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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY MARCH 8-16


Equestrian Spring Round Up
★ MARCH 22-23

Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt
ONGOING
The San Luis Obispo Art Center
Over 450 horses compete for top prizes Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter Permanent collection and constantly rotating
PASO ROBLES with a fun & exciting Easter Egg hunt at its
8am, 805-239-0655, Paso Robles exhibits of works by local artists in all media –
ONGOING downtown Paso Robles tasting room. paintings, sculpture, photography and more.
★ MARCH 14
★ 10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles
Estrella Warbird Museum 11am-5pm, 805-543-8562, San Luis Obispo
Zin Fest Dinner at Cass Vineyards
Fascinating collection of military aircrafts ★ MARCH 29
★ Ongoing through March: “Caution: Art Zone”
A culinary tour of Rhone Valley wines
10am-4pm, 805-227-0440, Paso Robles Castoro Cellars Indoor Concert – www.sloartcenter.org
6pm, $85, 805-239-1730, Paso Robles
www.ewarbirds.org Pierre Bensusan
www.casswines.com ONGOING SECOND SUNDAY
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm, $20, Paso Robles, 888-DAM-FINE
★ MARCH 14
★ Dallidet Adobe & Gardens
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar www.castorocellars.com
Zin, Shuffle & Roll - Winemaker Dinner & Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo
Local winemaker featured each week. MAY 23-27 Site of first commercial winery in the area.
5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles Casino Night at Castoro Cellars
Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008 10am-1pm, 805-543-0638, San Luis Obispo
www.vinotecawinebar.com. Enjoy a five-star buffet paired with Castoro
The five-day automotive-themed kruse week will www.slochs.org/dallidet
Cellars award-winning wines. Roll the dice and
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH kick off on Friday with a car auction to be held at
hold your cards at a casino tournament River Oak Hot Springs Spa. The auction launches ★ ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards complete with Zinful prizes! Ticket price a lively five days of entertainment and activities, Meet the Winemaker at Taste Wine Bar
Try gourmet food paired with fine wine includes gaming chips to play with. Exclusive 805-237-4134, Downtown, Paso Robles Meet & talk to a local winemaker with
12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles library wine tasting for dinner guests. Seating is
CAYUCOS AND MORRO BAY complimentary cheese & truffles, $5, 6-8pm
www.meridianvineyards.com limited, call for reservations. $75, 888-DAM-FINE San Luis Obispo, 805-269-8278
ONGOING SATURDAYS Paso Robles, www.castorocellars.com ONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH www.taste-slo.com
Templeton Farmers’ Market Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves • Feb 27: Piedra Creek
★ MARCH 14

Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more
PR Zinfandel Festival at J. Lohr ONGOING
9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535, Templeton on beautiful bluffs overlooking the ocean
Celebrate the new 2006 & 2005 releases Automobilia Museum
10am-4pm, 805-704-8128, Pismo Beach
ONGOING SATURDAYS 10am-5pm, 805-239-8900, Paso Robles www.pismochamber.com Specialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along with
Paso Robles Farmers’ Market www.jlohr.com
ONGOING many other antiques relating to transportaion
Country farm arts and crafts market ★ MARCH 14-15
★ Central Coast Outdoor Day Hikes 10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis Opispo
8am-12:30pm, 805-237-9254, Paso Robles 16th Annual Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival Sat/Sun, 888-873-5610, Morro Bay ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
★ ONGOING
★ Weekend & Zin Cook-off at Castoro Cellars www.centralcoastoutdoors.com Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark”
Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars Great Zin, savory crepes, live music,
ONGOING Various art galleries stay open late & host
10am-5pm, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton a Zin Cook-Off and much more.
Art Demonstrations by Fine Artists artist receptions with wine & cheese.
www.castorocellars.com www.castorocellars.com
Non-profit art gallery exhibit of local artists 5-9pm, 805-544-9251, San Luis Obispo
• Feb: Paul McClosky
★ MARCH 14-16
★ 7pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay www.sloartcouncil.org
• Mar: Maeve Croghan
Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival 2008 www.morrobayartassociation.org
ONGOING ONGOING
Saturday’s event features a Wine Country ONGOING
Painting Exhibits at Villicana Winery San Luis Obispo Art Center Show
auction where large format bottles, lifestyle Adventures with Nature
Enjoy fine art work along with fine wines Constantly rotating exhibits in all media
packages, rare wines, art, wine packages and Docent guided walks
11am-5pm, 805-239-9456, Paso Robles 11am-5pm, 805-481-3991, San Luis Obispo
more are sold to the highest bidder for a good Morro Bay State Park Museum
cause. Following the auction is the Grand www.sloartcenter.org
ONGOING of Natural History, 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org
Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Tasting where more than 40 producers from Various hikes at various times including; Fast Hike ★ ONGOING TUESDAYS

Taste selected wines from selected wineries Paso Robles showcase their Zinfandel wines. to Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill 2-oz. Tuesdays at Taste
5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles This event weekend includes exciting individual Trail, Sand Spit Walk and Ocean Lagoon. Weekly drink specials
www.vinotecawinebar.com events at the area wineries too! 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE
ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
805-238-0725, www.pasowine.com/events San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com
★ FEBRUARY 29
★ Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk
Donati Family Vineyard Exclusive ★ MARCH 14-16
★ Art galleries’ open house receptions ★ ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Winemaker's Dinner in the Cellar Midlife Crisis Winery Celebrates ZinFest 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay Wine Down Wednesdays at Taste
Paesano only, (wine club member) winemaker's New releases, barrel tasting & fine wine pairings ONGOING SATURDAYS Tastings with the winemaker
dinner in the cellar. Six amazing courses Tasting will be complimentary all weekend long Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay 10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE
prepared by Chef Andre Averseng each paired 10:30am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com
with the award-winning wines of Donati Family www.midlifecrisiswinery.com 3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay
ONGOING SUNDAYS
Vineyard. mbakich@donatifamilyvineyard.com ★ MARCH 14-16
★ SAN LUIS OBISPO Art on the Beach at Avila Beach
805-238-0676, $90, Paso Robles Zinfandel Weekend at Peachy Canyon Winery Artists paint & present their work
www.donatifamilyvineyard.com Sat: Cajun Brunch – Great food & music ONGOING
10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier
★ MARCH 1
★ Fri-Sun: Library Tastings – 20th Anniversary Christopher Cohan Center
Celebration with library tastings & more! Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo ONGOING MONDAYS
1 Year Anniversary Celebration at
11am-5pm, 805-239-1918, Paso Robles 805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro
Donati Family Vineyard
• Feb 21: Michael Feinstein Featuring regional & varietal tastings
Celebrate the anniversary & enjoy an afternoon www.peachycanyon.com
• Feb 22: An Evening of American Song 5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Orcutt
of current & newly released wines, sample MARCH 14-16 • Feb 23: Just Jazz
exquisite food and wine pairings, taste wines ONGOING FRIDAYS
Zinfandel Festival Steak and • Feb 24: Save the Music in our Schools
straight from the barrel, learn about how they Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock
Cigar Night at Martin Weyrich • Feb 28: Alton
blend wines, tour the upgraded winery facility, • Feb 29: SLO Wine Orchestra Live music, wine and food
Featuring fine wines and cigars
& take advantage of special offers on Donati • Mar 1: Cal Poly Choir’s Winter Concert 7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo
6:30pm, $95, Paso Robles, 805-238-2520
Family Vineyard wines and more! • Mar 2: SLO Wind Concert
www.martinweyrich.com ONGOING
$10 Paesano club members, $15 non club members • Mar 5: Barrage
RSVP, 805-238-0676, Paso Robles ★ MARCH 15
★ A Murder Mystery Dinner
• Mar 15: Winery Concert: Pomp & Pipes
www.donatifamilyvineyard.com Zinfandel Summit Enjoy a parody of The Golden Girls
Taste a wide range of Zinfandels from all 16 ★ ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 3
★ with a delicious dinner, wine and laughter
MARCH 7 "Interiors and Exteriors"
Far Out Wineries in one great location 5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant
Wine Tasting and Complimentary Olive Bar Presented by Salisbury Fine Art new work by
$55, 805-237-0138, Calcareous Vineyards Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com
at Meridian Vineyards Richard Lopez draws you into his world with
Featuring Rosemarie Fusano, owner of Fusano ★ MARCH 15
★ these brilliant acrylic on canvas images. Also FEBRUARY 23
Olives. Taste local, gourmet stuffed and mari- J. Lohr PR Zinfandel Festival Dinner featuring the work of John Ng, Anita Hampton, 20th Annual Symphony Ball & Auction
nated olives & more paired with Meridian’s Chef Chazalon will prepare an incredible Bonita Budgsy and Mike Wilson. 11am-6pm Celebrating 20 years of fine dining, dancing and
Limited Release Wines. 12-5 pm, Paso Robles five-course dinner, 6:30pm, $110, Paso Robles 805-471-3110, Old Santa Fe Schoolhouse exciting bidding.
www.meridianvineyards.com, 805-226-7133 805-239-8900, www.jlohr.com San Luis Obispo, www.salisburyvineyards.com 6pm, $120, 805-543-3533, San Luis Obispo

