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JADA VINEYARD & WINERY

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WINEMAKER PROFILE:

CAYUCOS CELLARS

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FALCON NEST WINERY

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HEARST

CASTLE

Morro

Bay

Paso

Robles

• San Simeon

Cambria YORK

1

MOUNTAIN

46W


Cayucos


101

41



1


Avila Beach

Pismo

Beach


San Miguel

Templeton

227

46E

41

San Luis Obispo


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PASO ROBLES

EDNA VALLEY

Arroyo

Grande

101

166

Santa•

Maria


Orcutt

ARROYO GRANDE

VALLEY

SANTA MARIA

VALLEY

58

166

5

San Luis Obispo,

Santa Barbara &

Ventura Counties

MILEAGE:


Lompoc

1

SANTA

RITA

HILLS

246

Buellton

Los

Olivos


Solvang

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SANTA

YNEZ

VALLEY

CHUMASH

CASINO

Santa Ynez

154

5

P a c i f i c O c e a n

101

Santa

Barbara


150

33

150

Ventura


23

126

Camarillo 118

Thousand

Oaks

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Oxnard •

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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F E A T U R E

S T O R Y 6

O N T H E

C O V E R 12

W I N E M A K E R

P R O F I L E 16

P R E F E R R E D

T A S T I N G R O O M 18

B A C K R O A D S

W I N E R I E S 26

4

Jada Vineyard & Winery

Per Bacco Cellars

Cayucos Cellars,

Stuart Selkirk

Falcon Nest Winery

Sculpterra Winery

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Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9

Wine Country Premier Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Wine Country Premier Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

WINE TASTING IN DOWNTOWN PASO ROBLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21

PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-30

SANTA MARIA VALLEY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

SOLVANG, LOS OLIVOS, SANTA YNEZ WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . 32

SANTA BARBARA WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

VENTURA COUNTY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35

LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-39

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JADA VINEYARD & WINERY

Heart Surgeon with His Heart in Farming

by Dave Wilcox

Harvest is an exciting time at any

winery, but there’s been a special buzz

this autumn at Jada Vineyard &

Winery. Jada’s 2008 vintage is its first being

produced exclusively on site, thanks to the

completion this year of a handsome, state-ofthe-art

winery and tasting room that overlooks

the vineyards in the serene rolling hills

west of Paso Robles.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Susan

West, Jada’s operations manager. “It’s a totally

different vibe. It’s so alive.”

Jada’s roots can be traced back a little more

than 10 years ago, when Jack Messina came

west from Florida looking for property in

Wine Country to grow olives. Those plans

soon changed when a friend said Paso Robles

was emerging as a world-class wine region.

Messina fell in love with the area and

purchased the 90-acre property in 1999.

Olive trees still line the winding dirt road

leading up to the winery, and Jada bottles and

sells gourmet estate-grown olive oil.

Messina, who maintains his practice as a

heart surgeon in Florida – where his wife

works as a nurse – now splits his time

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between the winery and the East Coast.

There’s no doubt, though, that Messina is very

much a hands-on winery owner.

“He’s a farmer at heart,” said consulting

winemaker Scott Hawley. “You come across a

lot of personalities in the wine industry. It’s

great to come across someone who’s in it for

the love of it.”

It was a passion stoked during trips to

Europe, including Burgundy and Tuscany.

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Hawley, who also consults for other wineries

and has his own label, said Messina is part of

the winemaking process from the vineyards

to the punch downs and bottling. Sixty

acres of the 90-acre property are currently

planted to mostly Rhone and Bordeaux varietals,

with some vines planted more than 30

years ago.

But they are also in the second year of a

program to replant about 15 acres, changing

the clones and increasing density. Hawley said

that will result in lowering the yield per vine

– intensifying the flavors of the grapes.

Asked what convinced him to sign on as

Jada’s winemaker, Hawley didn’t hesitate with

his answer.

“The vineyard and Jack Messina’s passion

for winemaking.”

Pointing to a row of boulders stacked in a

makeshift wall, Hawley noted they all came

from Jada’s hillside vineyards. The rocky,

calcareous soils, combined with its location in

the heart of a notch in the westside hills

known as the Templeton Gap, create unique

growing conditions, said Hawley.

“All the elements are here,” he said.

“There’s nothing but potential.”

That potential has been realized in the


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wines – primarily blends, although Jada produces a 100 percent

Syrah under the name Jersey Girl. The name is a nod to Robyn

Messina’s native New Jersey. In fact, Jack Messina gives all his wines

names that have some personal connection, including Jack of

Hearts, a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend and

Hell’s Kitchen, a reference to the famed New York neighborhood

where his parents first lived after immigrating to the U.S.

The heart surgeon also named a Cabernet-Merlot blend Passing

By, a tongue-in-cheek play on words that suggests the health benefits

of red wine will help drinkers avoid bypass surgery.

The name of the winery itself honors Messina’s father, who

owned a fishing boat named Jada in the small fishing village in Italy

where he lived.

Hawley said in crafting wines for Jada, he resists trying to tailor

his style to what is currently popular.

“You make the best wine from the grapes to reflect the vineyard

and the consumers are going to follow.”

The winery’s first three vintages, beginning in 2005, were made

using facilities at nearby Calcareous and Denner vineyards. Now

Hawley, who on a recent weekday morning was assisting workers

de-stemming a batch of Merlot grapes, is eagerly anticipating the

chance to create wine on site.

Up to now, Jada’s production has been less than 2,000 cases

annually, but Hawley said he expects that to increase to about 2,500

for the 2008 vintage. But don’t look for Jada to ramp up its production

too much.

“Jack wants to stay true to the vineyard and not go high-volume,”

said Hawley.

An old, red barn on the property now contains the winery and

tasting room. The two-story structure included horse stables that

now house separate barrel rooms, while upstairs the former living

quarters is now a warmly decorated tasting room, accented with

maple cabinetry and specialty lighting, with plenty of outside

decking with sunset views.

A climate-controlled room surrounded by glass walls is one of the

tasting room’s most interesting features, with bottles stored there

until they are opened for visitors.

“Jack likes to do things well and he has to know all the details,”

said West, the operations manager.

Guests can sample the wines from the tasting menu for $5 per

person, and that includes artisan cheese pairings with cheeses

provided by local gourmet cheese shop Vivant.

Jada Vineyard & Winery is located at 5620 Vineyard Drive, off

Highway 46 West. The tasting room is open Thursdays from noon

to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and

features wireless internet access. Call (805) 226-4200 to schedule a

tour of the wine making facility or for a VIP tasting. You can also

visit the winery’s website at www.jadavineyard.com.

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PASO ROBLES

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar

Local winemaker featured each week.

5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154, Paso Robles

www.vinotecawinebar.com

• Nov 15: Christian Lazo Winery

• Nov 12: Graveyard Vineyard

• Nov 19: Rotta Winery

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Gourmet Pairings at Meridian Vineyards

Try gourmet food paired with fine wine

12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133, Paso Robles

www.meridianvineyards.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Templeton Farmers’ Market

Fresh fruit, flowers & vegetables

9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535, Templeton

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Paso Robles Farmers’ Market

Country farm arts and crafts market

8am-12:30pm, 805-237-9254, Paso Robles

ONGOING

Painting Exhibits at Villicana Winery

Enjoy fine art work along with fine wines.

11am-5pm, 805-239-9456, Paso Robles

ONGOING

Estrella Warbird Museum

Fascinating collection of military aircrafts

10am-4pm, 805-227-0440, Paso Robles

www.ewarbirds.org

★ ONGOING IN NOVEMBER

Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars

Color of Autumn; Paso Art Association

Juried Art Show, 10am-5:30pm, Templeton

888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.com

★ ONGOING FRIDAYS

15 Degrees C Wines Beer Tastings

Featured beer every Friday night, 6pm, $10,

805-434-1554, 15degreesCwines.com, Templeton

★ OCTOBER 30

Wine Pairing Series at 15 Degrees C Wines

Austrian food and wines, 5pm, $20,

805-434-1554, 15degreesCwines.com, Templeton

★ OCTOBER 31

Wine Pairing Series at 15 Degrees C Wines

Halloween Dress up Party, 7pm, $15, 805-434-1554

Templeton, 15degreesCwines.com

★ OCTOBER 31

Mystery Theater in the Cavern at Robert Hall

Winery-Gouls Just Want to Have Fun!

7:30-10pm, $85/$75 Cavern Club, 805-239-2664

Paso Robles, www.roberthallwinery.com

★ NOVEMBER 1

Guest Chef at Eberle Winery

Eberle Winery hosts acclaimed chef and good friend

Michel Richard of Citronelle restaurant. A portion of

the proceeds goes directly to the Eberle Scholarship

for students studying wine and viticulture at Cal Poly.

6pm, $150/$120 Cellar Club members, 805-238-9607,

www.eberlewinery.com, sheri@eberlewinery.com.

NOVEMBER 1-2

Annual Western Art &

Trappings Paso Gathering

Annual show featuring saddle makers, artists,

silversmiths, dutch-oven cooking and more.

10am-5pm, $4, Pioneer Museum

www.pasorobles-usa.com

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NOVEMBER 7

Chumeia Vineyards Souper Wine Friday

Celebrate the late fall with complimentary soup

and wine pairings. 12-5pm, 888-343-9445

★ NOVEMBER 8

Indoor Concert at Castoro Cellars

Featuring James Tally

7:30pm, $15, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton

www.castorocellars.com

NOVEMBER 12

Cooking Show Hosted by Mark

“The Singing Chef” Faulkner

Featuring delicious Thanksgiving feast recipes

5:30pm, 805-238-7979, Idler’s Appliances

NOVEMBER 13-16

The Paderewski Festival

Celebrating the legacy of this extraordinary

pianist. The purpose of the Paderewski Festival in

Paso Robles is to educate the community about

Paderewski's close ties to Paso Robles with many

concerts and events throughout Paso Robles.

For complete details call 805-239-4437

or visit www.paderewskifest.com.

★ NOVEMBER 14

Paesano Pick Up Party at

Donati Family Vineyard

Live music, light hors d’oeuvres,

chatting with wine production staff & more.

11am-5pm, 877-511-9463, Templeton

www.donatifamilyvineyard.com

NOVEMBER 14

Meet Paderewski Concert at Cass Wines

Concert & Polish-themed dinner featuring Rudolph

Budginnis. 6pm, concert $35, dinner $40

Paso Robles, 805-227-2888, www.casswines.com

★ NOVEMBER 15

Elegant Evening in Downtown Paso Robles

Holiday open houses with complimentary refreshments,

trolley rides, strolling minstrels, vocalists &

live mannequins. 5-8pm, Downtown Paso Robles

805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.org

NOVEMBER 15

Harvest Winemaker Dinner at Harmony Cellars

Gourmet, multi-course dinner hosted by

Winemaker Chuck Mulligan & catered by

Harmony’s favorite chef Christian Raia.

6pm, $145, 805-927-1625, Harmony

www.harmonycellars.com

★ NOVEMBER 20-24

Paso Robles Digital Film Festival

A five-day world-class film and music event with

The Bacon Brothers (featuring Kevin Bacon and

Michael Bacon) and The Kyle Eastwood Band

(Clint’s son). Screenings include Clint Eastwood’s

Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends, with Director

Bruce Ricker and Academy Award winning Editor

Joel Cox in attendance.

805-221-5259, Visit www.prdff.com for details

★ NOVEMBER 21

Paso Nouveau Pick-up Party at Vina Robles

Vina Robles Wine Club Event with barrel samples

and delicious French fare, 805-369-0140

Paso Nouveau Party, Wine Club Pick-up Party

Call or e-mail for details

detailsc.zuur@vinarobles.com

www.vinarobles.com

CAYUCOS AND MORRO BAY

ONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH

Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves

Art, crafts, children’s activities, music & more

10am-4pm, 805-704-8128, Pismo Beach

www.pismochamber.com

ONGOING

Central Coast Outdoor Day Hikes

Sat/Sun, 888-873-5610, Morro Bay

www.centralcoastoutdoors.com

ONGOING

Art Demonstrations by Fine Artists

Non-profit art gallery exhibit of local artists

7pm, 805-772-2504, Morro Bay

www.morrobayartassociation.org

ONGOING

Adventures with Nature

Docent guided walks

Morro Bay State Park Museum

of Natural History, 805-772-2694, www.ccnha.org

Various hikes at various times including; Fast Hike to

Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail,

Sand Spit Walk and Ocean Lagoon.

ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Morro Bay Embarcadero Art Walk

Art galleries’ open house receptions

5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro Bay

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay

Fresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians

3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay

SAN LUIS OBISPO

ONGOING TUESDAYS

2-oz. Tuesdays at Taste

Weekly drink specials

10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE

San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Wine Down Wednesdays at Taste

Tastings with the winemaker

10am-9pm, 805-269-TASTE

San Luis Obispo, www.taste-slo.com

ONGOING

Christopher Cohan Center

Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo

805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org

• Oct 31: The Marriage of Figaro

ONGOING

The San Luis Obispo Art Center

Permanent collection and constantly rotating

exhibits of works by local artists in all media –

paintings, sculpture, photography and more.

11am-5pm, 805-543-8562, San Luis Obispo

www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING WEEKENDS

Live Music at Mother’s Tavern

Beautiful upscale tavern with big band music

most Sundays, too! Call for schedules.

