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TASTING ROOM REVIEWS
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Preferred Central Coast Wine Country
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Getting to Paso Robles
TRAVEL TIME
FROM MILES (Average)
San Francisco 204 3hrs 15min
San Jose 158 2hrs 30min
Monterey 116 2hrs
Los Angeles 208 3hrs 30min
Getting to Santa Barbara
San Francisco 326 5hrs 30min
San Jose 280 4hrs 45min
Monterey 238 4hrs
Paso Robles 123 2hrs 15min
Los Angeles 95 1hr 30min
Getting to Malibu
San Francisco 400 5hrs 57min
San Jose 359 5hrs 25min
Monterey 300 4hrs 59min
Paso Robles 189 3hrs 15min
Santa Barbara 66 1 hr 14min
Los Angeles 37 51 min
9 Central Coast Day Trips
Paso Robles Zinfandels 6
Paso Robles – West 10
Paso Robles – East 15
San Luis Obispo 24
Downtown Paso Robles 28
Los Olivos 36
Santa Rita Hills/Solvang 42
Foxen Canyon to Santa Barbara 46
Malibu 52
Paso Robles Wineries Map 32-33
San Luis Obispo Wineries Map 34
N. Santa Barbara County Wineries Map 35
Dining Recommendations 60-61
Varietals by Winery 62-63
Andrew Murray Vineyards 39, 48
Brochelle Vineyards 8
Cellar 360 23
Chamisal Vineyard 25
Cimarone Estate Wines 37
Clautiere Vineyard 22
Cornell Winery & Tasting Room 57
Eberle Winery 21
Eos Estate Winery 19
Firestone Vineyard & Winery 49
Foley Wines 43
Fontes & Phillips 50
Hoyt Family Winery 54
J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery 18
Jim Palmer Malibu Vineyards 56
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery 27
Larner Vineyard & Winery 40
Lincourt Vineyards & Winery 41
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards 45
The Malibu Vineyard 55
Montage Vineyards 58
Opolo Vineyards 7, 12
Peachy Canyon Winery 13
Qupé 38
Robert Hall Winery 9, 20
Santa Barbara Winery 51
Silver Horse Winery 17
SummerWood Winery & Inn 14
Standing Sun Winery 44
Talley Vineyards 26
Villa San-Juliette 16
Zaca Mesa Winery 47
Paso Olivo 11
Thomas Hill Organics 30
Vivant Fine Cheese 31
We Olive 29
DAY TRIPS
Preferred Central Coast Wine Country
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Tasting Room Reviews
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Do not be intimidated for
any reason. That is rule number
one (and there are very few real
rules after that). For the most
part, going wine tasting is about
the easiest thing in the world,
especially here in California
where wineries and tasting
rooms abound. You can find
wineries specializing in red
wines of all types, those that are
famous for their white wines
and others who pour sparkling wine. It is a matter of
doing a little research and planning your day. Most tasting
rooms open around 10 a.m. and close between 4:30 and
6 p.m.
Before you start off pack a few essentials: Water
(plenty of water) and something to snack on – crackers or
a baguette. Many wineries have picnic areas and there are
plenty of delis and bakeries that can make up a lunch for
you, or make your own. Which brings us to eating and
drinking, the kind that doesn’t directly involve wine.
Be sure to nibble during the day and make sure you
make time for lunch. Two tips: drink at least twice as
much water as you do wine, and remember that you
don’t have to drink everything poured into your glass.
There is a reason tasting bars have dump buckets and a
pitcher of water to wash out your glass.
That said, here are some tips that have proven to be
helpful and are designed to help make the sensory
adventure of wine tasting all the more enjoyable.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Time and time again
I have heard knowledgeable winery workers say that
there is no such thing as a stupid question, and they
mean that.
You can drink what you want, in the order you want.
If you only like reds, say so; if you don’t like sweet wines,
speak up. But the idea of starting with whites, then going
on to reds and then sweet wines is a good guide.
Zinfandel is red. I am sure you know that but it never
hurts to remind everyone.
If there is a particular wine you want to try and it is
not on the list, ask. There might be a bottle around that
was opened for a trade tasting or by the winemaker. Most
tasting rooms are happy to pour a little if you show
enthusiasm.
If you plan to take wine home with you, either in the
car or on a plane, buy a
cardboard box with Styrofoam
wine inserts. Fill it during the
day and this keeps wine from
rolling around in the trunk.
Check out the smaller
wineries. It is a revelation.
Take notes on the wines you
most enjoyed.
Take advantage of tours
when the winery offers them,
but keep in mind that they take
anywhere from 20 minutes to well over an hour, so one a
day is plenty.
Buy wines that you can only find at the winery.
These often include smaller (375 ml) bottles of limited
production Ports or dessert wines. Don’t buy a wine you
can get at a supermarket back home. You’ll pay more,
and besides, what’s the point?
Look for tasting rooms in towns. Many of these are
cooperative tasting rooms, where in one place you might
find wines from a dozen or more small-to-medium
premium producers. They are scattered throughout the
area and more are opening all the time.
Don’t give too much thought to ratings and vintages.
It’s like art: if you like it, it’s a good wine. It is as simple as
that.
Remember that you don’t have to do the driving. It
takes no more than a phone call to rent anything from a
Town Car or restored classic convertible to stretch limos
and a 20-passenger bus. All have drivers that will stow
your wine for you and the local companies know the
area. As to taking that wine home, ten people sharing one
of those impossibly long limousines is fine and fun, but if
you all plan to buy a couple of cases the trunk – which is
no bigger than a normal luxury cars – is going to fill up
fast and you’re going to find yourself filling the interior
floor with boxes and using cases of Cabernet as footrest.
Tell the transportation company what you have in
mind and listen to their advice. They know the territory
and the people and personalities.
Know your limits. If you get close to it let others taste
and you can listen. It beats ending the day in a blur, and
if need be calling a taxi is cheaper than the alternative.
And if at a seated tasting, don’t be afraid to leave a
gratuity. It’s more than worth the five or ten dollars to get
wisdom – and wine – and a great time. BY CHARLES NEAVE
Heading to the Tasting Room
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An acre of vineyards land can give the grower:
Five tons of grapes (though it is also less, depending
on a variety of farming and winemaking practices,
and on the varietal and the vineyards location)
which will give you 797 gallons of juice (or thirteen-
and-a-half barrels) which is pretty close to four thou-
sand bottles of wine .
One standard oak barrel of wine holds:
295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes
which works out to almost – but not precisely - 24 cases of wine.
One of the most asked questions asked when it comes to wine is how much of this does it take to make that, and so on. We
won’t pretend that is simple, but here are some industry statistics that will give a pretty good answer to that query. As with
anything agricultural, of course, they are all based on countless variables when it comes to acre yields, but this is a good
starting point. The rest of the information varies little if at all.
WWW.LEGENDARYNAPAVALLEY.COM
Do the Math
What does all that information on a wine label mean?
The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine
labels and requires that information be given in a straightforward
way. Basically, you will want to look for the types of grapes grown,
where the grapes are grown and when the grapes were picked.
• Brand name
• Designation for a special wine
• Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated
• Location where the grapes used were grown
• Grape Variety used
• Vintage year in which the grapes were picked
• Location where the wine was made and/or bottled
(Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.)
• Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say "Table Wine”
XYZ Winery
RESERVE
Edna Valley
San Luis Obispo
PINOT NOIR
2002
Produced and Bottled by
XYZ winery, San Luis Obispo, California
ALCOHOL 13.6% BY VOLUME
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A case of wine includes:
A dozen 750 ml bottles
(or 24 half bottles)
or 307.2 ounces total,
which comes from
30 pounds of grapes.
A single bottle contains:
750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from
about 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) and is enough
for four or maybe five glasses.
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Zinfandel on the Central Coast
dates back to the 19th century –
before prohibition. From the west
side of Templeton, to the Santa Mar-
garita Ranch, and to the back roads
of the eastside of Paso Robles –
Padres, ranchers, and even a Polish
concert pianist have cultivated the
rich and robust varietal for close to
200 years. Each of the different
microclimates and each of the
distinctive personalities have pro-
duced unique styles of Zinfandel.
This piece of history has carried
through to today’s Zinfandel. You
can find ripe and juicy Zins with
their signature peppery finish. Also
accessible are the earthy and elegant
styles with a richer mid palate.
Truly, there is a Zinfandel for every-
one on the marvelous Central Coast.
While driving from Highway 46
East to 46 West, much of the visible
vineyards are planted to Zinfandel.
Head pruning is a style of farming,
usually specific to the variety, which
you can find on many properties in
the area. Farming this way is quite
labor intensive and often more
costly. However, the product makes
it all worth it. Zinfandel grapes from
these head pruned vines are ultra
concentrated, made for those who
crave a true “big and bold” red wine.
Pair a bottle of this wine with a steak
and call it a perfect evening!
Since Zinfandel from the Central
Coast was first recognized by serious
wine connoisseurs in the late 1880s,
the buzz around the wine has not
subsided. Bottlings from the winer-
ies in the area continue to receive
high acclaim and are enjoyed by
oenophiles around the world.
The third weekend in March, every
year, is dedicated to ZinFest in Paso
Robles. At this time the true Zin
lovers come to town to quench their
thirst. However, it is easy to find a
delicious Zinfandel year round.
Now get out there and start tasting!
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Templeton
Driving Time: 25 minutes
From Opolo Vineyards
to Brochelle Vineyards 16.1 miles
to Robert Hall Winery 1.5 miles
Total 17.6 miles
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Paso Robles Zinfandels
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OVERALL PHILOSOPHY
“People and award-winning wines,
it’s a happy combination.”
PLAN AHEAD FOR
During harvest you can cast of your shoes and stomp
grapes barefoot, “I Love Lucy” style!
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
The name Opolo, from Quinn’s Yugoslavian heritage, is in
reference to a rosé-style wine made on the Dalmatian
Coast. Every weekend you’ll fnd the barbecue fred-up
with Rick’s cevapcici, a Serbian beef and lamb dish, or
their gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning pizza oven,
all paired with one of their fabulous wines.
THEIR UNIQUE APPROACH
With the very best in fruit available to them, Opolo has
chosen an interesting path to winemaking. Curiously,
Opolo does not employ a winemaker as such. It’s a group
efort. Everyone, from owners to “cellar rats” have a say in
the wine production. The belief at Opolo is that this ap-
proach makes for consumer-friendly wines that appeal to
many people.
Opolo Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles
(805) 238-9593 • www.opolo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpoloWine
Twitter: @OpoloWines
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive complimentary tasting for two.
Visiting the mountain top where Opolo’s highest-elevation
vineyard grows explains why co-owner Rick Quinn envi-
sioned building his estate here. Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and
Zinfandel excelled here, proven by the vintners who began
planting those varieties 17 years ago. Still, Quinn and his
partner David Nichols know it takes more than spectacular
views to attract wine connoisseurs.
The friendly, tasting room staff takes the intimidation
away from wine tasting, making the experience enjoyable for
everyone. With enticing aromas wafting in from the winery’s
barbecue to the laughter and frivolity of the tasting room, you
know you are in for a good time. There is perhaps no more
entertaining or relaxed winery experience to be had on the
Central Coast. This is serious wine combined with serious
fun!
The wines are mostly estate grown, which sets them apart
from many other Central Coast wineries. In 1999, Opolo’s
first vintage, they made Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Muscat Canelli. They’re respected
for classic reds, yet they’re equally passionate about their
whites, including: Viognier, Roussanne, Pinot Grigio and
Chardonnay. Their exceptional blends include: Rhapsody, a
Meritage; Montagna-Mare, Barbera and Sangiovese; Fusion,
Cabernet Franc and Merlot; and several others.
Opolo’s latest addition is a romantic bed and breakfast
among the grapevines where guests can enjoy the idyllic
dream of living in wine country. By Ronda Giangreco
Opolo Crush
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VARIETALS
Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite
Sirah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Rosé
FUN FACT
Although often mistaken for an oak tree, the
image on the Brochelle label is actually an
artist’s sketch of one of their estate head-pruned
Zinfandel vines.
Brochelle Vineyards
Open Thursday to Monday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2323 Tuley Ct. #130, Paso Robles
(805) 237-0519 | www.brochelle.com
2-for-1 tasting: Purchase one, receive the second complimentary.
In their tiny winery, tucked away on a sun-drenched hilltop on
the Westside of Paso Robles, proprietors Brock and Michelle
Waterman personally hand-craft all of the wines they produce. In
1998, after discovering and then falling in love with Paso Robles
Zinfandel, they purchased their 20-acre property and planted their
very own Zinfandel vines. Brochelle Zinfandel is very unique because
it is farmed the old-world way: head pruned and dry farmed. Doing
this creates wines rich in character, voluptuous in flavor and
extremely elegant on the palate. Brochelle was created by a marriage
of the proprietor’s names; Brock and Michelle. This is a symbol of
their combined passions for excellence and extreme attention to
detail. These characteristics are forthcoming within their vineyard,
winery and each and every bottle they create.
The Waterman's have created a very unique environment for
patrons to sample their wines. Their tasting lounge also doubles as
their barrel aging room. The beautifully decorated lounge is
conveniently located right off of Highway 46 East and Golden Hill
Road close to downtown Paso Robles.
For over a decade, Brochelle was one of Paso’s best-kept secret as
they were not open to the public. Now Brock and Michelle offer the
exclusive opportunity for consumers to taste their limited production
wines and learn more about their winemaking philosophy. Their
affinity for Zinfandel will be evident upon tasting their current
releases. Over the past 16 years, many devoted Zinfandel fans have
discovered the ultra-premium Zinfandels consistently produced by
Brock. You will not want to miss the ultimate experience of tasting
the results of their passion for bold, gorgeous wines and their
obsession to create one of the area’s most extraordinary Zinfandels.
All of their vintages are produced in limited quantities, so you will
want to make Brochelle a must-visit while in Paso Robles.
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WINES
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Grenache Blanc,
Roussanne, Orange Muscat, Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, Syrah, Cuvée de Robles,
Pape de Robles and Vintage Port
FUN FACT
The large golden bear on display in the tasting room is a
trophy from when Robert Hall Winery was named the
“2010 Golden State Winery” by the California State Fair
Competition – a frst for a California Central Coast Winery.
EVENTS
Robert Hall Winery was designed as a hospitality center
to host a wide range of events. In addition to the many
weddings, private parties and corporate retreats, the
winery hosts public events such as the New Year’s Eve
Party, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Port & Cigar Tasting, 4th of
July Celebration and Wine Cavern Extravaganzas. The
winery ofers an event every month so be sure to check
the website or just stop by for a picnic and a round of
bocce ball.
Robert Hall Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. winter)
3443 Mill Road/Hwy 46 East, Paso Robles
(805) 239-1616 | RobertHallWinery.com
Facebook: Robert Hall Winery
Twitter: RobertHallWine
Bring in ‘Day Trips’ for 2 tastings for the price of 1.
“The Essence of Paso Robles” ™
The winery’s owner, Robert Hall, had many years of
experience in the hospitality sector prior to acquiring the Hall
Ranch in Paso Robles. After planting his vineyards he put all of
his energy and knowledge to work to create a winery and
hospitality center that would welcome guests. The smallest of
details can make a huge difference when it comes to
entertaining. “I wanted to create a warm and beautiful place in
Paso Robles that people would visit time and time again.”
The tasting experience at Robert Hall may be customized to
fit the guests’ desires. Up to five wines may be selected from
either the standard tasting or for a slightly higher fee from the
reserve tasting lists. Each month the winery features a Wine of
the Month with special pricing and a recipe card. With so many
wines there is something for every palate on the list and the
knowledgeable tasting room staff is delighted to help make the
tasting experience a memorable one.
For guests who want to linger, there are plenty of things to
do at Robert Hall. Every day the winery offers a guided,
educational tour of the large caverns, winery and hospitality
center. The tour is included with the tasting fee and is a great
way to learn more about how the wines are made. Everything
from the vineyard to the bottle is discussed with a barrel tasting
