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SERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO, SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA COUNTIESPAGE 16Y O U R E S S E N T I A L G U I D E T O C A L I F O R N I A C E N T R A L C O A S T W I N E , G E T A W A Y S , T H I N G S T O D O & E V E N T Swinecountrythisweek.comE A S Y-T O - F O L LO W W I N E R Y M A P S S E P T E M B E R 3 , 2 0 0 9SANTA MARIA VALLEYSensational Wines,Sizzling BarbecuePAGE 24CLAIBORNE &CHURCHILLPAGE 6WINEMAKER PROFILE:VINFUZIONPAGE 18TASTE OFSAN LUISPAGE 22PREFERRED TASTING ROOM:SYLVESTER WINERYPAGE 30


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTO N T H EC O V E R 24F E A T U R ES T O R Y 6Santa Maria ValleyClaiborne & ChurchillSERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO, SANTA BARBARA & VENTURA COUNTIESP U B L I S H I N G E V E R Y O T H E R W E E K !S E P T E M B E R 3 , 2 0 0 9 • I S S U E 1 6 – V O L U M E 3ON THE COVERSanta Maria Valley Photo by Kirk Irwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24WINE COUNTRY NEWSWine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10Wine Country Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20SAN LUIS OBISPO/PISMO BEACH WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23P E R F E C TP A I R S 14W I N E M A K E RP R O F I L E 18P R E F E R R E DT A S T I N G R O O M 302Stolpman Angeli Blanc withHalibut Mango CevichePamela Pietri, VinfuzionSylvester WinerySANTA MARIA VALLEY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25SOLVANG, LOS OLIVOS, SANTA YNEZ WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26SANTA BARBARA WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27VENTURA COUNTY WINERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-36ADVERSTISING/MARKETINGDIRECTORPUBLISHERMANAGING EDITORCALENDAR EDITOROFFICE MANAGEREDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORSSarah FlickingerSan Luis Obispo, CAPhone 805-252-5440centralcoast@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, Len Napolitano,Mark Storer, Dave WilcoxGoing 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.comwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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WINERY FEATURE | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKCLAIBORNE & CHURCHILLDecades of Overnight Successby Michael CervinClaiborne & Churchill winery was startedin 1983, inspired by the wines of Alsace eventhough these types of wine were not oftenmade in California, let alone San Luis ObispoCounty. Regardless, Claiborne & Churchilldecided to specialize in premium dry winesmade from Riesling, Gewürztraminer andPinot Gris grapes, as well as Pinot Noir fromseveral nearby vineyards. Not to limit theirportfolio, they also produce small lots of otherwines, including a dry Muscat, Chardonnay,Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Brutrosé and a Port-style wine.Claiborne & Churchill is still a smallfamily-owned winery founded by Claiborne(Clay) Thompson and his wife, FrederickaChurchill. Former teachers at the University ofMichigan (Clay specialized in Old NorseLanguages and Literatures, and Frederickataught German), the couple left the “Groves ofAcademe,” as Clay put it, for the vineyards ofCalifornia in 1981 in order to start a new life inthe wine industry.“On an academic trip to California in 1981,I visited a few wineries and got bit by the winebug,” Clay admits. “I talked my way into a jobas a cellar rat at Edna Valley Vineyard, thenwent back to Michigan, sold the house andmoved to California.” He was Edna Valley’sthird employee. “I worked there for five years,and they let me learn every aspect of the business,”Clay says. “Fortunately, we didn’t haveany idea how hard it would be to start a wineryfrom scratch, otherwise we would have beenafraid to take the plunge,” says Clay. “I guessafter 25 years of hard work, you could saywe’re an overnight success.”But Clay and Fredericka have alwayslooked at life from a different perspective. Notonly were they making wines few people everheard of, let alone drank much, in 1995 theycompleted construction on their new andpermanent winery building. The winery, anoteworthy example of environmental architecture,is known as a straw bale building, thefirst of its kind in California. With sixteen-inchthick walls made of bales of rice straw, thencovered by a plaster exterior, the winery is sowell insulated that it maintains a constantcellar temperature, without the need formechanical cooling or heating. When visiting,there is a small window that looks into thestraw bale construction so wine tasters caneducated themselves in architecture as well.By all accounts Claiborne & Churchill hascarved out a well respected niche of unusualwines and they are seeing a resurgence ofconsumers turning toward these wines. “Idon’t know of any one thing that accounts forconsumers having a more accepting attitudetoward Riesling,” Clay ponders, “but it’s probablya combination of factors. There’s agrowing boredom with Chardonnay, a largerwine-drinking demographic, includingdrinkers who never learned that it wasn’t“cool” to drink Riesling, and better examples ofCalifornia Rieslings,” he says.They specifically purchase grapes ratherthan running their own vineyard simplybecause they are not dependent on a singlecrop. Winemaking is farming after all, andMother Nature doesn’t always cooperate withseasonal changes. Additionally, they can focusmore on the winemaking and marketing oftheir wines, rather than worry about frostdamage, excessive heat or intrusive pests. “It’sabout relationships,” Clay says of the variousvineyards he works with. “We seek out growerswho share the same values as we do, and wedevelop and maintain a close relationship withthem. It’s really a community effort,”That is evidenced in the Riesling andGewürztraminer Clay has been purchasingfrom the same vineyards since 1988. “We don’ttell them how to grow the grapes, but they6 www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY FEATUREContinuedknow what we like and we know they will deliver it.” That kind of relationshipand trust extends into the wines themselves and Claiborne &Churchill is known for the consistent quality of all of their diversewines.Since Mother Nature ultimately dictates how the fruit will turn out,winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia takes a cautious approach to eachvintage. “With most of the wine already in bottle, my mind moves fromone important factor of winemaking, bottling, to another importantfactor of winemaking…harvest,” he says. “Things are looking promisingfor this upcoming harvest,” he adds.With only about 10,000 cases of wine made each year, it’s best tosecure them as soon as possible. Parker-Garcia employs Claiborne &Churchill’s traditional European winemaking techniques whichincludes extensive use of barrel-fermentation and barrel-aging, minimalmanipulation of the wines as they progress, spontaneous fermentationusing indigenous yeasts and the limited use of SO2. The philosophy isthat the winemaker’s task is to coax out the inherent flavors and charactersof that particular grape. The goal has always been to create enjoyabledinner wines which exude a harmonious balance of fruit and oak,structure and texture, and which compliment the meal.Taste the overnight success wines located within the wine cellar oftheir unique straw bale winery. The Tasting Room is open every dayfrom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is a $5 tasting fee. Claiborne &Churchill is located at 2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd. in the Edna Valleyof San Luis Obispo. For additional information contact them at (805)544-4406 or visit www.claibornechurchill.com.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com7


CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKSAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTYPASO ROBLESONGOINGMaking Sense of Scentsat Wild Horse WineryLearn how to properly taste & smell some of your favorite Wild Horse wines &find naturally occurring aromas. $20 per person Saturdays by appointment at12, 2 & 3:30pm. Limit 8 people. Call for reservations or for groups more than 8.Templeton, 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.comONGOINGPinot Noir Blending SeminarSample Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast AVA and learn what terroir trulymeans. Each participant creates their own blend to take home. $50, $35/wineclub. Saturday or Sunday by appointment, 11am or 2pm, Limit 10, TempletonRSVP 805-434-2541 ext. 15, email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.comONGOINGPaso Robles Round-up:Summer Fun Happening NowIt’s not too late to have a great summer trip, www.travelpaso.com• Fridays through August 28: 5:30-7:30pm Concerts in the park, free!Paso Robles Main Street Association, downtown Paso Robles• Tuesdays: 3-6pm North County Market in the City Park.Fresh produce, crafts, gourmet food & other treats!• Saturdays: 9am-1pm, Farmers’ Market Country farm arts & crafts market• August 22: American Cancer Society Relay for Life Paso RoblesONGOING 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, 805-238-7872ONGOINGTwilight Concerts in the ParkPaso Robles City Park Bandstand, Refreshments, appetizers, 5:30-7:30pm805-238-4103• August 21: Cinders Blues B& • August 28: Sugar Daddy Swing KingsONGOING WEDNESDAYSWine Tasting at Vinoteca Wine BarLocal winemaker featured each week, 5:30-8pm, 805-227-7154ONGOINGArt Exhibit at Castoro CellarsFeaturing Heidi Franscioni, Templeton,10am-5:30pm888-DAM-FINE, www.castorocellars.comONGOING THROUGH AUGUSTArt Exhibit at Ortman Family VineyardsFeaturing Nancy Pharis, 12-6 pm, 12-7 pm weekends, 805-237-9009ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHGourmet Pairings at Meridian VineyardsTry gourmet food paired with fine wine, 12-5pm, $5, 805-226-7133ONGOING SATURDAYSTempleton Farmers’ MarketFresh fruit, flowers & vegetables, 9am-12:30pm 805-239-6535ONGOINGFree Cooking Show at Idler’s Hospitality CateringFood samples, wine & entertainment featuring “Mark The Singing Chef.“5:30pm, 805-238-7979 www.hospitalitycatering.netONGOINGEstrella Warbird MuseumCollection of military aircrafts, 10am-4pm, 805-227-0440, www.ewarbirds.orgONGOING FRIDAYS15 Degrees C Wines Beer TastingsFeatured beer every Friday night, $10, 6pm, Templeton, 805-434-1554ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTHArt, Wine & SongArt, music & wine at downtown wineries, 5-7pm805-227-6813, www.pasowine.comONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4Jada’s XCV 2008 Release & Twilight TastingAround the World with Jada. 6pm, 805-226-4200, www.jadavineyard.com8ONGOING EVERY WEDNESDAYLocavore Wednesdays at ClayhouseFeaturing a local product in their downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Freesamples & wine tasting! 805-238-7055. www.clayhousewines.comONGOING EVERY FRIDAYFriday Night Flights at Clayhouse VineyardsEnjoy a flight of three Clayhouse wines paired with three foodie flights! 5-7pm$15, $10/ wine club members, RSVP 805-238-7055, www.clayhousewines.comONGOING EVERY 1ST SATURDAYWine & the Arts at Clayhouse VineyardsDowntown Paso Robles Tasting Room presents a celebration of music, art &wine. 4-7pm, www.clayhousewines.comONGOING THROUGHT SEPTEMBER 25The Loft Gallery – New at the FireflyPresents a new exhibition of contemporary art, 805-239-8152ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30“Slivers of Time” at Carina CellarsFeaturing the artwork of Santa Barbara photographer and Carina Cellars staffmember, Patrick Lyons. www.carinacellars.com, 805-688-2459ONGOING FIRST SATURDAY THROUGH OCTOBERBocce and BBQDonati Family Vineyard, 5-8pm, Bring Donati wine and enjoy the BBQ andgames on them! winespace.donatifamilyvineyard.comONGOING SATURDAYSLive Music in the Tasting Room at EosEnjoy great music, fantastic wines & great company. 