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NOVEMBER 2010 • ISSUE 35 – VOLUME 3
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PER BACCO CELLARS
Elegance, Complexity and Depth
by Darren Delmore
When restaurateur Marco Rizzo and winemaker Craig Shannon got together in 1998 over a few bins of Chardonnay grapes, they didn’t necessarily expect to become darlings of the wine press. But that inaugural release of Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay got a 92 point score in a major wine magazine, and since then they’ve kept that mozzarella momentum coming out of the grinder with wines made in the fashion they’re passionate about. “It’s been more than ten years that Craig and I have been working on it,” Rizzo says about the time that’s passed since the conception of Per Bacco Cellars. And what has he learned about being a winery owner since then? “It’s always an adventure.” In 2001, Shannon and Rizzo wisely added Pinot Noir to the project, and developed a second reserve barrel selection which they named “Dionysus” and bottled on its own. When that purple dank baby hit the palates of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s critics and got 94 points, wine loving point chasers started reaching for their pocketbooks. Through the erratic trends of varietal favoritism and climatic conditions, it’s been refreshing to see Per Bacco continue to make wines in the manner that they originally set out to do, with a focus on food-friendliness and approachability. “It’s been real satisfying to settle into a certain groove and style of winemaking,” Rizzo mentioned from his office at legendary eatery Café Roma in San Luis Obispo. “And finding the people that really dig our style and building a super loyal wine club, people that come to our events. It’s become this family. It’s been a lot of fun.” With over nine different current releases, the real pepperoni remains clear: Pinot. “The Pinot Noirs have been our flagship product,” he admits. “We pull in the Italian-esque flavors and go for lighter alcohol. We do that with all of the wines. The focus – starting with the Pinot Grigio going all the way to the Pinot Noir – is definitely food-related wine, whether it’s a barbecue or at the table or whatnot, rather than a cocktail wine.” In 2005 Rizzo and Shannon opened up a tasting room in San Luis Obispo, and Grace Kegel has been the tasting room manager for over the past two years. She also finds herself helping Craig out in the cellar from time to time, especially during the crush. “I pick up the loose ends when harvest is on,” she says with a smile. “It’s fun for me.” She mentioned one of the biggest draws to Per Bacco is the setting, and the fact that you taste wine inside the actual cellar. “You’re amongst the barrels. During harvest you can see everything that goes on in the winemaking process. People love that.” Tucked beside the 101 freeway as it snakes into San Luis Obispo, the Per Bacco winery and tasting room is part of the beautiful 200 acre Filipponi Ranch, complete with a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and plenty of unadulterated ground to roam upon with a glass of Pinot Grigio. During events like Roll Out the Barrels in May or the Harvest Celebration in November, Per Bacco is the place to be, with live music outdoors, top-shelf food to complement the current releases and a fun, mellow, relaxing vibe. “Craig has put together a real casual atmosphere here,” Marco adds. “It’s more like ‘come out, hang out, enjoy some wine.’” I recently stopped into the tasting room which is purely about the wine. No jewelry, no oil, no cookbooks; wine is the focus. “We charge just a five dollar fee,” Grace pointed out, “and customers can choose six wines out of the nine options to taste. We waive one fee per bottle

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purchased, and the glasses aren’t included. We also sell wine for five bucks a glass if people like to picnic or go play bocce.” I started off my tasting with the 2008 Pinot Grigio, made from grapes grown in the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County. I’ve always enjoyed this wine from Per Bacco, and it could be assumed that the pressure is on to make an excellent house Pinot Grigio worthy for the bar at Café Roma. The 2008 Edna Valley Chardonnay reminded me of the first Per Bacco Chardonnay I’d ever tried, thus proving that the same philosophy is running through Craig’s winemaking process today. Judging by the dense, commanding pour of the 2007 Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir, I knew I was onto something special here. This is classic Central California Burgundy, with ample weight, heavy fruits, and refreshing cool climate acidity. “2007 was a great vintage for Pinot,” Grace said. Onto the Dionysus, with its handsome packaging and even darker colors and flavors, with an earthy, savory complexity that comes on like a sleek black Benz out of the showroom. It’s a Las Vegas style Pinot Noir, to be drunk alongside a 280 dollar Wagyu tasting flight at CraftSteak. Since Craig’s winemaking resume includes a stint at Alban Vineyards in Edna Valley, it’s no surprise that the winery is sold out of its Syrah and Petite Sirah, though the 2005 Mani Cabernet Sauvignon is a true value and a fine way to finish up the tasting. “Mani means hands in Italian,” Grace pointed out, “and Craig’s three girls’ hand prints are on the label. It’s the house Cabernet at Café Roma.” Per Bacco Cellars is located at 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the tasting room at (805) 787-0485 or log on to www.perbaccocellars.com.

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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 ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips Explore the amazing outdoor world of the Central Coast Outdoors. Ten unique day trips, including bicycling the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, hiking Big Sur and kayaking among the profusion of bird life in Morro Bay. All trips include necessary transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch and knowledgeable guide(s). $79-$119. Bike rentals available. Call for reservations. 888-873-5610

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CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAY
ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk Spend an enjoyable evening touring the many art galleries along the waterfront on the Embarcadero in beautiful Morro Bay. Sample great food and wine and converse with the artists. Open late till 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

Wine & Art Tour IV
6550 El Camino Real–The last in a year-long series of Art & Wine Tours. A celebration of art and wine featuring local wineries and local artists in private studios and downtown businesses. Everything from photography to sculpture. 5:30-8:30pm, www.atascaderomainstreet.org, 805-462-0173 DECEMBER 10 Winter Wonderland Will be presented in downtown Atascadero and in/around the Sunken Gardens park. Thousands of visitors are expected to fill the historic downtown during this event. 5-9pm, www.atascaderomainstreet.org, 805-462-0173

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 NOVEMBER 13 Harvest Winemaker Dinner at Harmony An elegant, candlelit dinner in the winery. Christian Raia will return as chef this year. Five gourmet courses with wine. $138, RSVP, 805-927-1625 NOVEMBER 18-21 (LATE EVENING DUE TO TIDES) Tall Ship Lady Washington Dockside Tours and Public Sails Morro Bay Harbor–Embark on a sail and feel the wind in your face on an 18th century merchant sloop. The Lady Washington has appeared as the HMS Interceptor in the film Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl and the Brig Enterprise in Star Trek Generations. Three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing and maritime storytelling. Tours: 11/19, 4-5pm; 11/20-21, 10am-1pm. Adventure Sail: 11/20-21, 2pm 805-772-4467, for tickets www.morrobay.org NOVEMBER 20

AVILA BEACH
ONGOING SUNDAYS Art on the Beach through Thanksgiving Artists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier ONGOING SUNDAYS

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 Farm fresh produce & flowers, art show and live entertainment in the Arroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm 805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.org ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab Show is a live performance that involves the whole audience! Live performances every Wednesday, 7pm, Invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. 805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.com ONGOING

Live Music on the Oceanfront at Wood Winery
Enjoy their fabulous oceanfront patio, listen to great music, sip on award-winning wines, gourmet cheese plates are available. 1-4pm 805-595-9663, www.wildwoodwine.com ONGOING Avila Beach Sea Life Center 805-595-7280, www.visitavilabeach.com • Floating Adventures: Students board a real boat to experience the Floating Laboratory, Marine Biologist for a Day or Whale Watchers programs. • Program Options: Teachers and educators customize programs. The Marine Institute has created a very comprehensive program with several options. NOVEMBER 5-7

Annual Harvest Celebration
Celebrate 20 years of Rockin' Good Time with SLO Vintners at it’s 20th annual Harvest Celebration. Party Like a Rock Star with the Winemakers! 805-786-2763 Packages from $50-$1,000, www.slowine.com • Friday Night Winemaker Dinners: Wineries and restaurants partner to provide festive food and wine experiences at various winery and restaurant locations in San Luis Obispo County. • Saturday Grand Tasting with Live & Silent Auction: Avila Beach Golf Resort Over 60 wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo region are featured. Be prepared to be entertained by the winemakers as they show off their lifestyle auction lots. Live music from the Winemaker's Band, "The Crush - Tones" a group formed especially for the 20th Annual Event. 12-3pm • Sunday: Winery Open Houses NOVEMBER 5-7

Cayucos Wine & Food Festival
Vets Hall–A fun gathering with local wineries and eateries. 4-8pm www.derbywineestates.com, 805-238-6300 NOVEMBER 28 Christmas Street Faire Vendors display their arts and crafts. Morro Bay Merchant's Association. 877-478-9477 DECEMBER 4 Lighted Boat Parade Starts at 6:30pm. Local boats of all sizes, decorated with lights for the holiday season, cruise the harbor. 805-772-4467, www.morrobay.org

Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers
The first Friday of every month join John & Linda for their Winemakers Choice tasting. John will be pouring his favorites (or mention what you like, and I'm sure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 NOVEMBER 6-7

Harvest Celebration at Talley
www.talleyvineyards.com • Sat: Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort, 12-3pm • Sun: Featuring Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band, delicious wine tastings, while enjoying a melt-in -your mouth tri-tip sandwich. 11am-3pm $10, free/SLO Vintners wrist band NOVEMBER 6-7

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SLO Vintner’s Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Salisbury
www.salisburyvineyards.com, 805-595-9463 • Fri: Salisbury’s Harvest Dinner & Dancing–Salisbury is rolling up the carpets to host the musical masterminds of the Tipsy Gypsies, paired with delicious creations by Vraja's Kitchen. 7pm, dinner and wine/$50, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages/$30. Space limited. RSVP by November 2nd patty@salisburyvineyards.com, 805-595-9463 • Sat: Rockin’Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort • Sun: Hair of the Dawg Pancake Breakfast–Start at Salisbury before those lazy rockers awake with their complimentary biannual Hair of the Dawg Pancake Breakfast. Sausage and pancakes with all of the fixins will be paired with their famous Backward Mimosas. 9:30-11am. • Sun: Rock n' Roll to Recover with H.B. Barnum–Aretha Franklin's composer for 29 years, will lead a jam session to include some of favorite Rockstars from their 2010 Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series.11am-4pm, Complimentary/Grand Tasting participants & Salisbury/members, $10/guests, children/free NOVEMBER 5-7

Pinot Noir Blending Seminar at Wild Horse Winery
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

SLO Vintner’s Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Phantom Rivers
www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 • Sat: Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort, 12-3pm • Sun: The tastes & smells of harvest continue with seasonal appetizers Wine specials for this one day only. 12-5pm $5, free/club members NOVEMBER 13

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 SATURDAYS

Anniversary Party at Phantom Rivers!
Help them celebrate their first year in the tasting room! Food, live music by Ben Davis, one day only wine specials! Don't miss this one! 3-9pm www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463 NOVEMBER 18

Tours & Tastings at Eberle Winery
VIP Tastings by appointment, $25. Complimentary cave tours every half hour 805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.com ONGOING THIRD WEDNESDAYS

Teachers Appreciation Night at Phantom Rivers
In appreciation for all the dedication of teachers! Stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials just for you. 3-7pm, 25% discount off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! 805-481-9463,www.phantomrivers.com DECEMBER 30

SLO Vintner’s Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Wood Winery
www.slowine.com, www.wildwoodwine.com, 805-595-9663 • Fri: BBQ & wine tasting • Sat: Grand Tasting with Live & Silent Auction: Avila Beach Golf Resort • Sun: Open House–free to passport & wine club. Filled flatbread pizzas, live music & wine all day long. DECEMBER 18

Free Cooking Show at Idler’s Hospitality Catering
Food samples, wine & entertainment featuring wineries and special guests 5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.net ONGOING 2nd Sunday Wine Down at Hearthstone Enjoy music and delicious food with their fine wine. www.hearthstonevineyard.com, 805-238-2544 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar Local winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154

Teachers Appreciation Night at Phantom Rivers
In appreciation for all the dedication of teachers! Stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials just for you. 3-7pm, 25% discount off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! 805-481-9463,www.phantomrivers.com

Hawaiian Christmas at Wood Winery
At the winery/ranch–Live music, Hawaiian theme, Island food, dancing wine & fun! 805-595-9663, www.wildwoodwine.com

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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 Tastings at Meridian Vineyards 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.com, open daily 10am-5pm • Limited Release Tasting, $5: A selection of five tasting room exclusive wines. Tasting fee refunded with wine purchase. • Cheese & Wine Pairing, $10: A selection of five tasting room exclusive wines paired with five gourmet cheeses from Vivant Fine Cheese of Paso Robles. Includes logo cheese board. • Chocolate & Wine Pairing, $10: A selection of four tasting room exclusive reds paired with four artisan dark chocolates by Scharffen Berger of Berkeley. Includes logo cheese board. ONGOING SATURDAYS Paso Robles Wine 101 Seminar Meritage Tasting Lounge – Provides a wonderful introduction to Paso Robles wine country, its wines, and how to taste them. Hear terrior influences wine taste and learn how wine is made. Evaluate wines and taste several of the great wines that Paso Robles has to offer. Each week they will feature a Meritage winery and a special selection from their wine list. 11am-12pm $30 includes tasting of 3-4 wines, www.firstcrushwinemaking.com ONGOING FIRST THURSDAY Date Night Concert Series at La Bellasera Enjoy live music in an intimate setting in La Bellasera's beautiful conference room. 7pm, $15, 805-238-2834, www.labellasera.com 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 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: Spanish Tapas Nite, each tapa is $2, 5-7pm • Friday: Oyster Bar, Champagne, Bubbles galore! Orders must be in by 7pm ONGOING Go Ballooning Enjoy incredible views of the wine country of Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Miguel and Templeton. 1-4 passengers per trip. Weather permitting. Call for reservations. 805-458-1530 ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music in the Tasting Room at Eos Enjoy great music, fantastic wines & great company at Eos. 12-3pm www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562 NOVEMBER 5 Meridian Vineyards Friday Afternoon with Cahoots Catering Famous Thai Chicken Salad and Southwestern Chicken Melt. Stop by the tasting room from for a sample of their wonderful products including Thai Salad Dressing & Chipotle Mayonnaise. 1-4pm, 805-226-7133 NOVEMBER 6 NOVEMBER 10-14 2010 Paderewski Festival The 2010 Paderewski Festival celebrates the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and his 150th birthday anniversary with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally renowned performers, young pianists from Poland and the Central Coast Region, wine tasting and a special lecture by the world’s preeminent Paderewski authority. Anniversary edition of Festival will honor Paderewski’s by making all concerts during the 2010 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles free of charge. Reservations strongly suggested, email info@paderewskifest.com, www.paderewskifest.com/shop.html 805-239-0873. Otherwise, seating will be on a first-come basis. NOVEMBER 19-23

