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Sylvester Winery

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ON THE COVER Eberle Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 WINEMAKER PROFILE WINE COUNTRY NEWS Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-10 Wine Country Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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Whitney Brem San Luis Obispo, CA Phone 805-252-5440 centralcoast@winecountrythisweek.com Mike Giangreco Direct 707-938-3734 mike@winecountrythisweek.com Chandra Grant P.O. Box 92, El Verano, CA 95433 Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674 chandra@winecountrythisweek.com Laurie Flippen Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674 laurie@winecountrythisweek.com Cathy Gore Phone 707-938-3494 / Fax 707-938-3674 Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.com Michael Cervin, Melissa Chavez, Len Napolitano

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Jack Hanna

SYLVESTER WINERY
Wine and More To You
“Sylvester Winery stands out because we offer great wines at affordable prices,” says Marketing and Hospitality director, Zina Miakinkova. “Another of our unique attributes is our cheese pairing. Last year we won the Golden Grape Award for the Best Cheese Pairing at a California Winery.” Since their sister company, Peacock Cheese, is an international gourmet cheese and food importer, it gives them the opportunity of having many cheeses from around the world for guests to sample. Gourmet cheese pairing is offered with their reserve wines in the tasting room every day. The bright, spacious tasting room offers plenty of Paso Robles’ hospitality and hand crafted wines, not to mention a large variety of gift items. After tasting their delicious wines and tasty cheeses, you might just decide to grab a freshly baked baguette or a hot Panini sandwich and have a picnic on their grounds which include a covered patio, a large outdoor park and their stunning 1947 Pullman train cars. Wine by the glass or the bottle is available to relax away the day. “We will be releasing our new Rhône Blend, “Ame de la Vigne” (Soul of the Vineyard) and our Super Tuscan, “Coure di Vigne” (Heart of the Vineyard) for the Paso Robles Wine Festival running May 21-23,” says Miakinkova. In addition to the wines Sylvester Winery has prided itself on its premier events at the winery. On May 30, “A Wild Night in the Vines with Jack Hanna,” will allow everyone the incredible opportunity to meet world famous zoologist, Jack Hanna. “It is a fund raiser for a local charity, “Zoo To You” / Conservation Ambassadors,” Miakinkova said, which is a nonprofit conservation education organization. “They rescue animals and travel around the country teaching kids about animals and wildlife conservation. The owner of “Zoo To You,” David Jackson, is a close personal friend of Jack Hanna, who uses their animals for a lot of his shows.” Unfortunately “Zoo To You” had a tragic fire in 2009 and lost much of their facility and several of their wonderful animals. The organization will be on hand with many of their exotic animals to put on an amazing display of wildlife that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Jack Hanna will share his first hand knowledge of these amazing creatures with the audience. You can attend by purchasing a Standard Ticket to come just for the show and some of our fabulous Sylvester

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wines, which will be available for purchase in addition to a delicious barbecue meal, served hot off the grill. For a more up close experience treat your family to either the VIP ticket or the SAFARI VIP ticket. The VIP ticket includes reserved seating, an autographed picture of Jack Hanna, and your choice of beverage. The SAFARI VIP Ticket includes reserved seating, an autographed Jack Hanna book, Bar-B-Q dinner and a beverage, as well as the opportunity to meet “Jungle Jack” at a private Wine & Cheese Reception. Ticket proceeds directly benefit “Zoo To You” and the animals themselves. It’s sure to be a wild night! The month of May marks the start of Sylvester’s great summertime events. Upcoming events include a Gouda Cheese Tasting Party and local art show on June 19th, and they even host a summer concert series as well. The Wine Park at Sylvester is a serene setting for outdoor events in Paso Robles. Featuring a large stage overlooking a swan pond and flanked by vineyards on one side, and antique 1947 Pullman train cars on the other, the venue is breathtaking. A visit to Sylvester Winery is a must while you are in Paso Robles.Expertly matched gourmet wine and cheese or wine and chocolate pairings are offered daily for just $5 per person. Visit their comprehensive website for more information on all their wines and exciting events at www.sylvesterwinery.com. You can even find Sylvester Winery on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on all they are doing. Sylvester Winery is located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, located just 2 miles off of Highway 46 East. The tasting room is open daily during the summer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
ONGOING North County Farmers’ Market Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 805-748-1109 • Atascadero:Wed, 3-6 pm • Paso Robles:Tue, 3-6 pm • Baywood/Los Osos: Mon, 2-4:30 pm • Templeton: Sat, 9am-12:30pm

CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAY
ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Visit galleries along the waterfront on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay. Enjoy food/wine and visit with artists until 8pm, 805-772-9955, morrobay.org ONGOING SATURDAYS Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592 ONGOING Winemaker Dinners at Hoppe’s Join Chef Bill Hoppe as he celebrates his passion for food and wine with Winemaker Dinners featuring California's best wine producers and Chef Hoppe's personalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local and exotic foods. 805-995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.com MAY 21 Harmony Cellars Winemaker Dinner Robin's Restaurant, Cambria, Dine on market fresh cuisine paired with artisan wines in a tranquil, blooming garden. Five gourmet courses with wine. 7pm $92, $85/club, RSVP, 805-927-1625, www.HarmonyCellars.com MAY 29-31, JULY 3-5, SEPTEMBER 4-6 Art in the Park City Park, Vendors from all over the state to display their variety of arts and crafts. Morro Bay Art Association. 805-772-2504, www.morrobay.org JUNE 5 3rd Annual Morro Bay Music Festival The Music Festival features an eclectic mix of musical styles, seafood BBQ, great microbrews, a variety of vendors and the Central Coast 's largest outdoor dance floor. 11am-7pm, free, 800-366-6043, www.mbmusicfest.com

ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Wine & the Arts Join the Downtown Wineries the first Saturday of every month as they celebrate local artists, musicians & wine. Check out our website for information on the artists being featured! 4-7pm, 805-227-6813, www.anglimwinery.com ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music in the Tasting Room Enjoy great music, fantastic wines & great company at Eos. 12-3pm www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562 ONGOING THROUGH MAY Ortman Family Vineyards Features the Art of David Butz David’s oil paintings of local Central Coast and California landscapes evoke the beauty of nature. He will show his latest work, some never before exhibited. 12-6pm (Fri & Sat until 7pm), 805 237-9009, www.ortmanvineyards.com MAY 8 Blind Tasting at Pianetta Think you know your favorite Pianetta Wine? Do you know their Zinfandel from their Bilancio? Find out how well you would do in a Blind Tasting, where you are the judge! They might even throw in a surprise, perhaps a barrel sample or maybe even someone elses wine! 5-7pm, $15pp/$10 wine club RSVP, 805-226-4005, pianettawinery.com MAY 9 Mother's Day Brunch at Eberle Winery Chef Rochelle Harringer of Inn Paradiso promises a gourmet buffet that "more than a mother could love!" Enjoy their picnic grounds overlooking the Eberle Estate vineyard and celebrate your special day with your family. 11am-1pm $35/Adults (wine included), $15/6-12, under 5/free www.eberlewinery.com/events, RSVP, events@eberlewinery.com MAY 9 A Salute to Mother’s Day at Jada Fine wines, cheeses and chocolates for your sampling pleasure. Give those special women in your life a fine bottle of Jada wine! www.jadavineyard.com MAY 9 Up In The Air at Castoro Cellars It's the first concert of our outdoor summer Lazy Locals series, and it is going to be a DANCE party. The weather will be beautiful, the music will be terrific and of course the DAM FINE WINE will be flowing. Free, 1pm-4pm www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE MAY 15 First Crush: Berry 2 Bottle Education Class Workshops offer a variety of interactive, hands-on formats at varying locations throughout Paso Robles and feature presentations by growers, viticulturists, winemakers and industry representatives; tours of vineyards and wineries; blending seminars; and classes on tasting, sensory evaluation, wine and food pairing and more. 1pm, $59/$49 Crush Club, www.firstcrushwinemaking.com MAY 20 “Behind the Vines” Winemaker Tasting With Edward Sellers Join winemaker, Amy Butler, at the beautiful Pony Club in the exclusive Hotel Cheval in Downtown Paso Robles. Amy will be on hand to discuss the winemaking process and take you through a fantastic flight of their award winning Rhone wines. 5:30-7pm, Flight determind by the Pony Club 805-239-8915, www.edwardsellers.com, info@edwardsellers.com MAY 21-23 27th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival Join them for the 27th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, the marquee wine tasting event held along California's Central Coast. The Festival features more than 90 wineries pouring their best in the quaint Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Wine country cuisine and artisan foods are a true complement to the more than 400 wines being featured at this celebration. Music will resonate through the park and the only thing missing is you. Friday RESERVE (4-6pm), Saturday Grand Tasting (3-7pm) and new this year, the Saturday Wine Country Auction & Dinner (6:30-10:30pm) held in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. New enhancements include an early evening time-slot for the Saturday Grand Tasting in the Park, inventive Winemaker Seminar and a new Wine Country Auction & Dinner focused on unique Paso Robles wines. For info & tickets, 805-239-8463, www.pasowine.com MAY 21 Picnic at Sunset Concert at Robert Hall Winery It’s all about a good ol’ time at RHW this Wine Festival! Come chill out on their Garden Terrace and enjoy finger lickn’ BBQ from The Rib Line of SLO while the kickin’ tunes from Rhythm Method get your heart racin’. 6-9pm, $25 $20/Cavern Club, 805-239-1616 ext. 24, events@roberthallwinery.com

ARROYO GRANDE
ONGOING Hopping Good Time at the SLO Down Pub Open mic Mondays and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the whole calendar of events at www.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtml ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.org ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnsteins 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! 805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.com MAY 7 Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers Join their winemaker, John Thunen, as he once again pours whatever wines he is in the mood for. (They’re sure you can convince him to pour what you would like to taste, too)! $5, 805-481-WINE, www.phantomrivers.com MAY 15 Picnic in the Vineyard at Phantom Rivers Larner Vineyard month continues into May. This will be great fun, as they BBQ, dance to great music and drink great wines. RSVP, 805-481-WINE www.phantomrivers.com MAY 29-30 Strawberry Festival at Phantom Rivers Don't forget the annual Strawberry Festival in the Village of Arroyo Grande. Stop by for some great wine tasting! You can sit out on their front porch while having a glass of wine and be in the heart of the Strawberry Festival. 805-481-WINE , www.phantomrivers.com

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ONGOING Making Sense of Scents at Wild Horse Winery Learn how to properly taste & smell some of your favorite Wild Horse wines & find naturally occurring aromas. $20 per person, Saturdays by appointment at 12, 2 & 3:30pm. Limit 8 people. Call for reservations or for groups more than 8. Templeton, 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com ONGOING Pinot Noir Blending Seminar 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. Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, Limit 10, Templeton RSVP 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com ONGOING TUESDAYS Indulge Level 4 Winery Feature Downtown Paso Robles, A different winery each week. All wines will be available by the glass with a carefully paired sampler. 6-9pm, 805-237-2111 ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT Open Mic Songwriters & Comedian Night BBQ, beer, wine & soda available for purchase. Bring your own chair, all ages welcome. 6-9pm, free, Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles, 805-238-7872 ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards Try gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133 ONGOING Estrella Warbird Museum Collection of military aircrafts, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm 805-238-9317, www.ewarbirds.org ONGOING 15 Degrees C Wine Shop & Bar Templeton, 805-434-1554 • Wednesday: Happy Hour, $3 glasses of wine & beer, 5-7pm • Thursday: Food & Wine Pairing, $25, 5-7pm • Friday: Oyster Bar, Champagne, Bubbles galore!!! Orders must be in by 7pm ONGOING 2nd Sunday Wine Down at Hearthstone Enjoy music and delicious food with their fine wine. www.hearthstonevineyard.com, 805-238-2544 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. 805-458-1530

ATASCADERO
MAY 15 21st Annual Children’s Day in the Park Atascadero Lake Park, fun for the whole family! There will be bounce houses, piñatas every 30 minutes & rides on the Elk’s Train. Free entertainment throughout the day with performance groups to be announced The“Heroes of Youth”Awards will be announced from the entertainment stage & a DJ from a local radio station will be emceeing the event. 11am-3pm, Free, $5 wristband gains entry into the carnival area full of games and activities, 805-461-5000. JUNE 26 Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival The evening experience will encompass a wine and culinary adventure to excite your palette. Food vendors will showcase their finest cuisine and suggest wine pairings based on the varietals available at the event. And with 80 wineries participating, it promises to be a great evening. Visitors will enjoy an array of juried fine art created by local artists as well as the inviting lakeside environment. Sway again to the music of the Mighty Croon Dogs. All very exciting! 4-8pm to take advantage of Atascadero’s warm summer evenings. $40/in advance, $45/at the door, 805 466-2044, www.atascaderowinefestival.com