offered in the caverns. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
By Lisa Pretty
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DINING
Buona Tavola
Northern Italian cuisine in downtown Paso Robles,
with friendly and warm hospitality.
943 Spring Street, Paso Robles
805-237-0600, www.btslo.com/paso
Enoteca
Dine on Central Coast cuisine by a warm freplace on
cool evenings or on the outdoor patio almost year
round.
Located in La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles
805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com/dining
Il Cortile Ristorante
Fine Italian dining, featuring seasonal menus and
ample specials each evening.
608 12th Street, Paso Robles
805-226-0300, www.ilcortileristorante.com
Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse
In the historic Paso Robles Inn, the steakhouse is
family-friendly dining. The chef sources from local
farmers and ranchers to give guests a true sense of
Paso Robles.
1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com/dining
Thomas Hill Organics
Opened by farmers, Debbie & Joe Thomas, THO uses
their organic farm fresh ingredients in the menu; an
extensive selection of local wines.
1305 Park Street, Paso Robles
805-226-5888, www.thomashillorganics.com
LODGING
Hotel Cheval
This boutique luxury hotel is located in the heart of
downtown Paso Robles. Relax at the Pony Club bar
or around the fre pits in the outdoor lounge.
1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles
866-522-6999, www.hotelcheval.com
The Oaks Hotel
The Oaks Hotel embodies the comforting elegance
and natural goodness of the gracious Oak Trees that
surround the premises.
3000 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles
805-237-8700, www.PasoOaks.com
Courtyard Paso Robles
Centrally located, and brand new, Courtyard ofers a
great value and all the amenities guests have come
to expect from Marriott.
120 South Vine St · Paso Robles, 805-239-9700
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/
sbppr-courtyard-paso-robles/
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Conveniently located at the beginning of Highway
46 West and just of Highway 101, this hotel ofers
luxurious accommodations for the wine connoisseur
and discerning traveler.
206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles
805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com
Paso Robles Inn
Originally built in 1891, the old western charm still
warmly welcomes guests. Be sure to soak in the nat-
ural hot springs at the end of a long day.
1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com
ATTRACTIONS
Dale Evers Design Studio
A cutting edge artist, specializing in centerpiece art,
Dale’s work is featured all over the country.
1000 Park Street, Paso Robles
805-434-9237, www.daleeversstudio.com
Hearst Castle
William Hearst developed what is now the
Central Coast’s most renowned attraction from
1919-1947, after inheriting the land from his
father, George Hearst. Several diferent tours
are ofered year round.
750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon
800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.com
Vineyard Antique Mall
Greg and Jeanine Cantrell have an incredible
selection of indoor and outdoor collectables.
The 10,000-square-foot mall is open daily.
2320 Ramada Drive # A, Paso Robles
805-237-4012
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Farmstand 46
SUMMERWOOD
OPOLO
PASO OLIVO
PEACHY CANYON
The Westside of Paso Robles has become one of the fastest growing wine regions in the world. Wine Spectator recently named a wine from the Westside the
number one wine of the year. The unique terroir makes this area extremely desirable for viticuluralists from around the world. The Westside of Paso Robles
is home to winemakers from France, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to name a few. While historically known for the old vine Zinfandel, Rhône and
Bordeaux varieties grown in the area have become world renowned. Guests will quickly become familiar with the famed “Templeton Gap” and how it posi-
tively affects the fantastic wines in this region.
Driving Time: 20 minutes
From Pasolivo
to Opolo Vineyards 2.9 miles
to Peachy Canyon 8.2 miles
to SummerWood .5 miles
Total 11.7 miles
Not to scale
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THE OLIVE OILS
Kitchen Blend (soft and light), Pasolivo (strong,
signature blend named a Top Ten Oil in the World
and Best in Show Winner at everything from the
Los Angeles International Olive Oil Competition to
the San Diego Wine & Food Show), California Blend
(grassy with a peppery kick), Basil (the latest
addition to the Pasolivo family and includes
varietals of Mission and Pendolino that are pressed
with fresh basil), Citrus Blends (the signature
Pasolivo blended with the respective oils from the
peels of lemons, limes and tangerines), and
Rosemary (a blend of Mission and a touch of
Pendolino that are milled with fresh rosemary)
Pasolivo Olive Oil
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8530 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 227-0186
www.pasolivo.com
info@pasolivo.com
Pasolivo ofers complimentary tours and tastings.
Pasolivo Olive Oil is nestled among some of Paso Robles’ most
exemplary wineries off Highway 46 West. The tasting room is run
by a very knowledge forward and friendly staff that is there to assist
in not only tasting their products, but in educating on the oil-
making process and the numerous health benefits associated with
olive oils. Tasting is always complimentary and includes the ability
to taste a variety of spices and salts with their hand-crafted olive
oils, which are big, bold and exemplify all three positive attributes
of fresh olive oils: fruitiness, bitterness and pungency.
The olive oils are created start to finish on the premises under
organic and sustainable practices that result in very little waste
products. Eleven different varieties of olives, ranging from Spanish
to Tuscan, are grown on the 45-acre orchard. All olives are hand-
picked to prevent bruising and cold-pressed within four hours with
an Italian Pieralisi Major 2 continuous press, which is available to
tour upon request. The whole olive is pressed, including the pit
and skin, and the byproduct after separating off the oil is a paste
that is used as a natural fertilizer in the orchard. The harvest takes
place once a year in November/December and visitors are welcome
to spectate. The oils are then packaged in eco-friendly tins designed
to maximize the protection of the oils.
Your visit to Pasolivo is sure to be enchanting and educational,
and don’t forget to peruse the gift shop where you will find bath
and body products made with Pasolivo’s very own olive oils, as well
as artisan foods and unique household products.
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OVERALL PHILOSOPHY
“People and award-winning wines,
it’s a happy combination.”
PLAN AHEAD FOR
During harvest you can cast of your shoes and stomp
grapes barefoot, “I Love Lucy” style!
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
The name Opolo, from Quinn’s Yugoslavian heritage, is in
reference to a rosé-style wine made on the Dalmatian
Coast. Every weekend you’ll fnd the barbecue fred-up
with Rick’s cevapcici, a Serbian beef and lamb dish, or
their gourmet pizzas from the wood-burning pizza oven,
all paired with one of their fabulous wines.
THEIR UNIQUE APPROACH
With the very best in fruit available to them, Opolo has
chosen an interesting path to winemaking. Curiously,
Opolo does not employ a winemaker as such. It’s a group
efort. Everyone, from owners to “cellar rats” have a say in
the wine production. The belief at Opolo is that this ap-
proach makes for consumer-friendly wines that appeal to
many people.
Opolo Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles
(805) 238-9593 • www.opolo.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpoloWine
Twitter: @OpoloWines
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive complimentary tasting for two.
Visiting the mountain top where Opolo’s highest-elevation
vineyard grows explains why co-owner Rick Quinn envi-
sioned building his estate here. Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and
Zinfandel excelled here, proven by the vintners who began
planting those varieties 17 years ago. Still, Quinn and his
partner David Nichols know it takes more than spectacular
views to attract wine connoisseurs.
The friendly, tasting room staff takes the intimidation
away from wine tasting, making the experience enjoyable for
everyone. With enticing aromas wafting in from the winery’s
barbecue to the laughter and frivolity of the tasting room, you
know you are in for a good time. There is perhaps no more
entertaining or relaxed winery experience to be had on the
Central Coast. This is serious wine combined with serious
fun!
The wines are mostly estate grown, which sets them apart
from many other Central Coast wineries. In 1999, Opolo’s
first vintage, they made Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Muscat Canelli. They’re respected
for classic reds, yet they’re equally passionate about their
whites, including: Viognier, Roussanne, Pinot Grigio and
Chardonnay. Their exceptional blends include: Rhapsody, a
Meritage; Montagna-Mare, Barbera and Sangiovese; Fusion,
Cabernet Franc and Merlot; and several others.
Opolo’s latest addition is a romantic bed and breakfast
among the grapevines where guests can enjoy the idyllic
dream of living in wine country. By Ronda Giangreco
Opolo Crush
Paso Robles - West
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VARIETALS PRODUCED
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec,
Bordeaux Blends, Petite Sirah, Viognier,
Chardonnay, Port-style Zinfandel, and
other experimental Rhone and Bordeaux
Varietals
INTERESTING FACT
The Peachy Canyon tasting room is located in the historic
Old Bethel School House, which was built in 1886.
RECENT AWARDS
Peachy Canyon has received 90+ scores for six of their
premium vineyard designate Zinfandels from critics
including Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Stephen Tanzer, The
California Grapeline and more. Their 2011 Malbec recently
took Double Gold at the largest wine competition on the
West Coast, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Peachy Canyon Winery
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(except major holidays)
1480 N. Bethel Road, Templeton
(805) 239-1918 | 1-866-335-1918
www.peachycanyon.com
Facebook.com/PeachyCanyonWinery
@PeachyCynWinery
Instagram.com/PeachyCanyon
Sustainability is one of the key ingredients at Peachy
Canyon Winery on the west side of Paso Robles, where owners
Doug and Nancy Beckett have been producing wine since
1988.
In addition to sourcing top quality fruit from a number of
growers in the area, the Becketts manage 100 acres of their own
vineyards, which participate in the Sustainability in Practice
(SIP) Vineyard Certification Program. This highly-respected
accreditation requires growers to farm in a way that protects
both natural and human resources. Habitat conservation,
energy efficiency and water conservation are all integral parts of
the program.
At Peachy Canyon, the vineyard team grows cover crops in
between their vine rows to help prevent erosion during the
winter months. They also compost all of the byproducts from
the winery and reintroduce them to their soils every other year.
Throughout the growing season, each vineyard block is
strategically watered to maximize the quality of the fruit while
minimizing water waste and runoff. Rather than spray
pesticides, they introduce beneficial insects to the vineyard,
such as ladybugs, lacewings and praying mantis, which feast
upon enemy pests.
A visit to the Peachy Canyon tasting room on Highway 46
West will treat you to a number of award-winning Zinfandels,
Bordeaux blends, Malbec and Viognier. Grab a glass of the
Chardonnay and settle beneath the idyllic gazebo, or pack a
picnic and sit amongst the undulating vineyards and canopy of
ancient oaks. Peachy Canyon is a place not to be missed!
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Paso Robles - West
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WINES
Summerwood Winery’s limited production wines include:
Diosa Blanc (white-Rhône blend), Marsanne, Viognier,
Diosa (red-Rhône blend), Syrah, GSM, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Sentio (red-Bordeaux blend) and a Solera style
non-vintage Zinfandel Port. All wines are exclusive
to the winery’s tasting room, with a Private Reserve
(red-Bordeaux blend) allocation released annually to
wine club members.
FUN FACT
The SummerWood estate is named after the Fukae family’s
eldest son, Natsuki Fukae, whose name means “summer-
wood” in Japanese.
EVENTS
SummerWood Winery & Inn has an on-going culinary
calendar of seminars and food demonstrations with their
Executive Chef, Kelly Wangard. Join SummerWood for an
event or inquire about having your wedding, corporate or
private event at one of the estate’s scenic locations.
SummerWood Winery & Inn
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. spring/summer
2175 Arbor Road, Paso Robles
(805) 227-1365 Winery | (805) 227-1111 Inn
www.summerwoodwine.com
Facebook: SummerWood Winery & Inn
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive a 2 for 1 tasting!
Located on Arbor Road at the gateway to Paso Robles wine
country, the SummerWood Winery & Inn is a landmark for
travelers venturing west on Highway 46. With its grand lawn
peppered with native trees and flora, the Summerwood estate
beckons you to drop by for a relaxing stay with picturesque
coastal terrain and vineyard views.
SummerWood Winery is focused on crafting limited
production wines, with an expansive Rhône and Bordeaux-style
portfolio. The SummerWood Tasting Room includes a picnic
area, gift shop and is the exclusive source for SummerWood
wines. SummerWood has two wine clubs – Seasons and
Private Reserve Club, with member benefits including food and
wine pairings, educational seminars, wine dinners and an
annual Member Appreciation Party. Members also receive
discounted lodging at the SummerWood Inn, located adjacent
to the winery.
The newly renovated Summerwood Inn is the perfect retreat,
with an on-site Executive Chef and Concierge Team. The Inn’s
design is a combination of historic meets contemporary blended
into a rustic, vintage elegance. Guests are treated to a daily
farm-fresh breakfast, afternoon wine and appetizer reception,
evening coffee and dessert and a nightly turn-down service
which includes a handmade caramel. Guest amenities include
culinary-inspired bath and body products, with guests truly
enjoying a “feast for all senses” during their stay.
Discover SummerWood – an authentic Paso Robles
experience where visitors can enjoy boutique wines and wine
country cuisine in one setting.
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DINING
Artisan
Arguably the most renowned restaurant on the Cen-
tral Coast. Chef Kobayashi supports local
farmers and ranchers when developing the
“American Bistro” menu which is continuously
changing with the seasons.
1401 Park Street, Paso Robles
805-237-8084, www.artisanpasorobles.com
Bistro Laurent
The restaurant ofers a touch of France in the heart
of Downtown Paso Robles. Featuring an exquisite
menu and certifed sommelier onsite to assist guests
with their wine selection.
202 Pine Street, Paso Robles
805-226-8191, www.bistrolaurent.com
Il Cortile
Handmade pasta and sauces are mainstays.
In addition to ingredients imported from Italy,
Chef Santos uses produce, meats and grains from
numerous local growers. Try beloved specialties,
like osso bucco and risotto.
608 12th Street, Paso Robles
805-226-0300, www.ilcortileristorante .com
Thomas Hill Organics
Opened by farmers, Debbie & Joe Thomas,
THO uses their organic farm fresh ingredients in the
menu which truly embodies the favors of
Paso Robles. An extensive selection of local
wines is available by the glass and bottle.
1305 Park Street, Paso Robles
805-226-5888, www.thomashillorganics.com
Villa Creek
Chef Tom Fundaro ofers an “early California
uisine” menu featuring fresh and local ingredients.
The bar is a popular spot for the locals, and ofers
signature cocktails for unwinding after a long day of
wine tasting.
1144 Pine Street, Paso Robles
805-238-3000, www.villacreek.com
LODGING
Hotel Cheval
This boutique luxury hotel is located in the heart of
downtown Paso Robles. Relax at the Pony Club bar
or around the fre pits in the outdoor lounge.
1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles
866-522-6999, www.hotelcheval.com
The Oaks Hotel
The Oaks Hotel embodies the comforting elegance
and natural goodness of the gracious Oak Trees that
surround the premises.
3000 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles
805-237-8700, www.PasoOaks.com
Adelaide Inn
Conveniently located at the start of 46 East. Ofers
comfortable accommodations at a superb value.
1215 Ysabel Avenue, Paso Robles
800-549-PASO (7276), www.adelaideinn.com
Wine Country RV Resort
Traveling by RV? There is no better place to park
than here; enjoy the pools, restrooms, kitchens,
laundry facility and so much more!
2500 Airport Road, Paso Robles
805-238-4560, www.winecountryrvresort.com
ATTRACTIONS
Estrella Warbird Museum
The museum restores and preserves military aircraft
and memorabilia; it’s open Thursday-Sunday.
4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles
805-238-3897, www.ewarbirds.com
Hunter Ranch Golf Course
Located in the heart of the Eastside wine country,
this course is perfect for a casual game while
you’re visiting. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest.
4041 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles
(805) 237-7444, www.hunterranchgolf.com
Vineyard Antique Mall
Greg and Jeanine Cantrell have an incredible
selection of indoor and outdoor collectables.
2320 Ramada Drive, # A, Paso Robles
(805) 237-4012
The Eastside of Paso Robles is easily accessible from Highway 101, and 46 East by way of I-5 and Highway 41. Dozens of wineries line the way into Paso
Robles, and while each has unique wines, they all have warm and friendly hospitality to welcome guests to the beautiful wine country. Guests can immedi-
ately feel the microclimate of the Eastside. Summer days can reach unbearably hot temperatures, but inevitably each evening cools down to a perfect crisp
50-60 degrees. These extreme swings in temperature during the growing season are ideal for the Rhône and Bordeaux varieties grown in the region.






