New, off-the-rack fur coat or vintage, well-worn jean jacket with that perfect fit? Shiny limo or well-made Italian bike complete with custom drink holder? If you prefer the latter, you might enjoy Field Recordings, purveyor of unflashy yet sophisticated wines with a sense of place and personality to boot. The Paso winery’s 2014 Fiction red—a zesty, playful blend of zinfandel, mourvedre, grenache, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, tempranillo, and viognier isn’t just cool because it tastes amazing and is sourced from the best local growing grounds you can find. It’s also conspicuously dressed down—in nifty aluminum cans, that is.
• Field Recordings 2014 Fiction Red Four Pack—$40 for a four-pack of cans; 460 Marquita Ave., Paso Robles.
How do you know when you’re really an adult? Is it when you stop throwing your jury duty notices directly into the trash? Once you finally realize that you only have to floss the teeth you want to keep? Personally, the big moment came to me when I finally ordered my first decaf coffee. After all, coffee isn’t just a vehicle for caffeine! It’s about the warmth, the aroma, the flavor, man. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but a cup so chocolatey, nutty, and honey-laced as this deserves to be served at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m, which, coincidentally, is 30 minutes before my bedtime.
• Spearhead Coffee’s Decaffeinated Blend—$9 for a half-pound bag; 619 12th St., Paso Robles.
Hayley Thomas believes in the power of flavor as well as caffeine. She can be reached at email@example.com.