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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

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week. 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles www.vinotecawinebar.com.

May 7: Bodegas Paso Robles

May 14: Stacked Stone

May 21: Brochelle Vineyards

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

May: Paso Robles Art Association

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

May: Samba & Mambo

June: Swing & Foxtrot

July: Rumba & Waltz

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

MAY 1-3 Hospice Du Rhône The world's largest international celebration of Rhône varietal wine. Paso Robles 805-784-9543, www.hospicedurhone.org

May 1: Rhône-n-Bowl-Sells out quickly

May 2: Tastings throughout the day

May 2: Dine Around

May 3: Tastings, auction, grand tasting & farewell gala

MAY 2 Gourmet Food at Meridian Enjoy some of the best gourmet foods from local suppliers paired with fine wine. 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles www.meridainvineyards.com

MAY 9-10 Chumeia Vineyards Ice Cream Social Try the delicious complimentary wine ice cream along with award winning wines. 10am-5pm, 805-226-0102, Paso Robles www.chumeiavineyards.com

MAY 11 Mother’s Day Brunch at Meridian Treat Mom to a gourmet brunch in the lovely gardens overlooking the vineyard. 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles www.meridianvineyards.com

MAY 11 Lazy Local Concert at Castoro Cellars Guy Budd Band Celebrate Mother's Day with a blues explosion 888-DAM-FINE, RSVP, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com

MAY 11 Mother's Day Brunch at Robert Hall Winery Treat your mom to a relaxing day of food & wine.

Enjoy an array of delights from a buffet-style

brunch prepared by Chef Jeffrey C. Scott, while you

sip on sparkling wine in the Meritage room.

11am, $40 wine club/$45 non-wine club, Paso Robles 805-239-1616, www.roberthallwinery.com

MAY 16-17 Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival Open House at Castoro Cellars Sat: Sangria for Breakfast with delicious crepes Sat & Sun: Select library, barrel & special releases available with BBQ & Crepes Sun: Live music by ZZAH, 888-DAM-FINE Paso Robles, www.castorocellars.com

MAY 16-18 The Paso Robles Wine Festival Annual event held in Paso Robles City Park, offers guests the opportunity to taste wines from more than 90 Paso Robles wineries in a beautiful downtown setting. Wine Festival Golf Tournament on Friday, followed by the tasting event in the park on Saturday. Including indi- vidual events at local wineries.

805-239-8463, www.pasowine.com

MAY 16-18 26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival Weekend at Anglim Winery Open house daily. Taste what's new at Anglim, from Rhône blends to Rosé and Pinot Noir. Barrel samples, gourmet cheeses and decadent

chocolate surprises! 10am-6pm, 805-227-6813

Friday: Winemaker Dinner pairing the artistry of

Chef Koby and Anglim wines with the always

rambunctious Anglim clan. Paso Robles Saturday: Join Anglim in the park or at the tasting room. Sunday: Brunch is served! Join Anglim for delicious small bites paired with Anglim wines, as well as complimentary reserve and library tasting. $5/pp; complimentary for Winemaker's Club, 805-227-6813 or info@anglimwinery.com

MAY 16 Winemaker Dinner at Robert Hall Winery

Go back to the good old days of the supper

club. Enjoy 1960s stlye crooning of a "ratpack"

tribute ensemble with gourmet dinner.

6:30-9:30pm, 805-239-1616, Paso Robles www.roberthallwinery.com

MAY 16 Falcon Nest Winemaker Dinner Celebrate the Paso Robles Wine Festival with a 4 course gourmet dinner paired with fine wine. 7pm, $75 members/$85 non-member, 805-226-0227 Paso Robles

MAY 16 Wine Festival at Midlife Crisis Winery Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating the Paso Robles Wine Festival with special tastings. 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles

MAY 16 Wine Festival Dinner in the Caves of Eberle Enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Lou Rook of Anie Gunn’s restaurant in St. Louis. $120 wine club member/$150 non member 6:30pm, 805-238-9607, Paso Robles www.eberlewinery.com

MAY 16 Martin & Weyrich Wine Fest Spanish/Basque Fiesta Dinner Delicious traditional Spanish/Basque multi- course dinner with fine wines. Paso Robles $65/$55 Avanti members, RSVP 805-238-2520

MAY 16 Cinema E Vino at Villicana Winery – French Kiss Enjoy wine tasting, a great film, warm blankets

& a Tuscan style dinner in a basket. 7pm, $75, Paso Robles, www.cinemaevino.com

MAY 16 Wine Festival Winemaker Dinner at Castoro Cellars Enjoy an unforgettable evening of delicious food, fine wine & great music. Paso Robles 888-DAM-FINE, RSVP, www.castorocellars.com

MAY 17-18 Wine Festival Weekend at Falcon Nest Winery Enjoy delicious Cuban Lechon with Mojos sandwiches, great music & fine wine tasting. 10am-7pm, $10, 805-226-0227, Paso Robles

MAY 17 Wine Festival Dinner at Vina Robles Enjoy a fun & festive evening at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center to kick-off the Wine Festival.

A sumptuous dinner, by Two Cooks C atering,

will feature local ingredients with a distinctive

global touch paired with award winning wines. 6pm, $110/ $90 Signature Club, 805-369-0140 Paso Robles. For details call or email:

a.sintiago@vinarobles.com, www.vinarobles.com

MAY 17 Tuscan Italian Dinner Night at Martin & Weyrich Enjoy amulti-course dinner with fine wines featuring Cafe roma. Paso Robles $95/$80 Avanti members, RSVP 805-238-2520

MAY 18 Vina Robles Reidel Seminar Taste fine Vina Robles’ wines presented in Riedel’s newest glass line, FLOW. 1pm, $65/$60 Signature Club, 805-369-0140, Paso Robles. For details call or email:

c.zuur@vinarobles.com, www.vinarobles.com

MAY 18 Wine Festival at Meridian

Swing into Meridian Vineyards for a tribute to the jivin’ ’40s! Enjoy live music by the Viper Four, sample gourmet cheeses from

Di Raimondo’s Italian Market paired with your

favorite Meridian Limited Release wines.

11am, $40, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles www.meridianvineyards.com

MAY 23-27 Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008 The five-day automotive themed kruse week will kick off on Friday with a car auction to be held at River Oak Hot Springs Spa. The auction launches a lively five days of activities. 9am-4pm, 805-237-4134, Paso Robles

MAY 23 Romanza at Vina Robles Enjoy the fist summer concert at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center with celebrated violinist Berre Byers of the Candle Light Strings, accompanied by veteran guitarist Manny Mestas. 6:30pm, $17/$15 Signature Club 805-369-0140, Paso Robles, www.vinarobles.com

MAY 24 Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars Prince Diabaté High energy music with great mandigo, reggae, rap, blues & funk sounds. 7:30pm, $20, 888-DAM-FINE, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com

JUNE 8 Pinot & Paella Cook-Off 2008 The area’s best chefs compete pairing fine wine

& delicious paella recipes. Procedes benefit the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. 2-5pm, $65, 805-239-2565, Paso Robles www.pinotandpaella.com

JUNE 15 Father's Day BBQ at Robert Hall Winery Celebrate Father’s Day tailgate-style.

