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CENTRAL COAST:

SERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO

& SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

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YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA CENTRAL COAST WINE, GETAWAYS, THINGS TO DO & EVENTS

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MARCH 20, 2008

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ATASCADERO 17 33 49 77 75 80 83 123

SAN LUIS OBISPO 16 33 61 59 64 67 106

ARROYO GRANDE 17 45 43 48 51 90

SANTA MARIA 30 25 32 36 75

LOS OLIVOS 27 9 5 34

LOMPOC 18 21 54

BUELLTON 4 43

SOLVANG 46

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

FEATURE

S T ORY 8

WINEMAKER

PROFILE 10

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Wine Tours VIP

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Talley Vineyards

CENTRAL COAST:

SERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO

& SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

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MARCH 20, 2008 • ISSUE 2 – VOLUME2

WINE COUNTRY NEWS

Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

ON THE COVER

Claiborne & Churchill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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

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

SAN LUIS OBISPO WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

ON THE

C O VER 12

WINE COUNTRY

EVENTS 24

P A S O ROBLES

B A CK RO ADS 27

4

Claiborne & Churchill

Concerts at Castoro Cellars

SANTA MARIA VALLEY WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

SOLVANG, LOS OLIVOS, SANTA YNEZ WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . 30

SANTA BARBARA WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32-35

ADVERSTISING/MARKETING

DIRECTOR

PUBLISHER

MANAGING EDITOR

CALENDAR EDITOR

OFFICE MANAGER

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

PASO ROBLES

ONGOING

Estrella Warbird Museum

Fascinating collection of military aircrafts

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

www.ewarbirds.org

★ ONGOING

Vina Robles Winery Summer

Concert Series 2008

805-369-0140, www.vinarobles.com

Paso Robles

May 23: Violin and Guitar Duo

June 27: Usonia Jazz Band

July 25: D. Voss Jazz Trio

August 22: San Luis Jazz

Sept 26: Sugar Daddy Swing Kings

Oct 24: Sean Wiggins

★ ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Wine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine Bar

Local winemaker featured each week.

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

www.vinotecawinebar.com.

March 26: RN Estate

April 2: Tablas Creek

April 23: B & E Vineyards

April 30: Anglim 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

Art Exhibits at Castoro Cellars

10am-5pm, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton

www.castorocellars.com

• March: Maeve Croghan

• April: Tiles & Paintings by Pomm

★ ONGOING THURSDAYS

Vina Robles Ballroom Dance Classes

Learn to dance & show what you have learned

during the social dance hour!

10am-5pm, 805-369-0140, Paso Robles

Vina Robles Hospitality Center, www.vinarobles.com

6-7pm, $10 wine club members/$12 non-members

• March: Rumba & Waltz

• April: Cha-Cha & Tango

• May: Samba & Mambo

• June: Swing & Foxtrot

• July: Rumba & Waltz

• August: Cha-Cha & Tango

• Sept: Samba & Mambo

• Oct: Swing & Foxtrot

ONGOING

Painting Exhibits at Villicana Winery

Enjoy fine art work along with fine wines

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

★ MARCH 22-23

Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt

Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter

with a fun & exciting Easter Egg hunt at its

downtown Paso Robles tasting room.

10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles

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★ MARCH 22

Cinders Blues Band at Vihuela Winery

Great music & fine wines

5-8pm, 805-226-2010, Paso Robles

www.vihuelawinery.com

email: info@vihuelawinery.com

★ MARCH 22

Easter Egg Hunt for Grownups at Chumeia

Who said kids should have all the fun for

Easter Find eggs filled with discounts &

surprises. 12-4pm, 888-343-9445, Paso Robles

www.chumeiawinery.com

★ MARCH 29

Castoro Cellars Indoor Concert –

Pierre Bensusan

7:30pm, $20, Paso Robles, 888-DAM-FINE

www.castorocellars.com

APRIL 4

Black Sheep Gourmet Foods at Meridian

Enjoy samples of "Hot Stuff for Cool Folks"

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

www.meridianvineyards.com

APRIL 4-6

Cental Coast Equine Experience

3 day horse fair with clinics, products & more.

805-237-0011, Paso Robles

APRIL 11-13

Cattlemen’s Western Art Show

Fifty artists from all over the USA & Canada

exhibit & sell their unique Western art

Various schedules, Paso Robles

www.cattlemenswesternartshow.com

APRIL 11

Tax Revolt Weekend at the Wineries of

Highway 46 West

Join the Highway 46 West Wineries while they

celebrate a special weekend of no sales tax!

www.paso46westwineries.com

★ APRIL 11

Highway 46 West Friday Night

Wine and Cheese

The Highway 46 West Wineries will gather at

Midnight Cellars Winery and will be tasting the

award winning wines paired with selections of

artisan cheese. $15 pp/ $25 couple

805-239-8904, Paso Robles

★ APRIL 12

"Winemaker of the Year"

Blending Session at Castoro

Learn the art of blending from the winemakers

$85, 888-DAM-FINE, Templeton

www.castorocellars.com

★ APRIL 12

Turkish Night at Falcon Nest Winery

Enjoy a delicious Turkish 4 course dinner with

Turkish music and belly dancers too.

7pm, $25, 805-226-0227, Paso Robles

★ APRIL 19

Tax Relief Weekend at Midlife Crisis Winery

Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating the tax

season with great wine tastings & pairings.

10am-6pm, 805-237-8730, Paso Robles

★ APRIL 25

Friday Night Sunset Wine Down

Unwind with a glass of wine & a gourmet sandwich

out on the garden terrace as you listen to

the music of Elise Taylor & watch the sun go down

6-9pm, $20pp, RSVP, 805-239-1616, Paso Robles

www.roberthallwinery.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

on beautiful bluffs overlooking the ocean

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

Christopher Cohan Center

Performing Arts Center – San Luis Obispo

805-756-2787, www.pacslo.org

• Mar 20: Noche Flemenca

• Mar 21 & 22: High School Musical

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

Ongoing through March: “Caution: Art Zone”

www.sloartcenter.org

ONGOING

Kelrick at Unity

San Luis Obispo, 805-543-PLAY

March 21-23: High School Musical

April 26-May 18: Beauty & the Beast

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

Lectures & Art at

California Polytechnic State University

805-756-1511, San Luis Obispo

www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu

ONGOING

San Luis Obispo Little Theatre

805-786-2440, www.slolittletheatre.org

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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 THROUGH MAY 20

Hearst Castle, Evening Tours

Experience evening reflections from the 1930s

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

www.hearstcastle.com

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, San Luis Obispo

www.sloartcouncil.org

ONGOING

San Luis Obispo Art Center Show

Constantly rotating exhibits in all media

11am-5pm, 805-481-3991, San Luis Obispo

www.sloartcenter.org

★ 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 SUNDAYS

Art on the Beach at Avila Beach

Artists paint & present their work

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

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 Golden Girls

with a delicious dinner, wine and laughter

5pm, 805-489-3875, Spyglass Restaurant

Shell Beach, www.murderinmind.com

APRIL 4

San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Task

Force Annual BBQ 2008

Great BBQ, exciting auction, lots of wine & more!

5pm, $45, 805-547-1024, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 11-12

Scenes from Strauss

Cal Poly’s Opera Workshop perform scenes from

Strauss' "Die Fiedermaus"

8pm, $10, 805-756-2787, San Luis Obispo

www.calpoly.edu

APRIL 12

Children’s Day in the Plaza

Fun day rides, games, petting farm and more!

10am-3pm, 805-782-7280, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 12

Saturday in the Garden

Master gardeners, landscapers & garden writers

share their knowledge

1-4pm, 805-546-3501, San Luis Obispo

APRIL 18-19

Poly Royal - Cal Poly’s Open House

Learn about Cal Poly as students show what

they’re learning. Event includes food, flower

shows, engineering exhibits, rodeos and more!

10am-5pm, 805-756-1111, San Luis Obispo

http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/ohs/98

APRIL 20

Wine & Food Interaction at Edna Valley

Learn how to utilize the characteristics of food

to balance the components of the wine.