805-541-8733, San Luis Obispo

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.

10am-1pm, 805-543-0638, San Luis Obispo

www.slochs.org/dallidet

ONGOING

Automobilia Museum

Specialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along with

many other antiques relating to transportation.

10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis Opispo

ONGOING

Hearst Castle Tours

Experience grand reflections from the 1930s

$30, 800-444-4445, San Luis Obispo

www.hearstcastle.com

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ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark”

Various art galleries stay open late & host

artist receptions with wine & cheese.

5-9pm, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.org

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Wine Tasting at The Loading Dock

Live music, wine and food

7-10pm, $5, 805-934-3471, San Luis Obispo

ONGOING

A Murder Mystery Dinner

Enjoy a parody of The Pirates of the Caribbean

with a delicious dinner, wine and laughter.

5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant

Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com.

★ NOVEMBER 7-9

San Luis Obispo Vintners Harvest

Celebration Passport Event 2008

More than 30 of the Central Coast’s best wineries

and restaurants participate in a weekend of winemaker

dinners, a Grand Tasting & Auction and open

house celebrations at SLO Vintners tasting rooms

and wineries. $80, San Luis Obispo

805-541-5868, www.slowine.com

★ NOVEMBER 7

Double Delight Winemaker Dinner with

Claiborne & Churchill and Saucelito Canyon

Featuring a multi-course gourmet dinner to

complement a bounty of great wines from these

two stellar wineries. $85/$75 wine club

805-544-4066, Et Voilà Restaurant San Luis Obispo

For details visit www.claibornechurchill.com.

★ NOVEMBER 7

Baileyana Tangent Winemaker Dinner

in Avila Beach

This one-of-kind evening will feature fine wines

paired with cuisine of Chef Wendy Wickstrom.

805-269-8209, The Cove, Avila Beach

For details visit www.tangentwines.com.

★ NOVEMBER 7

Wood Winery Winemaker Dinner at the

Park Restaurant

Chef/Owner Maegan Loring will prepare rustic California

Cuisine using the best SLO has to offer. 805-

489-9663, www.slowine.com

★ NOVEMBER 7

Barrels R Art at Tolosa Winery

Maegen Loring of the Park Restaurant will work

her magic in the kitchen, pairing each course with

the finest Tolosa wines. Six one-of-a-kind wine

barrel-creations by local artists will be auctioned

off to benefit the TEACh Foundation (The Endowment

for the Education of Children).

$100, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com.

NOVEMBER 7

Edna Valley Vineyard:

The Mighty Magnum Dinner

A Wine Country-inspired 5-course menu paired

with wine from magnums only & Dixieland music.

$85/$80 wine club, 805-544-5855

NOVEMBER 7

Kynsi Winery with Korbel at Blue

The fine restaurant of Korbel at Blue masters Wine

Country dining with an artistic 4 course menu

paired with Kynsi’s fine wines.

$95, 805-541-3083, info@kynsi.com

★ NOVEMBER 7

Per Bacco Cellars Family Style

Winemaker Dinner

Exquisite dinner in the traditional Italian family

style perfectly paired with Per Bacco wines.

$60, 805-787-0485. Call for details. San Luis Obispo


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★ NOVEMBER 9

Harvest Celebration Open House

at Claiborne & Churchill

A cozy winery becomes a French café with

delicious food-friendly wines. 11am-5pm

805-544-4066, www.claibornechurchill.com

★ NOVEMBER 9

Harvest Celebration Open House at Tolosa

Relax on the patio with artisan cheeses, new

releases & a BBQ with flights of past, present

and future wines. 11am-5pm, 805-782-0500

San Luis Obispo, www.tolosawinery.com

ATASCADERO

NOVEMBER 15

Pavilion on the Lake Holiday Boutique

There will be approximately 60 vendors on-site

for this one day only show where all items are

handmade by the sellers. 10am-3pm

805-461-5000, www.atascadero.org

AVILA BEACH

ONGOING SUNDAYS

Art on the Beach at Avila Beach

Artists paint & present their work

10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach Pier

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Frist Friday at Morovino

Delicious food and wine pairings

4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila Beach

• Nov 7: Cal Poly Creamery

• Dec 5: Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates

★ NOVEMBER 2

Schoolhouse Rock Concert Series

at Salisbury Vineyards

Shake this schoolhouse with live, original music

while enjoying the perfect Avila climate.

1-4pm, 805-595-WINE, Avila Beach

www.salisburyvineyards.com

★ NOVEMBER 6

Girls Night Out at Salisbury Vineyards

Stroll through the schoolhouse & patio with hors

d'oeuvres and wine in hand. Enjoy handmade gifts

and clothing from local artists and designers. The

evening will have an exciting theme with guest

vendors, chefs & live music. 5:30-8:30pm

$25, $20 Club Avila, 805-595-WINE

www.salisburyvineyards.com

ARROYO GRANDE

ONGOING

Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande

Sat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077

Arroyo Grande, www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market

Farm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts

12-2:30pm, 805-473-2250, Arroyo Grande

www.arroyograndevillage.org

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Learn How to Make Ice Cream

Enjoy a 30 minute skit about ice cream

where you help create new flavors.

7pm, Arroyo Grande, 805-474-4068

www.docburnsteins.com

ONGOING

Clark Center for Performing Arts

805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande

www.clarkcenter.org

• Oct 31: Guys & Dolls

• Nov 21: Bella Sorella

• Nov 22: The Nutcracker

★ ONGOING FRIDAY’S

Wine Down at Wood Winery

Enjoy reserve wines & gourmet cheese

4-7pm, 805-489-9663, Arroyo Grande

www.wildwoodwine.com, sheri@wildwoodwine.com

OCTOBER 31

Halloween Trick-or-Treat in the Village

Children trick-or-treat downtown

3-7pm, 805-473-2250, Downtown Arroyo Grande

www.arroyograndevillage.org

★ NOVEMBER 9

Talley Vineyards Harvest Open House

Complimentary wine tasting, live music and

light hors d’oeuvres, 11:30am-3pm, 805-489-0446

Arroyo Grande, www.talleyvineyards.com

OCEANO

ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 9

The Great American Melodrama

805-489-2499, www.americanmelodrama.com

Frankenstein’s Bride, A horror story spoof

presented in the same ‘vein’ as the popular

Drac in the Saddle Again.

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING

Santa Maria Valley Railroad

805-922-7941, Santa Maria, www.smvrr.com

Elegant excursions with five star gourmet meals

NOVEMBER 7

Garden Room Restaurant Grand Reopening

at the Historic Santa Maria Inn

California cuisine in an elegant upscale setting

with patio seating or fireside dining

The Historic Santa Maria Inn, (805) 346-7900,

www.SantaMariaInn.com

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

Santa Maria Valley Railway

Historical Museum

Lots of fun including a train simulator exhibit

1-4:30pm, 805-714-4927, Santa Maria

www.smvrhm.org/museum

★ ONGOING

Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro

Great way to end your week or start your

weekend! 4:30pm, 805-922-1468, Santa Maria

www.costadeorowinery.com

SANTA MARGARITA

ONGOING

Spring Flowers Nature Hike

Guided hike with trained horticuluralist

$15, 805-238-7324, Reservation required

Lazy Arrow Ranch, Santa Margarita

LOS OLIVOS

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks

Free movie & snacks with discussion

7pm, 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org

ONGOING THURSDAYS

Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres

5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

• Nov 20: Pinot Noir & Chardonnay - Santa Rita Hills

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Global Gardens Organic Food Tasting

Enjoy delicious organic tastings

10am-2pm, $3, Los Olivos, 805-693-1600

www.globalgardensgifts.com

ONGOING THURSDAYS

Fess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along

Sing along with Fess & Marcy, 8:30-10:30pm

805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com

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ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Evening with the Winemaker

5-6pm, $15, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos

www.losolivoswinemerchantcafé.com

• Nov 5: Bridlewood Winery

• Dec 3: River Bench Winery

SANTA YNEZ

ONGOING MONDAYS

Maverick Saloon Blind Draw Darts

Santa Barbara Darts Association

Enjoy BBQ and darts, 7pm, 805-686-4785

Santa Ynez, www.mavericksaloon.org

ONGOING

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum

and Parks - Janeway Carriage House

Exhibits from Chumash period through early

20th century ranch days.

12-4pm, 805-688-7889, Santa Ynez

www.santaynezvalleymuseum.org

SECOND THURSDAY

Wine Impressions at Artiste

Join fellow wine lovers for a blind tasting,

sensory evaluation & discussion by region.

7-9pm, 805-686-2626, Www.artiste.com

ONGOING

Chumash Casino Concerts

800-585-3737, www.chumashcasino.com

• Nov 13: Hall & Oates

• Nov 20: Anita Baker

ONGOING

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk

Naturalists lead walk on the Oak Canyon Trail

10-11:30am, $6, 805-688-4515, Santa Ynez Park

www.cachuma.com

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Jazz on the Deck at Vineyard House

Live music and fine food

6:30pm, $2, 805-688-2886, Santa Ynez

www.thevineyardhouse.com

ONGOING

Art Exhibit at Artiste Winery

11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, Santa Ynez

www.artiste.com

NOVEMBER 1

Vino de Sueños Release Benefit Party

Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres & live

entertainment. Benefit for People Helping

People a non-profit organization which helps

disadvantaged families.

2-6pm, $50, 805-686-0295, Santa Ynez Valley

www.vinodesuenos.com

NOVEMBER 1

Kids' Old Fashioned Fishing Day

at Cachuma Lake

Kids ages 5-15 years old fish for Rainbow Trout

in the freshly-stocked Cachuma Lake Park's

swimming pool. 805-693-0691, $8, Cachuma Lake

www.cachuma.com

NOVEMBER 7

Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society

Museum presents Vaquero Dinner

Annual event celebrating the “2008 Honored

Vaquero”,“2008 Vaquero Artist” and “2008

Vaquero Craftsman,” 7pm, 805-688-7889

Santa Ynez, www.syvm.org

NOVEMBER 7

Vineyard House presents

Guitarist Mark Owens

Diners enjoy the guitar music of Mark Owens

6-9pm, 805-688-2886

Vineyard House Restaurant, Santa Ynez

www.thevineyardhouse.com

NOVEMBER 7-8

Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Assn.

Sage Hill Competitive Trail Ride Weekend

Individual and family horse camping & ride

805-710-4471, For details visit www.syvaha.com.

NOVEMBER 8

Maverick Saloon presents

Free Concert on the Deck

Live country western entertainment

3pm, 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org

LOMPOC

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Olde Towne Market in Lompoc

Great food, wine & music, Lompoc

805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

NOVEMBER 15

Harvest Celebration at Lucas & Lewellen

Delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music, barrel and

tank sampling, production tours & more.

1-4pm, Free to wine club/$75 public

888-777-6663, Buellton, www.llwine.com

SOLVANG

ONGOING

Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm

Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views

10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, Solvang

ONGOING

Solvang Farmers’ Market

Fresh produce, flowers and foods, 3-7pm

Solvang, 805-962-5354, www.solvangca.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Wine Tasting on the Patio

Live guitar music along with fine wines

5:30-7pm, 800-624-5572, Solvang

www.royalscandinavianinn.com

ONGOING WEEKENDS

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise

Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology

$15, 805-686-505, www.cachuma.com

ONGOING

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Ongoing exhibits of art & photogaphy

805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.org

OCTOBER 30-31

Clown Town 2008

Solvang's 15th Annual Halloween Haunted House

6:30pm, $6, 805-688-PLAY, Solvang

Solvang Festival Theater

NOVEMBER 1

Solvang Prelude Bike Ride

Cyclists enjoy the challenge of a 25-mile,

50-mile or 100-K bike ride. Solvang

www.bikescor.com/prelude, 562-690-9693

NOVEMBER 1

Beats ‘n Treats at Valley Books

Live entertainment at the book store

7pm, 805-688-7160, Solvang

NOVEMBER 1

DJ Dance Party at RSI Pub

Fun music at the Royal Scandinavian Inn

9:30pm, 805-688-9003, Solvang

NOVEMBER 1-2

Chamberlin Ranch Mountain Bike Race

The challenging private race course is

approximately 11 miles long over rolling hills

including fire roads, $5, 805-686-0169

Los Olivos, www.ridesb.com

NOVEMBER 7

Elverhoj Museum of Art presents 10th

Annual Queen of Arts Show & Sale

Over 25 artists and craftspeople. A portion of

every sale benefits the Museum.

7pm, $20, 805-686-1211, Solvang. www.elverhoj.org

SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING SUNDAYS

Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show

Art, crafts & jewelry, 10am–6pm, 805-897-1982

East Beach Pier, www.sbaacs.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Wine Tasting with the Winemakers

4-7pm, 805-691-1020, East Beach Wines

Santa Barbara, www.eastbeachwine.com

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Wine & Cheese Pairings at East Beach Wines

Enjoy delicious pairings & new selections

each week. 4-7pm, $10, 805-899-1535

Santa Barbara, www.eastbeachwines.com

ONGOING

Backstage Tours at Lobero Theater

Guided tours upon request. 805-996-4946

Santa Barbara, www.loberotheater.com

ONGOING

Trout Fishing & Wildlife Walks

at Cachuma Lake

Enjoy fishing (with trout brought in) & excellent

wildlife viewing from bald eagles to mule deer.

