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SERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO & SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

SERVING SAN LUIS OBISPO & SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES AUGUST 2012 YO U R G U ID
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los angeles
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3hrs 33min
santa ana
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4hrs 11min
san Diego
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5hrs 41min
Getting to Santa Barbara
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1hrs 41min
Paso robles
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2hrs 15min
santa ana
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2hrs 20min
san Diego
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monterey
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santa ana
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1hrs 52min
Paso robles
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2hrs 30min
san Diego
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3hrs 22min
monterey
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| PASO ROBLES WINERIES MAP Downtown Paso robles Wineries, 24 Pleasant valley Wineries, 21 West side Wineries: mondo Cellars, 27

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Transcendence, 31 santa maria Wineries, 33 los olivos Wineries:

alta maria vineyards, 34-35 solvang Wineries:

sort This out Cellars, 36-37 santa Barbara Wineries:

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ON THE COVER:

LAETITIA WINERY one of California’s most beloved producers of bubbles

NINER WINE ESTATES Welcoming guests with summer events

ON THE COVER CORNER:

SLO WINE & GRILL AFFAIR Celebration features local wineries and grilled sensations

PREFERRED TASTING ROOM:

HUNT CELLARS Producing several award-winning wines rated with incredibly high scores

WINEMAKER PROFILE:

CLAY BROCK & CHRISSY WITTMANN Wild Horse Winery

WINEMAKER PROFILE: KEVIN SASS Halter ranch Winery

THE ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE GRILL mouth-watering grill menu, full-service saloon and satellite horse racing

REGULARS

CALENDAR OF EVENTS saN lUis oBisPo CoUNTY, 39 arroyo Grande, 39 avila Beach, 39 Cayucos, Cambria & morro Bay, 39 Paso robles, 39-41 san luis obispo, 41 saNTa BarBara CoUNTY, 41 lompoc/Buellton, 41 los olivos/Foxen Canyon, 42 santa Barbara, 42 santa maria, 42 santa Ynez, 42 solvang, 42 veNTUra CoUNTY, 42

WINERY LISTINGS Paso robles, 43 san luis obispo, 45 santa maria/Foxen Canyon, 45 los olivos, 46 lompoc/Buellton, 46 solvang, 47 santa Barbara, 47 ventura County, 47

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LAETITIA WINERY

One of California’s most beloved producers of bubbles

BY BreTTe aNN WomaCk

Laetitia Winery is home to one of the Central Coast’s most popular wine tasting destinations; and is equally known for its first-class estate vineyards. While most wine grapes in the Arroyo Grande Valley of the Central Coast are harvested in the fall; Laetitia Winery begins picking select Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from their vineyards this month. These grapes are picked early to ensure lower brix, or sugar level and higher acidity which is ideal for California sparkling wine made in the méthode champenoise. Immediately after the grapes are harvested, they are pressed and fermented just like a still wine. Laetitia uses a unique European style wooden basket press called a Coquard. When the wine has aged and blended to the winemaker’s preference, sugar and yeast is added to start another fermentation, and the wine is bottled. The yeast eat the added sugar and produce the lovely little bubbles for which Laetitia’s sparkling is so well known. After the yeast die, the wine continues to age in the bottle and the yeast sediment slowly adds richness and complexity to the wine. After aging, the wine is riddled, or turned slightly and slowly, over time to move the yeast to the neck of the bottle. Once all the yeast has settled in the neck of the bottle, the neck is frozen and the yeast is removed – this practice is known as disgorging. To fill the space which is left by the removed yeast a dosage is inserted. This often also adds a hint of sweetness to the wine. Laetitia’s typical dosage is 12ml at 75% sugar which translates into 1.2% residual sugar in the bottle. The cork is inserted and topped with a cage for protection, and after a few months (or years depending on the bottle) the wine is ready to drink! While all sparkling wine made outside of the area cannot be called

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Champagne, the traditional method of achieving fine bubbles in the wine can be practiced in viticultural regions around the world. The process is tedious and difficult but other methods of making sparkling wine cannot produce the same flavor profile and quality as with méthode champenoise. Laetitia has been producing their sparkling wine in this method since its inception by Maison Deutz in 1982 and today, the winery remains one of California’s most beloved producers of bubbles. Current offerings include the 2009 Brut de Blancs which is made solely from white grapes and offers bright, crisp flavors. A Central Coast favorite, the 2007 Brut Rosé, made with both red and white grapes, has a beautiful salmon color and elegant floral notes. Cuvée M was developed at the turn of the century to showcase Laetitia’s reserve sparkling wine. The 2007 vintage is creamy and rich with extra fine bubbles and hints of apple pie. Laetitia Winery welcomes guests to learn more about making their famous sparkling wine on August 25th (check with Laetitia to confirm, nature is not always cooperative during harvest!) with a demonstration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to get dirty by stomping grapes in the Coquard presses. Afterward, participants, and all others that would like to join, are welcome to bring a picnic, grab a bottle of sparkling and enjoy live music from 1 to 4 p.m. Laetitia’s tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and serves samples of their selection of sparklers, along with their delicious still wines. For more information, visit the website at www.LaetitiaWine.com.

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BY BreTTe aNN WomaCk

Summer is an exciting time at Niner Wine Estates. The plant life in front of the hospitality center – including the white meidiland roses, olive trees and fragrant provence lavender – are all in full bloom; as is the beautiful surrounding Heart Hill Vineyard. The flora must have gotten word that Niner Wine Estates is planning on welcoming guests throughout the next several weeks during their summer events. “Live and Local Saturday” is held on select Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and features a different local musician. Guests are able to enjoy the spacious and well-appointed outdoor patio space, which overlooks the demonstration winery and Heart Hill Vineyard, while sipping on Niner Wine Estates wine and enjoying the live music. Upcoming musicians include Jordan Traub, Vance Fahie and Matt Clark. Wines are available to purchase by the glass during these events. Summer in Paso Robles is often represented by the bounty of fresh local produce which residents are blessed to enjoy. Niner Wine Estates is celebrating by hosting a Farm to Fork style Cooking Class with Thomas Hill Organics on August 25th. Guests will meet at the Hospitality Center at 9 a.m. and hop on the “Niner Bus” to trek over to Thomas Hill’s organic farm for a tour with owners, Debbie and Joe Thomas. After gathering plenty of produce, guests head back to the Niner Wine Estates’ kitchen for a hands-on cooking class with Thomas Hill Organic’s Executive Chef, Julie Simon. They will learn to prepare an elegant luncheon featuring the farm fresh ingredients, including stone fruits and heirloom tomatoes. When developing the Hospitality Center several years ago, Pam and Dick Niner knew that they would include a state-of-the-art, restaurant grade, demonstration kitchen in the plans. The Niners, having traveled around the world, are enamored by the relationship between wine and food, which seems to be universal, and wanted to share their experience with residents and visitors of Paso Robles. James Beard award-nominee and semi-finalist, Chef Jeff Drew, is Niner Wine Estates’ guest chef for the Harvest Wine Dinner on Friday, October 19th. Currently, Jeff is the Executive Chef at Snake River Grill in Jackson Hole, WY. Jeff graduated from the Culinary Institute of America before developing his Southwestern cuisine all over the country. In 2010, he was nominated for “Best Chef: Northwest” at the James Beard Awards. Jeff has been featured on television and in national publications such as The Food Network and The New York Times. The menu sounds truly delectable featuring dishes such as grapevine smoked Idaho trout and buffalo carpaccio. Each of the six courses is paired with a Niner Wine Estates wine. Join the Niners and winemaker, Amanda Cramer in savoring this one of a kind feast. For more information about Niner Wine Estates’ summer events and to make reservations, visit www.ninerwine.com.

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Judged Wine And Grill Pairings Return!

Fifth Year of Celebration Features Local Wineries and Grilled Sensations

Join Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) for a day of grill and grape mastery on the historic Filipponi Ranch, Saturday, August 11th from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1850 Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo. Celebrating the fifth year of this lively competition, the SLO Wine and Grill Affair promises to be fun for all. Filipponi Ranch Cellars, Clesi Wines, Salisbury Vineyards, Tolosa Winery, Cal Poly Wines and other local San Luis Obispo County wineries will create delectable bites of signature grilled dishes paired with their own, select wines. Central Coast Brewing will have their beer truck on site as well. Attendees will treated to live music by The Mother Corn Shuckers; native plants and gardening items from Growing Grounds Downtown; and gourmet samples from local vendors including Bella Pops, The California Bee Company, Chaparral Gardens and Tiber Canyon Ranch. Attendees will also have the option to purchase bottles of their favorite wine at the event store. Parking is free. A shuttle will be available. A panel of local celebrity judges will be on hand to pick the best food and wine pairing including Katy Budge, food writer for The Tribune; Kathy Hardesty, food and wine columnist for New Times; Teri Bayus, food and film critic for Tolosa Press and Michael Gunther, founder/managing partner of Collaboration, LLC. Proceeds from this event support mental health in our community through the work of Transitions-Mental Health Association. TMHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach more than 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For more than 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones.

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SFMOMA-Associated Artist Exhibit at PierceModern Gallery

PierceModern Gallery introduced Mark Bowles to the Central Coast last year making his work part of the permanent collection of the gallery. In that short time, Bowles has been admitted to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – Artists Gallery, has been scheduled for has an upcoming editorial in South West Art Magazine, and has had a room- filling triptych installed at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. In addition, Bowles’ work was selected by Central Coast Wine Classic organizer, Archie McLaren to be one of the donating artists at the 2012 Central Coast Wine Classic event. PierceModern is excited and honored to be hosting an exhibit of the work of Mark Bowles. The exhibit runs through August 31, 2012. Mark Bowles is a native Californian artist whose large-scale canvases capture both a sense and scene of the western landscape. He has been working as a painter for thirty years and studied at the California College of Arts (and Crafts) in Oakland and the Institudio Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Bowles’ work is shown extensively throughout the West, with two US Embassy exhibitions in Kathmandu, 2010 and Mexico City, 2009. His work is represented

2010 and Mexico City, 2009. His work is represented in numerous private collections and publically in

in numerous private collections and publically in the Denver Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum. Bowles’ landscapes are individual statements that have emerged with individuality from a rich tradition of California landscape painting. Through painterliness and gestural force, Bowles renders large-scale landscapes balanced on the verge of abstraction. Energized fields of rich color, integrated with selective washes and drips define his work. Based on western locales (the broad plains of the California Central Valley is a favored subject matter), Mark Bowles’ paintings are a personal tribute to the vast American scene, powered by his focused output and artistic drive over a forty year career. Gallery hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday as well as by appointment. PierceModern is located on Gallery Row, 617 12th Street, Paso Robles, skirting the City Park and a half block from the historic Paso Robles Inn. PierceModern Gallery represents 25+ artists and has a permanent, as well as, an ever-changing assortment of contemporary fine art, sculpture, glass, mixed media, furniture and jewelry.

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HUNT CELLARS

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As most winemakers will tell you, quality wine is made in the vineyard. Hunt Cellars, known for producing “memorable wines” with high acclaim, harvests grapes from the Hunt Family’s estate vineyard in Paso Robles off of Highway 41. The vineyard is located on 550 acres with elevations ranging from 1550 to 2200 feet and with multiple unique microclimates and soil types. The Hunt Family named the property, Destiny Vineyard, in honor of their daughter. To taste wines from this expansive estate, guests are encouraged to visit the Hunt Cellars tasting room conveniently located just off Highway 46 on Oakdale Road. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and features a regular tasting menu for $5 and a reserve tasting menu for $10. Owner and Winemaker David Hunt focuses on making wines which contribute to wonderful experiences. Each wine is carefully crafted to reflect the terroir of the fantastic vineyard from which it is made. Critics have become aware of the superiority of Hunt Cellars, awarding several of the wines with incredibly high scores. The 2005 and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, with a 96 point score, has unyielding structure with underling notes of dark cherries. Hunt’s 2006 Que Sirah Syrah (a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah and a bit of Zinfandel) is a fan favorite and is also a 96 point winner. Another winner is the 2009 Pinot Noir, “Imagine” garnering 96 points on its first release. Wow! Hunt Cellars has one of the most extensive selections of Port-style wines in Paso Robles. The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc Port is lovely, it’s just sweet enough for dessert but with enough acidity to enjoy as an aperitif. The 2000 Tawny, “Oldie But Goodie” was selected as Editor’s Choice in Wine Enthusiast, rated 93 points, as well as receiving 96 points from Food and Beverage magazine. Noticeably, there is a reoccurring musical theme in the names of many of Hunt Cellars’ wines. A musician himself, David Hunt often graces guests in the tasting room or during special events with beautiful melodies on his white baby grand piano. During Paso Robles’ Harvest Celebration, Hunt Cellars will host a six-course gourmet meal, perfectly paired with wine, followed by David Hunt performing songs from his latest record, “Rhapsody in Red,” which is available for purchase in the tasting room and iTunes. For more information about Hunt Cellars’ vineyard, wines, tasting room and events, visit huntcellars.com.

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Mama’s Meatball

One pretty reliable way to find out just how good the food at a local restaurant is, is to ask somebody in the restaurant business. Ask a bartender, a waiter, anyone in fact, what they think of Mama’s meatballs in San Luis Obispo and their

lips begin to quiver, their eyes roll towards the heavens, they sigh; that is how good Mama’s Meatball is. Set in a small courtyard off of one of the town’s main streets, in a place called the Old Creamery, Mama’s Meatball is actually divided in two. On the right is the take-out where people line up to get their orders of meatballs and more. To the left, fronted by a huge-trunked tree and a water fountain, is the intimate restaurant with it’s mural of the Mediterranean across the back. Meatballs aside, the restaurant, under owner and chef Nicola Allegretta, offers a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, many of them now available in smaller sizes as well, a bow to the economy and his customer’s wishes. Among them are half a dozen soups, a long list of salads (including grilled salmon and a refreshing

pear and gorgonzola), some wonderful antipasto choices, both hot and cold paninis (including, of course, one made with meatballs), more pasta dishes

than there is space here to share (though the Ravioli di Pollo all Vodka – homemade ravioli filled with chicken and served in a vodka sauce – cannot go unmentioned). There is also a heady selection of meat and fish dishes as well as any number of traditional and specialty pizzas (now available in two sizes) and some far too- tempting desserts. Mama’s Meatball currently has two locations. The original is in the Old Creamery plaza at 570 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, (805) 544-0861. Mama’s Meatball is also available for your convenience in the south county at 325

Pier Avenue by the entrance of the Pismo Beach Dunes, (805) 473-2383. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m., closed on Mondays. You can order online at www.mamasmeatball.com. And, don’t forget they deliver! They also have very popular catering services, which work with groups (including weddings) of every type and size. Call for details.

