X
L O M P O C / B U E L LT O N Honeywood/Olde Mission Wine Co. Sunstone – Santa Ynez Daily
Tasting room for Honeywood, Michael Grace and Ovene Winery 125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 10-4 X X
Alma Rosa – Buellton Daily
7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 11-5 X X 1539 Mission Dr, #A & B, Solvang Su-Th 9:30-5:30 S A N TA B A R B A R A
805-686-9323 Fr-Sa 9:30-6:30 X X
Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc By Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara Daily
805-736-9957 Appt X X Jorian Hill – Solvang By 414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 11-5 X X
1051 Croft Lane; 805-686-8490 Appt
Babcock Winery – Lompoc Daily Jaffurs – Santa Barbara Fr-Su
5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 10:30-4 X X Lincourt Winery – Solvang Daily 819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 11-5 X X
1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 10-5 X X
Casa Cassara – Buellton We-Mo Kalyra Winery – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7
291 Valley St; 805-686-5159 11-5 X X Lions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Fr-Mo 212 State St; 805-695-8606 Sa-Su 12-8 X X
1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 11-5 X X
Clos Pepe – Lompoc By Margerum Wine Company – at Wine Cask in Santa Barbara
4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 Appt Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang Daily 813 Anacapa St; 805-966-9463 Sa-Su 11-3 X X
1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 11-5:30 X X
Fiddlehead Cellars – at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily
1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 530-756-4550 Th-Sa 11-4 X X Mandolina Wines – Solvang Daily 202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 X X
1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 11-5:30 X X
Foley Estates – Lompoc Daily Stearns Wharf Vintners – Santa Barbara 9-9 Summer
6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 10-5 X X Michael Grace – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang End of State St; 805-966-6624 9-6 Winter X X
1539 Mission; 805-686-9323 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X Summerland – Summerland Tu-Th 11-5
Harrison-Clarke – Lompoc By
805-686-0850 Appt Ovene Winery – at Old Mission Tasting Company in Solvang 2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Fr-Su 11-7 X X
1539 Mission; 714-420-2525 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X Oreana Winery – (formally Cellar 205) Santa Barbara
Hitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton
406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X X Presidio Vineyard – Solvang Daily 205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Daily 11-5 X X
1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 11-6 X X Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Fr-Su
Huber Vineyards – Lompoc By
4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 Appt Rideau Vineyard – Solvang Daily 36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-965-0956 12-4 X X
1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 11-4 X X
Ken Brown Wines – Buellton By
2025 Still Meadows Rd; 805-448-3791 Appt Royal Oaks – Solvang Daily
Lafond Vineyard – Buellton
6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921
Daily
10-5 X X
1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740
Rusack Vineyard – Solvang
10-5:30
Daily
X X
Planning a trip
Melville Vineyard – Lompoc
5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030
Daily
11-4 X X
1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278
Shoestring Winery – Solvang
11-5
Fr-Su
X X
to Northern
Mosby Winery – Buellton
9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415
Daily
10-4 X X
800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 11-4 X X California
★ Stolpman Vineyard – Solvang Daily
Palmina – Lompoc Th-Sa 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-688-0400 11-4 X X Wine Country?
1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 11-4 X X ★ Trio Tastings – Solvang Th-Su 11-5
Sanford Winery – Lompoc Daily 1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 or By Appt X X
Look for WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 11-4 X X Tasting room for Badge Wines, DiBruno & Curran Wines
at wineries, hotels, concierge desks,
S O LVA N G Uncorked/Monsoon Cellars Fr-Sa 12-9pm car rentals, restaurants, high-end
467 Alisal Rd Ste 2; 805-693-8000; Solvang Su 12-6 X X grocery stories and more!
★ Badge Wines – at Trio Tastings, Solvang
1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X S A N TA Y N E Z

Blackjack Ranch – Solvang Daily 11-5 ★ Artiste – Santa Ynez


3569 Sagunto St; 805-686-2626
Daily
11-5 X X
Check us out online at
2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 Closed Wed X X
Blair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang Au Bon Climat – at Wine Cellar Tasting Room in Santa Ynez
www.WineCountry
1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 X X 3631 Sagunto St; 805-688-8688 Daily 11-6 X X ThisWeek.com
Cabana Cellars/Wandering Dog Wine Bar – Solvang Bridlewood Estate – Santa Ynez Daily for help in planning
1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 We-Mo 11-8ish X X 3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 10-5 X X
your next visit to
Casa Cassara – at Olive House in Solvang Buttonwood Farm – Santa Ynez Daily
1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-3032 11-5 X X
Wine Country !

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