Holiday Shopping Sparkles in Paso Robles

by Tina Swithin

While I am not one of the brave ones who venture out on Black Friday, I do love to shop. One of my favorite places to do my holiday shopping is Paso Robles. Brimming over with artisan gifts, amazing wine and cheese clubs, along with a festive Downtown filled with boutique shopping, unique galleries and holiday lights, there is no better place to kick off the holidays.  

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This year, Paso Robles is celebrating the holidays in style with giveaways such as wine,  Wine Wrangler Tours, Hearst Castle tickets and coveted holiday recipe cards.  Winners will be drawn weekly from November 8th through December 20th

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If you haven’t had a moment to start your holiday gift list, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a list for you!

  • Vivant Fine Cheese Club - Many Cheeses if you Pleases!

Sign up a friend or loved one for their amazing Cheese Club! Located in historic downtown Paso Robles, Vivant Fine Cheese is the Central Coast's premier cheese tasting room, featuring premium local and imported handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with the finest Central Coast wine and beer. Experience what their cheese experts have in store to make your cheese tasting experience truly amazing. You can also try their "Wine Parings" and discover which wines pair best with cheese selections from Paso Robles and around the world. For more information visit their online store at www.VivantFineCheese.com.

  • Paso Robles Wine Club - Great Way to Get to Know Paso Wines

Become a member and enjoy premium award-winning wines from the Paso Robles Wine Region. This wine club is a premium wine club for the aficionados who love Paso Robles wine, or want to know more about this fast-growing region. It offers a diverse selection of quality Paso wines starting from $80 a shipment. For more information visit the online store at www.BuyPasoWine.com.

  • General Store Paso Robles - the Ultimate Artisan Stocking Stuffer! 
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    The owners of General Store Paso

Paso-made fabulousness including a whole line of olive oil products and everyone's favorite "Paso Chick" t-shirts. Joeli Yaguda, Erin Stuck and Jillian Waters are the proprietors of General Store Paso Robles, bringing a combined 25 years of experience in Paso Robles food, farm and retail. This dynamic three-some loves sharing their finds, from the Central Coast and beyond, with visitors, from local-made jewelry, food and pantry items to lots of odds and ends. For more information go to the General Store Facebook page.

  • Find an Amazing Cabernet Sauvignon to Suit Your Fancy

Along with Zinfandels, Paso Robles gained notoriety for its Cabernet Sauvignons. For some of Paso's legendary Cabernet Sauvignons, check out Eberle, J.Lohr Vineyards, EOS Estate Winery, and Adelaida Cellars. For a list of wineries visit www.PasoRoblesCab.com.

  • Find Works of Art at Studios on the Park - Witness the Action

Discover art originals and prints, handmade designer jewelry, scarves and home décor at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. A unique open studio environment where you can witness the creative processes of over 40 local artists as they create their masterpieces, Studios on the Park offers classes, workshops and exhibitions. Proceeds support this non-profit's goal of sharing the creative process with all including local children. For more information visit www.StudiosOnThePark.org.

  • Give the Gift of Paso's Rhône Varietals - California's Rhône Zone 

Paso Wine Country is gaining popularity for their exciting Rhône varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvédre. Here are just a few wineries offering Rhône varieties: Robert Hall Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Linne Calodo, Halter Ranch, Clavo and Eberle Winery. For a complete list of wineries visit www.RhoneRangers.org/about/pasorobles.php.

  • Pithy Little Wine Company - So Clever

Located in the heart of historic downtown Paso Robles, this charming boutique produces and sells fine California wines, olive oils, sodas and lifestyle products. The winery and mercantile is a great place to taste their collection of reserve wines, extra virgin olive oils and old fashioned cane sugar sodas while exploring a selection of California lifestyle inspired products for home and life. For more information visit their online store at www.PithyWine.com.

  • We Olive - Everything Olive Lives Here

For an urban olive oil tasting experience, head to We Olive in downtown Paso Robles to taste more than 30 specialty, extra virgin olive oils, both local and national, vinegars, olives, tapenade, olive oil-infused gifts sets, jams and more. Great gift ideas and corporate gift baskets. For more information and to visit their online store go to www.WeOlive.com.

  • Craft Distilled Vodka and Gin from Grapes - Thirsty?

Paso Robles Craft Distilling, a micro-distillery, utilizes a unique distilling ingredient: premium Paso Robles grapes, a luxury that is normally too expensive for most distilleries to use in production. Paso Robles Craft Distillery applies the excess juice from its sister company, Villacana Winery, to its product, resulting in a high-end vodka and gin made with ultimate sustainability. For more information visit www.RefindDistillery.com.

  • Firefly Gallery - a Beautiful Boutique

Mother and daughter owners, Emily and Lauren, create holiday magic in their window displays and crafts throughout the store. They feature amazing books, linens, designer clothing, kid's crafts and high end apothecary items. For more information visit www.Facebook.com/pages/Firefly/103839587506.

  • Brown Butter Cookie Company - Serious Cookies

Smell the brown butter sea salt cookies in downtown Paso Robles courtesy of the Brown Butter Cooking Company's new location in the iconic Acorn Building at 12th and Park Streets. The popular shortbread cookie company has opened the 1,300-square foot spot, complete with a storefront directly under the brick building's acorn-topped clock tower. For more information visit their online store at www.BrownButterCookies.com.

  • Sealed with a Kiss (SWAK) - Retro Cool

The popular store featuring retro, eclectic and, most of all, fun merchandise, has moved to Pine Street. Treasure hunters will find more cool stuff in the new location, right in the heart of downtown with an entrance on Pine Street. For more information visit www.SwakStuff.com.

  • Sole Tree - a High-End Shoe Store

Owned by a young woman entrepreneur named Piper, this store is a dream come true for her. She had always wanted to open a shoe and accessories store in Paso Robles; and now she has! Specializing in all leather shoes from brands such as Born, Frye, Corso Como, Me Too and Kork Ease, as well as accessories and handbags, Sole Tree is the only high end shoe store in Downtown. For more information visit www.TheSoleTree.com.

  • AndBe Boutique - Wine Lifestyle Goods

This store showcases the Paso wine lifestyle with everything from jewelry to premium leather jackets and linens from all over the world. Also the home of Paso Underground, a collective of small winemakers without tasting rooms. This group utilizes the store's back patio as a collective space to pour their wines for patrons. For more information visit www.Facebook.com/AndBeBoutique.

Tina Swithin is the Blog Manager for TravelPaso.com where she writes blog-a-licious Paso Robles articles.  Tina is also a Huffington Post contributor where she covers family travel and "hidden gems" in California. Follow the Paso Robles Insider to get the inside scoop on all the haps in Paso Robles Wine Country.