Getting the Most Out of Central Coast Wines in Cambria 

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Getting the Most Out of Central Coast Wines in Cambria 

Editor’s note: Last year we announced the launching of our Cambria Ambassador Program. Partnering with bloggers throughout California, we’ve invited them to use their photography, outdoor, and food and beverage expertise to give travelers like you an exclusive preview of Cambria.

Who doesn’t love wine tasting? The opportunity to explore new places, new flavors and get to know good people. A good wine tasting experience often involves much more than delightful wines. The problem is sometimes a day of wine tasting comes with a lot of hassle as well whether it’s the 40 minute or more drive to the area, figuring out who is your designated driver or getting lost in the often poorly marked wine country. Don’t get me wrong it’s worth the adventure, but sometimes if you’re like me, finding a simpler way to wine taste is well worth it.

Luckily in Cambria you’ll find a variety of options that allow you to get the most out of Central Coast wines without dealing with the many hassles that can come along with a wine tasting experience.

Wine Tasting On Main Street

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Cutruzzola Vineyards

Right off the Pacific Coast Highway in the West Village, you’ll find some of the best wineries Cambria has to offer all within a block or so of each other. This gives you the perfect opportunity to taste a few different spots, get a short walk in, and not worry at all about the drive to get there. You can even wander over to Moonstone Beach afterwards for a relaxing evening.

Start off at Cutruzzola Vineyards where you will find the unique dry Riesling that exist along the Central Coast as well as smooth Pinot Noirs. Either have a tasting up at the bar or sit down around their beautiful dining room table where you can relax for awhile with a nice glass.

Afterwards, make sure you don’t miss Moonstone Cellars. Here you’ll find a change in varietals along with the Central Coast classics. On the whites make sure to try their Viognier and Grenache, and Syrah to round out the reds.

For more stops right off the Pacific Coast Highway, check out the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, which highlights ten wineries along the Central Coast. 

Wine : Taste

Wine : Taste

Trying Everything In One Unique Place

Another great way to avoid the hassles of wine tasting is finding a spot where you can taste a little bit of everything. While I’m often disappointed by this style of tasting bar, every once in a while you find one worth revisiting and in Cambria Wine : Taste hits that mark.

Here the proprietor and her staff handpick a rotating selection of wines for you to taste from both local wineries and abroad. Making sure you can easily explore the Paso Robles wine appellation without leaving downtown Cambria.

When The Wineries Come to You

On top of these regular wine tasting experiences, Cambria and the Central Coast offer unique opportunities where the wineries come to you. This winter you’ll find not one but two events where winemakers from throughout the Central Coast will gather with food, art and more.

If you haven’t attended one of these all access events before, they provide a great opportunity to get to know a wine region, compare different styles, and try wineries you might never have found otherwise.

blendfest2016The first opportunity this winter is the Cambria Art & Wine Festival, taking place the weekend of January 29-31. This event includes 40 wineries as well as local artists and eateries. On Saturday, you can wine taste at three different locations. On Sunday, join the BBQ and local art demonstrations all while enjoying local wines.

The next month head over to San Simeon for BlendFest, where 30 local wineries will take over the Hearst Property in Old San Simeon. The weekend of February 19-21 will be filled with wine tasting overlooking breathtaking views. On top of that, the event offers a winemaker dinner and wine blending session.

Great Wines With Ease

One of the many great things about Cambria is how easy it is to explore and get to know the local wine regions. While a trip into Paso Robles is fun, sometimes you want to stick along the coast while still enjoying flavorful wines. Luckily, in Cambria you can get the full experience of wine tasting without any of the difficulties that can come along with it.

 

Megan's Bio PhotoMegan MacNee is the founder and writer at Traveling Nine to Fiver, a blog focusing on encouraging full-time professionals to make the best of their days off and get out to explore the world. Megan moved to Southern California from the Mid-West when she was nine, and after college, moved up to Sacramento. She’s constantly trying to explore more of California and the West Coast by taking day trips, weekend trips, extending work travel and more. To sum it up, she’s a beach-loving foodie and wino, making the Central Coast a perfect destination. When she’s not traveling and blogging, Megan spends her days working in the political world in Sacramento.

 

Connect, Conserve and Care – Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration

coastal-discovery-stewardshipDid you know that January is peak birthing season for the elephant seals near Cambria? Come witness this momentous natural event during the Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration! From January 15 to February 29, this third-annual festival invites visitors and locals alike to “stay, play, learn and care” with events and activities that connect them to the Central Coast’s land, wildlife, history, people and culture in meaningful ways.

Cambria and San Simeon will be hubs for the six-week celebration, featuring special events like the Paso Robles Wine Country BlendFest on the Coast, February 19-21, which brings 30 renowned wineries from Paso Robles to the Hearst Property in Old San Simeon Village, each showcasing three distinct blends.

Also, every Saturday night at 6 pm throughout the celebration, the large-format Hearst Castle Theater will screen the full-length documentary, “Pelican Dreams,” to celebrate our national aquatic and underwater treasures preserved within the National Marine Sanctuary System.

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Other stewardship activities and adventure travel opportunities in Cambria and along the nearby coastline include: elephant seal exploratory tours and docent-led educational tours, the Coastal Discovery Center and hands-on Citizen Science Program at San Simeon Cove, Piedras Blancas Light Station historical tours, Cambria Museum self-guided tours, the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve monthly work day, Cambria beach clean-up opportunities, and Pacific Coast Wine Trail Coastal Discovery & Stewardship wine and food pairings.

Many lodging properties offer special packages and discounts to stewardship travelers during Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month. To learn more, see a preview for the “Pelican Dreams” film and start planning your stay, please go to highway1discoveryroute.com/coastal-discovery-stewardship/.

New Year, New Ambassador!

We are excited to announce our newest ambassador for the winter season. Meet Megan MacNee. Megan has agreed to help us uncover all that Cambria has to offer during the winter months. Keep an eye out for her exciting experience and fun travel tips!

Megan MacNee

Megan's Bio PhotoMegan MacNee is the founder and writer at Traveling Nine to Fiver, a blog focusing on encouraging full-time professionals to make the best of their days off and get out to explore the world. Megan moved to Southern California from the Mid-West when she was nine, and after college, moved up to Sacramento. She’s constantly trying to explore more of California and the West Coast by taking day trips, weekend trips, extending work travel and more. To sum it up, she’s a beach-loving foodie and wino, making the Central Coast a perfect destination. When she’s not traveling and blogging, Megan spends her days working in the political world in Sacramento.

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.