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Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo

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he Central Coast balances rugged roots and refinement. Pickups rumble along country roads playing classical music on the radio. Local cowboys stomp the dust from their boots as they clink glasses of Brut Rosé. And the region’s unique combination of authenticity and elegance extends beyond its culture. The earth seems to exude it in liquid form. Start your sparkling Central Coast adventure at Field Recordings, where Winemaker Andrew Jones, a vineyard nurseryman by day, crafts innovative wines that celebrate special vineyard sites. Don’t miss his dry-hopped Pét-Nat, short for Pétillant-Naturel, or wines that are still undergoing primary fermentation when they’re sealed in the bottle. Field Recordings’ version is made with Chardonnay and Mosaic hops. For many of us, it encapsulates the best of both worlds. Next, take in Niner Estate’s romantic view of Heart Hill—a heart-shaped vineyard area defined by oak trees—with a glass of the winery’s Brut Rosé, made from estate-grown Jespersen Ranch Pinot

Noir. Enjoy the wine’s delectable salinity, floral scent, and fruit characteristics. Then cue the Barry White. Nearby, Opolo Vineyards offers a playful effervescent wine called Opolo Sparkling made from French Colombard grapes using the méthod charmat technique in which secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and bubbly is bottled under pressure. It’s one hundred percent delicious, with zero pretense. Laetitia Vineyard and Winery is known as the crown jewel of the Central Coast’s bubble trail with seven elegant sparkling wines crafted in the méthode traditionelle. Its location near the coast in southern San Luis Obispo County also makes it a spectacular place for alfresco fun. Sip bubbles with ocean views from the idyllic picnic areas, bocce ball courts, or walking trail. TOP: An iconic view of Heart Hill at Niner Estate; ABOVE LEFT: Field Recordings’ sleek Central Coast Tasting Room; ABOVE RIGHT: Guests enjoy a picnic paired with sparkling wine at Laeticia Vineyards and Winery

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Crush-Worthy Escapes — Touring & Tasting Harvest 2019