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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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 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.

June 4: Moonstone Cellars

June 11: Clautiere Winery

• June 18: Midnight Cellars

• June 25: Orchid Hill Vineyard

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

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

• May: Paso Robles Art Association

• June: Paso Robles Art Association

• July: Jack Johnson

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

ONGOING THROUGH MAY 31 Spring Food Drive at Donati Family Vineyard Help end hunger & bring non-perishable food items and enjoy complimentary wine tasting 10am-5pm, 877-511-WINE www.donatifamilyvineyard.com

MAY 30 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

MAY 30-31 Epicurian Dinner at Panolivo Restaurant Featuring Castoro Cellars Wine pairings with “Dam Fine Wines” from Castoro Cellars, 5-9pm 805-239-3366, Paso Robles

JUNE 1 Summer Library & Reserve Wine Tasting Series at Adelaida Cellars Reserve Syrahs and Rhône style red wines. 11am, Limited to 18 guests RSVP, 805-239-8980 $25, Free to wine club members, Paso Robles rjaques@adelaida.com, www.adelaida.com

JUNE 7 Chumeia Vineyards Whiskers and Paws Wine Club Launch Featuring wine pairings, mobile dog adoption & more with proceeds from each shipment going

to Woods Humane Society!

12-4pm, 888-343-9445, Chumeia

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JUNE 7 Outdoor Concert at Castoro Cellars Featuring Kathrin Shorr & Brian Joseph Benefit for Escuela Del Rio 7:30pm, $25, 888-DAM-FINE, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com

JUNE 7 Pine Mountain Pouring Event at Rio Seco 12-4pm, 805-237-8884, Paso Robles www.riosecowine.com

JUNE 8 5th Annual Pinot & Paella Cook-Off Enjoy afternoon in the park sipping Pinot Noir & sampling creative interpretations of paella! Proceeds benefit the Paso Robles Youth Association 2-5pm, $65, 805-239-2565, Templeton Park Templeton, www.windwardvineyard.com

JUNE 13-14, JULY 11-12

Chumeia Vineyards Ice Cream Social

Complimentary wine ice cream sample will be

offered with award winning wines.

11am-5pm, 888-343-3445, Chumeia www.chumeiavineyards.com

JUNE 13 Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program Golf Invitational Fundraiser Enjoy a golf tournament at the Links at Vista Del Hombre and a delicious banquet following hosted by Silver Horse Winery. San Miguel

This is a non-profit event that seeks sponsors

for the Wine & Viticulture Degree Program

which is entirely reliant on private & industry funding. $500 Sponsorship, 805-238-9234

JUNE 13 June Winemaker Dinner at Cass Winery Lobster, truffle butter & more! 6-10pm, $80, 805-239-1730, Paso Robles www.casswines.com

JUNE 13 Lakeside Club Shipment Pickup at Bianchi Make new friends or meet up with old ones while tasting new releases 6-8pm, 805-226-9922, Paso Robles $5, Free to Lakeside members & one guest www.bianchiwine.com

JUNE 13 Pick-Up Party at Bianchi Pick-up your shipment, enjoy fine wine & delicious appetizers. www.bianchiwine.com 10am-5pm, $5 non-member fee, 805-226-9922

JUNE 14 Winemaker Meet & Greet Barrel Tastings at Ortman Vineyards Enjoy fine barrel tastings & delicious cheese 10am-4pm, $15, 805-937-8340 www.ortmanwine.com

JUNE 15 Lazy Local Concert at Castoro Cellars Featuring Martin Paris & Tim Pacheco 1-4pm, Free, 888-DAM-FINE, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com

JUNE 15 Summer Library & Reserve Wine Tasting Series at Adelaida Cellars Reserve Syrahs and Rhône style red wines. 11am, Limited to 18 guests RSVP, 805-239-8980 $25, Free to wine club members, Paso Robles rjaques@adelaida.com, www.adelaida.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 muscle cars in front of the winery. 11am-3pm, 805-239-1616, Paso Robles www.roberthallwinery.com

JUNE 20-27 Twilight Concerts in the Park City Park Bandstand 5:30-7:30pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles www.pasoroblesdowntown.com

JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Dinner at Adelaida Cellars Delicious dinner in the barrel room with winemaker Terry Culton & “Chef for the Stars” Jeff Scott. 6:30pm, RSVP, 800-676-1232 www.adelaida.com

JUNE 20 Friday Fun Night #1 at Rio Seco Featuring music by Up in the Air 6-9pm, Pre-sale tickets $8, $12 at the door www.riosecowine.com, Paso Robles

JUNE 21-22 June Swoon Pick Up Party at Midlife Crisis Celebrate the start of summer & join the wine club at Midlife Crisis. Featurng delicious food & wine pairings. Tasting will be complimentary all weekend! 10:30am-6pm, 805-237-8730 www.midlifecrisiswinery.com

JUNE 21 Outdoor Concert at Castoro Cellars Featuring Laurence Juber:

Lead guitarist for Paul McCartney & Wings 7pm, $22, 888-DAM-FINE, Paso Robles www.castorocellars.com

JUNE 21 Summer Concert at Bianchi Great music from Monty Mills. Bring your own picnic basket or enjoy food from the deli. No outside beverages. 6-9pm, 805-226-9922 $10/Free to Lakeside members www.bianchiwine.com

JUNE 21 Locals Only Dinner Winemaker Dinner at Eberle Winery Enjoy a fine winemaker dinner in the caves 6:30pm, $150/ $120 wine club members 805-238-9607, RSVP, www.eberlewinery.com

JUNE 27 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

JUNE 27 Friday Fun Night #2 at Rio Seco Featuring music by ZZAH 6-9pm, Pre-sale tickets $8, $12 at the door www.riosecowine.com, Paso Robles

JUNE 28 Downtown Trading Day Antiques & garage sale bargins 9am-3pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles www.pasoroblesdowntown.com

JUNE 28 Kids Flea Market Great big flea market! 9am-3pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles www.pasoroblesdowntown.com

JUNE 28 Texas Hold ’em at Rio Seco 6-9pm, RSVP, 805-237-8884, Paso Robles www.riosecowine.com, Paso Robles

JUNE 29 Summer Library & Reserve Wine Tasting Series at Adelaida Cellars HMR Estate Pinot Noirs. 11am, Limited to 18 guests, RSVP, 805-239-8980 x14 $25, Free to wine club members, Paso Robles rjaques@adelaida.com, www.adelaida.com

JULY 4 Friday Fun Night #3 at Rio Seco Featuring music by Sideroads 6-9pm, Pre-sale tickets $8, $12 at the door 805-237-8884, Paso Robles, www.riosecowine.com

JULY 4 Independence Day BBQ at Robert Hall Great family fun for all ages 6-10pm, $30/$25 Cavern Club, $15 Children RSVP, www.roberthallwinery.com

JULY 5 Summer Birthday Bash – Sunset Cruise of Morro Bay with Midlife Crisis Enjoy the sunset on the Papagallo II while sipping Midlife Crisis wines paired with five inspired recipes. 805-237-8730, RSVP info@midlifecrisiswinery.com

JULY 7 Bottling Party at Rio Seco All help appreciated! Call winery for details. 805-237-8884, Paso Robles www.riosecowine.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 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

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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 & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians 3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay

JUNE 7 Morro Bay Music Festival 4 great bands on the waterfront 11am-6pm, 805-772-1155, www.mbmusicfest.com

