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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY ★ AUGUST 25


★ ★ SEPTEMBER 29

Outdoor Summer Concert at Castoro Cellars
ONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Summertime Artisan Cheese Seminar Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves
Eberle Winery transformed into a Tuscan cellar! Druha Trava Bluegrass from the Czech Republic Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more
PASO ROBLES www.eberlewinery.com 7pm, $20, 888-DAM-FINE www.castorocellars.com on beautiful bluffs over looking the ocean
★ ONGOING
★ 805-238-9607, RSVP, Paso Robles ★ SEPTEMBER 29
★ 10am-4pm, 805-704-8128, Pismo Beach
Lazy Local Concerts at Castoro Cellars Cellar Club Bocce Ball Tournament www.pismochamber.com
★ AUGUST 25

888-DAM-FINE, 1-4pm, Templeton Far Out Wineries Fabulous day of wine, music and Bocce Ball ONGOING
www.castorocellars.com Adelaida Schoolhouse Fundraiser $65, 805-238-9607, Eberle Winery Art Demonstrations by Fine Artists
• September 9: Jesse Nolan Learn about the school house then enjoy BBQ www.eberlewinery.com Non-profit art gallery exhibit of local artists
ONGOING MONDAYS & 16 Far Out Wineries at Carmody McKnight SEPTEMBER 29 7pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay
Jam Night at Divine Appointment 7-10pm, 805-237-0138, Paso Robles Chumeia Vineyards Day Cruises www.morrobayartassociation.org
Share your talent with others www.pasowine.com Enjoy a fun day cruise with great food & wines ONGOING
6:30pm, 805-237-0054, Paso Robles SEPTEMBER 1 1-4pm, $75, 805-226-0102, Paso Robles San Luis Obispo Art Center Show
www.divineappointmentguitars.com 5th Annual Cellar Sale at Meridian www.chumeiavineyards.com Constantly rotating exhibits in all media
Great case discounts with gift glass ★ SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 1
★ 11am-5pm, 805-481-3991, San Luis Obispo
ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
12-5pm, 805-226-7131, Paso Robles 13th Annual Men’s Golf Tournament www.sloartcenter.org
Artist’s Reception at Sylvester Winery
www.meridianvineyards.com EOS Golf Tournament at Hunter Ranch ★ ONGOING TUESDAYS

Each month a new local artist will be featured
$475pp, 805-239-2562, must have USGA index 2-oz. Tuesdays at Taste
4-7pm, 805-227-4000, Paso Robles SEPTEMBER 1-3
Peddler’s Faire at Cayucos OCTOBER 19 Weekly drink specials, San Luis Obispo
ONGOING 2007 Harvest Festival Weekend Kickoff at Bianchi 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE, www.taste-slo.com
Find a bargain near the sea
2007 Winery Music Awards Featuring music by The JD Project
9am-4pm, 805-995-1200, Cayucos ★ ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Elimination round competition of musicians Prime Rib dinner paired with Bianchi's fine wines
www.cayucosbythesea.com Wine Down Wednesdays at Taste
4-9pm, info@winerymusicawards.com 6pm, 805-226-9922, Paso Robles
★ SEPTEMBER 1-2
★ Featured weekly winery, San Luis Obispo
Final Competition $75/per person $65/Lakeside Club Members
Labor Day Weekend BBQ at Opolo 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE, www.taste-slo.com
October 7: River Oaks Hot Springs Reservations Required! www.bianchiwine.com
Enjoy a traditional delicious BBQ & fine wines ONGOING
ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1 12-4pm, 805-238-9593, www.opolo.com ARROYO GRANDE Adventures with Nature
The Louie Ortega Band
SEPTEMBER 1-3 ONGOING Docent guided walks
Grammy winning band plays great hits, 9pm
Old Fashioned Threshing Bee Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural
805-238-2660, Cattlemen’s Lounge, Paso Robles History, 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org
Step back in time & connect with the past Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077
ONGOING 1-4pm, 805-238-3799, Templeton Various hikes throughout the summer including;
ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Concerts in the Park wwww.jackcreekfarms.com Chumash Bloody Nose Trail, Fast Hike to
Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concerts
Music, wine and hors d’oeuvres Concerts at the Rotary Bandstand, bring Valencia Peak, Hazard Reef, Rookery Wonders,
SEPTEMBER 7
5:30pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles picnic baskets & enjoy a variety of music exploring Oceano Lagoon and Morro Rock hikes
Afternoon with Cahoots – Meridian Vineyards
www.pasoroblesdowntown.org Sample tidbits by local caterer with fine wines 1pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande ONGOING SUNDAYS
• August 24: John Neira & Friends 12-5pm, 805-226-7131, Paso Robles www.arroyograndevillage.org Art on the Beach at Avila Beach
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS www.meridanvineyards.com ONGOING SATURDAYS Artists paint & present their work
Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar ★ SEPTEMBER 8

Local winemaker featured each week. West Fest 2007 at Peachy Canyon Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts ONGOING
5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles 12-2:30pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande Morro Bay Art Association
Great food, wine & music from 13 wineries
www.vinotecawinebar.com www.arroyograndevillage.org Classes, demostrations and workshops
2-6pm, $40, Paso Robles, www.westfest.com
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS 12-3:30pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay
ONGOING SATURDAYS SEPTEMBER 14
Learn How to Make Ice Cream ONGOING
Templeton Farmers’ Market Summer Concert Series at Bianchi
Enjoy a 30 minute skit about ice cream Central Coast Outdoor Day Hikes
Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables 6-pm, 805-226-9922, $20/per person
where you help create new flavors. Sat/Sun, 888-873-5610, Morro Bay
9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535, Templeton Paso Robles, www.bianchiwine.com
7pm, Arroyo Grande, 805-474-4068 www.centralcoastoutdoors.com
ONGOING SATURDAYS ★ SEPTEMBER 15
★ www.docburnsteins.com
Taste of Downtown Paso Robles ONGOING
Paso Robles Farmers’ Market SEPTEMBER 28-29
Samples from 28 restaurants, fine wine & music Champagne Sunday Brunch on a Cruise Ship
Country farm arts and crafts market 70th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
3pm-6pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles 11am-12:30pm, $30, 805-772-2257, Morro Bay
8am-12:30pm, 805-237-9254, Paso Robles Arts, crafts, parade, fine wine and food booths
www.pasoroblesdowntown.org 11am, 805-489-1488, Arroyo Grande ONGOING MONDAYS
★ ONGOING

SEPTEMBER 15 www.arroyograndevillage.com Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro
Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars
Arte' de Tiza – Sidewalk Chalk Art Featuring regional & varietal tastings
10am-5pm, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton SAN LUIS OBISPO 5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Orcutt
www.castorocellars.com Great art, music and fun
8am, City Park Paso Robles ONGOING ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH
• August: Pat Cairn - Watercolors
www.pasoroblesdowntown.org Christopher Cohan Center Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk
• September: RW Goetting - Oils Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo
★ SEPTEMBER 22
★ Art galleries’ open house receptions
AUGUST 24 805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay
Guest Chef Dinner in the Caves at Eberle • Sept 28: Franz Liszt Chamber
Olive Festival Pre-Festival Social Mixer
Enjoy fine wines & excellent cuisine • Sept 29: George Carlin ONGOING FRIDAYS
5:30-7:30pm, 805-238-4108, 1311 Park St
6pm, $110, 805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.com Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock
Paso Robles, www.pasoolivefestival.com ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31
★ SEPTEMBER 22
★ Live music, wine and food
AUGUST 25 Hearst Castle Garden Tour 7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo
9th Annual Grape Stomp Enjoy a special tour of the Hearst Castle
4th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival Come celebrate the harvest with EOS ONGOING SATURDAYS
focusing on the gardens including Neptune’s
Olive tasting, music, art and fun 12-4:30pm, 430, 805-239-2562 Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay
pool & wine cellar, San Simeon
10am-5pm, 805-238-4103, Paso Robles EOS Estate Winery, www.eosvintage.com Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians
800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.com
www.pasoolivefestival.com 3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay
★ SEPTEMBER 26
★ ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
★ AUGUST 25
★ Castoro Cellars Wine Club Appreciation BBQ Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark” ONGOING
Outdoor Summer Concert at Castoro Cellars Bring a guest & enjoy complementary BBQ, Various art galleries stay open late & host A Murder Mystery Dinner
Nathan McEuen Benefit Outdoor Concert music & great wine. Seating is limited. artist receptions with wine & cheese Enjoy a parody of Bewitched with dinner & wine
7pm, $20, 888-DAM-FINE, benefit 888-DAM-FINE, Paso Robles, 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, San Luis Obispo 5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant
www.castorocellars.com www.castorocellars.com www.sloartcouncil.org Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com

