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YOUR GUIDE TO CENTRAL COAST WINE TASTING & EVENTS

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six 90+ zinfandels in a single vintage
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IL CORTILE’S REVERSE WINEMAKER DINNERS
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RIDE THE “PINOT EXPRESS” IN PASO ROBLES
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ROBERT HALL: A MONTH OF ROMANCE
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SANTA BARBARA FILM FEAST
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WORLD OF PINOT
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J. Lohr Vineyards &Wines
Celebrate the festivities of Paso Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines with the great staff at the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center!
Friday, March 14th | 6:30 pm

J. Lohr Zinfandel Festival Dinner
Chef Charles D. Paladin Wayne
Amuse Bouche (plated)

Shrimp Fritters, Crostini with French Cheese and Mushrooms stuffed with Lamb 2013 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
First Course

Butternut Squash Bisque with Curried Crab 2010 J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
Second Course

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with J. Lohr Gesture

Pan-Seared Fresh Maine Sea Scallop 2010 J. Lohr Highlands Bench Pinot Noir
Intermezzo

J. Lohr Gesture Grenache Rosé Sorbet
Third Course

Porchetta-All Natural Roast Pork Loin wrapped in Pork Belly 2008 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E
Dessert

72% Guanaja Chocolate Molten Lava Cake 2008 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $95/Public $85/ Wine Club

J. LOHR PASO ROBLES WINE CENTER
6169 Airport Road (off Hwy 46 East) 805.239.8900
TASTING DAILY 10AM – 5PM

Sunday, March 16th | 11:00 am
Sip and Swirl: World-renowned stemware producer, Riedel, presents a seminar featuring Riedel “O” stemless glasses. A delicious buffet lunch by Two Cooks Catering will follow.
Price includes a set of five Riedel stemless glasses.

$80/Public

$70/ Wine Club
@jlohrwines

Reservations are required for both events email kim@jlohr.com or call 805.239.8900

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TABLE OF CONTENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH

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WINE REGIONS
63 | CENTRAL COAST MAP 26 | SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY San Luis Obispo Wineries Map, 27 West Side Wineries: Venteux Vineyards, 21 Pleasant Valley Wineries, 29 Paso Robles Wineries Map, 32-33 Downtown Paso Robles Wineries, 32 34 | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY Northern Santa Barbara County Wineries Map, 35 Solvang Wineries: Lions Peak Vineyards, 40; Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 41 Los Alamos: Bedford Winery, 42 Foxen Canyon Wineries: Zaca Mesa, 44; Rancho Sisquoc, 45 Santa Maria Valley: Costa de Oro, 46 Lompoc Wine Ghetto: Arcadian Winery, 48; Scott Cellars, 49 Los Olivos Wineries: Stolpman, 50; Cinque Stelle, 52 Santa Barbara: Corks ‘N Crowns, 53

FEATURES
11 | “PINOT EXPRESS”, BIGGEST THRILL IN WINE COUNTRY 15 | 2014 CABS OF DISTINCTION 16 | ON THE COVER: PEACHY CANYON WINERY Sweeping the 2011 Vintage 18 | ROBERT HALL WINERY 20 | VILLA SAN-JULIETTE 24 | PREFERRED TASTING ROOM Bridlewood Estate Winery 27 | PASO ROBLES RHONE RANGERS EXPERIENCE 28 | PREFERRED TASTING ROOM Edna Valley Vineyard 30 | PERFECT PAIRS: OPOLO VINEYARDS 31 | WINEMAKER PROFILE: BROKEN EARTH WINERY Chris Cameron 36 | SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL “FILM FEAST” 39 | SOLVANG’S “THIRD WEDNESDAY” 47 | WORLD OF PINOT NOIR AT BACARA RESORT

REGULARS
8 | WINEOLOGY by Len Napolitano Is it the sulfites in wine that give me headaches? 10 | WINEGROWING DECISIONS by Josh Stein Cork and Its Friends in the Enclosure Business 12 | CALENDAR OF EVENTS San Luis Obispo County, 12 Santa Barbara County, 14 Ventura County, 14 22 | DINING DIRECTORY 54 | VARIETALS CHART San Luis Obispo County, 54-55 Santa Barbara County, 56-57 58 | WINERY LISTINGS Paso Robles, 58; San Luis Obispo, 60 Santa Maria/Foxen Canyon, 60 Los Alamos, 60; Los Olivos, 60 Lompoc/Buellton, 61 Solvang, 61; Santa Ynez, 62 Santa Barbara, 62; Ventura County, 62 62 | WINE COUNTRY DEALS & DISCOUNTS 63 | CENTRAL COAST MAP

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INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
BY LEN NAPOLITANO

Is it sulfites in wine that give me headaches?
Sulfites are the reason for mandatory label warnings on wine bottles because a small percentage of the US population, less than one percent, suffer an allergic reaction to sulfites, such as sneezing or coughing. About ten percent of these sufferers have a more serious reaction, such as shortness of breath. However, people who get headaches from wine should not automatically blame the sulfites. In the majority of cases the cause is probably something else, such as histamines in the wine. Some people take an antihistamine in advance of drinking wine in order to prevent getting a reaction from the histamines in the wine. Needless to say, the causes of allergic reactions of any kind are difficult to pin down without a doctor’s assistance and if you suffer any ailment as a result of drinking wine, you should consult with a doctor. If you have a wine allergy you can try narrowing down the cause by first sampling wines made from organically grown grapes, such as Bonterra made by Fetzer, or Sanford from Santa Barbara County, among many others. These wines are made from grapes that are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals, like pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. If no relief comes from drinking wine from organically grown grapes, the next step is to try a 100% organic wine, which contains a minimal amount of sulfites that occur naturally in production, and has no sulfites added. These wines are commonly found in natural food grocery stores. To be sure, every wine, organic or not, contains some sulfites because sulfites are produced naturally in the process of winemaking. If the total sulfite content is 10 parts per million or higher, however, the government requires a warning label. Winemakers add more sulfites because they help to preserve the quality of the wine for longterm shelf life. Therefore, wines that contain no added sulfites should be consumed while the wine is young.
Len Napolitano is the author of Nose, Legs, Body! Know Wine Like The Back of Your Hand, a quick and easy guide for the wine beginner. The book is available at bookstores, online and at wineology.com. Follow Len on Twitter: @wineologist and visit his blog: noselegsbody.com. Send your wine question to Len: wineologist@earthlink.net

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Reverse Winemaker Dinners at Il Cortile Ristorante
Paso Robles Establishment Crafts Menus Around Special Bottles of Wine
Il Cortile Ristorante will once again welcome top local wineries to their restaurant, offering guests a unique take on food and wine pairing this winter season. Each Wednesday in January and February, the downtown Paso Robles fine dining establishment will hold “Reverse Winemaker Dinners,” in which Chef Santos MacDonal crafts seasonal three-course menus to complement a handful of very special local wines. “Unlike a traditional winemaker dinner, where the winemaker selects wines to pair with a meal, we wanted the food to come to the wine, so to speak,” said Owner, Carole MacDonal. “We are fortunate to live in a region that boasts such wonderful wines and talented winemakers. This is our way of honoring their craft.” The Reverse Winemaker Dinners will be held on Wednesday evenings, and each Wednesday will feature a different local winery. Once guests select a varietal from the featured producers’ handful of wines, Chef Santos will then “reverse” it and create a three-course meal to complement the flavors and textures of the wine chosen. This unique evening is offered at $40 per person, plus the cost of wine which will vary depending on the varietal chosen. Il Cortile is located in downtown Paso Robles at 608 12th Street. The restaurant serves dinner seven days a week in its warm, contemporary dining room as well as additional outdoor seating inside its sheltered courtyard. Il Cortile offers off-site catering and hosts special events featuring local wineries, as well as participates in a number of local charities. Il Cortile is open Sunday through Thursday, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. For reservations, call (805) 226-0300, or book your table online at www.ilcortile.com.

UPCOMING DINNERS: February 5 DAOU Vineyards & Winery February 12 LXV Wine February 19 Linne Calodo February 26 Clos Solene

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For any occasion that family and friends gather for a good time Club Clautiere is a great choice. Join Clautiere & 40 + member wineries of the Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Chapter at Broken Earth Winery for a day of celebrating Rhone Wines in Paso Robles!
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Be our Guest... • EXPERIENCE the unspoiled beauty of the Central Coast at Bridlewood Estate Winery. With world-class wines, hillside vineyards and breathtaking views it’s a winery destination all its own. • BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE blends rustic, Spanish Style architecture with a modern, artisan winery. Our estate exudes the Central Coast lifestyle that is both comfortable and relaxed. • COME ENJOY OUR WINES and experience one of our signature tastings or perhaps a carriage tour of the vineyard, or just kick back on the veranda overlooking our majestic vineyards. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily • 3555 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez CA 93460 • Bridlewoodwinery.com Reservations required for parties of 6 or more. Contact us: 800-467-4100 or visit@bridlewoodwinery.com
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BY JOSH STEIN

Cork and Its Friends in the Enclosure Business
It seems like at least one in every three conversations I have with people in the wine trade, whatever the ostensible reason for the chat was, ends up discussing cork and its alternatives. With more than four billion bottles domestically purchased last year, you’d think this would be a settled issue, but, alas, the inverse is true: the more wine we make and sell, the more options of bottle enclosures we have, not less, and some packaging solutions don’t even involve bottles or enclosures as we normally think of them at all! Rather than all or nothing, the discussion is now more about matching use to enclosure type for best effect. Cork for an enclosure rose naturally enough given it’s the bark of different species of oak trees, and oak is one of the traditional woods for barrel staves, so it makes sense to get the most out of what’s already being used. What is not so well known is that it takes almost three decades of growth and several bark harvests, separated by seven years or more, before the first true harvesting of premium cork-level material is possible since they are vertically, not horizontally, drilled from the bark. Cork is one hundred percent natural, but it’s long lag time growing to that thickness makes it less than ideal in today’s global, accelerated wine world. Thus have evolved a number of alternatives to the pure, grade one cork, which, not incidentally, can run most of a dollar each for the best quality even when purchasing large volumes. The simplest of these other options involve different forms of the same natural cork but in combination with various stabilizers to allow smaller pieces of cork to be formed into the standard “wine cork” shape. Known as technical or agglomerated corks, these provide an affordable solution which gives most of the same oxygen transmission and enclosure performance at a much more affordable cost. It also allows earlier harvesting of bark and the use of more of it without waste, always of import in agriculture. A middle ground between these two comes by way of the sparklng wine producer, whose corks require a special shape and performance because of the extra pressure from bottle fermentation; their most common cork uses two disks of natural cork on the “stalk” of the mushroom with agglomerated technical cork making up the “cap” of the remainder. The still wine’s “twin top” does the same thing, but with a disk on both ends and technical cork sandwiched between. Maintaining the shape but substituting alternate materials entirely are a vast range of wholely artificial extruded “corks” made of various food grade plastics and silicons. Moving away from a wine cork shape altogether takes us to the twist top, more formally known as the Stelvin enclosure; a liner can be employed to precisely control the oxygen transmission rate, but

there is no head-turning thunk of the pulled cork. There is also the “Zork,” which combines artificial materials with an unwrapping process, and glass stoppers, which work best as a cork stopper replacement except for one thing: the O-ring necessary to mate the glass stopper with the glass bottle is the crucial element in how effective the stopper is. As you can see, while the common wisdom is that once the grapes are in and the aging in barrel is done all the problems are over, the reality is that until the wine is in consumers’ mouths, there are decisions to make and potential problems to avoid every step along the way. No enclosure solves all the problems or works for all uses, and so producers have to consider individually the best way to make the experience of optimally enjoying a wine. Keep that in mind the next time you reach for your opener and enjoy!
Josh Stein has been in the Napa wine business for more than a decade, and, in addition to being owner/winemaker of the Stein Family Wine Group, which produces a nationally and internationally distributed portfolio of wine brands and donates 5% of its sales to the children of wineworkers in the form of college scholarships and support funds, he regularly consults for wineries and organizations throughout the North Bay and Coast via their subsidiaries, Discrete Wine Support Services and SF-Integrated Vineyard Management.

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Ride The Newest, Biggest Thrill In Wine Country
Margarita Adventures Launches Epic 1,800-Foot Zipline Over Pinot Noir Vines in Paso Robles Wine Country
Indeed, the new 1,800-foot “Pinot Express” zipline at Margarita Adventures begins atop a mountainside forest at 125 feet above ground, then sends guests swooping low right over Pinot Noir vines at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch in the Paso Robles wine country on California’s Central Coast. “There’s nothing else like it in the zipline world,” said Proprietor Karl Wittstrom. “It feels like you can almost touch the tops of the vines on your way down.” The Pinot Express joins four previous ziplines as part of Margarita Adventures’ acclaimed zipline canopy tours. The Pinot Express is now the highest, longest and fastest zipline on the tours. The cost of the tours ($99) remains the same. Margarita Adventures’ five ziplines now combine for a total of more than 4,500 linear feet. Each zipline offers a unique ride. The 1,300-foot Renegade soars over a valley with breathtaking 360degree views. The Woodlander glides along the top of native blue and white oaks. The Hilltopper begins with a running start and concludes on a hilltop vista, while the Archway sends guests through a natural archway of companion oaks. And now the Pinot Express punctuates the experience with an unforgettable thrill ride and an unparalleled perspective on the wine country. To reach the Pinot Express, guests take a quarter-mile trail walk, the equivalent of a very light hike. Guests who are unable to walk this distance may opt to remain with the tour van. Margarita Adventures’ 2.5-hour zipline canopy tours also include a guided tour of Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in the late 1700s. The tours touch on the ranch’s sustainable ranching and winegrowing practices, as well as its diverse wildlife and remarkable geology, which includes fields of ancient oyster fossils. Tours conclude with an optional tasting at the affiliated Ancient Peaks Winery, which specializes in artisan wines grown on the ranch’s estate Margarita Vineyard. Tour guests receive 20% off wine purchases, and the tasting fee is waived with a purchase of one bottle or more. “You can taste wines from vines that you just zipped over,” Wittstrom said. “It’s a fitting reward for your adventure.” For more information, visit www.margarita-adventures.com.

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ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips Explore the amazing outdoor world of the Central Coast Outdoors. Ten unique day trips, including bicycling the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, hiking Big Sur and kayaking among the profusion of bird life in Morro Bay. All trips include necessary transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch and knowledgeable guide(s). $79-$119 Bike rentals available. Call for reservations. 888-873-5610 ONGOING DAILY Wine and Cheese Pairings at Villa San-Juliette Looking to kick your VSJ wine tasting experience up a notch? Join them for wine and cheese pairings with cheeses specially curated by local cheese expert and sommelier, Zina Miakinkova (also known as the Central Coast Cheese Lady). Enjoy a selection of six international cheeses chosen specifically to complement six of their award-winning wines for $15 ($10 for Reserve Club members), or add a tour of the winery – including our vineyards and new state-of-the-art production facility – for a total of $25 ($20 for Reserve Club members). Wine and cheese pairings, as well as property tours, are available daily. Reservations are recommended but not required, and may be made by calling 805-467-0014  www.villasanjuliette.com CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO MARCH 8-9 Cayucos Sea Glass Festival Calling all Sea Glass enthusiasts, Sea Glass craftspeople and Sea Glass jewelers and artists! Come discover why sea glass collecting is so popular on coasts all over the world. Cayucos Chamber of Commerce is hosting this exciting Central Coast event for sea glass enthusiasts, craftspeople and artists. Vendors from around the nation will be selling and displaying their sea glass treasures and creations. Come enjoy food, beer and wine outside as you listen to the rhythms of The *805s, Jim Conroy and the Mystery Brothers, Jimmy "Tennessee" Harrell and Lenny Blue. There is no entry fee to this area, so come have a good time and get in a little dancing. Festival goers can also enjoy the Marketplace (no entry fee). Purchase classy festival t-shirts, sweatshirts, hat, bags and more. Located next to the food court. Cayucos Vet's Hall, 10am-5pm General Admission $5 (wristband will get you in both days)www.cayucosseaglass.com PASO ROBLES ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Third Thursdays A menagerie of downtown Paso Robles businesses aim to inject a bit more “fun” into local fundraising efforts thanks to a new Third Thursday promotion benefiting must! Charities. www.mustcharities.org ONGOING FIRST FRIDAYS First Fridays Sip-N-Sing at Doce Robles Join their staff at Doce Robles Winery the first Friday of every month for karaoke, sippin and sunsets. Enjoy wines by the glass at only $5 or pair with artisan cheeses and locally cured meats for just $10. Enjoy sipping one of their many delicious wines next to the vineyards. Wines will be sold by the glass and by the bottle. Sing and sip into the sunsets. 5:30-8pm, www.docerobles.com ONGOING FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS Wood Fired Pizzas at Robert Hall Winery They'll have the wood-buring pizza oven fired up Friday and Saturday from 11-3pm. Artisan authentic Italian handmade pizzas will be fresh baked daily on-site. You pick your pizza and they'll recommend the wine! $12/pizza, Join them for lunch and enjoy the view. 805-239-1616, www.roberthallwinery.com ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Pinot Noir Blending Seminar at Wild Horse Winery Templeton – Learn the art of blending wine. Experience first hand what being a winemaker is all about. Sample Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast AVA and learn what terroir truly means. Each participant creates their own blend to take home. $50, $35/wine club. By appointment 11am or 2pm, Limit 10 www.wildhorsewinery.com, RSVP, 805-434-2541 ext. 15 ONGOING FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Patio Food Pairings at Opolo Vineyards Join them on the patio for delicious gourmet pizzas from their wood burning oven, sandwiches or sample an array of sausages, all paired with excellent Opolo wines. Cheers! www.opolo.com, 805-238-9593 ONGOING SATURDAYS Tours & Tastings at Eberle Winery VIP Tastings by appointment, $25, Complimentary cave tours every half hour www.eberlewinery.com, 805-238-9607 ONGOING Live Music on the Patio at Niner Wine Estates 1-4pm, www.ninerwine.com, 805-239-2233 ONGOING SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS A Grape to Glass Experience at Wild Horse Winery Unique, fun and educational! at Wild Horse Winery. Learn what happens in the vineyards and in the cellar, and end with a special wine tasting. During the tour, they encourage you to bring just two things: your walking shoes and lots of questions! This is your unique opportunity to learn and experience the down and dirty details of Wild Horse Winery. $15 per person, Wine club members and up to 3 guests are complimentary. Reservations requested. Call the Visitor Center for more information at 805-788-6310, www.wildhorsewinery.com