JUNE 21 Summer Solstice Celebration Enjoy live entertainment, storytelling, music & more! 10am-3:30pm, 805-772-2694, Morro Bay State Park www.sanluisobispocounty.com

SAN LUIS OBISPO

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

• May 31: Ano’ ai ke aloha

• June 1: Paul Woodring, Organist

• June 1: Carol Channing

• June 3: RSVP XIII-Changes

• June 5: Laguna Middle & San Luis Obispo High Spring Choral Concert

• June 6: Elements, Forces & Other Mysteries

• June 7: Spring Concert: Season Finale

ONGOING Painting with Light Photo-paintings by Paul J. McCloskey West End Espresso Cafe, San Luis Obispo http://web.mac.com/paul_mccloskey

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 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 Hearst Castle Tours Experience grand 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 FRIDAYS

Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock

Live music, wine and food

7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo

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A Murder Mystery Dinner

Enjoy a parody of The Pirates of the Caribbean

with a delicious dinner, wine and laughter 5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com

JUNE 1 Afternoon of Epicurian Delight Gala benefit for EOC Health Service featuring fine wines, delicious gourmet foods & more 11:30am-3:30pm, $100, 805-544-2498, $100 Chapman House by the Sea at Shell Beach

JUNE 7 San Luis Obispo Wine & Grill Affair

at Per Bacco

Winemaker’s compete in a grill off with delicious wine tasting from many area wineries 1-5pm, 805-787-0485, $30, San Luis Obispo www.t-mha.org/SLOWineGrill.htm

JUNE 7 - SEPTEMBER 27 Wine and Cheese Pairings at Tolosa Winery 11am-3pm, $20/$15 Heritage Club 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com

JUNE 21 First Annual Blending Seminar

& Wine Party at Claiborne & Churchill

Participate in the blending of the 25th anniversary red wine, San Luis Obispo

805-544-4066, www.claibornechurchill.com

JUNE 22 Family Fun Day Have fun playing badminton, horsehoes, Chinese checkers & other fun family games. 12-4pm, $4, 805-781-7300, San Luis Obispo

JUNE 29 25th Anniversary Open House at Claiborne & Churchill Fine wine & delicious food and more! This is a club member event, San Luis Obispo www.claibornechurchill.com

ATASCADERO

JUNE 21 13th Annual Atascadero Wine Festival Enjoy excellent wine from over 80 San Luis Obispo County wineries. Atascadero Lake Park 11:30am-4:pm, $35, 877-905-WINE www.atascaderowinefestival.com

AVILA BEACH

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

JUNE 1 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series at Salisbury Vineyards 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 Avila Beach, www.salisburyvineyards.com

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

1-4pm, 805-595-WINE, Avila Beach www.salisburyvineyards.com

JUNE 29 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series at Salisbury Vineyards 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 Avila Beach, www.salisburyvineyards.com

JULY 10-13 Salisbury Vineyard's Central Coast Wine Classic Winemaker Dinner Enjoy a delicious dinner at the Schoolhouse with Chef Ralph Fabula. Trolley from Dolphin Bay Hotel & Residences to the Schoolhouse in

Avila Valley. 805-544-1285, archie@slonet.org www.centralcoastwineclassic.org

JULY 10-13 Central Coast Wine Country Classic Experience the beauty & diversity of the Central Coast with winemaker dinners, auctions, wine tast- ings, delicious pairings & more! 805-544-1285 www.centralcoastwineclassic.org, Various locations in Avila & the San Luis Obipso Area

ARROYO GRANDE

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

ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, music, arts & crafts, 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, 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 Clark Center for Performing Arts 805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande www.clarkcenter.org

June 7: Giselle

• June 29: Bringing in the Beat

ONGOING ALTERNATE SUNDAYS Village Summer Concert Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs & blankets and enjoy a variety of music 1-3pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande Bandstand on the Village Green

JUNE 1 Marianne Talley Memorial Fun Run at Talley Vineyards A 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk, and 1-Mile Youth Run through Talley Vineyards “Rincon Vineyard”. This event benefits the Marianne Talley Memo- rial Foundation which provides scholarships to college-bound athletes from Arroyo Grande High School, 805-489-0446, Arroyo Grande www.talleyvineyards.com

JUNE 21 Barrel Tasting, Tour & Lunch with Winemaker Leslie Mead of Talley Vineryards 11am, $60, 805-489-0446, Arroyo Grande www.talleyvineyards.com

OCEANO

ONGOING The Great American Melodrama 805-489-2499, Oceano www.americanmelodrama.com

• Ongoing through June 8: Muskie Love

• June 12-September 20:

Showdown at Slick Rock Ranch

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING Santa Maria Valley Railroad 805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com Elegant excursions with 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 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 www.riverbench.com

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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, www.wildlingmuseum.org

ONGOING THROUGH JUNE Abbrescias Passion: Plein-Air Paintings of Glacier National Park The Wilding Art Museum, 11am-5pm, Los Olivos 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org

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

June 26: Burgundy 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

• June 4: Lane Tanner Wines & Labyrinth

• June 11: Steve Russell, Prodigal Wines

• June 18: Brian Loring, Loring Wine Company

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

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

JUNE 7 4th Annual Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival Jazz music will share the stage with the olive industry featuring delicious food & wine tasting. Benefits the local Rotary Club to support community projects. Los Olivos $35 Adults, $10 Children, 805-325-2345 www.losolivosrotary.org

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

June 6: Brooks & Dunn

June 12: Smokey Robinson

June 19: Earth, Wind & Fire

• June 26: Ron White

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

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LOMPOC

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

SOLVANG

ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views 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

ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 29 Godspell at the PCPA Theatre Live, theatre under the stars 8pm, 805-922-8313, Solvang, www.pcpa.org

JUNE 4 Cooking Classes at the Chef’s Touch Featuring Spainsh food & wine 6-9pm, $75, 805-688-1040, Solvang www.thechefstouch.com

JUNE 18 Cooking Classes at the Chef’s Touch Featuring Asian grilling 6-9pm, $75, 805-688-1040, Solvang www.thechefstouch.com

JUNE 22 Valley Wine Ensemble Free Concert 30 local volunteer muscians perform, 2pm Solvang Park Gazebo, www.solvangusa.com

JUNE 28 13th Annual Red, White & Blues Concert at Buttonwood Farm Bring a picnic & dance to the tunes from the band Cadillac Zach. Presented by Buttonwood

Farm Winery and Longoria Wines. $40/$30

Imbibers Club & SB Blues Society members

Solvang, 805-688-3032

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SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING Arlington Theatre 805-963-4408, Santa Barbara

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 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 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 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

Lobero Theatre

805-963-0761, www.lobero.com

• June 1: Charles Lloyd

• June 5: Hats Off Luncheon

• June 7: Thumbelina

• June 13: Keb' Mo'

• June 15: Marc Cohn

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 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 downtown Santa Barbara www.santabarbaradowntown.com

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

• Ongoing through June 15: Over Rain bows and Down Rabbit Holes: The Art of Children's Books

Ongoing through August 17:

It's All About Me: California Artists' Self Portraits

ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 22 Old Wicked Songs by Jon Marans Profound, humorous play with fine music 805-965-5400, Alhecama Theatere

ONGOING Surfing Lessons Enjoy an exciting day in the water 805-898-0671, Santa Barbara www.sbadventureco.com

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 JUNE 20 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice 2008 Celebration Workshop Come & join the fun & build, paint & create magical works of art for the Solstice parade celebration. Featuring special children’s area. Wed. through Fri: 3-8pm, Sat & Sun: 12-6pm 805-965-3396, solstice@solsticeparade.com Santa Barbara, www.solsticeparade.com

JUNE 20-21 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice 2008 Celebration Festival Enjoy live music, creative costumes, crafts, entertainment, great food and more!

