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Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast – Locals Only Discount!

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Locals SAVE

For a limited time, SLO County residents receive 15% off admission to select SAVOR events through August 31, 2015. Held September 24-27, this Californian premier food, wine, travel and lifestyle event, offers four-days of culinary immersion, celebrity chefs, winemakers and more. During the month of August, locals save 15% off both General Admission and VIP tickets to the opening night extravaganza Strings at Sunset on September 24, as well as tickets to the iconic Main Event on September 26 and 27.

Strings at Sunset, the brand new opening night event held at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, includes tastings of medal-winning wines from the Sunset International Wine Competition, and incredible theatrical performances from award-winning musical artists String Theory and DJ Violinist SPAGS. Guests will savor mouthwatering tasting stations from celebrity chefs, including Joanne Weir, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author of Kitchen Gypsy (Oxmoor House, Sept. 2015); popular food blogger, culinary instructor and author of Eating Up the West Coast (Oxmoor House, 2015), Brigit Binns; former contestant of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill Restaurants in Santa Monica, and Executive Chef James Siao of Finch & Fork restaurant at Kimpton’s Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA.

Boasting surprises at every corner, locals experience all of this and more in their discounted all-inclusive ticket, which offers 15% off of total ticket price Held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, the Main Event presents an epicurean playground showcasing celebrity and master chefs, Sunset expert editors, brew masters and artisanal food producers, including: Frank Pellegrino Jr., co-owner of Rao’s Restaurant Group in New York, Las Vegas and Hollywood; winner of Season 11 of “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen” and Executive Chef of Spoonbar in Healdsburg, CA, Louis Maldonado; Executive Chef of FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA, Chef Yousef Ghalaini, and Sunset editors, Sara Schneider, Margo True and Peter Fish. Locals receive 15% off their Single Day or Weekend Passes for the Main Event. “We invite fellow San Luis Obispo County residents to join us as we celebrate our region and showcase the incredible talent found in our own backyard. This year, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast welcomes an all-star lineup of some of the country’s most talented culinary artisans, who (Continued) will highlight the unique flavors of our region,” said Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County.

Discounted tickets to Strings at Sunset and to the Main Event, as either a Single Day or Weekend Pass, can be purchased online at www.savorcentralcoast.com. To receive the special discount, enter the code “LOCAL” at checkout. For more information on Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, or to plan your weekend, visit the SAVOR website.

Celebrate California Wine Month in Pismo Beach!

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Celebrate California Wine Month in Pismo Beach!


Enjoy lodging deals & packages, special events, and discover the magic of Wine & Waves in Pismo Beach during the month of September! Pismo Beach has everything you could dream of in a getaway destination – oceanfront resorts, pristine beaches, breathtaking sunsets, adjacent world class wine regionsdowntown wine tasting roomsrestaurants, boutiques, and celebrations. So mark your calendars — get set to make your reservation— and go on a Wine & Waves vacation to Pismo Beach! Visit our website for more information at ClassicCalifornia.com


Celebrate Wine Month this September Along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route

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Celebrate Wine Month this September in the Wine Regions Along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route Enjoy Downtown and Rural Wine Tasting on the Pacific Coast Wine Trail and taste through the award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays of the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys, some of California’s Coolest Winegrowing Regions


California Wine Month, held every September during harvest, makes travel to the three award-winning wine regions found along CA’s Highway 1 Discovery Route even more exciting. The Pacific Coast Wine Trail includes 10 wineries starting in San Simeon at the very celebrated Hearst Ranch Winery, yes, that Hearst, and winds its way down the coast to Stolo Vineyard in Cambria, through both Harmony and Cayucos Cellars, and south to Chateau Margene in Morro Bay. Not to be outdone, there are two American Viticulture Areas with over 25 tasting rooms, known as the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys, offering world-renowned Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown with the delicate influence of cool marine air from the Pacific Ocean.

While traveling along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route also discover the 10 diverse artisan towns and seaside villages starting just south of Big Sur, from Ragged Point & San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, and Los Osos/Baywood Park, to Avila Beach & Valley, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Oceano and Nipomo, just south of San Luis Obispo. This is where rolling hills meet the sparking ocean, vineyards unfold and visitors are invited to stop along the rugged coastline at one of these celebrated Central California wine regions. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the coast, the land exhibits a distinct set of growing conditions that bind the regions together.

