March 2019 – Top Things to Do in the Wine Country

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March 2019 is sure to be a fun-filled month in the California Wine Country. There are many exciting events being planned for March. Make plans to attend.

While exploring the wine regions of California, stop and visit our Favorite California Wineries. Different wineries are favored for different reasons. Check out wineries with the best views, favorite wineries for picnics, and top winery restaurants.

Discover wineries that offer overnight lodging, have unique wine caves, and those that are kid friendly. Some wineries host exciting concerts. Others have annual grape stomps where you can actually stomp the grapes yourself.

Click on the links below to learn more about each March 2019 event.


What’s Happening – March 2019


Santa Barbara March 2019
March 1-2: World of Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara
More than 250 producers of Pinot Noir will gather in Santa Barbara to share and discuss their wines. World class chefs will pair these wines with locally prepared dishes. Enjoy two days of two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, grand gastings, and gourmet lunches and dinners.


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March 1-31: Spring Passport 2019 – Morgan Hill
Meet the talented winemakers of the Santa Clara Valley. More than 30 wineries will be pouring their wines throughout the month of March. Enjoy food and entertainment, special wine tastings, barrel samples and passport discounts.


Sonoma Grapevines March 1-3 and 8-10: Barrel Tasting – Sonoma County
Two exciting weekends of wine tasting will be happening this year. Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Many wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them.


California Adventure March 1- April 23: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
A variety of free seminars, demonstrations and presentations are being planned.
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will also feature ticketed events, such as premium dining events, wine tastings, and demonstrations by celebrity chefs.


Wine and ChocolateMarch 1-2: Pechanga Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival – Temecula
Sample a variety of chocolates. Experience wine from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Temecula, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Enjoy live music. Sip and savor as you sample a variety of distinguished dishes from the award-winning chefs of Pechanga Resort & Casino.


wine and beer toastMarch 9: Hop ‘N Vine Festival – Santa Clara
The Hop ‘N Vine Festival features tastes from Santa Clara wineries and craft breweries. It will also include lite bites and live entertainment. This year’s Hop ‘N Vine will also have a “Hop ‘N Vine University” area with great speakers, a wonderful exhibit of historical photos of wine and beer production in Santa Clara County, plus several fun artisan vendors.


solvangMarch 15-17: Taste of Solvang
Experience a culinary weekend featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amidst the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Taste your way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine and beer tasting rooms. Events include a special dinner or brunch, wine and beer tasting, food sampling, and live music. It’s sure to be a weekend full of fun!


Fresno County Wineries
March 15-17: Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend – Paso Robles

Discover why Paso Robles is known for its world class Zinfandel. More than 140 wineries have special events planned. Visit wineries to sample their wine. Join in the fun at winemaker dinners, special tastings and seminars.


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March 16: Humboldt Wine Festival – Arcata, California
This annual event takes place at Humboldt State University in the Kate Buchanan Room. This is your chance to meet local wine and cider makers. Taste the wines and ciders of Humboldt and Trinity Counties while dining on a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet treats.


January 2018 Wine Events
March 17: Family Winemakers Pasadena Tasting
This one day event features award-winning small, family-owned wineries from throughout California. This is your chance to taste over 500 wines offered by over 125 wineries. 40 different varietals or blends will be available for tasting all in one location.


wine and beer toast March 22-24: Palm Desert Food & Wine
Enjoy three days of culinary, wine, and beer tastings. A four-course luncheon prepared by celebrity chefs kicks off the weekend. This is followed by two days of grand tastings. Sample gourmet bites from local and regional restaurants, sip more than 60 premium wines, and savor some of the country’s most unique beers and ciders. Vintners and chefs will be available to discuss their culinary offerings.


wine barrelMarch 23-24: Barrels, Tasting Weekend – Livermore
Join more than 30 Livermore Valley wineries, meet winemakers and sample wines still in development–right out of the barrel. A number of the wineries will be holding special brunches to help get you off on a good start each morning. As you visit the wineries throughout the valley, keep your eyes open for the hand painted one-of-a-kind barrels. If you find a unique barrel you like, purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win that barrel!


Have you attended one of these March 2019 events? If so, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!


Events in the Wine Country – February 2019

events in the wine countryMake plans to attend these “Don’t Miss” events in the wine country. There’s lots of fun happening throughout California in February. Make plans to attend soon as many of these events will sell out.

This is the month for crab feeds, wine and chocolate festivals, and a variety of special wine tasting opportunities. The top events this month are scattered across the state from Mendocino in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. Don’t miss the fun!