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Clautiere Vineyard Receives Two Prestigious Awards for 2007 Estate BDX

Clautiere Vineyard was still in the midst of celebrating their win as “Best Bordeaux Blend” at this year’s prestigious Critics Challenge International Wine Competition in San Diego, when even more good news arrived announcing the 2007 BDX had also been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, with an over-all score of 94. The double-win brought new meaning to the term “Win-Win Situation.” Detailing the complicated Critic’s Challenge awards process, Felicia Forbes, Critics Challenge Competition Coordinator explained; “First, the wines are awarded a medal: Silver, Gold or Platinum, with Platinum being the highest. Then, in the “Sweepstakes Voting” the Platinum winners are voted on for ‘Best of Category” and “Best of Show” awards. Your 2007 Clautiere BDX was a Platinum Winner, then further elevated to Best Bordeaux Blend, Congratulations!” There were a total of 34 Bordeaux blends entered in the 2012 Critics Challenge, ranging in price from $7.99

in the 2012 Critics Challenge, ranging in price from $7.99 to $95. Of those 34 wines,
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to $95. Of those 34 wines, the 2007 BDX was judged Best Bordeaux Blend. The 73rd annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits was equally competitive with more than 3,200 wines judged in May by a panel of 75 of the world’s leading wine experts headed by master sommelier Michael Jordan, honorary chairman of the competition. “All wine entries are blind-tasted and carefully evaluated by four-judge panels. After much discussion, the judges come to collective decisions using a standard point system” Jordan said. “The Gold Medal winners all must have ratings of 90 points or more.” Out of thirty-six award-winning Bordeaux and Bordeaux Blends, Clautiere’s 2007 Estate BDX scored the second-highest, with a score of 94. Clautiere Vineyard is dedicated to the production of premium Rhône, Bordeaux and Port style wines and is 100% Estate bottled to ensure the highest quality from grape to glass. To purchase or pre-order award-winning wines from Clautiere, visit www.clautiere.com, call (805) 237-3789 or visit the tasting room at 1340 Penman Springs Road, Paso Robles.

Summer Concert Series at Costa de Oro!

‘For the Sake of the Song’

Costa de Oro Winery is sponsoring a series of shows on

selected Saturday afternoons. Barbecued fare and music from 4 to 6 p.m. New wine specials and releases at each event! Upcoming concerts:

• Thomas Leeb, Saturday, August 18th

• Hans York, Saturday, September 8th

Wine on Tap at the Tasting Room

Come try the new Wine on Tap! White and red wines are available for $7 per glass, $5 for wine club members! Growlers (wine jugs) are available for enjoying at home. Costa De Oro also offers their Gold Coast strawberries, when in season, along with local produce on the farmer’s market patio. Gift baskets and wine gift boxes are the perfect hostess gifts when traveling to visit family and friends. Come see why they’re called “the most unique tasting room on the Central Coast!” Costa de Oro tasting room is located at 1331 Nicholson Avenue, Santa Maria, CA 93454. For more information, call (805) 922-1468.

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Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Headline‘Wine & Fire’Weekend

Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance Are All Fired Up About This Very Cool (Climate) Appellation

As the always-predictable morning fog begins to retreat back to the nearby Pacific Ocean, the iconic barn at Fiddlestix Vineyard reveals the winegrowers of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA preparing for their annual celebration. The 2012 “Wine & Fire” events will celebrate the very unique characteristics of this cool-climate appellation over the weekend of August 17-19. The weekend will feature open houses, special tastings, an educational seminar and the Grand Tasting at the beautiful and historic La Purisima Mission. “It’s an especially exciting time for all of us,” states Norm Yost, Chairperson of the Alliance. “The vines will be laden with grapes, and both winemakers and growers will be in that heightened state of just-before-harvest excitement. We’ll definitely be all fired up to celebrate!” The celebration will begin with welcome receptions and tastings on Friday, August 17th in locations on both the eastern and western boundaries of the region. Saturday morning’s seminar will feature “The Fire Within - Why Winemakers Choose Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills.” This in-depth tasting at The Barn at Fiddlestix will explore and celebrate the two grape stars of the appellation. You’ll hear from ten winemakers and taste along with them as they explain why they are so passionate about Sta. Rita Hills. The seminar will be followed by “Santa Rita Style BBQ” lunch by local favorite Hitching Post II and seminar panelists will be joined by fellow winemakers pouring their wines during lunch. Saturday evening will bring together all of the members of the Alliance with an evening wine reception in the courtyard of the historic La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, situated on the outskirts of the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation. The stunning grounds and historic buildings lend an exquisite setting to an evening of camaraderie, fine wines and fire-grilled foods. Member vintners and winemakers will all be on hand to present their latest releases under the majestic

oaks of the Mission. A weekend passport is also included, providing VIP access to wineries and tasting rooms of Alliance members, who will each be pulling out all the stops for visitors. Guests will have a full range of events to choose from throughout the weekend as members of the Winegrowers Alliance present open houses, focused tastings and winery events. A full listing of winery events will be posted on the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance website as they are planned. In order to continue the mission of Wine and Fire as an intimate event where guests, growers, winemakers and vintners are able to get to know each other, ticket sales will be limited. Tickets for the “Fire Within” Seminar at Fiddlestix, which also includes the weekend passport are $150. Tickets for the Passport plus Saturday evening Grand Tasting at the La Purisima Mission are $100 per person. An all-inclusive combination ticket for both Saturday events, Sunday Open Houses and the three-day weekend passport is available for $175. Tickets are on sale on the Sta. Rita Hills website, and will be available on a first-come, first served basis. The website can be found at www.staritahills.com. For additional information, please contact info@staritahills.com. Winery and Grower Members of the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance include Alma Rosa Winery, Ampelos Cellars, Babcock, Cargasacchi Vineyard, Carr Winery, Clos Pepe, Cold Heaven Cellars, D’Alfonso-Curran Wines, Dierberg, Dragonette Cellars, Fiddlehead Cellars, Flying Goat Cellars, Foley Estates Winery, Foxen, Gypsy Canyon, Hibbits Ranch, Hilliard-Bruce Vineyard, Hitching Post, Huber Cellars, Ken Brown Wines, Kessler-Haak, La Lomita Vineyard, La Montagne, Lafond Winery, Longoria, Liquid Farm, Loring Wine Company, Moretti, Pali Wine Company, Prodigal, Rancho la Viña Vineyard, Sanford, Sea Smoke Cellars, Seagrape Wine Company, Siduri, Small Time Wines, Summerland, Sweeney Canyon, Thorne, Transcendence, WALT Wines, Wedell Cellars and Zotovich Vineyard.

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Tickets On Sale for Annual Celebration of Harvest

An Epicurean Adventure in Santa Barbara Wine Country

The Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Asso- ciation announces that tickets for the popular “Celebration of Harvest” festival on October 13 are on sale. In addition to the festival itself, the accompanying weekend-long celebration pays tribute to, as well as exhibits, the unpar- alleled variety of agricultural products grown, raised and harvested in Santa Barbara County. “Not only is the county a world-renowned wine growing region but with the abundance of local produce, livestock and seafood avail- able, Santa Barbara County has become a culinary Mecca for those seeking exceptional food and wine artisans,” affirms Association Executive Director Jim Fiolek. “Festival atten- dees can experience a full range of edibles paired with the latest releases of wine – all grown or raised right here in our county.” The stunning grounds of the Rancho Sisquoc Winery will provide the perfect setting for an afternoon of exploring the

the perfect setting for an afternoon of exploring the wines produced by the 100+ members of

wines produced by the 100+ members of the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association as

well as appetizers provided by dozens of restaurants, caterers and food purveyors. Live music provided by soulful songstress Donna Greene and The Roadhouse Daddies and folk artist Jen n’ General will further enhance the celebratory atmosphere. Another festival highlight will be a silent auction overflowing with unique large format bottles as well as vertical and library wine collections. Proceeds from the auction will benefit People Helping People, an organization that provides support to local families in need. To round out the weekend’s festivities, plans are in the works for dinners, special tastings, vineyard walks and open houses hosted at the many tasting rooms and restau- rants throughout Santa Barbara County. Both the Celebration of Harvest festival tickets, and the “Vintners’ Visa,” a four-day passport to 12 participating wineries, are available for sale at www.sbcountywines.com.

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Quality Craft Beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

This family-owned brewery started by Jim and Jaime Dietenhofer of Los Olivos, has been life-long dream in the making. Harnessing their Bavarian heritage the Dietenhofer’s wanted to create a craft brewery in the Santa Ynez Valley that focused on creating the highest quality beer and help add to a growing hop culture in the Central Coast. Utilizing the skill sets from award-winning head brewer A.J. Stoll and his brew team, Figueroa Mountain Brewing has been able to create a line-up of seven quality craft beers (soon to be more). The brew team has been able to earn multiple medals including three golds in a very short period of time (open since 2010). In addition to selling beer in draft and bottles on the open market, Figueroa Mountain Brewery has a tap room that puts the patrons a few feet away from the brewing action. Complete with a state-of-the- art stainless brewing system, customers can enjoy the pint of beer that was made in the same room and epitomizes freshness. An expe- rience that includes live music on Fridays, and a complete food and wine list. Beer lovers may also enjoy the Fig Mtn Beer truck complete with taps on the side ready to pour. The truck can be seen at a large list of events throughout the Central Coast. Stay tuned to www.figmtnbrew.com for more information, or follow them on Face- book: Figueroa Mountain Brewing for the latest news and updates.

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WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH WILD HORSE WINERY opendailyfrom11a.m.to5p.m. 1437WildHorseWineryCourt, Templeton,Ca93465
WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH WILD HORSE WINERY opendailyfrom11a.m.to5p.m. 1437WildHorseWineryCourt, Templeton,Ca93465

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Chrissy Wittmann & Clay Brock
Chrissy Wittmann & Clay Brock

CLAY BROCK & CHRISSY WITTMANN

Wild Horse Winery

BY BreTTe aNN WomaCk

Wild Horse Winery is among the founding wineries here on the Central Coast, established in 1981. Today, Wild Horse sources fruit from vineyards across the Central Coast wine appellation, paying homage to the wild mustangs which roamed the land east of the winery’s estate. This band of horses inspired the winery’s motto which is, “Live Naturally, Enjoy Wildly” and, over the years, the winemaking team at Wild Horse has done just that. Today, the team is made up of Clay Brock, Director of Winemaking, and Chrissy Wittmann, Winemaker. Both Clay and Chrissy are Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alumni and have extensive Central Coast winemaking experience, essential for the expansive winemaking duties at Wild Horse Winery. Clay and Chrissy source grapes from upward of fifty vineyards across the Central Coast. Each lot is processed and fermented separately before the art of blending occurs. The wines reflect the abundant flavor profiles which are apparent in several different micro climates across the Central Coast. Each of the wines is harmoniously balanced, the result of the distinctive art of winemaking. Most wine drinkers will recognize the Wild Horse Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which is distributed throughout the country. Wild Horse Winery’s “Unbridled” series focuses on smaller production and vineyard specific bottlings of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel. “Cheval Sauvage,” Wild Horse en français, is the winery’s tête du cuvee, or “reserve,” Pinot Noir. The Cheval Sauvage represents the finest vineyard specific Pinot Noir barrels from each vintage. The production is less than 1% of the winery’s Pinot Noir production each year and the vineyard changes based on which barrels stand out amongst the entire winery. Normally winemakers describe “beer” as their drink of choice during these warm summer months. However, at Wild Horse, they are enjoying the fresh and crisp Malvasia Bianca. The wine is on special in the tasting room so guests are encouraged to take the wine home and drink like a winemaker!

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14th Annual Paso Robles RotaryWinemakers’Cookoff to be Held August 11 at River Oaks Hot Springs

The Paso Robles Rotary Club is looking to build on the momentum generated from last-year’s Winemakers’ Cookoff scholarship fundraiser. IQMS, manufacturer of ERP software headquartered in Paso Robles, has joined as the title sponsor for the 2012 Cookoff. Once again, Estrella Associates will host the event at its River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles. This year the event will be held on the second Saturday in August, August 11, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. “In the 13 years since its inception, the Winemakers’ Cookoff has focused on benefitting local high-school seniors by providing them with college and vocational scholarships,” said Sharon Ross, 2012 Rotary Winemakers’ Cookoff chair. “Today, our youth are under tremendous pressure to obtain financial assistance to offset the rapidly growing cost of advanced education. The Rotary, along with the support of our generous sponsors, will continue to support deserving youth.” “As we grow in this community, we want to emphasize our commitment to helping local youth receive college and vocational educations,” stated Randy Flamm, President and C.E.O. of IQMS. “The continued-education opportunities provided by the Rotary’s

annual Cookoff exemplifies exactly the kind of effort we want to support.” Now in its fourteenth-year, the Paso Robles Winemakers’ Cookoff has become one of Paso Robles’ most-popular wine, food and music events. It is also one of its most unique. The Cookoff features not just local wines, but the culinary talents of more than 30 of the appellation’s winemakers. Wineries pair their culinary creations with their finest wines and compete for both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards the day of the event. Participating wineries include:

Arroyo Robles Winery, Bianchi Winery, Bon Niche Winery, Calcareous, Chronic Cellars, Cinquain Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, Eberle Winery, Grizzly Republic Wines, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Le Vigne, Midnight Cellars, Mondo Cellars, Niner Wine Estates, Peachy Canyon, Pear Valley Vineyard, Penman Springs Vineyard, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, Rio Seco Vineyard & Winery, Rocky Creek Cellars, Rotta Winery, Still Waters, SummerWood, Tassajara Cellars, Vina Robles Winery, Volatus Wine and Whalebone Winery For more information on the Paso Robles Rotary Club and the Winemakers’ Cookoff, visit www.winemakerscookoff.com or call toll- free 1-877-264-6979.

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Winemaker Kevin Sass and General Manager Skylar Stuck celebrate the final dig of the new cave system.

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KEVIN SASS

Halter Ranch Winery

Halter Ranch covers one thousand acres on the west side of Paso Robles. In the middle of this historic ranch sits the 280-acre Halter Ranch Vineyard planted with 20 different wine grape varieties. Diversified by design, the original intent was to produce highly sought after, west side fruit for sale to neighboring wineries as well as for the Estate label. Today, however, almost all of the fruit is used in production of Halter Ranch wines. What does that make Kevin Sass? It makes him a very lucky winemaker. A Southern California native, Sass grew up in Agoura Hills, a bedroom community north of Los Angeles and graduated from California State University Fresno with a double major in Enology Wine Production and Agricultural Business. So, where does someone with his talent head to first? Paso Robles. Sass started in 2000 working harvest at well-known Justin Vineyard. He was then hired by Justin as their Grower Relations Manager, which put him in close proximity to many area vineyards including Halter Ranch. In 2002, Kevin was promoted to associate winemaker at Justin and in 2006, he assumed the position of winemaker. But every winemaker is looking for new challenges and in 2011, Kevin joined Halter Ranch as their winemaker, a property he already knew quite well. “I’m excited to be involved in this amazing, long-term project at Halter Ranch, he says. “My previous experience with the Halter Ranch estate fruit, combined with a new, state-of-the-art facility, will allow me to showcase what this property has to offer.” And what the Westside Paso Robles property can offer is that the region grows most varieties well. “The one very unique thing we have are soil types with a large amount of limestone mixed with clay,” Sass says. “Limestone soils generally produce wines with high acidity. The way California makes wine, we ripen our fruit a little earlier than Old World countries, so by having soils that maintain acidity we can push the levels of ripeness but still maintain acidity in our wine.” And it’s all about balance. And no where is balance more sought after than pairing wine with food. So, what does Sass do? He turns to two of Halter Ranch’s wines. “We have a ‘brother/sister’ combo of food pairing wines; the Côtes de Paso Blanc is a white wine blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Picpoul Blanc,” he says. The companion red wine called Côtes de Paso is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Tannat. “These wines have bright fruit, no new oak, are lower in alcohol and have a bright acidity, which makes them perfect with food,” Sass says excitedly. “Whenever I sit with sommeliers and chefs around the country, working on their wine lists, they gravitate to these two wines.” Though Sass has nearly two dozen grapes at his disposal, he’d love to try his hand at a stand alone Picpoul Blanc. The words in French translate as “stinging lips” he says, another way of showing off the Halter Ranch soils which create acidity in their wines. Stop by Halter Ranch to sample Kevin’s handiwork.