2-7pm, $5, 805-544-5855, San Luis Obispo

www.ednavalley.com


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ARROYO GRANDE

ONGOING

Visit Historic Buildings in Arroyo Grande

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

Arroyo Grande

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

Clarke Center for Performing Arts

805-489-9444, Arroyo Grande

www.clarkcenter.org

• Mar 29: The Wonder Bread Years

• April 10: Best of Hollywood

• April 19: Barbershop After Dark

• April 20: Dancing in the Moonlight

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING

Santa Maria Valley Railroad

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

Elegant excursions featuring five star gourmet meals

ONGOING MONDAYS

Wine Tasting at Wine Cottage Bistro

Featuring regional & varietal tastings

5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546, Santa Maria

ONGOING

Serverson Theatre

805-922-8313, Santa Maria

ongoing through April 12: Art

March 28-April 20: Life x3

MARCH 30

Choo Chew Sunday at the

Bitter Creek Western Live Steam Railroad

Enjoy unlimited train rides & BBQ

10am-4pm, $15 adult/ $6 Child, 805-714-4927

Santa Maria, www.smvrhm.org

APRIL 5

Santa Maria Railroad Speed Run

Beautifully restored railroad railbus #9 leads

an excursion out of town. BBQ & discounts too.

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

★ APRIL 19-20

Open House at Kenneth Volk Vineyards

Enjoy current, new releases, library wines

hors d'oeuvres, live music and more!

11am-5pm, 805-782-0425, Santa Maria

www.volkwines.com

SANTA MARGARITA

APRIL 19

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

A celebration featuring earth friendly cuisine,

sustainably produced wines, live entertainment

& exhibits highlighting inovative products

1-5pm, 805-369-2288, Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia

www.earthdayfoodandwine.com

LOS OLIVOS

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

Wildling Art Museum - Free Friday Flicks

Free movie & snacks with discussion afterwards

7pm, 805-688-1082, Los Olivos

www.wildlingmuseum.org

ONGOING FIRST TUESDAY

Wine and Art at Los Olivos café

5-7pm, 805-688-7265, Los Olivos

www.losolivoscafe.com

ONGOING

Understanding Your Palate at Los Olivos Café

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres

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

www.losolivoscafe.com

• Mar 27: Tuscan Tasting Journey

• April 16: Carhartt

• April 23: John Alan Winery

• April 24: New Zealand Tasting Journey

• April 30: Palmina Winery

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

An Evening with the Winemaker at Los Olivos Café

Wine tasting & hors d’oeuvres. 5pm, $15

805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.com

• Mar 26: Whitcraft Winery

• April 2: Blair Fox Cellars

• April 9: Ken Brown Wines

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

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, Santa Ynez

www.artiste.com

ONGOING

Chumash Casino Concerts

800-585-3737, Santa Ynez

www.chumashcasino.com

• March 21: ShoXC

• March 27: Carole King

• April 3: Tanya Tucker

• April 10: Julio Iglesias

• April 17: Boz Scaggs

• April 24: Kenny Rogers

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, www.artiste.com

MARCH 28

"La Buena Vida" Artiste Art & Wine Dinner

at the Ballard Inn

Celebrate "the good life " at this decadent

wine dinner featuring the culinary artistry of

Chef Budi Kazali, Santa Ynez, www.artiste.com

Limited to 40 guests, RSVP at 805-686-2626

MARCH 28-29

Dance Lessons at Maverick Saloon

www.mavericksaloon.org, Santa Ynez

Dance lessons & live country western & rock

music all night long. 805-686-4785

6:45: Dance Lessons

8:30: Country Western Music

11:30: Rock, Hip Hop & more

MARCH 29

Imbibers Club Open House

at Buttonwood Winery

Open to all Imbibers Club members and their

guests and enjoy barrel samples of the new

2007 reds & new 2007 whites too.

12-3pm, 805-688-3032, Santa Ynez

APRIL 9

Country Joe McDonald

5:30pm, 805-688-0383, Santa Ynez

www.talesfromthetavern.com/calendar

LOMPOC

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Olde Towne Market in Lompoc

Great food, wine & music, Lompoc

805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com

APRIL 19

Santa Barbara Country Vintners Festival

More than 80 wineries & restaurants serving

exciting tastes and flavors. Wine lovers from

near and far come to meet member vintners,

taste their wines and enjoy great food and

music in a festive outdoor environment.

1-4pm, 805-688-0881, River Park

www.sbcountywine.com, Lompoc

SOLVANG

ONGOING

Quicksilver Miniature Horse Farm

Visit Solvang horse farm with beautiful vistas

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 WEEKENDS

Cachuma Lake Wildlife Cruise

Guided 2 hour cruise with wildlife and geology

$15, 805-686-505, Cachuma Lake

www.cachuma.com

ONGOING

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

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

Ongoing through April 6:

“Artists’ Books Made Here” at Elverhoj

All aspects of the objects of books

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

APRIL 2

Hans Christian Andersen

203rd Birthday Celebration

View a Hans Christian Anderson museum at the

Book Loft. 805-688-2052, Solvang

www.bookloftsolvang.com

SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING SUNDAYS

Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show

Featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry

10am–6pm, 805-897-1982, East Beach Pier

www.sbaacs.com

ONGOING TUESDAYS

Discussions & Coffee Tastings

Get insider info on up & coming books, music and

movies with coffe tasting too, Santa Barbara

805-899-3659, 3pm, Borders, Books & Music

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

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

Touristorica – Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Guided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past

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

ONGOING

Lectures & Readings at the

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.org

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Cachuma Lake Nature Walk

1 mile walk for all ages on the Oak Canyon Trail

10-11:30am, 805-688-4515, Santa Barbara

Cachuma Lake Nature Center

www.cachuma.com

ONGOING

Art Workshops for Children at Art from Scrap

Fun workshops where kids reuse all sorts of

materials to make fun works of art!

Tues-Sat, 10am-2pm, $6, 805-884-0459

www.artfromscrap.org

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS

First Thursday

Art, cultural events and fine wine tasting!

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

downtown Santa Barbara

www.santabarbaradowntown.com

ONGOING

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

805-963-4364, www.sbma.net

• Ongoing through May 11: From Geisha to Ghosts:

Leading Ladies of Japanese Woodblock prints

ONGOING

Lobero Theatre

805-966-4946, Santa Barbara

www.loberotheatre.com

• Mar 21: The 3rd Annual "Cash for the Coast"

• Mar 22: Jake Armerding

• Mar 22: A Spring Concert

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

ONGOING

Arlington Theatre

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 20

805-963-4408, Santa Barbara

The Syringa Tree at the Alhecama Theatre

• Apr 13: Eddie Vedder

A tale of sweeping political upheaval

• Apr 15, 16, 17: Cats

$28-$40, 8pm, 805-965-5400, Santa Barbara

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS

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WINE TOURS VIP

A New Level of Luxury along the Central Coast

by Charles Neave

Ask anyone who has ever spent a day

touring and tasting at wineries, or been

to a wedding, and the one luxury

everyone would agree on when it comes to

what would make the day even more perfect,

and the answer would be: have someone else

do the driving. And the perfect way to end the

day A sunset cruise on a classic motor yacht

of course. Wine Tours VIP, based in Paso

Robles, is in the unique position to provide it

all, from start to a spectacular finish.

With a fleet of six limousines transportation,

enough for an entire wedding party or

any corporate event, the result is assured.

And with a 72-foot yacht at your disposal,

events on both land and sea can be catered to

in high style. Add to that a staff that is knowledgeable,

flexible, concerned, friendly and

professional and you have Wine Tours VIP, a

new company that was two years in the

making.

In addition to the limousines, there is also

a gleaming 22-foot Mercedes Airstream motor

limousine (one of just a hundred made) that

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accommodates six people in style and

comfort, with six feet of headroom and all the

amenities you can imagine. A supply of three

types of sparkling wine, bottled waters,

chilled espresso, soda, three different beers,

snacks (can you ever have too many

cashews) and even chocolates are a part of

the provisioning in the Mercedes Airstream

motor limousine. There is also surround

sound and guests are welcome to plug in their

own iPods.

“They all say ‘I’ll be back’ and that is a great

compliment. I love what I do and I think that

translates to the experience people have with

us. We treat people like royalty,” said Don

Gould, owner of Wine Tours VIP. “We are

truly a door-to-door service, which means

that we provide a complete service from the

moment our guests meets us until we drop

them off at their home or hotel.