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ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY Il Cortile Ristorante To Offer “Reverse Winemaker Dinners” Il Cortile Ristorante will once again welcome top local wineries to their restaurant, offering guests a unique take on food and wine pairing this winter season. Each Wednesday in February, the downtown Paso Robles fine dining establishment will hold “Reverse Winemaker Dinners,” in which Chef Santos MacDonal crafts seasonal three-course menus to complement a handful of very special local wines. “Unlike a traditional winemaker dinner, where the winemaker selects wines to pair with a meal, they wanted the food to come to the wine, so to speak,” said Owner, Carole MacDonal. The Reverse Winemaker Dinners will be held on Wednesday evenings, and each Wednesday will feature a different local winery. Once guests select a varietal from the featured producers’ handful of wines, Chef Santos will then “reverse” it and create a three-course meal to complement the flavors and textures of the wine chosen. This unique evening is offered at $40 per person, plus the cost of wine which will vary depending on the varietal chosen. www.ilcortileristorante.com • February 5 - DAOU Vineyards & Winery • February 12 - LXV Wine • February 19 - Linne Calodo • February 26 - Clos Solene ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Winemaker Wednesdays at the Paso Wine Centre 6-9pm, $12/wine flight, additional $12/food pairing www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156 ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music at the Paso Wine Centre 8-10pm, free, www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156 ONGOING SUNDAYS Live Music at Sculpterra Live entertainment sponsored by "Songwriters At Play." 1-4pm, free, www.sculpterra.com ONGOING Go Ballooning Enjoy incredible views of the wine country of Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Miguel and Templeton. You float along at 2-3 miles per hour from an altitude of a few feet up to several thousand feet above the ground. 1-4 passengers per trip. Weather permitting. Call for reservations. www.sloballoon.com 805-458-1530 ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Saturday Live at Vina Robles Every other Saturday, you are invited to slow down from your week, sit back and enjoy live music - all while savoring award-winning Vina Robles wines. Wine for purchase & tastings available. Complimentary, 1-4pm www.vinarobles.com, 805-227-4812 ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Sunday Brunch at Veris Cellars Catered brunch & bottomless mimosas. Templeton, 11am-2pm, $25 $18/without mimosas, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319 ONGOING EVERY SECOND SUNDAY Central Coast Railroad Festival Wine-Train Excursions The excursions include a trip up the Cuesta Grade to Paso Robles on Amtrak's Coast Starlight, complimentary wine tasting, light lunch snacks, rail history and a private bus trip down to San Luis Obispo. The winter excursions begin and end at Anglim Winery in the historical Southern Pacific Depot next to the Paso Robles Amtrak Station. FEBRUARY 8 Black Tie Valentine's Dinner in the Caves at Eberle Winery Eberle Winery welcomes good friend and Executive Chef of the Playboy Mansion West, William Carter to their annual Black Tie Valentine's Dinner in the Caves. Experience the ambiance of their caves while feasting on a meal prepared by one of the finest chefs in the country. Chef Carter is extremely talented in creating unique menus to pair with the flavors of Eberle wines. It’s definitely a dinner that your sweetheart and you will enjoy. www.eberlewinery.com FEBRUARY 13 Chocolate & Wine Pairing featuring Mama Ganache Chocolates at Laetitia Vineyards Join them for a detectible tasting featuring 5 Laetitia & NADIA Wines perfectly paired with 5 specially crafted Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates. Guests must be 21 and over. 6-8pm, $25, $20/ Wine Club Members, 805-474-7641 www.laetitiawine.com FEBRUARY 14 Valentine's Day Dinner at Opolo 6:30-9:30pm, www.opolo.com

ARROYO GRANDE ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS Teachers Appreciation Night at Phantom Rivers In appreciation for all the dedication of school district personnel. Stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials. 3:30-7pm, 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce & flowers, art show and live entertainment in the Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab Show is a live performance that involves the whole audience! Live performances every Wednesday 7pm, Invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068 ONGOING Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers The first Friday of every month join John & Linda for their Winemakers Choice tasting. John will be pouring his favorites (or mention what you like and we’re sure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 FEBRUARY 13 Chocolate & Wine Pairing featuring Mama Ganache Chocolates at Laetitia Vineyards Join them for a detectible tasting featuring 5 Laetitia & NADIA Wines perfectly paired with 5 specially crafted Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates. Guests must be 21 and over. $25, $20 Wine Club Members, 6-8pm, 805-474-7641 www.laetitiawine.com FEBRUARY 22 Pruning Seminar with Viticulturist Dave Terry at Laetitia Vineyards Join Viticulturist Dave Terry in this fun and educational seminar. Dave will take you out to the vineyard and demonstrate the techniques used to prune the vines. After the demonstration you will be able to get some hands on experience and do some pruning of your own! Following the pruning we will head back to the Laetitia press room for some lunch and a glass of wine. $35/$25 Wine Club, Guests must be 21 and over, 10am-2pm, Call 805-474-7641 to reserve your spot www.laetitiawine.com MARCH 22 Effervescent Evening at Laetitia Vineyards Join them for an Effervescent Evening featuring Sparkling Winemaker Dave Hickey's prized bubbles at the beautiful Laetitia Estate House. Take in the amazing views while you enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a local chef accompanied by expertly paired wines. Seats fill fast don't miss out! $140, $120/Wine Club, 6pm 805-474-7641, www.laetitiawine.com

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FEBRUARY 14 Valentine's Day at Vina Robles They have set the romantic stage so that you can simply come out and enjoy the moment. Indulge in an elegant Valentine’s dinner by candlelight prepared by their winery chef, Thomas Drahos, while pianist, Richard Moratin serenades you and your guest. $80, $70/Wine Club members. RSVP required. 6:30-9:30pm, www.vinarobles.com FEBRUARY 14 Lobster Lover's Valentine Dinner with Robert Hall Winery Spend the evening with the one you love at Robert Hall Winery! Enjoy a lobster dinner paired with wine and Champagne. Music by Natalie Gelman, a New York City native currently touring the country in support of her album, this singer/songwriter is quickly gaining acclaim and recognition for her music. her passionate songs and voice have brought comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Jewel. at Meritage Room 3443 Mill Road Paso Robles, 6:30-8:30pm $85, $68 members, 805-239-1616 ext 24, www.roberthallwinery.com FEBRUARY 16 Valentine's Movie Night at Paso Robles Park Cinemas “The Quiet Man” – 1952 Classic comes to Paso Robles Park Cinemas. Enjoy the 1952 classic “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara  on the big screen once again. Popcorn and soda or Champagne and chocolates are included in your ticket. Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. $12, 7pm, 805-238-4103 www.pasoroblesdowntown.org FEBRUARY 16 Sunday Brunch at Eos Join Eos and Stein’s Catering as they start your day with a delicious breakfast buffet. $35, $25/Club Members, price includes a glass of wine, 10am-1pm 805-591-8050, www.eosvintage.com FEBRUARY 16 Paso Robles Rhone Ranger Tasting at Broken Earth Winery 45+ members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers invite you to enjoy a day of wine tasting. Attendees have the opportunity to attend seminars and luncheon lead by local winemakers discussing various topics on Rhone varietals. The day will conclude with the grand tasting and silent auction. $85, seminar/lunch attendees receive free entry into the Grand Tasting. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are just $35, 10:30am-1pm, www.rhonerangers.com FEBRUARY 22 SLOFolks Presents: Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore at Castoro Cellars Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration! Join them for this great show in the intimate setting of their Events Gallery. Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:30, $20, www.castorocellars.com FEBRUARY 22 CLUB 9 Pick Up Party at Niner Wine Estates Enjoy live music, a sampling of appetizers, the Shutterbooth Photobooth and all the new wine releases from the February shipment including their Edna Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay! Your membership includes two tickets; additional guests are welcome for an entry fee of $20 per person (6 people total). All guests must be 21 years or older to attend. 1-4pm, Call Heather at 805-226-4882 for reservations or e-mail them at events@ninerwine.com www.ninerwine.com FEBRUARY 22-23 46 West Wine Safari The 46 West Wineries Group is hosting a fund-raiser for Zoo to You, a local nonprofit organization that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals from all over California. This organization has informative programs in place to educate our children and our communities to respect and care for animals, their habitats, and the world at large. Each participating winery will have a wild critter on site that weekend! Tickets are $20, of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Zoo to You. (There is a $1.99 fee that will be added for processing.) Print out your ticket receipt and present it at your first winery stop to receive your passport, which will entitle you to one free tasting at all 17 wineries! For a listing of participating wineries and to purchase tickets visit pasorobles46west.com MARCH 14 Zinfestival Kick-off Celebration at Castoro Cellars Join them to celebrate Paso’s flagship grape with the sultry sounds of The Nataly Lola Trio. Enjoy a casual yet elegant night of jazz and celebration of Dam Fine Wine to kick off a weekend of activities! $15, $10 wine club www.castorocellars.com

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MARCH 14 Wines at J. Lohr Vineyards 5-Course Dinner This dinner includes Shrimp Fritters, Lamb Merguez stuffed Crimini Mushrooms, Butternut Squash Bisque, Fresh Maine Sea Scallops and a spectacular Porcetta (pork loin) main course, all paired with a stunning lineup of J. Lohr wines, at the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center. 6:30-8pm, $95, $85/members, Reservations are required. Call the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center at 805-239-8900, or email kim@jlohr.com. Must be over 21 years of age to attend all events. www.jlohr.com MARCH 14-16 Zinfandel Weekend During Paso Robles Zinfandel Weekend, producers and enthusiasts come together in celebration of everything that Zinfandel adds to your palate and your experience. Enjoy a Zin-filled weekend with activities including winemaker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and so much more! www.pasowine.com MARCH 14-16 Zinfandel Festival Weekend at Halter Ranch Vineyards Join them in our historic 19th century barn for the release their 2010 Estate Zinfandel, and taste through their other Rhône and Bordeaux-styled wines. They are moving the tasting room into the barn for this weekend just for the fun of it, and so they can offer these other special events: Taste locally produced olive oils from Robbins Family Farm. Sample fabulous Paella from their good friend John Carson. Experience a sneak-preview of GENERAL STORE Paso Robles, opening this Spring on the park downtown. With provisions for picnic, pantry and home, the store will offer goods and treats in the Halter Ranch barn. A great way to bring a piece of Paso home with you! Tour through their new winery and wine caves. Winery & Cave Tours at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm. Reservations are not required. $10, Wine Club Members free. 11am-5pm www.halterranch.com MARCH 14-16 Doce Robles is Celebrating Mardi Gras Yes, they know, a week later - for Zinfest 2014. Saunter into the tasting room where you can indulge your buds in our tempting varietals, spruce up your average wine-time attire with jazzy beads, and take home a wine glass as a memento (in case your memory somehow proves foggy after the weekend). An assortment of cheeses will be available as well. Tasting fee is $5.  With any bottle purchase you can keep a Mardi Gras mask, just to add an element of mystery to your day. 2008 Zinfandel on sale for $120 per case. It'll be a flashing good time, so join them at Doce Robles! Questions, please email info@docerobleswinery.com, www.docerobleswinery.com MARCH 14-16 Vintage Paso: Zinfandel And Other Wild Wines Grow Wild with the spirit of Paso Robles Wine Country in celebration of Vintage Paso: Zinfandel And Other Wild Wines. Immerse yourself in a complete Zinfandel experience, and discover for yourself what makes Paso Robles Wine Country the 2013 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast! Create your own Zinful itinerary to smell, sip and savor the heritage of Paso Robles, with events at more than 120 wineries! Join fellow wine enthusiasts for a selection of wine and chocolate pairings, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, laid-back barbecues, barrel tastings, live music and so much more! www.pasowine.com MARCH 14-16 Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival at Eos Stop by Eos all weekend long for all things Zinfandel. Enjoy Zin case specials and try their all Zin flight featuring Zinfandels from four of California’s major grape growing regions. If you’re looking for something tasty and unique, get a glass of their Berry Zinful Sangria for $5 and peruse their Zin-tastic selection of merchandise. They've got everything you need to please your inner Zin-ner. No reservations necessary. 805-591-8050, www.eosvintage.com MARCH 15 Wine Club Member VIP Tasting at J. Lohr Vineyards Join them in their VIP tent overlooking their Seven Oaks Vineyard, where they will be enjoying live music by Les Beck as they savor J. Lohr wines and specialty cheeses. At the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center, 11am-3pm, Complimentary, Reservations are required. Call the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center at 805-239-8900, or email kim@jlohr.com. Must be over 21 years of age to attend all events. www.jlohr.com MARCH 15 Zinfandel Weekend at Vina Robles The one thing they love more than wine is swine! That’s why they are turning our tasting room into a bacon bar today only. Come enjoy five sweet and savory bacon bites paired with wines from our Estate or Reserve list. Pairing is $10/Estate tasting; $15/Reserve tasting; complimentary/Signature Wine Club members. No reservations required. Sit back and relax with live music 1-4pm by Melanie Devaney. 2013 Zinfandel barrel samples and case specials on all wines from our Estate list offered all weekend. 10am-5pm, www.vinarobles.com MARCH 15 Cigars, Chocolate & Zinfandel at SummerWood Winery & Inn Celebrate Zinfandel Festival Weekend at the SummerWood Winery Tasting Room as you indulge in a delectable pairing of chocolate with their 2011 Zinfandel and Solera-style NV Zinfandel Port! And for the cigar connoisseur premium cigars and Zinfandel Tasting room open 10am-6pm throughout the Zin Fest Weekend. www.summerwoodwine.com MARCH 15-16 Zinfandel Weekend at Niner Wine Estates Stop by for a sample of their new releases from their estate Edna Valley and Paso Robles vineyards which will be perfectly paired with a selection of cheeses! They will also have live music by Matt Cross and the One Night Band on their beautiful patio overlooking Heart Hill Vineyard! Hope to see you there! www.ninerwine.com MARCH 16 Riedel “O” Seminar with Lunch by Two Cooks Catering at J. Lohr Vineyards The glass does matter. Enjoy a Riedel seminar using the stemless O series, with a buffet lunch to follow. Includes a set of stemless Riedel glasses to take home. At J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center $80/$70 members, 11am-1:30pm, Reservations are required. Call the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center at 805-239-8900 or email kim@jlohr.com. Must be over 21 years of age to attend all events. www.jlohr.com MARCH 16 Vina Robles Cupcake and Wine Pairing Our popular cupcake and wine pairings are back! Tantalize your taste buds with flavors from citrus to spice as you indulge in five cupcakes each expertly paired with a Vina Robles estate wine. Pairing is $15, complimentary/Signature Wine Club members. No reservations required. 11am-2pm sit back and relax with live music by Melanie Devaney. 2013 Zinfandel barrel samples and case specials on all wines from our Estate list offered all weekend. 10am-5pm, www.vinarobles.com MARCH 16 2014 Wine Festival Dinner with The Cracked Crab of Pismo Beach at Eberle Winery Brace yourself for one of the best (and entertaining) dinners of your life. Eberle Winery is happy to welcome back the famous Cracked Crab to do an informal dinner on their cellar floor. They'll roll up the doors, hire a band, tie on some bibs and enjoy the freshest seafood our country has to offer. They put the buckets on the table and they do an old fashioned crab feed. No one goes home hungry! They have to thank Mike and Kathy Lee for joining them again...and promise you it's a night of no-fuss fun. Just great food and great wine - which make a perfect combination! www.eberlewinery.com MARCH 19-20 WiVi Central Coast Symposium  WiVi Central Coast (WiVi) is a newly expanded symposium and trade show focusing on wine and viticulture.  The two-day event is built on the foundation of the successful VINE Symposium. The expanded showcase brings winemakers and wine grape growers together for an unprecedented collection of trade show booths, product demonstrations and networking opportunities. PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH ONGOING Complimentary Limousine Service with Pismo Beach Winery Their complimentary limousine service eliminates the need for a designated driver. Relax and travel in style on your wine tasting excursion to Pismo Beach Winery. Must be at least 21 years old, allow approximately one hour. Limousine only travels from your resort to their winery and back. Free www.pismobeachwinery.com, 805-773-9463 ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Led by an experienced guide, tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure. www.hearstcastle.org 800-444-4445 ONGOING FRIDAYS Sips & Songs at Claiborne & Churchill Vintners Local food and live music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair; winery tables and chairs will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Wine and food sold separately. 5:30-7:30pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066 ONGOING SUNDAYS Sips & Songs at Claiborne & Churchill Vintners Local food and live music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair; winery tables and chairs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Wine and food sold separately. 1-3pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

