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PASO ROBLES

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

ONGOING Vina Robles Winery Summer Concert Series 2008 805-369-0140, www.vinarobles.com Paso Robles May 23: Violin and Guitar Duo June 27: Usonia Jazz Band July 25: D. Voss Jazz Trio August 22: San Luis Jazz Sept 26: Sugar Daddy Swing Kings Oct 24: Sean Wiggins

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week. 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles www.vinotecawinebar.com. March 26: RN Estate April 2: Tablas Creek April 23: B & E Vineyards April 30: Anglim Winery

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

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

ONGOING SATURDAYS Paso Robles Farmers’ Market Country farm arts and crafts market 8am-12:30pm, 805-237-9254, Paso Robles

ONGOING Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars 10am-5pm, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton www.castorocellars.com

March: Maeve Croghan

April: Tiles & Paintings by Pomm

ONGOING THURSDAYS Vina Robles Ballroom Dance Classes Learn to dance & show what you have learned during the social dance hour! 10am-5pm, 805-369-0140, Paso Robles Vina Robles Hospitality Center, www.vinarobles.com 6-7pm, $10 wine club members/$12 non-members

March: Rumba & Waltz

April: Cha-Cha & Tango

May: Samba & Mambo

June: Swing & Foxtrot

July: Rumba & Waltz

August: Cha-Cha & Tango

• Sept: Samba & Mambo

Oct: Swing & Foxtrot

ONGOING Painting Exhibits at Villicana Winery Enjoy fine art work along with fine wines 11am-5pm, 805-239-9456, Paso Robles

MARCH 22-23 Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter with a fun & exciting Easter Egg hunt at its downtown Paso Robles tasting room. 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles

MARCH 22 Cinders Blues Band at Vihuela Winery Great music & fine wines 5-8pm, 805-226-2010, Paso Robles www.vihuelawinery.com email: info@vihuelawinery.com

MARCH 22 Easter Egg Hunt for Grownups at Chumeia Who said kids should have all the fun for Easter? Find eggs filled with discounts & surprises. 12-4pm, 888-343-9445, Paso Robles www.chumeiawinery.com

MARCH 29 Castoro Cellars Indoor Concert – Pierre Bensusan 7:30pm, $20, Paso Robles, 888-DAM-FINE www.castorocellars.com

APRIL 4 Black Sheep Gourmet Foods at Meridian Enjoy samples of "Hot Stuff for Cool Folks" 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles www.meridianvineyards.com

APRIL 4-6 Cental Coast Equine Experience 3 day horse fair with clinics, products & more. 805-237-0011, Paso Robles

APRIL 11-13 Cattlemen’s Western Art Show Fifty artists from all over the USA & Canada exhibit & sell their unique Western art Various schedules, Paso Robles www.cattlemenswesternartshow.com

APRIL 11 Tax Revolt Weekend at the Wineries of Highway 46 West Join the Highway 46 West Wineries while they celebrate a special weekend of no sales tax!

www.paso46westwineries.com

APRIL 11 Highway 46 West Friday Night Wine and Cheese The Highway 46 West Wineries will gather at Midnight Cellars Winery and will be tasting the

award winning wines paired with selections of

artisan cheese. $15 pp/ $25 couple

805-239-8904, Paso Robles

APRIL 12 "Winemaker of the Year" Blending Session at Castoro Learn the art of blending from the winemakers $85, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton www.castorocellars.com

APRIL 12

Turkish Night at Falcon Nest Winery

Enjoy a delicious Turkish 4 course dinner with

Turkish music and belly dancers too.

7pm, $25, 805-226-0227, Paso Robles

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Tax Relief Weekend at Midlife Crisis Winery Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating the tax season with great wine tastings & pairings. 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles

APRIL 25 Friday Night Sunset Wine Down Unwind with a glass of wine & a gourmet sand- wich out on the garden terrace as you listen to the music of Elise Taylor & watch the sun go down 6-9pm, $20pp, RSVP, 805-239-1616, Paso Robles www.roberthallwinery.com

CAYUCOS AND MORRO BAY

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

ONGOING Central Coast Outdoor Day Hikes Sat/Sun, 888-873-5610, Morro Bay www.centralcoastoutdoors.com

ONGOING Art Demonstrations by Fine Artists Non-profit art gallery exhibit of local artists 7pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay www.morrobayartassociation.org

ONGOING Adventures with Nature Docent guided walks Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org Various hikes at various times including; Fast Hike to Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail, Sand Spit Walk and Ocean Lagoon.

ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Art galleries’ open house receptions 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay

ONGOING SATURDAYS Fishermen & FarmersMarket in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians 3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay

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Christopher Cohan Center Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo 805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org

Mar 20: Noche Flemenca

Mar 21 & 22: High School Musical

ONGOING The San Luis Obispo Art Center Permanent collection and constantly rotating exhibits of works by local artists in all media – paintings, sculpture, photography and more. 11am-5pm, 805-543-8562, San Luis Obispo Ongoing through March: “Caution: Art Zone” www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING Kelrick at Unity San Luis Obispo, 805-543-PLAY March 21-23: High School Musical April 26-May 18: Beauty & the Beast

ONGOING SECOND SUNDAY Dallidet Adobe & Gardens Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo Site of first commercial winery in the area. 10am-1pm, 805-543-0638, San Luis Obispo www.slochs.org/dallidet

ONGOING Lectures & Art at California Polytechnic State University 805-756-1511, San Luis Obispo www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu

ONGOING San Luis Obispo Little Theatre 805-786-2440, www.slolittletheatre.org

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

ONGOING THROUGH MAY 20 Hearst Castle, Evening Tours Experience evening reflections from the 1930s $30, 800-444-4445, San Luis Obispo www.hearstcastle.com

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

ONGOING San Luis Obispo Art Center Show Constantly rotating exhibits in all media 11am-5pm, 805-481-3991, San Luis Obispo www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING TUESDAYS 2-oz. Tuesdays at Taste Weekly drink specials 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Down Wednesdays at Taste Tastings with the winemaker 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com

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

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock Live music, wine and food 7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo

ONGOING A Murder Mystery Dinner Enjoy a parody of The Golden Girls with a delicious dinner, wine and laughter

5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant

Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com

APRIL 4 San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Task Force Annual BBQ 2008 Great BBQ, exciting auction, lots of wine & more! 5pm, $45, 805-547-1024, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 11-12 Scenes from Strauss Cal Poly’s Opera Workshop perform scenes from Strauss' "Die Fiedermaus" 8pm, $10, 805-756-2787, San Luis Obispo www.calpoly.edu

APRIL 12 Children’s Day in the Plaza Fun day rides, games, petting farm and more! 10am-3pm, 805-782-7280, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 12 Saturday in the Garden Master gardeners, landscapers & garden writers share their knowledge 1-4pm, 805-546-3501, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 18-19 Poly Royal - Cal Poly’s Open House Learn about Cal Poly as students show what they’re learning. Event includes food, flower shows, engineering exhibits, rodeos and more! 10am-5pm, 805-756-1111, San Luis Obispo

http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/ohs/98

APRIL 20 Wine & Food Interaction at Edna Valley Learn how to utilize the characteristics of food to balance the components of the wine. 2-7pm, $5, 805-544-5855, San Luis Obispo www.ednavalley.com

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ARROYO GRANDE

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

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

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

ONGOING Clarke Center for Performing Arts 805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande www.clarkcenter.org

