Halter Ranch’s flagship red wine isn’t just a badass Bordeaux-style blend of the very best cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and petit verdot. It is also a testament to the winery’s “Ancestor Tree,” the largest coast live oak tree on record, located on the Paso Robles winery’s sprawling ranch. With aromas of local olallieberries, currants, and cocoa and flavors of silky, dark fruit, it is the ultimate dinner wine to share with your family (and a beautiful reminder that one day, we will all be someone’s ancestors).
• Halter Ranch’s 2014 Ancestor Estate Reserve Blend—$55; 8910 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles.
After the holidays, we can all use a little pep in our step. Banish the bloat that follows one too many scoops of buttery mashed potatoes with a balanced smoothie that isn’t packed full of sneaky sugar (that means adding greens, people!). Bliss Cafe’s Mega Greens smoothie is a magic elixir: It tastes kind of like a milkshake, but is in fact full of good-for-you apple, fresh kale, avocado, brown rice protein, spirulina, house-made almond milk, bananas, and raw dates. Added plus: It’s so darn nourishing, you’ll forget the word “lunch.”
• Bliss Cafe’s Mega Greens Smoothie—$8.75; 778 Higuera St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas Cain is on a health kick. Send her healthy drink ideas at email@example.com.