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SAVOR the Central Coast Takes Place September 27-30

The third annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast will offer four days of delicious events from September 27 through the 30th featuring more than 38 local chefs, 200 wineries and a variety of opportunities to learn the latest California lifestyle trends from Sunset experts in all things food and wine, home décor and gardening. Unlike other major culinary events across the U.S., SAVOR offers access across San Luis Obispo County to eye-popping locations and the friendly, innovative people and places making the food and wine people love. You can rub elbows with celebrity wine and food experts, and be the first to taste the medal-winning wines of Sunset’s International Wine Competition while savoring spectacular places like Hearst Castle, unspoiled nature trails and even an evening reception lit only by the stars and glowing hot air balloons.

Back by popular demand, the magical evening at Hearst Castle returns in 2012 on opening night with limited tickets (just $125), letting guests step back in time and celebrate glamorously with fellow foodies and the ghosts of William Randolph Hearst and his famous Hollywood guests. Returning guests will be happy to know they can still enjoy the Main Event at Santa Margarita Ranch featuring guest chefs, winemakers, farmers, artisan food purveyors and enjoy the sounds of local bands in the Estrada Gardens. Check out the latest offers at www.savorcentralcoast.com. Learn about the best and brightest wines from California and around the globe at Sunset’s Grand Tasting with a sneak peek at medal-winning wines in Pismo Beach. For details of the events or to purchase tickets, go to www.SAVORcentralcoast.com.

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PasoRobles 2012Wine Country Auction, August 18

Paso Robles Wine Country Will Come Together August 18 to Raise a Paddle for Local Charities

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announced that the Wine Country Auction will take place on Saturday, August 18th at Summerwood Winery & Inn. This announcement comes after the successful completion of the 30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival, which up until 2012 featured the Wine Country Auction as an exclusive dinner. The separation of the Wine Country Auction from Wine Festival weekend allows wineries, restaurants and guests to participate more actively in the auction. The 2012 Wine Country Auction is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. under the trees at Summerwood Winery & Inn, hosting approximately 300 guests. The event will kick off with an hour of walk-around wine tasting by Paso Robles Wine Country’s world renowned winemakers. A four-course gourmet brunch will be prepared by the region’s finest chefs, showcasing a seasonal farm-to-table menu. A spectacular live auction benefitting San Luis Obispo County charities follows where guests bid on a range of sought-after lifestyle and wine country items including signed, large format bottles, exclusive wine country getaways and luxurious international excursions. The Wine Country Auction allows guests and the Paso Robles wine industry to come together for a fabulous time and a great cause. Tickets for this event are $250. “In 2011 the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Foundation raised over $80,000, which was gifted to 13 local non-profit charities who support healthcare, education and community service,” said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “We are looking forward to the change in format as we believe it will create new opportunities for raising additional funds for organizations like The Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County, The Wellness Community of California’s Central Coast, North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center, and the Paso Robles Library Foundation.”

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Auctioneer Todd Ventura interviews Paso Robles winemaker icon, Kenneth Volk as they introduce the next lot at the Paso Robles Wine Country Auction.

At the August 18, 2012 Wine Country Auction, Paso Robles Wine Country will strive to top the $80,000 raised last year, introduce new, high-end wine enthusiasts to Paso Robles and create a benchmark for future auction events in Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in

Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region. It encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries. For more information, visit the website at www.pasowine.com.

Seminar for Wine Grape Growers

The public is invited to attend the seminar titled “The Bitter and The Sweet” on Thursday, August 9

The public is invited to join the Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) for a seminar titled, “The Bitter and The Sweet.” The seminar will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, at Castoro Cellars, located at 1315 North Bethel Road, Templeton. The two-part seminar will feature speaker Lowell Zelinski, Ph.D., Owner of Precision Ag Consulting on the bitter reality of developing the farm plan necessary to comply with the new Regional Water Quality Board Requirements. He will present sample plans for the audience. The second speaker will be winemaker and winemaking consultant, Signe Zoller. She will discuss methods of monitoring grapes in the field as growers prepare for harvest. This will be a hands-on, practical demonstration of commonly-used tests. The seminar will be FREE for IGGPRA members and $20 for non-members. To RSVP, call Precision Ag Consulting at (805) 434-3331 or email terri@precisionagconsulting.com. For more information about IGGPRA, go online to www.pasorobleswinegrapes.com or www.iggpra.com.

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Wine Tasting on the WEST SIDE of PASO ROBLES Mondo Cellars BY BreTTe aNN WomaCk The

WEST SIDE of PASO ROBLES

Mondo Cellars

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The Mondo brothers, Doug and Mitch, have owned a 132-acre piece of property on the Westside of Paso Robles for almost 20 years. The brothers made the official move to the area about five years ago. Since then, the property has become home to a gorgeous tasting room, bed and breakfast, and event facility. The Mondo brothers are all about enjoying great wines with great friends. Doug and Mitch welcome guests daily to their Nacimiento Lake Road tasting room which has no tasting fees. Wine and food are available at reasonable prices every Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Villa del Mondo Bed & Breakfast is available to stay in year round. The B&B features three suites and can accommodate up to four couples. Guests are encouraged to meander through the entire property and are granted exclusive access to the winery and other private areas. Members of the “Mondo Mob,” (Mondo Cellar’s wine club) get a 20% discount on Villa del Mondo stays, in addition to other superb benefits.

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OCTOBER 19-20 Harvest Wine Weekend Friday night: sunset Happy Hour 5pm till sunset. Wine by the glass/bottle. live entertainment, food for purchase. saturday: live music 12-6pm, delicious food buffet 1-5pm, $10, mondo mob club members $5 sunday: Wine specials and tasting on the patio.

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music 12-6pm, delicious food buffet 1-5pm, $10, mondo mob club members $5 sunday: Wine specials and

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Mondo Cellars 5th Annual Halloween Bash Back by popular demand, this year’s theme is moNDoWooD the sequel “Hollywood Theme.”Walk the red Carpet

as your favorite Tv, music or movie star. live music. entry includes everything

Follow the Hollywood search lights to the party, take your picture under the moNDoWooD sign and shine all night long! 7-11pm in the Barrel room, $70 general admission, $60 local wine industry, $50 - mondo mob members

food, beer, wine and dessert.

$50 - mondo mob members food, beer, wine and dessert. Continuing with the “Mob” theme, Mondo

Continuing with the “Mob” theme, Mondo Cellars latest release is a red wine blend called “The Trunk.” What’s in “The Trunk”? Well you’ll have to visit the winery to find out; it’s a blend of seven different red varietals and is an enjoyable everyday cuvee at only $18 per bottle.

DUNNING VINEYARDS 1953 Niderer road, Paso robles open Thursday thru monday 11-5 and by appointment

DUNNING VINEYARDS 1953 Niderer road, Paso robles open Thursday thru monday 11-5 and by appointment 805-238-4763 • www.dunningvineyards.com Discover Paso’s best kept secret, “Off the beaten path”. Experience award-winning Estate Wines. Stay at Dunning Vineyards Guest Villa & enjoy wine country lifestyle!

Vineyards Guest Villa & enjoy wine country lifestyle! RED SOLES WINERY 3230 oakdale road, Paso robles

RED SOLES WINERY

3230 oakdale road, Paso robles

open Daily 11-5 • 805-226-9898

The unique growing region known as the Templeton Gap allows the ocean to temper the area’s warm days with cool, breezy nights. These conditions, paired with limestone soils, create the perfect terroir for growing high quality wine. We are family owned and operated,

specializing in hand-crafted, very limited production wines, made

from grapes grown on our own vineyards.

wines, made from grapes grown on our own vineyards. VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 las Tablas, Templeton open

VENTEUX VINEYARDS 1795 las Tablas, Templeton open Daily 10-5 and by appointment 805-369-0127 • www.venteuxvineyards.com From soil to bottle, our hands-on approach allows us to uphold the highest level of care in all aspects of the winemaking process. Our extremely small productions of Rhône wines showcase a style of balance, elegance, and finesse. Picnic on the porch of the farmhouse and taste our hand-crafted wines in the elegant and inviting tasting room.

hand-crafted wines in the elegant and inviting tasting room. DOCE ROBLES 2023 Twelve oaks Drive, Paso

DOCE ROBLES

2023 Twelve oaks Drive, Paso robles • Daily 10-5:30

805-227-4766 • www.docerobleswinery.com The quality of our fruit is paramount and we have the experience, location and methods to deliver consistently high-quality fruit. All of this leads to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree!

to great tasting wine. Try some … we think you’ll agree! MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento lake

MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento lake Drive, Paso robles 805-226-2925 • mondocellars.com Hours: sun-Thu, sat 11-6; Fri 11-10 Visit our tasting room and experience the passion in our big Bordeaux and Rhone blends. Make our luxurious Bed and Breakfast your home and enjoy breathtaking views from every window. All just five miles from downtown Paso Robles shopping and dining. Join us!

STANGER VINEYARDS

7970 vineyard Drive, Paso robles

open Daily 12 to 5 and Fresh Food available daily. 805-238-0621 • www.poalillovineyards.com Stanger Vineyards produces estate wines made from grapes grown in a perfect place – a place where the climate, water and fossil-rich soil have been evolving for 65 million years. It’s a place that must have been created by the “Wine Gods” themselves.

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Avila Beach is surrounded by gentle, sloping hills, which define the harbor from the landward side. Three piers define the look from the oceanside; two are open to the public. Guests enjoy leisurely strolls out over the water, and the pier-based restau- rants, which always offer fresh seasonal seafood. Avila is also an active fishing harbor with many fresh fish markets offering live crab, and fresh seafood.

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Welcome to the LOMPOC WINE TRAIL Transcendence As a winemaker, Kenneth “Joey” Gummere’s resume is extensive,

LOMPOC WINE TRAIL

Welcome to the LOMPOC WINE TRAIL Transcendence As a winemaker, Kenneth “Joey” Gummere’s resume is extensive,

Transcendence

As a winemaker, Kenneth “Joey” Gummere’s resume is extensive, including several years making wine at Babcock Winery & Vineyards, Santa Barbara Winery, Lafond Winery & Vineyards, and founding Kenneth-Crawford. But in 2006, when Joey and his wife Sara found out that a close friend had brain cancer, he decided to put his wine- making skills to even greater use creating a Grenache – the proceeds of which were donated to their friend and her family as well as to brain tumor research. At that moment, Transcendence Winery was born as Joey and Sara realized they had found a way to combine their life’s passions. “My dream has always been to make great wine, and my wife [Sara] wanted to do meaningful humanitarian work both in the community and throughout the world,” said Joey. “When we were married, we made a promise to support these dreams in our vows.” Since that 2006 vintage of Grenache, Transcendence Winery has grown from the Gummere’s shared belief that wine has the potential to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Transcendence Winery’s philanthropic endeavors support the efforts of several non- profits by donating a minimum of 10% of their sales and an additional 10% of their annual wine production to these worthwhile causes. “We try to make wines that make a difference,” said Joey. Of course Transcendence Winery’s success does not come solely from good intentions. Joey carefully selects vineyards to partner with, paying great attention to detail throughout the winemaking process. All of the wines are crafted by hand, in order to emphasize the quality and provenance of the fruit. Transcendence Winery currently boasts a very hand-crafted integrity to their annual production of around 1,000 cases. They strive to create limited quantities of cool-climate wines with grapes from highly acclaimed vineyards including Syrah from Ballard Canyon, and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from several vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills including Lafond, Zotovich and La Encantada. Transcendence is located at 313 North F Street, Lompoc. For more information, call (805) 689-5258.

F Street, Lompoc. For more information, call (805) 689-5258. Look for us on Facebook and become

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ARCADIAN 1515 east Chestnut ave, suite B, lompoc | open daily 11am-5pm 805-737-3900, www.arcadianwinery.com Inspired

ARCADIAN

1515 east Chestnut ave, suite B, lompoc | open daily 11am-5pm

805-737-3900, www.arcadianwinery.com Inspired by the great traditions of Burgundian winemaking, Joseph Davis has been making Arcadian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in California's Central Coast region since 1996. Using French artisan methods and hands-on vineyard management, Joe's Arcadian label consistently receives high marks from the world's most respected wine writers.

high marks from the world's most respected wine writers. JALAMA WINES 308 North 9th st, C,
high marks from the world's most respected wine writers. JALAMA WINES 308 North 9th st, C,

JALAMA WINES 308 North 9th st, C, lompoc 805-735-8937, www.jalamawines.com Friday-sunday 12-5pm, or by appointment Winemaker Mark Cargasacchi specializes in Pinot Noir and Syrah from select vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.

Syrah from select vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. LORING WINE COMPANY TASTING ROOM 1591 e. Chestnut

LORING WINE COMPANY TASTING ROOM

1591 e. Chestnut avenue, lompoc

805-742-0478, www.loringWineCompany.com open Friday through sunday 12-5pm “We’re a small winery that produces tasty Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and whatever else strikes our fancy : ) ”

Pinot Noir and whatever else strikes our fancy : ) ” PALMINA 1520 east Chestnut Court,

PALMINA 1520 east Chestnut Court, lompoc Thursday-saturday 11am-5pm sunday-monday 11am-4pm 805-735-2030, www.palminawines.com Palmina is a Californian celebration of the rich, wonderful lifestyle and attitude toward food, wine, friends and family that exists in Italy.

STOLPMAN VINEYARDS

1700 industrial Way, ste B; Fri 1-5pm, sat-sun 11am-5pm

805-736-5000, www.stolpmanvineyards.com Try a splash of estate grown Syrah, Sangiovese and Roussanne

amidst the controlled chaos of sorting, punch-downs, pressing

& racking to truly experience the excitement of winemaking

Library tastings are offered in the new Barrel Room on select Sundays, by appointment.

in the new Barrel Room on select Sundays, by appointment. TRANSCENDENCE 313 N. F. street, lompoc
in the new Barrel Room on select Sundays, by appointment. TRANSCENDENCE 313 N. F. street, lompoc

TRANSCENDENCE 313 N. F. street, lompoc 805-689-5258, www.transcendwines.com Friday-sunday 11am-4pm. $10 Tasting Fee Life happens over a bottle of wine: you fall in love, celebrate a birth, mourn someone’s passing, begin, end, plan, listen… dream. Transcendence celebrates the journey you take with a great bottle of wine.

ZOTOVICH CELLARS

1500 east Chestnut Court, suite D; lompoc

805-736-1600, www.zotovichcellars.com Thursday-sunday 10am-5pm

A family owned and operated boutique winery.

