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HEARSTCASTLEMorroBayPasoRobles• San SimeonCambria YORK1MOUNTAIN46W•Cayucos•10141••1•Avila BeachPismoBeach•San Miguel22746ETempleton41• AtascaderoSan Luis Obispo•• •PASO ROBLESEDNA VALLEYArroyoGrande101166Santa•Maria•OrcuttARROYO GRANDEVALLEY•Lompoc1P a c i f i c O c e a nSANTA MARIASANTARITAHILLSVALLEY246Buellton58166LosOlivos•Solvang• • •SANTAYNEZVALLEYCHUMASHCASINOSanta Ynez1545San Luis Obispo& Santa BarbaraCountiesGetting to Paso RoblesTRAVEL TIMEFROM MILES (Average)San Francisco 204 3hrs 15minSacramento 266 4hrs 15minSan Jose 158 2hrs 30minMonterey 116 2hrsGetting to Santa BarbaraSan Francisco 326 5hrs 30minSacramento 388 6hrs 15minSan Jose 280 4hrs 45minMonterey 238 4hrsPaso Robles 123 2hrs 15minGetting to VenturaSan Francisco 353 5hrs 45minSacramento 393 6 hrsSan Jose 307 5hrsMonterey 265 4hrs 30minPaso Robles 149 2hrs 30min 5Santa Barbara 27 30 min101SantaBarbara•150Ojai•33150Ventura•Camarillo12623118• • ThousandOxnard • Oaks1

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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHF E A T U R ES T O R Y 8W I N E R YF E A T U R E 14P R E F E R R E DT A S T I N G R O O M 18W I N E M A K E RP R O F I L E 26P R E F E R R E DT A S T I N G R O O M 28Avant Tapas & Wine BarHunt CellarsJada Vineyards & WineryStolpman VineyardsKenneth Volk VineyardsS A N LU I S O B I S P O & S A N TA B A R B A R A CO U N T I E SA P R I L 2 0 1 1 • I S S U E 4 – V O L U M E 4ON THE COVERCarina Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6WINE COUNTRY NEWSWine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-13Wine Country Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27PLEASANT VALLEY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25SAN LUIS OBISPO WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31AVILA BEACH WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-33SANTA BARBARA COUNTY :SANTA BARBARA WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35LOMPOC WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36SANTA MARIA VALLEY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39LOS OLIVOS WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40-41SOLVANG WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-43WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44-47ADVERSTISING REPRESENTATIVESPUBLISHERMANAGING EDITORCALENDAR EDITOROFFICE MANAGEREDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSA Publication of Wine Country This WeekWhitney Brem, San Luis Obispo CountyPhone 805-252-5440centralcoast@winecountrythisweek.comJenn Jones, Santa Barbara CountyPhone 805-895-7378jenn@winecountrythisweek.comMike GiangrecoDirect 707-938-3734mike@winecountrythisweek.comChandra GrantP.O. Box 92, El Verano, CA 95433Phone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674chandra@winecountrythisweek.comLaurie FlippenPhone 707-938-1783 / Fax 707-938-3674laurie@winecountrythisweek.comCathy GorePhone 707-938-3494 / Fax 707-938-3674Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.comMichael Cervin, Melissa Chavez, Darren DelmoreLen Napolitano, Cathy Neushul, Lisa PrettyGoing to Northern California Wine Country?Look for WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK at wineries, hotels, concierge desks,car rentals, restaurants, high-end grocery stores and more!www.winecountrythisweek.com4 Look for us on Facebook and become a Fan!

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHCome Stay at Their Piece of HeavenCarina Cellars Opens a VacationRental at Rancho del Cieloby Carolyn TurnerWhen David Hardee and JoeyTensley, owner and winemaker ofCarina Cellars winery respectively,began searching for the perfect pieceRATES AND AVAILABILITYMarch-October:of land on which to plant their estate$400/night mid-week (MON-THU)vineyards, it was an easy decision to$500/night weekends (FRI-SUN)*$2200/week (FRI-FRI OR SUN-SUN)settle on an 83-acre property on theWestside of Paso Robles. The propertyoffered rich soil and a unique microclimatefor growing incredibly flavorfuland concentrated grapes, allowingTensley to create Rhône-style wineswith a broad palate and deepcomplexity. Yet one of the most notable characteristics of the propertyis the steep hill rising nearly 500 feet from the base, atop of which sitsHardee’s home, surrounded by rows of grapes cascading downwardmaking it one of the highest vineyards along coastal California. It isthis view from the top that gave inspiration to the name, Rancho delCielo, or Ranch of the Sky.Since purchasing the property in 2007, Hardee immediately wentto work building a winery and planting about 23-acres of grapesincluding Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Tannat andZinfandel. In 2008 the winery was completed, and fall 2010 markedthe first harvest of Carina Cellars’ estate grapes. More recently,however, Hardee renovated his entire home at the top of Ranchodel Cielo to turn it into a vacation rental, which is now available forshort- and long-term rental!In addition to wine and barrel tasting, visitors to Carina CellarsNovember-February:$300/night mid-week (MON-THU)$400/night weekends (FRI-SUN)*$1300/week (FRI-FRI OR SUN-SUN)*3 night rental: 1/2 off 3rd night! • *$4900/monthmay now stay at Hardee’s gorgeousthree-bedroom, two-bath ranchhouse, which also includes a privatevineyard tour.“I love the Paso Robles winecountry and our property,” saidHardee. “So I’m excited for thisopportunity to share it with old andnew friends.” Make sure to try someof Carina Cellars’ signature blends,the Clairvoyant, Syrah “7 Percent”and Iconoclast, as well as theirvibrant Viognier and spicy Syrahs.Guests also enjoy use of a largeinfinity pool with a 40-foot infinityedge overlooking the entire Westsideof Paso Robles, along with an infinityJacuzzi and comfortable patio for enjoying a glass of wine at the endof the day. Although Rancho del Cielo is located in the mountains, it’sa mere four miles from downtown Paso Robles with numerous diningoptions, and only twelve miles from Hearst Castle. Once inside, enjoya 53" flat screen HDTV with surround sound and a large kitchen.There is also a brand new BBQ and outdoor seating on the patio.For more information as well as rates and availability regardingthis amazing property, visit or book your staythrough or by contacting Nicolette Harley at(805) 835-9643 or The Rancho delCielo winery is located at 3525 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles and isopen for wine tastings Friday – Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. andon Tuesday - Thursday by appointment only. Carina Cellars also hasan additional tasting room located at 2900 Grand Ave. in Los Olivosthat’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.6 Find more at

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHAvant Tapas and WineWhat is hip? Local Wine Pours and Savory Noshesby Melissa ChavezGather together 32 wines, serve them with delectable accompanimentsunder one stylish roof, and you’ve got a fun-to-do with friends,plans for a first date and all the more reason to celebrate TGIF. AvantTapas and Wine provides the perfect venue for just these occasionsand more.Located 40 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Avant Tapas is positionedless than a mile off Hwy. 101 in Buellton. The tasting room iseasily accessible to civilization, yet within enviable western views ofthe Santa Rita Hills.In operation since October 2009, Avant Tapas and Wine is locatedwithin the Terravant custom crush facility, which owns Avant. In justthree years, small- to medium-sized winery operations heavily rely onstate-of-the-art equipment at Terravant. Because making great wine isserious business, its job is to help vintners realize the end result ofprecious years in the winemaking after the harvest – from crushing orpressing and fermentation, to aging and bottling. Communication andoversight between winemaker and oenologist make for a teamapproach in crafting the best wine possible.The exterior of the entrance is a striking mix of swank-meetscommercial,with bold angles and expansive window panes that glowfrom within when lit at evening. Inside the cavernous structure, linearoutlines of glass and metal are repeated throughout. Touches of CaliforniaArts & Crafts and Prairie Style are also conveyed throughtexture and color in reds and rusts, and tans and earthy browns. Theirdesign influences are most evident in symmetrical shapes and designelements, such as high-back leather seating and pendant lighting.For adventurous wine lovers, Avant Tapas offers the best of bothworlds: Winemakers are often on hand to serve portions and discussparticulars about their vintages, but the gadget-prone might want toget their hands on an assemblage of air-tight, electronic winedispensers that allow for tasting a multitude of vintages by a variety ofwineries. Most wine tastes hover from around $.75 to $3. And sure,these modern-day automats share a like steel fortitude of theircentury-old sandwich machine counterparts. But here, you’redestined to find tempting red Bordeaux varietals instead of bologna.Each digitally measured dispenser offers wine in the amount of yourchoice and, most importantly, a generous selection of them, too.“More than half our menu items feature a wine made in our facilityas an ingredient,” says General Manager Joe Padilla, a 20-year veteranof the restaurant and hospitality industry. “We are fanatical aboutwine. We are little crazy about pizzas, too.” Padilla says “more than 90percent of our menu ingredients are locally grown or harvested(within 200 miles).” Over half their menu items feature a wine madewithin the facility and the wines are provided at retail prices. “We donot mark up like a restaurant would.”The rave here is American tapas and signature wood-fired pizzasfeaturing local produce, wine and ingredients. Red oak brings thecrust an incredible bite and flavor to Avant’s proprietary dough leavenedwith Brunello di Montalcino yeast. Chef Brooke Stockwellfeatures both hot and cold tapas. The house specialties include the AhiCrudo, a fresh sashimi grade piece of ahi crusted with black and whitesesame seeds that is seared and chilled. Other favorite bites include8

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWSthe tongue-in-cheek Yuppie Crack, a goat cheese-stuffed datewrapped in bacon, and Poppers, grilled chicken and candiedjalapenos wrapped in bacon. Tapas menu items run $6 to $8. Othersavory bites include white shrimp, caper gremolata, saffron, and aiolion crostini and chocolate truffles for dessert.As guests swirl and sip to their hearts’ content, they can gazethrough the window at the Santa Ynez River beyond as they meet andmingle. More curious observers can include themselves in the winemakingprocess by checking out the windowed wall that lends a viewinto the working winery. Inside, steel fermentation tanks share realestate with wooden barrels stacked six layers high. One taste andanyone can soon grasp the intent of the operation. It’s the sort of placewhere old craftsmanship and new technology seem not only toharmoniously co-exist, but continue to grow.“Avant is about challenging ourselves, seeking new experiencesand growing our family,” says Padilla. “We believe in the quality ofCentral Coast wines and the bounty of Central Coast produce.”Avant Tapas and Wine is located at 35 Industrial Way in Buellton.(Take Hwy. 101 to CA-246. Proceed about .3 miles to Industrial Way.)Hours are Thursday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday andSaturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call (805) 686-9400. Or, see Avant Tapas on Facebook.Avant Tapas EventsLive music played every Friday. Thursday nights feature winemakers’dinners, culinary classes, wine classes and movie with dinnernights. Retail shop is open the same hours as the restaurant and bar,Tours of the winery are also available.www.WineCountryThisMonth.com9

CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHSAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTYONGOINGNorth County Farmers’ MarketFresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 805-748-1109• Atascadero: Wed, 3-6 pm • Paso Robles: Tue, 3-6 pm• Baywood/Los Osos: Mon, 2-4:30 pm • Templeton: Sat, 9am-12:30pmONGOINGBike, Hike and Kayak TripsExplore the amazing outdoor world of the Central Coast Outdoors.Ten unique day trips, including bicycling the legendary Pacific Coast Highway,hiking Big Sur and kayaking among the profusion of bird life in Morro Bay.All trips include necessary transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch andknowledgeable guide(s). $79-$119. Bike rentals available.Call for reservations. 888-873-5610APRIL 9-103rd Annual Wine for PawsPet loving wine drinkers can help our four-legged friends by visiting any of the40 participating wineries throughout the weekend. A portion of the proceedswill be donated to Woods Humane Society. Visit for acomplete list of participating wineries, a printable map & a free passport – getyour passport stamped by wineries throughout the weekend and be entered inthe raffle! 805.801.6589ARROYO GRANDEONGOINGHopping Good Time at the SLO Down PubOpen mic Mondays and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the wholecalendar of events at SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSVisit Historic Buildings in Arroyo GrandeSat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.orgONGOING SATURDAYSArroyo Grande Farmers’ MarketFarm fresh produce & flowers, art show and live entertainment in theArroyo Grande City Hall Parking Lot at 215 East Branch Street. 12-2:30pm805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.orgONGOING WEDNESDAYSIce Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair!The Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab Show is a live performance that involves thewhole audience! Live performances every Wednesday, 7pm, Invent a brandnew flavor and watch it being made. 805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.comONGOINGWinemakers Choice at Phantom RiversThe first Friday of every month join John & Linda for their Winemakers Choicetasting. John will be pouring his favorites (or mention what you like and we’resure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm,, 805-481-9463ONGOING LAST THURSDAYSTeachers Appreciation Night at Phantom RiversIn appreciation for all the dedication of teachers! Stop by the tasting room forhappy hour specials just for you. 3-7pm, 25% discount off all bottles and $2.50off any wine by the glass! 805-481-9463,www.phantomrivers.comAPRIL 1Orchid Show Preview ReceptionWine EventSouth County Regional Center, Arroyo Grande – This elegant evening includesCentral Coast wines, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and anawards presentation. Wear your tourist vacationing clothing “costume” to addeven more color and fun. 6:30-9:30pm, $40, 805-929-5749, www.fcos.orgAVILA BEACHONGOING SUNDAYS FROM MAY TO THANKSGIVINGArt on the Beach through ThanksgivingArtists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach PierONGOING FRIDAYSAvila Beach Fish & Farmers' MarketOn the Promenade – Fresh produce, local seafood, food booths & family fun.4-8pm, 805-602-8266 Rainy day policy: If it's raining at 2pm in Avila the day ofthe market, the Fish & Farmers' Market is cancelledONGOING FRIDAYS2 4 1 Happy Friday from 4 2 6at Wood WineryTwo for one wine tastings! Watch the sunset, listen to the surf and start yourweekend off with a great glass of wine. www.wildwoodwine.comONGOINGAvila Beach Sea Life Center805-595-7280,• Floating Adventures: Students board a real boat to experience the FloatingLaboratory, Marine Biologist for a Day or Whale Watchers programs.• Program Options: Teachers and educators customize programs. The MarineInstitute has created a very comprehensive program with several options.CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAYONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTHMorro Bay Embarcadero Art WalkSpend an enjoyable evening touring the many art galleries along the waterfronton the Embarcadero in beautiful Morro Bay. Sample great food and wineand converse with the artists. Open late till 8pm, 805-772-9955, morrobay.orgONGOING SATURDAYSFishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro BayFresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592ONGOINGWinemaker Dinners at Hoppe’sJoin Chef Bill Hoppe as he celebrates his passion for food and wine with WinemakerDinners featuring California's best wine producers and Chef Hoppe'spersonalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local andexotic foods. 805-995-1006, www.hoppesbistro.comAPRIL 30Pianetta and Papagallo Wine CruiseSet sail with Pianetta on one of the infamous Papagallo harbor cruises. ChefLeonard Gentieu will prepare 5 food courses to pair with 5 of their awardwinning wines as they set sail on a 3 hour tour. 1-4pm, $90, $80/wine clubRSVP, 805-226-4005,, jamie@pianettawinery.comAPRIL 30Harmony Cellars Progressive Pairing PartySip & savor your way down Highway 1! The three Scenic Coast Wineries (Cayucos,Harmony & Moonstone Cellars) are having three special pairings. 12-4pm$15, $12/club, online & at the door,, 805-927-1625PASO ROBLESONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSPinot Noir Blending Seminarat Wild Horse WineryTempleton – Learn the art of blending wine during this fun and informativesession. Experience first hand what being a winemaker is all about. SamplePinot Noirs from the Central Coast AVA and learn what terroir truly means. Eachparticipant creates their own blend to take home. $50, $35/wine club.By appointment 11am or 2pm, Limit 10RSVP, 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.comONGOING TUESDAYSIndulge Level 4 Winery FeatureDowntown Paso Robles – A different winery each week. All wines will beavailable by the glass with a carefully paired sampler. 6-9pm, 805-237-2111ONGOING SATURDAYSTours & Tastings at Eberle WineryVIP Tastings by appointment, $25. Complimentary cave tours every half hour805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.comONGOING THIRD WEDNESDAYSFree Cooking Showat Idler’s Hospitality CateringFood samples, wine & entertainment featuring wineries and special guests5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.netONGOING2nd Sunday Wine Downat HearthstoneEnjoy music and delicious food with their fine, 805-238-2544ONGOING SATURDAYSPaso Robles Wine 101 SeminarMeritage Tasting Lounge – Provides a wonderful introduction to Paso Robleswine country, its wines, and how to taste them. Hear how terrior influenceshow wine tastes and learn how wine is made. Evaluate wines and taste severalof the great wines that Paso Robles has to offer. Each week they will feature aMeritage winery and a special selection from their wine list. 11am-12pm$30 includes tasting of 3-4 wines, www.firstcrushwinemaking.comONGOING SUNDAYSEnjoy The Music at SculpterraWine tasting and music-what more could you want? 1-4pm, www.sculpterra.comONGOINGSongwriters at Play at Sculpterra WineryEvery Sunday, 1-4pm, www.sculpterra.comONGOING FIRST THURSDAYDate Night Concert Series at La BellaseraEnjoy live music in an intimate setting in La Bellasera's beautiful conferenceroom. 7pm, $15, 805-238-2834, www.labellasera.comONGOING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHTOpen Mic Songwriters & Comedian NightBBQ, beer, wine & soda available for purchase. Bring your own chair, all ageswelcome. 6-9pm, free, Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles, 805-238-7872ONGOINGEstrella Warbird MuseumCollection of military aircrafts, Fri & Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm805-238-9317, www.ewarbirds.orgONGOING15 Degrees C Wine Shop & BarTempleton, 805-434-1554• Wednesday: Happy Hour, $3 glasses of wine & beer, 5-7pm• Thursday: Spanish Tapas Nite, each tapa is $2, 5-7pm• Friday: Oyster Bar, Champagne, Bubbles galore! Orders must be in by 7pmONGOINGGo BallooningEnjoy incredible views of the wine country of Paso Robles, Atascadero, SanMiguel and Templeton. You float along at 2-3 miles per hour from an altitudeof a few feet up to several thousand feet above the ground. 1-4 passengers pertrip. Weather permitting. Call for reservations. 805-458-1530ONGOING SATURDAYS THROUGH APRIL 30Paso Wine 101 at Silver HorseSan Miguel – A fun and informative way to learn about Paso Robles, its winesand how to taste them. Great class for visitors and locals. The one-hourpresentation teach guests how terrior influences wine taste and how wine ismade. An introductory course on how to evaluate wines and taste several of thegreat wines that Paso Robles has to offer. $25/includes tasting of 3-4 wines,winery and vineyard tour, wine tasting and complimentary tasting at SilverHorse and Tassajara Cellars. 10:30am, First Crush Wine Workshop at Silver HorseWinery, Register:, 811- 62-CRUSHONGOING THROUGH OCTOBERFriday Night Sunset Happy Hour at Mondo CellarsWine by the glass and by the bottle. Enjoy live entertainment and reasonablypriced gourmet catered appetizers. 5pm till Sunset. No cover charge.Winery, Bed & Breakfast and Event Facility, www.mondocellars.comAPRIL 2Winemaker of the Year BlendingSession at Castoro Cellars4th Annual–Join their Wine Club and become eligible to participate! Learnblending techniques from their award winning winemaking team, then enteryour wine creation in the competition for best blend. The chosen wine will bebottled with the winner's name on the label and sold as their 2011 Dam FineRed! Brunch included. 10:30am, $90/ Wine Club Members only, 1-888-DAM-FINEAPRIL 42011 Wine Education Series:France - ChampagneNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – Many myths surround the developmentof Champagne. Learn the truth about its origins and the people involved in theevolution of this celebrated wine (a clue – the French did not invent sparklingChampagne!) They will also examine the differences between Champagne andother French sparkling wines. 6-8:30pm $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five ClassProgram; $1,275/Full Course Program CLUB 9 discounts do apply.805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comAPRIL 9Spring Theme Cooking Classat Meridian VineyardsBrought to you by Two Cooks Catering and includes menu items such asRosemary Marinated Chicken Breast Skewers, Baby Lettuce & Spinach Saladwith Heirloom Tomato Vinaigrette, Local Sablefish with Red Miso CitrusReduction and 7th Heaven Organic Berry & Sweet Goat Cheese Tartlets.2pm, $30/includes food, wine & take-home menus. RSVP, 805-226-7133APRIL 112011 Wine Education Series: FranceAlsace and the LoireNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – Alsace is a very specialized wine region,producing some of the best Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminers in theworld. With its twin heritage of both France and Germany, this region boasts aunique melding of two winemaking cultures. In contrast, the Loire is one ofthe most diverse wine regions with nearly every major variety and wine stylebeing produced somewhere within its boundaries. 6-8:30pm$75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/Full Course ProgramCLUB 9 discounts do apply. 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.com10 More events at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | CALENDAR OF EVENTSAPRIL 16A Toast to PaderewskiPear Valley Winery – Join the Rhone Ranger wineries as they celebrate at thistasting and concert benefiting the Paderewski Festival. 6-7:30pmFor tickets & information, www.paderewskifest.comAPRIL 16Earth Day Food & Wine FestivalPomar Junction Winery, Templeton– Indulge in unlimited samples of seasonallybased dishes, taste from over 150 Central Coast wines, kick up your heels tolive music and visit with farmers who nurture a healthy environment.$40-$600,, 805-369-2288• Premier–Gates Open, 1pm, reserved seating at a table, unlimited samples offood and wine, a commemorative wine glass and a tote filled with gifts.• General–Gates Open at 2pm, includes a commemorative wine glass.APRIL 16The Pleasant Valley Wine TrailBourdeaux BlitzRiverStar Vineyards will host all of its' fellow Pleasant Valley Wine Trailmembers for a fun day of live music and delicious appetizers paired with all ofthe participating wineries' great wines. Last year's Blitz was a great success, sodon't miss out! Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation.$25/Advance,$35/at-the door, www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.comAPRIL 16Misty River at Castoro CellarsIndoor concert–A four woman folk/Americana band. One of the finest, most entertainingbands in the Pacific Northwest. Doors open at 6:30 pm, 7:30pm Concert$20,, wine available for purchase,1-888-DAM-FINEAPRIL 16Fun in the Park and Easter Egg HuntDowntown Paso Robles Main Street – The Easter Bunny is coming! Children ages 4 to9 will bring their baskets and search the downtown City Park for their share of thousandsof eggs stuffed with prizes and candy. The egg hunts begin at 11am SHARPand will be conducted by age groups. Children age 3 and under will be given theireggs by the Easter Bunny at the City Park Holiday House. Hot Dogs (by the El Paso deRobles Area Historical Society), face painting and balloon animals by Freckles theClown and more. 10am-2pm, 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.orgAPRIL 17Farming with the Wild Vineyard Tourat Halter RanchMeet at Halter Ranch Tasting Room – As farmers, they strive to co-exist withtheir "neighbors" through sustainable farming. In this vineyard tour, you'llspend the morning with winegrower and avid birdwatcher/naturalist MitchWyss in the back country of 960 acre Halter Ranch. Mitch will answer questionsabout the vineyard and their sustainability program as you climb up to the topof the ridge for the big view. Spring wildflowers abound and you may even getto see the prized chocolate lilly! They'll end up at the pond for a picnic lunchand wine tasting. 10am-1pm, $45, Club discounts apply – lunch included888-367-9977,, www.halterranch.comAPRIL 17Biodynamic and Organic GardenWorkshop & LunchKenneth Volk Tasting Room – Join them with Lone Madrone and Fat Cat Farmsas they celebrate the Earth Day Food & Wine Festival. International Biodynamicexpert Philippe Coderey will lead an introduction to Biodynamics through interactivedemonstrations. Rhoda Chute, of their fabulous onsite organic herbnursery, Fat Cat Farms, will be putting on a "plant your own organic herbgarden" workshop that will be followed by a delicious lunch paired with KVVand Lone Madrone wines. For information call 805-238-0845.APRIL 182011 Wine Education Series: FranceRhone Valley/Southern FranceNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – Wine writer and critic Robert Parkeronce wrote that the Rhone Valley produces some of the best wines that can befound in France, in both quality and affordability. Unfortunately, with hispronouncement, affordable Rhone wines have become more difficult to comeby. Learn how Popes and peasants alike have influenced the wines of theRhone. 6-8:30pm $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/FullCourse Program, CLUB 9 discounts do apply.805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comAPRIL 20Easter Themed Cooking Classat Meridian VineyardsLearn the art of pairing food and wine. Enjoy an evening of food, flights andfusion while expert chefs from Trumpet Vine Catering prepare menus sure todelight your senses. 6-9pm, $30/includes food, wine & take-home menus.RSVP, 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.comAPRIL 24Easter Brunchat Meridian VineyardsBring the family to enjoy a fun morning including an egg hunt in the gardensfor the children & private wine tasting for the adults,10:30am. Catered by TwoCooks Catering, 11am, $25/+tax Adults; $15/+tax Children,, julie.domingos@am.fostersgroup.comAPRIL 252011 Wine Education Series:Italy - Northern RegionsNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – Italians embrace wine as not only partof a meal but a part of life itself. Italy makes wines from over 900 different varietals.Out of necessity, they will concentrate on only a handful of the majorItalian grapes. This class will concentrate on the major wine regions of NorthernItaly and the diversity of wines found in the Northern provinces.6-8:30pm, $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/Full CourseProgram, CLUB 9 discounts do apply. 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comAPRIL 28Ortman Family Wines Presents“An Evening With Lady Gouda”Enjoy a decadent taste of Holland as Jean Higgins – a.k.a. “Lady Gouda” – of DiRaimondo’s Italian Market & Cheese Shop pairs their wines with four artisancheeses from the Netherlands., RSVP, 805-237-9009APRIL 28-3019th Annual Hospice du RhôneThree days in the late spring have been reserved for an exclusive weekendsurrounding all things Rhône. Hospice du Rhône is a palate provoking weekendembracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the twenty-two Rhônevarieties. Plan to tip your glass with worldly Rhône wine producers, journeythrough the largest international collection of Rhône variety wines and savorRhône inspired cuisine all while taking in the inspiring and spirited Rhônecommunity. Weekend Package - $795 per person (must be purchased inadvance online),, 805-784-9543• Rhone 'n Bowl - $100 per person (must be purchased in advance online)• Friday Rhône Rendezvous and Saturday Grand Tasting - $100 online and$110 at the door if not sold out in advance• Friday Rosé Lunch and Saturday Auction Lunch - $100 per person (mustbe purchased in advance online)• Soirée - $125 per person (must be purchased in advance online)A limited number of Friday Rhône Rendezvous and Saturday Grand Tastingtickets may be available for purchase for $110 at the Event Check-in. Best topurchase in advance as passes are sold on a first-come, first served basis.APRIL 30Vintage Sidecar ShowRecycled Treasures & Garden ArtIndulge in the joys of recycled treasures in downtown Paso Robles and at thesame time, enjoy the vintage sidecars and bicycles of days gone by.9am-3pm, 805-238-4103, www.pasoroblesdowntown.orgMAY 22011 Wine Education Series: Italy -Central and Southern RegionsNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – The warmer Mediterranean climate ofTuscany and Southern Italy produces a diverse selection of red and white wines.Chianti may be the best known, but the southern regions still offer some of thebest wine deals in both affordability and quality. In addition, Sicily producesone of the forgotten fortified wines, Marsala, which is much more than just acooking wine. 6-8:30pm, $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program;$1,275/Full Course Program, CLUB 9 discounts do apply.805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comMAY 7Run for the Rosesat Niner Wine EstatesCelebrate their spring release, Kentucky Derby Style! Live music, SauvignonBlanc-based mint juleps, Kentucky eats & of course race-viewing from the bigscreen. Complimentary/CLUB 9 members (2 people), $20 per additional guestRSVP, 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comMAY 8Tennessee Jimmy Harrell & theDriftwood Band at CastoroTennessee Jimmy Harrell is known as "The Country Gentleman." Influenced byearly country, bluegrass, western swing, rhythm & blues and classic rock,Jimmy's smooth country voice accompanied by his skilled guitar playing is relevantin every performance. Bring your picnic, your mom, and make it a beautifulafternoon of music, wine and fun! 1-4pm, free, www.castorocellars.comPost your events at www.WineCountryThisMonth.com11

CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHMAY 8Mother’s Day Brunchat Eberle WineryA great menu prepared by "It's a Wrap" on the deck overlooking the EstateVineyard. Wine, dessert and juice included. 11am-1pm, $40/adults$20/children 6-12, 5 & under free, RSVP, 805-238-9607, events@eberlewinery.comMAY 92011 Wine Education Series: GermanyNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center– The Rhine River is the key to the Germanwine industry’s ability to produce world-class Rieslings. Most of the majorGerman wine regions are found along its banks and tributaries.Considered the original “noble” grape, the finest examples of Riesling in theworld are produced in this cool and challenging climate. Learn how the Germanclassification system for wine was designed to include regions and also toemphasize levels of ripeness and quality. Can you say Trockenbeerenauslese?6-8:30pm, $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/Full CourseProgram, CLUB 9 discounts do apply. 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comMAY 14David Francey Performsat Castoro CellarsIndoor Concert – Since leaving construction and recording Torn Screen Door in1999 Scottish-born Canadian David Francey is recognized as one of today’sfinest singer-songwriters. Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show at 7:30pm, $20wine available for purchase, 1-888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.comMAY 14Secrets from Gioconda's Kitchen -An Italian Cooking ExperienceHalter Ranch Victorian Farmhouse – If you've tasted their crusty Italian-styleloaves, or sampled the wood fired pizza, you know Ciro Pascuito, their goodneighbor and friend of the winery. Now welcome Gioconda Di Nucci, Ciro'sMother, for this cooking seminar dedicated to sharing the secrets of every daycooking from Gaeta, Italy. Located on the Southern Mediterranean coast ofItaly, this ancient seaside village is home to many wonderful traditional foods -pastas, rustic breads, seafood and more! Spend the morning in the kitchen withGioconda and Ciro in this hands-on seminar. 11am-2pm, $80, Club discountsapply, lunch included. RSVP, 888-367-9977, info@halterranch.comMAY 162011 Wine Education Series: SpainNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – From Roman times to modern times,Spain has been a quality still-wine region, offering consumers a diversity offamiliar varietals, as well as some uniquely Spanish ones, like Tempranillo.Equally important in Spain are the fortified wines, like Sherry. After almostbecoming a lost and forgotten wine in the 1980’s and 90’s, Sherry has enjoyeda resurgence and now has an enthusiastic following for both its dry and sweetstyles. 6-8:30pm, $75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/FullCourse Program, CLUB 9 discounts do apply. 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comMAY 20-21Paso Robles Wine FestivalWeekend PassIf you’re looking at the event choices that celebrate Paso Robles Wine Countryand you just can’t make up your mind which to attend, then set your mind atease! Purchase your Wine Country Auction & Dinner ticket for $250, upgrade tothe Weekend Pass for only an additional $75. With the Weekend Pass the onlyproblem you will have is deciding how to balance all of the choices that awaityou. Tickets are limited and only available by advance• RESERVE - Fri: An exploration of library, reserve, power white/Rosés andfutures. New opportunity to bid on the wine futures. Winning bidders willreunite with a case of that wine once it has matured through the winemakingprocess and is ready for release. $125, 3:30-6pm• Winemaker Seminar - Sat: An exploration of the distinct, differentcharacteristics of Paso Robles Wine Country with the winemakers. 1-2pm• Early Admittance to the Grand Tasting - Sat: 2-6pm• Wine Country Auction & Dinner - Sat: 6-10:30pm• Sat-Sun: More than 140 wineries will be hosting eventsMAY 21Paso Robles Wine FestivalWine Country Auction & DinnerNew element of Wine Festival – share rare wines, wine country cuisine andthe company of fellow Paso Robles wine enthusiasts and the winemakers whomake it all possible. Your opportunity to bid on unique Wine Country Auctionitems and help raise funds to be gifted to healthcare, education and greatercommunity services supporting San Luis Obispo County charities. Your WineCountry Auction & Dinner ticket also grants you entrance into the WinemakerSeminar and early admittance to the Grand Tasting. Limited seating and islikely to sell out. $250, advance only,• Winemaker Seminar - 1-2pm• Early Admittance to the Grand Tasting - 2-6pm• Wine Country Auction & Dinner - 6-10:30pmMAY 232011 Wine Education Series: PortugalNiner Wine Estates Hospitality Center – Situated as a major “Port o’ Call” duringthe Age of Discovery, Portugal’s wine industry has been influenced by itsmaritime heritage. The fortified wines of Oporto and the island of Madeirawere developed in order to supply sailors with a wine that would survive thelong sea voyages of the time. Today, the still wines of the region have beengiven equal notice for their quality and food friendly style. 6-8:30pm$75/Single Class; $337.30/Five Class Program; $1,275/Full Course ProgramCLUB 9 discounts do apply. 805-239-2233, info@ninerwine.comMAY 27-30Memorial Day WeekendCelebration at JadaA fun experience with wine and gourmet cheese pairings. Find out what newwines are being released this weekend and enjoy old favorites. Book a table ontheir deck for you and your friends with your own private server. Breathtakingviews will enhance your tasting experience. 11am-5pm, $10805-226-4200,, www.jadavineyard.comPISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACHONGOING SUNDAYSShell Beach Farmers MarketFeaturing products such as fresh produce, flowers, jams, dried fruits, artisanvinegars, grown by local farmers. A variety of other products, including familyfun. 9am-1pm, Dinosaur Caves Park, shellbeachfarmersmarket@yahoo.comONGOINGComplimentary Limosine Servicewith Pismo Beach WineryTheir complimentary limousine service eliminates the need for a designateddriver. Relax and travel in style on your wine tasting excursion to Pismo BeachWinery. Must be at least 21 years old, allow approximately one hour.Limousine only travels from your resort to their winery and back.Free,, 805-773-9463ONGOING FIRST SUNDAYS MAY 1 – NOVEMBER 6Art in the Park @ Dinosaur CavesDinosaur Caves Park, Shell Beach – 125+ vendors including: glass, sculpture,textiles, jewelry, pottery, fine art, furniture, gourmet food, bath and beauty.Live Music, onsite massage, children’s activities, international food booths,coffee and pastries. 10am-4pm, free, dogs welcome, picnics encouraged!, 805-704-8128APRIL 16-17Taste of PismoRestaurants in Pismo Beach and local wineries will be showcasing theirofferings at this annual event at Dinosaur Caves Park. 1-5 pm, $, 800-443-7778SAN LUIS OBISPOONGOINGHearst Castle ToursLed by an experienced guide, tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majestyand beauty of this historical treasure. 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.orgONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSMaster the Art of Wine and Cheeseat Tolosa WineryFour cheeses are served using only artisan and/or farmstead products. Wine ispaired with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony.11am-4pm, RSVP, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.comONGOINGThe San Luis Obispo Art CenterPermanent collection & constantly rotating exhibits of works by local artists inall media – paintings, sculpture, photography & more.11am-5pm daily except Tuesdays, 805-543-8562, www.sloartcenter.orgONGOING WEEKENDSMusic at Mother’s TavernUpscale tavern with entertainment, check for schedules805-541-8733, www.motherstavern.comONGOING SECOND SUNDAYDallidet Adobe & GardensOldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo. Site of first commercial winery inthe area. 1-4pm, 805-543-0638, FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHArt Gallery Events “Art After Dark”Various art galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese6-9pm, Downtown San Luis Obispo, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.orgONGOING FRIDAY EVENINGS SPRING THROUGH FALLSips & Songs at Claiborne & ChurchillEnjoy the beautiful Central Coast evenings while sipping on some good wine,enjoying local food, and live music. 5:30-7:30pmwww.claibornechurchill.comAPRIL 8-9Cal Poly Wine FestivalTicket packages at• Fri: Educational Seminar at J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Includes twoeducational components, lunch, and a tasting. 10am-2 pm• Fri: Kick-off BBQ & Live Auction - at the Cal Poly Arboretum. 5:30-9 pm• Sat: Cal Poly Wine Festival & Silent Auction - Margarita Vineyards, Homeof Ancient Peaks Winery, 12-4 pm (VIP) and 1-4 pm (General Admission)APRIL 9White Wine Blending Seminar and Partyat Claiborne & ChurchillBlend the perfect White Wine Cuvée for their Clueless White. Guests are dividedinto teams and vie against one another for the winning blend. Then they willbreak for a picnic and return to vote on the winning blend. Price includespicnic. $38, $30/Cellar Club, RSVP, 805-544-4066, seating is limitedAPRIL 9-10Locals Weekend at Edna ValleyComplimentary wine tasting and several discounts on a variety of wineselections. If you are from San Luis Obispo County, you are a local. 10am-5pm805-544-5855 x 42, www.ednavalleyvineyard.comAPRIL 9-10Wine 4 PawsOver 50 wineries throughout SLO County will help raise funds and awarenessfor Woods Humane Society. Pet loving wine drinkers help four-legged friendsby visiting participating wineries throughout the weekend when a portion ofthe proceeds will be donated to Woods Humane Society! Your passportstamped by wineries throughout the weekend will be entered in the raffle.www.wine4paws.comAPRIL 10Library Wine Tastingat Tolosa WineryA chance to taste and even purchase these limited gems that we have cellaredpefectly and are suitable to drink after aging! Stations with Pinot Noir, Syrahand Chardonnay flights of older vintages. Light cheese pairings will be servedalongside wines. $15/$10 wine club, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.comAPRIL 13Cooking Class Series @ 2 CooksCatering with Edna ValleyHow to make delicious Radish Butter on Toasted Baguette, Sicilian OrangeSalad, Garlic Roasted Chicken and Lavender Ice Cream with wonderful localingredients. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered.Reservations required. 6-9pm, $40, RSVP, 805-544-5855 x 42APRIL 16Vineyard Demonstration Series,Shoot Thinning at TalleyMeet their Vineyard Manager and learn the importance of shoot thinning. Aprofessional demonstration plus try your hand at shoot thinning followed by aspecially selected wine flight in the Rincon Room. $50, $40/wine clubRSVP, 805-489-0446 x25, 20Cooking Class Series @ 2 CooksCatering with Edna ValleyHow to make deliciious Little Scallion and Cilantro Pancakes, Stay Crisp SlawGrilled Gluten Free Pizza and Chocolate Roll made with wonderfulingredients. Sampling and complimentary wine tasting will be offered.Reservations required. 6-9pm, $40, RSVP, 805-544-5855 x 42MAY 15Flavor of SLOJack House & Gardens, Marsh Street between Beach & Nipomo – An annualtasting event showcasing the very best food, wine and beer that the San LuisObispo region has to offer. Guests twenty-one and over receive a complimentaryFlavor of SLO wine glass. Proceeds benefit local non-profit United Way ofSan Luis Obispo County. Silent auction and raffle of dozens of great itemsdonated by local businesses. 1-4pm, Pre-Sale Prices: $25/Student (Must BringStudent ID and DL), $35/Adult; At the Door Prices $30/Student (Must BringStudent ID and DL), $40/Adult, www.flavorofslo.comSANTA BARBARA COUNTYLOMPOC/BUELLTONONGOING FRIDAYSOlde Towne Market in LompocFood wine & music in the summer months805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.com12 More events at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | CALENDAR OF EVENTSAPRIL 15-18Vintners’ Festival!, 688-0881, see website for additional information• Apr. 16: River Park, Lompoc – Join the 100+ members of the SantaBarbara County Vintners’ Association as they ring in the new vintage withtheir annual Vintners’ Festival. The festival will showcase the breadth, depthand quality of their County’s wines – “Diversity Perfected.” Joining themwill be their culinary colleagues who will each provide samples of theirtasty dishes and live and lively music will fill the Spring air. 1-4 pm, $75• Apr. 15-18: Vintner’s Visa – Wineries also host events throughout SantaBarbara Wine Country starting Friday - tastings of library wines or barrelsamples, vineyard barbecues, winemaker dinners, wine & food pairings. $35• Apr. 15-18: Combination Vintners' Festival and Vintners' Visa, $100APRIL 16Chuck Wagon Brunchat Foley EstatesFoley Estates Tasting Room – While you're in Lompoc for this year's famousVintners Festival, drop by Foley Estates winery for their 5th feast of a heartybrunch featuring favorite local breakfast dishes. Each guest in attendance willreceive a complimentary tasting of the current Foley Estates releases and a30% discount on all wine purchased at the event! 10am-12pm, $45, $35/Foley,Lincourt & Firestone wine club (limit 2 tickets/member)RSVP, 805-737-6222, vyork@foleyfamilywines.comLOS OLIVOSONGOING WEDNESDAYSEvening with the Winemaker$15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.comONGOING SATURDAYSGlobal Gardens Organic Food TastingEnjoy delicious organic tastings. 11am-5pm daily, $3805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.comONGOING THROUGH MAY 8Marc Muench: Explorations in North AmericaThe Wildling Museum, Los Olivos – The Wildling, a wilderness art museumlocated in Los Olivos, is excited to be hosting the extraordinary work of thirdgeneration photographer, Marc Muench. The exhibition focuses on landscapesthat Marc personally selected to represent the “Holy Grail” of the wildernessexperience. Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, www.wildlingmuseum.orgONGOING FIRST FRIDAYSFree Concert Series at FirestoneFirestone, Los Olivos – Free event that you can enjoy with your whole family,children and pets are welcome to join. Wines and snacks available for purchasein the tasting room or bring a picnic. 6-9pm• Fri, May 6: Valley Road Band• Fri, June 3: Valley Bird BandAPRIL 1 – MAY 31Moments in Time at Carina CellarsLocal photographer, Johanna Gunther, presents her first show. A freelancephotographer, she has found a way to combine her love of art and travel forthis beautiful exhibition of her photographs. Focusing primarily on architecturaland landscape elements, Gunther uses her talent and appreciation for bothblack and white as well as color images to bring a classic feel to her, 805-688-2459, www.photosbyjohanna.comAPRIL 24The Great Easter Egg Huntat Carina Cellars!Come by to taste and join the great Easter egg hunt! Each egg has a differentsurprise inside...the first egg you find will reveal your prize!, 805-688-2459SANTA BARBARAONGOING SUNDAYSSanta Barbara Arts & Crafts ShowFor 44 years featuring all types of art, crafts & jewelry with 200+ artists andcraftsman. East Beach Pier, 10am–dusk, 805-897-1982, www.sbaacs.comONGOING FRIDAYSWine Tasting at East Beach WineHosted by a winemaker, winery owner or wine broker. 8 -10 wines to taste.4-7pm, contact for current host listing, 805-691-1020, www.eastbeachwine.comONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSDowntown Walking ToursGuided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past. Saturday tour historic areas andSunday 20th century architecture. $10,, 805-965-6307ONGOINGTy Warner Sea CenterExplore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural HistoryStearns Wharf, Santa BarbaraVarious venues for art exhibits, cultural events & fine wine tasting, plus festivaland holiday events, 805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.comONGOINGSanta Barbara Museum of ArtCheck site for hours and exhibits. 805-963-4364, www.sbma.netONGOINGC‘est CheeseStop for lunch, wine, cheese and chocolate. They’re starting to ramp up theirselection, bringing in new and delicious cheeses, wines and various treats forall to enjoy. 825 Santa Barbara Street, 805-965-0318ONGOINGCAMA International Series at The GranadaFeatures celebrated orchestras, conductors and soloists from around theworld., 805-966-4324ONGOINGCAMA Masterseries at the LoberoPresents concerts by some of today's leading chamber, 805-966-4324ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAYLive Music at Oreana WineryWine tasting and wine by the glass, 3-6pm, www.oreanawinery.comSANTA MARGARITAAPRIL 8From the Barrel with Roxo Port CellarsCelebrating the 78 years since Prohibition, the historic Santa Margarita Ranch andFirestone Walker Brewing Co are gathering the very best booze to come fromwooden barrels. The rarest and finest ports, bourbons and beers. Tapas and morefrom the finest area chefs. $50, 7-10pm, 805-540-3508, www.fromthebarrel.netSANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYONONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSSanta Maria Valley Railway Historical MuseumLots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm805-714-4927, Night Wine Downat Costa de OroGreat way to start your weekend! Enjoy live music, wine tasting and cheeseplates. 4:30-7:30pm, 805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.comAPRIL 15-17Santa Barbara County VintnersFestival at Kenneth Volk VineyardsOpen House weekend! Pouring through Ken's extensive portfolio of wines,introducing some new releases, offering light hors d' oeurves and great winespecials! Live Music on Sunday 12-4pm. Ken and Michael will be pouring at theFestival on Saturday, stop by the table and say hi! The Festival will be held atRiver Park in Lompoc. Festival tickets &,, 805-938-7896APRIL 29Nipomo Dana Adobe/PCPA Spring Fest FundraiserPacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA) Marian Theater, Santa Maria –This fund raising reception, featuring Kenneth Volk Vineyards wines, takes placeprior the the evening performance of "Pride and Prejudice" at the beautifulMarian Theater. The proceeds benefit the continuing restoration of the RanchoNipomo Dana Adobe. The Adobe was one of the first here on the Central Coast.5:30-7pm,, 805-929-5679SANTA YNEZONGOING THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYSDancing at Maverick SaloonDance lessons, live country western or rock & roll. 6:45pm, check web forschedule of entertainers. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.orgONGOINGSanta Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum& Parks - Janeway Carriage HouseExhibits from Chumash period through early 20th century ranch day, 12-4pm805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.orgONGOINGCachuma Lake Recreation Area ActivitiesSanta Ynez Park, 805-686-5050 ,, $8 per vehicle• Fri-Sun: Wildlife Nature Cruises aboard the 45-passenger pontoon boat"Osprey" featuring 2-hour tour with naturalist. Call for schedule & fees.• Sat: 10-11:30am. Naturalists and volunteers lead a 1-mile walk on theOak Canyon Trail for all ages. Free with park admission.• Sat: 12:30-1:30pm; Junior Park Rangers Program (ages 3-12) $2/childPost your events at www.WineCountryThisMonth.comONGOINGArt at Artiste WineryEach quarter, Artiste releases two new wines with impressionist painted labelsfrom the brushes of their featured artist. 805-686-2626 www.artiste.comONGOINGGlider Rides at the Airport805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderides.comAPRIL 7-10"Rolling Through the West" Carriage SymposiumSanta Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House – Presentations,evening receptions and carriage demonstrations, concluding with a Westernstyledinner/dance on Saturday evening at the museum. Epicurean Cowboycaters New York strip steak and cedar plank salmon dinner, Steve Woods Bandwill provide dance music. Sunday authentic Stagecoach and 20-Mule TeamWagon Rides through the lush backcountry on the Chamberlin Ranch on ZacaStation Road in Los Olivos. Must be 10 years or older. Barbeque lunch and aspecial apple cobbler dessert prepared in a Dutch oven available for purchase.10am-2pm $225, includes all receptions and Saturday dinner/dance. Individualevents, $60/Saturday evening Western dinner/dance; $25/adult, $20/10-15years Sunday Stagecoach rides., 805-688-7889SOLVANGONGOING THURSDAYSWandering Dog Wine Bar presentsBlind Tasting ThursdayChallenge your palate and learn about wine at the same time! Every weekfeatures different varietals, regions etc. No reservations required. 4-7pm, $15Must be 21, 805-686-9126, www.wanderingdogwinebar.comONGOING EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAYLive Music in the Tasting Roomat Sort This Out CellarsKeep a lookout for special band performances that you won't want to miss!www.sortthisoutcellars.comONGOING FIRST SATURDAYSNate Latta and His RockabillyRevue at Sort This out CellarsAn evening of Hootenanny proportions (at least what they can fit into a 10x10corner of the tasting room). Come out for some uninhibited musical fun andenjoy wine specials and giveaways. www.sortthisoutcellars.comONGOINGQuicksilver Miniature Horse FarmVisit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views. They do not offer petting pens orrides in the cart but you are able to get up close and personal with theminiature horse.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, WEDNESDAYSSolvang Farmers MarketFresh produce, flowers & foods, on First Street, between Mission Drive andCopenhagen, 4-7pm, 805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.orgONGOINGElverhoj Museum of History & ArtShowcases Solvang’s rich cultural history. Former residence of one of Solvang'smost artistic families, now a community museum devoted to the history ofSolvang, the colorful heritage and pioneer spirit of Denmark and the arts.1-4pm, Wed-Thu, 12-4pm, Fri-Sun, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.orgONGOINGHans Christian Andersen MuseumHonoring the multi-talented Danish father of the modern fairy tale, is filledwith copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes andcollages. 10am-5pm daily, www.solvangusa.comONGOINGSolvang Vintage Motorcycle MuseumHouses a collection of vintage and rare motorcycles as well as European racebikes. The museum rotates some of the bikes each month so that the bikes ondisplay are constantly changing and expanding. Weekends 11am-5pm and byappointment mid-week. 805-686-9522, www.motosolvang.comAPRIL 2Meet the Winemaker BarrelTasting at Lincourt VineyardsWinemaker, Leslie Mead Renaud will be offering a taste of their 2009vintage wines, direct from the barrel! Live music, appetizers and chocolate truffles.3-6pm, $25 , Complimentary for one plus guest/Wine Club Member,limited to 150 people. RSVP, 805-688-8554, tbreive@foleyfamilywines.co5Email your upcoming event information toLaurie@WineCountryThisWeek.comFor best results, submit informationat least 6 weeks prior to your event.13

WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHHUNT CELLARSWaiting for the Bestby Michael Cervin“At Hunt Cellars we pride ourselves onbeing a hand-crafted boutique producer,making small lots of world-class wines,” saysDavid Hunt, owner, winemaker and visionarybehind Hunt Cellars. Located on scenicHighway 46 West in Paso Robles, HuntCellars is achieving cult winery status, a titlethat makes David Hunt very happy. In 2010alone Hunt Cellars received scores of 90 to 96points on more than 30 wines with two oftheir wines, the 2005 Cabovation, and QueSirah Syrah scoring an impressive 96 points.It’s understandable then that Hunt has aloyal following of wine lovers across the globefor his opulent, velvety wines. Hunt Cellars’customers believe the wines are comparablewith the best wines from Napa, and at aboutone-third the price; hence the reason theyhave attained cult wine status. “I think ourwines are indeed cult caliber,” David says. Infact people hoard them, saving them forspecial occasions though they are intended tobe enjoyed with family and friends for anyoccasion. “Each wine, ranging from our lushpeppery, blueberry, blackberry Zinfandels,our Cabernets with dark cassis and blackcherry and Syrah filled with pomegranate,cherry and plum, will amaze your palate withvarietal distinction, backbone, finesse andlushness,” Hunt states. The vineyards, locatedin Creston on the Eastside of Paso Robles,produce stellar fruit. “Our mountain-topEstate, Destiny Vineyards (named afterDavid’s daughter, Destiny) produces thepurest varietal quality with intense concentratedfruit, very low yields and the mostrobust flavor profiles.” The vineyards are positionedto benefit from the Templeton Gap andMorro Bay gap coastal influences. “Wedecided to purchase this location not onlybecause of the elevation differences and soiltypes, but also the extended heat thermalswhich our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Zinfandel and Syrah needs to permeate theirthick skins and yield pure, clear concentratedripeness of the fruit,” he says. “This also givesour vineyard longer hang times and allowsabout two more hours a day for the heatwhich is longer than the Westside vineyards.”The mornings are cool, with hints of fogsometimes into the late morning, but then theheat kicks in and it can get hot. By late afternoonthe ocean breezes have cooled down thevineyard. These 50- to 60-degree swings intemperature allow the grape clusters to ripenproperly and create acidity. And Destiny Vineyardshas multiple soil types, most notablycalcareous limestone which creates “thehighly acclaimed, most flavorful, wines in theworld,” as Hunt puts it.But David Hunt has a secret weaponwhich aids his success. He’s blind. Diagnosedat a young age with a degenerative retinaldisorder, his sight has eroded over fourdecades and is now all but gone. For manypeople that may seem like a handicap, but forHunt, it has honed his sense of taste andsmell and his wines benefit tremendouslyfrom his acute ability. “Blindness in someways helps me in making wine,” he says. “Ican actually hear the weight and texture of awine by its sound, the timber changes as itpours into a glass.” He is known to be obsessiveabout his wine, letting selected heavilyextracted wines age in barrel up to threeyears, which is uncommon for the majorityof wineries in California. “I treat each wine asif I’d never make another one. I work thewine and make changes even on the bottlingline,” he admits. And he’s quick to tip his hatfor the invaluable help of assistant winemaker,Sean Morris and vineyard operations14Find out more at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWSmanager Todd Schaefer. DavidHunt started out as a musicianturned-successful-businessmanturned-vintnerand now, whenmost people look to retirement,Hunt enthusiastically promoteshis wines. “90 percent of winestoday are not balanced. I’mwilling to take the necessary timeand focus on the wines so theyare perfect.”The Hunt Cellars tasting roomis all hardwood floors with abeautiful wood bar. It’s small,intimate and comfortable, notstuffy. There are picnic facilitieson their grounds and a 1,200-square-foot back deck. They sellcondiment items too, cookbooksand clothing. One of the uniquethings about this tasting room isthe sheer number of bottles openat any given time. “Where elsecan you taste over two dozenwines that have scored 90 to 95points and enjoy these highscoring cult wines?” he asks.During winemaker dinners heldat the tasting room, David willplay the white piano that sits nearthe front door.A visit to the tasting room is anecessity for anyone interested inwine, if only to experience winesthat make you hunger for more.Hunt Cellars wines, includingtheir Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahand Merlot, are proudly pouredin some of the finest restaurantsin the U.S. and include RitzCarlton, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse,Morton’s and Flemings.As David Hunt routinely says,“Life is too short and you worktoo hard to drink bad wine.” Trueenough. Hunt Cellars is opendaily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.They are located at 2875 OakdaleRoad directly off Highway 46West. Contact them at (805) 237-1600 or up for our email newsletter at www.WineCountryThisMonth.com15

WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH9th Annual Cal Poly Wine Festival‘Between the Vines’ – April 8-9Margarita Vineyards, Home of Ancient Peaks WineryAnnouncing the dates for the 9th Annual Cal Poly Wine Festivalweekend! This event sells out each year, so don’t miss out! Mark yourcalendar for April 8 and 9, 2011 to share wine and fun “Between theVines.” Tickets are available for purchase at all Vallitix outlets andonline.New to the festival, Cal Poly students and faculty are planning twoeducational seminars on Friday, April 8. These programs will highlightrelevant wine industry topics and will feature the most knowledgeableand entertaining panelists and professionals.This student run event is a volunteer benefit of which all proceedsgo to the University’s Wine and Viticulture program. The festival isgraciously sponsored by and hosted at Margarita Vineyards, Home ofAncient Peaks Winery. This year’s event boasts more than 75 Cal Polyloyal wineries and restaurants from throughout California.General admission tickets are $55 per person, $45 for students and$65 for VIP access. Tickets for the BBQ and Educational Seminar arealso available.For more information, contact Lauren Goodacre at (707) 292-4021 or email To stay updated, follow thewine festival:!16Sign up for our email newsletter at

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHPreferred Tasting Room:Jada Vineyards & Wineryby Lisa PrettyWith a relaxed country feel and modernbar, the Jada tasting room is a wonderful stopwhen touring Paso Robles’ Westside. Thespacious tasting room is surrounded by acovered deck with new, comfortable tablesand chairs. The deck can seat 36 people andmay be booked for private groups for a specialwine experience. Small groups may bring apicnic lunch and enjoy the tables all yearround or if you prefer just cozy up to the barfor an intimate tasting.Regardless of where you decide to taste atJada, the one thing that has remained consistentis the friendly staff. Pam Wilson andChalan Lind have been welcoming tasterswith a smile since the tasting room firstopened almost three years ago. Joining theteam are the owners’ daughter and son, Ryanand Josh Messina. You may catch one of themin the tasting room; however, both havejumped in feet first to tackle many aspects ofthe family business. Ryan has a chef backgroundand supplies the wine club withrecipes and wine pairing recommendationseach shipment. Her wonderful culinarycreations are typically offered in the summer18during the many events held on the deck.Josh is taking a hands-on approach tolearning including the vineyard, winery andhospitality services. According to operationsmanager Susan West “We have a growingteam of people who love what they do andvisitors are constantly commenting on howmuch they enjoy visiting with our staff in thetasting room.”The tasting experience at Jada is alwaysenjoyable and with the new releases if youhaven’t stopped by in a while, now is a greattime. Recently added to the tasting list is the2008 Jersey Girl (100% Estate Syrah), 2008Mirror (58%Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon,8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot), and the 2008Jack of Hearts (%1% Cabernet Sauvignon,44% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot). To make thetasting a truly unique experience, a $10 perperson Wine & Gourmet Cheese PairingTasting is offered and is complimentary towine club members. With purchase of a bottleof wine per person the fee goes down to$5/pp. Jada staff works with Vivant Cheese inPaso Robles to ensure the pairing is perfect forall four wines included in the tasting. As thewines mature in the bottle the cheese pairingis modified to best accent the wine’s flavor.Complimentary tasting of Jada’s estate oliveoil and Allure Wine Vinegars is offered in thetasting room as well.When you visit be sure to check out themerchandise on the shelves. Ryan has takenover merchandising at Jada and with her chefbackground there are a number of excitingnew culinary products. The selection of recipebooks continues to feature what is new andhot for the foodies. The logo clothing line alsohas several new items with very trendy offeringsfor both men and women.The tasting room, located at 5620 VineyardDrive in Paso Robles, is open Thursdaythrough Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or byappointment. For additional information,visit or call (805) 226-4200.More Perfect Pairs at

Lakeside Wine FestivalReturns to AtascaderoWINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWSTake one part beautiful lake park, two parts great music and foodand 80 parts fantastic wine, mix them all together, and you get the16th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival scheduled from 4 to8 p.m., Saturday, June 26th, at Atascadero Lake Park. The festival is abenefit for the Charles Paddock Zoo and other local communityprojects.“Over the last 15 years the festival has supported the CharlesPaddock Zoo with more than $100,000 in contributions,” said WineFestival committee chairperson Barbie Butz. “This year will be thebiggest and best festival ever and a tremendous experience for winelovers.”Butz confirmed the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival will onceagain feature some of the best wines from 80 San Luis Obispo Countywineries, as well as the music of the popular Mighty Croon Dogs andfood offerings from a variety of local chefs. Each attendee also receivesa commemorative wine glass.The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival is an annual celebration ofthe viticulture in the San Luis Obispo County Wine Region. Wine andfood lovers are treated to a “Norman Rockwell” atmosphere during acasual evening of revelry unparalleled anywhere in San Luis ObispoCounty.“The venue just can’t be beat,” said Butz. “The rolling, lawn-coveredslopes of the park provide many sites for relaxing, sipping andsavoring what the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival has to offer. Thetowering oak trees provide a bounty of shade and the picturesque lakeis the perfect backdrop for this event.”Visitors will sample wine and food and have the opportunity tospeak with winemakers and chefs. Shuttle service will be availablethroughout the festival. Shuttle route information can be found It’s the perfect time and place toexperience first-hand the diversity and world-class quality of theregion’s artisanal products.Admission to the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival is $40 perperson if tickets are purchased by June 15th. After June 15th andat the gate, tickets are $45 per person. Tickets are available atAtascadero Main Street (6550 El Camino Real), on the website, by phone at (805) 462-0177 and atthe Central Coast Zoo Society office located at 9305 Pismo Avenue,Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero.Sponsors for this year’s event include the Access Visitors Guide,ColorCraft Printing, Fox 11-TV,KCOY 12-TV, NetSmith, The Tribune, Certified Folder DisplayService Inc., H&R Block, Spencer’s Market, Atascadero Pet Hospital &Emergency Center, Wine Region News, Wine Country Weekly, theCity of Atascadero, the San Luis Obispo County Regional TransitAuthority, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Jim Patterson andWaste Management.Sign up for our email newsletter at 19

WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH29th Annual Paso Robles Wine FestivalMeet the Winemakers – May 20-22New Futures Auction Gives Back to the Local CommunityThe winemakers of Paso Robles Wine Country are as distinct anddifferent as the area’s celebrated wines, and the 29th Annual PasoRobles Wine Festival, May 20-22, is the event to experience howpersonality and rich history are reflected in every wine created.Tickets for this marquee wine event of California’s Central Coastare now on sale at Wine Festival offersenthusiasts the perfect opportunity to meet the characters thatmake up Paso Robles Wine Country on theirown turf: at the winery, tasting room and thePaso Robles Downtown City Park during theFriday RESERVE Tasting (3:30-6 p.m.),Saturday Winemaker Seminar (1-2 p.m.),Grand Tasting (2-6 p.m.) and Wine CountryAuction & Dinner (6-10:30 p.m.). New toWine Festival is the Futures Auction, allowingwine enthusiasts the opportunity to set aside aspecial case of wine in their name before it’sbeen bottled. Funds raised through WineFestival auctions will be gifted back to the SanLuis Obispo County community throughorganizations that support healthcare, educationand greater community services.“It’s a self-evident truth that the acclaimedwines of Paso Robles are like those of no otherregion,” said Stacie Jacob, executive directorof the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “Our climate andterroir are unique. Likewise, our winemakers are unparalleled,and come from all points on the globe, with colorful backgroundsand from diverse winemaking cultures that enrich thePaso Robles winemaking – and tasting – experience.”The 2011 Paso Robles Wine Festival kicks off with thepopular Friday RESERVE tasting from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in theDowntown City Park. Wines in four categories will be featured –20library, reserve, futures and refreshing power white/Rosé samples– complemented by culinary delights prepared by local chefs.New to RESERVE in 2011 is the addition of the Futures Auctionwhich allows guests to bid on their favorite case of unreleasedwine.Paso Robles Wine Country comes together for the SaturdayGrand Tasting from 2 to 6 p.m. More than 90 wineries will showcasethe depth and breadth of wines found throughout the PasoRobles American Viticultural Area (AVA). Chefs will share theirsecrets, from sourcing local ingredients within30-minute Chef Demonstrations, and ArtisanAlley will feature locally grown products fromolive oil to cheese and everything in between.The Winemaker Seminar – offered exclusivelyto Weekend Pass, RESERVE and Wine CountryAuction & Dinner ticketholders from 1 to 2p.m. – will provide attendees unusual insightsto the distinct, different wines of Paso RoblesWine Country.The Wine Country Auction & Dinner, nowin its second year, takes center stage from 6 to10:30 p.m. In a chic, temperature-controlledtent in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park,guests will sit with their favorite winemakersand proprietors in an intimate setting, tastepersonally selected wines and delicious winecountry cuisine. The evening’s highlight will bethe live auction, giving guests the opportunity to take home rarelifestyle packages exclusive to Paso Robles Wine Country. Fundsraised through this auction, including the new Futures Auctionduring RESERVE, benefit San Luis Obispo County organizationsproviding healthcare, education and greater community services.Tickets for the 29th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival are onsale now at ticket packages include unlimited wine tasting and acommemorative wine glass.Tickets can be purchased online at identification verifying that ticket holders 21 and over(with the exception of the Designated Driver/Child ticket) willbe required at time of event entry. All tickets are limited, andadvanced purchase is strongly recommended. In addition tothese events, wineries will be offering a wide array of individualevents and tastings throughout Paso Robles Wine Country.The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries,growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrallylocated between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’sCentral Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’sfastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 26,000vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries. For more information,visit

www.WineCountryThisMonth.comWINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWS3rd Annual Wine 4 Paws Event , April 9-10Pet loving wine drinkers – support your four legged friends and theCentral Coast Wine Region! The THIRD Annual Wine 4 Paws, afundraising event for Woods Humane Society, will be held at over 50participating wineries throughout the Central Coast on April 9th and10th. During this weekend, the Wine 4 Paws wineries will share theirproceeds with Woods Humane Society.Last year’s event raised over $16,000, with almost $25,000 raisedsince the event started in 2009. Director Sarah Tomasetti said, “Eachyear we’ve seen both wineries and wine drinkers get more involved –so many have gotten their pets from Woods, and they really want togive back as a thank you for such a wonderful family member! Wehave wineries supporting Wine 4 Paws all year long, and for bothlocals and visitors it’s become an annual wine tasting weekend forthem. It’s a great way to help raise money for Woods while alsosupporting our local wineries.” The event includes a free passport,available to print from the Wine 4Paws website or at any participatingwinery during the event.When you visit a winery to helpgenerate a donation, you’ll getyour passport stamped, and with4 stamps your passport will beentered to win one of many raffleprizes.Wine 4 Paws is held concurrentlyat all participating wineries,and with over 50 wineries participatingthis year, you’ve got plentyto choose from. Come out to yourfavorite wineries – or pick somenew ones! To see a full list ofparticipating wineries and a get afree printable passport & map, goto Thenhead out to the wineries of yourchoice during the weekend ofApril 9 - 10. A portion of yoursale or tasting fee will be donated CHRONIC CELLARSto Woods Humane Society on 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr.behalf of the wineries!Paso Robles, CaliforniaWoods Humane Society, Inc. isa locally owned private non-profitOpen Dailyanimal welfare organization that11:30am-5:30pmhas served homeless companionanimals since 1955. The shelter,located off of Hwy 1 and Kansas inSan Luis Obispo opened its doorsin August of 2005 and has beengoing and growing strong eversince. Aside from the hundreds ofanimals Woods cares for each year,the organization maintains part-805.237.7848 www.chroniccellars.comnerships with other local private and county operated animal sheltersin an effort to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatestamount of animals. Woods Humane Society is also the only animalshelter on the Central Coast with a fully operational spay & neutersuite, which opened in September of 2006 and has performed over7,500 surgeries. Their goal is to provide a premier level of care for allof the animals entering their doors. As the needs of the county grows,so too does the cost to operate their facility. They are experiencing a20% growth in all aspects of the shelter on an annual basis. Woods canrise to meet the needs of our local homeless animal population, butcannot do this without the support of our community. They are solelyfunded through charitable gifts from the community and the need isgreater than ever for ongoing financial support.For additional information please contact Sarah Tomasetti, Directorof Wine 4 Paws at

Welcome toP L E A S A N T VA L L E YRANCHITA CANYON VINEYARD3439 Ranchita Canyon Road, San Miguel805-467-9448, ranchitacanyonvineyard.comFriday-Monday, 11am-5pm, or by appointmentRanchita Canyon Vineyard is a family owned & operated vineyard& boutique winery, producing estate grown, handcrafted wines.J&J CELLARS2850 Ranchita Canyon, San Miguel805-467-2891, www.jjcellars.comFriday-Sunday 11am-5pm or by appointmentCome discover some great wines and incredible values!LOCATELLI VINEYARDS & WINERY8585 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel805 467-0067, www.locatelliwinery.comFriday-Sunday 11am-4pm, Festival Weekends 10am-5pmMalbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon are just a few of ourestate wines waiting for you.TASSAJARA CELLARS2995 Pleasant Valley Rd, San Miguel805-239-8511, www.tassajaracellars.comFriday-Sunday 11am-5pmCome taste our wines in the Silver Horse Barrel Room!PRETTY-SMITH VINEYARDS & WINERY13350 River Road, San Miguel805-467-3104, www.prettysmith.comFriday-Sunday 11am-5pmA one woman winery creating soft, smooth and silky estategrown Bordeaux-style wines.TACKITT FAMILY VINEYARDS6640 Von Dollen Rd, San Miguel805-467-9490, www.tackittfamilyvineyards.comFriday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pmA small family venture dedicated to premium wines.SILVER HORSE WINERY2995 Pleasant Valley Rd, San Miguel805-467-WINE(9463), www.silverhorse.comFriday-Sunday 11am-5pmCome experience what everyone is talking about!RiverStar VineyardsWines with Character, Elegance & StyleWhen traveling along the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, RiverStar Vineyards– located at the “T” of Airport & Estrella Road – is a 60-acre, familyowned winery with a delightful tasting room. The vines were plantedback in 1992 and produce wine with great character. On the wine listyou will find 100% estate grown wines that are extremely food friendly.Each bottle delivers great flavors that will turn dinner into a joyful celebration.This summer there are several case specials on wines such astheir 2005 Syrah, 2007 “Entice” White Merlot and 2007 SauvignonBlanc – case specials range between $60 - $100 per case making thewines affordable to have at your dinner table daily with family andfriends.In addition to the standalone varietals, the winery specializes inunique blends. Be sure to try “Sunset Red” a wine produced with Syrahand Merlot, “Affinity” a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot andZinfandel as well as “Allure” a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views from the tables located justoutside the tasting room doors.The property also has a lovely vacation rental that sleeps eight people.You can enjoy the vineyard views from the deck while BBQing or showoff your culinary talents in the full kitchen. There is a two nightminimum stay – chances are you will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere somuch you will want to stay even longer. For reservations or additionalinformation call the winery at (805) 467-0086 or visit VINEYARDS7450 Estrella Road, San Miguel805-467-0086, www.riverstarvineyards.comThursday-Monday 11-5pm or by appt.Come and sit on our patio, relax andenjoy a great glass of RiverStar Wine!MISSIONSTREETMISSIONSTREETEXITMAP NOT TO SCALETERRACE HILL2620, California Poppy Lane, San Miguel, 805-467-1906Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pmTake a break while on the trail and come in to savor ouraward-winning Tuscan Olive Oils, house made spices and herbs.VILLA SAN JULIETTE WINERY6385 Cross Canyon Road, Tasting by appointment only805-550-0522, www.villasanjuliette.comA beautiful 168 acre vineyard producing a broad range ofgrapes including Cabernet Sauvingon, Merlot, Petite Sirah,Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.www.pleasantvalleywinetrail.com22

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWSDiscover the Mountain Viewsand Tasty Brews of FigueroaMountain Brewing CompanyThis family owned brewery, located in Buellton, is the dreamturned-realityproject of Jim and Jaime Dietehofer. They are alsojoined by award-winning Master Brewer Jason Courtney, who bringsexpertise and imagination to the creation of their flavorful beers.Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s core beer line-up is DavyBrown Ale, the flagship beer and an American-style brown ale;Paradise Road Pilsner a German-style lager in a nod to the Dietenhofer’sGerman ancestry; Danish Red an amber beer and homage tothe local Danish Community; Wrangler Wheat an American-styleHefeweizen; and Hoppy Poppy IPA an India pale ale. From the uniqueflavor combinations to the quality ingredients, each of their Santa YnezValley-inspired beers boast superior drinkability. The team at FigueoraMountain Brewing Company is committed to crafting quality beer thatcelebrates their local region of Central California.Opened in November 2010, this working brewery has a completetasting room and offers tours to the general public. To learn moreabout Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s beer and brewery, or go to the company’s Facebook page.www.WineCountryThisMonth.com23

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WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHRuben Solorzano, Sashi Moorman and Peter StolpmanLee Tomkow www.sbwinemakers.comWinemaker Profile: Stolpman VineyardsSashi Moorman & Ruben Solorzanoby Michael CervinMost everyone thinks that the winemaker isthe one and only person involved in making abottle of wine. But there is often an entiregroup of unseen people supporting the winemaker,working tirelessly. This is evident atStolpman Vineyards. Sure, Sashi Moorman hasbeen at the helm of Stolpman producing excellentRhône varieties and Sangiovese, but thereare others who make this happen.Ruben Solorzano joined Stolpman Vineyardsin 1994 as their foreman. “His naturalability to maximize the potential of our vineyardwas quickly realized by all who had thepleasure of working with Ruben, and he is nowa partner in the prestigious Coastal Vineyard Care team,” owner TomStolpman says. Ruben works closely with winemaker Sashi Moorman,and has dedicated a farming focus for each vineyard block within the152 acre estate. That is a huge amount of work therefore Ruben assembleda small, highly skilled group of vineyard workers who call themselves“La Cuadrilla,” meaning “the crew.” In 2004, Ruben instituted aunique training program in which La Cuadrilla is given one selectblock of grapes where the members control every farming decision.Because the team decides how to prune, train, and pick they havebecome proactively involved with the yearly cycle of the vineyard andLa Cuadrilla manages a different varietal each season so there is alwayssomething new to learn.To ensure optimal freshness of each grape,Ruben picks in the cool of the night whenmost people are home watching TV. LaCuadrilla wears headlamps to see in the darkso they can micro-pick the vineyard, selectinggrapes from one side of the vines each night,along the hillsides and hilltops. The clustersare placed into small stacking bins so no grapeis accidentally crushed until Sashi deems it theoptimal time in the winery. “Because of thismethodical approach, we can single outunique cuvees, such as Hilltops Syrah, pickedonly from the ridge-lines of the vineyard,” Tommentions. Every year the member’s selfmanagedblock gets bottled with a special “LaCuadrilla” label. “We take great pride in the team Ruben has assembledand we honor the members of La Cuadrilla by sharing the profitsof their wine with them,” Tom says. The April release of the 2009 LaCuadrilla is a 50-50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, and the label hassmall dots of lights representing Ruben and the crews’ headlamps asthey judiciously pick grapes through the night.Taste the work of Sashi, Ruben and the entire team at theStolpman’s tasting room, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 2434Alamo Pintado Avenue, a half block east of the flagpole in historic LosOlivos. Contact them directly at (805) 688-0400, or online Look for us on Facebook and become a Fan!

