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We love our tours and want to make sure that our Paso Robles’ wine tour food is … as good as it gets!

Broccoli Apple Curry Soup

Broccoli Apple Curry Soup

Today I am posting a wonderfully delicious soup from our caterer Chef MaryAnn. We have had countless requests for this recipe, so decided to offer it up here for all our friends.

Here we go:

5 TBS Butter

1 1/2 Onions – thinly sliced

3/4 Lbs of Broccoli

4 Cups of Chicken stock

2 tsp curry powder

1/2 Cup of sour cream.

Melt butter add onions and apples, cover and cook 5-7 min.

Chop Broccoli.

Add stock and Broccoli, reduce heat and simmer uncovered until Broccoli is tender.

Puree until smooth, add curry powder and a dollop of sour cream.

Makes about 8 cups.

This is a delightful soup. While the curry might sound off-putting, it combines with the ingredients to add a wonderful, understated flavor.

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Enjoy!

Valentines day is quickly approaching so why not share the L-O-V-E of food and wine on this special day? Indulge your senses in a Valentine’s food and wine tour!

valentine wine

valentine wine

There’s nothing wrong with the traditional chocolates and roses, but why not try something different this year? Central Coast Food Tours offers both walking food tours and private wine tours; imagine an ‘over the top’ day of food and wine crafted just for you and your loved one!

Our food tours are generally group tours, but that is not to say that our famous walking food tour can’t be crafted into a special tour just for you and yours. We create private tours all the time, and would love to craft a day of food tasting just for you. Our food tours are offered in San Luis Obispo Downtown or Paso Robles Downtown. These tours have received rave reviews from former guests.

Or, consider a private wine tour to celebrate the day and your loved one. We love doing these tours and it shows! Taking care of everything from transportation to toasts, we’ll do all the behind the scenes work to deliver a romantic, charming and delicious day in Paso Robles wine country. Guaranteed: You’ll be nothing short of the charming prince (or princess) of fairytales when you book one of our Central Coast Food & Wine Tours!

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Winter Wine Tours

Wine Tour Guests

Wine Tour Guests

Most of us think of freezing temperatures and ugly weather with the word “Winter.”  No so, here on the Central Coast of California; in fact, our Winter wine tours are turning out to be a fabulous day in Paso Robles wine country!

Imagine, it’s the end of January and we’ve been having 70+ degree days! There is something about the crispness of the season and the sapphire blue sky that make a day in Paso Robles wine country at this time of year absolutely phenomenal. While the vines may be bare, there is a naked beauty to the vineyards. And, before you know it we will soon be seeing the bright green shoots of  Spring.

If you are sitting on the fence over concerns of ugly weather – don’t! We would love to share the season with you and help you find your perfect wines on a wine tour.

All our tours are private tours, so know that each tour is designed just for you…to address your specific interests in varietals or blends, as well as the type(s) of tasting rooms you’re most interested in visiting. All our wine tours include a most special and gourmet lunch designed according to your likes/dislikes and the types of wine you will be tasting – it’s an absolutely custom designed day, tour, tastings and lunch created just for you!

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Discover Paso Robles Wine with PasoWineApp

Grow Wild Paso Robles Wine CountryHow often do you use your phone to help you navigate a new place? With apps like Waze now becoming a staple of travelers’ phones, it’s not unlikely to find people walking around with their phones in their hands as they look up the next place to visit. In fact, many places now have their own dedicated mobile apps to help tourists get around and make the most of their visit

Paso Robles is no different. Renowned for its wine counties, Paso Robles has also come out with a wonderful app that lets those visiting the area find the best wineries and vineyards. Gaming Realms, the operator of mobile gaming website Pocket Fruity, says that growth in mobile internet is one of the strongest trends in the internet landscape, and many people now rely on their mobile phones to access information. This is why the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance has come out with PasoWineApp, your one-stop-shop for your visit to California Wine Country.