"We grow, produce and bottle estate Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We're new to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Stop in to meet us!"

and bottle estate Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We're new to the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Stop

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH aUGUsT 2012 The Original Roadhouse Grill BY CarolYN

The Original Roadhouse Grill

BY CarolYN TUrNer

When you walk into the Original Roadhouse Grill, you’ll immediately feel comfortable and at home, even if your household does not boast a mouth-watering grill menu, full-service saloon, satellite horse racing and lets you throw your empty peanut shells on the ground. The Original Roadhouse Grill in Santa Maria opened in May 2000, as part of an American Family Steakhouse concept developed by Los Angeles-based brothers and restaurant entrepreneurs, Larry and Ralph Cimmarusti. To date there are eleven Roadhouse Grills throughout California and Oregon, that boast a casual, fun, family- friendly atmosphere and hearty meals. The Original Roadhouse Grill prides itself on an extensive menu that features favorites such as slow-roasted Bourbon tri-tip, fall-off- the-bone baby back ribs and hand-cut steaks from high-quality USDA beef from Washington State. All steaks are grilled over mesquite wood and generously seasoned with a special blend of spices. “All of our steaks are freshly hand-cut daily in-house to ensure the highest quality,” said Vice President of Operations, Linda Bryant. “We also grind all our own burgers from our steak trim, so they’re actual steak burgers.” There are also several steak alternatives including (but not limited to), Whiskey River Salmon, BBQ chicken, turkey and veggie burgers, and an entire menu section dedicated to Bison steaks, ribs, meatloaf and burgers. While you wait for your entrées, all guests are served freshly baked yeast rolls with homemade honey butter. The Original Roadhouse Grill offers a range of choices for diners of all ages and appetites, with a section of the menu called “a little less dinner” for smaller portioned meals under $11.99, over 20 menu items under $10, and children eat free every Tuesday night. Join the

Grillmasters Program online and receive a $10 off coupon, with additional specials and discounts that are good at all locations. For those diners over 21, the saloon features specialty cocktails served in Mason jars, and a selection of twelve draught beers from local breweries, as well as the signature Peanut Tap Handle beers. Beginning this month the saloon will roll into fall featuring Firestone Brewery’s Oaktoberfest draught beer, which will include a souvenir Firestone Pint beer glass with the purchase of any Firestone beer on Firestone Fridays. The coming winter months will also feature Firestone Brewery’s Velvet Merlin. The daily Happy Hour features a selection of food items for $5 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday-Friday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the saloon and family dining area, the Santa Maria, in October 2011 the Santa Maria Original Roadhouse Grill became the first location to offer a separate area where horse racing enthusiasts can enjoy the races. “The California Horse Racing Board approved Original Roadhouse Grill as an Off-Track betting facility to replace the former location housed at the county fairgrounds,” said Bryant. From Wednesday through Sunday, racing fans can enjoy the new Official California Wagering Facility in a separate and newly enclosed bar dining and patio area, and more than 26 televisions will broadcast both the Del Mar and Santa Anita racing seasons, as well as racing on other US and international tracks. Horse racing enthusiasts will also enjoy events to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in May of each year, as well as the Belmont Stakes in June and the Breeder’s Cup in November. The Original Roadhouse Grill is located at 1423 South Bradley Road in Santa Maria, California. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information about upcoming specials and events visit www.originalroadhousegrill.com or call (805) 614-0586.

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SPECIALIZING IN SANTA BARBARA & CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIRS 2905 GRAND AVE LOS OLIVOS 805-688-7406
SPECIALIZING IN
SANTA BARBARA &
CENTRAL COAST
PINOT NOIRS
2905 GRAND AVE
LOS OLIVOS
805-688-7406
thelosolivostastingroom.com
“Vineyard Crafted Wines” V I N E Y A R D S Open daily 11-5,
“Vineyard Crafted Wines”
V I N E Y A R D S
Open daily 11-5,
2434 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos
(805) 688-0400 • www.stolpmanvineyards.com
Los Olivos (805) 688-0400 • www.stolpmanvineyards.com Now open, every day from 11 am to 5 pm.
Los Olivos (805) 688-0400 • www.stolpmanvineyards.com Now open, every day from 11 am to 5 pm.
Now open, every day from 11 am to 5 pm. 2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los
Now open, every day from 11 am to 5 pm.
2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos
888-938-7310
www.byronwines.com
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Alta Maria Vineyards

The oldest profession in California is not what you think: it’s most

probably cattle ranching. And the partners of Alta Maria Vineyards, Paul Wilkins and James Ontiveros, have a long history in the ranches and farmlands of this part of California. The Ontiveros family first came into California in 1781 with the Rivera expedition. Although their original land grants were in Southern California, they drove thousands of heads of cattle into the Santa Mara Valley, finally settling there on the Rancho Tepusquet Land Grant of

1837.

Today, much of the duo’s grapes come from that very same land. As a couple of kids in college, both studying crop and fruit science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, they bonded over an unlikely interest in wine. Paul’s family background in farming and James’ history of cattle ranching put them firmly in position to build on their knowledge of the land and growing things on the land, to arrive at a new calling: wine production. For both men, wine grew into obsession and obsession became career: James as a viticulturist and Paul as a winemaker. Working hard and making sacrifices was not new to either, and they both became veterans in their fields, even at a young age. Finally they moved away, lost touch, and many years passed. But the land in the Santa Maria Valley had a pull on the two men; the sense of heritage and nostalgia drew them back together. As the two friends re-connected on a vineyard on a hill in that valley, they decided to make the wine that was waiting for them all along: Alta Maria Vineyards. The artwork for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails

for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd. Open Daily from 10am-5pm
for Alta Maria Vineyards features hand-hewn iron nails 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd. Open Daily from 10am-5pm
1711 Alamo Pintado Rd. Open Daily from 10am-5pm www.lincourtwines.com • 805-688-8554
1711 Alamo Pintado Rd.
Open Daily from 10am-5pm
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used by homesteaders in Santa Maria before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass-produced, machine-cut nails. Despite

used by homesteaders in Santa Maria before the Industrial Revolution introduced mass-produced, machine-cut nails. Despite its lowly function, each nail is unique from the next according to the conditions in which it was made and the expertise of the craftsman. This craftsmanship is what Paul and James strive for in all their wines. In addition to the Alta Maria wines, the pair also makes Autonom wine, focusing on Rhone varietals and Native9, which is purely Pinot Noir. The wines are made in small lots with a nod to both Old World sensibilities and New World stylistic freedom. With vine-growing and farming in their blood, Alta Maria wines reflect the pair’s shared affinity for all things homespun and honest and the authenticity of the Santa Maria Valley and a gratitude to the generations of California farmers and ranchers before us, farming the very same land 150 years ago. All Alta Maria wines can be tasted at the newly opened tasting room located on Grand Avenue in Los Olivos. Though Paul and James have been making and distributing wine for years, they didn’t open a tasting room until late last year, with some fresh offerings on the current tasting list. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 2933 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Los Olivos. For more information call (805) 686-1144 or go to www.altamaria.com.

information call (805) 686-1144 or go to www.altamaria.com. www.WineCountryThisMonth.com LOS OLIVOS NOT TO SCALE QUPÉ
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QUPÉ Tasting Room featuring the wines of: QUPÉ • VERDAD • ETHAN 2963 Grand Avenue,

QUPÉ Tasting Room

featuring the wines of:

QUPÉ VERDAD ETHAN

2963 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos (805) 686-4200

Open Daily, 11-5

the wines of: QUPÉ • VERDAD • ETHAN 2963 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos (805) 686-4200 Open

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Sort This Out Cellars – Daring to be Different

BY miCHael CerviN

Every winery wants to stand out from the competition. For Sort This Out Cellars, even the name tells you this is going to be a different experience. In an attempt to avoid the “corporate homogenization of consumer culture,” as owner and winemaker Michael Cobb puts it, he has created a unique and expressive wine tasting room in Solvang. And, the wines here are different too, including their Elvira line of wines. Yes Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has her very own “Macabrenet,” a full-bodied, blood-red Cabernet Sauvignon sporting Elvira in a seductive pose in front of a spider web. Sort This Out Cellars is handcrafting and distrib- uting a full line of California-based wines for Elvira beginning with a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. But it’s not mere gimmickry. Elvira works closely with Cobb and is involved with all aspects of the winemaking process, including the selection of the grapes, blending decisions, art direction and even marketing. “The only thing I’m not doing is stomping the grapes,” Elvira says. “Currently, the wine is available through our website and tasting room and a few retailers in Ojai and Los Angeles,” Cobb says. “In addition to the wine we also just rolled out a line of vintage soda pop for her. We’ve been doing the soda ourselves for about a year now with World War II era pin up girls on them.” And the Elvira soda names reflect a sense of play with labels like, “Lemon sLime” and “Silent sCream Soda.” The recently released Casino Vineyard Rhône is a blend featuring artwork by Fullerton, California tattoo artist Robert Adams. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek take on our lack of vineyard type labels and the fact that we love Las Vegas,” Cobb says. He has also released Vino Nostra, a tip of the hat to the Prohibition-era

Vino Nostra, a tip of the hat to the Prohibition-era with wine that reminds us that

with wine that reminds us that government restrictions are still a real issue. For more than thirteen years the wine industry was effectively shut down by Prohibition. “We honor the spirit of the underground vintners who carried forward the tradition of Amer- ican winemaking during the darkest hours of Prohibition,” Cobb writes on his blog. Clearly there is a diversity of wine to be had at Sort This Out, from Merlot to Syrah to Viognier and Chardonnay, nothing is off limits. And the concept is also different in that Cobb does not own any vineyards. “I tried to take all that I felt was wrong with wineries and turn that around,” he says. And clearly he has hit on something. There is an enduring allure with wines and wineries that cele- brate a specific sense of time in our collective history. Sort This Out has created an homage to Las Vegas, a pin-up 1950s era sensibility. This is clearly evidenced in the tasting room, all decked out in chrome and red leather, a fun, funky and hip place to be. “Our tasting room is definitely different than anything else in Solvang,” Cobb says. They are also the latest tasting room open in town. Friday and Saturday nights they offer live music which gives both locals and tourists something to do when sleepy Solvang rolls up the streets at dark. “Our vibe is different, our hours are different, our outlook on wine tasting differs, and we just want people to have fun with the wine tasting experience,” Cobb says. Sort This Out Cellars is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tasting fees are $5 to $15. Contact them at (805) 688-1717 or www.sortthisoutcellars.com.

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Introducing the Summer Pass Through August 30

One Pass – One Price – Eleven Wineries!

The Summer Pass is the ticket to fabulous wine tasting at the premier boutique wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley. For just $35 (online price), you’ll receive one wine tasting at each of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country Association tasting rooms ($110 value). You chose the dates you’d like to go wine tasting, now through August 30, there are no reservations required and no blackout dates. Your pass will expire when you’ve tasted at all 11 wineries, or on August 30, 2012 – whichever comes first. Buy your Summer Pass for $35 online (allow 3-4 days shipping) at www.santaynezwinecountry.com, or call 1-800-563-3183 for more information. Passes are also be available for $40 at Imagine Wine in Santa Ynez and Alexander & Wayne in Los Olivos and Lincourt Vineyards in Solvang. Participating wineries include Alexander &

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Wayne, Arthur Earl, Buttonwood Farm Winery, Casa Cassara, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Imagine Wine, Lincourt Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Scott Cellars, Standing Sun Wines and Tocatta. Savor the tastes of the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country all summer long. Makes a great gift, too! Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect setting for a long weekend filled with natural beauty and, of course, extraordinary wines. Plan a day, a weekend, an entire vacation and take this opportunity to become more familiar with some of your favorite local wineries as you speak with vintners and winemakers. There are a number of really great places to get a picnic lunch, and many of our member wineries have picnic grounds. Pack a lunch and snacks and have some food along with the wines. Some wineries offer wines by the glass or the bottle, so you can relax over a leisurely picnic - the most perfect way to enjoy Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country! Santa Ynez Valley also boasts a full range of things to do in addition to wine tasting. Visit the Carriage museum in Santa Ynez, take a nature hike at Lake Cachuma, ride a glider over the entire valley, snack on an abelskiver as you stroll Solvang's shops, browse the art galleries in Los Olivos or simply enjoy the view at Buellton’s River Park. All that, and more – and great wine! The Association is a selection of boutique wineries located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. All are family owned and each is unique – a tasting room may be in a historic building from the stagecoach days, a picnic garden in the midst of an orchard may await you, the beauty of a Spanish mission style winery begs a photo. The common denominator is the great wines produced by each, and the diversity of our unique winegrowing region allows us to craft a wine to suit just about everyone’s taste.

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Corks and Crowns – Big Cabs and Craft Brews

Corks n’ Crowns has become one of the most popular wine tasting rooms in Santa Barbara. This unique tasting room in the heart of the Funk Zone offers Sparkling Wines, Pinot Noir, Big Napa Cabs and Craft Brews, all available by the taste, glass or bottle. Open for almost a year now, Corks n’ Crowns has been a destina- tion tasting spot in Santa Barbara’s urban wine tasting area. On a sunny day guests are on the deck, enjoying ocean views, picnic lunches, and great wine and beer. On a rainy day they are inside, next to the fireplace. The unique tasting flights give each customer three different glasses of wine to compare and contrast, fitting the individual’s wine style and price points. On Sundays, Corks n’ Crowns offers an additional Sparkling Wine Flight for $10. You can complement your wine tasting with three specially paired gourmet cupcakes, prepared by Sugar Cat Studios, a Cupcake Wars Champion. During any given day Corks n’ Crowns offers three wines either in

any given day Corks n’ Crowns offers three wines either in the $20, $50, $100 ranges
any given day Corks n’ Crowns offers three wines either in the $20, $50, $100 ranges

the $20, $50, $100 ranges or even all Pinot Noir if you like! Corks n’ Crowns also offers a special tasting of three wines from elsewhere in the world. This month’s selection is from Spain. The tastings range from $6 a flight to $18 for the 94+ point-rated Napa Cabs. Each tasting is equivalent to a glass of wine. Highly rated wines by the glass or bottle cannot be found for those prices anywhere in Santa Barbara. Corks n’ Crowns also teams up with a few restau- rants, offering free corkage to their customers. Some of the restaurants are SeaGrass, Fishouse, Jane, Paradise Café and Emilio’s. Every month Corks n’ Crowns changes its wine and beer selec- tions, giving the customer a new experience every time they visit. For those that love the selections, Corks n’ Crowns offers a Wine Club with the same wines that are being tasted. Members can taste compli- mentary wine or beer with their friends and family. The most diverse tasting room and wine club in Santa Barbara has definitely set a new mark for tasting and wine selections in Santa Barbara. Corks n’ Crowns is a must stop tasting room

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ONGOING Bike, Hike and Kayak Trips explore the amazing outdoor world of the Central Coast outdoors. Ten unique day trips, including bicycling the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, hiking Big sur and kayaking among the profusion of bird life in morro Bay. all trips include necessary transportation, a gourmet picnic lunch and knowledgeable guide(s). $79-$119. Bike rentals available. Call for reservations. 888-873-5610

Bike rentals available. Call for reservations. 888-873-5610 SEPTEMBER 1-30 8th Annual San Luis Obispo County Wine

SEPTEMBER 1-30

Call for reservations. 888-873-5610 SEPTEMBER 1-30 8th Annual San Luis Obispo County Wine Month Take advantage

8th Annual San Luis Obispo County Wine Month

Take advantage of the special activities, complimentary tastings, special events,

wine sales and tours. www.winecoastcounty.com

SEPTEMBER 27-30

SEPTEMBER 27-30

SEPTEMBER 27-30
 

Savor the Central Coast

The slo County visitors & Conference Bureau and sunset magazine bring the largest Food &

The slo County visitors & Conference Bureau and sunset magazine bring the largest Food & Wine celebration back to the Central Coast! www.savorcentralcoast.com, 800-634-1414

magazine bring the largest Food & Wine celebration back to the Central Coast! www.savorcentralcoast.com, 800-634-1414

