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North America » United States » California » Paso Robles August 13th 2021

I am a true believer in Central Coast wines. My only problem is that their price tags tend to emulate their big brothers up in Napa and Sonoma. Nevertheless, let's look a little deeper in the central coast. Wine Folly says: The Central Coast is a large encompassing American Viticultural Area (AVA) that extends from the south of San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara, California. The region contains 40 AVAs including Paso Robles, Santa Cruz Mountains, Monterey, and Santa Barbara and each of these sub-regions specializes in different types and expressions of wine. While the Central Coast may not have the same namesake as Napa Valley, it does happen to produce some of California’s most intriguing, up-and-coming wines. To explore each region, their top-performing varieties, and what makes each area unique, we’ll take you ... read more
Love Laetitia Vineyards!
So many choices, so little time!

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles August 3rd 2020

Speaking of alcohol consumption, here is something we are proud of here in California. As interest in craft beer has risen, so have the number of successful small breweries. In 2019, there were more than 8,000 craft breweries in the United States. California has the most with 907 breweries, more than doubling second place Colorado, which has 425. Runners-up like New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania better hop to it if they want to challenge California’s craft brewery numbers. Last year, California produced 3.6 million barrels of craft beer — roughly 4 gallons per every Californian of legal drinking age. The top craft beer seller in the U.S. is Yuengling, followed by Boston Beer and Sierra Nevada. My personal favorite is the 805 by Firestone-Walker over in Paso Robles, CA. They have a great ... read more
So many choices.
My favorite, the 805


While I certainly will not use the movie, Sideways, as a template for wine tasting, we will visit a winery or two. One of our favorites, Laetitia, just south of Arroyo Grande, has a nice shaded outdoor picnic area that is perfect for a picnic lunch with Lexi. But obviously, there is more to the area. It is a real shame that it took a movie like that to bring attention to this area! The Central Coast is the location of the Central Coast American Viticultural Area. This area extends from the Santa Barbara area in the south, all the way to the San Francisco Bay Area. The central coast wineries includes portions of six counties. Over 100,000 acres of are planted in wine grapes, with Chardonnay making up over half that total. Why not take ... read more
Many award winners
Less crowded than Napa or Sonoma Valleys
My fav, the Laetitia brut rose'

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles November 12th 2016

Geo: 35.6251, -120.691Not that we needed an excuse to drink... read more
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Paso Robles

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles October 18th 2016

Got up this morning to a very icy car and -4 degrees! Very cold and the altitude has played up a bit with us all, on the road again to Las Vegas. The time passes quickly as scenery is stunning. Arrived Vegas around lunchtime and booked into our accom at the Hilton Vacation Club on the strip, great two bedroom apartment and able to walk almost anywhere. First night here spent happy hour at The Stratosphere on the 40 something floor looking right down the strip, great views! Then onto Fremont Street which is always good for entertainment, people gazing and the zip line through the main street is great to watch too! Too many drinks and a very late night, cab back to Hilton around 2.00a.m. Boys went out to Hoover Dam for a few ... read more
NEVADA
STRATOSPHERE
HOOVER DAM

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles October 2nd 2016

Obviously this blog wasn't kept up to date as planned. Still, it was important to me that I finish it, even two weeks post-return. There's so much more that happened, but a blog isn't supposed to be a book. Roger took a lot of pictures. They've all been uploaded here: www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-7CT5J4/ Someday the gallery will be thinned out. Also, a lot of the pictures used in the blog were not taken by either of us. It's funny how often you don't take your own pictures. I hope there's some entertainment value, should you chose to read the posts. Haste Ye Back!... read more

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles September 16th 2016

We were up before 6:00am. Once dressed the suitcases were zipped closed and placed near the door. Our cups were washed and put away. Everything was straightened and presentable. A note and both sets of keys were left for Ross, and an entry was made in the guestbook. Our car arrived a bit before 7:00am. A last check through the apartment and I stepped out the apartment door to descend the 40 concave stairs to the ground floor. Roger was already outside with our driver. Luggage loaded and off we went. The driver was a very pleasant man. He must have told us three times how small the Edinburgh Airport is. Not compared to our local regional airport. There is no drop off area in from of the terminal, but he got us as close as ... read more
British Airways Lounge
LHR Shuttle Bus
Lounge Heathrow

North America » United States » California » Paso Robles August 28th 2016

we start our adventure. It's always hectic getting packed and otherwise prepped for an extended trip. Today is taking care of all the last minute details. British Airways won't let us check-in for the long flights. "Proceed to the airport." So there's a bit of frustration along with the excitement that this is really happening. There's still quite a bit to do, so I'll close for now, with the plan to update this site after we've boarded our boat tomorrow night. And away we go . . .... read more


Paso Robles is an amazing place to visit. The scenery is unbelievable with green rolling hills and wineries everywhere. It is located on Highway 101 North of San Luis Obispo. The RV park we stayed in was called Vine RV and was beautiful and had a great hot tub and two pools. We used it as a home base as we explored the Central Coast of California. The first day we drove up 101 to Monterey and went to the Aquarium. It was very interesting. From there we went on to Carmel-By-The-Sea. It was crazy busy so we did not do any walking around but drove around and got the feel of the unique place. After a stop at the Mission for some history of the place we headed on down Highway 1. What a drive ... read more
Monterey Aquarium
Octopus
Carmel Mission


Geo: 35.6266, -120.6915/22/12 – Well, after 10 days on the road we are getting smarter, and I wish we had know before we left what we know now, because I would have packed a lot fewer clothes. Many of the hotels we have stayed in have laundries. This morning I did two loads of wash in a couple of hours. We could have left the big suitcases at home. Live and learn. Next time we are traveling light!So today was a day for wining. After lunch we headed out to an area in Paso Robles where there is an abundance of Mom and Pop operations. It is always fun to talk to the owners or members of the family, while tasting their wines. We drove through miles of vineyards, which are always very picturesque. The vines ... read more
Maloy Oneil Winery
Maloy Oneil Vinyard
Maloy Oneil fields




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