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ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark” Various art galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese. 6-9pm, Downtown San Luis Obispo, www.sloartcouncil.org 805-544-9251 SAN LUIS OBISPO ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Master the Art of Wine and Cheese at Tolosa Winery Four cheeses are served using only artisan and/or farmstead products. Wine is paired with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony. 11am-4pm, www.tolosawinery.com, RSVP, 805-782-0500 ONGOING THURSDAYS San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market Held every Thursday night, Farmers' Market brings the community together to shop for fresh produce, sample San Luis Obispo's delectable and varied cuisine, browse local shops, listen to live music and interact with local entertainers. Keep your eyes open for the six-foot bear giving hugs and paw shakes - that's their Farmers' Market mascot, Downtown Brown. www.downtownslo.com MARCH 5-9 20th Annual SLO International Film Festival Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, surrounded by lush vineyards, ranchland and a 100-mile coastline, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is headquartered in the quaint, sophisticated downtown of San Luis Obispo on the spectacular Central Coast of California. As a premiere 5-day annual event, the SLOIFF showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues, from the city’s classic art deco Fremont Theatre, to the popular independent Palm Theatre, with a variety of unexpected venues from the wine country of Paso Robles to the seaside towns of Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Experience Hollywood & Vines Events that pair excellent local wines with film classics. Or the Red Carpet Events, where they welcome celebrities from Hollywood filmmakers to action sports legends. slofilmfest.org MARCH 14 Oysters and Sauv Blanc-Varietal Series at Tolosa Winery Fresh oysters and newly released 2013 Sauvignon Blanc make this event pure refreshing! They'll be sourcing local oysters prepared in a few styles to pair alongside our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, along with few 2013 light whites. Live music will also be playing during the event while you can soak in the flavors. Wine Club Member only event, limit 4 tickets per member. www.tolosawinery.com LOS OLIVOS/FOXEN CANYON FEBRUARY 15 Valentine's Winemaker Dinner at Firestone Vineyard This Valentine’s celebrate love through your taste buds with a night of aphrodisiac inspired dishes paired with our wonderful Firestone wine. Santa Barbara’s favorite caterer, Pure Joy Catering,  will create a “love” inspired meal that will enlighten your senses and allow you to experience a memorable Valentine’s Day through food and wine. Their winemaker, Paul Warson, will walk you through each course as he pours you their newest vintages of his favorite wines. 6-9pm, 805-688-3940, tastingroom@firestonewine.com www.firestonewine.com SANTA BARBARA ONGOING THURSDAYS Pizza Party at Corks n’ Crowns Fine wine and craft beer pairing with Full of Life Flatbread Gourmet Pizza. 4-7pm, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600 ONGOING SUNDAYS Cupcakes & Sparkling Wine at Corks n’ Crowns 11:30am, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600 ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAY Live Music at Oreana Winery Wine tasting and wine by the glass, 2-5pm, www.oreanawinery.com FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 2 World of Pinot Noir at Bacara Resort Their annual event takes place at the beginning of March and includes two days of in-depth tasting seminars and excursions, Grand Tastings, a Burgundy seminar and tasting and gourmet, locally-influenced lunches and dinners. These extraordinary food and wine extravaganzas will be hosted by participating wineries and feature an outstanding panel of sommeliers from across the U.S. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.wopn.com or call 805-489-1758. SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON ONGOING MONDAY-THURSDAY Costa de Oro Happy Hour 4-6pm, wine by the glass $7, $5 club members www.cdowinery.com 805-922-1468 ONGOING Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro Great way to start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting and cheese plates. 5-8pm, www.cdowinery.com, 805-922-1468 ONGOING SUNDAYS Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Historic Santa Maria Inn Enjoy a variety of selected meats, carving stations and an omelette station along with a salad bar. They also feature traditional breakfast fare, many side dishes and an elaborate and delicious dessert station. 10am-2pm $21.95/adults, $18.95/seniors, $12.95/children, www.santamariainn.com 805-928-7777 SANTA YNEZ ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport Santa Ynez, www.gliderrides.com, 805-688-2517 ONGOING Private Access Sundays at Bridlewood The winery will be open only to Wine Club members for an exclusive tasting event showcasing their new releases and limited production wines. Bridlewood Estate Club member benefits include admission of member and one guest at no charge (2 people). Tickets may be purchased for extra member guests, pending availability, at a cost of $20 each. All guests must be accompanied by Bridlewood club member the day of event. Email visit@bridlewoodwinery.com, 805-688-9000 Ext 22 www.bridlewoodwinery.com SOLVANG ONGOING TUESDAYS Open Mic Night at Carivintas Winery Come in and showcase your talent to be considered for an upcoming gig at Carivintas. 5-7pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING THIRD WEDNESDAYS Solvang Wine (and Beer) Walk Solvang’s Third Wednesday Wine and Beer Walk tickets cost just $20 each (cash only please), and include a ticket to sample two wines at five participating wine tasting rooms, a specialty logo glass and a map to help you navigate your way through all the fun! No one under 21 is permitted to purchase tickets. 3-7pm $20, www.solvangthirdwednesday.com

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ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Solvang Farmer's Market Fresh produce, flowers and foods. First Street, Solvang. 2:30-6pm www.sbfarmersmarket.org ONGOING THURSDAYS Wandering Dog Wine Bar presents Blind Tasting Thursday Challenge your palate and learn about wine at the same time! Every month features a different region. No reservations required. 4-7pm, $15 www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126 ONGOING THURSDAYS Teachers Night at Carivintas Winery All teachers are invited. Receive discounts and play games. 5-7pm www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING FRIDAYS Movie Night at Carivintas Winery 6-9pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY Live Music in the Tasting Room at Sort This Out Cellars Keep a lookout for special band performances that you won't want to miss! www.sortthisoutcellars.com, 805-688-1717 ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music at Carivintas Winery 6-9pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING FRIDAY-SUNDAY Wandering Dog Wine Bar Cupcakes & Wine Flight Tasters enjoy 3 wines, each paired with a delicious gourmet cupcake from Solvang Bakery. Flight includes 3 half glasses of wine and 3 cupcakes. $20, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126 ONGOING LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH Lompoc Animal Shelter Adoptions at Carivintas Winery Meet the wonderful volunteers and animals from the shelter. Take one or two home and start a new family. 12-3pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Solvang Farmers Market Fresh produce, flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive and Copenhagen, 4-7pm, www.sbfarmersmarket.org, 805-962-5354 ONGOING THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH Solvang Third Wednesday Shop Solvang, save money and have fun! Over 60 stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and professional offices offer special discounts and sales all day. Discover Solvang’s unique stores and boutiques. Discover Solvang’s unique stores and boutiques. Delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the Third Wednesday specials offered by participating restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops. 3-7pm, $20, www.solvangthirdwednesday.com FEBRUARY 16 Valentine's Sunday Wine Brunch with Lincourt Wines Treat your sweetheart to a wine country brunch with relaxing views, delicious food, great company, and don’t forget the wine!  Start your day off right on Sunday with brunch at Lincourt Vineyards! Santa Barbara favorite Omni Catering will be serving up a variety of your favorite breakfast dishes which will be enhanced by Lincourt wines. 11am-2pm, For more information and to reserve your seats for the Sunday brunch or Valentine’s package deal call 805-688-8554, email tastingroom@lincourtwines.com or visit their website at www.lincourtwines.com LOS ALAMOS FEBRUARY 15 Bee Happy Honey Tasting at Bedford Winery They will be tasting approximately 40 honeys from around the planet from New Zealand to France, including Sidr Honey, the most expensive in the world.  Honey from their local sources will also be represented and will be available for sale. Come talk to the bee keepers! There will be fresh, locally made bread, scones, and a variety of artisan cheeses to accompany them. Honey tasting included with wine tasting fee, $10/Complimentary of members, 805-344-2107, www.bedfordwinery.com

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LOMPOC/BUELLTON ONGOING SECOND & FOURTH WEDNESDAY Quiz Night at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 6:30-10pm, www.figmtnbrew.com, 805-694-2252 ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Music at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 6:30-10pm, www.figmtnbrew.com, 805-694-2252 ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Central Coast Tasting Series at Avant Tapas and Wine

FEBRUARY 8 Cigars & Syrah at Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards Join them as they pair up with The Boss Cigars and Chef John for an amazing night of Cigar & Syrah Pairings. 5-8pm, www.zacamesa.com FEBRUARY 16 Mardi Gras Wine Club Pick-up Event at Foley Estates Jazz it up in New Orleans tradition at Foley Estate’s Mardi Gras Wine Club Pick Up event! Enjoy sumptuous Creole cuisine from Two Cooks Catering. Their assistant winemaker Lorna Kreutz-Duggan will be barrel sampling the 2012 vintage of wine. Enjoy live music featuring New Orleans style Jazz and fun Mardi Gras hits. For questions and to make reservations, please email tastingroom@foleywines.com or call 805-737-6222 Complimentary for members, 1-4pm, www.foleywines.com MARCH 8 Chapel G Syrah Launch Party! at Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyard Join them for the new arrival of their 2011 Chapel G Syrah.  They will be tasting this new wine and pairing it with grilled prime sirloin steak sandwiches freshly prepared by Chef John. Sandwiches $12, $10/members 12-3:30pm, www.zacamesa.com

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ONGOING An Evening with the Sommelier at Herzog Wine Cellars Explore a world of flavors with their tasting room Sommelier. 7pm $15, $10/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560EVENTS

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Paso Robles CAB Collective Revved Up and Ready for 2014 CABs of Distinction
After the success of the inaugural CABs of Distinction event (launched last year to celebrate and promote Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals produced in Paso Robles) and the increased momentum from Paso Robles being named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the Paso Robles CAB Collective (PRCC) has geared up for even more exciting events in 2014. Set for April 22 through 26, CABs of Distinction events will take place in locations across the Paso Robles AVA with enhanced sommelier, media, trade and consumer experiences. The key event of the weekend will be the CABs of Distinction Gala, held at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles on Saturday, April 26. This top-tier event will include tastings of PRCC member wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie chosen by Fromager Zina Miakinkova. Decadent catered lunches will be provided by Paso Robles’ finest restaurants and caterers and will be served in the CAB Bistro; chocolate tastings, live music, a barrelmaking demonstration and glass etching will also be included. Luxury VIP tickets are available to attend an exclusive panel discussion, enjoy a multi-course gourmet lunch provided by Thomas Hill Organics and continuous access to the VIP Lounge where desserts and drinks will be available throughout the day. PremiumReserve VIP tickets are available for entry to an Early Access tasting as well as access to the VIP Lounge throughout the day. Additionally, PRCC members will host various consumer events throughout the previous day, Friday, April 25, including winemaker dinners at wineries and in Paso Robles’ most sought-after restaurants Steve Heimoff of Wine Enthusiast, who moderated the inaugural event had this to say about Paso Robles’ Cabernet: “No disrespect to Napa, but it never made much sense to me that one region, and one only, could excel at a particular varietal, in this case Cabernet Sauvignon…and [I] am ready to declare for Paso Robles Cabernet.” Heimoff was echoed in sentiment by Santa Barbara Independent’s Matt Kettman, who titled a review of the inaugural event “Resetting Radar on Paso Cab: New Collective Reminds Region, World of Roots, Future.” Tickets for the CABs of Distinction Gala can be purchased at www.pasoroblescab.com, which now includes member winery details and contact information, as well as a PRCC blog for extended member features, harvest reports and other news.

2014 CABs OF DISTINCTION EVENTS
April 22-25:
Media, trade and Sommelier events (see website for details)

April 25:
Winery-hosted events, including winemaker dinners (see website for details)

April 26:
CABs of Distinction Gala, River Oaks Hot Springs, Paso Robles

Grand Tasting Tickets:
Starts at 2:00 p.m. and includes tastings of PRCC member wines paired with artisanal cheese and charcuterie, chocolate tastings, a barrel-making demonstration, delicious complimentary lunch options from local restaurants, glass etching, live music and much more.

Premium-Reserve VIP Tickets:
Includes Grand Tasting event with early access tasting at 1:00 p.m. as well as access to the VIP Lounge where desserts and drinks will be available throughout the day.

Luxury VIP Tickets:
Includes early access to the Grand Tasting event at 1:00 p.m. and an exclusive panel discussion starting at 10:00 a.m., a multi-course gourmet lunch prepared by Thomas Hill Organics and continuous access to the VIP Lounge throughout the day. Visit www.pasoroblescab.com for information.

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ON THE COVER

PEACHY CANYON WINERY
Sweeping the 2011 Vintage
Neatly tucked into the southern side of Paso Robles’ lauded Highway 46 West sits a converted historic schoolhouse-turned-tasting room, home to a 2011 vintage to remember. Though resident family owned and operated Peachy Canyon Winery has been producing award-winning wines since the late eighties — when they were put on the map by Wine Spectator with a Top 100 wine — this most recent crop of wines has been especially illustrious: six 90+ point small lot Zinfandels, plus a recent Double Gold for their “Ms Behave” Malbec at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. What makes these wines special? It may have something to do with the Beckett clan’s dedication to creating by hand. Despite being the largest family owned winery on the westside of Paso, Peachy Canyon still practices artisanal winemaking methods ... Grapes are picked by hand and sorted by hand. Premium wines are punched down by hand and gently basket pressed. It’s the biggest small operation around. The winery’s commitment to the local terroir is both environmentally sustainable (they are SIP — Sustainability In Practice Certified) and a positive influence on the vino. Multiple estate vineyards on some of the best dirt in Paso mean that Peachy’s wines boast a variety of personalities. From elegant and restrained to big and fruit-forward, the 2011 Zinfandel vintage exhibits the range of microclimates available for Zin production in Paso Robles. Famed wine critic Stephen Tanzer went so far as to say, “I suspect fans of extroverted Rhone wines will enjoy this,” describing vineyard designate Mustard Creek Zinfandel, not something you normally hear describing a Paso Zin! The truth is that Paso Robles Zinfandel can be so much

Founding Vintner, Doug Beckett

Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm 1480 N. Bethel Road, Templeton 1-866-335-1918 | www.peachycanyon.com facebook.com/PeachyCanyonWinery instagram.com/PeachyCanyon twitter.com/PeachyCynWinery

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more than a big berry bomb (though it is sometimes, unabashedly, that). Peachy Canyon loves to prove this point; each of their Zins features unique qualities highlighting the expressive nature of the Zinfandel grape. A reflection of Paso Robles’ unique and varied terroir, these wines provide an expansive look at the capabilities and quality of small lot — and in many cases, single vineyard — Zinfandel. Winemaker and winery son Josh Beckett noted that although the 2011 vintage was a challenging harvest due to weather, the quality of the grapes was markedly high. This was due in part to low yields resulting from an early frost, and a cooler growing season. “A cooler spring and summer in 2011 gave us extended hang time,” says Beckett. Peachy’s 2011 Malbec also obviously benefitted from excellent fruit, having just won Double Gold in the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — the largest wine competition in the U.S. At only 320 cases produced the “Ms Behave” Malbec is a very small production wine. Its dark, dense flavors and soft, integrated tannins are the result of hundreds of careful man hours from a surprisingly small winery team — less than thirty, many wearing multiple hats, all dedicated to the cause — evidence of a dogmatic commitment to quality. Despite 30 years of success in Paso Wine Country as a founding vintner, proprietor Doug Beckett still gets great joy from earning accolades, saying, “It's always exciting when one receives great reviews and great scores. To have six of your Zinfandels fall into that category in the same vintage is truly a treat.” He hadn’t heard about the Malbec yet. Peachy Canyon Winery pours award-winning Zinfandels and other small production wines out of their Old Schoolhouse Tasting Room daily. Visit them during the upcoming Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines, to taste exclusive prerelease 2012 Zins, barrel samples, live music and food. The Peachy lawn will be open for guests of all ages — relax with a picnic and a glass of wine! Blankets and lawn chairs always welcome.

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ROBERT HALL WINERY
A Month of Romance
BY LISA PRETTY

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3443 Mill Road off Hwy 46 East in Paso Robles (805) 239-1616 | www.roberthallwinery.com

For those who get the February blues, the perfect cure is a trip to wine country. During the month, the tasting rooms are not as busy as usual and it is a great time to chat with tasting room staff and try some new wines. The Robert Hall hospitality center was developed to welcome guests all year round. Regardless of the season there is always something in bloom and with the grounds all well maintained there is a special beauty in the winter. With the warm winter weather in Paso Robles, even February is ideal for a picnic lunch. The spacious tasting room is open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a large selection of wines. Tasters may select five wines from either the house list ($5) or the reserve list ($10). There is something for every palate from the dry whites, a Rhône-style Rosé, dry reds and dessert wines. The majority of the fruit is sourced from the estate vineyards where 21 different grape varietals are grown. In addition to the current vintage offering, the reserve list features a selection of well aged wines from the library. Be sure to plan a little extra time when you visit the Robert Hall hospitality center – this is much more than a wine tasting stop. The entire staff is trained to offer full tours of the underground cavern and this special tour is offered complimentary throughout the day with wine tasting. For visitors interested in learning a little more about the history of Robert Hall and how wine is made, the 30 minute tour provides a little education along with entertainment and perhaps even a taste of wine from the barrel.

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For the month of February, the winery is featuring its 2010 Vintage Port as the wine of the month, offered at a 10% discount. The Port is made from 100% estate-grown Portuguese varietals and made in a traditional method. The grapes are all handpicked and crushed into small bins. The bins are fermented using natural, wild yeast and punched down by hand several time as day. Upon being fortified with unaged grape brandy, the fermentation stops and the juice is then pressed from the skins. The Port is aged in the carven in neutral oak barrels until winemaker Don Brady deems it ready for bottling. The 2010 vintage has delicious fruit flavors with a well balanced finish. Although clearly in the dessert category, this vintage Port has just 6% residual sugar so it does not leave a sugary coating on the mouth. Port pairs wonderfully with chocolate. The tasting room offers truffles and other assorted chocolate delights for sale in the extensive gift area. Valentine’s Day Weekend, Robert Hall’s tasting room will have the chocolate fountain flowing. Guests may dip strawberries and other treats into the fountain complimentary while tasting wine. Tasting fees are two for one on this special weekend. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the winery will also host a dinner in the gorgeous Meritage room. The romantic Lobster Dinner, on February 14th, is just $85 a person. To treat your special someone to an evening with music, food and wine, call (805) 239-1616 ext 24 or purchase your tickets on-line at RobertHallWinery.com. All month long on Friday and Saturdays the wood burning oven will be fired up and a selection of traditional, Italian, handmade pizzas are available for purchase. Wines are available for purchase by the glass to enjoy with the pizza and the staff will be more than happy to recommend the best pairings. For those who prefer to bring their own picnic lunch, there are several relaxing areas set with tables and chairs to enjoy the vineyard views and gorgeous water features. After the picnic, visitors are welcome to play a round of bocce ball at one of the two champion courts. Use of the bocce ball courts is also complimentary. The tasting room is located at 3443 Mill Road, just off of HWY 46 East, in Paso Robles. For additional information visit on-line at RobertHallWinery.com or call (805) 239-1616.