Wine Month Celebrations: From music and painting, to Pinot and Paella, there are several special celebrations going on throughout September in honor of the area’s wine excellence, which applaud all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State. CA’s Highway One Discovery Route’s many lodging partners are also celebrating with specials during the month of September. No matter the budget, visitors will find the perfect place to stay in a wide array of lodging accommodations including hotels, b&bs and vacation rentals.

34187725-d19c-4e05-ac63-fccebe34c7faPacific Coast Wine Trail: Discover the originality of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail (PCWT), one sip at a time. Consisting of 10 boutique wineries nestled in quaint, seaside towns dotted along the Pacific Coastline from San Simeon to Morro Bay, the PCWT offers guests a wine experience as unique as the coastal communities themselves. All guests are met with handcrafted, boutique wines, often poured by the owners or winemakers. Those traveling the PCWT are encouraged to complement wine tasting with hiking, antiquing, beach time, a visit to Hearst Castle or viewing the elephant seal rookery; truly a relaxed wine adventure.  Be sure to ask about the rich history as each winery along the trail hosts its own unique story:

  • Hearst Ranch Winery, tasting room, located on the historical Hearst Property in San Simeon, is situated along the shore in a historic building built in 1852.
  • Cutruzzola Vineyards, located in a coastal valley just outside Cambria, has two acres planted to Riesling and five acres to Pinot Noir.
  • Black Hand Cellars, in Cambria has a family history of winemaking and draws its name from the Black Hand Mafia having a hankering for Tom’s great-grandfather’s wine.
  • Moonstone Cellars, in Cambria, started in 1998 from a father and son venture and, due to gaining popularity, turned into a full-time operation.
  • Twin Coyotes, also in Cambria, is the joint venture of twin brothers who source grapes from their own small vineyard.
  • Stolo Family Winery, just outside of Cambria, is located on historic property where grappa was secretly made and sold during prohibition.
  • Harmony Cellars, in the tiny town of Harmony, is the oldest and most established winery along the Northern Central Coast, having been in operation since 1989.
  • Cayucos Cellars, in Cayucos, was established in 1996 by Stuart Selkirk and now his daughter and son follow in his footsteps.
  • Chateau Margene, in Morro Bay on the Embarcadero, is a wonderful place to experience fine wines and olive oils.
  • Cuatro Dias, in Morro Bay, established by Greg Allen, a fire-fighter who makes wine on his four days off – hence, cuatro dias.

September events along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail: Wineries throughout The PCWT will mark the harvest and celebrate California Wine Month with special tastings, festivals, wine immersion experiences, tours, concerts and more. For more information about California Wine Month events visit the PCWT website.

Edna Valley AVA: Edna Valley, in the heart of SLO Wine Country, is California’s coolest wine growing region, located just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The northwest-to-southwest orientation of the Edna Valley creates a direct path for cool marine air to filter into the valley from the Los Osos/Morro Bay area. This climate, combined with the calcareous and volcanic soils results in wines with intensity, concentration and fresh, balancing acidity, perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and aromatic white wines.

Arroyo Grande Valley AVA: The handful of Arroyo Grande Valley wineries currently have a reputation for premium quality wine production. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are the top grapes grown here. The climate of Arroyo Grande Wine Country is more diverse than the consistently cool climate of nearby regions. The terrain of Arroyo Grande Valley Wine Country is made of sedimentary and volcanic soils over a layer of bedrock known as the Franciscan Complex. The Franciscan Complex is uplifted oceanic and continental crust that was formed over 100 million years ago.

In honor of California Wine Month, here are some local favorite places for wine and libations in each of the 10 destinations along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route:Arroyo Grande Valley:

Talley Vineyards – Talley Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir ideally suited for the climate and soils of the Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys.

Kynsi Winery – Kynsi is a family owned and operated winery producing distinctive wines from their Estate Stone Corral Vineyard, along with other select cool growing coastal vineyards.

Avila Beach:

Avila Wine Trail- Nestled beneath the sheltering hills of Point San Luis and the Avila lighthouse, the Avila Wine Trail features family-owned and operated wine venues offering award-winning vintages that capture the essence of wine making on the Central Coast.

Avila Wine & Roasting Company- Featuring small, local, boutique wines that are in high demand, as well as local breweries.

Domaine Le Mieux- Continuing the centuries-old tradition of the Sons of the Unicorn by creating a tantalizing California dry, sparkling apple champagne, crafted from select apple varieties nurtured in the unique microclimate of See Canyon.


Harmony Cellars – Nestled in the hills overlooking the quaint, artisan town of Harmony, just off Highway 1, Harmony Cellars Winery produces award-winning wines and offers a remarkable view of the coastal countryside.

