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The Classic at Pismo Beach – June 16-18, 2017

The Classic at Pismo Beach – June 16-18, 2017
Start your engines and get ready for the Classic at Pismo Beach, bringing the hottest classic cars from all over the State of California. Guests can enjoy vendors, a beer garden, live music and a live charity auction, all while admiring the classic cars in the beach town of Pismo Beach. 

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San Luis Obispo’s Wine Country at the 27th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, June 22-24th

Kick off the summer in San Luis Obispo’s Wine Country at the 27th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, June 22-24th.  Your getaway to our coastal wine mecca begins Thursday, June 22nd at Barrels in the Plaza, with over 50 wineries and local chefs dishing out delicious food and wine along with live music by Bear Market Riot.  Then on Friday and Saturday, sip your way through San Luis Obispo tasting rooms with our 4 x 2 Passport.  Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses, wine tastings and festivities all day Friday & Saturday! Just pick up your wristband, wineglass and passport booklet at the first winery you head to and bring them along to enjoy the festivities! Read more at http://www.slowine.com/events/roll-out-the-barrels.php

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An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights in Pismo Beach

Come enjoy An Afternoon of Epicurean Delights in Pismo Beach. San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell will be the main stage emcee for the 30th Annual Afternoon of Epicurean Delights to be held on Sunday, June 4th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Chapman Estate in Pismo Beach. This spectacular occasion benefits the Health & Prevention Division of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County.

Each year, the tranquil grounds of the Historic Chapman Estate are transformed into an elegant garden party, and guests are invited to enjoy the panoramic ocean views, stroll through the lovely gardens, lounge poolside and bid on silent auction items, while tasting over fifty of SLO County’s most renowned and award winning restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, and confectioners.  Guests will also enjoy a variety of live music: Cool Notes (Tali Ortega), Nick Larsen of Proxima Parada, The Paisanos Band, The Hot Club of SLO, Natalie Haskins and Geovani Gabriele.

Tickets for Afternoon of Epicurean Delights are $125.00, and available for purchase at Crushed Grape, SLO Chamber of Commerce, Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, on line at aed.capslo.org or by phone from the Health & Prevention Division office at 805-544-2498.

To minimize the impact on Pismo Beach residents, guests are asked to park at Pismo Beach City Hall, 760 Mattie Rd. and ride the complimentary shuttle.

For those not living on the Central Coast, Afternoon of Epicurean Delights has become the best reason for a get-away weekend and an experience that brings people back, year after year to Pismo Beach.

Contact Paula B. Clark:  bartile@pacbell.net, Afternoon of Epicurean Delights, Media Volunteer

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County is a nonprofit agency that focuses on helping people and changing lives by serving more than 30,000 people annually. We are committed to fighting poverty by empowering individuals and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through a comprehensive array of community-based programs.

 

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Wine, Waves & Beyond

Come celebrate the best that Classic California has to offer. Enjoy three days of unforgettable events that embrace the love of California’s traditional surfing lifestyle and culture along with exceptional wine and food. Experience Central Coast wines, artisan brews, local California farm-fresh and seaport-inspired cuisine, as well as great music, art, and the amiable coastal community. Wine, Waves & Beyond events take place at several scenic venues throughout Pismo Beach and at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo.

​Over the last seven years Wine, Waves & Beyond has raised over $170,000 for local non-profit organizations. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit GleanSLO. GleanSLO is a program of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County that connects farmers and backyard growers with volunteers, who will harvest fruits and vegetables for local food banks that would otherwise go to waste. The Still Frothy Surf Festival, a major sponsor of WW&B, is a contest created to motivate California’s youths to turn off their computers and video games and discover surfing. More sponsors of the 8th Annual Wine Waves & Beyond include Boutique Hotel Collection, Rabobank, City of Pismo Beach, New Times, KCOY, Paso Robles Wine Country, and SLO International Film Festival.