AVILA BEACH
ONGOING SUNDAYS Art on the Beach at Avila Beach May-Thanksgiving Artists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18 Avila Beach Fish & Farmer’s Market Great food, fresh local produce and fresh seafood. Over 40 vendors, live entertainment, contests and prizes. Fun for the whole family. 805-602-8266 www.visitavilabeach.com/thingstodo.html ONGOING The New Patio is Open at Wood Winery! Perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. The best view in Avila Beach! Every Friday open till 8pm to enjoy the Avila Beach Fish & Farmers Market 11am-6pm daily, 7pm Saturday, www.wildwoodwine.com, 805-545-9663

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MAY 21 Wine Festival Winemaker Dinner in the Caves at Eberle Winery Chef Lou Rook of Annie Gunn’s Restaurant in Missouri uses the best ingredients and imbues them with his own talented creative spin. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Food and Wine calls Annie Gunn’s “One of America’s 50 best wine experiences.” 6:30-10pm, 150/person, $120/Cellar Club Members, www.eberlewinery.com MAY 21 Winemaker Dinner at Carina Cellars Rancho del Cielo, Paso Robles, Join them in David's home on the hilltop above the estate winery and vineyards. Multicourse dinner paired with some of Carina Cellars' new release and library wines. Enjoy panoramic views of Paso Robles' westside. Pre-dinner wine reception on poolside patio. 7pm, $110, $95/Iconoclast members, RSVP, 916-606-3553, or rochelle@carinacellars.com MAY 21 Pig Roast with Chef Charlie at J. Lohr for Wine Festival Weekend J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center, Delicious assorted hors d’oeuvres for our wine gala in addition to his spectacular cuisine for our wine and food pairing seminar. Chef Charlie will present a Polynesian- style roasted pig luau accompanied by roasted and grilled veggies, Hawaiian rice salad, grilled pineapple for Wine Festival Friday! Music and lots of fun! 6-8pm, $55, $45/members RSVP 805-239-8900 kim@jlohr.com MAY 21-22 Wine Festival Weekend at Jada Come celebrate Jada‘s 2nd Anniversary. Taste releases & enjoy old favorites. Great views with yummy wines paired with gourmet cheeses. Enjoy a true tasting experience that you won’t soon forget! www.jadavineyard.com MAY 21–23 Paso Robles Wine Festival at Castoro www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE • Fri: Their first ever Castoro Oyster Bar Party, 6-9 pm. $30, $25/Wine Club • Sat: Breakfast crêpes by LeMoine Crêperie and Sangria. 10am-2 pm $14, $12/Wine Club. Includes wine tasting & complimentary sangria. • Sat & Sun: Jazz greats "Zzah" are back, 1-4pm, select library, barrel and special release wine. Wright Choice BBQ and LeMoine Crêperie for purchase. MAY 21-23 Paso Robles Wine Festival at Pianetta pianettawinery.com, 805-226-4005 • Friday: 11am-7pm See what Pianetta and all of downtown has to offer. • Saturday: Enjoy a pre-park reception with gourmet cheeses, breads and meats with dipping sauces and local olive oils. • Sunday: 10am-5:30pm. Join from 10am-2pm for their Biscotti Bar, with their family's own biscotti! Dipping chocolates and candy decorate your biscotti. MAY 21-23 Paso Robles Wine Festival at Sylvester www.sylvesterwinery.com, 805-227-4000, info@sylvesterwinery.com • Fri: Join Sylvester Vineyard & Winery and The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Featuring Kiara Reserve wines! Plus decadent dishes among their vines. 6-9pm, $69 $59 for the FLOCK • Sat-Sun: Featuring gourmet wine and cheese pairings with their limited production wines. Enjoy complimentary barrel samples and Saganaki fondue while supplies last. 11am-6pm, $5, FLOCK/complimentary. MAY 21-23 Wine Fest at Wild Horse Winery • Fri: an Island Weekend. Great Island food, wonderful wines (5 different Pinot Noirs), barrel samples, wine specials and more all weekend! • Sat: Hawaiian Kulua pork sliders, tropical salad, island fried rice and live steel drum music! Live music from 1-4. • Sun: Jerk Chicken skewers, rice salad, live music with steel drum sensation Panjive and excellent wines. Live music from 12-3. Open Sunday at 10am. www.wildhorsewinery.com, RSVP, leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com MAY 21-23 Baaaad to the Rhone kick A#% Guitar Competition at Cass Winery Paso Robles, www.casswines.com, 805-239-1730 • Fri: For anyone interested in performing. 7-9pm, $20, limited to first 16 people, 3-5 minutes each. Featuring Ted’s Taco’s, wine & food for sale. • Sat: Best 8 from Friday night. First prize to include Custom painted electric Fender guitar and case of wine. Food and wine will be available for sale • Sun: Mimosa and Massage Brunch, 11am MAY 22 Andrew White at Castoro Cellars SLO folks presents this folk singer-storyteller. Indoor show, 7:30 pm, $20 www.castorocellars.com, RSVP, 888-DAM-FINE MAY 22 Wine Festival Fish Tacos with Pier 46 at Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery Great wine and tasty tacos from Pier 46 at the winery. Enjoy lunch over a taste or a glass on their patio. 12-3pm, $5, 805-227-4191, www.altacolinawine.com MAY 22-23 Paso Robles Wine Festival at Halter Ranch Visit the Halter Ranch Tasting Room during this beautiful spring festival weekend. The yarrow is in full bloom and winemaker Bill Sheffer will be at the BBQ serving up delicious tid bits this weekend. Winegrower Mitch will be conducting vineyard tours on Sunday. www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977 MAY 23 Sunday Brunch with Cahoots Catering at J. Lohr Relax at the end of this wine festival weekend with a fabulous brunch prepared by Cahoots Catering. Visit the buffet and help yourself - everything is sure to be tasty alongside some select J. Lohr wines! 10-11:30am, $45, $35/members RSVP, 805.239.8900, kim@jlohr.com, www.jlohr.com MAY 23 Wine & Artisan Cheese Festival at Meredian From 10am-5pm,enjoy an array of artisan cheeses paired with their tasting room exclusive wines & join the pros from Vivant Fine Cheese for a fun cheese & wine pairing lesson at 10am or 12pm. Enjoy live music by the Tipsy Gypsies from 1-3pm. $10 includes logo glass. 805-237-6000, www.meridianvineyards.com MAY 28-31 The 46th Great Western Bicycle Rally at Sylvester Choose from 25 scenic rides varying in distances and difficulty through farmland, vineyards, native oaks and even ocean scenery.The event includes wine and cheese social, bike swap,“Best of Bike”show, kids activities and bike rodeo, hill climb and time trial competitions, vendor fair, Velo De Femme (women’s fun ride and clinic), guided mountain bike rides, supported 100 mile and metric century and much more. Ride by Sylvester for BBQ or panini sandwiches. Free water available. Camping available, $50/individual, $110/family. 866-909-4927 www.greatwesternbicyclerally.com, www.sylvesterwinery.com MAY 29 Paso Robles Festival of the Arts – Follow the River, Paint the Dream Save the date for Memorial Day Weekend and bring your friends and family to beautiful downtown Paso Robles for the second annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts.The downtown city park will come alive with art, music, children’s activities, street performers, environmental booths and more. Several thousand attend. Great fun! www.prcity.com/fota/ MAY 30 A Wild Night in the Vines with Jack Hanna at Sylvester An unforgettable evening of exotic animals among the vines. Conservation Ambassadors will put on a show stopping display of wildlife & world famous Zoologist Jack Hanna shares firsthand knowledge of these amazing creatures. Standard & VIP options too! 3pm gates open, Kids/$10, Adults/$40 up 805-227-4000, www.sylvesterwinery.com, info@sylvesterwinery.com JUNE 5 Sausage-making Workshop with Winemaker Bill Sheffer at Halter Ranch Winemaker Bill Sheffer has become master sausage maker. Come for a cooking class and stay to share wine and a delicious lunch at the Victorian Farmhouse. 10:30am-1:30pm $45, Club discounts, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977 JUNE 6 7th Annual Paso Pinot & Paella Festival Templeton Community Park, Mingle with the winemakers, discover how the sense of place is reflected in each bottle & why Paso Robles is legendary for its friendliness. Breathe in the aromas of saffron and seafood as the paellas simmer on the pans. Taste why leading food magazines identify this area as a great place for wonderful cuisine made with locally grown and farm fresh ingredients. 2-5pm, $65, 805-239-2565 www.pinotandpaella.com ONGOING SUNDAYS THROUGH MAY 30 A Murder Mystery Dinner Altos: Vendetta Dinner, wine & laughter, Spyglass Restaurant, Shell Beach, Sundays, 5pm 805-489-3875, www.murderinmind.com MAY 9 Pacific Breeze Concert with the Damon Castillo Band Dinosaur Caves Park, Pismo Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pop, Original Rock & Ballads, 1-4pm, free, www.pismobeach.org/CurrentEvents JUNE 4 Wine, Waves & Beyond at Pismo Beach Winery Join them in the "Barrel to Barrel" event at the Cliffs Resort. This food and wine event benefits the Association of Amputee Surfers, www.AmpSurf.com. They will be pouring their newly released wines including Barbera, Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. 5-8pm, www.pismobeachwinery.com JUNE 6 Afternoon of Epicurean Delights This 32rd annual elegant garden party is held on the tranquil and beautiful grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach. Enjoy live music while tasting a wide array of delicious foods and beverages. Bid on silent auction items featuring local art, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines and much more. 11:30am-3:30pm, $100, 805-544-2498

SAN LUIS OBISPO
ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours Led by an experience guide, tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty and beauty of this historical treasure. 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Master the Art of Wine and Cheese at Tolosa Four cheeses are served using only Artisan and/or Farmstead products. Wine is paired with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony. Reservations recommended, 11am-4pm, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Reserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa Vineyards In the Heritage Room. Flights will vary from Pinot Noir flights to Rhone style wines or even a vertical tasting of library wines. $20, $15/Heritage Club members, 805-782-0500 x10, jshakley@tolosawinery.com ONGOING 5th Season Salisbury's Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series The first concerts will be in May. Sundays from 1-4pm, Musicians listed soon! 805-595-9463 www.salisburyvineyards.com ONGOING SECOND SUNDAY Dallidet Adobe & Gardens Oldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo. Site of first commercial winery in the area. 1-4pm, 805-543-0638, www.slochs.org/dallidet 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, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.org MAY 8-9 Mother’s Day Pairings at Tolosa Vineyards Ask any woman what they want and on the short list you will find chocolate, wine and diamonds. Chocolate and wine they have! And cheese! Choose an artisan cheese and wine pairing which includes four “real” cheeses paired deftly with four wines. And/or chocolate truffles and wine with the aid of “chocolatier” Patty Mena. Truly a French tradition and if you don’t have the time to take her to Paris this weekend, by all means, take her to Tolosa! $20, $15/Wine Club Members. RSVP 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com MAY 21 Blind Wine & Dine with Cerro Caliente Wines Blind taste 8 different Pinot Noir wines. Then enjoy a 4-course dinner with Cerro Caliente Pinot Noir. Limited tickets available at the winery. 6-9pm www.cerrocalientecellars.com, RSVP, 805 544-2842 MAY 23 Cote de Tolosa Velo Challenge at Tolosa Tolosa Winery and the SLO County Bike Coalition will celebrate Bike Month 2010 with a bike event designed to challenge even the most fanatic rider. Tolosa winemaker and competitive cyclist Larry Brooks will lead 60 participants on a 52 mile loop, including 5,000 feet of climbing over unimproved dirt and gravel roads. Tolosa Winery will host a lunch at the finish line donating all proceeds to the SLO County Bike Coalition. 7:30am Bike Challenge Start Time, 12pm Lunch Open to Public/$20, RSVP, Heather Rehnberg at 805-782-0500 x 15

PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACH
ONGOING SUNDAYS Shell Beach Farmers Market Featuring products such as fresh produce, flowers, jams, dried fruits, artisan vinegars, grown by local farmers. A variety of other products, including family fun. 9am-1pm, Dinosaur Caves Park, shellbeachfarmersmarket@yahoo.com