805-686-5055, Santa Barbara, www.sbparks.org

ONGOING

Winemaker Dinners at Wine Cask

Delicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines

6:30pm, 805-996-9463, www.winecask.com

Santa Barbara

• November 20: Ampelos Winery

• December 18: Foley Wines

ONGOING

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

10am-12pm, 805-965-6307, Santa Barbara

ONGOING

Ty Warner Sea Center

Explore creatures of the sea

805-962-2526, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

www.sbnature.org/seacenter

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk

1 mile walk for all ages on the Oak Canyon Trail

10-11:30am, 805-688-4515, www.cachuma.com

Cachuma Lake Nature Center

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Junior Ranger Program

Kids learn about wildlife, ecosystems &

caring for the environment.

1-2pm, 805-688-4515, www.cachuma.com

Cachuma Lake Nature Center

ONGOING TUESDAY-SATURDAY

Art Workshops for Children at Art from Scrap

Fun workshops where kids reuse all sorts of

materials to make works of art! 10am-2pm, $6

805-884-0459, www.artfromscrap.org

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS

First Thursday

Art, cultural events & fine wine tasting!

5-8pm, 805-962-2098, various venues in

downtown, www.santabarbaradowntown.com

ONGOING

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

805-963-4364, www.sbma.net

• Ongoing through November 2: African

Dinosaur - Interactive exhibit

ONGOING

Planetarium Shows at Santa Barbara

Museum of Natural History

805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com

• Exploring the Spring Sky

• Cosmic Safari

• Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket

VENTURA COUNTY

★ NOVEMBER 7-8

Cantara Cellars Pick up Party

6-9pm, 805-484-9600, Camarillo

For details visit www.cantaracellars.com.

NOVEMBER 13

La Thousand Oaks Philharmonic-La Dolce Vita!

An extraordinary concert followed by a fine

Italian dining experience. www.tophil.org

6-9pm, $50 donation all enclusive, 805-937-9199

Alessio’s Ristorante Italiano, Westlake Village

★ DECEMBER 6

Blending Event at Cantara Cellars

Mike Brown, Winemaker and Owner

of Cantara Cellars, will lead a class on wine

blending including lunch and a custom bottle

of wine you blend. 10am-1pm, 805-484-9600

Camarillo, www.cantaracellars.com

Email your upcoming event information to

Maria@WineCountryThisWeek.com

For best results, submit information

at least 6 weeks prior to your event.

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W I N E CO U N T RY T H I S W E E K’S

PREMIER ACCOMMODATIONS

Santa Ynez Inn: Santa Barbara County’s

Premier Wine Country Destination

by Mark Storer

When the Santa Ynez Inn opened its doors

in October of 2001, it was with the purpose

of providing a luxurious Victorian Inn experience

right in the heart of Santa Barbara

County’s Wine Country. That mission has

been accomplished and with the recent addition

of six new rooms, the Inn is making its

mark in the quiet rolling hills of Santa Ynez.

“Our rooms are between 500 and 750

square feet each,” says General Manager Rick

Segovia. “All of them have antique furnishings

and they’re all unique.” That might be a

bit of an understatement. Consider the heated

tile floors for the steam showers, the fireplaces

and balcony or patio in each room or

the Whirlpool tubs with separate showers.

The Santa Ynez Inn is all about luxuriating in

the quiet of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Located right off of Highway 246, near

Solvang and Los Olivos, the Inn’s gardens and

the Victorian-era building itself are an inviting

oasis here where customer service is key. “We

feature getaway golf packages and romance

packages,” says Segovia, “but we also offer

mid-week package specials.”

With plenty of space for banquets and

weddings, the Inn has become a destination

spot as well. Segovia and his staff provide a

full on-site catering kitchen and the Inn’s chef

will create the menu and do the cooking. The

lawn and gardens provide a spacious, beautiful

and secluded setting for special events

and the staff can even assist with decorations,

flowers and other needs.

The Inn also provides connections, reservations

and suggestions for the many activities

available in the area. From glider rides

above the vineyards to horseback riding right

through them and from bird-watching to

world-class golf, the staff of the Inn will see to

it that you’re given the chance to do more

than taste wine, though they can arrange that,

too.

A complete spa featuring massages, a

fitness center and even aromatherapy sessions

completes what is the ultimate Wine Country

getaway in Santa Barbara County.

PA S O R O B L E S

A R R OYO G R A N D E

S A N TA Y N E Z

S A N LU I S O B I S P O

www.slocountysitters.com

A full-service babysitting

and nanny agency

serving the Central Coast.

Exceptional childcare services

delivered to your home,

hotel or resort destination.

(805) 541-9300


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PER BACCO CELLARS

Elegance. Complexity. Depth.

Longtime friends Craig Shannon and

Marco Rizzo shared many meals filled

with conversations of one day making

wine together. Craig, a third-generation vineyard

manager had mastered the art of

growing grapes and knew it would translate

into crafting a superior product. Marco,

owner of Café Roma, knew it would be a

successful partnership and a perfect fit for

the restaurant. They both agreed on the

fundamental idea of pairing the best possible

fruit with solid winemaking in order to

produce wines of distinction. Marco’s childhood

of reading comic books in Italy gave

him an idea for the label. Perbacco is a

northern Italian phrase used to describe an

unexpected surprise but it literally means

“for Bacchus,” god of the vine.

Craig was fishing in Mexico when Marco

called with surprising news. Opportunity

had struck when an older Chardonnay vineyard

in Edna Valley came up for lease. They

jumped at the chance to farm it and before

they knew it their Chardonnay received 90

points. They specialized in Chardonnay and

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Sangiovese but they soon looked for another

red varietal. In 2002, they decided to try a

relatively unpopular red grape to fit their

growing line of wines. At the time, Pinot Noir

was something that not a lot of people

wanted to touch. However, with their first

vintage Per Bacco beat out 350 other wineries

San Francisco’s Pinot Noir Shootout and

scored 91 points from Wine Enthusiast. Two

years later the “Sideways” phenomenon

occurred and the rest is history.

With Craig’s farming background and ties

to the land, Per Bacco’s location on the

historic Filiponni Ranch in San Luis Obispo

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is a perfect fit. Visiting the tasting room,

which is located inside the winery, can truly

demystify the winemaking process as well as

provide the best tasting room experience in

the area. Their goal is to provide a unique

and educational tasting experience while

escaping from the hustle and bustle of a

larger winery. While the wines are superior,

you will not find fancy window dressings to

impress the crowds; instead, they leave that

up to the wine. At certain times of the year

you can taste their award-winning Pinot

Grigio out of the tank along with an informal

tour of the winery.

Currently, Per Bacco Cellars produces

Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah,

Petite Sirah and a late harvest Zinfandel Port.

The Dionysus Pinot Noir is a Barrel Select

Reserve and has consistently rated the

highest of their wines.

Per Bacco Cellars is located at 1850 Calle

Joaquin Road in San Luis Obispo. They are

open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more

information, call (805) 787-0485 or visit the

website at perbaccocellars.com.


W I N E CO U N T RY T H I S W E E K’S

PREFERRED RESTAURANTS

Vintner’s Grill in Santa Maria: The Central Focus by Mark Storer

Santa Maria was once known as Central City, California. The agricultural

giant of the Central Coast was indeed the middle spot, a kind of halfway stop

between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But it wasn’t just broccoli and orange

trees that grew here. The Santa Maria bench is home to some of the great vineyards

of California and renowned winemakers from all over the state buy fruit

from this region.

It’s no wonder then that one of the best eating spots in town is located out

near the Santa Maria Airport at the Radisson Hotel. The Vintner’s Grill is the

local hot spot for great wine and food as well as the restaurant to experience

true Central Coast hospitality.

“We’ve made a lot of changes to the menu and kept it alive,” says Manager

Jesse Jaime. “We still feature the great Santa Maria meat and potatoes like

braised shortribs and herb crusted prime rib, but we’ve also got an extensive

C AY U C O S

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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fresh seafood list as well.” With fresh tilapia, salmon, shrimp, scallops and a

side of the Chef Jorge Santizio’s cheddar grits, the menu is anything but the

same old.

Jaime has also added to the wine list with wines from around California as

well as an extensive local selection. “I wanted to be sure that we had wines on

the menu that expanded our tastes, not limit them,” he says. “So, I was able

to get some Napa and Sonoma selections on there as well as a few others.”

Jaime says that the Vintner’s Grill gets a lot of business travelers from both

L.A. and San Francisco. “They come here and meet, it’s kind of like the

common halfway point for them and we’re proud to be at the center of that.”

The Vintner’s grill keeps an eye toward the California casual style. “We’ve got

folks in here in ties and jackets and we’ve got people with shorts and flipflops,”

says Jaime. Vintner’s Grill is a true California eatery.

From Sunday Brunch featuring Champagne and a full buffet, to Friday and

Saturday night live jazz and fusion to Happy Hour Monday through Friday,

the Vintner’s Grill is the central focus in California’s central city.

S A N LU I S O B I S P O

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

Bring in this ad and receive 15% off Sunday Brunch for up

to 4 people. Not valid on holidays. Expires 12/28/08.

VINTNER’S GRILL

Located in the Radisson Hotel, Santa Maria, the

Vintner’s Grill offers a magnificent Champagne

Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The brunch features a deluxe seafood station,

chef carved roasts, omelet bar, hot entrées,

decadent desserts and more!

3455 Skyway Drive • Santa Maria

(805) 928-8000 • Radisson.com/santamariaca

NOVO RESTAURANT

NOVO’s international flavors are the leading ingredients

in an exotic dining experience. Brazilian,

Mediterranean and Asian flavors awaken the senses.

In house roasted spices for curries, mixtures and

marinades balanced with crisp, seasonal vegetables

and savory meats. Explore.

726 Higuera Street • Open Daily from 11am

805-543-3986 • www.novorestaurant.com

PA S O R O B L E S

Mon-Thu: 6am to 8pm • Fri: 6am to 10pm

Sat: 7am to 10pm • Sun: 8am to 4pm

Corner of 12th & Riverside in the Granary Building

(805) 237-2722 • www.cafevio.biz

Downtown Paso’s first and only internet cafe with free WiFi. We serve fine local wines, gourmet coffees,

espresso, teas, smoothies, soups, sandwiches and pastries. Enjoy our new Western & Wine Art Gallery with

a glass of wine and a small plate of delicacies, chill out in our cozy and comfortable living room atmosphere,

or relax outside in our patio under an umbrella.

C A M B R I A

ROBIN'S RESTAURANT

Located in the historic east village of Cambria, in a charming

vintage home, Robin’s has been delighting locals & visitors

with a fresh eclectic quality menu of international foods and

gracious service for 24 years. We also have a beautiful garden

for small weddings & special events.

Open daily from 11am. Sunday Brunch specials &

monthly Prix Fixe dinners. Mother’s Day Brunch.

4095 Burton Dr. • www.robinsrestaurant.com • (805) 927-5007

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The ‘Alumni’ of ‘Claiborne & Churchill U’

“That’s always the first question I get asked.”

We were talking with Claiborne (Clay) Thompson, who with his

wife Fredericka Churchill owns Claiborne & Churchill, a small ultrapremium

winery in the Edna Valley, just outside San Luis Obispo.

Twenty-seven years ago the Thompsons left their former careers in

college teaching behind in Michigan when they moved to California

to chase their dream in the wine business.

“Whenever people hear my story,” said Clay, “they always ask

me: ‘Don’t you miss teaching?’ At first I tried explaining what I

didn’t miss about academics (teacher burn-out, politics, bureaucracy,

etc.), but as time went on I realized that I had actually

never given up teaching.”

Clay went on to explain that mentoring young people is

common practice among California wineries, and over the last

quarter-century a lot of “students” have passed through the

“classroom” at Claiborne & Churchill. “And what’s more,” he

continued, “a lot of the kids I’ve taught have gone on to learn

more than I can teach, just as ideally happens in the academic

classroom.” More than once a young employee of Clay and Fredericka’s

has grown up and left Claiborne & Churchill to take on

bigger challenges and more responsibilities.

Clay cited as an example Nathan Carlson, now Director of

Winemaking for Sapphire Wine Estates. Nathan came to Claiborne

& Churchill as a virtual “rookie” in 1999 and was soon

made Assistant Winemaker. In 2004, he left to become the winemaker

at an Oregon winery, moved back a year later to become

co-winemaker at Courtside Cellars, and then assumed his present

position earlier this year. “I love it when my ‘students’ get smarter

than me,” says Clay, “to me it means I’ve done my job.”

Clay’s second full-time employee, Michelle Cove, joined Claiborne

& Churchill as a new Cal Poly grad in 2002. She went from

Mike Sinor and Clay building the strawbale winery in 1995

Tasting Room Manager to General Manager in a few short years.

She is now a Regional Sales Manager for a prestigious national

wine marketing company. “Fredericka and I just about teared up

when she came to tell us she was leaving, but we all knew it was

time for her to broaden her horizons.”

