Cabernet Franc – Much More than a Blending Grape

photo Central Coast Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc, known and used primarily as a blending grape (it’s one of the main varietals in Bordeaux blends), also makes a great single varietal wine. Why? It’s generally a lighter wine with more acidity, making it food-friendly. It has many of the appealing characteristics of bigger reds (good body and deep fruit flavor) but […]

Zinfandel – Strong Roots on the Central Coast

How do you like your Zinfandel? Big, bold, and jammy? Or more refined and expressive? No matter. Zinfandels made in Paso Robles and the Central Coast can please a range of palates and preferences. Let’s learn a little more from member winemakers from the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) association. A Bit About Zinfandel Zinfandel […]

Halloween Poker Run (2018 Update)

October 27-18 2018 – Paso Robles Wineries East Zoo to You Halloween Poker Run Trick or treat with 46 East, and enjoy animals, wine, and a spooky good time. Get Your Tickets Days & Times The 2018 event runs Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28, from 11:00 to 5:00. Zoo to You animal ambassadors […]

46 West Wineries Block Party – Paso Robles (2018)

What happens when you take more than a dozen talented winemakers, add a caterer known for great food, mix in a dance-inspiring band, all in a friendly and laid-back block-party atmosphere that feels like a neighborhood get-together? You get one of the most fun events in Paso Robles wine country—the 46 West Wineries Association Block […]

Paso Robles 46 West Wineries Summer Block Party – Event Recap (2018)

What happens when 17 winemakers, a caterer with tri tip and barbecued oysters, and a dance-inspiring band get together with about 200 of their friends? The 46 West Wineries Summer Block Party, one of the best Paso Robles parties of the summer. Three Magic Words We looked at the wristbands being applied to attendees at […]

46 West Summer Block Party (2018) – Paso Robles

46 West Wineries Summer Block Party

What happens when your neighbors are winemakers and you decide to throw a great party? You’re hanging out with a few neighbors and you get to talking. Somebody mentions it might be fun to get everyone together and throw a block party. Hmm, this might be fun. So you pick a neighbor’s house with a […]

Roll Out the Barrels: 3 days to Celebrate SLO Wine (updated 2018)

SLO Wine Country’s annual Roll Out the Barrels event highlights the wineries of California’s Central Coast. The three-day event (2018 dates are June 21-23) kicks off with Barrels in the Plaza at the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in downtown San Luis Obispo, featuring small bites from local chefs and restaurants, music, and […]

Wine Safari 2018 – Wine Tasting Gone Wild (with Animals)

Feature Video: Wine Safari 2018 What happens when you mix beautiful animals from Conservation Ambassadors’ Zoo to You program with the scenic and friendly Paso Robles 46 West Wineries, add some wine tasting, and bunch of fun, like-minded people from the Central Coast? The Wine Safari, that’s what! Over the weekend of March 3-4, 16 […]

Winemaker Focus: Mary Bradley (ila and Gra Wines)

Wine Maker Mary Bradley

Feature Video: Winemaker Mary Bradley With practiced eyes, Mary Bradley scans the clusters of Zinfandel grapes as they toddle down the sorting table. She plucks those that don’t match the quality she’s looking for—grape size, ripeness, ratio of fruit to stem—and tosses them aside into a waiting bucket. Seemingly random and nonchalant to our untrained […]

Saucelito Canyon Vineyard Tasting Notes (Edna Valley AVA)

The Flavor Team visited Saucelito Canyon Vineyard in the Edna Valley AVA a couple times over the past few months, and we have a lot to share. The bonus for you? More wines to explore from the wine-tasting lists for 2017 and 2018, and a sneak peak of their newest vintages—the 2015 wines were just […]