Juicy news: JUSTIN Vineyard and Winery in Paso Robles has been named as Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast! To celebrate, why not grab a table at the Restaurant at JUSTIN and sip on a little Isosceles? (Visit the tasting room and restaurant at 11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles) … Speaking of wine awards, Wine Spectator will unveil its Top 10 wines of 2015 soon, so you can bet more good news for the area is on the horizon … Filliponi Ranch has been making wine since 2008, but they are looking fresh lately. The winery recently completed renovations on their tasting room, which is celebrating a grand re-opening all November long. Stop by and you could win a bunch of prizes, including barrel tasting with the winemaker, guided hiking and tasting tour of the ranch, a fireside wine dinner, and more. The tasting room, aka “the little yellow house” is located at 1800 Calle Joaquin in SLO and open Thursday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. … Luna Red is hosting prix fixe November Harvest dinners each Monday featuring local farmers and winemakers. On Nov. 16, enjoy Red Barn Farm produce paired with Julia’s Juices and Cass Winery wines. It all starts at 6 p.m. For more information, visit lunaredslo.com.
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Crafty gifts rule: Don’t miss FARMstead Ed’s last class of the year, where you can learn how to make festive holiday infusions that make great gifts, by the way. Learn how to make infused oils, honey, salt, chocolates, and boozy beverages at Groves on 41 this Nov. 15 (go to farmsteaded.com for tickets and details) … Take a vermouth-making class at wine shop/tasting bar The Station in SLO this Dec. 8 or sign up for an art bar wine and painting class (see all the fun wine-centric events going on now at thestationslo.com) … You can now take a virtual tour of Paso Robles Wine Country from anywhere in the world with the help of your cell phone (hotels, restaurants, and wineries) at pasorobleswineries.net. That means you can send a link to your grandma, who is “still thinking” about relocating the Central Coast. Just do it already!
Drooling: Are you a huge fan of Santa Maria style barbecue, like yours truly? Show your support and help to land the region on the map by shooting photos of Santa Maria barbecue meatiness on your smartphone and hashtag #santamariabbq. Add the name of the restaurant and be sure to call out @californiadreameater for a chance to get Santa Maria style barbecue on Visit California’s radar … The Hatch in Paso Robles is open for late night grub Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight! That means you can grab a grilled Caesar salad, slice of meatloaf, or house-made maple leaf duck sausage with red cabbage, bourbon, and greens way after most local haunts are closed for the evening. You can also snag some foodie goodies like rooster wings or a house-made pickle plate during Hatch’s popular cocktail hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. (835 15th St.; for dinner reservations, call 221-5727).
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