Give your nostrils something to smile about and your eyes something to chew when you pull up a chair to one of The Tasting Room's wine-laden tables. Your evening of wine-tertainment guest-stars a lineup of five or six boutique wines that are hand selected by the grape-washed hands of The Tasting Room's knowledgeable staff. Wine flights vary from week to week, but many of the selections hail from California's rich Central Coast, which, as the connoisseurs already know, has lands more fertile than a rabbit drinking oyster smoothies. The cozy spot also offers appetizers delivered from local restaurants for purchase while you sip.
Moravia Wine's Howard Hammond is the patriarch of the family vineyards. For Howard, farming is a family tradition that stretches back to the late 19th century, when his Danish ancestor, Hans Jacob Jeppesen, arrived in America aboard a Norwegian vessel named "Moravia." Today, Howard, his wife Barbara, and a new generation of Hammonds carry on that tradition at the family's vineyards, a 400-acre estate in West Fresno. There, they produce Moravia wine inside a World War II-era farm and equipment barn. The barn's interior has undergone major changes to accommodate the production process and frequent tasting events. But its exterior still uses the original brickwork, maintaining the building's character.
Cedar View Winery has spent the last decade perfecting their craft to produce distinctive wines with an emphasis on rare and eclectic varietals. The tour peels back the curtain to offer curious quaffers an inside look at the art and science of viniculture, narrating the epic journey of their flagship Alicante Bouschet grape from its infancy on the vine through the high hopes of graduation day, and onto the physical and spiritual crush of the fermentation process. At the end of the tour, older and wiser connoisseurs file into Cedar View’s elegantly appointed tasting room to test their freshly honed sommelier skills on six separate wines, as well as nibble on smoked-salmon finger sandwiches, balsamic-dressed grilled sausage, and other gourmet appetizers.
Salad and beer may not be a common pairing, but Royal Brewing aims to make it a successful one. As the Dinuba Sentinel reported, the brewery, which was formed by three Reedley College students, incorporates fruits from the San Joaquin Valley?an area sometimes called "the nation's salad bowl"?into its beers. Its Tigers Blood red ale, for example, is brewed with local blood oranges, while its peach pilsner uses real local peaches. The brewery's other offerings include Golden State lager and Hopnation IPA, as well as several seasonal brews, such as the King Pumpkin imperial pumpkin stout. Guests can pair these fresh, local beers with one of the pub's snacks, such as cheese fondue or Belgian-inspired fries, or take them in a to-go growler so they can enjoy them in their home or backyard mead hall.
Martin?s Bar boasts six flat-screen TVs, a pool table, and new lighting designed to illuminate a dance floor that hosts live musicians throughout the week. Visitors to Martin?s can sidle up to the granite bar to sip on high-end cocktails made from the full bar, daily specials, or one of several beers on tap while watching the game or dancing to that the night?s DJs or musicians. Martin's also hosts private events, including company meetings, after-work parties, weddings, and other celebrations. Located at the Gateway to the Sierras, Martin's also has plenty of free parking.
On one side of the Wawona Tunnel, city life, with all its rush and bustle. On the other, the majestic natural splendor of Yosemite National Park's rock faces, waters, and flora. Crossroads Tours & Limo takes nature seekers to the park for one- and two-day trips. Tours can include Glacier Point, the Yosemite Valley, and the Cathedral Spires, and provide plenty of time to remember your day with photo ops and impromptu tattoos. Private tours and wine tours are also available. Crossroads Tours also offers limousine service for any occasion, from weddings to girls' nights out.