California Wine Country Events


February 2: Great Sonoma Crab Feed – Santa Rosa
Crab Fest

Enjoy award winning wines paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Dine on fresh Sonoma Coast crab and accompaniments. Participate in both live and silent auctions benefiting local agriculture educational programs.

If you love crab and wine, this is one of the events in the wine country that you do NOT want to miss!


February 9-10: February 9-10: Port, Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend – Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg

chocolate curlsTaste delicious wines, ports, dessert wines, and chocolates from fourteen wineries at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Admission includes wine tastings at all fourteen wineries, barrel tasting, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, sweet & savory pairings, and live music & entertainment.

The Old Sugar Mill is an historic building (circa 1934) located in the scenic Sacramento Delta just 20 minutes south of Sacramento. Today the building houses a unique community of fourteen wineries.


February 1-10: San Francisco Beer Week – SF Bay Area
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Attention all beer lovers! This is an event that you do not want to miss. 10 days packed full of beer events in beautiful San Francisco.

Join the fun run along the San Francisco marina. Participate in multiple beer tastings, seminars, and release parties. Take a guided walking beer tour.

Enjoy live music, horror moves, and art. Learn how to make chocolate and pair it with beer.
Attend a Super Bowl Watch Party. Drink lots of beer and dine on a variety of food, including a roasted pig and beer flavored popsicles.


February 9-10: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Wine and Chocolate FestivalTreat yourself to a weekend of Lodi wines and delicious chocolate treats. Visit more than 50 participating wineries at your own pace. Win big by discovering the “Golden Ticket” in your complimentary chocolate treat!

Each of the wineries will celebrating this weekend. As you travel from winery to winery you’ll enjoy live music, food, a photo booth, art show, special tastings, and a variety of wine discounts. This is one of the most popular events in the wine country this month.


February 9-10: Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Madera

Wine and ChocolateThe Madera Wine Trail’s family wineries will host the 17th annual “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Enjoy wine tasting at participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, and delicious food.

Tickets are available online or at participating wineries.


February 9-10 and February 16-17: Valentine Day Weekends – Placer County
Happy Valentines Day
Placer County wineries invite you to come fall in love with the Placer County Wine Trail. They’re celebrating Valentine’s Day for two full weekends in a row. Enjoy special treats, sweets, special tastings, and live music. This is not a ticketed event. Individual wineries are each planning their own celebration.

It’s the perfect time to explore the wineries in Placer County! These wineries are located in the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA). Most are small, family owned wineries with their own vineyards. A unique experience!


February 15-18: Wine Country Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley
Toasting with White Wine
Visit participating wineries to meet the winemakers, taste reserve and estate wines, and enjoy delicious appetizers. Each passport holder will receive a souvenir wine glass and a wine tote bag.

Explore the scenic villages of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. This area produces world class wines that you are sure to enjoy!


February 16: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting – San Francisco
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Get your tickets now to attend the largest competition of North American wines. The winners have been chosen from more than 6,800 entries and this public tasting is your chance to sample the wines.

Experience award-winning wines paired with delicious food. Learn more about wine and fine food, in a scenic location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Meet the wine makers and congratulate the winners in person! This is one of the events in the wine country eagerly anticipated by both winemakers and wine drinkers as well.


February 23-24: Anderson Valley Winter White Wine Weekend – Mendocino County
White Wine Festival
Celebrate the fabulous white wines being produced in California’s Anderson Valley. Visit wine tasting rooms all weekend to sample varietals such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, and Riesling.

Enjoy food paired with wines and live music at the various tasting rooms. Make reservations to attend a multi-course Winemaker Dinner. This is the perfect weekend to explore Mendocino County!

Learn About Mendocino County Wineries


February 23: How to Taste Wine in 90 Seconds – Napa
February 2019 Wine Events
This wine tasting class is held at the CIA at Copia (Culinary Institute of America). In this class, you’ll taste five wines and learn the lingo that goes with wine tasting. Get an understanding of what you wines you prefer, and how to enjoy it with food.

You’ll leave this class with a practical, fun, and common sense way to appreciate, record, and remember the wines you’ve tasted. This will help you to find the wines you really do like and avoid the ones you don’t.


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January 2019 – Celebrate the New Year All Month

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January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.

Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!

Make reservations soon as many of these events do sell out.


Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019


January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Champagne Sparkling WineAttend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.

The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!



ZinfandelJanuary 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.



January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel

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Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.

This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.


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January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.

Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.


January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
January 2019 Wine EventsTravel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.

This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.


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January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.

Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.


January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Placerville, CaliforniaEnjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.


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January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.

I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!


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January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.

Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.


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January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!

Learn more about Temecula wineries!


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October 2017 – Events You Won’t Want to Miss

October 2017There are many events planned for October 2017. Don’t miss out on a event that you are sure to enjoy. Check out upcoming events and make your plans soon. October is the time to attend a Grape Stomp and experience other harvest activities. It’s always time to sample wines, enjoy live music, and learn about pairing wine and food.

Click on the name of each event for more information.


October 2017 – Wine Country Events


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October 6-8: Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Santa Rosa
Participate in a farm to table celebration that includes world-class wines, award-winning beers and ciders, as well as a variety of culinary delights. More than 100 wineries will be pour their wines.

Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, and gourmet meals. This is one of Sonoma County’s most popular events.


grapes being harvestedOctober 6-8: Big Crush Harvest Festival – Amador County
Spend some time in the scenic foothills of the Amador Wine Country. Stomp grapes, enjoy creative food and wine pairings, live music, and a variety of harvest activities. This includes a Grape Stomp on Friday evening. Taste wine at more than 40 wineries.


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October 7: 27th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp
Teams of two compete to extract the most juice out of measured amounts of wine grapes. Prizes are awarded. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded to best costumes. Participate yourself or come watch the fun!

There’s also a silent auction, street fair, and a raffle. The Grand Prize raffle winner will get to choose between a vacation to Australia or New Zealand. Murphy’s is an historic Gold Rush town with lots of wine tasting rooms and unique boutiques to explore.


View of Lake TahoeOctober 7: Truckee Wine, Walk, & Shop
Sip wine and sample local food. Enjoy unique shopping in Truckee’s historic downtown area.
Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Truckee is just a short distance from beautiful Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy a wide variety of activities.

While in the Truckee area, be sure to check out Nevada County Wineries


LaJollaCoveNewOctober 7-8: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival – San Diego Area
This annual event is one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California. It’s a juried art fair featuring works of art from over 150 established artists. Admission is free. Enjoy the charms of downtown La Jolla. Participate in a silent auction, enjoy live entertainment, visit the gourmet marketplace, and taste local wines and beers.


face paintingOctober 7-8: Camp Richardson Oktoberfest – Lake Tahoe
This Oktoberfest celebration offers fun for the entire family. Sip from a souvenir beer mug and sink your teeth into a freshly-cooked turkey leg or IPA beer-infused bratwurst. Thrill the kids with a trip to the face painting booth before heading to the bouncy house or bungee jump to burn off some energy. And in addition to a well-stocked beer and wine garden, an assortment of delicious German food and desserts, it’s your chance to get up and dance to live music by the crowd-pleasing Gruber Family Band. Plus, it’s free to attend October 2017!


Cheese and Wine
October 14-15: 41st Annual Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
Taste locally produced artisanal cheeses, award-winning Central Valley wines, as well as a selection of craft beers. More than 100 vendors, consisting of artists and crafters from all over the United States, and food booths, add excitement to this festive occasion. This event offers fun for the whole family. There’s also a full carnival, a fantastic kids area with rides and games, and live music. Admission is free.


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October 14: Wine Road’s Magical Mystery Tour
Enjoy a day of Wine and Food along the Wine Road with tours of four wineries in the Dry Creek Area The tour will visit four wineries, where you will taste four wines with a food pairing. Tours are limited to 20 people. Shh…It’s a secret where you are going. Don’t ask…they can’t tell you! You will be tasting Zinfandel, Rhone varietals, and other wines from Dry Creek.


Grape HarvestOctober 20: Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles
Discover award winning wines at this annual wine weekend. Events take place at the more than 100 participating wineries located throughout Paso Robles. Join in the fun and discover a new favorite wine as well. Events include winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairing, and live music. A great time to visit Paso Robles!


accordion October 21: Swiss Day 2017 – Paso Robles
Kick off your shoes and enjoy a folksy, flavorful afternoon of Swiss-style delights! Explore traditional Swiss dishes prepared by Executive Chef Randal Torres paired with Vina Robles estate wines and melodies by accordionist Michael Gutin. Guests are also invited to participate in the grape stomp and imprint their feet on a souvenir t-shirt.

While in the Paso Robles area, be sure to check out Paso Robles Wineries


Have you attended any of these October 2017 events? If you have, please tell us what you thought. Our visitors would love to hear about your experience.


August 2017 – Things to Do in the California Wine Country

Wine Tasting FunAugust 2017 is going to be a busy month. What a fabulous time to visit the California Wine Country. There are so many fun and exciting things happening that you do not want to miss.