The app, of course, does more than give you a list of wineries. It plots them all out on a map so you can see which ones are closer to your location than others, gives you suggestions for dining establishments and hotels, and even presents a list of local events to you, so you can stay busy during your visit. A simple search for wineries in the area will give you a list that has essential information such as address, contact details, and opening hours, as well as some reviews left by previous visitors to the winery. If you want to attend a wine tasting event or some other social event, the app also has you covered.

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Limerock Walnut Oil

Loving all things food and wine, it’s no surprise that Limerock walnut oil is one of my favorite finds.

Walnut Oil from Limerock

Walnut Oil from Limerock

Located among the vineyards at the intersection of Vineyard Rd. and Peachy Canyon Rd. you’ll find the 24 or so acres of walnuts that are  lovingly tended and dry farmed by the Gonzales family. Because the walnuts are dry-farmed (meaning the only irrigation they receive is the natural rain) they are fewer in number, but oh so tasty.

Stop into their tasting room (same location as the farm) and you’ll be able to taste not only the roasted walnuts, but also walnut oil, butter, and a bevy of confections. These walnuts truly are amazingly flavorful – way beyond the walnuts we buy from the grocery stores. And the oil and butter… well let’s just say once you taste these wonders, you’ll be hooked. We’re so impressed with the tasting room and the products the Gonzales family has created that we plan to offer this as a special stop on our wine tours.

You can learn more about Limerock Orchards, and even order online, from their website.

 

Enjoy!

Why oh why do I love January? Simple answer: January is restaurant month in San Luis Obispo County!

Restaurant month logo

Restaurant month logo

January’s Restaurant month means three and four course prix fixe meals for $20-40. So, it’s my time of year to trek on over to my favorites, as well as those new on the scene.

For a full listing by location of those restaurants participating in restaurant month, click here.

Two new restaurants I plan to visit this month include “Mistura” in Paso Robles and “Foremost Wine Company” in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here’s what their prix fixe menu’s look like:

Mistura Peruvian Restaurant – 3 courses for $40

Appetizers (choice of one)
Jalea: Sustainable Fresh Seafood fritti, sarzita, yucca, aji limo, Andes Cancha
Ceviche Nikkei : sustainable white seabass, octopus, Rocoto, Miso Leche de
Tigre, ginger, scallions, daikon, nori and tobiko

Main course (choice of one)
Olluco al Pato: Duck, Cuzco ulluco tuber, aji Amarillo, Fresh Organic parsley
and Andean Herbs
Cau:Cau de Mar: Fresh Seafood, Peruvian Potatoes, Turmeric, Organic Mint,
Aji Mirasol
Trigo: Organic Barley, Local Vegetables, Queso Fresco, Cilantro

Dessert
Suspiro a la Limena: “Limean’s Woman Sigh” Silky manjar blanco and blissful
Port meringue

Foremost Wine Company – 3 courses for $30

Appetizer

Chanterelle: Buratta, chanterelle conserva with egg yolk vinegrette

Main

Braised duck leg with chinese five spice and and celery root puree

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We tried our first “Bubbly” tasting on the Paso Robles Food Tour on New Year’s Day – and it was FUN! Enter “The Rabbit Hole” … literally.

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole

A much welcome addition to the downtown Paso Robles Wine tasting scene, “The Rabbit Hole” is filled with delicious sparkling wines and loads of fun. Based on an Alice in Wonderland theme, you’ll be swept up into the energy and every possible reason to celebrate with a little wine tasting.

Managing Partner, Rick Riva took great care of our food tour group with a tasting of his 5 different sparklers” Brut, citron, peach, raspberry and pomegranite – one better than the next! We paired some delicious chocolates with the wines and found ourselves relaxing into the zany wonder that is The Rabbit Hole. Just when we thought we had nailed a super new find, Rick tossed us a box of the Mad Hatter’s Hats, assorted rabbit ears and my normally sane tour  morphed into a veritable mad cap adventure!

If you haven’t tried the Rabbit Hole in Paso Robles – it’s time to do so!