BBQ includes baby back ribs, grilled hot dogs, root beer floats and more! Wine and other beverages will be available too. The Golden State Classic Car Show will also be showcasing

a variety of their muscle cars in front of the winery. 11am-3pm, 805-239-1616, Paso Robles www.roberthallwinery.com

JUNE 25 Sunset Wine Down at Robert Hall Winery Unwind out on the Garden Terrace as Robert

Hall continues their Friday night music series. The evening includes music, a glass of wine and

a light dinner. 6-9pm, $25 pp / $20 Cavern Club 805-239-1616 x24, 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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MAY 1-4 Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show Classic cars from around the country cruise to show off their shines! Various fun events from ice cream socials to BBQs around Morro Bay. 805-772-4467, Morro Bay

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ONGOING Christopher Cohan Center Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo 805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org May 3: SLO Symphony

May 8: Country Mock Rock

May 9: SLO Youth Symphony

May 10: The Organ at the Opera

May 15: Capitol Steps

May 16: Animal Farm

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 www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING WEEKENDS Live Music at Mother’s Tavern Beautiful upscale tavern with big band music most Sundays too! Call for schedules. 805-541-8733, San Luis Obispo www.motherstavern.com

ONGOING Kelrick at Unity San Luis Obispo, 805-543-PLAY 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 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

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Looking at Jazz

San Luis Obispo Library Jazz Series- Enjoy a six week discussion program examining Jazz as an art form. San Luis Obispo Reservations required, 805-781-5783 Topics:

May 6: Jazz Innovators:

From Bebop, to Hard Bop, to Cool and More

May 13: Latin Jazz and Jazz as an International Music

MAY 1-4 Roll Out the Barrels Weekend Over 20 wineries share their excitment for the wines of the region with special wine tastings, entertainment, food pairings and much more!

May 1: Barrels in the Plaza

May 2: Winemaker dinners at wineries

May 3-4: Passport to San Luis Obispo Wine Country www.slowine.com, 805-541-5868 San Luis Obispo

MAY 2 Joint Dinner for Roll Out the Barrels Join Tolosa and Claiborne & Churchill Wineries for a six course meal prepared by top chef José Dahan of Et Voilà. The menu will be paired with eight of the best wines produced by these two great wineries. 6pm, $115pp, RSVP 805-782-0500x10, San Luis Opispo www.tolosawinery.com

MAY 4 Sizzle Sangria & Song! – Garden Party & Fundraiser Swing and sway to the passionate, rhythmic music of South America sung by the Vocal Arts Ensemble. A fundraiser to benefit the SLO Vocal Arts Ensemble & the California Choral Festival 2-5pm, $30, 805-541-6797, San Luis Obispo, www.vocalarts.org

MAY 7, 14 21, 28 GirlsNight Out at Edna Valley Enjoy food demonstrations, hair designs, fine wine tasting, discounts and more! 6-8pm, $15, 805-544-5855, San Luis Obispo www.ednavalley.com

MAY 8 Girls Night Out at Salisbury Vineyards Stroll through the Schoolhouse & patio with hors d'oeuvres and wine in hand. Enjoy handmade gifts and clothing from local artists and designers. The evening will have an exciting theme with guest vendors, chefs, & live music. 5:30-8:30pm $25, $20 Club Avila, 805-595-WINE San Luis Obispo, www.salisburyvineyards.com

MAY 10 Mother's Day Brunch at Tolosa Winery Treat the mother in your life to a relaxing Mother's Day brunch overlooking the beautiful vineyards of Edna Ranch. This event takes place on Saturday at the Edna Ranch vineyard property. The brunch will consist of a buffet complete with an array of gourmet offerings, live music and Tolosa wines. RSVP 805-782-0500x10, 11am-1pm $60pp, $50 for Wine Club Members San Luis Opispo, www.tolosawinery.com

JUNE 1 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series Shake this schoolhouse with live, original music while enjoying the perfect Avila climate 1-4pm, 805-595-WINE, Avila Beach www.salisburyvineyards.com

JUNE 5 Girls Night Out at Salisbury Vineyards Stroll through the Schoolhouse & patio with hors d'oeuvres and wine in hand. Enjoy handmade gifts and clothing from

local artists and designers. The evening will have an exciting theme with

guest vendors, chefs & live music. 5:30-8:30pm $25, $20 Club Avila, 805-595-WINE San Luis Obispo, www.salisburyvineyards.com

JUNE 15 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series Shake this schoolhouse with live, original music while enjoying the perfect Avila climate

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JUNE 29 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series Shake this schoolhouse with live, original music while enjoying the perfect Avila climate 1-4pm, 805-595-WINE, Avila Beach www.salisburyvineyards.com

JULY 3 Girls Night Out at Salisbury Vineyards Stroll through the Schoolhouse & patio with hors d'oeuvres and wine in hand. Enjoy handmade gifts and clothing from local artists and designers. The evening will have an exciting theme with guest vendors, chefs & live music. 5:30-8:30pm $25, $20 Club Avila, 805-595-WINE San Luis Obispo, www.salisburyvineyards.com

ARROYO GRANDE

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

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 May 8-10: The Tempest

May 17: Second City

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ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 8 Muskie Love Comic adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Great American Melodrama $20, 805-489.2499, Oceano www.americanmelodrama.com

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

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

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

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

ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1 Photo Contest at Riverbench Winery Submit your photos of the Riverbench Winery Win a gourmet wine and food tasting for 10! 805-937-8340, Santa Maria

MAY 11 Mother's Day Gracious Gourmet Sampling at Riverbench Vineyard Sample delicious, fun treats with wines tasting in the Cellar Room. Samples included in the price of your wine tasting. 12-2pm, 805-937-8340, Santa Maria

MAY 24 Memorial Day Wine, Cheese, and Summer Games at Riverbench Vineyards Celebrate with bocce, horseshoes, and croquet and a paired lwine and cheese. All this is included in the price of your wine tasting. 10am-4pn, 805-937-8340, Santa Maria

SANTA MARGARITA

ONGOING Spring Flowers Nature Hike Guided hike with trained horticuluralist $15, 805-238-7324, Reservation required Lazy Arrow Ranch, Santa Margarita

LOS OLIVOS

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion 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 WEDNESDAYS Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres 5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos www.losolivoscafe.com

May 22: Chianti Tasting Journey

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

May 7: Michael Grace Wines

May 14: Imagine Winery

May 21: Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

ONGOING THROUGH MAY 31 Coastal Views: Mixed Media Images & Photography at Carina Cellars Artwork by Michael Hewes 10am-5pm, 805-688-2459, Los Olivos www.carinacellars.com

MAY 3-4 Fess Parker Winery Release Day BBQ 9th Annual Club Member Event at Fess Parker Winery with great wine & delicious BBQ 11am-5pm, 805-688-1545, Los Olivos www.fessparker.com

