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Local Routes of Fun

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We all know that the beauty of the central coast extends from the serene scenes of the coastal waters to the rolling hills of the surrounding wine country. On any given day, especially during the summer, one can encounter hundreds upon hundreds of people travelling the paths of our beautiful area. Multiple advertising dollars are spent annually to attract people to a specific destination, winery, monument, etc. As seasoned locals we would like to suggest a few day long activities that would maximize time and open up to pristine sights, some not advertised on any map:
• Adelaida AVA Wine Day
Wine Tasting Options : Dubost Winery, Law Estate Wines, Le Cuvier Winery, Michael Gil
Activities: ask for a vineyard/production tour at Le Cuvier Winery, walk between the vines at Dubost Winery
Lunch: Pack a picnic, try the food parings at Le Cuvier Winery
Dinner:
• North Coast Play Day
Wine Tasting Options: Hearst Family Wines, Moonstone Winery, Black Hand Cellars, Twin Coyotes, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Stolo Family Vineyards
Activities: Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals, Moonstone Beach Boardwalk, Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Lunch: Robin’s, Moonstone Bar and Grill, Linn’s Restaurant
Dinner: Sea Chest, Saw’s Ear
• Stay and play in Cayucos
Wine Tasting: Cayucos Cellars, Full Moon Wine Bar
Play: walk the bluffs north of town, walk the beach to Morro Rock (at low tide), hike hang glider hill,
Lunch: Schooners, Cass House Grill, Duckies, Sea Shanty
Dinner: Café della Via
• Templeton Field Trip Day
Wine Tasting: Clavo Cellars, Tin City Wineries (Aaron Wines, Desperada, Levo Wines, ONX Wines); Beer: Barrel House
Play: Saturday morning farmers market, stroll along the streets of the town
Lunch: Kitchenette, Nature’s Touch Nursery and Harvest
Dinner: McPhee’s
As veteran wine tasters, we recommend a maximum of three wineries per trip, lots of water and of course eating before, during and after.
Do not forget, always designate a sober driver and taste responsibly.

When in Cayucos…

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When in Cayucos…

-These are a few of our favorite things-

A perfect day starts with a morning walk on the bluffs north of town. While sipping on a freshly brewed cup of local coffee from On the Beach (SloRoasted.com – The Morning Fog Lifter) you can watch the waves crash into the shore and breathe in the fresh air. I prefer to go to the windmill and then thread back for some hot breakfast at the bnb (9am-11am). With a full belly and a warm heart, it’s time to spend a few relaxing minutes on the roof top deck. An invigorating shower is followed by some wine tasting at Cayucos Cellars, half way down the block (CayucosCellars.com). This sensory experience can only be followed by two tacos from Ruddell’s Smokehouse (SmokerJim.com) ; if in season the smoked ono is sure to delight. Lunch cannot be complete without a sweet treat from the Brown Butter Cookie Company (BrownButterCookieCompany.com).

After a quick siesta at the hotel and a cup of tea, the journey is back on for some more wine discovery and education at Full Moon Wine Bar (Full Moon Wine Bar and Bistro). A flight of wines and a cheese plate, while looking at the ocean, is just what the doctor prescribed to take you through to dinner time. The decision process involving the evening meal can always be daunting. Will it be Italian at Caffe della Via (CafeDellaVia.com), tantalizing French Style cuisine at Hoppe’s Garden Bistro (HoppesBistro.com) or a tasting menu at The Cass House (CassHouse.com)? The casual side begs the question of: Duckies Chowder House, Sea Shanty (SeaShanty.com) or Martin’s (Martins.com)?

If one’s solar plexus is longing for more, a late night snack will most likely be encountered at Schooners Wharf, alongside some delightful cocktails (SchonersWharf.com). The later night excitement along with live music (a couple of times a week) can be encountered at the Old Cayucos Tavern.

It is considered appropriate to enjoy the town as if you lived here, as long as you remember not to leave any trash behind, always wear a smile, and tip your servers.
Until the next time, we wish you health, happiness and loads of Cayucos fun time.

The Basics of Wine Tasting

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The Basics of Wine Tasting

We often get asked to recommend local entertainment & events, outdoor recreational activities, such as hikes, nature walks and kayaking, and most of all local wineries. The wine regions in this county have bloomed in the last decade, and the area itself has made quite a reputation for providing great vintages of wine.
If you consider yourself a novice here are some tips that could help when tasting in San Luis Obispo county:

• At this point in time there are three recognized wine regions or AVA’s (American Viticulture Areas); sometimes they are referred to as appellations (used more in Europe)

• Paso Robles AVA (there are talks about breaking up Paso Robles into 11 smaller viticultural areas)
• Edna Valley AVA

• Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

• To be classified as an AVA a region must show unique growing conditions and be designated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Department of Treasury.

• Paso Robles AVA is mainly concentrated around the West and East side (around highway 46)

• On average Paso Robles is known as a region suitable for bold reds and fuller body whites (higher average temperatures)

• Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley AVAs have a reputation for lighter bodied reds and crisp whites. (cool air and marine conditions keep the temperature on average lower than Paso Robles)

• The label of any given wine can give a lot of information in regards to what you are tasting:

• Is the wine from a larger general regions such as California or is it AVA designate from Paso Robles, Edna Valley or Arroyo Grande Valley? Is it even more specific: estate grown, from a certain part of the estate or even a certain row of grapes on the particular property? (the price of a wine can often correlate to these attributes)

• The vintage: what were the conditions during the ripening process for the vintage you are enjoying? Often tasting room attendants can provide you with such information.

• The varietal or the blend: is it a pure cabernet sauvignon you are enjoying, is it a designated style of blend or is it a contraption the wine maker created? Keep in mind US laws allow for a wine to be at least 75% of a varietal and still be called by the name of that grape. For example you can have a Pinot Noir that is only 75% Pinot Noir and the rest is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. The law allows for the label to say Pinot Noir and all other information need not be disclosed.

• The name of the wine. Often times many wineries create second labels or have unique and clever names for a blend.

• Don’t forget to ask for wine maker notes. After tasting a wine it is fun and interesting to read what the wine maker has envisioned. Sometimes the notes can be very useful if you are purchasing a wine you could not taste. (ie a Library Wine)
These are some basic ideas and points regarding wine tasting in our area. We would be more than happy to assist our guests with wine tasting planning and itineraries.