“I introduce them to the people at the

winery, arrange for private tours and tastings,

anything they want. I totally enjoy meeting

new people and making sure that they have

fun while they are with us.”

To continue your luxury adventure onto

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the seven seas, The Papagallo II is a spacious

and classic Motor Yacht. “We will stop at one

of our selected wineries first. Then, you will

sit down to an elegant luncheon or sunset

dinner which includes five special courses

made just for you by our executive chef. You

will have special wines paired with each

course. Enjoy a scenic tour to the yacht,

gourmet foods, specialty wines and the ultimate

in hospitality. This exclusive Yacht

Luncheon or Sunset Dinner cruise with a

professional wine pairing is in the beautiful

Morro Bay.”

This private classic motor yacht luncheon

or sunset dinner cruise with wine pairing is

about five to six hours long, from time of

pick-up to the final drop-off. And they have

also had people married on the yacht, and

have used their limousines to make sure that

everyone in the wedding party arrives on

time. It is all part of making an already special

day even more memorable.

For more information or to book reservations,

contact Wine Tours VIP at (805) 239-

5920, or go ahead and look them up on the

Internet at www.winetoursvip.com.


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ATTRACTIONS

Paso Robles

Kruse Week

The City of Paso Robles has

announced plans to launch a

Memorial Day weekend event,

Paso Robles Kruse Week 2008.

Created in coordination with

Estrella Associates, Inc, the

event will feature a live and

internet auction of collector

cars, entertainment, community

events and more.

The five-day automotivethemed

Kruse Week will kick

off on Friday, May 23, with a car

auction to be held at River Oaks

Hot Springs Spa. The auction

launches a lively five days of

entertainment and activities.

“We’re very pleased about

the way this event is coming

together,” said City Manager Jim

App. “We’re looking forward

to keeping the community

informed as we finalize our

plans for an exciting Kruse

Week schedule.”

Kruse International is one of

the world’s leading collector car

auction firms. Among other

major sales, the Kruse family is

noted for conducting the $41

million sellout of the famous

William F. Harrah automotive

collection in the mid-eighties.

“Bringing Kruse to Paso

Robles for this major event is an

incredibly exciting prospect,”

said Estrella CEO, Dick Willhoit.

“We are proud to help the

City create a signature event

setting a new standard for Paso

Robles.”

For more information,

contact Paso Robles City Event

Manager Freda Berman at (805)

237-4134.

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Winemaker Profile:

Talley Vineyards

LESLIE

MEAD

by Leah Kolt

The Arroyo Grande winegrowing region

of the California Central Coast has a

climate and soils very similar to those

of its famous French cousin – Burgundy.

While Burgundy’s northern-latitude location

keeps high temperatures at bay, the

Arroyo Grande AVA owes its micro-climate to

an east-west orientation, which allows

cooling fogs from the nearby Pacific Ocean to

drift directly into the vineyards.

As a result, the same great grapes love both

areas.

No wonder Don Talley decided to plant

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the steep hillsides

above his family’s vegetable farmland in

the early ’80s.

Burgundy has influenced Talley’s winemaking

in another way, with its minimalist

approach – a strong belief in “terroir,” with as

little manipulation as possible during the

winemaking process, allowing a sense of

place to infuse their distinctive wines.

It takes a winemaker with a light hand and

a sense of restraint to resist the invasive techniques

so many California wineries succumb

to.

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“We try to capture the individual expression

of each of our vineyards,” says Leslie

Mead, appointed Talley winemaker in

January of 2007, after serving as an enologist

there since 2005. Her background also

includes working in a water quality laboratory

in the forestry industry.

Morphing from water quality analyst into

winemaker was “a complete happy accident”

for her. “I just happened to see a newspaper

ad for a lab technician at a winery in Calaveras

County,” she explained. She jumped at

the chance, later picking up production

management experience at another vineyard.

Was it hard for someone with such a technical

and analytical mind to adapt to the

traditional methods of Burgundy “Not at all.

In fact, I have embraced working with Old

World winemaking techniques,” she says.

And there is plenty of proof the techniques

work well at Talley, with numerous ratings in

the 90s for their wines, as well as praise from

the likes of Robert Parker – arguably the

country’s best-known wine critic – who has

referred to Talley as “the superstar producer

of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on the Central

Coast” and “one of the finest Pinot Noir

producers in California.”

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Other factors help Talley garner these

accolades, such as quality control and consistency,

according to Mead. And she doesn’t

just mean consistent weather. Good business

practices contribute, as well.

The vineyard workers, who all started first

at Talley farms, are long-term employees of

the family business. And the pickers are also

the sorters. “So when they see which grapes

we discard during sorting, they know what

not to pick the next day,” she said.

Compartmentalization is another key to

quality and consistency, she added. “We keep

all lots separated right up until we make the

final blending decisions. We even have lots as

small as a barrel’s worth.”

And what about a winemaker’s life, when

she’s outside the lab and the barrel room

Mead heads up a literacy center at the winery

to help the field workers learn to speak, read,

and write in English. “I love the way Talley

gives back to its workers,” she said.

Talley Vineyards is located at 3031 Lopez

Drive in Arroyo Grande and is open daily

from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information,

call (805) 489-0446 or visit the

website at www.talleyvineyards.com


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Earth Day Food & Wine Festival to Leave Minimal Footprint

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT)

announced that it’s Earth Day Food & Wine Festival will be a “waste

free” event, held on April 19 at Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia

in Santa Margarita.

The food provided by more than 40 local farmers and restaurants

will be served on and with recyclable and compostable plates, bowls,

forks and spoons. Guests will be asked to drink water from their glass,

thus avoiding the use of individual plastic bottles. Appropriate

disposal containers, provided by San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste

Management Authority, will be accessible throughout the event. A

team of volunteers will be on site, managing the recycling and

composting project and answering any questions guests may have.

The event’s program is produced using paper with 100% postconsumer

recycled content and the entertainment stage is solar

powered, compliments of Pacific Energy Company. Ticketholders who

carpool with four or more in a vehicle, will receive premium parking

spaces. In addition, ride share options will be available throughout the

county.

“By reducing the disposable materials and carefully selecting the

products that we are using based on their ability to be recycled or

composted, there won’t be any trash going into the landfill from this

event. With a bit of planning and effort, and a few changes, we’re able

to make a big impact on the footprint that we have, and we are very

proud of that,” said Kris O’Connor, Executive Director of the Central

Coast Vineyard Team.

The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is an intimate celebration

featuring earth friendly cuisine, sustainably produced wines, live

entertainment and educational exhibits highlighting innovative products.

The food and wine featured are grown on local Central Coast

farms committed to innovative practices that protect both our natural

resources and communities. Proceeds support sustainable agriculture

research and farmworker outreach programs conducted by the Central

Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT), a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

For more information visit www.EarthDayFoodandWine.com or

call (805) 369-2288.

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Clay Thompson with “Twin Creeks” grower

Larry Meek in front of his vineyard and home

CLAIBORNE & CHURCHILL

A Community Effort

It’s an old cliché in the wine industry that

great wines are “made in the vineyard.”

Like most clichés, this is only half true, but

everyone acknowledges that “you can’t make a

good wine from bad grapes.”

What, then, does a winery do that does not

farm its own grapes

We posed that question to Clay Thompson

who, with his wife Fredericka, owns Claiborne

& Churchill, a boutique winery in San

Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley. Claiborne &

Churchill has been making quality wines from

purchased grapes for twenty-five years. They

are especially known for their pioneering

(since 1983) focus on “alternative whites”

such as Dry Riesling, Dry Gewurztraminer,

Dry Muscat and Pinot Gris.

Clay stresses the advantages of making

wine from purchased grapes. Because the

winery is not dependent on a single crop, it is

less vulnerable to the whims of mother nature.

A greater flexibility means that production can

be tailored to meet market demands, and

allows a bit of experimentation with new

grapes and new wines.

But what about consistency – of style and

quality

“It’s all about relationships,” says Clay. “We

seek out growers who share the same values as

we do, and we develop and maintain a close

and trusting relationship with them. It’s a

community effort.”

Typically these relationships are long-term.