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ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 12 ONGOING SANTA BARBARA


Pick Your Own Berries Tradition & Transition: The California Missions Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm ONGOING SUNDAYS
Enjoy treats at scenic Elings Park Exhibition of a of two artists' etchings Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful vistas Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show
5:30-8pm, 805-688-8969, San Luis Obispo 11am-5pm, 805-568-3994 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, Solvang Featering all types of arts, crafts & jewelry
ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16 Betteravia Gallery Santa Maria 10am–6pm, 805-897-1982, East Beach Pier
ONGOING
Central Coast National Fine Art Competition www.sbaacs.com
SEPTEMBER 8 Solvang Farmers’ Market
80 artists with 115 art pieces on display
5th Annual All Ford Car Show & Swap Meet Fresh produce, flowers and foods ONGOING
11am-5pm, 805-722-2504
Great cars, BBQ, toy Model A races & more! 3-7pm, 805-962-5354, Solvang Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater
www.morrobayartassociation.org
805-922-3151, Santa Maria www.solvangca.com Guided tours upon request
ONGOING SUNDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 21 805-996-4946, Santa Barbara
www.santamaria.com
School House Rock at Salisbury Vineyards ONGOING FRIDAYS www.loberotheater.com
Live Music and BBQ on Patio, 1-4pm SEPTEMBER 9 Wine Tasting on the Patio
805-595-WINE, San Luis Obispo, www.slowine.com Overture in Ambrosia ONGOING
Live guitar music along with fine wines
Touristorica – Historic Downtown Walking Tour
AUGUST 25-26 Silent auction, wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, free 5:30-7pm, 800-624-5572, Solvang
Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past
Stone Soup Music Faire 805-937-5668, Ambrosia Restaurant, Santa Maria www.royalscandinavianinn.com
10am-12pm, 805-965-6307, Santa Barbara
Diverse cultures diplayed in music, food and fun SEPTEMBER 9 ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23
11am, 805-489-9091, Grovers Beach ONGOING
Cork & Canvas PCPA Outdoor Theaterfest
www.sanluisobispocounty.com Ty Warner Sea Center
Enjoy fine wines, entertainment & Live theater under the stars Explore creatures of the sea
SEPTEMBER 1-3 hors d’oeuvres in a beautiful garden setting 805-922-8313, Solvang, www.solvangusa.com
Pinedorado Days 805-962-2526, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
$40, www.smartscouncil.org, Santa Maria Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Art show, BBQ, food and wine booths, 10am ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER
Santa Maria Arts Council fundraiser www.sbnature.org/seacenter
805-927-3624, Cambria, www.cambriachamber.org Music on the Green
LOS OLIVOS Fun and music for the entire family ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS
SEPTEMBER 2
SLO Pops Concert by the Sea ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5:30pm, Solvang, www.syvva.com First Thursday
Enjoy great music outdoors & fine wines Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Art, cultural events and wine tasting
AUGUST 25
4pm, $15, 805-543-3533, Avila Beach Free movie & snacks with discussion afterwards 5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in
Wheels ‘n’ Windmills Car Show
7pm, 805-688-1082, Los Olivos downtown Santa Barbara
SEPTEMBER 5 Over 200 cars, trucks & motorcycles
Open Studios Kick off Party www.santabarbaradowntown.com
www.wildlingmuseum.org 805-688-6112, 8am-4pm, Solvang
Enjoy artwork of 150+ artist in multiple media’s www.solvangusa.com ONGOING
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS
6pm, 805-544-9251, ARTS Obispo Gallery Lobero Theatre
San Luis Obispo Los Olivos Café - Wine Teaser Wednesdays AUGUST 30 805-963-0761, Santa Barbara, www.lobero.com
Taste 5 selected wine with appetizers Blind Tasting of Pinot Noir at Lucas & Lewellen
SEPTEMBER 7 August 27: Dave Brubeck
6:30pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos Develop your knowledge of wine appreciation
Rita Hoskings & Cousin Jack August 30: Jerry Douglas with the Wrights
www.losolivoscafe.com 6-8pm, $20, 888-777-6663, Solvang September 15: John Coran Band
7pm, $15, 805-528-8963, Coalesce Bookstore
Morro Bay, www.slofolks.org August 29: Local Italian Stallions September 16: Peter, Paul and Mary
SEPTEMBER 21-24
September 5: Zany Zinfandels September 18: Helen Callus
SEPTEMBER 7-30 Danish Day Celebration
Blue Suede Shoes ONGOING THURSDAYS Costumes, customs and Danish food September 20: John McLaughlin
Play at SLO Little Theater, San Luis Obispo Fess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along September 24: Frank Ostaseski
805-688-6144, Solvang, www.solvangusa.com
805-786-2440, www.slolittletheatre.org Sing along with Fess & Marcy, 8:30-10:30pm ONGOING
SANTA YNEZ
SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 19 805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com Surfing Lessons
Jake’s Women ONGOING WEEKENDS Enjoy an exciting day in the water
ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31
7:30, 805-927-3877, Pewter Plough Playhouse Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise 805-898-0671, Santa Barbara
Exhibit "Under the Tuscan Cloud"
www.pewterploughlayhouse.org Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology www.sbadventureco.com
Fine art photography of Tuscany
SEPTEMBER 8 $15, 805-686-505, Cachuma Lake ONGOING
10am-5pm, 805-688-7517, Los Olivos Gallery
Central Coast Book & Author Festival www.cachuma.com Planetarium Shows at
Los Olivos, www.losolivosca.com
Readings, workshops, kid’s stories and more ONGOING MONDAYS Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
10am-4pm, 805-546-1392, Mission Plaza LOMPOC
Maverick Saloon Blind Draw Darts 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com
San Luis Obispo, www.ccbookfestival.org ONGOING SATURDAYS • Exploring the Spring Sky
Santa Barbara Darts Association
Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Enjoy BBQ and Darts, 7pm, 805-686-4785 • Cosmic Safari
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY Great food, wine & music Santa Ynez, www.mavericksaloon.org
• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket
805-736-4567, Lompoc ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON www.lompocrecord.com ONGOING
Cachuma Lake Nature Cruises
ONGOING Chumash Casino Concerts
AUGUST 25 Observe wildlife easily on 48 foot boat
Santa Maria Valley Railroad 800-585-3737, Santa Ynez
Chumash Village Day 805-686-5050, www.sbparks.org
805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com www.chumashcasino.com
Elegant excursions featuring five star gourmet meals Live like the Chumash Indians did! • August 24: UB40 ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30
805-733-3713, Lompoc • August 30: Heart Butterflies Alive
ONGOING MONDAYS Watch butterflies up close as they flutter & fly
www.lapurisimamission.org • September 7: Shobox Boxing
Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Featuring regional & varietal tastings SOLVANG • September 8: Pepe Aguilar
10am-5pm, $8, 805-569-3170, Santa Barbara
5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Santa Maria • September 20: Luis Miguel
ONGOING LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH www.sbnature.org
ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 12 Lucas & Lewellen Summer Fridays ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
ONGOING THURSDAYS IN AUGUST
Friday Night Wine Downs Enjoy wine and cheese pairings with Exhibit "Los Olivos-120 Years Young"
at Cottowood Canyon Winery Nite Moves
live jazz band "The Buzz" Featuring model train scale diorama Annual summer sunset run/swim race series
Great music, fine wine, food and fun 805-688-7889, $10, Santa Ynez
6-8pm, $10, free to wine club members 805-564-8879, Leadbetter Beach
805-937-8463, Santa Maria
888-777-6663, Solvang, www.llwine.com www.solvangusa.com www.runsantabarbara.com
www.cottonwoodcanyon.com
ONGOING ONGOING SEPTEMBER 15
ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11
The Real Thing PCPA Theater Cachuma Lake Nature Walk Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival
Tom Stoppard’s play examines love & marriage 8pm, 805-922-8313, Solvang, www.pcpa.org Naturalists lead walk on the Oak Canyon Trail Annual sandcastle contest & family fun
805-922-8313, Allan Hancock College • Ongoing through Sept 14: The Real Thing 10-11:30am, $6, 805-688-4515, Santa Ynez 11am, 805-965-4884, Mackenzie Park
Santa Maria, www.hancockcollege.edu • Aug 31-Sept 23: Urinetown www.cachuma.com Santa Barbara, www.sandcastlefestival.com