Mar 29: The Wonder Bread Years

April 10: Best of Hollywood

April 19: Barbershop After Dark

April 20: Dancing in the Moonlight

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING Santa Maria Valley Railroad 805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com Elegant excursions featuring five star gourmet meals

ONGOING MONDAYS Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro Featuring regional & varietal tastings 5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Santa Maria

ONGOING Serverson Theatre 805-922-8313, Santa Maria ongoing through April 12: Art March 28-April 20: Life x3

MARCH 30 Choo Chew Sunday at the Bitter Creek Western Live Steam Railroad Enjoy unlimited train rides & BBQ 10am-4pm, $15 adult/ $6 Child, 805-714-4927 Santa Maria, www.smvrhm.org

APRIL 5 Santa Maria Railroad Speed Run Beautifully restored railroad railbus #9 leads an excursion out of town. BBQ & discounts too. 805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com

APRIL 19-20 Open House at Kenneth Volk Vineyards Enjoy current, new releases, library wines hors d'oeuvres, live music and more! 11am-5pm, 805-782-0425, Santa Maria www.volkwines.com

SANTA MARGARITA

APRIL 19 Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

A celebration featuring earth friendly cuisine,

sustainably produced wines, live entertainment

& exhibits highlighting inovative products 1-5pm, 805-369-2288, Santa Margarita Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia www.earthdayfoodandwine.com

LOS OLIVOS

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion afterwards 7pm, 805-688-1082, Los Olivos www.wildlingmuseum.org

ONGOING FIRST TUESDAY Wine and Art at Los Olivos café 5-7pm, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos www.losolivoscafe.com

ONGOING Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres 5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos www.losolivoscafe.com

Mar 27: Tuscan Tasting Journey

April 16: Carhartt

April 23: John Alan Winery

April 24: New Zealand Tasting Journey

April 30: Palmina Winery

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

An Evening with the Winemaker at Los Olivos Café Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres. 5pm, $15 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

Mar 26: Whitcraft Winery

April 2: Blair Fox Cellars

April 9: Ken Brown Wines

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting

Enjoy delicious organic tastings

10am-2pm, $3, Los Olivos, 805-693-1600 www.globalgardensgifts.com

ONGOING THURSDAYS Fess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along Sing along with Fess & Marcy, 8:30-10:30pm 805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com

SANTA YNEZ

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

ONGOING Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum and Parks - Janeway Carriage House Exhibits from Chumash period through early 20th century ranch days 12-4pm, 805-688-7889, Santa Ynez www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org

SECOND THURSDAY Wine Impressions at Artiste Join fellow wine lovers for a blind tasting, sensory evaluation, & discussion by region 7-9pm, 805-686-2626, Santa Ynez www.artiste.com

ONGOING Chumash Casino Concerts 800-585-3737, Santa Ynez www.chumashcasino.com

March 21: ShoXC

March 27: Carole King

April 3: Tanya Tucker

April 10: Julio Iglesias

April 17: Boz Scaggs

April 24: Kenny Rogers

ONGOING

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk Naturalists lead walk on the Oak Canyon Trail

10-11:30am, $6, 805-688-4515, Santa Ynez Park www.cachuma.com

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

ONGOING Art Exhibit at Artiste Winery 11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

MARCH 28 "La Buena Vida" Artiste Art & Wine Dinner at the Ballard Inn Celebrate "the good life " at this decadent wine dinner featuring the culinary artistry of Chef Budi Kazali, Santa Ynez, www.artiste.com Limited to 40 guests, RSVP at 805-686-2626

MARCH 28-29 Dance Lessons at Maverick Saloon

www.mavericksaloon.org, Santa Ynez

Dance lessons & live country western & rock

music all night long. 805-686-4785

6:45: Dance Lessons

8:30: Country Western Music 11:30: Rock, Hip Hop & more

MARCH 29 Imbibers Club Open House at Buttonwood Winery

Open to all Imbibers Club members and their

guests and enjoy barrel samples of the new

2007 reds & new 2007 whites too. 12-3pm, 805-688-3032, Santa Ynez

APRIL 9 Country Joe McDonald 5:30pm, 805-688-0383, Santa Ynez www.talesfromthetavern.com/calendar

LOMPOC

ONGOING SATURDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Great food, wine & music, Lompoc 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

APRIL 19 Santa Barbara Country Vintners Festival More than 80 wineries & restaurants serving exciting tastes and flavors. Wine lovers from near and far come to meet member vintners, taste their wines and enjoy great food and music in a festive outdoor environment. 1-4pm, 805-688-0881, River Park www.sbcountywine.com, Lompoc

SOLVANG

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

ONGOING Solvang Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers and foods, 3-7pm Solvang , 805-962-5354, www.solvangca.com

ONGOING WEEKENDS Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology $15, 805-686-505, Cachuma Lake

www.cachuma.com

ONGOING

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

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

Ongoing through April 6:

“Artists’ Books Made Here” at Elverhoj

All aspects of the objects of books 805-686-1211, Solvang , www.elverhoj.org

APRIL 2 Hans Christian Andersen 203rd Birthday Celebration View a Hans Christian Anderson museum at the Book Loft. 805-688-2052, Solvang www.bookloftsolvang.com

SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING Arlington Theatre 805-963-4408, Santa Barbara • Apr 13: Eddie Vedder Apr 15, 16, 17: Cats

ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show Featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry 10am–6pm, 805-897-1982, East Beach Pier www.sbaacs.com

ONGOING TUESDAYS Discussions & Coffee Tastings Get insider info on up & coming books, music and movies with coffe tasting too, Santa Barbara 805-899-3659, 3pm, Borders, Books & Music

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting with the Winemakers 4-7pm, 805-691-1020, East Beach Wines Santa Barbara, www.eastbeachwine.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine & Cheese Pairings at East Beach Wines Enjoy delicious pairings & new selections each week 4-7pm, $10, 805-899-1535, Santa Barbara www.eastbeachwines.com

ONGOING Trout Fishing & Wildlife Walks at Cachuma Lake Enjoy fishing (with trout brought in) & excellent wildlife viewing from bald eagles to mule deer. 805-686-5055, Santa Barbara, www.sbparks.org

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

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

ONGOING SATURDAYS Cachuma Lake Nature Walk 1 mile walk for all ages on the Oak Canyon Trail 10-11:30am, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara Cachuma Lake Nature Center www.cachuma.com

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

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS First Thursday Art, cultural events and fine wine tasting! 5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in downtown Santa Barbara www.santabarbaradowntown.com

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

• Ongoing through May 11: From Geisha to Ghosts:

Leading Ladies of Japanese Woodblock prints

ONGOING Lobero Theatre 805-966-4946, Santa Barbara www.loberotheatre.com

• Mar 21: The 3rd Annual "Cash for the Coast"

Mar 22: Jake Armerding

Mar 22: A Spring Concert

ONGOING Planetarium Shows at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com

Exploring the Spring Sky

Cosmic Safari

• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 20 The Syringa Tree at the Alhecama Theatre A tale of sweeping political upheaval $28-$40, 8pm, 805-965-5400, Santa Barbara