12-3pm805-239-2562 www.eosvintage.com• August 22: Rob Hegel • August 29: James Hurley• September 12: Unfiltered Jazz Trio • September 19: James Hurley• October 3: Mike Maguire • October 10: Unfiltered Jazz Trio• October 31: Mike Maguire • November 14: Unfiltered Jazz Trio• December 5: Mike Maguire • December 12: Mike Maguire• December 19: Unfiltered Jazz TrioAUGUST 21Fun Nites at Rio Seco Winery featuring ZZAHBBQ is Texas-style Smoked Brisket, Smoked Pulled Pork & true Texas CowboyBeans plus! $8 club/$10 non-club. RSVP 805- 237-8884AUGUST 19, 26Ballroom Dance LessonsTango at Vina Robles Hospitality CenterInstructor Laura Nicholson will teach the dance steps from 6-7pm; social dancefrom 7-8pm. $13, $10/Signature Wine Club members, RSVP 805-227-4812AUGUST 20Clayhouse Wine NightAt the new Paso Robles Swim & Tennis Club, 6-8pm, www.clayhousewines.comAUGUST 20Celebrations of Life Lecture at Eos Winery:Vineyard Water Management/IrrigationWhy are certain areas better for certain types of grapes & wine? Featured Wines:Zin Port & Eos Sauvignon Blanc, 6-7pm www.eosvintage.comAUGUST 21Fun Nites at Rio Seco Winery featuring ZZAHBBQ is Texas-style Smoked Brisket, Smoked Pulled Pork & true Texas CowboyBeans plus! $8 club/$10 non-club, RSVP 805- 237-8884AUGUST 21Pre-Olive Festival Social MixerPaso Robles Inn Ballroom, 5:30-7:30pm, For tickets, call 805-238-4103AUGUST 22The 6th Annual Paso Robles Olive FestivalDowntown City Park, Free tasting, tasting seminars, cooking demonstrations &a head-to-head chef cook-off in an outdoor kitchen stadium. Local wineries &breweries will feature tastings for a fee. 10am-5pm, Cooking Contest entryforms available online or by calling 805-238-4103, www.pasoolivefestival.comAUGUST 22Outdoor Concert at Castoro CellarsFeaturing Peppino D'Agostino with Michael Manring, doors open 6pm; show7pm, Peppino D’Agostino, a virtuoso acoustic guitarist, composer, singer & allaroundentertainer. Joining him will be Michael Manring, hailed by many asthe world’s leading solo bassist. $22 (Dinner by Giuseppe’s available, additionalcharge.) Order tickets online or RSVP 805-467-2002, castorocellars.comAUGUST 22Get it Before It's Gone at Edward Sellers!Be the first to experience their new 2007 Tempranillo blend and their 100%2007 Mourvèdre. 6:30-9pm, LEVEL 4, 1216 Park Street, Downtown Paso Roblesnext to their Tasting Room. RSVP 805-239-8915, kcarson@edwardsellers.comAUGUST 23Sunday Fun-day Celebration at Eos WineryA Country Western theme & the featured wine is Eos Petite Sirah!Great discounts on wine, www.eosvintage.comAUGUST 28Sunset Concert at Robert Hall WineryFeaturing Up In The Air. They create a unique musical experience based on thevarying backgrounds of their nine musicians. 6-9pm, $25RSVP 805-239-1616 x24, events@roberthallwinery.comAUGUST 28Concert at Vina RoblesFeatured artist Unfinished Business, 7pm, $25, $20/Signature Wine Clubmembers, RSVP, Vina Robles Hospitality Center, 805-227-4812AUGUST 28Sculpterra Wine TastingJoin them at the Wine Country RV Resort for music and cheese and samplewines from Sculpterra WineryAUGUST 29Martin Paris at Castoro CellarsGreat music & fine wine celebrating Martin Paris’ latest CD, ”Guitarist Off the Vine.”Solo guitar performances by Martin Paris & arrangements with Kirk Mac Lane onbass & Jesse Hesch on drums. RSVP 805-238-0725, www.castorocellars.comAUGUST 29Summer Esprit Flights & BitesJoin Sylvester Winery & the wineries of Highway 46 east to enjoy rare & reservewines paired with artisan cheeses and delectable gourmet bites including localolives & olive oils. Live Jazz music by The Tipsy Gypsies. 5-8pm, BBQ dinnersavailable for purchase, RSVP 805-227-4000, www.brownpapertickets.comtransportation available.www.pasorobleswinerieseast.comAUGUST 30Wine Show Mania at Eos EstatePlay along with family, friends & Eos staff in a live game show.Test your generalknowledge, wine wits & Eos info. 10-4pm, DJ Del McCulley will host this funevent. www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562AUGUST 30Eos Sunday Fun-day CelebrationA “Casino”Theme & featured wine is Lost Angel Mischief.Play your cards right & you might win big! Great discountsRSVP 805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.comSEPTEMBER 1-30California Wine Month at Jada WineryCelebrating September with special wine pairings. 805-226-4200www.jadavineyard.comSEPTEMBER 4THLabor Day Weekend Begins at Jada WineryTake a break from your hectic schedule. Come by & taste some good wine& gourmet cheeses. 805-226-4200, www.jadavineyard.comSEPTEMBER 5Hwy. 46 West Block PartyDance the night away to a live band while sipping award-winning wines from15 different westside wineries & dine on fresh local food at Donati FamilyVineyard. 6-8pm, for more information, www.paso46westwineries.comTickets www.eventbrite.com/event/269757853SEPTEMBER 5Halter Ranch Guest Chef SeriesChef Yvon Goetz from the Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin, Californiawill prepare a beautiful meal paired with Halter Ranch Estate wines, 6pmRSVP 805-226-9455, info@halterranch.comSEPTEMBER 5Sylvester Winery Summer Sunset ConcertWorld Music Festival featuring Calinambe, Faultline, Zongo All Stars & a specialsurprise headliner, 5:30-8:30pm. Blankets & chairs are welcome, coolers are notallowed. Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Pullman Train. Tickets$15/adv, $20/at the door, $10 for the Flock, RSVP, www.sylvesterwinery.comSEPTEMBER 13Outdoor Concert at Castoro CellarsFree lazy locals concert featuring Cuesta Ridge Mountain Boys. 1-4pm, bring apicnic lunch, no outside alcohol, please! 805-238-0725, www.castorocellars.com


CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKSEPTEMBER 17Celebrations of Life Lecture at Eos Estate:In Depth Winemaker TourWinery Barrel Room, featuring the Eos Estate Winery Winemaking Team. Tourwith the Eos winemakers & learn about our operations. 2-3pm, Featured wines:Cupa Chardonnay & Lost Angel Mischief, www.eosvintage.com, 805-239-2562SEPTEMBER 18 & 19Cigar Conference WestFirst annual Cigar Conference West 2009, (”Cig-Con West”), top-flight cigarconference/festival. Free cigars & accessories, cigar rolling demonstrations,seminars, great food, libations & more. 18th from 1pm- 10pm, 19th from10-5pm, $150, River Oaks Pavillon, Zina from Sylvester Winery will be hosting aspecial Cheese & Cigar pairing seminar, www.cigarconference.comSEPTEMBER 18Cigar Conference West VIP DinnerAt the Robert Hall Winery guests will be treated to a four-course meal preparedby Chef Jeffrey Scott with wine & cigar pairings, after-dinner cigars & wines & alive auction. 5:30-10pm, events@roberthallwinery.com, 805-239-1616SEPTEMBER 19Eberle Winemaker Dinner in the CavesJay McCarthy, the celebrity chef from Beaver Creek Chophouse, Avon, CO. Excellentpreparation, great meal. They’re thrilled to have their long time friend return for adinner in the caves. $150, RSVP 805-238-9607, www.eberlewinery.comSEPTEMBER 198th Annual Arte de TizaA visual feast of chalk murals created by area artists on the sidewalk ofPine Street between 11th and 12th streets. In progress beginning at 8am.SEPTEMBER 19“Taste of Downtown” OffersA Saturday of Fine Cuisine, Music & ArtOver 30 local restaurants, a brewery, wineries, ice cream & coffee houses. Passholders will stroll, sampling the cuisine. 11am-4pm, $25, call 805-238-4103SEPTEMBER 25, 2009Sunset Concert at Robert Hall WineryFeaturing Adam Crowe. He blends delta blues, roots folk, Hawaiiana & Americanastyles. 6-9pm, $25, RSVP 805.239.1616 ext. 24, events@roberthallwinery.comSEPTEMBER 25Soulamente in Concert at Vina RoblesFeatured artist Soulamente. 7pm, $22 $20/Wine Club, ticket/picnic, 805-227-4812SEPTEMBER 26Wine & Cheese Flight on Patio at EosTaste Eos Reserve Wines paired with local gourmet cheeses. $10 per person805-239-2562, www.eosvintage.comSEPTEMBER 26Outdoor Concert at Castoro CellarsFeaturing Wake the Dead, the World's First Celtic All-Star Grateful Dead JamBand. Doors open 6pm, show 7pm. Dinner extra by Bon Temps Creole Cafe$22, RSVP 805-467-2002, www.castorocellars.comOCTOBER 16-18Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend FestivalThe season when wineries showcase those rarely seen vineyard & crush activities.See & learn vineyard practices, take part in a blending seminar or jumpfeet first into a two ton grape stomp. For details www.pasowine.com/events.CAMBRIAONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH AUGUSTTwilight Wine & ‘Apps’ at Harmony CellarsRelax and ‘unwined’ at the most tranquil spot on the Central Coast. Enjoy wines bythe glass and free appetizers. 5:30pm, 805-927-1625, www.harmonycellars.comCAYUCOS & MORRO BAYONGOINGAdventures with NatureVarious hikes including Fast Hike to Coon Creek, White’s Point Vistas, Black HillTrail, Sand Spit Walk & Ocean Lagoon. Morro Bay State Park Museum805-772-2694, www.ccnha.orgONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTHMorro Bay Embarcadero Art WalkArt galleries’ open house receptions. 5-8pm, 805-772-1068ONGOING SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTHArtists Receptions at Gallery at Marina SquareReceptions for featured Central Coast artist, 5-8pm, 805-772-1068, Morro BayONGOING SATURDAYSFishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro BayFresh seasonal fruit, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm 800-231-0592SEPTEMBER 19Annual Wine Club Yacht CruiseCruise the Morro Bay on the Papagallo II, 4-7pm Meet Winemaker ChristianRoguenant & enjoy Baileyana & tangent wines paired with hors d'oeuvresprepared by Chef Leonard Gentieu. $85 wine club members onlyRSVP Lori 805-269-8206, Lori@Baileyana.comOCTOBER 3-4Morro Bay Harbor FestivalPlan now for this special weekend. Sample wines from more than 30 localwineries with delicious food. 800-366-6043, info@mbhf.comSAN LUIS OBISPOONGOINGHearst Castle ToursWitness the brilliance of the historical manor, 800-444-4445, www.hearstcastle.orgONGOING EVERY FRIDAYTapas at TolosaStart the weekend enjoying four tapas from Corner View Restaurant pairedwith four reserve wines, 5:30-7:30pm. Located in the Heritage Room. $25,$20/Heritage Club members, jshakley@tolosawinery.com, 805-782-0500 x10ONGOING SATURDAYSWine & Cheese Pairings at Tolosa VineyardsIn the Heritage Room, four estate wines are paired with four artisan cheesesfrom around the world. 11am-3pm, 805-782-0500, www.tolosawinery.comONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSReserve Flight Tastings at Tolosa VineyardsIn the Heritage Room. Flights will vary from Pinot Noir flights to Rhone stylewines or even a vertical tasting of Library wines. $20, $15/Heritage ClubMembers, 805.782.0500 x10, jshakley@tolosawinery.comONGOING SATURDAYS THROUGH AUGUSTConcerts in the plaza. www.downtownslo.comONGOINGThe San Luis Obispo Art CenterPermanent collection & rotating exhibits by local artists. 