Pacific Coast Wine Trail – Enjoy hand-crafted wines from six small producers along the scenic coast from San Simeon through Cambria and to Harmony.


Full Moon Tasting Room – Visit this ocean view wine bar and bistro nestled in beautiful Cayucos by the sea in the heart of the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Cayucos Cellars – Cayucos Cellars is a small winery with a family workforce located in the coastal hills above Cayucos.

Edna Valley:

Claiborne & Churchill – Bring a picnic lunch and savor fine wines while enjoying the lovely mountain and vineyard views.

Baileyana – Come enjoy stunning views and beautiful picnic grounds at the century-old Independence Schoolhouse, where Baileyana is poured alongside its sister wineries Tangent, Trenza, Cadre and Zocker.

Los Osos & Baywood Park:

Baywood Ale House – Baywood Ale House is perfect for what ails you. Open daily and serving up some delicious fare in addition to a wide selection of beers on tap.

Stax Wine Bar & Bistro – Come choose from over 100 local and International wines, along with a variety of local and imported beer.


Laetitia Vineyard & Winery – Located in Southern San Luis Obispo County, our coastal property overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Originally known for Methodé Champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia continues to produce seven unique sparkling wines.

Willow – Willow is a craft beer and wine bar, deli/restaurant, and specialty market all in one.  


Monarch Grove Winery – The fruit we buy comes from the unique climate here on the Central Coast. We can select from dry, hot zinfandel to a cool pinot noir.

Tastes of the Valleys – Enjoy a wine flight, a glass from our extensive wine list or take a few bottles home – at the best prices in the area.

San Simeon & Ragged Point:

Hearst Ranch Winery – Our fine wines uphold the Hearst Ranch legacy of quality. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Late Harvest Zinfandel and a Reserve Blend.

Wise Owl – Wise Owl features books, live music, a cafe, wine tasting and more.

For more information regarding wine, craft beer and culinary options and multi-day itineraries along CA’s Highway 1 Discovery Route, visit: www.winecoastcountry.com/wine-craft-beer-culinary


SAVOR Adventure Tours Provide Immersive Culinary Experiences

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SAVOR Adventure Tours Provide Immersive Culinary Experiences

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Staying in Pismo Beach will give you the rest and relaxation you’ll need for your rigorous SAVOR Adventure Tour itinerary.

SAVOR the Central Coast Adventure Tour schedule of events includes unique activities and acclaimed culinary personalities. Popular among both locals and travelers, Adventure Tours shine light on the region’s most unique epicurean experiences and take place throughout San Luis Obispo County during the highly anticipated four-day food, wine, travel and lifestyle event. Held on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Adventure Tours are immersive day trips that give culinary enthusiasts an intimate and hands-on opportunity to uncover San Luis Obispo County’s distinct regions through food, wine, and unique outings. “Adventure Tours are extremely popular, and with limited space most tours sell out,” said Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County. “These unique excursions allow attendees to enjoy the laid back Central Coast lifestyle and offer a rare chance to get up close and personal with the coastal, cultural and culinary assets of the region alongside celebrity chefs, winemakers and Sunset editors” added Davison.

Priced at $85 per tour, the Adventure Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. and include regionally unique food and beverage experiences and highlight several industry experts, including Joanne Weir, chef and author of the forthcoming Kitchen Gypsy: Sunset editors, Sara Schneider, Margo True and Peter Fish; and Yousef Ghalaini, Executive Chef of FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA.

For out-of-towners, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast’s Adventure Tours are the best way see, taste, and indulge in the region in just a few hours. They provide attendees the chance to meet the wonderful, passionate people behind the wineries, farms, ranches, and attractions, learn their stories, and discover some of the most majestic and delicious experiences found anywhere in California.


During the 2015 Adventure Tour series, attendees can select from multiple unique opportunities, including:

Hearst’s Enchanted History: a guided tour and artfully prepared lunch from Sebastian’s Café and a wine tasting by Hearst Ranch Winery featuring Sunset Travel Editor, Peter Fish.

Morro Bay’s Catch of the Day Experience: a guided tour through the national estuary by kayak and kayak fishing; learn how to fillet a fish and enjoy an ocean-to-table lunch overlooking the bay.

Muse in the Gardens of the Paso Robles Inn: Learn painting techniques from a talented local artist. Enjoy an al fresco meal paired with local wines on the patio of the historic inn.