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ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

 

Locals Day at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

receive a complimentary tasting and 15% (25% club members) off your wine purchase if you

receive a complimentary tasting and 15% (25% club members) off your wine purchase if you are a local. www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

tasting and 15% (25% club members) off your wine purchase if you are a local. www.laetitiawine.com,

ONGOING SATURDAYS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1

 

Summer Music Sessions at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

listen to live music while enjoying laetitia wines. 1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

listen to live music while enjoying laetitia wines. 1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

listen to live music while enjoying laetitia wines. 1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

ONGOING FIRST MONDAY Medical Mondays at Phantom Rivers in appreciation for all the dedication of medical personnel. stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,
specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,

ONGOING FIRST THURSDAYS Teachers Appreciation Night at Phantom Rivers in appreciation for all the dedication of school district personnel. stop by the tasting room for happy hour specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,
specials. 3:30-7pm. 25% discounts off all bottles and $2.50 off any wine by the glass! www.phantomrivers.com,

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463
ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker’s Choice Night at Phantom Rivers 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

ONGOING SATURDAYS Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market Farm fresh produce & flowers, art show and live entertainment in the arroyo Grande City Hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250

in the arroyo Grande City Hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250
in the arroyo Grande City Hall Parking lot at 215 east Branch street. 12-2:30pm www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Ice Cream Creating ~ A Family Affair! The Doc Burnstein's ice Cream lab show is a live performance that involves the whole audience! live performances every Wednesday, 7pm, invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068

performances every Wednesday, 7pm, invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068
performances every Wednesday, 7pm, invent a brand new flavor and watch it being made. www.docburnsteins.com, 805-474-4068

ONGOING Winemakers Choice at Phantom Rivers The first Friday of every month join John & linda for their Winemakers Choice tasting. John will be pouring his favorites (or mention what you like and we’re sure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm, www.phantomrivers.com, 805-481-9463

favorites (or mention what you like and we’re sure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm,
favorites (or mention what you like and we’re sure he will open it for you)! 5-7pm,

ONGOING Arroyo Grande Village Summer Concert Series rotary Bandstand, www.arroyograndevillage.org, 805-473-2250

 

• august 12: strata-tones

• august 26: First Friday Gang

• september 9: Cafe musique

• september 9: Cafe musique

• september 9: Cafe musique

AUGUST 12 Central Coast Chili Challenge international Chili society competition with official judging and cash prizes. Chili tastings, children's games, arts and crafts booths. Biddle Park, 11am-4pm, www.centralcoastchilichallenge.org

AUGUST 18 Gather in the Village Featuring Duet To It mellow tunes that pair perfectly
AUGUST 18 Gather in the Village Featuring Duet To It mellow tunes that pair perfectly

AUGUST 18 Gather in the Village Featuring Duet To It mellow tunes that pair perfectly with a relaxing Friday of wine and great food. Gather Wine Bar, 7-10pm, $10, Free/patrons

www.gatherwinebar.com, 805-474-4771

www.gatherwinebar.com, 805-474-4771

www.gatherwinebar.com, 805-474-4771

AUGUST 25

 

Sparkling Wine Demonstration at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

stomp grapes with laetita, 11-1pm. live music and picnic 1-4pm

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7653

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7653

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7653

SEPTEMBER 2

 

Summer Music Sessions at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

listen to live music by the Crisptones while enjoying laetitia wines. 1-4pm

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

SEPTEMBER 3

 

Summer Music Sessions at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

listen to live music by michael shelton while enjoying laetitia wines.

1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

1-4pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

SEPTEMBER 7

 

Summer Music Sessions at Laetitia Vineyards & Winery

listen to live music by les Beck while enjoying laetitia wines. 4-7pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

listen to live music by les Beck while enjoying laetitia wines. 4-7pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

listen to live music by les Beck while enjoying laetitia wines. 4-7pm, www.laetitiawine.com, 805-474-7651

AVILA BEACH

AVILA BEACH
AVILA BEACH

ONGOING FRIDAYS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 28 Avila Beach Fish & Farmers' Market on the Promenade – Fresh produce, local seafood, food booths & family fun.

 

4-8pm, 805-602-8266 rainy day policy: if it's raining at 2pm in avila the day

of the market, the Fish & Farmers' market is cancelled.

• aug 3: electric Grease

• aug 10: JD Project

• aug 17: Zongo all-star Band

• aug 24: The Jammies

• aug 31: Dave aguallo

• sept 7: mezcal

• sept 14: motel Drive

• sept 14: motel Drive

• sept 14: motel Drive

AUGUST 3-4 JK Wine Company Golf and Wine Week

 

Weekend package includes two days of golf, lunch at the avila Beach Golf resort and a Winemaker's dinner at Thomas Hill organics featuring Jk Wine Company wines. $325/entire weekend, $125/winemaker dinner only

www.jkwinecompany.com, 805-226-7514

www.jkwinecompany.com, 805-226-7514

www.jkwinecompany.com, 805-226-7514

AUGUST 17, 31

 

Alapay Cellars “Avila Baywatch” Sunset Cruise

experience avila Beach from the calm waters of the bay, while enjoying appe-

tizers, live music and plenty of alapay wine. Port san luis, avila Beach

$70/pp (all inclusive), 6:30-8:30pm. www.alapaycellars.com, rsvP, 805-595-2632

$70/pp (all inclusive), 6:30-8:30pm. www.alapaycellars.com, rsvP, 805-595-2632

$70/pp (all inclusive), 6:30-8:30pm. www.alapaycellars.com, rsvP, 805-595-2632

CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAY

CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAY
CAYUCOS, CAMBRIA & MORRO BAY

ONGOING SATURDAYS

 

Fishermen & Farmers’ Market in Morro Bay

Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

Fresh seasonal produce, crafts & musicians, 3-6pm, 800-231-0592

ONGOING Winemaker Dinners at Hoppe’s Join Chef Bill Hoppe as he celebrates his passion for food and wine with Wine-

 

maker Dinners featuring California's best wine producers and Chef Hoppe's

personalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local and exotic foods. www.hoppesbistro.com, 805-995-1006

personalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local and exotic foods. www.hoppesbistro.com, 805-995-1006

personalized cooking classes featuring beautiful combinations of local and exotic foods. www.hoppesbistro.com, 805-995-1006

ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 31 Summer Farmer’s Market Cayucos vet’s Hall, 10am-12:30pm, www.cayucoschamber.com, 805-296-2056

THROUGH AUGUST 31 Summer Farmer’s Market Cayucos vet’s Hall, 10am-12:30pm, www.cayucoschamber.com, 805-296-2056
THROUGH AUGUST 31 Summer Farmer’s Market Cayucos vet’s Hall, 10am-12:30pm, www.cayucoschamber.com, 805-296-2056

AUGUST 4 Claiborne & Churchill Vintners Morro Bay Harbor Cruise on board the Papagallo ii Yacht you will enjoy a three hour cruise of the morro Bay Harbor. sip on Claiborne & Churchill wines perfectly paired with tapas. www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

www.WineCountryThisMonth.com

AUGUST 4 Arts and Crafts Festival

AUGUST 4 Arts and Crafts Festival

AUGUST 4 Arts and Crafts Festival
morro Bay Blvd, 9-5pm, 877-478-9477

morro Bay Blvd, 9-5pm, 877-478-9477

morro Bay Blvd, 9-5pm, 877-478-9477

AUGUST 11

 

Papagallo Boat Cruise on Morro Bay

set sail with Pianetta Winery aboard the Papagallo ii. Chef len Genteiu will be pairing

set sail with Pianetta Winery aboard the Papagallo ii. Chef len Genteiu will be pairing 5 wines with some fantastic food courses. 1pm, $90, $80/club members. www.pianettawinery.com, 805-226-4005

will be pairing 5 wines with some fantastic food courses. 1pm, $90, $80/club members. www.pianettawinery.com, 805-226-4005

AUGUST 24-25 Dahlia Daze and Cypress Nightz

Friday 5pm to 8pm wine and cheese reception. saturday 10 am to 8 pm speakers,

Friday 5pm to 8pm wine and cheese reception. saturday 10 am to 8 pm speakers, Demos and Dance. morro Bay Community Center, 805-772-4467

8pm wine and cheese reception. saturday 10 am to 8 pm speakers, Demos and Dance. morro

SEPTEMBER 1-3 Art in the Park 2012 Featuring 100 local and regional fine art exhibitors. The fair supports art Center

 

morro Bay’s art scholarships for county high school and college students and

other art Center programs. morro Bay City Park, 10-5pm, www.morrobayartassociation.org, 805-772-7964

other art Center programs. morro Bay City Park, 10-5pm, www.morrobayartassociation.org, 805-772-7964

other art Center programs. morro Bay City Park, 10-5pm, www.morrobayartassociation.org, 805-772-7964

SEPTEMBER 15 Avocado & Margarita Festival

 

sample guacamole till you see green. across from roses' on the embarcadero.

morro Bay, 11-6pm, 805-772-4467

morro Bay, 11-6pm, 805-772-4467

morro Bay, 11-6pm, 805-772-4467

PASO ROBLES

PASO ROBLES
PASO ROBLES

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

 

Pinot Noir Blending Seminar

at Wild Horse Winery

Templeton – learn the art of blending wine. experience first hand what being

a

winemaker is all about. sample Pinot Noirs from the Central Coast ava and

learn what terroir truly means. each participant creates their own blend to take

home. $50, $35/wine club. By appointment 11am or 2pm, limit 10 email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com, rsvP,

home. $50, $35/wine club. By appointment 11am or 2pm, limit 10 email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com, rsvP, 805-434-2541 ext. 15

$35/wine club. By appointment 11am or 2pm, limit 10 email leslie.churchill@wildhorsewinery.com, rsvP, 805-434-2541 ext. 15

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

 

Patio Food Pairings at Opolo Vineyards

Join them on the patio for delicious gourmet pizzas from their wood burning oven, sandwiches

Join them on the patio for delicious gourmet pizzas from their wood burning oven, sandwiches or sample an array of sausages, all paired with excellent opolo wines. Cheers! www.opolo.com, 805-238-9593

sandwiches or sample an array of sausages, all paired with excellent opolo wines. Cheers! www.opolo.com, 805-238-9593

ONGOING SATURDAYS

 

Tours & Tastings at Eberle Winery

viP Tastings by appointment, $25. Complimentary cave tours every half hour www.eberlewinery.com, 805-238-9607

viP Tastings by appointment, $25. Complimentary cave tours every half hour www.eberlewinery.com, 805-238-9607

viP Tastings by appointment, $25. Complimentary cave tours every half hour www.eberlewinery.com, 805-238-9607

ONGOING SECOND FROM LAST FRIDAY

Fete Friday at Silver Horse Winery

Winemaker, stephen kroener and his staff will prepare gourment fare for you to enjoy while listening to great music and tasting fantastic wines. Wines by glass

and bottle for sale. 5-8pm, $10/food, $10/admission includes 10 tastings.

www.silverhorse.com, 805-467-9463

ONGOING FRIDAYS

ONGOING FRIDAYS

ONGOING FRIDAYS
 

Wine Down at Hearthstone

enjoy music and light appetizers. Different musicians play and the BBQ will be lit. Winemaker Paul has several food and wine pairings he cannot wait to have you taste! Coming into town for the weekend, stop by before dinner, or if you are local

come enjoy yourself after a long work week! This week’s performers & appetizers

at www.facebook.com/HearthstoneWines, 805-238-2544

at

www.facebook.com/HearthstoneWines, 805-238-2544

www.facebook.com/HearthstoneWines, 805-238-2544

ONGOING

 

Live Music at Vina Robles

They invite you to slow down from your week, sit back and enjoy live music -

all while savoring award-winning vina robles wines. music complimentary. 1-4pm. Wine for purchase & tastings available. www.vinarobles.com, 805-227-4812

• august 11: mike annuzzi

• september 8: Cinder Jean & robert Thomas

• september 8: Cinder Jean & robert Thomas

• september 8: Cinder Jean & robert Thomas

ONGOING

 

Art Show at Castoro Cellars

a different artist featured monthly. www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

• august: ron robinson and David Child

• august: ron robinson and David Child

• august: ron robinson and David Child

ONGOING

Lazy Locals Concerts at Castoro Cellars

Picnics welcome. lawn chairs & blankets encouraged. kick back in the shade and enjoy the fun. Castoro Cellars Wine will be available for purchase. 1-4pm, free, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

• august 19: Up in the air

• september 14: luke Byron Band

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS MONTH aUGUsT 2012 ONGOING Live Music on the Patio

ONGOING

Live Music on the Patio at Niner Wine Estates

1-4pm, www.ninerwine.com, 805.239.2233

• august 4: Jordan Traub

• august 18: vance Fahie of resination

• september 1: vance Fahie

• september 2: matt Clark

• september 1: vance Fahie • september 2: matt Clark ONGOING Summer Concerts at Pear Valley

ONGOING

Summer Concerts at Pear Valley

Bring a picnic dinner and purchase a glass or bottle of Pear valley wine as you sit back a relax on the covered patio. 5:30-8:30pm, free, www.pearvalley.com, 805-237-2861

• august 16: Bob & Wendy

• september 20: Dawn lambeth

august 16: Bob & Wendy • september 20: Dawn lambeth ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Winemaker Wednesdays at the

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS

Winemaker Wednesdays at the Paso Wine Centre

6-9pm, $12/wine flight, additional $12/food pairing, www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156

$12/food pairing, www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156 ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music at the Paso Wine Centre 8-10pm,

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Live Music at the Paso Wine Centre

8-10pm, free, www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156

Centre 8-10pm, free, www.pasowinecentre.com, 805-239-9156 ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Mondo Cellars Friday Night

ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER

Mondo Cellars Friday Night Sunset Happy Hour

enjoy live music,wines by the glass or bottle and reasonably priced gourmet catered appetizers. 5pm, free, www.mondocellars.com

gourmet catered appetizers. 5pm, free, www.mondocellars.com ONGOING SUNDAYS Live Music at Sculpterra live entertainment

ONGOING SUNDAYS Live Music at Sculpterra live entertainment sponsored by "songwriters at Play." 1-4pm, free , www.sculpterra.com

at Play." 1-4pm, free , www.sculpterra.com ONGOING Go Ballooning enjoy incredible views of the wine

ONGOING Go Ballooning enjoy incredible views of the wine country of Paso robles, atascadero, san miguel and Templeton. You float along at 2-3 miles per hour from an altitude of a few feet up to several thousand feet above the ground. 1-4 passengers per trip. Weather permitting. Call for reservations. www.sloballoon.com, 805-458-1530

Call for reservations. www.sloballoon.com, 805-458-1530 ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Sunday Brunch at Veris Cellars

ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Sunday Brunch at Veris Cellars Catered brunch & bottomless mimosas. Templeton, 11am-2pm, $25 $18/without mimosas, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

$25 $18/without mimosas, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319 ONGOING EVERY SECOND SUNDAY Central Coast Railroad Festival

ONGOING EVERY SECOND SUNDAY

Central Coast Railroad Festival Wine-Train Excursions The excursions include a trip up the Cuesta Grade to Paso robles on amtrak's Coast starlight, complimentary wine tasting, light lunch snacks, rail history and

a private bus trip down to san luis obispo. The winter excursions begin and end

at anglim Winery in the historical southern Pacific Depot next to the Paso

robles amtrak station. Future excursions (after the summer Daylight savings

time change) will originate in san luis obispo and include stops at other wineries. $49/adults, $39/children under 15, www.ccrrf.com, 805-773-4173

$39/children under 15, www.ccrrf.com, 805-773-4173 AUGUST 3 Summer Wine and Tapas at Paso Robles Inn &

AUGUST 3

Summer Wine and Tapas at Paso Robles Inn & Steakhouse

Featuring sextant Wines. meet the featured winemaker, learn about the winery, and enjoy perfect pairings of wine and tapas. 5-7pm, $20, www.pasoroblesinn.com, 805-238-2660

and tapas. 5-7pm, $20, www.pasoroblesinn.com, 805-238-2660 AUGUST 3 Movie Night on the Lawn at Veris Cellars

AUGUST 3 Movie Night on the Lawn at Veris Cellars sip on wine & enjoy a big screen movie! Concessions and wine will be available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and all your friends! sundown-10:30pm, free, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

sundown-10:30pm, free, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319 AUGUST 4 First Annual Signature Event at Vina Robles

AUGUST 4

First Annual Signature Event at Vina Robles

Progressive dinner featuring spanish-inspired cuisine and live performances. 6pm, $125, $105/signature Wine Club, www.vinarobles.com, 805-227-4812

$105/signature Wine Club, www.vinarobles.com, 805-227-4812 AUGUST 4   Cooking Class at Niner Wine Estates
AUGUST 4
AUGUST 4

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 4
 

Cooking Class at Niner Wine Estates

Join Chef Nanette smalley as she teaches students how to prepare a vegetarian feast using classic indian and Thai flavors. The class begins with a farm tour at bio-dynamic Windrose Farm. after, students will enjoy a sit-down lunch.