11am-5pm, 805-543-8562ONGOING WEEKENDSLive Music at Mother’s TavernUpscale tavern with big band music most Sundays, for schedules 805-541-8733ONGOING SECOND SUNDAYDallidet Adobe & GardensOldest house & site of first commercial winery in the area. 805-543-0638ONGOINGAutomobilia MuseumSpecialty cars, toy cars, airplanes & 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 artist receptions with wine & cheese5-9pm, 805-544-9251, www.sloartcouncil.orgAUGUST 28“Sips and Songs” at Claiborne & ChurchillLive music by Hilary Langdon of the Tipsy Gypsies. Bring a blanket or lawn chair ifyou wish. Wine $5 by the glass, bottle retail or wine club member price, lightmunchies available free! Outside wines not permitted by law. RSVP 805-544-4066SEPTEMBER 9Taste of San Luis ObispoAnnual event with more than 600 guests enjoying great food, delicious wines& entertainment, 6-10pm, downtown, www.downtownslo.comSEPTEMBER 20Claiborne & Churchill “Barely Cooking” ClassLearn exciting recipes for your next cocktail party. Chef Jennie Sturgeon willperform a live cooking demo of four unique hors d'oeuvres. Enjoy samples ofthese appetizers paired with C&C fine wines. RSVP 805-544-4066ATASCADEROONGOINGSaturday in the Park, Summer 2009 Concert SeriesAtascadero Lake Park Bandstand, 6:30-8:30pm. Free Wine & beer by the glass.Delicious gourmet barbecue available for purchase. 805-461-5000• August 22: The House Red Band • August 29: The Usual Suspects• September 5: PipeDreamAUGUST 22”Grease” in the Park at the Sunken GardensA snack bar will be open & Teens at Work will sell baked good, homemade arts& crafts. 8pm, 805-461-5000, www.atascadero.orgAUGUST 2117th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise NiteA closed, controlled cruise route on El Camino Real from Curbaril to Traffic Wayin Atascadero. This event brings out the best old, new & flashy cars. $20 percar/$30 night of the cruise. 6:30-8:30pm, www.atascadero.org, 805-461-5000PISMO BEACH/SHELL BEACHONGOINGLocal Wine Tasting Tuesday, Live Music &Appetizers at Lido RestaurantThe Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, 5:30-6:30pm, $12RSVP 805-773-8900, www.thedolphinbay.com• August 18: Sinor La Vallee Winery •August 25: Vina Robles Winery• September 1: Justin VineyardsCooking School at the Lido RestaurantAll classes include an unforgettable meal paired with local wines, 5:30-8:30pm• 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, $65Cinema Under the Stars 007 Styleon the Lido PatioComplimentary lawn seating for movie, 7:30pm Dinner & Movie on Lido patioat 7pm. $39, RSVP 805-773-8900, www.thedolphinbay.com• August 19: Tomorrow Never Dies • September 2: Casino RoyaleONGOING SUNDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6A Murder Mystery Dinner – SLO LegalDinner, wine & laughter, Spyglass Restaurant, Shell Beach, 5pm805-489-3875, www.murderinmind.comONGOING FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTHArt in the Park at Dinosaur CavesArt, crafts, children’s activities, music & more. Pismo Beach, 10am-4pm805-704-8128, www.pismochamber.comAVILA BEACHONGOING SUNDAYSArt on the Beach at Avila BeachArtists paint & present their work, 10am, 805-238-4103, Avila Beach PierONGOING FRIDAYSFirst Friday at MorovinoDelicious food & wine pairings, 4-6pm, $12, 805-627-1443, Avila BeachAUGUST 23Schoolhouse Rock Concertat Salisbury VineyardsFeaturing Dave Aguallo, wine & food available for purchase. Hop on the trolleyafter the music ends for Viticulture 101 in the vineyards with John Salisbury12-3pm, 805-595-9463, www.salisburyvineyards.comARROYO GRANDEONGOINGHopping Good Time at the SLO Down PubOpen mic Mondays and everything else from blues to bluegrass. See the wholecalendar of events at www.slodownpub.com/event_calendar.shtmlONGOINGVisit Historic Buildings in Arroyo GrandeSat 12-3pm, Sun 1-4pm, 805-473-5077, www.arroyograndevillage.orgONGOING SATURDAYSArroyo Grande Farmers’ MarketFarm fresh produce, music, arts & crafts. 12-2:30pm, 805-473-2250ONGOING FRIDAYSWine Down at Wood WineryReserve wines & gourmet cheese, 4-7pm, 805-489-9663www.wildwoodwine.com, email sheri@wildwoodwine.comSEPTEMBER 20Taste of the Central CoastFine food and wine tasting, live and silent auction benefitting foster and highneedschildren and families on the Central Coast. 3-6:30pm, 40 local restaurants,dessert establishments, wineries, live music by Wholly Jazz at Cypress RidgePavilion. $75, www.fcni.org, 805-706-05699


CALENDAR OF EVENTS| WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKSANTA BARBARA COUNTYSANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYONONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYSSanta Maria Valley Railway Historical MuseumLots of fun including a train simulator exhibit. 1-4:30pm, 805-714-4927ONGOINGFriday 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 & food, 7-10pm. $5, Santa Maria, 805-934-3471SEPTEMBER 5Riverbench Photo ContestRiverbench Vineyard & Winery, 12-4pm, Submit your own Riverbench photos bySeptember 1. Winner announced the 5th. Win gourmet wine & food tasting for10 at the winery! Photos not returned. Winner notified by email. 805-937-8340SEPTEMBER 12Santa Maria Vineyard WalksJames Ontiveros will host the walk at Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard. 10amwww.smvwc.com/VineyardWalks.htmlSEPTEMBER 12A Cause 4 PawsPet walk, doggie carnival, BBQ, bake sale, entertainment, adoption dogs andmuch more! Pioneer Park, 805-260-2386, www.sbcanimalcare.orgSEPTEMBER 19Sustainablity is the Future;How We're Farming for TomorrowJoin Byron Estate Winery for an in-depth look at their farming methods11-2pm. Lunch & wine included, $50, $45/Wine Club, RSVP 805-938-1537OCTOBER 9-12Small Santa Barbara VintnersCelebration of Harvest!Mark your calendars for the Vintners’Visa four-day pass to 12 participatingwineries, For details and tickets, sbcountywines.com/events/celebration.htmlLOS OLIVOSONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTHWildling Art Museum - Free Friday FlicksFree movie & snacks with discussion, 7pm, 805-688-1082ONGOING WEDNESDAYSEvening with the Winemaker$15, 805-688-7265, 5-6pm, www.losolivoscafe.comONGOING THURSDAYSUnderstanding Your Palate at Los Olivos CaféWine tasting & hors d’oeuvres, 5pm, $15, 805-688-7265, www.losolivoscafe.comSANTA YNEZONGOING MONDAYSMaverick Saloon Blind Draw DartsSanta Barbara Darts Association, BBQ & darts, 7pm, 805-686-4785ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYSDancing at Maverick SaloonDance lessons, Live country western or rock & roll. 6:45pm, 805-686-4785ONGOINGSanta Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum& Parks - Janeway Carriage HouseExhibits from Chumash period through early 20th century ranch day, 12-4pm805-688-7889, www.santaynezvalleymuseum.orgSECOND THURSDAYWine Impressions at ArtisteA blind tasting, sensory evaluation & discussion by region. 7-9pm, 805-686-2626ONGOINGSaturdays - Cachuma Lake Nature WalkNaturalists lead walk one mile walk f on the Oak Canyon Trail, 10-11:30amWeekends -Cachuma Lake Wildlife CruiseGuided 2-hour cruise with wildlife & geology. $7 for 12 & under, $15 over 12Junior Ranger ProgramKids learn about wildlife, & caring for the environment, 12:30-1:30pm $2 per childMany other children & adult friendly programs! Cachuma Lake Nature CenterSanta Ynez Park 805-693-0691, www.cachuma.com10ONGOING WEDNESDAYSJazz on the Deck at Vineyard HouseLive music & fine food, 6:30pm, $2, 805-688-2886, www.thevineyardhouse.comONGOINGArt Exhibit at Artiste Winery11am-5pm, 805-686-2626, www.artiste.comONGOINGGlider Rides at the Airport805-688-2517, Santa Ynez, www.gliderrides.comSEPTEMBER 26Autumn on the Wine TrailA Wine Passport weekend with the 14 Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country wineries.For more details go to www.santaynezwinecountry.comLOMPOC/BUELLTONONGOING SATURDAYSOlde Towne Market in LompocGreat food, wine & music, 805-736-4567, www.lompocrecord.comONGOING SATURDAYSOlive Oil Tasting at Foley10:30am-4pm, Lompoc, 805-737-6222, www.foleywines.comSOLVANGONGOINGQuicksilver Miniature Horse FarmVisit Solvang horse farm with beautiful views 10am–3pm, 805-686-4002ONGOING WEDNESDAYSSolvang Farmers MarketFresh produce, flowers & foods, 2:30-6pm805-962-5354, www.sbfarmersmarket.orgONGOING FRIDAYSWine Tasting on the PatioLive guitar music with fine wines at Royal Scandinavian Inn, 5:30-7pm800-624-5572, www.royalscandinavianinn.comONGOINGElverhoj Museum of History & ArtOngoing exhibits of art & photography, 805-686-1211, www.elverhoj.orgONGOINGSolvang Vintage Motorcycle MuseumAll makes & models, Solvang, 805-6869522, www.motosolvang.comSEPTEMBER 18-2073rd annual Danish Days WeekendA celebration of Solvang's rich Danish heritage, 805-688-6144, www.solvangusa.comSEPTEMBER 25-26Solvang Jazz FestivalCelebrating jazz under the leadership of Stix Hooper, founder of The Crusadersjazz group. 425-481-3274, jazzinfo@solvangjazz.com, www.solvangjazz.comSANTA BARBARAONGOING SUNDAYSSanta Barbara Arts & Crafts ShowFeaturing all types of art, crafts & jewelry. East Beach Pier, 10am–6pm805-897-1982,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.comONGOINGHistoric Downtown Walking TourGuided stroll - experience Santa Barbara’s past, 10am-12pm, 805-965-6307ONGOINGWinemaker Dinners at Wine CaskDelicious gourmet dinners paired with local wines, 6:30pm805-996-9463, www.winecask.comONGOINGTy Warner Sea CenterExplore creatures of the sea at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural HistoryStearns Wharf, 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 of materials to make works of art!10am-2pm, $6, 805-884-0459, www.artfromscrap.orgONGOING FIRST THURSDAYSAt various venues art, cultural events & fine wine tasting! 5-8pm805-962-2098, www.santabarbaradowntown.comONGOINGPlanetarium 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 ArtsSanta Barbara downtown galleries keep their doors open late allowing thepublic to enjoy local art. 5-8pm, 805-962-2098AUGUST 20Nights at SBMAUnique events offer a mix of art, music, specialty martinis, wine & one-nightonlyinteractive happenings in the Museum’s galleries. www.sbmuseart.orgAUGUST 28 - OCTOBER 25CURVATURES: Figurative Works By Paul CumesAt Paul Cumes Fine Art, recent figure works in oil from Cumes’ vast portfolioof paintings. 11am-7pm Sun-Thu, 12-9pm Fri-Sat, Opening reception Aug. 27SEPTEMBER 12Sandcastle Building WorkshopEast Beach, Santa Barbara, 11am-1pm. Freewww.sbsandcastlefestival.com/workshop.htmSEPTEMBER 19Sandcastle FestivalEast Beach, Santa Barbara. 11am-6pm, Free admission & low-cost contestregistration. www.SBSandcastleFestival.comSEPTEMBER 26Flamenco Arts Festival at Lobero TheaterGala Performance presenting Maria Juncal in the U.S. Premiere of TerceraLlamada - Moment of Enchantment. With her nine-member company ofdancers, guitarists and singers, 7:30pm. $60, $48, $38, See website for a seriesof workshops for children and adults. Tickets 805-963-0761, flamencoarts.orgSEPTEMBER 27Wynton Marsalis at the Arlington TheatreWynton Marsalis and his 15-piece ensemble, the Jazz at Lincoln CenterOrchestra is composed of an array of jazz music's leading soloists performingthe masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane and other great composers1pm, Arlington Theatre, www.ticketmaster.comVENTURA COUNTYONGOINGMuseum of Ventura CountyPhotographs, publications, documents & exhibits depicting Ventura County'shistory. 10am-5pm, 805-653-0323, www.venturamuseum.orgONGOINGTidepool TalkShow & tell about fascinating animals & plants at the exhibit. National ParkVisitor Center Ventura Harbor, 805-658-5730, www.nps.govONGOINGVentura County Maritime MuseumArt, ship models, & maritime exhibits, 11am-5pm, 805-984-6260, OxnardONGOING SATURDAYSTour Ojai Olive Oil at Asquith FarmBegins outside with the history of the grove, an explanation of the olive varieties,their maturing process, the harvesting & a visit to the tree nursery. Sharethe adventure of producing premium-quality olive oils. 10-3pm Mon-Fri byappointment. 