Croad Vineyards’ Wine Fest BBQ

With all the events going on all weekend long, ya can’t miss this one!  Croad has a spectacular view atop the hill in the Templeton Gap.  Their Wine Festival celebration is going to be held in their fabulous tasting room all day! You can “hop off” and join them anytime from 11am til the end of your tasting day.

Live music on Saturday and scrumptious BBQ tri-tip and sausages with grilled onions and peppers! On Sunday the fun, wine and BBQ will continue all day. So consider “hopping off” and joining them for their mouth watering tri-tip sandwiches and fabulous wine! Of course food and tasting will be complementary for ‘Kia Ora’ members! For any non-members there will be a $5.00 wine tasting fee, $10.00 for food and wine.

Don’t forget to check out some of their new summer Kiwi clothes! Kia Ora members receive 20% off all clothing purchases!

Until the next drop.

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Kiamie Wine Cellars Wine Fest Events!

Kiamie has some great things going on for Wine Fest Weekend.  Stop in there before you head over to the Grand Tasting or any of the days during Wine Fest!

Kiamie Wine Festival Weekend Activities
May 21st – 23rd, 2010
Guest Chef Dinner, Pre-Release Tastings and Verticals, Barrel Samples, Case Discounts, Wine Tasting & More!

Make your plans to join us for the 2010 Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 21 – 23 and enjoy great wine, food and everything your palate desires during this once a year event. Join Kiamie Wine Cellars for the following weekend events:

Friday (5/21) – Sunday (5/23): Taste Kiamie’s award-winning wine blends in our beautiful tasting room located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy vertical tastings of our current and pre-released blends, small-lot barrel samples and special case discounts.

Friday (5/21): GUEST CHEF DINNER AT KIAMIE! Join Kiamie’s owners, Aram and Greg, and Master Chef Andrè Averseng for an intimate four-course dinner paired with our pre-released Summer wines.
7 – 10 pm @ Kiamie Wine Cellars’ Tasting Room
$85 Per Person
$70 Wine Club Members (Not a Member? Join Today!)
Space is VERY limited, please call 805.226.8333 or email ASAP to RSVP.

Passed Appetizers
Chicken Liver and Fois Gras Pate in a Crispy Cup
Endive Leaf filled with Smoked Salmon Mousse
Candied Onion Tartlet

Seated Dinner
Sliced Portabellini with Poached Scallops on a bed of Mache with Citrus Dressing
Sliced Baguette and Butter
2008 Kiamie White Kuvèe
Spinach and Basil Goat Cheese Rotolo
Fresh Tomato Sauce & Shaved Parmagiano Reggiano
2007 R’Own Style Blend
Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Caramelized Shallots in a Red Wine Sauce
Mash Potato with Crème Fraiche and Cheese
Haricots Verts, Eggplant Fan, Baby Yellow Squash
2007 Meritage
French Brownie with Bitter Almond, Brandy, and Gran Marnier
Raspberry Coulis
2007 Late Harvest Zinfandel

Saturday (5/22): Start your morning in Downtown enjoying all that our beautiful town has to offer. Our tasting room doors will open at 11am so come on in after brunch and taste the lineup of our current and pre-released wines. In the afternoon, visit our table in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park at the Grand Tasting from 3 – 7pm. The choices and variety don’t stop at the wines; in addition, enjoy music by the Mighty Croon Dogs, artisanal foods, and chef demonstrations.

Until the next drop.

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Donati Events for Wine Fest!

With Wine Fest rapidly approaching, check out some of the events going on at Donati Family Vineyards:

Raw Bar – May 21st, 6-8 pm, $30.00/pp Paesanos/Locals and $40.00/pp
We’re kicking off Wine Festival weekend in style with a Raw Bar catered by Pier 46. Delight your taste buds with tuna tartare tacos, oysters on the half shell, assorted sushi and ceviches, and of course plenty of Donati wine! (RSVP required)

Paso Robles Wine Festival – May 22nd
Come see us in the Park! We’ll be there with our official Paesano mustaches all day – get your stache, come see us on Sunday and get Club Member perks! (p.s – that’s 30% off to you on May 22nd)
(Tickets available online at

Donati Family Vineyard BBQ – May 23rd The whole Donati Family will be at the winery Sunday afternoon from 12-3pm serving up BBQ and other family recipes! Come on by because lunch is on us!