MAY 16 Santa Ynez Valley National Mountain Bike - Platinum Performance 9th annual mountain biking races attracting 1000+ participants and 2000+ spectators held at the Stump Grinder Dirt Club in Los Olivos. 805-896-0673, Los Olivos, www.ridesb.com

JUNE 6 Winemaker Dinner at Los Olivos Café Featuring John Allen Winery $150, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos www.losolivoscafe.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

May 2: ShoBox Boxing

May 8: Montgomery Gentry

May 15: Engelbert Humperdinck

June 6: Brooks & Dunn

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

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

LOMPOC

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

MAY 3 Purisima's People Days Let your imagination take you back to mission life in 1822 with costumed docents and more! La Purisima Mission State Historic Park 11am-2pm, 805-733-3713, Lompoc lpminfo@parks.ca.gov, www.lapurisimamission.org

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 FRIDAYS Wine Tasting on the Patio Live guitar music along with fine wines 5:30-7pm, 800-624-5572, Solvang www.royalscandinavianinn.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 Ongoing exhibits of art & photogaphy 805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org

AUGUST 2 3rd Annual Day at the Vineyard The Stolpman Family invites you to the 3rd Annual Day at the Vineyard. Enjoy fabulous views, an informative seminar & a delicious dinner featuring delicious Stolpman wine. 805-688-0400, Solvang info@stolpmanvineyards.com

SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING Arlington Theatre 805-963-4408, Santa Barbara

May 1: Lewis Black

May 10-11: Santa Barbara Symphony

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

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Discussions & Coffee Tastings

Get insider info on up & coming books, music and

movies with coffee 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 Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater Guided tours upon request 805-996-4946, Santa Barbara www.loberotheater.com

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

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 Ty Warner Sea Center Explore creatures of the sea 805-962-2526, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History www.sbnature.org/seacenter

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 SATURDAYS Junior Ranger Program Kids learn about wildlife, ecosystems & caring for the environment, 1-2pm, Santa Barbara Cachuma Lake Nature Center 805-688-4515, www.cachuma.com

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

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS First Thursday Art, cultural events & fine wine tasting!

5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in

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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 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

MAY 15 Nights at SBMA: Art, Music, Martinis & Interactive Happenings Over the Rainbows & Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books. Including The Mad Hatters (Rock ) Tea Party. $20/$35 non-members 805-966-2707, www.sbma.net

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2008 Paso Robles Wine Festival Embraces Culinary Roots

The 2008 Paso Robles Wine Festival unveils its key ingredients for California’s largest outdoor wine tasting event on Saturday, May 17, featuring wine- makers, chefs and artisan producers. The Paso Robles Wine Festival is the region’s pinnacle culinary show- case now in its 26th year. Several new components to this traditional wine tasting celebration have been added by the event’s producer, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. New sponsorship partners, multiple ticket levels, a demonstration kitchen, wine education classes and a general focus on locally grown, sustainably created products as well as a new RESERVE event now complement the more than 90 Paso Robles wineries for a complete Festival show- case. The 2008 Wine Festival introduces multiple ticket levels, giving attendees more options to choose from with an array of times and activities. RESERVE admission, new in 2008, is the all access Wine Festival Pass. RESERVE ticket holders are invited to an intimate event on the eve of the Wine Festival featuring exclusive wines – reserve, barrel sample or library vintages – and Wine Country cuisine. During Saturday’s Wine Festival RESERVE attendees may also join wine- makers at the new VIP Lounge at Hotel Cheval’s Pony Club, conve- niently located near the park, featuring winemakers, food and a special concierge. All wine tasting ticket packages include unlimited wine tasting and

a commemorative Riedel tasting glass.

wine tasting and a commemorative Riedel tasting glass. and Pasolivo Olive Oil. In partnership with Wine

and Pasolivo Olive Oil. In partnership with Wine Enthusiast Magazine two wine seminars will be lead by West Coast Editor, Steve Heimoff. FIJI Water will be featured throughout the Festival to cleanse palates during the afternoon of wine and food tasting. Food vendors will also be on hand selling specially prepared Wine Country cuisine. “Working with our national, regional and local partners elevates the Wine Festival and extends the reach to attract motivated wine enthusiasts and foodies to this world- class event,” said Stacie Jacob, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “Bringing together common goals by focusing on culinary tourism builds acclaim for the 26th Wine Festival weekend and Paso Robles Wine Country.” Paso Robles Wine Festival Events:

• Friday, May 16-18 – More than 110 area wineries will host special activities throughout the weekend located throughout the region. Events and times vary. Visit www.pasowine.com or pick up an event brochure for more information. • Wine Festival Golf Tournament – Friday, May 16, at Hunter Ranch Golf Course. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Call 1-800-549-WINE to purchase tickets. • RESERVE – Friday, May 16 at Paso Robles Downtown City Park 4-6 p.m. A new kick-off event on the eve of the Paso Robles Wine Festival winemakers gather to pour their exclusive reserve, barrel sample and library wines for Reserve ticket holders. • Paso Robles Wine Festival – Saturday, May 17, at Paso Robles Downtown City Park 1 to 5 p.m. More than 90 wineries will be on hand to pour during this unlimited wine tasting event. The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com

200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com • RESERVE – $125 – Friday RESERVE event –

RESERVE – $125 – Friday RESERVE event – 4-6 p.m.; Saturday; 1-5 p.m. – Advance purchase only

PREMIUM - $75 – Saturday 1-5 p.m. – Advance purchase only

FESTIVAL - $55 – Saturday 2-5 p.m.

LOCALS ONLY - $45 – Saturday 2-5 p.m. – available to San Luis Obispo County residents, advance purchase only, deadline April 30

Designated Driver/Child – $15 – Saturday 1-5 p.m. – four free non-alcoholic beverages, commemorative beverage container and entry to event area. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pasowine.com or at 1-800-549-WINE (9463). Photo identification verifying age will be required at time of entry. All tickets are limited, advance purchase is highly recommended. Free all-day parking will be available at the Paso Robles Event Center with shuttles operating to and from the event site. More information can be found at www.pasowine.com. Thanks to the new sponsorship partners, festival organizers have incorporated new culinary aspects into the event. At the demonstra- tion kitchen – sponsored by Idlers home appliance – attendees can hear from local chefs as they share their culinary secrets through 30 minute demonstrations. The American Lamb Board and Hearst Ranch Beef will provide sample tastes prepared at the outdoor grilling station, guaranteed to send mouth-watering aromas throughout the park. Walk through Artisan Alley and taste locally grown, sustainably created products from olive oil to cheese and everything in between in this cohesive environment of food - presented by Saveur Magazine