Saturday’s event feature a special children’s area

Fri: 4-9pm, Sat: 12:30-8pm, 805-965-3396

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JUNE 13-15 Live Oak Music Festival Exciting 3 day concert & camping event Benefit for KCBX Public Radio Various price packages, 805-781-3030 www.liveoakfest.org

JUNE 28 Santa Barbara Wine Festival Join Stolpman & other Central Coast wineries at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as they pour their fine wines. 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.org

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Afternoon of Epicurean Delights at Chapman House

Beautiful, majestic Chapman House, overlooking the sea in Shell Beach, is once again the setting for the aptly named Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, being held Sunday, June 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $100, and may be purchased at The Crushed Grape, both the SLO and Arroyo Grande Chambers of Commerce, or by calling the EOC Health Services Administrative office at (805) 544-2498. All proceeds for this fund-raising event go to EOC Health Services preventive programs, which last year provided 11,000 reproductive health visits; 500 free mammograms; prevention education to over 5,700 middle and high school students; after-school youth develop- ment activities to over 100 Nipomo teens; case management and advo- cacy to over 220 pregnant and parenting teens; removal of unwanted gang-related and/or antisocial tattoos for more than 68 participants; and over 1,600 health screening visits for seniors. To provide background and feature entertainment while guests partake of some of the best foods and wines on the Central Coast are:

The Dentures; Gary Mendoza Blues Band; Soulamente; Louis Ortega and Band; Brynn Albanese, classical violinist; David Lynch and Friends; Kristen Black; and Catalina Eddie and The Breeze. Donating both their wines and staffing the event are: Alapay Cellars, Baileyana Winery, Cambria Winery & Vineyards, Carmody &

McKnight Estate Vineyard, Castoro Cellars, Cerro Caliente Cellars, Claiborne & Churchill Vintners, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard, EOS Estate Winery, Fratelli Perata Winery, Harmony Cellars, Jankris Winery, Justin Winery & Vineyards, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Maloy O’Neill Vineyards, Midnight Cellars Winery, Norman Vineyards, Opolo Vineyards, Peachy Canyon Winery, Saucelito Canyon Winery, Still Waters Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vine- yard, Tolosa Winery, Valdemosa, Vista Del Rey Vineyards and Wolff Vineyards. Three local breweries will be present: Central Coast Brewing, Down- town Brew and Firestone Walker Brewery. Koffee Klatsch will again be providing their own tasty brew. Vendors, who donate both their foods and time, include: Big Sky Café, Bayou House, Cracked Crab, Del’s Pizzeria, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, Gardens of Avila, KK’s Bundt Cakes, La Bella Olives, Lido at Dolphin Bay Resort, Marisol, Marre’s, Morro Bay Mud Fudge, Novo, Old Vienna, Phoenix Fine Catering, Seaside Café, Tahoe Joe’s, Thai Talay, The Clubhouse at this Old House, Trader Joe’s, Two Blocks off the Beach/Tanner Jack’s, Upper Crust Trattoria and Windows on the Water. Breakaway Tours will provide the shuttle service which will begin operation at 11:15 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.; you may catch the shuttle at F McLintocks on Mattie Road in Shell Beach.

until 4 p.m.; you may catch the shuttle at F McLintocks on Mattie Road in Shell
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BIANCHI WINERY

Stand Alone Wines Steeped in Tradition

by Mark Storer

1972 must have seemed a heady time in the California wine industry. Joseph Bianchi set up shop in the Central Valley and began producing bulk wine. Bianchi was actually something of a revolutionary back then getting involved in the “wine in a box” industry as well as the canned wine industry. Haven’t heard of canned wine? Don’t worry, you will. It’s being rumored to make some- thing of a comeback. In 1992, Joseph’s son Glenn took over the Central Valley operations but he grew rest- less. He wanted to bump up the quality of the wine and make some profound changes. Indeed, the younger Bianchi revamped the eight different ranches and continued in the bulk wine business. But by 2000, he knew it was time to move west and that is precisely what he did. Setting up shop in 2000 in Paso Robles, the Bianchi’s purchased 40 acres of land and began a correspondent search for quality grapes. 30 of the acres Bianchi purchased were taken out and replanted with superior vines of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and

Merlot. Bianchi Winery began to produce quality grapes and quality wine. The first harvest and crush in Paso Robles was in 2004 and by 2005, winemaker Tom Lane joined the team and Bianchi was well on the way to a whole new life. “I’d been involved in the U.C. Davis grad- uate program,” says Lane “and worked for seven years at Navarro Vineyards [in the Anderson Valley] as well as ten years at Concannon before I came here.” Lane is from Livermore originally where Concannon is based. As part of Concannon’s wine- making team, Lane purchased Paso Robles grapes and knew their worth. “My wife and I love it here. It’s really a great place to make wine,” he says. Bianchi’s Paso Robles operation is the only winery on Branch Road off of Highway 46 East. It stands alone in many other ways, too. Producing a little less than 15,000 cases of wine a year, Lane says his largest bottling is only 1400 cases. “We’re into a lot of vari- etals and we kind of take our time with each one,” he says. There are now 28 estate acres of vineyard from which Lane gathers the fruit and he travels up and down the state

looking for quality sources. “I get Sauvignon Blanc out of Lockwood because I really like how it doesn’t have that over-powering grassiness to it. We get Chardonnay out of the Edna Valley and Santa Maria and Pinot Noir out of Santa Maria as well,” he adds. There’s Pinot Grigio from the Arroyo Grande area and some Italian varietals as well from the Paso area. But the attention to detail in each varietal has paid off. The 2005 Zinfandel from Paso Robles won the gold medal from Jerry Mead’s New World Wine Competition and took third place honors in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In the Pinot Noir Shootout featuring some 300 Pinot Noirs, Bianchi took third place with their Pinot that retails for between $25 and $30 a bottle. Impressive standings from a truly stand alone winery. That quality can be attributed to Lane’s dedication to his craft. “Everything is a blend to me,” says Lane speaking of his winemaking style. “Whether or not it’s a single varietal, it’s still a blend. I might be making Cabernet Sauvignon, but I’ll use fruit from our Estate Clone eight while my

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neighbor grows Clone 337 and I’ll put the two together.” Lane also argues that the type of barrel used, the type of yeast, the various techniques depending on what is called for make all of his wines “blends.” Still, Lane does blend fruit and has come up with some wonderful successes most of which can only be purchased at the Paso Robles tasting room. “We make a traditional Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot that I really like,” he says. It’s called Trevino. Lane also experimented successfully with a blend of Pinot Noir and Syrah that he calls “Syranot” and it too is quite popular. Bianchi’s main focus has been on the tasting room and on restaurants but bottle shops are carrying the wines more and more. The quality of the fruit combined with Tom Lane’s atten- tion to each varietal and each detail has made the Bianchi name stand out in a crowded field. “I don’t actually drink wine every night,” Lane says. “But we certainly do enjoy it when we do.” The Lane’s have three children, two daughters who are off pursuing college and careers and a son in high school as well. Lane’s own advice about enjoying wine could be the motto for Bianchi itself. “The best glass of wine is the one that’s enjoyed with family and friends and you’re not focusing so much on the wine, but on life.” Indeed, quality comes from making something that enhances your customers’ lives. That too describes Bianchi. Bianchi Winery is located at 3380 Branch Road in Paso Robles; open for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.

for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.
for tasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more informa- tion, call (805) 226-9922.