805-701-3825, www.ojaioliveoil.comEmail your upcoming event information toLaurie@WineCountryThisWeek.comFor best results, submit informationat least 6 weeks prior to your event.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COAST‘FLIGHTS AND BITES’Take Your Senses for a Ride!Come and visit the nine Wineries of Highway 46 East through theirexciting complimentary passport program! Pick up your passport atany of the nine participating Highway 46 East wineries. “Travel andtaste” and get your passport stamped at each winery. There is no expirationdate or time limit to complete your passport.Once you receive stamps from four of the ninewineries, fill out your passport and drop it off at thelast winery you visit. Your passport will be entered ina drawing to win extraordinary prizes, including atwo-night Paso Robles Wine Country getaway for two.Drawings are held annually at the end of January.You’re also heartily invited to come celebrate thesummer with The Wineries of Highway 46 East’sexciting event, Summer Esprit “Flights and Bites” onSaturday, August 29th.Gather for an amazing evening honoring the collectivespirit and enthusiasm of the Paso Robles wineries located alongHighway 46 East. All nine Wineries of Highway 46 East will gather atSylvester Winery in Paso Robles for a fun night of wine, cheese, olivesand gourmet bites. Sip and sample incredible wines expertly pairedwith artisan cheeses and enjoy the many award-winning wines fromthis region in one amazing event! BBQ dinners will also be availablefor purchase. Enjoy live jazz music with the Tipsy Gypsies.The Summer Esprit “Flights and Bites” will be heldfrom 5 to 8 p.m. at Sylvester Winery, 5115 BuenaVista in Paso Robles.Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advanceand $30 at the door. Purchase your tickets by callingSylvester Winery at (805) 227-4000 or order online atwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/68188.The Wineries of Highway 46 East is a consortium ofwineries located along Highway 46 on the east side ofHighway 101 in Paso Robles. Member wineriesinclude: Bianchi, Chumeia Vineyards, Eberle Winery,EOS Estate Winery, Firestone Vineyard, Martin &Weyrich Winery, Meridian Vineyards, Sylvester Winery and TobinJames Cellars. For more event information, visit the website atwww.pasorobleswinerieseast.com.12www.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 SLO Down Pub: Buy Localby Mark StorerThe Central Coast town of ArroyoGrande is a gem of a city. It’s downtown,often referred to as “the Village”is a unique blend of shops andgalleries punctuated by restaurants andeven a bakery or two. It’s the perfectplace to stop and slow down while youcatch up with life. It’s also the perfectplace for the SLO Down Pub.Mark London opened the SLODown Pub in order to highlight theCentral Coast bounty of craft beersand local wines and feature localtalent as well. “I’ve been asked not tosing,” says London. “So most nights,C A Y U C O Syou’ll find me manning the bar alongwith Arla, our pouring expert,” helaughs.With an eclectic décor featuringwood floors, local artwork and whatLondon refers to as an “eco-friendly”atmosphere, the SLO Down Pub is justthe place to sit and let the world passyou by for a time. “We offer a fewsnacks,” says London, but we’re not arestaurant. So, what we do is keep alist of all the local good restaurantsthat deliver and you can bring yourfood right in here and sit back, relaxwith a local glass of wine or a beer andenjoy the evening.” The Pub does havesome snacks on hand including localartisan cheeses made by students atnearby Cal Poly State University’s dairyprogram.“I love doing it. I love being here,”says London. So do his regularcustomers who keep coming back toexperience a truly local hangout thatoffers the solace and the bounty of theCentral Coast. “Come on in,” saysLondon, “and buy local.”SLO Down Pub is at 1200 E. GrandAvenue. For more information, call(805) 473-0102.A T A S C A D E R OHOPPE’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 • 805.995.1006S A N L U I S O B I S P OA R R O Y O G R A N D EMAMA'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.com805-544-0861NOVO 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.comwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com 13


P erfectStolpman Vineyards2005 Angeli BlancPerfectly Paired withHalibut Mango CevicheOriginating in South America, ceviche is a traditionalSpanish fish dish marinated in a lemon and lime juice. Theacidity in the citrus fruit acts in a way that “cooks” the proteinsin the fish, contributing to its other purpose of adding flavor.This Halibut Mango Ceviche from Stolpman Vineyards takesthe usual lemon and lime juice as step one in a simple, yetflavorful recipe, then escalates the fun with the addition oftequila, jalapeno chili peppers, green bell pepper and onions.Together, they all combine nicely to give the dish style with alittle kick. The marinating time to prepare the recipe comes toa full two hours but the results are well worth the wait.When searching for an appropriate wine to pair with a dishthat offers a hot and spicy crispness, wine with ripe fruitflavors and a hint of sugar will compliment the spice in food.The Stolpman 2005 Angeli Blanc is a refreshing off-dry, “LateHarvest” wine made from the Rousanne grape, a grape typicallyused in Stolpman’s flagship white wine, “L’Avion.” InNovember of 2005, while picking the Rousanne, the winemakingcrew at Stolpman noticed early indications of “noblerot”,also known as Botrytis, on some of the grapes. Botrytis isthe mold that makes grapes more concentrated in sugar and,ultimately, flavor – as well as giving them a shriveled appearance.Stolpman’s head winemaker Sashi Moorman allowed thegrapes to stay on the vine and develop more flavors before hepressed the grapes and fermented the juice until nearly dry.The resulting wine is something magical, and we named it“Angeli Blanc” after “Angeli”, our most prized Syrah. Left withapproximately 1% residual sugar and a hint of effervescence,this wine is the ultimate pairing for spicy food, especially whenserved well chilled.You can experience Stolpman wines at their tasting room’snew location in Los Olivos. It’s at 2434 Alamo Pintado Avenue,1/2 block east of the flagpole in the charming little red cottagewith the white picket fence. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily,until 6 p.m. on Friday. For more information, (805) 688-0400or visit www.stolpmanvineyards.com.14Pairs by Len NapolitanoHALIBUT MANGO CEVICHE• 1-1/2 pounds skinless, boneless halibut, cut into 1/2 inch cubes• 1/3 cup fresh lime juice• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice• 1/4 cup tequila• 3 jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and minced• 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped• 1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion• 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion• 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced• 1/2 bunch chopped fresh cilantro• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley• 1 teaspoon salt, or to tasteCombine cubed halibut, lime juice, lemon juice, tequila,minced jalapeno peppers and one diced mango in a non-metallic bowl.Cover and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours.After the ceviche has marinated for 1-1/2 hours, add the green pepper, sweetonion and red onion. Mix well, then recover and refrigerate another 30 minutes.Fold in the remaining diced mango, cilantro and parsley; season to taste withsalt before serving.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTTHACHER WINERYFor decades quarter horses, cattle andcowboys roamed the grassy hills of the oldKentucky Ranch. Today, Thacher Winery isfull of casual charm, reminiscent of Californiapast and present. We are a new, family-run,boutique winery located at the historicKentucky Ranch in the Adelaida Hills ofWestside, Paso Robles.The ranch was part of a 4,000 acre Spanishland grant until 1869 after which it became athriving quarter horse breeding operation.Thacher Winery sits next to the 90-year-oldbarn and the livestock brand “KR” on thebarn is a well-known landmark of old timePaso Robles. It now includes our home,winery, tasting room, vineyard, barn,outbuildings and barley fields with spectacularand ever changing vistas of vineyards,hay fields and oak trees. We also enjoy anabundance of wildlife including deer, coyotes,bobcats, turkeys and the occasional mountainlion.The Zinfandel and Petit Syrah vineyardwas planted in spring of 2007. Constructionof the tasting room and 4600-square-footwinery was completed in 2008, just in timefor our fourth harvest of about 33 tons ofpremium wine grapes. Production in ’08 wasabout 1800 cases – almost double theproduction of previous years. Through verysmall distribution outlets we are able to poursix currently released wines in the tastingroom and also by appointment at the ranch.16We are pouring ’05 and ’06 varietals thatinclude Zinfandel and Viognier from PasoRobles and Syrah from southern MontereyCounty.Our just bottled 2007 wines include threeZinfandels; one from Paso Robles, onereserve and a vineyard designate. We alsohave a Paso Robles Syrah for the first timeand our first blend of Zinfandel, Mourvedreand Grenache. This one is aptly called“Controlled Chaos.” Very appropriate whenyou have finished construction of a winery,opened a tasting room, were thrown intoyour first home crush and had a third babyall in the same few weeks! A Hastings RanchViognier is also in the ’08 lineup, and ofcourse our award- winning Coast View Vineyard,Monterey Syrah. This Syrah hasreceived gold medals in ’08 and ’09 at the SFChronicle.The rapidly growing Thacher Wine Club isintimate at the moment and is definitelysomething to jump on before the generousdiscount expires. We offer 20% off of a case ofwine per year. Our shipments are divided inhalf and we also invite club members to barreltaste by appointment with their friends andfamily. The best part of the Thacher WineClub family is the annual, member only pickup party; the first Saturday of every May wecelebrate the Kentucky Derby at the KentuckyRanch. Club members with derby hats arewelcome.After graduating from UC Davis, ShermanThacher, our winemaker, began his professionalcareer as a brewer and became anaward-winning brewmaster. Since 1994,Sherman has been making wine professionallyin the Santa Cruz Mountains and in PasoRobles. He has worked under the loose tutelageof distinguished winemakers at wineriessuch as David Bruce, Mariani and Savannah-Chanelle.We are often asked about our label thatsports a grasshopper. Very familiar to Thachergenealogy, it has been on the Thacher crestand coat of arms for five-plus centuries. Welike to think they were irreverent compared tothe macho, grand heraldic displays of yesteryears. At any rate the humble grasshopper,with his perpetual smile, now graces our label.We encourage you to plan a visit tothe beautiful Paso Robles wine country andvisit our new winery and tasting room. We’dlove to share our wines with you and showyou around. Artisanal cheeses and gourmetnibbles are also available to enjoy with someThacher wine and make for a great picnichere at the ranch. Take a walk to the vineyardor share some of your lunch with the goats.We love it here and are sure you will, too.Tasting room, located at 8355 VineyardDrive, Paso Robles, is open Friday throughSunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.For more information, call (805) 237-0087 or visit www.thacherwinery.com.