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In mid-July, 12 days of live rock and country-and-western concerts, farm exhibits, carnival rides and a rodeo draw huge crowds.
Bring your buddies to the taproom to sample the famous Double Barrel Ale or seasonal Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout, plus barrel-aged vintages and experimental brews. Book ahead for free brewery tours.
Detour south of downtown, where locals chill outside at picnic tables with pints of ales, stout and fruity Belgian-style beers, while live bands frequently play.
Offers lofty vineyard views and hourly tours of its wine caves. Sociable tastings run the gamut of white and red varietals and Rhône blends.
Stock up on picnic provisions like California-made pistachio butter, fresh local baguettes, fruit jams and more, plus home goods like lavender soap.
Step right up to the tasting bar to sample local growers' olive oils and fruit-infused balsamic vinegars. Also in downtown San Luis Obispo.
Oenophiles come for Paso's premier Wine Festival in mid-May, but the Vintage Paso weekend, focusing on Zinfandel wines, in mid-March and the Harvest Wine Weekend in mid-October are just as much fun.
Hand-made furnishings, antiques and decor imported from Mexico fill this Baja-style seafood joint and tequila bar...
Everyone's favorite irreverent winery, where Día de Los Muertos designs cover bottles of bold blends. Play billiards in the tasting room or a game of horseshoes outside on the grass.
A Central Coast wine pioneer, J Lohr owns vineyards in Napa Valley, Monterey's Santa Lucia Highlands and Paso's pastoral countryside. Knowledgeable staff guide you through a far-reaching wine list.
Off Hwy 101, this authentic Mexican grocery store and butcher's deli makes savory tortas (sandwiches), wet burritos and street-food tacos (the al pastor edges out the carne asada) on hot, homemade tortillas.
Breathe easy at this organic estate vineyard reached via a pretty winding drive up into the hills. Known for Rhône varietals, the signature blends also rate highly...
Paso Robles' first micro-distillery makes clean-tasting botanical brandy (read: gin), which you can taste along with dry rosé in the adjoining wine-tasting room.
Breathe deeply as you drive up the dirt road to this historic ranch that makes memorable Rhône blends – 'Controlled Chaos' is a perennial fave.
Chef Chris Kobayashi often ducks out of the kitchen just to make sure you’re loving his impeccable contemporary renditions of modern American cuisine, featuring sustainably farmed meats, wild-caught seafood and artis...
Husband-and-wife team produces ‘dam fine wine’ (the mascot is a beaver, get it?), including from custom-crushed and organic grapes. Outdoor vineyard concerts happen during summer.
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