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Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery Gets Cozy
Trio of Red Wines is Perfect for Pairing with Comfort Food…Plus a White to Start the Meal
Just in time for chilly weather, Villa SanJuliette Vineyard & Winery has released a triple threat of red wines ideal for sipping alongside hearty dishes, as well as the perfect white wine to sip at the stove. Winemaker, Matt Ortman, put the finishing touches on VSJ’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Zinfandel, and 2011 Petit Sirah. Each wine was crafted exclusively from fruit grown on the Villa San-Juliette estate in the Paso Robles AVA. • The 2012 Villa San-Juliette Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderfully fragrant and juicy wine, the result of a two-month long fermentation at very cool temperatures, which serves to trap and protect the most delicate of components. Aromas of gooseberry and tangerine are underscored by defining notes of freshly cut grass. Lively acidity maintains the lush, mouthwatering flavors of grapefruit and melon. This wine is lean enough to sip alone, and juicy enough to pair with panroasted Brussels sprouts or classic Caesar salad with anchovies. (SRP $14, Reserve Club member price, $11.60) • VSJ’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with bold and lively aromatics, then follows with flavors of candied cherries, sarsaparilla and vanilla. The tannins are soft and supple making this an enjoyable wine now, with the potential to age for the next few years. Pair this wine with a pork crown roast, sharp aged cheddar cheese or porcini risotto. (SRP $20, Reserve Club, $16) • With a remarkable following already, the 2011 Zinfandel is redolent with luscious raspberry and blueberry notes laced with classic Zinfandel nuances of white pepper and a chocolate richness. Mouth-filling flannel tannins throughout the mid-palate extend into a lingering finish. Try alongside sticky grilled baby back ribs or even roasted turkey with rich mole sauce.(SRP $25, Reserve Club, $17.60)

• Nearly black in color, the 2011 Petite Sirah marries big California flavors with restrained elegance. Leading with exuberant blueberry aromas, the wine layers flavors of orange zest, violet, cedar and mocha before the acidity turns the flavors towards red fruits on the finish. The

structured tannins are slow on release, yielding a firm structure that melts when paired with herbed rack of lamb or aged goat cheese. (SRP $20, Reserve Club, $16) To purchase these or any other of Villa San-Juliette’s award-winning wines, please visit www.VillaSanJuliette.com.

Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery Considers the Next Generation
Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery recently completed Sustainability In Practice (SIP) certification with the Vineyard Team, a network of farmers that strives to promote sustainable vineyard practices and protect resources valuable to the land and the community. Launched by Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick in 2006, Villa San-Juliette has made sustainability a focus since its inception, said Winemaker, Matt Ortman. “VSJ is a long-time member of the Vineyard Team,” Ortman recalled, “so we were already following many best practices before pursuing SIP certification.” When Ortman joined the VSJ team in January, 2013, gaining SIP certification became a priority. “We completed the Vineyard Team’s audit of our growing practices and winery operations, including testing our well pump for efficiency. We made some important changes in erosion control and integrated pest management – specifically, installing more owl boxes – and were SIP certified within a year of my hire date.” Asked what inspires VSJ’s interest in adopting sustainable practices, Ortman cites Lythgoe and Warwick’s foresight. “Ken and Nigel came into this business committed to being good stewards of the land, which is part of what attracted me to the job in the first place. As a second-generation winemaker, I like working to ensure that a third generation could make wine here, too.”

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Venteux Vineyards is a dream realized by two families who share a passion for wine and hospitality. In 2000, the Stelzle family bought 12 acres of property in the renowned wine growing region of the Templeton Gap. This exceptional viticultural area is known for hot, dry days and cool damp nights. Winemaker and co-owner Scott Stelzle focuses on letting the unique microclimate of the Templeton Gap shine through in his wines. By using native yeast and keeping varietal wines 100% pure, Scott is able to show off the true expression of the fruit. Aside from 100% varietals of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Petite Sirah, Venteux also offers original blends which are balanced and complex. Aside from Rhone wines, they also produce a Pinot Noir, a late-harvest Gewurtztraminer, and a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from westside Paso that was recently awarded a score of 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. In 2009, Adam and Patricia Goldenberg joined Scott and Bobbi Stelzle in their venture and Venteux purchased the adjacent 10 acres next to their current vineyard. The property now hosts both a luxury Bed and Breakfast and a Guest House that sleeps three couples. Artfully decorated by owner Bobbi Stelzle, the Bed and Breakfast and Guest House offer an authentic stay in the heart of wine country. Guests are encouraged to meander in the vineyards and enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the evenings. Conveniently located near the intersection of Bethel Road and Las Tablas Road in Templeton, Venteux is a wonderful place to start the day. The tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A tasting fee of $10 is waived with a bottle purchase. For more information about Venteux wines and lodging, visit www.venteuxvineyards.com.

PEACHY CANYON WINERY 1480 North Bethel Road, Templeton Open Daily 10-5:30 and by appointment 805-239-1918 • www.peachycanyon.com We’re celebrating 25 years of amazing winemaking at Peachy Canyon, where we’ve been making Paso Robles wine history since 1988. Come enjoy our award-winning estate Zinfandels alongside exciting small lot blends. We’re proud to be Westside originals. VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 Las Tablas, Templeton Open Daily 10-5 and by appointment 805-369-0127 • www.venteuxvineyards.com From soil to bottle, our hands-on approach allows us to uphold the highest level of care in all aspects of the winemaking process. Our extremely small productions of Rhône wines showcase a style of balance, elegance, and finesse. Picnic on the porch of the farmhouse and taste our hand-crafted wines in the elegant and inviting tasting room. DOCE ROBLES 2023 Twelve Oaks Drive, Paso Robles • Daily 10-5:30 805-227-4766 • www.docerobleswinery.com The quality of our fruit is paramount and we have the experience, location and methods to deliver consistently high-quality fruit. All of this leads to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree! MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles 805-226-2925 • mondocellars.com Hours: Sun-Thu, Sat 11-6; Fri 11-10 Visit our tasting room and experience the passion in our big Bordeaux and Rhone blends. Make our luxurious Bed and Breakfast your home and enjoy breathtaking views from every window. All just five miles from downtown Paso Robles shopping and dining. Join us!

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“Vibrant” describes Estrella Restaurant. The color palette of its surrounds reflects the rich cultures within the food. Tastes of Sante Fe, NM, Spain and Argentina are prepared to excite and intrigue in such a way that a first-time guest can’t help but want to savor another one of their creations. And what a selection there is at Estrella. The “Latin Rivera” cuisine combines flavors to make for a distinctive and memorable meal. Among Chef Travis Borba’s offerings, the Tapas menu includes Grilled Scallop Ceviche, in which a citrus marinade with red onions, oranges and mango commands the taste buds. Crispy Masa Cakes topped with servings of shredded chicken, chipotle-tomatillo sauce, sour cream and a spicy cabbage salad is fun to share. For lunch, a Cuban Sandwich of Mojo marinated pork loin and ham and the Braised Chicken and Chorizo Taquitos are especially popular as well as the new Southwest Green Chile Burger. For dinner, the Chile Relleno entrée features roasted Anaheim chilies with a choice of fillings including roasted corn and crab, queso fresco or carnitas and two varieties of salsa. Seafood entrees include a Plantain Crusted Halibut served with mango-habenero salsa and coconut-green chili sauce. The Lobster Tacos are finished with smoked paprika-lime garlic sauce. A consistent favorite is the Argentinean Style Grilled Ribeye, complemented with a deliciously addictive chimichurri sauce. Fresh house made tamales and enchiladas are made daily. A refreshing counterpart to any meal are specially selected brews. For Estrella’s Beer Dinners, a featured brewery presented every month to provide for a tasty and clever way to go beer tasting while eating a fabulous meal. Just imagine, four pints and four courses, including dessert! Visit Estrella, 815 12th Street, Paso Robles, for lunch (daily 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or dinner, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m). Call (805) 226-5406 or visit their website at www.estrellarestaurant.com.

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BRIDLEWOOD ESTATE WINERY
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Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 3555 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez (805) 688-9000 | www.bridlewoodwinery.com

Most tasting rooms were built as winery operations not repurposed buildings. But for Bridlewood Winery in Santa Barbara wine country, part of the allure and history is that the property used to be a thoroughbred horse farm, hence the winery name. The Mission-style bell tower, long driveway, and lush grounds remind you that this once was a grand estate. There are still a few horses on the expansive grounds and one original track is still located behind the winery near a large pond an exclusive perk to picnic at for wine club members. And on weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. they offer a horse and carriage vineyard tour of the property for a mere $10. Bridlewood’s tasting room reflects the wood, and earthy warm tones of an equestrian facility, complete with high volume ceilings and generous space at the tasting bar for you to roam around in. The wines too reflect what is best about this region of California, namely the expressive wines. “The Central Coast is an extraordinary place that is home to some of the best grapes California has to offer,” winemaker Mark Williams says. “I hope that my wines can serve as an ambassador for this region.” Since Williams collaborates with winegrowers from Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County’s, he is able to represent the Central Coast as few other wineries can do showcases Bridlewood’s ability to produces handcrafted wine from a broad palette of the Coast and scrupulous barrel flavors developed in the winery. “My winemaking philosophy is to focus on the details, ensuring the highest quality in the bottle,” Mark says. “To me, one of the most rewarding parts of winemaking is spending time on each lot to experiment with different

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Paso Robles Valentine Movie Night
“The Quiet Man” – 1952 Classic comes to Park Cinemas
Enjoy the 1952 classic “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara on the big screen once again Sunday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. at Park Cinemas in Downtown Paso Robles. Popcorn and soda or champagne and chocolates are included in your $12 ticket. The event starts at 7:00 p.m., so arrive early for best seating (in the all-easy, high-back chairseats) Park Cinemas, 1100 Pine Street, Paso Robles. Besides refreshments there will be fun and prizes. Sean Thornton has returned from America to reclaim his homestead and escape his past. Sean's eye is caught by Mary Kate Danaher, a beautiful but poor maiden, and younger sister of ill-tempered "Red" Will Danaher. The riotous relationship that forms between Sean and Mary Kate, punctuated by Will's pugnacious attempts to keep them apart, form the main plot, with Sean's past as the dark undercurrent. With seating limited, tickets may be purchased for $12 per person, available through the Paso Robles Main Street office at 835 12th St., Suite D, in the “Norma’s Way” alley, or call (805) 238-4103.

flavor combinations, yielding the best final blend.” And this is what you find at the tasting room; unique blends and sturdy Syrahs. “We are releasing our very first 2010 Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon and also the long awaited and always ‘sold out way to quickly’ estate grown Zinfandel, which will be released in February,” notes Toy Canto, Bridlewood Estate Manager. The tasting room offers one standard tasting list for $15 and it explores the breadth of their portfolio including wines like Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, GSMs (Rhone style blends), and their flagship wine, Syrah. These various wines come from Monterey, the Bridlewood Estate, and vineyards across the Central Coast. Their Estate Wine Club offers a 25% discount on wines shipped to members five times a year. This is also a great spot with plenty of room in which to stretch out for a picnic so saddle up and ride over. Bridlewood Estate Winery is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bottle prices range from $20 to $50. They are located at 3555 Roblar Ave. in Santa Ynez. Contact them at (805) 688-9000 or email, visit@bridlewoodwinery.com. www.bridlewoodwinery.com

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t’s no wonder the people here call it SLO. No one is in any hurry in the cafés or on the sidewalks, and certainly no one is in any rush to leave. 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 nourishing to the soul. 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.

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Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience – February 16th
The 45+ members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers invite you to join them for a day in Paso Robles Wine Country with some of America’s leading producers of Rhone varietals. This fun-filled and information-rich day will include: winemakers for a gourmet banquet lunch from local Chef Jeffery Scott.

"Rhone Essentials" Seminar - Taste a top example of each of the principal categories of Paso Robles Rhone wines as you hear from winemakers and principals who have chosen the Rhone Ranger route in Paso Robles, and who are forging the area's reputation as California's "Rhone Zone". Vintners' Lunch - Seminar participants will be joined by Rhone Rangers principals and
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Grand Tasting & Silent Auction - Taste nearly 150 wines from the complete membership of the Paso Robles Rhone Rangers, including top single Rhone varietals and the best in Rhone blends. The day's events will take place at Broken Earth Winery, on Highway 46 just east of Paso Robles. Tickets for the seminar and lunch are $85, and seminar/lunch attendees receive free entry into the Grand Tasting. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are just $35. For information and to purchase tickets visit www.rhonerangers.org.

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PREFERRED TASTING ROOM

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD
BY CATHY NEUSHAL

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD Open daily 10a.m. to 5p.m. 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo (805) 544-5855 | www.ednavalleyvineyard.com

It’s a new year, and with it comes a new look for Edna Valley Vineyard’s wines. Edna Valley’s wine bottles now feature a sleek, modern design. When you visit Edna Valley Vineyard’s tasting room, or browse for wines at your local market, you’ll get a glimpse of the new branding. Starting with the Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley will be releasing wines with the new labeling throughout the nation. Expect to see Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines with the updated look in your local market. Even though the look of the wines may have changed, visitors will still find their favorites available in the tasting room. The current wine list still includes their flagship varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as Reserve Syrah, Reserve Cabernet and blends such as the Red V made from Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo, Tannat and Petite Sirah. Here are some of the wines currently available in Edna Valley Vineyard’s tasting room: 2012 Winemaker Series Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Fleur de Edna Chardonnay, 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, 2011 Winemaker Series Pinot Noir and 2010 Meritage. Tasting room visitors can also look forward to some upcoming releases. This spring, Edna Valley will release a rich, creamy Heritage Chardonnay, and a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the best ways to enjoy Edna Valley wines is while looking at the stunning views from the winery’s tasting room and patio area. Visitors rave about the scenery. You can try limited production wines that are only available in the tasting room and to wine club members, while enjoying the view of the vineyard. Another way to try Edna Valley Vineyard’s limited production wines is by attending their elevated wine tasting called The Wine Experience. The Wine Experience is held in a private room and led by a wine educator which changes seasonally and is offered most weekends. It is designed to give participants a chance to take a fresh look at wine, food and entertaining. The next event features a Reidel glassware/varietal pairing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a taste test to identify the difference glassware can make. They will also get a chance to taste small production wines not available outside the winery. Reservations are required. Edna Valley Tasting Room is located at 2585 Biddle Ranch Road in San Luis Obispo, and is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information, please call (805)5445855. For reservations call (805) 544-5855 ext. 229, or email Kellee@ednavalley.com. You can also find out more information about Edna Valley Vineyard on their Facebook page.

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2010 Calcareous Syrah Wins Sweepstakes Award for Best Red 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest and most respected competition in the United States. Over 5800 entries have submitted their very best. Calcareous’ 2010 Syrah has been proven, by a panel of 60 judges, to be best red wine above all the rest. industry as a chemist synthesizing research pharmaceuticals. Needing a break from the lab and the city, he returned to the Central Coast for what was planned to be a brief stint as a stainless-scrubber, grape-puncher and barrel-mover in Paso Robles. The fit between the job requirements and Jason’s passions were total and immediate. He took on the job of Assistant Winemaker at Calcareous for three harvests. Starting with the 2010 harvest, Jason began work as head Winemaker at Calcareous, and with the confidence that amazing vineyards supply, he was ready to bring his passion for winemaking to your table. Calcareous Vineyard is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The $10 tasting fee includes a flight of five to seven wines. They are located at 3430 Peachy Canyon Road in Paso Robles’ Westside. Contact them at (805) 239-0289 or www.calcareous.com.

Calcareous Vineyard:
Calcareous Vineyard is named as a tribute to our terroir. Our 442 acre estate begins three miles west of Paso Robles and stretches several miles west towards the Pacific Ocean. This limestone soil and our varied microclimates allow us to produce Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundy varietal simultaneously. Our family winery has an uncompromising commitment to quality and wines of authentic vineyard expression.

2010 Syrah, Paso Robles
Nose: Plum and caramel Taste: Full bodied cream, mocha and bramble berry, with a long spicy finish

Coast of California while studying chemistry at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. After coming to grips with the fact that surfing would not pay the rent, he moved to San Francisco and spent five years working in the bio-tech

Winemaker, Jason Joyce:
Jason was first introduced to the Central

PLEASANT VALLEY
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Friday-Sunday 12-5 • 805-467-9490
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Perfect Pairs
Opolo Vineyards and Winery’s Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries are so versatile and not just for holiday meals and this recipe incorporates Opolo Vineyards 2012 Mountain Zinfandel to make a delicious cranberry sauce that is perfect any time. I halved the recipe as suggested so I wouldn’t have too much sauce and also so I could enjoy a glass of Zinfandel while cooking! The cranberry sauce is easy to make and even finicky guests will love it. This dish needs an aggressively fruity, dark, rich wine and the 2012 Mountain Zinfandel is the perfect match. Jammy aromas of raspberry and plum are balanced by floral lavender and violet. A lush, round mouth of plum and cherry flavors lead to a finish that is long and satisfying. This wine is bold enough to accompany most grilled meats and spicy fare brilliantly or Opolo's cevapcici sandwiches. The cranberry sauce works well with most main dishes but can also be served chilled alongside a cheese platter or warm layered upon vanilla bean ice cream. Opolo Vineyards produces approachable and food-friendly wines that people love in a scenic mountain-top setting. Their wines are mostly estate grown and the intensely flavored Mountain Zinfandel is their most popular wine. These wines are meant for everyday enjoyment and the tasting room offers guests a relaxed approach to wine tasting. Artisan meats and cheese are available for an impromptu picnic on their grounds or found along one of the walking trails surrounding the winery. On weekends, guest can indulge in pairings on the patio and enjoy wood fired pizzas or their signature cevapcici, a Serbian beef and lamb sandwich all expertly paired with Opolo wines. Private tours and tastings are also available with reservations and the tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to contact them, visit www.opolo.com.

ALEXANDRA CHARSLEY

Opolo Vineyards and Winery’s Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Ingredients 3½ cups Opolo Mountain Zinfandel 2 cups sugar 2 cups (packed) golden brown sugar 12 whole cloves 12 whole allspice 4 cinnamon sticks 2 3x1 inch strips orange peel 2 12 ounce bags fresh cranberries Preparation Combine all ingredients - except cranberries - in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 3 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Strain syrup into large saucepan. Add cranberries to syrup and cook over medium heat until berries burst, about 6-8 minutes. Cool. Transfer sauce to medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cold. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Keep refrigerated.) Unless your family really loves cranberry sauce you might want to cut this recipe in half... the best part about doing that is that you’ll end up with half a bottle of Mountain Zinfandel left over to drink while you cook! Zinfandel Tasting Notes The 2012 Mountain Zinfandel is an aggressively fruity, dark, rich wine. Jammy aromas of raspberry and plum are balanced by floral lavender and violet. A lush, round mouth of plum and cherry flavors lead to a finish that is long and satisfying. This wine is bold enough to accompany spicy fare brilliantly - try it with spicy sausage like Andouille or Opolo's own Cevap Cici!

