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Crashing waves, groovy wines: Stolo Vineyards in Cambria is a true California dream if ya ask me. This cool-climate winery is experimenting with old and new winemaking methods and up-and-coming winemaker Nicole Pope is trying new methods to keep Stolo wines true to the unique terroir they represent. That terroir? Way beachy. Stolo is one of the closest vineyards to the coast in all of California, at less than 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean! Learn more about this cool locale at stolofamilyvineyards.com ... Speaking of coastal wines, BlendFest uncorks along Highway 1's Coastal Discovery Route this Feb. 9 to 11. Slip behind the locked gates of the Hearst Property in Old San Simeon Village, sip from 30 renowned wineries from across the region and nosh on snacks like olive and anchovy tapenade with fresh mint and brie cheese, grilled rock fish tacos, chicken yakitori skewers with ginger soy glaze, and more. Get all the info at pasowine.com ... The first Central Coast Craft Beer Fest, presented by the Central Coast Brewers Guild, is slated for March 23 through April 1 in Atascadero's scenic Sunken Gardens. Mark your calendars now and gear up for a slew of sensational suds (get info at centralcoastbrewersguild.com). Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain is always shouting "Heck!" at the least appropriate times. You can send bites and news nibbles to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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