All This for Chard Lovers?

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The Chardonnay Symposium takes place from May 16th through the 18th at the Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach California. This premier event for the education and celebration of Chardonnay wines brings together winemakers, sommeliers, wine journalists and food/wine enthusiasts from all over the world. What ever group you may affiliate with you’ll be joined by others from all other the world to taste, explore, learn about and appreciate this beloved grape varietal.

 

So what’s up? Friday evening, May 16th,  Chef Maegen Loring and Jacob Moss will prepare a multi-course Wine Country inspired menu. Each course will be meticulously paired with both internationally and domestically produced world-class Chardonnay wines. Dinner is being held at the LIDO restaurant a the Dolphin Bay Resort. Tickets are very limited.

May 17, 2014, is the TCS Seminar & Panel Discussion and Grand Tasting & Silent Auction in Support of the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program. From 9:30am-12:30pm, the highly-anticipated Seminar & Panel Discussion will be once again moderated by Steve Heimoff, West Coast Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Past panel topics have included lively debates on the role of oak, unoaked chardonnay, malolactic fermentation, clones, and the heavy manipulation of the chardonnay varietal. This year’s discussion promises to include more topics of great interest and will highlight those wines and producers. Panelists are both domestic and international producers and authorities. From 1pm-4pm, following the Seminar & Panel Discussion, is The Grand Chardonnay Tasting & Silent Auction with early admission at 12:30pm for VIP and media pass holders. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will be donated to the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program.

May 18, 2014- Sunday, many Central Coast wineries will offer ancillary promotions and events in conjunction with TCS, creating a true immersion in the culture of Chardonnay.

So… “YES!” There really is ALL THIS just for you Chard lovers. Don’t miss the fun.

For tickets or more information, please visit: classiccalifornia.com/Chardonnay-Symposium.htm

Enjoy!

Visit the Paso Robles Art Festival Saturday, May 24th

A short drive inland from Cambria, California you will discover the beautiful rolling hills of Paso Robles  Wine County, but alas those folks in Paso do a whole lot more than make great tasting wine!

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Once a year over the Memorial Day weekend, they pull out the plugs and put on one of the best art and music parties held on the Central Coast.  This year the party takes place on Saturday, May 24th in the Downtown Park Square of Paso Robles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The agenda for the day includes an outdoor fine art and sale, wet painting sale and auction, a bevy of interactive art experiences, sand master sand sculpting … and now we get to the really fun part: live music starting at 10:45 (held throughout the day), dance performances every half hour, a bar and lounge featuring all local product, and plenty of fine food from the local chefs to keep your tummy full and happy. While I’ve focused more on the music, food and beverages, I really must say that the artists represented at this event are some of the very best in the County. I hate to “name drop” – so I won’t! But rest assured you will be tantalized by the many fine works of art you will no doubt discover and yearn to take home.

Don’t miss the fun – add this one to your calendar! And, if you haven’t hotel reservations for this busy weekend be sure to give the El Colibri Hotel & Spa a call; if they can’t help you out, their kind staff will certainly offer some options for others who may have rooms available.

Amgen Bike Tour in Cambria May 14th

homepage-insiderSAFE-290x170v2The 2014 Amgen Tour of California is back on the Central Coast, making several stops. The community of Monterey will be the setting for the Stage 4 start on May 14th, 2014. From there, the race will traverse approximately 100 miles south to finish the day in the seaside artist village of Cambria, known for fine dining, walking and hiking trails, and unique shopping.  THE FINISH WILL BE AT THE CAMBRIA VET’S HALL 1000 MAIN ST.

Get all the details on the race at their web site: http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

An “After-Party” is planned from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Cambria Historical Museum where local restaurants and wineries will offer food and drink, and live music will be provided for entertainment. There will also be an exhibit of vintage bicycles, posters, photos and other cycling memorabilia on race day through June. Learn about the history of cycling and enjoy some fun and interesting stories courtesy of the SLO History Center and the SLO Tribune.

 

Chili Cook Off and Car Show May 10

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There are many ways to welcome you to Cambria but one of the most delicious is to invite you out to our annual Chili Cook – Off. You’ll enjoy one of those magic Central Coast weekends filled with great food, gorgeous weather, abundant entertainment … and fun for just about everyone!

The event takes place on the Pinedorado Grounds and includes a Classic Car Show, too! So whether you intend to compete with your fine tasting Chili recipe, or your super classic car … or just go to taste the goods and enjoy the sights, plan for a full day of food, fun and entertainment.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p..m. Please contact the chamber for more information: http://www.cambriachamber.org

 

 

Cabs of Distinction Event April 26, 2014

Folks in Paso Robles take their wine very seriously – especially those who make the area’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

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If you are a Cab lover like many of us around here, you’ll enjoy our Cabs of Distinction event this Saturday, April 26th being held at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles, California. A “Grand Tasting” ticket will get you in the door to taste all 28 Cabernet and four Garagiste producer wines, each paired with artisanal cheese and Charcuterie. Catered lunches will be provided by premier local restaurants and caterers. There will be chocolate tastings, a barrel-making demonstration and, of coarse, live music.