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JUNE 6 Marianne Talley Fun Run at Talley Vineyards Join 500 of your friends and neighbors for the annual fun run. Three events: 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk and 1-Mile Youth Run for ages 0-13. The course for all three events is on dirt paths and trails through the Rincon Vineyard at Talley Vineyards. Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit the Marianne Talley Foundation, which funds scholarships for college-bounds students from Arroyo Grande High School. www.talleyvineyards.com, RSVP Heather, 805-782-0500 x 15 MAY 15 2010 Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting The Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel, 50+ wineries makeup a fabulous cross section of veterans and newcomers, focusing largely on the outstanding back-to-back local vintages of 2007 and 2008. The opportunity to taste in abundance, buy early and save plenty (up to 20%). It’s also a great opportunity to secure highly-allocated rarities as well as custom blends bottled exclusively for this tasting. Cheese, bread and light appetizers will be served. 12-3:30pm, $65 (pre-purchase required. No sales at the door), includes parking, www.winehouse.com, RSVP, 805 845-5247 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Solvang Farmers Market Fresh produce, flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive and Copenhagen, 4-7pm, 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.org ONGOING Elverhoj Museum of History & Art Showcases Solvang’s rich cultural history. Former residence of one of Solvang's most artistic families, now a community museum devoted to the history of Solvang, the colorful heritage and pioneer spirit of Denmark and the arts. 1-4pm, Wed-Thu, 12-4pm, Fri-Sun, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.org ONGOING Hans Christian Andersen Museum Honoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale, is filled with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages. 10am-5pm daily, www.solvangusa.com ONGOING Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum Collection of vintage and rare motorcycles, European race bikes. Bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding. Weekends 11am-5pm and by appointment mid-week. 805-686-9522, www.motosolvang.com

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LOMPOC/BUELLTON
ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Food, wine & music in the summer, 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum Lots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm 805-714-4927, www.smvrhm.org/museum ONGOING Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro Great way to start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting and cheese plates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com ONGOING Sunday Live at Costa de Oro Enjoy a glass of wine with friends and listen to some of the best music on the Central Coast. New cheese plates and a variety wines by the glass or bottle! 2-5pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com MAY 22 2nd Annual Open House in the Alapay Cellars Winery/Barrel Room Here's your chance to see where the wine is made and stored. Come out and enjoy appetizers, live music, and barrel tasting. Limited to 125 people, 1-4pm $10, RSVP, info@alapaycellars.com, 805-595-2632

LOS OLIVOS
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks Free movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Evening with the Winemaker $15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.com ONGOING SATURDAYS Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting 11am-5pm daily, $3, 805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.com

VENTURA COUNTY
ONGOING Museum of Ventura County Photographs, publications, documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County's history. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.org ONGOING Ventura County Maritime Museum An enriching museum experience based on maritime history ranging from ancient mariners to the modern marine era. Educational programs through world-class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and nautical research, 11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard ONGOING SATURDAYS Tour Ojai Olive Oil at Asquith Farm Begins outside with the history of the grove, an explanation of the olive varieties, their maturing process, the harvesting & a visit to the tree nursery. Share the adventure of producing premium-quality olive oils. 10am-3pm Mon-Fri by appointment. 805-701-3825, www.ojaioliveoil.com ONGOING FIRST FRIDAYS Thank Bacchus for First Fridays at Rancho Ventavo Cellars Bacchus is Dionysus, or the Greek god of wine and intoxication, known as Bacchus to Romans. Start your weekend right and unwind with a delicious trio of Rancho Ventavo Cellars wines paired with small plates. Wine by the bottle and glass available as well. $10/$7.50/Wine Club Members RSVP recommended, 805-483-8084, www.rvcellars.com ONGOING MONDAY NIGHTS Sampler Evenings at Herzog Ease into the week with a food and wine sampler evening. $5/a tasting flight of three wines and some small bites from Tierra Sur. RSVP, 805-983-1560 ONGOING Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Wine Express Train Fillmore & Western Railway and the Ventura County Wine Trail bring you Wine Express train rides traveling through the beautiful Heritage Valley. Every other month will feature four wines from a different Ventura County winery, paired with a buffet dinner, music and dancing. $63, www.fwry.com, 805-524-2546 MAY 13 Edward Sellers Wine Dinner at Brooks Enjoy a five course wine dinner prepared by Chef Andy Brooks, who’s teaming up with Ed to create a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss. The restaurant has been a lifelong dream for Andy and Jayme Brooks. BROOKS is located in the historic downtown district of Ventura, just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean. $95, 805-652-7070, www.edwardsellers.com MAY 29-30 Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Ventura Harbor Live music performances by Drums of Fire, and local band favorites Grooveheads and Groove Pilots throughout the holiday weekend. Weekend features the Larry Dudley Yacht Sales Summer Kick-Off Mini Boat Show on the docks. 9am-5pm, free, 805-477-0470, www.VenturaHarborVillage.com

SANTA BARBARA
ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show For 44 years featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry with 200+ artists and craftsman. East Beach Pier, 10am-dusk, 805-897-1982, www.sbaacs.com ONGOING FRIDAYS Wine Tasting at East Beach Wine Hosted by a winemaker, winery owner or wine broker. 8 -10 wines to taste. 4-7pm, contact for current host listing, 805-691-1020, www.eastbeachwine.com ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Downtown Walking Tours Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past. Saturday tour historic areas and Sunday 20th century architecture. $10, info@afsb.org, 805-965-6307 ONGOING Ty Warner Sea Center Explore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Stearns Wharf, www.sbnature.org/seacenter ONGOING Downtown Santa Barbara Various venues for art exhibits, cultural events & fine wine tasting, plus festival and holiday events, 805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.com ONGOING Santa Barbara Museum of Art Check site for hours and exhibits. 805-963-4364, www.sbma.net ONGOING Planetarium Shows at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History 805-682-4711, www.sbnature.org,members/free,public/$4 with admission Wednesdays: 3pm, Tales of the Maya Skies Fridays: 3pm, Exploring the Spring Sky Saturdays and Sundays • 11am: Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars • Noon: Tales of the Maya Skies • 1pm: Exploring the Spring Sky • 2pm: Stars of the Pharaohs • 3pm: Exploring the Spring Sky (El Universo Maya on Sundays) ONGOING C‘est Cheese Stop for lunch, wine, cheese and chocolate. 825 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, 805-965-0318 ONGOING THROUGH MAY 28 Global Chroma: An Exploration of Color in Culture, Environment, Intimate and Public Space Exhibit of new paintings by Michele Zuzalek. 805-965-6307, info@afsb.org • May 6: In coordination with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization, they will host a 1st Thursday reception. 5-7pm • May 22: The public is also invited to join the artist in the gallery for an informal salon on Saturday. 11am-2pm

SANTA YNEZ
ONGOING THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Dancing at Maverick Saloon Dance lessons, live country western or rock & roll. 6:45pm, check web for schedule of entertainers. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org ONGOING Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum & Parks – Janeway Carriage House Exhibits from Chumash period through early 20th century ranch day, 12-4pm 805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org ONGOING Cachuma Lake Recreation Area Activities Santa Ynez Park, 805-686-5050 , www.cachuma.com, $8 per vehicle • Fri-Sun: Wildlife Nature Cruises aboard the 45-passenger pontoon boat "Osprey" featuring 2-hour tour with naturalist. Call for schedule & fees. • Sat: 10:00-11:30am. Naturalists and volunteers lead a 1-mile walk on the Oak Canyon Trail for all ages. Free with park admission. • Sat: 12:30-1:30pm; Junior Park Rangers Program (ages 3-12) $2 per child. ONGOING Art at Artiste Winery Each quarter, Artiste releases two new wines with impressionist painted labels from the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626 www.artiste.com ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport 805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderides.com MAY 8 Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon Returning for the 4th year, this scenic course takes runners from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos; then winding down Ballard Canyon to finish in downtown Solvang with a post-race Festival. www.runsantaynez.com MAY 15 Crawfish Boil at Buttonwood Farm Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! It's 2010 and that means the Crawfish Boil is back. Treat yourself to a unique wine country event in our vineyard by the pond. Don't miss this true Louisiana-style crawfish boil complete with all the trimmings, live Zydeco music and award winning estate grown wines. www.ButtonwoodWinery.com, 805-688-3032

SOLVANG
ONGOING Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views. They do not offer petting pens or rides in the cart but you are able to get up close and personal with the miniature horse.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, http://www.syv.com/qsminis/

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Winemaker Mark Cummins and owner Keith Kelsey

Winemaker Profile: Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards

by Michael Cervin
Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards first opened their doors in 1999. Longtime See Canyon residents Dick and Dolores Kelsey began the winery as a retirement project, but it hasn’t quite turned out that way. The winery has exploded into a full time labor of love for the Kelsey’s. Being so well received means making certain the wines produced from year to year are up to par. Mark Cummins was recently tapped to lead Kelsey into the new decade. As a winemaker, Mark has worked in wineries and vineyards for over 20 years. He grew up in the Silicon Valley, in the shadow of the venerable Ridge Winery, and soon became drawn to the discipline and lifestyle of winegrowing. “The craft of winemaking requires use of both sides of the brain, lying in the crossroads of art and science,” Mark says. “I enjoy how wines are an integral part of celebrating life.” In contrast to that his father, who practiced law, pointed out how people sought his help only when there was trouble, but quite the opposite is true with wine. Mark worked various crushes in the Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills and Santa Cruz Mountains, before he found his home on the Central Coast. “I started at Byron in Santa Maria, where I found a passion for Pinot Noir and

Chardonnay, and then moved up to Wild Horse where I worked for 11 years.” He started with Kelsey in August of 2009, and jumped right into crush, just like the old days. “I am bringing more of a focus on Pinot, and making some Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Zinfandel from some vineyards I enjoy,” he says, adding to the already tried and true Kelsey portfolio. “My philosophy is to find balance in each wine, and that varies in style from grape to grape and vineyard to vineyard,” Mark says. Only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Kelsey winery and vineyards are located along See Canyon Road, a lazy, two-lane road that winds past apple orchards and sycamore groves. Kelsey’s apple orchards were first planted in 1951. And those orchards and now competing with grapes for attention in the form of the apple Chardonnay and apple Merlot, both a surprising success. Also unique are their white still wines made from Pinot Noir and Grenache grapes, as well as Syrah and dessert wines. The Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards tasting room is located at 1947 See Canyon Road. Take the San Luis Bay exit from Highway 101 and go west for less than a mile. Turn right on See Canyon Road. Tasting fees are a mere $5 and they are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact them at (805) 595-9700 or www.kelseywine.com

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SCULPTERRA WINERY
A Unique Fusion of Art and Wine
By Melissa Chavez
It’s not often one can double-major in something and get it exactly right. But Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles seems to do just that in both wine and art. Not only do they make terrific wine, the Sculpterra family excels in realizing their artistic vision to the winery itself. This visit, Wine Country This Month takes a moment to focus on Sculpterra Winery as they celebrate their second anniversary and to discover more of what makes this winery truly unique for savoring the grape. When Dr. Warren and Kathy Frankel moved a thriving San Fernando medical practice to Templeton 21 years ago and bought their 90-acre East Paso Robles Ranch, out went the lifestyle of living to work and in came working to live. For Dr. Frankel, digging his hands into sand and limestone was just the homecoming he’d longed for. To start, Dr. Frankel planted 20 acres of pistachio trees, followed by 20 areas of Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines. Buoyed by promise, he planted an additional Cabernet vines, adding variety with plantings of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah and Viognier. The results of his efforts, partnered with invaluable help by his winemaker son, Paul Frankel. The Cal Poly grad crafts everything harvested from their current 260-acre vineyard, with passion for both winemaking and the land. (For an engrossing viticultural read, check out Paul’s blog on the Sculpterra Winery website.) “Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden recently turned two,” says Kyle Coots, Hospitality Manager. “We have come a long way from our humble opening day when we just offered our 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Frankel Family Vineyard, here at Sculpterra, and two light style white wines.” Sculpterra’s current lineup of wine offerings are extensive and showcase such varietals as Viognier, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah with their less traditional Cabernet-based blends: Figurine, Maquette and Statuesque, which Kyla says are “turning some heads. The 2007 Statuesque and the 2007 Zinfandel are tasting really nice.” The original concept of offering a location for all to view and admire art and taste wine to enhance the Paso Robles experience is blossoming. John Jagger, the original artist/ sculptor at Sculpterra, designed a layout from which to view his life’s work by way of impressive 15-foot bronze and granite sculptures. One look at the grounds of their expansive Eastside Paso Robles location says it all: This isn’t just any winery. “These larger-than-life creations are sure to inspire anyone who ventures out to Sculpterra Winery,” Kyle promises. One example is a 15-foot-long puma. Created from solid granite, seven blocks were cut from a mountain for this piece and six were fissured. Weighing 20,000 pounds, this cat rests on a base that’s cut from the same block of stone. Stepping inside the tasting room, visitors are not only greeted by Jagger’s miniature series of sculptures displayed throughout, but the thoughtful attention is given to detail throughout the building that bring their

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entire collective to life. The drive to the winery from town is brief, but the destination is another place all it’s own. As one turns off Linne Road and heads down the plumlined drive, all attention turns to the highly detailed fence and entrance gate created by long time resident and master blacksmith and iron worker, Bob Bentley. Many Central Coast visitors and locals alike have viewed Bentley’s handy work throughout the county. In fact, the current tasting room once housed Bentley’s workshop during his contributions to Villa Toscana Bed and Breakfast, The Carlton Hotel, and Santa Ysabel Ranch projects. His intricate iron work and eye for detail is evident all throughout the winery’s interior. Sculpterra Winery is excited to welcome another master craftsman to the mix with a “Grape Series,” created by Aleah Koury exclusively for Sculpterra Winery. Koury has been at the forefront of his craft, balancing color and texture to the canvas for decades. A wide variety of Koury’s work is currently offered at the winery. His prints on poster stock are now available in numerous shapes and sizes. Koury’s background in ceramics, two- and threedimensional art, and a preference for employing copper, steel and bronze powders in his creations all lend seamlessly to the earthen elegance of Sculpterra’s landscape. If photography is your thing, guests can view works by photographer Bruce Woodworth. Through his lens and numerous hours spent in the vineyard, pistachio orchard, and in the sculpture garden, Woodworth has captured the innate beauty

the property has to offer. Sculpterra also welcomes Janine Kirkpatrick to the mix with her “Butterfly Series” in detailed drawings of the endangered butterflies common to the state of California. Kirkpatrick even offers prints of her butterfly drawings on card stock to collect or send to a butterfly aficionado. “With such a stock of local artistic talent, Sculpterra Winery has truly brought the concept of art and wine full circle,” says Kyle. “We continuously search for unique local talent to display their art and goods, thus spreading the word on the bounty of local talent this county has to offer.” For those who have never visited Sculpterra Winery or who haven’t been there in a while, Kyle encourages everyone to take time out to view the art and sample their award-winning wine creations. Dr. Frankel and his wife Kathy also invite all who are visiting the Central Coast to stop by to enjoy their own piece of Paso Robles: “An artist reception takes place every Friday evening throughout the month of November. We hope to see you here!” A portion of all proceeds from sales at Sculpterra Winery go to Dr. Frankel’s charity, “His Healing Hands” medical missionary team, which travels the globe to reach out to those less fortunate. For more artists’ information, Sculpterra wines or “His Healing Hands,” visit www.sculpterra.com. Sculpterra Winery is open Friday-Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and by appointment, Monday through Thursday. Call 1-888-302-8881 for more information.