Many of Claiborne & Churchill’s “alumni” began as student

interns or part-timers, who then went on to fill important positions

in the wine industry. Mike Sinor, former winemaker at

Byron and Domaine Alfred and now Ancient Peaks, worked for

Clay as a young Cal Poly student, and his wife Cheri (with whom

he owns Sinor-LaVallee wines) worked in the Claiborne &

Churchill tasting room. “Mike remembers well the hard manual

labor that went into Claiborne & Churchill wines, before we had

the luxury of such mechanized things as a forklift,” chuckles

Nathan Carlson’s first crush, 1999 Michelle Cove at her desk, 2002

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Clay with Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia

Clay. Other part-timers Clay remembers include Chris Weir, who

with his wife Malei now owns his own PR and marketing firm

(“Mooncatcher”), Erina Marchini, now a marketing analyst for

Nielsen Co., Derinda Gates, at present the financial accountant at

Vina Robles winery, and Chris Eberle, now winemaker at Eberle

Winery (no relation!).

We asked Clay about his present staff, which includes three fulltimers

and nine part-timers ranging in age from the early 20s to the

mid-seventies. His winemaker is Coby Parker-Garcia, who began as a

student intern in 2002, came on board full time in 2004, and was

promoted to winemaker in 2007. Sales, marketing and hospitality is

the province of Angela Gloeckler, who started as Claiborne &

Churchill’s Tasting Room Manager in 2005. Most recently, new Cal

Poly grad Brook Thompson was hired as Wine Club Manager.

Indeed, there seems to be an unusual “esprit du corps” and

camaraderie at Claiborne & Churchill, with frequent staff

potlucks, wine outings and other get-togethers. In 2005, the

Thompsons took their whole staff to Hawaii for a week, to celebrate

signing up the 1000th member of their wine club. “They are

the world’s greatest employees, without a doubt,” says Clay, “and

they make it fun to come to work every day. I’m hoping they all

stay here forever, but just to be sure I intend to outfit each of

them with a ball-and-chain, and throw away the key.”

To see some of the “world’s greatest employees” for yourself, visit

the Claiborne & Churchill Vintners Tasting Room at 2649 Carpenter

Canyon Road (Hwy. 227) in San Luis Obispo. The tasting room is

open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 544-

4066 or visit the website at www.claibornechurchill.com.

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Winemaker Profile: Cayucos Cellars

STUART SELKIRK

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by Dave Wilcox

Curiosity launched Stuart Selkirk’s winemaking

career. That, and an instinctive

appreciation for hard work and pursuing a

craft with centuries of tradition.

Selkirk is the winemaker for Cayucos Cellars, a

quintessential family-run winery that produces

about 800 cases each year.

Its roots can be traced to a day in the early

1980s, when Selkirk decided to find out what one

of his neighbors was doing with a truck-load of

grapes. It wasn’t long before the Cayucos native was

cranking the handle of a traditional grape crusher.

Then came punching down the fermenting grapes

and, later, helping transport the finished wine from

vat to cellar via bucket brigade.

This was the art of family winemaking and

Selkirk was hooked.

A general contractor, Selkirk began making wine

as a hobby. Finally, however, he realized he was

producing more than he could give away and

Cayucos Cellars was born in 1996.

Self-taught, Selkirk said he’s learned a lot from

other wine makers. Still, he tends to follow his own

instincts as a winemaker.

“I just prefer to do my own thing.”

That means relying exclusively on wild yeast

during fermentation and aging wine in neutral oak

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barrels. He tries not to interfere too much during

the process, what he calls an “inspired benign style.”

His wines spend an extended period in the

barrel – anywhere from three to six years.

Patience, with a little bit of procrastination,

Selkirk joked, is the reason he leaves his wine in the

barrel that long.

“Everything in its proper time,” reads the

winery’s website.

That means visitors to the Cayucos Cellars

tasting room in downtown Cayucos – only a few

steps from the ocean – will find relatively older

vintages being poured.

Selkirk produces what he jokingly refers to as

the “five basic food groups”: Chardonnay, Pinot

Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah

under the Cayucos Cellars label.

Only the Pinot Noir is harvested from Selkirk’s

two vineyards near the winery. The other grapes are

grown primarily in the Adelaide and Templeton

Gap regions of the Paso Robles appellation. Selkirk

said he’s partial to head-pruned, dry farmed fruit.

The Cayucos Cellars tasting room is at 131

North Ocean Avenue in the old beach town of

Cayucos, about four miles north of Morro Bay. It’s

open daily except Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30

p.m. You can call (805) 995-3036 for additional

information, or visit the winery’s website at

www.cayucoscellars.com.


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Paso Robles Digital Film Festival Uncorks in Wine Country Nov. 20-25

Highlights include a tribute to Clint Eastwood,

Music from the Bacon Broothers, The Kyle Eastwood Band,

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and more.

In the heart of Central California’s “Cowboy Wine Country,” the

inaugural Paso Robles Digital Film Festival (PRDFF.com) will take

place Thursday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 25. The

theme for year one of what will be an annual festival examining the

film industry in the digital age is “Music In Film.” Headlining music

acts include The Bacon Brothers (actor Kevin Bacon and his brother

Michael), folk legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Kyle Eastwood Band,

The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and more.

PRDFF will be Webcast worldwide and filmed for a DVD under the

auspices of veteran event producer Benford Standley. In 1995, Standley

produced one of the first live multimedia Internet cybercasts, and

has continued to incorporate pioneering digital technologies into his

projects and productions, which include hundreds of events ranging

from Wild West Shows to music and arts festivals.

PRDFF highlights include: “Make My Saturday,” a tribute to the

musical and cinematic genius of Clint Eastwood that includes screenings

of the Eastwood-directed Honkytonk Man (starring Eastwood

and his son Kyle) and Bronco Billy; the documentary Martin Scorsese

Presents Clint Eastwood’s Piano Blues, produced by PRDFF advisor

Bruce Ricker, who will moderate a panel on Eastwood’s company

Malpaso; and a screening of the Ricker-directed Tony Bennett: The

Music Never Ends.

On Sunday, November 23, Academy Award-winning film editor

Joel Cox will receive PRDFF’s “Paderewski Lifetime Achievement

Award for Contribution to the World of Music and Movies.” Cox has

worked with Eastwood for thirty years on films including Bird, Million

Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Changeling and Unforgiven, for which he

won an Oscar.

In sync with the “Music In Film” theme, documentaries to be

screened also include: Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, the Bob Dylan

documentary No Direction Home, D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look

Back, Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young: Heart of Gold, Festival Express,

Crazy, Blues Accordin’ To Lightin’ Hopkins, Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields

and Crossroads and Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack. Many filmmakers

will be in attendance.

Also featured will be 3-D Films and an art show and roundtables

held at Martin & Weyrich Winery and in various locations in Paso

Robles – “Cowboy Wine Country just South and Sideways of

Sundance.”

A percentage of proceeds from the festival will benefit the High

School Resource Program in Paso Robles, which will be linked with

Kevin Bacon's charity: www.sixdegrees.com,

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the website at

www.PRDFF.com.

Pavilion on the Lake

Annual Holiday Boutique

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Pavilion on

the Lake’s annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, November 15.

This event, brought to you by the City of Atascadero, runs from

10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is located at the beautiful Pavilion on the

Lake at 9315 Pismo Avenue in Atascadero. There will be

approximately 60 vendors on-site for this one-day-only show

where all items are handmade by the sellers.

The Holiday Boutique is free to attend. Jumping Java Bean

will be on-site with coffee and pastries for sale, while Pacific

Harvest Catering will have a delicious lunch and snacks available

for purchase.

If you would like to showcase your handcrafted items, or for

more information, log on to the website at www.atascadero.org

or call (805) 461-5000.

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Preferred Tasting Room

Carol and

Francesco Grande

FALCON NEST WINERY

by Mark Storer

Francesco Grande was harvesting olives

when we spoke by phone recently. The

owner and winemaker of Falcon Nest

Winery in Paso Robles was in a grand mood

indeed as he spoke about the new banquet

room and tasting facility at the winery.

“It’s about 1300 square feet,” he says, his

Italian accent rich with laughter and happiness.

“It’s still kind of small, intimate and it

has a great view.” One could say it has a

“grande view” and that is certainly true.

Falcon Nest Winery is located on Union Road

in Paso Robles on the east side of the town.

The view is over the opulent 55 and a half

acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite

Verdot, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah.

The tasting room and the new banquet

facility add-on are what Grande calls

“simple spaces.” The walls are white and

there are earth tones in the shelves as well as

simple black shelves. The floor is tile and

there are windows all around. After all, why

detract from the view? From the tasting

room, customers look out on all of Falcon

Nest’s vineyards. “I’ve still got 100 acres I

want to plant. But, I’ll do it slowly, over

time,” says Grande.

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While it’s true that Falcon Nest is relatively

new, winemaking has been in the Grande

family for literally centuries. “We can trace

back our ancestry 200 years to the Grand

Duke of Tuscany,” says Grande. “My daughter

did some research and we found that out five

years ago.” Apparently, the Grande clan was

making wine and food even then. “My soul is

in it,” Grande says. But it wasn’t always that

way.

When Grande was a young man living in

Italy, the last thing he wanted to do was tie

himself down to one spot and work. “I

wanted to see and do the world,” he says.

Entering into the hotel business, Grande got

his wish. “I traveled all over and worked in

wonderful places.” 34 years ago, however, he

came to the United States and when he got

established, he opened a couple of restaurants

in California. “We had one in Santa Monica,

one in Fairfax and one in Simi Valley,” says

Grande.

The whole Grande family is involved in

Falcon Nest, of course. Grande’s wife Carol

works right alongside him at the winery and

his two sons, though living in San Francisco,

design the labels, the foil-caps and

stay involved with their family while

Grande’s daughter digs into the family

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history among other things.

It wasn’t until the last few years that the

Grandes made the move to the winemaking

life in Paso Robles and opened Falcon Nest.

Restaurants, though, are still in his blood.

“We plan to open one here at the winery one

day,” says Grande. Until then, Grande is

growing and curing his own olives and sells

breads, olives, olive oil, meats and cheeses

from the tasting room. “We want you to come

up and enjoy your time here. Taste some

wine, have some food, relax and live the

Italian lifestyle for a while,” Grande says.

Perhaps it is no wonder then that the

winery is called Falcon Nest. Falcons after all

are family oriented birds. They care for their

young a very long time and they provide a

home for their families in places where they

may or may not have been born. So it is then

that with an eye toward true hospitality while

producing about 5,000 cases of hand-crafted

wines per year, the Grandes have brought a

little bit of Italy with them to the Central

Coast and opened their hearth and home to

their customers right here.

Falcon Nest Vineyard & Winery is located

at 5185 Union road in Paso Robles. For more

information, call (805) 226-0227 or visit the

website at www.falconnestwine.com.


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Paso Robles Merchants to Host ‘Elegant Evening’

With “Elegant Evening Downtown” on

Saturday, November 15, the heart of Paso

Robles is transformed into a magical feast for

the eyes. This delightful Paso Robles tradition

is a gift of hospitality from downtown businesses.

This year, Elegant Evening pays

tribute to the Paderewski Festival (November

13-16, 2008).

On Saturday, November 15, between 5

and 8 p.m., shoppers are indulged with

refreshments. Fairy lights twinkle in windows

and cascade from awnings and facades. Amid

the holiday finery, dancers from Class Act

Dance Studio serve as live mannequins in

shop windows, posing as characters from

beloved fairy tale of the Nutcracker. Luminaries

line the sidewalks. Complimentary

trolley rides are offered by the Wine Trolley

through bustling city streets. The crisp night

air is filled with music and dance.

Downtown Paso Robles becomes a scene

reminiscent of a Fairy Tale Christmas, as

townspeople meet with friends and browse

the festive shops.

This sophisticated evening has sparked

interest from magazine event calendars

around the country. For more information,

contact Paso Robles Main Street, at (805)

238-4103.

The Paderewski Festival

The Paderewski Festival celebrates the legacy of this extraordinary pianist and composer, head of state, and

widely praised humanitarian. The purpose of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles is to educate the community

about Paderewski’s close ties to Paso Robles, his accomplishments in the world of music, and his leading

role on the political scene in Poland, Europe and the United States during the first half of the twentieth

century. Paderewski's wish of supporting musical culture in Paso Robles is realized by the Festival organizers

through the annual Paderewski Young Pianists' Competition. Winners of this competition are featured in a

special concert that is free and open to the public. Each year, a Festival Gala Concert features internationallyrecognized

artists, bringing the highest caliber of music-making to Paderewski's favorite resting place in

America. For more information and detailed schedule, visit www.paderewskifest.com.

2008 Festival Highlights

• Concert by Midnight Winds • Music by Chopin, Paderewski, Kilar and others.

Thursday, November 13, 7pm

• "An Evening with Paderewski" Featuring Rodolfas Budginas, piano

Friday, November 14, 6-10pm

• Concert featuring winners of the Paderewski Young Pianists' Competition

Saturday, November 15, 4 pm

• Paderewski Festival Gala Concert Featuring Nikita Mndoyants, piano; Works by Paderewski, Chopin,

Beethoven, Liszt and Mndoyants. Saturday, November 15, 8pm

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OAK STREET

BEAR CAVE CELLARS

ARROYO ROBLES

OAK STREET

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VIHUELA

Wine Attic

SPRING STREET

14TH STREET

13TH ST

12TH STREET

CITY PARK

10TH STREET

PARK STREET

9TH STREET

8TH STREET

7TH STREET

SILVER STONE

Clayhouse

PIANETTA

EDWARD

SELLERS

PINE STREET

ORCHID

HILL

Hice Cellars

RAILROAD STREET

RIVERSIDE AVENUE

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DOWNTOWN

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Downtown Paso Robles is home to

more than 12 premium tasting

rooms, all within walking

distance of one another.