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTWinemaker Profile: Vinfuzion’s Pamela Pietriby Dave WilcoxWines infused with a whisper ofMimosa flowers, or fined overgemstones, are intriguing, to say theleast.They also offer a pure expression ofthe vineyard and fruit, the wine’s spirit, ifyou will, according to Pamela Pietri, thewinemaker and owner of Vinfuzion.The infusion of her wines with botanicals,such as Mimosa flowers andAngelica, is quite subtle.“It’s just a breath, really,” said Pietri.“You’ll never pick it up on the palate.”Pietri’s knowledge of the effects ofbotanicals and gemstones stems fromher education as an acupuncturist, acareer she pursued until launchingVinfuzion.18Pietri began making wine in 2000 as ahobby while still working and living inSouthern California. A trip to Paso Roblesconvinced her to pursue winemaking asmore than a part-time passion. She readeverything she could get her hands on,said Pietri, burned the midnight oil, andreceived what she says was invaluableguidance from Marc Goldberg of WindwardVineyards and L’Aventure’s StephenAsseo.“I’m a minimalist winemaker,” saidPietri. “I work in concert with the particularexpression of that year, thatvintage...I will guide the wine into a formthat’s elegant and that’s approachable.”Part of her minimalist approachincludes the use of gemstones in thefining process. Fining is often done withsuch things as egg whites, gelatin or milk,but gemstones, said Pietri, have the sameeffect of softening tannins.For example, Vinfuzion’s Isla VI, an estategrown Viognier, is finedover Peridot gemstones. A blend of Petite Verdot and Petite Syrah isfined over Obsidian gemstones.“Being an energy healer, I didn’t want to introduce anything intomy wine that would leave a residue.”In concert with that philosophy is the maintenance of Vinfuzion’svineyard. The 18- acre Chequera Vineyard is 20 years old and isfarmed Biodynamically. Biodynamics ® is an integrated, holistic, agriculturalpractice based on the teachings of the early 20th Centuryvisionary Rudolf Steiner.Pietri explains the vineyard’s management is dictated by the astronomicalcalendar and produces fruit that better expresses “terroir.”Biodynamic farming, she said, “respects the ecosystem in itsentirety.”Much of the vineyard is devoted to Viognier, which is bottledunder the labels Isla and Archangel. Pietri’s 2006 vintage also includesa late-harvest Viognier, bottled under the label Telos VI, that is a trulydecadent indulgence.Among the 1,800 cases Vinfuzion produces is also a blend of PasoRobles Syrah with Petite Syrah from Clarksburg that is called Om VI.Pietri also makes a reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, called Amethystos,using organically grown fruit from Adelaida Ridge on Paso Robles’Westside and fined over polished Amethyst.Vinfuzion’s tasting room is at 2485 Highway 46 West – atSycamore Farms – three miles west of Highway 101. It’s open Fridaythrough Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (805) 238-0208 for moreinformation.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTNeighborhood Block Party with Hwy. 46 West WineriesCome join the Highway 46 West Wineries for their NeighborhoodBlock Party on Saturday, September 5th, at Donati Family Vineyardfrom 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.In addition to Sixteen Highway 46 West Wineries pouring theiraward-winning wines, the evening will also include Santa Maria StyleBBQ and great music from Funk 30 (www.funkthirty.com).Your $20 ticket includes wine, food, music and your 46 Westlogo tasting glass. Tickets can be purchased on the website atwww.septemberblockparty.eventbrite.com or at the door of the event.Cash and checks only, at the door.The participating wineries are: AJB Vineyards, Castoro Cellars,Croad Vineyards, Doce Robles, Donati Family Vineyard, DonatoniWinery, Eagle Castle, Fratelli Perata, Grey Wolf, Hunt Cellars, JanKrisWinery, Midnight Cellars, Peachy Canyon, Rocky Creek Cellars, RottaWinery and Windward Vineyard.Transportation to the event provided by the WineLine for $10 perperson. For reservations, call 1-888-994-6354.Paso Robles Wine Country is as unique and inviting as the peoplewho have dedicated themselves to nurturing the vineyards andcrafting fine wines. Visitors to Highway 46 West find the road lesstraveled is often marked by the thrill of discovery in this uncongestedregion. It’s an area where hospitality is first among a long list of qualities…wherebeing friends and neighbors is as important as producingstellar wines. Highway 46 West is one thread that weaves among thevineyards and wineries connecting longtime estates with exciting newproducers. Rolling hills, majestic oaks and lush vineyards await thewine lover at every turn. The tasting rooms of Highway 46 West inviteyou to explore their neighborhood, relax under the spell of thefriendly environment and savor life while sipping spectacular wines.For more information, check out the 46 West Wineries website atwww.paso46westwineries.com.West Coast Cigar Conference Setfor Sept. 18-19 in Paso RoblesCig Con West 2009 will be a premiere cigar conference/festival thatwill take place on the beautiful Central Coast of California. This dayand-a-halfevent will begin with an optional VIP dinner and auction.This will be followed by a day-long cigar festival/conference whereguests will be treated to free cigars and accessories, cigar demonstrations,educational seminars, great food, wines of the Central Coast andmore!On Friday, September 18, Cig Con West will kick off with a VIPdinner at the Robert Hall Winery. After a cigar and wine cocktail hour,guests will be treated to a four-course meal, paired with Robert Hallwines, and prepared by executive chef Jeffrey Scott. Following dinner,guests will enjoy after-dinner cigars and wines, and a live auction. Aportion of the proceeds from the auction will go to local service organizations.On Saturday, September 19, the Cig Con West main event will takeplace at the River Oaks Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees willmeet cigar manufacturers and enjoy a variety of educational seminars,cigar-rolling demonstrations, wine and food pairings, cigar samples,accessories and entertainment.The Cig Con West team is presenting this first annual cigar event toshowcase premium cigars, to promote Central Coast wines and toprovide a memorable experience for consumers, retailers and manufacturers.To purchase tickets or become a participating sponsor, contactthe Cig Con West office at (805) 474-1133 or visit the Cig Con Westwebsite at www.cigcon.com.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com19


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SAN LUIS OBISPO | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK17th Annual Taste of San Luis Set for September 9Come enjoy an evening underthe stars at the 17th Annual Tasteof San Luis in the beautifulMission Plaza in downtown SanLuis Obispo on Wednesday,September 9 at 6 p.m. This isDowntown SLO’s premieregourmet dining event that servesas a fundraiser to support thebeautification and promotion tokeep Downtown SLO healthyand viable. Enjoy deliciousepicurean fare provided by over60 local restaurants, caterers,wineries and breweries as well asbubbly offered by Laetitia Vineyard& Winery.It is Wednesday Night Fever,so turn the beat around! Discodance the night away as you eat,drink, mingle with friends andenjoy a beautiful evening in theheart of downtown SLO. Comedressed in elegant attire or yourdressiest disco outfit! Tickets are$125 each and are available individuallyor in reserved tables ofeight or ten. This event will sellout, so make sure you get yourtickets early!The following will proudly beoffering tastings: Apple Farm,Atrium Café, Baba Foods,Baileyana & Tangent wineries,Big Sky Café, Buona TavolaRistorante, Castoro Cellars,Cattaneo Bros., Cayucos Cellars,Chamisal Vineyards, ChangalaWinery, Chateau MargeneCellars, Chino’s Rock & Tacos,Ciopinot, Claiborne & ChurchillWinery, Clubhouse At This OldHouse, Corner View Restaurant& Bar, Courtyard by Marriott,Cowboy Cookie ’n’ Grub, CreeksideBrewing Company, CrystalSprings Water, Di Fronzo Vineyards,Dream Dinners FerriniSquare, Eberle Winery, EdnaValley Vineyard, Eos EstateWinery, Et Voila!, Far WesternTavern, Firestone WalkerBrewing Company, JustinWinery, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards& Winery, Kynsi Winery,Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, LidoRestaurant, Mama’s Meatball,Martin & Weyrich Winery, Mo’sSmokehouse BBQ, Mother’sTavern, Native Lounge, NovoRestaurant, Ortman Family Vineyards,Palazzo Giuseppe, PasoRobles Inn Steakhouse, PeachyCanyon Winery, PerBaccoCellars, Pozo Valley Winery,Rocky Mountain ChocolateFactory, Salisbury Vineyards,Saucelito Canyon Vineyard,Shadow Canyon Cellars, SplashCafé-Artisan Bakery, Still WatersVineyards, Tahoe Joes, TalleyVineyards, Thai Palace, TolosaWinery, Two Cooks Catering,Vina Robles Winery, VrajasKitchen, Windward Vineyard,Wolff Vineyards and WoodWinery.For more information contactBrent Vanderhoof at San LuisObispo Downtown Associationat brent@downtownslo.com or(805) 541-0286. Visit the websitewww.downtownslo.com.22www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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SANTA MARIA | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKThe Santa Maria Valley – Sensational Wines, Sizzling BarbecueSometimes it’s the unbeaten path that leads to the best discoveries, asis the case in the Santa Maria Valley, where fine wine, world-famousbarbecue and open roads make for a uniquely memorable – and flavorful– experience.Here, in northern Santa Barbara County on California’s Central Coast,more than a dozen winery tasting rooms await visitors along the SantaMaria Valley Wine Trail. The perfect conclusion to an afternoon of winetasting can be enjoyed at a number of local restaurants, several of whichspecialize in Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a 150-year-old regional culinarytradition founded on native ingredients.And if you get too stuffed, you can walk your calories off along themiles of wide-open beaches and dunes just 15 minutes west of the city ofSanta Maria.When visiting the Santa Maria Valley, you can literally feel what makesthe area so ideal for growing wine grapes – the reliable coastal breezes.Indeed, the valley boasts a rare “transverse” geography, an east-to-westorientation that channels cool ocean air directly into the valley. The resultis one of California’s longest growing seasons, which in turn ensures thedevelopment of complex, flavorful and exquisitely balanced grapes. PinotNoir, Syrah and Chardonnay are among the varietals that excel in theregion.The Santa Maria Valley’s reputation for producing remarkable winescontinues to grow. In fact, Wine Spectator magazine named two localRESOURCES FOR VISITING THE SANTA MARIA VALLEYVISITOR CENTER – Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau Visitor Center is openMonday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call or visit for complimentary wine tasting map and barbecue booklet.614 South Broadway in Santa Maria, 1-800-331-3779, info@santamaria.comSanta Maria Valley Visitor Bureau: www.santamaria.comOfficial Santa Maria Style Barbecue Blog: www.santamariavalleybbq.comSanta Maria Valley Wine Country: www.santamariavalleywinecountry.comUPCOMING EVENTSAutumn Arts Grapes & Grains Festival – October 3, 2009Celebrate local arts and harvest flavors at this street faire in downtown Santa Maria. The festivities include a fine artsshow and sale, crafting demonstrations, chalk art expose, live entertainment, and wine and beer tasting. For information,call (805) 925-0951 ext. 247.Celebration of Harvest – October 10, 2009Join the member wineries of the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association for an afternoon extravaganza of wine andfood at Ranch Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. For information, visit www.sbcountywines.com.Wine Christmas Passport Weekend – December 5-6, 2009Savor the holiday spirit as the wineries of the Santa Maria Valley serve fine wine and good cheer throughout theweekend. Please visit www.smvwines.com/WineChristmas for tickets and details.DineOut Santa Maria Style – December 5-6, 2009This restaurant event featuring special menus will be held in conjunction with Wine Christmas Passport Weekend.For details, visit www.santamaria.com or call 1-800-331-3779.wines to its most recent list of Top 100 wines of the world out of morethan 19,500 international wines tasted by the magazine in 2008. TheSanta Maria Valley wines that made the list are the 2005 Chardonnay fromByron Vineyard and the 2005 Pinot Noir from Dierberg Vineyard.