W I N E C O U N T R Y T H I S M O N T H ’ SW I N E C O U N T R Y S P O T L I G H TM A M A’S M E AT BA L LOne pretty reliable way to find out just how good the foodat a local restaurant is, is to ask somebody in the restaurantbusiness. Ask a bartender, a waiter, anyone in fact, what theythink of Mama’s meatballs in San Luis Obispo and their lipsbegin 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 mainstreets, in a place called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball isactually divided in two. On the right is the take-out wherepeople line up to get their orders of meatballs and more. Tothe left, fronted by a huge-trunked treeand a water fountain, is the intimaterestaurant with it’s mural of theMediterranean across the back.Meatballs aside, the restaurant,under owner and chef Nicola Allegretta,offers a wide range of authenticItalian dishes, many of them nowavailable in smaller sizes as well, abow to the economy and hiscustomer’s wishes. Amongthem are half a dozensoups, a long list of salads(including grilled salmonand a refreshing pear andgorgonzola), somewonderful antipastochoices, both hot and coldpaninis (including, ofcourse, one made withmeatballs), more pastadishes than there is spacehere to share (though theRavioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled withchicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot go unmentioned).There is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes aswell as any number of traditional and specialty pizzas (nowavailable in two sizes) and some far too-tempting desserts.Mama’s Meatball currently has two locations. The originalis in the Old Creamery plaza at 570 Higuera Street, San LuisObispo, (805) 544-0861. Mama’s Meatball is also availablefor your convenience in the south county at 325 PierAvenue by the entrance of the PismoBeach Dunes, (805) 473-2383.Hours of operation are Tuesday toSunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and4:30 to 10 p.m., closed on Mondays.You can order online And, don’tforgot they can also deliver and havevery popular catering services, whichwork with groups (including weddings)of every type and size.P A S O R O B L E SS A N L U I S O B I S P ON I P O M OMAMA'S MEATBALLFine Italian Restaurant and CateringMama's Meatball has specialized in creatingseasonal menus by using only the finest andfreshest ingredients.570 Higuera St. Suite 130-135www.mamasmeatball.com805-544-0861ADELINA’S BISTRO & MARKETPLACEHand Crafted Meals by Chef Pandee Pearson Featuring Farmer’s Market Fresh Produce and Local WinesMinutes from town but a world away from the everyday. Located within the Monarch Club at Trilogy1645 TRILOGY PARKWAY • NIPOMO • 805.343.7510 • www.adelinasbistro.comSign up for our email newsletter at www.WineCountryThisMonth.com27

WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHSanta MariaPaso RoblesPreferred Tasting Room:Kenneth Volk Vineyardsby Michael Cervin28Ken Volk doesn’t like to sit still much. Thisveteran renegade winemaker is constantlylooking for new ways to improve and challengehimself and his wines. In addition to hiseponymous winery in Santa Maria, heopened a second tasting room in Paso Robleson Highway 46 West. Now he and winelovers have the best of both worlds in two ofthe best wine producing counties.Ken was originally best known as thecreator of Wild Horse Winery in Templeton.During the 20 years he owned it, his productionexploded from a mere 600 cases to over150,000. He sold his successful winery andmoved to Santa Maria and opened Ken VolkWines, a smaller facility where he went backto the basics of hand crafting wine. Whereever Ken goes and makes wine, people alwaysfollow. “My goal is to create multifacetedwines,” he says. “Instead of farming everythingalike, I combine many of the best practices,materials and vines available.” He’sknown to be meticulous and, in the bestpossible use of the term, a wine-geek, whocan discuss the fine details about winemaking.“There’s a huge potential to impact awine with the decision of which yeast to useand there’s the potential to create complexity,”he says enthusiastically. And he is alwaystinkering, always experimenting. His attentionto detail also carries into the harvest;picking grapes from the same plot of landthough at different times to create complexityand flavors that otherwise might not exist.“Just as a rich stew or curry creates a morevivid culinary experience when it includes acomplex combination of ingredients thatharmonize, we seek to bring togethercomplementary flavors for a richer wineexperience,” he notes. But he also sourcesgrapes from a large swath of land in differentcounties and growing regions to produce thesame effect. “Looking at some of the winesbeing produced at Chalone (MontereyCounty), Edna Valley Vineyard (San LuisObispo) and Meridian Winery (Paso Robles),I knew that wines from the Central Coastcould compete with wines from any Californiaregion or anywhere else in the world.”At both tasting rooms you will find the triedand true wines like Chardonnay, CabernetSauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. But youwill also discover “heirloom varieties,” thosegrapes that have little support on a broadermarket such as unusual and hard to findwines like Negrette, Malvasia Bianca,Verdelho, Anglianico, as well as CabernetPfeiffer.So if you’re in Paso Robles, or Santa Maria,you have no excuse to miss out on Ken’seclectic portfolio. The Kenneth Volk TastingRooms are open daily, located at 2485Highway 46 West in Paso Robles, (805) 237-7896, open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at 5230Tepusquet Rd. in Santa Maria. (805) 938-7896, open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visitwww.volkwines.comSign up for our email newsletter at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINE COUNTRY NEWSSanta Ynez Valley Historical Museum presents‘Rolling Through the West’ Carriage SymposiumEvents include Workshops, Dinner Dance plus 20-Mule Team Wagon& Stagecoach Rides at Chamberlin RanchFrom April 7-10, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum &Carriage House proudly presents “Rolling Through the West” –asymposium and special events regarding the stagecoach and horsedrawnvehicle influences upon the growth and expansion of theWestern United States. Specifically oriented to the stagecoach, thesymposium provides a forum for nationally recognized Carriage Associationof America speakers to share their knowledge with enthusiasts,historians, museum personnel and anyone with a desire to know moreabout carriages “Rolling Through the West.”The public is welcome to attend the Symposium featuring two fulldays of presentations, evening receptions, and carriage demonstrations,concluding with a Western-style dinner/dance on Saturdayevening at the Museum. Epicurean Cowboy will cater a delicious NewYork strip steak and cedar plank salmon dinner and the popular SteveWoods Band will provide dance music for the festivities.A special event will be held on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m., when the public is invited to the Chamberlin Ranch on ZacaStation Road in Los Olivos for authentic Stagecoach and 20-MuleTeam Wagon Rides through the lush backcountry reminiscent of earlydays in the Santa Ynez Valley. Rides on the stagecoaches are scheduledalong a special route on the Chamberlin Ranch. Must be 10 years orolder to ride. A barbecue lunch and a special apple cobbler dessertprepared in a Dutch oven will be available for purchase during theevent.Proceeds from the Symposium, dinner/dance and stagecoach/wagon rides will go toward upgrades for the Parks-Janeway CarriageHouse located on the Historical Museum’s grounds. The Parks-Janeway Carriage House, known as the finest of its kind west of theRockies, displays 35 different types of wagons, carts, stagecoaches andother historical modes of early transportation, as well as saddles,harness and tack.Historic 20-Mule Team + Wagon On the Borate RoadCourtesy of SYV Historical Museum20-Mule Team + Wagon TodayCourtesy of SYV Historical Museum“Rolling Through the West” Symposium registration is $225 perperson and includes all receptions and Saturday dinner/dance. Individualtickets to Saturday evening Western dinner/dance are $60 perperson. Sunday Stagecoach rides are $25 per adult; $20 children (10-15 years) and take place on the Chamberlin Ranch.Symposium program registration and ticket purchase for stagecoachand wagon rides can be made via the Museum or by calling the Santa Ynez ValleyHistorical Museum (805) 688-7889 or email: out more at www.WineCountryThisMonth.com29

WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHTolosa WineryGrowing Sustainable ExpectationsBy Melissa ChavezIt’s one thing to lend support to soundenvironmental ideas, but quite another to livethem out. Tolosa Winery manages to do justthat and more. But first, let’s put their operationinto perspective:Situated within the 22,400-acre EdnaValley AVA, the winery is nestled betweensouthern San Luis Obispo and ArroyoGrande. Tolosa’s vineyards overlook a gapbetween the San Luis and Santa Lucia mountains,which rise 450 feet above sea level andacross several miles of the Pacific Ocean. Thispositioning provides for a unique mixture ofsoil profiles, terrain and microclimates.Though Tolosa’s five vineyards enjoy eastwestexposures under full sunshine, they’realso cooled by morning fog and forgivingafternoon ocean breezes. This createsleisurely (and flavorful) growing seasons forChardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah grapes forwhich Edna Valley is known.So, how to step up the winery that seeminglyhas it all? Solar sustainability.In summer 2009, Tolosa Winery coownerJim Efird removed 2,600 vines sothat SunPower Corporation technicianscould install 2,508 solar panels. Capable ofdelivering 539kw of power, this system cansupply a whopping 100-percent of theelectricity required to operate both wineryTolosa Winery tour and tasting experiencesTolosa Winery includes their guests into each step oftheir winemaking methods. The entire operation isviewable firsthand by self-guided tours that follow agrape’s metamorphosis from vineyard-to-bottle.Accessible daily, the complimentary tour starts at thevineyard patio, and then leads to Tolosa’s crush pad,followed by the tasting room. Inside, a viewingwindow offers direct visual access into the tank roomwhere the fermentation process takes place.A natural benefit of wine tasting in Edna Valley is thepastoral surrounds. What could be any better than tosip smooth Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs whilenibbling on fine cheeses? On Saturdays and Sundays,Tolosa pairs four Artisan and/or Farmstead productswith their wines in the Heritage Room, replete withvineyard views, for just $20.House Flights ($8) and Limited Release Flights($15) include five tastes. Tolosa’s fees are waived witheach bottle purchase and e-mail address. For 12-plusguests, group reservations can be made at 805-782-0500 and a $10 tasting fee is applied per person.and tasting room.“It makes sense to run our business with aclean, renewable source of power,” says Efird.“It’s efficient and helps us produce wine moresustainably.” Co-owner Bob Schiebelhutagrees, “Tolosa produces more than 100percent of its needs. This solar field is soproductive, it provides all of its winery’spower needs and generates extra power thatgoes back to the community power grid. Bythe 2016 harvest, we’ll have recovered ourinvestment,” says Efird. “After that, the electricityis free.”“Tolosa is the only solar winery within theEdna Valley and we have one of the largestwinery solar operations in the state, so that isa big focus,” says Katie Noonan, Event andMarketing Administrator. “We are SIP certifiedand practice sustainability in all aspectsof the business. A few of our new wines beingreleased will even have the SIP logo on theback of the wine bottle label so thatconsumers know that the product they arepurchasing has been certified as sustainableby a third party.”The Central Coast Vineyard Team (CCVT)certified Tolosa as part of its Sustainable inPractice (SIP) vineyard certification programsin 2009, a designation of which is no easy featto accomplish. Along with energy conservation,CCVT commended Tolosa’s vineyardmanagement for “protecting natural habitats,preserving soil, reducing synthetic pesticides,conserving water, improving air quality andenhancing biodiversity.”Tolosa Winery is open Monday thruSunday from 11 a.m. 4:45 p.m. at 4910 EdnaRoad in San Luis Obispo. On April 10 from1-4 p.m., enjoy a Library Wine Tasting ofPinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and vintagesdating back to 2001. Call (805) 782-0500 formore details or visit up for our email newsletter at

LOS OSOS VALLEY RDSEE CANYON RDONTARIO RDAVILA BEACHCALLE JOAQUINTo Paso Robles(26 miles )VACHELLS. HIGUERASUBURBANMONTEREY STOSOS STCHORROMARSH STFind out more at www.WineCountryThisMonth.comBROAD STSANTA ROSATANK FARMBUCKLEY RDJOHNSON AVEORCUTTHINDS AVEJOHNSON AVEPRICECANYON RDOAK PARKWINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | SAN LUIS OBISPOSo You Think You Can Rhône? – Annual Rhône CelebrationHospice du Rhône, the world’s largest gatheringof Rhône varietal wines and Rhône producersinvites all wine lovers to get their Rhône on at the19th annual Hospice du Rhône celebration April28-30 in the acclaimed wine region of Paso Robles.This year, the 2011 theme, So You Think YouCan Rhône, will encompass the interactiveelement, How Do You Rhône? An online program,hosted on the Hospice du Rhône website(, will encourage thegreater wine loving community to share a picture,a short story, a haiku, a quote, tasting notes, afood and wine pairing or something else thatreflects how they Rhône or want to Rhône.Together, the community will create the thickest“passport” for all things Rhône on the web.Enthusiasts and producers alike can add to theSan Luis ObispoPERBACCOCELLARSKelseySee CanyonVineyardsSAN LUIS BAYSAN LUIS BAY RDMorovinoALAPAYWOOD WINERYAvila BeachSALISBURYVINEYARDS101Shell Beach101P a c i f i c O c e a nPithy LittleWine Co.Stephen RossWineryPismo BeachMonterey StreetWine CompanyCerro Caliente Cellars1Grover BeachMAMA’SMEATBALLOceanoTANK FARMTOLOSAWINERYBIDDLE RANCHEDNA RDOAK PARKCAMINOBRISCOGRAND AVE.RIGHETTI RDBaileyana andTangent VineyardsSaucelito CanyonEDNA VALLEY VINEYARDSWolff VineyardsPiedra CreekBY APPOINTMENTCHAMISALSextantVINEYARDSTaste ofthe ValleysPismo BeachWinerystory collection by clicking on the well-traveledpassport located on the organization’s websitehomepage, There is nolimit to how many times someone may post to theHow Do You Rhône campaign. The sharing ofminds does not stop on the web.Hospice du Rhône will once again roll out thered carpet by hosting more than 130 Rhôneproducers and importers from France, Australia,South Africa, Spain, Washington State, Oregon,Arizona. California and beyond. Attendees willtaste Rhône wines from each of these regionsthroughout the event weekend by strolling thehalls at the Friday Rhône Rendezvous andSaturday Grand Tasting. Guests will also have theopportunity to truly interact with like-mindedRhône lovers at the ever-popular Rhône ’n’ BowlClaiborne& Churchill101227CARPENTER CANYONNOYESKynsiVineyardsTRAFFICORCUTTTIFFANY RANCHCORBETTCenter ofEffort WineRDBRIDGECANYON RDPhantomRiversBRANCH RDBISHOP’S PEAK/TALLEYVINEYARDSHUASNA RDLOPEZ DRHUASNA RDLAETITIA VINEYARDBarnwood WinesNadiaRanchoArroyoGrandeArroyo Grandeand at each of the Rhôneinspiredmeals including thebrand-new Soirée. The fullschedule, with event descriptions,along with attendingproducers and importers can befound on the organizationswebsite, add to the serious fun atthe 19th annual event, guestscan partake in the 2011 SeminarSeries with either a WeekendPass or individual SeminarPasses. To date, the organizationhas announced Drew Noon ofNoon Winery from Australiawho will chronicle the 2011growing season for his wine,Eclipse. Morgan Twain-Petersonof Bedrock Wine Co. hailingfrom Sonoma and Joey Tensleyof Tensley from Santa Ynez willtake the stage together to sharethe word of Syrah. Taking attendeeson a journey throughFrance’s Roussillon will be anensemble of Roussillonproducers including HervéBizeul from Clos des Fées, PierreGaillard from Domaine Madeloc,and Marjorie Gallett from LeDomaine Rocs des Anges. formore details.Passes are currently on salefor the 19th annual Hospice duRhône celebration taking placeApril 28 – 30, 2011 at the PasoRobles Event Center in PasoRobles, California. Event passesbegin at $100. For more informationand to purchase passes,visit of the 2011Hospice du Rhône celebrationinclude Riedel, Silicon ValleyBank, Wine & Spirits, Pape,Vintage Logistics, J&L Wines,Wine Country Pack & Ship,Clever Concepts, Graphics byErick and Sinsheimer JuhnkeLebens & McIvor, LLP31

Wine Tasting atAV I L A B E AC HAvila Beach is surrounded by gentle, sloping hills, whichdefine the harbor from the landward side. Three piersdefine the look from the oceanside; two are open to thepublic. Guests enjoy leisurely strolls out over the water,and the pier-based restaurants, which always offer freshseasonal seafood. Avila is also an active fishing harborwith many fresh fish markets offering live crab, and freshseafood.PREFUMO CANYON RDWhere to goWINE TASTINGATAVILA BEACHSEE CANYON RDPER BACCOKelsey CELLARSSee CanyonVineyardSEE CANYON RDONTARIO RDBELLEVUEBAYRDLUISAvila BeachSANORCHARDAVILA BEACH DRIVESALISBURYVINEYARDSAVILA BEACH DRIVEMorovino1ST STFRONT STWOODWINERYSAN MIGUELALAPAYCELLARSSAN LUIS101Wish You Were Here!Oceanfront Wine TastingUnique gifts & apparelWines by the glass!480 Front St. Avila Beach805.595.9663www.wildwoodwine.comOpen Daily 11-5, Fri & Sat 11-6PatioisOpen!32 Look for us on Facebook and become a Fan!