Clay has been buying premium Riesling and

Gewurztraminer from the same vineyard since

1988. “We don’t tell them how to grow it,” he

says, “but they know what we like and we

know they’ll deliver it.”

Perhaps the most telling example of this

philosophy is found in one of Claiborne &

Churchill’s super-premium Pinot Noirs, the

“Twin Creeks.” The origin of this wine goes

back to the year 2000, when a group of homeowners

on nearby Twin Creeks Way came to

the winery seeking a buyer for their first

harvest of Pinot Noir. Each of these

“gentleman farmers” had planted a few acres

of that grape on their property. They shared

the vineyard management and wanted to find

a winery that would work with them to turn

their fruit into first-class wine.

With an exclusive right to these grapes,

Claiborne & Churchill produced its first

“Twin Creeks Pinot Noir” in 2001, a powerful

wine with its own unique flavor profile. In

turn, the growers “became part of the Claiborne

& Churchill family,” says Clay. “We

work together to maintain and improve

quality, and they are welcome on the crush

pad, in the wine cellar, and – last but not least

– at our celebratory harvest dinners!”

The Claiborne & Churchill winery and

tasting room is located at 2649 Carpenter

Canyon Road (Hwy 227), San Luis Obispo,

and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The

telephone number is (805) 544-4066 and

their website is www.claibornechurchill.com.

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PREFERRED RESTAURANTS

MAMA’S MEATBALL

by Charles Neave

One pretty reliable way to

find out just how good the

food at a local restaurant is, is

to ask somebody in the

restaurant business. Ask a

bartender, a waiter, anyone in

fact, what they think of Mama’s meatballs in San Luis Obispo

and their lips begin to quiver, their eyes roll towards the

heavens, they sigh; that is how good Mama’s Meatball is.

Set in a small courtyard off of one of the town’s main streets,

in a place called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball is actually

divided in two. On the right is the take-out where people line up

to get their orders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by

a huge-trunked tree and a water fountain, is the intimate restaurant

with it’s mural of the Mediterranean across the back.

Meatballs aside, the restaurant, under owner and chef Nicola

Allegretta, offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, many

of them now available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the

economy and his customer’s wishes. Among them are half a

dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmon and

a refreshing pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto

choices, both hot and cold paninis (including, of course, one

made with meatballs), more pasta dishes than there is space here

to share (though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade

ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot

go unmentioned).

There is also a heady selection of

meat and fish dishes (even a Rack of

Lamb al Barolo with roasted potatoes

and a rich wine sauce, just as the

name suggest) as well as any number

of traditional and specialty pizzas

(now available in two sizes) and some

far too-tempting desserts. And everything

on their seasonal menus uses

the freshest ingredients. Since all of

this good food is going to build up a thirst, there is also a nice

selection of beer and wine available in the restaurant.

Mama’s Meatball is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day

except Sunday. They are located in the Old Creamery plaza at

570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo. They are also known for

their very popular catering services, which work with groups

(including weddings) of every type and size. Their telephone

number is (805) 544-0861 and they are on the Internet at

www.MamasMeatball.com. Watch for their new location

opening the first week in April at 325 Pier Avenue, in Oceano,

(805) 473-2383.

CAYUCOS

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

SAN LUIS OBISPO

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

ROBIN'S RESTAURANT

Located in the historic east village of Cambria, in a

charming vintage home, Robin’s has been delighting locals

& visitors with quality fresh eclectic 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. Easter & Mother’s Day Brunch.

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

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

CAMBRIA

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Wineology

INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano

What is a ‘hot’ wine

Despite its connotation for things that are trendy, happening and in demand, when applied

to wine, the word “hot” is definitely not one that makes winemakers feel warm and fuzzy.

A “hot” wine is one whose alcohol content is over the top. Along with other components

of fruitiness, tannin and acidity, alcohol is a necessary part of every great wine, but when it

dominates a wine’s impact on the palate, it causes a burning sensation on the tongue, or lips,

or on the whole palate. When severe, it can be quite jarring to the unsuspecting wine drinker.

Of all the components that make up a bottle of wine, alcohol is perhaps the one that

makes the biggest impact in the final product. Because, by manipulating the amount of

alcohol in the wine, a winemaker can give a dry wine an impression of sweetness, or make a

thin wine feel more full-bodied.

There are ways in which a wine’s alcohol level can be manipulated – one takes place

outside in the vineyard and the other inside the winery.

In the vineyard, grapes that are left longer on the vine before picking, that is, increasing its

“hang time,” will naturally develop more sugar. And it’s the sugar inside the grapes that gets

converted into alcohol during fermentation. So, if you start fermentation with a high

percentage of sugar content in the juice, you end up with more alcohol when the fermentation

finishes.

In the past five to ten years, the amount of alcohol in wines has quietly been creeping

upwards. Not long ago, the average Chardonnay contained 11.5%-12.5% alcohol, but today

it’s quite normal to see 13.0% or more. And the issue is not limited to just Chardonnay. From

Fumé Blanc to Zinfandel, the trend is evident in most California wines.

It’s hard to determine if the wine producers are simply responding to consumer demand

for more robust wines or acting on a desire to imitate the higher alcohol levels in wines that

have been consistently getting highest scores from many respected wine critics and publications.

Whichever the reason, the trend is something the wine consumer should be concerned

with. However, some wine producers are making an effort to control the growth of highalcohol

wines.

Inside the winery, winemakers who feel that a wine doesn’t necessarily get better with

more alcohol take steps to actually reduce the alcohol content in wines that ferment to excessive

heights. A mechanical process, called spinning cone technology, can be used to remove a

pre-determined amount of alcohol from wine in order to make it more balanced, foodfriendly

and exhibit more noticeable delicacy and nuance.

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Len Napolitano lives in Central Coast wine country and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits

Education Trust, and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent contact with California winemakers.

More information is on his website, www.wineology.com . Send your questions about wine to:

wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered

trademark of Len Napolitano.

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Weekend of Double Decadence:

Chocolate & Wine, April 19-20

Come to Sylvester Winery for “A Day of Double Decadence.”

Enjoy the finest chocolates in the world with Sylvester’s finest wines.

Chocolate with wine pairing is $5 per person, or free for wine club

members. For more information, call 1-800-891-6055 or send an

email to info@sylvesterwinery.com.

While you’re there, be sure to take an extra few minutes to explore

the classic railcars on display, including 2 vintage Pullman sleepers

and a dining car. These cars are a tribute to a bygone era of luxury

rail travel.

The spacious tasting room offers hospitality, hand crafted wines

to taste and a gourmet foods shop. Also available are many unique

gift items including crystal, wine accessories and logo apparel. Enjoy

the expansive views of the vineyards and nearby mountain range

with a picnic basket or with a sampling of our large assortment of

gourmet meats and cheeses.

Sylvester Vineyards is located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive in Paso

Robles and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (805) 227-4000 or visit the website at

sylvesterwinery.com.

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SILVER HORSE

A One of a Kind Destination

Located in San Miguel’s beautiful Pleasant

Valley, just minutes away from downtown

Paso Robles, the Silver Horse

Winery facility is unlike any other in the Paso

Robles area.

Situated on a hilltop overlooking

hundreds of acres of vineyards, Silver Horse

Winery is one of the most beautiful facilities

around. With elegant hacienda-style appointments

such as 105-year-old clay roof tiles, a

hand-made fountain, three patios and a large

garden /lawn area, enthusiasts will experience

wine bliss while sipping on the French –

Bordeaux and Spanish – Rioja varietal wines.

Winemaker Stephen Kroener strives to

handcraft food-friendly, well-balanced wines

that reflect his family’s love of combining

great food, great wine and great friends; it is

in this spirit that each bottle of Silver Horse

wine carries the inscription “Not For Us

Alone!” Just a small side note, Silver Horse

wines are only available at the tastingroom.

Up for a little competition Silver Horse

winery also offers two regulation bocce ball

courts and two regulation horseshoe pits. If

you’re lucky you may find yourself sipping on

fine wine and having a friendly match with

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the winemaker/owners of Silver Horse

Winery. So come by their wonderful facility

and enjoy breathtaking views of some of the

Central Coast’s most beautiful vistas. Your

dreams for the ultimate wine experience will

be found at this family owned and operated

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winery! Come See for yourself!