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MARCH 5, 12, 19 ONGOING SATURDAYS SOLVANG ONGOING SATURDAYS


Cooking Classes at Edna Valley Vineyard Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting Junior Ranger Program
ONGOING
Sampling and complimentary wine tasting too. Enjoy delicious organic tastings Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Kids learn about wildlife, ecosystems &
$40, 805-544-5855, 6-9pm, Edna Valley Vineyard 10am-2pm, $3, Los Olivos, 805-693-1600 Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful vistas caring for the environment
www.ednavalleyvineyard.com www.globalgardensgifts.com 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, Solvang 1-2pm, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara
MARCH 7-16 ONGOING THURSDAYS Cachuma Lake Nature Center
ONGOING
Annual San Luis Obispo International Fess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along www.cachuma.com
Solvang Farmers’ Market
Film Festival Sing along with Fess & Marcy, 8:30-10:30pm Fresh produce, flowers and foods, 3-7pm ONGOING
The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com Solvang , 805-962-5354, www.solvangca.com Art Workshops for Children at Art from Scrap
attracts local, national and international work Fun workshops where kids reuse all sorts of
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 29 ONGOING FRIDAYS
805-546-3456, $8-$25, San Luis Obispo materials to make fun works of art!
"For the Love of Art" Wine Tasting on the Patio
www.slofilmfest.org
Annual All Member Show, www.losolivosca.com Live guitar music along with fine wines Tues-Sat 10am-2pm, $6, 805-884-0459
MARCH 15-16 Gallery Los Olivos, www.gallerylosolivos.com 5:30-7pm, 800-624-5572, Solvang www.artfromscrap.org
Antique Treasure Appraisal and Show 10am-5pm, 805- 688-7517 www.royalscandinavianinn.com ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS
Have your antiques appraised & purchase some too
★ MARCH 14
★ ONGOING WEEKENDS First Thursday
$4, 10am-4pm, 805-541-5144, San Luis Obispo
Winemaker Dinner with Carina Cellars at Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise Art, cultural events and fine wine tasting!
ARROYO GRANDE Quantum Kitchen & Cocktails Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology 5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in
ONGOING An intimate dining experience with a $15, 805-686-505, Cachuma Lake downtown Santa Barbara
Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande progressive, family-style twist. Limited to 36 people. www.cachuma.com www.santabarbaradowntown.com
Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077 $100, 805-688-2459, www.carinacellars.com
www.mondialsantabarbara.com, Santa Barbara ONGOING ONGOING
Arroyo Grande Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Santa Barbara Museum of Art
ONGOING SATURDAYS SANTA YNEZ 805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net
Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market ONGOING MONDAYS Ongoing through April 6: • Ongoing through Feb 29: Chinese Silks of the
Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts Maverick Saloon Blind Draw Darts “Artists’ Books Made Here” at Elverhoj Qing Dynesty
12-2:30pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande Santa Barbara Darts Association All aspects of the objects of books
805-686-1211, Solvang , www.elverhoj.org ONGOING FRIDAYS
www.arroyograndevillage.org Enjoy BBQ and Darts, 7pm, 805-686-4785 Wine & Cheese Pairings at East Beach Wines
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Santa Ynez, www.mavericksaloon.org SANTA BARBARA Enjoy delicious pairings & new selections each week
Learn How to Make Ice Cream ONGOING ONGOING 4-7pm, $10, 805-899-1535, Santa Barbara
Enjoy a 30 minute skit about ice cream Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum Arlington Theatre www.eastbeachwines.com
where you help create new flavors. and Parks – Janeway Carriage House 805-963-4408, Santa Barbara
7pm, Arroyo Grande, 805-474-4068 ONGOING
Exhibits from Chumash period through early • Feb 27: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
www.docburnsteins.com Lobero Theatre
20th century ranch days • Feb 28 Czech Philharmonic
805-966-4946, Santa Barbara
ONGOING 12-4pm, 805-688-7889, Santa Ynez
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 24 www.loberotheatre.com
Clarke Center for Performing Arts www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org
Therese Raquin • Feb 22: Billy Vera & the Beaters
805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande ★ SECOND THURSDAY
★ Emile Zola's classic drama, $27.50-$40
www.clarkcenter.org Wine Impressions at Artiste Alhecama Theatre, 805-965-5400, Santa Barbara ONGOING
• Feb 25: Peter Pan Join fellow wine lovers for a clind tasting, Planetarium Shows at
• Feb 29: Jupiter String Quartet
ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
sensory evaluation, & discussion by region Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show
• Mar 9: Duke Ellington Orchestra 7-9pm, 805-686-2626, Santa Ynez 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com
• Mar 15: Craimore
Featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry • Exploring the Spring Sky
www.artiste.com 10am–6pm, 805-897-1982, East Beach Pier
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON • Cosmic Safari
ONGOING www.sbaacs.com
• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket
ONGOING Chumash Casino Concerts ONGOING
Santa Maria Valley Railroad 800-585-3737, Santa Ynez ONGOING FRIDAYS
Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater
805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com www.chumashcasino.com Wine Tasting with the Winemakers
Guided tours upon request, Santa Barbara
Elegant excursions featuring five star gourmet meals • Feb 28: Grand Funk Railroad 805-996-4946, www.loberotheater.com 4-7pm, 805-691-1020, East Beach Wines
• Mar 7: Chris Rock Santa Barbara, www.eastbeachwine.com
ONGOING MONDAYS ONGOING
• Mar 13: Don Rickles
Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro University at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures FEBRUARY 29 – MARCH 2
Featuring regional & varietal tastings ONGOING 805-893-3535, www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu Santa Barbara International Orchid Show
5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Santa Maria Cachuma Lake Nature Walk Over 70 exhibitors display hundreds of orchid
Naturalists lead walk on the Oak Canyon Trail ONGOING
species with demonstrations, sales & contests
FEBRUARY 23-24 Trout Fishing/Wildlife Walks at Cachuma Lake
10-11:30am, $6, 805-688-4515, Santa Ynez Park 805-687-0766, www.sborchidshow.com
Tribute to American Music Enjoy fishing (with trout brought in) & excellent
www.cachuma.com
A lively collection of American music from a wildlife viewing from bald eagles to mule deer. MARCH 7-8
wide variety of genres. 8pm, $10-$35 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS 805-686-5055, Santa Barbara, www.sbparks.org World of Pinot Noir 2008
805-541-6797, Arroyo Grande Jazz on the Deck at Vineyard House Two days of in-depth tasting seminars, grand
Live music and fine food ONGOING
LOS OLIVOS Touristorica – Historic Downtown Walking Tour tastings a featured tasting with a guest
6:30pm, $2, 805-688-2886, Santa Ynez Burgundian producer and two Gala Pinot Noir
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH www.thevineyardhouse.com Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past
10am-12pm, 805-965-6307, Santa Barbara Dinners featuring prominent guest chefs.
Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks
★ ONGOING
★ Located at various wineries, 805-489-1758
Free movie & snacks with discussion afterwards ONGOING
Art Exhibit at Artiste Winery Sells out fast-call early. www.worldofpinotnoir.com
7pm, 805-688-1082, Los Olivos Ty Warner Sea Center
Featuring artwork by Craig Nelson
www.wildlingmuseum.org Explore creatures of the sea MARCH 14
11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com
805-962-2526, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara American Riviera Wine Auction and Dinner
ONGOING
★ MARCH 28
★ Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History “Viva Vino Party”
Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café
"La Buena Vida" Artiste Art & Wine Dinner www.sbnature.org/seacenter Benefit for Direct Relief featuring fun tastings
Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres
at the Ballard Inn with celebrity chefs, live music & silent auction
5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos ONGOING
Celebrate "the good Life " at this decadent 6pm, $100, 805-688-0881, Sells out fast-call early.
www.losolivoscafe.com Lectures & Readings at the
wine dinner featuring the culinary artistry of www.sbcountywines.com, Santa Barbara
• Mar 18: Tuscan Tasting Journey Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
chef Budi Kazali, Santa Ynez, www.artiste.com
ONGOING WEDNESDAYS 805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org MARCH 15
Limited to 40 guests, RSVP at 805-686-2626
An Evening with the Winemaker at Los Olivos Café ONGOING SATURDAYS American Riviera Wine Auction and Dinner
LOMPOC “Wine, Dine and all that Jazz”
Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres. 5pm, $15 Cachuma Lake Nature Walk
805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com ONGOING SATURDAYS 1 mile walk for all ages on the Oak Canyon Trail Benefit for Direct Relief featuring multi-course
• Feb 20: Rusack Winery Olde Towne Market in Lompoc 10-11:30am, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara gourmet dinner & array of Santa Barbara wines
• Mar 5: Montia Wines Great food, wine & music, Lompoc Cachuma Lake Nature Center 6pm, $300, 805-688-0881, Sells out fast-call early
• Mar 19: La Vie Wines 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com www.cachuma.com www.sbcountywines.com, Santa Barbara

