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Spring for drinks

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Spring refresh, go! Spring cleaning doesn't stop at organizing the garage. The folks at Bianchi Winery of Paso Robles are excited to announce the release of select vintages, continuing its Renaissance-like growth over the past year. The first quarter of 2017 brought in a new dawn for the winery, with new winemaker Chris Stanton taking the helm, and accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine Enthusiast. Now, there's a slew of new wines to try, too! For more information or to try these spring wines, visit bianchiwine.com ... The sugary sweet and totally gratuitous Peeptini is back at the iconic Madonna Inn, so you know what time of year it is. The spring tradition starts with a martini glass and ends with a fluffy marshmallow Peep on top! ... Sidecar Cocktail Co. has unleashed spring fever in a glass. The Hips Don't Lie cocktail is made with premium vodka, blood orange, lime, and SLO Bitter Co. Rose and Pink Peppercorn Bitters (oh, and did we mention a spritz of rosewater mist? Ooh la la! Follow @sidecar_slo on Instagram for the latest concoctions).

Chub it up

Chill out with your cone out: Harmony Valley Creamery Ice cream is now available in pints! Each of the local company's six flavors—all inspired by Harmony, California—features a different storyline on the back. Learn more about this new ice cream offering at harmonyvalleycreamery.com ... Eureka! in SLO has busted out some new belly busting dishes for spring, including mac n' cheese balls, butcher's flat iron dip, a turkey chipotle burger, and bourbon barrel cake ... Sweet Pea Bakery in Arroyo Grande is ground zero for flaky, tasty baked treats. Check out their always-changing display case during their new spring hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. ... SLO's Foremost Wine Company is serving up heavenly beignets with dulce de leche, caramelized apples, and pears (check out their seasonal fresh menu at foremostwineco.com). Yum!

Fresh news

Way to go! Artisanal café Mint + Craft has reached more than half of its $50,000 fundraising goal to open its new locale on Monterey Street in downtown SLO. However, backers are still purchasing discounted gift certificates good for sister restaurants (Novo, Luna Red, and Robin's) hand over fist. Get yours before they're gone at mintandcraft.com ... On April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to close, Flour House Pizza Bar & Pastaria in SLO is hosting the annual Rita's Rainbow's Fundraiser. On this day only, the restaurant will donate 25 percent of its sales to the nonprofit, which benefits local children and teenagers in need ... You can now join the Paso Robles Food Co-Op online with the click of a mouse! Go to pasofoodcooperative.com if you're interested in building a new food future for Paso Robles.

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