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A New Level of Luxury along the Central Coast

by Charles Neave

Level of Luxury along the Central Coast b y Charle s Neave A sk anyone who

A sk anyone who has ever spent a day

touring and tasting at wineries, or been to a wedding, and the one luxury

everyone would agree on when it comes to what would make the day even more perfect, and the answer would be: have someone else do the driving. And the perfect way to end the day? A sunset cruise on a classic motor yacht of course. Wine Tours VIP, based in Paso Robles, is in the unique position to provide it all, from start to a spectacular finish. With a fleet of six limousines transporta- tion, enough for an entire wedding party or any corporate event, the result is assured. And with a 72-foot yacht at your disposal, events on both land and sea can be catered to in high style. Add to that a staff that is knowl- edgeable, flexible, concerned, friendly and professional and you have Wine Tours VIP, a new company that was two years in the making. In addition to the limousines, there is also a gleaming 22-foot Mercedes Airstream motor limousine (one of just a hundred made) that

accommodates six people in style and comfort, with six feet of headroom and all the amenities you can imagine. A supply of three types of sparkling wine, bottled waters, chilled espresso, soda, three different beers, snacks (can you ever have too many cashews?) and even chocolates are a part of the provisioning in the Mercedes Airstream motor limousine. There is also surround sound and guests are welcome to plug in their own iPods. “They all say ‘I’ll be back’ and that is a great compliment. I love what I do and I think that translates to the experience people have with us. We treat people like royalty,” said Don Gould, owner of Wine Tours VIP. “We are truly a door-to-door service, which means that we provide a complete service from the moment our guests meets us until we drop them off at their home or hotel. “I introduce them to the people at the winery, arrange for private tours and tastings, anything they want. I totally enjoy meeting new people and making sure that they have fun while they are with us.” To continue your luxury adventure onto

the seven seas, The Papagallo II is a spacious and classic Motor Yacht. “We will stop at one of our selected wineries first. Then, you will sit down to an elegant luncheon or sunset dinner which includes five special courses made just for you by our executive chef. You will have special wines paired with each course. Enjoy a scenic tour to the yacht, gourmet foods, specialty wines and the ulti- mate in hospitality. This exclusive Yacht Luncheon or Sunset Dinner cruise with a professional wine pairing is in the beautiful Morro Bay.” This private classic motor yacht luncheon or sunset dinner cruise with wine pairing is about five to six hours long, from time of pick-up to the final drop-off. And they have also had people married on the yacht, and have used their limousines to make sure that everyone in the wedding party arrives on time. It is all part of making an already special day even more memorable. For more information or to book reserva- tions, contact Wine Tours VIP at (805) 239- 5920, or go ahead and look them up on the Internet at www.winetoursvip.com.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK ATTRACTIONS Paso Robles Kruse Week The City of Paso Robles has announced

Paso Robles Kruse Week

The City of Paso Robles has announced plans to launch a Memorial Day weekend event, Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008. Created in coordination with Estrella Associates, Inc, the event will feature a live and internet auction of collector cars, entertainment, community events and more. The five-day automotive- themed Kruse Week will kick off on Friday, May 23, with a car auction to be held at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa. The auction launches a lively five days of entertainment and activities. “We’re very pleased about the way this event is coming together,” said City Manager Jim App. “We’re looking forward to keeping the community informed as we finalize our plans for an exciting Kruse Week schedule.” Kruse International is one of the world’s leading collector car auction firms. Among other major sales, the Kruse family is noted for conducting the $41 million sellout of the famous William F. Harrah automotive collection in the mid-eighties. “Bringing Kruse to Paso Robles for this major event is an incredibly exciting prospect,” said Estrella CEO, Dick Will- hoit. “We are proud to help the City create a signature event setting a new standard for Paso Robles.” For more information, contact Paso Robles City Event Manager Freda Berman at (805)

237-4134.

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Winemaker Profile:

Talley Vineyards

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THIS WEEK Winemaker Profile: Talley Vineyards L ESLIE M EAD by Leah Kolt T he Arroyo

by Leah Kolt

T he Arroyo Grande winegrowing region

of the California Central Coast has a

climate and soils very similar to those

of its famous French cousin – Burgundy. While Burgundy’s northern-latitude loca- tion keeps high temperatures at bay, the Arroyo Grande AVA owes its micro-climate to an east-west orientation, which allows cooling fogs from the nearby Pacific Ocean to drift directly into the vineyards. As a result, the same great grapes love both areas. No wonder Don Talley decided to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the steep hill- sides above his family’s vegetable farmland in the early ’80s. Burgundy has influenced Talley’s wine- making in another way, with its minimalist approach – a strong belief in “terroir,” with as little manipulation as possible during the winemaking process, allowing a sense of place to infuse their distinctive wines. It takes a winemaker with a light hand and a sense of restraint to resist the invasive tech- niques so many California wineries succumb to.

“We try to capture the individual expres- sion of each of our vineyards,” says Leslie Mead, appointed Talley winemaker in January of 2007, after serving as an enologist there since 2005. Her background also includes working in a water quality labora- tory in the forestry industry. Morphing from water quality analyst into winemaker was “a complete happy accident” for her. “I just happened to see a newspaper ad for a lab technician at a winery in Calav- eras County,” she explained. She jumped at the chance, later picking up production management experience at another vineyard. Was it hard for someone with such a tech- nical and analytical mind to adapt to the traditional methods of Burgundy? “Not at all. In fact, I have embraced working with Old World winemaking techniques,” she says. And there is plenty of proof the techniques work well at Talley, with numerous ratings in the 90s for their wines, as well as praise from the likes of Robert Parker – arguably the country’s best-known wine critic – who has referred to Talley as “the superstar producer of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the Central Coast” and “one of the finest Pinot Noir producers in California.”

Other factors help Talley garner these accolades, such as quality control and consis- tency, according to Mead. And she doesn’t just mean consistent weather. Good business practices contribute, as well. The vineyard workers, who all started first at Talley farms, are long-term employees of the family business. And the pickers are also the sorters. “So when they see which grapes we discard during sorting, they know what not to pick the next day,” she said. Compartmentalization is another key to quality and consistency, she added. “We keep all lots separated right up until we make the final blending decisions. We even have lots as small as a barrel’s worth.” And what about a winemaker’s life, when she’s outside the lab and the barrel room? Mead heads up a literacy center at the winery to help the field workers learn to speak, read, and write in English. “I love the way Talley gives back to its workers,” she said. Talley Vineyards is located at 3031 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more infor- mation, call (805) 489-0446 or visit the website at www.talleyvineyards.com

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Earth Day Food & Wine Festival to Leave Minimal Footprint

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT) announced that it’s Earth Day Food & Wine Festival will be a “waste free” event, held on April 19 at Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia in Santa Margarita. The food provided by more than 40 local farmers and restaurants will be served on and with recyclable and compostable plates, bowls, forks and spoons. Guests will be asked to drink water from their glass, thus avoiding the use of individual plastic bottles. Appropriate disposal containers, provided by San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority, will be accessible throughout the event. A team of volunteers will be on site, managing the recycling and composting project and answering any questions guests may have. The event’s program is produced using paper with 100% post- consumer recycled content and the entertainment stage is solar powered, compliments of Pacific Energy Company. Ticketholders who carpool with four or more in a vehicle, will receive premium parking spaces. In addition, ride share options will be available throughout the county. “By reducing the disposable materials and carefully selecting the products that we are using based on their ability to be recycled or composted, there won’t be any trash going into the landfill from this event. With a bit of planning and effort, and a few changes, we’re able

bit of planning and effort, and a few changes, we’re able to make a big impact

to make a big impact on the footprint that we have, and we are very proud of that,” said Kris O’Connor, Executive Director of the Central Coast Vineyard Team. The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is an intimate celebration featuring earth friendly cuisine, sustainably produced wines, live entertainment and educational exhibits highlighting innovative prod- ucts. The food and wine featured are grown on local Central Coast farms committed to innovative practices that protect both our natural resources and communities. Proceeds support sustainable agriculture research and farmworker outreach programs conducted by the Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT), a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information visit www.EarthDayFoodandWine.com or call (805) 369-2288.

