Wine Making Essentials

Wine Making Essentials

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Folks of legal drinking age, it is time to discuss one of the most magical things on this Earth. No, we aren’t talking about a breathtaking sunset, the Grand Canyon, the birth of a child, or the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Our topic is even more fascinating. Today, we will talk about the winemaking process — from grape to glass and every step in between.

Winemaking (also called vinification by those in the biz) is a time-honored tradition that dates back thousands of years. While much of the process has been modernized by larger wine producers, it may surprise you to learn that many estates still prefer to do certain steps the old-fashioned way. So without further ado, let’s look at what it takes to make one of the world’s most beloved beverages.

BlendFest on the Coast

BlendFest on the Coast

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Discover the exquisite flavors of Paso Robles Wine Country at the scenic California coast. This February 22nd to 25th, the much-anticipated ‘BlendFest on the Coast’ is set to enchant wine enthusiasts. Taking place in the charming towns of San Simeon and Cambria, this event is a true celebration of winemaking artistry. At Grand Cru Limousine we are happy to provide safe transportation with a driver in our SUV’s, traditional limousine or sprinter limousines while you enjoy the events.


Exclusive Winemaker Dinners: Immerse yourself in an intimate dining experience during ‘BlendFest on the Coast’. Scheduled for February 22 and 23, these dinners feature some of Paso’s most renowned winemakers. Guests will enjoy evenings in Cambria and San Simeon, pairing unique blended wines with menus that highlight Central Coast’s culinary excellence.

Furthermore, BlendFest Coastal Excursions: Embark on a memorable journey along the famed Highway One Road Trip. Begin this adventure with a visit to the picturesque Derbyshire Vineyard on February 22. Then, cap off your experience with a creative Sip & Paint event at Harmony Cellars on February 25. This excursion perfectly combines the finest Paso wines with exhilarating coastal adventures.

FULLY BOOKED – Blending Seminar by the Coast: Take this unique opportunity to be a winemaker for a day on February 23. Guided by some of Paso’s top winemakers, participants will delve into the art of blending. After crafting your blend, enjoy a delightful lunch featuring the winemakers’ signature wines.

Subsequently, the Sunset Grand Tasting: As the sun sets on February 24, over 40 acclaimed Paso Robles wineries will converge for this grand event at Oceanpoint Ranch in Cambria. Guests at ‘BlendFest on the Coast’ will savor exceptional blends, complemented by the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Moreover, Sunday Winery Tours: Conclude your ‘BlendFest on the Coast’ experience on February 25. Explore Paso Robles Wine Country’s diverse wineries, stunning landscapes, and welcoming hospitality. This day is dedicated to discovering the rich variety of wines that make this region renowned.

Safe Transportation with Grand Cru Limousine: Ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience, Grand Cru Limousine provides luxury transportation throughout ‘BlendFest on the Coast’. Whether attending the Winemaker Dinners, Coastal Excursions, or exploring wineries on Sunday, travel in style without driving concerns.

In summary, ‘BlendFest on the Coast’ promises a rich blend of exquisite wines, culinary delights, and scenic beauty. It’s an event not to be missed by wine lovers and those who appreciate the finer things in life. So, immerse yourself in this unique celebration of Paso Robles’ winemaking heritage and book your experience today!

Wine Making Essentials

Paso Robles: Beyond the Vine

Welcome to Paso Robles, where the perfect blend of relaxation, and sophisticated adventures awaits. Paso Robles is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this hidden gem in California’s renowned wine country is a treasure trove for those who appreciate the funner things in life. In this article, we venture a weekend in Paso Robes beyond the vine, delving into the myriad of other pleasures and experiences that Paso Robles offers. From luxurious spas and vibrant art to unique boutique shopping, prepare to discover the multifaceted charms that make this destination special.


