Select April Events in Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties



April always explodes not only with wildflowers around here, but with wine events too. Here on the central coast, it’s a great time to get out and about, see the green hillsides brimming with colorful orange poppies, purple lupine, yellow daisies of different kinds, and mustard.  Read on to learn more about where you should go: Hospice du Rhone in Paso Robles, Champagne on Main in Ventura, California Wine and Jazz Fest at the Four Seasons Westlake, and the 34th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting.


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Where will you Rhone this weekend?

This weekend is a MAJOR Rhone event for folks who love Rhone wines (like me!)

It’s the annual Hospice du Rhone, which is going on 19 years, and it’s nearby, up in Paso Robles, central California. The weather should be stunningly gorgeous with fields of wildflowers.

But people aren’t going for the views–they’re going for the wine! And copious amounts of it too from rhone wine producers from all over the world.

It’s an event not just about tasting wine: it offers seminars, wine and food events, a marketplace, and more.

While the passports are sold out ($800 each–which tells you a LOT about this event!), you can still attend Continue reading

For all those Rhonely Hearts: Hospice du Rhone April 29-May 1 in Paso Robles

I definitely have a Rhonely Heart: I love love love Rhone style wines and blends, especially the reds. An AUS 2001 RBJ  theologicum  blend of grenache and mataro turned me on and I’ve never turned back.

But it was my 6 year old son who first noticed the post card for this year’s Hospice du Rhone on the counter at the Ventura Wine Company a few weeks ago.

Not only is the postcard eye catching with its play on The Lonely Hearts Club Band, but he’s a HUGE Beatles fan. Continue reading