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Winemaker Profile: Hunt Cellars

DAVID HUNT
by Lisa Pretty
David Hunt is very proud of his wines and his team at Hunt Cellars. He has every reason to be. The majority of his wines have received ratings of 90-95 points and his collection of gold medals are impressive. The multiple 95-point ratings on Hunt Cellar wines such as the Cabernet Sauvignon “Cloud Nine,” the Petite Sirah “Irresistible,” and the Sangiovese “Rhapsody” Reserve clearly demonstrates that the wine judges agree with his palate. What is really surprising is that David didn’t begin life as a vintner. His entrepreneurial nature resulted in the alarm and communication systems becoming standard amenities in large scale developments. The technology led to the wide spread use of smart homes and voicemail platform applications. Finally, after a period of time of working, along with his wife, as a successful real estate developer David eventually decided to turn his focus to something that he had a great passion for – wine. Some on quality are what makes Hunt Cellars’ wines so highly acclaimed. David Hunt believes the focus on quality has to start in the vineyard and would attribute a great deal of his wines’ success to the estate grown Destiny Vineyards fruit. The Hunt family spent a long time searching for the perfect place for their vineyards prior to purchasing their 550 acres in Paso Robles. The property has multiple terriors with varying elevations containing soil composites that allow a wide range of grape varietals to not only grow but thrive. To ensure quality, the yields are kept low with the fruit delivering very concentrated flavors. Hunt Cellars pour their wines daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the tasting room located just off of highway 46 West at 2875 Oakdale Road. With more than two dozen wines rated between 90-95 points their tasting room is a must visit. The hospitality staff is known for making the tasting experience not only fun but also educational. For more information, call (805) 237-1600 or visit www.huntcellars.com.

people would be surprised that a man who had lost his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa as an adult would begin a new venture in something as challenging as winemaking. People say it is his heightened sense of taste and smell which helps him create the indelible finish on the wine. His enhanced senses, his determination to be the best at what ever he does and his focus

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Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, June 26th
The 15th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, June 26th, will turn heads this year with a new look and recurring evening timeslot. The festival will again take place from 4 to 8 p.m. to take advantage of Atascadero’s warm, summer evenings. The evening experience will encompass a wine and culinary adventure to excite your palette. Food vendors will showcase their finest cuisine and suggest wine pairings based on the varietals available at the event. Visitors will enjoy an array of juried fine art created by local artists as well as the inviting lakeside environment. Sway again to the music of the Mighty Croon Dogs. All very exciting! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be part of this superb lakeside event at the Atascadero Lake Park. A free shuttle will be available to transport visitors from the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero. All proceeds benefit the Charles Paddock Zoo and other projects supporting the community of Atascadero. Unlimited tasting tickets are just $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Food sold separately. More information and tickets are available online at www.atascaderowinefestival.com or at the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, (805) 466-2044.

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J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES
The Face and Gesture of Paso Robles
by Michael Cervin
Jerry Lohr is the face of Paso Robles wine country. He’s been at the game for more than three decades and has helped place Paso Robles squarely on the world wine map. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines opened its J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center in 2001 to capitalize on the uniqueness of the Paso Robles region, which has since become the main growing region for its red wines. Diane Moreno (director, wine centers) is excited about what’s coming up at J. Lohr. “The new things at the Paso Robles tasting room are certainly the J. Lohr Gesture wines, as well as new cookbooks and some spring clothing,” she says. In 2006, J. Lohr built what it termed a “winery within a winery” inside their Paso Robles facility. It put in 28 open-top fermenters and created plenty of room to perform dozens of small-bin fermentations to create small lots of wines. Though primarily intended for J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir, this artisan workspace became an experimental playground for the winemakers. “The new space gave us more flexibility to work in countless small lots,” says red wine winemaker Steve Peck. “As we began experimenting with fruit from different sites in Paso Robles and exploring different varietals, especially Rhône varietals, we started to get very excited about the results,” he added. “We also realized that the wines we were making were distinct from the other tiers in the J. Lohr portfolio, and that they deserved their own identity.” That identity became the winery’s latest creation, J. Lohr Gesture. Because the Gesture wines are produced in limited quantities, they are only available through the wine club, online and at the two tasting rooms. “These are true smallproduction wines, and they’re something special,” Peck noted. The 2007 Gesture vintage includes a Syrah, Mourvèdre and a Grenache/Syrah/ Mourvèdre blend, all priced at $30. The fruit for these three wines comes from two high-elevation hillside vineyards on the west side of Paso Robles, an area that has established itself as a premier area for Rhône-grape wines. “Rhône varietals are particularly sensitive,” says Steve. “If a vineyard is too cool, you don’t get the flavors, if the site is too hot, you don’t get the color and structure. Because of the elevations of these two vineyards, we get beautiful sunlight without the heat spikes. At the same time, the steep, free-draining soils help to limit yields and build excellent concentration.” To sample these extraordinary wines, visit the J. Lohr Wine Center in Paso Robles, located at 6169 Airport Road. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone (805) 239-8900 or log onto the comprehensive website at www.jlohr.com.

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RANCHITA CANYON VINEYARD 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel 805-467-9448, ranchitacanyonvineyard.com Friday-Monday, 11am-5pm, or by appointment Ranchita Canyon Vineyard is a family owned & operated vineyard & boutique winery, producing estate grown, handcrafted wines. J&J CELLARS 2850 Ranchita Canyon, San Miguel 805-467-2891, www.jjcellars.com Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm or by appointment Come discover some great wines and incredible values! CINQUAIN CELLARS 6404 Independence Ranch Place, San Miguel 805-400-5978, www.cinquaincellars.com Tasting by appointment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Come taste the poetry created from 100% estate-grown Bordeaux, Rhône and Port varieties. LOCATELLI VINEYARDS & WINERY 8585 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel 805 467-0067, www.locatelliwinery.com Friday-Sunday 11am-4pm, Festival Weekends 10am-5pm Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon are just a few of our estate wines waiting for you. TACKITT FAMILY VINEYARDS 6640 Von Dollen Rd, San Miguel 805-467-9490, www.tackittfamilyvineyards.com Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm A small family venture dedicated to premium wines. SILVER HORSE WINERY 2995 Pleasant Valley Rd, San Miguel 805-467-WINE(9463), www.silverhorse.com Friday-Monday 11am-5pm Come experience what everyone is talking about! PRETTY-SMITH VINEYARDS & WINERY 13350 River Road, San Miguel 805-467-3104, www.prettysmith.com Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm A one woman winery creating soft, smooth and silky estate grown Bordeaux-style wines. RIVERSTAR VINEYARDS 7450 Estrella Road, San Miguel 805-467-0086, www.riverstarvineyards.com Thursday-Monday 12-5pm Come and sit on our patio, relax and enjoy a great glass of RiverStar Wine! TERRACE HILL 2620, California Poppy Lane, San Miguel, 805-467-1906 Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm Take a break while on the trail and come in to savor our award-winning Tuscan Olive Oils, house made spices and herbs. VILLA SAN JULIETTE WINERY 6385 Cross Canyon Road, Tasting by appointment only 805-550-0522, www.villasanjuliette.com A beautiful 168 acre vineyard producing a broad range of grapes including Cabernet Sauvingon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.
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Explore Pleasant Valley Wine Trail
The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail is a new wine trail in Paso Robles Wine County. Located just minutes from Highway 101 and Highway 46 East, the trail includes nine estate wineries and one award-winning olive oil company working together to showcase estate grown wines, olive oil and the kind of hospitality you love to encounter. The majority of the businesses are small, hands-on, family owned and when you walk through the door you are typically face-to-face with a winemaker and/or owner. The group is small yet very diverse and as you taste through the wines you will find a wide range of wine varietals including Bordeaux, Rhone, Italian, Spanish and of course Zinfandel. Each winery will be proud to pour their blends, showcasing the best the winery has to offer. With vineyards located a small distance apart, you will find some similarities that the Pleasant Valley terrior has to offer. The long list of accolades speaks for the quality of the wines with many gold medals, best of class and several rating 90 points or higher. The area is also perfect for growing olives – what could be better than a little olive oil tasting in between wineries? As you travel the twelve-mile trail you will feel the peace and tranquility of the rolling hills and country beauty. So get off the busy roads, take the short drive to Pleasant Valley and discover what is sure to be your favorite wine country adventure.

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EBERLE WINERY
Celebrating 31 Years of Fine Winemaking in Paso Robles
He’s known as the “Godfather of Paso Robles”…a true pioneer who helped create the appellation and has worked tirelessly for more than 35 years to promote Paso Robles on a national and international basis. In fact, when Gary and his two halfbrothers traveled from Pittsburgh, PA to open up Estrella River Winery in 1973 (currently Meridian Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA) Eberle was only the fourth winery in the region. To date, there are more than 200 wineries in the area and Paso Robles is now considered a premiere destination for anyone searching for that perfect glass of wine. A lot can happen over 30-plus years. For Gary, it meant leaving Estrella River and opening up his own Eberle Winery. It also meant becoming the first person to create a 100% Syrah in the United States – there is now an Estrella clone named after him—and a lifetime of mentoring and educating new winemakers in the art and science of making premium wines. Some of Gary’s protégés include Tom Meyer of Castoro Cellars, Bill Sheffer of Halter Ranch, Toby Shumrick of Tobin James, Robert Nadeau of Nadeau Family Vintners, and Dan Panico of Dover Canyon Winery. There are dozens more former employees currently working in all facets of the wine industry, in wineries around the world. To know the Eberle philosophy is to know that everything Winemaker Ben Mayo produces is grown in Paso Robles. All fruit sourced for Eberle wines comes from its Estate Vineyard on Highway 46 East or purchased from partner vineyards in the Paso Robles Appellation. Almost every wine Eberle produces is 100% varietal – meaning, what is in the bottle should taste like the grapes on the vine. For a 27,000 case/year winery, to continue this level of quality is a passion like no other. All wines (except for the Muscat Canelli) are aged in oak barrels in our 17,000 square feet of underground caves. Eberle takes no shortcuts: you can taste it when you try it. In addition to the spectacular winery and caves, Eberle is home to an expansive vineyard deck overlooking the Estate Vineyard. Welcome to families and four legged friends, a nice day can be had with a picnic on the deck, a game of bocce ball, or a complimentary wine tour and tasting of our award-winning wines. You might even catch their two Standard Poodles, Cabernet and Roussanne, looking for attention among the crowd. Yes, after 37 years in the wine industry, many of them spent as a true pioneer of the Paso Robles wine region, Gary Eberle knows how to make great wine and have fun doing it. It’s a science. It’s an art. And it’s just plain fun for guy from Pittsburgh who never thought his life could turn out so great. Gary, his wife Marcy, and dogs Cab and Roo hope to see you soon in wine country. The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The winery is located at 3810 Highway 46 East. Contact the winery at (805) 238-9607, or visit its website at www.eberlewinery.com.