Paso Robles is synonymous with exceptional winemaking, a region where the diverse terroir yields everything from bold Zinfandels to refined Cabernet Sauvignons. Yet, the culinary scene is equally vibrant and deserving of exploration. Esteemed establishments like Somm’s Kitchen offer personalized food and wine pairings, showcasing the best of local produce in a symphony of flavors. In Bloom elevates the farm-to-table concept, serving dishes that are as artfully crafted as they are delicious. For those with a penchant for rustic yet refined dining, The Hatch is the go-to for comfort food with a gourmet twist. And no culinary tour of Paso Robles would be complete without a visit to Les Petites Canailles, where classic French cuisine meets the bounty of Central California. While wine may have put Paso Robles on the map, it’s the region’s gastronomic excellence that completes the sensory journey for food and wine enthusiasts alike.

A man in a New York Yankees baseball cap is seasoning dishes at Somm's Kitchen in Paso Robles.
A steaming hot spring tub encased in a wooden structure with a view of leafy green trees through an open window, suggesting a serene spa experience.


Experience tranquility and rejuvenation at Paso Robles’ premier spas. The famous River Oaks Hot Springs Spa is renowned for its therapeutic mineral hot springs and private outdoor tubs with stunning views, offering a peaceful escape. The Spa at Allegretto, set within the serene Allegretto Vineyard Resort, integrates wine-inspired treatments for a unique wellness experience. The Spa Central Coast, with its commitment to organic, locally-sourced products, epitomizes the region’s approach to health and well-being. For those seeking to balance relaxation with invigoration, the local yoga studios provide a haven for nurturing the mind and body, while Boundless Fitness offers fun and empowering fitness classes, including pole dancing and burlesque. These diverse wellness experiences, from serene spas to dynamic fitness classes, are essential for a complete restorative retreat in Paso Robles.


Paso Robles’ flourishing art scene, testament to the town’s creative spirit, offers cultural richness. Sensorio, an immersive art experience, is famed for its enchanting Field of Light installation, where thousands of fiber-optic spheres transform the landscape. Studios on the Park, with its dynamic, open studio environment, allows visitors to engage with working artists. The town also hosts vibrant art festivals, showcasing diverse talents and celebrating cultural richness. Galleries and public art installations, woven throughout Paso Robles, contribute to the town’s narrative of creativity and inspiration.


Alt Text: "Colorful light towers installation by Bruce Munro at Sensorio, lighting up the evening with a vibrant glow
Bottles of Kiler Ridge extra virgin olive oil displayed on a wooden table with a scenic view of the rolling hills of Paso Robles in the background


Paso Robles offers the tantalizing experience of olive oil tasting. Blessed with an ideal climate for olive groves, the region boasts local companies specializing in high-quality olive oils. Pasolivo offers a range of artisanal oils, each with a unique flavor profile. We Olive presents locally-sourced olive oils and educational tastings, while Kiler Ridge Olive Farm provides an immersive experience in oil production and tasting. This culinary exploration adds to Paso Robles’ charm.


Paso Robles is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Central Coast Trail Riders offers picturesque horseback riding through rolling hills and vineyards. Camp Cass by Cass Winery combines recreation and wine with an archery range amidst vineyards. Zip lining by Santa Margarita Adventures offers breathtaking views.  You will find an abundance of hiking trails cater to all levels of outdoor adventurers peppered throughout the central coast including Bishops Peak. This blend of activities makes Paso Robles ideal for combining outdoor excitement with the area’s renowned charm.

A focused woman practicing archery at Cass Winery during the Camp Cass program, with a target in the distance on a sunny day.
Bottles of Kiler Ridge extra virgin olive oil displayed on a wooden table with a scenic view of the rolling hills of Paso Robles in the background


Paso Robles’ shopping experience blends chic boutiques with charming thrift and antique stores. Ambiance offers contemporary fashion and accessories, while Wildflower Woman presents a curated collection of unique clothing and gifts. Soletree combines comfort and style in footwear and accessories. The town’s thrift shops and antique stores are treasure troves of rare finds and nostalgic pieces, offering sustainable and surprising shopping adventures.