For more information visit https://www.winewavesandbeyond.com

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13th Annual Taste of Pismo, A Premier Wine & Culinary Event

13th Annual Taste of Pismo, A Premier Wine & Culinary Event, is on April 22, 2016 (1pm to 4pm). Enjoy a day of unforgettable pleasure and the chance to taste the authentic savoir-faire of this charming seaside town at this outstanding event.  Bringing together delicious samplings of local cuisine with premium Central Coast wineries and microbreweries – all in one exceptional location on the cliffs of Dinosaur Caves Park overlooking the sea. Visit www.pismochamber.com.

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A Spring Picnic Paired with Chardonnay Wines

Like so many great pairings nothing complements a Wine & Waves excursion in Pismo Beach like an afternoon picnic overlooking the ocean with some of the fabulous wine finds you procured on your day trip to our neighboring wine regions of the Arroyo Grande, Avila or Edna Valleys  or on your stroll to downtown Pismo Beach on Price Street visiting the wine tasting rooms of  Sans Liege Wines, Tastes of the Valleys, and Puffer’s.

One of the most lovely pairings with Chardonnay wine, a regional specialty here, is a savory country French snack consisting of spring radishes, unsalted sweet butter, and sea salt  (but don’t forget the fresh baguette!  For more on this simply delicious French favorite, read on in a beautiful article, The Wonder of Three Ingredients by Gabrielle Hamilton, in the New York Times Magazine, March 23, 2017.

Create your best picnic basket with the most delicious bites here in Pismo Beach:

Pismo Beach Farmer’s Market

Main Street Parking Lot

Every Wednesday, 3-6pm

DePalo & Sons

2665 Shell Beach Rd

Pismo Beach, CA

California Fresh Market, Pismo Beach

Pismo Coast Shopping Plaza

555 5 Cities Dr

Pismo Beach, CA 93449

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Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Sangria by Claiborne & Churchill

When looking for a delicious wine-centric recipe, Claiborne & Churchill Winery offers an impressive collection of different dishes from sumptuous Lobster Mac & Cheese to decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake recipes.  So since Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and some of us prefer wine above all other spirits, their Irish Sangria recipe is perfect to serve with this lovely, warm early spring weather!

Located in the Edna Valley, Claiborne & Churchill uses traditional European winemaking techniques and focuses on producing fruity but dry wines reminiscent of the wines from Alsace. Their tasting room experience is one of the best in the Edna Valley, with a knowledgeable and hospitable staff, beautifully cultivated grounds, and offering a lovely wine & cheese pairing during your visit.  To learn more about Claiborne & Churchill and to try their exquisite wines, visit http://www.claibornechurchill.com/visit/.

“Irish” Sangria by Claiborne O’Churchill (Claiborne & Churchill)

Just because it’s St. Paddy’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little Sangria with an Irish twist! Grab a bottle of your favorite C&C Riesling (Dry or Semi-sweet) and add it to this simple and tasty recipe below. This is a perfect substitute for the classic Stouts and Irish Whiskeys.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of white wine (Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling or our semi-sweet Riesling, Oliver’s Vineyard)
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1-2 Green apples cut into wedges
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1-2 Shots of Irish Whiskey (we used Jameson)
  • 2 Cups club soda (you could use ginger ale to sweeten it up)

Pour the wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juice from the lemon and orange wedges. If you prefer a sweeter Sangria, we suggest using our semi-sweet Riesling. Toss in the wedges of orange, lemon and apple and add sugar and whiskey. Give it a good stir and chill overnight or at least a few hours. Add club soda and ice just before serving. Enjoy!