9-2pm, $155, $124/club members, www.ninerwine.com, rsvP, 805-239-2233x11

9-2pm, $155, $124/club members, www.ninerwine.com, rsvP, 805-239-2233x11

9-2pm, $155, $124/club members, www.ninerwine.com, rsvP, 805-239-2233x11

AUGUST 4

16th Annual Wine Society Gala

16th Annual Wine Society Gala

Celebrate the release of new wines, live music and food. 11am-4pm, $20, $16/wine club, www.justinwine.com,

Celebrate the release of new wines, live music and food. 11am-4pm, $20, $16/wine club, www.justinwine.com, 800-726-0049

Celebrate the release of new wines, live music and food. 11am-4pm, $20, $16/wine club, www.justinwine.com, 800-726-0049

AUGUST 4 Rhone Reds Blending Seminar at Terry Hoage Vineyards Part two of blending seminar. Jenn and Terry lead a discussion and tasting of estate-grown rhone red varietals, then set you loose to create your own cuvee

using barrel samples from their 2010 vintage. lunch included.

using barrel samples from their 2010 vintage. lunch included.

10am-2pm, $50, $40/club members, www.terryhoagevineyards.com

10am-2pm, $50, $40/club members, www.terryhoagevineyards.com

10am-2pm, $50, $40/club members, www.terryhoagevineyards.com

AUGUST 4 Midsummers Winemaker Dinner at Croad Vineyard 6-9pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.croadvineyards.com, 805-226-9899

AUGUST 4 Midsummers Winemaker Dinner at Croad Vineyard 6-9pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.croadvineyards.com, 805-226-9899
AUGUST 4 Midsummers Winemaker Dinner at Croad Vineyard 6-9pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.croadvineyards.com, 805-226-9899
AUGUST 4, 11 Pizza & Wine at Veris Cellars Homemade personal pizzas, complimentary wine tasting,

AUGUST 4, 11 Pizza & Wine at Veris Cellars Homemade personal pizzas, complimentary wine tasting,

wine by the glass and bottle available for purchase.

wine by the glass and bottle available for purchase.

11am-2:30pm, $5, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

11am-2:30pm, $5, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

11am-2:30pm, $5, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

AUGUST 4, 18 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ. 12-3pm, $10, www.osolibre.com, 805-238-3378

AUGUST 4, 18 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ. 12-3pm,
AUGUST 4, 18 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ. 12-3pm,
AUGUST 9

AUGUST 9

 

Mondo Cellars Winemaker’s Dinner at Estrella Restaurant

6:30-9:30pm, $65, $55/club members, www.mondocellars.com, 805-226-2925

6:30-9:30pm, $65, $55/club members, www.mondocellars.com, 805-226-2925

6:30-9:30pm, $65, $55/club members, www.mondocellars.com, 805-226-2925
AUGUST 9

AUGUST 9

 

“The Bitter and The Sweet” Seminar

seminar on the bitter reality of developing the farm plan necessary to comply with the new regional Water Quality Board requirements. also a seminar on the methods of monitoring grapes in the field as growers prepare for harvest. This will be a hands-on, practical demonstration of commonly-used tests. Castoro Cellars, 2-4:30pm, $20, free/iGGPra members

www.iggpra.com, rsvP, 805-434-3331
www.iggpra.com, rsvP, 805-434-3331

www.iggpra.com, rsvP, 805-434-3331

www.iggpra.com, rsvP, 805-434-3331

AUGUST 11

 

Peppino D' Agostino Concert at Castoro Cellars

Fantastic evening of music, food and wine.

Fantastic evening of music, food and wine.

7pm, $22, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

7pm, $22, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

7pm, $22, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

AUGUST 11

14th Annual Winemakers Cook-off

enjoy choice wine and excellent food prepared by some of the best winemakers in the Paso robles appellation. Tickle your taste-buds, listen to live music and have a great time while benefiting local high-school seniors. river oak Hot springs, 6-9pm, $75/pp, $40/designated drivers, $650/table for 8 www.winemakerscookoff.com, 877-264-6979

$650/table for 8 www.winemakerscookoff.com, 877-264-6979 AUGUST 11 Spaghetti Western Dinner at Oso Libre Winery

AUGUST 11 Spaghetti Western Dinner at Oso Libre Winery Dinner and a movie under the stars in the vineyard. 5-9pm, $75, www.osolibre.com, 805-238-3378 Dinner and a movie under the stars in the vineyard. 5-9pm, $75, www.osolibre.com, 805-238-3378

in the vineyard. 5-9pm, $75, www.osolibre.com, 805-238-3378 AUGUST 11 Wine in the Vines at J&J Cellars

AUGUST 11 Wine in the Vines at J&J Cellars

live music, complimentary appetizers and your first glass of J & J wine. Feel free to bring your own picnic and favorite chair. 5-8pm, $15, www.jjcellars.com, rsvP, 805-467-2891805-238-3378 AUGUST 11 Wine in the Vines at J&J Cellars AUGUST 17 & 31 Edward Sellers

chair. 5-8pm, $15, www.jjcellars.com, rsvP, 805-467-2891 AUGUST 17 & 31 Edward Sellers Happy Hour with Moodsville

AUGUST 17 & 31 Edward Sellers Happy Hour with Moodsville

Chill out to the smooth jazz sounds of moodsville. Pack a picnic or light snack then pick up your favorite edward sellers wine and enjoy the evening. Wine sold by the glass or bottle. 4-7pm, www.edwardseller.com, 805-239-8915AUGUST 17 & 31 Edward Sellers Happy Hour with Moodsville AUGUST 18 Clayhouse Wines’ Winemaker Dinner

glass or bottle. 4-7pm, www.edwardseller.com, 805-239-8915 AUGUST 18 Clayhouse Wines’ Winemaker Dinner AUGUST 18 Paso

AUGUST 18

Clayhouse Wines’ Winemaker Dinner bottle. 4-7pm, www.edwardseller.com, 805-239-8915 AUGUST 18 AUGUST 18 Paso Robles Wine Country Auction local winemakers

805-239-8915 AUGUST 18 Clayhouse Wines’ Winemaker Dinner AUGUST 18 Paso Robles Wine Country Auction local winemakers
805-239-8915 AUGUST 18 Clayhouse Wines’ Winemaker Dinner AUGUST 18 Paso Robles Wine Country Auction local winemakers

AUGUST 18

Paso Robles Wine Country Auction

local winemakers bring out rare wines from within their cellars to be auctioned off. Dinner is included. Funds raised will benefit san luis obispo County organi-

zations. summerwood Winery, www.pasowine.com, 805-239-8463

zations. summerwood Winery, www.pasowine.com, 805-239-8463 AUGUST 18 Summer Music on the Patio at SummerWood Winery
zations. summerwood Winery, www.pasowine.com, 805-239-8463 AUGUST 18 Summer Music on the Patio at SummerWood Winery

AUGUST 18

Summer Music on the Patio at SummerWood Winery

Wine and food will be available for purchase. www.summerwoodwine.com, 805-227-1365

available for purchase. www.summerwoodwine.com, 805-227-1365 AUGUST 18 Mozzarella Tasting at Le Vigne Winery Join le
available for purchase. www.summerwoodwine.com, 805-227-1365 AUGUST 18 Mozzarella Tasting at Le Vigne Winery Join le

AUGUST 18 Mozzarella Tasting at Le Vigne Winery Join le vigne Winery for an informative tasting of fresh mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella & burrata with estate grown heirloom tomatoes. 1-4pm, $10/pp, Free/la Famiglia. www.levignewinery.com, rsvP, 805-227-4000

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 18
 

9th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival Free olive oil and olive product sampling, producers from all over California, wine and beer tasting and open olive dish cooking contest.

Downtown Paso robles City Park, 10-5pm www.pasoroblesolivefestival.com, 805-238-4103

Downtown Paso robles City Park, 10-5pm www.pasoroblesolivefestival.com, 805-238-4103

Downtown Paso robles City Park, 10-5pm www.pasoroblesolivefestival.com, 805-238-4103

AUGUST 18 Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area Industry Social

Heaven Can Wait equine sanctuary, 6-9pm, $10, free/members www.pasorobleswinegrapes.com, 805-226-8293

Heaven Can Wait equine sanctuary, 6-9pm, $10, free/members www.pasorobleswinegrapes.com, 805-226-8293

Heaven Can Wait equine sanctuary, 6-9pm, $10, free/members www.pasorobleswinegrapes.com, 805-226-8293

AUGUST 19

Cass Summer Concert: Thomas Leeb

all concerts are held outdoors under our heritage oak tree. additional glasses of wine available for purchase. No food service available at concert site. Food is available at their Cafe during intermission or before/after concert. 1-3pm, $10/includes 1 glass of wine, free/club members

www.casswines.com, 805-227-2888

AUGUST 25

AUGUST 25

AUGUST 25
 

Summer Concert Series at Calcareous Vineyard

live music and food and wine pairing menu for purchase or bring your picnic and

live music and food and wine pairing menu for purchase or bring your picnic and buy a glass or bottle of wine. 6-9pm, $15/person, $10/Wine Club. www.calcareous.com, 805-239-0289

or bring your picnic and buy a glass or bottle of wine. 6-9pm, $15/person, $10/Wine Club.

AUGUST 25

 

Cooking Class at Niner Wine Estates

students will enjoy a farm tour led by Joe Thomas, owner of Thomas Hill Farms

students will enjoy a farm tour led by Joe Thomas, owner of Thomas Hill Farms & organics, followed by preparation of a farm-fresh menu. after, students will enjoy a sit-down lunch. 9-2pm, $165, $132/club members www.ninerwine.com, rsvP, 805-239-2233x11

menu. after, students will enjoy a sit-down lunch. 9-2pm, $165, $132/club members www.ninerwine.com, rsvP, 805-239-2233x11

AUGUST 25

 

Walk the Vine at Hearthstone Vineyard

live music and BBQ. 5pm-8pm, $35, www.mccwalkthevine.com, 805-712-9719

live music and BBQ. 5pm-8pm, $35, www.mccwalkthevine.com, 805-712-9719

live music and BBQ. 5pm-8pm, $35, www.mccwalkthevine.com, 805-712-9719

AUGUST 25

Perfect Pairings: Heirloom Tomatoes at SummerWood Winery

summerWood executive Chef will present a gourmet menu paired summer- wood wine while educating guests on the art of food and wine pairing. 12pm, $40, $35/wine club, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-136525 Perfect Pairings: Heirloom Tomatoes at SummerWood Winery AUGUST 25 7th Annual Escuela del Rio Benefit

$35/wine club, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365 AUGUST 25 7th Annual Escuela del Rio Benefit Concert at
$35/wine club, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365 AUGUST 25 7th Annual Escuela del Rio Benefit Concert at

AUGUST 25

7th Annual Escuela del Rio Benefit Concert at Castoro Cellarsclub, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365 AUGUST 25 salty suites with special guest lily Wilson. Tri-tip BBQ

salty suites with special guest lily Wilson. Tri-tip BBQ will be available for purchase from Pr kiwanis with a portion of the proceeds going to escuela del rio. 7pm, $25, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725

del rio. 7pm, $25, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725 AUGUST 25 Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese Festival Gourmet
del rio. 7pm, $25, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725 AUGUST 25 Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese Festival Gourmet

AUGUST 25del rio. 7pm, $25, www.castorocellars.com, 805-238-0725 Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese Festival Gourmet macaroni and

Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese Festival

Gourmet macaroni and cheese, wine, beer and live animals. le vigne Winery, 2-6pm, www.pacomacandcheesefest.com

le vigne Winery, 2-6pm, www.pacomacandcheesefest.com AUGUST 25 4th Annual British Invasion at Vina Robles live
le vigne Winery, 2-6pm, www.pacomacandcheesefest.com AUGUST 25 4th Annual British Invasion at Vina Robles live

AUGUST 25

4th Annual British Invasion

at Vina RoblesAUGUST 25 4th Annual British Invasion live music, British car show, a silent auction, a live

live music, British car show, a silent auction, a live auction, and a 50/50 raffle. savory fish and chips and vina robles wines will be available for purchase. 5:30pm, $25, $20/wine club, www.vinarobles.com, 805-227-4812

PasoTerra, 6:30pm, $85, $75/wine club, www.clayhousewines.com, rsvP, 805-227-4100

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AUGUST 25 Murder Mystery Night at Veris Cellars enjoy a catered buffet dinner with wine
AUGUST 25 Murder Mystery Night at Veris Cellars enjoy a catered buffet dinner with wine

AUGUST 25 Murder Mystery Night at Veris Cellars enjoy a catered buffet dinner with wine & a pirate themed, audience participation show. Go home with a bottle of wine to boot! Pirate themed attire encouraged.

