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WINERY FEATURE | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKby Michael CervinLAETITIAVINEYARD & WINERYFormed in 1982 as a U.S. extension of thewell known French winery ChampagneMaison Deutz, Laetitia has undergone anumber of changes throughout the years.Successive ownerships however have onlyexpanded their offerings and their vineyardsbanker father and homemaker mother, Selimwas raised variously in Egypt, Lebanon andlater, New York. At a very early age Selimacquired a love of travel and business. Thatbusiness acumen is seen in how Laetitia hasbuilt upon their past success and in lookingto the future with new wines. “We feel ourrole in winemaking is to maximize theTempranillo, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and a smallamount of white Riesling. But it is mostlyPinot Noir that you’ll see from your car as youapproach the winery from either side of thehighway. At about 70,000 cases of wine, thetasting room houses two wine bars to accommodatethe throngs of people who stop offthe 101 to taste the wares. With a diversity ofin Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo countiesdistinct character of our vineyard and believe wines from Cabernet to Viognier toprovide a wide diversity of grapes for in a strong link between vineyard and Tempranillo and Syrah, there is a budget,their wines.winery,” says winemaker Dave Hickey. ($14 to $60) and a wine for every visitor.First planted by French enologists andviticulturalists, Laetitia’s oldest vines provided“Considering terroir and winemaking equallyis essential in creating exceptional wine.”Laetitia has become known for theirsparkling wines, one of the few on the Centralthe grapes for Méthode Champenoise Laetitia Winery offers three distinct labels: Coast that continually makes bubbly wines.sparkling wines under the original MaisonDeutz label. In 1997, Jean-Claude Tardivatpurchased the vineyard, renaming it Laetitiaafter his daughter. Laetitia in Latin is anexpression for joy and happiness.Just one year later, the winery was soldagain to a partnership that included SelimZilkha and in 2001, Selim and his daughter,Nadia Wellisz, became the sole proprietors.Lots of change, yes, but the quality hascontinually been on an upswing. WhenNadia (red and a white blended wines), Barnwood(Grenache, Cabernet, Merlot and Portfrom the remote vineyards located in SantaBarbara’s back country) and the Laetitia labelwhich has a focus on Pinot Noir. In fact, withits three tiers: estate, reserve and single vineyard,Laetitia holds the largest privatelyowned Pinot Noir plantings in California.The estate is comprised of 1,888 acres, with620 acres currently planted to grape vines.Pinot Noir is the most widely planted varietal,Two rare European wooden basket pressesmade by the Coquard Company of Francegently crush the grapes destined to becomesparkling wines. Though very labor intensiveto operate, these presses deliver superiorquality juice with exceptional clarity. In fact,the basket presses are the only two of theirkind in existence in the United States. Thewinery is also fortunate to have gravely claysoil, which keeps the vines well drained, andthe cooling breezes from the near by PacificLaetitia came under the ownership of Selim with 450 acres under cultivation. Ocean provide the optimum acid and sugarhe provided the necessary structure to ensurethe wineries success. Born in Baghdad to aChardonnay is the next largest planting, with85 acres, followed by Pinot Blanc at 64 acres,levels. “The sites certainly dictate the style,”states Vineyard Manager Lino Bozzano, a6 www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY FEATUREContinuedthird generation farmer.A visit to the tasting room allows a complimentary tasting menu ora $10 reserve tasting which includes a broader range of sparklers.Another unique feature of Laetitia, one rarely seen among the publicis the father and son winemaking team of Dave and Eric Hickey. FatherDave is responsible for overseeing the production of their sparklingwines, while Eric produces all the still wines. Perhaps for some families,working in such close proximity might be tough. Not so for theHickey’s. “It’s great to be able to work in the same cellar with my son,and to be working on two completely different programs,” Dave says.“We bounce ideas off of each other all the time, and it’s been great towatch Eric turn into such an accomplished winemaker, virtuallybefore my eyes.”So stop in, taste some wine, sip a sparkler, play bocce ball, or picnicat their vineyard tables, stroll through the demonstration vineyardsand expand your knowledge of viticulture. “One of the greatest pleasuresof my career has been watching visitors to our winery enjoythemselves while they taste and discover our wines. I like seeing themcelebrate life with a glass of our Pinot Noir or Cabernet. For me, thisis one of life’s greatest gifts,” Selim says. Laetitia Winery is open everyday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., directly off Highway 101 betweenSanta Maria and San Luis Obispo. For tours and tastings, schedulescall 1-888-809-VINE.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com7


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTThe Central Coast Shakespeare FestivalReturns for 2009 Summer Season8Magic and Mayhem, Piratesand Buried Treasure!Like a Phoenix rising from theashes, the Central Coast ShakespeareFestival has returned!After taking a summer off insearch of a new venue, thefestival found a beautiful newhome in Paso Robles in the scenicOutdoor Amphitheatre at RiverOaks Hot Springs. The open-airvenue sits on the grassy groundsof River Oaks Hot Springs Spa,800 Clubhouse Drive in PasoRobles. It features views of a lake,golf greens and golden hills aswell as warm summer weather.Patrons are invited to relax on thelush green lawn, enjoy thegolden hills and sparkling lake inthe background while sipping adelicious local wine and enjoyingthe Central Coast’s only outdoorrepertory theatre companyperforming great theater for theentire family.The 2009 season featuresShakespeare’s magical AMidsummer Night’s Dream and adelightfully funny adaptation ofRobert Louis Stevenson’s TreasureIsland by Phil Willmot. TreasureIsland and Midsummer run onalternate weekends throughAugust 15th. Performances arescheduled for Fridays and Saturdaysat 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at5 p.m.Patrons are invited to bring apicnic, low-backed beach chairsand blankets, and enjoy watchinglive theatre under the stars. Thisseason, the festival is collaboratingwith the Wineries ofHighway 46 East to provide audienceswith the opportunity toenjoy some of the best wines theregion has to offer. Each performancewill feature a differentwinery from the group, offeringselections by the glass or bottle toenjoy during all performances.What better way to enjoy a balmyNorth County night than with afabulous glass of wine, a friend ortwo in tow and a terrific liveperformance under the stars.Picnics are permitted, but nooutside alcohol will be allowedinto the venue.About Treasure IslandPeg legs, eye patches, parrotsand rum: All the images of piratesseem to stem from Robert LouisStevenson’s Treasure Island. Histimeless tale of a young man’sadventure hunting pirate treasurehas had countless retellings sinceits first publication in 1883. Thisfresh, new adaptation by PhilWilmott keeps the heart of thetale, while updating the cast ofcharacters to include not only seadogs but sea wenches as well.Audiences of all ages will enjoythis hilarious and rollickingrendition. Complete with opportunitiesfor audience involvement!Treasure Island runs Friday,July 24; Saturday, July 25; Sunday,August 2 (5 p.m. matinee) andFriday, August 7 (closing).A Midsummer Night’s DreamOne of Shakespeare’s bestlovedtales, A Midsummer Night’sDream features all the elementsof great comedy, romance and alittle bit of magic. Featuringstarry-eyed young lovers andmagical fairies, this is awonderful show to enjoy withyour whole family, and a greatintroduction to Shakespeare forthose who have never had thepleasure of seeing his work onstage.A Midsummer Night’s Dreamruns Sunday, July 26 (5 p.m.matinee); Friday, July 31;Saturday, August 1; Sunday,August 9 (5 p.m. matinee);Friday, August 14; and Saturday,August 15 (closing).Outdoor Amphitheatre at theRiver Oaks Hot Springs located at800 Clubhouse Drive in PasoRoblesTickets are $20 per personwith a $2 discount for studentsand seniors. Additional discountsare available for groups of 10 ormore. Call (805) 546-4334 formore information or go towww.centralcoastshakespeare.org.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


W I N E C O U N T R Y T H S W E E KWINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COAST’ SW I N E C O U N T R Y S P O T L I G H TThe Casitas of Arroyo GrandeYou don’t have to go back east to see fallcolors. Come see fall in the vineyards of theArroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.Close to Los Angeles, San Francisco andthe Central Valley, the vineyards of the ArroyoGrande and Edna Valleys give visitors a spectaculartaste of fall color. Right after crush,when the crowds are low, the vines dazzlewith displays of yellow, gold and red leavesbefore resting for the winter. If you wantmore color than the vineyards provide, go tonearby See Canyon and stop at one of theapple farms and enjoy fresh cider and morevarieties of apples than you see at your localgrocery.Owners Pat and Tony Goetz alwayspreferred staying at bed and breakfasts, farmstaysand boutique hotels where they couldmeet great people and learn about the localhaunts and happenings. Opening the Casitasof Arroyo Grande also allows them to sharetheir passion for wine, the hidden gems thatare often missed by travelers and love for lushgardens, yummy food and the nicest amenities.All of the rooms are veryprivate, quiet, and wellappointed. Beautiful fixturesand custom tile work makefor an elegant and peacefulplace to rest.Each room has anadjoining patio that takesfull advantage of theoutstanding beauty andclimate of the CaliforniaCentral CoastThe “Little Houses”feature a full private bath,patio with garden or valleyviews, DirecTV with HBO,Bose stereo with iPod port,complimentary Wi-Fi andfeatures sumptuous beddingwith Ralph Lauren duvetsand 400-thread Pima cottonsateen sheets. All rooms alsohave their own woodburning fireplace.Come stay at The Casitas and see adifferent world that is close to home. Beginyour day with a gourmet breakfast and relaxand enjoy brisk fall mornings and evenings.Be prepared for a delicious combination ofhot and cold foods prepared by Tony. Breakfastis delivered to your room at the time thatworks best for you … they’ll make sure andfind out your preference when checking inand will work around your schedule.Fresh seasonal fruits, homemade breads oryogurt, freshly roasted and ground coffee(both in room as well as served), tea, juice,and a hot entrée are ready for your enjoyment.Some of Tony’s specialties are his crepes andegg soufflés.From the moment you arrive you knowyou’re in a special place! The courtyard of theCasitas invokes the style and pace of life ofanother place and time.The Casitas of Arroyo Grande is located at2655 Lopez Drive in Arroyo Grande. For moreinformation, call (805) 473-1123 or go towww.the casitasofarroyogrande.com.A T A S C A D E R OA R R O Y O G R A N D Ewww.WineCountryThisWeek.com 9


