Your Guide to California Wine Month on the Central Coast
This September, California Wine Month celebrates the beginning of wine country’s most anticipated event of the year: harvest season! This month is all about raising a glass to California’s hard-working vintners and growers and all that they bring to our local lifestyle, economy, and culinary scene. It’s also the perfect time to expand your palate by trying new varieties, as wineries and vineyards across San Luis Obispo county open their doors for plenty of tastings, unique festivals, food pairing events, and more.
But with over 200 wineries in Paso Robles alone, it can be overwhelming to decide where to start your wine country journey this September. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a guide based on winery features that are typically most sought after by our hotel guests: wineries with live music, with stunning views, with award-winning wines, and with yummy food. Review some of the options below and start planning your California Wine Month getaway with Maritn Resorts today!
Wineries with Live Music
As the wine industry grows on the beautiful Central Coast, so does our local live music scene! There’s something truly special about watching the sun dip below the rolling hills of wine country while you move and groove to eclectic performances on an Indian summer evening. Grab your dancing shoes and make plans to check some of these fun spots during your visit.
• Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival at Castoro Cellars: Two days of music, art, yoga, and community taking place among the vineyard at Castoro Cellars.
• Kansas live in concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre: Enjoy Vina Robles estate wines under the stars during an intimate live music experience at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Join for an evening with KANSAS, America’s legendary progressive rock band.
• Trainwreck Fridays at Pomar Junction: Unwind from a stressful week with Pomar Junction wine and live music as the sun sets over the beautiful vineyard and rolling hills.
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• Biddle Ranch Summer Concert: Free entry and views, wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle, and food for purchase. Bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on. See you there!
• Sips & Songs at Claiborne & Churchill: Bring your low-back lawn chairs or a blanket for the lawn, but please leave all outside food or alcohol at home.
• Wine Down Wednesday at Baileyana: Starting at 5pm, watch the sun start to set and enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite wine; Hurricane Kitchen will be cooking up a storm with live music by The Trilogy Trio!
Wineries with a View
Although almost every one of our local wineries offers beautiful vistas of California Wine country beyond their doors, we’ve selected a few that stand out.
• Calcareous Vineyard: With 442 acres perched atop 1,800 feet of solid calcareous rock on the west side of Paso Robles and only 12 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, this vineyard is a sanctuary where wine lovers can drink in the best of Paso Robles wine country.
• Daou Vineyards & Winery: At Daou’s mountaintop estate, you’ll enjoy an above-the-clouds view that was one said to be “a candidate for one of the top 10 most beautiful vineyard vistas in the world” by a veteran wine critic.
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• Edna Valley Vineyards: Tucked away in a prime location along California’s Central Coast, Edna Valley Vineyard lies just a few miles from Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo. Amid the stunning scenery and the casual, laidback lifestyle of San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley Vineyard is a must-see.
• Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards: Nestled among apple orchards in the heart of See Canyon, this winery is minutes from Avila Beach and the Pacific Ocean – a short drive through one of the most beautiful areas in San Luis Obispo County. Come breathe fresh air and listen to the sounds of a gentle creek while being serenaded by the peacocks.
Home to the Central Coast Wine Competition’s Winery of the Year and with five Paso Robles wine ranking among the Top 100 in the world, let’s be real—the Central Coast’s award-winning wines are real reason for your visit this September. Check out some of our county’s nationally acclaimed wineries below.
• Booker Wines: Try the Oublié. “Expressive and impressively structured, with savory blackberry aromas and accents of rosemary, thyme and crushed stone, opening to complex, densely layered flavors of currant, pepper and espresso. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Best from 2018 through 2028.” – Wine Specatator
• Eberle Winery: Their 2016 Muscat Canelli white wine earned them the title of “Best White Wine” in addition to a Gold Medal and the “Best in Class” award in the Off Dry-to-Sweet category at the 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition.
• Tablas Creek Vineyard: Try the Patelin de Tablas Blanc. “This vibrant and mouthwatering white shows green apple, Meyer lemon and dried pineapple flavors that are fresh and juicy. Lemon verbena and lime sherbet notes reverberate on the long, detailed finish. Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. Drink now.” – Wine Spectator
• Justin Winery: Try the Justification. “Smooth-textured, graceful and refined, with a tenderness to the texture and tannins. Features a warm, inviting mix of red and dark berry flavors and subtle shades of licorice, light mocha and savory herbs, revealing floral scents and a long, persistent finish that echoes the core essence. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2035.” – Wine Specatator
• Saxum Vineyards: Try the James Berry wine. “A dramatic wine that weds power and opulence, maintaining impeccable balance along the way. Brooding dark berry and loamy mineral aromas lead to rich flavors of currant, licorice, dried sage and smoky pepper. Ripe tannins frame the finish. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Roussanne. Best from 2018 through 2028.” – Wine Spectator
• Turley Wine Cellars: Try the Zinfandel. “An impressive combo of refinement and torque. This features ripe, rich fruit backed by great minerality and structure, with notes of raspberry and blackberry plus licorice, sage and pepper.” – Wine Specator
Wineries with Food
Enjoying excellent wine with perfectly paired food is a tried-and-true way to experience all that the Central Coast is best known for. Get a taste of San Luis Obispo wine country by visiting the wineries below in each of our favorite Central Coast towns.
• Rangeland Wines Slider Friday and Saturdays: Enjoy sliders in a beautiful patio setting made from Rangeland’s own grass-fed beef from 12-4 on Fridays and Saturdays this September. Grass-fed beef nachos and quesadillas are also available.
• Brecon Estate Winemaker’s Long Lunch: This Aussie-inspired lunch will feature beautifully prepared local fare served family style on the estate’s lawn patio.
• Niner Wine Estates Harvest Pig Roast: Niner has partnered with local producer Charter Oak to roast a locally raised pig as the centerpiece of the meal and the Chefs will be up bright and early that morning to bury it in the ground for 14 hours of slow roasting.
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• Perinet & Paella at Tolosa: Admission includes a taste of all featured Perinet wines, traditional paella from Field to Table Catering and Spanish guitar from the incredible Justin Martinez. Additional glasses and bottles of wine will also be available for purchase.
• Backyard Winemaker Dinner: Enjoy five courses of farm to table cuisine plus wine pairings from Claiborne & Churchill Winery of San Luis Obispo. The dinner will be held on the heated garden patio at the Apple Farm Restaurant and will include live acoustic music for the evening.