Per Bacco Cellarsby Darren DelmoreWhen restaurateur Marco Rizzo and winemaker Craig Shannon gottogether in 1998 over a few bins of Chardonnay grapes, they didn’tnecessarily expect to become darlings of the wine press. But that inauguralrelease of Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay got a 92 point scorein a major wine magazine, and since then they’ve kept that mozzarellamomentum coming out of the grinder with wines made in the fashionthey’re passionate about. Through the erratic trends of varietalfavoritism and climatic conditions, it’s been refreshing to see Per Baccocontinue to make wines in the manner that they originally set out todo, with a focus on food-friendliness and approachability.I recently stopped into the tasting room which is purely about thewine. No jewelry, no oil, no cookbooks; wine is the focus. Tastingroom manager Grace Kegel pointed out, “We charge just a five dollarfee and customers can choose six wines out of the nine options totaste. We waive one fee per bottle purchased,” she continued, “and theglasses aren’t included. We also sell wine for five bucks a glass if peoplelike to picnic or go play bocce.”Tucked beside the 101 freeway as it snakes into San Luis Obispo,the Per Bacco winery and tasting room is part of the beautiful 200 acreFilipponi Ranch, complete with a bocce ball court, horseshoe pits andplenty of unadulterated ground to roam upon with a glass of PinotGrigio. Per Bacco is the place to be, with live music outdoors, top-shelffood to complement the current releases and a fun, mellow, relaxingvibe. There’s a real casual atmosphere here…a great place to comehang out and enjoy some wine.Per Bacco Cellars is located at 1850 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispoand is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,contact the tasting room at (805) 787-0485 or log on out more at 33

Wine Tasting inSANTA BARBARA COUNTYSanta BarbaraMISSIONSTATEANAPAMUANACAPAMILPASN SALSIPUEDESCarr WineryRenegadeJaffursEast Beach Wine Co.Wine CellarsMargerum CottonwoodCanyon WhitcraftOreanaGiesinger Santa Barbara WineryKalyra Winery KuninCoastal Winery Municipal WinemakersWinehoundCHAPALA101To Solvang(34 miles)SilverBY APPTOLIVEE GUITERREZMONTECITOP a c i f i c O c e a n101Stearns Wharf VintnersSUMMERLANDWINERYChuck Wagon Brunchat Foley EstatesWhile you’re in Lompoc for this year’s famous Vintners Festival,drop by Foley Estates winery for its 5th Annual Chuck WagonBrunch. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th, you’ll beable to feast on a hearty brunch featuring all of the favorite local breakfastdishes. Plus, each guest in attendance will receive a complimentarytasting of the current Foley Estates releases and a 30% discounton all wine purchased at the event!Admission for Foley, Lincourt & Firestone wine club members is$35 per person, limit two tickets per club membership. Non clubmembers will be charged $45 per person. Make your reservationssoon, as space is limited: or (805) 737-6222.Foley Estates Vineyards & WineryThe 460-acre Rancho Santa Rosa estate vineyard features 230 acresof vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soilsare maritime-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks tomoist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard isfarmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated withmuch smaller vineyards. In fact, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard wasoriginally conceived as individual micro-vineyards delineated into 59unique blocks based upon soil type, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstockand clone. Rancho Santa Rosa produces remarkably rich andsilky wines.The Rancho Santa Rosa property also serves as home to Foley’s3,500-square-foot tasting room and event center. Located next to the12,000-square-foot winery building, the Hospitality Center affordsvisitors spectacular vistas of neighboring mountain ranges, coastaloaks and contoured hillside vines. Built in 2005, the tasting room isthe ideal venue to taste the award-winning Foley wines. The tastingroom is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 6121 EastHighway 246, Lompoc. For more information, call (805) 737-6222 orgo to AVESummerlandWHITNEY AVELILLIE AVEORTEGA HILLTo Santa Barbara(6 miles)101SHELBY STBANNER AVEVARLEY STVALENCIA STTEMPLE STSUMMERLAND WINERYOLIVE STLILLIE AVEP a c i f i c O c e a n101To Los Angeles(90 miles)34Find out more at


AMPELOS CELLARS312 North 9th Street, Lompoc805-736-9957, www.ampeloscellars.comThursday-Sunday 11am-5pmArtesanal Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Vioginier & RoséOne of the first in US to be certified organic, biodynamic & sustainableBrian and Kimberly LoringWelcome toLOMPOC WINE GHETTOLoring Wine CompanyThe brother and sister team of Brian and Kimberly Loring make awide array of Pinots and Chardonnays from some of the top vineyardsin California. Their list of sources read like a who’s who ofCalifornia Pinot vineyards. Brian and Kimberly share all the dutiesat the winery – owner, winemaker, truck driver, janitor, etc. – andare able to produce about 7,000 cases a year.Sinece Brian and Kimberly prefer bigger, bolder, fruit-forwardwines, that’s what they produce. The wines are designed to be readyto drink right away – no need to lay them down for years beforeconsuming. The wines will age gracefully for up to seven or eightyears, but hopefully you’ll try them young to experience the bright,vibrant fruit. That’s what sets the wines apart. Loring Pinots willmatch well with traditional pairings (salmon, chicken, pork) but alsohave the stuffing to pair up well with beef and lamb.JALAMA WINES308 North 9th Street, Unit C, Lompoc805-735-8937, www.jalamawines.comFriday-Sunday 12-5pm, or by appointmentWinemaker Mark Cargasacchi specializes in Pinot Noir and Syrahfrom select vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.LA VIE VINEYARDS308 N. 9th Street, Unit D, Lompoc(805) 291-2111, www.lavievineyards.comOpen Friday-Saturday 11am-5pm(ish) or by appt.Small-lot production Pinot Noir from multiple regions, delicious late harvestChardonnay and Riesling. Stop by to meet the owner/winemakers and samplerare and unique wines of superb quality. Cheers!La Vie VineyardsLORING WINE COMPANY TASTING ROOM1591 E. Chestnut Avenue, Lompoc(805) 742-0478, www.LoringWineCompany.comOpen Friday through Sunday 12-5pmWe’re a small winery that produces tasty Chardonnay, Pinot Noirand whatever else strikes our fancy : )PALMINA1520 East Chestnut Court, LompocThursday-Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday-Monday 11am-4pm(805) 735-2030, www.palminawines.comPalmina is a Californian celebration of the rich, wonderful lifestyle and attitudetoward food, wine, friends and family that exists in Italy.ZOTOVICH CELLARS1500 East Chestnut Court, Suite D; Lompoc805-736-1600, www.zotovichcellars.comThursday-Sunday 10am-5pm"A family owned and operated boutique winery. We grow, produce andbottle estate Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We're new to the LompocWine Ghetto. Stop in to meet us!"To Santa MariaW CENTRALW. COLLEGENORTH O STD’VineW. OCEAN AVEPALMINA1Samsara Flying GoatZOTOVICH LORINGFiddleheadNew VinelandPiedrasassi Taste ofSta. Rita HillsNORTH H STLompoc Wine Ghetto7TH STE. CHESTNUTE. LAURELE. CHESTNUT1LompocE. OCEAN AVE9TH ST7TH12THLompocWine Ghetto1To Santa BarbaraAMPELOSChienLAVIEJALAMAPresidio246MelvilleBabcockSANTA ROSA RDHuberTo Buellton(18 miles)To Buellton(18 miles)NOT TO SCALE36 Sign up for our email newsletter at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – SANTA MARIAPreferred Tasting Room:Costa de Oro Wineryby Michael CervinCosta de Oro, or “gold coast” sums upnot just a region but the winery that bearsits name. The 30-acre Gold Coast Vineyard,located in Santa Maria, is the spotwhere the grapes for the wines of Costado Oro Winery come from. But prior tograpes being planted, this family farmstarted growing greenhouse tomatoes andkiwis, broccoli, cauliflower, cilantro,corn, spinach and they are perhaps bestknown for their strawberries.Today the tasting room, which openedin 2006, sits on the site of the Gold Coaststrawberry stand and of course you canpick up fresh veggies and fruits they growwhen in season. The views from the glass windows look directly outto the fields of Santa Maria, and to the low hills in the distance. Thereare lots of gifts too at the comfortable wood-toned tasting room withits wood beams on the ceiling and chairs to relax at. It’s comfortablehere and the staff is friendly and helpful. The wines offered at Costade Oro include award winners from competitions in San Francisco,Orange County and right here in Santa Barbara, not to mention highscores from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. “In the tasting room, we haveadded wines that are either exclusive to the wine club or in very smallquantities for the bar,” says Gary Burk, winemaker. Currently you’llfind three versions of Chardonnay, aPinot Noir rosé, Pinot Grigio, four iterationsof Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.Tasting fees are $10, or you canpurchase individual glasses of wine for$10. Either way make certain you get acheese plate to go with that, which areavailable from $5 to $12 with a variety ofcheeses. Then kick back. To makematters even better, Costa de Oro offerslive music every week with Wine DownFridays. Every Friday night from 5 to 8p.m. you’re likely to hear folk music,maybe blues, solo guitar and a little rockfrom Grammy winning musicians. “Mywife and I are musicians as well andmusic is near and dear to us,” Gary says. It’s an ideal stop when travelingon Highway 101 as you pass through Santa Maria, halfwaybetween Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, a chance to samplewines, enjoy live music and soak up the Gold Coast. Of all the winesGary makes he has a fondness for Pinot Noirs. “We are very excitedabout our Pinot Noirs,” Gary says. “They are the best line-up of PinotNoirs we have released to date.” Get your groove on and check out theexceptional wines of Costa de Oro. The tasting room is open dailyfrom 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1331 S. Nicholson Ave. in Santa Maria. Foradditional information call (805) 922-1468 or out more at 37

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – SANTA MARIA | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHOne Winegrowing County, Four AVAs, 65 Varietals,110 Vintners – All Together for One Day, April 16Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Festival Celebrates ‘Diversity Perfected!’“Grape diversity here is the norm, rather than the unexpected,”explains Jim Fiolek, Executive Director of the Vintners’ Association.“Santa Barbara’s vineyards are planted along transverse valleys that runeast to west, the only place on the Pacific Coast that this occursbetween Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Chile. This unique geologic‘twist’ creates hundreds of micro-climates, with soils and climaticconditions changing just about every mile. We can grow superb PinotNoir in the western areas and excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet25 miles further to the east. All with excellence. This is indeed anincredible place.”To celebrate this “Diversity Perfected” as well as the arrival of springand the beginnings of the 2011 vintage, the Santa Barbara County Vintners’Association will be hosting their 29th annual Vintners’ Festival, tobe held at the western edge of one of the four official AVAs in thecounty. River Park in Lompoc will host the event on April 16 from 1 to4 p.m. The Festival is hosted by the more than one hundred vintnersand winemakers of the organization, who will be pouring their latestreleases of the sixty-five plus varietals of wine grown in the county.Festival-goers will be invited to play Santa Barbara County by theNumbers, wherein they search, find and taste many of the differentwine varietals produced by member vintners. Those with the mostcompleted game cards will be entered into a drawing for a variety ofwine country prizes. The festival will also feature more than two dozenlocal restaurants, caterers and purveyors of specialty foods serving tastywine country bites, and two live and lively bands filling the spring airwith music. Add to that a Silent Auction to benefit local charities, artdisplays from area artists and a day of wine country camaraderie andyou’ve got a festival where the whole is greater than sum of the parts.Come celebrate with us!The Vintner’s Featival will take place at River Park in Lompoc. Vintners’Festival Tickets are $75 per person. Designated Drivers are $25per person. Vintners’ Visa for participating wineries, April 15th through18th are $35 per person. Combination Vintners’ Festival and Vintners’Visa tickets are $100 per person. For tickets or more information, Santa Barbara Country Vintners’ AssociationThe Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association is a non-profit organizationfounded in 1983 to support and promote Santa BarbaraCounty as a premium wine producing and wine grape growing region.The Vintners’ Association produces festivals, seminars and tastings andprovides information to consumers and the wine and travel media.11351McKeon-PhilipsCoreWine Co.OrcuttBLOSSERLe FenêtreSKYWAYEAST CLARKE DONOVANMAINSTOWELLBROADWAY135Los AlamosToLompoc (18 miles)Solvang (34 miles)To San Luis Obispo(32 miles)ROEMERAddamo EstateVineyards & Bistro101BETTERAVIATELEPHONEDOMINIONCottonwoodPresqu´ile CanyonBedfordRoemer Way Self-StorageCOSTA DE OROCoreWine Co.SANTA MARIA MESA RDRiver BenchVineyardsFOXEN CANYON RDALISOS CANYONSanta MariaCambriaZaca MesaDemetriaCurtisFIRESTONESTAZACATantaraKENNETHVOLKVINEYARDSTEPUSQUETRancho SisquocFoxen VineyardsTres HermanasFess ParkerKoehlerFOXENCANYON RD154www.santamariavalleywinecountry.comNOT TO SCALE101To Solvang(17 miles)To Los Olivos(11 miles)38 Sign up for our email newsletter at

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – SANTA MARIAOn the Santa Maria Wine Trailwww.santamariawines.comFor Wine Country Events, check the onlinecalendar at you’re on the website,sign up for the Email Newsletterand be updated every two weeks!Open 10:30-5:002485 Highway 46 WestPaso Robles, CA805-237-7896Now open 7 daysOpen 10:30-4:305230 Tepusquet RoadSanta Maria, CA805-938-7896For more information and directions: www.volkwines.comLook for us on Facebook and become a Fan! 39

Wine Tasting inLOS OLIVOSAndrew Murray VineyardsAndrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhône varieties,Syrah and Viognier, in the late ’80s while traveling through the RhôneValley. He took that passion further when he headed out for a shortinternship in Australia in 1992 to learn more about the famedAustralian Shiraz. There he fell so in love with Syrah that he overstayedhis planned three months by almost a year.When he returned home, he earned a degree in viticulture andoenology from U.C. Davis and started his eponymous vineyard andwinery in Los Olivos in 1990, working with growers who mirrored hispassion for excellence. He found vineyard owners who matched hisdesire for perfection, and who farmed their vines to ruinously lowyields with the most advanced viticultural methods. Andrew’s razorsharpvision can be summarized succinctly in the company motto,“Handcrafted wines from steep hillside vineyards, planted exclusivelySPECIALIZING INSANTA BARBARA &CENTRAL COASTPINOT NOIRS2905 GRAND AVELOS OLIVOS805-688-7406thelosolivostastingroom.comto Rhône varieties.”All of the focus, passion and dedication have paid off. Today,Andrew Murray Vineyards is considered an early leader of the RhoneRangers movement in the United States, a founding member of theViognier Guild/Hospice du Rhône, and the editors of Food and Winemagazine were thoughtful enough to recognize his years of singlemindednesswhen they named Andrew as the “Tastemaker of the Year”.AMV’s rich, full-bodied, fruit-driven wines can be tasted at itswinery tasting room in Los Olivos, seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to5 p.m. The tasting of nine wines will include samples of the SyrahTous les Jours, a value priced, blended Syrah from the Central Coast;a dry rosé of Grenache and Syrah, named Sanglier; a crisp dry whiteblend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, simply named RGB; a highlycelebrated red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre named Esperance;and several single vineyard Syrah bottlings from famous vineyardsites in the Santa Ynez Valley…Thompson Vineyard, Watch HillVineyard, McGinley Vineyard, and a stunning, hedonistic Syrah fromthe Terra Bella Vineyard in Paso Robles. AMV’s knowledgeable andfriendly staff will engage your senses and educate you about theirwines and the charming Santa Ynez Valley, all in a very entertainingstyle. Be sure to ask about AMV’s unique and fun wine club, asmembership is limited.AMV’s tasting room is also now more beautiful and comfortablethan ever, as a major makeover was completed just after the New Year.You can now taste AMV’s wines standing at the main bar, sitting at the“Vineyard Crafted Wines”V I N E YA R D SOpen daily 11-5,2434 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos(805) 688-0400 • www.stolpmanvineyards.comCome see why Robert Parker, Jr. said...“Production is small, but these winesare well worth seeking out!”Open Daily 11-52901 A Grand Avenue, Los Olivos805-693-9644www.AndrewMurrayVineyards.com2 for 1 Tastingwith this adNow open, every day from 11 am to 5 pm.2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos888-938-7310www.byronwines.comNo appointment necessary.Please call ahead for parties of 8 or more.40

SAN MARCOS AVESaarloos& SonsQUPÉEpiphanyDaniel GehrsLongoriaConsilienceTre AnelliLOS OLIVOS TASTING ROOMANDREW MURRAYEVANS RANCHE&T WINESALAMO PINTADO AVESANTA BARABARA AVESAN MARCOS PASS RDRAILWAY AVENOJOQUI AVENOJOQUI AVEBYRONHOLLISTERGRAND AVEGRAND AVE154Carhartt WineryJONATA STAlexander& WayneCARINA Scott CellarsCELLARSTensley DRAGONETTECoquelicotBin 2860ArtisteWINE TASTINGIN LOS OLIVOSSAN MARCOS AVESTOLPMANBlair Fox CellarsALAMO PINTADO AVEALTA STALTA STSAN MARCOS PASS RD154Branderstunning, custom made walnut bar, or even relaxing on the modernleather settee. Help AMV celebrate its updated look and find out howto get a Two-for-One Tasting at Also, come seewhy Robert Parker Jr. said…“Production is small, but these wines arewell worth seeking out!”Andrew Murray Vineyards tasting room is located at 2901 GrandAvenue. For more information, call (805) 693-9644 or visit thewebsite at AVEBeckmanBASELINEN. REFUGIO RDRoblarROBLAR AVNOT TO SCALEN. REFUGIO RD1711 Alamo Pintado Rd.Open Daily from 10am-5pmwww.lincourtwines.comMother’s Day BrunchCatered brunch paired with a tastingof Lincourt wines in the barrel room.$35 ($25 wine club members)May 8th ~ 10am-12pmFor reservations, call805-688-8554QUPÉ Tasting Roomfeaturing the wines of:QUP ¥ VERDAD ¥ ETHAN2963 Grand Avenue, LosOlivos(805) 41

Wine Tasting inS O LVA N GSort This Out Cellarsby Michael CervinNostalgia has always been an important part of the American experience.Sort This Out Cellars is a small producer of California wines that has givennostalgia a new venue. Established in 2007, Sort This Out Cellars produceswines from grapes grown throughout California’s wine country usingdiverse varietals and appellations which they feel represent the best of whatCalifornia's wine industry can produce. “I have relieved myself of therestrictions associated with owning vineyards or producing wines from asingular viticultural area,” says owner Michael Cobb. This means he cansearch the state for the best grapes to crush, or in some cases the best juicefrom another winery to purchase, and then finish it into his own wine.“Tired of the traditional wine country narrative, Iwanted to move beyond the iconic family winery, orestate grown grape paradigms that have dominatedthe California wine landscape, and instead makewines that looked more like the people who drankthem,” he says. Cobb is rather proud of the fact thathe doesn't have a farming background to draw on,something many people in the wine business mightconsider a handicap. “I think of myself as a degenerategambler-turned-winemaker,” Cobb jokes. “I trysimply to make the very best wine I can. I'm in theentertainment business and wine is entertaining. Atthe end of the day the wine in the bottle has to meetpeople's expectations.” And Sort This Out Cellars isdoing just that.Inspired by an old photograph of the famed RatPack outside The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas in 1961, and a love of that specifictime period, Cobb conspired to create a new type of winery. He doesn't ownany vineyards and frankly he has no desire to. Cobb decided early on to“throw all the traditional corporate structure out with the bathwater,” as he puts it. This doesn't mean however that he cameinto the wine business as a novice. Far from it. Mike Cobb wasthe Wine Buyer for Disneyland’s Club 33 located inside thefamed park. You may not have heard of Club 33, and that'sbecause it is an exclusive members-only club that Walt Disneyhimself started decades ago and still operating inside the park.From those beginnings he decided to venture out and get inthe wine business, but to do it as simply and with as much funas possible.Sort This Out Cellars new tasting room is located at 1636Copenhagen Drive in Solvang. They are open from 10 a.m. to7 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Tasting fees are$5 - $15 and Cobb uses stemless wine glasses, rather fitting for the hip andcool vibe he presents to a thirsty public. Contact Sort This Out at (805) 688-1717 or Email winery updates to info!