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINE COUNTRY NEWSBOB DICKEYHoliday Inn & Suites and Hotel Corque in Solvang. To buy your bustickets, visit www.sbcountywines.com. If you have a designated driverjoining you, DD tickets are available for $25/pp and include unlimitedfood and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event.Aside from the spectacular food, wine, entertainment and relaxingatmosphere, a highlight of the afternoon is the annual silent auction,with a host of treasures to take away. Large format bottles, vertical sets,rare and reserve wines and wine country gifts are just a few of theofferings you can expect to see. All proceeds from the auction benefitlocal charities.“We have a great lineup of lots this year,” said Fiolek. “There arealready a few that I have my eye on.”And, if you have your eye on attending the 2009 Celebration ofHarvest, now is the time to purchase your ticket and make sure yourcalendar is marked for a full weekend in Santa Barbara County WineCountry. In addition to the celebration and the special treats offeredthrough the Vintners’ Visa, many member wineries host special events– from winemaker dinners to open houses to tours and tasting atwineries not generally open to the public – throughout the longweekend. Visit www.sbcountywines.com to purchase your tickets andexplore what’s happening during the celebration weekend. It’s anevent you won’t want to miss!BOB DICKEYKIRK IRWINwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com 11


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTSAN MARCOS CREEK WINERYFairytale Come Trueby Michael CervinLocated at the confluence of San MarcosCreek and the Salinas River, the storybookbuilding which houses the San Marcos Creektasting room sits off the Highway 101 justnorth of Paso Robles. It’s becoming somethingof a visual landmark as it rests atop a smallhill and seems better suited to a fairytale thana working winery. The interior is filled with amultitude of gift items and the exposed woodtrusses and warm tones and colors mightmake you forget you’re in the middle of winecountry. Though it feels like a Hansel andGretel cottage, it’s still all about the wine.Their White Merlot just earned a gold medalalong with a best of class award at the CaliforniaMid-State Fair, and San Marcos Creekis slowly inching their way into the hearts ofwine lovers.With their first harvest in 2002 and withapproximately 40 acres under vine, SanMarcos Creek is relatively small, and stillfamily owned and operated. The vineyardwas first established in 1992 and they beganby selling their fruit to notable local wineriesincluding J. Lohr, Peachy Canyon and Rosenblum,among others. Like many wineries,12they eventually went into making wine forthemselves after they saw the wonderful fruitthey were producing. San Marcos Creek is ingood company, in spite of the plethora ofwines available. “There are so many wineriesin this area that are producing great winesusing the same tried and true winemakingtechniques,” winemaker Brady Winter says.“We are really not reinventing the wheel here,but our motto is, ‘where fine wine begins atthe vine,’ and we strive to produce the highestquality wines possible in every step from thevineyard to the bottle.” To that end theyemploy various techniques to ensure thesuccess of their wines. “During the growingseason, along with careful irrigation management,we are shoot thinning, leaf pulling, anddropping about 20 to 25 percent of the fruitto insure the best quality grapes and evenripening throughout the vineyard,” Bradymentions. “It is very labor intensive andsomewhat costly, however we feel it is wellworth the time and effort and it definitelyshows in the end product. We truly believethat solid fruit will produce solid wines, andwe as winemakers are merely putting oursignature on the vineyard” he adds.The result of such efforts is a diverse portfolioof wines, including their popular andaward-winning White Merlot, Syrah,Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay,Cabernet Franc and others. “I feel that we areunique in the fact that almost all of our winesare estate grown and produced from our 17-year-old vines and spend at least 24 monthsin the barrel, so patience is the key,” Bradysays. “From our vineyard management to ourminimalist approach in winemaking, our goalis to produce premium wines that represent agreat value and are a true expression of ourvineyard and the Paso Robles appellation.” Inaddition to their wines, they have a reservetasting room for special guests and groups,and a large spacious patio under an arbor,both of which overlook the vines, the pond,the highway and the distant mountains.San Marcos Creek Vineyard is locateddirectly off the 101 freeway, just five milesnorth of Paso Robles, and they are open dailyfrom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It makes the perfectspot to take a breather from a long drive andto sample the dedication of nearly twodecades of farming. For additional information,phone (805) 467-9260, or check outtheir website at www.sanmarcoscreek.comwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WineologyINTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMERby Len NapolitanoWhat can be learned from a visit to a winery?I enjoy visiting wineries and learning as much as I can about thewines, the winemaker and the history of the winery. In addition, thevineyard in the peak of the growing season – June through August –is be a beautiful sight with clusters of red and green grapes underbright green leaves. Winery tasting rooms are as varied as the winesthemselves and are always welcoming, whether it’s a large and lavishroom or simply a folding table among the barrels in a storagefacility.A winery experience also is an opportunity to take a winery touror talk to the people who are pouring the wines for tasting. This is achance to learn something about their wines. Whether or not youlike the wine, the time spent in a tasting room or winery is a timefor discovery and learning. You should feel free to ask questions like“Is this wine filtered or unfiltered?” or “Does the winery sourcegrapes from outside its own property or are the grapes estategrown?”It can also be interesting to know how many cases of wineare produced and how long the wines are aged before they arereleased to the public.I also like hearing about the history of a winery and how itsowner became involved in the wine business. It’s surprising howmany winery owners started their professional careers in areascompletely outside the wine industry. In almost every case it was adeep passion for wine that motivated them. In “Once Upon a Vine:The Secret Stories of California’s Artisan Wineries” by Judy C.Reynolds, the compelling reasons why people choose to make wineare revealed. The book breaks down the stories behind 24 small,family-owned wineries into groups that share common threads,such as those that have built a reputation on a single grape varietal,or wineries founded and operated by women.Maybe the best part of the winery experience is breathing in thearoma of a winery during the time of harvest, from September toNovember, when tons of just-picked grapes are nearby, somealready in the process of fermentation. It’s a sweet smell of freshpicked fruit mixed with notes of great expectations for a newvintage.Len Napolitano lives in Sonoma Wine Country and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators,Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledgefrom his frequent contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com.Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care ofWine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com13


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTAccommodation/Ticket Packages and Expanded Website a Part ofthe Paso Robles Rotary 2009 Winemakers’ Cookoff EnhancementsRotary and Area Hoteliers Partner to Offer Discounted Weekend Cookoff PackagesWinemaker’s Cookoff Adds Complete Facelift to Its Expanded WebsiteFocus Made to Expand “Make It a Winemakers’ Weekend” Events and DiscountsThe Paso Robles Rotary Club announced the creation ofdiscounted weekend accommodation-ticket packages for attendeesof its Winemakers’ Cookoff coming Saturday, August 8. Toencourage event attendance and participation in its “Make It aWinemakers’ Weekend,” lodging/ticket discounts have been14arranged with four Paso Robles hotels: Hampton Inns and Suites, LaBellasera Hotel; La Quinta Inns and Suites; and The Paso RoblesInn. The packages will offer discounted accommodations andWinemakers’ Cookoff tickets plus optional round-trip transportationbetween the event and participating hotels.“Offering accommodation and ticket packages is an indication ofour growing sophistication as a major event host,” said DougMondo, the 2009 Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff chair. “By alsoencouraging participating Cookoff wineries to add events anddiscounts during Cookoff weekend, it is a great way for us to boostevent attendance and full weekend visits to our area. If we’resuccessful, everyone involved wins: our charity, our sponsors, ourevent attendees, area hotels, supporting wineries and our localeconomy.”A newly remodeled and enhanced Winemakers’ Cookoff websitehas also just been completed to better assist prospective attendees.On the site, visitors can purchase tickets and will find detailedinformation about the Cookoff including: sponsors, participatingwineries and hotel packages, event directions, judges and eventbeneficiaries. The site also contains sponsor links, answers tofrequently asked questions and a media section with graphics andevent photos.To obtain Cookoff accommodation package details or to makehotel reservations, interested parties can call the followingnumbers direct: Paso Robles Hampton Inn, (805) 226-9988; LaBellasera, 1-866-782-9669; Paso Robles La Quinta Inn, (805) 239-3004; or The Paso Robles Inn, 1-800-676-1713. Callers shouldreference “Winemakers’ Cookoff packages.” Hotel contact informationcan also be viewed on the Winemakers’ Cookoff website,www.winemakerscookoff.com. Individual “for-a-fee” round-tripshuttle service between these hotels and the Cookoff has also beenarranged. Attendees can check the Cookoff website for more information.In its brief history, the Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff hasbecome one of Paso Robles’ most-popular wine, food and musicevents. It is also one of its most unique featuring both the culinaryand wine-pairing talents of 30-plus local winemakers.Winemakers pair their culinary creations with their finest winesand compete for both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awardson the day of the event. Since the first Winemakers’ Cookoff in1999, proceeds from the Winemakers’ Cookoff have beendeposited in the Rotary’s Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundationbuilding a perpetual fund that has enabled the Paso Rotary Clubto award college and vocational scholarships approaching$230,000. For more information, go to the Winemakers’ Cookoffwebsite at www.winemakerscookoff.com.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