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Clay Thompson with “Twin Creeks” grower Larry Meek in front of his vineyard and home
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Larry Meek in front of his vineyard and home

CLAIBORNE & CHURCHILL

A Community Effort

I t’s an old cliché in the wine industry that great wines are “made in the vineyard.” Like most clichés, this is only half true, but

everyone acknowledges that “you can’t make a good wine from bad grapes.” What, then, does a winery do that does not farm its own grapes? We posed that question to Clay Thompson who, with his wife Fredericka, owns Clai- borne & Churchill, a boutique winery in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley. Claiborne & Churchill has been making quality wines from purchased grapes for twenty-five years. They are especially known for their pioneering (since 1983) focus on “alternative whites” such as Dry Riesling, Dry Gewurztraminer, Dry Muscat and Pinot Gris. Clay stresses the advantages of making wine from purchased grapes. Because the winery is not dependent on a single crop, it is less vulnerable to the whims of mother nature. A greater flexibility means that production can be tailored to meet market demands, and allows a bit of experimentation with new grapes and new wines.

a bit of experimentation with new grapes and new wines. But what about consistency – of

But what about consistency – of style and quality? “It’s all about relationships,” says Clay. “We seek out growers who share the same values as we do, and we develop and maintain a close and trusting relationship with them. It’s a community effort.” Typically these relationships are long-term. Clay has been buying premium Riesling and Gewurztraminer from the same vineyard since 1988. “We don’t tell them how to grow it,” he says, “but they know what we like and we know they’ll deliver it.” Perhaps the most telling example of this philosophy is found in one of Claiborne & Churchill’s super-premium Pinot Noirs, the “Twin Creeks.” The origin of this wine goes

back to the year 2000, when a group of home- owners on nearby Twin Creeks Way came to the winery seeking a buyer for their first harvest of Pinot Noir. Each of these “gentleman farmers” had planted a few acres

of that grape on their property. They shared the vineyard management and wanted to find

a winery that would work with them to turn

their fruit into first-class wine. With an exclusive right to these grapes, Claiborne & Churchill produced its first “Twin Creeks Pinot Noir” in 2001, a powerful wine with its own unique flavor profile. In turn, the growers “became part of the Clai- borne & Churchill family,” says Clay. “We work together to maintain and improve quality, and they are welcome on the crush

pad, in the wine cellar, and – last but not least

– at our celebratory harvest dinners!” The Claiborne & Churchill winery and tasting room is located at 2649 Carpenter Canyon Road (Hwy 227), San Luis Obispo, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The telephone number is (805) 544-4066 and their website is www.claibornechurchill.com.

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PREFERRED RESTAURANTS

MAMA’S MEATBALL

by Charles Neave

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

to get their orders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by

a huge-trunked tree and a water fountain, is the intimate restau-

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

of them now available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the economy and his customer’s wishes. Among them are half a

dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmon and

a refreshing pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto

choices, both hot and cold paninis (including, of course, one made with meatballs), more pasta dishes than there is space here to share (though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot go unmentioned).

There is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes (even a Rack of Lamb al Barolo with roasted potatoes and a rich wine sauce, just as the name suggest) as well as any number of traditional and specialty pizzas (now available in two sizes) and some far too-tempting desserts. And every- thing on their seasonal menus uses the freshest ingredients. Since all of this good food is going to build up a thirst, there is also a nice selection of beer and wine available in the restaurant. Mama’s Meatball is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday. They are located in the Old Creamery plaza at 570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo. They are also known for their very popular catering services, which work with groups (including weddings) of every type and size. Their telephone number is (805) 544-0861 and they are on the Internet at www.MamasMeatball.com. Watch for their new location opening the first week in April at 325 Pier Avenue, in Oceano, (805) 473-2383.

Watch for their new location opening the first week in April at 325 Pier Avenue, in
Watch for their new location opening the first week in April at 325 Pier Avenue, in

CAYUCOS

HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP

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

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

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

MAMA'S MEATBALL

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

805-544-0861

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

NOVO RESTAURANT

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

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ROBIN'S RESTAURANT

Located in the historic east village of Cambria, in a charming vintage home, Robin’s has been delighting locals & visitors with quality fresh eclectic menu of international foods and gracious service for 24 years. We also have a beautiful garden for small weddings & special events. Open daily from 11am. Sunday Brunch specials & monthly Prix Fixe dinners. Easter & Mother’s Day Brunch. 4095 Burton Dr. • www.robinsrestaurant.com • (805) 927-5007

Prix Fixe dinners. Easter & Mother’s Day Brunch. 4095 Burton Dr. • www.robinsrestaurant.com • (805) 927-5007

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Wineology INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano What is a ‘hot’ wine?
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INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano
What is a ‘hot’ wine?

Despite its connotation for things that are trendy, happening and in demand, when applied to wine, the word “hot” is definitely not one that makes winemakers feel warm and fuzzy. A “hot” wine is one whose alcohol content is over the top. Along with other components of fruitiness, tannin and acidity, alcohol is a necessary part of every great wine, but when it dominates a wine’s impact on the palate, it causes a burning sensation on the tongue, or lips, or on the whole palate. When severe, it can be quite jarring to the unsuspecting wine drinker. Of all the components that make up a bottle of wine, alcohol is perhaps the one that makes the biggest impact in the final product. Because, by manipulating the amount of alcohol in the wine, a winemaker can give a dry wine an impression of sweetness, or make a thin wine feel more full-bodied. There are ways in which a wine’s alcohol level can be manipulated – one takes place outside in the vineyard and the other inside the winery. In the vineyard, grapes that are left longer on the vine before picking, that is, increasing its “hang time,” will naturally develop more sugar. And it’s the sugar inside the grapes that gets converted into alcohol during fermentation. So, if you start fermentation with a high percentage of sugar content in the juice, you end up with more alcohol when the fermenta- tion finishes. In the past five to ten years, the amount of alcohol in wines has quietly been creeping upwards. Not long ago, the average Chardonnay contained 11.5%-12.5% alcohol, but today it’s quite normal to see 13.0% or more. And the issue is not limited to just Chardonnay. From Fumé Blanc to Zinfandel, the trend is evident in most California wines. It’s hard to determine if the wine producers are simply responding to consumer demand for more robust wines or acting on a desire to imitate the higher alcohol levels in wines that have been consistently getting highest scores from many respected wine critics and publica- tions. Whichever the reason, the trend is something the wine consumer should be concerned with. However, some wine producers are making an effort to control the growth of high- alcohol wines. Inside the winery, winemakers who feel that a wine doesn’t necessarily get better with more alcohol take steps to actually reduce the alcohol content in wines that ferment to exces- sive heights. A mechanical process, called spinning cone technology, can be used to remove a pre-determined amount of alcohol from wine in order to make it more balanced, food- friendly and exhibit more noticeable delicacy and nuance.

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 wine- makers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com . Send your questions about wine to:

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Weekend of Double Decadence:

Chocolate & Wine, April 19-20

Come to Sylvester Winery for “A Day of Double Decadence.” Enjoy the finest chocolates in the world with Sylvester’s finest wines. Chocolate with wine pairing is $5 per person, or free for wine club members. For more information, call 1-800-891-6055 or send an email to info@sylvesterwinery.com. While you’re there, be sure to take an extra few minutes to explore the classic railcars on display, including 2 vintage Pullman sleepers and a dining car. These cars are a tribute to a bygone era of luxury rail travel. The spacious tasting room offers hospitality, hand crafted wines to taste and a gourmet foods shop. Also available are many unique gift items including crystal, wine accessories and logo apparel. Enjoy the expansive views of the vineyards and nearby mountain range with a picnic basket or with a sampling of our large assortment of gourmet meats and cheeses. Sylvester Vineyards is located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 227-4000 or visit the website at sylvesterwinery.com.