Hats in the Cellar at J&J
An afternoon of fine wines, gourmet food and live music by Amy Estrada. Sponsored by J&J Cellars, Forever Young and Central Coast Wigs to benefit Hats for Hope, an organization which provides financing for hats, wigs or headcoverings for residents of the Central Coast who are battling cancer and will lose their hair due to treatment. Food, wine, music and raffle prizes. 12-4pm $25, www.hatsforhope.com, RSVP, 805-467-2891, betty.walker@jjcellars.com www.jjcellars.com, include names of members in your party. NOVEMBER 6

Paso Digital Film Festival
In the tradition of the PDFF 1 & 2, Number 3, they will pay tribute to music in film, and especially music videos and DVDs, and their digital platforms. As last year, they will honor the musicians, song writers, producers, editors and film makers of the great music documentaries, as they screen and pay tribute to some of these great films of music and entertainment history. Sylvester will be hosting concerts throughout the weekend. www.pasoroblesfilmfestival.com NOVEMBER 20

Central Coast Taste of Hope Event at Niner Estates
Join the People’s Self Help Housing of San Luis Obispo for their 40th Anniversary event. 5:30pm, $100/ includes wine tasting, live music, silent auction and gourmet food! RSVP, www.pshhc.org/tickets NOVEMBER 12-14

Indoor Concert at Castoro featuring Diana Jones & Jill Knight
Best known for her ”supple, loamy alto”voice, her Appalachian music is honest, feeling ”essentially American without getting into that whole Americana thing.”Appearing on stage with Diana is Jill Knight. ”Knight approaches her music with an unadorned intensity, her songs pack an emotional punch rich in the details of everyday experiences.”Doors open 6:30pm, show 7:30pm $20, www.castorocellars.com, 888-DAM-FINE NOVEMBER 26-28

Pleasantly Sweet in Pleasant Valley
A weekend of fine dessert wines paired with luscious sweets. Each winery will pair one of their premium wines with something decadently sweet! At J&J Cellars, they will be pairing Temptress, their Port made from estate-grown Tempranillo and Sauzo, fortified with brandy distilled from their Cabernet Sauvignon, with luscious truffles. 805-467-2891, www.jjcellars.com NOVEMBER 13 Wine Vine Run Pasta Feed at Meridian A pre-race pasta and salad feed in the barrel room. Live acoustic guitar, wine by glass or bottle. $10/adults, $6/children 12 & under, 5-7pm, 805-226-7133 NOVEMBER 13 Elegant Evening in Paso Robles The heart of Paso Robles is transformed into a magical feast for the eyes and taste buds. This delightful Paso Robles tradition is a gift of hospitality from downtown merchants and kicks off the holiday shopping season. Dancers from Class Act Dance Studio serve as live mannequins in shop windows, posing as characters from beloved tales. Complimentary trolley rides are offered by the Central Coast Trolley Company. Strolling minstrels and singers fill the crisp night air with music. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. 5-8pm 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org NOVEMBER 14 Wine Vine Run Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk at Meridian Run/walk in this unique destination race through beautiful vineyards followed by a leisurely wine tasting & breakfast in their gardens. All proceeds benefit the Paso Robles Athletic Department. www.winevinerun.com

Holiday Shopping at Jada
Wines are paired with gourmet cheeses. See what extra goodies they have put out for your tasting pleasure. Wine, merchandise & great cookbooks. 805-226-4200, www.jadavineyard.com DECEMBER 3 Friday Afternoon with Meridian Wine Filled Chocolates Beat the winter chills and cozy up with a Meridian Wine-Filled Chocolate. Infused with their Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, this Belgian dark chocolate truffle is pure decadence. Pick up a box for a great stocking stuffer! Samples available 12-5 pm. DECEMBER 4

Holiday Open House along the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail
Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy yourself while doing your holiday shopping. J&J Cellars will be serving complimentary appetizers and holiday treats accompanied by special releases and barrel samples. Their tasting room will be fully stocked and they will gladly prepare gift baskets for you. betty.walker@jjcellars.com, 805-467-2891

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DECEMBER 4 ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS NOVEMBER 5-7

Black Tie Holiday Dinner in the Eberle Caves
Chef Budi Kazali, The Ballard Inn & Restaurant, Ballard–A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, he brings his vast experience to light in his own innovative way, creating memorable and delicious dishes to please the most discriminating palates. Winner of the 2009 CCM Ultimate Chef, Eberle Winery is proud to welcome Chef Kazali to our caves to create a holiday meal to remember. RSVP, 805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.com DECEMBER 5 & 12

Master the Art of Wine and Cheese at Tolosa Winery
Four cheeses are served using only artisan and/or farmstead products. Wine is paired with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony. 11am-4pm, RSVP, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Harvest Celebration at Edna Valley
805-544-5855 x 42, www.ednavalleyvineyard.com • Friday: Harvest Dinner with the Winemaker Harry Hansen. 30 year anniversary! Chef Ben and Chef Russ of 2 Cooks Catering will recreate 5 White House courses that have been served with Edna Valley Vineyard wines over the past three decades. 6pm, $85, $80/Club Edna & Founders, RSVP • Sat: Rockin’Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort • Sunday: Open House– 3rd Annual "Throwdown"! Local chefs will compete in their 3rd annual cook-off with you as the judge! This year they are going back to the basics with a Chili cook-off. NOVEMBER 5-7

Reserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa Winery
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 The San Luis Obispo Art Center Permanent collection & constantly rotating exhibits of works by local artists in all media – paintings, sculpture, photography & more. 11am-5pm daily except Tuesdays, 805-543-8562, www.sloartcenter.org ONGOING WEEKENDS Music at Mother’s Tavern Upscale tavern with entertainment, check for schedules 805-541-8733, www.motherstavern.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 NOVEMBER 5-7

Polar Express Reading – Le Vigne Winery at Sylvester Vineyards
Charity reading of "The Polar Express" with special appearances by Santa & Mrs. Claus, The Uncommon Carolers and a Pajama Contest! Space is very limited. Proceeds from this event benefit local foster and high needs kids in the county. Adults/$20, La Famiglia/$15, Kids/$10, RSVP, 805-227-4000 www.levignewinery.com, info@levignewinery.com DECEMBER 6

Harvest Celebration at Baileyana & tangent
805-269-8209, www.baileyana.com • Friday: Winemaker Dinner at Buona Tavola Restaurant, San Luis Obispo $85/$65 for Club 1909 Members. Space is limited, RSVP, 805-269-8209 www.baileyana.com • Sat: Rockin’Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort • Sun: Tasting room open house. DECEMBER 4

Artist's Reception for Jennifer Hubbard at Castoro Cellars
The artist for December will be Jennifer Hubbard, whose media is oil and acrylics. There will be a complimentary artist's reception in our gallery, 1-4pm 805-238-0725, www.castorocellars.com DECEMBER 11

Holiday Feast at Hearst Castle
Celebrating a decade of glitter and glamour, Holiday Feast is the most exclusive event of the season. A limousine whisks you up the scenic and winding road to the Castle for a rare and unique opportunity to dine in the historic Refectory amid Renaissance furnishings and sparkling crystal. Enjoy an exquisitely prepared and presented, multi-course meal with each course paired to perfection with a premium Central Coast wine. 5pm, $1,200 www.friendsofhearstcastle.org DECEMBER 7

Le Vigne Winery at Sylvester Vineyards Holiday Open House
Don’t miss their Holiday Open House! Get your last minute holiday gifts, wine and gourmet cheese. Build Your Own Gift Basket. Specials include 20% off all pre-made gift baskets. California Sparkling Wine $65/case and Kiara Reserve Cabernet $100/case! Free, 11am-5pm, 805-227-4000 www.levignewinery.com, info@levignewinery.com DECEMBER 31

Annual Harvest Celebration
Celebrate 20 years of Rockin' Good Time with SLO Vintners at it’s 20th annual Harvest Celebration. Party Like a Rock Star with the Winemakers! 805-786-2763 Packages from $50-$1,000, www.slowine.com •Friday Night Winemaker Dinners: Wineries and restaurants partner to provide festive food and wine experiences at various winery and restaurant locations in San Luis Obispo County. •Saturday Grand Tasting with Live & Silent Auction: Avila Beach Golf Resort Over 60 wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo region are featured. Be prepared to be entertained by the winemakers as they show off their lifestyle auction lots. Live music from the Winemaker's Band, "The Crush - Tones" a group formed especially for the 20th Annual Event. 12-3pm •Sunday: Winery Open Houses NOVEMBER 5-7

Wine Club Holiday Celebration at Edna Valley
Sip wine and enjoy festive appetizers while you get a little holiday shopping in. Let them get you in the spirit of the season! 6-8pm, free/wine club, space limited, RSVP, 805 544 5855 x27, www.ednavalleyvineyard.com

New Year's Eve Dinner at Robert Hall
It’s the Golden Era for Robert Hall Winery as they celebrate the new year as the 2010 Golden Winery of the Year (California State Fair)! Join them for a night of old Hollywood glamour filled with a gourmet meal, live entertainment and lots of golden times. 7pm-1am, $150, $125/Cavern Club, RSVP, 805-239-1616 ext. 24 events@roberthallwinery.com, www.roberthallwinery.com

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
LOMPOC/BUELLTON
ONGOING FRIDAYS Olde Towne Market in Lompoc Food wine & music in the summer months 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com NOVEMBER 6

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 ONGOING Complimentary Limosine Service with Pismo Beach Winery Their complimentary limousine service eliminates the need for a designated driver. Relax and travel in style on your wine tasting excursion to Pismo Beach Winery. Must be at least 21 years old, allow approximately one hour. Limousine only travels from your resort to their winery and back. Free, www.pismobeachwinery.com, 805-773-9463 NOVEMBER 7 Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Over 130 vendors. Includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, furniture, paintings, sculpture, photography and more! The event also features live music, art demos, BBQ, coffee & pastries, specialty foods, massage, plants & flowers. 10am-4pm 805-704-8128, www.artintheparkshellbeach.com NOVEMBER 30

Harvest Celebration at Chamisal
• Friday: Winemaker Dinner in the tasting room–Gourmet BBQ prepared by Chef Ian McPhee paired with Chamisal wines. Reception with hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy the beautiful views of their historic vineyard while keeping warm and safe from the wind. 6pm, $60,$50/Chamisal Members. Seating limited RSVP, tastingroom@chamisalvineyards.com, 805-541-WINE • Sat: Rockin’ Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort • Sun: Open House NOVEMBER 5-7

3rd Annual Vino de Sueños
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, Buellton–Unique event planned and supported by a small group of local premium winemakers to benefit farm and vineyard workers. Vino de Sueños is the brand name for the wine series released each year at the annual event. 17 premium wineries participating. Individual wines for every taste and pocketbook. Another unique aspect of the Vino de Sueños wines is that each label includes a reproduction of an original art piece from a local artist. Live music by international award winning guitarist Derroy who is returning from last year by public demand. 3-6pm, $40 includes a 14 ounce Vino de Sueños logo glass and appetizers. www.vinodesuenos.com

Harvest Celebration at Tolosa Winery
• Fri: Tolosa Winery's Heritage Room–Celebrate with a French Burgundian, family-style feast. Chef Michael Reyes, an apprentice at the famous French Laundry, cooking under the world-renowned Thomas Keller for the past few months, has created a menu with local flavors and French flare. A 5-course family-style dinner will be paired with Tolosa signature estate wines. 6pm, $70, $65/wine club, www.tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 • Sat: Grand Tasting with Live & Silent Auction: Avila Beach Golf Resort • Sun: Open House NOVEMBER 5-7

LOS OLIVOS
ONGOING SATURDAYS Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting Enjoy delicious organic tastings. 11am-5pm daily, $3 805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.com NOVEMBER 2–JANUARY 30 Bayless Paints the Still Life at Artiste The art of San Francisco artist Daniel Bayless captures those fleeting moments when the delicate hand of nature caresses a bouquet. Bayless records the most subtle sensations of light calling to mind early mornings when patios are perfumed by delicate blooms, awake and dancing in the sun. 805-686-2626, www.artiste.com

Phantom Rivers will be Pouring
Lido's Restaurant at Dolphin Bay–Hors d'oeuvres to complement and live music. 5:30-6:30pm, $12, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

Harvest Celebration at Laetitia Estate House
805-474-7653, www.laetitiawine.com • Fri: Winemaker Dinner–Two Cook's Catering will be guest chefs. Enjoy the beautiful view and visit with Laetitia's Winemakers. Room for 48 guests only. 6:30-9:30pm, $100, RSVP, 805-474-7653 or elza@laetitiawine.com • Sat: Rockin’Harvest Festivities at Avila Beach Resort • Sun: Join them for their famous rides through the vineyard, live music and light appetizers. 11am-4pm, no reservations required

SAN LUIS OBISPO
ONGOING

Friday Nights @ 5 at Tolosa
After hours wine in the Heritage Room or Friday Fun on the Tolosa patio. $25,$20/wine club, RSVP recommended. 5-7pm, 805-782-0500 www.tolosawinery.com