Silver Horse Winery is located at 2995

Pleasant Road in San Miguel. Hours are

Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5

p.m. For more information, call (805) 467-

WINE or visit www.silverhorsewinery.com.

Perfect Setting for a Wine Country Wedding

Looking for a wedding venue with 360 degree

views of the surrounding vineyards in the country

side Then look no further than Silver Horse Winery.

Sitting atop a hill in the Pleasant Valley, Silver Horse

Winery provides the ideal setting for your wedding.

The Spanish Hacienda tasting room and wedding

facility with wood-burning fireplace, and elegant

hacienda-style appointments such as 105-year-old

ceramic roof tiles, make this estate winery a must see.

The Barrel Room can hold up to 150 of your guests with a dance floor, DJ/band and

food station. The new 7000-square-foot outdoor event facility provides the definitive

winery wedding setting. A 3000-square-foot indoor/outdoor event facility with

surrounding vineyards can hold up to 400 depending on your layout. A separate catering

area keeps all the behind the scenes activities, behind the scenes. The 4000-square-foot

Garden Area with its outdoor kitchen, tasting bar and raised seating areas will be ideal for

your ceremony and reception as well. To keep your guest entertained Silver Horse Winery

has two bocce ball courts as well as two horseshoe pits.

Choosing Silver Horse Winery as your wedding facility will make your wedding day

truly one to remember!


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Friday Night Wine and Cheese at Hwy. 46 West Wineries

The Highway 46 West Wineries Group is gearing up for their

annual tax revolt weekend. The group of 13 wineries will be paying

the customers sales tax on Saturday and Sunday. To kick off the

weekend a wine and cheese tasting is being held at Midnight Cellars,

Friday, April 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. The admission for the event is $15

per person or $25 per couple, tickets sold at the door. All 13 wineries

will pour award-winning wines along with local olive oils, cheeses and

breads.

About Highway 46 West Wineries Group

In 2004, 13 wineries on Highway 46 West formed the Highway 46

West Wineries Group. This group was formed to promote the tasting

rooms of the beautiful Westside and to make people aware of the

uniqueness of 46 West and the wines produced there. Paso Robles

Wine Country is as unique and inviting as the people who have dedicated

themselves to nurturing the vineyards and crafting fine wines.

Visitors to Highway 46 West find the road less traveled is often

marked by the thrill of discovery in this uncongested region. It’s an

area where hospitality is first among a long list of qualities…where

being friends and neighbors is as important as producing stellar wines.

Highway 46 West is one thread that weaves among the vineyards and

wineries connecting longtime estates with exciting new producers.

Rolling hills, majestic oaks and lush vineyards await the wine lover at

every turn. The tasting rooms of Highway 46 West invite you to enjoy

the neighborhood, relax under the spell of a friendly environment and

savor life while sipping the spectacular wines.

For more information, check out the 46 West Wineries website at

www.paso46westwineries.com.

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GREAT WESTERN BICYCLE RALLY

Introducing New Riders of All Ages to Bicycling

Once a year, on Memorial Day weekend,

cyclists of all ages and abilities experience an

affordable “mini” vacation with other cyclists

in the beautiful and bike-friendly setting of

scenic Paso Robles.

The Great Western Bicycle Rally is a large,

friendly, family oriented bike event extravaganza

that is unique to California and dedicated

to recreational cycling. The event transforms

the Paso Robles Event Center and the

surrounding countryside into a pedaler’s

paradise. Those attending include families,

couples, singles, friends, church groups, bike

club members, and Boy and Girl Scout troops

… literally anyone who can ride a bike.

The Rally prides itself in introducing new

riders of all ages to bicycling. Any group or

individual can schedule their own rides and

activities during the Rally and it’s a great place

to meet up with friends and family and enjoy

a longer weekend event. Because there is no

specific schedule one must follow participants

can enjoy a stress-free environment

centered on bicycling.

Competitions and social activities are

numerous at the Rally making it easy to meet

other people. One can choose from doing a

competition such as the Hill Climb or Ultra

Distance Competition, participate in the “Geo

Cache Ride” or take a child to the “Training

Wheel Freedom” Clinic or Bicycle Rodeo.

Wine taste, attend yoga classes or try the

many fine restaurants and tasting rooms in

Paso Robles and the surrounding area.

Participants can choose from 25 scenic

bike rides of varying distances and difficulty

through farmland, vineyards, native oaks and

even ocean scenery. The Rally is a unique

event (the only Rally in California) with a 44-

year-old tradition of offering a variety of activities

and rides for all levels of cyclists. The

Rally includes:

• Route Slips for Rides From 5 to 100 Miles

(from easy to very challenging)

• Admission to Numerous Social Activities

and Competitions

• “The Wine Ride” - your purchases are

picked up

• Family and Kids Activities and Skill

Clinics

• Vendor Market Place, Bike Swap and BBQ’s

• An Optional Supported One-Day

Century/Metric Century Bike Ride

• Le Tour de Femme (Women’s Only Ride)

• Clinics, Yoga, Massage, Fun Run

• Goodie Bag and Chance to Win Door

Prizes

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Cal Poly Vines To Wines Will Host Sixth Annual

Wine Festival Put On By Students, April 25-26

The Cal Poly Vines to Wines club will

host its sixth annual Cal Poly Wine Festival,

formally known as “An Afternoon Amidst

the Oaks” on April 25 and 26. The weekend

includes a golf tournament and wine tasting

that features California wineries as well as

local restaurants and caterers.

Vines to Wines is a student-run organization

dedicated to promoting active participation

in wine education and establishing

industry connections. The “Learn By

Tasting” philosophy equips leaders in wine

business, oenology and viticulture to

address the diverse needs of the wine

industry.

The festival began as a Cal Poly senior

project in 2003 and has grown more each

year. Last year the event drew over 1,000

wine enthusiasts, Cal Poly students and

alumni. Nearly 100 wineries attended the

event from the Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Paso

Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara

regions.

The golf tournament, called “Golf

Classic” will be held at Cypress Ridge Golf

Course on Friday, April 25. Participants

receive a Tee Bag, a Wine Festival Golf

Classic polo shirt, a box lunch and a raffle

ticket for the raffle at the end of the tournament.

There are three ticket packages available

to participants ranging from $150 to

$210. The club encourages winemakers and

the general public to attend the tournament.

The Wine Festival takes place on

Saturday, April 26, at Santa Margarita Ranch

where local restaurants will serve appetizers

while attendees taste fine wines, bid on

silent auction items and listen to local band,

The Shival Experience. General admission

for the festival is $50. Tickets for Cal Poly

students, staff, and faculty are $30. New

this year, the “Gold Pass” ticket will offer a

premium tasting experience for only $20

more. Doors will open one hour earlier for

those ticket holders. Only 200 tickets are

available so purchase your tickets early! All

tickets and packages go on sale March 1 on

the event website.

Proceeds from the Golf Classic and the

Wine Festival benefit Vines to Wines and

Cal Poly’s Wine and Viticulture program.

For more information, visit the event

website at www.calpolywinefestival.com.

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Midlife Crisis Winery – Chasing A Dream

“Midlife Crisis – what a great name – why

did you call it that” Kevin and Jill Mittan,

the owners of Midlife Crisis Winery, are used

to this question and many others. Jill’s flipquick

answer is because she is the same age as

Disneyland. The real answer is a lot more

complex – as are all things in life – and

involves many reasons too numerous to name

all coming together in a moment of crisis.

The result became an overwhelming desire to

chase an impossible dream, to believe in it

totally and a determination to make it real.

They threw caution to the wind once the

decision was made to start the winery. In less

than four months, they sold their house in

Los Angeles, bought land in Paso Robles,

started the winery and crushed their first

grapes. Both agree that if they took the time

to stop and think, there might not be a winery

today.

Winemaking and all other duties are a

shared responsibility for Jill and Kevin. The

Midlife Crisis Winery Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday–Sunday March 22-23

Midlife Crisis Winery will be celebrating Easter with an

Easter egg hunt at its downtown Paso Robles tasting room

March 22 and 23. Plastic Easter eggs containing special

offers, discounts and other surprises will be hidden around

the tasting room for you to find. Cheese pairings will be

offered with Midlife’s current releases. Special treats will

be available for children. Tasting will be complimentary.