W I N E C O U N T R Y T H I S W E E K ’ SWINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTP R E F E R R E D R E S TA U R A N T SMAMA’S MEATBALLOne pretty reliable way to find outjust how good the food at a localrestaurant is, is to ask somebody inthe restaurant business. Ask abartender, a waiter, anyone in fact,what they think of Mama’s meatballsin San Luis Obispo and their lipsbegin to quiver, their eyes roll towardsthe heavens, they sigh; that is howgood Mama’s Meatball is.Set in a small courtyard off of one of the town’s main streets, in aplace called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball is actually divided intwo. On the right is the take-out where people line up to get theirorders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by a huge-trunkedtree and a water fountain, is the intimate restaurant with it’s mural ofthe Mediterranean across the back.Meatballs aside, the restaurant, under owner and chef Nicola Allegretta,offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, many of themnow available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the economy and hiscustomer’s wishes. Among them are half a dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmonand a refreshing pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto choices, both hot and cold paninis(including, of course, one made with meatballs), more pasta dishes than there is space here to share(though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodkasauce – cannot go unmentioned).There is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes as well as any number of traditional andspecialty pizzas (now available in two sizes) and some far too-tempting desserts.Mama’s Meatball is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every dayexcept Sunday. They are located in the Old Creamery plaza at 570Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo. They are also known for their verypopular catering services, which work with groups (includingweddings) of every type and size. Their telephone number is (805)544-0861 and they are on the Internet atwww.MamasMeatball.com. Watch for their new location openingthe first week in April at 325 Pier Avenue, in Oceano; (805) 473-2383.C A Y U C O SS A N L U I S O B I S P 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.com805-544-0861HOPPE’S GARDEN BISTRO & WINE SHOPThe most highly acclaimed restaurant and Wine Shop on the Central Coast.Recognized for Chef Wilhelm Hoppe’s seasonally inspired menu, handselectedwine list with a beautiful garden and historical setting. Offering awide range of menu items - from wild game to prime meats and vegetarian/veganitems.78 N. Ocean Avenue • Wednesday-Sunday 11am-10pmwww.hoppesbistro.com • 805.995.1006www.WineCountryThisWeek.comNOVO RESTAURANTNOVO’s international flavors are the leading ingredients in anexotic dining experience. Brazilian, Mediterranean and Asianflavors awaken the senses. In house roasted spices for curries,mixtures and marinades balanced with crisp, seasonal vegetablesand savory meats. Explore.726 Higuera Street • Open Daily from 11am805-543-3986 • www.novorestaurant.com15


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTSylvester Winery Holds Summer Concert Seriesto Fund Pullman Train Restoration ProjectThe backdrop to Sylvester Winery’s new event center and Wine Park are threevintage Pullman railcars that date back to 1947. During the heyday of Americantravel-train tourism, Pullman train cars were the ultimate in luxury. Travel byPullman meant freshly prepared gourmet meals, chandeliers, lamps with silk shadesand porters who polished your shoes while you slept.Sylvester’s Pullman was originally a set of five. Two of Sylvester’s cars became IlTreno, a gourmet restaurant in Vernon, California. The other three rest amongstthe winery’s vineyard and Wine Park and are open to the public. These cars haveremained untouched since they came to Sylvester in 1995.Sylvester’s Summer Sunset Concert Series continues as an effort by the wineryto bring these cars back to their former glory. These concerts are open to thepublic. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Members of Sylvester’swine club, the FLOCK, will have exclusive access to the VIP Club Car. The ClubCar consists of Sylvester’s Observation Car, The Joseph Pulitzer and the patio andlawn area surrounding it.For tickets or more information on upcoming concerts, visit the website atwww.sylvesterwinery.com.Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is located at 5115 Buena Vista Drive in PasoRobles, just four miles off of Highway 46 East.Concert Dates• August 8th, 5:30-8:30pmJazz with the Tipsy GypsiesA Gypsy Jazz Quartet – easily accessible, old timey sonic texturespiced up with some edgy lyrics and modern influences• September 5th – 3- 9pmWorld Music Festival featuring Calinambe,Zongo All Stars and a special surprise headlinerCalinambe – an entrancing mix of “World Fusion” with a tremendousinfluence from the improvisational aspects of jazz and indigenous musicfrom all over the planetZongo All Stars – high-energy dance music blend they call “CaliCubano”16www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTMark Your Calendars! Paso Robles Olive Festival, August 22The 6th Annual PasoRobles Olive Festival, aPaso Robles Main StreetAssociation event, willbe held Saturday,August 22, from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., at Paso RoblesDowntown City Park.Olive oil and olivevendors, both locallyand outside the county,will feature their productsalong with freetasting, tasting seminars,cooking demonstrations,and a head-to-head chefcook-off in the outdoorkitchen stadium.Local wineries andbreweries will be featuretastings for a fee.There will be an olive-inspired cooking contest and deliciousolive-inspired food sold in the Olive Festival Culinary Row. Anyoneis welcome to enter the cooking contest and/or submit recipes forour future Olive Festival Cookbook.The Cooking Contest Awards are sponsored by Spice Hunter.Entry forms available online, www.pasoolivefestival.com or from theMain Street office by calling (805) 238-4103.There will be music and free olive oil ice cream. Enjoy arts andcrafts vendors, children’s activities and much more.“The last five years, the popularity of this event has proved thatpeople want to learn more about olives and olive oil, and that afestival makes it fun for the whole family,” said Gary Brown, ownerof We Olive and a member of the Main Street Association OliveFestival committee.For more information contact Paso Robles Main Street Associationat (805) 238-4103 or visit www.pasoolivefestival.com.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com 17


