The season of giving is here and we're helping you check off everyone's wishlist this year. Ring in the holidays with locally sourced goods, once in a lifetime wine country experiences and all the gifts they actually want. Paso Robles is making holiday shopping fun again with holiday markets and sip & shop events. Whether you're shopping for yourself or you're shopping for a loved one, shop local this season.
For the Foodie
Savor the season with some of Paso’s most gourmet treats. Paso is famed for wine and olive oil, so why not bring home a bottle of both? Visit Kiler Ridge Olive Farm for cold-pressed olive oil, made from Italian olive varieties. The tasting room sells several varieties of beautifully packaged extra virgin olive oils, as well as home and body products like soap, tea, and lip balms. Cruise by the estate and take a tour of the orchards and milling room before tasting the oils and picking a favorite to bring home. Pasolivo is another award-winning extra virgin olive oil producer at the Paso Robles Westside farm. With over 9,000 trees and their own olive mill, visitors get a chance to learn and taste in a fun and informative atmosphere. For the cooks and food enthusiasts in the family, spice up the season with Spice of Life, where you’ll find spice sets and herb blends for loved ones to add to their favorite holiday dishes.
They say calories don't count during the holidays, the perfect excuse for our fellow sweet tooths to stock up on sugary treats. Just Baked has all your favorite freshly-baked pies, cookies, and desserts – sure to wow the whole dinner table. Then bundle up and take a trip to Leo Leo Gelato or Negranti Creamery for a collection of festive seasonal flavors, including Negranti’s Pumpkin, Maple Pecan, Cinnamon Honey Apricot Crisp, or Holiday Peppermint. Try a scoop of each then, request a gift card for the sweetest stocking stuffer.
For the Wine-Lover
No holiday dinner is complete without a few bottles of wine, stock up with the help of the Paso Robles Wine Merchant at Paso Market Walk. Home to a well-stocked selection of wines from all over Paso Robles, you’re sure to find something you like. For the wine connoisseurs in your life, wineries also offer a wine club membership that provides a unique local wine each time.
Need a couple last minute bottles and already know what you like? Swing by Alta Colina in the Adelaide Road to find distinctive and balanced Rhone-style wines. Another great stop in the Adelaide Road, Vines on the Marycrest is known for its award-winning micro-production wines. Looking for a classic? J Dusi is a family-owned and operated winery specializing in Zinfindel varietals. The perfect pairing for a hearty holiday meal.
In search of the perfect pre-wrapped gift set? Peachy Canyon Winery has your back with a collection of holiday gift set specials like the Holi-Date Gift Set, Zin Lovers Duo Gift Set, etc. Grey Wolf Cellars & Barton Family Wines are also wrapping up wine with bows. Pick up one of their beautifully packaged gift collections or give a wine membership to give the gift everyone wants… wine.
Or get creative and give the gift of a winery tour and tasting. Paso Robles is home to a collection of unique wine experiences for the adventurer in your life. Send them on a horseback ride through the vineyards with Central Coast Trail Rides or a zip line tour with Margarita Adventures, where they’ll make memories of a lifetime. Beat that Santa.
For the Cocktail Connoisseur
We’ll take a glass of holiday spirit(s) on the rocks! For the creative at-home bartenders (and the wannabes), Yes Cocktail Co. is ready to stock your bar cart with fun, festive flavors. Visit their tasting room to try some of their most popular holiday mixers including their Hot Buttered Run, Hot Toddy, Cranberry Spice, Sugar Plum, Ginger Snap and Peppermint & Cocoa. Or better yet, take home one of their holiday kits like the Santa’s Little Helper Kit or the Drink at Home Kit.
For those who prefer to have their drinks made for them, Paso is home to an exciting new distillery scene including Re:Find Distillery, Wine Shine Distillery, Calwise Spirits Co. and many more. Travel along the distillery trail where you’ll discover your new drink of choice, or get merry trying. Pack up a bottle of your favorite to take home, because let’s be honest, nothing looks better than a sparkling bottle of spirits sitting under the Christmas tree.
For the Beer & Cider Enthusiast
For your brewery-loving friends, pick up a pack of local beers or purchase a beer club membership from one of the many local breweries or cideries in the area. California Coast Beer Company is offering an extensive collection of canned beers and branded merchandise to gift. Meanwhile, their downtown tasting room is serving up local favorites all season long. Join their beer club which offers complimentary merchandise, discounted tabs, and first access to all brewery events. Later, cozy up by the fire with one of Firestone Brewing Company’s holiday beers. If you plan on dressing up in red and coming down the chimney, be sure to request a cup of Cinnamon Dolce Milk Stout with your cookies. Cider sippers rejoice, SLO Cider is stocking up its Paso tasting room with seasonal flavors like the holiday spice cider — tastes just like holiday spirit.
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