WINE: The SLO CAL region includes the town of Paso Robles, a wine region of California that has snuck under the radar for years, but is now making a big impact on the entire region. Paso Robles has a beautiful landscape, delicious wines (that rival the more popular California regions of Napa & Sonoma), but with none of the crowds. Paso Robles is known for its wines, its olive oil, its thermal springs, and its almond orchards. It reminded us SO much of Italy…but only 3.5 hours from Los Angeles (and no jet lag!).
The most widely planted varietals in the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Chardonnay. For a visit to Paso Robles, we recommend heading to Niner Wine Estates, a stunning solar-powered vineyard with delicious wines. Enjoy the day exploring the grounds of the winery and treating yourself to a delightful tasting in the tasting room.
BEER: When it comes to breweries, SLO CAL has no shortage of craft breweries. The most notable brewery and one of our favorite breweries is Firestone Walker Brewing Company. A visit to Firestone should include a tour of the facility and a visit to The Taproom restaurant.