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OPOLO VINEYARDS
by Dave Wilcox intend to make wine commercially. Visitors to the warehouse-style tasting
That changed as they saw more and more room quickly establish an easy rapport with

W
hen Rick Quinn bought some prop- acres planted to grapes. whoever is pouring that day, whether it be one
erty on Paso Robles’ east side in Quinn joked that he “slept through my of the winemakers, or a friendly employee.
1995 and planted a vineyard, he econ classes in college,” but he still under- While the winery’s production has steadily
simply wanted to make sure his home wine- stood supply and demand. With vineyards increased in the eight years since its first
making hobby always had a reliable source. sprouting across the landscape, he decided release, Nichols said there are no immediate
The vineyard, which normally supplied starting a winery would be a good “insurance plans to continue that kind of growth.
him with Merlot grapes, came up short that policy.” “We’re at the limit of what our facilities can
year, Quinn recalled, and he decided “that Turned out to be something more than accommodate.”
won’t happen again.” that. Plus, he said, both men are determined to
From that modest start sprouted Opolo, Opolo’s first vintage, 1999, sold out 1,000 remain hands-on winemakers, controlling the
one of Paso Robles’ most popular wineries cases in about three months, said Quinn. The fruit source from vineyard to bottle.
which has earned a reputation as a place to following year, 5,000 cases sold out in the “We’re the farmers,” said Nichols. “We’re
taste superb wine and have a great time. same time. Since then, Opolo has steadily in control of the grapes.”
Opolo is owned by Quinn and Dave increased its annual production to approxi- Opolo’s signature wines are a series of full-
Nichols, Quinn’s neighbor in Southern Cali- mately 40,000 cases. bodied, fruit-forward Zinfandels made with
fornia who bought vineyard property “We didn’t know what to expect,” Nichols fruit sourced from westside vineyards. They
adjoining Quinn’s on the east side of Paso recalled, “but we didn’t expect that.” also produce a velvety, dessert-style Late
Robles. Together, they now own about 300 Quinn and Nichols share the winemaking Harvest Zinfandel that pairs well with choco-
acres, including approximately 100 on the responsibilities along with consultant Robert late.
west side of Paso Robles, where the hillside Nadeau. Their “winemaking by committee” “People really enjoy the style of wine that
winery and tasting room are located on a philosophy ensures quality year after year. we make,” acknowledged Nichols.
picturesque country road. “Opolo is fun,” said Quinn. “We’re making Curiosity mixed with a sense of adventure
The original business plan, drawn up by wine more user-friendly. People don’t need to motivates Opolo’s owners to produce more
the pair, envisioned growing grapes and be intimidated. When people come through than two dozen types of wine, including a few
selling them to winemakers. They didn’t the door, they have a great experience.” unusual blends.

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“We haven’t met a (varietal) grape we haven’t liked,” mused


Nichols.
Wine club members appreciate the novelty as well, he said.
“It makes it fun, because they’re not always getting the same thing
over and over again.”
Among the wines bottled by Opolo are a Spanish-Italian coupling
of Tempranillo and Nebbiolo and another blend featuring Sangiovese
and Barbera.
Opolo’s staples include “Fusion,” a blend that marries Syrah,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and “Rhapsody,” a Maritage made
from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes
harvested from Opolo’s east side vineyards and Merlot and Cabernet
Franc fruit from the west side.
Don’t get the idea, however, that Opolo is a reds-only house.
Using grapes grown in the Santa Ynez Valley region of northern
Santa Barbara County, Quinn and Nichols make a Viognier and Rous-
sanne. Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay are also produced by the winery.
Special events at the winery are popular, thanks in part to the
relaxed atmosphere fostered there and also the scrumptious barbecued
meal typically served. With a nod to Quinn’s Serbian heritage, whole
roasted lamb, cooked over an open pit, is a mainstay. Alternatively,
guests can munch carne asada tacos and beans with all of the fixings.
Guests gather on a spacious plateau offering sweeping views of the
vineyards, along with walnut groves and coast live oaks in the
distance. With the right timing, you might also take in a spectacular
sunset.
Next on the calendar is Opolo’s Labor Day Weekend Barbecue, on
September 1 and 2. Lunch is $10 and wine tasting an additional $5.
Free to wine club members. No reservations are needed.
Opolo Winery is on Vineyard Drive, a shade less than five miles
north from Highway 46 West. The tasting room is open daily from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7110 Vineyard Drive. Call (805) 238-9593 for more
information, or visit www.opolo.com.

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Jake, Josh and


Doug Beckett

PEACHY CANYON WINERY


varied experiences with different winemakers coming Harvest Festival for the 3rd Annual

W
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and regions, Josh keeps an open mind in Pumpkin Carving contest on October 20,
couple of school teachers looking for
order to create the most exciting wines 2007 at the Peachy Canyon Winery located
a better life, moved to Paso Robles in
possible. Jake wasn’t able to resist the lure of on Lake Nacimiento Road. Bring your family
1982 with their two sons, Joshua and Jacob,
they never new the life they would lead today. the family business either. For years, Jake and enjoy great prizes, music, dinner and
The labels start came in 1988, thanks to a worked as the vineyard manager over-seeing wine! Party begins at 4 p.m. at the Peachy
load of Zinfandel grapes from Benito Dusi’s the four Peachy Canyon Vineyards and Canyon Winery; $60 club members and $75
vineyard. Though only amounting to a working with local growers to ensure fruit non-club members.
couple hundred cases, the premiere release quality is kept at their high standard. In For more information or to buy your
centered the label’s reputation for premium 2005, Jake wanted to learn other aspects of tickets, call 1-800-315-7908. If you can’t
red wines. the business and joined the sales team. Jake make it to the Pumpkin Carving contest, stop
Today, the Becketts brand has become now is the General Sales Manager and travels by one of their two tasting rooms throughout
nationally distributed in 49 states and select the country promoting the family brand. the weekend to sample great wines paired
international destinations. This coming year Although Zinfandels dominate the Peachy with tasty treats. The Old School House
production is set for 84,000 cases, their Canyon tasting menu, you will find Caber- Tasting Room is at the corner of Bethel Road
largest production yet. In order to secure nets, Merlots and special blends that are and Highway 46 West. The quaint landmark
premium fruit, Peachy Canyon sources available to sample. Each wine poses unique attraction dates back to 1886 and is
grapes from over twenty local growers in the characteristics with distinguished qualities surrounded by a large grassed picnic area and
Paso Robles AVA and 100 acres of their own and is why the whole Peachy Canyon team gazebo. The facility can be rented out for
vineyards. The winery is still headed by works so hard to pick only the best Paso private events and is a perfect locale for an
founding vintners Doug and Nancy, as well as Robles fruit while supporting the local outdoor wedding amidst the vineyards. The
the family’s second generation. After years growers. Doug Beckett also makes sure “each Peachy Too Tasting Room is located on 2020
away from home, both Josh and Jake wine is released in the peak of its youth,” the Nacimiento Lake Drive. Peachy Too is housed
returned to Paso Robles and Peachy Canyon Becketts feel they give their customers the in a charming Swiss Chateau about four miles
to work for the family business. Josh has been choice to either enjoy the wines young or west of Highway 101 and is open weekends
with the winery for nine years and has been cellar them for a later date. only. Visit www.peachycanyon.com for more
the winemaker since 2003. Combining his The Becketts invite you to join them this information.