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WINE COUNTRY SPOTLIGHT
EBERLE WINERY
WINE FESTIVAL MAY 21-23, 2010
• Friday, May 21, 2010
Visit Eberle Winery and experience winemaking from a pioneer’s point of view. Sample new releases, take advantage of great deals in the Tasting Room, and enjoy your wine while relaxing on our deck overlooking the Estate vineyard. On Friday night, Eberle Winery is also proud to host Chef Lou Rook from Annie Gunn’s restaurant in Saint Louis, MO. He is a dear friend, an awesome chef and he knows how prepare memorable meals in Paso Robles Wine Country. $150/person, $120/Cellar Club members. For information and reservations, please visit www.EberleWinery.com or contact Sheri Kennedy at (805) 238-9607 or dinner@eberlewinery.com. • Saturday, May 22, 2010 It’s the wine event that put Paso Robles on the map. Join Eberle in the city park and find out how people in Paso party during Wine Festival 2010. 3-7pm. (For tickets and information, visit www.pasowine.com.) Of course, you can visit them in the Tasting Room on 46 East from 10am6pm, too! They’ll have great deals, new releases to share, and complementary wine tasting and cave tours. • Sunday, May 23, 2010 Join Gary Eberle and the gang as “The Godfather” grills up complimentary barbecue bites with Chef Lou Rook. We’ll offer up tritip, pork ribs and duck sausage while enjoying the blues and rock sounds of award-winning singer and songwriter Kacey Cubero from 12-4pm. Don’t wait too long to visit though, because the food goes fast!

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Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop
You have to wonder what Old Timers would say when they saw the word “The Way Station” emblazoned on the outside of this handsome restored building in the middle of Cayucos just across from the ocean. And then went inside and were confronted by one of best wine (and wines by the glass) lists around. The food is also a long way above anything you might have found in this charming seaside town at the turn-of-the-century. These are all some of the reasons that if you mention to people along the coast and inland (at least those who know enough to appreciate and search out a fine bottle of wine and first rate food) that you are headed to Cayucos, the first words out of their mouth are likely to be “Hoppe’s Garden Bistro.” The menu chef and owner Wilhelm (‘Bill’) Hoppe has put together is inspired by the seasons and complimented by that exceptional wine list (with wines also available for retail sale). He features organic meat and produce from the farmers markets in the area and uses local lobster and shellfish, including abalone direct from the famous Abalone Farm. Then add to that the wild game and venison and a selection of both vegetarian and vegan items and put the whole delightful and delicious mix in a historic building just a short walk from the beach. Mix in gardens that are nothing less than a delight MAMA'S MEATBALL Fine Italian Restaurant and Catering – and often a surprise – and Mama's Meatball has specialized in creating toss in a good helping of seasonal menus by using only the finest and their friendly, helpful and freshest ingredients. enthusiastic staff, and the 570 Higuera St. Suite 130-135 result is Hoppe’s Garden www.mamasmeatball.com Bistro & Wine Shop. 805-544-0861 Hoppe’s is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday (with a seated multi-course Sunday Brunch); dinner on those HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP days is served beginning at The most highly acclaimed restaurant and Wine Shop on the Central 5 p.m. They are located at Coast. Recognized for Chef Wilhelm Hoppe’s seasonally inspired menu, 78 North Ocean Avenue in hand-selected wine list with a beautiful garden and historical setting. Cayucos. You can reach Offering a wide range of menu items - from wild game to prime meats and vegetarian/vegan items. them for reservations or 78 N. Ocean Avenue • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-10pm more information at (805) www.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006 995-1006, and on the web at www.hoppesbistro.com.

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POZO VALLEY WINE
by Melissa Chavez
There must be a trick to working together for five generations. Whatever their secret, the Arnold family continues to put this to practice at Pozo Valley Wine. The winery itself is located in the Pozo area, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. The tasting room is more centrally located in downtown Santa Margarita, just off Highway 101. After the turn of the 20th century, when California’s Gold Rush had long faded, so did the once booming metropolis of 600 people that was Pozo. That didn’t stop Thomas and Josephine Arnold from heading westward. Selling their Nebraska farm, they homesteaded in California to raise beef cattle and plant a variety of crops. Their family grew, but they’ve maintained the land ever since. In 1995, Steve and Debbie Arnold planted a vineyard with their children, Joey and Michelle. They chose Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes to perfectly match their soil series and climate, adding another half-acre of Viognier to their 32-acre vineyard in 2007. Today, Joey and Michelle co-own Pozo Valley Wine. Joey does all the winemaking, while Michelle oversees the tasting room and bookkeeping. “We get along extremely well because we never overstep one another’s boundaries, but we give each other input,” says Michelle (Arnold) Pascoe. Their family plays an integral part in the tasting room, too. Their mother, aunt Kathy Loftus and greataunt JoAnne Switzer all help out. Ten vintages make up their wine cache, but the 2005 Black Rock just may be their signature wine. Aged for 36 months in French and American oak, this Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend “has mild tannins and tastes of cherry and blackberry with a nice balance. It’s a good food wine,” says Michelle. Pozo Valley wines are also on the menu at The Range Restaurant in Santa Margarita, Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles Inn and Level 4 Restaurant in Paso Robles. The tasting room provides a popular gathering place in Santa Margarita. Perhaps it’s the complimentary wine tastes or the freshlyprepared grilled panini sandwiches and fresh pie-ala-mode that makes it a convenient place to pick up lunch for the locals. The gift shop of unique and one-of-a-kind items also makes shopping ideal, from baby dresses to handknit beanies, canned veggies and marmalades to locally harvested honey. “We have a selection,” says Michelle, naming a few. “There are pickled vegetables, apple jalapeno jam, strawberry marmalade, apple-apricot chutney and ranchero sauce.” The proprietor behind Rock Basin Honey is nearby and mentions how springtime rains are providing well for her busy bees. Increased vegetation makes for especially flavorful Wildflower Honey and Wild Grasses and Sage Honey. Another tasting room offering is Crow Canyon Home enamelware. Priced-right pieces may be ordered separately, in sets, and in various colors. “We even have huge-sized mixing bowls the same size our caterers use,” says Michelle. Pozo Valley serves a selection of cheeses to accompany your wine tasting experiences for added enjoyment. Michelle also encourages groups wishing to visit to call ahead for their tastings. “It feels like home here,” says Michelle. “No matter where you’re from, you’ll feel like a local when you leave.” Pozo Valley Wine tasting room is at 22202 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita and is open Friday through Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m. Call (805) 438-3375 or visit pozovalley.com for more information.

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Taste ‘Stand-Alone’ Rhône Varietals at Edward Sellers
by Lisa Pretty
Stepping off the sidewalk in downtown Paso Robles and into the Edward Sellers tasting room gives you the sense of being in the country. The cheery, modern French decor and the warm welcome from hospitality manager, Kendall Carson, give you an immediate sense of relaxation. It doesn’t take long to figure out why they have a reputation for being a friendly tasting room. Edward Sellers and his wife Dani have always been Rhône varietal enthusiasts, so it is not surprising when they learned that the growing conditions in the Templeton Gap corridor closely resemble those of southeastern France that they purchased land and planted Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. The choice was apparently a good one with Wine Spectator naming Edward Sellers one of “California’s Top 10 Emerging Rhône Producers.” The tasting room provides you with a wonderful opportunity to taste these stand-alone Rhône varietals as well as the blends. Winemaker, Amy Butler, really enjoys creating the blends, according to her “My favorite part of the process is the blending, when each part of the picture comes together to make a distinctive and beautiful wine.” Clearly she did a great job blending to create the 2007 Cognito, a wine that was recently award a 90-point rating by Robert Parker. Cognito is a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, Zinfandel and Grenache which is bursting with layers of fresh fruit, tempered with spicy and earthy notes. The tasting room is located at 1220 Park Street in downtown Paso Robles and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are currently ten wines on the tasting list and Kendall will ask you to limit your selection to six tastes for the $5 tasting fee. The good news is she is more than willing to help you with your selection if you let her know what wine characteristics you like best. You may want to consider joining the Ed’s Cellar Club since as wines become limited they are reserved for club members. Club members are also the first to receive new release wines and are invited to “member only” events. Another interesting club perk is that members have personal email access to Amy Butler to have any wine questions answered. For additional information, call (805) 239-8915 or visit the website at www.edwardsellers.com.

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CARINA CELLARS
by Cathy Neushul
If you are in Paso Robles, you can visit the quaint downtown area with its locally owned shops, browse the market in the square or have something to eat in one of the many restaurants, but you don’t want to miss out on the wine tasting. “In Paso Robles the wines are up and coming. It is exploding,” said Carolyn Turner, national sales director for Carina Cellars. This is one of the reasons Carina Cellars has moved into this area after establishing themselves in Los Olivos. Their tasting room is only a ten minute drive from downtown Paso Robles, but it feels as though you’ve gone back in time. You meander along a winding country road, past an olive orchard and vineyards, until you reach the Rancho del Cielo (Ranch of the Sky) property, which is spread across a steep incline. But the beauty of the area isn’t the main reason David Hardee, owner of Carina Cellars, decided to move into the Paso Robles area. It is because of the type of wines that can be produced in this climate. The hot days and cool nights make it perfect for some of the Rhone wines Carina Cellars are known for, Turner said. “I love the Syrahs that can be produced in this area,” she added. “They are not one dimensional.” Ryan Saccomano, the Rancho del Cielo winemaker who is consulting with Joey Tensley to produce estate wines on this property, said that the Paso Robles vineyard was a way to have complete control over wine production. At this time, Carina Cellars purchases its grapes from various vineyards on the Central Coast and in Napa Valley. Saccomano said this means that they do not always have input on what is grown, how it is grown, and when it will be harvested. “Now we have control over the planting and farming,” he said. While the Rancho del Cielo vineyard has already produced its first harvest, estate wines won’t be available for tasting until 2011. For now, the Paso Robles tasting room features the Carina Cellars favorites including the Clairvoyant (a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre blend), the Sibylline (the same blends in different proportions) and the Iconoclast (a Santa Barbara County Syrah and Napa Valley Cabernet Savignon blend). Both the Carina Cellars’ Clairvoyant and 7% Syrah got a 91 rating from Wine Spectator. If you stop by Carina Cellars tasting room as part of a Paso Robles wine tour you may notice something unique about their blends. Saccomano said, “We go for a little more elegant style than other wineries in Paso Robles. His wife, Rochelle Koontz-Saccomano who is the hospitality manager, describes Paso Robles wines as big with a more dessertstyle flavor. She said that Carina Cellars is “really all about the natural winemaking process. We let the grapes, soil and climate speak for itself.” Also she said that they pick their grapes earlier than other vineyards in the area to keep the fruity, earthy tones and acidity. If you want to taste some of the Carina Cellars wines, and chat with the winemaker and the hospitality manager in their friendly and unassuming tasting room, you can attend the winemaker’s dinner May 21st. Carina Cellars tasting room is located at 3525 Adelaida Road in Paso Robles and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For directions or more information, call (415)3092046 or go to www.carinacellars.com.

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Celebrate Wine Festival Weekend at Castoro Cellars
Outstanding Food and Dam Fine Wine
The 28th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival is May 21-23 at wineries throughout the Paso Robles growing region. At Castoro Cellars Winery and Tasting Room, there will be a variety of celebrations taking place. Friday evening, May 21, 6-9 p.m., there will be an informal evening of great food, terrific music, good company and fine wines. Did you know that as oysters are being formed, like wine, they take on the character of the location where they’re grown? You’ll be able to sample a variety of oysters at the firstever Castoro Oyster Bar Party. (For those who aren’t fond of oysters, other menu options will be available.) Local group “Impromptu” will be performing. Tickets are $30 per person, or $25 each for wine club members. Then, on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – did someone say sangria for breakfast? Stop by Castoro Cellars for breakfast crêpes by LeMoine Crêperie and sangria before going to the Wine Festival at the park. Sangria breakfast tickets are $14, or $12 for wine club members. Price includes wine tasting, as well as complimentary sangria. On both Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23, there will be live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, local group Impromptu will perform; and on Sunday, jazz favorites Zzah will return. All day long, select library, barrel and special-release wines will be featured. Wright Choice Barbecue will fire up the grill, and LeMoine Crêperie will be creating sweet and savory crêpes all weekend for purchase. For information: www.castorocellars.com or email events@castorocellars.com.

7th Annual Pinot and Paella Festival
17 Great Chefs and 15 Paso Pinot Noir Producers
Join us for an afternoon of unmatched fun and exceptional food and wine on June 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mingle with the winemakers and discover how the sense of place, or terroir, is reflected in each bottle. Taste why leading food magazines identify this area as a great place for wonderful cuisine made with locally grown and farm fresh ingredients. The Templeton Community Park is the stage for the 7th Annual Pinot and Paella Festival. The area’s best chefs compete with original paella recipes, paired with over a dozen Paso Robles Pinot Noir producers, with live music by Incendio. All proceeds from the event go directly to Children’s Arts & Music programs in San Luis Obispo County. Tickets are $65, which includes a commemorative Reidel wineglass and food and wine from all participants, and are on sale at www.PinotandPaella.com. For more information, visit the festival website or contact Anna at (805) 239-2565 or email Anna@WindwardVineyard.com.