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VILLA SAN JULIETTE
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J. LOHR
EOS
CLAUTIERE
VINEYARD
ROBERT HALL
Driving Time: 37 minutes
From Clautiere
to Cellar 360 5.6 miles
to Eberle 4.1 miles
to Eos 1.0 miles
to Robert Hall 0.6 miles
to J. Lohr Vineyards 3.8 miles
to Silver Horse 3.3 miles
to Villa San-Juliette 1.7 miles
Total: 20.2 miles
Not to scale
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VARIETALS
White Chorum, Rosé of Zinfandel, Albarino, Pinot Gris,
Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot,
Alicante Bouschet
FUN FACTS
• VSJ Winemaker, Matt Ortman, has deep roots in the Central
Coast wine community. His father, Chuck Ortman, founded
Meridian Vineyards, one of the area’s pioneer wine brands.
• The VSJ estate has featured several acclaimed musicians to
perform exclusively for members of the Villa San-Juliette
Reserve Cellar Wine Club, including American Idol alumni.
At VSJ, membership certainly has its benefts!
• Owners Ken & Nigel can often be found behind the tasting
room bar enjoying time with guests.
DON’T MISS
Great parties and events are held at Villa San-Juliette. The
expansive and beautifully landscaped gardens are the perfect
setting for intimate and large festivities.
Villa San-Juliette
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Available for private parties.
6385 Cross Canyon Road, San Miguel
(805) 467-0014 | www.villasanjuliette.com
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive a free tasting for two.
In the picturesque northern reaches of Paso Robles Wine
Country lies a passionate dream-turned-reality. Eight years
ago, longtime friends and business partners, Ken Warwick
and Nigel Lythgoe, shared a remarkable bottle of Paso Robles
Cabernet Sauvignon and chased it down to discover an
amazing wine community and a landscape that reminded
them of their childhood home in Northern England. It
wasn’t long before they got excited about the prospect of
owning their own vineyard and making wine.
In the intervening years, a beautiful villa has sprung up
on the property and the winery has produced a veritable
flood of award-winning wines. The carefully-tended 168-
acre vineyard boasts 11 different varieties. “The location of
the vineyard up in the hills of San Miguel is ideal for the
fruit,” says Winemaker, Matt Ortman. “The soil isn’t very
deep so the vines have to work hard to produce the fruit.
The vigor of the vine is controlled naturally by the soils and
the results are exceptional grapes.”
With national distribution established in 42 states and
several countries, along with a solid foundation of an
outstanding vineyard, Ken and Nigel have built out their
production facility and opened up their dream to the world.
October of 2012 saw the opening of a beautifully-appointed
tasting room, and 2013 marked the winery’s first vintage
produced in-house under Matt Ortman’s purview.
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VARIETALS PRODUCED
Albarino, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha,
Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Tempranillo and red and
white blends.
SPECIAL EVENTS!
• During the summer months, Silver Horse celebrates a
“Friday Fete” once per month. These events feature
house-made traditional winery fare; wines by the
taste, glass or bottle; and live music. Think concert in
the park but in the middle of beautiful vineyards
accompanied by delicious wines.
• Silver Horse is also available for private events.
The expansive surroundings have been touted as
the best view on the Central Coast and the facilities
ensure that each occasion on the property is
spectacular and fawless.
Silver Horse Winery
Open Friday through Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel
(805) 467-WINE
steve@silverhorse.com
Get Social!
Look for Silver Horse Winery on Facebook
and on Twitter: @Silverhorsewine
Bring this article to the tasting room and receive 15% of any wine purchase!
Silver Horse Winery is located on the winery’s estate
vineyard on the east side of Paso Robles. The vineyard consists
of 40 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Petit
Verdot, Syrah and Tempranillo. These six varieties grow
exceptionally well in the warm, dry climate which is so
common around the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail. Silver Horse
crafts small lot wines from this estate vineyard; at times the
vineyard can produce less than one ton of fruit per acre.
Winemaker Steve Kroener describes his wines as being,
“100% food friendly,” and with the layered complexity and
balanced acidity of each bottling, there is no doubt about it.
The Albarino is perfect for sipping with artisanal cheese and
charcuterie. The Petite Sirah has become what some might call
a “cult wine” and Silver Horse offers a prime example of the
Rhone variety. Recently, wine critics have taken note of Steve’s
winemaking and the unique vineyards of the east side of Paso
Robles. The 2009 Sage, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet
Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, was awarded a
gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine
Competion.
In 2005, the Kroener family built a state-of-the-art winery
facility and hospitality and event center. The exclusive and
luxurious tasting room offers samples of Silver Horse wines
Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Silver Horse
Winery is a true gem in the heart of the east side of Paso Robles.
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VARIETALS GROWN
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah,
Valdiguié, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvèdre,
Petite Sirah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc,
Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc,
Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc.
FUN FACT
J. Lohr Paso Robles is a Certifed California
Sustainable Vineyard & Winery. A three-acre,
state-of-the-art, 756-kilowatt solar
photovoltaic (PV) tracking system ofsets
more than 75% of the winery’s energy use.
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Paso Robles Wine Center
6169 Airport Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Complimentary tasting
J. Lohr Cuvée Series tasting weekends
$2 per taste, per bottle; $5 for the trio
(805) 239-8900
prwinecenter@jlohr.com
Find J. Lohr on Facebook and Twitter!
@jlohrwines
Bring in this current issue of the Eastside Paso Robles ‘Day Trips’ to receive 20% of wine and merchandise.
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been instrumental in both
advancing the Central Coast winegrowing region and putting Paso
Robles Cabernet Sauvignon on the wine world map. After earning a
reputation for excellence in Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco region,
Jerry Lohr planted the first of more than 2,300 acres of wine grapes
in Paso Robles in 1988. Today, all of J. Lohr’s red wines are produced
at its winery located on Airport Road. J. Lohr’s wines are distributed
in more than 30 countries worldwide, but one would never guess by
the quaint charm of its Paso Robles Wine Center. There, visitors can
taste and shop daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tasting room, which
is surrounded by J. Lohr’s lush “home ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon
vineyards, offers samples of J. Lohr’s signature wines at a large,
angular granite tasting bar bordered on three sides by a variety of
thoughtful, eye-catching apparel and merchandise.
Select J. Lohr wines are accessible only within the wine center,
including J. Lohr Gesture, which includes Rhône varietals, blends
and a delicious Zinfandel.
The J. Lohr Cuvée Series features three Bordeaux-inspired
blends, which pay homage to the French Grand Cru Classé wines
from the regions of Pauillac, St. Emilion and Pomerol. Some of Paso’s
finest in hospitality serve these wines; individuals who are always
warm, friendly, and exceptionally knowledgeable.
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WINES
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,
Rousanne, Muscat Canelli, Zinfandel,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah,
French Connection Red,
Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc,
Late Harvest Moscato, Rosé and Port
FUN FACTS
• Eos is named after the
Greek goddess of dawn
• Eos’ tasting room is among
the most popular in Paso Robles
• The winery ofers a number of
wine club options designed to
satisfy everyone’s palate
• Eos is the perfect place for weddings,
corporate events or private parties
Eos Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2300 Airport Road, Paso Robles
(805) 591-8050 | eosvintage.com
tastingroom@eosvintage.com
Yelp: eos-estate-winery-paso-robles-2
Facebook: eoswinery
Twitter: EOSwinery
Mention ‘Day Trips’ for a complimentary 2-for-1 tasting.
Eos is one of the most popular wine tasting destinations in the Central Coast
region of California. Ever since its opening in the mid-1980s, the winery has
built an enthusiastic fan base and earned praise from the media for its bold reds,
complex whites and luscious dessert wines.
The winery takes its name from the Greek goddess of dawn. Myth has it that
Eos opened the gates of heaven each morning allowing the sun to begin its daily
trek across the sky. Fiercely passionate, she was cursed by Aphrodite for having
an affair with Ares. Her punishment was an insatiable appetite for young men.
Since its purchase in 2010 by Bill Foley, Eos has undergone a number of
changes to improve wine quality, upgrade brand image and enhance visitor
experience. Recent and future bottlings feature a new label design that captures
the essence of the brand’s namesake and the authenticity of the wines.
The wine club has been revamped to provide more options and access to
wines that aren’t available elsewhere. Some of the exclusive, limited-production
wines that are available to members include proprietary and single-vineyard
bottlings of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay.
The tasting room, located at the corner of Airport Road and Highway 46
East, is one of the most enjoyable stops for wine lovers in the Paso Robles
region. Laid back and casual, it is the perfect place to sample new releases with
friends and family.
The winery offers both public and private tasting programs, plus a variety of
buffet and seated dining options that are available with reservations. For
weddings, meetings and other private events there are two indoor spaces, a
vineyard lawn and a covered pole barn.
Eos Winery is a proud member of The Wineries of Highway 46 East, a
coalition of wineries and hospitality partners along the eastern Paso Robles
corridor.
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WINES
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Grenache Blanc,
Roussanne, Orange Muscat, Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, Syrah, Cuvée de Robles,
Pape de Robles and Vintage Port
FUN FACT
The large golden bear on display in the tasting room is a
trophy from when Robert Hall Winery was named the
“2010 Golden State Winery” by the California State Fair
Competition – a frst for a California Central Coast Winery.
EVENTS
Robert Hall Winery was designed as a hospitality center
to host a wide range of events. In addition to the many
weddings, private parties and corporate retreats, the
winery hosts public events such as the New Year’s Eve
Party, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Port & Cigar Tasting, 4th of
July Celebration and Wine Cavern Extravaganzas. The
winery ofers an event every month so be sure to check
the website or just stop by for a picnic and a round of
bocce ball.
Robert Hall Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. winter)
3443 Mill Road/Hwy 46 East, Paso Robles
(805) 239-1616 | RobertHallWinery.com
Facebook: Robert Hall Winery
Twitter: RobertHallWine
Bring in ‘Day Trips’ for 2 tastings for the price of 1.
“The Essence of Paso Robles” ™
The winery’s owner, Robert Hall, had many years of
experience in the hospitality sector prior to acquiring the Hall
Ranch in Paso Robles. After planting his vineyards he put all of
his energy and knowledge to work to create a winery and
hospitality center that would welcome guests. The smallest of
details can make a huge difference when it comes to
entertaining. “I wanted to create a warm and beautiful place in
Paso Robles that people would visit time and time again.”
The tasting experience at Robert Hall may be customized to
fit the guests’ desires. Up to five wines may be selected from
either the standard tasting or for a slightly higher fee from the
reserve tasting lists. Each month the winery features a Wine of
the Month with special pricing and a recipe card. With so many
wines there is something for every palate on the list and the
knowledgeable tasting room staff is delighted to help make the
tasting experience a memorable one.
For guests who want to linger, there are plenty of things to
do at Robert Hall. Every day the winery offers a guided,
educational tour of the large caverns, winery and hospitality
center. The tour is included with the tasting fee and is a great
way to learn more about how the wines are made. Everything
from the vineyard to the bottle is discussed with a barrel tasting
offered in the caverns. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes.
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Paso Robles - East
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FUN FACTS
• The German name “Eberle” translates
to “small boar.” (Gary is half Polish,
half German.)
• Gary Eberle created the frst 100% Syrah in
the USA – he’s called the “Johnny Appleseed
of Syrah” by the Wine Spectator.
• Gary Eberle’s favorite number is 43 – that is
where he ranked in the recent t “Top 100
Most Infuential People in the U.S. Wine
Industry” list.
• Eberle Winery is the longest continuously
owned family winery in Paso Robles.
TOUR THE CAVE
Complimentary tours are ofered each day
so you can explore the 16,000 square feet
of underground caves located below the
winery. Take the tour and see why it was
rated as one of the best tours by Wine
Spectator.
Eberle Winery
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(5 p.m. winter)
3810 East Highway 46, Paso Robles
(805) 238-9607
www.eberlewinery.com
tastingroom@eberlewinery.com
Mention ‘Day Trips’ to receive 20% discount of full retail wine purchase.
Eberle Winery is currently celebrating 35 years of fine winemaking in
Paso Robles and 30 years of Cabernet. The winery has plenty to
celebrate, including being named Eberle “Winery of the Year” at the
2013 Central Coast Wine Competition. The event, held at the Paso
Robles Event Center, represented 139 local wineries and 554 wines that
were reviewed.
Visit the winery and discover why Eberle Winery is one of the most
popular stops during a wine tasting adventure in Paso Robles. In
addition to the spacious tasting room with a large gift shop, the facility
also includes underground caves, an expansive vineyard deck, bocce ball
courts, the “Wild Boar” event room with commercial kitchen and plenty
of places to have a picnic lunch while enjoying the vineyard views.
Inside the tasting room guests have the opportunity to taste the
Eberle wines that continue to be top award winners. Made from grapes
grown on the 60-acre estate vineyard, Gary Eberle and winemaker Ben
Mayo handcraft each of the wines for the 27,000-case production. On
the tasting list you will find Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat Canelli,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Barbera. There
are also a few delicious blends including “Cotes-du-Robles Blanc,” “Full
Boar Red” and “Cotes-du-Robles.” Eberle Winery remains one of the few
tasting rooms where guests are offered complimentary tasting every day
of the week.
Although Eberle has grown in production over the years, the winery
still has a warmth and family feel. On most visits to the tasting room you
will find the Eberle standard poodles, Zinfandel and Roussanne,
wandering the tasting room for a little well-deserved attention. Eberle
welcomes families and four-legged friends for an enjoyable experience.
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VARIETALS
100% Estate Grown Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Counoise, Grenache, Malbec,
Mourvedre, Petite Verdot, Roussanne, Tinta Cao,
Tinta Ruiz, Touriga Nacional and Viognier;
Annual production: 3,000 cases
2013 AWARDS/MEDALS
BDX 2007 – Platinum Best Bordeaux Blend – 2012 Critics
International Wine Challenge – San Diego, California
Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2009
Double Gold – San Diego County Fair – 2013
NV Mon Rouge “Estate”
Gold Medal – San Diego County Fair – 2013
Syrah Estate 2009 – Best of Show
Best of San Luis Obispo County
San Diego County Fair 2013
UPCOMING RELEASES FOR SPRING AND SUMMER
• 2011 Estate Reserve Grenache
• 2011 Estate Reserve Malbec
• 2011 Estate Syrah
• 2012 Estate Roussanne
Clautiere Vineyard
Open Thursday-Monday 12 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
1340 Penman Springs Road
Paso Robles CA 93446
(805) 237-3789 | www.clautiere.com
email: info@clautiere.com
www.facebook/clautierevineyard.com
Mention 'Day Trips' for 15% of your Clautiere wine purchase.
Experience the Fun Side of Wine
If Filmmaker Tim Burton ever went into the wine business,
you can imagine his tasting room looking something like the
tasting room at Clautiere Vineyard. Recognized as one of
“California’s Most Unusual Tasting Rooms by Wine Enthusiast
Magazine it is part fantasy, all whimsical but serious about their
wines. Regardless of what you call Clautiere, you really need to
see firsthand, the cool vibe and amazing estate wines of this
distinctive winery. Dedicated to the production of premium
Rhone, Bordeaux and Port style wines, Clautiere Vineyard is
100% Estate bottled to ensure the highest quality from grape to
glass. Clautiere Vineyard prides themselves on an interesting
and fun tasting experience pairing their Estate & Reserve Wines
with specific gourmet cheeses, great customer service, a
knowledgeable staff and a fun atmosphere.
Club Clautiere is available by reservation only for private
parties – small or large groups that prefer privacy.
They can accommodate small groups or large parties of 50 or
more for a private tasting experience. It’s a hip space, great for
everything from casual wine tastings to celebrating birthdays,
holidays, anniversaries and wedding receptions; anything from
a business gatherings to special occasions and more.
The Club Clautiere experience includes a seated wine and
gourmet cheese pairing plus a lounge area with a built-in stage
and digital surround-sound, a large outside shaded deck and
patio area. Club Clautiere has it all! Clautiere also has a
commercial kitchen and can meet any of your catering needs.
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PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT
Surrounded by 200-year-old giant oaks and
intimate gardens, Cellar 360 ofers an ideal setting
for any special event. The Barrel Room, which
serves as an indoor facility, can accommodate up
to 170 seated guests with room for a band and
dance foor. The Main Lawn, with its sweeping
views of vineyards and rolling hills accommodates
up to 300 guests. For smaller afairs and corporate
meetings, there is a meeting room and terrace
space complete with picnic tables available near
the tasting room.
Cellar 360
Open Friday-Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday by appointment
7000 Highway 46 East
Paso Robles
(805) 226-7133
www.Cellar360.com/pasorobles
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive complimentary 2 for 1 tasting for the Best of California menu
(excluding special events and reserve tastings).
If you are looking for a classic wine tasting experience, then
Cellar 360 in Paso Robles is the place for you. From the first glimpse
of the tasting room, located on a hilltop, overlooking lush gardens
and a picnic area, visitors will know that their experience will be one
to remember.
Cellar 360, which was formerly Meridian Vineyards, features an
extensive selection of wines from all over the state. For just $5,
guests can choose three wines from a list of premier California
wineries. Or, for $15, taste four reserve wines from the sister
wineries of Cellar 360 in Napa and Sonoma. A cheese plate can be
added to any tasting for $10.
The wines featured in the Cellar 360 tasting room are chosen
with variety in mind. Not only can wine connoisseurs sample state-
produced varietals, they can also try wines from Australia and New
Zealand.
Enjoy a catered picnic lunch on the patio, where you’ll appreciate
a scenic view of the vineyards and lush gardens followed by a private
tasting of exclusive wines. Receive 15% off wine purchased that day,
and keep your wineglass. Picnic lunch and tasting is $35.