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTAtascadero Has Big Fun in the SummertimeThe City of Atascadero Community Services Department ishosting the summer’s hottest events: Movies in the Park at theSunken Gardens; Saturday in the Park, Summer 2009 Concert Seriesand the 17th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite. Movies in the Parkstart August 1st and will run every Saturday until August 22, beginningat approximately 8 p.m. Concerts run every Saturday throughSeptember 5 at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand from 6:30 to8:30 p.m. The cruise will be held on Friday, August 21, from 6:30to 8:30 p.m. extending from Curbaril to Traffic Way on El CaminoReal.These events are free to the public and everyone is encouraged tobring their family and friends to enjoy an evening of action-packedentertainment and fun! For more information, call (805) 461-5000,email panton@atascadero.org or visit online at www.atascadero.orgtoday!Movies in the Park at the Sunken Gardens, Summer 2009 SeriesThe City of Atascadero Community Services Department presentsMovies in the Park at the Sunken Gardens starting August 1 andrunning every Saturday through August 22, beginning at approximately8 p.m. All shows are held in the Sunken Gardens Park locatedat 6500 Palma Avenue in Atascadero and are family appropriate (ratedG or PG). This event is totally free! Bring your family and friends toenjoy an evening of action-packed entertainment and fun.A snack bar will be open every week with tasty treats and beveragesto purchase, provided by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Items willvary week to week, but may include popcorn, root beer floats, nachos,candy bars, baked goods, sodas and waters. Teens at Work will beselling baked goods and homemade arts and crafts.• Saturday, August 1 – The Muppet Movie• Saturday, August 8 – The Sand Lot• Saturday, August 15 – Shark Tale• Saturday, August 22 - GreaseThe movies are free for the community and you are encouraged tobring a blanket, low-back chair and your family to relish the warmsummer evenings.For more information, visit atascadero.org or call (805) 461-5000.‘Saturday in the Park’ Summer 2009 ConcertsThe Saturday in the Park, Summer 2009 Concert Series is broughtto you by the City of Atascadero Community Services Department inpartnership with The Golden One Credit Union, H&R Block, StarnaCells Inc., Endless Summer Jewelry, Coast Hills Federal Credit Union,All Signs & Graphics, Mike Howe’s Automotive, Los Padres Bank,Systems 42 TTD, Atascadero Christian Home and Cat Country 96.Concerts began Saturday, July 11 and run through Saturday,September 5. All concerts are held at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstandfrom 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.On August 1, enjoy the music of the Martin Paris Band – a trulyversatile music ensemble covering pop to jazz, country to blue grass,18rock to swing … something for everyone. The band is comprised ofMartin Paris singing vocals and playing acoustic guitar, vocalistDebbie White, whose vibrant energy pulls in the audience, Nashvillestar, Kelly Powers, on fiddle and guitar, L.A.’s own Terry Newby onbass, and former “Intruder” member, Matt Wilson on drums andpercussion.On August 8, don’t miss the popular group, Big Daddy’s Rhythm& Blues Band, who has opened for blues and jazz legends such asJohn Mayall, Tom Scott, James Cotton, and Jimmy Witherspoon.Young and old will jump up and boogie to this danceable bandfeaturing a mix of classic favorites, rockin’ originals and fine newmusic. Stan “The Rock” Manning lays the foundation on bass, withGreg Money Barnes pumping as the rhythm machine, Crackin’ JackCollins strumming the guitar, soulful sax from Eric Stevers andSmokin’ Joe Pilloud seasoning it up with free spirited interpretationsof standards and originals.The concerts are free for the community and you are encouragedto bring a blanket, low-back chair, and your family to relish the warmsummer evenings. The Central Coast Zoo Society is offering wine andbeer by the glass for your ultimate enjoyment. Pacific Harvest Cateringis back and will be on-site at every concert with delicious gourmetbarbecue available for purchase. Past menus have included tri-tip,ranch-style beans, salad and garlic bread for $13 per plate. Hot dogsfor $3 for children 12 and underFor more information, visit atascadero.org or call (805) 461-5000.Hot El Camino Cruise Nite ‘Crusin’ the Nite Away’The City of Atascadero’s Community Services Department and thepresenting sponsor: Maaco of San Luis Obispo are hosting the 17thAnnual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite on Friday, August 21, from 6:30to 8:30 p.m.Hot El Camino Cruise Nite is a closed, controlled cruise route onEl Camino Real from Curbaril to Traffic Way in Atascadero. Thousandsof spectators come out to watch this fun, entertaining andfamily-oriented show. From old fashioned favorites, to new and flashyhot rods, this event brings out the best cars from all over the countyand surrounding areas.Do you want to “Cruise the Nite Away?” Pre-registration is availableat the Atascadero City Hall, located at 6907 El Camino Real; mail inand on-line pre-registration will be taken through Friday, August 7;and walk-in will continue through Friday, August 21 at 3 p.m. Thecost is $20 per car by August 21 at 3 p.m. All other registrations willbe handled on-site beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of SanLuis Avenue and Pueblo streets (enter from Curbaril). The fee thenight of the cruise is $30 per car.Don’t miss your chance at winning $250 cash just by entering yourvehicle in Main Street’s Show ’n’ Shine from 3 to 6 p.m. in the SunkenGardens Park on El Camino Real. Pre-registration is required, so call(805) 462-0177 today.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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SAN LUIS OBISPO | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKShooting Stars Over the Vines at Tolosa WineryJoin fellow star gazers at theTolosa Vineyard Clubhouse onAugust 12 for the once a yearPerseid Meter Showers. Expertson astronomy will be on hand forquestions. Each guest will receivea 375mL bottle of Tolosa wineand tasty treats will be served.Guests are encouraged to bringblankets or chairs to observe theintense streaks of light across thenight sky.Cost is $25 for club membersor $35 for non-members. Forreservations, visit the website atwww.tolosawinery.com or call(805) 782-0500.Tolosa WineryCome experience one of themost interesting and innovativetasting rooms, not only in EdnaValley, but in all of California.Architecturally modern instructure, the tasting room andits adjacent patio combineelements of the winery in itsdesign, from the cork floor tostainless steel ceilings, glass bar,and wood panels. Large windowpanes overlook the winery’s tankroom, flanked by plaquesdescribing the winery’s “Self-Guided Tour of the WinemakingProcess.”Year-round Tolosa features asensory evaluation bar. Eachmonth a new wine is selected.Several glasses are filled withdifferent aromas that arecommonly found in the featuredwine. It is a great way to learnhow to pick-up different aromasfound in varietals. Tasting fee is$5, waived per one bottle of wineis purchased. $10 non-refundablefee for groups over 12.Enjoy a flight of four Tolosawines paired with four artisancheeses, every Saturday between11 a.m. and 3: p.m. in theHeritage Room. Menu is postedweekly on the Calendar of Eventspage of the website. Wine andcheese pairing is $20, $15 forclub members.Every Saturday during thesummer Tolosa is offering areserve flight tastings in theHeritage Room where they cansit-down and relax enjoyingTolosa estate wines. EachSaturday will feature a differentflight of wines, varing from aflight of Pinot Noir, to a Rhônestyle flight or even a vertical flightfrom their library. Reserve flighttastings are $10, complimentaryfor Heritage and Legacy Clubmembers.For reservations, more tours,– “Past, Present and Future” orbarrel tasting – and more information,visit the website atwww.tolosawinery.com, or call(805) 782-0500 ext. 10. TolosaWinery is located at 4910 EdnaRoad, San Luis Obispo.22www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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SANTA MARIA | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKWalk the Costa De Oro Vineyards with Gary BurkThe Santa Maria Valley Wine Country is hosting a series of freevineyard walks throughout the Santa Maria Valley. If you drive byvineyards and wish you were able to jump out of your car and take astroll through the lush rows of grapevines, now is your chance. On thesecond Saturday of each month, through October, a different SantaMaria vineyard manager, or winemaker, will lead a tour of their vineyardstarting at 10 a.m., discussing the current state of the vineyardand how they manage the vines. The tours will provide a first-handlook at different viticulture techniques and stages of grapevine growth.All vineyard walks are free to the public; a great way to get some freshair, exercise and education without emptying the pocketbook. Withthe money saved, why not treat yourself to a wine tasting or bottle ofwine for a picnic in the country? Take a break from the city and savorauthentic wine country. For more information, send an email toinfo@santamariavalleywinecountry.com or call 1-866-480-5194.On Saturday, August 8, the vineyard walk will take place at Costade Oro Vineyards and is hosted by owner and winemaker, Gary Burk.Begin the tour at the Costa de Oro tasting room, located at 1331 SouthNicholson Avenue in Santa Maria at 10 a.m. No reservations areneeded. Please arrive at the tasting room a few minutes early. For moreinformation, email info@smvwines.com or visit www.smvwc.com.While born into a farming family, Gary Burk fell in love with musicat an early age. After earning a degree in business from Cal Poly, SLO,he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician and songwriter.Over the next few years, Gary played in Southern Californiaclubs, including The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Palomino, At My Place,Coconut Teaser’s, and Club Lingerie, as well as studio work. He eventuallycame back to Santa Maria to pursue winemaking from thefamily property with his wife and longtime songwriting partner, TeresaGasca-Burk. Today, Gary and Teresa have co-written and producedtwo children’s CDs and Gary continues to play guitar and lead “TheExpensive Winos” who play at Costa de Oro dinners and other winerelatedevents.The 101 through Santa Maria is a beautiful drive through agricultureon the east side and development and commerce on the west side.Santa Maria, more than any other California town, exemplifies the truecross cultural divide of yesterday and today.Take the Costa De Oro Winery tasting room as an example. Sittingoff the Stowell Road off ramp, the small building occupies a parkinglot with a drive through coffee shop called Hunter’s Landing (a localchain) and a Cool Hand Luke’s restaurant and bar. The little buildingfits right in with its modern day counterparts, but make no mistake,the Burk family and Costa De Oro represent generations of SantaMaria farmers.Costa De Oro’s (Gold Coast in English) tasting room is a little likea farmer’s roadside stand, in fact. Part wine tasting bar, part fruit andvegetable stand, part gift shop, the Burk’s have gone to lengths tocreate a warm and inviting space that, while elegant, colorful andinteresting, maintains something of a country store atmosphere.In many ways, Costa De Oro bridges cultures, from Santa Maria’sagricultural/industrial roots to Old and New World wine distinctions.“We’ve found that because of our location, people come looking formore than just wine,” Burk says. And that’s just what they find.Between a vegetable-growing winemaker and his sommelier assistant,Gary Burk is interested in more than just the bottle.It’s an oasis, of sorts, but it’s also a true representation of the uniquequality and character of Central Coast Wine Country.24www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKArtwork by Patrick Lyons:‘Slivers of Time’ at Carina CellarsCarina Cellars is proud to feature the artwork of Santa Barbaraphotographer and Carina Cellars staff member, Patrick Lyons. Originallyfrom the Bay Area, Lyons came to Santa Barbara to studyphotography at Brooks Institute in 2005. During the past four yearsLyons worked at several wineries in Santa Ynez Valley includingBeckman, and now currently Brander and Carina Cellars.Lyons has always enjoyed looking at the world a little differently,and photography has allowed him to share that view with others.Photography provides him the tools for looking at time differentlyas well, since the lens can be sped up, slowed down, or evenstopped altogether. Through the creation of this series, Lyons wasable to combine his passion for photography, his love of wine andhis fascination with time into one project.“Slivers of Time” will be on display from August 1 until“Carina Cellars Wine Glass”Digital photographSeptember 31 in the Carina Cellars Tasting Room at 2900 GrandAvenue in Los Olivos which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Formore information, go to www.carinacellars.com or call the tastingroom at (805) 688-2459.26www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


Eighty-five years ago Santa Barbara’s founding families and businessleaders established the tradition that we have come to know asOld Spanish Days (OSD) Fiesta.During the five-day festival, the traditions handed down fromSpain, Mexico and the California Rancho period are celebrated withold songs and dances in the Fiesta Pequeña and Noches de Ronda,traditional foods in the Mercados, the historical parade and so muchmore. The riding and roping competitions at the rodeo evolved fromspirited contests at the end of busy days in the 1800s rounding upcattle on the old ranchos.At the first event of the fiesta season, more than 30 young men andwomen compete for the Spirit of Fiesta and the Junior Spirit.Flamenco and classical Spanish dance, colorful costumes and traditionalmusic make this a compelling event.La Fiesta Pequeña, “The Little Fiesta,” officially opens Old SpanishWINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | SANTA BARBARA COUNTYSanta Barbara Festival Celebrates Age-Old TraditionsDays on the steps of Santa Barbara’s historic Old Mission onWednesday, August 5 at 8 p.m.The Fiesta Stock Horse Show and Rodeo begins at 8 a.m. onThursday, August 6 followed by the Celebración de los Dignatariostakes from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Enjoy deliciousappetizers and delectable wines presented by local restaurants andwineries. Dance to the exciting sounds of Soul City Survivors. The costis $85 per person in advance, $100 at the gate. Tickets available onlineat www.brown papertickets.com/event/70512, at participating Albertsonsor at the Santa Barbara Zoo.At 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, Las Noches de Ronda “Nights ofGaiety,” takes place at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse SunkenGarden. A splendid variety show of music, singing, fiery Flamencofrom Spain and vivid Folklórico dances from many regions of Mexico.Ongoing Wednesday through Saturday are mercardos in variouslocations featuring vendors selling authentic food and merchandise..El Desfile Histórico/Parade will be August 7 and is one of the largestequestrian parades in the United States. A Children’s Parade takesplace on Saturday, August 8.Fiesta Arts and Crafts offers items available for purchase, August 8-9. For a complete schedule of events and entertainment, visit thewebsite at www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.org.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com27


VENTURA COUNTY | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKCoastal Sailing Trips Now Available on the Bill of Rights with Island PackersBill of Rights Recently Made ItsPermanent Home in Channel Islands HarborIsland Packers Cruises, an authorizedconcessionaire to the Channel IslandsNational Park, invites visitors to enjoy acoastal adventure off the Ventura County coastaboard the Bill of Rights tall ship, whichrecently established its home port in ChannelIslands Harbor, Oxnard.The Bill of Rights, a 129' double mast gaffrig top sail schooner built in 1971, is nowavailable for three-hour coastal cruises withIsland Packers both Saturdays and Sundaysfrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.The cost is $45 for adults, $40 for seniors(age 55+) and $35 for children, ages 12 andunder.The Bill of Rights is berthed near theMarine Emporium Landing in ChannelIslands Harbor at 3600 S. Harbor Boulevard.A joint effort between Captain Stephen Taylor,boat owner and founder of the American TallShip Institute; Alex Brodie, Fleet Manager ofIsland Packers; and Steve Buenger, owner ofMarine Emporium Landing, helped bring thetall ship to Ventura County.Constructed of wood and christened at theprominent Harvey Gamage Shipyard in SouthBristol, Maine, the Bill of Rights led the tallships parade through New York Harbor in1976 when America celebrated its 200thbirthday. The ship was converted from a traditionalfishing schooner to a school ship afterthe bicentennial and has been educatingyouth ever since through the American TallShip Institute now based in Channel IslandsHarbor. The Bill of Rights programs includemarine biology, environmental studies andmaritime history.Cruising the California Channel Islands foreducation, recreation, and research since1968, Island Packers Cruises has more than40 years of experience as a tour operator inthe waters of the Channel Islands NationalPark. Island Packers provides transportationservices for island hiking, camping, kayaking,whale watching, school field trips, sightseeingand harbor cruises.The Bill of Rights can accommodate up to80 passengers, and individuals are encouragedto bring food and beverages for the dayand layers of warm clothing. Advanced reservationsare recommended.For more information and reservations, callIsland Packers Cruises at (805) 642-1393 orvisit www.islandpackers.com.28www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTA Taste of Camarillo:Meadowlark Service League Presents22nd Annual Wine and Food FestivalMeadowlark Service League has chosenlocal award winning Cantara Cellars to be theofficial winery at its 22nd annual “A Taste ofCamarillo” consisting of a Wine Auction Galaand Dinner on Saturday, July 25 from 5 to 9p.m. and Wine & Food Festival on Sunday,July 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historic AdolfoCamarillo House. Proceeds will benefit Camarilloand greater Ventura County charities.Cantara Cellars began as a small winemakinghobby in the garage of Mike and ChrisBrown’s Moorpark home. It has evolved into a4700 sq. ft. production, cellaring, event andwine tasting facility located at 126 N WoodRoad, Suite 104, Camarillo.Sourcing their fruit from the diverse LodiAppellation in Northern California, theBrowns have created their winery to showcasethis extraordinary growing area.Cantara Cellars will pour at the pre-eventWine Auction Gala and Dinner. This popularevent includes live and silent auctions plus asumptuous dinner and live music by the “BigLittle Jazz Band.”At the Wine & Food Festival guests cansample Cantara Cellars’ wine as well as winesfrom more than 100 other wineries and tastegourmet food from 50 participating restaurants.The event features silent auction, opportunitydrawing and boutique shopping. Liveentertainment is provided by cosmic countrygroup “Blue Moon” and Ventura County’s jazzdarling – Jeanne Tatum.Tickets for A Taste of Camarillo Wine &Food Festival are $75 in advance and $85 atthe door. Tickets for the Wine Auction Galaand Dinner are $60. A weekend pass for bothevents is $125.Tickets can be purchased in Camarillo atCantara Cellars and on the website atwww.meadowlarkserviceleague.com. Formore information, call Mary Little at (805)388-7158www.WineCountryThisWeek.com29