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Anglim Celebrates Anniversary of Downtown Tasting Room
“It’s hard to believe it has been five years,” says Steffanie Anglim. She is referring to the opening of the Anglim tasting room in downtown Paso Robles, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this month. Steve and Steffanie Anglim started the winery in 2002 with a focus on producing Rhône varietals from boutique vineyards on California’s Central Coast. Since then, the winery has grown to about 3,000 cases a year with Rhônes still at the core, including well-regarded Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvèdre and red blends, along with limited-production family favorites such as Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. “We decided to partner for our fruit, allowing me to have a Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, for example, alongside a Paso Robles west side Mourvèdre, each uniquely distinctive of place” says winemaker Steve Anglim. “I want to work with growers who are as passionate about growing grapes as I am about making wine.” Ultimately, Anglim strives to make balanced, foodfriendly wines that tend to be more elegant than overbearing, and reflective of both the winemaker and the grape. The Anglims looked to downtown Paso Robles for that sense of “place” for their tasting room as well, choosing a spot somewhat off the beaten track at the historic train depot, one of Paso Robles’ oldest refurbished buildings (circa 1887). “The space has a great feel to it – bright and warm, relaxing and interesting at the same time. Plus, with its rich history, we feel like the building really connects us and our guests to Paso Robles itself,” says Steffanie. More adventurous travelers can take the Amtrak train from San Diego, Seattle, and points in between and step off right at the Anglim tasting room. From there, it is a short walk to elegant hotels, boutiques, wine tasting rooms, and some of the area’s finest restaurants. And May is the perfect time of year to enjoy downtown Paso Robles. “People can stroll through town and enjoy patio dining and wine tasting, says Steffanie, and of course all of the festivals – we always enjoy a good

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party here.” Upcoming festivals include Hospice Du Rhone, Festival of the Arts, and the 28th annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, held in the downtown City Park. The Anglims opened their tasting room on Wine Festival weekend in 2005 with plywood countertops, three wines to pour, and their one-year-old in tow. “We’ve spruced it up a bit since then,” says Steffanie. The Anglim anniversary celebration will include wine and cheese pairings, music, and as a special treat, a Syrah Retrospective tasting led by Steve Anglim that starts with their very first wine, the 2002 Syrah – Fralich Vineyard, and continues through to barrel samples of the 2008 Syrah. Steve and Steffanie are behind the tasting

bar most days of the year, and extend an open invitation to come by and taste what their family winery is all about. Winery and barrel tasting tours with Steve are also available by appointment. Anglim is located at 740 Pine Street in downtown Paso Robles. For more information, call (805) 227-6813 or visit the website at www.anglimwinery.com.

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Upcoming Events at Anglim Tasting Room
May 21-23, 2010 Paso Robles Wine Festival 2010
On May 21-23, Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to celebrate the 28th Annual Wine Festival. Anglim Weekend Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Friday-Sunday – Anniversary party! Celebrate five years in our tasting room with elegant Rhônes, Cabs and Pinot Noir along with gourmet cheeses and nibbles. And, bring in your Festival ticket for a little something special! • Saturday – Taste the wine that started it all! Join Winemaker Steve Anglim for a vertical tasting of Anglim Syrah 2002 to present; 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.; reservations suggested. $10/pp; complimentary for Winemaker’s Club. • Sunday – BBQ Hungry? Enjoy grilled sausages and fixings on the patio, along with a barrel sample or two, from 11 a.m. until it’s gone. Complimentary with limited-release tasting fee.

May 29 – Festival of the Arts
Enjoy this celebration of the arts in City Park, Downtown Paso Robles, complete with quick-draws, demonstrations, and activities for the kids. Then, head down to Anglim for art-inspired small bites and specials, along with Sofia’s own finger-painting competition. Winner gets a little something special! Festival of the Arts website: www.prcity.com/fota.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH

Paso Robles Wine Festival – The Wine Event of 2010
Paso Robles Wine Country announced tickets are now on sale at www.pasowine.com for the Paso Robles Wine Festival, the marquee wine event held along California’s Central Coast, May 21-23. This tradition, in its 28th year, brings winemakers and enthusiasts together in a series of events – Friday RESERVE (4-6 p.m.), Saturday Grand Tasting (3-7 p.m.) and new this year, the Saturday Wine Country Auction & Dinner (6:30- 10:30 p.m.) held in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Wine Festival has reinvented itself while upholding the wine and culinary focus. New enhancements include an early evening time-slot for the Saturday Grand Tasting in the Park, inventive Winemaker Seminar and a new Wine Country Auction & Dinner focused on unique Paso Robles wines. “Leveraging the history of Wine Festival and answering attendee’s demand for more connection to the area’s winemakers gives us an opportunity to put our winemaker celebrities on the auction block. The Wine Country Auction & Dinner is the first of its kind in Paso Robles, taking the caliber of the 2010 Wine Festival to a new level,” said Stacie Jacob, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “The new early evening timing for the Grand Tasting (3-7 p.m.) upholds the timeless festival tradition and ensures a comfortable tasting environment for all. The popular Friday RESERVE tasting (4-6 p.m.) takes place in the Downtown City Park and features wines in four categories; library, reserve, barrel and new in 2010, refreshing power white and rosé samples. Culinary delights from local chefs will complement the many wines showcased during RESERVE. Paso Robles Wine Country comes together for the Saturday Grand Tasting during a later time (3-7 p.m.) where more than 90 wineries showcase the diversity of wines found throughout the Paso Robles AVA. Chefs share their secrets of sourcing local ingredients through 30 minute demonstrations and Artisan Alley features locally grown products from olive oil to cheese and unique artisan products. An expanded Wine Seminar, offered to Weekend Pass, Wine Country Auction & Dinner and RESERVE ticketholders, provides attendees insight to the distinct, different wines of Paso Robles Wine Country. The all new Wine Country Auction & Dinner (6:30-10:30 p.m.), taking place in a chic, temperature controlled tent in the Downtown City Park, is a true reflection of the Paso Robles spirit. Guests sit down with their favorite winemakers and proprietors in an intimate environment, taste hand-picked wines and enjoy delectable wine country cuisine. The evening highlight is the live auction, giving guests the opportunity to take home rare lifestyle packages exclusive to Paso Robles Wine Country. Funds raised through this auction will be gifted back into the local community through organizations that support healthcare, education and greater community service. All wine tasting ticket packages include unlimited wine tasting and a commemorative tasting glass made by Riedel. Weekend Pass is $325 and includes Friday RESERVE from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday Winemaker Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m.; Saturday Grand

Paso Robles Wine Festival Events:
More than 140 area wineries host special activities throughout the weekend including winemaker dinners, food pairings, cooking classes, winery and vineyard tours to complete your Paso Robles Wine Festival Weekend. Events and times vary. Visit www.pasowine.com or pick up an event brochure for more information. • RESERVE - Friday, May 21 Paso Robles Downtown City Park Tent 4-6pm. Held on the eve of the Paso Robles Wine Festival, winemakers gather to pour their exclusive wines. • WINEMAKER SEMINAR – Saturday, May 22 Downtown Paso Robles, 2-3pm. Learn about the diversity of Paso Robles Wine Country and taste through different wines presented by the experts themselves. • PASO ROBLES WINE FESTIVAL GRAND TASTING – Saturday, May 22 New Time: 3-7pm, Paso Robles Downtown City Park More than 90 wineries will be on hand to pour during this unlimited wine tasting event. • WINE COUNTRY AUCTION & DINNER – Saturday, May 22 Paso Robles Downtown City Park Tent 6:30-10:30pm Enjoy an intimate dinner with your favorite winemakers and proprietors and bid on unique auction lots unavailable for retail sale.

Tasting from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday Wine Country Auction & Dinner at 6 to 10:30 p.m. Advance purchase only. Wine Country Auction and Dinner is $250 for the Saturday Winemaker Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m.; Saturday Grand Tasting from 3 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday Wine Country Auction & Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Advance purchase only. RESERVE tickets are $125 and include Friday RESERVE from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday Winemaker Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m.; and Saturday Grand Tasting from 3 to 7 p.m. Advance purchase only. Saturday Grand Tasting (Premium) is $75 and takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. FESTIVAL - $55 – Saturday Grand Tasting (Festival) price is only $55 from 4 to 7 p.m. Price for locals only is $45 for Saturday Grand Tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. – Available to San Luis Obispo County residents, advance purchase only, deadline April 30, 2010. Designated drivers and children are $15 per person for Saturday Grand Tasting from 3 to 7 p.m. and includes four non-alcoholic beverages, commemorative beverage container and entry to event area. Tickets may be purchased at www.pasowine.com. Photo identification verifying festival goers are 21 and over (with the exception of the designated driver/child ticket) will be required at time of entry. All tickets are limited, advanced purchase is highly recommended. In addition to these events, wineries offer an array of individual events throughout Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 180 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com.

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An Afternoon of Epicurean Delight, June 6 at Shell Beach
Each year, on the first Sunday in June, the tranquil and beautiful grounds of the historic Chapman House by the Sea in Shell Beach, are transformed into an elegant garden party. Afternoon of Epicurean Delight guests are invited to stroll through the lovely gardens, marvel at the panoramic views and lounge poolside while tasting a wide array of delicious foods and beverages. Guests also enjoy a variety of live music provided by local musicians, as well as an opportunity to bid on silent auction items featuring local art, hand-crafted jewelry, premium and reserve wines and much more. Some of the most renowned

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Judged Wine and Grill Pairings at Per Bacco Cellars Return
Third Year of Celebration Features Eleven Local Wineries, Eleven Grilled Sensations
Join us for a day of grill and grape mastery on the historic Filipponi Ranch, Saturday, June 5th from 12 to 4 p.m. at Per Bacco Cellars, Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. Celebrating the third year of this lively competition, the SLO Wine and Grill Affair promises to be fun for all. Wineries – including Per Bacco Cellars, Edna Valley Vineyard, Baileyana and Tangent, Filipponi Ranch Cellars, Wood Winery, Clesi Wines, Cerro Caliente Cellars, Salisbury Vineyards, Sextant Wines and Ancient Peaks Winery – will create delectable bites of signature grilled dishes paired with their own, select wines. A panel of local celebrity judges will be on hand to pick the best food and wine paring. Attendees will also be treated to live music by “Late Harvest,” local landscape art by Rosanne Seitz, native plants and gardening items from Growing Grounds Downtown and gourmet samples from local vendors. Attendees will also have the option to purchase bottles of their favorite wine at the event store. Proceeds from this event support mental health in the community through the work of Transitions Mental Health Association. Tickets to the event are $35 per person, $40 at the door, and can be purchased by phone at (805) 541-5144, ext. 174. Parking is free. A shuttle will be available. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (805) 541-5144, ext. 174, or visit the event website at www.T-MHA.org.

ABOUT TMHA
Transitions Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults live, work and grow in our community. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach more than 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, building a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For more than 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to mentally ill adults, at-risk youth and homeless adults. For more information, visit the website at www.T-MHA.org.

Wish You Were Here!
Oceanfront Wine Tasting Unique gifts & apparel Wines by the glass!
480 Front St. Avila Beach 805.595.9663 www.wildwoodwine.com Open Daily 10:30-6:00

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The Santa Maria Valley – Sensational Wines, Sizzling Barbecue
Sometimes it’s the unbeaten path that leads to the best discoveries, as is the case in the Santa Maria Valley, where fine wine, world-famous barbecue and open roads make for a uniquely memorable – and flavorful – experience. Here, in northern Santa Barbara County on California’s Central Coast, more than a dozen winery tasting rooms await visitors along the Santa Maria Valley Wine Trail. The perfect conclusion to an afternoon of wine tasting can be enjoyed at a number of local restaurants, several of which specialize in Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a 150-year-old regional culinary tradition founded on native ingredients. And if you get too stuffed, you can walk your calories off along the miles of wide-open beaches and dunes just 15 minutes west of the city of Santa Maria. When visiting the Santa Maria Valley, you can literally feel what makes the area so ideal for growing wine grapes – the reliable coastal breezes. Indeed, the valley boasts a rare “transverse” geography, an east-to-west orientation that channels cool ocean air directly into the valley. The result is one of California’s longest growing seasons, which in turn ensures the development of complex, flavorful and exquisitely balanced grapes. Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay are among the varietals that excel in the region. The Santa Maria Valley’s reputation for producing remarkable wines continues to grow. In fact, Wine Spectator magazine named two local wines to its most recent list of Top 100 wines of the world out of more than 19,500 international wines tasted by the magazine in 2008. The Santa Maria Valley wines that made the list are the 2005 Chardonnay from Byron Vineyard and the 2005 Pinot Noir from Dierberg Vineyard. “Such recognition says a lot about our wine country.” says Gina Keough, manager of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau. “It demonstrates why wine touring has become such a major visitor attraction in the valley. People are coming here to experience some of the finest wines in the world.” The Santa Maria Valley wine tasting experience also earns rave reviews. On his personal blog, Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Steve Heimoff recently remarked that “The Santa Maria Valley is an insider’s secret, a special place that knowledgeable people go to” while the crowds throng elsewhere. Indeed, despite playing a starring role in the hit wine-centric movie Sideways, the Santa Maria Valley is still a relatively undiscovered wine country. Local wineries and vineyards include Tres Hermanas Vineyard and Winery, Addamo Winery, Costa de Oro Winery, Byron Vineyard & Winery, Cambria Winery & Vineyard, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery, Foxen Vineyard, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Riverbench Winery, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards and Bien Nacido Vineyards. To help visitors find these local gems, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau offers visitors a complimentary booklet titled Santa Maria Valley Wine Country: A Guide to Local Wineries and Restaurants, which includes profiles and contact information for local wineries and dining establishments. An accompanying map reveals the layout of the Santa Maria Valley wine country. The booklet is available for download at www.SantaMaria.com. The Santa Maria Valley Wine Country Association also offers visitors extensive touring information and a downloadable map at www.santamariavalleywines.com.