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SILVER HORSE

A One of a Kind Destination

L ocated in San Miguel’s beautiful Pleasant Valley, just minutes away from down- town Paso Robles, the Silver Horse

Winery facility is unlike any other in the Paso Robles area. Situated on a hilltop overlooking hundreds of acres of vineyards, Silver Horse Winery is one of the most beautiful facilities around. With elegant hacienda-style appoint- ments such as 105-year-old clay roof tiles, a hand-made fountain, three patios and a large garden /lawn area, enthusiasts will experience wine bliss while sipping on the French – Bordeaux and Spanish – Rioja varietal wines. Winemaker Stephen Kroener strives to handcraft food-friendly, well-balanced wines that reflect his family’s love of combining great food, great wine and great friends; it is in this spirit that each bottle of Silver Horse wine carries the inscription “Not For Us Alone!” Just a small side note, Silver Horse wines are only available at the tastingroom. Up for a little competition? Silver Horse winery also offers two regulation bocce ball courts and two regulation horseshoe pits. If you’re lucky you may find yourself sipping on fine wine and having a friendly match with

the winemaker/owners of Silver Horse Winery. So come by their wonderful facility and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the Central Coast’s most beautiful vistas. Your dreams for the ultimate wine experience will be found at this family owned and operated

winery! Come See for yourself! Silver Horse Winery is located at 2995 Pleasant Road in San Miguel. Hours are Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 467- WINE or visit www.silverhorsewinery.com.

Perfect Setting for a Wine Country Wedding

Looking for a wedding venue with 360 degree views of the surrounding vineyards in the country side? Then look no further than Silver Horse Winery. Sitting atop a hill in the Pleasant Valley, Silver Horse Winery provides the ideal setting for your wedding. The Spanish Hacienda tasting room and wedding facility with wood-burning fireplace, and elegant hacienda-style appointments such as 105-year-old ceramic roof tiles, make this estate winery a must see. The Barrel Room can hold up to 150 of your guests with a dance floor, DJ/band and food station. The new 7000-square-foot outdoor event facility provides the definitive winery wedding setting. A 3000-square-foot indoor/outdoor event facility with surrounding vineyards can hold up to 400 depending on your layout. A separate catering area keeps all the behind the scenes activities, behind the scenes. The 4000-square-foot Garden Area with its outdoor kitchen, tasting bar and raised seating areas will be ideal for your ceremony and reception as well. To keep your guest entertained Silver Horse Winery has two bocce ball courts as well as two horseshoe pits. Choosing Silver Horse Winery as your wedding facility will make your wedding day truly one to remember!

horseshoe pits. Choosing Silver Horse Winery as your wedding facility will make your wedding day truly
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Friday Night Wine and Cheese at Hwy. 46 West Wineries

The Highway 46 West Wineries Group is gearing up for their annual tax revolt weekend. The group of 13 wineries will be paying the customers sales tax on Saturday and Sunday. To kick off the weekend a wine and cheese tasting is being held at Midnight Cellars, Friday, April 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. The admission for the event is $15 per person or $25 per couple, tickets sold at the door. All 13 wineries will pour award-winning wines along with local olive oils, cheeses and breads.

About Highway 46 West Wineries Group

In 2004, 13 wineries on Highway 46 West formed the Highway 46 West Wineries Group. This group was formed to promote the tasting rooms of the beautiful Westside and to make people aware of the uniqueness of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles

of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and
of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and

Wine Country is as unique and inviting as the people who have dedi- cated themselves to nurturing the vineyards and crafting fine wines. Visitors to Highway 46 West find the road less traveled is often marked by the thrill of discovery in this uncongested region. It’s an area where hospitality is first among a long list of qualities…where being friends and neighbors is as important as producing stellar wines. Highway 46 West is one thread that weaves among the vineyards and wineries connecting longtime estates with exciting new producers. Rolling hills, majestic oaks and lush vineyards await the wine lover at every turn. The tasting rooms of Highway 46 West invite you to enjoy the neighborhood, relax under the spell of a friendly environment and savor life while sipping the spectacular wines. For more information, check out the 46 West Wineries website at

www.paso46westwineries.com.

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GREAT WESTERN BICYCLE RALLY

Introducing New Riders of All Ages to Bicycling

Once a year, on Memorial Day weekend, cyclists of all ages and abilities experience an affordable “mini” vacation with other cyclists in the beautiful and bike-friendly setting of scenic Paso Robles. The Great Western Bicycle Rally is a large, friendly, family oriented bike event extrava- ganza that is unique to California and dedi- cated to recreational cycling. The event trans- forms the Paso Robles Event Center and the surrounding countryside into a pedaler’s paradise. Those attending include families, couples, singles, friends, church groups, bike club members, and Boy and Girl Scout troops … literally anyone who can ride a bike. The Rally prides itself in introducing new riders of all ages to bicycling. Any group or individual can schedule their own rides and activities during the Rally and it’s a great place

to meet up with friends and family and enjoy a longer weekend event. Because there is no specific schedule one must follow partici- pants can enjoy a stress-free environment centered on bicycling. Competitions and social activities are numerous at the Rally making it easy to meet other people. One can choose from doing a competition such as the Hill Climb or Ultra Distance Competition, participate in the “Geo Cache Ride” or take a child to the “Training Wheel Freedom” Clinic or Bicycle Rodeo. Wine taste, attend yoga classes or try the many fine restaurants and tasting rooms in Paso Robles and the surrounding area. Participants can choose from 25 scenic bike rides of varying distances and difficulty through farmland, vineyards, native oaks and even ocean scenery. The Rally is a unique

event (the only Rally in California) with a 44- year-old tradition of offering a variety of activ- ities and rides for all levels of cyclists. The Rally includes:

• Route Slips for Rides From 5 to 100 Miles (from easy to very challenging)

• Admission to Numerous Social Activities and Competitions

• “The Wine Ride” - your purchases are picked up

• Family and Kids Activities and Skill Clinics

• Vendor Market Place, Bike Swap and BBQ’s

• An Optional Supported One-Day Century/Metric Century Bike Ride

• Le Tour de Femme (Women’s Only Ride)

• Clinics, Yoga, Massage, Fun Run

• Goodie Bag and Chance to Win Door Prizes

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Cal Poly Vines To Wines Will Host Sixth Annual Wine Festival Put On By Students, April 25-26

The Cal Poly Vines to Wines club will host its sixth annual Cal Poly Wine Festival, formally known as “An Afternoon Amidst the Oaks” on April 25 and 26. The weekend includes a golf tournament and wine tasting that features California wineries as well as local restaurants and caterers. Vines to Wines is a student-run organi- zation dedicated to promoting active partic- ipation in wine education and establishing industry connections. The “Learn By Tasting” philosophy equips leaders in wine business, oenology and viticulture to address the diverse needs of the wine industry. The festival began as a Cal Poly senior project in 2003 and has grown more each year. Last year the event drew over 1,000

wine enthusiasts, Cal Poly students and alumni. Nearly 100 wineries attended the event from the Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara regions. The golf tournament, called “Golf Classic” will be held at Cypress Ridge Golf Course on Friday, April 25. Participants receive a Tee Bag, a Wine Festival Golf Classic polo shirt, a box lunch and a raffle ticket for the raffle at the end of the tourna- ment. There are three ticket packages avail- able to participants ranging from $150 to $210. The club encourages winemakers and the general public to attend the tourna- ment. The Wine Festival takes place on Saturday, April 26, at Santa Margarita Ranch

where local restaurants will serve appetizers while attendees taste fine wines, bid on silent auction items and listen to local band, The Shival Experience. General admission for the festival is $50. Tickets for Cal Poly students, staff, and faculty are $30. New this year, the “Gold Pass” ticket will offer a premium tasting experience for only $20 more. Doors will open one hour earlier for those ticket holders. Only 200 tickets are available so purchase your tickets early! All tickets and packages go on sale March 1 on the event website. Proceeds from the Golf Classic and the Wine Festival benefit Vines to Wines and Cal Poly’s Wine and Viticulture program. For more information, visit the event website at www.calpolywinefestival.com.