E-mail info@midlifecrisiswinery.com or call 805-237-8730

wines reflect their love of food friendly

wines. The wines are started in neutral oak

until the essence of the fruit has a chance to

emerge. Then, oak is used carefully to

enhance, not overpower, the fruit. The

results are well balanced wines that pair well

with food but that can also stand alone.

In September of 2005, the Mittans opened

a cooperative wine tasting room in downtown

Paso Robles called Wines on Pine. In

November of 2006, Midlife Crisis Winery

went solo. The tasting room at 1244 Pine

Street became the tasting room for the

Midlife Crisis Winery only. Aided by tasting

room manager and wine maven, Allison

Groves, the tasting room is open five days a

week allowing the Mittans to make wines on

the weekend. You see, as the dream becomes

real and the winery grows, day jobs in Los

Angeles support it. Five days a week, the

Mittans are working in LA in the entertainment

industry and two days a week, they are

in Paso making wine and pushing the dream

along.

The next phase of the dream is the development

of a winery and vineyard on their

property and of, eventually, making wine full

time in Paso Robles. Until then, the Mittans

invite you to share their midlife crisis and

their dream at their tasting room at 1244 Pine

Street in downtown Paso Robles. The tasting

room is open Thursday through Monday

from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also find

them online at www.midlifecrisiswinery.com.

DOWNTOWN

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VIHUELA

Wine Attic

BEAR CAVE CELLARS

ARROYO ROBLES

SPRING STREET

14TH STREET

13TH STREET

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SELLERS WINERY

ORCHID

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Hice Cellars

PASO ROBLES STREET

ANGLIM WINERY

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TASTE WHAT DOWNTOWN

HAS TO OFFER

Arroyo Robles

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.

Open Daily 11-7 | 739 12th St, Paso Robles

877-759-WINE | www.arroyorobles.com

Bear Cave Cellars

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.

1227 Park Street

Suite B

Paso Robles

805-238-4329

Downtown Paso Robles

is home to more than 10

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

Orchid Hill

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.

1140 Pine Street, Paso Robles

805-237-7527

Thursday-Monday 11:30-6 or by appointment

Pianetta Winery

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.

829 13th Street, Paso Robles

805-226-4005 | www.pianettawinery.com

Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 12pm-6pm

Friday & Saturday: 11am-7pm

D’Anbino

Owned by a family

of professional

musicians, you

will always be

entertained in our

lively tasting room.

Experience our

award-winning

wines and music

memorabilia.

710 Pine Street, Paso Robles

805-227-6800

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11-6

Edward Sellers

Edward Sellers is

a boutique winery

specializing in small lots

of handmade American

Rhône-style wines

from Paso Robles.

Our awarding winning wines reveal an

elegant structure and an intense

fruit concentration distinctive of their

progressive Central Coast origins.

Come in and enjoy a taste.

1220 Park Street, Paso Robles

in the newly completed “Clock Tower Building”

805-239-8915 | www.edwardsellers.com

Thursday-Monday, Noon-7

Vihuela

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!

1307 Park St, Paso Robles (behind Keller Williams)

805-835-4304

Sunday & Monday 11-4

Thursday through Saturday 11-8

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Pierre Bensusan Concert

at Castoro Cellars

Innovative acoustic guitarist, Pierre Bensusan is coming to Castoro

Cellars for a evening of music and wine in the intimate concert

setting. Concert will take place at Castoro Cellars Tasting Room

Saturday, March 29. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert begins

at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person.

Enjoy Castoro Cellars Dam Fine Wine while listening to Pierre

Bensusan’s unique style exhibiting remarkable dynamics and tone

control, usually to be found only in the playing of high profile classical

guitarists.

Other upcoming events at Castoro Cellars are:

• Saturday, May 17 – Did someone say Sangria for Breakfast Kick off

your festival celebration with breakfast at Castoro Cellars. Breakfast

crêpes by LeMoine Crêperie and Sangria made from our “Dam Fine

Wine.” $10/person, $8/Wine Club (includes wine tasting).

• May16-18 – Select library, barrel and special release wine available

all weekend. Wright Choice BBQ will fire up the grill and LeMoine

Crêperie will be creating sweet and savory crêpes all weekend.

Enjoy live music by ZZAH on Sunday between 12 to 4 p.m.

• Friday, May 16 – You are invited to an unforgettable evening of food

and wine, as acclaimed Chef José Dahan pairs his culinary prowess

with “Dam Fine Wine” – current releases and Niels’ picks from the

cellar. Live music by Tim Pacheco. See the website for complete

menu. Tickets are $105, $90 for wine club members.

Join Castoro Cellars at 1315 North Bethel Road in Templeton.

For more information about these events and other upcoming

events at Castoro Cellars, check out www.castorocellars.com or call

1-888-DAM-FINE.

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C R E S TON

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PASO ROBLES

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Visit some of the newest and most exciting

wineries on Califonia’s Central Coast!

PENMAN SPRINGS VINEYARD

Penman Springs Vineyard is an artisan wine farm dedicated

to producing the finest grapes possible. We grow

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sarah, Petite

Sarah and Muscat Blanc. A select portion of these grapes is

crafted into award winning table and dessert wines.

Taste the Art Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm (closed January)

1985 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles

805-237-7959 | www.penmansprings.com

Fine Wine

Friendl y P eo ple

Open Daily 11-5

4295 Union Road

805-237-8884

www.riosecowine.com

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Our vineyard has been in since the

late ’80s. B & E Vineyard is a

small family owned winery.

We invite you come and taste our

wines in the B & E Saloon that

overlooks the vineyard.

Daily 11am-5pm

10000 Creston Road, Paso Robles

805-238-4815

www.bevineyard.com

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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


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Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery – A Diamond in the Rough

by Dave Wilcox

When Tom and Carol Hinkle first glimpsed the site where they

would eventually establish Rio Seco Vineyard and Winery,

they both thought the same thing: It was a mess.

They saw more than a dozen or so abandoned cars, remnants of a

charred home, and chicken and pig pens. Then there were the bullet

holes piercing the walls of an old barn where authorities had busted

one of the area’s largest marijuana-growing rings.

But as a professional baseball scout with more than 25 years experience,

Tom Hinkle has developed his ability to witness potential that

others might overlook.

“He could look past the mess, to the site, and saw the promise and

so many possibilities,” Carol Hinkle said of her husband.

That promise has been kept.

Despite a schedule that keeps him on the road much of the year,

Hinkle and his wife, a retired schoolteacher, have developed Rio Seco

into a respected winery that produces about 4,000 cases annually.

Thirty of the ranch’s 64 acres are planted, with a little more than half

growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. Hinkle

said after much investigation, he also decided to plant Roussanne and

Viognier as the winery’s white varietals. Rio Seco’s blend of Viognier

and Orange Muscat is playfully named “Rio Vio.”

The Hinkles, who live a few miles south of Paso Robles in Atascadero,

knew they wanted to stay in San Luis Obispo County even

after Tom left his job in 1980 as assistant coach for the Cal Poly baseball

team to become a scout. Hinkle, an All-American catcher signed

in 1963 by the Detroit Tigers, is responsible for recruiting future Hall

of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith to Cal Poly.

Some sound investments enabled the couple to buy the 64-acre

spread on Paso Robles’ east side overlooking a dry creek (hence, Rio

Seco) in 1996. The site had been used to make a B-movie called “The

Junkman,” which Hinkle said is why so many beat-up cars littered the

grounds.

They were bonded in 1998 and their initial vintages were made

under the direction of a consulting winemaker. But in 2000, the

Hinkles purchased winemaking equipment from Pesenti Winery

when it was sold to Turley Cellars. The decision to buy the equipment,

instead of paying a consulting winemaker, was empowering,

said Carol Hinkle.

They were now in control of their wine from vineyard to bottle.

Along with assistant winemaker Eric Bauer (who pitched for Hinkle at

Cal Poly during the early 1970s), Hinkle began crafting single-varietal

wines along with blends with baseball-themed labels – Clubhouse Red

and the Rio Seco Vineyard Paso Robles MVP Reserve Red Table Wine.