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P erfect P airs by Len Napolitano

PAVE
4 cups of manufactured cream
2 lbs. 12 ounces shaved chocolate
1 -1/2 oz. Black Monukka
Figs

Bring cream to just boiling and add


shaved chocolate a little at a time to melt and
stir continuously.
Add Black Monukka Dessert Wine last, stir, fold
into mold and let cool. Chill over night to set.
Quarter fresh figs and set aside.
Rotta Black Monukka In sauté pan, reduce 1/3 cup Black Monukka to
a semi-syrup consistency, add figs and heat
through.
Perfectly Paired with Pave Plate and serve with Rotta Black Monukka.
You are not likely to find the Black Monukka grape mentioned anywhere in a wine
book. That’s because it is a raisin grape seldom used to make wine. But the wine-
maker at Paso Robles’ historic Rotta Winery saw Sherry-style dessert wine potential in
the grape’s relatively high-fructose level and unique flavors. Unique as well, was their
vision to allow the intense Paso Robles sun to “bake” the wine as it ages for two years
in French oak barrels – outdoors! Slow evaporation of the wine, without refilling the
barrels, intensifying the wine’s richness. The end result is a true handcrafted wine of
unmatched smoothness, with distinctive caramel, nutty and vanilla flavors and
aromas. “We are the only producers of dessert Sherry in the U.S. to use this varietal,”
explains Barbara Milburn, Rotta Winery Tasting Room Manager. “It has won count-
less awards, including Double Gold, Best of Class, Gold and the Jefferson Cup.”
Taking the dessert Sherry wine to the next step is Chef Matthew Riley, who owns
two restaurants in Paso Robles. The original “Matthew’s” is located at the quaint and
stylish Paso Robles Regional Airport, while his second, opened in 2007, is conve-
niently situated in the heart of downtown. A California native, and beloved Paso
Robles resident, Chef Matthew knows grapes, both table and wine varieties, and
creates a simple yet impressionable dessert with the 2003 Rotta Black Monukka
Dessert Wine.
His creative recipe, Pave paired with Rotta Black Monukka, marries the sweet,
nutty richness of the dessert wine with the sumptuousness of melted shaved choco-
late mixed with boiled cream and topped with figs.
Rotta Winery, founded in 1908, is the oldest originally family-owned winery in
San Luis Obispo County. The original vineyard and winery were started in 1856 by a
Frenchman named Adolph Siot, who later sold the successful enterprise to Joe Rotta
in 1908. Today, the Rotta label is being revived by one of their grandsons, Michael
Giubbini, who, in 1990, replanted the old family vineyard mostly to Zinfandel.
The Rotta tasting room is located in Templeton, open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
“Cider Creek” on Highway 46 West, just east of Vineyard Drive.

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San Andreas West Wines – Meeting the Needs of Small Wineries


by Janis Switzer cations such as Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, and set up wine
tasting dinners, cross-marketing local restaurants and wineries.
For small lot, boutique wineries that don’t have a tasting room, a “We’re out tooting their horn, and basically providing a service that
sales force or the ability to capture the attention of a major distributor, they either don’t want to do themselves, or don’t have the time to do
there is another option to get their names and wines out in the market- themselves,” Tracy says.
place. Their target client generally produces less than 5,000 cases a year,
San Andreas West Wines calls itself “a boutique wine distributor,” and often lacks a tasting room that provides a sales outlet for most of
and can help a small winery with a range of services. Bill Bogue that production. Robin and her husband Jim Porter, owners of
founded the business in 2004, initially as a hobby to help his daughter William James Cellars in Santa Maria, are typical clients. With produc-
and son-in-law. It turned into a solid business venture as the number tion of 3,800 cases a year, they are too small to get attention from a
of small wineries on the Central Coast grew over the past few years, large distributor, and yet produce too much to sell themselves without
and he saw the special needs of fine, boutique wineries going unmet. a tasting room. San Andreas West provides the feet on the street to get
Bogue enlisted his three daughters to form the core of the business. their wines into restaurants and wine stores.
Tracy brought nine years of tasting room management experience to With an emphasis on personal service, the family intends to keep
her role as director of sales; Kimber, a web specialist with 20 years of the business intimate, but they are currently also looking to grow the
customer service experience, heads up the sales department; and business. “Our goal is to grow the number of wineries we represent,
Robin, a graphics artist, has developed all the marketing materials, and and also to grow the accounts we sell to,” Tracy explains. They are
along with her husband Jim, provides logistics and assists in day-to- expecting to open a new office and warehouse facility in Santa Maria
day operations. in the very near future to accommodate that growth, and to provide a
The firm currently represents nine wineries from the Santa Barbara, central meeting place for the family’s meetings.
Edna Valley and Paso Robles areas, including Cayucos Cellars, For more information contact, Tracy Bogue at (805) 260-6518 or
Madison Cellars, Pozo Valley and William James Cellars. Their reach go to www.sanandreaswestwines.com.
extends to more than 100 wine shops and restaurants – also mostly on
the Central Coast – and they are looking for both new wineries to
represent, and new accounts to sell those wines.
Their proposition is simple: “We can go out and be your face in the
market,” Tracy explains. “Especially when it’s a mom-and-pop opera-
tion, it’s really difficult for them to even know who to talk to at one of
the big, national distributors.”
San Andreas West’s goal is to simplify that process. They purchase
wines at the winery’s wholesale price, and re-sell it to retail and restau-
rant outlets with a mark-up that depends on factors such as volume
and price point.
In addition to picking up and distributing the wines, they can
represent the winery at pouring events, introduce the wines to publi-

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by Dave Wilcox
COSTA DE ORO uses estate-grown fruit to produce Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay. Thirty acres of bluff-top

F
orty acres of strawberry fields, not vine- vineyards were planted by Burk’s father, Ron,
yards, are what visitors see through the and his Gold Coast Farms partner, Robert
picture window of the Costa de Oro Espinola, when they found the well-drained,
Winery’s tasting room. That’s no coincidence.
sandy loam soil ill-suited for vegetables.
The tasting room is part of the Gold Coast
It was, however, ideal for the Pinot Noir
Marketplace, where an array of fresh produce
and Chardonnay grapes. Costa de Oro also
and gourmet foods are available along with
Costa de Oro’s award-winning wines. produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet
There’s even a drive-through window for Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosè and Syrah.
purchasing strawberries. Tasting room visitors on weekends have a
“It’s definitely not your typical wine-tasting chance to sample reserve vintages that are
stop,” said Clay Frick, who, along with his part of the winery’s library collection.
wife, Joanne, is part-owner and manager of at farmers’ markets. Artichokes from Lompoc, About 7,500 cases of the Costa de Oro
Gold Coast Marketplace. avocados from Santa Maria, roses from label are produced annually, with Burk
Gold Coast Marketplace, which opened a Nipomo. making the wine at Santa Maria’s Central
year ago, is an attractive shop with exposed Just outside the market is the “produce Coast Wine Services.
wooden beams and earth tones exuding patio,” where shoppers can pick up anything The marriage of Gold Coast Farm’s straw-
warmth. A stone fruit’s throw from Highway from onions and garlic to lettuce and toma-
berries and Burk’s winemaking talents will
101 in Santa Maria, its easy accessibility toes.
come to fruition this year with the release of
attracts both travelers just passing through Sure, the shopping’s great, but Costa de
Costa de Oro strawberry dessert wine,
and wine enthusiasts launching a day of Oro’s wines are reason enough to visit.
tasting along the Foxen Canyon wine trail. Winemaker Gary Burk’s craftsmanship has according to Frick.
“We have everything you need for a day of earned plaudits from wine critics and a The Gold Coast Marketplace and Costa de
wine tasting,” said Joanne Frick, including number of awards, including Best in Show at Oro wine tasting room are open daily from
gourmet cheeses and artisan bread. both the Orange and Santa Barbara County 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is on the east side of
Gold Coast boasts fresh, locally grown fairs. Highway 101. Use the Stowell Road off-ramp
produce and flowers typically only available Costa de Oro – Spanish for Gold Coast – traveling either north or south.