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Rickie Lee Jones to Headline Live Oak Music Festival
Grammy-Award-winning artist Rickie Lee Jones will be the final act at this year’s 22nd annual Live Oak Music Festival, a benefit for KCBX Public Radio. Pack up your camping gear and join music-lovers for the biggest fundraising event of the year that benefits Public Radio KCBX on the Central Coast. Tickets are available now at www.liveoakfest.org. The Live Oak Music Festival is a three-day concert and camping event held every year on Fathers’ Day weekend. 100% of festival proceeds go to support KCBX Public Radio. Nestled in the oak trees of the quiet Santa Ynez Valley, Live Oak comes alive every year as an outdoor music festival showcasing some of the finest musicians from around the world in genres ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music. Other headline performers for 2010 include critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, blues greats The Chicago Blues Reunion, and “deep funk and super soul” group The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. 2010 Live Oak Music Festival tickets, the full entertainment lineup, and complete festival information are available now online at www.liveoakfest.org or by calling 805-781-3030.
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Twenty-fourth Annual Ojai Wine Festival
Sunday, June 13, 12-5pm, Tasting from 12-4pm Tickets Online, by Fax or at the Attitude Adjustment Shoppe in Ojai
The spectacular Ojai Wine Festival takes place Sunday, June 13 from noon to 5 p.m. on the shores of scenic Lake Casitas. The annual event attracts close to 4000 attendees each year. “This is our twenty-fourth annual Wine Festival,” said Reggie Wood, President of the sponsoring Rotary Club of Ojai-West. “You can’t beat the combination of fantastic wine, beer, food, live music, dancing and fun in such a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Casitas,” he added. Wine Festival Executive Director, Angela May, stated “We had a record breaking 57 wineries pouring over 190 wines, participating in our event in 2009. There was a wonderfully diverse selection of varietals to choose from.” Enjoy a glass of wine and plate of hors d’oeuvres for only $6 in the Wine by the Glass Lounge with live musicians as well as interactive magic and mind reading performed by Kiyan “Man of Magic.” Tickets are limited and she advises buying tickets online now. Photos, maps and information from last year’s event can be found at www.ojaiwinefestival.com. Ten popular local restaurants will offer tasty food at reasonable prices. Guests may dine and sip wine at shaded tables or picnic on a grassy knoll overlooking the stage and Lake Casitas. Not a wine lover? Beer lovers can enjoy tasting a great selection of domestic and import beers. Visitors can look forward to listening, dancing and singing along to the music of Tom Thumb and the Hitchikers, an 11-piece rock & soul review, plus the Beatles tribute group Sergeant Pepper. There will also be a great assortment of arts and crafts vendors selling their wares. Small children can play in the park’s play area and there are free boat rides on Lake Casitas. What fun! Advance tickets can be purchased at www.ojaiwinefestival.com (Add $3.00 handling charge per order.), at Ojai’s Attitude Adjustment Shoppe in the Ojai Valley Shopping Center, (805) 646-1109 or online at www.rrshuttle.com/ojaiwinefestival for a package deal event drinking ticket with roundtrip Roadrunner Shuttle ride from the Ventura Train station to the Lake event site for only $40 each or nondrink ticket and ride for $25 each or $10 for children under 16. The deadline for purchasing advance tickets online or phone is Friday, June 11th at 5 p.m. Purchased tickets will not be mailed out. Pick up your tickets with your payment confirmation slip at the will call booth the day of the event. Groups of twenty participants or more receive a discounted price of 10%. Call 1-800-648-4881 for details. Adult advance tickets are $30. Regular adult admission the day of the event is $40. The ticket price includes admission, all entertainment, a souvenir wine glass, and ten wine-tasting tickets.

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PASO ROBLES AREA Daily 10-5 Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles 5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 805 239-8980 X AJB Vineyards – Paso Robles 3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 Alta Colina – Paso Robles 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805 227-4191 AmByth Estate – Templeton 510 Sequoia Lane; 805 305-9497 Anglim Winery – Paso Robles 740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 Arroyo Robles– Paso Robles 739 12th St; 877-759-WINE Asuncion Ridge – Paso Roble 729 13th Street; 805 461-0675 August Ridge – Creston 8790 E. Highway 41; 805 239-2455 Austin Hope – Paso Robles 1585 Live Oak Road; 805 238-4112 B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles 10,000 Creston Rd; 805-238-4815 Baily Vineyard – Temecula 33440 La Serena Way; 951-676-9463 Barrel 27 – Paso Robles 2323 Tulley Rd #110; 805-237-1245 Bassetti Vineyards – Cambria 1191 N. Green Valley Rd; 805-927-1925 Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles 1227 Park St; 805-238-4329 Bella Luna – Templeton 1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles 3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 Black Hand – San Miguel 1735 Nygren Rd; 805-712-WINE Booker Vineyard – Paso Robles 2640 Anderson Rd; 805-237-7367 Weekends 12-5 Th-Su 11-5 By appt Th-Mo 11-6 or by Appt Daily 11-7 Su-Th 12:30-6 Fr-Sa 12-8 Fr 12-5 Sa-Su 11-5 Fr-Sa 10-4 Call Fr-Su 11-5 or By Appt Su-Fr 10-5 Sa 11-5 Fr-Su 11-5 or By Appt By Appt By Appt Fr-Su 10-5 Daily 10-5 By Appt Fr-Su 11-4 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 X

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Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles 8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Four Vines Winery – Templeton 3750 Hwy 46 West; 805 227-0865

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Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526 Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles 1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 FS Cellars – Paso Robles 1337 Vendels Circle; 805-226-8989 Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles 5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Graveyard Vineyards – San Miguel 6990 Estrella Road; 805 467-2043 Grey Wolf Cellars – Paso Robles 2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 Halter Ranch Vnyd– Paso Robles 8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 By Appt Th-Mo 11-6 By Appt By Appt Daily 11-5:30 Daily 11-5

Chronic Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su 12-5 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 237-7848 or by apt Cinquain Cellars – San Miguel By apt 6404 Independence Ranch Pl; 805 400-5978 Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles 8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 Clautiere Vineyard – Paso Robles 1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 Daily 10-5 Daily 12-5

Clavo Cellars – Paso Robles Mo-Sa 12-5 1101 Riverside Avenue; 805-226-0174 Su 12-4 Clayhouse Wines – Paso Robles 849 13th St; 805 238-7055 Daily 11-6

Croad Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-5 3550 Vinedo Robles Lane; 805-226-9899 Th-Mo 12-5 X D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles 710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles 2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 Fri-Sun 12-6 Closed Tu-We Fr-Su 10:30-5

HammerSky Vineyards– Paso Robles Fr-Su 7725 Vineyard Drive; 949 338-7813 By Appt Hansen Vineyard – Templeton 5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 Fr-Sun 11-5

Harmony Cellars– Harmony Sum 10-5:30 3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 Win 10-5 Hearthstone – Paso Robles 5070 Vineyard Dr; 805 431-0138 Hice Cellars – Paso Robles 500 Linne Rd.; 805 610-1470 Hug Cellars – Paso Robles 2323 Tuley Rd; 805-226- 8022 Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles 2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 Th-Mo 11-5 By Appt Fr-Su 11-5 Sum 10-6 Win 10:30-5:30

Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles 5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Daily 11-5 Derby Wine Estates – Paso Robles 5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 Doce Robles – Paso Robles 2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 Fr-Mo 11-5 Daily 10-5:30

Donati Family Vineyard – Templeton Daily 11am-5pm Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676 X Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles 3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles 4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 Sa-Su 12-5 Or By Appt Th-Su 11-5 X X X X X X X X X

FABULOUS WINES! GREAT VALUES! 2850 Ranchita Canyon, San Miguel Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm • 805-467-2891
Come enjoy the friendly atmosphere in our tasting room while sipping on our latest releases.

Brian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su 2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 Calcareous Winery – 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; 415-309-2046 Th-Mo 11-5 Fr-Su 11-4:30 Fr-Su 11-5 By Apt X Fr-Su 11-5 By Apt X

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Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles 1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo 11-5 Eagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles Daily 3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X Eberle Winery – Paso Robles 3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 Écluse Wines – Paso Robles 1520 Kiler Canyon Rd; 805 238-4998 Edward Sellers – Paso Robles 1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 Eos Estate – Paso Robles 5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 Falcon Nest Winery – Paso Robles 5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 Daily 10-6 Fr-Sa By Appt Th-Mo 12-7 Win 10-5 Sum 10-6 X Daily 10-7:30 X

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – Paso Robles Daily 6169 Airport Rd; 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 JanKris Winery – Templeton 1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 Justin Winery – Paso Robles 11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 238-6932 Kaleidos – Paso Robles 1032 Pine St; 805 226-2976 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 11-4:30 By Appt Th 12-5 Fr-Su 10-5 X Daily 11-5 Daily 10-6 Th-Sa 12-8 Su-Mo 12-5 X X

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Carmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles 11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 Cass Vineyards – Paso Robles 7350 Linne Rd; 805-239-1730 Castoro Cellars – Templeton 1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos 131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 Sa-Su 11-6 Mo-Fr 12-5 Daily 10-5:30 We-Su 11-5:30 Closed Tu

Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles By 2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 Daily 10-5

Kiamie Wine Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo 1111 Riverside Ave, Ste 102; 805 226-8333 11-6

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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 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Pianetta – Paso Robles 829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Pipestone – Paso Robles 2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 Poalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles 18888 Willow Creek Rd; 805-238-0600 Pomar Junction – Templeton 5036 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-238-9940 Pretty Smith – San Miguel 13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles 1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331

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5225 Hwy 41; 805 238-4777 X X X X X X X X X Stephen’s Cellar – Templeton 7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles 2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 Summerwood – Paso Robles 2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 Sylvester Vineyards – Paso Robles 5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 Tablas Creek – Paso Robles 9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 Tackitt Family – San Miguel 6640 Von Dollen Rd; 805 467-9490 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 Terry Hoage – Paso Robles 870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Thacher Winery – Paso Robles 8355 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0087

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L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-4 2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 Mo-We by Appt. Le Cuvier – Paso Robles 9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Linne Calodo – Paso Robles 3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 Lion’s Peak – Cambria 4044 Burton Ave; 805-927-1450 Locatelli Winery – San Miguel 8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 Fr-Su 12-5 Fr-Su 11-5 Daily 11-6:30 Fr-Su 1l-4

Loma Linda Vineyards – Paso Robles By 5155 Rancho La Loma Linda Drive Appt Lone Madrone – Paso Robles 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 Madison Cellars – Paso Robles 4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles 5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Martin & Weyrich – Paso Robles 2610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 McClean Vineyards – Templeton 4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 Daily 10:30-5 By Appt Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-5 Or By Appt Su-Th 10-5 Fr-Sa 10-6 By Appt Daily 10-5

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Ranchita Canyon – San Miguel Fr-Mo 11-5 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road; 805 467-9448 Red Soles – Paso Robles 3230 Oakdale Rd; 805-226-9898 Rio Seco – Paso Robles 4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 Mo-Sa 11-5 Su 12-5 Daily 11-5 Fr-Mo 12-5 By Appt Daily Win 10-5 Sum 10-6 X Fri-Sun 11-5 Daily 10:30-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Sa-Sun 11-5 or By Appt Fr-Su 10-5 or By Appt

Thunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-5 2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 & By Appt 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 Venteux Vineyards – Templeton 1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton 2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Vihuela Winery – Paso Robles 840 11th St, Ste 104; 805-886-5400 Villicana Winery – Paso Robles 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 Th-Su 11-5 Daily 10-6 Fr-Mo 11-5 Fr-Sa 10-4 Daily 9-5 Fr-Su 10-5 By Appt

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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 Road; 805 835-8529 Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton 8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 Rotta Winery – Paso Robles 3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 San Marcos Creek – Paso Robles 7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Sarzotti Winery – Templeton 180 Bella Rancy Rd; 805 226-2022 Sculpterra – Paso Robles 5015 Linne Road, 888-302-8881

Meritage Wine Tasting – Paso Robles Sun 11-5 X 810 11th St; 805 238-9456 Mon-Thu 11-8 Fri-Sat 11-11 Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 Minassian-Young – Paso Robles 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 Daily 10-5:30 Fr-Su 11-5 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

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Mitchella Vineyard – Paso Robles Fr-Su 12-5 2525 Mitchella Ranch Way; 805 239-8555 or by appt Mondo Cellars – Paso Robles Sum 11-6 3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 226-2925 Win 11-5 X Moonstone Cellars – Cambria 801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 NadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles 7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles 7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles 1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 Th-Mo 11-5 Fr-Su 12-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 12-6

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Villa Creek Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su 12-4 5995 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805 238-7145 & By Appt Villa San-Juliette – San Miguel 6385 Cross Canyon Rd; 805 550-0522 Vina Robles – Paso Robles 3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 By Appt Daily 10-5

Sextant Wines – Templeton By Appt Crnr of Almond & S. El Pomar; 866-833-WINE

Vines on the Marycrest – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-5 5050 Mustard Creek Rd; 805 237-0378 & By Appt

Ortman Family Vnyds – Paso Robles Daily 12-5 1317 Park Street; 805-237-9009 Fr-Sat 12-7 Oso Libre Winery – Paso Robles 7383 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-3378 Thu-Mon 11-5

SILVER HORSE WINERY 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel 805-967-WINE Open Friday-Monday 11-5
Come see what everyone is talking about!