Open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles CA 93446 (805) 238-9593 | www.opolo.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/OpoloWine

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WINEMAKER PROFILE

CHRIS CAMERON
Broken Earth Winery
BY CAROLYN WOODDALL

Winemaker, Chris Cameron

Open daily from 10:30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. 5625 Highway 46 East, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (805) 239-2562 | www.brokenearthwinery.com

For winemaker Chris Cameron, making wine at Broken Earth Winery is a dream job. Born in Australia, Cameron’s winemaking career spans more than 35 vintages in Australia, Italy, France, Turkey and now the United States. For the past five years he worked in Paso Robles at Summerwood Winery and Veris Winery, before joining Broken Earth Winery as their winemaker. Throughout his illustrious career Cameron has achieved international recognition for his wines by being awarded 70 major trophies and 600 medals both domestically and internationally including “The Best Merlot Worldwide” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, and the “Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy”, Australia’s most prestigious wine award. His work with Broken Earth Winery as already been recognized with two Gold Medals at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Competition. Cameron is passionate about making wine in Paso Robles, and is excited about the areas viticultural opportunities for being able to ripen both Bordeaux and Rhône varietals. The 2,500 acres of vineyards surrounding Broken Earth Winery were originally named Rancho Tierra Rejada, which is Spanish for “land of worked earth”. Broken Earth Winery is committed to sustainable farming ideals in order to continue to bolster the high-quality reputation of Paso Robles wines. Cameron works with the land and the varietals it produces to ensure that the wines he makes are balanced and structured, and reflect the style of the region. His approach to winemaking is minimalist intervention, as he feels that truly great wines are inherently dependent on the vineyard, and the real art of winemaking is the ability to translate what’s on the vine into the bottle. Visitors to Broken Earth Winery will notice that there are several labels offered in the tasting room. Each of these brands represents varying styles and price points. Try unique blends under the Quadrant, Diablo and Triptych labels, or delicious Chardonnays, Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons under the Pull label. The Shimmin label features tasty Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Broken Earth label offers a selection of reserve, estate, limited release and vineyard select wines. Broken Earth Winery also offers custom label wines for all occasions including golf club and wedding labels. Visit Broken Earth Winery at 5625 Highway 46 East in Paso Robles, and for more information call (805) 239-2562 or visit www.brokenearthwinery.com.

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Not Your Typical Dinner and a Movie
Santa Barbara’s Playful Version of Restaurant Week, Film Feast, Pairs Nicely with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara’s Film Feast is a unique take on Restaurant Week. Coinciding with the 28th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) January 30th – February 9th, Film Feast participants (restaurants, wine tasting rooms and hotels) offer special tasting menu’s and hotel packages using the theme “Made in Santa Barbara.” Santa Barbara is where the greatest things come together. Ocean meets mountains. Sunny meets year-round. The good life meets the great life. And for eleven days every year, exceptional film meets award-winning cuisine and libations during Film Feast—your invitation to explore the best plates and pours throughout Santa Barbara's many theatre districts during the annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Film Feast is the perfect time to come and get a taste of why it's not just made well, it's made in Santa Barbara. Film Feast 2014 stars Santa Barbara’s South Coast: Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, Santa Barbara and Goleta. It is a fun and creative way to bring business to the restaurants and tasting rooms that are near the action of the Film Festival. Last year the “Made in Santa Barbara” theme broke box office records; this year’s sequel will be even bigger and better with 36 prix fixe menus and tasting flights and 16 hotel packages to date. The popular Film Feast Guide is returning as well. This handy, compact booklet is organized by theatre district so while out and about at the many world premieres, celebrity tributes and panel discussions at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, attendees can easily find participating restaurants, tasting rooms and hotels nearby. Goleta Goodland Grub” or “Jack Johnson Farm-toFork.” Both musicians have strong ties to the area; Katy Perry was born and raised in Santa Barbara and Jack Johnson graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

LODGING DEALS
They’re rolling out the red carpet and offering special lodging packages fit for a movie star. Spend the night, week or entire film festival on the Santa Barbara South Coast, where views are stunning from the opening scene to the closing credits. Bacara Resort & Spa is rolling out the white glove treatment for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with an exclusive package fit for a President, including a stay in the 3,700 square foot Presidential Suite “The Residence” and a private screening of The Butler with reception for up to 200 friends in the resort’s own screening room. For fans of the television show “Daniel Boone,” commemorate the 50th anniversary of the series at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort with a complimentary bottle of Fess Parker wine, souvenir coonskin cap bottle top and a Fess Parker DVD.

SOCIAL LOUNGE
Feeling Punny? Join the social conversation by participating in “Pun-It-to-Win-It” and tweeting a Santa Barbara inspired film pun for a chance to win a Film Feast Getaway. Puns can play on movie titles, such as My Cousin Viognier, Lemon Pulp Fiction and Star Trek 2: The Wharf of Khan. Puns must be submitted on Twitter; the contest will be promoted on Facebook which is also where fans will vote for their favorite film pun.

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Santa Barbara’s century-long career as a movie backdrop and getaway for top Hollywood talent started during the silent era — Santa Barbara was California’s original filmmaking hub. Whether scouting sites dating back to Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1923), sipping Pinot Noir on the Sideways (2004) wine trail or watching cutting-edge cinema in historic theatres during the Film Festival, visitors will discover that Santa Barbara looks as good in real life as she does on the big screen. Visit Santa Barbara offers a comprehensive film tourism microsite as well as Sideways movie tour maps. Film Feast is presented by Visit Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Downtown Organization. SBFilmFeast.com.

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Let Film Feast 2014 take you and your taste buds on a culinary journey of cuisine and libations, made famous in Santa Barbara. Local talents and ingredients have come together to produce award-worthy prix fixe menus and tasting flights. Nominees include “The Graduate Wine Flight” at Au Bon Climat Wine Tasting Room and The Jim Clendenen Wine Library which includes eight wines comprised of four sets – one older and one younger vintage of the same wine. “Santa Barbara Talent with Local Ingredients” at Savoy Café and Deli offers diners a choice of “Katy Perry

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Wineflite is Here to Ship Your Wine
Wineflite hires Daniel Webber as a great addition to the Wineflite Team. Daniel was familiar with WF having used our service while working for a major winery in Napa. He saw his customer’s reaction, when wanting to ship wine, and decided to approach us to see if he could become a member of our team. When asked to tell us a little about how he feels being involved with the first online wine shipping company for the international tourist, here is what Daniel has to say: “After studying Economics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I knew I wanted to be involved in a growing industry. International wine shipping has always been in demand, but until recently it has been difficult for wineries to utilize this type of service. Having experience in wine sales I can understand that intimidated feeling one can have when trying to get wine to customers abroad. The best part of my job is when I see the relief on peoples faces when we explain that we can guarantee delivery of quality wine, taking care of all logistics involved with freight and customs. It is wonderful to be part of a company that has aligned its incentives so perfectly with that of the winery and the wine consumer.” Wineflite is thrilled to have Daniel join their international network of Brand Agents located in every wine region of the world. Each agent is focused on helping wine businesses assist their guests in shipping wine back to their home. Wineflite is getting positive feedback from wine businesses regarding Daniel. He has great energy, and a positive winning attitude. We look forward to great things with Daniel on board.

Other new features of Wineflite:
• Check out the greatly enhanced pricing calculator on the website at at www.wineflite.com/pricing. • British Columbia was a destination that was off the list of approved provinces for the longest time. The good news. BC is back. See the Canada province guide located under the pricing calculator. • Wineflite is shipping weekly to Mainland China and all points of Asia. • New Sea Freight Chill Service to Hong Kong is now available • Wineflite is working with more and more wineries and is growing by the day. • The following destinations have been added: Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Denmark. • To meet the needs of the high-end wine user, Wineflite is launching WineSafe; a temperature controlled solution to wine shipping. Stay in touch with Wineflite by emailing them at client.services@wineflite.com or visit the website at www.wineflite.com.

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Heading to the Tasting Room
BY CHARLES NEAVE

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.

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Solvang ‘Third Wednesday’ – Present-Perfect for Valentine’s Day
The February edition of Solvang's monthly "Third Wednesday", to be held on Wednesday, February 19, creates the ideal gift-giving opportunity for wine – and beer – lovers: Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk tickets can now be purchased in advance, through a new on-line ticketing option. Visitors and locals can buy tickets for themselves – or as gifts – for any future Wine & Beer Walk, through First Street Tickets at firststreettickets.com/events/solvang-third-wednesday. The resulting tickets for the Wine & Beer Walk – just $20 per person – can be redeemed at Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive) the respective day of the event, in exchange for the Wine & Beer Walk logo glass, tasting vouchers and map. On the Wine & Beer Walk, which runs from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Third Wednesday-goers get to soak up all of the day’s deals spread throughout the town, by venturing out on the monthly activity which includes wine or beer tastings at five venues of participants’ choice, the afore-mentioned logo glass, and a map to guide tasters to crowdpleasing Solvang watering holes like Wandering Dog Wine Bar; Sort This Out Cellars; The Good Life, Craft Beer & Wine Cellar; Carivintâs Winery’s Tasting Room; Randy’s Taproom; the Olive House; Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard’s Tasting Room; Dascomb Cellars; Lions Peak Vineyard’s Tasting Room; Solvang Brewing Company; Viking Garden Cellars; the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards and Toccata Tasting Rooms; Cali Love Wine; and more. Wine & Beer Walk tickets can also be purchased on-line the dayof, via credit card. Cash-only day-of tickets for the Wine & Beer Walk will continue to be sold at the Olive House (1661 Mission Drive), Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive) and Sort This Out Cellars (1636 Copenhagen Drive). The Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk is an added bonus, on top of regular Third Wednesday deals and discounts at merchants and restaurants all over town, Solvang’s weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and deals at Solvang hotels. February’s Third Wednesday will also feature another “Cash Mob”, with a carefully-curated “mystery” shopping location. February’s “Cash Mob” gathering is at 5:20 p.m., when “Mobbers” are invited to meet at the Gazebo in Solvang Park (Mission Drive and First Street), each bearing $10 to spend. The “Cash Mob” will travel together to February’s “mystery” shopping location, which is a “natural” choice for artful items. February’s “mystery” merchant will also offer an exclusive Third Wednesday discount, allowing “Mobbers” to put their $10 to good use. Post-shopping, the "Cash Mob" is invited to refuel at Randy’s Taproom at C and R Imports (1525 Mission Drive). February’s “Cash Mob” will also feature a free raffle upon the “Mob” gathering, awarding the raffle winner with Ten “Solvang Dollars” to spend at February’s “mystery” shopping location. “Cash Mob” latecomers who miss the 5:20 p.m. meeting time, will be able to find the February 19 “mystery” shopping destination on the Solvang Third Wednesday Facebook page. Once again, February’s Third Wednesday guests looking to get crafty, can enjoy the Third Wednesday interactive art demonstration at Solvang’s artist collective, Art Hus [475 First Street, #2; (805) 6861892], from 12 to 2:00 p.m., and the jewelry-making class at Kandra’s Beads [1539-A Mission Drive; (805) 686-8804], from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Additionally, the Wildling Museum (1511-B Mission Drive) will offer FREE admission from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., allowing visitors to explore the exhibitions offering a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. As always, Solvang Third Wednesday visitors can also take advantage of Third Wednesday deals at some of Solvang's best hotels, like 20% off of their night's stay*, or complimentary Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk tickets* (*with a qualifying stay). Held the third Wednesday of every month, "Solvang Third Wednesday" is a special promotion in partnership with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, encouraging Central Coast visitors and locals to “Shop. Eat. Play.” More than 60 shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, activities and professional offices offer special sales and discounts all day. More information about all Solvang Third Wednesday happenings, and a complete listing of discount offers and events, is available at www.solvangthirdwednesday.com.

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Lions Peak Vineyards – ‘Wine is Art’
BY MELISSA CHAVEZ

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Centrally located at 1659 Copenhagen Drive in Solvang is the Lions Peak Vineyards tasting room. Inside the thatched roof shop, one finds a multicultural array of art, pottery, ethnic wood carvings, painted glassware wine accessories and more. Artistically labeled bottles, however, reveal handcrafted, award-winning wines sourced from a 120-acre San Miguel vineyard estate located in North San Luis Obispo County. To date, winnings from four major California wine competitions boast a lion’s share of 24 medals. “I’m about to bottle 2010 reds,” says winemaker Jennifer Soni, who earned the distinction of Certified Sommelier last May. “We’re

bringing back Merlot in the character of great Bordeaux varietals in the traditional Old World style. Our Bon Courage is outstanding. We’ve blended 63 percent Merlot, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Cabernet Franc, using French oak. One hundred cases will be released before fall.” Wine Club members will receive first-come, first-served privileges. Other fans of Lions Peak may reserve wines also if they hurry. Lions Peak’s 2010 Sister Lionness blends 42 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 41 percent Merlot and 19 percent Cabernet Franc. This vintage and a new Zinfandel Port just might fly out the door, not unlike Jennifer’s “BFF” blend, but will soon return. An art and music lover, Jennifer enjoys focusing on gathering friends, near and far. Live classical guitar music is featured in the tasting room on alternate Saturdays and Sundays. A Wednesday gettogether is also in the works to enable a midweek respite with cheese, chocolate and community to enhance a glass. “Wine is an art,” says Jennifer. “What relaxing opportunities these are for those interested in conversing about wine while listening to good music.” Call (805) 693-5466 or visit www.lionspeakwine.com.

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BEDFORD WINERY For the adventurous that seek the uncommon, go to Bedford Winery. Along with barrel fermented Chardonnays and signature Syrahs, there is always the surprise of lesser known varietals. 448 Bell St, Los Alamos (805) 344-2107 | www.bedfordwinery.com Daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. BELL STREET FARM – EATERY & MARKET Bell Street Farm is a culinary destination in Santa Barbara County wine country. This delicious eatery/market is located in Los Alamos, California and is surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and farmland. With the freshest cuisine and comfortable design, Bell Street Farm is the perfect place to enjoy a meal, snack or a wine tasting. 406 Bell Street, Los Alamos | (805) 344-4609 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CASA DUMETZ WINES Casa Dumetz started in 2004 with a patch of raw earth, a bucket of grapevines and grit. We are committed to producing authentic wine. Come visit our tasting room in historic Los Alamos! 388 Bell Street, Los Alamos www.casadumetzwines.com | (805) 344-1900 Open Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. GLOBAL GARDENS & CALITERRANEAN CAFÉ Global Gardens is a California food company inspiring worldly flavors. Award-winning, local, certified organic EVOO, balsamic vinegars & over 50 home-made products. Guided tastings, fresh café, seasonal Club. 380 Bell Street, Los Alamos www.globalgardensonline.com | (805) 344-2222 Thursday through Monday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. MARTIAN RANCH & VINEYARD Martian Ranch & Vineyard is a biodynamic vineyard and winery established in 2008. Located on the scenic Alisos Canyon Road, we offer an eclectic array of wines, produced from our estate vineyard. 9110 Alisos Canyon Rd, Los Alamos www.martianvineyard.com | (805) 344-1804 Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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For the adventurous that seek the uncommon and are captivated by character, go to Bedford Winery in Los Alamos. Along with barrel fermented Chardonnays and signature Syrahs, there are also surprises. One may discover lesser known varietals such as Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc or dry Riesling. You might taste a wellaged library selection. After more than 30 years in the field, winemaker Stephan Bedford is still full of enthusiasm. He enjoys the hands-on mechanics of winemaking. Using time-honored techniques, he creates wines with personality and depth. Eclectic, off-beat and forgotten varietals fuel his passion and creativity. His limited edition wines are available primarily at the tasting room, which is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm, sometimes longer depending on the season. The tasting room’s rustic ambience invites you to focus in on the wines and encourages dialog on a variety of topics with the well-read Bedford staff. A generous garden courtyard is well suited for a relaxed picnic. This is what wine tasting should be: wines that are not main stream, an unrushed, intimate atmosphere and great conversation. Bedford Winery is also known for out of the ordinary events. From Mushrooms Gone Wild and historical readings with era specific food, to original theatrical presentations by the talented Bedford Players; plan on enlightened stimulation, smiling and thinking while sipping Bedford wine. Take the path less traveled and visit tiny downtown Los Alamos. This quirky but friendly town harkens back to a bygone era, and now it’s attracting maverick business owners and artists. It offers the perfect laid back setting to enjoy your ultimate wine experience.

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The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail – A Road of Definition
Every wine region has that one specific place, an area that clearly defines the whole of the region in terms of how it best expresses and interprets the wine. In Santa Barbara County that wine region is Foxen Canyon. The Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is home to 15 tasting rooms along its languid path, all of which are flanked by row upon row of vineyards, which is one of the reasons people flock here, to get the full wine country experience. But unlike other wine trails, Foxen Canyon is still agriculture driven. You won’t find any stores, gas stations, restaurants or shopping. What you will find are bucolic lazy roads which undulate into flat valleys and ascends to hilltops where the views of open land, roaming cattle, quail and turkey vultures, verdant vineyards, mature oak trees and blue skies beckon; a postcard to the past of what California used to be like. The beans and barley plantings of older times have been replaced by grapevines but there are still pockets of bell peppers and other row crops along this country road. The Foxen Canyon area seems unremarkable in terms of its diversity however this 30 mile long road shows various micoclimates and topography along the way, and there is a stunning array represented here. The multitude of wineries have planted a bevy of grapes including Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. The south of the trail, closer to the tasting room hotbed of Los Olivos, is dominated by full bodied Rhone style wines where the inland climate is much warmer and where you will find Syrah, Grenache and Viognier and some of the first Santa Barbara plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the early 1970s. In the northern part of the canyon, leading towards Santa Maria, the Burgundian styles are more readily available, where the cooler maritime influence creates a climate perfect for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And often you can see the clouds from the beach just 10 miles away. This is however, California, and that means a greater cornucopia of other varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Negrette, Sylvaner, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc which can also be found on the tasting lists showcasing the assortment of grapes that thrive here. Most of the wineries have picnic areas; some large and open and some small and secluded – you just need to take your pick. When visiting the trail it’s advisable to bring water with you and food as there are no restaurants and many of the wineries are spread out. By visiting this unique wine trail you’ll get in touch with the exceptional wines of Santa Barbara and at the same time, step back into historic California.