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POZO VALLEY VINEYARDS


A Family Affair
By Janis Switzer approved, Michelle says, “They wanted proof currently offers six different wines to taste, all
we could do it.” complimentary.

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teve Arnold didn’t plant his 32-acre So that year, Joey brought one ton of When Michelle isn’t doing her day job as a
vineyard just outside Santa Margarita grapes to a friend’s winery, and produced his secretary for an excavating company, she does
13 years ago with the idea of becoming first two barrels of Zinfandel. Both Michelle all the paperwork and compliance work
a winemaker. He did it as a practical way to and Joey are fruit science grads from Cal Poly, required for selling the wines, and also does
bring some additional income off his vast and those first barrels apparently provided the most of the sales and promotional work. She
cattle ranch for the needs of his growing proof their parents were looking for. The next also rotates with her aunt and her mother
family. The fourth-generation cattle rancher year they produced the first 500 cases of Pozo Debbie in manning the tasting room. An
didn’t even know much about grapes at the Valley wines, including the three varieties they Arnold family member is always present,
time. It was good friend, Don Talley – a grow in the vineyard; Cabernet Sauvignon, pouring behind the bar.
neighbor with vast vegetable and fruit farms, Merlot and Zinfandel. Pozo Valley itself is located 18 miles south-
and owner of Talley Vineyards – who As winemaker, Joey, now 29, says he has east of Santa Margarita. The word “pozo”
suggested the idea. developed his skills, “by doing.” Starting with means “water well,” and refers to the vast
Today, that simple suggestion has grown that first 2003 vintage, he has been making underground aquifer that runs through the
into a family mission and passion. While the his wines at the Paso Robles Wine Services valley. The area isn’t part of any formal appel-
vineyard that was subsequently planted has facility, where he has had a pool of several lation, sitting just south of the Paso Robles
been supplying wine giant Mondavi with other winemakers to learn from. “The nice AVA, so it’s distinct in both geography and
grapes over the last dozen years, the fifth thing about being in there,” he explains, “was climate to the rest of the region. The valley
generation of the Arnold family has taken if I ran into a problem, there was always maintains a coastal influence, evidenced by
winemaking to a much smaller and personal someone around who knew how to fix it.” the fog that can often be seen creeping
level. He credits fellow winemakers Paul Ayres, through the mountain passes. The extreme
After laboriously planting and pruning the Tom Banish, and Dan Kleck for honing his fluctuation in daily temperature during the
vineyard throughout their high school years, skills. growing season has proven to be an ideal
son Joey Arnold and his sister Michelle Today, Pozo Valley is making about 800 climate for growing intensely flavored fruit,
suggested in 2002 that the family start making cases each year, and is adding new varietals to resulting in some delicious wines.
some of their own wine from the vineyard’s the mix, including some new blends, and Their new tasting room opened last year in
fruit. Before their father and mother their first white, a Viognier. The tasting room the tiny town of Santa Margarita. They share

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“Bonnie’s Kitchen” with caterer


Bonnie Bardin, Michelle’s room-
mate in college. The quaint and
inviting tasting room is part deli,
part gift shop and part gourmet
foods store. The merchandise
changes with the season, and
there’s always something new to
browse through.
Aside from the tasting room, it’s
difficult to find Pozo Valley wine.
While it is available at The Range
restaurant in Santa Margarita, at
the Madonna Inn in San Luis
Obispo, and the Hotel Cheval in
Paso Robles, along with several
scattered restaurants in Fresno,
Los Angeles and Sacramento, the
Arnolds have been cautious about
extending into retail. “We still
haven’t quite figured out the route
we want to go,” Joey explains.
“Because our production is still
fairly small, we don’t want to get
too extended.”
The Arnolds are still finding
their way in a number of areas,
including production levels, distri-
bution strategy, and future varietal
direction. But it is their youthful,
unassuming attitude that makes
them a refreshing change from the
sometimes-staid wine world. For
instance, Michelle was afraid to let
the family know she entered their
2003 Cabernet into the San Fran-
cisco Chronicle wine competition
– uncertain what the outcome
might be. To her surprise, it
earned a silver medal. The family
hopes many other medals are
likely in their future.
The Pozo Valley tasting room is
located less than two miles east of
Highway 101, at 2200 El Camino
Real, Santa Margarita, at the
corner of Pinal Avenue, in the
center of town. It’s open from
noon to 6 p.m., Friday through
Sunday, and by appointment.
Wine tasting is free of charge. Call
(805) 438-3375, or go to
www.pozovalley.com for more
information.

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Petite Terrace
Tasting Room

VINA ROBLES his passion for collecting fine Bordeaux wines into a wine importation