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Siblings, Joey and Michelle Arnold
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Preferred Tasting Room:

POZO VALLEY VINEYARDS

by Michael Cervin

P ozo Valley Winery is not in Pozo Valley, which might arguably be a good thing. The town of Pozo, is 18 miles south-

east of Santa Margarita, whereas the Pozo Valley tasting room is actually a mile and a half off Highway 101 in Santa Margarita, between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. The Arnold family has farmed in Pozo Valley since 1919. The original Arnolds left Nebraska to settle in Pozo and start a cattle operation. A dozen years ago, Steve Arnold decided he needed to raise additional crops to bring in more cash. He hadn’t planned on planting grapes, but Don Tally of Talley Vine- yards suggested the idea. The thought was to plant a 32-acre vineyard and sell the fruit. And who better to begin buying that fruit than the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley. When the contract with Mondavi expired in 2007, the question became, what to do with the fruit? Brother and sister Joey and Michelle Arnold suggested to their parents, Steve and Debbie, they start making wine, an idea that wasn’t enthusiastically received at first. “They wanted proof we could do it,” Michelle said.

“They wanted proof we could do it,” Michelle said. Since Joey and Michelle were both fruit

Since Joey and Michelle were both fruit science graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they felt they possessed the ability to create their own wine. Joey made a small batch of wine and for a first effort, everyone was impressed. Today, Pozo Valley Winery offers compli- mentary tastings at their tasting room on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. They share the space with Bonnie Bardin of Bonnie’s Kitchen, a classmate of Michelle’s who offers

catering services as well as sandwiches to go at the small tasting room. Old photos adorn the walls, pictures of the Arnold family’s legacy and the general store once run by the first Arnolds that used to be a few doors down the street. The tasting room for Pozo Valley Vine- yards is rustic, more cowboy feel than the expensive architecture of Napa Valley. An old wooden wine press sits in the corner; a reminder of earlier days. Currently, Pozo Valley offers only one white, a Viognier they grow on their 32-acre vineyard. Michelle explains that the temperatures at their remote vineyard are similar to Paso Robles. “We get into the upper 90s and it will drop down to the 50s at night,” she said. That helps to regu- late the sugars and the acid levels of the fruit. They also make a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvi- gnon, Zinfandel and a late-harvest Zinfandel. Pozo Valley Vineyards are located at 2200 El Camino Real, in the heart of Santa Margarita. They’re open for tastings Friday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. When you stop by you’ll undoubtedly see one of the Arnolds manning the bar. Appointments are available by calling (805) 438-3375 or check out www.pozovalley.com.

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Tickets Now Available for Annual Winemakers’ Cookoff

The Paso Robles Rotary Club kicked off ticket sales for its 10th Annual Winemakers’ Invitational Cookoff fund raiser on August 9. Last year Paso Robles Rotary Club used proceeds from Winemakers’ Cookoff to provide $30,000 in college scholarships to local high school seniors through its Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundation. Several enhancements have been added to this year’s edition of the Winemakers’ Cookoff to make ticket sales and event information more accessible to the public. This year, the Rotary is making Winemakers’ Cookoff tickets available on the Internet via a dedi- cated website and on-line ticket consolidator, brownpapertickets.com. A toll-free number for information and ticket orders has been added. In addition, tickets and information will be on hand at a number of local commu- nity events leading up to the Cookoff. “In this tenth year of our event, we have focused on reaching as many potential atten- dees as possible, making their ability to

purchase tickets or get information easier and, once they are here for the event, enhancing their experience,” stated Sally Davis, the 2008 Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff chair. In 2008, Rotary organizers have adopted “Make it a Winemakers’ Weekend” encour- aging participating wineries to offer special events and discounts to Cookoff attendees. 30 of the Central Coast’s leading wineries will participate in the Winemakers’ Cookoff featuring winemaker-chefs pairing their own

grilled creations with some of their finest wines. Winemaker pairings will be served to 1,000 attendees as the participating wineries vie for both “People’s Choice” and “Judges” award recognition. The Winemaker’s Cookoff will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the River Oaks Hot Springs Spa in Paso Robles. Tickets are $75. For more infor- mation, visit www.winemakerscookoff.com, www.brownpapertickets.com, or call toll free,

1-877-686-8564.

‘Wine Garden’ Added To SLO Baby Boomer Show

The SLO Baby Boomer Show, coming up on June 7 & 8 at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, has announced that a “Wine Garden” will be included at their Show. The Wine Garden will feature wine, food and micro brew tasting along with a variety of music and entertainment. It will include up to 15 wineries and 10 restaurants/caterers. Entrance into the overall Expo is free while entrance to the “Wine Garden” will be $10, with proceeds benefiting Woods Humane Society. Discount Wine Garden tickets and additional Boomer Show information can be found at www.SLOBabyBoomers.com.

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SANTA MARIA WINE COUNTRY

The Hidden Jewel of Santa Barbara County

Over the years the landscape of the Santa Maria Valley has steadily evolved and, unbeknownst to many, offers one of the most unique Wine Country experiences on the Central Coast. While traveling Highway 101 into Santa Maria, a glance to the west offers views of a growing city that takes pride in its historic roots. A view to the east offers a variety of agricultural landscapes with a vineyard here and there, steadily increasing until you realize it: you are in Wine Country, Santa Maria Valley Wine Country. The region encompasses more than 50 wineries, with an ideal setting for Rhône and Burgundian varietals. Proximity to the coast, an average temperature around 64 degrees, surrounding mountain ranges and cool winds out of the north- west come together where the Santa Maria River winds through a myriad of elevated plateaus. Santa Maria Valley is the only region on the west coasts of North and South America where two transverse mountain ranges are located, creating a unique funnel effect, pushing breezes into the valley. In fact, this one of a kind landscape makes Santa Maria home to one of the most constant tempera-

tures of any city in California. And the wines – Kenneth Volk, Cambria, Costa de Oro and Addamo Estate Vineyards are just a few of the tasting rooms in the valley (for a complete listing of Santa Maria tasting rooms, see the back section of this magazine) as well as a host of other wineries such as Au Bon Climat, Qupé and Alta Maria who call Santa Maria their home but do not operate tasting rooms. Volk, perhaps best known as the founder of Wild Horse Winery in the Paso Robles AVA, has worked with fruit from throughout the Central Coast, earning a reputation for crafting world-class wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and he is proud to call Santa Maria Valley his enological home. This esteemed coastal appellation has grown steadily, albeit slowly over the years. The pace of growth is intentional; the winegrowing community of Santa Maria Valley is protective of its history, character and potential. Though some are larger in scope than others, all of the valley’s tasting rooms offer an intimate atmosphere for enjoying the fruits of their labor. The newest among them is River- bench, having opened its doors in April of this year.

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VINA ROBLES

by Leah Kolt

I t’s another beautiful day in Paso Robles, and the grapes in the three Vina Robles vineyards are soaking up the sun.