If you want to step it up a notch, consider a “Premium-Reserve” ticket for $150 which gets you in an hour ahead of the crowd, or better yet the “Luxury VIP” ticket for $225 which admits you to an exclusive vintner-hosted reception and lunch at Thomas Hill Organics at 11 a.m. This multi-course lunch is paired with special Cabernet and red Bordeaux wines for a most tasty and memorable experience. After lunch you’ll enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the event at River Oaks Hot Springs.

The “Grand Tasting” starts at 2 p.m., the “Premium-Reserve” at 1 p.m. and the “Luxury VIP” at 11:00 a.m. For more information or to purchase you tickets visit the group’s website.

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival

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Always a fun day, and what better way to show your global consciousness than by participating in our annual Earth Day Food & Wine Event. This year the activities run from Friday, April 11th, 2014 through Sunday, April 13th. The event features favorite award-winning wines and ‘bites’ from the many artisanal food producers in the area.

This is our 8th annual Earth Day Food & Wine Event, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. From “Farm-to-Fork” dinners, to private tastings and tours, the central coast is yours to discover!

Visit http://earthdayfoodandwine.com/ for a full listing of the activities, tickets and to learn how you can get involved!

Enjoy!

Cambria Rainbow Photo

While we all look forward to a sunny day at the beach, sometimes there is something to be said for cloudy skies and rain.

ocean rainbowSuch as this amazing photo caught by our employee on her way to the El Colibri Hotel today.

Can you imagine a sight more sublime? One just might think the rainbow really does end in the waters just off Cambria… We invite you to discover the often sunny days, but also those magical ones tinged with rain where you just might discover the end to your rainbow.

Enjoy!

 

“Pleasantly Surprised” – Guest Review

El Colibri Hotel and SpaMy husband and I wanted to spend our 5 year wedding anniversary on the coast. I spent weeks researching hotel after hotel from Santa Barbara to San Simeon. The El Colibri Hotel and Spa met almost all of my criteria.

I prefer boutique hotels to chains always so I looked for the best one I could find. We wanted to stay in a small beach town where we could walk to restaurants and shops as well as walk to the beach. We wanted a room that was well designed, inviting and comfortable without being dated. And of course, we needed a hotel that would work with our budget. I am always on the lookout for great deals and if you book through the hotel’s website you have the option of a non-refundable price. So since we knew our exact dates and didn’t plan on canceling we booked that price and saved a bundle. We were able to stay in the Woodland View Superior King with Spa tub (Jacuzzi tub) room for such a steal.

When we arrived we were greeted by Judy, one of the nicest, friendliest and welcoming people I have ever met! She immediately put us in a good mood and gave us the feeling that we had definitely picked the right hotel. We got to our room and were blown away with how kind the hotel staff was by putting rose petals on our bed in the shape of a heart and leaving a bottle of sparkling wine for us as well as a note congratulating us on our anniversary. I know the hotel offers a romance package but we wanted to save some money and not book that package but the hotel decided to help us celebrate anyways and we couldn’t be more grateful for their kindness.

The jacuzzi tub put our relaxing getaway into full drive and the fireplace allowed for us to end our nights cozy and warm. And even though I would have loved staying right on the coast with a room overlooking the ocean, I found it far more rewarding to be able to not only walk to the beach just a couple minutes away but also walk to get our morning lattes at Cambria Coffee Roasting Co. I loved that I could open the sliding glass door to let the fresh air in and hear the birds chirping during the day as well as smell the soft ocean breeze.

So thank you El Colibri Hotel and Spa for being exactly what we were looking for and so much more.

 

“Fabulous Place to Stay” – Guest Review

“Fabulous Place to Stay”
El Colibri Hotel and Spa
We booked this hotel last minute when the property we previously booked indicated that we may have an issue due to someone in our party who had allergies to pets. I have to tell you, so thrilled we stayed here! Extremely beautiful, spacious room! Really comfortable beds, great fireplace, large and beautiful bathroom. Lovely spaces on the first floor for reading, breakfast or a glass of wine. Attentive front desk, wonderful suggestions for meals, and literally 5 minute drive to downtown Cambria. Beautiful beach walk right next door. Cant say enough about this place – if you are visiting Hearst Castle, or just in the area, you want to stay here!! Spotless, modern, and very relaxing!
 
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Join “Windows into Wildlife” Farm Tour

fox from wine coast countrySunday, March 3oth from 9:30 am to 5 pm you’re invited to get an up close and personal look at San Luis Obispo’s agricultural scene by joining the 6th annual “Windows into Wildlife” farm and agricultural tour.  The event will feature a talk by local historian Dan Krieger about farming in SLO County and will include stops at three farms: Los Osos Valley Organic Farm, Talley Farms and Growing Grounds Farm.

The tour includes transportation, a box lunch, wildlife ambassadors, auction items, and wine and hors d’oeuvres at Novo Restaurant

Tickets are $110 p/person and can be purchased via the Pacific Wildlife Care website.