6:30-9:30pm, $75, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

6:30-9:30pm, $75, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

6:30-9:30pm, $75, www.veriscellars.com, 805-434-0319

AUGUST 25 Rod Piazza Blues Benefit Concert at Adelaida Cellars outdoor seating provided. Wine and food available for purchase. a portion of the proceeds goes to support UCla Fights Cancer. 7-10pm, $40, $32/wine club, www.adelaida.com, 805-239-8980

a portion of the proceeds goes to support UCla Fights Cancer. 7-10pm, $40, $32/wine club, www.adelaida.com,
a portion of the proceeds goes to support UCla Fights Cancer. 7-10pm, $40, $32/wine club, www.adelaida.com,

AUGUST 29

 

Summer Wine and Tapas at Paso Robles Inn & Steakhouse

Featuring Daou vineyards. meet the featured winemaker, learn about the winery and enjoy perfect pairings

Featuring Daou vineyards. meet the featured winemaker, learn about the winery and enjoy perfect pairings of wine and tapas. 5-7pm, $20, www.pasoroblesinn.com, 805-238-2660

learn about the winery and enjoy perfect pairings of wine and tapas. 5-7pm, $20, www.pasoroblesinn.com, 805-238-2660

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 3 Labor Day Case Sale at Le Vigne Winery Wine prices start at $36 per case. lots of delicious goodies to taste. 11am-5pm, www.levignewinery.com, 805-227-4000

Wine prices start at $36 per case. lots of delicious goodies to taste. 11am-5pm, www.levignewinery.com, 805-227-4000
Wine prices start at $36 per case. lots of delicious goodies to taste. 11am-5pm, www.levignewinery.com, 805-227-4000

SEPTEMBER 1

 

Late Summer Covered Bridge Dinner at Halter Ranch

The picturesque covered bridge creates a dramatic stage for this event, where guests feast on

The picturesque covered bridge creates a dramatic stage for this event, where guests feast on locally-sourced cuisine paired with estate wines. 6-9, $105, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

where guests feast on locally-sourced cuisine paired with estate wines. 6-9, $105, www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

SEPTEMBER 1

 

Hwy 46 West Block Party

Taste wine from the 14 member wineries and enjoy a casual 'mini-wine festival' atmosphere. Peachy

Taste wine from the 14 member wineries and enjoy a casual 'mini-wine festival' atmosphere. Peachy Canyon, 6pm, $35, www.peachycanyon.com, 805-239-1918

and enjoy a casual 'mini-wine festival' atmosphere. Peachy Canyon, 6pm, $35, www.peachycanyon.com, 805-239-1918

SEPTEMBER 1

 

Summer Blending Party Series at Hearthstone Vineyard

Join Paul ayers, the Hearthstone winemaker, for some great blending secrets. 12-2pm, $32, $25/wine club,

Join Paul ayers, the Hearthstone winemaker, for some great blending secrets. 12-2pm, $32, $25/wine club, www.hearthstonevineyard.com, 805-238-2544

winemaker, for some great blending secrets. 12-2pm, $32, $25/wine club, www.hearthstonevineyard.com, 805-238-2544

SEPTEMBER 1

 

Perfect Pairings at SummerWood Winery: Say Cheese

summerwood executive Chef will present a gourmet menu paired summer- wood wine while educating guests

summerwood executive Chef will present a gourmet menu paired summer- wood wine while educating guests on the art of food and wine pairing. 12pm, $40, $35/wine club, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365

educating guests on the art of food and wine pairing. 12pm, $40, $35/wine club, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP,

SEPTEMBER 1

 

Covered Bridge Dinner at Halter Ranch

The picturesque covered bridge creates a dramatic stage for the event, where guests feast on

The picturesque covered bridge creates a dramatic stage for the event, where guests feast on locally-sourced cuisine paired with estate wines. sprawling vineyard views and the new winery create a dramatic backdrop to this one-of- a-kind event. www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

views and the new winery create a dramatic backdrop to this one-of- a-kind event. www.halterranch.com, 888-367-9977

SEPTEMBER 1 2nd Annual Central Coast Clambake at Harmony Cellars enjoy a traditional east Coast Feast with a delightful California twist! Five courses with wine served on our hilltop patio. 6pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.harmonycellars.com, rsvP, 805-927-1625

Five courses with wine served on our hilltop patio. 6pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.harmonycellars.com, rsvP, 805-927-1625
Five courses with wine served on our hilltop patio. 6pm, $65, $55/wine club, www.harmonycellars.com, rsvP, 805-927-1625

SEPTEMBER 1, 15, 29 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ. 12-3pm, $10, www.osolibre.com, 805-238-3378

SEPTEMBER 1, 15, 29 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ.
SEPTEMBER 1, 15, 29 BBQ at Oso Lubre Winery Beef burgers on an oak Pit BBQ.

SEPTEMBER 8

 

Sentio Under the Stars at SummerWood Winery

annual sentio release multi-course wine dinner featuring a verticle tasting. 6:30pm, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP,

annual sentio release multi-course wine dinner featuring a verticle tasting. 6:30pm, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365

sentio release multi-course wine dinner featuring a verticle tasting. 6:30pm, www.summerwoodwine.com, rsvP, 805-227-1365

SEPTEMBER 14-15 4th Annual Crush & Roll West Cigar connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts will gather for the Central California Coast’s premiere festival. www.crushandrollwest.com, 805-474-1133

SEPTEMBER 15 A Night in Spain - Tapas & Flamenco with Edward Sellers edward sellers
SEPTEMBER 15 A Night in Spain - Tapas & Flamenco with Edward Sellers edward sellers

SEPTEMBER 15 A Night in Spain - Tapas & Flamenco with Edward Sellers edward sellers wines paired with spanish Tapas. sit under the stars and be serenaded by the beautiful sounds of the spanish guitar performed by Grammy award winner “louie ortega”, and revel in the romance and

 

passion of a live Flamenco show in classic spanish style.

$60, $45/club members, www.edwardsellers.com, rsvP, 805-239-8915

$60, $45/club members, www.edwardsellers.com, rsvP, 805-239-8915

$60, $45/club members, www.edwardsellers.com, rsvP, 805-239-8915

SAN LUIS OBISPO

SAN LUIS OBISPO
SAN LUIS OBISPO

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS

 

Master the Art of Wine and Cheese

at Tolosa Winery

Four cheeses are served using only artisan and/or farmstead products. Wine is paired with each

Four cheeses are served using only artisan and/or farmstead products. Wine is paired with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony. 11am-4pm, www.tolosawinery.com, rsvP, 805-782-0500

with each cheese, utilizing the principles of balance and harmony. 11am-4pm, www.tolosawinery.com, rsvP, 805-782-0500

ONGOING Hearst Castle Tours

 

led by an experienced guide, tour Hearst Castle and encounter first-hand the majesty

and beauty of this historical treasure. www.hearstcastle.org, 800-444-4445

and beauty of this historical treasure. www.hearstcastle.org, 800-444-4445

and beauty of this historical treasure. www.hearstcastle.org, 800-444-4445

ONGOING FRIDAYS Sips & Songs at Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

 

local food and live music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair; winery tables and

chairs will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Wine and food sold

chairs will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Wine and food sold separately. 5:30-7:30pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

on a first come first serve basis. Wine and food sold separately. 5:30-7:30pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

ONGOING SUNDAYS Sips & Songs at Claiborne & Churchill Vintners local food and live music. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair; winery tables and chairs will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Wine and food sold

separately. 1-3pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

separately. 1-3pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

separately. 1-3pm, www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

ONGOING FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Art Gallery Events “Art After Dark” various art galleries stay open late & host artist receptions with wine & cheese 6-9pm, Downtown san luis obispo, www.sloartcouncil.org, 805-544-9251

& host artist receptions with wine & cheese 6-9pm, Downtown san luis obispo, www.sloartcouncil.org, 805-544-9251
& host artist receptions with wine & cheese 6-9pm, Downtown san luis obispo, www.sloartcouncil.org, 805-544-9251

AUGUST 3

 

Lobsterfest at Chamisal Vineyards

6-9pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

6-9pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

6-9pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

AUGUST 4

 

Lobsterfest at Chamisal Vineyards

5-8pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

5-8pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

5-8pm, www.chamisalvineyards.com, rsvP, 866-808-9463

AUGUST 5,12, 19, 26 Sunday Fun Days at Edna Valley Vineyards relax on the patio with wine, appetizers and live music. 1-4pm, free entry, wine and appetizers available for purchase www.ednavalleyvineyards.com, 805-544-5855

and live music. 1-4pm, free entry, wine and appetizers available for purchase www.ednavalleyvineyards.com, 805-544-5855
and live music. 1-4pm, free entry, wine and appetizers available for purchase www.ednavalleyvineyards.com, 805-544-5855

AUGUST 10

Dine in the Vines – Edna Valley Vineyards Winemakers Dinner Winemaker, Josh Baker, will join you for multiple courses that will pair perfectly with edna valley vineyard wines. live background music will accent the evening. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a coat, this event is in the vineyard. 6-9:30pm, $100, $90/wine club

www.ednavalleyvineyards.com, rsvP, 805-544-5855x242

club www.ednavalleyvineyards.com, rsvP, 805-544-5855x242 AUGUST 26 Taste of the Central Coast event showcasing local

AUGUST 26

Taste of the Central Coast

event showcasing local talent while raising funds to support the foster and high-needs children and families served by the Family Care Network. The event features top savory and pastry chefs and vintners on the Central Coast. in addi- tion, the Taste of the Central Coast includes a silent and live auction offering weekend getaways and unique experiences.

Trilogy monarch Club, 3-6:30pm, www.fcni.org

experiences. Trilogy monarch Club, 3-6:30pm, www.fcni.org SEPTEMBER 1 4th Annual Brews and Bites local Central Coast

SEPTEMBER 1

4th Annual Brews and Bites

local Central Coast brewers pour their beers together with local restaurants selling food. Three live bands in mission Plaza throughout the day. 12-6pm, $30, www.downtownslo.com

Plaza throughout the day. 12-6pm, $30, www.downtownslo.com SEPTEMBER 8 10th Annual CASA’s Rendezvous Fine dining plus

SEPTEMBER 8

10th Annual CASA’s Rendezvous

Fine dining plus live and silent auctions for an evening of casual elegance. san luis obispo Country Club, www.slocasa.org, 805-541-6542

san luis obispo Country Club, www.slocasa.org, 805-541-6542 SEPTEMBER 12 Taste of San Luis enjoy an evening

SEPTEMBER 12

Taste of San Luis

enjoy an evening world-class food and wine at this premiere event that showcases the amazing culinary and wine products in san luis obispo County. 6-10pm, www.downtownslo.com, 805-541-0286

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

www.downtownslo.com, 805-541-0286 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY LOMPOC/BUELLTON ONGOING SECOND & FOURTH WEDNESDAY Quiz

LOMPOC/BUELLTON

805-541-0286 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY LOMPOC/BUELLTON ONGOING SECOND & FOURTH WEDNESDAY Quiz Night at Figueroa

ONGOING SECOND & FOURTH WEDNESDAY

Quiz Night at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

6:30-10pm, www.figmtnbrew.com, 805-694-2252

Brewing Co. 6:30-10pm, www.figmtnbrew.com, 805-694-2252 ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY Central Coast Tasting Series at

ONGOING EVERY OTHER SATURDAY

Central Coast Tasting Series at Avant Tapas and Wine

www.avantwines.com, 805-686-4742

• august 4: imagine Wines – ross rankin

• august 18: Falcone Family – John & Helen Falcone

• september 1: Huber – Norman Huber

• september 15: Hitching Post - Gray Hartely

Norman Huber • september 15: Hitching Post - Gray Hartely AUGUST 4 Barrel Tasting & Luncheon

AUGUST 4 Barrel Tasting & Luncheon at Flying Goat Cellars

sneak preview of vineyard designated 2011 Pinot Noirs, Full of life Flat flatbread pizzas and a disgorging demonstration. 12:30-3:30pm, $45, $40/wine club members and up to 3 guests www.flyinggoatcellars.com, 805-736-9032

and up to 3 guests www.flyinggoatcellars.com, 805-736-9032 AUGUST 5 Formal Library Tasting w/Sashi Moorman at Stolpman

AUGUST 5

Formal Library Tasting w/Sashi

Moorman at Stolpman Vineyards

Formal, sit down tasting consisting of 3 flights. lompoc Tasting room 11am-1pm, $50, www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-736-5000

room 11am-1pm, $50, www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-736-5000 AUGUST 17 Large Format & Library Wine Tasting at Avant

AUGUST 17

Large Format & Library Wine Tasting at Avant Tapas & Wine

Wine and Fire warm up reception featuring large format bottles, vintage wines

and current releases. 6-9pm, $20, $15/Wine & Fire event attendees

releases. 6-9pm, $20, $15/Wine & Fire event attendees AUGUST 13 www.staritahills.com, 805-686-4742 SLO Wine &

AUGUST 13

www.staritahills.com, 805-686-47426-9pm, $20, $15/Wine & Fire event attendees AUGUST 13 SLO Wine & Grill Affair:A Benefit for

event attendees AUGUST 13 www.staritahills.com, 805-686-4742 SLO Wine & Grill Affair:A Benefit for Transitions Mental

SLO Wine & Grill Affair:A Benefit for Transitions Mental Health Association

Celebrate summer with a friendly winemaker cook-off! 10 Wineries will be

featured at the event and each will pair a grilled treat with their wines. Guests

vote for favorites. Pairings are also judged by a local celebrity judging panel. There will be live music and local olive oil, cheese, and chocolate vendors. Filipponi ranch, 1-4pm, $35, $40/at door. www.clesiwines.com, 805-286-5073

1-4pm, $35, $40/at door. www.clesiwines.com, 805-286-5073 AUGUST 18 Summer Sunset Dinner at Claiborne & Churchill

AUGUST 18 Summer Sunset Dinner at Claiborne & Churchill enjoy a delicious surf 'n' turf dinner by the renowned Cracked Crab. This casual but elegant dinner takes place in on the garden patio with live music and an ample flow of C&C wines. www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066

of C&C wines. www.claibornechurchill.com, 805-544-4066 AUGUST 25 2010 Pinot Release Day at Talley Vineyards Tasting

AUGUST 25

2010 Pinot Release Day at Talley Vineyards Tasting Room

New release and library tasting, live music and food. 10:30am-4:30pm, $15, $10/club members, www.talleyvineyards.com

AUGUST 17

Tastes & Tapas at D’Vine Wine Bar

an evening of wine and food in an intimate setting paired with sta. rita Hills hospitality. Tapas prepared by D’vine will accompany local wines. $30, www.staritahills.com, 805-735-8771

local wines. $30, www.staritahills.com, 805-735-8771 AUGUST 17-19 Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance Wine

AUGUST 17-19

Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers

Alliance Wine & Fire Weekend805-735-8771 AUGUST 17-19 Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Join alliance members for a full weekend of food

Join alliance members for a full weekend of food and wine events in the coolest ava in santa Barbara County! visit website for tickets and viP passes. 11am-5pm, $50-$175, www.staritahills.com

and viP passes. 11am-5pm, $50-$175, www.staritahills.com AUGUST 18 “The Fire Within” Seminars and Lunch Their two

AUGUST 18

“The Fire Within” Seminars and Lunchpasses. 11am-5pm, $50-$175, www.staritahills.com AUGUST 18 Their two star grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be

Their two star grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be the focus as the winegrowers tell you about “The Fire Within” – why sta. rita Hills is such an amazing place to grow these prize wines. Following the seminar tastings, guests will be treated to fire-grilled delectables from local favorite, Hitching Post ii. The Barn at Fiddlestix vineyard, 10am, www.staritahills.com

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AUGUST 18

AUGUST 18
ONGOING SUNDAYS Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Historic Santa Maria Inn

ONGOING SUNDAYS Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Historic Santa Maria Inn

 

Wine and Fire Grand Tasting

over 25 wineries will be pouring their favorite sta. rita Hills selections along

with grilled appetizers. la Purisima mission, 5-8pm, www.staritahills.com enjoy a variety of selected meats, carving

with grilled appetizers. la Purisima mission, 5-8pm, www.staritahills.com

with grilled appetizers. la Purisima mission, 5-8pm, www.staritahills.com

enjoy a variety of selected meats, carving stations and an omelette station

LOS OLIVOS/FOXEN CANYON

LOS OLIVOS/FOXEN CANYON
LOS OLIVOS/FOXEN CANYON
 

along with a salad bar. We also feature traditional breakfast fare,

many side dishes and an elaborate and delicious dessert station. 10am-2pm. $21.95/adults, $18.95/seniors, $12.95/children.