WINE COUNTRY NEWS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKWinemaker Profile: Pianetta WineryJOHN PIANETTAby Dave WilcoxIt’s no accident that Pianetta Winery’ssignature blend bears the name “Bilancio” –the Italian word for balance. John Pianetta,owner and winemaker, seeks balance in thevineyard, in the barrel and, ultimately, in thebottle.“Balance is a very big word in farming,” hesaid during a conversation in Pianetta’s attractivedowntown Paso Robles tasting room.Asked if he routinely thins out fruit to reduceyields, Pianetta – a fourth-generation farmer –said it’s more important to “sit back and payattention to Mother Nature.”“You have to be in balance with the cropthat Mother Nature’s going to give you thatyear.”Pianetta never really planned to start awinery. He had purchased a ranch northeastof Paso Robles in 1995, planting CabernetSauvignon and Syrah and sold his grapes. Afighter pilot who served two tours of dutyduring the Vietnam War, Pianetta continuedworking as a commercial pilot even afterestablishing the Indian Valley vineyard.Ultimately, though, he was encouraged to30start making his own wine to highlight thevineyard’s quality. The 2002 vintage wasPianetta Winery’s first, producing 370 cases ofestate Cabernet.Annual production now tops 2,500 casesand Pianetta expects to hit 3,000 next year.“I wasn’t really intending to get into thewinery business,” said Pianetta. “I’m a growerwho makes wine.”Pianetta doesn’t have formal training as awinemaker, but relationships he fostered as agrower helped when he established thewinery.“I had some good winemakers guiding mein the beginning.”He has forged his own style, one whichshowcases fruit-forward wines with firm,approachable tannins.The winery only produces red wines,focusing on estate-grown Cabernet andSyrah, which are also used in the “Bilancio”blend. Pianetta also produces a 100 percentSangiovese and a Petite Syrah.An inaugural vintage of Zinfandel is goingto be release next year.John Pianetta may be a grower who makeswine, but he’s certainly having success. The2005 Estate Syrah earned a gold medal at theSan Diego International Wine Competition,while the 2005 Estate Cabernet won a goldand was named Best in Class at the MontereyCounty Wine Challenge. The winery’s 2006Petite Syrah – its first vintage of the petite –captured a silver medal at the San FranciscoInternational wine competition.Pianetta’s barrel program relies primarilyon tight-grained European oak, primarilyFrench, Russian and Hungarian. Over theyears, he said he’s scaled back on the use ofnew barrels, finding that neutral oak helpshighlight the fruit-forward style he favors.Pianetta did retire as a pilot, touchingdown his final flight in 2005. He and hisdaughter, Caitlin, who manages the tastingroom and markets the wine, immediatelycaught a plane to the Central Coast.“The next morning we were crushingSangiovese.”The Pianetta Winery tasting room islocated at 829 13th Street in downtown PasoRobles, one block from City Park. It is opendaily with the exception of Tuesdays. It’s open11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,noon to 6 p.m. otherwise.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | CENTRAL COASTSAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTYPASO ROBLES« ONGOINGMaking Sense of ScentsLearn how to properly taste and smell some ofyour favorite Wild Horse wines and find naturallyoccurring aromas. $20 per person, Saturdays byappointment at 12, 2 and 3:30pm. Limit 8 peopleCall for reservations or for groups more than 8.805-434-2541 ext. 15, Wild Horse Winery, TempletonEmail leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com« ONGOINGPinot Noir Blending SeminarWant to explore deeper into the world of wine?Sample Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast AVA andlearn what terroir truly means. Then each participantcreates their own blend to take home.$50, $35 for wine club members, limit 10 people.Saturday or Sunday by appointment at 11am or 2pmCall for reservations, 805-434-2541 ext. 15Wild Horse Winery, TempletonEmail leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.comONGOINGPaso Robles Round-up:Summer Fun Happening NowIt’s not too late to have a great summer trip.• Fridays through August 28. 5:30-7:30pmConcerts in the park, free! Paso Robles MainStreet Association, downtown Paso Robles• Tuesdays: 3-6pm North County Market in theCity Park. Fresh produce, crafts, gourmet foodand other treats!• August 16: National Stock Horse AssociationSnaffle Bit Futurity, Horse Show and World’sRichest Stock Horse Competition• August 22: American Cancer SocietyRelay for Life Paso RoblesMore information at www.travelpaso.comONGOING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHTOpen Mic Songwriters and Comedian NightBBQ, beer, wine and soda available for purchase.Bring your own chair, all ages welcome.Stacked Stone Cellars, Paso Robles6-9pm, free to the public, 805-238-7872ONGOINGTwilight Concerts in the Park5:30-7:30pm, Paso Robles City Park BandstandRefreshments, hors d’oeuvres, 805-238-4103• July 24: Rancho Deluxe – Country Rock• July 31: Usual Suspects – Oldies• August 7: Monte Mills Band – Country & Folk• August 14: Incendio – World Fusion• August 21: Cinders Blues Band• August 28: Sugar Daddy Swing KingsONGOING WEDNESDAYSWine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine BarLocal winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm805-227-7154, www.vinotecawinebar.com« ONGOINGArt Exhibit at Castoro CellarsFeaturing Heidi Franscioni, 10am-5:30pm888-DAM-FINE, Templeton, www.castorocellars.comONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHGourmet Pairings at Meridian VineyardsTry gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm$5, 805-226-7133, www.meridianvineyards.comONGOING SATURDAYSTempleton Farmers’ MarketFresh fruit, flowers & vegetables9am-12:30pm, 805-239-6535, Templetonwww.WineCountryThisWeek.comONGOINGFree Cooking Show at Idler’sFood samples, wine & entertainment featuring“Mark The Singing Chef” of Hospitality Catering.5:30pm, 805-238-7979, www.hospitalitycatering.netONGOING SATURDAYSPaso Robles Farmers’ MarketCountry farm arts and crafts market, 9am-1pm805-237-9254, www.travelpaso.comONGOINGEstrella Warbird MuseumCollection of military aircrafts, 10am-4pm805-227-0440, www.ewarbirds.orgONGOING FRIDAYS15 Degrees C Wines Beer TastingsFeatured beer every Friday night, $10, 6pmTempleton, 805-434-1554, 15degreesCwines.com« ONGOING FRIDAYS IN JULYPismo Beach Winery Presents Live MusicFeaturing Tim Jackson and Dave Miller, 5pm.Enjoy great music and wines by the glass or bottle.805-773-9463, pismobeachwinery@att.net« ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTHArt, Wine & SongArt, music & wine at downtown wineries, 5-7pm805-227-6813, www.pasowine.comONGOING THROUGH JULY 26Festival MozaicExplores music from Western and Central Europeto South America and the American South.The festival takes you on distant musical journeys.www.festivalmozaic.comONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 15“Painting With Light –New Visions of the Central Coast”Fine Art Photography & Photo-Paintings byPaul J. McCloskey at EarthTones, 805-235-3001http://web.mac.com/paul_mccloskey/« ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4Jada’s XCV 2008 Release & Twilight TastingAround the World with Jada, 6pmwww.jadavineyard.com, 805-226-4200« ONGOING EVERY WEDNESDAYLocavore Wednesdays at ClayhouseFeaturing a local product in their downtownPaso Robles tasting room. Free samples and winetasting! 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com« ONGOING EVERY FRIDAYFriday Night FlightsEnjoy a flight of three Clayhouse wines paired withthree foodie flights, 5-7pm$15, $10/Red Cedar Society membersRSVP 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.com« ONGOING EVERY 1ST SATURDAYWine & the ArtsClayhouse Vineyards downtown Paso RoblesTasting Room presents a celebration of music,art & wine. 4-7pm, www.clayhousewines.comONGOING FIRST SATURDAY THROUGH OCTOBERBocce and BBQBring Donati wine and enjoy the BBQ and gameson them! Donati Family Vineyard, 5-8pmwinespace.donatifamilyvineyard.comONGOING THROUGH JULY 30Art Exhibit at Ortman Family VineyardsPresents Art by David Butz12-6pm, Sunday-Thursday; 12-7pm, Friday & Saturday805-237-9009, www.OrtmanVineyards.com31


CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 15The Central Coast Shakespeare FestivalSaturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 5pmRiver Oaks Amphitheatre, San Luis ObispoTickets $20, $18 students & seniorscentralcoastshakespeare.org, 805-546-4224« JULY 18Sylvester Winery Summer Sunset ConcertFeaturing Resination, 5:30-8:30pm, Come relax inthe Wine Park while listening to Reggae. Blankets& chairs are welcome, coolers are not allowed.Proceeds will go toward the restoration of thePullman Train. RSVP www.sylvesterwinery.comJULY 22 - AUGUST 2Paso Robles Mid-State FairCarnival rides, live music, fair food & more.Featuring the brightest stars in the show biz sky:Carrie Underwood, Styx, Tim McGraw and Heartjust to name a few. 12pm-12am, $8Paso Robles Fairgrounds, www.midstatefair.comJULY 24Concert at Vina RoblesFeaturing artist Big Daddy's Blues Band, 7pm$20, $15/Signature Wine Club membersRSVP Vina Robles Hospitality Center, 805-227-4812« JULY 25Wine & Cheese Flight on PatioTaste Eos Reserve Wines pairedwith local gourmet cheeses, $10Eos Estate Winery, www.eosvintage.com« JULY 25Guest Chef Series with Chef VatcheA meal paired with Halter Ranch wines preparedby Chef Vatche of the Cracked Pepper Bistro inFresno. www.halterranch.com, 805-226-9455« JULY 25Al Fresco Dinner at Castoro CellarsA memorable evening of incredible food, finewines and music under the trees outside thetasting room, 6:30pm, $85, $70/wine club membersRSVP 805-467-2002, castorocellars.comJULY 25Cinema E Vino Summer Outdoor Movie Seriesat Cass Wines: Urban CowboyJohn Travolta stars as a young man from thecountry who learns about life and love, 6-10pmWine, food available for purchase. $10, $8/wine clubRSVP, erin@casswines.com, 805-227-2888« JULY 26Outdoor Concert featuring Guy BuddCastoro Cellars, Acoustic Guitar Magic, 1-4pmBring a picnic lunch, relax in the shade and enjoythe free lazy locals with a true Central Coastoriginal. 805-467-2002, castorocellars.com« JULY 26THEos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationHey good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?A great BBQ with featured wine: Eos EstateCabernet Sauvignon! Great discounts on wines.805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.comJULY 30Free Pancake Breakfast7:30-10:30am, Paso Robles City Parkwww.pasoroblesdowntown.orgAUGUST 1Summer Bash – Final Big PartyMusic, BBQ, wine and more, before harvest6pm, $25: wine club/complimentaryRSVP erin@casswines.com32« AUGUST 1 & 15Live Music in Tasting Room at Eos WineryAcoustic guitarist Mike Maguire entertains with thesounds of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, U2, Led Zeppelin,Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, STP and classic rock.12-3pm, 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 2Eos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationThis Sunday is a “Summer Sports” theme and thefeatured wine is Eos Estate Reserve Chardonnay!Nothing is more American than apple pie, baseball,and Eos wine! Great discounts on wines.805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.comAUGUST NIGHTSFun Nites at Rio Seco Winery!BBQ is Texas-style smoked brisket,smoked pulled pork and true Texas cowboy beans!• August 7: DaCoy and Friends• August 14: Impromptu• August 21: ZZAH$8 club/$10 non-club. This event is limited!RSVP 805-237-8884, info@riosecowine.comAUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26Ballroom Dance LessonsTango at Vina Robles Hospitality CenterInstructor Laura Nicholson will teachthe dance steps from 6-7pm; social dance from7-8pm. $13, $10/Signature Wine Club membersRSVP 805-227-4812.« AUGUST 8Paso Robles Winemakers Cook-OffOne of the most-popular and unique wine, foodand music events featuring both the culinary andwine-pairing talents of 30-plus local winemakers.Winemakers compete for both Judges’ Choice andPeople’s Choice awards. River Oaks Hot Springs6-9pm, tickets: $75, $650 table for 8RSVP 805-226-5674, www.winemakerscookoff.com« AUGUST 8THLive Music in the Tasting Room at EosFeaturing Rob Hege, 12-3pm, A well knownrecording artist and staff songwriter for musicindustry legend Don Kirshner. He co-authored thenovel, Tuxedo Bob, and is an accomplished chef.805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 9Eos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationCome to the Eos Estate Winery Tasting Room fortheir South of the Border Celebrations & Dry Rose.Join the fiesta to celebrate spicy food andrefreshing wine! Great discounts on wines.805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 9Outdoor Concert at Castoro CellarsBring a picnic lunch and enjoy the voiceof this world-class vocalist at free lazy localsoutdoor concert, 1-4pm, Inga Swearingen appearsregularly on NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion.”805-467-2002, castorocellars.com« AUGUST 15Wine & Cheese Flight on Patio at EosTaste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmetcheeses. Pairing with Eos wine for $10 per person.805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 15Eos Movie Night Under the StarsWatch the classic film Caddyshack under the opensky, 6-10pm. Bring the whole family!Wine bar open as well as fun classic treats.RSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 16Eos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationA “Summer Pool Party” theme with the featuredwine: an Eos Estate White Cabernet! Come in tocelebrate the splashing around in the summerheat! Great discounts on wines.RSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 20Celebrations of Life Lecture at Eos Winery:Vineyard Water Management/IrrigationWhich types of wine are grown where? Why arecertain areas better for certain types of grapesand wine? Featured wines: Zin Port & Eos SauvignonBlanc. 6-7pm, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 9Sylvester Winery Summer Sunset ConcertJazz with the Tipsy Gypsies, old timey sonictexture is spiced up with some edgy lyrics& modern influences, 5:30-8:30pm, Blankets &chairs are welcome, coolers are not allowed.Proceeds will go toward the restoration of thePullman Train. RSVP www.sylvesterwinery.com« AUGUST 21Pre-Olive Festival Social Mixer5:30-7:30pm, Paso Robles Inn BallroomFor tickets, call 805-238-4103« AUGUST 22The 6th Annual Paso Robles Olive FestivalDowntown City Park, 10-5pmFree tasting, tasting seminars, cooking demonstrationsand a head-to-head chef cook-off in anoutdoor kitchen stadium. Local wineries andbreweries will be feature tastings for a fee.Cooking Contest entry forms available online or bycalling 805-238-4103, www.pasoolivefestival.com« AUGUST 22Outdoor Concert at Castoro CellarsFeaturing Peppino D'Agostino with MichaelManring, 6pm; Peppino D’Agostino, a virtuosoacoustic guitarist, composer, singer and all-aroundentertainer. Joining him will be Michael Manring,hailed by many as the world’s leading solo bassist.$22 (Dinner by Giuseppe’s is available at an additionalcharge.) 805-467-2002, castorocellars.com« AUGUST 23Sunday Fun-day Celebration at Eos WineryA “Country Western” theme and the featured wineis Eos Petite Sirah! Put on your cowboy boots andmosey on over to Eos for a good ol time!Great discounts on wine, www.eosvintage.com« AUGUST 28Sunset Concert at Robert Hall WineryFeaturing Up In The AirThey create a unique musical experience based onthe varying backgrounds of their nine musicians.6-9pm, $25, RSVP 805-239-1616 x24events@roberthallwinery.comAUGUST 28Unfinished Business in Concert at Vina RoblesFeatured artist Unfinished Business, 7pm$25, $20/Signature Wine Club membersRSVP, Vina Robles Hospitality Center, 805-227-4812« AUGUST 29Martin Paris at Castoro CellarsGreat music and fine wine celebrating Martin Paris'latest CD, “Guitarist Off the Vine.” Show willfeature solo guitar performances by Martin Paris,and trio arrangements with Kirk Mac Lane on bassand Jesse Hesch on drums.RSVP www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725« AUGUST 29Summer Esprit Flights & BitesJoin Sylvester Winery and the wineries of Highway46 east to enjoy rare and reserve wines pairedwith artisan cheeses along with delectablegourmet bites including local olives and olive oils.5-8pm, BBQ dinners also available for purchase.Live Jazz music by The Tipsy Gypsies.Tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com orcall 805-227-4000. ww.pasorobleswinerieseast.comTransportation available.« AUGUST 30Wine Show ManiaCome to Eos Estate Winery to play along withfamily, friends and Eos staff in a live game showthat will test your general knowledge, wine witsand Eos info, 10-4pm. DJ Del McCulley will host thisfun event. www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562« AUGUST 30Eos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationA “Casino” theme and featured wine is Eos’sLost Angel Mischief! Play your cards right andyou might win big! Great discounts on wines.RSVP 805-239-2562. www.eosvintage.com« SEPTEMBER 1-30California Wine Month at Jada WineryCelebrating September with special wine pairings805-226-4200, www.jadavineyard.com« SEPTEMBER 4THLabor Day Weekend Begins at Jada WineryTake a break from your hectic schedule. Come byand taste some good wine and gourmet cheeses.805-226-4200, www.jadavineyard.com« SEPTEMBER 5Hwy. 46 West Block PartyLive band, award-winning wines from 15 westsidewineries, fresh local food, Donati Family Vineyard6-8pm, www.paso46westwineries.comTickets: www.eventbrite.com/event/269757853« SEPTEMBER 5Halter Ranch Guest Chef SeriesChef Yvon Goetz from the Winery Restaurant andWine Bar in Tustin, California will preparea beautiful meal perfectly paired withHalter Ranch Estate wines, 6pmRSVP 805-226-9455, info@halterranch.com« SEPTEMBER 5Sylvester Winery Summer Sunset ConcertWorld Music Festival featuring Calinambe, Faultline,Zongo All Stars & a special surprise headliner,5:30-8:30pm. Calinambe exemplifies the essence ofthe term “World Fusion.” Blankets & chairs arewelcome, coolers are not allowed. Proceeds gotoward the restoration of the Pullman Train.Tickets $15/adv, $20/at the door, $10 for the FlockRSVP www.sylvesterwinery.comEmail your upcoming event information toLaurie@WineCountryThisWeek.comFor best results, submit informationat least 6 weeks prior to your event.