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OPOLO VINEYARDS

Serious Fun

by Mark Storer

I first got acquainted with Opolo wines before the winery actually started. Founder Rick Quinn lives in my hometown and along with other friends we made wine at Quinn’s home in 1998. At that

time, we made Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a few others. There were more than 20 of us in the group and I didn’t know everyone. Within a year of that date, Quinn and his neighbor and partner Dave Nichols founded Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles. Normally, a writer isn’t supposed to get so close to his subjects, but I cannot ignore the simple truth that the story of Opolo is also the story of how I got into the world of wine. The name Opolo actually comes from the Dalmatian Coast, where Quinn’s ancestral roots are. Opolo is a dry Rosé wine from that region. Quinn and Nichols copyrighted the name and applied it to their label, their hobby. “Truly,” says Quinn at his day-job office in Ventura County, a real estate firm, “it’s a hobby that got out of control.” Nichols, who also has a day job running an electronics firm in Ventura County, concurs. “I get up there [to Paso Robles] a couple days a week,” he says. Both men have serious jobs and so they designed Opolo to be serious fun. The winery’s beginnings really are the Cinderella story of Paso Robles wineries. Quinn was the first of the duo to purchase land in the area in 1994. “I planted in 1995,” he says. “The winery’s first vintage was in 1999.” But the tasting room didn’t open until 2001. “It went crazy, then,” says Quinn. “We’ve learned a lot since then.” The awards started rolling in, too. Gold medals from all over piled up over the years and they continue to do so. Opolo’s reputation has been built on creating serious wines, yes – but there is no pretension. The tasting room still sits in the old tractor shed where the first vine-

yards were planted off Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles. “It’s still boards over barrels,” says Nichols referring to the Opolo bar. Weekends find the old shed crowded with smiling, happy customers tasting an extra- ordinary variety of wines. “We’ve never met a grape we didn’t like,” says Nichols. “We produce some 30 different varietals and blends. When you come to the tasting room, you can spend a couple of hours there. I think that’s part of what people like.” From a rich bold Cabernet to a smoky Malbec, from Chardonnay to Petite Verdot, Opolo produces variety as well as quality. “Our winemaking is based on our palates,” says Quinn. “It’s winemaking by a committee of staff members but both of us have veto power.” Quinn and Nichols ultimately make the wine- making decisions. “We make what we like to drink.” Stripping the pretension out of winemaking is part of the goal at Opolo. “Opolo has always been fun,” says Quinn. “We really have a good time with it. Wine has always been kind of snooty – and we want to take that out of it. We drink what we like and we want you to drink what you like.” Using the tasting room as their focus, building membership for the wine club, Quinn and Nichols have become famous for what can only be called their gatherings. Hosting whole-roasted lamb dinners and home-made carne asada, barbecued chicken and various dishes, Opolo club members come up to the winery for the weekend and enjoy the atmosphere, the food and the wine. “We cook it ourselves and get everyone involved,” says Quinn. The sun sets over the rolling Paso Robles hills and the evening breeze stirs up a brisk coolness that mellows the warm day. Most of the events feature music and dancing from a variety of performers, mostly Serbian and Croatian. Family members, even distant relatives come to lend a hand. “They come for a good time,” Quinn says. From

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a grape stomp for the kids to food and wine pairing, “people are having a blast,” says Nichols. The unique reputation that Quinn and Nichols have built comes from their dedication to making great wine and having fun doing it. Less than a decade old, Opolo opened in Paso Robles when there were only 40 wineries in the area. Now, there are some 200 wineries and the region continues to grow. Opolo owns and operates some 300 acres of grapes while purchasing some as well as selling some to other wineries. “It all starts in the vineyard,” says Quinn. “Producing great fruit produces great wine.” The interview winds down and I feel less like I’ve been working and more like I’ve been reminiscing with old friends. I don’t know that I’m entitled to feel that way, but I can’t help it. Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols aren’t interested in pretension, after all. Quinn shows me some pictures of various gatherings at Opolo and the old tractor shed is crowded with people, all of them smiling, laughing, sipping, tasting and enjoying. There are photos of the aftermath of the 2004 earthquake with barrels and bottles, most of them miraculously unbroken (Nichols attributes this to the unique and signature heavier bottles that Opolo uses), strewn over the floor. There are photos of the numerous awards from all over the country recognizing Opolo’s extraordinary wines. Mostly, though, there are photos of family and friends enjoying them- selves, tasting wine and eating food, happy in each other’s company and having serious fun. That, of course, is what Opolo is all about. You can visit the tasting room at 7110 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 238-9593.

Paso Robles, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 238-9593.
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D’ALFONSO-CURRAN WINES

by Michael Cervin

T RIO tasting room in Solvang has the fortu- itous benefit of being not merely a tasting room that features one or two different

labels, but three. TRIO is the newest line up of premium wines made by some of Santa Barbara’s best winemakers. The tasting room itself is sleek and modern, with two zinc counter topped bars, flanked by brown leather high back stools and wood floors. No standing here, TRIO aims for comfort. The spacious windows look out on the main drag in Solvang so you can sip luxurious wines and catch glimpses of the Danish town. “Wine is a holistic thing,” winemaker Kris Curran says. “It’s about food, family, friends, conversation and you can’t extricate one of those things from the other.” While at TRIO you’ll make friends, have great wine and find intriguing conversations. As for food, the winery used to be a Danish bakery, though you won’t find any pastries in the tasting room. Crispy baked pita chips are offered to cleanse the palette. The interior is simply decorated, all the better to focus your energy and attention on the wines in front of you. Two different lists are presented, a $10 list which includes five wines, and a $15 list that provides seven tastings. As an added bonus, and something you rarely see, all the white and red wines are appropriately chilled.

see, all the white and red wines are appropriately chilled. The wines include the Badge, Curran

The wines include the Badge, Curran and Di Bruno labels, and there is a clear favoring of Rhône and Italian varietals. The Badge label is dedicated to Pinot Noir and a recently released Chardonnay. The Di Bruno lineup includes Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Syrah. Curran wines include several different Syrahs, plus Sangiovese and a unique Grenache Blanc, which, Kris says, there are less than 100 acres planted in the entire country. “I make these freaky little fun wines and I don’t make a lot of them,” Kris Curran says of her 5,000 case production. It should come as no surprise that Bruno D’Alfonso and Kris Curran finally opened their own tasting room. Combined, they have made wine for some of the most respected wineries in Santa Barbara County including, Sanford, Seasmoke, Foley Estates, Koehler and Vandale. All the while they have kept true to their own vision and hoped to one day have their own place to showcase their styles. “One cannot live without hope,” Bruno says, “because therein lies the passion to continue, to make better whatever you do with ethics and integrity.” Fortunately, the passion shows through with all of TRIOS wines. Visit their tasting room in the heart of Solvang at 1575 Mission Drive, near the big windmill. Hours are 11 a.m to 5:30 p.m, daily. For more information, call (805) 688-3494.