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ARTISTE WINERY visible brushstrokes to create a final master-

A
rtiste Winery and Tasting Studio trans-
piece, Bion uses each wine as a brushstroke in
ports one to a working art studio in the
1870s, the height of the Impressionist the final blend. The ultimate goal? To produce
movement. Modeled after Hotel Baudy, the infinitely beautiful cuvees that are much more
tiny inn in Giverny, France, where the than merely the sum of their parts, ones that
Impressionism movement kicked into high exhibit the best aromas, flavors and sensa-
gear, Artiste invites its guests to step back in tions of each individual wine that went into
time with an old-world art studio décor. the blend.
Enjoy paintings from some of today’s best Drawing on old-world blending traditions
Impressionist painters, use the community while adding an unmistakable swath of Cali-
canvases to create a masterpiece of your own fornia style, Bion creates neo-classical blends
and, all the while, taste some of the most they call “Impressionist Cuvees.” The Toretta,
Avant-Garde wines California has to offer. now a library wine, draws on the style of
The Artiste story began with winemaker, Barbaresco, Italy, with the powerful Nebbiolo
Bion Rice, whose vision of becoming one of varietal forming the base of the blend, while
the world’s finest cuvee wine producers led the Artiste touch adds Merlot, Cabernet Franc
him down the path that would eventually and a hint of Barbera to transform the wine
bring the two worlds of art and wine together into something totally unique.
like never before. Bion discovered his passion Now, with those skills as his tool belt and The winemaker’s unwavering insistence on
for winemaking early on at his family’s California as his palette, Bion selects the quality ensures that lots remain small, with
Sunstone Winery, where he honed his skills at vintages and varietals that hold the nuances none of the wines above the 300-case produc-
assemblage, the art of blending wines and characteristics he needs to create his next tion level, and some as low as 50. And yet
together to yield distinctly complex cuvees of wine, each one a unique vision itself. Like an another feature makes all of Artiste wines
balance, grace and power. Impressionist painter who uses individual, See Artiste, page 26

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Experience Paso Robles Wine Country in San Jose


30 Paso Robles wineries to pour at commemorative Riedel wine glass and partic- around tasting from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There is
‘A Taste of Paso Wines’ – The Sainte Claire ipation in the silent auction. A limited limited seating for the Trade & Media
Hotel – Thursday, August 30, 5:30-8 p.m. number of tickets to this exciting event are Seminar which includes admission to the
A Taste of Paso Wines, featuring fine wines available online at www.tastepasowines.com exclusive walk-around tasting. For reserva-
from 30 Paso Robles Wine Country vintners, or by calling (805) 239-8463 Monday tions, email trade@tastepasowines.com or
will pour their premium Paso Robles wines through Friday.
call (805) 674-4047.
paired with specially prepared appetizers by Benefit wine and lifestyle auctions
Il Fornaio Restaurant for the third consecu- About A Taste of Paso Wines
Silent Auction will feature magnums,
tive year. A Taste of Paso Wines is produced by
library selections and other unique wine lots
“This annual event is a great way to intro- Central Coast Boutique Wines and sponsored
from participating wineries as well as lifestyle
duce Silicon Valley wine enthusiasts to Paso by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance,
packages and more. The net proceeds to
Robles wines and the winemakers and allow City of Paso Robles, Hotel Cheval , Il Fornaio
benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® –
them to experience Paso Robles Wine Restaurant, Kraftwerk Design, Make-A-Wish
www.makewish.org.
Country in downtown San Jose,” said Karen
Foundation®, Martin Resorts, Paso Robles
Bria of Central Coast Boutique wines, the For the trade and media
Inn, The Sainte Claire Hotel, San Luis Obispo
event producers. Prior to the public tasting on August 30th,
County VCB and The Wine Wrangler. For
A complete list of visiting wineries at A A Taste of Paso Wines will begin in the after-
Taste Paso of Paso Wines can be found at noon with a Trade & Media Seminar from more information about A Taste of Paso
www.tastepasowines.com. 1 to 2 p.m., hosted by the Paso Robles Wine Wines, call Karen Bria at (805) 674-4047, or
A Taste of Paso Wines tickets are $65 in Country Alliance, presenting what makes email at info@tastepasowines.com. Addi-
advance and $75 at the door and include a Paso Robles wines distinctly different. The tional information about the event can also be
walk-around wine tasting; hors d’ oeuvres; a seminar will be followed by an exlusive walk- found at www.tastepasowines.com.

www.bellalunawine.com (805) 434-5477


1850 Templeton Road, Templeton, CA

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Paso Robles WestFest 2007


WestFest 2007 is the fourth annual Wine and Blues Festival, with
major sponsorship from Hampton Inns and Suites, Grapeline Express,
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46 Wineries in Paso Robles, California. The event this year will be held
Saturday, September 8th at Peachy Canyon Winery located off of
Highway 46 West on Bethel Road. Your ticket entitles you to wine club
discounts at all participating wineries for the entire weekend, and
WEST admission to the festival to hear Rockin’ Blues. The centerpiece of the
weekend is the festival where each winery will pour their award-
winning wines. Your ticket also becomes your raffle number for great
gifts including two six-liter wine bottles etched and hand-painted with
the WestFest logo. Over three hundred guests coming from as far away
as Washington State attended the first annual event. The event has
limited seating and tickets are sold in advance by the participating
wineries. Time, price, food and entertainment to be announced.
About Highway 46 West Wineries Group
In 2004, thirteen wineries on Highway 46 West formed the
Highway 46 West Wineries Group. This group was formed to promote
the tasting rooms of the beautiful west side and to make people aware
of the uniqueness of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso
Robles Wine Country is as unique and inviting as the people who have
dedicated themselves to nurturing the vineyards and crafting fine
wines. Visitors to Highway 46 West find the road less traveled is often
marked by the thrill of discovery in this uncongested region. It’s an
area where hospitality is first among a long list of qualities … where
being friends and neighbors is as important as producing stellar wines.
Highway 46 West is one thread that weaves among the vineyards and
wineries connecting longtime estates with exciting new producers.
Rolling hills, majestic oaks and lush vineyards await the wine lover at
every turn. The tasting rooms of Highway 46 West invite you to enjoy
our neighborhood, relax under the spell of our friendly environment
and savor life while sipping our spectacular wines.
The participating wineries consist of Brian Benson Cellars,
Castoro Cellars, Dark Star Cellars, Doce Robles, Eagle Castle, Fratelli
Perata, Grey Wolf, Hunt Cellars, JanKris Winery, Midnight Cellars,
Peachy Canyon, Windward Vineyard and Rotta Winery and are all
included on the 46 West Passport. The passport is your map to the
Westside, including descriptions and hours for each winery. Just like
a travel passport you will get a unique stamp from each winery.
Once you get seven stamps you will receive a beautifully designed
poster of all the participating wineries labels. When your passport is
full with all thirteen stamps, your gift is another poster signed by all
of the winemakers and entry into a quarterly drawing for prizes from
a weekend stay at one of the groups hotel sponsors to a guided
tasting tour. Throughout the year the group puts on other events
such as Tax Revolt Weekend and West Fest. West Fest is the big
event of the year. All thirteen wineries come together to pour great
wines while guests listen to blues music and enjoy delicious food
from local caterers. For more information, check out the 46 West
Wineries website at www.paso46westwineries.com.