E
leven years ago, Hans Nef broke ground on his first estate vine-
business, furthering his appreciation for California wines.
yard in Paso Robles, embarking on a dream to start his own
As his interest in California wines intensified, Nef dreamed of estab-
family winery in a region rich with potential.
Today, Nef’s dream has come true, and the potential of Paso Robles lishing a family winery dedicated to the production of distinctive estate-
has rapidly become a dynamic reality, with more than 170 wineries crafted wines. His search for the ideal location ended in Paso Robles,
now calling the region home. where he acquired prime viticulture land and planted his first vineyard.
Among these wineries, Nef’s own Vina Robles winery stands out for “For me, Paso Robles has it all – the quality of the wines, the natural
its unique Swiss heritage, as well as its breathtaking new hospitality beauty, and a sense that the best is yet to come,” Nef says. “I’m very fond
center in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country on California’s Central of European traditions, but I ultimately wanted my winery to be a part
Coast. The new hospitality center features a tasting room, gourmet of something young and exciting.”
marketplace, art displays, picnic areas and more. Nef soon enlisted Gubler as his winemaker, and their first wines
“I want Vina Robles to express a unique balance of European were released beginning with the 1999 vintage. Ever since, Vina Robles
heritage and American opportunity,” says Nef, who tapped fellow Swiss has employed its own estate fruit as the cornerstone of its winemaking
native Matthias Gubler to lead his winemaking operations. “As individ- program.
uals, we are rooted in the Old World. As winemakers, we are inspired At the heart of the Vina Robles experience is Huerhuero Vineyard,
by the New World. Both worlds bring value to what we do, and we which lies along the southeast border of Paso Robles, where the rolling
endeavor to capture this distinction in our wines.” oak-studded terrain reaches an elevation of 1,230 feet. Here, the micro-
Under the guidance of Nef and Gubler, Vina Robles specializes in climate is moderated by cool marine air that flows through the
varietals that excel amid the amenable growing conditions of Paso Templeton Gap, a notch in the coastal mountains. Blessed with excep-
Robles, specifically Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, tional growing conditions, Huerhuero Vineyard is the foundation of the
Syrah and Zinfandel. The winery also makes a trio of ultra-premium winery’s estate program, yielding fruit of uncommon depth and
red blends under the banner of the Vina Robles Cuvee Collection, elegance.
which showcases the art of blending in the pursuit of quality, Huerhuero Vineyard is complemented by Jardine Vineyard, located
complexity and dimension. a few miles to the north. Here, a warmer growing season is particularly
The roots of Vina Robles date back to Nef’s childhood in Switzer- suited for Petite Sirah, which has emerged as one of the winery’s most
land, where he developed an appreciation for his rural surroundings acclaimed varietals.
and the blessings of agriculture. Trained in civil engineering, Nef later Selecting fruit from only the finest blocks at the winery’s estate vine-
founded a successful firm specializing in major public projects in yards and other notable local vineyards, Gubler is able to maximize
Zurich. In the early 1990s, he expanded his interests into agricultural wine quality and complexity from vintage to vintage. True to his Euro-
land in the southern United States. At the same time, Nef also leveraged pean heritage and training, Gubler guides each wine with a passion for

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Mark Your Calendars…


The Vina Robles Winery Summer Concert Series 2008
• Friday, May 23rd – Romanza: Violin and Guitar Duo; Manny Mestas
– Spanish Guitarist & Bette Byers of the Candle Light Strings
• Friday, June 27th – Usonia Jazz Band
featuring Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco
• Friday, July 25th – D. Voss Jazz Trio/Quartet
• Friday, August 22nd – San Luis Jazz – 6 piece
• Friday, September 26th – Sugar Daddy Swing Kings
• Friday, October 24th – Sean Wiggins
For reservations or more information,
call (805) 369-0140 or visit www.VinaRobles.com

Jardine Court
balance, capturing the estate’s exuberant Paso Robles fruit, crafting
artful and food friendly wines.
Last summer, Vina Robles unveiled its new 14,000-square-foot
hospitality center, which occupies 30 acres with sweeping views of the
surrounding Wine Country along Highway 46 East. Combining classic
California mission-style design with modern European elegance, the
Vina Robles hospitality center welcomes visitors with a charming court-
yard and an airy, spacious interior.
“It was very exciting to open our doors and see Vina Robles become
an integral part of the Paso Robles visitor experience,” Nef says. “Our
first goal as a winery was to establish our own vineyards and to secure
widespread distribution and recognition for our wines. Now the time
has come to achieve our second goal, which is to personally share our
wines with visitors from around the world.”
Visitors to the tasting room can choose from three options to best fit
their interests. The “Estate Tasting” features the winery’s main estate
wines at no charge. The “Reserve Tasting” features the winery’s limited-
production wines for a fee of $5. These same wines can be enjoyed with
a selection of fine artisan cheeses for a fee of $10.
Vina Robles will host a variety of public events throughout 2008,
including a monthly concert series. The hospitality center is also a
versatile venue for private events of all sizes and styles, including
weddings, parties and business functions.
Nef says that he’s particularly proud to be a part of a winemaking
community that still maintains its small-town roots while embracing its
identity as a wine destination.
“From wineries to restaurants and hotels, the evolution of Paso
Robles as a wine country has been remarkable over the past 10 years,
but it’s all still built around local flavor and friendliness,” Nef says. “I
think that Paso Robles is a place where everyone feels welcome to
explore the world of wine, which is very much a part of our own
mission at Vina Robles.”
Vina Robles is located at 3700 Mill Road in Paso Robles and is
open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805)
227-4812 or visit the website at www.VinaRobles.com.

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P erfect P airs . by Len Napolitano

Robert Hall Meritage


Perfectly Paired with OAK SEARED
Oak Seared Prime Sirloin PRIME HARRIS
RANCH SIRLOIN
The pairing of Robert Hall Winery 2004 Meritage with oak seared
prime Harris Ranch sirloin is also a symbolic blending of the career BROWN BUTTER
paths of two people, each recognized by their peers to be among the POTATO PUREE,
best in their respective fields. After graduating the California School CARAMELIZED
of Culinary Arts, and completing a series of apprenticeships in San
ENDIVE and
Francisco and New York, including the Playboy Mansion West, he
worked his way up to the prominent position of Chef de Cuisine at BANYULS GLACE
the Mansion. In addition to his expertise in classic French, Italian and
For the Steaks:
contemporary cuisine, Chef Jeffrey Scott was awarded the “Matrie
• 4 prime Harris Ranch N.Y. strip sirloins, cut 2” thick
Fromager,” recognizing him as one of the foremost authorities on
• 1 bunch fresh thyme
artisan and farmstead cheeses in California.
• 3 tbl. Dijon mustard
During the same years that Chef Scott was climbing the culinary
• French sea salt (fleur de sel)
ladders, winemaker Don Brady was instrumental in putting the Texas
• Fresh cracked black pepper
wine industry on the map. While working for the state’s largest
winery, he was awarded the Texas wine association’s highest honor – For the Potato Puree:
the “Louis F. Qualia” Award for outstanding contributions and leader- • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes
ship. Don’s wines were served at White House functions for Presi- • 1/2 lb. unsalted sweet butter, cubed
dents Reagan and Bush, in addition to English royalty – Queen Eliza- • 1/4 lb. unsalted sweet butter, room temperature
beth and Prince Charles. In 2001, after moving to California, Don • 1/4 cup cream
earned worldwide acclaim as the recipient of the International Wine • Sea salt
and Spirits “Wine of America” Award. More recently, he was recog- • White pepper
nized by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance in partnership with
the Independent Grape Growers of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo For the Caramelized Endive:
Vintners Association as the “Winemaker of the Year” in 2006. • 2 lrg. heads Belgium endive
Combined, these two respected craftsmen in the food and wine • 2 tbl. olive oil
industries represent a wealth of knowledge in creating superb dishes • 2 tbl. clover honey
and fine wine. With sirloin seared over hot oak embers and a • 2 oz. Sherry vinegar
Cabernet-based Bordeaux-style wine with classic aromas of cassis and • 1 cup chicken stock
ripe plum, this gourmet recipe and world class wine taste like they • 2 sprigs rosemary
were destined to be together. “Robert Hall Meritage is a deep, richly • 2 sprigs thyme
colored wine that offers a great complement to the texture of the • 4 bay leafs
sirloin, and the toasty oak presence in mid palate reflects the oak- For Banyuls Glacé:
scented beef,” explains Chef Scott. Winemaker Don Brady adds, “My • 1 chopped shallot
goal is to capture the essence of the vineyard as well as enhance the • 2 cloves garlic
quality of wine by getting the best product possible out of each vine.”
• 4 oz. Banyuls vinegar
The Robert Hall Winery hospitality Center is located off of Hwy
• 4 oz. Robert Hall Vintage Port
46 East in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country. For more informa-
• 2 cups veal stock
tion, call (805) 239-1616 or go to the website at www.roberthall-
• 1 tbl. unsalted butter
winery.com.