Check out upcoming events for wine lovers to do throughout California. Learn more about each event by clicking on the links below. Some events do sell out; make your reservations soon.


What’s Happening in the Wine Country


August 2017 Things to Do August 4-5: Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Attend the reception to honor the winners of this annual competition. Be there when they announce the Best of Class and the five Best of Show winners for August 2017. Sample over 200 wines. Enjoy delicious appetizers. Mingle with the judges.


August 5 – Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour – Ione
Sample outstanding wines of Amador County at the historic Preston Castle. Enjoy food, live music, and self-guided tours of the castle. Preston Castle was built in the late 1800s. It opened in 1894 as the Preston School of Industry, a reform school for juvenile offenders. It’s a stunning example of Romanesque Revival architecture located in Mother Lode. The castle is said to be haunted. If you’re interested there are a variety of paranormal investigations throughout the year at the castle.


Julian, California - Witch Creek August 5: Sip of Julian – San Diego
Eight tasting rooms will be offering samples of their wine, beer, hard-cider, or craft cocktails along with food pairings. This is a great time to explore the historic town of Julian. Step back in time at this 1870s gold rush community that’s an hour’s drive east of San Diego. Unique shops, restaurants, and charming bed and breakfast inns. The town is famous for its delicious homemade apple pies.


 Salinas Wine CountryAugust 12 – Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival The Salinas Valley lies along the Salinas River 120 miles south of San Francisco. This valley is known as “America’s Salad Bowl” due to the large amount of vegetables and fruits grown here. This festival is the ideal time to visit. Enjoy live entertainment, world class wines, craft beer, and gourmet food. Make reservations to attend special winemaker dinners and the optional Kickoff Party in August 2017.


August 12: Gala Wine Festival – Ukiah
Taste the best local wine and food all under one tent at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Featuring Ziggy the Wine Gal as the even emcee, there will also be a live auction and a wine pull raffle. This annual event is a fundraiser for Mendocino College.


applesAugust 12-13 -Gravenstein Apple Fair – Sebastapol
Get ready for a weekend of old-fashioned fun at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Listen to music on two stages and browse arts and craft booths. Sample wine, microbrews, food, and cider. Participate in a variety of contests and activities.


Hotrod August 18-19 – Main Street Reunion – Downtown Napa
Car lovers and history buffs will be heading to downtown Napa for this annual car show. It’s an opportunity to view 400 pre-1976 classic cars and hot rods. Also enjoy fabulous food, wine, beer, and live music. This should be a fun two days in Napa.


grapes growing on vieAugust 18-20 – Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire – Lompoc
This year’s annual Wine & Fire will be showcasing amazing local foods and world class wines. Participate in special wine tastings and seminars. Enjoy live music. Register for one or more of their three events: Barn Party, Lunch with Special Wine Tasting, or the Grand Tasting.


August 19 – 11th Annual Taste of Petaluma
Experience a culinary journey of Petaluma’s finest foods, wines, and microbrews. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment. Petaluma is just 32 miles north of San Francisco, making it a great day trip from the city. The Petaluma River flows through the historic downtown. Enjoy water activities in the river or explore the unique shops and restaurants in the area.


Ocean Wine Glasses August 19-20 – Pacific Wine And Food Festival – Newport Beach
Sample summer inspired culinary bites from top chefs paired with fabulous wines. Listen to live music while enjoying stunning ocean views. Choose from a variety of events that include celebrity cooking demonstrations, special dinners, happy hours, and an After Party.


San Francisco Golden Gate BridgeAugust 20 – Family Winemakers Tasting – San Francisco
Attend this one day event where you can taste wines from award-winning family owned wineries. More than 125 wineries will be pouring over 500 wines. It’s a great opportunity to taste wines from throughout California all in one location. Sign up now for a special wine tasting in beautiful San Francisco!


Bodega Bay, CAAugust 26-27 – Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival
If you want a reason to visit the spectacular seacoast of Bodega Bay, this it. The Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival features fantastic food, wine, and beer. Browse the quality arts and crafts for sale and enjoy a variety of live entertainment. Bodega Bay has charming shops, gourmet restaurant, and historic sites to explore.


Beach August 25-27 – 32nd Annual Central Coast Wine Classic – San Luis Obispo
This event showcases wines from the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, and South San Luis Obispo County. Participate in vintner dinners and both live and silent auctions. Take a look at exotic cars and quality art work. Definitely an August 2017 event to attend!


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