Until the next drop.

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Starr Ranch Open House

What a beautiful setting they have at Starr Ranch!  Nestled back in the hills off Chimney Rock Road, they sit on the backside of a hill with a gorgeous, expansive view of some of their vineyards and the hills off in the distance.

Had a wonderful time at their “Open House” last night! I really enjoyed their Estate Grenache and Estate Syrah. Deodoro was also pouring, and his Syrah was very nice, not too spicy or tannic, but rather smooth.  His Cab was really good too, being very fruit forward.

Starr also had a great spread of hors d’ouevres, with a delicious pasta salad with sausage, some extremely tiny little prosciutto sandwiches (they were so tiny…think Spinal Tap but even smaller!).  They had these dried persimmons which melted in the mouth.  Then, Judy had made these cookies that were yummy!

Saw folks from Castoro, Barrel 27 and Rotta among others. Great time, kudos to Starr!

Til the next drop.

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Edward Sellers “Raise the Roof” Specials

To help them “raise the roof” on their new winery and tasting room on Highway 46 West, Edward Sellers is offering an incredible deal on their beautiful 2006 Vertigo.

“Darker and more brooding than its previous incarnation, the 2006 Vertigo shows deep plum and berry aromas backed by smoky notes of cocoa and turned earth. On the palate, the wine bursts with flavor like cherry pie. It’s generous, layered, and exceptionally balanced. The finish is long, with plenty of tannin that makes the 2006 Vertigo a wine to drink now or lay down for the next few years.”

2006 Vertigo Blend: 70% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre & 12% Syrah
$120.00/Case (regularly $360/case)

Join the Cellar Club Today and you will receive Vertigo at:
$102.00/Case (regularly $360/case)

Until their new 46 West tasting room is open, you can visit Edward Sellers as part of a Downtown stop or East/West transfer on The Wine Line.

Until the next drop.

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Maloy O’Neill Gets Spied Upon!

The Wine Spies have infiltrated the Maloy O’Neill winery.  Because the Spies love their wines so much they are featuring the 2005 Enzo Red Wine, Paso Robles, for today only (Wednesday, April 7th, 2010).  They are the only online wine merchant to be featuring this wine, which is usually only available in the winery – and they are crazy about it.

Be sure to visit on Wednesday to take advantage of the special price on this delicious Italian red wine. Read the full review and make your purchase before time runs out. There is a limited quantity of this wine available during this special event. Since The Wine Spies are selling this wine at a special price today (over 30% off), you may never have this opportunity again.

This one-time offer includes an added bonus: If you purchase 6 or more bottle of this wine, they will include ground shipping on your order (see below for details and a savings code).

Who are The Wine Spies?

The Wine Spies is a unique one-wine-per-day wine merchant that only sells wines that they fall in love with. They are in their fourth year of sleuthing out the finest wines available – and offering them to their “Operatives” at great prices.

About the Sale

Remember, this wine will run only Wednesday (April 7th, 2010) on, beginning at midnight, PST. Once the sale is over, they will never feature this wine again. Sales are first come, first served, so if you feel inclined to buy this wine at this price, you’re encouraged to act quickly.

As an added special, The Wine Spies will include ground shipping on orders of 6 or more bottles. Enter the promotion code PASOSPYon the order screen, and you’ll see your savings at the final checkout.


If you’ve tasted this wine before, please do Maloy O’Neill a favor and post a review on The Wine Spies. This will help spread the word about thier wine. Also, please feel free to share this offer with friends and family. Finally, be sure to sign up for the Spies “Daily Dispatch” to learn about their daily wine sales and gain access to exclusive deals and savings codes.

Until the next drop.


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ZinFest Weekend- Donati Family Vineyards

Who loves Cioppino? You do! Join Donati for a delicious Cioppino Dinner Party catered by Pier 46 Seafood from 6 – 8 p.m Friday, 3/19/10. $40/pp; $30/Paesanos. It’s always a sellout event, so don’t wait to reserve your seat.

Saturday & Sunday – get your geek on! “Hop Off” at Donati on either day at 1 and 3 p.m. for informational wine production tours, vertical tastings and a wealth of production knowledge. Rub elbows with winemakers and learn the intricacies of blending. Spaces are limited, reservation required for tours and vertical tastings.

Call Donati for information and reservations: 805.238.0676