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ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Evening with the Winemaker $15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.com DECEMBER 4 Artiste Reception for Daniel Bayless Meet Daniel Bayless and taste Artiste Winery's new wine releases, featuring his gorgeously impressionistic originals. $15, free/members, 805-686-2626 DECEMBER 4 Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration The community of Los Olivos welcomes the Holiday Season with business and galleries fully decorated. Santa will be and local chorale groups will sing carols. A 'little angel" will light the community Christmas tree at 6pm at the flagpole. 4-7pm, 805-688-0658, www.losolivosca.com DECEMBER 2-6 NOVEMBER 6

Holiday Weekend in Wine Country in Santa Barbara
Wineries will be holding open houses, local boutiques and shops will offer their unique ideas for gifts (and often with discounts!), restaurants will create holiday meals and hotels will offer special incentives to spend a long weekend. There will be tree lightings, parades, menorahs, concerts, Santa, Aebleskivers and holiday dinners. The entire community will come together to celebrate the Holiday Season. Bring the whole family or whisk your partner away for a weekend to remember. www.WineCountryHoliday.com, info@winecountryholiday.com

Autumn on the Trail with Carina Cellars
Tom Webb of Bella Olives will be tasting some of his delicious olives and tapenades paired with Carina Cellars wines! 805-688-2459, info@carinacellars.com, www.santaynezwinecountry.com

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/ 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 Houses a collection of vintage and rare motorcycles as well as European race bikes. The museum rotates some of the bikes each month so that the bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding. Weekends 11am-5pm and by appointment mid-week. 805-686-9522, www.motosolvang.com NOVEMBER 12-14 Harvest Weekend with Alisal & Lucas & Lewellen This Western-focused wine event kicks off with wine tasting and BBQ dinner Friday night, complete with line dancing and live entertainment. Saturday morning guests will saddle up for a ride to Alisal’s Old Adobe where a hearty breakfast, campfire and cowboy singing await. That afternoon, everyone will be chauffeured over to Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards’ Harvest at their state-ofthe-art production facility in Buellton. The annual gathering features live music, barrel and tank sampling, production tours, and the ever-popular wine swirling competition. Guests can also stock up on award-winning wines at special prices. That night, the principals of Lucas & Lewellen will host a private winemaker’s dinner. Sunday morning is free for more riding, a massage, a game of golf, or just a chance to relax and reflect on the bounty of the weekend. $1,250/couple, 888-4-ALISAL, www.alisal.com, www.llwine.com NOVEMBER 17

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

SANTA BARBARA
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011 Sunlight and Water: Celebrating the Winemakers of Santa Barbara County By fine art photographer Mark Robert Halper. At eight tasting rooms, the Los Olivos Cafe and the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn, Los Olivos. The ‘Los Olivos Meandering Gallery’ will take the viewer on a journey to untraditional art spaces and bring a new appreciation to the portraits and the people. Using the book as a guide to discover the many wine estates in Santa Barbara County, visitors and residents alike will be able to experience wineries large and small. www.sunlightandwater.com 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 C‘est Cheese Stop for lunch, wine, cheese and chocolate. They’re starting to ramp up their selection, bringing in new and delicious cheeses, wines and various treats for all to enjoy. 825 Santa Barbara Street, 805-965-0318 ONGOING CAMA International Series at The Granada Features celebrated orchestras, conductors and soloists from around the world. www.camasb.org, 805-966-4324 ONGOING CAMA Masterseries at the Lobero Presents concerts by some of today's leading chamber musicians. www.camasb.org, 805-966-4324 ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAY Live Music at Oreana Winery Wine tasting and wine by the glass, 3-6pm, www.oreanawinery.com ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 3 Peggy Ferris “Color | Line | Form” Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara–Peggy Ferris was trained at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Holland and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her return to the fine arts follows a successful career as a graphic designer. Her work is loose and spontaneous, but the designer’s eye for color and composition prevail. 805-965-6307, www.afsb.org

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 NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 12

DineOut: Santa Maria Style
In conjunction with the Wine Christmas Passport Weekend! Feast on fabulous lunches and dinners specially priced at $10.10 to $40.10 at participating restaurants in & around Santa Maria. Dinner reservations are recommended. Menus and details posted online. 805-925-2403, www.santamariavisitor.com DECEMBER 4-5

Wine Christmas Passport Weekend
Celebrate the holiday season featuring 10 local wineries. The tasting rooms will be open 11am to closing for tasting on both days. Advance tickets available/$30, 1-866-480-5194, www.smvwines.com

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: 10-11:30am. 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/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 ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

Solvang Third Wednesday "Giving Thanks"
Wine Walk tasting, a choice of five tastings from 12 locations. Special sales and offers at over 45 restaurants and merchants all day. Tickets available until 6 pm at The Olive House, Sort This Out Cellars and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Tickets are $20 and include a premium wine glass. Wine Walk tickets are sold until 6 pm at The Olive House, Sort This Out Cellars and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Turkey Raffle winners announced at the Solvang Farmers Market. Susan Williams, 805-245-0626, www.solvangcc.com DECEMBER 4 Solvang Julefest Parade Begins at 11:00am; featuring local groups, bands and the arrival of a jolly rotund celebrity. The parade begins at Mission Santa Ines, travels west on Mission Drive, turns left on 4th Street, turns left on Copenhagen Drive and concludes at the Solvang Post Office on Alisal Road. For more info, events@SolvangUSA.com or 805-688-6144, www.SolvangUSA.com DECEMBER 15

Italian Imagery in Santa Ynez at Carina Cellars
Welcoming Rodger Dawson! Dawson enjoys photographing simple subjects that emanate elements of fascinating beauty. Shooting with a Canon 5D Mk II, Dawson captures that beauty, then works with digital images to create a personal idealized image closely resembling that initial moment. 805-252-0860, www.carinacellars.com NOVEMBER 6

Solvang Third Wednesday "Last Minute Shopping"
Wine Walk tasting, a choice of five tastings from 12 locations. Special sales and offers at over 45 restaurants and merchants all day. Tickets available until 6 pm at The Olive House, Sort This Out Cellars and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Tickets are $20 and include a premium wine glass. Wine Walk tickets are sold until 6 pm at The Olive House, Sort This Out Cellars and Wandering Dog Wine Bar. Susan Williams, 805-245-0626, www.solvangcc.com

Autumn on the Trail Passport Event
Sample reserve wines, barrel tastings and complimentary hors d'oeuvres at member wineries. Must be 21 & over. 11am-4pm, $45 includes a logo glass and passport to 14 wineries. RSVP, 1-800-563-3183, www.santaynezwinecountry.com

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HUNT CELLARS
Memorable Wines
by Lisa Pretty
One very well known fact in the wine industry is that it takes good fruit to make good wine. When David Hunt decided to enter the wine business he looked far and wide for a vineyard property that would produce fruit capable of delivering wines that would be memorable. The three most important factors for growing great grapes are the vineyard soil, the weather and good quality water. David’s exhaustive search across three states led him to Paso Robles where he purchased what is known today as Destiny Vineyards, the estate vineyard named after his daughter. Destiny Vineyards is a beautiful property containing over 550 acres of vineyards comprised of four terrior’s with elevations between 1550 - 2100 feet and soil composites that mirror the great wine regions of the world. With the perfect vineyard soil, ideal weather for grape growing, and excellent water, Destiny Vineyards met all of David’s criteria to produce memorable wines. The vineyard was planted almost fourteen years ago with the initial planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Zinfandel. The first wine produced from Destiny Vineyards was released in 1999 and since then passion and hard work have resulted in wines with pure varietal character, flavor and a velvet finish that continue to improve vintage after vintage. Although David will give most of the credit to his vineyard manager, staff and Destiny Vineyards, clearly there is a lot more that goes into producing a great wine. David’s secret to making wine is that he “treats each wine as if he will never make another one”. The wines at Hunt Cellars are not rushed though the winemaking process and the winemaking philosophy is to focus on quality and the varietal expression of the grape. The red wines are all aged in French and American oak for over two years with some not bottled until after thirty-two months in barrel where they “gather expression but not too much extraction”. David’s ability to craft wines with the right amount of expression, balance and intensity is what make him such a good winemaker. The indelible finish on the wine is something he strives for – and delivers. He continually strives to make the best wine possible from his estate grown fruit and delivers long lasting wine memories for those who enjoy his creations. The majority of Hunt Cellar wines have received ratings of 90-96 points and the collection of gold medals is impressive. It is not surprising with grapes grown on the estate mountain top vineyards that Hunt Cellar wines are so good. The vines struggle in the soil with little clay to produce fruit and as a result the low yield delivers grapes with true varietal character and concentrated flavor. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon “Cabovation” recently scored 96 points, demonstrating both the quality of the fruit as well as winemaking talent. 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 all attest to the fact that David Hunt is indeed producing wines that are memorable. The Hunt Cellars Tasting room is located on the West side of Paso Robles just off of Highway 46 on Oakdale Road. At Hunt

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Cellars they believe wine tasting should be a fun experience and so as you walk through the door you are greeted with either live music or songs from the white grand player piano. At the Cabernet Bar, the friendly staff is eager to pour samplings of the wines that typically rate between 90-96 points. It is fun to read through the list and see all the musical names that have been given to the wines. With names like “Rocket Man”, “Tango in Paso”, “Red Velvet” “Que Sera Sirha” and “Red Velvet” it is apparent David’s musical background comes into play when he names his wines. With any luck you may catch him at one of the Hunt Cellar’s winemaker’s dinners where he still gives a concert for his guests. Wine tasting at Hunt Cellars can also be an educational experience — you can see samples of the soils that are partially responsible for the great wines. The tasting staff is more than happy to tell you about the wines and the history of the vineyards. While you visit, you can enjoy the spacious veranda and the lush inviting landscaped lawns. Bring a lunch or snack and relax while enjoying the views from the decks. Hunt Cellars pour their wines daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the tasting room located at 2875 Oakdale Road. For more information call (805) 237-1600 or visit www.huntcellars.com.

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NIVEN FAMILY WINES
A Family’s Legacy
by Michael Cervin
In 1909, local farm workers in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley constructed the Independence Schoolhouse in what was then empty farmland. Today the land is rich with wine grapes stretching as far as the eye can see. And Niven Family Wines and their best known labels Baileyana and Tangent, can be sampled in that same schoolhouse, a bright and airy place with similar idyllic views of copious amounts of land as before. The tasting room recently celebrated its centennial, but it is anything but old and stuffy. In fact where the tasting bar is currently used to be the school library. Now instead of books lining the wall, bottles of wine stand guard. Husband and wife Jack and Catharine Niven began planting vineyards in the early 1970s operating on a hunch that the land would be fertile enough for wine grapes. The Nivens vineyard holdings total about 1200 acres, with parts of the vineyards on the valley floor and other parts ascending the low hillsides. The Edna Valley is similar to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay areas of Burgundy, but it also enjoys a unique geographic feature: the valley runs in an east-west configuration, known as a transverse valley, rather than the usual north-south valley. John Niven, VP of Sales and Marketing, and his cousin Michael Blaney, VP of Operations, are members of the family’s third generation in the wine industry. They work closely with members of the second generation, in what is a true family-run business. “With consolidation in the wine industry there’s a pool of smaller wineries like us. There’s a gap between the big guys and the little guys and consumers are gravitating towards smaller wineries that have family, stories and niches,” John says. And Niven Family Wines proudly speaks of their fortyyear history in the Edna Valley. “We’re dedicated to San Luis Obispo and a legacy of farming that ensures that future generations can do it.” There are five labels you will encounter when you visit: Baileyana, Tangent, Zocker, Trenza, and Cadre, each with a specific focus. “Our tasting room visitors are offered a truly unique, one of a kind tasting experience. An extreme range of wines, made from a single estate, in a wide array of carefully focused styles, are all poured under one roof: from racy Albariño and Grüner Veltliner, to old-vine Sauvignon Blanc, to elegant Pinot Noir, to rich massive red blends, and just about everything in between,” John says. Cadre for example is all Pinot Noir, Zocker is all about Grüner, and Trenza is dedicated to Spanish varieties. “The educational aspect of the wines we are showcasing has proven to be a great experience for a visitor. There is something to be enjoyed, and certainly something to be learned, by everyone,” John states. The Baileyana label has a strong focus on the classic wines of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The Tangent label reflects its name: “Tangent is more a niche and purpose driven wine with all these cool, funky alternative white wines,” John adds. Indeed they have dedicated a lot of resources to grow Albariño, Viognier, Pinot Blanc and Ecclestone, an unconventional blend of Pinot Gris,

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Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Albarino, and a little Muscat. “These are great expressions of those varietals in the Edna Valley which is a cool climate viticulture. So at the end of the day you get this purity of fruit, with acidity and what’s in the bottle is what Mother Nature gave us in the vineyard,” John says. So are they crusaders for odd-ball grapes, the only ones willing to carry the flag of creative winemaking? “I wouldn’t call our family crusaders,” he admits. “We are simply out to explore and showcase the tremendous potential of white wines in the Edna Valley. Chardonnay has been and will always be the top dog.” And that means though Baileyana Chardonnay is the calling card, once you’re in, you can be exposed to an array of unique white wines. “Through the years we have seen great promise from a handful of white varietals and how they marry with our unique soils and cool climate. Across all of our white varietals, we see a common expression of minerality and racy fruit which is exactly what we are looking for,” John says. “It’s been both fun and rewarding to explore and grow varietals like Albariño, Gruner Veltliner, and Grenache Blanc. We can’t wait to see how these varietals evolve with vine age.” The full arsenal of Niven Family Wines can be sampled at 5828 Orcutt Road in the heart of the Edna Valley and they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tasting fees start at $5. For more information contact (805) 269-8200 or visit the website at www.nivenfamilywines.com.

