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Per Cazo's 2013 Albarino and Flour House's Limoncello

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Legendary Paso Robles winemaker Steve Glossner had been making stunning wines for Per Cazo Winery for nearly a decade when he and his wife, Lola, purchased the winery as their own in 2014. Now, you can taste these delicious mostly Spanish varietals alongside the couple’s other offerings, Paso Port and Pendray’s Distillery. All three share the same barn roof, but each is its own animal, to be sure. For example, this bright, floral albariño sourced from the Paragon Vineyard of Edna Valley shows off Glossner’s tendency toward crafting balanced, food-friendly wines that give the word “drinkable” an upscale, sophisticated feel. If you’ve got seafood and shellfish in the fridge, this wine—totally reminiscent of a seaside breeze—is ready for its moment. Bring on the brine!

Per Cazo’s 2013 Albariño—$27; 95 Booker Road, Paso Robles.

If you’ve never had real limoncello, you haven’t really lived! Flour House knows this fact to be true, which is why they craft the sweet-tart booze from scratch, just like they do their desserts (try it alongside house basil ice cream and you will experience heaven on earth). Their fresh limoncello is made simply and authentically, as Italians have been doing for many years, and hey—why mess with perfection? Farm fresh lemons scrubbed and peeled of their zesty husks are soaked in top-shelf alcohol for a lengthy time. A house-made simple syrup is added to create the perfect kiss of sweetness, and then the whole thing is filtered to ensure a bright, sunny (never cloudy) color in your glass.

Flour House’s Limoncello—690 Higuera St., SLO; About $10. 

Hayley Thomas is easy, breezy, lemon-squeezy at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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