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DON BRADY

by Mark Storer

D on Brady’s southern accent is disarming for a California winemaker. Originally from Texas and as an alum of such Texas wineries (yes,

they exist, there are many of them and they make a quality product) as St. Genevieve and Llano Esta- cado, Brady’s education in wine begins in the Lone Star state, not in the gentle rolling hills of the Paso Robles wine region. Now, though, he’s the wine- maker for Robert Hall, the Paso Robles winery whose wines have become synonymous with the region. Married and a father of two teenagers, Brady came to California to work for the wine giant Deli- cato and he started his California sojourn in Modesto. “They moved me over to the King City region and we didn’t want to live there, so we found Paso Robles.” Brady commuted to King City, a 54 mile trek one-way, for four years. “That’s all I could do. It took a lot out of me,” he says. It was then that he found Robert Hall who was just beginning in 2001 and was preparing to make a name for himself in the Paso Robles area. “It was a good fit,” Brady says of his work with Hall. Apparently, it still is. Happily helping create such powerhouses at Robert Hall’s Rhone de Robles, Cabernet Sauvignon and Blanc de Robles, Brady has brought the Robert Hall name to real prominence. There’s no secret, either. There’s no special method

to the success that Brady has achieved. At his core,

he is a consummately traditional winemaker. When

I asked him his favorite part of making wine,

without even letting me finish the sentence, he replied, “harvest … that’s where the wine is made. My job is not to screw it up.” Brady spends a lot of his time in the 300 acres of vineyards in various spots all over the Paso Robles region making certain that the grapes are as good as they can be. Robert Hall also purchases grapes from vineyards around the region. “We’re sort of in the business of making the wines that are pretty standard on the American list,” says Brady. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah are the main vari- etals. But Brady also makes quite a few Rhônes and Rhône blends including the aforementioned Rhône du Robles which is a best seller. “We used to make Zinfandel, but that tends to be pretty specialized and we’ve stopped doing it for a while,” he says.

Robert Hall is also famous for their Port, a treat for wine lovers that Brady makes each year. Robert Hall’s winery and tasting room are located on the “wine highway” 46 East. Don Brady can be found there quite often tending to his wines, and making a name not only for himself as winemaker, but for Robert Hall wines as well. The tasting room

is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more infor-

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Guest Chef Dinners at Eberle

Eberle Winery of Paso Robles, has announced the entire line-up of their one-of-a-kind Guest Chef Dinner Series, which takes place each month in the Eberle wine caves and features chefs from across the U.S.A. Next in the series, on Friday, May 16, is Wine Festival Dinner in the Caves spotlighting Chef Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s, St. Louis MO. Known for his heartwarming, nurturing, robust dishes and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Chef Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s Restaurant is a dear friend whose love for food and family is spotlighted in every dish he prepares. (He also happens to have one of the best restaurants in the state of Missouri!) Come cele- brate Wine Fest with a dinner in the caves at Eberle! For reservations or a complete schedule of upcoming Guest-Chef Dinners, visit www.eberlewinery.com or call (805) 238-9607.

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Hospice du Rhône Presents Rhône Rendezvous

x Hospice du Rhône (HdR), creators and organizers of the world’s

largest annual international celebration of Rhône wines, will high-

light specialty food producers and importers of Rhône wines at its 2008 event, From Roussanne with Love. Taking place on May 2, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Rhône Rendezvous is a new addition to the lineup of seminars and tastings. This year’s Rendezvous will feature more than 20 specialty food producers; including names like Ocean Rose Abalone, Hearst Ranch Beef, Vivant Fine Cheese, and the girl and the fig. They will be serving samples of their finest foods from tables interspersed with more than 100 Rhône producers from all over the world. Many of

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these wines are represented by importers, who make an interna- tional event like this possible. The entire HdR 2008 event, From Roussanne with Love, takes place May 1-3 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles. Visit www.hospicedurhone.org or call (805) 784-9543 for more informa- tion. HdR hosts an annual experience that embraces the versatility of Rhône wines and embodies the distinctive spirit in which they are created. This truly unique three-day event is regarded as the single most important and enjoyable gathering of international Rhône wine producers and enthusiasts in the world.

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GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP

by Charles Neave

You have to wonder what Old Timers would say when they saw the word “The Way Station” emblazoned on the outside of this handsome restored building in the middle of Cayucos just across from the ocean. And then went inside and were confronted by one of best wine (and wines by the glass) lists around. The food is also a long way above anything you might have found in this charming seaside town at the turn-of-the- century. These are all some of the reasons that if you mention to people along the coast and inland (at least those who know enough to appreciate and search out a fine bottle of wine and first rate food) that you are headed to Cayucos, the first words out of their mouth are likely to be “Hoppe’s Garden Bistro.” The menu chef and owner Wilhelm (‘Bill’) Hoppe has put together is inspired by the seasons and complimented by that exceptional wine list (with wines also available for retail sale). He features organic meat and produce from the farmers markets in the area and uses local lobster and shellfish, including abalone direct from the famous Abalone Farm. Then add to that the wild game and venison and a selection of both vegetarian and vegan items and put the whole delightful and delicious mix in a historic building just a short walk from the beach. Mix in gardens that are nothing less than a delight – and often a surprise – and toss in a good helping of their friendly, helpful and enthusiastic staff, and the result is Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop. Hoppe’s is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday (with a seated multi-course Sunday Brunch); dinner on those days is served beginning at 5 p.m. They are located at 78 North Ocean Avenue in Cayucos. You can reach them for reservations or more information at (805) 995-1006, and they are on the web at www.hoppesbistro.com.

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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

CAMBRIA

Mon-Thu: 6am to 8pm • Fri: 6am to 10pm Sat: 7am to 10pm • Sun:

Mon-Thu: 6am to 8pm • Fri: 6am to 10pm Sat: 7am to 10pm • Sun: 8am to 4pm Corner of 12th & Riverside in the Granary Building (805) 237-2722 • www.cafevio.biz

Downtown Paso’s first and only internet cafe with free WiFi. We serve fine local wines, gourmet coffees, espresso, teas, smoothies, soups, sandwiches and pastries. Enjoy our new Western & Wine Art Gallery with a glass of wine and a small plate of delicacies, chill out in our cozy and comfortable living room atmosphere, or relax outside in our patio under an umbrella.