Each of these boutique

wineries offers a unique

experience with individual

flavor. Together they

make for an unforgettable

Wine Country destination.

13 Tasting Rooms in Walking Distance

Arroyo Robles

Open Daily 11-7

739 12th St, Paso Robles

877-759-WINE | www.arroyorobles.com

Family owned and operated, it is our goal to enhance your wine tasting

experience and show you the true beauty of Paso Robles wines. Tasting

bar features gifts, wine accessories and picnic supplies.

Bear Cave Cellars

1227 Park Street, Suite B, Paso Robles

805-238-4329

www.bearcavecellars.com

Hand-crafted Paso Robles red wines.

Come on by when you see the Bear Flag fly

or give us a call and we will open.

D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars

710 Pine Street, Paso Robles

(in the historic train depot)

Open Thursday-Monday 11-7

805-227-6800 l www.danbino.com

Owned & operated by a family of professional musicians,

you’ll always be entertained in our modern & lively tasting

room. See our gold records, Emmy statuettes, unique “piano

bar” and taste our award-winning wines.

Orchid Hill

Daily 11:30-6 or by appointment

1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles

www.orchidhillwine.com | 805-237-7525

Fine premium estate wines are paired with cheese to complement your

tasting experience on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and by appointment. We

also feature art work by world-renowned artist Jean-Pierre de Rothschild.

Ortman Family Vineyards

1317 Park Street, Paso Robles

Daily 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday until 7pm

805.237.9009 | www.OrtmanVineyards.com

Come experience the acclaimed "Ortman style" and taste what

two generations have perfected at the Ortman family’s new

tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. Varietals include

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sangiovese.

Pianetta Winery

829 13th Street, Paso Robles

Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 12-6

Friday & Saturday: 11am-7pm

805-226-4005 | www.pianettawinery.com

Pianetta Winery creates limited releases of premium red varietals and

blends using our own Estate Vineyards in Indian Valley. From growing to

winemaking our techniques focus on balance and intense flavor. Join us

at the Historic Granger’s Union Building.

Edward Sellers

1220 Park Street, Paso Robles

Open Thursday-Monday 11-6

805-239-8915 | www.edwardsellers.com

Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines specializes in small lots of handmade

American Rhône-Style wines from some of the finest vineyards

in Paso Robles. Come in a taste our award winning Viognier, Syrah,

Grenache and Syrah/Grenache blends. Look for our tasting room in

the Historic Clock Tower Building in the heart of Paso Robles.

Vihuela

Sunday & Monday 11-4

Thursday through Saturday 11-8

1307 Park St Alley, (behind Keller Williams))

805-226-2010 | www.vihuelawinery.com

Vihuela (vee-way-la) is a boutique winery with a passion for old-world Spanish

guitar and a taste for new world, artisan wine. Each wine is crafted to express

an elegant balance of art and science that we’d love to share with you!

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CRESTON

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PENMAN

SPRINGS

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15TH STREET

101

To Monterey (108 miles)/

San Jose (150 miles)/

San Francisco (195 miles)

OAK STREET

OAK STREET

Justin

To Hearst Castle

(36.6 miles)

Carmody

McKnight

ADELAIDA

CHIMNEY ROCK

Tolo Cellars

Tablas Creek

Vineyard Whalebone

Moonstone Cellars

MAIN ST

BURTON

Cambria

N. GREEN VALLEY

Harmony

Cellars

HOPPE’S

GARDEN BISTRO

& FINE WINES

YORK

ADELAIDA

Nadeau Family Cellars

WILLOW CREEK

VINEYARD

MTN

PEACHY CANYON RD

NIDERER

SAN MARCOS

Thunderbolt

Junction

MINASSIAN-YOUNG

Templeton

San Miguel

LI VE

Vista

del Rey

Caparone

Calcareous

KILER CANYON

OAK

SANTA RITA

RAYMOND

PACIFIC

Rabbit

Ridge

WELLSONA

Villicana

24TH

Stacked Stone

Cellars

ARBOR

MAIN

SPRING

6TH

RIVER

RIVER

Martin-

Weyrich

TEMPLETON

Pretty-Smith

MISSION LANE

NORTH RIVER

ESTRELLA

RiverStar

WELLSONA

NIBLICK

Norman Vineyards

Terry Hoage

Windward

L’Aventure

Fratelli Perata

OPOLO

Dunning Pipestone

Doce Robles

VINEYARDS

Midnight Eagle Cellars

Castle

Summerwood

Denner

Zenaida

JADA VINEYARD

Brian Benson

PEACHY

& WINERY

Donatoni AJB Dark Star

CANYON

Hunt Cellars GREY CASTORO

Dover Canyon Four Vines WOLF VinFuzion CELLARS

Lone Madrone

Linne Calodo

Jan

York Mountain Winery

Scott Aaron/Changala

Zin Alley

Venteux Kris

Rotta Turley

Bella Luna

RiverStar

Vineyards & Cellars

1

Ortman Family

Vineyards

VIHUELA

Wine Attic

Bear Cave Cellars

ARROYO ROBLES

SPRING STREET

13TH ST

12TH STREET

CITY PARK

10TH STREET

Bassetti Vineyards

(by appt.)

OLD CREEK

PARK STREET

9TH STREET

8TH STREET

7TH STREET

Cayucos

CAYUCOS CELLARS

To Morro Bay/

San Luis Obispo

14TH STREET

SILVER STONE

Clayhouse

Pianetta

Edward Sellars

HALTER

RANCH

46W

PINE STREET

ORCHID

HILL

Hice Cellars

Aron Hill Vineyards

RAILROAD STREET

ROCKY

CREEK

CELLARS

101

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WINERY

RIVERSIDE AVENUE

ANGLIM WINERY

D’Anbino Cellars

ADELAIDA

PASO ROBLES STREET

DONATI FAMILY

VINEYARD

41W

NACIMI

ENTO

Wild Coyote

WINERYLASTABLAS

VINEYARD

LAKE

BETHEL

14th

10th

Christian Lazo

PEACHY

CANYON

ROSSI

15 DEGREES C

WINE SHOP

& BAR

SAN MARCOS

CREEK

6

MISSION

Locatelli

J LOHR

SYLVESTER

BUENA VISTA

Hug Cellars Garretson

Wine Co

N

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Paso Robles

101

INDIAN VALLEY RD

Not to Scale

CROSS CANYON

UNION

NEAL

EL POMAR

VIHUELA

101


Safe

Haven

EBERLE

Firestone

MILL

SPRINGS

LUPINE

UNION

CHAROLAIS

PLEASANT

RIO SECO

VINEYARD

WILD HORSE

SILVER

HORSE

SCULPTERRA

CRESTON

Hansen

Vineyards

Derby Wine

Estates

J. PAUL ROSILEZ

46E

VINA

ROBLES

EOS

ESTATE

ROBERT

HALL

LINNE RD

Penman

Springs

Meridian

BRANCH

Maloy O’Neill

Chumeia

Clautiere

Vineyard

Cass


Still Waters

B & E

Vineyards

OLD GROVE

41E

FALCON NEST

CREEK

Santa Margarita

58

LINNE

GENESEO

BIANCHI

LA PANZA

Tobin

James

Villa Valdemosa B&B

Chateau

Margene

POZO VALLEY

To San Luis Obispo (26 miles, see page 28)/

Santa Barbara (133 miles, see page 33)

To I-5

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If You Think Pink…Drink Pink!

Eberle Winery Donates $1 of all Rosé Wine Sales in

October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

In an effort to support National Breast Cancer Awareness

Month, Eberle Winery is donating $1 of all Syrah

Rosé wine sales in October to the National Breast Cancer

Foundation, Inc. “Rosé is the perfect wine for fall,” says

winery owner Gary Eberle. “It’s great with turkey and

traditional holiday meals. But what I love about teaming

up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation is the

idea that we can actually make a difference in people’s

lives, one bottle at a time.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women

in the United States and is the second leading cause of

cancer death in women after lung cancer. According to

the American Cancer Society, it’s estimated that about

178,480 women in the United States were found to have

invasive breast cancer in 2007. About 40,460 women

will die from the disease this year. Eberle hopes to raise

money to go toward research to find a cure.

Gary Eberle has a long list of credits to his career. In

1980, he co-founded the Paso Robles appellation and

later became a founding member of the Paso Robles

Vintners and Growers Association. He is also credited as

the first U.S. winemaker to produce a 100% Syrah and

remains one of the highest award-winning California

winemakers for his favorite wine, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Even the White House knows Eberle wine. President

Ronald Reagan chose Eberle Cabernet to take on his

historic trip to China in 1985. And in 2003, Governor

Arnold Schwarzenegger served Eberle wine when President

George W. Bush visited California.

Eberle was the first to create underground caves in

San Luis Obispo County to age all of his wines.

Currently, Eberle ages 3,000 barrels in 17,000 square

feet of underground caves located 35 feet below the

winery. Tours of the caves are offered every half hour,

daily, and are complimentary. All wine tasting at Eberle is

complimentary as well. The Wine Spectator calls the

tours at Eberle “One of the best tours on the Central

Coast!”

The 2007 Eberle Syrah Rosé ($16) is available at

Eberle Winery. The winery is located at 3810 Highway

46 East, 3.5 miles east of Highway 101. The tasting room

is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the winery

by calling (805) 238-9607. Eberle wines are also available

for sale online at www.EberleWinery.com.

Fine Wine...

Fine Art...

Fine Food

1307 Park St. Alley, Downtown Paso Robles

www.vihuelawinery.com

805.226.2010

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Visit some of the newest and most exciting

wineries on Califonia’s Central Coast!

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J. PAUL

ROSILEZ 46E

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BRANCH

ESTATE

BIANCHI

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VILLA VALDEMOSA B&B

OLD GROVE•

Fine Wine

Friendl y P eo ple

Open Daily 11-5

4295 Union Road

805-237-8884

www.riosecowine.com

FALCON NEST

VINEYARD & WINERY

Family owned and operated vineyard and winery

specializing in handcrafted wines with intense

colors and flavors. Join us in celebrating in the true

Italian tradition with food and wine pairing,

salami, prosciutto, provolone, sopres-sata, pâté,

imported pasta, specialty items and the finest pasta

sauces. Food available daily.

Open Daily 10am-7:30pm

5185 Union Road, Paso Robles

805-226-0227 | www.falconnestwine.com

Sculpterra

Winery

With its spectacular sculpture gardens featuring larger-than-life

bronze and granite works that include a prancing horse and a

prowling feline, the Sculpterra Winery Tasting Room quickly grabbed

attention in the Paso Robles wine region.

“We wanted to bring something new to the area by combining

outdoor art and the vineyard,” said Paul Frankel, the assistant winemaker

and son of owner Dr. Warren Frankel.

Although the winery is only a year old, the Frankel family has

owned the gorgeous 90-acre ranch in the Linne Valley east of Paso

Robles for nearly 30 years. A pistachio orchard was planted before the

vineyards, and bowls of the estate-grown nuts are on the tasting

room’s attractive stained concrete bar.

The warmly-decorated tasting room, featuring a number of miniature

sculptures that are each for sale, was once a welding shop itself.

African mahogany double doors provide access to the barrel room,

while there is plenty of wood and stone throughout the room. Large

windows provide glimpses of an outdoor picnic area, which includes

a 10-ton granite sculpture of a stalking cat.

While the sculpture gardens are worthy of a visit by themselves,

Sculpterra’s wines are also turning heads.

Cabernet Sauvignon is its flagship varietal, said the younger

Frankel, with both the 2005 and 2006 vintages capturing gold

medals. Besides the Cabernet Sauvignon, the estate vineyards include

plantings of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Mouvedre, Petite

Sirah and Viognier.

Winemaker Shannon O’Neill has also crafted a pair of awardwinning

red blends, “Statuesque” and “Maquette,” a French word

which translated means “little statue.”

The Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden is at 5125 Linne

Road just east of Paso Robles. The tasting room is open Thursday

through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed Thanksgiving,

Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

More information is available by calling 1-888-302-8881, or visit

the winery’s website at www.sculpterra.com.

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San Luis Obispo Vintners Harvest Celebration

The Central Coast's premier wine tasting and auction is naming the

Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program as beneficiary to this year’s event

San Luis Obispo Vintners Association announces

its 18th Annual Harvest Celebration November 7th

- 9th at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. More than 50

wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo

region will be featured in this special weekend to

support the improvement of the Cal Poly Wine and

Viticulture Program.

The Harvest Celebration in November is a time

for members of the community and traveling

tourists to come share their love for our local wines

and food while raising funds for our beneficiaries.

Come taste some of San Luis Obispo’s awardwinning

wines while enjoying the scenic views and

the beautiful weather at Avila Beach.

In only ten years of existence, the Wine and Viticulture

program has managed to grow substantially

by drawing new students into the major and beginning

production of three of their very own varietals.

Cal Poly’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a new blend

called Mustang Red will be ready for release just in

time for the Harvest Celebration.