Clydesdales at Covell Ranch in Cambria: See beautiful native pines and meet hundreds of roaming Clydesdale horses. Delight in a deluxe picnic lunch paired with local Central Coast wines featuring Sunset Wine Editor, Sara Schneider.

Locally Grown Cocktail Crafting & Mixology with FARMstead ED & La Cosecha in Paso Robles: Learn how to grow seasonal shrubs and craft infusions to make creatively inspired cocktails featuring distilled spirits. Watch closely as master mixologists Andrew Brune of La Cosecha and Alex Villicana dazzle and educate you on the craft of creating custom cocktails.

Ciders in Atascadero: At Bristols Cider House try a flight of unique cider options from dry to sweet. Witness the pressing process and get a taste of the different apples used and the ciders they produce featuring Sunset Wine Editor, Sara Schneider.

Harris Stage Lines In Paso Robles: Take a journey back in time and experience a real working ranch where horses, wagons and stagecoaches keep the history of the America West alive. Includes an authentic Western lunch catered by Cowboy Flavor while partaking in a rousing game of horseshoes. Featuring Sunset Food Editor, Margo True.

Take to the Sea in Avila Beach: Hop on board with celebrity chef and cookbook author Joanne Weir and explore the unique ecosystem of Avila Beach while learning from a resident Central Coast Aquarium expert. Catch a close up glimpse of wild life including seals, otters and whales. Enjoy brunch hosted by Weir and inspired by recipes from her latest cookbook, Kitchen Gypsy and highlighting fresh local products.

Halter Ranch Vineyard: Take a walking tour of the award-winning Halter Ranch Vineyard at the height of grape harvest and taste Ancestor, the property’s flagship Bordeaux blend. Featuring lunch by celebrity chef Yousef Ghalaini of FIG Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.

To purchase tickets and for more information about Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast and the 2015 Adventure Tour schedule, visit www.savorcentralcoast.com.

Sunset SAVOR’s Ultimate Culinary Adventure – Pismo Beach

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All Roads Lead to Pismo Beach as Award-Winning Chefs Hit the Road for the SAVOR Ultimate Culinary Adventure

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Enjoy staying in Pismo Beach when you attend this year’s SAVOR Ultimate Culinary Adventure. SAVOR the Central Coast will host an all-star lineup of culinary talent and personalities to headline the four-day food, wine, travel and lifestyle event held September 24-27, 2015. The sixth annual event welcomes Food Network and Bravo television personalities, James Beard Award winners, popular cookbook authors, Sunset editors and more in an all-new star-studded lineup! All roads lead to SAVOR as food and wine lovers indulge in delicious flavors from top chefs who have packed their bags and their knives to travel to San Luis Obispo County – an abundant region known for its locally-sourced flavors and ingredients.

SAVOR’s headlining chefs and talent put their best farm-to-table foot forward to showcase culinary creations made from the finest ingredients grown in the California Central Coast region. “SAVOR’s culinary lineup is truly star-studded this year, and we are pleased to craft an unparalleled experience for travelers and locals alike,” said Chuck Davison, President and CEO of Visit San Luis Obispo County. “We invite you to spend the long weekend in any of our cities and meet the trailblazing chefs that we have assembled from throughout the state and county.”

This year’s roster of culinary headliners provide cooking demonstrations, mouth-watering meals and locally-sourced bites during several Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast events, including the all new opening night Strings at Sunset, numerous Adventure Tours and the Main Event held at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch. Participating chefs to date include: Mary Sue Milliken (cookbook author, Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales”);

Frank Pellegrino Jr. (renowned for his Southern Italian cuisine and live cooking on shows on “TODAY,” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”); Yousef Ghalaini (Executive Chef for FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica, CA); Joanne Weir (James Beard Award-winning author of 17 cookbooks, including Kitchen Gypsy); Louis Maldonado (Winner of the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Rising Star Chef”); James Siao (Executive Chef of Finch & Fork restaurant at Kimpton’s Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara); Brigit Binns (food blogger, culinary instructor and author of nearly 30 cookbooks); Will Torres (Executive Chef Will Torres of The Restaurant at JUSTIN, in Paso Robles, CA); Chef Alex Martin of Crush Catering in Paso Robles; Sunset Wine Editor Sara Schneider; Sunset Magazine Food Editor Margo True; and Sunset Magazine Travel Editor Peter Fish. To purchase tickets and for more information about Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast’s 2015 participating talent, visit www.savorcentralcoast.com.

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