Reservations must be made in advance by calling (805) 226-7133.
For those looking for a wine tasting experience that evokes the
tradition and history of this art form, Cellar 360 fits the bill. After
sitting on the shaded patio, sampling wines from the local area and
throughout the state, you’ll see that the new and the old can be
melded into a memorable and pleasant experience.
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It’s no wonder the people here call it SLO. No
one is in any hurry in the cafés or on the side-
walks, and certainly no one is in any rush to
leave. The vibe is relaxed but not sleepy in the
two-college town of 44,000, which has four surf
shops but also a resident symphony. Strangers
are genuinely friendly, always ready to talk about
their favorite hiking trail or barbecue joint, or to
point the way to the winery with the best Pinot
Noir. It’s all part of the SLO life, that combination
of good stuff that makes visiting here so nourish-
ing to the soul. There’s plenty to go around, so
come: Experience the SLO Life!
San Luis Obispo’s unusual natural beauty,
along with its gentle climate, first attracted the
Spanish padres to the area in the 1700s. In 1772
they built the fifth of California’s 21 missions
here, on the banks of San Luis Creek, and named
it Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Today, many
consider this the most beautiful of the Spanish
missions.
SLO’s once-dusty streets are now tree-lined
and flanked by meticulously restored Victorian
“painted ladies.” Old West buildings have been
converted to bustling shops and restaurants, and
Art Deco civic architecture stands downtown. A
university and a college have brought cultural
excitement in the form of numerous musical and
performing arts groups; major touring shows
regularly stop in SLO. A children’s museum, an art
center and a history museum add to SLO’s cul-
tural appeal, as do its many art galleries. At the
Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, held year-
round, growers bring the freshest produce and
flowers to town and a multi-block party ensues,
complete with street food, crafts vendors and live
entertainment. Festivals and special events of all
kinds take place on the plaza in front of the Mis-
sion year-round. Forty-five minute north, the
art-and-architecture extravaganza known as
Hearst Castle awaits.
South of town, a booming wine country has
emerged. Some two dozen wineries produce crit-
ically acclaimed vintages in the Edna Valley and
Arroyo Grande Valley. Visitors can head out along
the gorgeous country roads to sip their way
through the vineyards, then return to town to
savor everything from Santa Maria barbeque to
Italian fritti.
For more information on San Luis Obispo,
visit visitslo.com.
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Driving Time: 19 minutes
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to Laetitia Vineyards 3.7 miles
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VARIETALS
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah, Pinot Gris
STYLE
Chamisal Vineyards ofers an upscale and elevated expe-
rience while embracing the rustic beauty of the property
and the Valley. The tasting room staf helps its guests dis-
cover this beautiful gem through warm personal service.
EVENTS
In additional to numerous wine club parties, Chamisal
has wonderful events available to the public throughout
the year, such as Lobsterfest in August, (which sells out
every year and requires an RSVP six months in advance!),
a Spring Release party in February and winemaker din-
ners throughout the year.
Chamisal Vineyards
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reservations are required for groups of 6 or more.
Picnic grounds available with wine purchase.
7525 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo
(866) 808-9463 or (805) 541-9463
chamisalvineyards.com
Email tastingroom@chamisalvineyards.com
Chamisal loves to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!
Follow them @ChamisalVyd or
Facebook.com/Chamisal.Vineyards
The historic Chamisal property, the first vineyard planted
in the Edna Valley, has been producing wines of distinctive
character – bold, complex and intriguing – since 1973. With
the proximity to the ocean and cool climate, it is the ideal
area for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winemaking
philosophy reflects simplicity and purity allowing the natural
characteristics of this remarkable estate to shine through.
The vineyard is home to five different varieties planted on
85 acres: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache and Pinot
Gris. To add complexity to the finished wines, each variety
was planted with multiple clones which were carefully
chosen for the vineyard’s specific climate and soil type. The
result offers winemaker Fintan du Fresne, 24 completely
different parcels to blend into his bold, delicious and
perfectly balanced wines. The Pinot Noir, for example, has 10
various clones which Fintan uses to layer flavor into all five of
his Estate grown Pinot Noirs.
The Chamisal tasting room is in an updated, modern barn
that opens up onto the beautiful back patio set in the Estate
Vineyard. The nice quiet garden patio overlooks the La Panza
mountain range. Director of Consumer Sales, Andrea de Palo
sets the tone by bringing a warm and inviting feel, making
guests feel like family. Andrea does a professional job of
helping all visitors understand and appreciate the nuance of
the various Chamisal wines. She and her staff are happy to
cater to visitors of all types. With a wide range of varieties
and styles, it’s not hard to find a Chamisal wine to fall in love
with. The tasting room prides itself on welcoming repeat
visitors back again and again.
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VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Riesling
BUZZ
Great scores from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker
who wrote, “The one superstar for Chardonnay and
Pinot Noir in the Edna Valley is Talley Vineyards.”
OUTDOORS
Their historic, scenic grounds feature three unique picnic
areas in a serene rural setting.
NOTE
The tasting room ofers several varietals available on tap,
sold by the glass and in ½ gallon growlers.
FUN FACT
They produce a wine called Mano Tinta, which benefts
the Fund for Vineyard & Farm Workers, an endowment
created to support farm workers and their families.
The Talley Vineyards Tasting Room
Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
3031 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande
(805) 489-0446
www.talleyvineyards.com
Follow Talley Vineyards on
Facebook and Twitter
Mention ‘Day Trips’ for 10% of wine purchases and a two-for-one tasting experience.
Talley Vineyards may be celebrating 28 years in business,
but they are still younger than Talley Farms, started in the
1940s. Though the farm is an integral part of the family-run
business, producing specialty and organic vegetables, it’s the
wine that has taken centerstage.
Today, Talley has six estate vineyards in the Arroyo
Grande and Edna Valleys. Their Mediterranean-styled tasting
room rests in the middle of their historic Rincon Vineyard in
Arroyo Grande, where cropland surrounds the vines. The
comfortable tasting room has floor to ceiling windows, a
horseshoe tasting bar and vaulted ceilings. The expansive
property also features three diverse picnic areas offering
beautiful views of the serene landscape.
Talley has always strived for a personal approach to the
wine tasting experience, therefore they offer a variety of
special tours and tastings. These tours are fun and
informative and can be customized to the size and interests of
any group. Guests are educated about what happens in all
aspects of the winemaking process and can focus on the
winery, vineyards and barrel room. For example, during May
visitors can learn about shoot thinning and spring pruning or
have a “Chardonnay Experience” and learn about Chardonnay
while tasting a flight of vineyard designated wines. In
September, learn about harvest techniques and fermentation
or taste through new releases of their Pinot Noirs.
Talley is open daily for tasting of their Talley Vineyards
and Bishop’s Peak wines. Visit Talley Vineyards today and
experience all of the unique and special offerings of almost
three decades in the Arroyo Grande Valley.
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VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc,
Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Grenache, Merlot,
Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, Sparkling,
Port and Dessert Wines
FUN FACTS
• At Laetitia, two rare European wooden basket presses,
made by the Coquard Company of France, are used to
gently crush the grapes destined to become sparkling
wines. Though very labor intensive to operate, these
presses deliver superior quality juice with exceptional
clarity.
• The vineyard was named after the owner’s daughter,
Laetitia, which in Latin is an expression meaning joy
and happiness.
• A perfect family outing to Laetitia might include a
stroll through the vines on the vineyard walking trail.
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
453 Laetitia Vineyard Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 481-1772 | www.laetitiawine.com
email: info@laetitiawine.com
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and receive a 2-for-1 tasting.
Come discover Laetitia Vineyard & Winery located just
minutes away from the charming village of Arroyo Grande with
its antique and specialty shops, fine boutiques and restaurants.
The tasting room is perched on a hilltop surrounded by
vineyards and ocean views.
Laetitia is well known for its high-quality sparkling wines. It
produces seven sparkling wines – two of which are available in
stores nationwide: the Brut Rosé and the Brut Cuvée.
Laetitia is passionate about producing estate wines that
showcase the distinctive qualities of the Arroyo Grande AVA.
From the Laetitia Vineyard come the sparkling wines, Pinot
Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and
Tempranillo. In addition, the Rhône and Bordeaux varieties,
used under the NADIA label, are grown at the Santa Barbara
Highlands Vineyard. Winemaker Eric Hickey’s style is built
upon balance, finesse and pure expression of the Laetitia Estate.
Be sure to visit Arroyo Grande and stop by Laetitia where
the knowledgeable staff will guide you through a selection of
Laetitia Estate and sparkling wines and NADIA wines. Enjoy
samples of limited-edition and winery-exclusive bottles, take a
peek at the Coquard press, and learn first-hand what makes
these award-winning wines so elegantly distinctive.
Come to the hilltop estate for wine tasting, ocean views, a
game of bocce and some of the most scenic picnic grounds in
SLO County.
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DINING
Il Cortile
Handmade pasta and sauces are mainstays. In addition to ingredients imported
from Italy, Chef Santos uses produce, meats and grains from numerous local
growers. Try beloved specialties, like osso bucco and risotto.
608 12th Street, Paso Robles
805-226-0300, www.ilcortileristorante .com
Estrella
Latin Riviera In fluence - Regional dishes such as enchiladas and chili rellenos,
with a personalized new twist! – ‘Once Inside You’re a World Away’
815 12th Street, Paso Robles, 805-226-5406
Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse
The chef sources from local farmers and ranchers to give guests
a true sense of Paso Robles. Family-friendly dining.
1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com/dining
Robert's Restaurant & Wine Bar
A fresh approach to classic American cuisine.
Beautifully prepared foods that are satisfying yet sensitively priced.
1218 Pine Street, Paso Robles
805-226-5556, www.robertsrestaurantpaso.com
Thomas Hill Organics
Opened by farmers, Debbie & Joe Thomas,
THO uses their organic farm fresh ingredients in the menu which truly
embodies the flavors of
Paso Robles. An extensive selection of local
wines is available by the glass and bottle.
1305 Park Street, Paso Robles
805-226-5888, www.thomashillorganics.com
ATTRACTIONS
Estrella Warbird Museum
The museum restores and preserves military aircraft and memorabilia;
it’s open Thursday-Sunday.
4251 Dry Creek Road, Paso Robles
805-238-3897, www.ewarbirds.com
Country Farm and Craft Market
Downtown Paso Robles City Park, Saturday, 9am-1pm, 805-237-9254
North County Farmers Market
Paso Robles Downtown City Park, Tuesdays, 3pm-6pm, 805-748-1109
LODGING
Hotel Cheval
This boutique luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles.
Relax at the Pony Club bar or around the fire pits in the outdoor lounge area.
1021 Pine Street, Paso Robles, 866-522-6999, www.hotelcheval.com
The Oaks Hotel
The Oaks Hotel embodies the comforting elegance and natural goodness of the
gracious Oak Trees that surround the premises.
3000 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, 805-237-8700, www.PasoOaks.com
Courtyard Paso Robles
Centrally located, and brand new, Courtyard offers a great value and all the
amenities guests have come to expect from Marriott.
120 South Vine St · Paso Robles, 805-239-9700
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sbppr-courtyard-paso-robles
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites
Luxurious accommodations for the wine connoisseur and discerning traveler.
206 Alexa Court, Paso Robles, 805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com
Paso Robles Inn
Originally built in 1891, the old western charm still warmly welcomes guests.
Be sure to soak in the natural hot springs at the end of a long day.
1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles, 805-238-2660, www.pasoroblesinn.com
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Roberts
Just in recent years, downtown Paso Robles has quickly become a favorite vacation destination. Once arrived, wine lovers can leave their cares, and their cars,
behind. Within walking distance of the historic City Park, day trippers can taste award-winning Paso Robles wines, treat themselves to delicious fine dining
featuring local, organic produce, and pass the time with shopping, art, movies and museums. Some of the tasting rooms to include in your itinerary are An-
glim Winery, located in the historic Paso Robles train depot from the late 1800s, Clayhouse Wines, offering education courses to help you understand wine,
and Arroyo Robles. Don’t miss experiencing Pianetta’s estate wines and enjoy art and live music while you’re there.
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VARIETALS
Arbequina, Manzanillo, Ascolano, Mission
favored oils such as lemon, garlic and basil
FUN FACTS
Looking for a perfect hostess gift?
Look no further! Ofering gift packs of oils,
vinegars, mustards, jams and so much
more… these gifts are as unique as they
are delicious!
If you need some inspiration on new
meals to whip up, check out some of
We Olive’s recommended recipes!
From a simple mozzarella-tomato-basil
dish to some gourmet raviolis, We Olive’s
approach to taste and favor will leave
every mouth satisfed.
We Olive - Paso Robles
Open Monday through Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1311 Park Street, Paso Robles
(805) 239-7667 | www.weolive.com
Find them on Facebook,
Twitter and Pinterest!
When roaming the streets of downtown Paso Robles, you will stumble
upon the store We Olive – a quaint, gourmet olive oil shop specializing in
California olive oils and more. If you need a breath of fresh air from wine
tasting, step inside and browse all that We Olive has to offer. From award-
winning olive oils to tapenades, balsamic vinegars and spreads, they really
do have a little bit of everything.
Featuring a variety of mild olive oils and robust, peppery oils, We
Olive’s goal is to educate you on taste, varietals and health benefits.
What’s the difference between an Ascolano and Manzanillo olive oil? We
Olive gives their guests the opportunity to sample different types and
brands, so people learn the vast differences between each type. Think of it
as one central location to try many California olive oils. After a few
samples at We Olive, you’ll walk out of the store with a newfound
knowledge for all things olive oil!
One of the best features of We Olive is encouraging its customers to
bring back their empty bottles and refill them with one of their in-store
varietals, where guests can not only save money but also reduce waste.
This also helps reiterate one of the store’s beliefs: olive oil is used for
much more than dipping bread! Using the best olive oil gives the highest
benefit for health and flavor and can really make a difference in salad
dressings or sautéing vegetables. All olive oils are certified extra virgin
which ensures premium quality.
Be sure to stop in and try this “Olive Oil Experience,” you’ll be quite
surprised with how much you come away with! By Jemma Wilson
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FUN FACT
• Nearly all of the produce is from local farmers and artisans.
Thomas Hill Organics
Open Sun 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m.
Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m.
1313 Park Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 226-5888
www.thomashillorganics.com
info@thomashillorganics.com
www.facebook.com/ThomasHillOrganics
www.twitter.com/ThomasHillOrg
Paso Robles has steadily gained recognition as one of
California’s top wine producing regions. It’s no surprise
that the charismatic downtown area is now known for
world-class cuisine as well. Thomas Hill Organics, located
on Park Street, is a star in the Paso Robles restaurant scene.
Where quality grapes grow, equally delectable produce is
sure to shine. Owner Debbie Thomas, founded Thomas
Hill Organics to live out her love of food and wine. The
bistro was renovated and now includes a beautifully
designed rustic chic wine bar which offers a renowned
wine list featuring local vintners. Debbie’s goal is “to
showcase local and organic produce with creativity.” The
menu is developed around ingredients from the farm,
meaning that the food is always 100% seasonally correct,
resulting in some of the most healthful dining experiences
possible! Our menu never disappoints discerning “foodies”
with dishes like roasted beet salad and grilled hanger steak
with flavors most have never previously experienced.
Debbie has a great passion for working with the area’s
ranchers and artisans, showcasing local ingredients
whenever possible. In true Paso Robles fashion, Debbie
believes that by supporting the community, the
community will support the bistro. The small town vibe
offers extraordinary warmth, which each guest is
immersed in while dining at Thomas Hill Organics.
By Brette Ann Womack
Mention ‘Day Trips’ and enjoy free corkage on your frst bottle of wine!
Downtown Paso Robles
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THE CHEESES
• Over 150 cheese selections
• New cheeses arriving weekly
• Direct cheese tasting with cheese experts
• Cheese and wine pairings
• Lunch menu inluding cheese plates, paninis
and cold sandwiches, soups and salads
• Custom cheese board catering options
Vivant Fine Cheese
Open Sunday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
840 11th Street, Paso Robles
(805) 226-5530
www.vivantfinecheese.com
Find them on Facebook and Twitter
Vivant Fine Cheese shop has long been the premier cheese shop
and wholesale cheese expert to over 150 wineries, restaurants and
finer stores, they now have more than 250 different cheeses to choose
from at the new location. They offer in-house wine and cheese
pairings with fantastic varietals from De’Angelis, Tolosa and more. The
new space will have an expanded lunch menu for locals including
soups, salads, grab-and-go work week lunches.
“Due to our popularity we had to move to a bigger place to serve
our customers better,” stated Danika Gordon, owner of Vivant Fine
Cheese. “We are still right in the heart of historic downtown Paso
Robles and easily accessible for those wishing to take our exceptional
cheeses along with their wine tasting”. Vivant offers cheese boards,
charcuterie platters, picnic baskets and boxed lunch sandwiches to
enjoy at the location or to go.
Vivant Fine Cheese tasting room is making a new home at 821
Pine Street, Suite B in Paso Robles, California with the an updated
cheese tasting room featuring premium local and imported
handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with the finest Central Coast wine
and beer.
The new location will bring the new Exclusive Cheese Club that
delivers quarterly gourmet seasonal cheeses to the members. All
shipments include tasting notes, wine pairing suggestions and
delicious recipes. The website offers many cheeses and catering
options for you to purchase at www.vivantfinecheese.com and they
offer full catering services and by-appointment pairings for wineries,
weddings and special events.
By Danika Gordon
Downtown Paso Robles