“With the help of the SLO Vintner’s Association,

our program at Cal Poly continues to grow and

evolve into something we always hoped it would,”

says July Ackerman, Director of Program Development

for Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture. “We are

honored to be selected as this year’s beneficiary and

can not wait to see our program flourish with your

help.”

Ticket sales for the November Harvest Festival

are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at

www.slowine.com and at “Taste” the San Luis

Obispo Vintners exclusive tasting room in downtown

San Luis Obispo.

LOS OSOS VALLEY RD

To Paso Robles

(26 miles, see page 22)

Shadow Canyon

Cellars

MONTEREY ST

POZO VALLEY

28

SEE CANYON RD

PER

BACCO

CELLARS

KELSEY SEE

CANYON

SANLUISBAYRD

ONTARIO RD

AVILA BEACH

Alapay

Morovino

Avila Beach

CALLE JOAQUIN

SALISBURY VINEYARDS

101

VACHELL

101

S. HIGUERA

MARSH ST

Sextant Winery

OSOS ST

BROAD ST

TANK FARM

Pismo Beach

P a c i f i c O c e a n

SANTA ROSA

BUCKLEY RD

JOHNSON AVE

JOHNSON AVE

ORCUTT

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EDNA RD

PRICE CANYON RD

OAK PARK

TANK FARM

BIDDLE RANCH

Edna Valley Winery

Piedra Creek

BY APPOINTMENT

1

Cerro Caliente Cellars

101

TOLOSA

WINERY

OAK PARK

CAMINO

SLO

DOWN

PUB

San Luis Obispo

BRISCO

GRAND AVE.

RIGHETTI RD

BAILEYANA AND TANGENT VINEYARDS

Saucelito Canyon

CLAIBORNE

& CHRUCHILL

227

CARPENTER CANYON

NOYES

Wolff Vineyards

Domaine

Alfred

Kynsi

Vineyards

WOOD

WINERY

TRAFFIC

ORCUTT

TIFFANY RANCH

CORBETT

RD

BRIDGE

CANYON RD

BRANCH RD


The Casitas

HUASNA RD

TALLEY

VINEYARDS

LOPEZ DR

HUASNA RD

LAETITIA VINEYARD

Barnwood Vineyard

Rancho

Arroyo

Grande

Arroyo Grande


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Carol Paulsen

Kick Off the Harvest Celebration Weekend with

Tolosa Winemaker Dinner, Barrels R Art Auction

Tolosa Winery will host an amazing winemaker dinner on Friday,

November 7. Maegen Loring of the Park Restaurant in San Luis

Obispo will work her magic in the Tolosa kitchen, pairing each course

with the finest of Tolosa wines. As part of the evening’s fun, six oneof-a-kind

wine barrels – creations by six local artists – will be

auctioned to benefit the TEACh Foundation (The Endowment for the

Education of Children) and the San Luis Obispo Vintners Association.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by phone at (805) 782-0500.

Tolosa Winery commissioned six local artists to participate in this

inaugural fund raiser event, Barrels R Art. “Our mission is to provide

a platform for local artists to apply their talent and showcase their

creative synergies to another great art form: the creation of wine,” said

Bob Schiebelhut principal at Tolosa. Each artist was given a 60 gallon

barrel to transform into their unique work of art. Each barrel will be a

one of a kind original.

The barrels will be on display in the Tolosa Tasting Room

through November. An auction

will be held at the gala dinner

with legendary auctioneer

Archie McClaren as Master of

Ceremonies. Guests will have a

chance to mingle with the

artists and bid on the individual

art barrels. TEACh* Foundation

(The Endowment for the

Advancement of Children) was

chosen as the beneficiary for the

evening’s proceeds. The timing

for this funding for local

schools couldn’t be more fortuitous

with the recent state wide

budget cuts. The TEACh*

Foundation goal is to build a

permanent endowment that

will directly be distributed to

the San Luis Coastal Unified

School District – the funds

support all schools grades K-12

in San Luis Coastal Unified.

“The money raised will go

directly to the classroom,

allowing students to participate

in programs that they may not

normally be able to receive,”

Maria Slavin, TEACh Foundation

President, said. “Our

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mission statement is, a quality education is a lifetime gift. We

hope the endowment will continue to grow even after we are all

long gone,” commented Ms. Slavin.

Ticket price is $100 per person, all inclusive and may be purchased

at Tolosa Winery or at www.tolosawinery.com. Tolosa Winery is

located at 4910 Edna Road in San Luis Obispo. The tasting room is

open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Tami Carija or Katie

Noonan for any questions (805) 782-0300.

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Julie Dunn

Other Harvest Winemaker Dinners, Friday, November 7

• Ancient Peaks Winemaker Dinner at Dorn’s in Morro Bay – Savor an exquisite meal paired

with spectacular wines. $65. Dinner will begin at 5pm; call 805-365-7045 or 805-440-9766.

• Baileyana & Tangent Wineries Winemaker Dinner in Avila Beach – Come join the winemaker,

Christian Roguenant, at The Cove restaurant in Avila Beach. This one-of-a-kind evening will feature

both Baileyana and tangent varietals paired with the cuisine of Chef Wendy Wickstrom, recently

featured in Central Coast Magazine; call 805-269-8209.

• Claiborne & Churchill Winery & Saucelito Canyon Winery: “Double Delight Dinner” – A

joint winemakers dinner at the recently remodeled and expanded Et Voilà Restaurant in San Luis

Obispo, where super-chef/owner José Dahan will prepare a multi-course gourmet dinner to

complement a bounty of great wines from these two stellar wineries; $85, or only $75 for

members of either wine club; 805-544-4066 or 805-543-2111.

• Edna Valley Vineyard: The Mighty Magnum Dinner – A Feast with the Winemaker – Evan

Treadwell from Lido Restaurant at the Dolphin Bay will create a Wine Country-inspired, five-course

menu that will shake some grapes. Edna Valley Vineyard will be pouring from magnums only and

the vines will rocking with Dixieland music. $85 per person, $80 for Wine Club/Founders Club; call

805-544-5855 ext. 42.

• Kynsi Winery with Korbel at Blue – Wine and dine with the winemaking family at Korbel

at Blue. An artistic four-course menu will be created around Kynsi’s finest wines.

Make your reservations early as seating is limited and reservations are required; 805-541-3083

or email info@kynsi.com; $95

• Per Bacco Cellars: Family Style Winemaker Dinner – A Celebration of our 12th Harvest –

Dine at Café Roma with the owners and winemaker in the very place Per Bacco was first dreamed

up. You will be served an exquisite dinner in the traditional Italian family-style. Each course will be

perfectly paired with award-winning wines; 805-787-0485; $60

• Wood Winery: Winemaker Dinner at The Park Restaurant – Enjoy the ultimate “SLO Life”

Winemaker dinner as Chef and Owner Maegan Loring of The Park Restaurant prepares her Rustic

California Cuisine using a lot of what San Luis has to offer paired with Wood Winery Wines. Contact

Sheri at Wood Winery, 805-489-9663.

Julie Johnson


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WINE COUNTRY NEWS

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Wine Country

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1

McKeon-

Philips

SKYWAY

Addamo

Vineyards

Orcutt

To San Luis Obispo

(32 miles, see page 28)

BLOSSER


Radisson Santa Maria

CLARK

MAIN

BROADWAY

101

STOWELL

COSTA DE ORO

BETTERAVIA

TELEPHONE

DOMINION

Cottonwood

Canyon

SANTA MARIA MESA RD

River Bench

Vineyards

135

Santa Maria

Cambria

KENNETH

VOLK

VINEYARDS

TEPUSQUET

Byron

Rancho Sisquoc

Foxen Vineyards

FOXEN CANYON RD

1

Los Alamos

To

Lompoc

(18 miles, see page 32)/

Solvang (34 miles, see page 32)

Bedford

Thompson

ALISOS CANYON

Curtis

Firestone

Tres Hermanas

STA

ZACA

Zaca Mesa

Fess Parker

Koehler

FOXEN

CANYON RD

154

101

To Solvang

(17 miles, see page 32)

To Los Olivos

(11 miles,

see page 32)

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SAN MARCOS

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Zaca Mesa Winery Appoints New Winemaker

Eric Mosheni was recently named winemaker for Zaca Mesa

Winery. Mohseni joined Zaca Mesa Winery nearly eight years ago as

Enologist, and subsequently was promoted to Assistant Winemaker

and Associate Winemaker. “We are delighted to see Eric develop into

a winemaker able to carry on Zaca Mesa’s style and quality focus and

be able to take them to new heights,” said Brook Williams, president,

Zaca Mesa Winery.

During his tenure at Zaca Mesa, Mohseni has helped fine-tune and

elevate the wine quality, proposed the necessary changes for vineyard

development, refined the winery’s style, changed cellar operations and

experimented with barrel types. The result was creative Rhône varieties

and blends that reflected a sense of place and the unique characteristic

of Zaca Mesa Winery.

Raised in Los Angeles, Mohseni is a graduate of California State

University at Long Beach with a degree in food science and a minor in

chemistry. “The wine bug first bit me in 1997 while working the

harvest at Edna Valley Vineyard. I will never forget the aromas from

barreling down Bien Nacido Pinot Noir into a new oak barrel … it

gave me goose bumps.” Mohseni

furthered his winemaking knowledge

in 1999 by traveling to Hawke’s Bay,

New Zealand, to serve as a member of

the harvest crew of Esk Valley Estate,

the country’s fifth largest vineyard.

Zaca Mesa Winery, located in the

Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara

County, California, is dedicated to

estate grown and bottled Rhône varietal

wines. Zaca Mesa has been

growing grapes on their land since

1973. Today, they hand craft wines

with character and integrity from grapes sustainably grown in their

vineyard. For more information about Zaca Mesa Winery call (805)

688-9339, fax (805) 688-8796, or visit www.zacamesa.com. Zaca

Mesa Winery is located at 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, CA

93441.

To Santa Maria,

Paso Robles

154

To Hwy. 101

Santa Maria (32 miles, see page 31)

Paso Robles (88 miles, see page 22)

1

To Santa Maria

Palmina

E. CHESTNUT

7TH

D’Vine

Wine

Tasting

Lompoc

Lompoc “Wine Ghetto”

Fiddlehead Cellars

246

1

Babcock

Melville

101

To

Hwy.

101

Foley

Estates

Winery

To Santa Barbara

Los Olivos

Rusack

BALLARD CANYON RD

Epiphany

Daniel Gehrs

Longoria

Wild Heart

Tre Anelli

Los Olivos Tasting Room

Andrew Murray

GRAND AVE

ALAMO PINTADO AVE

CARINA

CELLARS

Carhartt Winery

Consilience

Alexander & Wayne and Arthur Earl

Scott Cellars

SILVER WINES

ALAMO PINTADO AVE

(Wine Country)

BASELINE

Beckmen

REFUGIO

154

ROBLAR AVE

Roblar

Winery

Brander & Domaine

Santa Barbara

EDISON

Bridlewood

MORA

ALAMOPINTADO RD

Foley

Estates

Winery

To Lompoc

(18 miles)

To

Hwy. 1

246

SANTA ROSA AVE

Buellton

SORT THIS OUT CELLARS

Sanford

Casa Cassara

Lafond

INDUSTRIAL

Alma Rosa

AVE OF THE FLAGS

BALLARD CANYON RD

Ballard

CHALKHILL

To

Santa

Barbara

(43 miles, see page 33)

ATTERDAG

2ND

G

OAK

MOLLE

PARK

1ST

PARK

Solvang

Honeywood/

Olde Mission Wine Co.

Cabana/Wondering Dog Wine Bar

TRIO

Shoestring

Casa Cassara

Tastes of the Valleys

Hitching Post Presidio

246

Lucas & Lewellen

STOLPMAN

Kalyra

Mosby VIGNA LADONNA

Lion’s Peak/Mission Meadow Winery

Royal Oaks

Mandolina

Alisal Cellars

Bellissima

Sunstone

101

Uncorked/Monsoon Cellars

COPENHAGEN

ALISAL

MISSION

Blackjack

Lincourt

Rideau

Buttonwood

REFUGIO

QUESTA

S O N

EDI

Santa Ynez Wine Cellar

Santa Ynez

Artiste

Inn• SAGUNTO

Chumash

Casino

To Santa Barbara

(29 miles, see page 33)

MEADOWVALE

Gainey

246

SantaYnez

Not to Scale

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Boat Parade, Snow, Santa

& Fireworks Featured

at 23rd Santa Barbara

Parade of Lights

Celebrate the 23nd anniversary of the Santa Barbara Parade of

Lights on Sunday, December 7th at the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Save

the date as nearly 35 boats dress up in colored lights and parade

around the Harbor.

Bring your camera for a photo with Santa and friends at Santa’s

Village from 3 to 6 p.m. Santa arrives at 3 p.m. escorted by Harbor

Patrol and his elves. Santa’s Village has become a cherished holiday

activity for children of all ages. Located on the City Pier in the Harbor

(below Brophy’s), Santa’s Village will feature 12 tons of snow from the

North Pole, holiday carolers and special treats from Santa Barbara

Maritime Museum.