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Zaca Mesa, a loose translation meaning “peaceful table,” has been a winery of “firsts.” They were the first winery to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County in 1978, and the first Central Coast winery to appear in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 list. Their Syrah was served by President Clinton to French President Jacque Chirac at a White House State Dinner, and also served at President Reagan’s 80th birthday party at the Beverly Hilton. That’s a pretty impressive history. The focus is squarely on Syrah, but you’ll also find Chardonnay, Viognier and Roussanne as well as Mouvedre and Grenache. The rustic wood clad tasting room, shaded by old oak trees, is large enough so you don’t feel cramped, but small enough to remain intimate. At Zaca Mesa you’ll get a tasting of seven wines for $10. The tasting flights change every couple of weeks based on availability of the wines so there’s always something different and new to sample. You can relax at one of their many picnic tables or challenge your friends to a game of chess on their life-size chessboard. A quick walk on their hiking trail provides extraordinary sights of the Santa Ynez Valley and surrounding farms. Tours and large group tastings are

available, so call in advance for a reservation. Family owned for nearly three decades they are dedicated to the farming of their vineyards and the 2013 crop looks promising. They have been shoot-thinning and removing leaves around the fruitingzone for balanced yields and maximum exposure to the early-morning sun which should lead beautiful fruit once harvest begins in August. Stop in to taste past vintages and get excited about the future ones. They are open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., contact them at (805) 688-9339 ext. 308, or www.zacamesa.com. (See ad for 2 for 1 Tasting Offer)

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Since 1973, we have hand crafted wine from grapes grown in our own vineyards to express their distinct character and genuine quality offering you a unique experience to share.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please call ahead for parties of 8 or more. (805) 938-7318
5475 Chardonnay Lane, Santa Maria, CA cambriawines.com
© 2013 Cambria Winery, Santa Maria, CA

Open 10am-4pm daily.
Present this ad and receive a 2 for 1 tasting 6905 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos, CA 93441 www.zacamesa.com | (805) 688-9339

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Rancho Sisquoc Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Santa Barbara County having started growing grapes in 1968 with Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. Today it is still a family owned winery and their 310 acres of vineyards overlooking the Sisquoc River are home to unique micro-climates which allow them to grow diverse varieties such as including, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the obscure German grape Sylvaner. To the Chumash Indians who once lived on this land the word “Sisquoc” meant a “gathering place” and wine seekers still gather down a long dirt road amid lush green pastures and fruit trees at the winery tasting room, truly getting a feeling of early California. The vineyards are warmer than vineyards in the lower Santa Maria Valley, but Rancho Sisquoc is cooler than the Santa Ynez Valley just 20 miles south due to what is known as the transverse range; coastal mountains which running west-east, not north-south, that bring cool winds and fog inland from the Pacific Ocean, tempering the vines. Winemaker Alec Franks abides by a simple philosophy for the 18,000 cases he makes; create high quality wines in limited quantities, and offer them at a reasonable price. Tasting fees are $10 for any six wines from their wine list and there are usually a dozen wines to choose from, and a stemless logo glass is included. You can bring a picnic to the beautiful and quiet grounds any time you like. Rancho Sisquoc is truly a throwback to another time. The rustic wood tasting room is located at 6600 Foxen Canyon Road near Santa Maria. They are open Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact them at www.ranchosisquoc.com, or (805) 934-4332.

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Costa de Oro Winery
Costa de Oro, a Spanish term meaning “gold coast,” reflects their moniker perfectly. They make wine from their 30-acre Gold Coast Vineyard planted mainly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and these wines reflect the best the Central Coast has to offer; almost like gold in a glass. The Costa de Oro tasting room is comfortable and relaxed with its wood-toned colors, wood beams on the ceiling and wood floors. There are comfy chairs to relax in and there’s plenty of sunlight cascading through the large windows. The views from the windows look directly out to the fertile cropland of Santa Maria and to the low rolling hills in the distance. In the tasting room there are wines that are either exclusive to the wine club or in very small quantities only available at the tasting room. Currently you can find three versions of Chardonnay, four iterations of Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon and a fun summertime red blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Tasting fees are $10, or you can purchase individual glasses of wine in addition to lots of gift items. Make certain you get a cheese plate to go with your wines, which are available from $5 to $12 containing a variety of cheeses. To make matters even better, Costa de Oro offers live music every Friday evening with their Wine Down Fridays. Each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. you’re likely to hear festive folk music, maybe blues, acoustic guitar solos or a little rock ‘n roll from Grammy winning musicians. “My wife and I are musicians and music is near and dear to us,” says Gary Burk, the winemaker and owner. “Music and wine are both universal languages, they speak to people on an emotional level, no translation necessary.” The Friday Wine Down’s feature wonderful food from Chef Rick, one of the best chefs in the area. For a mere $12 you’ll get foods like a club sandwich made with oak grilled chicken, avocado, and apple wood smoked bacon, and broccoli slaw with vinaigrette

and summer melons. And all these foods pair well with Gary’s wines, especially the Pinot Noirs. “We are very excited about our Pinot Noirs,” Gary says, and yes he’s a little biased since he has a fondness for them over other wines. So get your groove on and check out the exceptional wines of Costa de Oro. The tasting room is open Saturday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. They are located at 1331 S. Nicholson Ave. in Santa Maria directly off Highway 101. Contact them at (805) 922-1468 or www.cdowinery.com.

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World of Pinot Noir at Bacara Resort & Spa
The World of Pinot Noir tastings at Bacara Resort on Friday, February 28th & Saturday, March 1st include a different lineup of winery participants each day
Taste Pinot Noir from more than 220 producers throughout the weekend's events! Saturday's Grand Tasting features Sea Smoke, Kosta Browne Winery, Williams Selyem Winery, Brewer-Clifton, Cirq Estate, Hirsch Vineyards, Maison L'Oree, Merry Edwards Winery and Pisoni Vineyards. Friday's Tasting features Presqu'ile Winery, Flowers Vineyard, Domaine Serene, Winery, Sawyer-Lindquist Vineyard, Siduri Wines, Soter Vineyards, Talley Vineyards, Archery Summit, Domaine de la Côte and EnRoute. Fill your Burgundy craving at the Burgundy & Oregon: Parallels in Latitudes a Look at 45º North Seminar on Friday where you will taste wines from Maison Louis Jadot's Beaune 1er Cru Clos des between these two Pinot Noir growing regions. Seminar panelists include winemakers: Steve Goff with Colene Clemens Vineyards, Lynn Penner-Ash with Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Isabelle Meunier with Evening Land Vineyards, Robert Brittan with Brittan Vineyards, James Frey with Trisaetum and Rebecca Pittock Shouldis from Ghost Hill Cellars. Shuttle Service will be available to and from Bacara from these properties for the Tastings, and evening dinners on both Friday and Saturday: Pacifica Suites, Hotel Goleta, Hampton Inn, Best Western Southcoast and Courtyard by Marriot Goleta. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.wopn.com or call (805) 489-1758. Looking forward to seeing you at the events!

Ursules vineyard from 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997, 1990 and 1985 presented by Jadot winemaker Frédéric Barnier, and Katherine Cole. Paired with the Maison Louis Jadot seminar is "Exploring the Terroir of the Willamette Valley's Sub-Appellations" Seminar moderated by Katherine Cole. Discover the similarities and differences

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Welcome to the
Arcadian Winery

LOMPOC WINE GHETTO
Like most passionate wine enthusiasts, a great epiphany led Joe Davis to his calling as a winemaker... While in college on an athletic scholarship, Davis, the son of a Monterey California fishing family, took a job in a wine shop. One Christmas, a good customer brought Joe a gift of a 1978 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Domaine Dujac. One sip and he was completely taken with the flavor and sheer deliciousness of the wine.“To have winemaking as a life pursuit and to make wine like this,” he thought, “would be the most wonderful thing in the world.” And so his quest began. Joe voraciously read everything he could find that was wine related and enrolled in UC Davis’ graduate program. In 1985, he met and went to work for Dan Lee of Morgan Winery. While primarily making award-winning Chardonnay, Davis never lost site of that fantastic Burgundy and in 1990, he presented a classic Pinot Noir production plan to Morgan Winery. His original plan included techniques Davis applies today to his Arcadian Winery Pinot Noir; whole cluster fruit is hand picked and is sorted early in the day to ensure chilled fruit. “Obviously, not all vintages are the same, the recipe might change, but by using these methods consistently, I impart a common thread among my wines that translates into my style” says Davis. He employed these procedures for all of his Pinot Noir vintages (1986-1994) at Morgan and then took this knowledge to a general manager’s position at Bernardus Winery. Finally, in 1996, on his own and ready to fulfill

his dream, he released Arcadian Winery’s first vintage of Chardonnay to rave reviews. Joe realized another dream in late November 2011 when he opened his long-anticipated tasting room in the Lompoc Wine 1 Ghetto. Arcadian Winery tasting room is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (805) 737-3900 or go to www.arcadianwinery.com.

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ARCADIAN 1515 East Chestnut Ave, Suite B, Lompoc | Open daily 11am-5pm 805-737-3900, www.arcadianwinery.com Inspired by the great traditions of Burgundian winemaking, Joseph Davis has been making Arcadian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in California’s Central Coast region since 1996. Using French artisan methods and hands-on vineyard management, Joe’s Arcadian label consistently receives high marks from the world’s most respected wine writers. JOSEPH BLAIR WINES 1501 E Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc 805-618-2072, www.josephblair.com Open Friday-Sunday 12-5pm, or by appointment Joseph Blair Wines produces small lots, with a focus on vineyard designated wines. When you have one of these, you’ll know it is something special and unique. LA MONTAGNE WINERY 1509 E Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc 805-291-6643, www.lamontagnewinery.com Open Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm Their family name, LaMontagne, meaning “the Mountain,” appropriately describes their quest to produce wines of exceptional quality that represent the vintage and the place in which they were grown.

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Peter Scott Fraser started Scott Cellars in 2005 with a driving passion for making great wine. We produced Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and a luxury blend. However, in 2007 the first Sangiovese was made. Now, only a short time later, it is the focus. We still make small lots of these wines, but Scott Cellars is taking Sangiovese to a new level in California, Santa Barbara specifically. Our small boutique winery is committed to creating world class Sangiovese with a distinctive New World style. More than that, we want to show the world that truly great Sangiovese can be made here in Santa Barbara. The special terrior here combined with the marine influence and valley orientation make for some of the most uniquely rich distinctive Sangiovese grapes anywhere. The Scott Cellars style is based on the place the wines are grown while I name the wines after the soils and or places the grapes are grown. In other words, the Scott Cellars style is all about the California climate and soil and what most naturally comes from it. “I may be half Italian, but I am all about making wines based on this terroir and this climate, not some place a world away. I feel that we winemakers are only just starting to understand the true nature of Sangiovese and what it can be here in CA.” In this place the climate naturally lends itself to wines that are rich and fruit forward with smooth supple tannins. That is the Scott Cellars style. Sangiovese may be associated almost exclusively with Italy, but we

have developed a style that reflects our sensibilities. We are creating our own traditions. The wines are concentrated yet supple, powerful yet elegant and designed to be consumed within 5 to 8 years. The tannins are velvety and the acid while balanced is lower than most Tuscan wines. They exhibit lush ripe fruit flavors in their youth and have utterly distinctive character unlike similar wines from anywhere else in the World. Scott Cellars is open Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information call (805) 736-6161 or go to www.scottcellars.com.

MONTEMAR WINES 1509 E Chestnut Ct., #E, Lompoc | 805-735-5000 Open Thursday-Monday 11am - 5pm, Tues & Wed by appointment only From garage to ghetto, our 20+ year winemaking journey has always emphasized vineyards as the key to a great wine. Come by and relax in our backyard or chill on our beach while tasting our lineup.

TRANSCENDENCE 313 N. F. Street, Lompoc 805-689-5258, www.transcendwines.com Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm. $10 Tasting Fee Life happens over a bottle of wine: you fall in love, celebrate a birth, mourn someone’s passing, begin, end, plan, listen… dream. Transcendence celebrates the journey you take with a great bottle of wine. TURIYA WINES 316 N. F. Street, Lompoc | By appointment only (805) 478-7016, www.turiyawines.com Turiya Wines is a producer of ultra boutique wines from the Central Coast of California. Turiya is determined to create rare, fine-tuned, focused wines, both blends as well as extremely limited releases of single cultivars. Reds only. ZOTOVICH CELLARS 300 N. 12th Street, Unit 1D;  Lompoc 805-736-1600, www.zotovichcellars.com Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm A family owned and operated boutique winery. "We grow, produce and bottle estate Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We’re new to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Stop in to meet us!"

SCOTT CELLARS 316 North F St, Lompoc | Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm (805) 736-6161, www.scottcellars.com Specializing in vineyard designate Sangiovese’s and our lavish Cuvee’s, we produce ultra rich California style wines. Our Sangiovese’s are dense with fruit and the Cuvee’s are silky smooth. Private tastings by appointment.

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS 1700 Industrial Way, Ste B | Friday -Sunday 12-5pm 805-688-0400, www.stolpmanvineyards.com Try a splash of estate grown Syrah, Sangiovese and Roussanne amidst the controlled chaos of sorting, punch-downs, pressing & racking to truly experience the excitement of winemaking...

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Wine Tasting in
Stolpman Vineyards
BY MICHAEL CERVIN

After 20 years of revolutionary viticultural experimentation, Stolpman Winery continues to lead the way in Syrah, Sangiovese, and Roussanne production. Their 100% estate grown wines are organically crafted on the limestone hills of Ballard Canyon in Santa Barbara County. The soils help create acidity and structure for these intense wines. To ensure optimal freshness, the grapes are picked in the cool of the night and gently pressed. The Stolpmans' focus is Syrah, the premier grape of their estate. Other wines offered include Grenache, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Robust and flavorful estate olive oil can be tasted and purchased as well. The Stolpman tasting room, a quaint red cottage, was originally a private residence built in the late 1800s. The building has undergone major revisions with two tasting bars to comfortably accommodate guests. They also a have a covered deck and a shady patio where guests are invited to relax and enjoy the service of the passionate and knowledgeable staff. If you're interested in checking out this year's crop, Vineyard Manager Ruben Solorzano planted a demonstration vineyard in the cottage's front yard. The interior tasting room utilizes warm woods, rich tones and colors, with a French cottage feel. Additionally, the interior was designed using recycled materials.

Stolpman’s flagship tasting room in Los Olivos is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave., (805) 6880400. If tasting in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, Stolpman Vineyards' opens it's winery tasting room on Friday afternoons through Sunday. Here, guests are invited to sit around a large wood table and learn about Stolpman's unique wine-making techniques. Stolpman’s Wine Ghetto location is at 1700 Industrial Way Unit B, Lompoc. For more information call (805) 736-5000 or visit www.stolplmanvineyards.com

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Wine Tasting in
BY CAROLYN WOODDALL

Cinque Stelle Winery − A Rising Star
Cinque Stelle Winery and Boutique is a rising star on the Santa Ynez Valley winery scene, not only because their name means “five stars” in Italian. Owned and operated by the Crist family, each star represents a member of the family, and together they create smallproduction wines that reflect a shared passion and attention to quality from the farming to the winemaking process. The Crist family began their journey by purchasing a vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley (off Refugio Road) in 2007, where they grew and sold Albarino, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo and Syrah to local wineries such as Brander, Longoria and Tensley. Then in 2009 winemaker Matthew Crist had the opportunity to be mentored by local winemakers, which led to the first vintage of Cinque Stelle’s estateproduced wine. The cooler microclimate and rocky terrain along with hand-farming the entire vineyard, enables the Crist family to produce high-quality fruit that creates varietal wines with unique flavor profiles. Make sure to check out their flagship wine, Albarino, which is a very rare Spanish varietal. When the Crist family decided to open their tasting room in August 2012, Natalie and Barb (daughter and mother) incorporated a lovely women’s boutique that features clothing, fine gifts, jewelry and gourmet food items for pairing with their wines. Whether tasting one of their unique wines or browsing for a one-of-a-kind gift, Cinque Stelle’s comfortable setting and European-chic atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Cinque Stelle Winery and Boutique is located at 2445 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Suite 102 in Los Olivos. They are open Thursdays through Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (805) 686-4101 for more information. Visit www.cinquestellewinery.com or for updates on events and special offerings, visit them on Facebook at Cinque Stelle Winery.

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Get Corked in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone
From the minute you walk up the steps at Corks n’ Crowns you quickly realize, this is not your ‘typical’ tasting room. Located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, ‘CNC’ offers guests five wine tasting options, and for the beer lover two flight options. As a tasting room, the wine selection changes frequently, offering small production, highly rated wines. Walking through the antique 450 year old Indonesian doors, you’re greeted by relaxed ambiance, with a fireplace and eclectic music selections. Customers vary in age, as do the wine selections, there’s something for everyone. A laid back environment, members of “the club”, can be heard sharing jokes, and favorite local destinations with tasting room associates. At any point, a cork may be thrown, in hopes to score a free flight, customers “get corked” by pre-paid flights from friends. Known as a great place to meet friends, buy a bottle and enjoy the scenery. Sunday’s offer cupcakes and sparkling wine, made by local winner of Cupcake Wars, Sugar Cat Studios. Corks n’ Crowns is more than a tasting room! Their monthly events are not to be missed. The recent “Champagne & Oysters” sold out within the first two hours. Seasonal holiday shop brought vendors from throughout Santa Barbara for a twist on holiday shopping. With an extensive selection of wine for purchase, customers enjoy free corkage at Corks n’ Crowns’ partner restaurants. Visit ‘The Club’ at 32 Anacapa Street, daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. www.corksandcrowns.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/corksandcrowns.