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Jalama
Joseph Blair
La Montagne
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Stolpman
Zotovich
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Fiddlehead
Flying Goat
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La Vie
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Moretti Wine Company
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Samsara
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Sanford
Alma Rosa
Lafond
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Casa Cassara
Mosby
Cold Heaven
Shoestring
Hitching
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Avant
Figueroa Mtn Brewing Co
Loring
Cargasacchi
Wandering Dog
Wine Bar
Valley Vino
Presidio
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Royal Oaks
East Valley/Dascomb
Lions Peak/Mission Meadow
Toccata Wines (Mandolina)
Carivintas
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Kalyra
Sunstone
Imagine Wine
Gainey
Beckmen Roblar
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Bridlewood
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Alexander & Wayne
Alta Maria
Arthur Earl
Artiste
Bernat
Blair Fox
Byron
Carhartt
Carina Cellars
Cinque Stelle
Coghlan
Consilience
Coquelicot
Daniel Gehrs
Dragonette Cellars
E&T
Kaena
Longoria
Los Olivos Tasting Room
Pacific Ridge
Presqu’ile Winery
Saarloos & Sons
Stolpman
Tensley
Tercero
Toretti Family
Tre Anelli
William James Cellars
FIRESTONE
Tres Hermanas
Foxen Vineyards
Fess Parker
Koehler
River Bench Vineyards
Rancho Sisquoc
Tantara
Ca’ Del GreVino
Cambria
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LaFenêtre
Mckeon
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Martian Ranch
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DINING
Petros
Located within the beautiful Fess Parker Wine
Country Inn, Petros offers a “California-Hellenic”
cuisine with menu selections such as Moussaka and
Fish of the Day a la Grecque. Even after a long day of
wine tasting, your palate will be quite entertained.
2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos
805-686-5455, www.fessparker.com/restaurant
Los Olivos Café
A Wine Spectator “Best Restaurant Wines” winner
since 2007, Los Olivos Café offers a local, organic
and sustainable taste of the Central Coast.
Outdoor patio seating available.
2879 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos
805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com
The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
The quaint restaurant inside the historic inn,
has only 12 tables ensuring an intimate dining
experience. Chef Budi Kazali uses farm fresh
ingredients in his French-Asian cuisine.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard
805-688-7770
www.ballardinn.com/restaurant
Trattoria Grappolo
Supporting local farmers with their authentic
Italian cuisine, the restaurant is open for lunch and
dinner most days. A large outdoor dining area is
perfect for the warm summer nights.
3687 Sagunto St # C, Santa Ynez
805-688-6899, www.trattoriagrappolo.com
LODGING
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa
Located in the heart of downtown Los Olivos, this
resort offers world-class dining and spa services.
2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos
800-446-2455, www.fessparker.com
The Ballard Inn
The township of Ballard is home to this quaint 15-
room inn. Only a few minutes drive to the wineries
of Santa Ynez, this is a lovely private residence to
call home while you’re visiting the area.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard
805-688-7770, www.ballardinn.com
Santa Ynez Inn
This Victorian-style Inn offers luxury accommoda-
tions just 3 miles outside of Los Olivos. Full gour-
met breakfast and evening wine tasting and hors
d’oeuvres are included with your stay.
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez
805-688-5588, www.santaynezinn.com
ACTIVITIES
Clairmont Farms - Lavendar Farm
A family owned Grosso lavender farm which
offers essential lavender oils, soaps and other
lavender products for sale.
2480 Roblar Avenue, Los Olivos
805-688-7505, www.clairmontfarms.com
Windhaven Glider Rides
A glider ride is an incredible way to view the vine-
yards and rolling hills of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Available on weekends.
Santa Ynez Airport
805-688-2517, www.gliderrides.com
Chumash Casino
Polish off a day of wine tasting with Blackjack,
Roulette or Texas Hold ‘Em! Big name acts perform
in the Samala showroom year round.
3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez
800-CHUMASH, www.chumashcasino.com
Rancho San Marcos Golf Course
Golfers can play year round on Ranch San Marcos’
300 acres with views of Lake Cachuma. The course
is named one of Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”.
4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara
805-683-6334, www.rsm1804.com
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Windhaven
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ANDREW MURRAY
CIMARONE
LARNER
Driving Time: 5 minutes
From Cimarone Wines, Qupé
and Andrew Murray Vineyards
to Larner Vineyard .9 miles
to Lincourt Vineyards 1.4 miles
Total 2.3 miles
Santa Ynez is home to several of the most renowned Santa Barbara County wineries. Its ideal viticultural microclimate, with warm days and cooler nights,
produces an extensive variety of wines. These bottlings include representation from wine origins around the world such as the Rhône Valley, Bordeaux and
central Italy. Nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley is the tiny town of Los Olivos. There are more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance on
and around Grand Avenue, each unique and delicious. In between these tasting rooms are world-class restaurants and artisan gift shops. The climate is
moderate year round and there is not an “off season” in this area. However, in autumn, the Santa Ynez Valley offers near perfect weather and breathtaking
views of multi-colored vineyards.
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VARIETIES
Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
FUN FACTS
• What’s in a name? Well, Cimarone’s is quite
simple: it’s the frst two letters of their sons’
names, and Roger and Priscilla’s names –
Cilla, Mark, Roger and Neal.
• Priscilla has a PhD in physics from
Cambridge University, was born in Zambia
and raised in Kenya.
• Roger is from Yorkshire, England with a
degree in aeronautical engineering.
• If you happen to see a black and white
dog, his name is Mac, the winery dog.
Cimarone and 3CV
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2982 Grand Ave., Los Olivos CA
(805) 688-8011
www.cimarone.com
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Bring in this article for a two-for-one tasting.
Diversity is truly the spice of life and, with nearly three dozen tasting
rooms in Los Olivos, how does a winery stand out? For Cimarone that’s
easy. You see, Cimarone’s tasting room is the first tasting room
representing the newly formed Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA in all
of Los Olivos.
But what exactly does that mean? Well, it means that Happy Canyon
is becoming known for Bordeaux grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
and Sauvignon Blanc, and this federally recognized growing area is
unique in all of Santa Barbara since these grapes are less common here.
“After walking countless properties, we were finally introduced to what
would become our Three Creek Vineyard,” says owner Roger Higgins.
“This site possessed all of the elements of an ideal vineyard locale: rocky,
well-drained soils, steep hillsides and south-facing slopes, all within the
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. Here we could plant and grow a
superb vineyard utilizing low-yields and sustainable vineyard care.”
Their goal is to always produce handcrafted, high-quality wines under
two distinct labels – Cimarone and 3CV, whose wines hover in the $20
range, both with an emphasis on Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. Of
course to make great wine you need a great winemaker and the Higgins
tapped winemaker Andrew Murray who, as Roger says, “embodies our
goal of making thoughtfully constructed serious wines.” Currently they
are making about 3,000 cases and it’s not uncommon to find Roger and
his wife Priscilla behind the counter in their tasting room pouring wine
and chatting about their project. They are truly hands-on in every aspect
of the winery and that translates to unique wines from a unique region
making for a unique wine tasting experience. By Michael Cervin
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VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne,
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
ACCLAIM
Qupé is known for accomplishing quite a few “frsts” in
Santa Barbara County, including the frst producer of
Syrah in 1982, Viognier in 1989, as well as the frst Rhône-
style blend called “Los Olivos Cuvée” in 1988. Qupé also
lays claim to producing the frst Marsanne in California in
1987. Qupé was also named one of the top 100 wineries
in America for eight of the last nine years.
FUN FACT
When visiting Qupé, you will also have the
opportunity to taste Verdad and Ethan wines. Verdad
is owned by Bob’s wife Louisa Sawyer Lindquist, and her
focus is on creating Spanish-style wines, while Ethan
Wines are made by Bob’s son Ethan Lindquist, who
focuses on creating Sangiovese and Rhône-style wines.
DON’T MISS
The Qupé winery is located on the famed Bien Nacido
Vineyard in Santa Maria and is not open to the public
except for the day after the Vintner’s Festival in the
spring and the day after the Harvest Festival in the fall.
Qupé
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2963 Grand Avenue, Suite B, Los Olivos
(805) 686-4200 • www.qupe.com
tastingroom@qupe.com
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Over the last 30 years, Qupé owner Bob Lindquist has
achieved a sort of legendary status in the wine world.
Lindquist has been involved in the Santa Barbara County wine
industry since its beginnings as a modern wine region in the
mid 1970s and was an early advocate of growing Rhône grapes
in the region, focusing specifically on Syrah. In 1982,
Lindquist started Qupé winery and today, he continues to help
increase recognition of the region world-wide through produc-
tion of his Rhône-style wines.
The name Qupé comes from the local Chumash Indian
word for poppy, as it seemed only fitting to pay homage to the
original cultivators of the land. Lindquist wanted to convey his
dedication to growing and producing local wines, and so chose
the iconic California poppy to represent his brand. Each Qupé
label is graced by yet another poppy. One of which was origi-
nally a quilt design by the craftsman-era artist Gustav Stickley.
The focus of the Qupé wines has always been on producing
wines that exhibit the unique flavors of both the terroir and the
grape varieties, which is why he chose to source from the
world-renowned Bien Nacido Vineyard. In 2002, Lindquist
and his wife Louisa purchased an 80-acre property in Edna
Valley near San Luis Obispo, and are growing both French and
Spanish-style grapes Biodynamically.
A visit to the Qupé tasting room in Los Olivos will quickly
reveal that winemaking runs in the Lindquist family. Visitors
will often taste the Verdad and Ethan wines, made by Bob’s
wife and son, respectively. You’re sure to feel like one of the
family, too, before you leave! By Carolyn Turner
Los Olivos
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BUZZ
Andrew is bringing back a couple of very special labels
now that he is once again growing grapes on Foxen
Canyon Road…look for the very limited Roasted Slope
and Enchante blends to return this spring.
FUN FACT
Andrew started making wine (during an internship in
Australia) when he was only 19 years old. He jokes that
winemaking is all that he knows how to do, because it is
truly the only thing that he has ever done.  
DON’T MISS
Andrew launched a label, E11even Wines.  The name is a nod
to the rockumentary Spinal Tap and Murray plans to turn it up
to 11 by breaking away from Rhône varietals, and blending
“to achieve just the right melody and bust out a solo.
Andrew Murray Vineyards
Los Olivos Tasting Room
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2901-A Grand Ave, Los Olivos
(805) 693-9644
Los Olivos Winery and Hospitality Center
Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
5249 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos
(805) 686-8999
Email: info@andrewmurrayvineyards.com
www.andrewmurrayvineyards.com
Bring this story in for a 2-for-1 tasting.
Andrew Murray Vineyards has been crafting Rhône inspired
wines in the Santa Ynez Valley for over 20 years. It was a fateful
family trip through the Rhône Valley in the late 1980s that led
Andrew to leave his UC Berkeley studies behind, to pursue his new
mistress, Syrah, with an internship in Australia. His three-month
tryst evolved into a 15-month romance with the famed Australian
Shiraz. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelor’s degree in
viticulture and enology from UC Davis’ renowned wine program,
then founded his eponymous Santa Ynez winery and vineyard.
Andrew’s focus and dedication to his craft have culminated in
what Robert Parker, Jr. calls, “…one of the shining stars in the Santa
Barbara firmament.” This youthful perfectionist has been named
“Tastemaker of the Year” by Food and Wine Magazine, as well as,
“One of the most fearsome talents in food and wine.” Still, despite
myriad accolades, Andrew remains the same modest, approachable,
contemplative man he was when he first embarked to Australia back
in 1992.
In January of 2014, Andrew was offered the chance to take over
the former Curtis Winery location, along with the management of
their 50 acres of estate Grown Rhone varieties. Andrew and his team
look forward to visiting with you at the newly updated hospitality
and event center, and pouring you a glass of wine to enjoy on their
recently completed Wine Club Terrace. They also now offer a full
Wine Country Concierge service to help plan your visit. They can
arrange anything from a reserved table at the winery to a fully
stocked picnic basket and a chilled bottle of their Viognier. They are
conveniently located just a few miles from downtown Los Olivos,
where they have a second tasting room to serve you if you simply do
not have the time to venture out Foxen Canyon Road. They look
forward to your visit.
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VARIETALS
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and Malvasia Bianca
AWARDS
2009 Estate Syrah, 92 points, Wine Enthusiast (WE)
2009 Elemental, Estate GSM Blend, 91points (WE)
2010 Estate Viognier, 89 points (WE)
2009 Estate Grenache, 88 points (WE)
FUN FACT
• The most intimate tasting room experience in Los Olivos
• Geology, Origins & Territory are the family’s inspiration
• All wines produced from the acclaimed estate
Larner Vineyard, praised as a “Californian Grand Cru”
by Robert Parker, Jr.
• The winery is located in the Buellton Bodegas, the
funkiest winery co-op
• When not in the vineyard or winery, Michael teaches
winemaking at the local Allan Hancock Community
College and builds furniture/accessories repurposed
from wine barrels
Larner Vineyard & Winery
Open Thursday- Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2900 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441
(805) 688-8148 | www.larnerwine.com
Stop, sit, swirl and shop at a local favorite.
Enjoy handcrafted elegant wines while basking in the sun
at the center of the charming town of Los Olivos. Located in
Santa Barbara County’s oldest filling station founded in 1901,
this landmark was lovingly restored to include a tasting room,
gift shop and art gallery. The gift shop, Los Olivos General
Store, is a modern take on an old classic and features local
artisanal products as well as artwork, including Christina
LoCascio-Larner known for her paintings made with wine.
With tabled seating facing the historic flagpole on the main
intersection, the Larner Tasting Room offers estate wines, a
friendly atmosphere and some of the best people watching in
Los Olivos.
The exclusive offerings made by winemaker Michael Larner
can be savored outside with a picnic, inside the intimate tasting
room, or while browsing the attached gift store. The geologist-
turned-vintner received his master’s in Viticulture and Enology
from UC Davis, has made wine internationally including both
France and Italy, and is a founder of the Ballard Canyon AVA
the most prestigious winemaking subzone within Santa
Barbara’s Wine Country.
Specializing in Rhône varietals such as Syrah, Grenache,
Mourvèdre and Viognier – the boutique productions are
accomplished with a signature world-class touch that truly
bottles the unique expressions of their origins and territory.
The organically farmed and family-operated Larner Vineyard is
one of the most praised properties in California, comprised of
34 acres with chalky and sandy loam soils that make for
mineral-driven, balanced, age-worthy wines.
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VARIETALS
Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
ACCLAIM
The Lincourt Pinot Noir from the Rancho Santa Rosa
Vineyard is an example of the unique terroir of
Santa Barbara County and Foley’s love of Pinot Noir.
FUN FACT
The yellow Craftsman-style house (currently the tasting
room) was originally ordered out of the Sears and
Roebuck catalogue in 1926. At that time, the railroad ran
along Alamo Pintado Road, the home was delivered in
pieces then carried up the hill and assembled. Now,
nearly 100 years later, the home remains in much of the
same condition!
DON’T MISS
Lincourt is the perfect place to bring a picnic lunch and
enjoy the serenity of the Santa Ynez Valley out on the
veranda. I suggest grabbing a sandwich at nearby
Paninos or Los Olivos Grocery to pair with your tasting.
Lincourt Vineyards & Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1711 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang
(805) 688-8554 • www.lincourtwines.com
lincourttr@lincourtwines.com
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When businessman and financier Bill Foley moved his
family to Santa Barbara in 1994, he saw the realization of his
life-long dream: to become a vintner of premier Burgundian-
style wines. Foley founded Lincourt in 1996 and named it for
his two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney.
Under the watchful eye of renowned winemaker Leslie
Mead Renaud, the 50-acres of estate Sauvignon Blanc,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are farmed “vine by vine,”
with Renaud taking the best blocks (or rows) of grapes to
create each wine. Renaud also uses some of the best Pinot
Noir and Chardonnay grapes from Foley Vineyards to create
wines that are both approachable and affordable. Both
Lincourt and Foley Vineyards practice sustainable farming
techniques in order to ensure the highest quality of wine from
grape to glass.
Drawing from years of experience working for wineries
throughout California, Renaud shares Foley’s commitment to
quality winemaking. Each wine is aged in French Oak barrels
with the focus on creating wines that exemplify the unique
terroir and varietal-rich flavors.
As you arrive at Lincourt, the iconic windmill that graces
each of their wine labels will greet you as you enter the old
farmhouse. The relaxing atmosphere and beautiful property
offers something for the whole family – wine tasting,
picnicking or enjoying a bottle as you bask in the beauty of
the Santa Ynez Valley. By Carolyn Turner
Los Olivos
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DINING
Avant Tapas and Wine
Choose tastes of wine from a assortment of 30
different producers and pair your selection with
scrumptious tapas or gourmet pizza from their
wood burning oven.
35 Industrial Way, Buellton
805-686-9400, www.avantwines.com
The Hitching Post II Restaurant
Home of “Santa Maria Style BBQ”, this is the
second location to the world famous Hitching Post.
406 East Highway 246, Buellton
805-688-0676, www.hitchingpost2.com
Root 246
Highly acclaimed Chef Bradley Ogden has created
a menu using the finest local and fresh ingredients
from the Central Coast.
20 Alisal Road, Solvang
805-686-8681, www.root-246.com
LODGING
Hadsten House Inn & Spa
Luxuriously appointed rooms in the heart of Solvang.
Great packages including stay, dine and taste.
1450 Mission Drive, Solvang
805-688-3210, www.hadstenhouse.com
Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Choose from a quaint guest room or cottage.
Spa treatments are available by appointment to
Inn guests and to the public.
1564 Copenhagen Dr # 105, Solvang
805-688-2111, www.winevalleyinn.com
Embassy Suites Lompoc - Central Coast
This modern, full-service hotel boasts graciously
appointed two-room hotel suites, designed to
refect an inviting décor reminiscent of the comforts
of home and the splendor of getting away.
1117 North H Street, Lompoc, 805-735-8311
Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort
The ultimate experience of early California
is offered here. Golf, horseback riding,
fine dining and relaxation.
1054 Alisal Road, Solvang
800-4ALISAL, www.alisal.com
ATTRACTIONS
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co
Award-winning beers from a father/son team.
Tasting Room open until 9 p.m. daily.
45 Industrial Way, Buellton
805-694-2252, www.figmtnbrew.com
La Purisima Golf Course
Considered one of America’s best designed courses.
3455 East Highway 246, Lompoc
805-735-8395, www.lapurisimagolf.com
Solvang, CA
In addition to wine tasting, activities in
Solvang including dining, shopping,
spa services and learning about the history
of this Danish town. www.solvangusa.com
River Course Golf Course
Beautiful 6,830 yard golf course at Alisal Ranch.
150 Alisal Road, Solvang
805-688-6042, www.rivercourse.com
Old Mission Santa Ines
Founded in 1807 in the name of Saint Agnes,
the mission offers river and mountain views.
1760 Mission Drive, Solvang
805-688-4815, www.missionsantaines.org
La Purisma Mission State Historic Park
This land, once home to Chumash people and
Spanish settlers, is filled with 25 hiking trails
and a beautifully restored mission.
2295 Purisma Road, Lompoc
805-733-3713, www.lapurisimamission.org
Santa Rita Hills, on California’s Central Coast, arguably produces the highest quality Pinot Noir from California. This relatively new appellation consists of
only 100 acres and is located between the Pacific Ocean and the historic Danish town of Solvang. The two coastal east-west oriented valleys between the
Sta. Rita Hills offer maritime climate and unique soils, which produces exceptionally concentrated flavors in the grapes from this region. Pinot Noir of the
highest acclaim has been made from vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills and visitors are welcome to taste the wines in the many tasting rooms along Highway 246.
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VARIETALS
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
ACCLAIM
Created from the very best blocks of Chardonnay from
Courtney’s Vineyard and Pinot Noir from Lindsay’s Vine-
yard, the Two Sisters wines are made in honor of Foley’s
two daughters Lindsay and Courtney. Each bottle seeks
to embody their combined strength, intelligence and
femininity, with wines that exemplify elegant bouquets
and favorful palates.
FUN FACT
Foley’s Brand Series features six diferent high-end
Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, created in recognition of
Bill Foley’s Texas Ranger and Cattlemen relatives. Each
brand represents a diferent trail taken to create these
unique wines. Be the frst to taste and purchase your
bottles at the Annual Pinot Release Party every Fall.
This is the only time you’ll be able to taste and purchase
all six wines. Reservations are available online.
DON’T MISS
Wine and cheese pairings are available every day, with
prior notice only. Make your reservation online at least
48-hours in advance.
Foley Wines
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6121 E Highway 246, Lompoc
(805) 737-6222 • www.foleywines.com
tastingroom@foleywines.com
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Over the past fifteen years, Bill Foley has worked hard to
make his name synonymous with unique and quality wines from
Santa Barbara County. After the successful creation of Lincourt
Winery in 1996, Foley went on to found Foley Wines in 2002,
adding both Rancho Las Hermanas and Rancho Santa Rosa
vineyards to his growing portfolio of high quality vineyards.
Located in the heart of the famed Santa Rita Hills AVA, the
temperate coastal climate, south-facing hills and limestone soils
amount to the “holy grail” of elements for producing world-class
Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Foley knew he needed a wine-
maker who could exemplify this fruit and create wines in their
likeness, and so Leslie Mead Renaud joined the team. As Chair-
person for World of Pinot, Renaud is completely in her element
as she farms both vineyards “cluster by cluster,” picking the best
bunches of fruit to create each Foley wine.
Foley focuses on creating wines that embody the uniqueness
of the Santa Rita Hills, and he’s also taken great care in creating a
tasting room and event center that allows guests to enjoy being
surrounded by the spectacular mountain ranges, coastal oaks
and contoured hillside vines.
In less than twenty years, Foley has watched his love of
wine become a dream that he’s been able to share with visitors
from around the world. Wine Enthusiast magazine’s “Man of
the Year” in 2010 is an honor that only further fuels Foley’s
commitment to creating quality wines worth sharing.
By Carolyn Turner
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VARIETALS
Grenache Blanc, Viogner, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah
FUN FACT
John used to be a restorative architect, focusing on 200
year old farmhouses on the East Coast. Laura is a 20 year
veteran of daytime television and currently stars on
General Hospital. They recently planted a small vineyard
at their home in Santa Ynez.
Standing Sun Wines
Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
92 Second St - Unit D Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 904-8072
www.standingsunwines.com
Bring a copy of “Day Trips” to the tasting room to receive a 2 for 1 tasting!
Standing Sun Wines is located just off the 101, in the up
and coming food and wine scene in Buellton. Laura & John
Wright are focused on making small lot, high quality Rhône
style wines from the Santa Ynez Valley; but in addition to
showcasing Standing Sun Wines, the tasting room offers a
complete wine country experience. The space acts not only as
a place to serve guests, but also as a complete production
facility. During harvest, the place is hustling and bustling and
guests are welcome to observe the whole thing! In addition to
selling their handcrafted wines, Standing Sun features an array
of gourmet foods, such as oils, vinegars and spices. To further
celebrate the arts, Standing Sun hosts events called LIVE in the
Winery. These events pair the wines with local artists and
musicians. The gallery showcases various artists and rotates
throughout the year, kicking off each turnover with a reception
featuring Standing Sun Wines. The Standing Sun Concert
Series hosts a diverse range of musicians and performances
beginning at $10 per person. Wine and food is available during
the concerts. For the most inclusive way to enjoy the Standing
Sun experience, the Cellar Club is a program to consider.
There are several levels so that members can choose a
shipment that is best suited for them. Standing Sun Wines is a
one stop shop to dip the toes into the happening industrial
neighborhood of Buellton; it is not to be missed!
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24 diferent varietals including: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet
Franc, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Late Harvest desert wines and more.
AWARDS
2010 Lucas & Lewellen Valley View Cabernet, 2 gold medals
2012 Lucas & Lewellen Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, gold medal
2010 Lucas & Lewellen Syrah, 91 points
2010 Lucas & Lewellen Petite Sirah, 90 points
2012 Lucas & Lewellen Viognier, 90 points
FUN FACT
In the tasting toom, they have a table set apart for kids to play and
your canine friends are welcome, too.
NOTE
Lucas & Lewellen ofers a “fun list” where guests enjoy only “fun
wines” starting out with a sparkling wine and rosé and ending with
decadent late harvest dessert wines and Silver King Port served in a
dark chocolate cordial.
Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open later on Friday and Saturday nights
1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang
(805) 686-9336 | www.llwine.com
Mention ‘Day Trips’ for 10% of any regularly priced wine purchase at the tasting room.
The Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room offers
guests a wide variety of wines to choose from. They craft
an impressive array of wines from 24 grape varieties that
are grown on their 400 estate acres in Santa Barbara
County’s three distinct micro-climates, creating a
diversity of wine styles to suit every taste preference. All
Lucas & Lewellen grapes are hand picked and grown
using sustainable farming methods.
Often, you will see owners Louis Lucas or Royce
Lewellen pouring wine in the tasting room. The Director
of Winemaking; Megan McGrath Gates is one of the few
female winemakers who was educated locally and grew
up in the Santa Ynez Valley, giving her an intimate
knowledge of the growing region. Lucas & Lewellen
Vineyards also produces one of the few local “Méthode
Traditionelle” style sparkling wines on the Central Coast.
On August 9th, hop on the bus with Lucas &
Lewellen’s “Dirtman” Louis Lucas for their annual
Vineyard Tour event. Guests are treated to a tour of the
three major micro-climates of Santa Barbara wine
country, with wine tastings and al fresco snacks at each
Lucas & Lewellen estate vineyard. Educational
commentary throughout the tour is provided by co-
owner and viticulturist, Louis Lucas, and Lucas &
Lewellen Tasting Rooms Manager, Andrew Moore. Tour
ends with a casual lasagna dinner at the tasting room
and great pricing on wine purchases. RSVP early as tour
typically sells out.
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DINING
The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
The quaint restaurant inside the historic inn, has only
12 tables ensuring an intimate dining experience.
Chef Budi Kazali uses farm fresh ingredients in his French-Asian cuisine.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard
805-688-7770, www.ballardinn.com/restaurant
Trattoria Grappolo
Supporting local farmers with their authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant is
open for lunch and dinner most days. A large outdoor dining area is perfect
for the warm summer nights.
3687 Sagunto St # C, Santa Ynez
805-688-6899, www.trattoriagrappolo.com
LODGING
Santa Ynez Inn
This Victorian-style Inn offers luxury accommodations just 3 miles outside of
Los Olivos. Full gourmet breakfast and evening wine tasting and hors d’oeu-
vres are included with your stay.
3627 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, 805-688-5588, www.santaynezinn.com
Zaca Lake Retreat
19 unique cabins are available for families to rent. Many include full kitchens
and lake views. Private and tranquil setting conveniently located just east of
the Foxen Canyon Trail.
8000 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos
805-688-5699, www.zacalakeretreat.com
The Ballard Inn
The township of Ballard is home to this quaint 15-room inn. Only a few min-
utes drive to the wineries of Santa Ynez, this is a lovely private residence to call
home while you’re visiting the area.
2436 Baseline Avenue, Ballard, 805-688-7770, www.ballardinn.com
ATTRACTIONS
Horseback Riding
Take a tour of the breathtaking Fess Parker property by horseback. Tours last
90 minutes and participants can decide to include lunch
and wine tasting. www.vinovaqueros.com
Chumash Casino
Polish of a day of wine tasting with Blackjack, Roulette or Texas Hold ‘Em! Big
name acts perform.
3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez
800-CHUMASH, www.chumashcasino.com