ROBIN'S RESTAURANT

Located in the historic east village of Cambria, in a charming vintage home, Robin’s has been delighting locals & visitors with a fresh eclectic quality 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. Mother’s Day Brunch. 4095 Burton Dr. • www.robinsrestaurant.com • (805) 927-5007

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

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Learning from the Ground Up

by Mark Storer

D avid Young loves his work. He is one of the few people who is living exactly the life he imagined, or at least very close to it. As owner, winemaker and general head of everything at Minassian-

Young Winery, Young is master of his kingdom, and at 30 years old, that’s quite an accomplishment. “I’ve wanted to be in agriculture since I was in sixth grade,” says Young. “My family grew vegetables and I got involved. I’ve always known this.” Minassian-Young is a combination of his mother’s maiden name and his father’s surname. “They’re sort of silent partners and I run things.” At 16 years of age, Young was living in Napa Valley and working in the Baratelli Vineyards. He learned, quite literally, from the ground up. At 17, he was hired by Quail Ridge Winery. “I learned to make wine by learning to scrub barrels and clean up,” says Young. From there, he was off to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to major in Fruit Science. “It was a great education. I remember Ken Volk (of Kenneth Volk Vineyards

and a Cal Poly alum) coming to speak to us and telling us to ‘make as much wine as you can.’” And he did. Young and his friends fermented everything they could to learn about the process. “We made beer and cider, a lot of cider. Apples were pretty easy to come by with See Canyon right near by,” he says. Degree in hand, a desire to grow and make wine, Young set out into the wine business and never looked back. Working for a time at Norman Vineyards in Paso Robles, Young learned of a piece of prop- erty coming up for sale from Peachy Canyon Vineyards on the West

side. “They had 27 acres, 10 of which is 27 year-old dry farmed Zinfandel. It was beyond my budget, but my parents kicked in with me and we bought the parcel.” The Zinfandel is farmed organically and the vineyards also grow Rhône varietals including Syrah, Mourvedre and Counoise. “Almost everything we make is a blend, except for the Zinfandel,” Young points out. “Our main focus is vintage and vineyard. I try for an Old World style where the terroir is important. All the Bordeaux I make comes from one vineyard and so I try to express that vineyard in those wines.” Minassian-Young Winery, in business now since 2002, is not all estate grown, however. Young purchases grapes from various vine- yards as well. Focusing on terroir and organic vineyards has forced him to be picky, of course, but that means better wines. At around 3000 cases a year, quality control is a full-time job. “About a third of our wine is from our estate and I purchase two-thirds.” Sitting on the West Side of Paso Robles directly off of Peachy Canyon Road, Young and, as he describes it, “a few friends” run the winery. “I’ve got a couple of girls I’ve hired to run the tasting room and I have a guy who works in the vineyard with me and the girls help out with production occasionally.” The tasting room and the winery are on the same property and that’s just how Young wants it. “It’s kind of the whole point of tasting, isn’t it?” he asks. “The reason for coming to taste the wine is to see where it’s grown, how it’s made.” “I looked all over the west coast when I started looking for vine- yards. This is probably one of the nicest places I’ve ever farmed,” Young says about Paso Robles. “We’re really starting to figure out our

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varietals here. The West Side and the East Side, we’re all really growing good fruit, making good wine,” he adds. That good fruit has translated into a fine, varied array of wines for Minassian-Young. Zinfandel is still one-third of his production, the other two-thirds are broken up between Rhône varietals, whites and Bordeaux. “We’re making a Rhône-based white blend that used to be primarily Marsanne, now it’s Rousanne based with Viognier and Marsanne as well.” Growing conditions have changed the Marsanne crop and it hasn’t been as prolific as Young would have liked. But as any good farmer does, Young learned to adapt and made quality wines leaning heavier on the Rousanne that was getting better with each vintage. “Fall ’07 harvest was pretty good,” says Young. “I was really happy with this year. It’s progressing nicely.” At six years old, Minassian-Young Winery is one of the younger members of the rapidly growing Paso Robles Wine community. “The past couple of years have been really good to us. There’ve been a few stalls here and there, but everything seems to have hung on.” With a past so focused and dedicated, David Young is preparing his winery for a future focused on quality and taste. “There are really paral- lels between here and the Rhône valley,” says Young. “It’s just a great place to be right now.” Young should know. He’s been preparing for this work all his young life. Minassian-Young is located at 4045 Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 238-7571 or visit the website at www.minassianyoung.com.

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Roll Out the Barrels with 158 Years of Agricultural Heritage

by Jennifer Salisbury Rucks

S alisbury Vineyards’ 101-year-old schoolhouse in Avila Valley serves as a symbol of our own family’s long history in Cali- fornia agriculture. In 1850, our ancestors founded the town

of Walnut Grove, on the Sacramento River Delta and over the course of one hundred and fifty-eight years our family has farmed pears, asparagus, tomatoes and other field crops. They have never stopped planting and growing. Never stopped farming. Last August, our Salisbury & Rucks family was inducted into the California Agricultural Heritage’s 100, 125 and 150 Year clubs, a rare honor offered only to families who have maintained a contin- uous financial responsibility, in agriculture, within California, for an entire century. Salisbury Vineyards’ wines and vineyards are a testament to the benefits of seven generations of cumulative knowledge of the land. Eight years ago, our Avila Valley vines were planted with incredible care and planning by John Salisbury. The Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cool Weather Syrah and the newly planted Albariño

were meticulously chosen based on appropriate clones and root- stocks – then planted in blocks arranged by soil type, angles and directions of the slopes, and the varying microclimates in Avila Valley. To give you an example, our Pinot Noir vines are a sampling of eight different clones on four specific rootstocks. The results from all this attention to detail have been phenomenal, as we have had many heavily awarded and noted wines, and we are consis- tently solicited by other wineries to source winegrapes from our vineyard.

John Salisbury is also a dedicated sustainable farming advocate and has been working closely with the Central Coast Vineyard Team and Cal Poly graduate students on several studies in soil fertility and other very important sustainable farming practices. Many different vegetable and fruit producers have adopted this movement in agriculture, and its publicity is giving farmers a praise they have long deserved, as stewards of the land. The San Luis Obispo Vintner’s Roll Out the Barrels Celebration this May marks Salisbury Vineyards’ third year of retailing our award-winning wines at our schoolhouse tasting room. Our opening weekend was a whirlwind of new customers piling in to enjoy our wines and to marvel at the renovations of our historic structure. The many ties to the Schoolhouse are obvious as our visitors are thrilled that someone has made the investment and had the dedication to restore this Central Coast icon. The Schoolhouse represents some- thing ancient and palpable and we are so fortunate that it commu- nicates our passion for family, farming, community – and most importantly the celebration of life! Our highly anticipated Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series begins its third year on May 18, with a lineup of bands playing outside in the courtyard, every other Sunday. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a family member and/or one of our knowledgeable staff who will taste you through our wines and then if your timing is right, John Salisbury will give you a “Viticulture 101” trolley tour of the Avila Valley vineyard. Our family’s agricultural history has allowed us to experience and to learn from our many generations and from that base of knowledge, we have some comfort in taking non-traditional paths.

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We deeply understand that our sustainable and organic farming practices are for the good of us all. The screwcaps on many of our Salisbury Vineyards’ wines and our Pinot Naturale™ and our Rosea

di Pinot Noir™ – takes on Pinot Noir – are far from traditional. We

are thankful to have family, friends, an award-winning product and a world-class location in which we can celebrate the best of viticul- ture and enology. The Salisbury experience awaits! Salisbury Vineyards’ tasting room & Salisbury Fine Art Gallery are

in the Historic Schoolhouse in Avila Valley, located at 6985 Ontario

Road (the frontage road to Highway 101 between the two Avila Beach Exits). Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call (805) 595-9463 (WINE) or visit www.salisburyvineyards.com.