Come early to cheer on your favorite boats as they prepare for the

Boat Parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. This year’s boat parade theme is

“23 Skidoo.” This American slang phrase became popular during the

Roaring Twenties. Best viewing locations include Stearns Wharf and

the Breakwater in the Harbor. Bring warm coats. For more information,

call (805) 897-1962 or visit the City’s website at

www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Fireworks immediately following the Boat Parade.

The 2008 Santa Barbara Annual Parade of Lights activities take

place December 7 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the harbor and Stearns

Wharf. Admission is free.For more information, call (805) 897-1962.

MISSION

101

STATE

To Solvang

(34 miles, see page 32)

OLIVE

ANAPAMU

ANACAPA

N SALSIPUEDES

Carr Winery

Coquelicot

MILPAS

E GUITERREZ

Geisinger

Kalyra

Winery

Oreana

MONTECITO

Santa Barbara

Winery

Santa Barbara

Jaffurs

Wine Cellars

Whitcraft

P a c i f i c O c e a n

Summerland

Winery

101

Stearns Wharf Vintners

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N ROSE AVE

N RICE AVE

N ELEVAR ST

KINETIC DR

VENTURA COUNTY

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

S LA LUNA AVE

33

N VENTURA AVE

33

OLD CREEK RD

CREEK RD

E OJAI AVE

Ojai

Old Creek Ranch

Winery

S SIGNAL ST

E VENTURA

S MONTGOMERY ST

Casa

Barranca

BLVD

150

Herzog

Wine

Cellars

DEL NORTE BLVD

CENTRAL AVE

CANTARA

CELLARS

Oxnard

WOOD RD

AVIADOR ST

VERDULERA

101

Spend a Day in

VENTURA COUNTY

VENTURA BLVD

Camarillo

LAS POSAS RD

LAS POSAS RD

E DAILY DR

Rancho

Ventavo

(Opening Soon)

FIR ST

Bella

Victorian

Vineyard

ELM DR

(Opening Soon)

ARNEILL RD

LEWIS RD

DAWSON PL

Camarillo

Custom

Crush

(Opening Soon)

S DAWSON DR

LEWIS RD

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

VENTURA COUNTY

Thousand Oaks Philharmonic – Friends of the Phil to Host

An Italian Gala Featuring Five Talented Young Artists

New conductor Richard Rintoul to be introduced

at Italian Gala November 13th at Alessio Ristorante.

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic – Friends of the Phil, a nonprofit

organization founded to give local young artists a unique

professional performance experience – will host a private reception,

dinner and concert featuring its new conductor Richard Rintoul and

five extraordinary soloists. The dinner event, to be held November

13th at Alessio Ristorante in Thousand Oaks, will raise funds to

support its ongoing concert series, which provides exceptional

young artists in Ventura County and neighboring communities a

“first-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to perform with a professional

symphony orchestra. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m. with

dinner and performances starting at 6 p.m.

“The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic is the only orchestra in the

country assembled specifically as a collaborative performance

partner showcasing amazing young people with extraordinary

talent. We are fortunate to have some of the most promising young

musicians grace our community, and the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic

is dedicated to giving them the opportunity to experience the

excitement and sense of achievement that comes from performing

professionally,” said Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Founder Edward

Francis. “This event, like our concert series, allows us to bring

tomorrow’s leading classical performers to our community today.

For many, it is a dream-come-true, because the opportunities are so

rare.”

The La Dolce Vita evening will feature performances by 17-yearold

pianist Daniel Lessler playing the Rigoletto Paraphrase by Franz

Liszt, violinist Trina Boman, 16, playing Havanaise by Saint-Saens,

11-year-old pianist David Fraley performing My Favorite Things by

Rogers/Hammerstein-Hough, Travis Nunn, a vocal major at Pepperdine

University will sing two arias by Donizetti: Come Paride and

Sull’onda cheta e bruna. Concluding the recital will be pianist

Landon Baumgard presenting Transcendental Etude #10 by Liszt.

The evening begins with a reception where patrons will have the

opportunity to meet the orchestra’s newly appointed conductor.

The evening will be capped by a fine Italian dining experience.

A $50 donation for adults and $30 for students (ages 13 to 18

years) includes the reception beginning at 4:30 p.m., dinner and

concert, and an opportunity to meet Dr. Rintoul and Alessio’s

renowned chef, Rudy Hernandez (hors d’oeuvres are included, with

a no-host bar; all well drinks are $5). VIP tables of six, eight and ten

may be reserved in advance.

Alessio Ristorante is located in the Paseo Market Place Shopping

Center at 3731 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Westlake Village.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting

Sharon Pittman, assistant@kbergmangroup.com, (805) 937-

9199 ext. 205 or the evening’s Chairperson Klara Bergman,

(805) 260-6444.

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization,

offers an annual series of three concerts performed at

Camarillo United Methodist Church and then repeated at the Thousand

Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. These concerts feature talented young

solo artists from Ventura County and neighboring communities

supported by a professional symphony orchestra. Each soloist is

selected based on formal auditions judged by music professors,

performing artists and music industry experts. Once selected the

performers participate in a “sitzen,” a one-on-one rehearsal with the

Philharmonic’s conductor, as well as two rehearsals with the

orchestra, before presenting two performances for community

patrons. For more information on the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic’s

programs, or to support the opportunities it creates for local

youth, visit the website, www.tophil.org, or contact the office, (805)

376-2485, or Mr. Francis, edwardfrancis@roadrunner.com or Klara

Bergman (805) 260-6444. For information about auditions, email

auditions@tophil.org.

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VENTURA COUNTY

A great place to promote your:

• winery

• wine shop

• restaurant

• hotel property

• visitor service

Call 805.252.5440 for more information

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★ Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 10-5

5805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 800-676-1232 X X X

AJB Vineyards – Paso Robles Weekends

3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 12-5 X X

★ Anglim Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo 11-6

740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 Su 12-6 & By Appt X X

★ Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles Daily

739 12th St; 877-759-WINE 11-7 X X

Bassetti Vineyards – Cambria By

1191 N. Green Valley Rd; 805-927-1925 Appt X X

B & E Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su By

10,000 Creston Rd; 805-238-4815 10-5 Appt X X

★ Bear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles By Appt. &

1227 Park St; 805-238-4329 Some Weekends X X

Bella Luna – Templeton

Fr-Su

1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 10-5 X X

★ Bianchi Winery – Paso Robles Daily

3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 10-5 X X

Black Hand – San Miguel

By

1735 Nygren Rd; 805-712-WINE Appt X X

Brian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles Daily

2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 X X

Calcareous Winery – Paso Robles Th-Mo

3430 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 11-5 X X

Caparone Winery – Paso Robles Daily

2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 11-5 X X X

Carmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles

11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-9392 Daily 10-5 X X

Cass Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

7350 Linne Rd; 805-239-1730 11-6 X X

★ Castoro Cellars – Templeton Daily

1315 N Bethal Rd; 805-238-0725 10-5:30 X X

★ Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos We-Su 11-5:30

131 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3036 Closed Tu X X

Changala Winery – Templeton Sa 11:30-5 By

422 Main St; 805-238-0421 Su 12-4 Appt X X

Chateau Margene – Creston Sa-Su

4385 La Panza Rd; 805-238-2321 12-6 X X

Christian Lazo – San Miguel Sa-Su

249 10th Street, Suite A; 805-467-2672 10-5 X X

Chumeia Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

8331 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-0102 10-5 X X

Clautiere Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily

1340 Penman Springs Rd; 805-237-3789 12-5 X X

Clayhouse Wines – Paso Robles Opening November

849 13th St; 805 727-4720 Daily 12-5 X X X

★ D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo 11-7

710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 Closed Tu-We X X

Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su

2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389 10:30-5 X X

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Derby Estates – Paso Robles Daily

5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300 10-5 X X

Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles

5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Sa-Su 12-4 X X

Doce Robles – Paso Robles

Daily

2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766 10-5:30 X X

★ Donati Family Vineyard – Templeton Daily 11am-5pm

Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676 X X

Donatoni Winery – Paso Robles Sa-Su 12-5

3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620 Or By Appt X

Dover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su

4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 11-5 X

Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles

1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo 11-5 X X

Eagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles Daily

3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X X X

★ Eberle Winery – Paso Robles Daily

3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 10-6 X X X

★ Edward Sellers – Paso Robles Th-Mo

1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 12-7 X X

★ EOS Estate Winery – Paso Robles Daily

5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 10-5 X X X

★ Falcon Nest Winery– Paso Robles Daily

5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 10-7:30 X X

Firestone Vineyard Paso – Paso Robles By

2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 Daily 10-5 Appt X X

Five Rivers Winery – Paso Robles By

8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 Appt

Four Vines Winery – Templeton Daily

3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0055 11-5 X X

Fralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By Appt

Private tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526

Fratelli Perata – Paso Robles By

1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 Appt

Garretson Wine Co. – Paso Robles Daily

2323 Tulley Rd #110; 805-239-2074 11-5 X X

Gelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles By

5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 Appt

★ Grey Wolf Cellars– Paso Robles Daily

2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X X

★ Halter Ranch Vnyd– Paso Robles Th-Mo

8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X X

★ Hansen Vineyard– Templeton Daily

5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 10-5:30 X X

Harmony Cellars– Harmony Daily

3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 10-5 X X

Hice Cellars – Paso Robles

Th-Mo

821 Pine St Unit D; 805-237-8888 12-5

Hug Cellars – Paso Robles

Th-Mo

2323 Tuley Ct Ste. 120 D; 805-226- 8022 11-5 X X X

Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles

Daily

2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 10:30-5:30 X X

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★ J Lohr – Paso Robles

Daily

6169 Airport Rd; 805-239-8900 10-5 X X

★ J. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles Daily

4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 11-5:30 X X

Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton By

5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Appt X X

★ Jada Winery – Paso Robles

Fr-Su

5620 Vineyard Dr; 805-226-4200 10-5 X X X

JanKris Winery – Templeton Daily

1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 11-5 X X X

Justin Winery – Paso Robles Daily

11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-6932 10-5 X X X

Kukkula – Templeton

By

9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475 Appt

L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-4

2815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 or By Appt X X

Le Cuvier – Paso Robles

By Appt,

9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Wine Club Only

Linne Calodo – Paso Robles Fr-Su

3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 11-5 X X

★ Locatelli Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su

8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4 X X

Lone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily

2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X X

Madison Cellars – Paso Robles By

4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Appt X X

Maloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-5

5725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Or By Appt X X

Martin & Weyrich – Paso Robles Su-Th 10-5

2610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 Fr-Sa 10-6 X X

McClean Vineyards – Templeton By

4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 Appt

Meridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X X

★ Midlife Crisis – Paso Robles Th-Mo

1244 Pine St, Suite A; 805-237-8730 10:30-6 X X

Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily

2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 X X

★ Minassian-Young – Paso Robles Fr-Su

4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X X

Moonstone Cellars – Cambria Th-Mo

801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 X X

NadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su

3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X X

Norman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X X

★ Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X X

★ Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily

1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 11:30-6 X X

★ Ortman Family Vnyds – Paso Robles Daily 12-6

1317 Park Street; 805-237-9009 Fr-Sat 12-7 X X


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Parkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By

70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt X X

★ Peachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily

1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X X

★ Peachy Canyon Winery Too – Paso Robles

2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805-237-7848 Fr-Su 11-5 X X

★ Penman Springs Vineyard – Paso Robles

1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 Fr-Su 11-5 X X

★ Pianetta – Paso Robles Su-Mo-Th: 12-6pm

829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X X

Pipestone – Paso Robles

Th-Mo

2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 X X

Poalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles By

18888 Willow Creek Rd; 805-238-0600 Appt

Pretty-Smith – San Miguel

Fr-Su

13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 10-5 X X

Rabbit Ridge – Paso Robles

We-Su

1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 X X

Rainbows End Winery – San Miguel By

8535 Mission Ln; 805-467-3345 Appt X X

★ Rio Seco – Paso Robles

Daily

4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X X

RiverStar Vineyards – Cayucos Fr-Su

36 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3741 11-4 X X

RN Estate Winery – Paso Robles By

7986 North River Rd; 805-467-3106 Appt

★ Robert Hall – Paso Robles

Daily

3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 10-6 X X X

Rotta Winery – Paso Robles

Daily

3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 11-5 X X

★ Rocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Daily

8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 10:30-5 X X

★ San Marcos Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Daily 11-5 X X

Scott Aaron – Templeton

Sa-Su

422 South Main; 888-611-9463 11-5 X X

★ Sculpterra – Paso Robles Fr-Su 10-5

5015 Linne Road, 888-302-8881 or By Appt X X

★ Silver Horse – San Miguel

Fr-Mo

2995 Pleasant Rd; 805-467-WINE 11-5 X X

★ Silver Stone – Paso Robles Mo-Th 12-7

827 13th St; 805-226-2788 Fr-Sa 12-8 Su 11-4 X X

Skyhawk Lane – San Miguel

By

1605 Commerce Way; 213-200-4661 Appt

Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr 12-5

1525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Sa-Su 11-5 X X

Stephen’s Cellar – Templeton By

7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Appt X X

Still Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles Th-Mo

2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 11-5 X X

Summerwood – Paso Robles

Daily

2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 10-5:30 X X

★ Sylvester Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily

5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 11-5 X X X

Tablas Creek – Paso Robles

Daily

9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 10-5 X X X

Terry Hoage – Paso Robles

By

870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Appt

Thacker Winery– Paso Robles Opening in

8355 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0087 June '08 X X

Thunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles Fr-Su

2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 11-5 X X

Tobin James Cellars – Paso Robles Daily

8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 10-6 X X

Tolo Cellars – Paso Robles

Fr-Mo

9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 11-5 X X

Turley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily

2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X X

Venteux Vineyards – Templeton Fr-Su

1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 X X

Victor Hugo Winery – Templeton By

2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X X

★ Vihuela Winery – Paso Robles Th-Sa 11-8

1307 Park St; 805 835-4304 Su & Mo 11-4 X X

Villicana Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su

2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X X

★ Vina Robles – Paso Robles

Daily

3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 10-5 X X

VinFuzion – Paso Robles

We-Su

2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0208 11-5:30 X X

Vista Del Rey – Paso Robles Su 11-5

7340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 By Appt X X

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Whalebone Winery – Paso Robles Daily