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Orchid Hill Vineyard ‘Estate Grown’ 2007 Pinot Noir Private Reserve with Pinot Noir Beets
To many, the pairing of wine and beets may seem counter intuitive at first but after some examination it is clearly a combination that makes sense. First the obvious: beets and red wine both depend on natural pigments in the vegetable, or grape, that give each their lively red color. Furthermore, both red wine and beets are a source of antioxidants, organic compounds known to provide health benefits, although they are less abundant in beets than in red wine. On the other hand, beets and red wine differ in one significant, yet complementary way. Beets have excellent detoxification properties, which could be of service on those occasions when red wine’s potential to intoxicate has been realized. Autumn is the perfect time of year for a Pinot Noir Beets recipe and pairing it with the Orchid Hill Vineyard Estate Grown 2007 Pinot Noir Private Reserve from Paso Robles. With its combination of sweetness from the natural sugars in the beets, boosted with a little added sugar that mixes with pepper, allspice, raspberry vinegar, and some Pinot Noir thrown in, too, the dish’s aroma by itself should make this an automatic candidate for the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. It's brilliant, deep red color is a reminder of the seasons falling leaves. As an added delight, the recipe suggests combining the Pinot Noir Beets with very rare venison and topping it all off with raspberries and balsamic syrup. Pinot Noir is among the most versatile wines available because of its tamed body, delicate fruitiness and quiet acidity, all balanced with an attractive bouquet and earthy flavors. Besides Pinot Noir, Orchid Hill Vineyard specializes in small lot production of a broad range of varietal wines, from Grenache to Sangiovese to Zinfandel. The Private Reserve Pinot Noir was made from Esatate Grown Grapes in the Templeton Gap of the Paso Robles appellation where cooler ocean breezes create perfect growing conditions for the vines, assisted by calcareous-rich soil. In addition to its seamless match with this dish, “The rich color and polished tannins make this traditionally styled Pinot Noir a perfect complement to mild creamy cheeses, dried fruits, plank smoked salmon and pork tenderloin,” explains Winemaker Adam Bauman. Ideally located on the downtown Paso Robles park plaza, the Orchid Hill tasting room offers their full range of wines. Their popular wine and cheese pairing menu, when arranged in advance, is also available at the tasting room, which includes a gallery showcasing handcrafted items from local artists.

Pinot Noir Beets served with very rare venison topped with raspberries and balsamic syrup.

PINOT NOIR BEETS
• 1 dozen whole cooked beets • 1 tablespoon flour • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice • 1/4 teaspoon pepper • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1/2 cup OHV Pinot Noir • 2 tablespoons butter Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, pepper and allspice. Add the vinegar, lemon juice and dry red wine. Cook this mixture slowly until thick, stirring constantly. Mix in the small whole cooked beets and heat thoroughly. Stir in butter and serve.

Open daily noon to 6:00 pm, or by appointment 1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles (805) 237-7525 • www.orchidhillwine.com

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Basil-Smoked Burger Paired with Carina Cellars 2007 Zinfandel
Pairing the all-American burger with a wine could be among the no-brainers of wine-and-food pairing – if that wine is Zinfandel. Because Zinfandel is probably the only grape that has come to be recognized as “America’s grape” – or at least, “California’s grape.” It makes a bold, fruit-forward wine with intensity of flavor and spice, combined with a cutting alcohol level that typically ranges from high to extremely high, creating a full-bodied mouthful with a lingering resonance. Of course, there are always exceptions, but generally, there is no such thing as a delicate California red Zinfandel. That it is being paired with this immensely flavorful recipe for a classic grilled American burger is no surprise. The Basil-Smoked Burger melds the fat from sirloin and Monterey Jack cheese, frames it with aromatic notes of garlic, red onion and basil, while the wine, the Carina Cellars 2007 Zinfandel from Paso Robles, washes it down it with an explosive burst of layers of black fruit and hints of roasted nuts. Arguably, this pairing should be a requirement at every backyard barbecue across the country. Zinfandel is one of the few non-Rhone varietal wines made by Carina Cellars. But their know-how in producing rich and fruity red wines, like Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache, serves them well when they venture out to other grapes of world class notoriety. Winemaker Joey Tensley and Carina Cellars owner David Hardee agreed on tapping the great resources of Central Coast grapes to make wines defined by their terroir. Tensley, having a strong winemaking background gained from his experience at two respected Santa Barbara County names – Babcock Winery and Beckmen Vineyards – achieves the objective with style in this west side Paso Robles powerhouse. Tensley’s own label, Tensley Wines in Santa Barbara, specializes in Syrah, and was once described by Robert Parker, Jr as “stunning.” Carina Cellars may give some creative names to their blended Rhone wines, such as Iconoclast, Clairvoyant and Sibylline, but for their single-varietal wines, like the 2007 Zinfandel, they keep the name straightforward and put the creativity into the Basil-Smoked Burger. The wine can be found in their Reserve Wines section of their website, but the tiny 121-case production means one has to act fast before stock runs out to get a vital component of this patriotic pairing. Two locations are ready to serve the Reserve Zinfandel and other Carina Cellars wines: one is open daily at 2900 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Los Olivos, CA, (805) 688-2459, and the other is open Friday to Sunday at 3525 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles CA, (805-886-5079). Visit www.carinacellars.com for more information.

BY LEN NAPOLITANO

BASIL-SMOKED BURGER
Pesto Mayonnaise: • ⅔ cup mayonnaise • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto To make the mayonnaise, combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed. Patties: • 2 pounds ground sirloin • ¼ cup Zinfandel • ¼ cup lightly packed minced fresh basil • ¼ cup minced red onion • ¼ cup fresh Italian bread crumbs • 8 sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, finely chopped • 2 teaspoons garlic salt • vegetable oil for brushing on the grill rack • 8 large basil sprigs, moistened with water for grilling • 6 large seeded sandwich rolls, split • 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese • 6 red leaf lettuce leaves • 6 thick tomato slices, about ¼ inch thick • 6 paper thin red onion slices, separated into rings • 6 basil sprigs for serving Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover. To make the patties, combine the sirloin, Zinfandel, basil, onion, bread crumbs, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic salt in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the rolls. When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Toss the moistened basil springs directly onto the fire. Place the patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each. Serve patties on ciabatta rolls with pesto mayo and other condiments/garnishes of choice. Bon Appetit!

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NINER WINE ESTATES
A one-of-a-kind experience

by Lisa Pretty
Along Highway 46 West in Paso Robles a slope side vineyard surrounds a large grove of oak trees that form the shape of heart. The vineyard known as Heart Hill Vineyard is one of two estate vineyards owned by Richard and Pam Niner. The second, and larger of the two, is on the east side of Paso Robles and is known as Bootjack Ranch. Niner Wine Estates Winemaker, Amanda Cramer, takes the Bordeaux, Rhone and Italian grape varietals from the two vineyards to craft a line of wines that represent the whole of Paso Robles. The Niner Wine Estates’ state-of-theart winery enables her to make wines by combining the best of traditional winemaking methods and cutting-edge technologies. Niner Wine Estates Hospitality Center opened in May of this year to provide visitors with the opportunity to taste the line of wines including their flagship Bordeaux blend, “Fog Catcher.” Located at the base of the Heart Hill property, the Hospitality Center is comprised of two rustic, yet elegant, stone barn structures surrounded by beautiful grounds and a hay field. The larger of the two structures is home

to a tasting room, a spectacular demonstration kitchen and a private CLUB 9 members-only lounge. The lounge will be used for the first CLUB 9 Pick-up party on November 20th. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. club members will experience food pairings with the current CLUB 9 offerings while enjoying live music. The second structure is a small winery that is often used for educational events and during the club party, members will be able to taste the wines from the 2010 harvest from the barrel and tank. Nothing seems barn like inside either building – the architecture and design are modern and impressive. Rick Toyota, Niner Wine Estates Director of Hospitality and Estate Sommelier, indicated that the approach at Niner Wine Estates is “to put wine in a bigger context”. The Hospitality Center was designed to offer a wide range of educational programs. As you walk through the doors of the tasting room your education can begin with the sensory analysis display. At the tasting bar, samples of cork, oak and soils are all used to aid in educating wine visitors about the many aspects of what goes into producing and delivering that perfect glass of wine. Speaking of glasses, the shelves are loaded with a range

of glasses designed to bring out the wine’s best qualities. The tasting room staff is extremely knowledgeable and eager to answer questions. To offer a deeper level of education, the Hospitality Center has an educational seminar series offered throughout the year. The large demonstration kitchen is the center of the culinary program. Knowing that people typically enjoy wine with food the culinary emphasis in the education program is front and center. The Paso area is home to many wonderful fish purveyors, ranchers and organic growers. The Niner Wine Estates commercial kitchen will bring together the best that Paso has to offer incorporating guest chefs and local businesses. On November 27th and 28th, as part of a Thanksgiving Weekend tasting program, food and wine pairing along with barrel sampling will be offered. Closer to the holidays the plans for a Holiday Dinner and Holiday Faire will be revealed. The Hospitality Center is located at 2400 Highway 46 West in Paso Robles and is open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.ninerwine.com to learn more about upcoming educational programs and events.

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PIANETTA WINERY
bodied Italian varietal with crisp acids, subtle hints of clove, fig, If you’ve not yet visited Pianetta toasted oak, solid structure and a After the club shipment goes out, enjoy a pick up party Winery Tasting Room, you’re in for a smooth finish. Just 351 cases are at the tasting room for local members. Artisan cheeses, treat. Now celebrating their fourth being produced. Their 2008 Pianetta cookies, bread, crackers and gourmet meats will be served. year, the winery is known for estateSangiovese is a Brunello clone version Complimentary for club members only. grown varietals with big, bold of the grape harvested from the Lockflavors, such as their medal-winning wood Vineyard in Southern SANGIOVESE VERTICAL TASTING 2007 Pianetta “Bilancio,” a blend of Monterey County. This wine pairs DECEMBER 4 57% Syrah and 43% Cabernet wine. perfectly with lighter main dishes, Pianetta Winery only showcases their library wines a few In addition to established favorites, times a year. This December they will showcase their such as light tomato sauces over Sangiovese varietal by offering tastes of their 2004, the tasting room has new releases to pasta and chicken cacciatore. 2005, 2006, 2007 and current 2008 Sangiovese wines. discover, and just in time to celebrate The awaited 2008 Pianetta Jug The staff will pair these wines with catered appetizers the holidays. Wine is an encore of their 2007 in their San Miguel barrel room. The winery facility is located in improvisational blend that became San Miguel, but the Pianetta Tasting an instant hit. With just 210 availRoom is centrally positioned in Downtown Paso Robles, just north of able, jug fans will surely enjoy this “Italian family house wine” version City Park in the historic Granger Building. Winemaker John Pianetta of Barbera, Cabernet and Petite Sirah. Last, but not least is their most and his daughter, Caitlin Pianetta, are the present-day dynamic duo exclusive wine, the 2008 Pianetta Tuscan Nights. This Supertuscan is in their four-generation farming and winemaking family. To create a well-balanced blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah with their vintages, they harvest grapes from the family’s Indian Valley area intriguing complexity and a smooth, crisp finish. Tuscan Nights vineyards in Monterey County, just north of Paso Robles. always goes fast, so visitors are encouraged to hurry in for this and This season, there’s a quartet of releases to toast with family and other new Pianetta releases. friends. The first is the winery’s inaugural 2008 Pianetta Barbera. Pianetta Winery Tasting Room is open Sunday through Thursday, “Our 2008 Barbera marks the very first vintage of Barbera we have from noon to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ever produced,” says Caitlin Pianetta, who describes it as a full- Call (805) 226-4005 or visit www.pianettawinery.com.

By Melissa Chavez

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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 11-5pm or by appt. 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.