But look for yourself without ever leaving home, because Vina Robles, one of the most wired wineries anywhere, sports three solar- powered web cams sited in their manicured vineyards and blue-oak forest. Wondering what the weather is like at the new Vina Robles visitors center? Or how those Petite Sirah vines are coming along? Check it out by going to www.vinarobles.com and clicking on “Vine- yards,” where you can zoom around among the vines with a click of your mouse. Vina Robles is not your grandfather’s winery in other ways, too. Along with the superb wines, you can enjoy unique activities such as ballroom dance lessons, take a dog behavior seminar or relax to cool jazz tones during the summer concert series. These events take place in and around the new 14,000-square-foot tasting room, a visual delight with its classic California mission style accented by modern European touches. Soaring interiors, stunning views and a courtyard fountain create the perfect ambiance for a relaxing wine tasting. While you’re in the tasting room, located

at 3700 Mill Road – only three miles east of

downtown Paso Robles – you can indulge in complimentary estate-wine tasting, reserve tasting or even reserve tasting paired with

artisan cheeses. In fact, the on-site deli carries

a line of gourmet foods – from coffee and

spices to sauces and meats. If that isn’t enough, future plans call for a full-service inn to accommodate guests from around the world who come to visit the fastest-growing wine region in California. The European flavor of the Vina Robles wines and hospitality comes naturally to the winery staff. Owner Hans Nef and winemaker Matthias Gubler are both Swiss. Nef, a restau- rateur and developer, engaged in a worldwide search for the ideal location to grow Bordeaux and Rhône varieties, eventually selecting Paso Robles. Old world influences can be seen in the restraint of the Vina Robles winemaking, too. Yields are kept deliberately low to concentrate

flavor, and grapes are hand harvested and sorted, according to Gubler. After gentle crushing to retain the Vina Robles hallmark “fresh fruit” quality, grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled tanks. A gentle “pump-over” is used to avoid harsh tannins while extracting optimum flavor and color. French and American oak is used for the

barrels, where malolactic fermentation adds creaminess. But Gubler uses the wood judi- ciously to prevent the over-oaking that has plagued so many California wines. Current releases include their 2007 Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, along with a Rosé that has received critical acclaim for its intense off-dry berry flavors and persistent finish. In fact, Dan Berger rated it “exceptional” in the May 3, 2007, issue of Vintage Experiences, calling it “a Rosé that competes with the best I have had in the last few years!” If you are in the mood for a bolder wine, try the ’04 Cabernet Sauvignon, a gold-medal winner at the 2008 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition. This full-bodied Cab offers intense fruitiness balanced with light oak and a medium-long finish. It was also selected to grace the wine list at one of the top jazz clubs in the country, Blue Note, a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Other current offerings include several red blends, such as the ’06 RED4, ’05 Suendero, a meritage, and the 2005 Syrée, a spicy red with aromas of dark fruit with bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla and a hint of cedar. You can visit the Vina Robles tasting room daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PREFERRED RESTAURANTS

ROBIN’S RESTAURANT

by Charles Neave

Sometimes a place just fits. You know it by looking at it, you know as soon as walk up the path and in the door that this is a spot that simply belongs right where it is, doing exactly what it is doing. That, in a word or two, would describe the Cambria restaurant known fondly – and to many – as Robin’s Restaurant. Located in a charming and nicely weathered old home in this historic seaside town, they offer an eclectic menu that has pleased locals and visitors since they opened their doors in 1985. The inte- rior (with its fireplace) and the spacious, multi-leveled heated deck surrounded by flowers and vines are a bit eclectic as well, and it all blends together to match the setting, just as owner Shanny Covey intended it to be: warm, informal, comfortable and unique. And it should be noted that those gardens are the perfect setting for a small reception. So how to define “eclectic” when it comes to menus? Well, how about “Thursday Night Sushi Night.” Or lobster enchiladas, Tandoori chicken, salmon bisque, Vietnamese lumpia, Malaysian green curry, pork osso buco and a juicy Angus beef burger with white cheddar and grilled sweet onions. All on the same menu. Then there’s the monthly Prix Fixe Dinners on the second Friday of

each month that feature different flavors from around the world.

If that is not what eclectic means, then we are looking at different dictionaries. But, it all somehow works, and wonderfully so. Then there is the extensive wine list, which while pretty straight- forward also has more than a few surprises. All of which makes a visit to this charming part of the coast an even more enjoyable journey. Robin’s Restaurant is open daily, for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). There are brunch specials on Sunday until 3 p.m. They are in Cambria at 4095 Burton Drive. For more information on the restaurant, their catering services or to make reservations call (805) 927-5007. Their website is www.robinsrestaurant.com.

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HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP

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

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

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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

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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.

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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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Eberle Winery Announces Star-Chef Line Up for 2008

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. While this year has already included top chefs such as Douglas Dodd of the Hotel Bel-Air and the favorite chef of Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo Curti of Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez, the rest of the year’s chefs should help create one for the record books for Eberle Winery. All Eberle Winemaker Dinners are held at the Eberle Wild Boar Room in the Eberle caves and are $150 per person or $120 for Cellar Club members. Eberle Winery is located at 3810 Highway 46 East, 3.5 miles east of Highway 101 in Paso Robles. Upcoming winemaker dinners listed below. For reservations, complete schedule or more information, visit www.EberleWinery.com. Or, contact Sheri Kennedy at (805) 238-9607 or sheri@eberlewinery.com.

• Saturday, June 21 – “Locals Only” Dinner Featuring Chef Chris Kobayashi, Artisan, Paso Robles

Experience a winemaker dinner in the Eberle caves featuring only “locally grown” food and wine. Chef Chris Kobayashi is well known for his commitment to using only the freshest, local ingre- dients to create masterful dishes at Artisan Restaurant. Chef Chris searches out local and organic produce and his hand selected proteins are wild caught or sustainably farmed and contain no growth hormones or antibiotics. Eberle Winery wines are also made with a “locals only” philosophy. All Eberle fruit is either grown on the Paso Robles Estate or contracted from partners and vineyard growers in Paso Robles. We feel this combination of locally grown food and wine will create a meal like no other – and offered only at Eberle Winery. Make your reservation soon for this dinner in the caves. This rare event is limited to 40 people.

• Friday, July 11 – Eberle Hosts One of Bravo’s "America’s Top Chefs" Tre Wilcox

As chef de cuisine of Dallas’s award-winning five-star restaurant, Abacus, Tre Wilcox began his culinary career at the age of 17. Chef Tre’s latest culinary adventures landed him a spot as a contestant on Bravo’s third season of America’s Top Chef. “Top Chef 3 Miami” featured 15 of the country’s most impressive rising chefs and Tre proved to be a strong contender in this competition for up-and-coming culinary talent. Tre’s dedication, enthusiasm and passion have made him such a renowned and impressive chef he’s been nominated as the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef for two consecutive years. To be nominated for this award, you must be “age thirty or younger and display an impressive talent and be likely to make a significant industry impact in years to come.” D Magazine named him one of the “Top Young Guns” in Dallas. He has also appeared on a number of TV shows, including Oprah, the Texas Cable News Network, ABC’s Good Morning Texas and Metro and FOX’s Good Day Dallas.