For more beautiful recipes from Claiborne & Churchill visit http://www.claibornechurchill.com/blog/category/recipes/

Join Claiborne & Churchill on Facebook: ClaiborneandChurchillWinery ; and on Instgram: @claiborneandchurchill

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Pairing Wine for Holiday Feasts

So often the meal we prepare for holidays seems like the easiest thing compared to the most intimidating factor: what wines to serve our guests? Obviously, it is best to choose a variety of wines for guests including a sparkling wine, a red wine, and a white wine; it’s so easy — right? Nonetheless, at times the task can become quite daunting and we (host or guest alike) don’t want to look cheap or unsophisticated with our choice of wine.   Here are some recommendations on sparkling wines, red wines, white wines and gift wines within varying budgets:

Sparkling Wines and Champagnes: I am content to have hors d’oeuvres and dessert – I can happily skip a main course all together and I like to accompany both courses with a sparkling wine.  Thanksgiving starters of charcuterie, nuts, fruit, cheese, crackers, savory spreads and breads pair perfectly with sparkling wine and Champagne. Brut, a drier sparkling wine is a lovely accompaniment to the oils and salt in most appetizers and the beauty of Champagne – is just that Champagne is always beautiful with everything on every occasion:

Gruet Blanc de Noir

Julien Fouet Crémant de Loire

Graham Beck

 

White Wines: The holiday menu, which often includes seafood and pork as well as poultry and beef, pairs beautifully with crisp and refreshing white wines such as Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Grenache Blanc, and the elegant and reliable Chardonnay:

Chardonnay: Carlson 2014

Chardonnay, Center of Effort 2012

Chardonnay, Mattina Fiore 2012

Pinot Blanc: A subtle wine with almond and apple aromas; butter, cream, hazelnut, vanilla and mineral notes of slate, flint and smoke.

 Kysni Pinot Blanc Bien Nacido Vineyard 2014

Viognier: The peach, apricot, and wood aromas of Viognier are perfect for holiday appetizers as well as with the main course.

Jaffurs Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard 2015

Sauvignon Blanc: A dry, light, crisp white wine with herbal, olive, citrus and soft smoky flavors. This wine is perfect to serve with roasted turkey and all of the traditional side dishes. Sauvignon Blanc, particularly the ones listed below, are a personal favorite of mine; I find it to be thirst quenching and refreshing.

2014 Storm Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: A dry white wine with fruit flavors of pear, apple, and hints of lemon; pairs well with most holiday foods as well as vegetarian dishes.

Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Gris 2015

Grenache Blanc: Grenache Blanc, a wine with fine acidity, aromas of tangerine, mandarin, honeysuckle and floral notes that pairs well with both appetizers and the main meal.

2015 Curran Santa Ynez Valley Grenache Blanc

Red Wines: Red wines can be the most confusing and intimidating to select especially when we are dealing with guests that seem to have sophisticated palates and discriminating tastes causing quite a lot of “wine anxiety” for hosts or for guests that ask the “what can I bring?” question that is answered with the “nothing really – just bring a bottle of wine” response. Okay then…

 Pinot Noir is an excellent and natural choice for poultry like duck, turkey, chicken, and Cornish hens. Pinot Noir pairs very nicely with salmon. Characteristically, Pinot Noir is delicate, slightly spicy with subtle hints of smoke, red berries, plums, and cherries – a beautiful choice.

Kynsi Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2013

Syrah/Shiraz – Syrah’s flavors of spices, berries and hints of black pepper surprisingly, pair easily with holiday foods that include grilled, roasted or smoked poultry and game as well as red meat. (Syrah is also called Shiraz).

Tempranillo – This Spanish grape wine variety can easily be a good holiday wine. It pairs well with heavy and intense dishes. The flavors of Tempranillo include rich red fruit of plum, cherry, and strawberry mixed with hints of leather and spice; a leathery mouth feel, tart fruit and tannins make this wine very food friendly.

2011 Haka Tempranillo Paso Robles

Zinfandel –Red zinfandels, a hearty red wine native to California, pair well with roasted meats and poultry. Many guests prefer an intense wine and this is an excellent choice for Thanksgiving and guests that possess the California “new world” palate. Zinfandel is rich, dark and often jammy, featuring the flavors of blackberry, cherry and black pepper.