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Baileyana – Daily 10am-5pm, San Luis Obispo, (805) 269-8200 Calcareous – Daily 11am-5pm, Paso Robles, (805) 239-0289 Castoro Cellars – Daily 10am-5:30pm, Templeton, 1-888-DAM-FINE

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Arcadian – Mon-Thur 12-6:30, Fri-Sun 11-6, Lompoc, (805) 737-3900 Bedford Winery – Open Daily 11-5, Los Alamos, (805) 344-2107 Bridlewood Estate – Daily 11-5, Santa Ynez, (805) 688-9000 Buttonwood Farm Winery – Daily 11-5, Solvang, (805) 688-3032 Byron – Daily 11-5, Los Olivos, (805) 938-7365 Cambria Winery & Vineyards – Daily 10am-5pm, Santa Maria, (805) 805-937-8091 Carivintas – Mon-Thur 12-7, Fri-Sun 11-7, Solvang, (805) 693-4331 Casa Dumetz Wines – Thur 12-7, Fri-Sat 11-7, Los Alamos, (805) 344-1900 Cimarone Estate Wines – Thursday-Monday 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-8011 Cinque Stella Winery – Thur-Mon 11-5, Los Olivos, (805) 686-4101 Coquelicot – Daily 11-5, Sat 10-5, Los Olivos, (805) 688-1500 Costa De Oro Winery – Daily 11-6, Fri 11-8, Santa Maria, (805) 922-1468 

                                                   

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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.

Deep Sea Wine – Daily 11-7, Santa Barbara, (805) 618-1185 Dragonette Cellars – Thur-Mon 11-5, Los Olivos, (805) 693-0077 Firestone Vineyard – Daily 10am-5pm; Tours 11:15am, 1:15 & 3:15pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-3940 Fontes & Phillips – Thur-Mon 11-5, Santa Ynez, (805) 688-2200 Foley Wines – Daily 10am-5pm, Lompoc, (805) 737-6222 Joseph Blair Wines – Fr-Sun 12-5, Lompoc, (805) 735-8937 La Montagne Winery – Fri-Sun 11am-5pm, Lompoc, (805) 291-6643 Lincourt – Daily 10am-5pm, Solvang, (805) 688-8554 Lions Peak – Mon-Thu 11am-7pm, open later Fri-Sun, Solvang, (805) 693-5466 Loring Wine Co./Cargasacchi – Thur-Mon 10-5, Buellton, (805) 691-1300

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.

Martian Ranch & Vineyard – Daily 10-5, Los Alamos, (805) 344-1804 Montemar Wines – Thur-Sun 11-5, Lompoc, (805) 735-5000 Qupé – Daily 11am-5pm, Los Olivos, (805) 686-4200 Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Mon-Thur 10-4, Fri-Sun 10-5, Santa Maria, (805) 934-4332 Scott Cellars – Fri-Sun 11-4, Lompoc, (805) 736-6161 Sort This Out Cellars – Sun-Thur 10-7, Fri-Sat 10-10, Solvang, (805) 688-1717 Stolpman Vineyards – Fri-Sun 12-5, Lompoc, (805) 736-5000 

      

   

  



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 thirteenand-a-half barrels) which is pretty close to four thousand bottles of wine.

Tessa Marie Wines – Thur-Mon 11:30-5, Los Olivos, (805) 688-6081 Toretti Family – Thu-Mon 12-5:30pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-8002 Transcendence – Fri-Sun 11-4, Lompoc, (805) 689-5258 Turiya Wines – By appt only, Lompoc, (805) 478-7016 Zaca Mesa – Daily 10am-4pm, Los Olivos, (805) 688-9339 x308 

   

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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. 

 

       

      

   

                                                                                                                              

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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.

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. 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.

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Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles 5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980 Alta Colina – Paso Robles 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805 227-4191 AmByth Estate – Templeton 510 Sequoia Lane; 805 305-9497 Ancient Peaks – Santa Margarita 22720B El Camino Real; 805-365-7045 Anglim – Paso Robles 740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 AronHill Vineyards – Templeton 3745 W. Hwy 46; 805-434-3066 Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles 1317 Park St; 877-759-WINE Asuncion Ridge – Paso Robles 729 12th Street; 805 237-3780 August Ridge – Creston 8790 E. Highway 41; 805 239-2455 B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles 6950 Union Rd; 805-286-5835 Barr Estate Winery – Paso Robles 6950 Union Rd; 805-286-5835 Barrel 27 Wine Co – Paso Robles 2323 Tulley Rd #110; 805-237-1245 Bassetti Vineyards – Cambria 1191 N. Green Valley Rd; 805-927-1925 Bella Luna – Templeton 1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 Berardo Vineyards – Paso Robles 3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles 3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 Black Hand Cellars – Cambria 766 Main Street, Suite B ; 805-927-9463 Bodegas Paso Robles– Paso Robles 729 13th Street; 805 237-3780 Bon Niche Cellars – San Miguel 2627 Golden Eagle Way; 805-286-7798 Booker Vineyard – Paso Robles 2640 Anderson Road; 805-237-7367 Brian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles 2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 Brochelle Vineyards – Paso Robles 2323 Tuley Ct, #130 ; 805-237-4410 Broken Earth – Paso Robles 5625 Hwy 46E; 805 239-2562 Burbank Ranch – Paso Robles 1240 Park Street; 805 227-4538 Daily 10-5 X Th-Su 11-5 By appt Th-Mo 11-5:30 Th-Mo 11-6 or by Appt Daily 11-5 Daily 11-7 Daily 12:30-6 Fri-Sat till 8 Fr 12-5 Sa-Su 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appt Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appt Daily 11-5 By Appt Fr-Mo 10-5 Weekends 12-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 12:30-6 Fri-Sat till 8 By Appt Thu-Sun 11-5 Fr-Su 10:30-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 Fri-Mon 10-6 Tue-Thu 11-5:30 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

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Eagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles 3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 EBERLE WINERY – Paso Robles 3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 Écluse Wines – Paso Robles 1520 Kiler Canyon Rd; 805 238-4998 Enfold Wines – Paso Robles 855 Windwood Rd; 805 239-2856 EOS – Paso Robles 2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 Epoch Estate Wines – Templeton 7505 York Mountain Rd; 805 237-7575 FS Cellars – Paso Robles 1337 Vendels Circle; 805-226-8989 Falcon Nest Winery – Paso Robles 5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227

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CASTORO CELLARS – Templeton Daily 1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 10-5:30 Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos 131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 CELLAR 360 – Paso Robles 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 Daily 11-5:30 Closed Tue Fri-Sun 10-5 or by appt

Cerro Prieto – Paso Robles By appt 3432 Los Tablas Willow Creek Rd; 805 226-8448 Changala Winery – Paso Robles 3770 Willow Creek Road; 805-226-9060 Chateau Lettau – Paso Robles 840 13th St, Ste G; 805-238-6800 Chateau Margene – Creston 4385 La Panza Rd; 805-238-2321 Chateau Margene – Paso Robles 6996 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805 238-3500 Chronic Cellars – Paso Robles 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 237-7848 Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles 8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 Fri-Mon 11-5 Thu-Mon 1-7 Fri-Sat 1-8 Sat-Sun 11-5 Daily 11- 5 Daily 11:30-5:30 Mo-Thu 12-5 Fr-Su 11-5

First Crush Winemaking – Paso Robles Thu-Sat 2975 Limestone Way; 805-434-2772 11-5 Four Sisters Ranch – San Miguel 6961 Estrella Rd; 805 526-9242 Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles 1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 Frolicking Frog – Atascadero 14490 San Miguel Rd; 805 466-0779 Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles 5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Graveyard Vineyards – San Miguel 6990 Estrella Road; 805 467-2043 GreMark Vnyds – Paso Robles 5325 Rancho La Loma Linda; 805 237-0154 Grey Wolf Cellars – Paso Robles 2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 Grizzly Republic – Paso Robles 840 13th St; 678-372-7288 Halter Ranch Vineyard – Paso Robles 8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 HammerSky Vineyards– Paso Robles 7725 Vineyard Drive; 805-239-0930 Hansen Vineyard – Templeton 5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 By Appt By Appt By Appt By Appt Thu-Mon 11-5 X By Appt Daily 11-5:30 Opening August 14 Daily 11-5 Th-Su 11-5 Fr-Sun 11-5

Cinquain Cellars – San Miguel By 6404 Independence Ranch Pl; 805 400-5978 Appt CLAUTIERE VNYD – Paso Robles 1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 Clavo Cellars – Templeton 315 South Main St; 805-226-0174 Clayhouse Wines – Paso Robles 849 13th St; 805 238-7055 Clos Solene Wines – Paso Robles 805 296-0478 Croad Vineyards – Paso Robles 3550 Vinedo Robles Ln; 805 226-9899 Cypher Winery – Templeton 3750 Hwy 46 West; 805 237-0055 D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles 710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 Daou Vineyards – Paso Robles 2777 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805 226-5460 Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles 2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 Th-Mo 12-5 Daily 12-5 Su-Th 11-6 Fr-Sa 12-7 By appt Thu-Mon 11-5 Daily 11-6 Thu-Mon 11-6 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 10:30-5

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Harmony Cellars – Harmony Sum 10-5:30 3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805 927-1625 Win 10-5 Hearst Ranch – San Simeon 442 SLO San Simeon Rd; 805 927-4100 HEARTHSTONE– Paso Robles 5070 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-2544 Daily 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5

Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles 5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 By appt Derby Wine Estates – Paso Robles 5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 DOCE ROBLES – Paso Robles 2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 Domaine Degher – Paso Robles 8650 Centra Rd ; 805 296-2562 Fr-Mo 11-5 Daily 10-5:30 By Appt

Herman Story Wines– Paso Robles Thu-Sun 11-4 1227 Paso Robles St; 805-237-2400 or by appt Hidden Oak – Templeton 4671 South El Pomar; 805 237-9315 Hope Family Wines – Paso Robles 1585 Live Oak Road; 805 238-4112 Hug Cellars – Paso Robles 2323 Tuley Rd; 805-226- 8022 HUNT CELLARS – Paso Robles 2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 J&J Cellars – San Miguel 2850 Ranchita Canyon; 805-467-2891 J Dusi Wines – Paso Robles 1401 Hwy 46 West; 805 451-7944 Fr-Sun 11-5 Fr-Sa 10-4 Daily 11-5 & By Appt X Daily 10:30-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Wed-Mon 11-5

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CALCAREOUS – Paso Robles 3430 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 Caliza Winery – Paso Robles 2570 Anderson Rd; 805-237-1480 Caparone Winery – Paso Robles 2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 Carina Cellars – Paso Robles 3525 Adelaida Rd; 805-252-0860

DONATI FAMILY VNYD – Templeton Daily 2720 Oak View Rd; 805-238-0676 10-5 Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles 3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles 4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 Dubost Winery – Paso Robles 9988 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-226-8463 Sa-Su 12-5 or by appt Th-Su 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5

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DUNNING VINEYARDS ESTATE – Paso Robles 1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo 11-5 X

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J. LOHR VNYDS & WINES Daily 6169 Airport Rd, Paso Robles; 805-239-8900 10-5 J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles 4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton 5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Jada Winery – Paso Robles 5620 Vineyard Dr; 805 226-4200 Justin Winery – Paso Robles 11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 238-6932 Kaleidos – Paso Robles 3770 Willow Creek; 805 226-0828 Kenneth Volk – Paso Robles 2485 Hwy 46W; 805 237-7896 Kiamie Wine Cellars – Paso Robles 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805 226-8333 Kukkula – Templeton 9515 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 227-0111 L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles 2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 Lago Giuseppe – Templeton 8345 Green Valley Rd, 46 W; 805-237-7300 Laraneta Vynds – Templeton 2602 Templeton Rd; 805 434-5090 Le Cuvier – Paso Robles 3333 Vine Hill Lane; 800-549-4764 Daily 11-5 Th-Mo 11-4:30 or by appt Daily 11-5 Daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Daily 10:30-5 Open daily 11-5 X Fri-Sun 11-5 Th-Su 11-4 or by appt By Appt By Appt Daily 11-5 X X

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Paso Port Wine Co – in Steinbeck Vnyds Thu-Mon 5940 Union Rd, Paso Robles; 805 239-2229 11-5 Paso Robles Wine Club – Paso Robles 800 Pine St, Ste 101; 866-238-6400 Daily 10-6

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SCULPTERRA WINERY – Paso Robles Daily 5015 Linne Road, 805-226-8881 10-5 Sextant Wines – Paso Robles 2324 W. Hwy 46, 805 542-0133 Shadow Run Vineyard – Paso Robles 2720 La Panza Rd, 805 227-0554 Shale Oak Winery – Paso Robles 3235 Oakdale Rd, 805-239-4800 Daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 10:30-5 Thu-Mon 10-5 X

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Paso Underground – Paso Robles Fri-Sat 1-7, Sun 1-5 1140 Pine St; 805-237-0799 or by appt PEACHY CANYON – Paso Robles 1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 Pear Valley – Paso Robles 4900 Union Road; 805 237-2861 Penman Springs – Paso Robles 1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 Per Cazo Cellars – Paso Robles 5325 Vineyard Dr; 805 227-4949 Pianetta – Paso Robles 829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Pipestone – Paso Robles 2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 Pithy Little Wine Co – Paso Robles 1244 Pine St, Ste B; 805-546-1059 Daily 10-5:30 Daily 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 By Appt Sun-Thurs 12-6 Fri-Sat 11-7 X Th-Mo 11-5 Mo-Fr 12-6 Sa 11-6, Su 11-5

Sharp’s Hill – Poured at Vinoteca, Paso Robles 835 12th St; 805 227-7154 Mo-Th 4-9, Fri & Sa 4-11

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SILVER HORSE WINERY 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel 805-467-WINE Open Thursday-Sunday 11-5 or by appointment
Come see what everyone is talking about!

Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Stanger Vineyards – Paso Robles 7970 Vineyard Drive; 805 238-4777 5225 Hwy 41, Creston Starr-Ranch – Paso Robles 9320 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 227-0144 Steinbeck – Paso Robles 5940 Union Rd; 805 238-1854 Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles 2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 SUMMERWOOD – Paso Robles 2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 Tablas Creek – Paso Robles 9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 TACKITT FAMILY– San Miguel 6640 Von Dollen Rd; 805 467-9490

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POALILLO VINEYARDS – Paso Robles Daily 7970 Vineyard Drive; 805-238-0621 11-5 POMAR JUNCTION – Templeton 5036 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-238-9940 Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita 2200 El Camino Real; 805-438-3375 Pretty Smith – San Miguel 13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 Proulx – Paso Robles 5424 Vineyard Drive; 805-226-2800 Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles 1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 12-5 Fr-Su 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5

LE VIGNE WINERY – Paso Robles Sun-Th 11-5 5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 Fri-Sat 11-6 X Linne Calodo – Paso Robles 3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 Locatelli – San Miguel 8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 By Appt Fr-Su 1l-4

Loma Linda Vineyards – Paso Robles By 5155 Rancho La Loma Linda Dr; 805 227-7172Appt Lone Madrone – Paso Robles 5800 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-0845 Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles 5725 Union Rd; 805 238-6430 Daily 10:30-5 Daily 10-5

Ranchita Canyon Vnyd – San Miguel Fri-Mon 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road; 805 467-9448 11-5 Rangeland Wines – Paso Robles 10425 Klau Mine Road; 805 674-9232 Red Soles – Paso Robles 3230 Oakdale Rd; 805-226-9898 Rio Seco – Paso Robles 4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 RiverStar Vineyards – San Miguel 7450 Estrella Rd; 805 467-0086 RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles 7986 North River Rd; 805 610-9802 ROBERT HALL – Paso Robles 3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 Rockin’ R Wine – Paso Robles 8500 Union Rd, Ste C; 805 835-8529 Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton 8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 ROTTA WINERY – Templeton 250 Winery Road; 805-237-0510 Roxo Port Cellars – Paso Robles 6996 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-1600 San Antonio Winery – Paso Robles 2610 Buena Vista; 805 226-2600 San Marcos Creek – Paso Robles 7750 North Hwy 101; 805-467-9260 Sarzotti Winery – Templeton 180 Bella Ranch Rd; 805 226-2022 By Appt Daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 By Appt Daily Win 10-5 Sun 10-6 X Fri-Sun 11-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 10:30-5:30 Daily 11-5 Daily 10-6 Daily 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 or by appt

Tassajara Cellars – San Miguel Fri-Sun 11-5 In the barrel room at Silver Horse; 805-239-8511 Terry Hoage – Paso Robles 870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Thacher Winery – Paso Robles 8355 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0087 Tobin James Cellars – Paso Robles 8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 Tolo Cellars – Paso Robles 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 Treana Winery – Paso Robles 1585 Live Oak Rd; 805 238-4112 Turley Wine Cellars – Templeton 2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 Twilight Cellars– San Juan Bautista 110 Orchard Hill Rd; 805-238-7143 Th-Mo 11-4 Th-Mo 11-5 or by appt Daily 10-6 Thu-Mon 11-5 or by appt Fr-Sa 10-4 Daily 9-5 Thur-Sun 11-5

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MICHAEL GILL CELLARS – Paso Robles Sat-Sun 11-5 4125 Peachy Cyn Rd; 805-239-1668 Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 Minassian-Young – Paso Robles 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 Win Daily 10-5 Sum Daily 10-5:30 Th-Mo 11-5

Mitchella Vineyard – Paso Robles Thu-Su 12-5 2525 Mitchella Ranch Way; 805 239-8555 or by appt MONDO CELLARS – Paso Robles 3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 226-2925 Moonstone Cellars – Cambria 801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 Nadeau Family Vintners – Paso Robles 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 11-5

VENTEUX VINEYARDS – Templeton Daily 1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 Veris Cellars – Templeton 1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 Win 11-5 Sum 11-6 X

NINER WINE ESTATE – Paso Robles Daily 2400 Highway 46 West; 805-239-2233 10-5 OPOLO VINEYARDS – Paso Robles 7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 Oso Libre Winery – Paso Robles 7383 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-3378 Parrish Family – Paso Robles 1220 Park St; 805 286-4028 Daily 10-5 Wed-Mon 11-5 Th-Mo 1-6:30 Fr-Sa 1-7:30

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Via Vega Vnyd & Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 11-5 2378 Adobe Rd; 805-423-2190 or By Appt Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton 2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Villicana Winery – Paso Robles 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 By Appt Th-Su 11-5

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Luis Wine Bar – San Luis Obispo Mo-Th 3-11, Fr 3-12 1021 Higuera; 805-762-4747 Sa 12-2, Su 12-11 Margerum – Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys 911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10

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Demetria – Los Olivos 6701 Foxen Canyon R; 805 686-2345 Fess Parker – Los Olivos 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545