• Saturday, August 2 – Friends of the Winery Dinner in the Caves Featuring Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL

One of America’s top steak houses, boasting one of the largest wine lists in the world, comes to Eberle Winery for a meal to remember for our annual Friends of the Winery dinner. Since

1956, Bern’s Steak House has worked with a passion (or some call

it an obsession) to provide the best meat, fish and produce avail-

able to its customers. Bern would only accept the “very, very best, even if it meant more work and time for preparation, or a higher

price paid to begin with the best raw products.” To that end, Bern’s Steak House is now considered an iconic restaurant in the U.S.A. and should be at the top of your “must dine” list.

• Saturday, September 6 – Eberle Winemaker Dinner in the Caves with Doug Levy, Feast, Tucson, AZ

The cuisine is international, the ambience is high energy and the name is Feast. What more do you need to have a great time, espe- cially where your appetite is concerned? Chef/owner Doug Levy has helped elevate the Tucson food scene to new heights. Join us as we welcome him to Eberle Winery and experience the food and wine pairings that are making Chef Levy a well-known favorite in Arizona.

• Friday, October 17 – Harvest Festival Winemaker Dinner with Chef Craig von Foerster, Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA

The Post Ranch Inn is a stellar resort perched high above the California coast in Big Sur. The Zagat Survey ranked its award- winning restaurant Sierra Mar, headed by Chef Craig von Foer- ster, as the best hotel restaurant in the state in 2006. Fusing East and West style cuisine, Sierra Mar showcases everything spectac- ular about California. Chef von Foerster has recently earned acclaim on NBC’s “Today Show,” and in Sunset Magazine. Enjoy world-class cuisine and world-class wine at Eberle celebrating the harvest of 2008!

• Saturday, November 1 – Eberle Welcomes Acclaimed Chef Michel Richard, Citronelle, Washington D.C.

It is with great honor that Eberle Winery hosts acclaimed chef and

good friend Michel Richard to a Guest Chef Dinner in the Eberle caves. With a culinary career 40 years in the making, Chef Richard’s Citrus and Citronelle restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and flagship restaurant in Washington, D.C. have earned a

staggering array of honors befitting such a talented chef. Author, James Beard Award Winner, and recipient of numerous awards and

honors, Chef Richard is currently celebrating the opening of a new restaurant in Carmel Valley. Experience a meal like no other from

a culinary talent who Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate

describes as “A great chef, who is cooking at a level that far exceeds

any Michelin three-star chef in France." A portion of the proceeds from this dinner goes directly to the Eberle Scholarship for students studying wine and viticulture at Cal Poly.

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Rosemary’s Vineyard
Rosemary’s Vineyard

TALLEY VINEYARDS

W ith a 60-year farming history in the Arroyo Grande Valley,

the Talley family has established a reputation for honesty,

integrity and quality. Talley Vineyards, the family’s winery,

is well known for estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A favorite destination of locals and visitors alike, the Talley Vineyards Tasting Room offers sweeping vistas of the Rincon Vineyard and is located halfway between Lopez Lake and the Village of Arroyo Grande on California’s Central Coast. It is also easily accessible from San Luis Obispo and Edna Valley via Orcutt Road. Wine tasting of Talley Vineyards and Bishop’s Peak Wines is offered daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and three separate picnic areas offer views of the winery, vineyards and the Santa Lucia Moutains. Saturday, July 26, will be a very special day to visit Talley Vineyards and will mark the third annual Mano Tinta Release Party, a celebration that benefits The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers. This fiesta of goodwill honors the pride and commitment of the local vineyard and farm workers and is the official release date of the 2006 Mano Tinta red wine blend. Open to the public, this day of food, wine and festiv- ities is appropriate for the entire family. Tickets will go on sale June 1 at the tasting toom and online at www.talleyvineyards.com. The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers was established by Brian and Johnine Talley in 2004 and provides grants to non-profit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County that assist vine- yard and farm workers in the areas of housing, health care and children’s services. The largest annual fundraiser for The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers is the sale of Mano Tinta wine, for which all of the grapes, materials, and labor are generously

donated. All proceeds from the sales of Mano Tinta directly benefit The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers. For the upcoming 2006 release, grapes were donated by Laetitia Vineyard and Winery, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard, Wolff Vineyards and Talley Vineyards. Wineries and vineyards who would like to participate in upcoming vintages of Mano Tinta are encouraged to contact Leslie Mead, winemaker at Talley Vineyards. This year, an artist competition was introduced for the design of the 2006 Mano Tinta label. Contestants of all ages submitted artwork along with notes describing their inspiration for the project. This year’s label design winner was Candace Kincade of Nipomo. For information about the label design competition for next year, as well as The Fund for Vineyard and Farm Workers, visit www.talleyvineyards.com. Respect for employees is a Talley family tradition that dates back to the founding of Talley Farms by Oliver and Hazel Talley in 1948. Known for their premium quality produce including bell peppers, nappa cabbage, cilantro, spinach, zucchini and heirloom tomatoes, Talley Farms produce is sold both locally and throughout the United States. The vineyards that supply the grapes for Talley Vineyards wines were established in 1983 when Don Talley (Oliver and Hazel’s son) saw the potential for growing premium wine grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Aficionados of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines now know the Talley family’s Rosemary’s Vineyard and Rincon Vineyard to produce some of California’s best examples of those vari- etals. In recent years, the family has also established vineyards in

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neighboring Edna Valley, as well as Paso Robles. Visitors to the winery will notice the Talley family’s newest venture, Las Ventanas at Talley Farms, directly across the road from the entrance to Talley Vineyards. Las Ventanas consists of 56 spectacular custom home sites on the hillsides overlooking the family’s farmland and vineyards with views of the ocean and Santa Lucia Mountains. As with the family’s other ventures, quality is the key attribute of Las Ventanas. For more information, visit www.lasventanasranch.com.

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Protect Your Liquid Assets at Safe Haven Wine Services

With the recent opening of Safe Haven Wine Services, travelers to the Central Coast Wine Country now have a convenient place to store, ship and share their wine purchases. As the first and only personal wine storage facility in Paso Robles, Safe Haven Wine Services makes it easy for wine enthusiasts to enjoy hassle-free traveling. Safe Haven can pick up your wine purchases at local wineries, wine shops and hotels; safely store your wine amid optimal cellaring conditions; and even ship your wine when you need it. “People come to the Wine Country to taste and buy wine, but lugging heavy cases around not only creates headaches and back- aches, it can also be harmful to your wine,” says Daniel Appelbaum, who founded Safe Haven Wine Services with his wife Corrine. “Traveling home with your wine can also be very challenging. Safe Haven is all about offering solutions to these problems.” The Appelbaums know all about the chal- lenges of transporting and storing wine. When they moved back home to the Central Coast in 2007, after spending five years in San Francisco, they came with their personal wine collection in tow. They settled in Paso Robles and immedi- ately looked around for a safe place to store their wine, but no such place existed. What was first viewed as a problem, however, soon revealed itself as an opportunity to create Safe Haven Wine Services. “We first got into wine while living in Arroyo Grande, and our wine collection grew while we were in the Bay Area,” Corrine says. “We love the culture of wine and the spirit of the wine community, so Safe Haven Wine Services was an opportunity to provide much-needed services while involving our own personal passion for wine.” Located just off Highway 46 East and Golden Hill Road in the heart of the Paso Robles Wine Country, Safe Haven Wine Services offers personal wine vaults that store up to 12 cases (or 144 bottles) and custom built cellars for large collections. The facility maintains a temperature of 57 degrees and a

humidity of 65 to 70 percent – conditions that optimize a wine’s quality and value
humidity of 65 to 70 percent – conditions
that optimize a wine’s quality and value while
protecting it from spoilage. The vaults begin
at just $25 per month with a one-year agree-
ment, which breaks down to less than a
penny per day, per bottle of wine stored at
vault capacity.
“Our mission is to take personal wine
storage to the next level,” Corrine says. “We
not only provide state-of-the-art storage
conditions and security systems, but also a
private on-site tasting lounge for members,
which includes a gaming table, 50-inch
plasma television, full wet
bar and barbecue. We also
offer special concierge
services designed to help
people get the most out of
their wine.”
Daniel and Corrine
Appelbaum

