Ravishing reds: Join the Rhone Rangers for a varietal night featuring red Rhone blends this Nov. 7 at Adelaida Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles. On the menu: Small bites prepared by Chef Alex of Crush Catering and artisan cheeses from Vivant Fine Cheese paired with wines from 25 Paso Robles Rhone Ranger wineries. Oh, and live music with Hilary and Kate, too (search on brownpapertickets.com for tickets) ... The Garagiste Wine Festival returns to Paso Robles for the seventh year in a row this Nov. 10 through 12. Celebrating the passion and spirit of the small, rebellious winemaker, the festival features more than 60 of California's best micro-wineries, pouring more than 200 wines made from more than 30 different grape varieties. More than a quarter of the winemakers are pouring for the very first time at the festival, which was recently dubbed "tasting nirvana" by the LA Times. Tickets are on sale now at californiagaragistes.com ... In the wake of the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties, participating wineries in Paso Robles recently donated $1 per bottle of wine sold last month to folks in need. Let's continue to spread the love as our friends to the north continue repair and rebuild. Δ
Hayley Thomas Cain is proud of SLO County's entire local wine community for helping those affected by the recent wildfires. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.