 2013 J. Dusi Zinfandel

2014 Adelaida Estate Zinfandel

Now let’s deal with the “just bring a bottle of wine” dilemma. If purchasing wine as a gift to bring to the holiday festivities, fear no longer – I have an impressive array of wines for gifting in every budget:

Up to $25:     2013 Sanford Pinot Blanc

                        2015 Meiomi Pinot Noir

$25-$45:        2008 K. Furtado Syrah

                        2013 Center of Effort Chardonnay

$50+up:         2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Isabelle

                        2013 Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir

When serving wine to your guests, wine glasses should be filled no more than two-thirds full (however, this does not necessarily apply to the host who may require a bit more for various reasons). Red wines taste best at a cool room temperature of 62 to 65 degrees; white wines are best served a bit cooler at a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees; and sparkling wines serve well at 52 to 54 degrees. But more importantly, when you serve your guests, smile, enjoy and partake in the holiday festivities with them as well. If you burn the bird, drop the pie, make lumpy gravy or overly salted potatoes – remember, that a happy host always makes the party and that good wine washes away a multitude of culinary sins!

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Holiday Harmony & Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 2

Join us for Holiday Harmony, a FREE fun-filled family event on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm and take place at the Pismo Beach Pier. Kids activities include fresh snow, photos with Santa, cookie decorating and bounce houses. Adults 21 and over can enjoy Pismo Beach’s downtown winetasting rooms, brewery, and pubs.

The Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Pismo Beach Pier at 6 pm. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 805-773-7063 and join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1483879788294942/

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The Wine Thief and Four Other Fascinating Wine Facts By Mindy Oliver

Working in a tasting room, I always like to have a few fun wine facts to share when visitors are interested in learning more about wine. Here are some of my favorites.

The Wine Thief

This sounds like someone who sneaks into your winery and steals wine. Which isn’t too far from the truth. A wine thief is a long plastic or metal tube with a handle, a little like a turkey baster. By inserting it into a barrel of wine, winemakers can extract a small amount of wine for tasting or testing.

The Destemmer

If you’ve ever had to remove a few dozen grapes from their stems, you know how long it can take. Now imagine doing that for 10,000 grape clusters. A grape destemmer is a piece of equipment that quickly and efficiently extracts the grapes from their stems. The destemmer is a cylinder which rotates at high speed. Inside the cylinder are a series of metal paddles that rotate in the opposite direction, knocking the berries off the stems.

Wine Grapes Look and Taste Different from Table Grapes

If you love the delicious Thompson seedless grapes you get at the supermarket, you’ll be surprised at how different wine grapes are from these. Wine grapes are much smaller, about 1/4 of the size of their table grape cousins. They tend to have less water, which results in more concentrated juice. Plus, you’ll almost never find a “seedless” wine grape, since the seeds in the grape along with the skins are needed to add tannin to the wine.

Tasting Rooms Vs. Wine Bars

There are several important differences between wine tasting rooms and wine bars. One important difference is that you can bring your kids to a tasting room (as long as the tasting room is family-friendly and your kids are well-behaved). Another difference is that a wine tasting room only serves the wine made by the winery, while a wine bar can serve many different types of wines.

Avila Beach – A Wine Destination

Avila Beach has become a regional wine destination. There are seven wineries and one wine bar in the area, five of which are within a five minute walk of each other in downtown Avila Beach. These wineries make up the “the Avila Wine Trail”, and they include:

  • Alapay Cellars (wine tasting room) – 415 1st Street
  • Avila Wine Company (wine bar) – 53 San Miguel Street
  • Croma Vera Wines (wine tasting room) –  445 1st Street, just opened
  • Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards (wine tasting room) – 1947 See Canyon Road
  • Morovino (wine tasting room) – 468 Front Street
  • Peloton Cellars (wine tasting room) – 470 Front Street
  • Silver Horse (wine tasting room) – 6985 Ontario Road, just opened
  • Sinor-LaVallee (wine tasting room) – 550 1st Street

Visitors from across California now regularly make Avila Beach their destination while wine tasting. Come explore the award-winning wineries in Avila Beach.

Mindy Oliver is the owner of Croma Vera Wines, one of the newest wineries in Avila Beach. You can find her in the Croma Vera Tasting Room Fri and Sat 12-6pm and Thu, Sun and Mon, 12-5pm.