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Midlife Crisis Winery – Chasing A Dream

“Midlife Crisis – what a great name – why did you call it that?” Kevin and Jill Mittan, the owners of Midlife Crisis Winery, are used to this question and many others. Jill’s flip- quick answer is because she is the same age as Disneyland. The real answer is a lot more complex – as are all things in life – and involves many reasons too numerous to name all coming together in a moment of crisis. The result became an overwhelming desire to chase an impossible dream, to believe in it totally and a determination to make it real. They threw caution to the wind once the decision was made to start the winery. In less than four months, they sold their house in Los Angeles, bought land in Paso Robles, started the winery and crushed their first grapes. Both agree that if they took the time to stop and think, there might not be a winery today. Winemaking and all other duties are a shared responsibility for Jill and Kevin. The

Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt Saturday–Sunday March 22-23

Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter with an Easter egg hunt at its downtown Paso Robles tasting room March 22 and 23. Plastic Easter eggs containing special offers, discounts and other surprises will be hidden around the tasting room for you to find. Cheese pairings will be offered with Midlife’s current releases. Special treats will be available for children. Tasting will be complimentary.

E-mail info@midlifecrisiswinery.com or call 805-237-8730

wines reflect their love of food friendly wines. The wines are started in neutral oak until the essence of the fruit has a chance to emerge. Then, oak is used carefully to enhance, not overpower, the fruit. The results are well balanced wines that pair well with food but that can also stand alone. In September of 2005, the Mittans opened a cooperative wine tasting room in down- town Paso Robles called Wines on Pine. In November of 2006, Midlife Crisis Winery went solo. The tasting room at 1244 Pine

Street became the tasting room for the Midlife Crisis Winery only. Aided by tasting room manager and wine maven, Allison Groves, the tasting room is open five days a week allowing the Mittans to make wines on the weekend. You see, as the dream becomes real and the winery grows, day jobs in Los Angeles support it. Five days a week, the Mittans are working in LA in the entertain- ment industry and two days a week, they are in Paso making wine and pushing the dream along. The next phase of the dream is the devel- opment of a winery and vineyard on their property and of, eventually, making wine full time in Paso Robles. Until then, the Mittans invite you to share their midlife crisis and their dream at their tasting room at 1244 Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles. The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also find them online at www.midlifecrisiswinery.com.

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Arroyo Robles

Arroyo Robles
Family owned and operated, it is our goal to enhance your wine tasting experience and

Family owned and operated, it is our goal to enhance your wine tasting experience and show you the true beauty of Paso Robles wines.

Tasting bar

features gifts,

wine accessories

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picnic supplies.

bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies. Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso
bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies. Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso
bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies. Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso
bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies. Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso
bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies. Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso
Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso Robles 877-759-WINE | www.arroyorobles.com

Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso Robles 877-759-WINE | www.arroyorobles.com

Bear Cave Cellars Hand-crafted Paso Robles red wines. Come on by when you see the
Bear Cave Cellars
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and we will open.
1227 Park Street
Suite B
Paso Robles
805-238-4329
D’Anbino Owned by a family of professional musicians, you will always be entertained in our
D’Anbino
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710 Pine Street, Paso Robles
805-227-6800
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11-6

Downtown Paso Robles is home to more than 10 premiumtasting rooms, all within walking distance of one another. Each of these boutique wineries offers a unique experience with individual flavor. Together they make for an unforgettable Wine Country destination

Edward Sellers

Edward Sellers is a boutique winery specializing in small lots of handmade American Rhône-style wines from Paso Robles. Our awarding winning wines reveal an elegant structure and an intense fruit concentration distinctive of their progressive Central Coast origins.

reveal an elegant structure and an intense fruit concentration distinctive of their progressive Central Coast origins.

Come in and enjoy a taste. 1220 Park Street, Paso Robles in the newly completed “Clock Tower Building” 805-239-8915 | www.edwardsellers.com Thursday-Monday, Noon-7

Orchid Hill

Fine premium estate wines are paired with cheese to complement your tasting experience on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and by appointment.

estate wines are paired with cheese to complement your tasting experience on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and

We also feature art work by world-renowned artist Jean-Pierre de Rothschild.

1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles

805-237-7527

Thursday-Monday 11:30-6 or by appointment

Pianetta Winery

Pianetta Winery creates limited releases of premium red varietals and blends using our own Estate Vineyards in

red varietals and blends using our own Estate Vineyards in Indian Valley. From growing to winemaking

Indian Valley. From growing to winemaking our techniques

focus on balance and intense flavor. Join us at the Historic Granger’s Union Building.

829 13th Street, Paso Robles

805-226-4005 | www.pianettawinery.com Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 12pm-6pm Friday & Saturday: 11am-7pm

Vihuela

Vihuela (vee-way-la) is a boutique winery with a passion for old-world Spanish guitar and a taste for new world, artisan wine.

Each wine is crafted to express an elegant balance of art and science that we’d love to share with you!

of art and science that we’d love to share with you! 1307 Park St, Paso Robles

1307 Park St, Paso Robles (behind Keller Williams)

805-835-4304

Sunday & Monday 11-4 Thursday through Saturday 11-8

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Pierre Bensusan Concert at Castoro Cellars

Innovative acoustic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan is coming to Castoro Cellars for a evening of music and wine in the intimate concert setting. Concert will take place at Castoro Cellars Tasting Room Saturday, March 29. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Enjoy Castoro Cellars Dam Fine Wine while listening to Pierre Bensusan’s unique style exhibiting remarkable dynamics and tone

control, usually to be found only in the playing of high profile clas- sical guitarists. Other upcoming events at Castoro Cellars are:

• Saturday, May 17 – Did someone say Sangria for Breakfast? Kick off your festival celebration with breakfast at Castoro Cellars. Breakfast crêpes by LeMoine Crêperie and Sangria made from our “Dam Fine Wine.” $10/person, $8/Wine Club (includes wine tasting).

• May16-18 – Select library, barrel and special release wine available all weekend. Wright Choice BBQ will fire up the grill and LeMoine Crêperie will be creating sweet and savory crêpes all weekend. Enjoy live music by ZZAH on Sunday between 12 to 4 p.m.

• Friday, May 16 – You are invited to an unforgettable evening of food and wine, as acclaimed Chef José Dahan pairs his culinary prowess with “Dam Fine Wine” – current releases and Niels’ picks from the cellar. Live music by Tim Pacheco. See the website for complete menu. Tickets are $105, $90 for wine club members. Join Castoro Cellars at 1315 North Bethel Road in Templeton. For more information about these events and other upcoming events at Castoro Cellars, check out www.castorocellars.com or call

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Visit some of the newest and most exciting wineries on Califonia’s Central Coast!