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To Morro Bay/ Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon,
San Luis Obispo Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and
1 Daily 11am-5pm Viognier. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular
10000 Creston Road, Paso Robles views from our olive grove overlooking the vineyard.
805-238-4815
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www.bevineyard.com
2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles
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Falcon Nest Winery – Just Like a Trip to Tuscany


If you’ve ever had the good fortune to visit a winery in Italy, you
know what it’s like to enjoy the combination of great wine, beautiful
scenery and most of all, warm and welcoming people. Now you don’t
have to endure a 12-hour plane flight to experience the delights of
Italy. Falcon Nest Winery is the creation of Francesco Grande and his
lovely wife, Carolynn. Francesco was born in Calabria and grew up in
the Tuscany region of Italy. Like so many of his fellow countrymen, his
passion for food and wine has been the focus of his life.
For twenty-eight years he ran a successful and very, very busy
restaurant in Los Angeles. It took a long-time friend and customer to
convince him that he needed a little vacation. A trip up to the Paso
Robles wine-growing region was just supposed to provide a little rest
Carol and
and relaxation. But with only one look at the stunningly beautiful
Francesco Grande
rolling hills of Central California, Francesco knew that it was time for
a new challenge. It was time to return to his roots. Petite Verdot and Zinfandel.
“Wine has been in my family for centuries. My father was a wine- “I love the art of cooking, but once the food is on the table, it is
maker, my grandfather was a winemaker as was his father before him soon gone. There is an art to winemaking as well plus it lasts a lot
and his father before him! In Italy, it is a way of life,” says Francesco. longer. With aging wine becomes better. Food becomes worse!” says
With the gusto he gave to his cooking, Francesco has turned his Francesco.
land into some of the finest vineyards in the area. His picturesque little Francesco has not totally hung up his chef’s apron, though. The
winery on the top of the hill looks over a seemingly endless sea of tasting room offers an array of his handmade sauces and Italian
vines. He now has fifty-five acres planted in Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, specialties. Guests are often treated to tasty morsels along side the fine
wines of Falcon Nest.
CHATEAU MARGENE Falcon’s Nest Winery is located on Union Road in Paso Robles. The
tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more infor-
A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of
luxury, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Margene mation, call (805) 226-0227 or go to www.falconnestwine.com.
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. CASS VINEYARDS
Open Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm Visit us at our café style tasting room and sample your
By advanced appointment on Fridays favorite Rhône wines, paired with samples of select gourmet
4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA
805-238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com cheese, pâte and specialty food. Our Chef’s Pantry offers an
array of choices for an impromptu picnic indoors or out. We
also offer a lunch menu prepared by our Chef Dusty Lehigh
Friday thru Sunday.
Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm
HANSEN VINEYARDS 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
805-239-1730 | www.casswines.com

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ultra-premium hand-made wines FALCON NEST
produced in small lots from our
family-owned winery and vineyard.
VINEYARD & WINERY
Visit our uniquely rustic tasting room Family owned and operated vineyard and winery
and experience some serious wine, specializing in handcrafted wines with intense
colors and flavors. Join us in celebrating in the true
talk with the owner/winemaker and
Italian tradition with food and wine pairing,
enjoy the relaxing family atmosphere. salami, prosciutto, provolone, sopres-sata, pâté,
imported pasta, specialty items and the finest pasta
Friday-Sunday 11:30 am-5pm sauces. Food available daily.
5575 El Pomar Drive, Templeton
Open Daily 10am-7:30pm
805-233-8412
5185 Union Road, Paso Robles
www.hansenwines.com
805-226-0227 | www.falconnestwine.com

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Music, Art, BBQ & Trolley Tours at Salisbury Vineyards


Salisbury Vineyards recently announced the start of “Schoolhouse ideal location far before anyone else! His role has been the most
Rock 2007” at the tasting room in the Old Schoolhouse in Avila Valley. instrumental to this ‘dream.’” In May of 2005, the work completed,
The place will be rocking with House Red Band on the patio from 1 Salisbury opened up the facility under the Salisbury Vineyards name.
to 4 p.m. Barbecue fare will be available for purchase and a trolley Now, the old schoolhouse is open for tasting of Salisbury’s wine seven
tour of Avila Vineyards takes place at 4 p.m. Join them for a Sunday days a week.
afternoon of wine tasting, music, art and wine education! Jennifer and her husband, Kevin (also a professional skateboarder)
Schoolhouse Rock is every other Sunday through October. The work with John Salisbury in maintaining all operations. With their
Salisbury Vineyards’ tasting room is in the Old Schoolhouse located two children and a past filled with varied and diverse career interests
at 6985 Ontario Road between the two Avila exits. Call (805) 595- like skatepark owners, artists, and now vintners, the two have made
9463 for more information. a home here in SLO County in this unique facility.
About Salisbury Vineyards The tasting room also has a gallery, Salisbury Fine Art, owned by
John Salisbury – a farmer and wine-grape grower whose roots go her mother, Maridel Salisbury and represents more than 150 recog-
all the way up to the Sacramento Delta area where the Salisbury nized artists nationally and even internationally.
family has been farming in Walnut Grove, CA since 1850 – began The wines of Salisbury are as varied and diverse as is the family
growing grapes in the Paso Robles area in 1997. In 2000, he began and the tasting room features the family’s Pinot Noir, cool-climate
renovation on the old Santa Fe schoolhouse, an area landmark and a Syrah, Paso Robles Zinfandel, Chardonnay and even some Cabernet.
multiple-use facility for many years. “My father, John, is a great There are some truly unique wines as well, like Pinot Naturale – not
visionary,” says Jennifer 1Rucks, “and could see the schoolhouse as an quite a rosé of Pinot Noir, but definitely a nice warm-weather sipper.
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3rd Annual Solvang Wheels ‘n’ Windmills Car Show


The 3rd Annual Solvang Wheels ’n’ Windmills Car Show will take
place in the middle of picturesque Solvang on Saturday, August 25.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is sponsored, in part, by
Jon’s Equipment and Construction, Mid-State Bank & Trust, and
Alisal Cellars. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to help with
renovations to the Solvang Sunny Fields Park and children’s play-
ground.
The event is open to all makes and years of classic and modified
cars, trucks, and special interest vehicles. More than 250 vehicles
from all over California will be competing for over 80 awards. There
will also be vendors, raffle prizes – including a new V8 engine with
proceeds benefiting the Santa Ynez High School Auto Shop – and
music. The event also attracts more than 5,000 spectators.
Participants and spectators will also enjoy the numerous specialty
shops; stores, restaurants, wine tasting and world-famous Danish On Friday Night, August 24th, Alisal Cellars is hosting a Santa
pastry shops that are the backdrop for the event. Maria style tri-tip barbecue and wine tasting. There will be music
and some of the Saturday show cars will be on display. The barbecue
will take place in the back parking lot behind the Royal Scandina-
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Artiste Winery & Tasting Room Continued from page 16

even more unique: every label is a work of art visit from the featured artist to talk about www.Artiste.com for more information and to
in and of itself. Artiste works with some of the their work and autograph bottles for RSVP.
finest Impressionist artists across the country customers. Throughout the year, Artiste also
About Aldo Luongo
to commission a painting for every new holds special events such as blending sessions
With talent that led him to be honored as
cuvee, and each wine then takes on the name with the winemaker and painting seminars
the official Olympic Artist in Seoul and
of the masterpiece that graces its bottle. In the with the resident artist, Christina LoCascio.
Atlanta (among many other accolades), he
end, it’s the ultimate synthesis of art and wine: Stop by the studio in downtown Santa Ynez
creates, in his “space and time”, powerful and
a liquid work of art created by a master wine- to find out more and experience the Artiste
spirited work that evokes true emotion.
maker within the bottle, and a painted work world of art and wine for yourself!
Whether he portrays a romantic enclave, a
of art created by a master painter without. Upcoming Art & Wine Release Party frenzied sporting event, or a richly textured
Every quarter, Artiste releases new wines on Saturday, August 25th landscape, central to all of Luongo’s paintings
featuring new paintings from the artists. Each Celebrate Argentine Tango with a new is the balance between memory and hope,
release opens with an Art & Wine Release exhibit of paintings by artist Aldo Luongo. sorrow and humor, freedom and control.
Party featuring delicious food paired with the Savor the flavors of Argentina with authentic Artiste Winery and Tasting Room, located
new wines and the entire tasting studio filled cuisine by Café Buenos Aires of Santa at 3569 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez, is open
with new artwork for the show, along with a Barbara, live music, and tango dancing! Visit daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Hayman & Hill Releases a White Blend from Santa Barbara