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METHOD
Remove steaks from packaging and season with sea salt and
pepper. Lay the thyme on a plate and place the steaks
directly on top uncovered in the refrigerator for 12 to 24
hours. Remove 1 hour before service and slather with Dijon
mustard.
x
Peel the potatoes and quarter lengthwise. Place in a large
sauce pan with cold water and salt over medium high heat
until soft. Place a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the
cubed butter and cook until brown bits start to form. The
butter will foam slightly and you will notice a toasty aroma
(about 5 minutes). Drain the cooked potatoes and push
through a ricer or food mill back into the sauce pan. Place
over low heat. Add cream and stir with a whisk to combine.
Add the browned butter slowly while constantly whisking.
Add the softened butter, remove from heat and season with
sea salt and white pepper.
Cut the endive in half lengthwise. Place a sauté pan over
high heat, add olive oil, season the endive lightly with sea
salt and sear cut side down for 1 minute. Deglaze with 1/2
cup of the chicken stock, Sherry vinegar and honey. Let this
reduce to a glaze. Add the remaining chicken stock, rose-
mary, thyme and bay leaves. Cook over low heat, covered for
ten minutes. Uncover, season and set aside.
Place shallot, garlic, Banyuls vinegar and Port in a small
sauce pan and reduce over high heat by half. Add veal stock
and simmer until reduced by 3/4. Remove from heat. Add
butter, swirl until incorporated and pass trough a fine mesh
strainer.
Sear the steaks over hot oak embers about 3 minutes per
side. The beef will still be rare. Set on a sheet pan and place
in a 375° oven to finish for about ten minutes for medium
rare. Rest in a warm place for 5 minutes.

PRESENTATION
Place a spoon of the potato puree in the center of the plate.
Slice the steak and fan across the potato puree. Arrange the
endive cut side up next to the steak and drizzle the Banyuls
Glacé across the plate.
WINE PAIRING
Robert Hall Meritage is a deep, richly colored, left bank
Bordeaux style wine. The Cabernet element offers a great
complement to the texture of the sirloin and the toasty oak
presence mid palate reflects the oak scented beef.

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Wineology
INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano

What Is The Best Way To


Save An Unfinished Bottle?
If you plan to pour from the same bottle the very next day, you can
simply re-seal it and leave it on your kitchen counter – under one condi-
tion: the room temperature of your kitchen does not get above normal
room temperature (72 degrees) in the course of the next 24 hours. (If it
does, put the bottle in the refrigerator.) Find a cool spot for the bottle
and feel confident the next night that the wine will taste as good as it
did the first night. And don’t be surprised if on the second pouring the
wine’s flavors seem a bit more interesting than it did the first night.
Some wines will noticeably improve with just enough exposure to air,
like the amount it would see sitting inside a half-full bottle overnight. If
your wine happens to be one of them – and there’s no way to predict
which ones will improve significantly – the second night’s taste will be a
real treat.
But let’s say you aren’t sure about when you will re-pour from this
bottle. Maybe the next night, but most likely it won’t be for a few days.
Then you should refrigerate the bottle after re-closing it, whether it is
red or white. Refrigeration will slow the aging process down enough for
you to enjoy the bottle again in several days. It should stay as fresh as it
was the first night for 2-3 days. More than this and it will begin a
gradual decline through the process of oxidation. Remember, the
closure you use to re-seal the bottle is not perfect. Some microscopic
amounts of air will creep inside the bottle over time.
Now, for the wine-saving gadgets. There are several tools on the
market designed to keep unfinished wine fresh overnight. One pumps
Len Napolitano lives in Central the air from the bottle through a slit on the top of a custom rubber
Coast wine country and is certified closure. This product works just fine, and will extend the life of the
in wine by the Society of Wine wine longer than simply re-sealing the bottle with the cork. So you can
Educators, Wine & Spirits Educa- add at least an extra day, maybe two, to the shelf life of the unfinished
tion Trust, and Chicago Wine
bottle, again, assuming the room temperature does not exceed 72
School and continually gains
knowledge from his frequent
degrees.
contact with California wine- Another tool is an aluminum canister filled with a harmless and odor-
makers. More information is on his less gas. A tubular spout can be placed through the neck of the bottle as
website, www.wineology.com . Send you shoot a few bursts of gas into the bottle. The gas pushes out the
your questions about wine to: oxygen and replaces it, acting as a preservative. You then immediately
wineologist@earthlink.net or by
seal the bottle with a suitable closure before letting the gas escape. I have
mail to Len Napolitano in care of
Wine Country This Week maga- found this process to work very well and use it regularly. As an added
zine. Wineology is a registered safety margin, I will refrigerate the wine also. Bottles will remain fresh
trademark of Len Napolitano. for 4-5 days, sometimes more.

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This refurbished cottage in the vine- Schoolhouse, gazebo and grassy picnic area
yards sleeps 6 and is available to rent a perfect setting for special events.

Owner, Doug Beckett, (right)


with sons, Jake and Josh

PEACHY CANYON WINERY


Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary
and The Arcadiana Band from Southern Cali-

T
his year, Peachy Canyon Winery cele-
fornia will be filling the air with fun Zydeco
brates its 20th Anniversary as a
music. Backyard games and prizes will be
premium wine producer in the Paso
ongoing throughout the day and for those
Robles Wine Country. When owners Doug
that wake up in a fog from the night before,
and Nancy Beckett moved their family to
they will have special beverages to aid in your
Paso Robles in 1982, they never envisioned
recovery. Reservations are required by calling
the life they would lead today. Both sons,
(805) 237-1577.
Josh and Jake have returned to Paso Robles
If you are unable to make it to the
and Peachy Canyon to work for the family building was the local one room schoolhouse. Saturday brunch, stop by anytime
business and are the driving force behind Today, you can sample a number of Peachy throughout the weekend and sample a piece
the brand’s success over the years. Canyon’s award- winning wines daily and of Peachy Canyon history. They are dusting
Production is set for 90,000 cases in 2008, peruse the gourmet foods and gifts in the gift off old vintages and will be pouring verticals
their largest yet. You can find a number of shop. The Old School House is surrounded of vineyard designate Zinfandels that put
Peachy wines in 48 states and select interna- by a large grass area and gazebo that is Peachy Canyon on the map. The tasting room
tional destinations. Although Incredible Red wonderful for a casual picnic or to simply is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
and Westside Zinfandel are the two wines that relax and enjoy a glass of wine amongst the Doug and Nancy also just refurbished a
are most recognized by consumers, there are vineyards. The venue can be rented out for beautiful old country cottage that sits amidst
six limited-production Zinfandels and other private events and is a popular locale for their Mustard Creek Estate vineyard. The
Rhône and Bordeaux varietals that are only outdoor weddings in the heart of Paso Robles cottage is available for rent and can sleep up to
available in the tasting room and to wine club Wine Country. six guests, loft style, and is complete with a
members. All of their wines possess unique Peachy Canyon will be hosting a Cajun full kitchen. The accommodations are perfect
characteristics that truly display the beauty of Brunch this coming Zinfandel Festival at their for a wedding party, girl’s weekend or just a
their Paso Robles terroir. Bethel Road Tasting Room in celebration of nice place to enjoy the beauty and peaceful-
The Old School House Tasting Room is their 20th Anniversary. The day kicks off at ness of the Paso Robles Wine Country.
located on the corner of Bethel Road and 11 a.m. and is sure to be an entertaining day For more information regarding Zinfandel
Highway 46 West. The quaint landmark filled with endless wine and good times. Bon Festival weekend contact 1-866-335-1918 or
attraction dates back to 1886, when the Temps Creole Café is in charge of the menu visit www.peachycanyon.com.

