Get your seats now! The California Mid-State Fair is announcing a brand new night of entertainment called An Evening of Brews & Blues this July 30. The night will feature eight-person table seating, a Golden Circle of premium seats, and a range of special craft beers not normally on tap during fair hours … Sips & Songs continues at Claiborne & Churchill Winery with Louie Ortega on June 19. Get down to the tunes while sippin’ wines and enjoying some good eats (claibornechurchill.com) … The Rhone Rangers are pulling out all the stops for a brand new Hot Tuesday Varietal Night this June 16 at Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles. Sip a range of grenache blanc wines from Broken Earth Winery, Clavo Cellars, Derby Wine Estates, SummerWood Winery and so many more ($25 per person; call 226-9455 for info).
If you aren't laughing, you aren't living. If you're a wino and love to chuckle and sip, BigMouth Inc. has you covered. From musical corkscrews to the World's Largest Wine Glass, these are affordable gag gifts for the comedic wine lover in your life (bigmouthinc.com) ... Lotus recently replaced Wild Donkey (rest in peace) at 1131 Broad Street in SLO. Authentic Vietnamese and Mongolian barbecue, anyone? ... The mac and cheese at SLO Brew has a lot of virtues: It's super bubbly, comes with bacon and jalapeños, and will arrive at your table in just 10 minutes! Seriously, try that stuff ASAP. ... It's a real shame that there's no longer a New Times Best of SLO County award for best Indian food or curry in SLO. I firmly believe Shalimar Restaurant at 2115 Broad Street would have taken the gold yet again this year for their outstanding grub and impeccable service (the amazing garlic naan helps, too).
Dunbar Brewing Co. is ready to expand into a 6,000-square-foot 10-barrel brewhouse at 22815 El Camino Real this month! Congrats, brewmaster and owner Chris Chambers! ... "Grandfather of Paso Wine" Gary Eberle has bought out five other partners and regained control of Eberle Winery, the pioneering winery he founded more than three decades ago. He'll be honored later this month with the 2015 Wine Lifetime Achievement Award at the California Mid-State Fair ... Hope Family Wines launched a Thirsty Thursday series at the on-site Treana Tasting Cellar focusing on good food, good music, and very good wine. Each Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy a rotating lineup of goodies (hopefamilywines.com) ... SLO Wine Country Association is seeking a good cause to benefit from its Harvest on the Coast Auction happening this Nov. 7. Got a cause worth funding? Go to slowine.com.
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