Cellar Door has announced the launch of Hayman & Hill Inter- distinctly rich, yet refreshing palette.”
change, a new white blend from Santa Barbara County. Interchange Expressive of its appellation, Interchange is a luscious, rich blend
represents the natural flow between nature’s elements and the art of of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Malvasia Bianca, Semillon
winemaking. The 2006 Interchange features a blend of aromatic white and Gewürztraminer grapes. This latest addition to Hayman & Hill’s
varietals from Santa Barbara County’s diverse landscape, and is the appellation-specific line-up has a bright floral nose and a luscious
latest in Hayman & Hill’s venture to create single-appellation wines tropical palate with bright acidity.
produced from California’s top winegrowing regions. Interchange will be distributed nationally with a suggested retail
“Interchange symbolizes many things,” said Rebecca Stead, price of $13.99. The Hayman & Hill winemaking philosophy is
Marketing Manager for Cellar Door wines. “It is the winemaker’s simply to seek out the finest quality grapes where they grow best.
careful hand over the winemaking journey; the cooling flow of mild
coastal breezes through hillside vineyards; the subtle hint of pineapple
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★ Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 11-5
5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 1-800-676-1232 X X X Calcareous Winery – Paso Robles Daily Christian Lazo – San Miguel Sa-Su
Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 11-5 X X 249 10th Street, Suite A; 805-467-2672 10-5 X X
AJB Vineyards – Paso Robles Weekends
3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 12-5 X X Caparone Winery – Paso Robles Daily Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 11-5 X X X 8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 10-5 X X
Anglim Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo
750 Pine St; 805-227-6813 11-5:30 X X Carmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles Clautiere Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 X X 1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 12-5 X X
★ Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles Closed Tu
★ Casa de Caballos Vineyard – Templeton Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su
739 12th St; 877 759-WINE Daily 11-7 X X
2225 Raymond Avenue; 805-434-1687 Daily 11-5 X X 2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 10:30-5 X X
★ B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su By
★ Cass Vineyards – Paso Robles Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles
10,000 Creston Rd; 805-238-4815 10-5 Appt X X
7350 Linne Rd; 805-239-1730 Daily 11-6 X X 5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Sa-Su 12-4 X X
Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &
★ Castoro Cellars – Templeton Daily Doce Robles – Paso Robles Daily
1227 Park St; 805-238-4329 Some Weekends X X 1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 10-5:30 X X 2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 10-5:30 X X
★ Bella Luna – Templeton Fr-Su ★ Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos We-Su 11-5:30 Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles Sa-Su 12-5
1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 10-5 X X 131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 Closed Tu X X 3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Or By Appt X
Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles Daily Changala Winery – Templeton Sa 11:30-5 By Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su
3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 10-5 X X 422 Main St; 805-238-0421 Su 12-4 Appt X X 4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 11-5 X
Black Hand – San Miguel By Charlie Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles
1735 Nygren Rd; 805-712-WINE Appt. X X 2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X X 1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Daily 10-5:30 X X

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★ Eberle Winery – Paso Robles Daily ★ Laura’s Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 10-5 X X X 5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 10-5 X X Pipestone – Paso Robles Th-Mo
2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 X X
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1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 12-7 X X 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Wine Club Only Poalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles By
18888 Willow Creek Rd; 805-238-0600 Appt
★ EOS Estate Winery – Paso Robles Daily Linne Calodo – Paso Robles Fr-Su
5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 10-5 X X X Pretty-Smith – San Miguel Fr-Su
3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 11-5 X X
13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 10-5 X X
★ Falcon Nest Winery– Paso Robles Daily
Locatelli Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles Wed-Sun
5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 10-7:30 X X
8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4 X X 1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 X X
Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
Lone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily Rainbows End Winery – San Miguel By
Hwy 46 East; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X
2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X X 8535 Mission Ln; 805-467-3345 Appt X X
Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles By
8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Appt Madison Cellars – Paso Robles By ★ Rio Seco – Paso Robles Daily
4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Appt X X 4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X X
Four Vines Winery – Templeton Daily
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0055 11-5 X X Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-5 RiverStar Vineyards – Cayucos Fr-Su
5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Or By Appt X X 36 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3741 11-4 X X
Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt
805-434-1526 – Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526 Martin & Weyrich – Paso Robles Su-Th 10-5 RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles By
2610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 Fr-Sa 10-6 X X 7986 North River Rd; 805-467-3106 Appt
Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles By
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1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 Appt Mastantuono – Templeton 10-5 Winter
3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 10-6 X X X
2720 Oak View Rd; 805-238-0676 10-6 Summer X X
Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles By
★ Rotta Winery – Paso Robles Daily
5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Appt Mc Clean Vineyards – Templeton By
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 11-5 X X
Grey Wolf Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 Appt
★ Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Th-Su
2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X X Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily 8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 11-5 X X
★ Halter Ranch Vnyd – Paso Robles Th-Mo 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X X
San Marcos Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles
8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X X ★ Midlife Crises – Paso Robles Th-Mo 7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Daily 11-5 X X
★ Hansen Vineyard– Templeton Daily 1244 Pine St, Suite A; 805-237-8730 10:30-6 X X
Scott Aaron – Templeton Sa-Su
5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 10-5:30 X X
Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 422 South Main; 888-611-9463 11-5 X X
Harmony Cellars – Harmony Daily 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 X X
Sextant Wines – Templeton By
3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 10-5 X X 45 Main St; 866-833-9463 Appt
★ Minassian-Young – Paso Robles Fr-Su
Hice Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X X ★ Silver Horse – San Miguel Fr-Mo
821 Pine St Unit D; 805-237-8888 12 -5 2995 Pleasant Rd; 805-467-WINE 11-5 X X
NadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su
Hug Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X X Silver Stone – Paso Robles Mo-Th 12-7
2323 Tuley Ct Ste. 120 D; 805-828-5906 11-5 827 13th St; 805-226-2788 Fr-Sa 12-8 Su 11-4 X X
Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
★ Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X X Skyhawk Lane – San Miguel By
2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 10:30-5:30 X X 1605 Commerce Way; 213-200-4661 Appt
★ Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
J Lohr – Paso Robles Daily Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr 12-5
7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X X
6169 Airport Rd; 805-239-8900 10-5 X X 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Sa-Su 11-5 X X
Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles By Appt X X
J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles Th-Mo Stephen’s Cellar – Templeton By
1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 Daily 11-5:30 X X
4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 11-6 X X 7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Appt X X
Parkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By
Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton By ★ Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles Th-Mo
5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Appt X X 70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt X X
2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 11-5 X X
JanKris Winery – Templeton Daily ★ Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily Summerwood – Paso Robles Daily
1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 11-5 X X X 1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X X 2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 10-5:30 X X
★ Justin Winery – Paso Robles Daily ★ Peachy Canyon Winery Too – Paso Robles Sylvester Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-6932 10-5 X X X 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805-237-7848 Fr-Su 11-5 X X 5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 11-5 X X X
Kukkula – Templeton By ★ Penman Springs Vineyard – Paso Robles Fr-Su Tablas Creek – Paso Robles Daily
9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475 Appt 1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 11-5 X X 9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 10-5 X X X

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Terry Hoage – Paso Robles By Edna Valley Vnyd – San Luis Obispo Daily Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Daily
870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Appt 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 X X 3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-9063 10-5:30 X X
Thunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles Fr-Su Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily
2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 11-5 X X 1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 11-5 X X 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X

Tobin James Cellars – Paso Robles Daily Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily
8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 10-6 X X 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X X 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X