Hinkle scouts his grapes the same way he eyes ballplayers, looking

for nuances that distinguish great fruit from good fruit. Like most

good winemakers, Hinkle believes quality wines are “made” in the

vineyards.

Once harvest is complete and the grapes are crushed, he isn’t one

to tinker.

“Start with good fruit (and) keep it simple” is the philosophy that

guides his winemaking, said Hinkle.

“The hard part of this business is farming,” he said while walking

through the vineyard on a recent postcard-perfect morning. “We really

work to get quality fruit.”

Rio Seco’s red wines spend up to 24 months in the barrel, then

another eight months to a year in the bottle, before their release.

Road trips provide Hinkle with plenty of time to mull ideas for the

winery.

“Tom’s an idea guy,” said Carol.

For the baseball scout, it’s all about the fundamentals: Good food,

good wine, good friends, all coming together in a beautiful spot.

Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through

Monday. You can find Rio Seco Vineyards and Winery at 4295 Union

Road. Exit Highway 101 at Highway 46 East and travel about two

miles to Union Road and turn right. Make an immediate left and the

winery is about two miles down the road. Call (805) 237-8884 or visit

www.riosecowine.com for more information.

CASS VINEYARDS

Visit us at our café style tasting room and sample your

favorite Rhône wines, paired with samples of select gourmet

cheese, pâte and specialty food. Our Chef’s Pantry offers an

array of choices for an impromptu picnic indoors or out. We

also offer a lunch menu prepared by our Chef Dusty Lehigh

Friday thru Sunday.

Open Monday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm

7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles

805-239-1730 | www.casswines.com

CHATEAU MARGENE

A micro winery specializing in the production of small lots of

luxury, handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignon. Chateau Margene

produces 3,000 cases per year and focuses on viticulture and

winemaking practices that offer maximum expression of the

Paso Robles terrior. Come enjoy the wines and picnic on the

deck or under the oaks.

Open Saturday-Sunday Noon-5pm

By advanced appointment on Fridays

4385 La Panza Road, Creston, CA

805-238-2321 | www.chateaumargene.com

STILL WATERS VINEYARDS

Taste handcrafted estate wines of Cabernet Sauvignon,

Merlot, Sarah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and

Viognier. Bring a picnic and enjoy the spectacular

views from our olive grove overlooking the vineyard.

Thursday-Monday 11-5pm

2750 Old Grove Lane, Paso Robles

805-237-9231 | www.stillwatersvineyards.com

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San Luis Obispo Vintners Association Announces Dates

For the Roll Out The Barrel Passport Weekend, May 1-4

San Luis Obispo Vintners Association announced

the dates of their popular Roll Out The Barrels

Weekend Event. The event this year will be, Barrels

in the Plaza, Thursday evening in downtown SLO’s

mission plaza from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This portion of

the weekend will focus primarily on “grown here,

made here”; as SLO Vintner’s partner up with local

food producers and vendors to celebrate a complete

culinary experience right from the terroir of SLO.

This past year all three events sold out as we limit

the number of tickets so that we can offer a small

town, personal feel to this weekend. We celebrate not

only the wine but an entire culinary experience and

personalilties behind the scenes of SLO”, said Becky

Gray, San Luis Obispo Vintners Executive Director.

Weekend Itinerary includes four days of celebration:

• Thursday, May 1 – Barrels In The Plaza (5:30 –

7:30pm) $25

• Friday, May 2nd – Winemaker Dinners

• Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th – Passport

to SLO Wine Country, $50

(Designated Drivers, $40)

The annual two day passport portion (Saturday

and Sunday), will allow visitors to San Luis Obispo

entry to 16 wineries where they will experience wine

and food pairings, reserve barrel tastings, entertainment

and special discounts.

More information will be posted soon, visit their

website at www.slowine.com.

LOS OSOS VALLEY RD

SEE CANYON RD

Per Bacco Cellars

To Paso Robles

(26 miles, see page 22)

CALLE JOAQUIN

Kelsey See Canyon

SAN LUIS BAY RD

ONTARIO RD

AVILA BEACH

Alapay

Morovino

Avila Beach

SALISBURY VINEYARDS


101

VACHELL

101

S. HIGUERA

MARSH ST

Sextant Winery

SANTA ROSA

OSOS ST

BROAD ST

TANK FARM

Pismo Beach

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

BUCKLEY RD

MONTEREY ST

JOHNSON AVE

JOHNSON AVE

ORCUTT

Edna Valley Winery

HINDS AVE

1

Cerro Caliente Cellars

EDNA RD

PRICE CANYON RD

TANK FARM

BIDDLE RANCH

OLD PARK

E. GRAND AVE.

POZO VALLEY

San Luis Obispo

TOLOSA

WINERY

RIGHETTI RD

BAILEYANA AND TANGENT VINEYARDS

Saucelito Canyon & Ortman Family Vineyard

Wolff Vineyards

Piedra Creek

BY APPOINTMENT

CLAIBORNE

& CHRUCHILL

101

227

CARPENTER CANYON RD

NOYES

Domaine

Alfred

Kynsi

Vineyards

WOOD

WINERY

TRAFFIC

ORCUTT

TIFFANY RANCH

BRIDGE

CORBETT CANYON RD

BRANCH RD

HUASNA RD

LOPEZ DR


TALLEY

VINEYARDS

HUASNA RD

LAETITIA VINEYARD

Barnwood Vineyard

Rancho

Arroyo

Grande

Arroyo Grande

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Motorcar Excursion on the Santa Maria Railroad, April 5

The Santa Maria Valley Railroad will host the second annual

Motorcars Operators West Motorcar Excursion on Saturday April 5,

2008. Maintenance of Way cars, or affectionately called speeders, are

railroad motorcars used by railroads for track inspections and to

haul tools and workers to work sites. Speeders have been replaced

by hy-rail vehicles, standard pickup trucks with railroad wheels. In

fact the Santa Maria Valley Railroad is one of the last to use speeders.

This year features the fully restored Santa Maria Valley Railroad

Railbus No. 9 to be leading the excursion. The Pacific Southwest

Rail Museum will be bringing the SMVRR Railbus #9 home for this

special excursion. SMVRR Railbus #9 was built in 1932 by Fairmont

Railway Motors and served as an inspection car and auxiliary

section car for hauling workers. Railbus #9 was retired by the Santa

Maria Valley Railroad in 1962. It was acquired by the Pacific Southwest

Rail Museum in Campo in 1965 and was fully restored in

1

McKeon-

Philips

To San Luis Obispo

(32 miles, see page 28)

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MAIN

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STOWELL

Costa De Oro

BETTERAVIA

135

Santa Maria

1991. SMVRR Railbus No. 9 was featured in a Huell Howser California

Gold segment on the California and Arizona Railroad a few

years ago.

Although the speeder event is a private event, the public is

invited to the freight depot for guided tours of the speeders and

SMVRR’s maintenance of way equipment will be displayed. A

schedule will be published so anyone who wishes can see the

speeders along the SMVRR right of way. Also there will be a silent

auction fund raiser for the Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad,

a non profit organization dedicated to preserve, improve, and

interpret the historical aspects of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad.

Friends of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad provide its members and

the public with railroading experience and educational opportunities

such as dinner train excursions and open house events. The

Santa Maria Valley Railroad hosts programs for the Friends of the

Santa Maria Valley Railroad every second Thursdays of the month

starting at 6 p.m. at the historic SMVRR freight depot, 628

S. McClelland Street in Santa Maria.

Motorcars Operators West is a non-profit organization devoted to

the restoration and safe, legal operation of railroad motorcars (track

speeders). For more information, visit www.smvrr.com.

Addamo

Vineyards

Orcutt

CLARK

101

TELEPHONE

DOMINION

Cottonwood

Canyon

SANTA MARIA MESA RD

Cambria

KENNETH

VOLK

VINEYARDS

TEPUSQUET

Byron

135

Rancho Sisquoc

FOXEN CANYON RD

Foxen Vineyards

1

Los Alamos

To

Lompoc

(18 miles, see page 30)/

Solvang (34 miles, see page 30)

Bedford

Thompson

ALISOS CANYON

Curtis

Firestone

Tres Hermanas

Zaca Mesa

Fess Parker

Koehler

FOXEN CANYON RD

STA

ZACA

154

101

To Solvang

(17 miles, see page 30)

To Los Olivos

(11 miles,

see page 30)

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival, April 19

The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival celebrates the

arrival of spring and a new vintage. Excitement is high over the longweekend

of activities that include the “Vintners’ Visa” passport to

tasting rooms, special events at wineries throughout the region and the

festival itself. The festival features fine wines, superb food, live music,

strolling entertainment, demonstrations and a silent auction, all in a

festive outdoor environment.