“Such recognition says a lot about our wine country.” says GinaKeough, manager of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau.“It demonstrates why wine touring has become such a major visitor attractionin the valley. People are coming here to experience some of the finestwines in the world.”The Santa Maria Valley wine tasting experience also earns rave reviews.On his personal blog, Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Steve Heimoff recentlyremarked that “The Santa Maria Valley is an insider’s secret, a special placethat knowledgeable people go to” while the crowds throng elsewhere.Indeed, despite playing a starring role in the hit wine-centric movie Sideways,the Santa Maria Valley is still a relatively undiscovered wine country.Local wineries and vineyards include Tres Hermanas Vineyard andWinery, Addamo Winery, Costa de Oro Winery, Byron Vineyard &Winery, Cambria Winery & Vineyard, Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard &Winery, Foxen Vineyard, Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Riverbench Winery,Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards and Bien NacidoVineyards.24www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | SANTA MARIARancho SisquocTo help visitors find these local gems, the Santa Maria Valley Chamberof Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau offers visitors a complimentarybooklet titled Santa Maria Valley Wine Country: A Guide to LocalWineries and Restaurants, which includes profiles and contact informationfor local wineries and dining establishments. An accompanying mapreveals the layout of the Santa Maria Valley wine country. The booklet isavailable for download at www.SantaMaria.com. The Santa Maria ValleyWine Country Association also offers visitors extensive touring informationand a downloadable map at www.santamariavalleywines.com.Like wine, the 150-year-old tradition of Santa Maria Style Barbecuenever goes out of style, and now more and more “foodies” are flocking tothe area to savor this sizzling phenomenon.To serve the growing interest in Santa Maria Style Barbecue, the SantaMaria Valley Chamber of Commerce recently launched the Official SantaMaria Style Barbecue Blog at www.SantaMariaValleyBBQ.com.Local restaurants offering Santa Maria Style Barbecue dishes includethe Far Western Tavern, Hitching Post, Shaw’s Steak House, Historic SantaMaria Inn’s Garden Room Restaurant, F. McLintocks, Vintner’s Bar & Grillat the Radissson Hotel, and Portabella Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn Hoteland Suites.The origins of Santa Maria Style Barbecue date back to the mid 1800s,when local rancheros would host Spanish-style barbecues each spring fortheir vaqueros, or cowboys, as well as family and friends. Over time, theunique qualities of these homegrown cookouts became known as SantaMaria Style Barbecue.The traditional cuts of Santa Maria Style Barbecue are top-block sirloinand tri-tip, a triangular bottom sirloin cut that originated in the SantaMaria Valley. The meat is rolled in a mixture of salt, pepper and garlic saltbefore being barbecued over coals of red oak, a native local oak speciesthat contributes a smoky, hearty flavor. The classic Santa Maria StyleBarbecue menu includes fresh salsa, grilled French bread dipped in sweetmelted butter, tossed green salad and slow-cooked pinquito beans.Pinquitos are small pink beans originated in the valley.“The Santa Maria Valley’s reputation for world-class barbecue andfresh produce, along with our growing wine country, is attracting peoplewho appreciate the value of authentic regional cuisine,” Keough says.www.WineCountryThisWeek.comPhoto by Kirk Irwin25


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | SANTA BARBARA COUNTYFlamenco Arts Festival 2009 10th Anniversary CelebrationGala Performance – One night only!María Juncal in the U.S.Premiere of Tercera Llamada – Moment of EnchantmentSaturday, September 26 – Lobero Theatre – 7:30 pm – $60, $48, $38The Flamenco Arts Festival celebrates ten years of presentingworld-class flamenco music and dance on stage at the Lobero Theatreduring Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s celebration will include aspectacular presentation with award-winning Spanish dancer, MaríaJuncal, who brings her nine-member company of dancers, guitarists,and singers to Santa Barbara to present her latest production, TerceraLlamada, and who will also conduct a series of workshops for childrenand adults. The ticket to this evening includes the Lifetime AchievementAward to Mr. Juan Talavera.For tickets, call (805) 963-0761 or visit flamencoarts.org.MARÍAJUNCALPhoto byPeterBuitelaarwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com 27


VENTURA COUNTY | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEKA Visit to the 130-Year-Old Olive GroveOjai Olive Oil, Inc. is a family owned and operated business thatcame into existence 10 years ago. The Asquith Farm is located OjaiValley on the southern edge of the Los Padres National Forest. It issurrounded by dramatic natural beauty and share the land withnumerous forms of wildlife that roam the hills and mountains.On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, you’ll find thefriendly staff at the barn, ready to welcome visitors who come to tourthe Asquith Farm’s olive grove and taste their products. This openhousepolicy has been in place for more than a year, and it continuesto be a success. Clearly, people enjoy a reason to venture into farmlandand explore a working ranch. The tour begins outside with the historyof the grove, an explanation of the olive varieties, their maturingprocess, the harvesting, a visit to the tree nursery and more. Visitors askall kinds of questions, and they enjoy responding and sharing theadventure of producing premium-quality olive oils.Inside the barn, learn about production equipment and the processSee Ojai Olive Oil, next page28www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTOxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches New WebsiteTravelling to Oxnard is easier than ever with thenewly designed website, www.visitoxnard.comThe Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched thenew, improved website, which contains the latest web technology,making it easier to find information and to book a trip at ease.Among the many features, the Oxnard site allows visitors to createan itinerary while visiting the area, map attractions of interest, reviewspecial offers and make reservations directly on the site at Oxnardhotel properties.Visitors can even blog about their experiences in Oxnard and sendan e-postcard from the expanded photo gallery.Within the new website, visitors can easily find what there is tosee and do in Oxnard with the many highlighted sections. Fromoutdoor adventure, such as whale watching, to where to find thebest place to enjoy a glass of wine, the website provides a great wayto capture the essence of Oxnard and help create that vacation fullof memories.Visitors are also able to review the Calendar of Events in Oxnardand obtain downloadable maps. The new site also provides businesseswith an opportunity to advertise on the site and reach potentialcustomers.For more information, call 1-800-269-6273 or visit the newwebsite at www.visitoxnard.com.Ojai Olive Oilof making olive oil. Next, guests are invited to step into the tastingroom. This is where all of the products can be tasted free of charge. Ifso inclined, visitors can purchase products directly or place an order formailing.On occasion, visitors enjoy meeting other olive oil enthusiasts andsometimes engage in lively conversations. Picnic tables are set up underthe old trees and some visitors stay on after the tour to enjoy a snack orpicnic lunch that they have brought with them.Visits can also be arranged Monday through Friday by appointment(for individuals or groups). Sundays are reserved for the Ojai Farmers’Market. The olive grove is located at 1811 Ladera Road, Ojai. For directionsto the olive grove or questions relating to the free tours, call (805)701-3825 or send an email at info@ojaioliveoil.com.Ojai Olive Oil sells some of the freshest extra-virgin olive oils youcan find in the United States. “Our olive oils are delivered from our treesto your table!”www.WineCountryThisWeek.com29


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COASTPreferred Tasting Room:SYLVESTER WINERY30Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is a hiddengem among Paso Robles’ tasting rooms. It’slocated just four miles off of Highway 46 Easton Buena Vista Drive, making it a short tripthrough some of the scenic vineyards in theregion.Sylvester’s bright, spacious tasting roomoffers warm hospitality and hand-craftedwines to taste. Sylvester is one of the fewtasting rooms left that offers complementarywine tasting. For those looking for a specialtreat, gourmet cheese and artisan chocolatepairings are offered with their reserve winesfor a nominal fee.Sylvester has become known for theircheese pairing and even won the GoldenGrape award for “The best cheese pairing at aCalifornia winery.” Sylvester’s cheese selectiondoes not stop with the pairing, but continuesto the deli case where visitors can purchaseand sample one of the Central Coast’s bestgourmet cheese selections.The gift shop is any food lover’s paradise.As if the gourmet meats and cheeses were notenough, visitors can buy an array of delectablegoodies from all over the world, including adecadent display of artisan chocolates.Sylvester is the perfect place for your winecountry picnic. Freshly made panini sandwichesare available daily, but guests may wishto make their own picnic with the extensiveassortment of cheeses and a warm freshlybaked baguette.Sylvester has wine for any palate and anybudget. Whether you are the avid connoisseuror someone who wants to learn more aboutwine, Sylvester is the perfect stop. Sylvester isSylvester Winery Continues Summer ConcertSeries to Fund Pullman Train Restoration ProjectSeptember 5th – 3-9pmWorld Music Festival featuring Calinambe,Zongo All Stars and a special surprise headlinerCalinambe – An entrancing mix of “World Fusion” with atremendous influence from the improvisational aspects of jazzand indigenous music from all over the planetZongo All Stars – High-energy dance music blend they call“CaliCubano”known for their reasonably priced everydaywine, sold in the tasting room starting as lowas $5.99 per bottle.The true skills of the winemakers areshown in the wineries two reserve labels KiaraReserve and Le Vigne di Domenico. These twolabels are tasted daily in the tasting room. Thelimited production Le Vigne di Domenico andthe wineries blend program, NIKIARA areavailable almost exclusively through thewinery’s tasting room and wine club.The Sylvester experience would not becomplete without a visit to the winery’sPullman train cars, including two 1947sleeper cars and a 1952 Observation Car.These lovely ladies of the rail have restedamongst the vines since before the buildingwas completed in 1995. They are currently alloriginal interiors from the combination drinkholder/ashtrays to the Tiffany stained glass.These rare beauties are open to the publicdaily and are available for picnics and privategroups. They are a perfect nostalgic journeyfor designated drivers or kids who are alongfor the ride.Sylvester Vineyards & Winery is located at5115 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles, justfour miles off of Highway 46 East.www.WineCountryThisWeek.com