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The hit motion picture, Sideways, put the Santa Maria Valley viticultural appellation, including the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, on the map in 2004. Following
the picturesque winding roads of Tepesquet and Foxen Canyon will lead you to world-class wineries by way of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. In the
more northern region of the appellation, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign due to the maritime climate. This ensures a long temperate growing season
which the Burgundian varietals crave. In the southern region of the appellation, the trail moves a bit east resulting in hotter days and cooler nights. Bor-
deaux and Rhône varieties flourish in this more extreme climate. The wineries in this region boast a concentration of California’s most well known winemak-
ers; join them year round in the tasting rooms or at the many weekend events.
Driving Time: 60 minutes
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to Andrew Murray 5.6 miles
to Firestone Vineyards .1 miles
to Fontes & Phillips 9.9 miles
to Santa Barbara Winery 32.9 miles
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VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Roussane, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Mourvedre,
Grenache
ACCLAIM
Zaca Mesa was the frst Central Coast winery to appear in Wine
Spectator Magazine’s Top 10 list in 1995. Within the following year, the
Estate Syrah was served by then-President Clinton to French President
Jaque Chirac at a White House State Dinner.
FUN FACT
Since its inception in 1973, many of the winemakers and wine
professionals who have worked at Zaca Mesa Winery have given it
name Zaca Mesa University, as it’s been the training ground for many
of the Santa Barbara County wine industry pioneers including: Ken
Brown (Wild Horse, Byron, Ken Brown Wines), Adam Tolmach (Ojai
Vineyard), Jim Clendenen (Au Bon Climat) and Bob Lindquist (Qupé).
DON’T MISS
Zaca Mesa is especially known for their Rhône wines as well as their
award-winning Syrahs, including the Mesa Reserve Syrah, Black Bear
Block Syrah, Estate Syrah and the 8 Barrel Syrah.
Zaca Mesa Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6905 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos
(805) 688-9339 x308 • www.zacamesa.com
Email: info@zacamesa.com
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Since 1973 Zaca Mesa Winery has been dedicated to
producing wines that truly capture the unique spirit of
their land. Their very name comes from the Chumash
word, “Zaca,” meaning “restful and peaceful place” – a
sentiment that permeates every aspect of the 750-acre
estate.
Located in the northern-most region of the Santa Ynez
Valley AVA, Zaca Mesa Winery planted close to one third of
their land to Rhône varieties along the mesas scattered
throughout the property. This combination of prolonged sun
exposure, rich and well-drained soils and mostly organic
farming practices leads to the creation of 100% estate-grown
and bottled wines that are unparalleled. As their website
states: “We have embraced the code [of Sustainable
Winegrowing] in our winegrowing to ensure the health and
sustainability of our vineyards, our employees, our neighbors
and our environment.”
Visitors have the opportunity to taste these distinctive
wines in a rustic yet chic tasting room that was built in the
1970s, located in the original winery.
For visitors interested in tasting these wines amidst the
peaceful spirit of the land, Zaca Mesa Winery offers
additional picnic areas near the tasting room, as well as on a
hill overlooking the vineyards. From time to time
winemaker, Eric Mohseni, offers hikes through the
vineyards, and on the weekends visitors are often treated to
food trucks. For a complete list of upcoming events, be sure
to check the events section of the website. By Carolyn Turner
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BUZZ
Andrew is bringing back a couple of very special labels
now that he is once again growing grapes on Foxen
Canyon Road…look for the very limited Roasted Slope
and Enchante blends to return this spring.
FUN FACT
Andrew started making wine (during an internship in
Australia) when he was only 19 years old. He jokes that
winemaking is all that he knows how to do, because it is
truly the only thing that he has ever done.  
DON’T MISS
Andrew launched a label, E11even Wines.  The name is a nod
to the rockumentary Spinal Tap and Murray plans to turn it up
to 11 by breaking away from Rhône varietals, and blending
“to achieve just the right melody and bust out a solo.
Andrew Murray Vineyards
Los Olivos Tasting Room
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2901-A Grand Ave, Los Olivos
(805) 693-9644
Los Olivos Winery and Hospitality Center
Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
5249 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos
(805) 686-8999
Email: info@andrewmurrayvineyards.com
www.andrewmurrayvineyards.com
Bring this story in for a 2-for-1 tasting.
Andrew Murray Vineyards has been crafting Rhône inspired
wines in the Santa Ynez Valley for over 20 years. It was a fateful
family trip through the Rhône Valley in the late 1980s that led
Andrew to leave his UC Berkeley studies behind, to pursue his new
mistress, Syrah, with an internship in Australia. His three-month
tryst evolved into a 15-month romance with the famed Australian
Shiraz. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelor’s degree in
viticulture and enology from UC Davis’ renowned wine program,
then founded his eponymous Santa Ynez winery and vineyard.
Andrew’s focus and dedication to his craft have culminated in
what Robert Parker, Jr. calls, “…one of the shining stars in the Santa
Barbara firmament.” This youthful perfectionist has been named
“Tastemaker of the Year” by Food and Wine Magazine, as well as,
“One of the most fearsome talents in food and wine.” Still, despite
myriad accolades, Andrew remains the same modest, approachable,
contemplative man he was when he first embarked to Australia back
in 1992.
In January of 2014, Andrew was offered the chance to take over
the former Curtis Winery location, along with the management of
their 50 acres of estate Grown Rhone varieties. Andrew and his team
look forward to visiting with you at the newly updated hospitality
and event center, and pouring you a glass of wine to enjoy on their
recently completed Wine Club Terrace. They also now offer a full
Wine Country Concierge service to help plan your visit. They can
arrange anything from a reserved table at the winery to a fully
stocked picnic basket and a chilled bottle of their Viognier. They are
conveniently located just a few miles from downtown Los Olivos,
where they have a second tasting room to serve you if you simply do
not have the time to venture out Foxen Canyon Road. They look
forward to your visit.
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VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec,
Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer
ACCLAIM
More than ffteen 90+ point scores in the
last two years.
FUN FACT
Winemaker Paul Warson lives on the property
with his family and often frequents the winery
and tasting room sharing his enthusiasm and
knowledge with guests.
DON’T MISS
…the new horseback vineyard tours with Vino
Vaqueros and summer vineyard concert series.
Firestone Vineyard & Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tours daily at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
5017 Zaca Station Road, Los Olivos
(805) 688-3940 • www.firestonewine.com
tastingroom@firestonewine.com
Follow Firestone on Facebook
Large group private tour and tasting packages are available with a reservation: tastingroom@frestonewine.com.
Firestone is considered by many to be the Grande Dame of the
Santa Ynez Valley. Founded in 1972, it was the first major estate winery
established in this pastoral Central Coast AVA. Over the past 40 years it
has evolved into one of the region’s most popular and successful
producers thanks to a portfolio of wines that offer serious quality at
reasonable prices.
The Firestone estate is situated near the charming little town of Los
Olivos, two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San
Francisco. Los Olivos is known for its old west feel, fine restaurants
and homey lodgings. The local vibe is placid, casual and peaceful. The
surrounding countryside is typical of rural California with rolling hills
that morph seasonally from summer gold to winter green.
The estate is in a unique cusp region of the valley that offers
moderate temperatures and an extremely long growing season enabling
Firestone to successfully grow a staggering range of grape varieties.
Red wines have their origins in Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley. They
include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and
Syrah. White wines feature grapes from Burgundy, the Loire Valley and
Germany and include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and
Gewürztraminer.
Firestone boasts one of the most popular tasting rooms in Santa
Barbara County. The lovely visitors’ center has an expansive island bar
backed by large picture windows that look out on the vines. For
private events, Firestone has a handful of indoor and outdoor areas
suitable for weddings, receptions, corporate gatherings, birthdays or
anniversaries.
To make reservations or to get more information visit
www.firestonewine.com or call (805) 688-3940. Firestone is at 5017
Zaca Station Road, Los Olivos, just a few miles east of Highway 101 at
the southern end of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.
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VARIETIES
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and
Rosé (my personal favorite)
FUN FACTS
Truly a labor of love, even the bottling and
packaging of their wines is done by hand as
each bottle is personally labeled by Alan and
Rochelle with pewter hand-made labels from
South America. Rochelle had a successful
career in wine compliance and accounting
when she met Alan. Their Panky wine was so
named because Panky means anything that’s
really cool. While working in Napa, Alan
worked with winemaking Pinot Noir legend
André Tchelistcheff!
Fontes & Phillips
Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday
Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
3630 Sagunto Street, Suite A1
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-2200
www.fontesandphillipswines.com
Check them out on Facebook
Bring in this article for a two-for-one tasting.
Bigger is not always better in the wine industry. A case in point is
Fontes & Phillips who make less than 1,500 cases of wine, amounting
to about 300 to 400 cases each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon
Blanc and rosé. Owner and winemaker Alan Phillips works together
with his wife, Rochelle Fontes-Phillips, to create a portfolio of small-
lot wines from world-class Santa Barbara County vineyards including a
single vineyard designate Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills.
But prior to calling Santa Barbara home, Alan, who worked at
wineries in the Napa Valley, eventually moved into winemaking
consulting which led him to New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain
and Portugal, giving him the opportunity to make wine and view the
wine business from a global perspective. Together Rochelle and Alan
have been involved in the wine industry for 35 cumulative years and
in 1998, they moved to Santa Ynez to help Bill Foley launch Foley
Estates and Lincourt Vineyards.
While establishing Foley, Alan was working quietly on his own
label, preferring smaller scale production where he could focus his
energies on his wines. His personal favorite is actually Panky, a classic
rosé made from equal parts of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah from
Santa Ynez. And, lucky for us, Panky is a terrific wine and it actually
opens the door for wine lovers to better understand rosé. This dusty
rose-colored wine is whole cluster pressed which helps to preserve the
natural vibrancy of the grapes. It is then stainless steel fermented
without a secondary malolactic fermentation and then bottled in
December following the harvest. Small lots, big flavors which shows
that, at Fontes & Phillips, smaller is better. By Michael Cervin
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VARIETALS
Orange Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc,
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Primitivo,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot,
Grenache and Lagrein
FUN FACT
Winemaker Bruce McGuire has been with Santa Barbara
Winery for over 30 years. He is known in local wine
circles as the “Yoda” of Santa Barbara Wine Country for
his vast knowledge, inscrutable demeanor and often
cryptic phraseology.
FUN FACT
Primitivo is the Italian name for Zinfandel, a grape
whose origins have been traced to Croatia. Wines made
from vines brought to the US from Italy may be labeled
as either Primitivo or Zinfandel.
Santa Barbara Winery
Open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
202 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara
(805) 963-3633
www.sbwinery.com
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on Facebook and Twitter!
Mention ‘Day Trips’ for 10% discount on your purchase
Founded in 1962, Santa Barbara Winery is Santa Barbara's
first commercial winery since the prohibition era. In fact, Santa
Barbara Winery opened its doors ten years before any other
winery in Santa Barbara County. Today, our winery and tasting
room are at the heart of Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail, just
blocks from the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
While we are best know for our Santa Barbara County
Chardonnay, which can be found nationwide and abroad, we
specialize in a multitude of varietal wines made from French and
Italian grapes of both fame and obscurity.
Santa Barbara is home to four separate American Viticultural
Areas (AVAs), each with its own distinct climates and soil types,
which allow local growers to grow a variety of different grapes
throughout the county.
We offer award-winning wines made from such familiar
grapes as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc,
as well as less commonly encountered botrytized dessert wines,
the very rare deep, dark Lagrein, and more. All of the grapes we
use are sourced from our vineyards and neighboring vineyards in
Santa Barbara County.
Our tasting room is located in the winery itself. You can enjoy
a flight of the current vintage while watching the next vintage
being made. We also offer wines by the glass and private,
candlelit VIP tastings* in our barrel-aging room, accompanied by
a gourmet cheese platter and the undivided attention of your own
personal sommelier.
*Requires 24 hour advanced reservations. Submitted
52 www.WineCountryThisMonth.com Malibu Coast Wines
When conjuring up a vision of Malibu, an image of starlets dodging
paparazzi and suntanned surfers is certain to come to mind. But for the
wine lover, there is a much more fascinating attraction to this stunning
section of the California coastline.
The first documented vineyard in the area was planted on the Rancho
Topanga Malibu Sequit by Jose Bartolome Tapia, who left it to his wife,
Maria, in 1824. Matthew Keller, who purchased the land in 1857, planted
hundreds of acres of grape vines in Solstice Canyon and named it the Rising
Sun Vineyard and the first modern day vineyard, The Malibu Vineyard, was
planted in 1985 by Michael and Kim McCarty. Since then, intrepid vintners
have begun to take advantage of the marvelous growing conditions that the
area offers and are now producing world class wines. From the luscious
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards overlooking the Pacific Ocean, to the
bold and elegant Cabernets and Merlots of the canyons, the Malibu Coast is
truly oenophile’s paradise.
The Malibu Coast wine region is bordered on the south by the Pacific
Ocean and on the north by the Conejo Valley. The rich volcanic soil, coupled
with cooling Pacific fog and the temperate Southern California climate, is
producing award-winning wines and wooing visitors from around the
world.
Tastings rooms on the Malibu Coast offer a wide variety of experiences
from picnics overlooking stunning ocean vistas, to rockin’ summer concerts
and private tours. But perhaps the most enticing element to a day in the
Malibu Coast wine region is the opportunity to meet the vintners and
winemakers themselves. Most wineries in the area are family-run
operations and they take great pride in their vineyards, relishing the
opportunity to introduce you to their wines.
So put the top down on the convertible and cruise up the Pacific
Coast Highway to the Malibu Coast Wineries for a day filled with
marvelous wines and the shimmering blue of the Pacific Ocean. It is a
combination that will surely provide a lifelong memory of the best that
Southern California has to offer.
DINING
Malibu & Vine – American
Located at the renowned and public Malibu Golf Club, Malibu and Vine Bar & Grille
is a hand-crafted beer and wine bar with random acts of cooking.
901 Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu
818-889-6680, www.malibuandvine.com
Tra di Noi – Italian
It’s all about the food! Tra di Noi's extensive menu features a wonderful variety of
classic Italian dishes prepared from the fnest, freshest ingredients available.
And...all of the pastas are hand made daily.
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
310-456-0169, www.tradinoimalibu.com
The Old Place – American
A local hangout with a colorful past featuring rustic decor with a modern menu.
Here, you will enjoy very large portions of very good food accompanied by
a heaping plateful of timeless history.
29983 Mulholland Highway, Cornell (Agoura)
818-706-9001, www.oldplacecornell.com
Geoffrey’s Restaurant - Seafood/American
A unique place, rich in its own history, while ofering an invitation to everyone
who cares to celebrate life – what could be more classic? Located on the site of the
former Holiday House, a resort/hotel/watering hole to the stars for decades.
27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-457-1519, www.geoffreysmalibu.com
V’s Restaurant & Bar – American
Owners Vassil Pertchinkov and Yassen “Yoshi” Tonev believe in living life to the
fullest – good food, good drinks and great times – don’t expect anything less
than memorable.
22821 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-456-3828, www.vsmalibu.com
Giovanni’s – Italian
Come experience the old world feel and enjoy the wonderful food and superior
service at Giovanni's for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
22235 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-317-6769, giovannismalibu.com
Nobu Malibu - Sushi Bar
Views of the ocean are available from nearly every seat, with outdoor patio seating,
an exterior lounge and foor to ceiling windows bordering our fourteen seat bar from
the beautiful Pacifc Ocean.
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-317-9140, www.noburestaurants.com/malibu
ATTRACTIONS
Escondido Falls - Hiking Parks
Accessed from Pacifc Coast Highway about a mile south of Kanan Road in Malibu,
the trail through Escondido Canyon Natural Area leads hikers, mountain bikers and
equestrians 4.2 miles through oak woodland, riparian woodland and coastal sage
scrub to the spectacular, multi-tiered 150-foot Escondido Falls – the highest in the
Santa Monica Mountains.
27200 Winding Way, Malibu; 310-589-3200
Circle X Ranch - Hiking, Campgrounds
Tucked in the canyons above Malibu and nestled below majestic Boney Mountain,
you will fnd Circle X Ranch. This former Boy Scout camp ofers many opportunities
for exploration and adventure.
2896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu
Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak - Hiking
An easy hike for “intermediate beginners” and novice hikers looking for a challenge.
Great scenery, well-maintained trails and lots of opportunities to branch out and
explore. This is defnitely a favorite trail in all of Los Angeles, and a fantastic way to
