Monday, September 21, 2009

Infinity Pool!

Breaking news: the infinity pool at the top of Rancho del Cielo is now finished! Please note the panoramic views of Paso Robles' westside in the background. Feel free to come out and visit on your next trip through Paso Robles...we would love to show you the newest developments around the ranch!
3525 Adelaida Rd. Paso Robles, CA 93446
open Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday-Thursday by appt.

We also have some exciting events coming up at Rancho del Cielo for the Paso Robles Harvest Festival October 16-18:

Friday, Oct. 16
11am-5pm: Enjoy our rhone-style wines paired with gourmet pizzas and get to know Carina Cellars through vineyard tours guided by owner, David Hardee, and barrel tastings with winemaker, Ryan Saccomano.
6pm-9pm: Join owner, David Hardee, and winemaker, Ryan Saccomano for a fine dining experience in Hardee's private residence which offers breathtaking views of Paso's westside. This five course menu created by De La Saison Catering is paired with Carina Cellar's hand-crafted new release and library wines. Iconoclast Members $85 Non Members $105

Saturday, October 17
11am-5pm: How well do you know your wine? Join winemaker, Ryan Saccomano, in the tasting room for blind tastings, harvest lectures, a line up of fantastic wine and gourmet pizzas. Owner, David Hardee, will be conducting tours of the vineyards and new Paso winery.
5-8pm: Relax with friends on owner, David Hardee's patio at the top of the property. Sip on a glass or flight of Carina Cellars wine, order tasty tapas by De La Saison Catering and take in the vineyard views. Small charge per item: $5-$7.

Sunday, October 18
11am-5pm: Come by the tasting room and chat with owner, David Hardee, and winemaker, Ryan Saccomano, about the future plans for Carina Cellars, tour the vineyards, participate in harvest activities and most important, taste Carina's delicous wine!

For more information about upcoming events in Paso Robles, please contact Rochelle at 916-606-3553 or

Monday, September 14, 2009

Long Beach Love

I was recently in Long Beach for a sales trip, and spent the day working with Mario Mitchell-an incredibly jovial and fun-loving American Wines sales rep, and together we took the Long Beach territory by storm!

We started off by visitng Avia Hotels, a chain of high-end hotels with only a few locations in Savannah GA, the Woodlands TX and Napa CA. The Long Beach branch only recently opened in August (last month!) and they excitedly brought in the Carina Cellars SBC Syrah to share with their guests! Even if you don't decide to stay here on your next trip, or if you're a Long Beach local, I highly recommend coming to their bar for a drink. It's casually chic and incredibly comfortable, and the food is fantastic!

Next we headed to Main Street Wine Cellars, a beautiful wine bar in the heart of Seal Beach, a mere few blocks from the ocean. I had a fantastic dinner here when I was in town a few monhs ago, and enjoyed spending time with the owner, Chris (shown here amidst my lovely friends). Chris just brought in the Carina Cellars Viognier, so make sure to stop by and enjoy a glass!
Our last stop was Bono's- a delightful Italian restaurant in a fantastic corner lot in downtown Belmont Shores. They have a huge wrap-around patio and a lovely airy interior, and to add to its appeal they now carry the Carina Cellars Viognier as well! I came back later that night with my friend Paige, and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner with the general manager Mario (that's right, another Mario!) We started off with the gourmet Mac and Cheese (shown here) with black truffle shavings, pancetta, gruyere and asiago cheese, and it was absolutely decadent!
For dinner I enjoyed the Alaskan Halibut, topped with fresh strawberries, vine-ripened tomatoes, and feta cheese over rice pilaf...what a flavor combo! The picture I took just didn't do it justice...hurry over and try it. Right now!
Paige enjoyed the grilled Swordfish with garlic, scallions and a splash of white wine, and Mario (the general manager, not the sales rep), joined us and shared his shrimp scampi served with a garlic, lemon and white wine sauce over spinach risotto. An absolutely wonderful dinner...a must visit!

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