The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival attracts wine

lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintners,

taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music in a festive outdoor

environment. The 2008 Vintners’ Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

on April 19 and will once again be celebrated at River Park in Lompoc.

The festival will feature the wines of the 100+ members of the association,

live and lively music, a silent auction and Wine Country

cuisine by the area’s finest chefs. And why not make a weekend out of

it, celebrating the arrival of spring and the beginning of the 2008

vintage The Vintners’ Visa is your four-day pass to twelve participating

wineries, each of whom are waiving tasting fees and might even be

planning something special just for Visa holders. To fully take advantage

of the weekend, get a “combo” ticket to visit tasting rooms on

Friday, Sunday or Monday and enjoy the festival on Saturday.

To enjoy your visit to Wine Country and help keep the roads safe,

bus transportation will be offered to and from the festival from Santa

Barbara, Santa Maria and Solvang as well as a Designated Driver ticket,

which allows your DD to enjoy the festival ambiance, music and

cuisine along with soft drinks and coffee.

The festival has grown in popularity and attendance over the years.

First held on the grounds of Mission Santa Inés in Solvang, the first

festival included 17 Vintners’ Association members pouring their

wines. With the 2007 Silver Jubilee, more than ninety wineries will be

joined by grower members of the association and more than two dozen

local restaurants and caterers. Live bands, wine-related exhibitions and

a silent auction to benefit local charities will round out the day.

This closely coincides with the growth of the wine industry in

To Santa Maria,

Paso Robles

154

To Hwy. 101

Santa Maria (32 miles, see page 29)

Paso Robles (88 miles, see page 22)

Foley

Estates

Winery

To Lompoc

(18 miles)

To

Hwy. 1

To Santa Maria

Palmina Lompoc “Wine Ghetto”

1

Fiddlehead Cellars

E. CHESTNUT

7TH

246

Sanford

D’Vine

Wine

Tasting

Lompoc

SANTA ROSA AVE

246

1

Buellton

Lafond

Babcock

Melville

Casa Cassara

INDUSTRIAL

Alma Rosa

AVE OF THE FLAGS

101

To

Hwy.

101

Foley

Estates

Winery

To Santa Barbara

Mosby

BALLARD CANYON RD

Los Olivos

G

Rusack

Ballard

CHALKHILL

To

Santa

Barbara

(43 miles, see page 31)

ATTERDAG

2ND

OAK

MOLLE

PARK

1ST

BALLARD CANYON RD

Solvang

Honeywood/

Olde Mission Wine Co.

Cabana/Wondering Dog Wine Bar

Shoestring

Hitching Post

101

TRIO TASTINGS

Casa Cassara

Presidio

Lucas & Lewellen

PARK

Royal Oaks

COPENHAGEN

Bellissima

ALISAL

MISSION

Epiphany

Daniel Gehrs

Longoria

WILD HEART

Los Olivos Tasting Room

Andrew Murray

STOLPMAN

GRAND AVE

ALAMO PINTADO AVE

Blackjack

Lincourt

CARINA

CELLARS

Tastes of the Valleys

ALAMOPINTADO RD

Carhartt Winery

Consilience

Alexander & Wayne

Arthur Earl

ALAMO PINTADO AVE

Rideau

Buttonwood

246

SCOTT CELLARS

BASELINE

Wine

Country

Kalyra

Lion’s Peak/Mission Meadow Winery

Mandolina

Alisal Cellars

Sunstone

Uncorked/Monsoon Cellars

Beckmen

REFUGIO

154

REFUGIO

ROBLAR AVE

Roblar

Winery

Brander & Domaine

Santa Barbara

QUESTA

EDISON

S O N

EDI

Santa Ynez Wine Cellar

Artiste

Bridlewood

SAGUNTO

Chumash

Casino

MORA

To Santa Barbara

(29 miles, see page 31)

MEADOWVALE

Gainey

246

Santa Ynez

Not to Scale

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Santa Barbara County over the years,” states Jim Fiolek, Executive

Director. “Back when we held that first festival, there were fewer than

seven thousand acres of vineyards bearing fruit, and we were a relatively

unknown wine region. Now, we have recognition for the quality

of our wines worldwide, with over twenty-thousand acres of vineyards

planted within the County. But even as we grow in size and reputation,

there is still a small town, country atmosphere here. Great wines,

superb food and friendly people – doesn’t get any better than that!”

Order tickets early to guarantee your spot, as the Vintners’ Festival

generally sells out!

Vintners’ Festival tickets are $75 per person. Vintners’ Visas - your

four-day pass to twelve tasting rooms – are $35 per person. Combo

Ticket – Vintners’ Festival ticket and Visa – are $100 per person.

Vinters’ Festival Designated Driver tickets are $25 per person. Bus

tickets are $25 per person

Bus schedule:

• Santa Barbara: departs/returns Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort,

633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Board: 11:30 a.m.

• Santa Maria: departs/returns Holiday Inn & Suites,

2100 No. Broadway Board 12:15 p.m.

• Solvang: departs/returns Royal Scandinavian Inn,

400 Alisal Road Board 12 p.m.

You can purchase tickets online until Thursday, April 17th; tickets

purchased before Friday, April 11th will be mailed to you; Festival

tickets purchased after April 11th will be held for you at the Will Call

tent at the entrance to the event.

For more information, visit www.sbcountywines.com, send an

email to information@sbcountywines.com or call (805) 688-0881.

Santa Barbara

MISSION

101

STATE

To Solvang

(34 miles, see page 30)

OLIVE

ANAPAMU

ANACAPA

Margerum

N SALSIPUEDES

Carr Winery

MILPAS

E GUITERREZ

MONTECITO

Oreana Whitcraft

Santa Barbara

Kalyra Winery

Winery


Summerland

Jaffurs Winery

Wine Cellars

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

101

Stearns Wharf Vintners

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★ Adelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 11-5

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 11-5:30

740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 Su 12-5:30 & By Appt X X

★ Arroyo Robles – Paso Robles Closed Tu

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

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

★ D’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su

710 Pine St; 805-227-6800 11-6 X X

Dark Star Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su

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

Denner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles

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

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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 Daily 10-5:30 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 10-5 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 Robles Daily

Hwy 46 East; 805-688-3940 10-5 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

★ Hearthstone Tasting Room – Paso Robles

1244 Pine St, Ste A; 805 237-8730 Th-Mo 10:30-6 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; 805-828-5906 11-5

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 12-5 X X

★J. Paul Rosilez – Cambria Mo-Th Su 11-5

734 Main St, Ste C; 805-927-5110 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X

Jack Creek Cellars – Templeton By

5265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Appt 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

Laura’s Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily

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

Nadeau Family Vintners – 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


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★Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily

1140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 11-5:30 X X

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 Th-Su

8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 11-5 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

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

Whalebone Winery – Paso Robles Daily

8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 11-4:30 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 ANTA MARGARITA

★Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita Fr-Su

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

SAN LUIS OBISPO

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

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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

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 Daily

1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 11-5 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

Ortman Family – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo

3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-473-9463 10-5 X X

Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo Th-Mo

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

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 Th-Su

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

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

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

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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

Chimere – Santa Maria

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; 805-937-9063 10-5:30 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

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 OLIVO 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

2921 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

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Brophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room

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

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

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

LOMPOC/BUELLTON

Alma Rosa – Buellton

Daily

7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 11-5 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

SOLVANG

★ 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 Tastings – 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

S ANTA YNEZ

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

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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

SANTA BARBARA

Carr Vineyards – Santa Barbara Daily

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

Jaffurs – Santa Barbara

Fr-Su

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

Kalyra Winery – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7

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

Margerum Wine Company – at Wine Cask in Santa Barbara

813 Anacapa St; 805-966-9463 Sa-Su 11-3 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

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