Cinquain Cellars
The idea for what would eventually become Cinquain Cellars (pronounced sink-ane) started in 1985 when Dave Nagengast graduated with his degree in Enology from Fresno State with the dream of someday having his own vineyard and winery. And now, after 25 years of making wines professionally for others, the culmination of his dream is evident with the establishment of Cinquain Cellars, a 14acre vineyard in San Miguel, and the availability of 1500 cases of ultra-premium red and white wines. The Cinquain Cellars debut release, the 2006 Reserve Meritage, was awarded 94 points, a Gold Medal and a Best of Class of Region designation for Bordeaux blends at the 2008 California State Fair, and separately Laurie Daniel had this to say about it: “This blend of five grapes (mostly Cabernet and Malbec) is robust yet easy to drink now because of its balance. Juicy black cherry flavors are accented by a note of anise and firm structure.” The 2006 Syrah was awarded Gold Medals at both the Denver and San Francisco International Wine Competition, and separately, Robert Parker, Jr. had this to say about it: “This delicious, sexy Syrah possesses a deep plum/ruby color as well as copious quantities of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit, smoke, earth and a gamy meatiness. Enjoy this lush 2006 over the next two or three years.” The 2009 Chardonnay, which his aged in 100% new French Oak and sourced from Scheid Vineyards in Greenfield CA, was awarded a Double Gold Medal, Best Chardonnay, Best White Wine and Best of Show at the 2010 Denver International Wine Competition. Dave and his wife Beth still work at their full-time day jobs (Dave is the head winemaker for Scheid Vineyards and Beth is a product marketing manager for the FileMaker division of Apple, Inc) but open the winery to the public several times per year and provide private tastings by appointment. The couple live in San Miguel with the youngest of their three sons, while their older sons attend UCLA and UCSD. Dave can be reached at dave@cinquaincellars.com and Beth at beth@cinquaincellars.com. You can also purchase wine and find lists of upcoming events on the website at www.cinquaincellars.com. Cinquain Cellars is a member of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, which will be hosting “Sip and Shop” Holiday Open Houses at several member wineries the weekend of Dec 3, 4, and 5th. Learn more at www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.com.
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TALLEY VINEYARDS
Talley’s 2008 Stone Corral Pinot Noir offers deeply extracted fruit, a velvety With time at a premium these texture and spiciness people love. Open House from 11am-3pm. Monte Mills performs days, a visit to Talley Vineyards in Talley’s 2008 Rincon Vineyard Pinot up-tempo traditional western swing and country music. Arroyo Grande is time well spent. Not Noir is a masculine “cigar” wine with only is the tasting room staff thrilled Enjoy tri-tip sandwiches, wine tastes and a barrel tasting of strong mineral characteristics and Talley’s 2009 Pinot Noir. A perfect lunch date for just $10! with high ratings by wine critic rich, intense fruit, and their 2008 Robert Parker for seven of their wines ART RECEPTION WITH LORRAINE MARIE COTE Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is (scoring from 91 to 96 points), there’s among their most popular. Complex NOVEMBER 15 a slate of fresh releases to keep the and layered with cranberry, lavender, Plein air impressionist works display honors celebration going. Similarly, with the rose and sandalwood, this handthe efforts of dedicated area farm workers. rush of the crush season behind us, harvested winner offers a silky mouth Wine and cheese reception with the artist from 1-3 pm. there are lots of opportunities for feel and smooth tannins. (McDaniel Exhibit runs November-December. leisurely perusing, and often beyond also suggests setting some aside to Visit LMCGallery.com. their spacious tasting room. age three or four years.) Guest Services Coordinator Andy McDaniel is the go-to guy for Also favored among their coveted releases is the Mano Tinta tours and tastings throughout the property. In addition to customized lineage, a deep red blend of 50% Malbec, 40% Syrah and 10% tastes by appointment, McDaniel provides three wine experiences to Petite Sirah. Every grape and resource used to make this wine is choose from. The Estate Tour and Tasting ($35) offers informative 90- donated, and proceeds help benefit county farm workers and their minute explores through Rincon Vineyard, barrel room and winery families. facility with barrel samplings from several vineyards. The Special Want more? There’s a newly released trio of Bishop’s Peak label Reserve and Library Tasting ($25) provides exclusive reserve tastings wines, utilizing fruit grown in from throughout the Central Coast, in the Rincon Room or picnic areas with choices from the current including a 2007 Cabernet, 2008 Chardonnay and their 2009 Pinot menu, library and future vintages. There’s even a half-hour tour of Noir. Like all Talley wines, these and other Bishop’s Peak offerings are Rincon Vineyard, the winery and tasting room. The tour can be created with the same care and steps that characterize their handenjoyed with Talley and Bishop’s Peak wines ($15) or without crafted, estate-grown varietal wines. samplings ($10). Talley Vineyards is located at 3031 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande. Even if you’re just stopping by, picking up an assortment of their For more information, call (805) 489-0446 or go to the website at newest releases is a sure thing. Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are the www.talleyvineyards.com. For more information about vineyard tours flagships here, and their estate-grown Rincon and Rosemary’s Vine- and tasting appointments, call (805) 489-0446 ext. 25 or email guestyard vintages are perennial favorites. Harvested from Edna Valley, services@ talleyvineyards.com.

By Melissa Chavez

SLO VINEYARD HARVEST WEEKEND NOVEMBER 5-7

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New Benefit Wine for Old Mission San Miguel Arcángel
Old Mission San Miguel Arcángel recently held its annual Wine Experiencia, a fundraising event during which a new wine label was unveiled; the proceeds will go to benefit the 213-year-old original California Mission. The label, appropriately named “Old Mission San Miguel Arcángel” exhibits a gold-embellished image of St. Francis of Assisi. In a collaborative effort with Locatelli Vineyards & Winery of San Miguel, a 2004 estate Cabernet Sauvignon was selected for its exceptional quality. The image of St. Francis of Assisi was chosen since his life was the inspiration of the Franciscan Friars who founded the California missions. Even the tasting notes have intrigue: “Be comforted by aromas of mission fig, Asian sandalwood and the dust of a friar’s trek through raspberry patches…” Limited to only 400 cases, this wine is selling quickly with its recent release late last month. “This is not a one-time wine; eventually we’d like to offer a series of wines each with its own unique image and varietal. Each new release for the Mission will include a new label image. St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of this Mission, will be chosen next and we’ll continue from there,” stated Raynette Gregory, co-owner of Locatelli Winery, “We are very blessed to be a part of this.” Old Mission San Miguel wine is currently available only at Locatelli Winery by ordering online at www.locatelliwinery.com/mission-wine, by visiting the tasting room during weekend hours, or by calling the winery at (805) 467-0067. “We decided to price the wine at $20 so that more people will be able to take advantage of this great benefit,” said winemaker Louis Gregory. Locatelli Winery is located at 8585 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel – one of the northernmost wineries of the Paso Robles AVA. The winery and vineyard overlook historic Old Mission San Miguel. The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (805) 467-0067 or visit the website at www.locatelliwinery.com.

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MAMA'S MEATBALL
Fine Italian Restaurant and Catering Mama's Meatball has specialized in creating seasonal menus by using only the finest and freshest ingredients. 570 Higuera St. Suite 130-135 www.mamasmeatball.com 805-544-0861

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Paso Robles Merchants to Host ‘Elegant Evening Downtown’
With “Elegant Evening Downtown” on Saturday, November 13th, the heart of Paso Robles is transformed into a magical feast for the eyes and taste buds. This delightful Paso Robles tradition is a gift of hospitality from downtown merchants and kicks off the holiday shopping season. Between 5 and 8 p.m., shoppers are indulged with fine hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Lights twinkle in windows and cascade from awnings and facades. Dancers, quartets and choir will entertain our guests, amid the holiday finery, dancers from Class Act Dance Studio serve as live mannequins in shop windows, posing as characters from beloved tales. Complimentary trolley rides are offered by the Central Coast Trolley Company. Strolling minstrels and singers fill the crisp night air with music. For more information, contact Paso Robles Main Street, at (805) 238-4103.

DEL'S PIZZERIA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Established in 1973 Family Owned and Operated Open 7 days a week Over 16 artisan wines by the glass 401 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach 805.773.4438 • www.delspizzeria.com

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HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOP
The most highly acclaimed restaurant and Wine Shop on the Central Coast. Recognized for Chef Wilhelm Hoppe’s seasonally inspired menu, hand-selected wine list with a beautiful garden and historical setting. Offering a wide range of menu items - from wild game to prime meats and vegetarian/vegan items. 78 N. Ocean Avenue • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-10pm www.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006

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ROBERT HALL WINERY
California’s 2010 Golden State Winery
By Kim Murphy-Rodrigues
™ Discover the Essence of Paso Robles, with a visit to Robert Hall Winery. Tucked in the rolling hills near the region’s eastern gateway, Robert L. Hall has realized a 40-year dream in building a winery and hospitality center which has become a landmark for the Paso Robles community. Robert’s interest in the wine business was sparked during a family vacation to France in the late ’70s. As he traveled throughout the Rhône valley, Robert was captivated by the lifestyle and tradition of the family wine estates he visited. Shortly after, Robert began developing his idea for a premium-producing vineyard and winery and ventured west with the goal of visiting each of California’s wine appellations to explore optimum growing conditions for the production of premium wine grapes, specifically the Rhône varieties he enjoyed so much. In the early-’90s, Robert and Margaret discovered the perfect terroir in the Paso Robles AVA. Featuring soil rich in nutrients, coupled with warm days and cool nights, Robert felt the viticultural conditions were ideal to the development of the enological characteristics he was seeking to produce. The “Home” property was acquired in 1995. Soon after, the “Terrace” and “Bench” vineyards joined the Hall Ranch. Dedicated to environmental sustainability, Robert Hall Winery has achieved Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™ certification for its vineyards, with each bottle of wine bearing the SIP™ seal. As true

stewards of the land, both the winery and vineyard practice natural resource conservation. Measures include the preservation of native oak trees on the Hall Ranch, energy and water conservation thru the recycling and treatment of waste water for the vineyard and landscape irrigation, use of a natural pumice, diatomaceous earth and organic compost tea in the vineyard as well as cover crops, beneficial insects and permaculture gardens. The winery was recently named California’s “Golden State Winery” for 2010 by the California State Fair Wine Competition. Known as the oldest and most prestigiously judged wine competition in North America, this year’s event included nearly 3,000 wines from over 600 wineries, which were all blind tasted. Robert Hall Winery’s ten wine entries garnered five “Best of Class” honors and placed the winery in the position of being this year’s golden recipient – a first time honor for a Central Coast winery. Robert L. Hall feels the honor highlights the “quality of the fruit and winemaking in Paso Robles” and is rewarded by the attention it is bringing to “all wineries in the Paso Robles AVA.” Robert Hall wines are crafted by winemaker Don Brady who joined the winery in 2001. A Texas native, Don was recognized by his industry peers in 2006 by receiving the “Winemaker of the Year” honors. Don’s goal in crafting Robert Hall wines is “to bring the elements of the fruit from the Hall Ranch to the winey to capture the exceptional color and flavor that is the essence of Paso Robles.” While Robert Hall Winery is most known for their Cabernet

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
DECEMBER 31, 2010
Join us for a night of old Hollywood glamour filled with a gourmet meal, live entertainment and lots of GOLDEN times! 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. • $150pp, $125 Cavern Club members Reservations: (805) 239.1616 ext. 24 www.roberthallwinery.com/events Sauvignon, the winery has an extensive Rhône-wine portfolio including the Blanc de Robles, Rhone de Robles and Pape de Robles blends in addition to the popular reserve wines Meritage and Vintage Port. Robert invites you to drop by the Robert Hall Winery Hospitality Center whenever your travels bring you to Paso Robles Wine Country. The center is open daily for wine tasting. Guided educational tours are also available and include a tour of the winery and 19,000 square feet of underground wine caverns – the largest on the Central Coast. Enjoy a barrel tasting as you learn about the winemaking process from the vine to the glass. The winery hosts special events throughout the year including the annual New Year’s Eve celebration and is available for weddings and private events. For more information, visit www.roberthallwinery.com. Robert Hall Winery is located at 3443 Mill Road / Highway 46 East in Paso Robles; call (805) 239-1616.

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Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop
by Melissa Chavez
The saying that “big things come in small packages” is true. At first look, Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop is an attractive looking restaurant, but there’s more than meets the eye. ment and paté with reserve wines for $25. Dinnertime prix fixe offerings include the Gourmet Menu: a salad and Champagne appetizer, first course with two wines, main course with wine and dessert choices for just $65.

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Hoppe’s Garden Bistro also has an interesting history. The old Way Station building was constructed in 1876 as a hotel by the Pedraita Family, who purchased the site from English immigrant and town founder Captain James Cass. Initially, the main building and dining room was built. However, two other buildings were relocated from other parts of town to provide for a kitchen and four of its twelve bedrooms. This addition formed wings on the existing property, creating the Cottage Hotel. In addition to travelers, the hotel played host to the rich and famous, such as the William Randolph Hearst Family during lengthy construction of Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Renowned operatic contralto and WWI patriot Ernestine Shumann-Heinke sang there. Her friend, a Polish pianist, statesman, and Paso Robles vintner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, accompanied her on the hotel’s piano. Later, the building sat ignored from the 1940s until 1974, when Henry and Mary Ellen Eisemann bought and restored the grand dame to its former glory. With the purchase Mr. Eisemann brainstormed plans for the adjacent English garden, laying 20,000 bricks (some of them borrowed from the former kitchen’s range oven), which guests enjoy to this day. Dedicated to his wife’s mother with a perennial green thumb, he also thoughtfully added a Victorian pavilion, currently a favorite wedding location. Hoppe’s Garden Bistro & Wine Shop is located at 78 North Ocean in Cayucos. Call (805) 995-1006. Visit the website at www.HoppesBistro.com.

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Located in Cayucos, Hoppe’s has been a favorite restaurant in a close-knit community of artists, beachcombers and surfers. Not only locally known; growing adulation continues to earn its place amongst the worst-kept secrets in California. Lauded by foodies and critics alike, Hoppe’s even had one TV host oohing and ahhing between bites of Sauteed Cayucos Red Abalone on the set of his TV show, “Visiting…With Huell Howser.” Hoppe’s Garden Bistro has proven itself as among the very best the county has to offer – in using seasonally fresh ingredients, for its wildly diverse menu and mouth-watering appetizers, meat, seafood and vegetable entrees, salads and desserts – eye-catching presentation and delightful ambiance. People who are seeking memorable dining experiences and celebrating every occasion can be found at Hoppe’s, from birthdays, to graduations, to golden anniversaries. Even their more casual entrees and sides are to diefor, including Portabella Burgers, Heirloom Tomato Salad, and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes. With exceptions, lunch entrees range from about $8 to $14 (Angus Flat Iron Steak), and dinner entrees from $12 to $60 (Whole Colorado Rack of Lamb). The wine list at Hoppe’s is impressive and boasts 200 varieties for enjoying, agin, or gift-giving. There’s assistance, too, if you’re wondering what to pair with your Smoked Pheasant Pizza or Skillet Seared Elk Chops. One of Hoppe’s delights is their Philosopher’s Menu (lunch/dinner), pairing a handmade cheese assort-

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Bianchi Winery Releases 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bianchi Winery (Bianchi Winery and Tasting Room) has released its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Selection. From the much anticipated and heralded 2007 vintage in California, the Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Paso Robles featuring a blend of Bianchi Winery’s Lakeside Estate Clone 8 Cab (65%) and sourced Plummer Vineyard Clone 337 (35%). Some 1,590 cases were produced and the wine carries a suggested retail price of $17.99. Alcohol by volume is 14.8%. Said Beau Bianchi, President of Sales & Marketing, “Our winemaker, Tom Lane worked his fine magic yet again – finding the perfect balance by blending just the right amount of our own medium-bodied Lakeside Estate grapes with the backbone and aggressive tannins of the Plummer grapes.” He added, “Mindful of the later, this Cab saw 30 months in new French oak, the result being a finished wine exhibiting beautiful berry fruit and a palate engaging complexity of flavors.” The winery’s estate vineyards produce varietal grapes that are best suited for the rolling hills and dissected uplands of the heart of Paso Robles: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel. The winery also produces popular wines from high quality sourced grapes grown in greater Paso Robles and along California’s Central Coast. These include a Santa Barbara Chardonnay, Los Alamos Pinot Grigio, Santa Maria Pinot Noir, Monterey Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc and Moscato as well as embracing the Bianchi’s Italian heritage with a Sangiovese, Barbera and the interestingly uncommon Refosco.