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | CALENDAR OF EVENTSCAMBRIAONGOING FRIDAYS JULY-AUGUSTTwilight Wine & ‘Apps’ at Harmony CellarsEnjoy wines by the glass and free appetizers.5:30pm, 805-927-1625, www.harmonycellars.comCAYUCOS AND MORRO BAYONGOINGAdventures with NatureVarious hikes at various times including; Fast Hiketo Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black Hill Trail,Sand Spit Walk and Ocean Lagoon. 805-772-2694Morro Bay State Park Museum, www.ccnha.orgONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTHMorro Bay Embarcadero Art WalkArt galleries’ open house receptions5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro BayONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTHArtists Receptions atGallery at Marina SquareReceptions for featured Central Coast artist5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro BayONGOING SATURDAYSFishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro BayFresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians3-6pm, 800-231-0592, Morro Bay« ONGOING TUESDAYSLocal Wine Tasting, Live Music &Complimentary Appetizers5:30-6:30pm, $12• July 28: Zaca Mesa• August 4: RN Estate Winery• August 11: Claiborne and Churchill Winery• August 18: Sinor La Vallee Winery• August 25: Vina Robles Winery• September 1s: Justin VineyardsCooking School5:30 -8:30pm• July 23: Lido Barbecue Basics, $65• August 27: Cooking from Farmer’s Market, $75• September 24: Food with Wine Pairing, $80• October 22: Lido Basics, Sauces & Dressings, $65• November 19: Lido Basics, Holiday Favorites, $65All Classes include an unforgettable meal pairedwith fine local winesCinema Under the Stars 007 StyleComplimentary lawn seating for movie, 7:30pmDinner & Movie on Lido patio at 7pm, $39, RSVP• August 5: Golden Eye• August 19: Tomorrow Never Dies• September 2: Casino RoyaleLido Restaurant/The Dolphin Bay Resort2727 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach805-773-8900, www.thedolphinbay.com« AUGUST 1Wine Cruise on Morro BayWild Horse Winery will host a wine cruise aboardthe Papagallo II, 1-4pm. Enjoy their wines andspecially paired appetizers by Executive ChefLeonard Gentieu. $75/wine club, $85/non membersRSVP Leslie 805-788-6315« AUGUST 8Morro Bay Harbor CruiseOn the Papagallo II pairing Claiborne &Churchill’s fine wines with appetizers preparedby Executive Chef Leonard Gentieu, 2-5pm$80, $70/club members, RSVP 805-544-4066« AUGUST 15Set Sail with Pianetta WineryClimb aboard the Papagallo II and cruise MorroBay, 1-4pm, pairing award-winning wines withfantastic food. $90/non-members, $75/membersRSVP 805-226-4005, www.pianettawinery.comwww.WineCountryThisWeek.comSAN LUIS OBISPOONGOING TUESDAYS2-oz. Tuesdays at TasteWeekly drink specials, 10am-9pm805-269-TASTE, www.taste-slo.comONGOING WEDNESDAYSWine Down Wednesdays at TasteTastings with the winemaker, 10am-9pm805-269-TASTE, www.taste-slo.comONGOINGHearst Castle ToursWitness the brilliance of the historical manor.800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.org« ONGOING EVERY FRIDAYTapas at TolosaStart the weekend enjoying four tapas fromCorner View Restaurant paired with four reservewines, 5:30-7:30pm, in the Heritage Room.$25, $20/Heritage Club membersjshakley@tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 x10« ONGOING SATURDAYSWine & Cheese Pairings at Tolosa VineyardsFour estate wines are paired with fourartisan cheeses from around the world in thegorgeous Heritage Room where guests cansit-down and enjoy the view. 11am-3pm805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.com« ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSReserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa VineyardsIn the Heritage Room. Flights will vary fromPinot Noir flights to Rhône-style wines or evena vertical tasting of library wines.$20, $15/Heritage Club members805-782-0500 x10, jshakley@tolosawinery.com« ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY IN JULYPismo Beach Winery presents live musicCome hang out and enjoy great music andhandcrafted wines by the glass or bottlefeaturing Tim Jackson and Dave Miller, 5pm.805-773-9463, pismobeachwinery@att.netONGOING SATURDAYS THROUGH AUGUSTConcerts in the plaza. www.downtownslo.comONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTHArt in the Park at Dinosaur CavesArt, crafts, children’s activities, music & more10am-4pm, Pismo Beachwww.pismochamber.com, 805-704-8128ONGOINGThe San Luis Obispo Art CenterPermanent collection and constantly rotatingexhibits of works by local artists in all media –paintings, sculpture, photography and more11am-5pm, San Luis Obispowww.sloartcenter.org, 805-543-8562ONGOING WEEKENDSLive Music at Mother’s TavernUpscale tavern with big band music mostSundays. Call for schedules, 805-541-8733San Luis Obispo, www.motherstavern.comONGOING SECOND SUNDAYDallidet Adobe & GardensOldest house in the city of San Luis Obispo.Site of first commercial winery in the area.805-543-0638, www.slochs.org/dallidetONGOINGAutomobilia MuseumSpecialty cars, toy cars & airplanes along withmany other antiques relating to transportation.10am-5pm, 805-544-1900, San Luis ObispoONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHArt Gallery Events “Art After Dark”Various art galleries stay open late & host artistreceptions with wine & cheese. 5-9pm805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.orgONGOING SUNDAYSA Murder Mystery Dinner – SLO LegalDinner, wine and laughter, 5pm805-489-3875, Spyglass RestaurantShell Beach, www.murderinmind.com« ONGOINGSLO Down PubMusic and events nightlywww.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtml« ONGOING THROUGH JULY 26San Luis Obispo Festival MozaicMozaic orchestra performs in various locations805-781-3009, www.mozartfestival.com« AUGUST 12Shooting Stars Over the VinesA once a year Perseid Meter Showers at TolosaWinery. Experts on astronomy will be on hand.Receive a 375ml bottle of Tolosa wine andtasty treats. Bring blankets/chairs.$35, $25 club members, RSVP 805-782-0500« SEPTEMBER 9Taste of San Luis ObispoAnnual event with more than 600 guestsenjoying great food, delicious wines and entertainment.6-10pm, www.downtownslo.comATASCADEROONGOINGSaturday in the Park, Summer 2009Free, Concert Series held at the Atascadero LakePark Bandstand, 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a blanket,low-back chair and your family to relish thewarm summer evenings. Wine and beer by theglass. Delicious gourmet barbecue available forpurchase. 805-461-5000, www.atascadero.org• July 25: The CindersSponsored by Starna Cells, Inc.• August 1: Martin Paris Band• August 8: Big Daddy’s Rhythm & Blues Band• August 15: Shades of Gray• August 22: The House Red Band• August 29: The Usual Suspects• September 5: PipeDreamONGOING SATURDAYSMovies in the Park at the Sunken GardensA snack bar will be open with tasty treats andbeverages to purchase, provided by St. Luke’sEpiscopal Church, 8pm. Teens at Work will beselling baked goods and homemade arts andcrafts. 805-461-5000, www.atascadero.org• August 1: The Muppet Movie• August 8: The Sand Lot• August 15: Shark Tale• August 22: GreaseAUGUST 2117th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite.A closed, controlled cruise route on El CaminoReal from Curbaril to Traffic Way in Atascadero.This event brings out the best old, new andflashy cars. $20 per car/$30 night of the cruise6:30-8:30pm, www.atascadero.org, 805-461-5000AVILA BEACHONGOING SUNDAYSArt on the Beach at Avila BeachArtists paint & present their work10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach PierONGOING FRIDAYSFirst Friday at MorovinoDelicious food and wine pairings4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila Beach« ONGOINGSchoolhouse Rock ConcertsHop on the trolley after the music ends forViticulture 101 in the vineyards with JohnSalisbury, 12-3pm. Wine and food available forpurchase. Salisbury Vineyards, Avila Beach805-595-9463, www.salisburyvineyards.com• July 26: Mighty Croon Dogs• August 9: Kevin on Earth & The True Believers• August 23: Dave AgualloARROYO GRANDEONGOINGVisit Historic Buildings in Arroyo GrandeSaturday 12-3pm, Sunday 1-4pm, Arroyo Grande805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.orgONGOING SATURDAYSArroyo Grande Farmers’ MarketFarm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts12-2:30pm, Arroyo Grande805-473-2250, www.arroyograndevillage.orgONGOING WEDNESDAYSLearn How to Make Ice Creamat Doc Burnsteins30 minute skit about ice cream where you helpcreate new flavors. Arroyo Grande, 7pm805-474-4068, www.docburnsteins.com« ONGOING FRIDAYSWine Down at Wood WineryReserve wines & gourmet cheese, 4-7pmArroyo Grande, www.wildwoodwine.com805-489-9663, email sheri@wildwoodwine.comSANTA BARBARA COUNTYSANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYONONGOING MONDAYSWine Tasting at Wine Cottage BistroFeaturing regional & varietal tastings5-6pm, $20, 805-934-4546ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSSanta Maria Valley RailwayHistorical MuseumLots of fun including a train simulator exhibit1-4:30pm, 805-714-4927, www.smvrhm.org/museum« ONGOINGFriday Night Wine Down at Costa de OroGreat way to start your weekend! 4:30pm805-922-1468, www.costadeorowinery.comONGOING FRIDAYSWine Tasting at The Loading DockLive music, wine and food. $5, 7-10pmSanta Maria, 805-934-3471« AUGUST 8Santa Maria Vineyard WalksTour at Costa de Oro Winery with winemakerGary Burk, learn about grape growing andthe upcoming harvest! 10am805-922-1468, www.cdowinery.com33