Safe Haven Wine Services serves three general customer categories:

• Wine Country travelers who want to prop- erly store and ship their wine for hassle-free traveling, as well as take advantage of 20- to 30-percent case discounts offered by wineries. • Local wine enthusiasts and collectors who want to save space while protecting their

wine investments and enjoying other services and amenities. • Wineries that will benefit from storage, shipping and/or direct sales fulfillment services. Daniel wields more than 20 years of expe- rience in the fields of shipping and logistics, while Corrine forged a successful career in direct sales. They have long dreamed of working together, and Safe Haven Wine Services fulfills this dream while uniting their skills and expertise. “Our personal wine vaults are very cost effective, especially when you consider that most wines will increase in both quality and value if they are stored properly,” Corrine says. “Personal wine storage facilities have proven to be vital in Napa Valley and else- where. We think that this is a perfect time for Paso Robles to have its own place to conve- niently store, ship and share wine under one roof.” Safe Haven Wine Services is at 2732 Danley Ct, Suite 104 in Paso Robles. For more information, call (805) 238-SAFE or visit online at www.SafeHavenWineServices.com.

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Enjoy Hearthstone Wines at the Downtown Tasting Room

by Leah Kolt

Hoy Buell learned the wine business from the ground up, literally. About a decade ago, the owner of Greenheart Farms in Arroyo Grande, a successful nursery on California’s Central Coast, added grafted grapevine plants to the vegetable, reclamation and flower plants he sold. His thumb soon turned from green to purple and it wasn’t long before he was planting 40 acres of vines in the historic Adelaida area, just west of Paso Robles. At 1,400 feet in the rolling hills near the cooling influence of the Templeton Gap, the vineyard offered the perfect spot for the varieties Buell selected – both red and white Rhônes, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvigonon, Pinot Noir and even Sangiovese and Brunello. “It’s a true boutique vineyard. I basically planted whatever I wanted to play around with and some day make into great wine,” he said. With minimal assistance from Buell, nature produced low yields of small, thick-skinned grapes, which created wine with strong concen- trations of fruit flavor and color, as well as balanced, silky acidity and elegance. Although Buell pretty much lets nature have its way in the vine- yard, he is protective of his vines when it comes to his fellow man –

and their vehicles. “I won’t let anybody drive anything into the vine- yard,” he said. “I don’t want to take a chance on any infestations from other outside crops and soil.” For the first vintage in 2003, Buell continued the minimalist approach. “I used no oak that first year,” he explained. “I just wanted to experience the pure flavor and aroma of each variety’s grapes before doing anything else to them.” In 2007, partner Paul Ayers brought his 18 years of winemaking experience to the Hearthstone team. And this year Hearthstone earned a gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition for its 2004 Fireside Claret – a meritage blend that is 57% Cabernet Franc, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. It sells for $27, or $21.60 for wine club members. You can sample this award-winning wine, along with the popular ’06 Pearl Viognier-Roussanne blend, at the tasting room facilities Hearthstone now shares with their colleagues at Midlife Crisis Winery in Paso Robles – located at 1214 Pine Street. Phone (805) 237-8730. “We only started serving in the tasting room a few months ago,” he said. “It’s great for meeting people and talking about your wine with folks who are really interested in it. We get a number of locals, as well as quite a few aficionados who travel from LA and San Francisco. It’s like having a miniature party all the time.”

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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

and

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
Thursday-Monday 11-7, Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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

805-237-7525

Daily 11:30-7 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

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Wine Tasters at Castoro Cellars Raise Money for the Library by Raising their Glasses

Castoro Cellars partnered with the Paso Robles Public Library in an effort to raise money for the Library Foundation in celebration of National Library Week. For the week of April 13-19 Castoro Cellars donated 100% of their tasting fees and owners, Niels and Bimmer Udsen, matched the donation. A check for $1,563 was presented to the Paso Robles Library Foundation at the conclusion of the week. This year marks anniversary milestones for Castoro Cellars and Paso Robles Public Library. Castoro celebrates its 25th year in busi- ness while the City Library marks its 100th year since opening the Carnegie Library in 1908. For information on Castoro Cellars, call 888-DAM-FINE or visit www.castorocellars.com or and for the library celebrations visit www.prcity.com/library or call (805) 237-3870.

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

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

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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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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Enjoy the Fabulous Wines, Views of B & E Vineyards

Just a few years ago women winemakers were a novelty. Only a handful of persistent and talented females were able to push their way to the top in a very competitive field. More and more though, women are not only at the helm of some very prestigious wine operations, they are also garnering their share of accolades and awards. Patricia Bello of B&E Vineyards is a perfect example of the creative spirit that epitomized the women of the vine.

Patricia did not come to her calling in the usual fashion. She and her husband, Jerry began by planting grapes and selling them to local vintners. Patricia, a cutting horse trainer and breeder left the farming duties to Jerry. The vine- yards provided her with a marvelous view from her hilltop home and she came to love their brilliant displays in the fall and spring, but winemaking was not something she even considered. Along the way though, she developed an expensive habit. “I love a good bottle of wine but unfortunately I seem to particularly like the ones that cost a hundred dollars or more. That’s why I had to start making my own! My goal was to produce a really great wine that was also affordable.” With the assistance of other local winemakers, Patricia honed her craft and became a truly exceptional winemaker, overseeing the production of nearly 4000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a red blend called Red Rhythm. Her insistence on a twenty month aging in French oak barrels produces a rich, velvety wine that has helped her meet her goal of a creating fine wines that will fit into

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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. almost anyone’s budget. This year her 2004 Cabernet

almost anyone’s budget. This year her 2004 Cabernet took the gold at the Paso Robles County Fair and her Syrah and Red Rhythm both won gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition. B&E Vineyards is located on Creston Road in Paso Robles. A drive out to their tasting room will not only provide one with the opportu- nity to enjoy fabulous wines, but a chance to take in the awe-inspiring view of rolling vineyards that Patricia so loves. On the top of the highest hill on the property, the Bello’s have built a charming western style saloon in which visitors can relax, sip three different reds (a Rosé is in the works) and be entertained by the warmth and wit of the winemaker herself. B&E Vineyards is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekdays by appointment.

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

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

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Winemakers ‘Grill-Off’ to Benefit Mental Health Assoc.

Gather under the oaks on the historic Filipponi Ranch with winemakers as they compete in a grill-off and offer samples of their dish along with their wines, June 7 from noon to 4 p.m. You will be able to choose your favorite among them at the 2008 SLO Grill & Wine Affair. Partici- pating wineries include: Per Bacco Cellars, Baileyana, Ortman Family Vineyards, Sextant Wines, Wood Winery and Pozo Valley; Talley will offer wine tasting only. There will be live music and local vendors offering samples of their delicious food product including bread, olive oil and chocolate. Artist Marilyn Dover-Benson will also feature her beautiful local paintings. All proceeds benefit Transitions Mental Health Association, a local non- profit. Only 400 tickets are available so purchase now! You can purchase at www.perbaccocellars.com or by visiting Tran- sitions website at www.t-mha.org/SLOWineGrill.htm. Tickets are $30 per person. Support local mental health programs and have fun while you’e at it!