introduce non-hikers to the joys of hiking.
Yerba Buena Road, Malibu
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Solstice Canyon - Parks, Landmarks, Historical Buildings
A moderate hike to a ruined mansion in the Santa Monica Mountains,
complete with waterfall!
Corral Canyon Road, Malibu
Adamson House - Parks, Landmarks, Historical Buildings
The Spanish Colonial Revival style home – today a National Historic Site, California
Historical Landmark and a California State Park – casts a magical spell, allowing
visitors to evoke old California in a way few places can. Built in 1929, it occupies one
of the most idyllic oceanfront spots in all of Southern California.
23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-456-8432, www.adamsonhouse.org
Zuma Beach
One of the largest and most popular beaches in the Los Angeles County,
Zuma is known for its long, wide sands and excellent surf.
30050 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
El Matador State Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu, with sea caves and large rocks on the
beach. El Matador State Beach attracts many beach goers on hot weekend days.
32100 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu Country Mart encompasses six acres of prime real estate in the heart of
Malibu’s Civic Ce nter. It’s 90,000 square feet of high-end retail, dining and service
oferings are housed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles displaying
Mediterranean, modern and rustic infuences.
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
310-456-7300, www.malibucountrymart.com
Crumbs Bake Shop
With more than 50 varieties baked fresh daily and a new cupcake of the week every
Monday, Crumbs Bake Shop is an oasis of wall-to-wall deliciousness.
3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-3700 , www.crumbs.com
Grom Gelateria
Attention to quality and using the right raw materials is the origin of what makes
Grom famous throughout Italy and the world with favors like: lemon from Siracusa,
the Tonda Gentile Trilobata hazelnut from the Langhe, the Guatemala cofee and
the Venezuelan “Ocumare” dark chocolate.
3886 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310-456-9797, www.grom.it
LODGING
Malibu Beach Inn
Located along the strip of seashore nicknamed “Billionaire’s Beach,” this unique
boutique hotel ofers you complete relaxation, from our 47 well-appointed rooms
and suites, each with a private balcony, to the breathtaking views and
magical sunsets.
22878 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
310-456-6444 , www.malibubeachinn.com
Casa del Mar
Oceanfront Hotel, housed within an Italian Renaissance Revival building,
a restored 1930s Beach Club.
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica
310-581-5533, www.hotelcasadelmar.com
Shutters on the Beach
Shutters on the Beach is a Santa Monica luxury hotel where you can look out your
window and see there’s really nothing else to do today. A glass of wine, fresh oysters
perhaps, a massage, maybe a nap…it’s called relief.
1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
310-458-0030, www.shuttersonthebeach.com
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CURRENT WINES
2012 Chardonnay – Classic “drink it all day” Chardonnay;
estate grown and full bodied; taste butter, spices and oak
with the delicate fruit esters well preserved – 91 points,
gold medal
2011 Pinot Grigio – The latest “summer in a bottle;” light,
crisp and stainless aged with a touch of viscous oaked
Viognier added to the blend…Pinot Grigio with fair
2010 Decoupage – Santa Barbara County – Pinot Gris
and Viognier aged in stainless steel and blended with
oaky buttery Chardonnay…a party in your mouth!
93 points, Wine Enthusiast
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Newly released – delicious
to drink now or lay down for a while, 100% Cabernet,
gold medal
2010 Tempranillo – Bold and intense with a delicate
balance. Drink on its own or enjoy with food. Gold medal
Dylema Red Blend – Cabernet-based red blend,
fabulous red table wine, gold medal winner
AVAILABLE AT RESTAURANTS:
• Tra Di Noi • Bui Sushi • Sunset
• Malibu Café • Café Habana • Dukes
• Stonehaus Winery
WINE SHOPS & TASTING ROOMS:
• Cornell Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
www.hoytfamilyvineyards.com
Carol and Stephen Hoyt have had a long-standing love for wine.
Early in their marriage they visited a working vineyard in Napa and
developed a desire to be vintners. A photograph taken of grapes in
their kitchen reminded them daily of their dream to have a vineyard
of their own. They thought it would be Napa, but the dream was
realized when in 2001, they found a stunning piece of property in
Malibu with a close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, they knew they
could plant there. With its cool mornings, hot days and followed by
cool nights it became a perfect environment for growing the award-
winning Chardonnay you find today. They had been sourcing grapes
from Paso Robles and Santa Ynez for their other wines. So it was
natural that when the opportunity to purchase additional property in
the heart of the west side of Paso Robles became available, they
jumped at it. There they now have 141 acres, 30 acres planted with
such varieties as Tempranillo, Cabernet, Viogner, Grenache, Syrah,
Zinfandel, Muscat and Petit Verdot.
Carol started her winemaking experience in her kitchen with 100
pounds of Cabernet which yielded two cases of a delightful wine they
called “Carol’s Cab.” Today, they utilize the custom crush facility of
Terravant Wine Company in Buellton. Carol and Stephen plan to
build a small, boutique winery and tasting room on their Paso Robles
property. They currently produce 1200 cases annually and hope to
triple that. But now they enjoy being exclusively small and were even
selected Microwinery of the Year 2012 by the California State Fair,
and their ’09 Cabernet received 98 points and a double gold. You
will find gold medals hanging from most of their wines.
Hoyt Family Vineyards does not have a tasting room on their
property in Malibu, but you can enjoy their wines at Cornell Winery
in Agoura, in addition look for their gold medal Chard in most
restaurants in Malibu.
They do offer tastings by appointment only in Paso Robles.
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VARIETALS
Pinot Noir
CURRENT RELEASE
The Malibu Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
FACTS
Vines are planted 600-900 feet directly above
the Pacifc Ocean.
Carbon Beach wine is made by Bruno
d'Alfonso and Kris Curran, former wine
makers at Sandford and Sea Smoke Wineries
and can be purchased at Pacifc Coast Greens
in Malibu at all Gelsons Michael's, Nobu,
Nikita, Geofrey's and Saddlepeak Lodge.
The Malibu Vineyard
www.themalibuvineyardscom
In many cases, the best wines are produced from the grapes grown
in small, intimate vineyards. The Mailbu Vineyard Pinot Noir, is just
such a wine. Made from fruit grown on a two-acre vineyard in the hills
of Malibu, this wine is available at a variety of restaurants and stores in
the Malibu and surrounding area.
The Malibu Vineyard, which is owned by restaurateur Michael
McCarty, once produced a variety of wines, including Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, a Cabernet Franc blend, Pinot Noir and
Chardonnay, but after the Malibu fires of 1993, this all changed.
McCarty’s house was destroyed by fire, and part of the vineyard was
scorched. Eventually, McCarty decided to replant his entire vineyard,
and focus on producing Pinot Noir. He said the microclimate was
perfect for the production of this type of wine. The current Malibu
Vineyard series was born.
The Malibu Vineyard Pinot Noir is described as fruit-forward, with
strong nuances of berries and black cherry, and hints of leather, tobacco
and sandalwood. The wine goes great with lamb, steak, duck and
turkey.
Both of Michael McCarty’s restaurants, Michael’s Santa Monica and
Michael’s New York, carry the most recent Malibu Vineyard release.
The Malibu Vineyard wines can also be purchased at other locations,
including several restaurants in Malibu, such as Nobu, and in local
stores.
The best way to sample the wine is to order a glass at Michael’s
Santa Monica, located at 1147, 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403, or
call Michael’s Santa Monica at (310) 451-0843.
Malibu Coast Wines
VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc,
Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah
AWARDS
Best in class and gold medals at world-class
wine competitions.
WINES
• Syrah – 100% Syrah
• “Meritage” – Cabernet Sauvignon 75%,
Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%
• Cabernet Franc – 100% Cabernet Franc
• Sangiovese “VORTEX” – Sangiovese 80%,
Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Cabernet Franc 5%
FACTS
Tasting at Cornell Winery and Tasting Room, located
at 29975 Mulholland Highway, Cornell (aka Agoura).
The tasting room is open Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jim Palmer Malibu Vineyards
Email: MalibuVineyards@aol.com
www.malibu-vineyards.com
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Malibu might be best known for surfing and the beach lifestyle,
but it also a hub for vineyards and winemaking. Visitors to the area
will find that the local tasting rooms offer a variety of choices for
sampling, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
Sangiovese and Syrah. You’ll also find the fruits of Jim Palmer’s
Malibu Vineyards, which you won’t want to miss.
Jim Palmer is one of Malibu’s original winemakers. His vineyard
is located in the hills of western Malibu, at an elevation of 1200
feet, and receives the benefits of long days of sunlight and the cool
ocean breezes. It is the perfect climate for the production of the
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese and
Syrah varietals that are blended into the artisan style Bordeauxs
and Super Tuscan style wines produced by Jim Palmer’s Malibu
Vineyard.
Wines from Jim Palmer’s Malibu Vineyard are available for
tasting and purchase at the Cornell Winery and Tasting Room.
Here is a list of the featured wines:
• Meritage – a classic Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon
75%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%).
• Sangiovese – “VORTEX” (Sangiovese 80%,
Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Cabernet Franc 10%)
• Syrah (Syrah 100%)
• Cabernet Franc (Cabernet Franc 100%)
You can also find Jim Palmer’s Malibu Vineyards wines featured
at some of the best restaurants in the area, including Spago and
Bouchon in Beverly Hills, and Nobu in Malibu. The wines are also
on wine lists in restaurants in France. By Cathy Neushul
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FUN FACTS
The Cornell Winery exhibits local artwork from the likes of
Douglas Tharalson and William Thoren.
The Peter Strauss Ranch, located across the street, was once home
to Lake Enchanto, a resort and amusement park containing a
650,000 gallon swimming pool with the capacity for 2,000 people.
Seminole Hot Springs, located up the road, was once a destination
for the elite in Los Angeles as it was an upscale natural mineral
and hot springs resort. Now, the property is an upscale mobile
home park.
NEXT DOOR TO THE OLD PLACE
Cornell Winery & Tasting Room is next door to the historical
restaurant, The Old Place, which was once frequented by Steve
McQueen.
The Old Place ofers half of the corkage fee for any wine bought
at the Cornell Winery.
Looking to host a private event? The Cornell winery can
accommodate 24 people for dinner catered by The Old Place
kitchen.
Cornell Winery & Tasting Room
Hours: Thursday 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(if a private party is not booked, the winery will remain open until 9 p.m.)
29975 Mulholland Hwy, Cornell (Agoura)
(818) 735-3542 | www.cornellwinery.com
The Santa Monica Mountains stretch from the
Hollywood Hills to Point Mugu encompassing 500
miles of picturesque trails offering numerous
recreational and scholastic opportunities. Among these
mountains, between Malibu and Agoura Hills, is the
community of Cornell, home to the Peter Strauss
Ranch, the famous Rock Store and the delectable Old
Place, all residing in close proximity to Malibou Lake.
The area has had an extensive history connected to Los
Angeles’ elite since the late 1800s and today, Tim
Skogstrom is proud to call Cornell home to the Cornell
Winery & Tasting Room, where you will find one of the
most exclusive wine selections in Southern California.
Tim Skogstrom owns and operates the Cornell
Winery with the goal of “bringing the best of wine
culture home.” Tim had been managing prestigious
wineries for over twenty years when he came to Cornell
looking to recreationally make wine and soon decided
to provide an outlet for people to not only drink the
local wines of the Santa Monica Mountain area, but to
offer an unparalleled experience rich in the surrounding
history and culture. Now, Tim sees Cornell as the
trailhead to the Central Coast and offers an exclusive
education on the various microclimates and unique
practices of the growers and winemakers from Malibu
to Paso Robles. By Bethany Rhine
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It’s a good idea to plan to visit several wineries as every
wine-tasting experience offered is different. With so many
distinctive viticultural areas, one can easily taste many
of the world’s best varietials and winemaking styles
without learning the region. Listed below are five basic
types of tasting experiences. The experience will vary in
style from winery to winery.
Wine Bar Tasting
The most common tasting experience is a Wine Bar
Tasting. You step up to the bar where typically a list of
wines being poured is displayed. Expect to pay a tasting
fee between $10-$40. Some tasting bars will offer you the
option to taste a library or reserve wine. Exercising this
option increases the fee, but will allow you to taste very
unique, old or rare wines.
Sit Down Tasting
A Sit Down Tasting usually requires an appointment
and there may be a slightly higher fee than a wine bar fee.
Seated in an elegant room, you are poured several wines
by your winery host. Expect your host to describe the
unique characteristics of each wine and how it was made.
Table Service Tasting
A Table Service Tasting, popular at sparkling wine
facilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a
table and the tastings are brought to you.
Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and
a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine
on your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the
winery to pour the first round. Then you move to another
place within the winery to sample the next wine. This
experience continues until all the wines are tasted.
Barrel Tasting
Another popular tasting experience that can be part
of a tour or a Walk Around is a Barrel Tasting. Your guide
takes a “wine thief,” a special siphon placed into a hole
in the top of a barrel to extract tasting samples of a
maturing wine. The sample allows you to taste what the
wine is like in the middle of developing its full potential.
Why make an appointment?
Some wineries are so small that they need to know
when you are coming so someone will be there to greet
you. Other wineries have permit restrictions that limit the
number of guests that can visit each day. Others have sit-
down tastings that start and end at specific times. It’s
always a good idea to schedule your appointments well
in advance of your visit because some of the more popular
wineries fill up their appointments weeks in advance.
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fine dining
PASO ROBLES
Thomas Hill Organics
1305 Park St, Paso Robles; 805.226.5888 Contemporary American Cuisine © © © © © © © © © © Q
Villa Creek
1144 Pine St, Paso Robles; 805.238.3000 Spanish Cuisine © © © © © © © Q
Enoteca
206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles; 805.238.2834 Seafood © © © © © © © © © © Q
Bistro Laurent
1202 Pine St, Paso Robles; 805.226.8191 French Cuisine © © © © © © © Q
Artisan
1401 Park St, Paso Robles; 805.237.8084 American Bistro © © © © © © © © Q
Paso Inn and Steakhouse
1103 Spring St, Paso Robles; 805.238.2660 Steakhouse © © © © © © © © © © © © Q
il Cortile
608 12th St, Paso Robles; 805.226.0300 Italian Cuisine & some Seafood Dishes © © © © © © © © © Q
Buona Tavola
943 Spring St, Paso Robles; 805.237.0600 Northern Italian Cuisine © © © © © © © © Q
McPhee’s
416 S. Main St, Templeton; 805.434.3204 Grill: Burgers, seafood, pasta, steak, etc © © © © © Q
SAN LUIS OBISPO
Novo
726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo; 805.543.3986 International Cuisine © © © © © © © © © © Q
Firestone Grill
1001 Higuera, San Luis Obispo; 805.783.1001 BBQ and Burgers © © © © © © © © ©
Cafe Roma
1020 Railroad Ave, San Luis Obispo; 805.541.6800 Italian Cuisine © © © © © © © © Q
Mama’s Meatball
570 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo; 805.544.0861 Fine Italian Cuisine © © © © © © Q
Palazzo Giuseppe’s
1010 Court St, San Luis Obispo; 805.541.9922 Fine Italian Cuisine © © © © © © © © © Q
Luna Red
1009 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo; 805.540.5243 International Cuisine Q © © © © © © © © © Q
MORRO BAY
Dorn’s
801 Market Ave, Morro Bay; 805.772.4415 Specialty in Seafood & Chicken © © © © © © © © © Q
PISMO BEACH
Steamer’s
1601 Price St, Pismo Beach; 805.773.4711 Seafood © © © © Q © © Q
Giuseppe’s
891 Price St, Pismo Beach; 805.773.2870 Italian Cuisine Q © © © Q © ©
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
Hitching Post
3325 Point Sal Rd, Casmalia (Santa Maria); 805.937.6151 Steakhouse © © © © © Q
Hitching Post II
406 E Highway 246, Buellton; 805.688.0676 Steakhouse © © © © © Q
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fine dining
Full of Life Flatbread
225 Bell St, Los Alamos; 805.344.4400 American and Pizza © © © © © © ©
Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern
2350 Railway Ave, Los Olivos; 805.688.4820 New American © © © © © Q
Los Olivos Cafe Petros
2860 Grand Ave, Los Olivos; 805.688.7788 Greek American Cuisine © © © © © © © © © Q
The Ballard Inn Restaurant
2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard; 805.688.7770 French/Asian Fusion © © © © © © Q
Trattoria Grappolo
3687 Sagunto St # C, Santa Ynez; 805.688.6899 Italian © © © © © © © Q
Root 246
420 Alisal Road, Solvang; 805.686. 8681 Contemporary American Cuisine © © © © © © © ©
Avant Tapas & Wine
35 Industrial Way, Buellton; 805.686.4742 Contemporary American & Small Plates © © © © ©
Sissy’s Uptown Cafe
112 South I Street, Lompoc; 805.735.4877 Traditional American Cuisine © © © © © Q
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA
Julienne
138 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara; 805.845.6488 Contemporary American Cuisine © © © © Q
The Shellfsh Company
230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara; 805.966.6676 Seafood © © © © © © © © Q
The Wine Cask
813 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara; 805.966.9463 Contemporary American © © © © © © © © ©
Olio Pizzeria
11 W Victoria St. Ste. 21, Santa Barbara; 805.899.2699 Italian Cuisine © © © © © © Q
Bouchon
9 West Victoria St, Santa Barbara; 805.730.1160 Wine Country Cuisine © © © © © Q
Ca’Dario
37 East Victoria St, Santa Barbara; 805.884.9419 Italian Cuisine © © © © © © © Q
Arigato
1225 State St, Santa Barbara; 805.965.6074 Japanese Cuisine © © © © ©
The Stonehouse
900 San Ysidro Ln, Montecito; 805.565.1724 Contemporary American © © © © © © © © © ©
MALIBU
The Old Place
29983 Mulholland Hwy, Cornell (aka Agoura); 818.706.9001 © © © © © © © Q
Tra di Noi
3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu; 310.456.0169 Italian © © © © © Q
V’s Restaurant & Bar
22821 Pacifc Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310.456.3828 American © © © © © © © Q
Nobu Malibu
22706 Pacifc Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310.317.9140 Sushi © © © © © © Q
Geofrey’s Restaurant
27400 Pacifc Coast Hwy, Malibu; 310.457.1519 Seafood/American © © © © © © © Q
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Andrew Murray Tasting Room– Daily 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 693-9644 P39, 48