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTAUGUST 8First Annual Riverbench TriathlonJoin them for a fun filled afternoon of croquet,horseshoes and bocce, 12-4pm. Prizes will beawarded to the winning teams. Bring your friendsand family. info@riverbench.comAUGUST 8Cambria Estate Winery, Estate Club BBQEnjoy live music and great Cambria Winery wine!$25, wine club members free; 3-7pmRSVP Rosella.guerrero@cambriawines.com805-938-7303AUGUST 21Winemaker Dinner with Jonathan NagyByron Estate Winery, 6-9:30pmBe among the first to taste small pot bottling ofPinot Noir and Chardonnay at the Foxen Ranch.$85, $80/wine club members; RSVP 805-938-1537or virginia.plume@byronwines.comSEPTEMBER 5Riverbench Photo ContestRiverbench Vineyard & Winery, 12-4pm. Submityour own Riverbench photos by September 1.Winner announced at the event. The prize?A gourmet wine and food tasting for 10 at thewinery! Photos not returned. Winner notified byemail. 805-937-8340, info@riverbench.comLOS OLIVOS« ONGOING THROUGH JULY 31Artwork by Marisa MurrowNew Paintings at Carina CellarsLos Olivos, 805-252-0860ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHWildling Art Museum - Free Friday FlicksFree movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.orgONGOING WEDNESDAYSEvening with the Winemaker5-6pm, $15, 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.comONGOING THURSDAYSUnderstanding Your Palate at Los Olivos CaféWine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, 5pm, $15805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.comONGOING SATURDAYSGlobal Gardens Organic Food TastingEnjoy delicious organic tastings, 10am-2pm, $3805-693-1600, www.globalgardensgifts.comONGOING THURSDAYSFess Parker’s Wine Country Sing Along8:30-10:30pm, Sing along with Fess & Marcy805-688-7788, Los Olivos, www.syvva.com« AUGUST 9Stolpman Dinner in the VineyardStolpman Vineyards, Ballard Canyon, 4pm-dusk805-688-0400, www.stolpmanvineyards.comSANTA YNEZONGOING MONDAYSMaverick Saloon Blind Draw Darts7pm, Santa Barbara Darts Association, BBQ anddarts, 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.orgONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYSDancing at Maverick Saloon6:45pm, Dance lessons, Live country western orrock & roll. 805-686-4785, www.mavericksaloon.org34ONGOINGSanta Ynez Valley Historical Society Museumand Parks - Janeway Carriage HouseExhibits from Chumash period throughearly 20th century ranch days. 12-4pm805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.orgSECOND THURSDAYWine Impressions at ArtisteJoin fellow wine lovers for a blind tasting,sensory evaluation & discussion by region.7-9pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.comONGOINGChumash Casino Concerts800-585-3737, www.chumashcasino.comONGOINGSaturdays - Cachuma Lake Nature WalkNaturalists lead walk one mile walk for all ages onthe Oak Canyon Trail, 10-11:30amWeekends - Cachuma Lake Wildlife CruiseGuided 2-hour cruise with wildlife and geology.$7 for 12 and under, $15 over 12.Junior Ranger ProgramKids learn about wildlife, ecosystems & caring forthe environment. 12:30-1:30pm, $2 per childMany other children and adult friendly programs!Cachuma Lake Nature Center, Santa Ynez Park805-693-0691, www.cachuma.comONGOING WEDNESDAYSJazz on the Deck at Vineyard HouseLive music and fine food, 6:30pm, $2805-688-2886, www.thevineyardhouse.comONGOINGArt Exhibit at Artiste Winery11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.comONGOINGGlider Rides at the Airport805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderrides.comLOMPOC/BUELLTONONGOING SATURDAYSOlde Towne Market in LompocGreat food, wine & music, Lompoc805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.comONGOING SATURDAYSOlive Oil Tasting at Foley10:30am-4pm, Lompocwww.foleywines.com, 805-737-6222« JULY 25Return to Freedom Brunchby Wild Horse Winery and VineyardsWine tasting and brunch from 11am-3pm at Returnto Freedom’s Wild Horse Sanctuary in Lompoc,followed by a hike to see the wild horses. $100/pp$75/wine club members. Proceeds benefit RTF.RSVP, 805-434-2541 x15SOLVANGONGOINGQuicksilver Miniature Horse FarmVisit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views.10am–3pm, 805-686-4002, SolvangONGOING WEDNESDAYSSolvang Farmers Market2:30-6pm, Fresh produce, flowers and foods805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.orgONGOING FRIDAYSWine Tasting on the Patio5:30-7pm, Live guitar music with fine wines800-624-5572, www.royalscandinavianinn.comONGOINGElverhoj Museum of History & ArtOngoing exhibits of art & photography805-686-1211, Solvang, www.elverhoj.orgONGOING THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTHLearn Scandinavian Folk Dancing7-10pm, 805-688-6144, www.solvangusa.comONGOINGSolvang Vintage Motorcycle MuseumAll makes and models, Solvang805-6869522, www.motosolvang.comAUGUST 8All Buttonwood Farm DinnerIn 1968 Betty Williams came to beautiful ButtonwoodFarm. This dinner honors Betty’s vision.This twilight dinner served in the vineyard willfeature farm-raised pork and lamb, goat cheese,farm-grown vegetables, Buttonwood’s famouspeaches and award-winning Buttonwood wines.RSVP www.ButtonwoodWinery.com, 805-688-3032SANTA BARBARAONGOING SUNDAYSSanta Barbara Arts and Crafts ShowFeaturing all types of art, crafts & jewelry.10am–6pm, East Beach Pierwww.sbaacs.com, 805-897-1982ONGOING TUESDAYSDiscussions & Coffee TastingsGet insider info on up & coming books, music andmovies with coffee tasting, too. 3pm, Santa Barbara805-899-3659, Borders, Books & MusicONGOING FRIDAYSWine Tasting with the Winemakers4-7pm, 805-691-1020, East Beach WineSanta Barbara, www.eastbeachwine.comONGOING FRIDAYSWine & Cheese Pairings at East Beach WineEnjoy delicious pairings & new selections each week.4-7pm, $10, Santa Barbara, 805-899-1535www.eastbeachwine.comONGOINGBackstage Tours at Lobero TheaterGuided tours upon request, Santa Barbara805-996-4946, www.loberotheater.comONGOINGUniversity at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures805-893-3535, www.artsandlectures.ucsb.eduONGOINGHistoric Downtown Walking TourGuided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past.10am-12pm, 805-965-6307, Santa BarbaraONGOINGWinemaker Dinners at Wine CaskDelicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines.6:30pm, 805-996-9463, www.winecask.comONGOINGTy Warner Sea CenterExplore creatures of the sea, Stearns Wharf SantaBarbara, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History805-962-2526, www.sbnature.org/seacenterONGOINGLectures & Readings at theSanta Barbara Maritime Museum805-962-8404, Santa Barbara, www.sbmm.orgONGOING TUESDAYS THROUGH SATURDAYSArt Workshops for Children at Art from ScrapFun workshops where kids reuse all sorts ofmaterials to make works of art! 10am-2pm, $6805-884-0459, www.artfromscrap.orgONGOINGPlanetarium Shows atSanta Barbara Museum of Natural History805-682-4711, www.sbnature.com• Exploring the Spring Sky• Cosmic Safari• Secrets of the Cardboard RocketONGOING THURSDAYSAn Evening of Visual & Performing ArtsDowntown galleries keep their doors open lateallowing the public to enjoy local art.5-8pm, 805-962-2098, Santa BarbaraONGOINGUniversity of California Santa BarbaraVarious speakers, 805-893-7221. Checkwww.artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu for details.AUGUST 5-9Old Spanish Days FiestaA celebration of the traditions handed down fromSpain, Mexico and the California Rancho period.Old songs and dances, traditional foods in themercados and an historical parade. The riding androping competitions at the rodeo evolved fromspirited contests at the end of busy days in the1800s rounding up cattle on the old Ranchos.www.oldspanishdays-fiesta.orgAUGUST 20Nights at SBMANights continues to inspire through time-basedart, performance and new media. These uniqueevents offer a cultural cocktail of art, music,specialty martinis, wine and outrageousone-night-only interactive happenings in themuseum’s galleries. www.sbmuseart.orgVENTURA COUNTYONGOINGMuseum of Ventura CountyPhotographs, publications, documents andexhibits depicting Ventura County’s history10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, Venturawww.venturamuseum.orgONGOINGTidepool TalkShow and tell about fascinating animals and plantsat the exhibit. National Park Visitor Center VenturaHarbor, 805-658-5730, www.nps.govONGOINGVentura County Maritime MuseumArt, ship models, and maritime exhibits11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, Oxnard« ONGOING SATURDAYSTour Ojai Olive Oil at Asquith FarmBegins with the history, olive varieties, theirmaturing process, the harvesting and a visit to thetree nursery. 10-3pm, Mon-Fri by appointment,www.ojaioliveoil.com, 805-701-3825« JULY 25 - 26A Taste of Camarillo Wine and Food FestivalAt the historic Adolfo Camarillo Ranch House.Saturday evening enjoy an evening of temptingwines, including selections from the 2009 OfficialTaste of Camarillo Winery, Cantara Cellars,Champagne, a sumptuous buffet and live music by“Big Little Jazz Band.” Fine and rare wines at thelive and silent Auctions. 5-9pmSunday: Gourmet food from 50+ outstandingVentura restaurants and wine poured by 100+wineries. Live entertainment by “Blue Moon” and“Jeanne Tatum and Company.” A silent auctionplus a cash raffle prize. 1-4pm, 805-388-7158www.meadowlarkserviceleague.comwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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Higuera St; 866-833-WINE 11-5 X XShadow Canyon Cellars – San Luis Obispo956 Monterey Street; 805-781-0862 Th-Su 12-7 X X37


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Lewis Rd, Ste C; 805-484-0597Opening Soon« Cantara Cellars– Camarillo Fri-Sun126 Wood Rd, Ste 104; 805-484-9600 11-5 X X« Casa Barranca – Ojai Thu-Sun208 E. Ojai Ave; 805-640-1255 12-6 X XHerzog Wine Cellars – Oxnard Sun-Thurs 11-93201 Camino Del Sol; 805-938-1560 Fri 11-4 Sat Closed X X« Old Creek Ranch Winery – Ojai Valley Daily10024 Old Creek Rd; 805-649-4132 11-5 X XRancho Ventavo – Camarillo Opening Soon1690 Ventura Blvd, 805-529-4221 Early 2009THIS WEEK’S WINE COUNTRY CRITTERMARY JANEBreed: Black LabFavorite Past times: Following the workersthrough the fields as they tend to the babygrapevinesCan Be Found … chasing away gophers andother unwanted rodents!Quote: “Play with me.”Favorite Things: sunny napsIf you see me … beware of my tail, when Iget excited it has a mind of its own!2900 Grand Ave, Suite ALos Olivos, CA 93441Open Daily 11-539

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