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Wineology

INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano

What is the relationship between wine and the weather?
In the process of making great wines, the most unpredictable element is also the biggest contributor. The whole issue of the weather and its effect on winemaking is about a wine’s overall quality, flavor, richness, age-ability, complexity and even cost. A bountiful harvest could mean an abundance of wines at great value. A spoiled crop may mean increased prices and limited availability of good wines. There are always exceptions, and it is very possible to find great wines from not-so-great vintages, and vice versa. First, winemakers speak of climate zones, which are geographic regions differentiated according to the average amount of warmth above 50° each year. This part of the weather equation is steady, with minor variation over the longterm. Therefore, knowledge of climate zones helps a grape grower determine which types of vines to plant. For example, cooler zones are known to be best for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, while warmer zones have proven beneficial to Syrah and Zinfandel. The other side of the weather story is the one that can stress the winemaker as much as the grapes – the weather conditions in any given year, regardless of the climate zone. No two years will have an identical number of days of sun, rain, fog, mist, hail, frost and wind. What’s more, the timing of these unpredictable events throughout the growing season of March to October can mean the difference between a “perfect” vintage and a horrible one. Thus, wines are identified with the vintage year--information critical to wine buyers. With the help of Vintage Charts, you can compare vintages of any major wine-growing regions, which, in effect, is comparing the weather from year to year. If you buy your wine at wine specialty shops, vintage charts are normally available for reference, if you ask. When it comes to wines from California, our wine region weather is fairly good and consistent. In dry periods we irrigate the vineyards. But European vineyards depend more on the weather and wines from France especially can vary greatly from year to year. So what kind of weather will produce a “perfect” vintage? It starts with rain in March, but as of April, is practically rain-free. The days are warm, the nights are cool, and the summer is long and mild. If the days get too cold, the grapes will ripen too slowly, sometimes never fully maturing. This will increase the tartness and acidity in the wines. If the weather is too hot, the wine tends to be flat and heavy. But the real devastator is rain during, or nearing, harvest time. This excess moisture will dilute the juice in the grapes and may even cause rot to form on the grapes. The period from mid-August to October is critical to grape growers and winemakers, as they must continually measure the ripeness of the grapes in making their decision on when to pick them. They hope for continued warm weather and will shudder at even the threat of rain, as heavy rain at harvest time can ruin an otherwise great growing season.
Len Napolitano lives in San Luis Obispo County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com. Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.

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RANGELAND WINES
by Lisa Pretty
On the far West side of Paso Robles, Laird and Lisa Foshay planted a 40-acre estate vineyard in the limestone hills surrounded by over 1000 acres of woodlands on their property known as Adelaida Springs Ranch. The ranch is set in the mountain valley of the Santa Lucia Range with rolling hills, pristine oaks and grazing cattle. On a clear day the view of the Santa Lucia peaks is breathtaking. The vineyard was planted in 2002 at an elevation of approximately 1700 feet. The upper, eastern blocks are predominantly dark calcareous clay loams soil while the lower portion is a fine-silty loam. These two distinct soil types result in unique characteristics in the wine and selecting suitable root stock and clones was important. With additional plantings in 2008 and 2009, the vineyards are now home to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and several Rhone varietals including Syrah. Although the majority of the fruit from the vineyard is sold to Justin Winery for their Isoceles blend and to Vina Robles for their vineyard designated Suendero Cabernet Blend, a portion of the fruit is used to make the Estate Rangeland Wines. The winemaking approach is to attain the purest expression of the unique vineyard with very little intervention. The estate wine is grown naturally and sustainably with meticulous farming to limit yields and boost quality. The first vintage delivered under the Rangeland label was 2007 with a total of just 300 cases. Wines produced include Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon. Shannon Gustafson, Rangeland’s winemaker, is a veteran of ten harvests from Bordeaux to Napa to Australia and will continue to slowly increase the production under the estate label with an anticipated yield of 600-700 cases this vintage. According to Laird, the “magic dust” is the experience of enjoying the seclusion and beauty of the Adelaida Springs Ranch while tasting the Rangeland wines. Visitors can book a private tasting with a tour of the ranch, book the property for a group event or even better book the “Little Ranch House” for a mini get-away. The Little Ranch House is a cozy two bedroom, one bath home tucked away in a picturesque mountain valley on the Adelaida Springs Ranch. The perfect retreat for people wanting to enjoy wine country in a very private and unique way, the house can be book for a minimum of two nights for $100-$150 per night. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of Rangeland wine, a tasty plate of treats from the resident baker and can pre-arrange to have some of their delicious grass-fed beef on had to grill on the deck. If your trip to Paso doesn’t include enough time to visit the ranch, you can find Rangeland wines in several restaurants and wine bars in Paso Robles, including the Paso Wine Centre on Park Street, Vinoteca Wine Bar on 12th Street, and The Wine Wrangler on Pine Street. The wines may be purchased on-line and through the Rangeland Wine Club. For those who are looking for quality, free-range, grass-fed beef, there is also the ASR Beef Club. For additional information about Adelaida Springs Ranch and Rangeland Wines, visit www.adelaidasprings.com. To make reservations for tasting or the Ranch House, call (805) 674-9232.

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Winemaker Profile: Edna Valley Vineyards

JOSH BAKER
by Michael Cervin
Edna Valley Vineyard is one of the most visited wineries in the region and clearly some of that is due to the talents of winemaker Josh Baker. You’ll find Viognier, Zinfandel, dessert wines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and many other wines. But what many people don’t know is that Edna Valley Vineyard produces 17 different limited production wines found exclusively in their tasting room. “There are not a great deal of wineries in the area making varietal bottlings of Petite Verdot and Mourvedre,” he says. A lot of this is due to winemaker Josh Baker, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of the Pacific and actually started his career in the wine industry as a microbiologist for E&J Gallo Winery. “Each year we push the bar on style, quality and innovation,” he says. An example of that is their recent purchase of high-end sorting equipment for the red wines. “First, each cluster is sorted, making sure that only the ripest, healthiest clusters are utilized,” Baker explains. “After destemming, individual berries are sorted by hand, assuring that no green material (leaves or stems) move on into the fermentor. Next, the berries are sorted based on berry weight and anything lighter than the berry weight we’re looking for is blown out of the way. The result is exceptionally clean, nearly perfect grapes, in each fermentation.” And that idea of innovation has its roots in the ability of Edna Valley Vineyards to teach and train the vast amount of people who desire to get into the wine industry. Many winemakers in San Luis Obispo got their start at Edna Valley, and even Josh is the recipient of forward thinking plans. “In 2003 I started my tenure at Edna Valley Vineyard as cellar master,” he says. “My progression to winemaker in 2008 speaks volumes about our commitment to training and teaching winemaking talent. We pride ourselves on being mentors and managers focused on producing top-tier wines as well as winemakers,” he proudly admits. It’s difficult to find winemakers who are willing to assume a mentoring role, but as Baker sees it, being open helps you find the best people to work with, those people he says who, “live and breathe wine.” Therefore Edna Valley hires local Cal Poly students during harvest. “Our program has gone from a few interested students in 2005 to receiving over 150 resumes when we announce the opening of our hiring period each year,” Baker says. “We are wholeheartedly committed to being leaders in our area in terms of winemaking education.” Of course life is not solely about wine and in his off time Josh can be found fishing and finding the right wine to pair with that fish! Edna Valley Vineyard is just a scant five miles from the Pacific Ocean, located at 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd., and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. For additional information call (805) 544-5855, or visit the website at www.ednavalleyvineyard.com

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San Luis Obispo Vintners Harvest Celebration
The Central Coast’s premier wine tasting and auction features wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo region
San Luis Obispo Vintners Association announces their 20th Annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration, November 5th-7th. The Grand Tasting and Auction will take place on Saturday, November 6th from noon to 3 p.m. at the beautiful Avila Beach Golf Resort. More than 60 wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo region are featured in the scenic seaside setting of the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Winemakers, local chefs and wine lovers share the fruits of their labor and passion for the art of winemaking. This year live and in concert is Inga Swearingen, a dynamic singer-song writer who is a perfect match to the graceful, laid back setting of this event. While the afternoon is mostly quiet and relaxing, the auction is not your typical run of the mill auction. Be prepared to be entertained by the winemakers as they show off their lifestyle auction lots. This year’s auction will open up with To Paso Robles live music from the Winemaker’s (26 miles ) ST EY Band, a group formed especially ER LOS NT OSO O SV M for the 20th Annual Event. For ALL EY RD locals, and those from out of the Pithy Little Wine Co. area, this is a great time to explore San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo 101 discover the culinary treasures ORCUTT of our unique region. N Cerro Caliente Cellars PER UI Q TA A New this year, SLO Vintners NK BACCO JO FA E RM RD LL CELLARS CA TTI will offer two more events on HE TANK FARM RIG Stephen Ross Saturday in conjunction with SUBURBAN TOLOSA BAILEYANAAND Winery WINERY the main event. A wine seminar TANGENTVINEYARDS SE KELSEYSEE E Saucelito Canyon BUCKLEY RD CA CANYON will kick off the day at 10 a.m. N BIDDLE RANCH VINEYARDS Guests will sit down in an intiEDNAVALLEYVINEYARDS Wolff Vineyards mate setting with a few winePiedra Creek BY APPOINTMENT RD BAY SAN LUIS makers from our region and CHAMISAL Sextant VINEYARDS learn the secrets to making a SALISBURY VINEYARDS Kynsi ORC great wine. Following that Claiborne
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Wood Winery Boasts the Nation’s First Oceanfront Tasting Room
by Darren Delmore
The pirate ship-style rope around the barrel studded patio is an appropriate introduction to the Wood Winery’s beachfront tasting room. Last November, Craig and Sheri Wood jumped on a prime new Front Street location in Avila Beach to showcase their SLO county elixirs, and the results have taken their boutique winery to the next level. In addition to having a very unique tasting room location, the Wood vineyard is in a microclimate unto itself along Highway 101 at the base of the Cuesta Grade. “We get some of the heat of Paso Robles, but we get the fog as well,” their daughter Gina pointed out to me. Currently they are growing on roughly 20 acres of land, and are having amazing results with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and even Spain’s Albarino. Craig Wood is both the vineyard manager and winemaker. After finishing up a stint at a San Francisco culinary academy and an apprenticeship in a city bakery, Gina is happy to be home and taking on the task of managing the tasting room and evolving the business. Tasters can choose between a $5 tasting menu for five wines, or you can go big and do the highly recommended $10 reserve tasting. Personal standouts for me included Viognier from the infamous Fralich vineyard in Paso Robles, with its creamy texture and beachy, tropical aromatics; Reserve Syrah which struck a chord between coolclimate and hot-climate renditions of the Rhone varietal; and Cabernet Sauvignon from Jackson’s Vineyard, which cleaned house at the L.A. International Wine Competition. The bottles are graced with wild names and lively, colorful artwork, including the insanely popular 14K Bling sparkling wine, with icy jewels hand-affixed to the front of each bottle by Sheri Wood. “My mom puts these on by hand,” Gina said proudly. “This is a family owned and operated business man!” Painstakingly laborious? Perhaps. But a huge hit for bachelorette groups, saucy 40-year-old female birthday parties and sin-prowling savages combing the wave-groomed beaches for love, lust or whatever comes first. The Tipsy Dog series caught my attention too. “Tipsy is my dog,” Gina pointed out. “I got him when I was 18. Now we do a Tipsy trio: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and the Beach Bum Syrah.” You can pick up a three pack and have them all. Prime times to visit Wood Winery include the Avila Beach Farmer’s Market on Friday nights from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. which feature live music, wine by the glass or bottle and gourmet cheese platters from Bravo Farms. Wood Vineyards and Winery is “Where the Ocean Meets the Vines” 480 Front Street, Avila Beach and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 8 during the Avila Beach Farmer’s Market. For more information, visit www.wildwoodwine.com or call (805) 595-9663.

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Oceanfront Wine Tasting Unique gifts & apparel Wines by the glass!
480 Front St. Avila Beach 805.595.9663 www.wildwoodwine.com
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SANTA MARIA | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH

Riverbench Vineyard Celebrates Officially 'Going Green'
Santa Barbara Wine Country Vintner Receives Official Sustainability Certification
Riverbench Vineyard and Winery is green – and they’re making it official. “Sustainability takes into account the bigger picture,” says Laura Mohseni, General Manager of Riverbench. “It’s functioning in ways that don’t take away the potential for future generations to enjoy an economic, environmental and even social benefit. We started in 2007 by renovating a 1926 ranch home on the vineyard property to become our tasting room. We feel very strongly about reducing our carbon footprint, so we considered electricity use, water conservation and waste.” And it didn’t end there. Riverbench uses only recycled paper products for the offices and considers the environment in packaging their wines. Mohseni reports that this not only reduces waste, but saves them money most of the time, so it’s just good common sense. There was, however, an even bigger consideration: Riverbench’s 420 acres of vineyard. Jim Stollberg, the Vineyard Manager, prepared audits and paperwork for the Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Program, one of the first certification programs in the country to recognize environmental and human resource conservation throughout California. The program, created by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, involves a rigorous process of analyzing resource conservation, safe pest management and social responsibility. After several months Riverbench received official notice of certification in September 2010; it is now one of only three vineyards in Santa Barbara Wine Country to be certified sustainable by the SIP Program. How does Jim feel about the results of his hard work? “I am excited to receive this certification for this historic vineyard,” he says. “It shows the commitment of all of our employees and management to grow the highest quality grapes, protect our environment and offer the best to our winery clients.” “With so many companies jumping onto the ‘green’ wagon,” agrees Mohseni, “we find it refreshing to take steps like these because it’s meaningful, not because it’s popular.” And they'll continue to do so, day after day. The Riverbench Tasting Room is located at 6020 Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.riverbench.com and www.sipthegoodlife.org.