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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK: CENTRAL COAST« Especially recommended by Wine Country This WeekWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESDover Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su4520 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0101 11-5 X XDunning Vineyards Estate Winery – Paso Robles1953 Niderer Rd; 805-238-4763 Th-Mo 11-5 X XEagle Castle Winery – Paso Robles Daily3090 Anderson Rd; 805-227-1428 10:30-5:30 X X X« Eberle Winery – Paso Robles Daily3810 Hwy 46 E; 805-238-9607 10-6 X X X« Edward Sellers – Paso Robles Th-Mo1220 Park St; 805-239-8915 12-7 X XEos Estate – Paso RoblesDaily5625 Hwy 46 East; 805-239-2562 10-5 X X XFalcon Nest Winery – Paso Robles Daily5185 Union Rd; 805-226-0227 10-7:30 X XFS Cellars – Paso RoblesTh-Mo1337 Vendels Circle; 805-226-8989 11-6 X X« Firestone Vineyard – Paso Robles By2300 Airport Rd; 805-591-8050 Daily 10-5 Appt X XFive Rivers Winery – Paso Robles By8998 North River Rd; 805-467-0192 ApptFour Vines Winery – Templeton Daily3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0055 11-5 X XFralich Vineyard & Winery – Templeton By ApptPrivate tastings at Paso Robles Wine Services; 805-434-1526Fratelli Perata – Paso RoblesBy1595 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2809 ApptGelfand Vineyards – Paso Robles By5530 Dresser Ranch Place; 805-239-5808 ApptGrey Wolf Cellars – Paso Robles Daily2174 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0771 11-5:30 X X« Halter Ranch Vnyd– Paso Robles Th-Mo8910 Adelaida Rd; 805-226-9455 11-5 X XHansen Vineyard – Templeton Daily5575 El Pomar Dr; 805-239-8412 10-5:30 X XHarmony Cellars– HarmonyDaily3255 Harmony Valley Rd; 805-927-1625 10-5 X X« Hearthstone – Paso Robles Opening5070 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-2544 May 1 X XHice Cellars – Paso RoblesTh-Mo821 Pine St Unit D; 805-237-8888 12-5 X XHug Cellars – Paso RoblesTh-Mo2323 Tuley Ct Ste. 120 D; 805-226- 8022 11-5 X X X« Hunt Cellars – Paso Robles Daily2875 Oakdale Rd; 805-237-1600 10:30-5:30 X X« J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – Paso Robles Daily6169 Airport Rd; 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 Fr-Su 11-4:305265 Jack Creek Rd; 805-226-8283 By Appt X X« Jada Winery – Paso Robles Fr-Su5620 Vineyard Dr; 805-226-4200 10-5 X X X32JanKris Winery – TempletonDaily1266 Bethel Rd; 805-434-0319 11-5 X X X« Judd Family Wines – San Miguel Fr-Mo2850 Ranchita Canyon; 805-467-2891 11-6 X XJustin Winery – Paso RoblesDaily11680 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-238-6932 10-5 X X XKukkula – TempletonBy9525 Chimney Rock Rd; 805-434-5475 ApptL’Aventure Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su 11-42815 Live Oak Rd; 805-227-1588 or By Appt X XLe Cuvier – Paso RoblesBy Appt,9750 Adelaida Rd; 805-238-5706 Wine Club OnlyLinne Calodo – Paso RoblesFr-Su3030 Vineyard Dr; 805-227-0797 11-5 X XLion’s Peak – CambriaTh-Mo4044 Burton Ave; 805-927-1450 11-6 X X« Locatelli Winery – San Miguel Fr-Su8585 Cross Canyons Rd; 805-467-0067 11-4 X XLone Madrone – Paso Robles Daily2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0845 10:30-5 X XMadison Cellars – Paso RoblesBy4540 Hwy 41; 805-238-9831 Appt X XMaloy O’Neill – Paso Robles Fr-Sa 10-5; Su 12-55725 Union Rd; 805-238-7320 Or By Appt X XMartin & Weyrich – Paso Robles Su-Th 10-52610 Buena Vista Dr; 805-238-2520 Fr-Sa 10-6 X XMcClean Vineyards – Templeton By4491 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-237-2441 ApptMeridian Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily7000 Hwy 46 E; 805-226-7133 10-5 X XMidnight Cellars – Paso Robles Daily2925 Anderson Rd; 805-239-8904 10-5:30 X XMinassian-Young – Paso Robles Fr-Su4045 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7571 11-5 X XMoonstone Cellars – CambriaTh-Mo801 Main St, Suite C; 805-927-9466 11-5 X XNadeauFamilyVintners – Paso Robles Fr-Su3860 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-239-3574 12-5 X XNorman Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily7450 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0138 11-5 X X« Opolo Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily7110 Vineyard Dr; 805-238-9593 10-5 X X« Orchid Hill Vineyard – Paso Robles Mo-Sa 11-71140 Pine St; 805-237-7525 Su 11-4 X XOrtman Family Vnyds – Paso Robles Daily 12-51317 Park Street; 805-237-9009 Fr-Sat 12-7 X XParkfield Vineyards – San Miguel By70502 Vineyard Canyon Rd; 805-463-2316 Appt X XPeachy Canyon Winery – Paso Robles Daily1480 N. Bethel Rd; 805-239-1918 11-5 X XPeachy Canyon Winery Too – Paso Robles2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr; 805-237-7848 Fr-Su 11-5 X XPear Valley – Paso RoblesDaily4900 Union Road; 805 237-2861 11-5 X XPenman Springs – Paso Robles1985 Penman Springs Dr; 805-237-7959 Fr-Su 11-5 X X« Pianetta – Paso Robles Su-Mo-Th: 12-6pm829 13th St; 805-226-4005 Fr-Sa 11-7 X X XPipestone – Paso RoblesTh-Mo2040 Niderer Rd; 805-227-6385 11-5 X XPoalillo Vineyards – Paso Robles By18888 Willow Creek Rd; 805-238-0600 ApptPomar Junction – TempletonFr-Su5036 S. El Pomar Dr; 805-238-9940 11-5 X XPretty-Smith – San MiguelFr-Su13350 River Rd; 805-467-3104 10-5 X XRabbit Ridge – Paso RoblesWe-Su1172 San Marcos Rd; 805-467-3331 11-5 X XRed Soles – Paso Robles Mo-Sa 11-53230 Oakdale Rd; 805-226-9898 Su 12-5 X XRio Seco – Paso RoblesDaily4295 Union Rd; 805-237-8884 11-5 X XRiverStar Vineyards – Cayucos Fr-Su36 N Ocean Ave; 805-995-3741 11-4 X XRN Estate Winery – Paso Robles By7986 North River Rd; 805-467-3106 Appt« Robert Hall – Paso Robles Daily3443 Mill Rd; 805-239-1616 10-6 X X XRotta Winery – Paso RoblesDaily3750 Hwy 46 West; 805-237-0510 11-5 X XRocky Creek Cellars – Templeton Daily8687 Apple Rd; 805-238-1919 10:30-5 X X« San Marcos Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles7750 North Hwy; 805-467-9260 Daily 11-5 X XScott Aaron – TempletonSa-Su422 South Main; 888-611-9463 11-5 X X« Sculpterra – Paso Robles Fr-Su 10-55015 Linne Road, 888-302-8881 or By Appt X X« Silver Horse – San Miguel Fr-Mo2995 Pleasant Rd; 805-467-WINE 11-5 X XSilver Stone – Paso Robles Mo-Th 12-7827 13th St; 805-226-2788 Fr-Sa 12-8 Su 11-4 X XSkyhawk Lane – San MiguelBy1605 Commerce Way; 213-200-4661 ApptStacked Stone Cellars – Paso Robles Fr 12-51525 Peachy Canyon Rd; 805-238-7872 Sa-Su 11-5 X XStephen’s Cellar – TempletonBy7575 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-2412 Appt X XStill Waters Vineyards – Paso Robles Th-Mo2750 Old Grove Ln; 805-237-9231 11-5 X XSummerwood – Paso RoblesDaily2175 Arbor Rd; 805-227-1365 10-5:30 X X« Sylvester Vineyards – Paso Robles Daily5115 Buena Vista Dr; 805-227-4000 11-5 X X XTablas Creek – Paso RoblesDaily9339 Adelaida Rd; 805-237-1231 10-5 X X Xwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGSWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESTerry Hoage – Paso RoblesBy870 Arbor Rd; 805-238-2083 Appt« Thacher Winery – Paso Robles Opening in8355 Vineyard Dr; 805-237-0087 June '08 X XThunderbolt Junction – Paso Robles Fr-Su2740 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 XTurley Wine Cellars – Templeton Daily2900 Vineyard Dr; 805-434-1030 9-5 X XVenteux Vineyards – Templeton Fr-Su1795 Las Tablas Rd; 805-369-0127 10-5 X XVictor Hugo Winery – Templeton By2850 El Pomar Dr; 805-434-1128 Appt X X« Vihuela Winery – Paso Robles Th-Sa 11-81307 Park St; 805 835-4304 Su & Mo 11-4 X XVillicana Winery – Paso Robles Th-Su2725 Adelaida Rd; 805-239-9456 11-5 X X« Vina Robles – Paso Robles Daily3700 Mill Rd; 805-227-4812 10-5 X X« VinFuzion – Paso Robles We-Su2485 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0208 11-5:30 X XVista Del Rey – Paso Robles Su 11-57340 Drake Rd; 805-467-2138 By Appt X XWhalebone Winery – Paso Robles Daily8325 Vineyard Dr; 805-239-9020 11-5 X XWild Coyote Winery – Paso Robles Daily3775 Adelaida Rd; 805-610-1311 11-5 X X« Wild Horse Winery – Templeton Daily1484 Wild Horse Winery Ct; 805-434-2541 11-5 X XWindward Vineyard – Paso Robles Daily138 Live Oak Rd; 805-239-2565 11-5 X XYork Mountain – TempletonDaily7505 York Mountain Rd; 805-238-3925 11-5 X XZenaida Cellars – Paso Robles Daily1550 Hwy 46 West; 805-227-0382 11-5 X X XZinAlley – TempletonFr-Su3730 Hwy 46 West; 805-238-0959 11-5 X XS A N T AM A R G A R I T AAncient Peaks – Santa Margarita We-Su22720 El Camino Real; 805-365-7045 10-5 X X« Pozo Valley – Santa Margarita Fr-Su2200 El Camino Real; 805-286-7172 12-6 X XS A N L U I S O B I S P OAlapay Cellars – Avila BeachDaily415 First St; 805-595-2632 10:30-6 X XAron Hill Vineyards – Morro Bay Th-Su845 Embarcadero Rd, Suite F; 805-610-5751 12-5 X XBaileyana Vineyard – 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 X« Bishop’s Peak – Arroyo Grande Daily3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10:30-4:30 X XCerro Caliente – San Luis Obispo Fr-Su831 A Via Esteban; 805-544-2842 11-5 X X« Claiborne & Churchill – San Luis Obispo Daily2649 Carpenter Canyon Rd; 805-544-4066 11-5 X XChamisal/Domaine Alfred – San Luis Obispo Daily7525 Orcutt Rd; 805-541-9463 10-5 X XEdna Valley Vnyd – San Luis Obispo Daily2585 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-544-5855 10-5 X X« Kelsey See Canyon – San Luis Obispo1947 See Canyon Rd; 805-595-9700 Daily 11-5:30 X X XKynsi Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo2212 Corbett Canyon Rd; 805-544-8461 11-5 X X« Laetitia Vineyard – Arroyo Grande Daily453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr; 805-481-1772 11-5 X XMorovino – Avila BeachTh-Mo550 1st St; 805-627-1443 12-5 X X« Per Bacco Cellars – San Luis Obispo Daily1850 Calle Joaquin Rd; 805-787-0485 11-5 X X XPiedra Creek Winery – San Luis Obispo6425 Mira Cielo Dr; 805-541-1281 By Apptwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com33


WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK« Especially recommended by Wine Country This WeekWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALES« Pismo Beach Winery – Pismo Beach Daily271 B Five Cities; 805-773-WINE 12-5 X X XRancho Arroyo Grande – Arroyo Grande591 Hi Mountain Rd; 805-474-0220 1st Saturday of the month 11-5Salisbury Vineyards – Avila Valley Daily6985 Ontario Rd; 805-595-WINE 11-6 X XSaucelito Canyon – San Luis Obispo Daily3080 Biddle Ranch Rd; 805-543-2111 10-5 X XSextant Wines – San Luis Obispo Daily3536 S. Higuera St; 866-833-WINE 11-5 X XShadow Canyon Cellars – San Luis Obispo956 Monterey Street; 805-781-0862 Th-Su 12-7 X XStephen Ross Wine Cellars – San Luis Obispo Sa-Su 11-5 By Apt178 Suburban Rd; 805-594-1318 X X XTangent Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily5828 Orcutt Rd; 805-269-8200 11-5 X X« Talley Vineyards – Arroyo Grande Daily3031 Lopez Dr; 805-489-0446 10:30-4:30 X XTaste – San Luis Obispo Mo-Sa 11-91003 Osos St; 805-269-TASTE Su 11-5 X X« Tolosa Winery – San Luis Obispo Daily4910 Edna Rd; 805-782-0500 11-5 X X« Wood Winery – Arroyo Grande Th-Mo 11-5136 Bridge St; 805-489-9663 Fri ’til 7 X XWolff Vineyards – San Luis Obispo Daily6238 Orcutt Rd; 805-781-0448 11-5 X X XS A N T A M A R I A / F O X E N C A N Y O NAddamo Estate Vineyards – Orcutt Tu-Su400 East Clark Ave; 805-937-6400 11-7 X XBedford Thompson – Los Alamos Daily448 Bell St; 805-344-2107 11-5 X XByron Vineyard – Santa MariaBy5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 ApptCambria Winery – Santa Maria Daily5475 Chardonnay Lane; 888-339-9463 10-5 X XChimere – Santa MariaBy217 North Russell; 805-310-1148 Appt« Costa de Oro – Santa Maria Daily1331 S. Nicholson Ave; 805-922-1468 11-6 X XCottonwood Canyon – Santa Maria Daily3940 Dominion Rd; 805-937-VINE 10-5:30 X X XCurtis Winery – Los OlivosDaily5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X XFess Parker – Los OlivosDaily6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X« Firestone Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X XFoxen Vineyard – Santa Maria Daily7200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-4251 11-4 X XIO Vineyards – Santa MariaBy5250 Tepusquet Rd; 805-934-4770 Appt« Kenneth Volk Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily5230 Tepusquet Rd; 805-938-7896 10:30-4:30 X X X34Koehler – 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 XMcKeon-Philips – Santa MariaDaily2115 S Blosser Rd; 805-928-3025 11-6 X XOvene Winery – Santa Maria (Tasting Room: See Solvang)2717 Aviation Way; 714-420-2525 By Appt X XRancho Sisquoc Winery – Santa Maria Daily6600 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-934-4332 10-4 X XRiverbench Vineyards – Santa Maria Daily6020 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-937-8340 10-4 X X XTantara Vineyard – Santa Maria By4747 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 OlivosDaily2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 11-6 X XArthur Earl – Los OlivosDaily2922 Grand Ave; 805-693-1771 11-6 X XBeckmen Vineyards – Los Olivos Daily2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-8664 11-5 X XBernat – at Los Olivos CaféDaily2879 Grand Ave; 805-688-7265 11-9 X XThe Brander Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily2401 Refugio Rd; 805- 688-2455 11-4 X XBrophy Clark Cellars – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room2905 Grand Ave; 805-929-4830 Daily 11-6 X XCarhartt Vineyard – Los Olivos Th-Mo 11-52990A Grand Ave; 805-688-0685 (Closed Tu-We) X X« Carina Cellars – Los Olivos Daily2900-A Grand Ave; 805-688-2459 11-5 X XConsilience – Los OlivosDaily2933 Grand Ave; 805-691-1020 11-5 X XCoquelicot – Los OlivosDaily2884 Grand Ave; 805-688-1500 11-5 X XCurtis Winery – Los OlivosDaily5249 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-686-8999 10-5 X XDaniel Gehrs Winery – Los Olivos Daily2939 Grand Ave; 800-275-8138 11-5 X XDierberg Estate Vineyard – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XEpiphany Cellars – Los Olivos Th-Mo2963 Grand Ave; 866-354-9463 11:30- 5:30 X XJohn Kerr Wines – at Los Olivos Wine Tasting Room2905 Grand Ave; 805-688-7406 Daily 11-5:30 X XFess Parker – Los OlivosDaily6200 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-1545 10-5 X X« Firestone Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily5000 Zaca Station Rd; 805-688-3940 10-5 X X XFlying Goat Cellars – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XGreat Oaks Ranch – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XJ Wilkes Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XKoehler – Los OlivosDaily5360 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-693-8384 10-5 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 XOak Savanna – at Andrew Murray Tasting Room in Los Olivos2901 Grand Ave; 805-693-9644 Daily 11-6 X XQupé Wine – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-968-9699 Daily 11-5 X X« Silver Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-963-3052 Daily 11-5 X XScott Cellars – Los OlivosTh-Mo2933 San Marcos Ave, Ste 101; 805-570-0048 12-5 X XStar Lane – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X X« Stolpman Vineyard – Los Olivos Daily2434 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-688-0400 11-4 X XThree Saints – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XTre Anelli – Los OlivosDaily2923 Grand Ave; 805-686-3000 11-5 X XVandale – at The Ballard Inn in Ballard Fr-Su2436 Baseline Ave; 805-688-7770 12-5:30 X XVerdad Wines – at Wine Country in Los Olivos2445 Alamo Pintado Ave; 805-686-9699 Daily 11-5 X XWild Heart Winery – Los Olivos Daily2933-C Grand Ave; 805-688-7386 11-5 X XZaca Mesa – Los OlivosDaily6905 Foxen Canyon Rd; 805-688-9339 10-4 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 – LompocBy805-736-9957 Appt X XBabcock Winery – LompocDaily5175 E. Hwy 246; 805-736-1455 10:30-4 X XCasa Cassara – BuelltonWe-Mo291 Valley St; 805-686-5159 11-5 X XClos Pepe – LompocBy4777 East Hwy 246; 805-735-2196 ApptDierberg Estate/Star Lane/Three Saints – Lompoc1280 Drum Canyon Rd; 866-652-8430 Daily 11-5 X XFiddlehead Cellars – at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto1597 E. Chestnut Ave; 530-756-4550 Th-Sa 11-4 X XFoley Estates – LompocDaily6121 East Hwy 246; 805-737-6222 10-5 X XHarrison-Clarke – LompocBy805-686-0850 Apptwww.WineCountryThisWeek.com


WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | CENTRAL COASTWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESWINERY - LOCATIONHOURSTOURSTASTINGSALESHitching Post Wines – at Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton406 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0676 Daily from 4pm X XHuber Vineyards – LompocBy4892 Hapgood Rd; 805-736-3854 ApptKen Brown Wines – BuelltonBy70 Industrial Way; 805-448-3791 ApptLafond Vineyard – BuelltonDaily6855 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-7921 10-5 X XMelville Vineyard – LompocDaily5185 East Hwy 246; 805-735-7030 11-4 X XMosby Winery – BuelltonDaily9496 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-688-2415 10-4 X XPalmina – LompocTh-Sa1520 East Chestnut Ct; 805-735-2030 11-4 X XSanford Winery – LompocDaily5010 Santa Rosa Rd; 805-735-5900 11-4 X XSort This Out Cellars – Buellton Daily593 Avenue of the Flags; 805-688-1717 10-5:30 X XS O L V A N GBadge Wines – at Trio Tastings, Solvang1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X XBlackjack Ranch – Solvang Daily 11-52205 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-455-1412 Closed Wed X XBlair Fox Cellars – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 Daily 11-8 X XCabana Cellars/Wandering Dog Wine Bar – Solvang1539 Mission Dr; 805-686-9126 We-Mo 11-8ish X XCasa Cassara – at Olive House in Solvang1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X XCurran Wines – at Trio Tastings, Solvang1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X XD’Alfonso – Solvang Th-Su 11-51557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 or By Appt X XDiBruno – at Trio Tastings, Solvang1557 Mission Dr; 805 688-3494 Th-Su 11-5 or By Appt X XEast Valley – at Cabana Tasting Room in Solvang1661 Mission Dr; 805-686-5159 Daily 11-5 X XHoneywood/Olde Mission Wine Co.Tasting room for Honeywood, Michael Grace and Ovene Winery1539 Mission Dr, #A & B, Solvang Su-Th 9:30-5:30805-686-9323 Fr-Sa 9:30-6:30 X XJorian Hill – SolvangBy1051 Croft Lane; 805-686-8490 ApptLincourt Winery – SolvangDaily1711 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-8554 10-5 X XLions Peak Vineyards – Solvang Fr-Mo1659 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-5466 11-5 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 XMichael Grace – at Old Mission Wine Company in Solvang1539 Mission; 805-686-9323 Daily 9:30-5:30 X XOvene Winery – at Old Mission Tasting Company in Solvang1539 Mission; 714-420-2525 Daily 9:30-5:30 X Xwww.WineCountryThisWeek.comPresidio Vineyard – SolvangDaily1603 Copenhagen Dr, 805-693-8585 11-6 X XRideau Vineyard – SolvangDaily1562 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-0717 11-4 X XRoyal Oaks – SolvangDaily1651 Copenhagen Dr; 805-693-1740 10-5:30 X XRusack Vineyard – SolvangDaily1819 Ballard Canyon Rd; 805-688-1278 11-5 X XShoestring Winery – Solvang Fr-Su800 East Hwy 246; 800-693-8612 11-4 X XUncorked/Monsoon Cellars Fr-Sa 12-9pm467 Alisal Rd Ste 2; 805-693-8000; Solvang Su 12-6 X XS A N T AY N E ZArtiste – Santa YnezDaily3569 Sagunto St; 805-686-2626 11-5 X XAu Bon Climat – at Wine Cellar Tasting Room in Santa Ynez3631 Sagunto St; 805-688-8688 Daily 11-6 X XBridlewood Estate – Santa Ynez Daily3555 Roblar Ave; 805-688-9000 10-5 X XButtonwood Farm – Santa Ynez Daily1500 Alamo Pintado Rd; 805-688-3032 11-5 X XGainey Vineyard – Santa Ynez Daily3950 East Hwy 246; 805-688-0558 10-5 X XKalyra Winery – Santa Ynez Mo-Fr 11-5343 North Refugio Rd; 805-693-8864 Sa-Su 10-5 X XRoblar Winery – Santa YnezDaily3010 Roblar Ave; 805-686-2603 10-5 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 Daily414 N. Salsipuedes St; 805-965-7985 11-5 X XRICO SUAVE3031 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande805-489-0446www.talleyvineyards.comHours: 10:30am – 4:30pm dailyCoastal Winery – Santa Barbara 11-7 WeekdaysEnd of State St; 805-962-2100 11-8 Fri-Sun X XCoquelicot – at Intermezzo in Santa Barbara813 Anacapa St; 805-996-9463 Sa-Su 11-3 X XJaffurs – Santa BarbaraFr-Su819 East Montectio St; 805-962-7003 11-5 X XGiessinger – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7:30212 State St; 805-695-8606 Sa 11-8 Su 11-7 X XKalyra Winery – Santa Barbara Mo-Fr 12-7212 State St; 805-695-8606 Sa-Su 12-8 X XSanta Barbara Winery – Santa Barbara Daily202 Anacapa St; 805-963-3633 10 - 5 X XSummerland – Summerland Tu-Th 11-52330 Lillie Ave; 805-565-WINE Fr-Su 11-7 X XOreana Winery – (formally Cellar 205) Santa Barbara205 Anacapa St; 805-962-5857 Daily 11-5 X XWhitcraft Winery – Santa Barbara Fr-Su36A S. Calle Cesar Chavez; 805-730-1680 12-4 X XV E N T U R AC O U N T YBella Victorian Vineyard – Camarillo Fr-Su2135 E. Ventura Blvd; 805-383-8800 12-6 X XCamarillo Custom Crush – Camarillo300 S. 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 XBreed: I adopted Talley Vineyards as my homeabout 2-1/2 years ago. When I first showed upI went by Scruffy but I cleaned up (and filled out)so nicely that I now go by Rico Suave. I might bea Russian Blue breed, but that’s my secret …I’m a kitty of mystery.Favorite Past times: Bringing gifts for tastingroom staff (parts & pieces mostly), sneaking intothe tasting room, chasing small dogs, hiding frombig dogs, long naps on the front porchQuotes: “Time for Breakfast”,“Time for Cheese”, “Work with me, people!”Favorite Things: Cuddly soft sweatshirt display,belly rubs, patrolling the winery grounds andvegetable fields, showing off for visitors, beingthe official greeter at the tasting roomIf you see me… I expect you to share your picniclunch (never mind that I have 4 teeth), don’t beafraid to pet me, I’ll always be ready for my closeup.35

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