Thank you for smoking: Crush and Roll West, a celebration of premium cigars and fine wine is back at the Paso Robles Event Center Sept. 5 to 6, where rolling demonstrations, wine pairing, and fragrant smoke make for a uniquely luxurious atmosphere ... Talley Vineyards will be grooving to the funky beats of Soul Sauce on Aug. 31 (buy food and wine by the glass and hang out till the cows come home) ... Save time for a stroll on Sept. 6: Paso Robles Art After Dark has recently garnered a few more downtown participating wineries for its explosion of art, nibbles, and wine held on the first Saturday of the month (wander into downtown tasting rooms like Asuncion Ridge Vineyards, Chateau Lettau Winery, Parrish Family Vineyard, and Pianetta Winery; restaurant Thomas Hill Organics; and galleries like Studios on the Park and Heritage Gallery West for complimentary libations and colorful artistry) ... Arroyo Grande’s Laetitia will present the sounds of Two for the Road from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 30 ... The Paso Robles 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party will kick off on Aug. 30 at a range of westside wineries, so be sure to pack some sunscreen, bread, and plenty of water for a daylong excursion (and don’t forget your designated driver).
Bloody beach day: The Third Annual Bloody Mary Showdown at SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant returns on Sept. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., so get ready for a nap-inducing dose of spice (tickets are $25 and a percentage of proceeds go to Surfing for Hope Foundation) ... Beaverstock at Castoro Cellars in Templeton will feature Chicano rock greats Los Lobos as well as Proxima Parada, Hot Buttered Rum, and Allen Stone, among others, Sept. 13 to 14 (also take advantage of a play area for the kids, yoga demonstrations, beer, wine, and live artwork all under those majestic oaks).
Knowledge is power(fully tasty)
Grenache panache: Celebrating International Grenache Day (how could you forget?), the Rhone Rangers will be hosting an educational tasting comprised of 24 Paso Robles Rhone varietal producers on Sept. 19 at J Lohr Vineyards & Wines ... Celebrity judges have been announced for this November’s Soupabration! Soup fest, benefiting Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, including Lynne Andujar, Editor-in-Chief of 805 Magazine and Bay Area foodie rockstar Craftsman & Wolves Executive Chef/Owner William Wener ... FARMstead ED is gearing up for its newest class, Plant Your Palate at Paso-based Windrose Farm, which teaches regular folks how to create a living veggie garden complete with yummy salad-ready lettuces (sign up for the Oct. 4 class at farmsteaded.com).