PENMAN SPRINGS VINEYARD Penman Springs Vineyard is an artisan wine farm de- dicated to producing

PENMAN SPRINGS VINEYARD

Penman Springs Vineyard is an artisan wine farm de- dicated to producing the finest grapes possible. We grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sarah, Petite Sarah and Muscat Blanc. A select portion of these grapes is crafted into award winning table and dessert wines.

Taste the Art Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm (closed January) 1985 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles 805-237-7959 | www.penmansprings.com

Fine Wine… Friendl y P eo ple Open Daily 11-5 4295 Union Road 805-237-8884 www.riosecowine.com
Fine Wine…
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Open Daily 11-5
4295 Union Road
805-237-8884
www.riosecowine.com

B & E VINEYARDS

B & E VINEYARDS Our vineyard has been in since the late ’80s. B & E

Our vineyard has been in since the late ’80s. B & E Vineyard is a small family owned winery.

We invite you come and taste our wines in the B & E Saloon that overlooks the vineyard.

Daily 11am-5pm 10000 Creston Road, Paso Robles

805-238-4815

www.bevineyard.com

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FALCON NEST VINEYARD & WINERY Family owned and operated vineyard and winery specializing in handcrafted

FALCON NEST VINEYARD & WINERY

Family owned and operated vineyard and winery specializing in handcrafted wines with intense colors and flavors. Join us in celebrating in the true Italian tradition with food and wine pairing, salami, prosciutto, provolone, sopres-sata, pâté, imported pasta, specialty items and the finest pasta sauces. Food available daily.

Open Daily 10am-7:30pm 5185 Union Road, Paso Robles 805-226-0227 | www.falconnestwine.com

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Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery – A Diamond in the Rough

by Dave Wilcox

W hen Tom and Carol Hinkle first glimpsed the site where they would eventually establish Rio Seco Vineyard and Winery, they both thought the same thing: It was a mess.

They saw more than a dozen or so abandoned cars, remnants of a charred home, and chicken and pig pens. Then there were the bullet holes piercing the walls of an old barn where authorities had busted one of the area’s largest marijuana-growing rings. But as a professional baseball scout with more than 25 years expe- rience, Tom Hinkle has developed his ability to witness potential that others might overlook. “He could look past the mess, to the site, and saw the promise and so many possibilities,” Carol Hinkle said of her husband. That promise has been kept. Despite a schedule that keeps him on the road much of the year, Hinkle and his wife, a retired schoolteacher, have developed Rio Seco into a respected winery that produces about 4,000 cases annually. Thirty of the ranch’s 64 acres are planted, with a little more than half growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. Hinkle said after much investigation, he also decided to plant Roussanne and Viognier as the winery’s white varietals. Rio Seco’s blend of Viognier and Orange Muscat is playfully named “Rio Vio.” The Hinkles, who live a few miles south of Paso Robles in Atas- cadero, knew they wanted to stay in San Luis Obispo County even after Tom left his job in 1980 as assistant coach for the Cal Poly base- ball team to become a scout. Hinkle, an All-American catcher signed in 1963 by the Detroit Tigers, is responsible for recruiting future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith to Cal Poly. Some sound investments enabled the couple to buy the 64-acre spread on Paso Robles’ east side overlooking a dry creek (hence, Rio

Seco) in 1996. The site had been used to make a B-movie called “The Junkman,” which Hinkle said is why so many beat-up cars littered the grounds. They were bonded in 1998 and their initial vintages were made under the direction of a consulting winemaker. But in 2000, the Hinkles purchased winemaking equipment from Pesenti Winery when it was sold to Turley Cellars. The decision to buy the equip- ment, instead of paying a consulting winemaker, was empowering,

said Carol Hinkle. They were now in control of their wine from vineyard to bottle. Along with assistant winemaker Eric Bauer (who pitched for Hinkle at Cal Poly during the early 1970s), Hinkle began crafting single-varietal wines along with blends with baseball-themed labels – Clubhouse Red and the Rio Seco Vineyard Paso Robles MVP Reserve Red Table Wine. Hinkle scouts his grapes the same way he eyes ballplayers, looking for nuances that distinguish great fruit from good fruit. Like most good winemakers, Hinkle believes quality wines are “made” in the vineyards. Once harvest is complete and the grapes are crushed, he isn’t one to tinker. “Start with good fruit (and) keep it simple” is the philosophy that guides his winemaking, said Hinkle. “The hard part of this business is farming,” he said while walking through the vineyard on a recent postcard-perfect morning. “We really work to get quality fruit.” Rio Seco’s red wines spend up to 24 months in the barrel, then another eight months to a year in the bottle, before their release. Road trips provide Hinkle with plenty of time to mull ideas for the winery. “Tom’s an idea guy,” said Carol. For the baseball scout, it’s all about the fundamentals: Good food, good wine, good friends, all coming together in a beautiful spot. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. You can find Rio Seco Vineyards and Winery at 4295 Union Road. Exit Highway 101 at Highway 46 East and travel about two miles to Union Road and turn right. Make an immediate left and the winery is about two miles down the road. Call (805) 237-8884 or visit www.riosecowine.com for more information.

CASS VINEYARDS Visit us at our café style tasting room and sample your favorite Rhône

CASS VINEYARDS

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 Friday thru Sunday.

Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles 805-239-1730 | www.casswines.com

CHATEAU MARGENE A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of luxury, handcrafted

CHATEAU MARGENE

A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of luxury, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Margene produces 3,000 cases per year and focuses on viticulture and winemaking practices that offer maximum expression of the Paso Robles terrior. Come enjoy the wines and picnic on the deck or under the oaks.

Open Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm By advanced appointment on Fridays 4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA 805-238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com

STILL WATERS VINEYARDS Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

STILL WATERS VINEYARDS

Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular views from our olive grove overlooking the vineyard.

Thursday-Monday 11-5pm 2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles 805-237-9231 | www.stillwatersvineyards.com

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San Luis Obispo Vintners Association Announces Dates For the Roll Out The Barrel Passport Weekend, May 1-4

Dates For the Roll Out The Barrel Passport Weekend, May 1-4 San Luis Obispo Vintners Association

San Luis Obispo Vintners Association announced the dates of their popular Roll Out The Barrels Weekend Event. The event this year will be, Barrels in the Plaza, Thursday evening in downtown SLO’s mission plaza from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This portion of the weekend will focus primarily on “grown here, made here”; as SLO Vintner’s partner up with local food producers and vendors to celebrate a complete culinary experience right from the terroir of SLO. “This past year all three events sold out as we limit the number of tickets so that we can offer a small town, personal feel to this weekend. We celebrate not only the wine but an entire culinary experience and personalilties behind the scenes of SLO”, said Becky Gray, San Luis Obispo Vintners Executive Director.

Weekend Itinerary includes four days of celebra- tion:

• Thursday, May 1 – Barrels In The Plaza (5:30 – 7:30pm) $25

• Friday, May 2nd – Winemaker Dinners

• Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th – Passport to SLO Wine Country, $50 (Designated Drivers, $40) The annual two day passport portion (Saturday and Sunday), will allow visitors to San Luis Obispo entry to 16 wineries where they will experience wine and food pairings, reserve barrel tastings, entertain- ment and special discounts. More information will be posted soon, visit their website at www.slowine.com.