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VILLA SAN-JULIETTE – San Miguel Daily 6385 Cross Canyon Rd; 805 550-0522 11-5 VINA ROBLES – Paso Robles 3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 Vines on the Marycrest – Paso Robles 5050 Mustard Creek Rd; 805 237-0378 Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles 7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 WCP Cellars – Paso Robles 7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 Westberg Cellars – Paso Robles 1140 Pine St; 805 238-9321 Sum 10-6 Win 10-5 Fri-Sat 11-5 Sun 10-4 Su 11-5 By Appt Fri 2-6, Sat 12-6 Sun 12-4 3rd weekend 12-4 or by appt

Monterey Street Wine Co – San Luis Obispo 1255 Monterey St; 805-541-1255 Tue-Wed 1:30-7, Thu-Sat 1:30-9 X Morovino – Avila Beach Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu 12-5 76 Landing Passage; 805-627-1443 Fri-Sat 12-6 X X NADIA – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Peloton Cellars – Avilia Beach 470 Front St; 805-627-1080 Phantom Rivers – Arroyo Grande 211 E. Branch St; 805-481-WINE Daily 11-5 Mon, Thu, Sat 12-6 Fri 12-8, Sun 11-4 Sun-Thu 12-5 Fri 12-9, Sat 12-7 By Appt Daily 12-5 X X X X X X

FIRESTONE VNYDS – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Daily 11-5 X Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 Daily 11-4

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Kenneth Volk Vineyards – Santa Maria 5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 Daily 10:30-4:30 X Koehler – Los Olivos 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 La Fenêtre – Santa Maria 2717 Aviation Way; 310-977-5615 Daily 10-5 By Appt

Whalebone Vineyard – Paso Robles Mon-Fri 11-5 8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 Sat-Sun 10-5:30 Wild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles 3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 Daily 11-5

Piedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo 6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 Pismo Beach Winery – Pismo Beach 271 B Five Cities; 805-773-WINE

Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang) 2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt Presqu’ile Wine – Santa Maria 5391 Presquile Dr; 805-937-8110 Fri-Mon 10-5 By Appt

WILD HORSE WINERY – Templeton Daily 1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 Windward Vineyard – Paso Robles 1380 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 Zenaida Cellars – Paso Robles 1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 ZinAlley – Templeton 3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 ALAPAY CELLARS – Avila Beach 415 First St; 805-595-2632 Autry Cellars – San Luis Obispo 5450 Edna Road; 805-546-8669 Daily 10:30-5 Daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Daily 10:30-6 Daily 11-5 X

Rancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande 1st Sat 591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 11-5 Salisbury Vnyds – Avila Valley 6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE Sans Liege Wines – Pismo Beach 870 Price Street; 805-773-2770 Saucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 Fri-Sun 11-6 Mon-Thu 12-6 Sun-Thur 12-6 Fri-Sat 12-8 Daily 10-5 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

RANCHO SISQUOC – Santa Maria Mon-Thu 10-4 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 Fri-Sun 10-5 Riverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 Sagebrush Annie’s – Ventucopa 4211 Hwy 33; 661 766-2319 Sierra Madre Vineyard – Santa Maria 2570 Prell Road; 805-922-3100 Tantara Vineyard – Santa Maria 4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 TORRETTI FAMILY – Santa Maria 2330 Westgate Rd; 805-714-0622 Tres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 Daily 10-4 Sat-Sun 11:30-5 By Appt By Appt By Appt Daily 10-5 X

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Sextant Wines/10knot Cellars – SLO Mon-Fri 10-4 1653 Old Price Cnyn Rd; 866-833-WINE Sat-Sun 10-5 STEPHEN ROSS – San Luis Obispo Thur-Sun 178 Suburban Rd; 805-594-1318 11-5 X TALLEY VNYDS – Arroyo Grande 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Daily 10:30-4:30 TANGENT WINERY – San Luis Obispo 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 Daily 10-5 Taste of the Valleys – San Luis Obispo Su-Th 12-9 911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Fr-Sa 12-10 TOLOSA WINERY – San Luis Obispo Daily 4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo 6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 Daily 11-5

Au Bon Climat– Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys 911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 BAILEYANA ESTATE – San Luis ObispoDaily 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 BARNWOOD – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE BISHOP’S PEAK – Arroyo Grande 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Center of Effort Wine – Arroyo Grande 2199 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805 782-9463 Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo 831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 Daily 11-5 Daily 10-4:30 By Appt Fr-Su 11-5

Wine Country – Orcutt Thu-Sat 1-8 130 N. Broadway St, Ste A; 805-688-9339 Sun 1-6 ZACA MESA – Los Olivos Daily 10-4 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 Summer Fri-Sat till 5

LOS ALAMOS
BEDFORD – Los Alamos 448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 Daily 11-5 X X X X X X

William James – Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys 911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 Wood Winery – Avila Beach 480 Front St; 805-595-9663 Open daily at 11 Fri till 8, Sat till 7 Sat-Sun 11-4 Tue-Sat 11-9 Sun 11-7 Daily 10-5

CASA DUMETZ WINES – Los Alamos Thu 12-7, Fri-Sat 11-7 388 Bell St, 805-344-1900 Sun 11-6 MARTIAN RANCH & VNYDS – Los Alamos Daily 9110 Alisos Canyon Rd; 805-344-1804 10-5

CHAMISAL VNYDS – San Luis Obispo 7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 Daily 10-5 Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 Clesi Wines – San Luis Obispo 1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-286-5073 Daily 11-5 Call for hours X

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ANDREW MURRAY – Los Olivos 5095 Zaca Station Rd; 805 686-9604 Ca’ Del GreVino – Orcutt 400 E. Clark Ave; 805 937-6400 CAMBRIA WINERY – Santa Maria 5475 Chardonnay Lane; 805 938-7318 X X X X X X X X X X X

LOS OLIVOS
Alexander & Wayne – Los Olivos 2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 Daily 11-6 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

ALTA MARIA VINEYARDS – Los Olivos Daily 2933 Grand Ave; 805-686-1144 11-5 ANDREW MURRAY – Los Olivos Tasting Room 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-5 Arthur Earl – Los Olivos 2922 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 Artiste– Los Olivos 2948E Grand Avenue; 805 686-2626 Beckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos 2670 Ontiveros; 805-688-8664 Bernat – Tasted at Los Olivos Cafe 2879 Grand Ave; 805794-5217 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5:30 Daily 11-5 Daily

Cuvee Champagne Bar – Avila Beach Fr 4-10, Sa 1-10 550 1st St; 805-727-4144 Su 12-7pm EDNA VALLEY VNYD – San Luis Obispo 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 Daily 10-5 Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo 1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 LAETITIA VNYD – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Daily 11-5:30 X Th-Mo 11-5 Daily 11-5

Core Wine – Orcutt Wed 1-5, Thu 4-5, Fri 1-8, Sat 12-6 145 S. Gray Street, Ste 103; 805 937-1600 Sun 12-5 X COSTA DE ORO – Santa Maria 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria 3940 Dominion Rd; 805 937-1600 Curtis Winery – Los Olivos 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 Daily 11-6 Fri till 8 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 X X X X

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Bin 2860 – Los Olivos 2860 Grand Ave; 805 693-8537 Blair Fox Cellars – Los Olivos 2902 San Marcos Ave, B; 805 691-1678 Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455

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Tre Anelli – Los Olivos 2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000

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Melville Vineyard – Lompoc 5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 MONTEMAR WINES – Lompoc 1501 E Chesnut Ct, Ste. E; 805-735-5000 Moretti WIne Company – Lompoc 1595 E Chestnut Ave; (805) 735-4400 Mosby Winery – Buellton 9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415

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Verdad & Ethan – at Qupé Tasting Room in Los Olivos 2963 B Grand Ave; 805-686-4200 Daily 11-5 William James Cellars 2356 Alamo Pintado Ave, 805-478-9412 Alma Rosa – Buellton 7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc 312 N 9th Street, 805-736-9957 Daily 11:30-5 Daily 11-4:30 Thur-Sun 11-5

Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 BYRON VNYD – Los Olivos Tasting Room 2367 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805 938-7365 Daily 11-5 Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 CARINA CELLARS – Los Olivos 2900 Grand Ave, A; 805-688-2459 CIMARONE – Los Olivos 2982 Grand Ave; 805-688-8011 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5

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New Vineland/Pierdrassi – Lompoc 1501 E Chestnut Ave; 805 736-6784 Pali Wine Co. – Lompoc 1036 W Aviation Dr; 805 736-7200 Palmina – Lompoc 1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 Point Concepción Wines – Lompoc 1601 W. Central Ave; 805-588-1545 Prodigal Wines – Buellton 92 Second St, A; 805-688-0476 Samsara – Lompoc 1500 East Chestnut Ct; 805-331-2292 Sanford Winery – Lompoc 5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 SCOTT CELLARS – Lompoc 316 North F St; 805 736-6161 STOLPMAN VYNDS – Lompoc 1700-B Industrial Way; 805-736-5000 Standing Sun Winery – Buellton 92 2nd St #D; 805-691-9413

ARCADIAN WINERY – Lompoc Mon-Thur 11-4:30 1515 E Chestnut Ave, Ste B; 805-737-3900 Fri-Sun 11-6 AVANT – Buellton 35 Industrial Way; 805 686-9400 Babcock Winery – Lompoc 5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 Brewer-Clifton – Lompoc 329 N. F St; 805-735-9184 Thur-Sun 11-8 X Sum 10:30-5 Win 10:30-4 Fri-Sun 11-4

CINQUE STELLA – Los Olivos Thu-Mon 11-5 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Ste 102; 805-686-4101 Consilience – Los Olivos 2923 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 COQUELICOT – Los Olivos 2884 Grand Ave; 805-688-1500 Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos 2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 DRAGONETTE – Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-693-0077 Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos 2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 E&T WINES – Los Olivos 2901C Grand Ave; 805-688-6081 Evans Ranch – Los Olivos 2901 Grand Ave; 805 688-0558 FIRESTONE VNYD – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Kaena Wine – Los Olivos 2890 Grand Avenue; 805-451-6037 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Sat 10-5 Daily 10-6 Win till 5 Thu-Mon 11-5 Daily 11- 5:30 Thur-Mon 11:30- 5 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-5

Clos Pepe – at Taste of Sta Rita Hills Thu-Sun 1505 E. Chestnut Ave, Lompoc; 805 735-8774 11-5 Cold Heaven Cellars – Buellton 92 Second Street, A; 805 686-1343 D’Alfonso Curran – Lompoc 4457 Santa Rosa Rd, 805 739-WINE D’Vine – Lompoc 107 Ocean Ave; 805 735-8771 Fri-Mon 12-5 By Appt

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Dierberg Estate/Star Lane – Lompoc 1280 Drum Canyon Rd; 866-652-8430 Daily 11-5 FIGUEROA MTN BREWERY – Lompoc Mo-Th 4-9 45 Industrial Way; 805 694-2252 Fr-Su 11-9 X Fiddlehead Cellars – Lompoc 1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 805 742-0204 Thur-Sun 12-5

Sweeny Canyon – Buellton 805-688-2415

TASTE OF STA RITA HILLS – Lompoc Thu-Sun 1505 E Chestnut Ave; 805 735-8774 11-5 Thorne Wines – Buellton, poured at Avant Thur-Sun 35 Industrial Way; 805 686-0911 11-8 X TRANSCENDENCE – Lompoc 313 North F Street; 805-689-5258 TURIYA WINES – Lompoc 313 North F Street; 805-478-7016 Tyler Winery – Lompoc 300 N. 12th Street Unit 4A; 805 769-4639 ZOTOVICH – Lompoc 300 N 12th St, Unit 1D; 805 736-1600 Fri-Sun 11-4 By Appt Fri-Sun 11-5 Thur-Sun 10-4 Su-Th 12-9 Fr-Sa 12-10

Flying Goat Cellars – Lompoc Thur-Mon 1520 East Chestnut Court; 805 736-9032 11-4 FOLEY ESTATES – Lompoc 6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 Harrison-Clarke – Lompoc 805-686-0850 Daily 10-5 By Appt

Lane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 Longoria Wines – Los Olivos 2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 Daily 11-4:30

Hitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton 406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X Huber Cellars – Lompoc 4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 JALAMA WINES– Lompoc 308 North 9th St, C; 805-735-8937 JOSEPH BLAIR– Lompoc 1501 E Chestnut Ave; 805-735-8937 Ken Brown Wines – Buellton 70 Industrial Way; 805-448-3791 Lafond Vineyard – Buellton 6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 LA MONTAGNE WINERY – Lompoc 1509 E Chesnut Ave; 805 291-6643 La Vie Vnyds – Lompoc 308 North 9th Street, D ; 805 291-2111 Longoria Wines – Lompoc 1700 Industrial Way, A; 805 759-4637 LORING / CARGASACCHI – Buellton 420 E Hwy 246; 805-691-1300 Fri-Sun 11-5 & By Appt Fri-Sun 12-5 & By Appt Fri-Sun 12-5 & By Appt By Appt Daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Thu-Sun 10-5 X X X X X X X X X

LOS OLIVOS – Los Olivos Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5 QUPÉ WINE – at Qupé Tasting Room in Los Olivos 2963 Grand Ave, Ste B; 805-686-4200 Daily 11-5 Reeves Ranch Vineyard – Santa Ynez 4000 W. Oak Trail Rd; 805 688-7245 Saarloos & Sons – Los Olivos 2971 Grand Ave; 805 688-1200 STOLPMAN VNYDS– Los Olivos 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-688-0400 Tensley/Lea Wines – Los Olivos 2900 Grand Ave, Suite B ; 805-688-6761 By Appt Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5

SOLVANG
Au Bon Climat – at Taste of the Valleys 1672 Mission Drive; 805 937-9801 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

Baehner-Fournier Vineyard – tasted at Wandering Dog 1539 Mission Dr, Solvang; 805-688-7118 Daily 11-7 Blackjack Ranch – Solvang 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 BUTTONWOOD WINERY – Solvang 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-3032 CARIVINTAS WINERY – Solvang 476 First St; 805 693-4331 Th-Mo 11-5 Daily 11-5 Mon-Thur 12-7 Fri-Sun 11-7

Tercero Wines – Los Olivos Thu-Mon 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave, Ste 104; 805-245-9584 12-5 TESSA MARIE – at E&T Wines Thur-Mon 2901C Grand Ave, Los Olivos; 805-688-6081 11:30- 5 TORETTI FAMILY – Los Olivos Thur-Mon 2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-688-8002 12-5:30

Casa Cassara – Solvang Mon, Wed,Thu 12-6:30 1607 Mission Dr, Ste 112; 805-688-8691 Fri-Sun 11-6:30 X X Dascomb Cellars – Solvang Mon, Thu, Fri 2-7 1659 Copenhagen Dr, C; 805 691-9175 Sat-Sun 12-7 Gioia - Solvang – 805 689-7219 By Appt

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Harrison Clarke Wine - Solvang 2825 Tapadero Rd; 805 686-0850 LINCOURT VINEYARDS – Solvang 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 LIONS PEAK VNYDS – Solvang 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang 1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 Mission Meadow– Solvang 1659 Copenhagen Dr, 805 693-1344 Presidio Vineyard – Solvang 1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 Rideau Vineyard – Solvang 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 Royal Oaks – Solvang 1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 Rusack Vineyard – Solvang 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 Sevtap Winery – Solvang 1576 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-9200 Shoestring Winery – Solvang 800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612

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Roblar Winery – Santa Ynez 3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 Sunstone – Santa Ynez 125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 Vogelzang Vineyard – Happy Canyon 805 568-0900 Au Bon Climat – Santa Barbara 813 Anacapa St; 805 966-9463

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Herzog Wine Cellars – Oxnard 3201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-1560

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Labrynth Winery – Ventura Wed-Sun 11:30-8 607 East Main St, Ste D; 805-585-2238 Magnavino Cellars – Downtown Oxnard 961 N. Rice Ave; 805 938-2500 Ojai Beverage Co. & Tasting Rm – Ojai 655 E. Ojai Ave; 805 646-1700 Old Creek Ranch Winery – Ojai Valley 10024 Old Creek Rd; 805-649-4132 Rancho Ventavo Cellars – Oxnard 741 South “A” Street, 805 483-8084 Sat-Sun 11-6 Daily 10-9 Daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-6 And By Appt

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Carr - The Barrel Room – Santa Barbara Daily 11-6 414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 Thu-Sat 11-8 CONWAY FAMILY – at Deep Sea Daily 11-7 217 G Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara; 805 618-1185 CORKS N’ CROWNS– Santa Barbara 32 Anacapa St; 805-845-8600 Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Barbara 224 Anacapa St, Ste 1A; 805-963-1221 Daily 11-6 Thu-Mon 10:30-6 X

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Jaffurs Wine Cellars– Santa Barbara Win Fri-Mon 11-5 819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 Sum Daily 11-5 Kalyra by the Sea – Santa Barbara 212 State St; 805-695-8606 Kunin Wines – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805 963-9633 Margerum – Santa Barbara 813 Anacapa St; 805 966-9463 Municipal Wine Co – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa Street; 805 931-6864 Oreana Winery – Santa Barbara 205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara 202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 Mo-Th 12-7 Fr-Su 12-8 Daily 11-6 Daily Noon-6 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5 Daily 10 - 5 Fri-Mon By Appt By Appt Daily 11-7 Fri-Sun 12-4 Mon-Thu By Appt

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Sanguis Wines – Santa Barbara 8 Ashley Ave; 805 845-0920 Silver Wines – Santa Barbara 724 Reddick St; 805-963-3052 Summerland – Summerland 2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara 36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-730-1680

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Bella Victorian Vineyard – Camarillo We-Th 11:30-7 2135 E. Ventura Blvd; 805-383-8800 Fr-Sat11:30-8, Su 11:30-4 Camarillo Custom Crush – Camarillo 300 S. Lewis Rd, Ste C; 805-484-0597 Cantara Cellars – Camarillo 126 N. Wood Rd, Ste 104; 805-484-9600 Casa Barranca – Ojai 208 E. Ojai Ave; 805-640-1255 Four Brix – Ventura 2290 Eastman Ave #109; 805-256-6006 Giessinger Winery – Fillmore 365 Santa Clara St; 805-524-5000 Sat-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 X X X X X X X X X X X X

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