8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 11-5 X X

Wild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles Daily

3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 11-5 X X

★ Wild Horse Winery – Templeton Daily

1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 X X

Windward Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily

138 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 11-5 X X

York Mountain – Templeton Daily

7505 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-3925 11-5 X X

Zenaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily

1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 11-5 X X X

ZinAlley – Templeton

Fr-Su

3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X X

S A N T A

M A R G A R I T A

★ Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita Fr-Su

2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 12-6 X X

S A N L U I S O B I S P O

Alapay Cellars – Avila Beach Daily

415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X X

Aron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Th-Su

845 Embarcadero Rd, Suite F; 805-610-5751 12-5 X X

★ Baileyana Vineyard – San Luis ObispoDaily

5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 X X

Barnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande Daily

453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE 11-5 X X

Cerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo Fr-Su

831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X X

★ Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily

2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X X

THIS WEEK’S WINE COUNTRY CRITTER

2300 Airport Road

Paso Robles, CA 93446

Open daily 10am to 5pm

Breed: Italian Greyhound/mutt

Favorite Past times: Greeting wine tasters,

sleeping in the winery office and stealing

the bottle bags from behind the bar when

no one is looking.

Can Be Found … In the tasting room or on

the dog show circuit where he is otherwise

know as Littlelluvs Prost Trumer Pils.

Special Notes: Named after the beer

Trumer Pils, his Dad works at Firestone

Walker Brewery and his Mom works at Firestone

Vineyard, but he has a secret liking

for strawberry daiquiris….shhhhh don’t tell!

Favorite Things: Squeaky Wine Bottle toy.

P.S. we sell them in the tasting room, too.

If you see me … Chase me! I love to run

as I have lots of puppy energy.

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Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo Daily

7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 X X

Edna Valley Vnyd – San Luis Obispo Daily

2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 X X

★ Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo

1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 Daily 11-5:30 X X X

Kynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo

2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X X

★ Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande Daily

453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 11-5 X X

Morovino – Avila Beach

Th-Mo

550 1st St; 805-627-1443 12-5 X X

★ Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo Daily

1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 11-5 X X X

Piedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo

6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 By Appt

Rancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande

591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 1st Saturday of the month 11-5

★ Salisbury Vineyards – Avila Valley Daily

6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE 11-6 X X

Saucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily

3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 10-5 X X

Sextant Wines – San Luis Obispo Daily

3536 S. Higuera St; 866-833-WINE 11-5 X X

Shadow Canyon Cellars – San Luis Obispo

956 Monterey Street; 805-781-0862 Th-Su 12-7 X X

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars – San Luis Obispo

2330 Johnson Ave; 805-594-1318 By Appt X

★ Tangent Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily

5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 11-5 X X

★ Talley Vineyards – Arroyo Grande Daily

3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10:30-4:30 X X

Taste – San Luis Obispo Mo-Sa 11-9

1003 Osos St; 805-269-TASTE Su 11-5 X X

★ Tolosa Winery – San Luis Obispo Daily

4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 X X

★ Wood Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo

136 Bridge St; 805-489-9663 11-5 X X

Wolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily

6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 11-5 X X X

S A N TA M A R I A / F O X E N C A N Y O N

Addamo Estate Vineyards – Orcutt Tu-Su

400 East Clark Ave; 805-937-6400 11-7 X X

Bedford Thompson – Los Alamos Daily

448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 11-5 X X

Byron Vineyard – Santa Maria By

5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt

Cambria Winery – Santa Maria Daily

5475 Chardonnay Lane; 888-339-9463 10-5 X X

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By

217 North Russell; 805-310-1148 Appt

★ Costa de Oro – Santa Maria

Daily

1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 11-6 X X

Cottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Daily

3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-VINE 10-5:30 X X X

Curtis Winery – Los Olivos

Daily

5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X

Fess Parker – Los Olivos

Daily

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X

Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily

5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X

Foxen Vineyard – Santa Maria Daily

7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 11-4 X X

IO Vineyards – Santa Maria

By

5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt

★ KennethVolk Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily

5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 10:30-4:30 X X X

Koehler – Los Olivos

Daily

5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X

Labyrinth – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang

2717 Aviation Way; 805-268-4155 Daily 10-5 X X

McKeon-Philips – Santa Maria Daily

2115 S Blosser Rd; 805-928-3025 11-6 X X

Ovene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang)

2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X X

Rancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Daily

6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 10-4 X X

Riverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily

6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 10-4 X X X

Tantara Vineyard – Santa Maria By

4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 Appt

Tres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria Daily

9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 10-5 X X

Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos

Daily

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X

L O S

O L I V O S

Alexander & Wayne – Los Olivos Daily

2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 11-6 X X

Andrew Murray – Los Olivos Daily

2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 11-6 X X

Arthur Earl – Los Olivos

Daily

2922 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 11-6 X X

Beckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily

2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-8664 11-5 X X

Bernat – at Los Olivos Café

Daily

2879 Grand Ave; 805-688-7265 11-9 X X

Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room

2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X X

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The Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily

2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 11-4 X X

Carhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Th-Mo 11-5

2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 (Closed Tu-We) X X

★ Carina Cellars – Los Olivos

Daily

2900-A Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 11-5 X X

Consilience – Los Olivos

Daily

2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X X

Curtis Winery – Los Olivos

Daily

5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X X

Daniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily

2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 11-5 X X

Dierberg Estate Vineyard – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Epiphany Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo

2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 X X

John Kerr Wines – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room

2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5:30 X X

Fess Parker – Los Olivos

Daily

6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X

Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily

5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X X

Flying Goat Cellars – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Great Oaks Ranch – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

J Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Koehler – Los Olivos

Daily

5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X X

Lane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room

2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 X X

Longoria Wines – Los Olivos Daily

2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 11-4:30 X X

Oak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos

2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X X

Qupé Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-968-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

★ Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 X X

Scott Cellars – Los Olivos

Th-Mo

2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-570-0048 12-5 X X

Star Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Three Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Tre Anelli – Los Olivos

Daily

2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000 11-5 X X

Vandale – at The Ballard Inn in Ballard Fr-Su

2436 Baseline Ave; 805-688-7770 12-5:30 X X


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Verdad Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos

2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X

Wild Heart Winery – Los Olivos Daily

2933-C Grand Ave; 805-688-7386 11-5 X X

Zaca Mesa – Los Olivos

Daily

6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X X

L O M P O C / B U E L L T O N

Alma Rosa – Buellton

Daily

7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 11-4:30 X X

Ampelos Cellars – Lompoc

By

805-736-9957 Appt X X

Babcock Winery – Lompoc

Daily

5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 10:30-4 X X

Casa Cassara – Buellton

We-Mo

291 Valley St; 805-686-5159 11-5 X X

Clos Pepe – Lompoc

By

4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 Appt

Fiddlehead Cellars – at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 530-756-4550 Th-Sa 11-4 X X

Foley Estates – Lompoc

Daily

6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 10-5 X X

Harrison-Clarke – Lompoc

By

805-686-0850 Appt

Hitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton

406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X X

Huber Vineyards – Lompoc

By

4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 Appt

Ken Brown Wines – Buellton

By

2025 Still Meadows Rd; 805-448-3791 Appt

Lafond Vineyard – Buellton Daily

6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 10-5 X X

Melville Vineyard – Lompoc Daily

5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 11-4 X X

Mosby Winery – Buellton

Daily

9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 10-4 X X

Palmina – Lompoc

Th-Sa

1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 11-4 X X

Sanford Winery – Lompoc

Daily

5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 11-4 X X

★ Sort This Out Cellars – Buellton Daily

593 Avenue of the Flags; 805-688-1717 10-5:30 X X

S O L V A N G

★ Badge Wines – at Trio Tastings, Solvang

1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X

Blackjack Ranch – Solvang Daily 11-5

2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 Closed Wed X X

Blair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang

1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 X X

Cabana Cellars/Wandering Dog Wine Bar – Solvang

1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 We-Mo 11-8ish X X

Casa Cassara – at Olive House in Solvang

1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X

★ Curran Wines – at Trio Tastings, Solvang

1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X

★ DiBruno – at Trio Tastings, Solvang

1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X X

East Valley – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang

1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X X

Honeywood/Olde Mission Wine Co.

Tasting room for Honeywood, Michael Grace and Ovene Winery

1539 Mission Dr, #A & B, Solvang Su-Th 9:30-5:30

805-686-9323 Fr-Sa 9:30-6:30 X X

Jorian Hill – Solvang

By

1051 Croft Lane; 805-686-8490 Appt

Lincourt Winery – Solvang

Daily

1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 10-5 X X

Lions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Fr-Mo

1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 11-5 X X

Lucas & Lewellen – Solvang Daily

1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 11-5:30 X X

Mandolina Wines – Solvang

Daily

1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 11-5:30 X X

Michael Grace – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang

1539 Mission; 805-686-9323 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X

Ovene Winery – at Old Mission Tasting Company in Solvang

1539 Mission; 714-420-2525 Daily 9:30-5:30 X X

Presidio Vineyard – Solvang Daily

1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 11-6 X X

Rideau Vineyard – Solvang Daily

1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 11-4 X X

Royal Oaks – Solvang

Daily

1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 10-5:30 X X

Rusack Vineyard – Solvang

Daily

1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 11-5 X X

Shoestring Winery – Solvang Fr-Su

800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 11-4 X X

★ Stolpman Vineyard – Solvang Daily

1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-688-0400 11-4 X X

★ Trio – Solvang Th-Su 11-5

1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 or By Appt X X

Tasting room for Badge Wines, DiBruno & Curran Wines

Uncorked/Monsoon Cellars Fr-Sa 12-9pm

467 Alisal Rd Ste 2; 805-693-8000; Solvang Su 12-6 X X

★ Vigna Ladonna – Solvang

Daily

1608 Copenhagen, 805-693-WINE 12-7ish X X

S A N T A

Y N E Z

Artiste – Santa Ynez

Daily

3569 Sagunto St; 805-686-2626 11-5 X X

Au Bon Climat – at Wine Cellar Tasting Room in Santa Ynez

3631 Sagunto St; 805-688-8688 Daily 11-6 X X

Bridlewood Estate – Santa Ynez Daily

3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 10-5 X X

Buttonwood Farm – Santa Ynez Daily

1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-3032 11-5 X X

Gainey Vineyard – Santa Ynez Daily

3950 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0558 10-5 X X

Kalyra Winery – Santa Ynez Mo-Fr 11-5

343 North Refugio Rd; 805-693-8864 Sa-Su 10-5 X X

Roblar Winery – Santa Ynez

Daily

3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 10-5 X X

Sunstone – Santa Ynez

Daily

125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 10-4 X X

S A N T A

B A R B A R A

Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara Daily

414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 11-5 X X

Coquelicot – at Intermezzo in Santa Barbara

813 Anacapa St; 805-996-9463 Sa-Su 11-3 X X

Jaffurs – Santa Barbara

Fr-Su

819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 11-5 X X

Giessinger – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7:30

212 State St; 805-695-8606 Sa 11-8 Su 11-7 X X

Kalyra Winery – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7

212 State St; 805-695-8606 Sa-Su 12-8 X X

Santa Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily

202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 X X

Stearns Wharf Vintners – Santa Barbara 9-9 Summer

End of State St; 805-966-6624 9-6 Winter X X

Summerland – Summerland Tu-Th 11-5

2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Fr-Su 11-7 X X

Oreana Winery – (formally Cellar 205) Santa Barbara

205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Daily 11-5 X X

Whitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Fr-Su

36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-965-0956 12-4 X X

V E N T U R A

C O U N T Y

Bella Victorian Vineyard – Camarillo Fri-Sun

2135 E. Ventura Blvd; 805-383-8800 12-6 X X

Camarillo Custom Crush – Camarillo

300 S. Lewis Rd, Ste C; 805-484-0597

Opening Soon

★ Cantara Cellars– Camarillo Fri-Sun

126 Wood Rd, Ste 104; 805-484-9600 11-5 X X

Casa Barranca – Ojai

Fri-Sun

208 E. Ojai Ave; 805-640-1255 12-6 X X

Herzog Wine Cellars – Oxnard Sun-Thurs 11-9

3201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-1560 Fri 11-4 Sat Closed X X

Old Creek Ranch Winery – Ventura Opening Soon

10024 Old Creek Rd; 805-649-4132

Rancho Ventavo – Camarillo Opening Soon

1690 Ventura Blvd, 805-529-4221 Early 2009

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