SALISBURY EVENTS:

“GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT” AT SALISBURY: 5:30-8:30pm Thursday evenings: May 8, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4 Stroll through the Schoolhouse and patio with hors d’oeuvres and wine in hand. Enjoy handmade gifts and clothing from local artists and designers. Each evening will have a different theme with new guest vendors, chefs and live music. $25 per guest, $20 for Club Avila Members, www.salisburyvineyards.com

“SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK CONCERT SERIES” 2008 – Sundays 1-4pm, trolley tour at 4pm May 18, June 1, 15, 29, July 13, 27, Aug 10, 24, Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, Nov 2 Shake this schoolhouse with live, original music while enjoying the perfect Avila climate, 1-4pm; a guided, trolley tour of the vineyard at 4pm. Free admission, wine and food for purchase. (Teacher says, “No outside food or beverages.”) Bands will be posted soon at www.salisburyvineyards.com.

CENTRAL COAST WINE CLASSIC Salisbury Vineyards’ 3rd Annual CCWC Winemaker Dinner at the Schoolhouse with Chef Ralph Fabula. Trolley from Dolphin Bay Hotel & Residences to the Schoolhouse in Avila Valley to find out why everyone is booking early! Contact: archie@slonet.org, www.centralcoastwineclassic.org, 805-544-1285

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Award-Winning Wines with Really Fun Labels

The last issue of the magazine showcased Wood Winery as a family owned and oper- ated business. This boutique winery produces about 3,000 cases per year and is located in the historic village of Arroyo Grande. Wood Winery is dedicated to handcrafting wines of distinction and elegance and is indeed a very special place. Boutique wine (not necessarily winery) is considered a wine that is made in limited quantity and expresses a particular passion of the winemaker. Not only does Wood Winery produce single-vineyard, award-winning Syrahs and Cabernet Sauvi- gnon, they do it with a flair for creativity and originality. “This winery started as a dream that went from a passion to a hobby to a lucrative business,” says Sheri Wood, owner and wife of Craig Wood, winemaker. “Now that we are on the map, we don’t just want to blend in with the hundreds of other wineries out there. Of course we want to be recognized for our multi-award-winning wines, but we want label recognition, too.” The Wood Winery logo is alone an incred- ible work of art and very recognizable but they also have some catchy and original labels that customers have purchased far and wide. Some of these labels were created with the

Owners, Sheri and Craig Wood
Owners, Sheri and Craig Wood

particular varietals in mind and some were created from “outside” inspiration. Just a sampling of their amusing labels is the Crazy Hairdresser Red, Tipsy Dog Chardonnay, Spanish Dancer Albariño and Syranet, a blend of two of their double-gold award winners:

Gina’s vineyard Syrah and Jackson’s vineyard Cabernet. Some of the labels are original

paintings that were created especially for them and some are from the inspiration of the moment. With their tasting room newly opened in November of 2007, Wood Winery will be hosting their first Roll out the Barrels event in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande this weekend. The weekend starts off on Thursday, May 1st, with Barrels in the Plaza. Friday, May 2nd the winery will co-host a five-course winemaker dinner at the beautiful Lido Restaurant in Shell Beach. Then on Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, it will be “open house” at the tasting room. This event is free for wine club members and ROB passport holders. For more information and the winemaker dinner menu, visit the winery website at www.wildwoodwine.com or call the tasting room at (805) 489-9663. The SLO Vintners Association website also has infor- mation at www.slowine.com. Wood Winery Tasting Room is located at 136 Bridge Street in Arroyo Grande and is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. For more information, call (805) 489-9663 or visit the website at www.wildwoodwine.com.

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Kiwanis Presents A Murder Mystery Dinner, Wine Festival Exclusive

The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles has added a fun evening for the wine connoisseurs planning to attend the 26th Annual Wine Festival in Paso Robles. This wine festival exclusive will be performed one night only, Friday evening, May 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with dining on the terrace at River Oaks Golf Course. “Murder Among The Vines” … where Merle Lowbrow is a villain! Grey “Spade” Scott, Angel Ironside, Devon Shire, Bartley Pearson, Lady Gwendolyn Noir (granddaughter of the famed Pinot), Cole Stone, Valentine Heartly and Lavender Rose are determined to stop him. They’ll go to any extreme. One will commit a murder. But who? Renowned writer and director Gailee Walker Wells transforms members of the Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles into a “cast of characters,” albeit neophytes, in this elegant evening of intrigue as they interact with guests during this murder mystery dinner theatre performance. Complimentary wine pairs well with the evenings courses as the sommelier pours a glass of B&E Vineyards 2006 Rosé to sip as you enjoy the fine hors d’oeuvres prepared by Hospitality Catering. After being seated on the terrace at the beautiful River Oaks Golf Course, the Kiwanis Club’s younger associates will be on hand to serve you your salad, warm rolls and butter. Again, the sommelier pours wine selected from Rabbit Ridge Winery, the delightful 2005-06 Allure de Robles. The rollicking, interactive theater performance is already in full swing as you are served the mouth-watering entrée prepared by Chef Faulkner of Hospitality Catering, Chicken Cordon Bleu, garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. The featured wine for the entrée is a 2006 Viognier from Rio Seco Vineyard and Winery. As the southern-style, old-family recipe of fresh peach cobbler a la mode arrives, along with coffee or tea, there will be just enough time to join in the fun and cast your vote as to “whodunit!” “Proceeds from the Kiwanis’ murder-mystery dinner theater will benefit the clubs youth projects,” stated President Mike Talen. “The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles celebrates their 60th year this April of serving the community. We are proud to be part of such a great community and look forward to continuing to make a difference.” River Oaks Hot Springs is located at 700 Clubhouse Drive in Paso Robles. Limited seating is available so don’t hesitate to make your reservations. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, by telephone at 1-800-828-3006, or by contacting the Kiwanis Club through their website at: www.pasokiwanis.org.

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THIS WEEK Silver Stone Wines from Key Coastal Appellations Silver Stone Winery is founded on the

Silver Stone Winery is founded on the premise of selecting the finest varietals and vineyard sites within key growing regions of California’s cool coast. Their motto: “All Central Coast all the time. Except the Napa Cab.” Owner and winemaker Dan Kleck has been producing premium wines for the past 29 years. He began his career in the mid-1970s, focusing on the Long Island region in New York, where he was involved with Chardonnays, Merlots and other vari- etals at wineries such as Hargrave Vineyard, Bidwell Vineyards and Palmer Vineyards. He and wife Debra migrated to California in the late 1990s, when Dan went to work with Jess Jackson at Kendall-Jackson Winery in Monterey, managing its Monterey winery, then creating the Carmel Road Project, under K-J’s elite Artisans and Estates umbrella of wineries. There he discovered the enormous poten- tial of the outstanding vineyards stretching from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Silver Stone Winery was born in 1997, with a mission to hand-craft wines from key coastal appella-

tions, focused on uniquely suited growing sites tended by astute vineyardists. Today, from Paso Robles, Dan actively consults with various vineyard proprietors, assisting them in estab- lishing new micro-wineries on the Central Coast. His focus is spotting key up-and-coming vineyard proper- ties, working with small growers tending well-placed varietals, and with exceptional fruit and location potential to develop artisan wine projects. In what little spare time Dan has he enjoys painting. You can view some of his pieces along with the hand- crafted Jewelry by Debra Kleck at the Tasting Gallery. Silver Stone wines are available for tasting and sale at the Tasting Gallery in downtown Paso Robles, 827 13th Street. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m, Friday and Saturday. Winter hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays until 4 p.m. For more information, call (805) 226-2788, send an to email tastingroom@silverstonewines.com or info@silverstonewines.com or visit the website at www.silverstonewines.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
Hand-crafted
Paso Robles
red wines.
Come on by
when you see
the Bear Flag fly
or give us a call
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
Owned by a family
of professional
musicians, you
will always be
entertained in our
lively tasting room.
Experience our
award-winning
wines and music
memorabilia.
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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Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008

