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The 101 Wine Tours, Media Tour

This is going to be one of my longer posts because the tour I went on was so choc-o-bloc full of incredible tastings and things to do! My day started by meeting up with Laura of 101 Wine Tours for an invitation only Media Tour at their office in Arroyo Grande. Scott was our driver and Laura our tour guide/Sommelier. Other members of the media Kathy and Photographers Amy and Donny from Tolosa Press also met up with us, and we all climbed aboard the 11-passenger Mercedes Sprinter Van. We headed over to the Madonna Plaza and picked up the rest of our group Haley of New Times and Edible SLO, Sally from The Tribune, and winemaker Adam from Center of Effort Winery and then, we were off. Traveling up the coast toward Paso Robles, the landscape after rain bursts with emerald vine-covered hills, rolling down to meet the smokey sapphire colored ocean, providing views almost too spectacular to describe.  Read more…

A Heavenly Emporium Experience

Heavenly Emporium

I had the good fortune of attending an awesome brownie and wine pairing evening at the Grape Emporium owned by David and Annie Wilson in Atascadero and Heavenly Squared Brownie Company. You may remember I’ve written about David before as he was my Greek Ambassador counterpart, and I’ve had the opportunity to be interviewed on his radio program on several occasions. The thing about doing a tasting event like this at the Grape Emporium, is that David is a brilliant mad scientist when it comes to blending various wines and creating something all together new, which is an unusual experience in any wine shop. Read more…

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…SLO Wiiine! (Day 2)

Passport

After a crazy schedule filled with wonderful epicurean adventures, I’m finally getting around to writing about Day 2 of Rolling out the Barrels. Because even though we hit 8 wineries, we didn’t feel the need to race around from one place to the other so we could give a report on ALL the pairings (in case some place ran out) and offerings like the first day, the 2nd day was much more chill for us. There were fewer places offering food pairings and in general there was more of just a come on in and drink vibe, all around. Read more…

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’…SLO Wiiiine! (Day 1)

YeeHaw!! #ROTB2013

Roll out the Barrels is a 4 day food, wine, and music, kick off to summer event in San Luis Obispo, and this year was the 23rd Anniversary. Doug and I have been wanting to go for years but the event always sells out. They start the event with Barrels in the Plaza which is a “Grown here, Made here” winery and restaurant pairing event that takes place in Mission Plaza. The second night are Winemaker Dinners, and Saturday and Sunday is the Passport to Wine Country- an open house event. This is the event we attended. Two full days of winery to winery wine tasting,  food pairings, and music. Our goal was to hit 7 wineries a day for a 14 winery total. Needless to say there were a LOT of wines tasted. So I figure I’ll talk about some of our favorites and link to those with winery descriptions for some of the others. Read more…

An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights

The Chapman House

The Community Action Partnerships of San Luis Obispo or CAPSLO Health and prevention division provides health and medical services for underprivileged and low income, men, women, children and families in our community. Every year for the last 26 years they have put on an annual charity food and wine event called Afternoon of Epicurean Delights. It took place this year at the stunningly iconic and historic Chapman House – a Tudor style mansion in Shell Beach overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Read more…

Farmers, Winemakers and Chocolatiers, Oh MY!!!

Every year the city of Pismo Beach has the Taste of Pismo, a food and wine event sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association. The kick off party this year was Farmfest, a meet and greet with our local Farmers, Winemakers, Chocolatiers, Chefs and more all overlooking the ocean at Dinosaur Caves Park. Getting a ticket included wine tasting and food samples prepared by the various producers and talented Chefs. Read more…

C&C Wine Factory…Everybody drink now!

Owners Clay and Fredericka

We have lived on the central coast for 7 1/2 years now and in that time we’ve joined and dropped many a wine club. But there has been one wine club that in flush times and lean, we have been a consistent member of and that’s Claiborne and Churchill Winery. The thing about Claiborne and Churchill isn’t just that they just make great wines but, that when you walk into their uniquely built Straw bale winery you always feel like a member of the family. Read more…

Bella View from Bella Vino’s

View  from Bella Vino, a mirror image of the Sunset and Morro Rock

View from Bella Vino’s, a mirror image of the Sunset and Morro Rock

There is a charming wine bar in Morro Bay, called Bella Vino’s Doug and I visited on a “Lets get out of the house and do something ” day. There was a flurry of activity at the bar because as part of celebrating its 1 year anniversary they were doing a fundraiser in conjunction with the  UFC for the Wounded Warriors Project later in the day, and several well-known champions were there. Although we couldn’t stay for the fundraiser we decided to stick around and drink some wine. When we walked in the first thing we noticed were the great views of the Rock and Morro Bay out of the large picture windows along the far wall. Read more…

My Man Manny!

Avila Wine and Roasting Co

My friend Manny made his life long dream a reality when just over a year ago, he bought a little wine and coffee bar in Avila beach called Avila Wine and Roasting Company. One of the things about Manny is he is probably one of the most knowledgeable wine bar owners you will ever meet. He spent 25 years in the industry and has worked as a wine rep for distributors and wineries alike, every time I go in there I learn something new. He has an ever changing wine list where he mostly focuses on Central Coast wines but often has some unusual finds from around the country and the world sitting around. Read more…

Wine, Elephant Seals, and California Zebras?!?

Elephant Seals

My 2 best friends in the whole world, Lori and Helene came up to visit and we decided to take a day trip to San Simeon to see the Elephant seals at according to the docent, one of only 17 places in the world to view them. On the way we took a detour to Cambria a charming seaside village nestled among towering pine trees. After deciding not to take the exit directly into town and instead to explore the area, we giggled and joked around as we got lost driving in the neighborhoods until we finally made our way back to the main drag and OF COURSE had to Read more…

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