VINFUZION 3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr, Paso Robles Open Friday-Monday 11-5:30 or by appointment 805-238-0208
Come partake at our blissful tasting room. Organic, Biodynamic – Fined over Gemstones

Parkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By 70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt Pasoport Wine Co – Paso Robles Fri-Sun 11-5 6996 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805 239-2229 or by appt Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily 1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5

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Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles 7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 Whalebone Vineyard – Paso Robles 8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 Wild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles 3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311

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Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 11-5 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Su 12-5 Stanger Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-5

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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 York Mountain – Templeton 7505 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-3925 Zenaida Cellars – Paso Robles 1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 ZinAlley – Templeton 3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 Zoller Wine Styling – Paso Robles 525A Pine St; 805 226-9707 Ancient Peaks – Santa Margarita 22720 El Camino Real; 805-365-7045 Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita 2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 SAN LUIS OBISPO Alapay Cellars – Avila Beach 415 First St; 805-595-2632 Daily 10:30-6 Daily 10:30-5 Daily 11-4 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 11-5 Mo-Th 12-8 Fr-Sa 12-5 Th-Mo 11-5:30 Fr-Su 12-6 X

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Rancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande 591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 1st Saturday of the month 11-5 Salisbury Vineyards – Avila Valley Sat-Sun 11-6 6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE Mon-Fri 12-5 Saucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 Daily 10-5 X X X X

Riverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 Tantara Vineyard – Santa Maria 4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 Tres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria 9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 LOS OLIVOS Alexander & Wayne – Los Olivos 2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 Andrew Murray – Los Olivos 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 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 X Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455

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Stephen Ross Wine Cellars – San Luis Obispo Sa-Su 11-5 By Apt 178 Suburban Rd; 805-594-1318 X X X Tangent Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 Talley Vineyards – Arroyo Grande 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Taste – San Luis Obispo 1003 Osos St; 805-269-TASTE Daily 10:30-4:30 Mo-Sa 11-9 Su 11-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-6 Sat till 7 X Daily 11-5 X X X X X X X X X X X

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Tolosa Winery – San Luis Obispo 4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 Wood Winery – Avila Beach 480 Front St; 805-595-9663 Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo 6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448

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Aron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Daily 11-6 845 Embarcadero Rd, Suite F; 805-610-5751 Win Th-Mo Baileyana Estate – San Luis Obispo 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE Daily 10-5 Daily 11-5

S A N TA M A R I A / F O X E N C A N YO N Addamo Estate Vineyards – Old Orcutt Tu-Su 400 East Clark Ave. Suite A; 805-937-6400 11-7 Bedford Thompson – Los Alamos 448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 Byron Vineyard – Santa Maria 5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805 938-7365 Cambria Winery – Santa Maria 5475 Chardonnay Lane; 805 938-7318 Daily 11-5 By Appt 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 X X X X X X X X X X

Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 Byron Vnyd Tasting Room – Los Olivos Thu-Sun 2367 Alamo Pintako Ave; 805 938-7365 11-5 Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 Carina Cellars – Los Olivos 2900 Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 Consilience – Los Olivos 2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 Coquelicot – Los Olivos 2884 Grand Ave; 805-688-1500 Sum We-Mo 11-5 Win Th-Mo 11-5 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Su-Th 11-5 Fr 11-6, Sa 10-6 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-6 Daily 11:30- 5:30 Daily 12-6 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5

Bishop’s Peak Wines – Arroyo Grande Daily 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10-4:30 Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo 831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 Fr-Su 11-5

Chamisal/Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo 7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 Edna Valley Vineyard – San Luis Obispo Daily 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily 1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 11-5:30 Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Morovino – Avila Beach 550 1st St; 805-627-1443 Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo 1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 Daily 11-5 Th-Mo 12-5 Daily 11-5

Costa de Oro – Santa Maria Th-Su 11-6 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 Closed Mo-We Core Wine – Orcutt We-Su 145 S. Gray Street, Ste 103; 805 937-1600 11-6 Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria 3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-VINE Curtis Winery – Los Olivos 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 Fess Parker – Los Olivos 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 FirestoneVineyards – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 Daily 10-5:30 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-4

Curtis Winery – Los Olivos 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos 2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos 2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 Evans Ranch – Los Olivos 2901 Grand Ave; 805 688-0558 Fess Parker – Los Olivos 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940

IO Vineyards – The Bench in Los Olivos Th-Mo 2367 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805 938-7365 11-5 Kenneth Volk Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily 5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 10:30-4:30 X Koehler – Los Olivos 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 Daily 10-5

Great Oaks Ranch – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 J Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 John Kerr Wines – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 Koehler – Los Olivos 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 Daily 10-5

NOW OPEN IN THE VILLAGE OF ARROYO GRANDE 211 East Branch Street Sun-Mon, Thu 11-5 • Fri-Sat 11-7 805-481-WINE (9463)
Enjoy exceptional hand crafted wines that showcase the best fruit from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Labyrinth – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang 2717 Aviation Way; 805-268-4155 Daily 10-5 McKeon-Philips – Santa Maria 2115 S Blosser Rd; 805-928-3025 Daily 11-6

Piedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo 6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 By Appt Pismo Beach Winery – Pismo Beach 271 B Five Cities; 805-773-WINE Daily 12-5 X X X

Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang) 2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 Daily 10-4 X

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

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Oak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X Qupé Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-968-9699 Daily 11-5 Saarloos & Sons – Los Olivos 2971 Grand Ave; 805 688-1200 Daily 11-5 X X X X X X X X X X X

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Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 Scott Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo 2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-570-0048 12-5 Star Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Solpman Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-688-0400 11-4 Three Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Tre Anelli – Los Olivos 2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000 Daily 11-5

Au Bon Climat – at Taste of the Valleys Su-Th 12-8 1672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 Fr-Sa 12-10 Blackjack Ranch – Solvang 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 Th-Mo 11-5

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Roblar Winery – Santa Ynez 3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 Sunstone – Santa Ynez 125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 S A N TA BA R BA R A Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara 414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 Coastal Winery – Santa Barbara End of State St; 805-962-2100 Jaffurs – Santa Barbara 819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 Giessinger – Santa Barbara 212 State St; 805-568-0820 Kalyra Winery – Santa Barbara 212 State St; 805-695-8606 Kunin Wines – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805-963-9696

Blair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang 1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 Carivintas Winery – Solvang 476 First St; 805 693-4331 Sun-Thu 12-6 Fri-Sat 12-9

D’Alfonso Curran – Solvang Win Su-Th 11-5, Fr-Sa 11-6 1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Sum Su-Th 11-6, Fr-Sa 11-7 X East Valley - at The Olive House in Solvang 1661 Mission Dr; 805 686-5159 Daily 10-5 X

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Verdad Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Wild Heart Winery – Los Olivos 2933-C Grand Ave; 805-688-7386 Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 Alma Rosa – Buellton 7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 Th-Mo 12-6 Sa 11-7 Daily 10-4 Daily 11-4:30

Honeywood/Olde Mission Wine Co. Tasting room for Honeywood, Michael Grace and Ovene Winery 1539 Mission Dr, #Unit B, Solvang Daily 805-686-9323 9:30-5:30 X Lincourt Vineyards – Solvang 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 Lions Peak Vineyards – Solvang 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang 1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-6:30 Daily 11-5:30 Daily 11-5:30 Su-Th 12-8 Fr-Sa 12-10 X X X X X

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Municipal Winemakers – Santa Barbara On 28 Anacapa Street; 805 598-1896 weekends Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily 202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 Summerland – Summerland 2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Oreana Winery – Santa Barbara 205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Westerly Vineyards – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805-963-9696 Tue-Sun 11-6 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-6

Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc Sat 11-4 1633 West Central Avenue, 805-736-9957 By Appt Babcock Winery – Lompoc 5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 Daily 10:30-4

Mandolina Wines – Solvang 1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 Margerum – at Taste of the Valleys 1672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111

Casa Cassara – Buellton Mo,We,Th 12-6:30 291 Valley Station Dr; 805-688-8691 Fr-Su 11-6:30 Clos Pepe – Lompoc 4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 By Appt

Michael Grace – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang 1539 Mission; 805-686-9323 Daily 9:30-5:30 X Ovene Winery – at Old Mission Tasting Company in Solvang 1539 Mission; 714-420-2525 Daily 9:30-5:30 X Presidio Vineyard – Solvang 1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-4 X X X X X X X X

Dierberg Estate/Star Lane/Three Saints – Lompoc 1280 Drum Canyon Rd; 866-652-8430 Daily 11-5 Fiddlehead Cellars – Lompoc 1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 805 742-0204 Fr-Sa 11-4

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Rideau Vineyard – Solvang 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717

Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Daily Fri-Sun 12-4 36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-730-1680 Mon-Thu call Wine Cask Alliance – Santa Barbara 813 Anacapa St; 805 966-9463 VENTURA COUNTY Bella Victorian Vineyard – Camarillo We-Th 11:30-7 2135 E. Ventura Blvd; 805-383-8800 Fr-Sat11:30-8,Su11:30-4 Camarillo Custom Crush – Camarillo 300 S. Lewis Rd, Ste C; 805-484-0597 Cantara Cellars– Camarillo 126 Wood Rd, Ste 104; 805-484-9600 Casa Barranca – Ojai 208 E. Ojai Ave; 805-640-1255 Herzog Wine Cellars – Oxnard 3201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-1560 Sat-Sun 11-5 Weekends 11-5 Daily 11-7

Flying Goat Cellars – Lompoc Th-Sa 1520A 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

Royal Oaks – Solvang Tu-Sa 11-7 1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 Su-Mo By Appt Rusack Vineyard – Solvang 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 Shoestring Winery – Solvang 800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 Daily 11-5 Fr-Su 11-4

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Hitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton 406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X Huber Vineyards – Lompoc 4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 Ken Brown Wines – Buellton 70 Industrial Way; 805-448-3791 Lafond Vineyard – Buellton 6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 Melville Vineyard – Lompoc 5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 Mosby Winery – Buellton 9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 Sa-Sun 11-4 & By Appt By Appt Daily 10-5 Daily 11-4 Daily 10-4 X X X X

Sort This Out Cellars – Solvang Sun-Thu 10-7 1636 Copenhagen Drive; 805-688-1717 Fri-Sat 10-10 Uncorked/Monsoon Cellars Fr-Sa 12-9pm 467 Alisal Rd Ste 2; 805-693-8000; Solvang Su 12-6 Wandering Dog Wine Bar – Solvang Daily 1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 11-8ish S A N TA YN E Z Artiste – Santa Ynez 3569 Sagunto St; 805-686-2626 Bridlewood Estate – Santa Ynez 3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 Buttonwood Farm – Santa Ynez 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 800-715-1404 Daily 11-5 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-5

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Old Creek Ranch Winery – Ojai Valley Daily 10024 Old Creek Rd; 805-649-4132 11-5 Ojai Beverage Co. & Tasting Rm – Ojai Daily 655 E. Ojai Ave; 805 646-1700 10-9 Rancho Ventavo Cellars – Oxnard Fri-Sun 11-6 1741 S. A Street, 805 483-8084 Monday Holidays

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