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14th Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival


The San Luis Obispo International Film Western Night in Paso is another new
Festival (SLOIFF ) is excited to preview its event to 2008, featuring the 1972 John Wayne
upcoming 2008 festival program. San Luis classic, The Cowboys. Academy Award nomi-
Obispo County will play host to hundreds of nated director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond,
visiting filmmakers, celebrities and movie The Rose) will be in attendance along with
buffs during the festival’s ten days of films, Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds,
special events, filmmaking panels, and parties, Lizzie McGuire), who played one of the young
from March 7 to 16. cowboys in the film. A pre-screening recep-
This year, SLOIFF will offer up an eclectic tion at Arroyo Robles tasting room and post-
program that should suit even the pickiest screening Q & A session will make this a very
filmgoer. There are several new themes within special night for all ages, especially future
the festival program, as well as a few tradi- ranchers.
Legendary surf filmmaker, Bud Browne will be
tional events, like the popular Surf Night in honored at the Annual Surf Night, March 13
SLO and the King Vidor Career Achievement
Award tribute. will also celebrate young American film-
Opening night, March 7, will feature a rail- makers at the Youth Filmmaking Competi-
road-themed screening and party, aptly held at tion, screening short films by kids from
the Santa Margarita Ranch. The evening will kindergarten through high school.
include a twilight train ride on the ranch’s Surf Night in SLO will be back for its third
historic narrow-gauge train, a reception and year with a Tribute to Bud Browne, the grand-
screening of the 1973 classic, Emperor of the father of surf filmmaking. 95-year-old Bud
North. Actor Keith Carradine (Deadwood, Browne will be honored by well-known
Nashville) will be in attendance and is looking surfers and filmmakers from around the globe
forward to telling stories about working with at this historic reunion, right here on the
film greats, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin. A Central Coast, which is now Bud’s home. One Barbara Stanwyck in “Stella Dallas,” part of
the new “Hollywood & Vines.”
portion of the proceeds from this evening will of his many films, Surfing in the ’50s will be
benefit the renovation of the SLO Railroad screened at the Fremont Theatre, followed by The new Hollywood and Vines series will
Museum. a Q & A session, raffle and a ’50s-style surf pair classic films with great Central Coast
Non-stop festival screenings will begin on party with live music, in the nearby down- wineries, with wine and cheese receptions
Saturday, March 8 and will feature quality town Pier One building. before many of the older Hollywood classics.
independent cinema from more than a dozen Other highlights include a sing-along
countries in a wide variety of genres, from arts version of Hairspray; filmmaking workshops
to sports to politics and romantic comedies that will focus on cinematography, acting,
and everything in between. The majority of stunt work and more; celebrity filmmakers
these films have been submitted to the George and actors in attendance at selected screenings
Sidney Independent Film Competition – in throughout the festival; lively parties at some
fact over 300 films were entered this year, of the best bars and restaurants in SLO County
compared to only about 100 two years ago. with a designated “meeting spot” on each
Awards will be presented for the outstanding night of the festival – a great way to meet
films in each category on Saturday, March 15. visiting filmmakers and other festival goers.
Many films will include Q & A sessions after Film passes and tickets for select events are
the screening. This year, screenings will available at the SLOIFF headquarters – 861
happen in several parts of the county, Palm St. (next to the Palm Theatre), and
including Paso Robes, Shell Beach and Avila online at www.slofilmfest.org. Festival sched-
Beach. ules will be available on the website, as well as
The Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase the Official Festival Guide and newspaper
will highlight some of the best films produced inserts in early March which will be distrib-
by local filmmakers, with new awards for best Keith Carradine stars in
uted by the New Times and Tribune
short and feature-length films. The SLOIFF “Emperor of the North” and 2007’s “All Hat.” throughout the county.

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Artwork by Kari Crist – Amore Libre


On Exhibition at Carina Cellars through March 31

Preferred Tasting Room:

CARINA CELLARS
by Mark Storer Art and wine have long enjoyed pairings, but Hardee, Tensley has produced some of the
the focus on local artists adds a kind of trade- big, bold Syrahs the Central Coast is known

I
t is a melancholy truth, to borrow from mark to the winery’s own aesthetic. That for and his Viognier continually ranks among
Charles Dickens, that so many tasting aesthetic is present in the wines as well as in the very best in the state as judged by critics.
rooms concentrate on so many other artists like Crist’s work; namely, allowing
things besides pouring great wine. To borrow Soon, however, the tasting room will boast
nature to show through with minimal manip-
from a more modern saying, if the wine is wines from Carina Cellars’ own vineyards
ulation.
good – they will drink. But the proof is in the purchased and planted recently in the Paso
Carina’s tasting room is also a work of art
proverbial pudding and the fact is there are Robles region. Focusing on Rhône varietals,
in an already unique place in downtown Los
wineries that do more than pour wine – but the new vineyard planting allows Carina to
Olivos. With a western saloon feel, the store-
they also pour really great wine. follow an illustrious lineage of great fruit
front blends in well with its neighbors while
Carina Cellars in Los Olivos is a case in
the inside maintains that true western feel done the Carina way, allowing mother nature
point. Carolyn Turner, Carina’s special events
with a touch of the modern including addi- to shine through with minimum manipula-
coordinator, is always planning something at
tions like Crist’s art. tion. Art and wine really do go well together.
the tasting room whether private tastings and
pairings, hosting winemaker events or, as is 2007 was a banner harvest year, as well. Visit Carina Cellars tasting room to experi-
the case most recently, providing an outlet for Winemaker Joey Tensley has been excited ence all of their wonderful wines. They are
talented local artists. Local photographer Kari about all the varietals he pulled in this year
open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are
Crist gets her turn at Carina’s tasting room and with intense, ripe fruit and big bold
located at 2900 Grand Ave. Ste. A (next to
through March 31st and brings her unique flavors, Carina will once again be producing
Panino). Tasters have a choice between
and original photography to Carina’s tasting its award-winning wines, counting ’07s
harvest as among its very best. current releases for $10 or reserve and library
room.
Turner’s choice of Crist is in step with It is Tensley’s belief that the vineyard has to releases served Friday-Sunday for $15. Check
Carina’s desire to highlight local surround- do the talking and working with his assistant, out their website www.carinacellars.com or
ings, local talent and of course, Carina wines. Lino Garcia and Carina Cellars owner David call (805) 688-2459 for more information.

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Midlife Crisis Winery – Chasing A Dream


“Midlife Crisis – what a great name – why Street became the tasting room for the
did you call it that?” Kevin and Jill Mittan, Midlife Crisis Winery only. Aided by tasting
the owners of Midlife Crisis Winery, are used room manager and wine maven, Allison
to this question and many others. Jill’s flip- Groves, the tasting room is open five days a
quick answer is because she is the same age as week allowing the Mittans to make wines on
Disneyland. The real answer is a lot more the weekend. You see, as the dream becomes
complex – as are all things in life – and real and the winery grows, day jobs in Los
involves many reasons too numerous to name Angeles support it. Five days a week, the
all coming together in a moment of crisis. Mittans are working in LA in the entertain-
The result became an overwhelming desire to ment industry and two days a week, they are
chase an impossible dream, to believe in it wines reflect their love of food friendly in Paso making wine and pushing the dream
totally and a determination to make it real. wines. The wines are started in neutral oak along.
They threw caution to the wind once the until the essence of the fruit has a chance to The next phase of the dream is the devel-
decision was made to start the winery. In less emerge. Then, oak is used carefully to opment of a winery and vineyard on their
than four months, they sold their house in enhance, not overpower, the fruit. The property and of, eventually, making wine full
Los Angeles, bought land in Paso Robles, results are well balanced wines that pair well time in Paso Robles. Until then, the Mittans
started the winery and crushed their first with food but that can also stand alone. invite you to share their midlife crisis and
grapes. Both agree that if they took the time In September of 2005, the Mittans opened their dream at their tasting room at 1244 Pine
to stop and think, there might not be a winery a cooperative wine tasting room in down- Street in downtown Paso Robles. The tasting
today. town Paso Robles called Wines on Pine. In room is open Thursday through Monday
Winemaking and all other duties are a November of 2006, Midlife Crisis Winery from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also find
shared responsibility for Jill and Kevin. The went solo. The tasting room at 1244 Pine them online at www.midlifecrisiswinery.com.

DOWNTOWN
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TASTE WHAT DOWNTOWN


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

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

wineries offers a unique


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

D’Anbino Edward Sellers Vihuela


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

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

Eberle Winery’s Zinfandel


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

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Visit some of the newest and most exciting


wineries on Califonia’s Central Coast!