The City of Paso Robles has announced plans to launch a Memo- rial Day weekend event, Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008. 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. 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 incred- ibly exciting prospect,” said Estrella CEO, Dick Willhoit. For more information, contact Paso Robles City Event Manager Freda Berman at (805) 237-4134.

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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
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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 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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Taste, Smell, Witness the Passion at Still Waters

Paul Hoover might describe himself first and foremost as a farmer, but it is when he takes his love for growing things and applies it to the crafting of his award-winning wines for Still Waters Vineyards that his true genius is apparent. “I consider myself first a wine grower because I’m passionate about agricul- ture, but with winemaking I get to enjoy the entire process, from growing the finest fruit to seeing it to the end with the production of great wine. I want to stay small because I feel the hands-on approach allows you work with the wine during the whole process and really put my signature and touch on the wines. For example, it’s unusual for winery of my size to make twelve different types of wine including five whites.” As a graduate of nearby Cal Poly, Paul initially took his degree in agriculture and entered the resort and restaurant business. The call of the fields was strong, though and after a number of successful years in that business, Paul and his wife Patricia followed their hearts and bought a vineyard. The vineyard is located in an area with soils and climate perfect for growing premium wine grapes. The ranch sits high atop hills that slope gently from the north to the south, giving the vines the perfect exposure to the summer sun as it rises and sets over the El Pomar area. Light afternoon winds blow through the vines providing good airflow through the canopy for proper ripening. As the sun sets, the onshore winds flow from the Pacific Ocean cooling the vineyard to night temperatures in the 50°s. The 40°-50° daily temper- ature swings allow the fruit to cool at night, lengthening the ripening process to intensify the flavor and allowing the seeds to mature, providing proper tannin and flavors. All of these influences from Mother Nature help create the perfect balance of Still Waters Vine- yards estate wines. The setting is also perfect for people. If it’s a glimpse of the magnificence of California that you seek, the breath-

Enjoy the beauty of gently rolling hills in the Paso Robles countryside and discover some
Enjoy the beauty of gently rolling hills in the Paso Robles countryside and discover some

Enjoy the beauty of gently rolling hills in the Paso Robles countryside and discover some of the newest and most exciting wineries on California’s Central Coast.

and most exciting wineries on California’s Central Coast. taking panoramic view of acres of lush vines

taking panoramic view of acres of lush vines and rolling, golden hills available at Still Waters Vineyards is second to none. This is truly a place of unsurpassed beauty and many have taken advantage of the setting for their weddings and parties. This is not your average tasting room either. Says Paul, “My resort background drew me to this site because of the unique opportunity to create both an indoor and outdoor setting for tasting room guests, which includes a picnic area underneath the 100-year-old olive grove from which we produce our gourmet Spanish olive oil.” Tasting room manager and assistant winemaker, Kasey Justus, and her staff always provide a warm environment for the guests. At Still Waters Vineyards you can truly taste, smell and witness the passion for growing things that has helped Paul and Patricia Hoover realize their dreams. For more information call the vineyard at (805) 237-9231 or go to www.stillwatersvineyards.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

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, paté and specialty foods. 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 Brandon McPartlan seven days a week.

Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles 805-239-1730 | www.casswines.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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Costa de Oro – So Much More Than Just Great Wines

Forty acres of strawberry fields, not vineyards, are what visitors see through the picture window of the Costa de Oro Winery’s tasting room. That’s no coincidence. The tasting room is part of the Gold Coast Marketplace, where an array of fresh produce and gourmet foods are available along with Costa de Oro’s award-winning wines. There’s even a drive-through window for purchasing strawberries. Gold Coast Marketplace is an attractive shop with exposed wooden beams and earth tones exuding warmth. A stone fruit’s throw from Highway 101 in Santa Maria, its easy accessi- bility attracts both travelers just passing through and wine enthusiasts launching a day of tasting along the Foxen Canyon wine trail.

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Live Music, Art & Martinis Thursdays at the Museum

Nights returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) on the third Thursday of the month, May through September 2008. Nights offers guests the opportunity to enjoy SBMA’s extraordinary art collec- tion while socializing, sipping martinis, enjoying live music, tasting

socializing, sipping martinis, enjoying live music, tasting local food and wine, and experimenting with interactive art

local food and wine, and experimenting with interactive art stations inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The fifth season of Nights offers “culture with a twist” that rede- fines what it means to engage with art. New this year, Luxe Tickets are available for individual events, giving guests full Luxe Pass bene- fits including access to dedicated bar lines, throughout the event, a private entrance line to all five Nights events and a VIP lounge featuring hors d’oeuvres, exclusive bar and wine tasting, and an art activity. Only a limited number of Luxe Passes and Luxe Tickets are available. The Nights mARTini Card allows guests access to dedicated bar lines and is available exclusively to Luxe Pass and ticket holders. Each mARTini Card is good for ten drinks over the course of the 2008 Nights season representing a 30% discount compared to the cost of individual drink tickets purchased at the event. Nights’ creation in 2004 by Kristy Thomas, Manager of Docent and Community Programs, and Patsy Hicks, Assistant Director of Educa-

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tion, was met with overwhelming local response. Nearly 17,000 guests, of all ages have attended the popular events since their incep- tion. This season promises to be the most engaging and stimulating yet – with surprising twists on artistic themes that blend live music, performance, interactive installations and outrageous art activities.

interactive installations and outrageous art activities. Pre-sale Nights tickets, Luxe Passes, Luxe Tickets, and
interactive installations and outrageous art activities. Pre-sale Nights tickets, Luxe Passes, Luxe Tickets, and

Pre-sale Nights tickets, Luxe Passes, Luxe Tickets, and mARTini Cards are now on sale. Prices are $300 for SBMA members and $360 for non-members, which includes a one-year SBMA general member- ship. Individual tickets for Nights are $20 for SBMA members, $35 for non-members. Individual Luxe Tickets for each event are $60. The mARTini Cards are $70 each. Purchase advance tickets, Luxe Passes, Luxe Tickets, mARTini Cards and SBMA memberships online at www.sbma.net/nights or at the museum admissions desks. For addi- tional event information, call (805) 8846414. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is located at 1130 State Street.

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