www.santamariainn.com, 805-928-7777

delicious dessert station. 10am-2pm. $21.95/adults, $18.95/seniors, $12.95/children. www.santamariainn.com, 805-928-7777

ONGOING

 

Firestone Vineyards Concert Series

enjoy a live performances, wine by the glass or bottle and special pricing on select wines and merchandise throughout the evening. Come hungry, Big Tom will be firing up his BBQ or bring your own picnic dinner. los olivos Tasting room, 6-9pm, free. www.firestonewine.com, 805-688-3940

ONGOING LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

 

“Dealing with it” Wednesdays at Sierra Madre Vineyards

• aug 3: vineyard Birds

light hors d’oeuvres, good people, and that extra push to make it through the end of the week! 4:30-7pm, free, www.sierramadrevineyard.com, 805-922-3100

and that extra push to make it through the end of the week! 4:30-7pm, free, www.sierramadrevineyard.com,

• aug 31: The Grasshoppers

• sept 7: valley road Band

• sept 7: valley road Band

• sept 7: valley road Band

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 18

 

Dinner in the Vineyard at Stolpman Vineyards

‘For the Sake of the Song’ BBQ at Costa de Oro

4-6pm vineyard tours and appetizers, 6pm dinner. $125, $95/wine club www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-688-0400

4-6pm vineyard tours and appetizers, 6pm dinner. $125, $95/wine club www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-688-0400
4-6pm vineyard tours and appetizers, 6pm dinner. $125, $95/wine club www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-688-0400
$125, $95/wine club www.stolpmanvineyards.com, 805-688-0400 BBQ, special tastings and live music. 4-6pm,

BBQ, special tastings and live music. 4-6pm, www.cdowinery.com, 805-922-1468

SANTA YNEZ

SANTA YNEZ

AUGUST 4 Eisenhower: The Man & The BBQ on hand will be Jim Newton author of the recently published eisenhower:

ONGOING Chumash Casino Concerts For schedules & information, www.chumashcasino.com, 800-585-3737

 

The White House Years. The Presidential Dinner features recipes from ike and mamie eisenhower. Bedford Winery, los alamos, 6pm, $40, $35/wine club www.bedfordwinery.com, 805-344-2107

from ike and mamie eisenhower. Bedford Winery, los alamos, 6pm, $40, $35/wine club www.bedfordwinery.com, 805-344-2107
from ike and mamie eisenhower. Bedford Winery, los alamos, 6pm, $40, $35/wine club www.bedfordwinery.com, 805-344-2107
 

• august 9: seal

• august 30: los Tigres del Norte

• september 6: lonestar

AUGUST 26 Bouillabaisse Festival The Brander vineyard in los olivos will host its popular Bouillabaisse Festival to benefit Hospice of santa Barbara. afternoon of sunshine, wine, music and fabu- lous bouillabaisse. 1-5pm, www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org, 805-563-8820

SEPTEMBER 7-9 Wine and Photography Two and a half day workshop on photographing the beautiful
SEPTEMBER 7-9 Wine and Photography Two and a half day workshop on photographing the beautiful

SEPTEMBER 7-9 Wine and Photography Two and a half day workshop on photographing the beautiful vineyards during the peak of harvest. This course is designed to maximize time in the field photographing and wine tasting. $450/includes tasting fees & cheese pairings www.lightworkshops.com, 805-528-7385

photographing and wine tasting. $450/includes tasting fees & cheese pairings www.lightworkshops.com, 805-528-7385
photographing and wine tasting. $450/includes tasting fees & cheese pairings www.lightworkshops.com, 805-528-7385

SANTA BARBARA

SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA

ONGOING THURSDAYS

 

Pizza Party at Corks n’ Crowns

Fine wine and craft beer pairing with Full of life Flatbread Gourmet Pizza. 4-7pm, www.corksandcrowns.com,

Fine wine and craft beer pairing with Full of life Flatbread Gourmet Pizza. 4-7pm, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600

Fine wine and craft beer pairing with Full of life Flatbread Gourmet Pizza. 4-7pm, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600

ONGOING SUNDAYS

 

Cupcakes & Sparkling Wine at Corks n’ Crowns

11:30am, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600

11:30am, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600

11:30am, www.corksandcrowns.com, 805-845-8600

ONGOING

 

‘For the Sake of the Song’ Summer Concert Series at Costa De Oro

BBQ and music. New wine specials and releases at each event. 4-6pm, www.cdowinery.com, 805-922-1468

• august 18: Thomas leeb

• september 8: Hans York

• september 8: Hans York

• september 8: Hans York

ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAY Live Music at Oreana Winery Wine tasting and wine by the glass, 2-5pm, www.oreanawinery.com

ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAY Live Music at Oreana Winery Wine tasting and wine by the glass,
ONGOING SATURDAY & SUNDAY Live Music at Oreana Winery Wine tasting and wine by the glass,

SEPTEMBER 9

 

31st Annual Taste of the Town

enjoy food and wine while helping to raise money for the arthritis Foundation. riviera Park

enjoy food and wine while helping to raise money for the arthritis Foundation. riviera Park & Gardens, 12-3pm, $100/pre-purchase, $125/at the door www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.com

Foundation. riviera Park & Gardens, 12-3pm, $100/pre-purchase, $125/at the door www.tasteofthetownsantabarbara.com

SEPTEMBER 29 Flamenco Arts Festival 2012 an evening of dance, music and artistic self-revelation with nine of the greatest flamenco artists from spain. 8pm, www.flamencoarts.org, 805-963-0761

artistic self-revelation with nine of the greatest flamenco artists from spain. 8pm, www.flamencoarts.org, 805-963-0761
artistic self-revelation with nine of the greatest flamenco artists from spain. 8pm, www.flamencoarts.org, 805-963-0761

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON
SANTA MARIA/FOXEN CANYON

ONGOING

Friday Night Wine Down at Costa de Oro

Great way to start your weekend! enjoy live music, wine tasting and cheese plates. 5-8pm, www.cdowinery.com, 805-922-1468

• september 13: Toto

• september 27: alison krauss & Union station

13: Toto • september 27: alison krauss & Union station ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport

ONGOING Glider Rides at the Airport

santa Ynez, www.gliderrides.com, 805-688-2517

at the Airport santa Ynez, www.gliderrides.com, 805-688-2517 ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 30 The Summer Pass You decide

ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 30

The Summer Pass

You decide which two days you'd like to spend wine tasting, then head for the beautiful santa Ynez valley. There are no reservations required and a complimentary logo glass is included. $35/online, $40/at participating

wineries, www.syvwinecountry.com, 800-563-3183

participating wineries, www.syvwinecountry.com, 800-563-3183 AUGUST 4-5 Valleystock live music and BBQ to benefit

AUGUST 4-5 Valleystock live music and BBQ to benefit various sYvUHs music and arts Programs. santa Ynez, 6:30am-midnight, 805-245-8994

and arts Programs. santa Ynez, 6:30am-midnight, 805-245-8994 SEPTEMBER 8-16 Wine Collectors Week various events, dinner

SEPTEMBER 8-16

Wine Collectors Week

various events, dinner and tastings. www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com

events, dinner and tastings. www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com SOLVANG ONGOING THURSDAYS Wandering Dog Wine Bar presents

SOLVANG

dinner and tastings. www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com SOLVANG ONGOING THURSDAYS Wandering Dog Wine Bar presents Blind

ONGOING THURSDAYS

Wandering Dog Wine Bar presents Blind Tasting Thursday

Challenge your palate and learn about wine at the same time! every month features a different region. No reservations required. 4-7pm, $15 www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126

4-7pm, $15 www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126 ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY Live Music in the

ONGOING EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Live Music in the Tasting Room at Sort This Out Cellars

keep a lookout for special band performances that you won't want to miss!

www.sortthisoutcellars.com, 805-688-1717

want to miss! www.sortthisoutcellars.com, 805-688-1717 ONGOING TUESDAYS Open Mic Night at Carivintas Winery Come in

ONGOING TUESDAYS

Open Mic Night at Carivintas Winery

Come in and showcase your talent to be considered for an upcoming gig at

Carivintas. 5-7pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331

gig at Carivintas. 5-7pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING THURSDAYS Teachers Night at Carivintas Winery all

ONGOING THURSDAYS

Teachers Night at Carivintas Winery

all teachers are invited. receive discounts and play games.

5-7pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331

and play games. 5-7pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING FRIDAYS Movie Night at Carivintas Winery 6-9pm,

ONGOING FRIDAYS

Movie Night at Carivintas Winery

6-9pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331

at Carivintas Winery 6-9pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331 ONGOING SATURDAYS Live Music at Carivintas Winery 6-9pm,

ONGOING SATURDAYS

Live Music at Carivintas Winery

6-9pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331

ONGOING FRIDAY-SUNDAY  
ONGOING FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ONGOING FRIDAY-SUNDAY

 
ONGOING FRIDAY-SUNDAY  
 

Wandering Dog Wine Bar Cupcakes & Wine Flight

Tasters enjoy 3 local wines, each paired with a delicious gourmet cupcake from solvang Bakery. Flight includes 3 half glasses of wine and 3 small cupcakes.

 
  $20, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126

$20, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126

  $20, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126

ONGOING LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH

 
Lompoc Animal Shelter Adoptions

Lompoc Animal Shelter Adoptions

at Carivintas Winery

 
  meet the wonderful volunteers and animals from the shelter. Take one or two home and

meet the wonderful volunteers and animals from the shelter. Take one or two home and start a new family. 12-3pm, www.carivintas.com, 805-693-4331

and animals from the shelter. Take one or two home and start a new family. 12-3pm,

ONGOING WEDNESDAYS Solvang Farmers Market

 
Fresh produce, flowers & foods

Fresh produce, flowers & foods

 
  on First street, between mission Drive and Copenhagen 4-7pm, www.sbfarmersmarket.org, 805-962-5354

on First street, between mission Drive and Copenhagen 4-7pm, www.sbfarmersmarket.org, 805-962-5354

  on First street, between mission Drive and Copenhagen 4-7pm, www.sbfarmersmarket.org, 805-962-5354

ONGOING THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 
Solvang Third Wednesday

Solvang Third Wednesday

shop solvang, save money and Have Fun!

shop solvang, save money and Have Fun!

 
  over 60 stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and professional offices offer special discounts and sales

over 60 stores, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and professional offices offer special discounts and sales all day. Discover solvang’s unique stores and boutiques. Delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the Third Wednesday specials offered by participating restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops. www.solvang3rdwednesday.com

the Third Wednesday specials offered by participating restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops. www.solvang3rdwednesday.com

SEPTEMBER 11

 
 

High End Wine Class

at Wandering Dog Wine Bar  

at Wandering Dog Wine Bar

 

sample some of the best from the area in comparison with France and italy. Class includes 5-6 wines and cheese pairings. 6-7:30pm, $50, $40/wine club, www.wanderingdogwinebar.com, 805-686-9126

VENTURA COUNTY  

VENTURA COUNTY

 

ONGOING An Evening with the Sommelier at Herzog Wine Cellars explore a world of flavors with their tasting room sommelier.

7pm, $15, $10/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560

7pm, $15, $10/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560

 
  • august 9: savor: Pairing food with wine

august 9: savor: Pairing food with wine

  • august 9: savor: Pairing food with wine

AUGUST 2 2012 Private International Food & Wine Festival

 
at Herzog Wine Cellars

at Herzog Wine Cellars

 
  enjoy wines from across the globe. $100, $80/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560

enjoy wines from across the globe. $100, $80/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560

  enjoy wines from across the globe. $100, $80/wine club, www.herzogwinecellars.com, 805-983-1560
AUGUST 3  

AUGUST 3

 
 

Girls Night Out with Four Brix Winery

 
4-8pm, www.fourbrixwine.com, 805-256-6006
4-8pm, www.fourbrixwine.com, 805-256-6006

4-8pm, www.fourbrixwine.com, 805-256-6006

4-8pm, www.fourbrixwine.com, 805-256-6006

AUGUST 12 3rd Annual Wine & Wishes Charity Event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Unlimited wine tasting, a sampling of food from The Cave,

 
 

a keepsake logo wine glass and tote bag, live entertainment and

a $30 donation to the make-a-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties.

2-5pm, $60/advance, $65/at door www.venturawineco.com, 805-642-9449

2-5pm, $60/advance, $65/at door www.venturawineco.com, 805-642-9449

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WINERY LISTINGS

WINERY - LOCATION

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R O B L E S

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Adelaida Cellars –PasoRobles

5805AdelaidaRd; 805-239-8980, 805239-8980

Daily10-5

XXX

Alta Colina –PasoRobles 2725AdelaidaRd; 805227-4191

Th-Su

11-5

X

X

AmByth Estate –Templeton 510SequoiaLane; 805305-9497

By

appt

X

X

Ancient Peaks –SantaMargarita 22720El CaminoReal; 805-365-7045

Th-Mo

11-5:30

XXX

Anglim –PasoRobles

Th-Mo11-6

740PineSt; 805-227-6813

orbyAppt

X

X

AronHill Vineyards –Templeton 3745W. Hwy46; 805-434-3066

Daily

11-5

X

X

Arroyo Robles –PasoRobles 1317ParkSt; 877-759-WINE

Daily

11-7

X

X

Asuncion Ridge –PasoRobles

Daily12:30-6

72913thStreet;805237-3780

Fri-Sattill8

X

X

August Ridge –Creston

Fr12-5

8790E.Highway41;805239-2455

Sa-Su11-5

X

X

B & E Vineyards –PasoRobles 10,000CrestonRd; 805-238-4815

Fr-Su11-5

orByAppt

X

X

Barrel 27 Wine Co –PasoRobles 2323TulleyRd#110; 805-237-1245

Daily

11-5

X

X

Bassetti Vineyards –Cambria 1191N. GreenValleyRd; 805-927-1925

By

Appt

X

X

Bear Cave Cellars –PasoRobles 84013thStreet, SuiteG; 805-238-4329

Daily

12-5

X

X

Bella Luna –Templeton 1850TempletonRd; 805-434-5477

Fr-Mo

10-5

X

X

Berardo Vineyards –PasoRobles 3280TownshipRd; 805-239-9432

Weekends

12-5

X

X

Bianchi Winery –PasoRobles 3380BranchRd; 805-226-9922

Daily

10-5

X

X

Black Hand Cellars –Cambria 766MainStreet, SuiteB; 805-927-9463

Daily

11-5

X

X

Bodegas Paso Robles–PasoRobles

Daily12:30-6

72913thStreet;805237-3780

Fri-Sattill8

X

X

Bon Niche Cellars –SanMiguel 2627GoldenEagleWay; 805400-0451

By

Appt

X

X

Booker Vineyard –PasoRobles 2640AndersonRoad; 805-237-7367

Thu-Sun

11-5

X

X

Brian Benson Cellars –PasoRobles 2985AndersonRd; 805-296-9463

Fr-Su

10:30-5

X

X

Brochelle Vineyards –PasoRobles 2323TuleyCt, #130; 805-237-4410

Thu-Mon

11-5

X

X