Here’s their address:

The Rabbit Hole

‘Downtown’
1244 Pine Street,
Paso Robles, Ca. 93446
Open Daily 11am-6pm
Weekends- Open Late
805-286-4692

Wine Tour Gift Certificate

Do you or a friend enjoy wine tours in Paso Robles?

red and white wine in glasses

red and white wine in glasses

A wine tour gift certificate is the perfect gift! We all have friends and husband/wives who have everything they need, and want! These people are so very hard to shop for…. More often than not, the perfect gift is one in which you create a special event that you can share together. More and more these days, our time is even more precious than money.

The perfect gift becomes one that you share with this special person – and how wonderful to share a gift that you will enjoy also! Central Coast Food Tours – Private Wine Tour gift certificate – includes a full day of wine and food adventures. We pick you up at your location in SLO County, cover all tasting fees, includes a gourmet catered lunch, and delivers you home again.

What makes this tour special over other tours? US! Well, yes, your tour will be provided by either Yule or myself but what really makes the tour special is the gourmet catered lunch you design with our caterer. And, the unique, off the radar tasting room finds that we’ve discovered along our travels.

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A Recipe for Fall Hummus

Fall Hummus

Fall Hummus

 

Looking for a new take on hummus: Try our recipe for Fall hummus!

I enjoy the traditional hummus but have been looking for a lower calorie alternative. I think this just might fill the bil

Fall Hummus

Yield: 4 Cups

  • 2 large eggplants
  • 6 red & yellow peppers mixed
  • 4 large tomatillos
  • 1 can of garbonzo beans
  • 1/8 – ¼ cup of evoo olive oil
  • 2 Jalapeno peppers
  • thyme – 3 Tbs. fresh or 1 Tbs. dry
  • mint – 3 Tbs. fresh or 1 Tbs. dry
  • bulb of med. Garlic
  • Pine nuts
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Wash vegetables. Puncture the skin of the eggplants. Roast all the vegetables whole over the grill on medium heat. Allow the vegetables to thoroughly cook. You’ll notice the eggplant skin turns a caramel color and the pepper skins start to char and pull away from the meat of the pepper. Tomatillos will get soft.

When finished cooking add the following to a large size bowl:

Peel open the eggplant and scoop out seeds. Put the meat of the eggplant into the bowl

Remove the pepper skins and seeds and put meat into bowl

Put tomatillos whole into the bowl

Squeeze roasted garlic paste into the bowl

Add one can of garbanzo beans to the bowl

Add fresh or dried herbs

Add half the olive oil and mix bowl contents with a hand blender until of smooth consistency – add in more olive oil and salt/pepper to taste.Toast pine nuts over the stove until a nice golden brown.

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Pesenti

Pesenti

Living in Paso Robles, it is surprising, though rare, that we actually get to spend a day in Paso Robles Wine Country. I mean we have our favorites, so love to enjoy our time there. But recently we realized we were falling behind in keeping abreast with the changes happening throughout the region. The wineries we’ve visited were being sold to new owners, and with that a whole new menu of wines emerge. Or, new wineries have appeared on the scene – and we had yet to visit.

Operating a food and wine tour business makes it imperative that we stay on top of the latest happenings in our beloved Paso Robles Wine Region. Today Yule and I headed out to try a new winery out on Vineyard Drive, and finally get in a visit to Turley for a taste of their zins.

First up was Brecon, a newcomer to the Paso Robles wine scene. Their tasting room has been open about 7 months and is absolutely beautiful. It is located on Vineyard just past Peachy Canyon Road as you head north. The wines are all small lot estate grown – and at this point consist of a line-up of 5. They have two whites and three reds they are tasting. The reds consist of a Rhone blend, a zinfandel (my favorite) and a Petite Syrah. They have a lovely patio area under the oaks for enjoying their wines and offer wine service for $10 glass or the same $10 for a tasting. Brecon is located in a beautiful spot and the wines are enjoyable.

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