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late ’80s. B & E Vineyard is a FALCON NEST
small family owned winery. VINEYARD & WINERY
Family owned and operated vineyard and winery
We invite you come and taste our
specializing in handcrafted wines with intense
wines in the B & E Saloon that colors and flavors. Join us in celebrating in the true
overlooks the vineyard. Italian tradition with food and wine pairing,
salami, prosciutto, provolone, sopres-sata, pâté,
imported pasta, specialty items and the finest pasta
Daily 11am-5pm sauces. Food available daily.
10000 Creston Road, Paso Robles
805-238-4815 Open Daily 10am-7:30pm
www.bevineyard.com 5185 Union Road, Paso Robles
805-226-0227 | www.falconnestwine.com

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Enjoy the Fabulous Wines, Views of B & E Vineyards


Just a few years ago women wine-
makers 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 opera-
tions, 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
Patricia Bello
women of the vine. B&E Vineyards is located on Creston Road in Paso Robles. A drive
Patricia did not come to her calling in the usual fashion. She and out to their tasting room will not only provide one with the opportu-
her husband, Jerry began by planting grapes and selling them to local nity to enjoy fabulous wines, but a chance to take in the awe-inspiring
vintners. Patricia, a cutting horse trainer and breeder left the farming view of rolling vineyards that Patricia so loves. On the top of the
duties to Jerry. The vineyards provided her with a marvelous view highest hill on the property, the Bello’s have built a charming western
from her hilltop home and she came to love their brilliant displays in style saloon in which visitors can relax, sip three different reds (a Rosé
the fall and spring, but winemaking was not something she even is in the works) and be entertained by the warmth and wit of the
considered. Along the way though, she developed an expensive habit. winemaker herself.
“I love a good bottle of wine but unfortunately I seem to particularly B&E Vineyards is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to
like the ones that cost a hundred dollars or more. That’s why I had to 5 p.m. and on weekdays by appointment.
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 CHATEAU MARGENE
craft and became a truly exceptional winemaker, overseeing the A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of
luxury, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Margene
production of nearly 4000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah produces 3,000 cases per year and focuses on viticulture and
and a red blend called Red Rhythm. Her insistence on a twenty month winemaking practices that offer maximum expression of the
Paso Robles terrior. Come enjoy the wines and picnic on the
aging in French oak barrels produces a rich, velvety wine that has deck or under the oaks.
helped her meet her goal of a creating fine wines that will fit into Open Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm
By advanced appointment on Fridays
almost anyone’s budget. This year her 2004 Cabernet took the gold at 4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA
805-238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com
the Paso Robles County Fair and her Syrah and Red Rhythm both won
gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition.
CASS VINEYARDS
Visit us at our café style tasting room and sample your
favorite Rhône wines, paired with samples of select gourmet
cheese, pâte and specialty food. Our Chef’s Pantry offers an
array of choices for an impromptu picnic indoors or out. We
also offer a lunch menu prepared by our Chef Dusty Lehigh
Friday thru Sunday.
Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm
7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
805-239-1730 | www.casswines.com

Enjoy the beauty of gently STILL WATERS VINEYARDS


rolling hills in the
Paso Robles countryside Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon,
and discover some of the Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and
Viognier. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular
newest and most exciting views from our olive grove overlooking the vineyard.
wineries on California’s
Central Coast. Thursday-Monday 11-5pm
2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles
805-237-9231 | www.stillwatersvineyards.com

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Eighth Annual ‘World of Pinot Noir,’ March 7-8


The Eighth Annual World of Pinot Noir, to be held March 7-8, at Cove Vinyards; Lynn Penner-Ash, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; and
the Cliffs Resort in Shell Beach, will include two days of in-depth Tony Soter, Soter Vineyards.
seminars, tastings, and Pinot Noir-inspired meals. More than 180 • Are We Losing Our Regionality? moderated by Peter Neptune, MS
Pinot Noir producers from around the globe participate in this annual – panelists include Grant Stanley, Quails Gate, BC; Tony Rynders,
event that historically sells out, attracting attendees world-wide. Domaine Serene, OR; Steven Rogstad, Cuvaison Estate Wines, CA;
Tickets are available at www.wopn.com. Adam Lee, Siduri, CA; Christian Roguenant, Baileyana Winery, CA;
“Enthusiasm for the World of Pinot Noir continues to grow each Evelyn Vidal, Kingston Family Vineyards, Chile; and Norm Yost,
year,” said John Niven, chairman of the 2008 World of Pinot Noir. “It’s Flying Goat Cellars, CA.
gratifying to see such interest among producers internationally to be • A Riedel Pinot Noir Stemware Focus & Food Pairing – a World of
involved and to contribute their knowledge and expertise to this Pinot Noir exclusive moderated by George Riedel – panelists include
event.” Dan Kosta, Kosta Brown, CA; and Melissa Burr, Stoller Vineyards,
The World of Pinot Noir kicks off Friday, March 7, with tasting OR.
seminars held at local winery locations. 2008 seminars include: • Latitudes & Longitudes – A Global Perspective on Pinot Noir –
• Pinot Noir Primer with John Haeger, author of North American moderated by Fred Dame, MS – panelists include Mattias Gubler,
Pinot Noir Switzerland; Andrew Hood, Tasmania; Ernst Loosen, Germany;
• Exploring the AVA’s of Oregon’s New World Burgundy – panelists Nick S. Mills, New Zealand; and Sergio Mottura, Italy.
include Michael Etzel, Beaux Freres; Ben Casteel, Bethel Height • Old Clones/Old Vines vs New Clones/New Vines – moderated by
Vineyard; Steve Doerner, Cristom Vineyards; Adam Campbell, Elk Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine – panelists include

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Myron Redford, Amity Vineyards, OR; Dan Goldfield, Dutton-Gold- guest chef Bradley Ogden and his world-class team from Lark Creek
field, CA; Milla Handley, Handley Cellars, CA; Ken Bernards, Restaurant Group. This food-and-wine experience will be hosted by
Ancien Wines, CA; Eric Hickey, Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, CA; participating vintners and sommeliers from across the county. The
Nathan Kandler, Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, CA; and Pinot Noir Focus Tasting on Friday, March 7, and the Pinot Noir by
Harry Pederson-Nedry, Chehalem, OR. the Sea on Saturday, March 8, will include more than 180 wineries
• Iron Sommelier Challenge: Pinot Noir Two Ways – moderated by pouring their finest selections at the Cliffs Resort.
William Sherer, MS, Aureole, Las Vegas Concluding the World of Pinot Noir festivities, the Santa Barbara-
Always a much anticipated event, the annual Burgundian tasting style Paulée hosted by Au Bon Climat Winery features a line up of
will feature the wines of Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier. Created chefs from around the country. “I’ve had endless amounts of fun at the
in 1863, this family estate is run from the Château of Chambolle- Paulée events is New York, San Francisco and most of all, in
Musigny. Viticulturist & winemaker Frédéric Mugnier will join Allen Burgundy,” explained event host, Jim Clendenen. “We’re trying to
Meadows, editor of Burghound.com, to present the following wines: raise the bar to an equal level at the Santa Barbara-style Paulée in
NSG 1°C Clos de la Maréchale 2004, 2005, 2006; Chambolle- conviviality, generosity and indulgence.” Anyone that appreciates the
Musigny 2001, 2003, 2004; and Musigny 2001, 2003, 2004. pleasures of the table will revel in this festive closing event.
On Friday, the signature Gala Dinner and Reception will feature Sponsors of the Eighth Annual World of Pinot Noir include Riedel
Crystal of America, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Wine & Spirits Maga-
zine, Acqua Panna, S. Pellegrino, The Cheese Shop – Carmel, Central
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American Riviera Wine Auction & Dinner, March 14, 15