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5230 Tepusquet Road Santa Maria, CA 805-938-7896 For more information and directions: www.volkwines.com

2485 Highway 46 West Paso Robles, CA 805-237-7896

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Santa Ynez Valley Vintners to Support Annual Event to Help Vineyard and Farm Workers
The 3rd Annual Vino de Sueños (Wine of Dreams) benefit wine release celebration will be held November 6th at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, from 3 to 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. This unique fundraiser, begun in November 2008, is the first of its kind event planned and supported by a small group of local premium winemakers to benefit farm and vineyard workers. Founding wineries include Alma Rosa, Buttonwood, Clos Pepé, Feliz Noché, Foxen, Longoria and Presidio. Vino de Sueños is the brand name for the wine series released each year at the annual event. Last year, twelve wineries donated ten cases of wine each to be tasted and sold exclusively under the Vino de Sueños label at the release celebration. This year 17 premium wineries will be participating. Wineries who have committed to release wines on November 6th under the Vino de Sueños labels include Alma Rosa, Au Bon Climat, Buttonwood, Carhartt, Cold Heaven, D’Alfonso-Curran, Fiddlehead, Fontes & Phillips, Foxen, Hitching Post, Kalyra, Longoria, Makor, Qupé, Riverbench and Vogelzang. Carhartt, Fontes & Phillips, Qupé, Rideau and Riverbench are new additions for 2010. There will be individual wines for every taste and pocketbook including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Merlot, and Pinot Noir. Wines are expected to sell from $12 to $40 depending upon varietal and vintage and are discounted for this fund raising event. White wine and red wine six-pack samplers and a case sampler will be also available for further discounted prices. The Vino de Sueños event and sales of the Vino de Sueños wines are a fundraiser to benefit vineyard and farm workers through the auspices of People Helping People (PHP). PHP is a unique non-profit organization which helps disadvantaged families and individuals in the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos Valleys by providing a wide range of services “under 1 roof.” According to Becky Barieau, event chair and representative of founding winemaker Foxen Vineyards, another unique aspect of the Vino de Sueños wines is that each label includes a reproduction of an original art piece from a local artist. Barieau said that, “we are extremely pleased that well regarded local artist, Karina Puente, has returned again this year to recruit artists to create special works of art to represent each wine.” Ms. Puente’s art will adorn one winery’s entry and her “Dreamer” piece created in 2008 will continue to be the “icon” on each label that identifies it as part of the Vino de Sueños brand. Kros Andrade, owner of UVA Design Studios, will also return to translate teach artwork created for the labels into “…eye catching presentations that create ‘brand’ identity.” Andrade explained that, “I love the challenge of working with these gifted artists to create the labels and assist People Helping People. “I was fourteen when I immigrated to this country with my parents. I know what it is like for a family to be given a chance at a dream and work extremely hard to achieve it for their children and children’s children.” What has resulted from the marriage of the winemakers and artist’s talents Barieau says, “is a series of wonderful wines with extraordinary labels that just jump off the bottle…These labels and the original works they represent are truly collectors’ items. We are so very grateful for the works donated over the past two years by Karina Puente and some of her friends.” This year’s art works are being created by Ariane Aumont, Cody Healey-Conelly, Kari Crist, Jenny Diaz, Jim Farnum, Darby Holden, Eric King, Christina Locascio, Alissa Massey, Zoe Nathan, Karina Puente, Luis Ramirez, Joel Serrato, Suzi Trubitz, Jose Villa, Nancy Yaki and Seyburn Zorthian. The original art represented on the labels will be available for purchase through a silent auction conducted during the wine release celebration. Many of the artists will be on hand to discuss their contributions. In addition to the wine tasting, wine sale and art auction, the November 6th release event will feature live music by international award winning guitarist Derroy who is returning from last year by public demand. Derroy’s technique has simultaneously been termed “masterful” and “gravity defying.” Appetizers will once again be created by New West Catering. Last year’s food prepared by owners Janet and Jeff Olsson received rave reviews from the guests for its unique character, variety and quality. Tickets for Vino de Sueños are $40 each, include a 14-ounce Vino de Sueños logo glass, and are on sale now. To buy tickets or to receive more information about the Vino de Sueños release celebration, go to the Vino de Sueños website at www.vinodesuenos.com or contact People Helping People at (805) 686-0295 or www.syvphp.org.
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Carina Cellars Features New Artist Photography Exhibit
Carina Cellars welcomes Rodger Dawson to his first show at the tasting room this fall! Dawson enjoys photographing simple subjects that emanate elements of fascinating beauty, such as late afternoon’s oblique light projecting deep contrasts of texture, rich scarlet vineyards in fall just before harvest, or highlights and shadows generating chiaroscuric patterns on a path along a creek. Shooting with a Canon 5D Mk II, Dawson works to capture that beauty, then work with digital images to create a personal idealized image closely resembling that initial moment. As a resident of Santa Barbara County, Dawson is intimately connected with the natural beauty that surrounds his everyday

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“Each glass of wine we enjoy is a tribute to that connection to the land,” said Dawson. “Hikes into the backcountry are motivated by the same urge I find with my photography: to bear witness to that ageless peace and tranquility of the land, water, vegetation, wildlife, breezes, sunlight and clouds. If I can create with my images some of that feeling that nature provides, then I feel fulfilled at a deep level.” Dawson’s work will be on display from October 1 through November 30 at the Carina Cellars Tasting Room, 2900 Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. For more information, check out www.carinacellars.com or call the tasting room at (805) 688-2459.

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With a motto like “Leave your leash behind,” it’s a given that the Wandering Dog Wine Bar is not the place for stuffy wine snobs. Here you won’t find the so-called expert’s scores posted on every surface, nor will you find those trendy wines that they tell you you’re suppose to like. What you will find is an incredible selection of treasures from small, family-owned Central Coast wineries, as well as unique international wines that few oenophiles ever discover. Everything here has been “palate-picked” by the Wandering Dog owners, “CT,” Susan and Jody Williams. Located in the village of Solvang, the Wandering Dog Bar is smack dab in the middle of California’s fast growing wine region. With more than 200 varieties of wines to choose from, there is surely something to please everyone. And don’t expect to have to simply guess at which one is your favorite. Wandering Dog offers an unheard of fifty wines by glass every day. You’d have to visit ten wineries to enjoy that many choices!
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‘Holiday Weekend in Wine Country’ to Offer a Respite from Holiday Stress
Local merchants, vintners, hoteliers & restaurateurs showcase Santa Barbara Wine Country’s small-town holiday spirit!
“The Holiday Season” conjures up images of happy shoppers strolling by beautifully decorated store windows, smiling and jolly Santas, twirling dreidels, crisp days and nights filled with song, and friends and families coming together for a glass of cheer and a festive meal. In reality, it can mean crowded malls, full parking lots, clogged freeways and shops that all seem to carry the same things. No wonder “Bah Humbug” is heard more than once. Here in Santa Barbara Wine Country, the streets are decorated with twinkling lights, people gather as a community for tree lightings and caroling, the eight days of Hannukah are truly a joyous Festival of Lights, and the stores, restaurants, hotels and wineries are full of good, holiday cheer. And one weekend during the holiday season epitomizes that spirit. From December 2nd through 6th, wineries will be holding Open Houses, local boutiques and shops will offer their unique ideas for gifts (and often with discounts!), restaurants will create holiday meals and hotels will offer special incentives to spend a long weekend. There will be tree lightings, parades, menorahs, concerts, Santa, Aebleskivers and holiday dinners. The entire community will come together to celebrate the Holiday Season. Enjoy streets without traffic, quaint family owned shops instead of an impersonal crowded mall and an opportunity to get back that small-town, festive holiday spirit. Bring the whole family or whisk your partner away to wine country for a weekend to remember. Why not give the gift of cherished memories for the holiday season? Holiday Weekend in Wine Country makes planning your trip easier than ever before.

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Kenneth Volk Tasting Room in Paso Robles

KENNETH VOLK VINEYARDS
Where Ken Volk Goes, People Follow
by Michael Cervin
Kenneth Volk is something of a renegade. He rose to fame as the driving force behind Wild Horse Winery in Templeton, which eventually grew to become one of the largest tasting rooms in the area. In 20 years, production exploded from 600 cases to over 150,000 cases of wine annually. He then sold his successful winery and moved to Santa Maria and opened Kenneth Volk Wines, a much smaller scaled operation, where he went back to the basics of hand crafting wine. The success of that tasting room then spawned the opening of another facility in Paso Robles, not far from where he began it all in Templeton with Wild Horse in the early 1980s. One thing is for sure: where ever Ken goes and makes wine, people always follow. “My goal is to create multifaceted wines,” he says. “Instead of farming everything alike, I combine many of the best practices, materials and vines available.” And this philosophy has given him a very loyal following. The Paso Robles wine scene is growing by leaps and bounds and the new Kenneth Volk tasting room is on Highway 46 West, fast becoming a well regarded wine road. The small, intimate tasting room and its wood bar make it ideal for focusing on the varied wines in front of you, as this is an unpretentious space, lacking much ornamentation. “The tasting room opened May 21, 2010 immediately adjacent to the Lone Madrone Winery and Fat Cat Farms,” says tasting room manager Azurae Shults. “This beautiful property is a park-like setting complete with gardens, picnic areas, baby animals, a plant nursery, vineyards and two of Paso Robles’ top tasting rooms,” she adds. It’s a short drive from Highway 101 to arrive at the KVV tasting room and once there, you’ll be glad you made it. The wines of course are why you are here and the standard offerings are poured: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir, but also poured are the heirloom varieties like Negrette, Malvasia Bianca and Verdelho, as well as Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo, among others. There are a few gift items for sale as well. Upcoming events for Ken and his wines include Savor the Central Coast in September and the Paso Robles Harvest Festival Weekend in mid-October. Frankly, any chance to sample Ken’s wines is worth the trip. The $10 tasting fee gives you six tastes of Ken’s wines and chances are you will want to sample more. The Kenneth Volk Paso Robles Tasting Room is located at 2485 Highway 46 West. Contact them at (805) 237-7896 or at www.VolkWines.com.

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A Wine Garden?
Outdoor Entertaining in a Whole New Way
A woman’s passion for gardening and her love for outdoor entertaining led to her invention, “The LEDGE.” A beautifully handcrafted wrought iron table that easily attaches to garden pots and urns, elegantly combining function and beauty. Sharon Duncan, the inventor of “The LEDGE,” has always had a passion for gardening and entertaining. Throughout the years Duncan has hosted many events at her home in the California foothills. While her desire was to create a botanical paradise in her sitting areas, she found herself with limited table space. “While the sitting areas were beautifully surrounded with lush pots and urns, I often found myself and my guests holding our wine glass and appetizer plates, the need for more table space was apparent.” For Duncan, eliminating her garden in her sitting areas was not an option, thus, “The LEDGE” was created. Duncan created her business “Legendary Patio and Home Designs” excited about the patio and home décor items they have planned for the future. “I have always loved decorating, but often found difficulty in finding “that” piece that completes the picture in my mind, so I ended up making it.” With the creation of “The LEDGE,” also came an inspiration of more ideas. “I am very excited about our future products.”

Unique, elegant and functional … it’s the perfect gift idea! For more information on how to order, visit www.ilovetheledge.com, call (559) 294-3344 or send an email to info@ilovetheledge.com.

Tall urns can be easily transformed into wine bars for special occasions.