55TH THSANTA BARBARA COUNTYThere’s an atmosphere of casual grace at Lincourt that invites you to kickback and relax. But don’t be fooled – they are very serious about their wineand are extremly focused on the mission of creating wines that showcase theideal grape-growing conditions of Santa Barbara County!Meet the Lincourt Vineyards Winemaker, Leslie Mead Renaud onSaturday, April 16, from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. She’ll be offering a sneakpeak taste of our 2009 vintage wines, direct from the barrel! Enjoy livemusic, appetizers and chocolate truffles. Wine club member price iscomplimentary for one plus guest. Wine club members can pick uptheir March shipment at this event. Non-member price is $25 perperson. This event is limited to 150 people. A 35% discount will beaMeet the Winemaker at Lincourt VineyardsRDRDCANYONCANYONBALLARD BALLARDShoestringHitching Post101ToToSantaSantaBarbaraBarbara(43(43miles)miles)BallardCHALKHILLCHALKHILLWANDERING DOG WINE BARATTERDAG ATTERDAGG G2ND 2NDOAKOAKPARK PARK1ST 1STSolvangPARKPARKCOPENHAGENCOPENHAGENMOLLEMOLLEALISAL ALISALMISSIONMISSIONBlackjackALAMOPINTADOALAMOPINTADO RD RDD’Alfonso-Curran WinesEast Valley/Tastes of the ValleysPresidioDascombLucas & LewellenRoyal OaksLion’s PeakSEVTAPSORT THIS OUTCELLARSMandolinaLINCOURTRideauButtonwood246246KalyraSunstoneREFUGIONOT TO SCALEoffered on selected wines and case specials for this event only! Contacttasting room for more information.Founded in 1996 by financier Bill Foley, Lincourt is a producer ofultra- premium wines from the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez valleys. Along-time wine enthusiast, Bill has been particularly entranced withthe wines of Burgundy. In 1994, when he and his wife Carol relocatedtheir family to Santa Barbara, he discovered that the potential toproduce some of America’s most distinguished versions of Pinot Noirand Chardonnay lay just miles north of his home. Bill hired renownedwinemaker Alan Phillips to assist him in securing vineyard sites andspearheading his dream of producing the benchmark wines of theregion. Bill and Carol named their new winery Lincourt, in homage totheir two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney.Lincourt Vineyards is located at 1711 Alamo Pindado Road,Solvang and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,call (805) 688-8554.Find out more at 43

WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESP A S O R O B L E S A R E AAdelaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily 10-55805 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-8980, 805 239-8980 X X XAlbeno Munari – Paso Robles Sun 12-5, Mon-Wed 11-5725 12th Street; 805 239-9176 Thu-Sat 11-6 X XAlta Colina – Paso RoblesTh-Su2725 Adelaida Rd; 805 227-4191 11-5 X XAmByth Estate – TempletonBy510 Sequoia Lane; 805 305-9497 appt X XANGLIM WINERY – Paso Robles Th-Mo 11-6740 Pine St; 805-227-6813 or by Appt X XArroyo Robles – Paso RoblesDaily739 12th St; 877-759-WINE 11-7 X XAsuncion Ridge – Paso Robles Daily 12:30-6729 13th Street; 805 237-3780 Fri-Sat till 8 X XAugust Ridge – Creston Fr 12-58790 E. 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Green Valley Rd; 805-927-1925 Appt X XBear Cave Cellars – Paso Robles Open when840 13th Street, Suite G ; 805-238-4329 flag is flying X XBella Luna – TempletonFr-Su1850 Templeton Rd; 805-434-5477 10-5 X XBerardo Vineyards – Paso Robles Weekends3280 Township Rd; 805-239-9432 12-5 X XBianchi Winery – Paso RoblesDaily3380 Branch Rd; 805-226-9922 10-5 X XBlack Hand Cellars – Cambria Weekends & holidays766 Main Street, Suite B ; 805-712-WINE 11-5 X XBodegas Paso Robles– Paso Robles Daily 12:30-6729 13th Street; 805 237-3780 Fri-Sat till 8 X XBooker Vineyard – Paso Robles Thu-Sun2640 Anderson Road; 805-237-7367 11-5 X XBrian Benson Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su2985 Anderson Rd; 805-296-9463 10:30-5 X XCALCAREOUS – Paso RoblesDaily3430 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-0289 11-5 X XCaliza Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-4:302570 Anderson Rd; 805-237-1480 or by appt X XCaparone Winery – Paso Robles Daily2280 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3827 11-5 X X XCARINA CELLARS – Paso Robles Daily3525 Adelaida Rd; 415-309-2046 11-5 X X XCarmody McKnight Estate Wines – Paso Robles11240 Chimney Rock Rd; 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805-226-0174Daily12-5 X XClayhouse Wines – Paso Robles849 13th St; 805 238-7055Daily11-6 X XCroad Vineyards – Paso Robles3550 Vinedo Robles Lane; 805-226-9899Thu-Mon11-5 X X XD’Anbino Cellars – Paso Robles710 Pine St; 805-227-6800Fri-Sun12-6 X XDaou Vineyards – Paso Robles2777 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805 527-6455By apptX XDark Star Cellars – Paso Robles2985 Anderson Rd; 805-237-2389Fr-Su10:30-5 X XDenner Vineyards & Winery – Paso Robles5414 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-4287 Daily 11-5 X XDerby Wine Estates – Paso Robles5620 Hwy 46 East; 805-238-6300Fr-Mo11-5 X XDoce Robles – Paso Robles2023 Twelve Oaks Dr; 805-227-4766Daily10-5:30 X XDonati Family Vnyd – Templeton Daily 10-5Corner of 46 West & Vineyard Dr; 805-238-0676 X XDonatoni Winery – Paso Robles3225 Township Rd; 805-226-0620Sa-Su 12-5Or By Appt XDover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101Th-Su11-5 X XDunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo 11-5 X XEagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428Daily10:30-5:30 X X XEBERLE WINERY – Paso Robles3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607Win-10-5Sum 10-6 X X XÉcluse Wines – Paso Robles1520 Kiler Canyon Rd; 805 238-4998Fr-Sun11-4 X XEDWARD SELLERS – Paso Robles1401 Hwy 46 West; 805 239-8915Daily10-5 X XEOS ESTATE WINERY – Paso Robles Daily2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 11-5 X XFalcon Nest Winery – Paso Robles5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227Daily10-7:30 X XFour Sisters Ranch – San MiguelBy6961 Estrella Rd; 805 526-9242 Appt X XCypher Winery – Templeton3750 Hwy 46 West; 805 237-0055Daily11-6 X XFratelli Perata – Paso Robles1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809ByAppt X XFrolicking Frog – Atascadero14490 San Miguel Rd; 805 466-0779ByAppt X XFS Cellars – Paso Robles1337 Vendels Circle; 805-226-8989Thu-Sun11-6 X XGelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808ByAppt X XGraveyard Vineyards – San Miguel6990 Estrella Road; 805 467-2043ByAppt X X XGreMark Vnyds – Paso Robles5325 Rancho La Loma Linda; 805 237-0154ByAppt X XGrey Wolf Cellars – Paso Robles Daily2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X XHALTER RANCH VNYD– Paso Robles Daily8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X XHammerSky Vineyards– Paso Robles Fr-Su7725 Vineyard Drive; 949 338-7813 By Appt X XHansen Vineyard – TempletonFr-Sun5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 11-5 X XHarmony Cellars – Harmony Sum 10-5:303255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805 927-1625 Win 10-5 X XHearst Ranch – San SimeonTue-Sun442 SLO San Simeon Rd; 805 927-4100 11-5 X XHEARTHSTONE– Paso Robles Daily5070 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-2544 10-5 X XHidden Oak – TempletonFr-Sun4671 South El Pomar; 805 237-9315 11-5 X XHope Family Wines – Paso Robles Fr-Sa1585 Live Oak Road; 805 238-4112 10-4 X XHug Cellars – Paso Robles Thu-Mon 11-52323 Tuley Rd; 805-226- 8022 & By Appt X X XHUNT CELLARS – Paso Robles Sum 10:30-62875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 Win 10:30-5 X XJ& J CELLARS – San Miguel Fri-Sun2850 Ranchita Canyon; 805-467-2891 11-5 X XJ. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES Daily6169 Airport Rd, Paso Robles; 805-239-8900 10-5 X XJ. Paul Rosilez – Paso Robles Daily4889 Dry Creek Rd; 805-226-0550 11-5 X XJack Creek Cellars – Templeton Mon 11-3, Thu 11-45265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 X XJADA WINERY – Paso Robles Thu-Mon5620 Vineyard Dr; 805 226-4200 11-5 X X XJustin Winery – Paso RoblesDaily11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 238-6932 10-6 X X XKaleidos – Paso RoblesBy1990 Township Road; 805 226-0828 Appt X XKENNETH VOLK – Paso Robles Daily2485 Hwy 46W; 805 237-7896 10:30-5 X XKiamie Wine Cellars – Paso Robles Th-Mo1111 Riverside Ave, Ste 102; 805 226-8333 11-6 X X XKukkula – TempletonFri-Sun9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 227-0111 11-5L’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-42815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 Mo-We by Appt. X XLago Giuseppe – TempletonBy Appt.8345 Green Valley Rd, 46 W; 805-237-7300 Only X XLe Cuvier – Paso RoblesFr-Su9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 12-5Linne Calodo – Paso RoblesDaily3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 10-4:30 X XLE VIGNE WINERY – Paso Robles Sum 11-65115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 Win 11-5 X X XLOCATELLI WINERY – San Miguel Fr-Su8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 1l-4 X XLoma Linda Vineyards – Paso Robles By5155 Rancho La Loma Linda Dr: 805 227-7172Appt X XLone Madrone – Paso RoblesDaily2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X XMaloy O’Neill – Paso RoblesDaily5725 Union Rd; 805 238-6430 10-5 X XMERIDIAN VINEYARDS – Paso Robles Daily7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X XGo to for more winery information

WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINERY LISTINGSWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESMeritage Wine Tasting – Paso Robles Sun 11-5 X X810 11th St; 805 238-9456 Mon-Thu 11-8 Fri-Sat 11-11Midnight Cellars – Paso Robles Fri 10-52925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 Sum 10-5:30 X XMinassian-Young – Paso RoblesThu-Su4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X XMitchella Vineyard – Paso Robles Fr-Su 12-52525 Mitchella Ranch Way; 805 239-8555 or by appt X XMondo Cellars – Paso RoblesDaily3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805 226-2925 11-6 X X XMoonstone Cellars – CambriaDaily801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 X XNadeau Family Vintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X XNINER WINE ESTATE – Paso Robles Daily2400 Highway 46 West; 805-239-2233 10-5 X XNorman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X XOpolo Vineyards – Paso RoblesDaily7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X XORCHID HILL VINEYARD Daily1140 Pine St, Paso Robles; 805-237-7525 12-6 X XOrtman Family Vnyds – Paso Robles Daily 12-51317 Park Street; 805-237-9009 Fr-Sat 12-7 X XOso Libre Winery – Paso Robles Wed-Mon7383 Vineyard Dr; 805 238-3378 11-5 X XPasoport Wine Co – Paso Robles Fri-Sun5940 Union Rd; 805 239-2229 11-5 X XPASO WINE CENTRE– Paso Robles Tue-Thu 4-91240 Park St; 805 239-2229 Fri-Sat 12-9, Sun 12-7 X XPeachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X XPear Valley – Paso RoblesDaily4900 Union Road; 805 237-2861 11-5 X XPenman Springs – Paso Robles Thu-Sun1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 11-5 X XPer Cazo Cellars – Paso RoblesBy5325 Vineyard Dr; 805 227-4949 Appt XPIANETTA – Paso Robles Sun-Thurs 12-6829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Fri-Sat 11-7 X X XPipestone – Paso RoblesTh-Mo2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 X XPoalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily7970 Vineyard Drive; 805-238-0621 12-5 X XPomar Junction – TempletonTh-Mo5036 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-238-9940 11-5 X XPRETTY SMITH – San Miguel Fr-Su13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 11-5 X XProulx – Paso RoblesThu-Mon5424 Vineyard Drive; 805-226-2800 11-5 X XRabbit Ridge – Paso RoblesFri-Sun1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 X XRANCHITA CNYN – San Miguel Fri-Mon3439 Ranchita Canyon Road; 805 467-9448 11-5 X XRangeland Wines – Paso RoblesBy10425 Klau Mine Road; 805 674-9232 Appt X XRed Soles – Paso RoblesDaily3230 Oakdale Rd; 805-226-9898 11-5 X XRio Seco – Paso RoblesDaily4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X XRIVERSTAR VNYDS – San Miguel Fri-Mon7450 Estrella Rd; 805 467-0086 12-5 X XRN Estate Winery – Paso RoblesBy7986 North River Rd; 805 610-9802 Appt X XROBERT HALL – Paso Robles Daily Win 10-53443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 Sum 10-6 X X XRockin’ R Wine – Paso RoblesFri-Sun8500 Union Rd, Ste C; 805 835-8529 11-5 X XRocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Daily8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 11-5 X XROTTA WINERY – Templeton Daily250 Winery Road; 805-237-0510 10-6 X XRoxo Port Cellars – Paso Robles Mo,We,Th 12-8810 11th St, at Meritage; 805 464-0922 Fr,Sa 12-10, Su 12-6 X XSan Antonio Winery – Paso Robles Daily2610 Buena Vista; 805 226-2600 10-6 X XSan Marcos Creek – Paso RoblesDaily7750 North Hwy 101; 805-467-9260 11-5 X XSarzotti Winery – Templeton Thu-Sun 11-5180 Bella Rancy Rd; 805 226-2022 or By Appt X XScullpterra – Paso RoblesFri-Sun5015 Linne Road, 805-226-8881 10-5 X XSextant Wines – Paso RoblesFri-Mon3502 Dry Creek Rd, #B9-11; 805 542-0133 12-5 X XSILVER HORSEWINERY2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel805-467-WINEOpen Friday-Sunday 11-5or by appointmentCome see what everyone is talking about!Sharp’s Hill – Poured at Vinoteca, Paso Robles835 12th St; 805 227-7154 Mo-Th 4-9, Fri & Sa 4-11 X XSkyhawk Lane – CambriaThu-Tue821 Cornwall St; 805 350-5049 11-5Stacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 11-51525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Su 12-5 X XStanger Vineyards – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-55225 Hwy 41; 805 238-4777 & By Appt X XStarr-Ranch – Paso RoblesBy9320 Chimney Rock Rd; 805 227-0144 Appt X XSteinbeck – Paso RoblesFri-Sun5940 Union Rd; 805 238-1854 11-5 X XStephen’s Cellar – Templeton Most weekends7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 11-4 X XStill Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles Th-Mo2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 11-5 X XSummerwood – Paso Robles Daily 10-5:302175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 Summer till 6 X XTablas Creek – Paso RoblesDaily9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 10-5 X X XTACKITT FAMILY– San Miguel We-Su6640 Von Dollen Rd; 805 467-9490 11-5TASSAJARA CELLARS – San Miguel Fri-Sun 11-5In the barrel room at Silver Horse; 805-239-8511 X XTERRACE HILL – San Miguel Sat-Sun2620 Olive Poppy Ln; 805-467-1906 11-5 X X XTerry Hoage – Paso RoblesBy Appt870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Fri-Sun 11-4 X XThacher Winery – Paso Robles Fri-Sun 11-58355 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0087 & By Appt X XTwilight Cellars– Paso RoblesThur-Sun2740 Hidden Mountain Rd; 805-226-9907 11-5 X XTobin James Cellars – Paso Robles Daily8950 Union Rd; 805-239-2204 10-6 X XTolo Cellars – Paso RoblesFr-Mo9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-2282 11-5 X XTreana Winery – Paso RoblesFr-Sa1585 Live Oak Rd; 805 238-4112 10-4 X XTurley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X XVenteux Vineyards – Templeton Daily1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 X XVeris Cellars – Templeton Win 11-51266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 Sum 11-6 X X XVia Vega Vnyd & Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 11-52378 Adobe Rd; 805-423-2190 or By Appt X XVictor Hugo Winery – TempletonBy2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X XVihuela Winery – at V2,Paso Robles Su,Mo,We.Th 11-5840 11th St, Ste 104; 805-835-4304 Fr-Sa 11-7 X XVillicana Winery – Paso RoblesTh-Su2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X XVilla Creek Cellars – Paso Robles Fr-Su 11-55995 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805 238-7145 & By Appt X XVILLA SAN JULIETTE – San Miguel By6385 Cross Canyon Rd; 805 550-0522 Appt X XVina Robles – Paso Robles Sum 10-63700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 Win 10-5 X XVines on the Marycrest – Paso Robles Fri-Sat 11-55050 Mustard Creek Rd; 805 237-0378 Sun 10-4 X XVista Del Rey – Paso Robles Su 11-57340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 By Appt X XVivant Winery – at V2,Paso Robles Su,Mo,We.Th 11-5840 11th St, Ste 104; 805-835-4304 Fr-Sa 11-7 X XWestburg Cellars – Paso Robles 3rd weekend 12-43180 Willow Creek Rd; 805 238-9321 or by appt X XWhalebone Vineyard – Paso Robles Mon-Fri 11-58325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 Sat-Sun 10-5:30 X XWild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles Daily3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 11-5 X XWILD HORSE WINERY – Templeton Daily1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 X XWindward Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily1380 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 10:30-5 X XZenaida Cellars – Paso RoblesDaily1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 11-5 X X XZinAlley – TempletonFri-Sun3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X XZoller Wine Styling – Paso Robles Mon-Sat 11-6525A Pine St; 805 226-9707 Sun 11-5 X XS A N T AM A R G A R I T AAncient Peaks – Santa Margarita Th-Mo22720 El Camino Real; 805-365-7045 11-5:30 X X XPozo Valley – Santa MargaritaFr-Su2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 12-5 X XS A N L U I S O B I S P OALAPAY CELLARS – Avila Beach Daily415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X XAron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Daily 12-6845 Embarcadero Rd, F; 805-610-5751 Win Thu-Mon X XAu Bon Climat– Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 X XBAILEYANA ESTATE – San Luis Obispo Daily5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 10-5 X XBarnwood Winery – Arroyo Grande Daily453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 888-809-VINE 11-5 X XEmail winery updates to info! 45

WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTHWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESBishop’s Peak Wines – Arroyo Grande Daily3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10-4:30 X XCenter of Effort Wine – Arroyo Grande By2199 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805 782-9463 Appt X XCerro Caliente – San Luis ObispoFr-Su831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X XCHAMISAL VINEYARDS – San Luis Obispo7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 Daily 10-5 X XClaiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X XEDNA VALLEY VINEYARD – San Luis Obispo2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 Daily 10-5 X XKelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 Daily 11-5:30 X X XKynsi Winery – Arroyo GrandeTh-Mo2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X XLAETITIA VINEYARD – Arroyo Grande453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Daily 11-5 X XMargerum– Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 X XMonterey Street Wine Co – San Luis Obispo1255 Monterey St; 805-541-1255 Tue-Wed 1:30-7, Thu-Sat 1:30-9 X XMorovino – Avila Beach Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu 12-576 Landing Passage; 805-627-1443 Fri-Sat 12-6 X XNADIA – Arroyo Grande453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 Daily 11-5 X XPER BACCO CELLARS – San Luis Obispo1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 Daily 11-5 X X XPhantom Rivers – Arroyo Grande Sat-Mon, Thu 12-5211 E. Branch St; 805-481-WINE Fri 12-8 X XPiedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo By6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 Appt X XPismo Beach Winery – Pismo Beach Daily271 B Five Cities; 805-773-WINE 12-5 X X XPithy Little Wine Co – San Luis Obispo Th-Sa 12-91037 Chorro St; 805 546-1059 Su 12-5,Mo-We 12-6 X XRancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande 1st Sat591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 11-5SALISBURY VNYDS – Avila Valley Fri-Sun 11-66985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE Mon-Thu 12-6 X XSaucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 10-5 X XSextant Wines/10knot Cellars – SLO Mon-Fri 10-41653 Old Price Cnyn Rd; 866-833-WINE Sat-Sun 10-5 X XStephen Ross – San Luis Obispo Thur-Sun178 Suburban Rd; 805-594-1318 11-5 X X XTALLEY VINEYARDS – Arroyo Grande3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 Daily 10:30-4:30 X XTANGENT VINEYARDS – San Luis Obispo5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 Daily 10-5 X XTOLOSA WINERY – San Luis Obispo Daily4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 X XWolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 11-5 X X XWilliam James – Pismo Beach at Taste of the Valleys911A Price Street; 805-773-8466 Su-Th 12-9, Fr-Sa 12-10 X XWOOD WINERY – Avila Beach Daily 11-6480 Front St; 805-595-9663 Fri till 8, Sat till 7 X XSANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYONAddamo Estate Vnyds – Orcutt Tue-Fri 11-9400 E. Clark Ave; 805-937-6400 Sat 11-7 X XBedford – Los AlamosDaily448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 11-5 X XCambria Winery – Santa MariaDaily5475 Chardonnay Lane; 805 938-7318 10-5 X XCore Wine – Orcutt Wed 1-5, Thu 4-5, Fri 1-8, Sat 12-6145 S. Gray Street, Ste 103; 805 937-1600 Sun 12-5 X XCOSTA DE ORO – Santa Maria Sa-Mo, Th 11-61331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 Fr 11-8 X XCottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Thurs-Sun3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-VINE 10-5 X X XCurtis Winery – Los OlivosDaily5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X XDemetria – Los OlivosBy6701 Foxen Canyon R; 805 686-2345 Appt X XFess Parker – Los OlivosDaily6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X XFIRESTONE VINEYARDS – Los Olivos5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Daily 11-5 X X XFoxen Vineyard – Santa MariaDaily7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 11-4 X XKENNETH VOLK VINEYARDS – Santa Maria5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 Daily 10:30-4:30 X X XKoehler – Los OlivosDaily5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 X XLabyrinth – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang2717 Aviation Way; 805-268-4155 Daily 10-5 X XLa Fenêtre – Santa MariaBy2717 Aviation Way; 310-977-5615 Appt X XMcKeon-Philips – Santa MariaDaily2115 S Blosser Rd, #114; 805-928-3025 11-6 X XOvene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang)2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X XPresqu’ile Wine – Santa MariaBy2540 E. Clark Ave; 805 363-1966 Appt X XRancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Mon-Thu 10-46600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 Fri-Sun 10-5 X XRiverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 10-4 X X XTantara Vineyard – Santa MariaBy4747 Ontiveros Lane; 805-938-5051 ApptTres Hermanas Winery – Santa Maria Daily9660 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8451 10-5 X XZaca Mesa – Los OlivosDaily6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 X XL O SO L I V O SAlexander & Wayne – Los Olivos Daily2922 Grand Ave; 805-688-9665 11-6 X XANDREW MURRAY – Los Olivos Tasting Room2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-5 X XArthur Earl – Los OlivosDaily2922 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 11-6 X XArtiste– Los OlivosDaily2948E Grand Avenue; 805 686-2626 11-5:30 X XBeckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily2670 Ontiveros ; 805-688-8664 11-5 X XBin 2860 – Los Olivos Sun-Thu 11-72860 Grand Ave; 805 693-8537 Fri-Sat 11-8 X XBlair Fox Cellars – Los Olivos Fri-Sun 12-52902 San Marcos Ave, B; 805 691-1678 Or By Appt X XBrander Vineyard – Los Olivos Sum 10-52401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 Win 11-4 X XBrophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X XBYRON VNYD – Los Olivos Tasting Room2367 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805 938-7365 Daily 11-5 X XCarhartt Vineyard – Los OlivosDaily2990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 11-5 X XCARINA CELLARS – Los Olivos Daily2900 Grand Ave, A; 805-688-2459 11-5 X XConsilience – Los OlivosDaily2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X XCoquelicot – Los Olivos Mon-Fri 11-52884 Grand Ave; 805-688-1500 Sat 10-6, Su 11-5 X XDaniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily 10-62939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 Win till 5 X XDRAGONETTE – Los Olivos Thu-Mon2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-693-0077 11-5 X XEpiphany Cellars – Los OlivosDaily2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 X XE&T WINES – Los OlivosThur-Mon2901C Grand Ave; 866-688-6081 11:30- 5 X XEvans Ranch – Los OlivosDaily2901 Grand Ave; 805 688-0558 10-5 X X XFIRESTONE VINEYARD – Los Olivos5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 Daily 11-5 X X XLane Tanner Wines – at Los Olivos Tasting Room2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-6 X XLongoria Wines – Los OlivosDaily2935 Grand Ave; 866-759-4637 11-4:30 X XLOS OLIVOS – Los Olivos Tasting Room2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5 X XOak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X XProdigal – Los OlivosBy805 688-0476 Appt X XQUPÉ WINE – at Qupé Tasting Room in Los Olivos2963 Grand Ave; 805-686-4200 Daily 11-5 X XSaarloos & Sons – Los OlivosDaily2971 Grand Ave; 805 688-1200 11-6 X XScott Cellars – Los OlivosWed-Mon2933 San Marcos Ave, #101; 805 686-5450 11-5 X XSTOLPMAN VINEYARDS– Los Olivos Daily2434 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-688-0400 11-5 X XTensley/Lea Wines – Los Olivos Fri-Sun2900 Grand Ave, Suite B ; 805-688-6761 11-5 X XTre Anelli – Los OlivosDaily2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000 11-5 X XVerdad & Ethan – at Qupé Tasting Room in Los Olivos2963 B Grand Ave; 805-686-4200 Daily 11-5 X XL O M P O C / B U E L L T O NAlma Rosa – BuelltonDaily7250 Santa Rosa; 805-688-9090 11-4:30 X XAMPELOS CELLARS – Lompoc Thur-Sun312 N 9th Street, 805-736-9957 11-5 X XAVANT – BuelltonThur-Sun35 Industrial Way; 805 686-9400 11-8 X X XBabcock Winery – Lompoc Sum 10:30-55175 E. 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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH | WINERY LISTINGSWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESD’Vine – Lompoc Mon-Wed 12-10107 Ocean Ave; 805 735-8771 Thu-Sat 12-12- X XDierberg Estate/Star Lane – Lompoc1280 Drum Canyon Rd; 866-652-8430 Daily 11-5 X XFIGUEROA MTN BREWERY – Lompoc Fr 4-845 Industrial Way; 805 694-2252 Sa 11-8, Su 12-5 or By Appt X XFiddlehead Cellars – Lompoc Thur-Sun1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 805 742-0204 11-4 X XFlying Goat Cellars – LompocThur-Sun1520 East Chestnut Court; 805 736-9032 11-4 X XFOLEY ESTATES – LompocDaily6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 11-5 X XHarrison-Clarke – LompocBy805-686-0850 Appt X XHitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X XHuber Cellars – Lompoc Fri-Sun 11-54892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 & By Appt X XJALAMA WINES– LompocFri-Sun308 North 9th St, C ; 805-735-8937 12-5 X XKen Brown Wines – BuelltonBy70 Industrial Way; 805-448-3791 Appt X XLafond Vineyard – BuelltonDaily6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 10-5 X XLA VIE VINEYARDS – LompocFri-Sun308 North 9th Street, D ; 805 291-2111 11-5 X XLORING WINE CO – LompocFri-Sun1591 E. Chestnut Ave; 805 742-0478 12-5 X XMelville Vineyard – LompocDaily5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 11-4 X XMosby Winery – Buellton Mo-Fr 10-49496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 Sa-Su 10-5 X XNew Vineland/Pierdrassi – Lompoc Fri-Sun1501 E Chestnut Ave; 805 736-6784 12-5 X XPALMINA – Lompoc Thur-Sat 11-51520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 Sun-Mon 11-4 X XSamsara – LompocFri-Sun1500 East Chestnut Ct; 805 735-8774 12-4 X XSanford Winery – LompocDaily5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 11-4 X XTaste of Sta. Rita Hills – Lompoc Fri-Sun1505 E Chestnut Ave; 805 735-8774 12-5 X XZOTOVICH – LompocThur-Sun1500 E Chestnut Ct, Ste D; 805 736-1600 10-5 X XS O L V A N GAu Bon Climat – at Taste of the Valleys Su-Th 12-91672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 Fr-Sa 12-10 X XBlackjack Ranch – SolvangTh-Mo2205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 11-5 X XButtonwood Farm – SolvangDaily1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 800-715-1404 11-5 X XCARIVINTAS WINERY – Solvang Sun-Wed 12-7476 First St; 805 693-4331 Thu-Sat 12-10 X XD’Alfonso Curran – Solvang Mon-Fri 11-51557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Sat-Sun 10-5 X XDascomb Cellars – Solvang Mon, Thu, Fri 2-71659 Copenhagen Dr, C; 805 691-9175 Sat-Sun 12-7 X XGioia - Solvang – 805 689-7219 By Appt X XLINCOURT VINEYARDS – Solvang Daily1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 11-5 X XLions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Daily 11-5:301659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 extended on weekends X XLucas & Lewellen – SolvangDaily1645 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-9336 11-5:30 X XMandolina Wines – SolvangDaily1665 Copenhagen Dr; 805-686-5506 11-5:30 X XMargerum – at Taste of the Valleys Su-Th 12-81672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 Fr-Sa 12-10 X XPresidio Vineyard – SolvangDaily1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 11-6 X XRideau Vineyard – SolvangDaily1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 10:30-5 X XRoyal Oaks – SolvangDaily1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 10-5 X XRusack Vineyard – SolvangDaily1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 11-5 X XSEVTAP WINERY – SolvangThurs-Mon1576 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-9200 10-6 X XShoestring Winery – SolvangFr-Su800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 10-4 X XSORT THIS OUT CELLARS – Solvang Sun-Thu 10-71636 Copenhagen Dr; 805-688-1717 Fri-Sat 10-10 X XWANDERING DOG WINE BAR – Solvang Daily1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 11-8ish X XWilliam James– at Taste of the Valleys Su-Th 12-91672 Mission Drive; 805 688-7111 Fr-Sa 12-10 X XS A N T AY N E ZBridlewood Estate – Santa YnezDaily3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 10-5 X X XGainey Vineyard – Santa YnezDaily3950 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0558 10-5 X X XImagine Wine – Santa Ynez Mon-Sat 10-53563 Numancia #103; 805-688-1769 Sun 10-4 X XKalyra Winery – Santa Ynez Mo-Fr 11-5343 North Refugio Rd; 805-693-8864 Sa-Su 10-5 X XRoblar Winery – Santa Ynez Sat-Sun 10-53010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 Mon-Fri 11-4 X XSunstone – Santa YnezDaily125 Refugio Rd; 800-313-9463 10-4 X XS A N T AB A R B A R ACarr Vineyards – Santa Barbara Daily 11-5414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 Thu-Sat 11-8 X XCoastal Winery – Santa BarbaraDaily217 Stearns Wharf, G ; 805-962-2100 11-7+ in sum X XCottonwood Canyon – Santa Barbara Daily224 Anacapa St, Ste 1A ; 805 963-1221 10:30-6 X XEast Beach Wine Co – Santa Barbara Mon-Sat1114 State St, Ste 24; 805 899-1535 11-7 X XGiessinger – Santa Barbara Mo-Th 12-7212 State St; 805-568-0820 Fr 12-7:30 Sa-Sun 11-8 X XJaffurs Wine Cellars– Santa Barbara Win Fri-Mon 11-5819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 Sum Daily 11-5 X XKalyra by the Sea – Santa Barbara Mo-Th 12-7212 State St; 805-695-8606 Fr-Su 12-8 X XKunin Wines – Santa BarbaraDaily28 Anacapa St, Suite A; 805 963-9633 11-6 X XMargerum – Santa BarbaraDaily813 Anacapa St; 805 966-9463 Noon-6 X XMunicipal Wine Co – Santa Barbara Daily28 Anacapa Street; 805 598-1896 11-7 X XOreana Winery – Santa Barbara205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Daily 11-5 X XRenegade Wine – Santa Barbara Tue-Fri 10-6417A-6 Santa Barbara St; 805 568-0675 Sat 12-6 X XSanta Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 X XSilver Wines – Santa BarbaraBy724 Reddick St; 805-963-3052 Appt X XSUMMERLAND – SummerlandDaily2330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE 11-6 X XWhitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Fri-Sun 12-436A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-730-1680 Mon-Thu By Appt X XV E N T U R AC O U N T YBella Victorian Vineyard – Camarillo We-Th 11:30-72135 E. Ventura Blvd; 805-383-8800 Fr-Sat11:30-8, Su 11:30-4 X XCamarillo Custom Crush – Camarillo Sat-Sun300 S. Lewis Rd, Ste C; 805-484-0597 11-5 X XCantara Cellars – CamarilloWeekends126 Wood Rd, Ste 104; 805-484-9600 11-5 X XCasa Barranca – Ojai Wed, Thu, Sun 12-6208 E. Ojai Ave; 805-640-1255 Fri, Sat 12-8 X XGiessinger Winery – Fillmore Mon-Thur 11-5365 Santa Clara St; 805-524-5000 Fri-Sun 11-6:30 X XHerzog Wine Cellars – OxnardSun-Fri3201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-1560 Call for hours X XMagnavino Cellars – Downtown Oxnard Sat-Sun3201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-2500 11-6 X XOjai Beverage Co. & Tasting Rm – Ojai Daily655 E. Ojai Ave; 805 646-1700 10-9 X XOld Creek Ranch Winery – Ojai Valley Daily10024 Old Creek Rd; 805-649-4132 11-5 X XRancho Ventavo Cellars – Oxnard Fri-Sun 11-61741 S. 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