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Santa Maria Wine Country Continued from page 14

To the west, the town of Santa Maria is full of surprises, with a broad range of top level accommodations and historic boutique hotel experiences waiting to be discovered. And as with any top wine region, Santa Maria Valley Wine Country is home to a growing community of top chefs, each with a unique flavor. Chef Rick Manson of the eponymous Chef Rick’s Ultimately Fine Food restaurant in Santa Maria was recognized in 2007 as the Central Coast Wine Classic’s "Wine Classic Culinary Honoree." His predeces- sors include Gary Danko (chef/owner of Gary Danko, San Francisco), Jacques Pepin (French-born American chef and popular author and television host) and Madeline Kamman (Award-winning author, chef and television personality). His colleagues in the valley include Martin & Debi Testa, caterers to many wineries in the valley, as well as throughout other Central Coast wine regions. The Testas also operate the always-hopping, top-notch Testa’s Bistro in the heart of

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Santa Maria. With a scalable, family operation, the Testas offer a range that encompasses gourmet event service and simple platters and picnics to take on the road for enjoyment during a day of tasting. The endearing Wine Cottage Bistro in Old Town Orcutt and Orcutt Country Kitchen are also popular favorites for Wine Country palates. While many choose to stay in surrounding areas, Santa Maria offers full service accommodations within the valley, including wine touring packages through many of its hotels. Guests can save on travel time (and expense), and maximize their time in the vineyards and tasting rooms, exploring the quietly burgeoning Santa Maria Valley Wine Country. For more informa- tion, visit www.santamariavalleywinecountry.com.

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Cal Poly Vineyard Reliant on Wine & Golf Fund Raiser

Education budget cuts have delayed the launch of Cal Poly’s orig- inal goals for a state-of-the-art wine production facility. The Wine & Golf Symposium was created in 2002 as a vehicle to raise money for the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, through scholarships and

Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, through scholarships and funding for the on-campus vineyard. The annual event,

funding for the on-campus vineyard. The annual event, which raised $12,000 last year for the program, will take place on Friday, June 13 as an invitational event for its sponsors. The Wine and Viticulture Degree Program, which started in 2004, has been entirely reliant on private and industry funding for the 15 acre on-campus vineyard. The Wine & Golf Symposium is a once a year non-profit event that seeks sponsors, mainly from the local wine industry, to fundraise for the program. The golf tournament is being held at The Links at Vista Del Hombre golf course in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country. There is also a banquet following the event which will be hosted by Silver Horse Winery. The event is an invitational with a $500 minimum sponsor- ship to have a player in the golf tournament. The main corporate sponsor is cooperage Seguin Moreau in addition to KSBY and Wine Business Monthly as the Media sponsors. For more information, contact Peter Price at (805) 610-6060 or pprice@thegrid.net.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

The 21st Annual Santa Barbara Wine Festival, June 28

This is the wine festival you cannot miss! More than 50 of the best Central Coast wineries complemented with some of the best local bakers, caterers and chefs will be in one beautiful, serene spot to tanta- lize the taste buds of food and wine aficionados. In addition to enticing the palettes, the Santa Barbara Wine Festival TM will host three food and wine experts (names to be announced). Last year’s event sold out. So this year the Museum has decided to close its campus for the day to accommodate more wine festival guests. Below is a list of participating wineries and food vendors to- date. For an updated list and more information about the Santa Barbara Wine Festival go to www.sbnature.org/winefestival. Participating wineries include: Alexander and Wayne, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Andrew Murray Vineyards, Arthur Earl, Artiste, Au Bon Climat Winery, Babcock Winery & Vineyards, Beckmen Vine- yards, Bedford Thompson Winery & Vineyards, The Brander Vine- yard, Byron, Calcareous Vineyard, Cambria, Carr Vineyards and Winery, Cass Vineyards and Winery, Chateau Margene, CORE, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard and Winery, Demetria, Donati Family

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Vineyard, Eagle Castle Winery, Edward Sellers Vineyards & Wines, Fiddlehead Cellars, Flying Goat Cellars, Foxen, Guy Riedel Wines, Herzog Wine Cellars, Huber Cellars, Hunt Cellars, IO, Kalyra, La Vie Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Melville Vineyards and Winery, Michael Grace Wines, Midlife Crisis Winery, Mosby Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Oreana, Palmina Vineyard & Winery, Presidio, Prodigal Winery, Qupé, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, RN Estate Vineyard, Santa Barbara Cellars Wine Storage, Stolpman, Sylvester Vineyards and Winery, Sunstone Vineyards & Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Tolosa, Westerly Vineyards and Whitcraft Winery. Food vendors are: Bella Dolce Bakery, Classic Grill Catering Co., D’Angelo Bakery, Hollister Brewing Company, Jake’s Cottage Café, Lazy Acres, Santa Barbara Olive Company, Santa Barbara Chocolate Fountains, Savoy Truffles, The Berry Man and Village Modern Foods. Tickets for members are $50 and $75 for non-members. The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. To purchase tickets, call (805) 682-4711 ext. 443 or go online to www.sbnature.org/tickets. Proceeds benefit the Museum's exhibits and educational programs. The Santa Barbara Wine Festival is sponsored in part by The Dreier Group, The Tent Merchant, Santa Barbara Daily Sound, TravelHost Magazine, KDB, KLITE and KTYD.

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WINERY LISTINGS

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week

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ROBLES

AREA

 

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

Daily

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

Daily

Adelaida Cellars –PasoRobles

Daily 10-5

 

10-5:30

X

X

10-5

X

X

 
 

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

X

X

X

Donati Family Vineyard – Templeton

Daily 11am-5pm

 

★★J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles

Daily

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

Weekends

 

Corner of 46 West

& Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676

 

X

X

4889

Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550

12-5

X

X

 

12-5

X

X

Donatoni Winery PasoRobles

Sa-Su12-5

★★J. Paul Rosilez Cambria

Mo-Th Su 11-5 Fr-Sa 11-7

 

Anglim Winery –PasoRobles

Th-Mo11-6

 

3225

Township Rd; 805-226-0620

Or By Appt

 

X

734 Main St, Ste C;

805-927-5110

 

X

X

 
 

740

Pine St; 805-227-6813

Su 12-6 & By Appt

X

X

Dover Canyon Winery PasoRobles Th-Su

 

Jack Creek Cellars Templeton

By

 

Daily

 

4520VineyardDr; 805-237-0101

11-5

X

5265

Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283

Appt

X

X

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

 

11-7

X

X

Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery –PasoRobles 1953Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo11-5 X X

 

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

Daily

 

11-5

X

X

X

 

Fr-Su

By

 

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

10-5

Appt

X

X

Eagle Castle Winery –PasoRobles

Daily

 

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

Daily

   

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

10-5

X

X

X

Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &

1227ParkSt; 805-238-4329

Some Weekends

X

X

Eberle Winery –PasoRobles

Daily

Kukkula – Templeton

By

 

3810

Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607

10-6

X

X

X

 

9525

Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475

Appt

 
 

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

Fr-Su

10-5