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HALTER RANCH VNYD– Paso Robles Daily 8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 HammerSky Vineyards– Paso Robles Fr-Su 7725 Vineyard Drive; 949 338-7813 By Appt Hansen Vineyard – Templeton 5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 Harmony Cellars – Harmony 3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805 927-1625 HEARST RANCH – San Simeon 442 SLO San Simeon Rd; 805 927-4100 HEARTHSTONE– Paso Robles 5070 Vineyard Dr; 805 431-0138 Hidden Oak – Templeton 4671 South El Pomar; 805 237-9315 Hope Family Wines – Paso Robles 1585 Live Oak Road; 805 238-4112 Hug Cellars – Paso Robles 2323 Tuley Rd; 805-226- 8022 HUNT CELLARS – Paso Robles 2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 J & J Cellars – San Miguel 2850 Ranchita Canyon; 805-467-2891 Fr-Sun 11-5 Sum 10-5:30 Win 10-5 Tue-Sun Win 11-6 Daily 10-5 Fr-Sun 11-5 Fr-Sa 10-4 Thu-Mon 11-5 & By Appt X Daily 10:30-5 Fr-Su 11-5

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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 3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 EBERLE WINERY – Paso Robles 3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 Écluse Wines – Paso Robles 1520 Kiler Canyon Rd; 805 238-4998 Daily 10:30-5:30 X Daily 10-6 Fr-Sun 11-4 X

EDWARD SELLERS – Paso Robles Daily 1401 Hwy 46 West; 805 239-8915 10-5 Eos Estate – Paso Robles 5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 Falcon Nest Winery – Paso Robles 5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 FIRESTONE VNYD – Paso Robles 2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles 8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Four Vines Winery – Templeton 3750 Hwy 46 West; 805 238-0055 Daily 10-5 Sat-Sun 10-6 X Daily 10-7:30 Daily 10-5 By Appt Daily 11-6

Kiamie Wine Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo 1111 Riverside Ave, Ste 102; 805 226-8333 11-6 Kukkula – Templeton 9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 227-0111 L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles 2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 By Appt

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Linne Calodo – Paso Robles Daily 3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 10-5 Locatelli Winery – San Miguel Fr-Su 8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 1l-4 Loma Linda Vineyards – Paso Robles By 5155 Rancho La Loma Linda Drive Appt Lone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily 2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Daily 5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 10-5 Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily 7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 Meritage Wine Tasting – Paso Robles Sun 11-5 810 11th St; 805 238-9456 Mon-Thu 11-8 Fri-Sat 11-11 Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 Minassian-Young – Paso Robles Thu-Su 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 Mitchella Vineyard – Paso Robles Fr-Su 12-5 2525 Mitchella Ranch Way; 805 239-8555 or by appt Mondo Cellars – Paso Robles Daily Sum 11-6 3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 226-2925 Win 11-5 X Moonstone Cellars – Cambria Th-Mo 801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 Nadeau Family Vintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X NINER WINE ESTATE – Paso Robles Daily 2400 Highway 46 West; 805-239-2233 10-5 Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily 7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily 7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 ORCHID HILL VINEYARD – Paso Robles Daily 1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 12-6 Ortman Family Vnyds – Paso Robles Daily 12-6 1317 Park Street; 805-237-9009 Fr-Sat 12-7 Oso Libre Winery – Paso Robles Thu-Mon 7383 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-3378 11-5 Pasoport Wine Co – Paso Roble Fri-Sun 11-5 5940 Union Rd; 805 239-2229 or by appt Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily 1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 Pear Valley – Paso Robles Daily 4900 Union Road; 805 237-2861 11-5 Penman Springs – Paso Robles 1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 Fr-Su 11-5 Per Cazo Cellars – Paso Robles By 5325 Vineyard Dr; 805 227-4949 Appt PIANETTA – Paso Robles Sun-Thurs 12-6 829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Fri-Sat 11-7 X Pipestone – Paso Robles Th-Mo 2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 Poalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily 7970 Vineyard Drive; 805-238-0621 12-5 Pomar Junction – Templeton Th-Mo 5036 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-238-9940 11-5 PRETTY SMITH – San Miguel Fr-Su 13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 11-5 Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles Sa-Su 1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 Ranchita Canyon – San Miguel Fr-Mo 11-5 3439 Ranchita Canyon Road; 805 467-9448

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RANGELAND WINES – Paso Robles By 10425 Klau Mine Road; 805 674-9232 Appt Red Soles – Paso Robles 3230 Oakdale Rd; 805-226-9898 Rio Seco – Paso Robles 4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 RiverStar Vineyards – San Miguel 7450 Estrella Rd; 805 467-0086 RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles 7986 North River Rd; 805 610-9802 ROBERT HALL – Paso Robles 3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 Rockin’ R Wine – Paso Robles 8500 Union 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 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

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Thunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles 2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 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 Veris Cellars – Templeton 1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton 2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Vihuela Winery – Paso Robles 840 11th St, Ste 104; 805-835-4304 Villicana Winery – Paso Robles 2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 Villa Creek Cellars – Paso Robles 5995 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805 238-7145 Villa San-Juliette – San Miguel 6385 Cross Canyon Rd; 805 550-0522 Vina Robles – Paso Robles 3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 Vines on the Marycrest – Paso Robles 5050 Mustard Creek Rd; 805 237-0378 Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles 7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 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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Sextant Wines – Paso Robles Fri-Mon 3502 #B9-11 Dry Creek Rd; 866-833-WINE 12-5 X X X X X X X X X X Sharp’s Hill – Poured at Vinoteca, Paso Robles 835 12th St; 805 227-7154 Mo-Th 4-9, Fri & Sa 4-11 Skyhawk Lane – San Miguel By 1605 Commerce Way; 213-200-4661 Appt Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Stanger Vineyards – Paso Robles 5225 Hwy 41; 805 238-4777 Steinbeck – Paso Roble 5940 Union Rd; 805 238-1854 Stephen’s Cellar – Templeton 7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles 2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 X X X X X X X Summerwood – Paso Robles 2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 Fr-Sa 11-5 Su 12-5 Fr-Su 11-5 & By Appt Fri-Sun 11-5 By Appt Th-Mo 11-5 Daily 10-5:30

SILVER HORSE WINERY 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel 805-467-WINE Open Friday-Monday 11-5
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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 ALAPAY CELLARS – Avila Beach 415 First St; 805-595-2632

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Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE Bishop’s Peak Wines – Arroyo Grande 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo 831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842

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Addamo Estate Vnyds – Orcutt 400 E. Clard Ave; 805-937-6400 Bedford – 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 Core Wine – Orcutt 145 S. Gray Street, Ste 103; 805 937-1600 COSTA DE ORO – Santa Maria 1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 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 Tue-Fri 11-9 Sat 11-7 Daily 11-5 By Appt Daily 10-5 We-Su 11-6 Daily 11-6 Fri till 7:30 Daily 10-5:30 Daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 X X X X X Blair Fox Cellars – Los Olivos 2902 San Marcos Ave, B; 805 691-1678 Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos 2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 Fri-Sat 12-5 Or By Appt Sum 10-5 Win 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 X X X X X X X

CHAMISAL VINEYARDS – San Luis Obispo 7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 Daily 10-5 Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 Daily 11-5

Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 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 Byron Vnyd Tasting Room – Los Olivos Daily 2367 Alamo Pintako Ave; 805 938-7365 11-5 Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily 2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 11-5 X CARINA CELLARS – Los Olivos Daily 2900 Grand Ave, A; 805-688-2459 11-5 Consilience – Los Olivos Daily 2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 Coquelicot – Los Olivos Mo-Th 11-5 2884 Grand Ave; 805-688-1500 Fr, Su 11-6, Sa 10-6 Curtis Winery – Los Olivos Daily 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 Demetria – Los Olivos By 6701 Foxen Canyon R; 805 686-2345 Appt Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily 10-5 2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 Win till 5 Dragonette – Los Olivos Thu-Mon 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-693-0077 11-5 Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos Daily 2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 Evans Ranch – Los Olivos Daily 12-6 2901 Grand Ave; 805 688-0558 Sat-Sun at 11 Fess Parker – Los Olivos Daily 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 FIRESTONE VINEYARD – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Daily 10-5 X IO Vineyards – at Byron Tasting Room Daily 2367 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-938-7365 11-5 J Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Koehler – Los Olivos Daily 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 Lane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 Longoria Wines – Los Olivos Daily 2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 11-4:30 Oak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos 2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 Qupé Wine – Los Olivos Daily 2963 Grand Ave; 805-686-4200 11-5 Prodigal – Los Olivos By 805 688-0476 Appt Saarloos & Sons – Los Olivos Daily 2971 Grand Ave; 805 688-1200 11-5 Scott Cellars – Los Olivos Wed-Mon 2933 San Marcos Ave, #101; 805 686-5450 11-5 Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 Star Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Stolpman Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily 11-5 2434 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-688-0400 Fr till 6 Tensley/Lea Wines – Los Olivos Fri-Sun 2900 Grand Ave, Suite B ; 805-688-6761 11-5 Three Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5

EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD – San Luis Obispo 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 Daily 10-5 KELSEY SEE CANYON – San Luis Obispo 1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 Daily 11-5:30 X Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 Th-Mo 11-5

LAETITIA VINEYARD – Arroyo Grande 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Daily 11-5 Margerum– Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys 911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 Morovino – Avila Beach 550 1st St; 805-627-1443 Daily 12-5 Fri till 7, Sun till 6

FIRESTONE VINEYARDS – Los Olivos 5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Daily 10-5 X Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 Daily 11-4

PER BACCO CELLARS – San Luis Obispo 1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 Daily 11-5 X

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

NOW OPEN IN THE VILLAGE OF ARROYO GRANDE 211 East Branch Street, 805-481-WINE Sat-Mon, Thu 12-5 • Fri 12-6 Closed Tue & Wed
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, #114; 805-928-3025 Daily 11-6

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

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Pithy Little Wine Co – San Luis Obispo Th-Sa 12-8 1037 Chorro St; 805 546-1059 Su 12-5,Mo-We 12-6

Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang) 2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt Presqu’ile Wine – Santa Maria By 2540 E. Clark Ave; 805 363-1966 Appt Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Mo-Th 10-4 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 Fr-Su 10-5 Riverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 Daily 10-4 By Appt Daily 10-5 Daily 10-4 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-5:30 Daily 11-5 Sun-Thu 11-7 Fri-Sat 11-8 X

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

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

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Sextant Wines – San Luis Obispo Mon-Fri 10-4 1653 Old Price Cnyn Rd; 866-833-WINE Sat-Sun 10-5 Stephen Ross – San Luis Obispo 178 Suburban Rd; 805-594-1318 Sat-Sun 11-5

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 Bin 2860 – Los Olivos 2860 Grand Ave; 805 693-8537 X X X X X X X X X X X X

TANGENT VINEYARDS – San Luis Obispo 5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 Daily 10-5 TALLEY VINEYARDS – Arroyo Grande 3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Daily 10:30-4:30 TOLOSA WINERY – San Luis Obispo Daily 4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 WOOD WINERY – Avila Beach Daily 11-6 480 Front St; 805-595-9663 Fri till 8, Sat till 7 Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo 6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 Daily 11-5 X

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Tre Anelli – Los Olivos Daily 2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000 11-5 Verdad Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos Daily 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4

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Taste of Sta. Rita Hills – Lompoc 1505 E Chestnut Ave; 805 735-8774 Zotovich – Lompoc 1500B E Chestnut Ave; 805 736-1600

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Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara 414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 Coastal Winery – Santa Barbara 217 Stearns Wharf, G ; 805-962-2100 East Beach Wine Co – Santa Barbara 1114 State St, Ste 24; 805 899-1535 Giessinger – Santa Barbara 212 State St; 805-568-0820 Jaffurs – Santa Barbara 819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 Kalyra by the Sea – Santa Barbara 212 State St; 805-695-8606 Kunin Wines – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805-963-9696 Daily 11-5 Thu-Sat 11-8 Daily 11-7+ in sum Mon-Sat 11-7 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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Au Bon Climat – at Taste of the Valleys 1672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 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 Blackjack Ranch – Solvang 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412

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Alma Rosa – Buellton 7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc 312 N 9th Street, 805-736-9957 Babcock Winery – Lompoc 5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 Casa Cassara – Buellton 291 Valley Station Dr; 805-688-8691 Clos Pepe – Lompoc 4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 Cold Heaven Cellars – Buellton 92 Second Street, A; 805 686-13431 D’Vine – Lompoc 107 Ocean Ave; 805 735-8771 Daily 11-4:30 Thur-Sun 11-5 Daily 10:30-4 Mo,We,Th 12-6:30 Fr-Su 11-6:30 By Appt Fri-Mon 12-5 Wed-Sat 3-10 Sun 3-7 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

Blair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang 1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 Buttonwood Farm – Solvang 1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 800-715-1404 CARIVINTAS WINERY – Solvang 476 First St; 805 693-4331 D’Alfonso Curran – Solvang 1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Dascomb Cellars – Solvang 1659 Copenhagen Dr, C; 805 691-9175 Gioia - Solvang – 805 689-7219 Lincourt Vineyards – Solvang 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 Daily 11-5 Sun-Wed 12-7 Thu-Sat 12-10 Mon-Fri 11-5 Sat-Sun 10-5 Thu-Mon 12-7 By Appt Daily 10-5

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MunicipalWinemakers– Santa Barbara Sa-Su 11-6 28 Anacapa Street; 805 598-1896 Or By Appt Oreana Winery – Santa Barbara 205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Renegade Wine – Santa Barbara 417A-6 Santa Barbara St; 805 568-0675 Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara 202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 Summerland – Summerland 2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Westerly Vineyards – Santa Barbara 28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805-963-9696 Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara 36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-730-1680 Daily 11-5 Tue-Fri 10-6 Sat 12-6 Daily 10 - 5 Wed-Mon 11-6 Daily 11-7 Fri-Sun 12-4 Mon-Thu By Appt

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

Lions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Daily 11-6 1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 extended on weekends Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang 1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 Mandolina Wines – Solvang 1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 Margerum – at Taste of the Valleys 1672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 Presidio Vineyard – Solvang 1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 Rideau Vineyard – Solvang 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 Royal Oaks – Solvang 1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 Rusack Vineyard – Solvang 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 Sevtap Winery – Solvang 1576 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-9200 Shoestring Winery – Solvang 800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 Daily 11-5:30 Daily 11-5:30 Su-Th 12-8 Fr-Sa 12-10 Daily 11-6 Daily 11-4 Daily 10-5 Daily 11-5 Thurs-Mon 10-6 Fr-Su 10-4

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 Jalama Wines – Lompoc 308 North 9th St, C ; 805-735-8937 Ken Brown Wines – Buellton 70 Industrial Way; 805-448-3791 Lafond Vineyard – Buellton 6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 La Vie Vineyards – Lompoc 308 North 9th Street, D ; 805 291-2111 Loring Wine Co – Lompoc 1591 E. Chestnut Ave; 805 742-0478 Melville Vineyard – Lompoc 5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 Mosby Winery – Buellton 9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 New Vineland/Pierdrassi – Lompoc 1501 E Chestnut Ave; 805 736-6784 Palmina – Lompoc 1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 Samsara – Lompoc 1500 East Chestnut Ct; 805 735-8774 Sanford Winery – Lompoc 5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 Fri-Sat 11-4 & By Appt Fri-Sun 12-5 By Appt Daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Daily 11-4 Mo-Fr 10-4 Sa-Su 10-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Thur-Sat 11-5 Sun-Mon 11-4 Fri-Sun 12-4 Daily 11-4 X X X X X X X X X X X X

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