Brochelle Vineyards – Thursday-Monday, Paso Robles, (805) 237-0519 P8

Cellar 360 Paso Robles – Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Paso Robles, 1-877-774-9463 P23

Chamisal Vineyards – Daily 10am-5pm, San Luis Obispo, 1-866-808-9463 P25

Cimarone – Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-8011 P37

Clautiere Vineyard – Thursday-Monday 12-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 237-3789 P22

Cornell Winery & Tasting Room– Malibu, (818) 735-3542, call for varietals P57



Eberle Winery – Daily 10am-6pm (5pm winter), Paso Robles, (805) 238-9607 P21

Eos Estate Winery – Daily 10am-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 591-8050 P19





Firestone Winery – Daily 10am-5pm; Tours 11:15am, 1:15 & 3:15pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-3940 P49

Foley Wines – Daily 10am-5pm, Lompoc, (805) 737-6222 P43


Fontes & Phillips – Th, Fr, Sa, Mo 11am-5pm; Sun 12-5, Santa Ynez, (805) 688-2200 P50

Hoyt Family Vineyards – Malibu, www.hoytfamilyvineyards.com P54



J. Lohr – Daily 10am-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 239-8900 P18










Jim Palmer Malibu Vineyards – Malibu, (805) 973-1307 P56


Laetitia Vineyard & Winery – Daily 11am-5pm, Arroyo Grande, (805) 481-1772
P27


Larner Winery
– Thur-Mon 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-8148
P40

Lincourt – Daily 10am-5pm, Solvang, (805) 688-8554 P41

Lucas & Lewellen – Daily 11am-5:30pm, Solvang, (805) 686-9336 P45









The Malibu Vineyard – Malibu, www.themalibuvineyards.com P55
Montage Vineyards – Malibu, (805) 973-1307, www.montagevineyards.com P58






Opolo Vineyards – Daily 10am-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 238-9593 P7, 12


Peachy Canyon Winery – Daily 10am-5:30pm, Templeton, (805) 239-1918
P13


Qupé – Daily 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 686-4200 P38

Robert Hall Winery – Daily 10am-6pm, Paso Robles, (805) 239-1616 P9, 20

Santa Barbara Winery – Daily 10am-6pm, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-3633 P51








Silver Horse Winery – Thur-Sun11am-5pm, San Miguel, (805) 467-9463 P17

SummerWood Winery – Daily 10am-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 227-1365 P14

Standing Sun Winery – Thur-Mon 11-5, Buellton, (805) 691-9413

P44

Talley Vineyards – Daily 10:30am-4:30pm, Arroyo Grande, (805) 489-0446 P26

Villa San-Juliette – Daily 11am-5pm, San Miguel, (805) 467-0014 P16

Zaca Mesa – Daily 10am-4pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-9339 x308 P47

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