Tolo Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Mo ★ Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande Daily Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily
9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 11-5 X X 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 11-5 X X 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X
Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria Daily
Turley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily Ortman Family – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo
7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 11-4 X X
2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X X 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-473-9463 10-5 X X
IO Vineyards – Santa Maria By
Venteaux – Templeton By Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo
5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt
1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-610-3310 Appt X X 1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 11-5 X X X
★ KennethVolk Vineyards – Santa Maria Fr-Su
Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton By Piedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo 5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 10:30-4:30 X X
2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X X 6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 By Appt
Koehler – Los Olivos Daily
Vihuela Winery – Templeton Sa-Su Rancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X
2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-423-8423 11-5 X X 591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 1st Saturday of the month 11-5
Labyrinth – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang
Villicana Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su ★ Salisbury Vineyards – Avila Valley Daily 2717 Aviation Way; 805-268-4155 Daily 10-5 X X
2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X X 6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE 11-6 X X
McKeon-Philips – Santa Maria Daily
Vina Robles – San Miguel By ★ Saucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily 2115 S Blosser Rd; 805-928-3025 11-6 X X
3000 Pleasant Rd; 805-227-4812 Appt 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 10-5 X X
Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang)
Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles Su Stephen Ross Wine Cellars – San Luis Obispo 2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X X
7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 11-5 X X 2330 Johnson Ave; 805-594-1318 By Appt X
Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Daily
Whalebone Winery – Paso Robles Daily 11-4:30 ★ Tangent Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 10-4 X X
8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 Closed Wed X X 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 11-5 X X Tantara Vineyard – Santa Maria By
★ Wild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles Daily Talley Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily 4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 Appt
3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 11-5 X X 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10:30-4:30 X X Tres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria Daily
Wild Horse Winery – Templeton Daily ★ Taste – San Luis Obispo Mo-Sa 11-9 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 10-5 X X
1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 X X 1003 Osos St; 805-269-TASTE Su 11-5 X X Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos Daily
6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X
★ Windward Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily Tolosa Winery – San Luis Obispo Daily
138 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 11-5 X X 4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 X X LOS OLIVOS
York Mountain – Templeton Daily Wild Wood Winery – San Luis Obispo By Alexander & Wayne – Los Olivos Daily
7505 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-3925 11-5 X X 555 El Camino Real; 805-546-1088 Appt 2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 11-6 X X

Zenaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily Windemere/Cathy MacGregor Wines – San Luis Obispo Andrew Murray – Los Olivos Daily
1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 11-5 X X X 3526 S. Higuera Rd; 805-542-0133 Sa-Su 12-5 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 11-6 X X

ZinAlley – Templeton Fr-Su Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Th-Su Arthur Earl – Los Olivos Daily
3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X X 6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 11-5 X X 2921 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 11-6 X X

SAN LUIS OBISPO S A N TA M A R I A / F O X E N C A N Y O N Beckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily


2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-8664 11-5 X X
Alapay Cellars – Avila Beach Daily Addamo Estate Vineyards – Orcutt Tu-Su
Bernat – at Los Olivos Café Daily
415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X X 400 East Clark Ave; 805-937-6400 11-7 X X
2879 Grand Ave; 805-688-7265 11-9 X X
★ Baileyana Vineyard – San Luis ObispoDaily Bedford Thompson – Los Alamos Daily
Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room
5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 X X 448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 11-5 X X
2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X X
Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande Daily Byron Vineyard – Santa Maria By The Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily
453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE 11-5 X X 5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 11-4 X X
Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo Fr-Su Cambria Winery – Santa Maria Daily Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Th-Mo 11-5
831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X X 5475 Chardonnay Lane; 888-339-9463 10-5 X X 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 (Closed Tu-We) X X
★ Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily Chimere – Santa Maria By ★ Carina Cellars – Los Olivos Daily
2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X X 217 North Russell; 805-310-1148 Appt 2900-A Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 11-5 X X
Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo Daily ★ Costa De Oro – Santa Maria Daily Consilience – Los Olivos Daily
7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 X X 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 11-6 X X 2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X X

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Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc By Mission Meadow Winery – Solvang Daily
5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X 805-736-9957 Appt X X 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1344 11-6 X X
Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily Babcock Winery – Lompoc Daily Ovene Winery – at Old Mission Tasting Company in Solvang
2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 11-5 X X 5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 10:30-4 X X 1539 Mission; 714-420-2525 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X

Dierberg Estate Vineyard – at Wine Country in Los Olivos Clos Pepe – Lompoc By Presidio Vineyard – Solvang Daily
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 Appt 1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 11-6 X X

Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo Fiddlehead Cellars – at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto Rideau Vineyard – Solvang Daily
2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 X X 1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 800-251-1225 Th-Sa 11-4 X X 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 11-4 X X

John Kerr Wines – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room Foley Estates – Lompoc Daily Royal Oaks – Solvang Daily
2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5:30 X X 6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 10-5 X X 1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 10-5:30 X X

Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily Harrison-Clarke – Lompoc By Rusack Vineyard – Solvang Daily
805-686-0850 Appt 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 11-5 X X
6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X
Shoestring Winery – Solvang Fr-Su
Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily Hitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton
800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 11-4 X X
5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X 406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X X
★ Stolpman Vineyard – Solvang Daily
Flying Goat Cellars – at Wine Country in Los Olivos Huber Vineyards – Lompoc By
1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-688-0400 11-4 X X
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 Appt
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Great Oaks Ranch – at Wine Country in Los Olivos Ken Brown Wines – Buellton By
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 2025 Still Meadows Rd; 805-448-3791 Appt ★ Artiste – Santa Ynez Daily
3569 Sagunto St; 805-686-2626 11-5 X X
J Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos Lafond Vineyard – Buellton Daily
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 10-5 X X Au Bon Climat – at Wine Cellar Tasting Room in Santa Ynez
3631 Sagunto St; 805-688-8688 Daily 11-6 X X
Koehler – Los Olivos Daily Melville Vineyard – Lompoc Daily
5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X 5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 11-4 X X Bridlewood Estate – Santa Ynez Daily
3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 10-5 X X
Lane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room Mosby Winery – Buellton Daily
2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 X X 9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 10-4 X X Buttonwood Farm – Santa Ynez Daily
1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-3032 11-5 X X
Longoria Wines – Los Olivos Fr-Su 11-4:30 Palmina – Lompoc Th-Sa
1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 11-4 X X Gainey Vineyard – Santa Ynez Daily
2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 Mo-Th 12-4:30, Closed Tu X X
3950 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0558 10-5 X X
Oak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos Sanford Winery – Buellton Daily
Kalyra Winery – Santa Ynez Daily
2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X X 7250 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-3300 11-4 X X
343 North Refugio Rd; 805-693-8864 11-5 X X
Qupé Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos S O LVA N G
Roblar Winery – Santa Ynez Daily
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-968-9699 Daily 11-5 X X 3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 10-5 X X
Blackjack Ranch – Solvang Daily 11-5
Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 Closed Wed X X
Sunstone – Santa Ynez Daily
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 X X 125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 10-4 X X
Blair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang
★ Scott Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo 1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 X X S A N TA B A R B A R A
2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-570-0048 12-5 X X
Casa Cassara – at Olive House in Solvang Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara Daily
Star Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X 414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 11-5 X X
2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
East Valley – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang Cellar 205 – Santa Barbara Daily
Three Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X 205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 11-5 X X
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
Jorian Hill – Solvang By Jaffurs – Santa Barbara Fr-Su
Vandale – at The Ballard Inn in Ballard Fr-Su 1051 Croft Lane; 805-686-8490 Appt 819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 12-4 X X
2436 Baseline Ave; 805-688-7770 12-5:30 X X
Lincourt Winery – Solvang Daily Margerum Wine Company – at Wine Cask in Santa Barbara
Verdad Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 10-5 X X 813 Anacapa St; 805-966-9463 Sa-Su 11-3 X X
2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X
Lions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Fr-Mo Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily
★ Wild Heart Winery – Los Olivos Daily 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 11-5 X X 202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 X X
2933-C Grand Ave; 805-688-7386 11-5 X X
Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang Daily Stearns Wharf Vintners – Santa Barbara 9-9 Summer
Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos Daily 1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 11-5:30 X X End of State St; 805-966-6624 9-6 Winter X X
6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X
Mandolina Wines – Solvang Daily Summerland – Summerland Tu-Th 11-5
L O M P O C / B U E L LT O N 1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 11-5:30 X X 2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Fr-Su 11-7 X X
ta Alma Rosa – Buellton Daily Michael Grace – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Fr-Su
ara 201-C Industrial Way; 805-688-9090 11-4 X X 1539 Mission; 805-686-9323 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X 36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-965-0956 12-4 X X

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