Paso Robles doesn't have one climate. Instead, it encompasses a diverse cluster of microclimates and a correspondingly diverse array of wineries. The grapes that ripen on their vineyards here vary widely in flavor and harvest date, and the resulting wines are predictably eclectic even though they all hail from the same region.
With First Crush Wine Experience, wine enthusiasts can sample the region's bounty—and even stomp on its grapes. Hands-on, multi-day tours let participants follow a bottle of wine from vine to finished product and on some trips, participants get to custom blend their own bottle of wine. The company's seminars, meanwhile, focus on topics such as honing the palate to help wine drinkers better differentiate between wine and wine-flavored Gatorade.
Not everyone who goes on vacation wants to stay at a hotel—they’d prefer the extra space and full kitchens of a vacation rental. But picking out and then actually reserving and paying for a rental property can be tricky, which is why Tim Choate founded RedAwning.com, a website that brings the benefits of easy hotel-style reservations to vacation rentals. RedAwning.com offers thousands of rental properties in the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica, including studio cottages and houses with hot tubs, pools, and six or more bedrooms. A live reservations staff is on hand to answer questions both before and after you book your stay, and a concierge gives you access to exclusive perk cards and discounts on everything from wine tours to ski-lift tickets to spacecraft rentals.
In 1996, around the time his daughter Destiny was born, David Hunt began scouring Oregon, Washington, and California's wine regions for a place his dream vineyard could call home. He and his family settled on a 550-acre site in Paso Robles, which they christened Destiny's Vineyard, and opened Hunt Cellars winery.
And now, the small operation churns out barrel-aged pours that have won numerous awards and are available at prestigious restaurants, such as Ruth?s Chris Steakhouse and Morton's. What is particularly impressive about Hunt's success is that he's legally blind and must rely on his sense of taste and smell to figure out exactly how to blend his flavors together, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Inside his colonial-style tasting room, which features a 1,200-foot veranda, he pairs his beloved wines with his other love in life?music. Visitors here can enjoy a glass of wine while listening to Hunt tickling the ivories on the tasting room's white baby grand piano, which he plays during winemakers' dinners. Forbes even dubbed him the "Diddy of Winemakers" because like the music mogul, David blends his music with his alcohol brand, and loves changing his name.
Passport Central Coast celebrates the rich viticultural heritage of California's Paso wine region with all-access passes to the area's finest wineries and olive-oil producers. After clients pick up their passports at Clavo Cellars or Kaleidos winery, they embark on a delicious journey through different wineries and olive-oil producers, enjoying complimentary tastings of local reds and whites, passport stampings, and honorary citizenship at each vineyard. As guests sample crisp chardonnays, flavorful tempranillos, and robust extra-virgin olive oils, they bask in the warm, fuzzy feeling that Passport Central Coast donates part of its proceeds to a different local nonprofit each week.
If you ask the team at Tri-California Events what a triathlon is all about, you might hear about swimming, biking and running, but what you?ll hear the most about is how fun they are. As each racing season emerges, the team gets to work running fun races from the mud-filled MORE Obstacle Course in the spring to Scott Tinley?s Triathlon in fall, replete with on-road and off-road options. One of their most popular events is the Wildflower Triathlon, now one of the largest triathlons in the world. During this packed event many athletes camp out for the weekend to ensure a memorable experience and to make s'mores as race fuel.