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Motorcar Excursion on the Santa Maria Railroad, April 5

The Santa Maria Valley Railroad will host the second annual Motorcars Operators West Motorcar Excursion on Saturday April 5, 2008. Maintenance of Way cars, or affectionately called speeders, are railroad motorcars used by railroads for track inspections and to haul tools and workers to work sites. Speeders have been replaced by hy-rail vehicles, standard pickup trucks with railroad wheels. In fact the Santa Maria Valley Railroad is one of the last to use speeders. This year features the fully restored Santa Maria Valley Railroad Railbus No. 9 to be leading the excursion. The Pacific Southwest Rail Museum will be bringing the SMVRR Railbus #9 home for this special excursion. SMVRR Railbus #9 was built in 1932 by Fair- mont Railway Motors and served as an inspection car and auxiliary section car for hauling workers. Railbus #9 was retired by the Santa Maria Valley Railroad in 1962. It was acquired by the Pacific South- west Rail Museum in Campo in 1965 and was fully restored in

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1991. SMVRR Railbus No. 9 was featured in a Huell Howser Cali- fornia Gold segment on the California and Arizona Railroad a few years ago. Although the speeder event is a private event, the public is invited to the freight depot for guided tours of the speeders and SMVRR’s maintenance of way equipment will be displayed. A schedule will be published so anyone who wishes can see the speeders along the SMVRR right of way. Also there will be a silent auction fund raiser for the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Rail- road, a non profit organization dedicated to preserve, improve, and interpret the historical aspects of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad. Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad provide its members and the public with railroading experience and educational opportuni- ties such as dinner train excursions and open house events. The Santa Maria Valley Railroad hosts programs for the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad every second Thursdays of the month starting at 6 p.m. at the historic SMVRR freight depot, 628 S. McClelland Street in Santa Maria. Motorcars Operators West is a non-profit organization devoted to

the restoration and safe, legal operation of railroad motorcars (track speeders). For more information, visit www.smvrr.com.

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Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival, April 19

The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival celebrates the arrival of spring and a new vintage. Excitement is high over the long- weekend of activities that include the “Vintners’ Visa” passport to tasting rooms, special events at wineries throughout the region and the festival itself. The festival features fine wines, superb food, live music, strolling entertainment, demonstrations and a silent auction, all in a festive outdoor environment. The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music in a festive outdoor environment. The 2008 Vintners’ Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 19 and will once again be celebrated at River Park in Lompoc. The festival will feature the wines of the 100+ members of the asso- ciation, live and lively music, a silent auction and Wine Country cuisine by the area’s finest chefs. And why not make a weekend out of it, celebrating the arrival of spring and the beginning of the 2008 vintage? The Vintners’ Visa is your four-day pass to twelve participating

wineries, each of whom are waiving tasting fees and might even be planning something special just for Visa holders. To fully take advan- tage of the weekend, get a “combo” ticket to visit tasting rooms on Friday, Sunday or Monday and enjoy the festival on Saturday. To enjoy your visit to Wine Country and help keep the roads safe, bus transportation will be offered to and from the festival from Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Solvang as well as a Designated Driver ticket, which allows your DD to enjoy the festival ambiance, music and cuisine along with soft drinks and coffee. The festival has grown in popularity and attendance over the years. First held on the grounds of Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, the first festival included 17 Vintners’ Association members pouring their wines. With the 2007 Silver Jubilee, more than ninety wineries will be joined by grower members of the association and more than two dozen local restaurants and caterers. Live bands, wine-related exhibitions and a silent auction to benefit local charities will round out the day. “This closely coincides with the growth of the wine industry in

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Santa Barbara County over the years,” states Jim Fiolek, Executive Director. “Back when we held that first festival, there were fewer than seven thousand acres of vineyards bearing fruit, and we were a rela- tively unknown wine region. Now, we have recognition for the quality of our wines worldwide, with over twenty-thousand acres of vineyards planted within the County. But even as we grow in size and reputation, there is still a small town, country atmosphere here. Great wines, superb food and friendly people – doesn’t get any better than that!” Order tickets early to guarantee your spot, as the Vintners’ Festival generally sells out! Vintners’ Festival tickets are $75 per person. Vintners’ Visas - your four-day pass to twelve tasting rooms – are $35 per person. Combo Ticket – Vintners’ Festival ticket and Visa – are $100 per person. Vinters’ Festival Designated Driver tickets are $25 per person. Bus tickets are $25 per person Bus schedule:

• Santa Barbara: departs/returns Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort,

633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Board: 11:30 a.m.

• Santa Maria: departs/returns Holiday Inn & Suites, 2100 No. Broadway Board 12:15 p.m.

• Solvang: departs/returns Royal Scandinavian Inn,

400 Alisal Road Board 12 p.m.

Royal Scandinavian Inn, 400 Alisal Road Board 12 p.m. You can purchase tickets online until Thursday,

You can purchase tickets online until Thursday, April 17th; tickets purchased before Friday, April 11th will be mailed to you; Festival tickets purchased after April 11th will be held for you at the Will Call tent at the entrance to the event. For more information, visit www.sbcountywines.com, send an email to information@sbcountywines.com or call (805) 688-0881.

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

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★★J Lohr – PasoRobles 6169Airport Rd; 805-239-8900

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5805Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 800-676-1232

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★★J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles

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

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Corner of 46 West

& Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676

 

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X

X

 

12-5

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Donatoni Winery PasoRobles

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Anglim Winery –PasoRobles

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3225

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X

734 Main St, Ste C;

805-927-5110

 

X

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Pine St; 805-227-6813

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Dover Canyon Winery PasoRobles Th-Su

 

Jack Creek Cellars Templeton

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4520VineyardDr; 805-237-0101

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5265

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

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Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery –PasoRobles 1953Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Daily 10-5:30 X X

 

JanKris Winery –Templeton 1266Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319

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B & E Vineyards Paso Robles 10,000CrestonRd; 805-238-4815

10-5

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Eagle Castle Winery –PasoRobles

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Justin Winery – PasoRobles 11680Chimney RockRd; 805-238-6932

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3090AndersonRd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X X X

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Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &

1227ParkSt; 805-238-4329

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Eberle Winery –PasoRobles

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Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475

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

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X

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L’Aventure Winery –PasoRobles

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12-7

 

X

X

 

2815

Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588

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X

X

 

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

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

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EOS Estate Winery –PasoRobles

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Laura’s Vineyard –PasoRobles

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X

X

 

5620

Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300

10-5

 

X

X

 

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

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

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Le Cuvier – Paso Robles 9750Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706

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X

 

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Brian Benson Cellars –PasoRobles Daily 2985AndersonRd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 X X

 

Firestone Vineyard –PasoRobles Hwy 46 East; 805-688-3940

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Linne Calodo –PasoRobles 3030VineyardDr; 805-227-0797

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X

 

11-5

 

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

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11-5

X

X

Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles

By

Locatelli Winery –PasoRobles

Fr-Su

 

8998NorthRiver Rd; 805-467-0192 Appt

 

8585Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4

 

X

X

 

Caparone Winery –PasoRobles 2280SanMarcos Rd; 805-467-3827

Daily

11-5

X

X

X

Four Vines Winery –Templeton

Daily

Lone Madrone –PasoRobles

Daily

 

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 –PasoRobles 11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 X X

 

Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton

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Madison Cellars – Paso Robles 4540Hwy 41; 805-238-9831

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Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526

 

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X

X

   

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

Daily

11-6

 

X

X

 

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

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5725

Union Rd; 805-238-7320

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X

     

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

Daily

10-5:30

 

X

X

 

Garretson Wine Co. –PasoRobles

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Martin & Weyrich –PasoRobles

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2323

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2610

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