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

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chefs, live Cuban music, in addition to a silent auction. Tickets In addition to a live jazz band, there will be an exciting live
are $100 and can be purchased by calling the SBCVA office at auction featured winery parties, fine dining, entertainment, fine
(805) 688-0881. jewelry, U.S. and international travel, and other lifestyle offer-
Auction items for both Friday’s and Saturday’s auctions will ings. The bidding is furious and fun, and the proceeds of the
feature winery parties, fine dining, exciting U.S. and interna- evening generate aid for less fortunate people throughout the
tional travel, and other once-in-a-lifetime lifestyle offerings. The world.
bidding will be furious, fun, and the proceeds from both auctions
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PAS O R O B L ES A R E A Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Sa-Su 12-4 X X 2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 10:30-5:30 X X
★ Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 11-5
5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 800-676-1232 X X X Doce Robles – Paso Robles Daily ★ J Lohr – Paso Robles Daily
2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 10-5:30 X X 6169 Airport Rd; 805-239-8900 10-5 X X
AJB Vineyards – Paso Robles Weekends
3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 12-5 X X ★ Donati Family Vineyard – Templeton Daily 11am-5pm ★ J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles Daily
Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676 X X 4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 12-5 X X
★ Anglim Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo 11-5:30
740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 Su 12-5:30 & By Appt X X Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles Sa-Su 12-5 ★ J. Paul Rosilez – Cambria Mo-Th Su 11-5
3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Or By Appt X 734 Main St, Ste C; 805-927-5110 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X
★ Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles Closed Tu
739 12th St; 877-759-WINE Daily 11-7 X X Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton By
4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 11-5 X 5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Appt X X
★ B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su By
10,000 Creston Rd; 805-238-4815 10-5 Appt X X Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles JanKris Winery – Templeton Daily
1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Daily 10-5:30 X X 1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 11-5 X X X
★ Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &
1227 Park St; 805-238-4329 Some Weekends X X Eagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles Daily Justin Winery – Paso Robles Daily
3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X X X 11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-6932 10-5 X X X
Bella Luna – Templeton Fr-Su
1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 10-5 X X ★ Eberle Winery – Paso Robles Daily Kukkula – Templeton By
3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 10-5 X X X 9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475 Appt
★ Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles Daily
3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 10-5 X X ★ Edward Sellers – Paso Robles Th-Mo L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-4
1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 12-7 X X 2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 or By Appt X X
Black Hand – San Miguel By
1735 Nygren Rd; 805-712-WINE Appt X X ★ EOS Estate Winery – Paso Robles Daily Laura’s Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily
5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 10-5 X X X 5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 10-5 X X
Brian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
★ Falcon Nest Winery– Paso Robles Daily Le Cuvier – Paso Robles By Appt,
2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 X X
5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 10-7:30 X X 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Wine Club Only
Calcareous Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo
Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily Linne Calodo – Paso Robles Fr-Su
Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 11-5 X X
Hwy 46 East; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X 3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 11-5 X X
Caparone Winery – Paso Robles Daily
Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles By Locatelli Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su
2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 11-5 X X X
8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Appt 8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4 X X
Carmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles
Four Vines Winery – Templeton Daily Lone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily
11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 X X
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0055 11-5 X X 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X X
Casa de Caballos – Templeton Daily
Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt Madison Cellars – Paso Robles By
2225 Raymond Avenue; 805-434-1687 11-5 X X
Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526 4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Appt X X
★ Cass Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles By Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-5
7350 Linne Rd; 805-239-1730 11-6 X X 1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 Appt 5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Or By Appt X X
★ Castoro Cellars – Templeton Daily Garretson Wine Co. – Paso Robles Daily Martin & Weyrich – Paso Robles Su-Th 10-5
1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 10-5:30 X X 2323 Tulley Rd #110; 805-239-2074 11-5 X X 2610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 Fr-Sa 10-6 X X
★ Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos We-Su 11-5:30 Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles By McClean Vineyards – Templeton By
131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 Closed Tu X X 5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Appt 4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 Appt
Changala Winery – Templeton Sa 11:30-5 By ★ Grey Wolf Cellars– Paso Robles Daily Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
422 Main St; 805-238-0421 Su 12-4 Appt X X 2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X X 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X X
★ Chateau Margene – Creston Sa-Su ★ Halter Ranch Vnyd– Paso Robles Th-Mo ★ Midlife Crisis – Paso Robles Th-Mo
4385 La Panza Rd; 805-238-2321 12-6 X X 8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X X 1244 Pine St, Suite A; 805-237-8730 10:30-6 X X
Christian Lazo – San Miguel Sa-Su ★ Hansen Vineyard– Templeton Daily Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
249 10th Street, Suite A; 805-467-2672 10-5 X X 5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 10-5:30 X X 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 X X
Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily Harmony Cellars– Harmony Daily ★ Minassian-Young – Paso Robles Fr-Su
8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 10-5 X X 3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 10-5 X X 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X X
Clautiere Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily ★ Hearthstone Tasting Room – Paso Robles Moonstone Cellars – Cambria Th-Mo
1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 12-5 X X 1244 Pine St, Ste A; 805 237-8730 Th-Mo 10:30-6 X X 801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 X X
★ D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su Hice Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo NadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su
710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 11-6 X X 821 Pine St Unit D; 805-237-8888 12-5 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X X
Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su Hug Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily
2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 10:30-5 X X 2323 Tuley Ct Ste. 120 D; 805-828-5906 11-5 7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X X

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★ Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily San Marcos Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton By
7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X X 7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Daily 11-5 X X 2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X X
★ Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily Scott Aaron – Templeton Sa-Su ★ Vihuela Winery – Paso Robles Th-Sa 11-8
1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 11-5:30 X X 422 South Main; 888-611-9463 11-5 X X 1307 Park St; 805 835-4304 Su & Mo 11-4 X X
Parkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By ★ Sculpterra – Paso Robles Fr-Su 10-5 Villicana Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su
70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt X X 5015 Linne Road, 888-302-8881 or By Appt X X 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X X
★ Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily ★ Silver Horse – San Miguel Fr-Mo ★ Vina Robles – Paso Robles Daily
1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X X 2995 Pleasant Rd; 805-467-WINE 11-5 X X 3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 10-5 X X

★ Peachy Canyon Winery Too – Paso Robles ★ Silver Stone – Paso Robles Mo-Th 12-7 VinFuzion – Paso Robles We-Su
2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805-237-7848 Fr-Su 11-5 X X 827 13th St; 805-226-2788 Fr-Sa 12-8 Su 11-4 X X 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0208 11-5:30 X X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

★ Rio Seco – Paso Robles Daily Terry Hoage – Paso Robles By ZinAlley – Templeton Fr-Su
4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X X 870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Appt 3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X X
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RiverStar Vineyards – Cayucos Fr-Su Thunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles Fr-Su
36 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3741 11-4 X X 2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 11-5 X X ★ Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita Fr-Su
2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 12-6 X X
RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles By Tobin James Cellars – Paso Robles Daily
7986 North River Rd; 805-467-3106 Appt 8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 10-6 X X SAN LUIS OBISPO
★ Robert Hall – Paso Robles Daily Tolo Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Mo Alapay Cellars – Avila Beach Daily
3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 10-6 X X X 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 11-5 X X 415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X X
Rotta Winery – Paso Robles Daily Turley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily Aron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Th-Su
3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 11-5 X X 2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X X 845 Embarcadero Rd, Suite F; 805-610-5751 12-5 X X
★ Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Th-Su Venteux Vineyards – Templeton Fr-Su ★ Baileyana Vineyard – San Luis ObispoDaily
8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 11-5 X X 1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 X X 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 X X

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Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande Daily Byron Vineyard – Santa Maria By Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room
453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE 11-5 X X 5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt 2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X X
Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo Fr-Su Cambria Winery – Santa Maria Daily The Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily
831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X X 5475 Chardonnay Lane; 888-339-9463 10-5 X X 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 11-4 X X
★ Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily Chimere – Santa Maria By Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Th-Mo 11-5
2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X X 217 North Russell; 805-310-1148 Appt 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 (Closed Tu-We) X X

Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo Daily Costa de Oro – Santa Maria Daily ★ Carina Cellars – Los Olivos Daily
7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 X X 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 11-6 X X 2900-A Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 11-5 X X

Edna Valley Vnyd – San Luis Obispo Daily Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Daily Consilience – Los Olivos Daily
2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 X X 3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-9063 10-5:30 X X 2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X X

Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily
1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 11-5 X X 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X

Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily
2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X X 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X 2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 11-5 X X

★ Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande Daily Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily Dierberg Estate Vineyard – at Wine Country in Los Olivos
453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 11-5 X X 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

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

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

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

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


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

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