What to Expect at Your First Pick-Up Party

Whether you’re visiting Paso Robles for the first time, just moved to town, or newly 21—there’s a lot to learn when you begin to dip your toes into the world of wine country. From tannins and terroir to appellation and aromas, there are many wine terms that you might not understand as a beginning wine drinker. “Pickup party” is another phrase you’ll hear a lot during your time in Paso Robles…but what exactly does that entail? We’ve broken down exactly what a pickup party is and what you can expect when you attend one of the many that happen in…

How to Fly Wine Home—for Free

Last month, Alaska Airlines started offering direct flights between San Luis Obispo and Seattle. Now, our friends in the Evergreen State can visit the Golden State’s wine country for prices as low as $144 each way, but sipping on SLO county’s fine wines doesn’t have to end at the airport anymore thanks to Alaska Airlines’ “Wine Flies Free” program, a program designed to boost tourism while giving travelers the chance to bring part of wine country home with them.  When you’re an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member, you can check in your first case of SLO CAL wine for FREE!…

How to Enjoy Harvest Wine Weekend in Paso Robles

Do you love wine and the Central Coast? Then Harvest Wine Weekend is a perfect event for you. It’s a weekend-long celebration of the changing colors of the vines, beautifully developed wines, and crisp autumn air that we enjoy here on the Central Coast all throughout fall. Next weekend, over 75 wineries will be participating in over 140 weekend activities, which guarantee an exciting wine adventure to visitors of the central coast. There is no official ticketed event for the festival, but people can participate in individual wineries’ events, like winemaker dinners, wine-stomps, and more all weekend. Don’t miss out! Use this handy…

The Central Coast’s Best Festivals You Didn’t Know Existed – Summer Edition

The Central Coast is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after travel destinations in California, thanks to the booming wine industry. But did you know that the Central Coast hosts more than just wine festivals? Nestled between bustling hubs like San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County offers a wide variety of culinary and cultural experiences for locals and visitors alike to enjoy. We’ve compiled a list of the Central Coast’s most unique festivals that you probably haven’t heard of and that you definitely don’t want to miss this summer. 1. The Central Coast Oyster Festival (July 9th)…

Staff Spotlight: Kalie’s Favorite Wineries

Today we’ll be featuring Avila Lighthouse Suites & Inn at the Cove’s General Manager: Kalie H! She loves wine, just like us, and we thought we’d ask her for some advice on the best wineries in San Luis Obispo County. Kalie moved to San Luis Obispo for college, after growing up in Sutter Creek, California. She loves to hike, kayak, garden, wine taste, cook, host parties, and do anything outdoors with her dogs.  But one of her biggest passions is wine, something she learned about while working in the restaurant industry for several years. Q: Where do you like to…